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November 6, 2013

Back home again: Lady Berries return from historic trip to China

Lady Berries return from historic trip to China

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Jennings said she’s not usually a picky eater and added, “I tried a lot of things. I think we all tried things we would have never tried here.”

Jennings added she woke up at 3 a.m. Monday and couldn’t fall back asleep, making her first day back to school in over a week a long one.

Logansport athletic director Greg Fisher said he was also feeling the effects of the long trip half a world away on Tuesday.

“I’m not as tough as I thought I was,” Fisher said. “I don’t as a rule sleep a lot, but I’m tired. The girls have to be tired. Of course I’ve got a few years on them.”

It wasn’t the first time Fisher had taken a basketball team to China. In the summer of 1996 he took his Portage boys basketball team that included his son to Beijing to compete in a tournament.

He said there were similarities and differences from what he saw in China 17 years ago.

“The similarities were the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace. Those have not changed,” he said. “What has changed is Beijing, the transportation process, the building, the expansion, those things have changed dramatically.

“The streets were so much more accommodating than they were in the past. There were more motor bikes than there were bicycles and more cars than there were bicycles. That was the basic difference. The other difference was we were treated very, very well. We stayed in extremely nice places and the food in my opinion was outstanding.”

The Berries returned to the practice court for the first time as an entire group for the first time officially this season on Monday, while the rest of the state began a week earlier.

Logan coach Jerry Hoover said assistant coach Doug Jennings ran practices with the remaining players last week.

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