By ZACH BOLINGER Daily Record Sports Writer BERLIN — The Classic in the Country, a three-day basketball bonanza in Berlin, promotes itself as a place “Where Champions Compete and Hospitality is King.” It delivers a more profound message, though. Intentionally scheduled each year over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend, the event — now […]
By ELLIOTT SCHREINER Daily Record Sports Writer BERLIN — As I sat down to write in my votes for this week’s Associated Press poll Sunday, I felt a renewed confidence in my job. Quite a lot of that had to do with seeing 13 games so far this weekend with about half of the best […]
From Staff Reports BERLIN — South Euclid Regina showed a loss two weeks ago to Lutheran East was a bit fluky. The Royals, ranked No. 3 in Div. III, put together the best performance of Saturday’s games, knocking off previously undefeated and No. 1 in Div. I West Chester Lakota West 64-58. In a game […]
BERLIN — Here’s a capsule look at Day Two at Classic in the Country V…
T-R Staff Report BERLIN — Hiland’s girls, one of the top teams in the state in Division IV, beat one of the standout teams in Division I, Columbus Brookhaven, 51-43 Saturday in the final game of the night at Classic in the Country V at the Perry Reese Jr. Community Center. The Hawks improve to […]
Berlin, Ohio — It didn’t take long for the fifth edition of the Classic in the Country to establish itself as a girls high school basketball event where respect has to be earned. Rankings? These kids don’t care about no stinking rankings.
By ELLIOTT SCHREINER Daily Record Sports Writer The following is a look at the opening day of Classic in the Country V. Waterford vs. East Canton (10 a.m.) There stands a good chance each of these teams will be playing late into March in Div. IV. East Canton (Div. IV, No. 8) has been a […]
By JEFFERY WILLIAMS T-R Sports Writer It’s now five years and going strong as the Classic in the Country V takes over the Perry Reese Jr. Community Center and the Berlin community this weekend. Many of the top girls’ basketball teams in the state and a few nationally ranked teams will attend the 3-day event, […]
By ELLIOTT SCHREINER Daily Record Sports Writer BERLIN — One of the toughest tickets in town to get Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend is at the Classic of the Country. And it’s not a problem at the ticket gate, like usual. Teams around the state of Ohio hope and dream, much like the fans, they […]
By JON SCHOLLES The Budget Sports Editor The Classic in the Country (CitC) Challenge has gone from “one of the best” to “the best girls” basketball event in America in what seems like the blink of an eye. Although, no one in the CitC camp is one bit surprised. “At the risk of sounding self-absorbing, […]
By ELLIOTT SCHREINER Daily Record Sports Writer BERLIN — The machine is getting wound back up again. The Classic in the Country will take its fifth go-round at the Perry Reese Community Center this weekend. The showcase, which runs Saturday, Sunday and Monday, features pretty well everything the state has to offer in girls basketball, […]
By JOHN HOWLEY OGBR Staff Writer How many times have you been looking through the media guide during Classic in the Country Challenge and come across the Weatherman’s predictions and thought to yourself, “What was this guy thinking?” “I know I think that sometimes after the games are over,” the Weatherman said. Well, if you […]
By JOHN HOWLEY OGBR Staff Writer For the past four years in January, the tiny town of Berlin has welcomed in some of the most talented basketball players the state of Ohio has to offer. This year will be no different as 29 teams take part in Classic in the Country V. One group of […]
Five years ago, Hiland girls’ basketball coach Dave Schlabach and Ohio Girls Basketball Report author Tom Jenkins created Classic in the Country Challenge to generate some interest in traveling to Holmes County during the off-season. By bringing in more than two dozen of the very best girls basketball team in the state of Ohio to square off during one exciting weekend, they thought they could inject some excitement into the county.
“Conservatively, the Classic generates more than $1 million per year,” said Shasta Mast, director of the Holmes County Chamber of Commerce and Tourism. Mast uses a statewide formula based on the average amount of money a tourist spends when staying overnight in an area, as well as one who comes and visits for the day.
In a month, some of the best teams and players in Ohio high school girls basketball will descend on Berlin for the fifth annual Classic in the Country Challenge from January 19-21. This season, the event will welcome the reigning state champions in Division I (Cincinnati Mount Notre Dame) and Division IV (Columbus Africentric), along with Div. II finalist Shaker Heights Hathaway Brown. In addition, out of state powers Lexington Catholic (KY) and Bishop McGuinness (NC) will be in town.