By TIM ROGERS Plain Dealer Sports Writer News and notes left over from the Classic in the Country Challenge IV. It might be a high school event, but it is run with a professional attitude. The fourth edition of the 33-team event honoring the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King and benefiting the Perry Reese…

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By ZACH BOLINGER Daily Record Sports Writer BERLIN — The Classic in the Country promotes itself as a place “Where Champions Compete.” The proof is in the pudding … or rather, the production. “We’ve had 75 percent of the state champs here in the three years that we’ve been doing this,” said Ohio Girls Basketball…

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By ZACH BOLINGER Daily Record Sports Writer BERLIN — Cierra Bravard was taller than her kindergarten teacher. These days, the 6-foot-5 Sandusky Perkins junior continues to shoot up the charts. Despite her state-ranked team losing to both Cincinnati Princeton and Cincinnati Oak Hills this weekend, Bravard did what many players at the Classic in the…

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By JOE SCALZO The Vindicator Sports Writer If you wind down Ohio route 62 just out of Navarre, past the cow crossing, the three or four horse-and-buggies and the sign that says, “Visit McDonald’s! Sugarcreek’s newest restaurant,” you’ll come to the little town of Berlin, in Holmes County, deep in the heart of the world’s…

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By CRAIG GIFFORD Daily Record Staff Writer BERLIN — Ben Mast has had to work very hard to accomplish all that he has. The owner of the Holmes County Amish Flea Market in Walnut Creek, Mast lost his right arm to a farming accident in 1967. From then on, Mast has had to work a…

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By CRAIG GIFFORD Daily Record Staff Writer MILLERSBURG — The Sandusky Perkins girls basketball team traveled to Berlin this weekend for a pair of basketball games as part of the Classic in the Country. However, Saturday’s loss to Cincinnati Princeton and this afternoon’s match-up with Cincinnati Oak Hills was the farthest thing from the players’…

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By ZACH BOLINGER Daily Record Sports Writer Let’s hope Dr. Dan Ross was taking notes. If he wasn’t, somebody please send this clipping to the Ohio High School Athletic Association. The OHSAA commissioner and his staff should follow the blueprint taken by the founding fathers of the Classic in the Country. Why couldn’t the high…

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By ZACH BOLINGER Daily Record Sports Writer BERLIN — For the fourth straight Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend, the small town of Berlin is doing it up big. Hiland High School, Ohio Girls Basketball Report founder/director Tom Jenkins and close to 250 volunteers are set to again put on Classic in the Country IV.…

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