Logansport’s girls basketball program has been one of the top programs in the state in recent years.
The Berries have put on quite a display of hoops all across the state in competing at prestigious in-season tournaments, winning North Central Conference championships and making their presence known in the IHSAA Tournament.
They are now set to take their show across the world.The Berries are set to be globe-trotters of sort, as they are headed to Jinhua, China, a city Logansport began developing a sister-school relationship with in January. The Berries fly out on Saturday and will return home the following Sunday, Nov. 3.
“This is historic,” LHS coach Jerry Hoover said. “This is the first time in the history in the state of Indiana that any team in any sport has left the country during the season. It’s absolutely historic.”
The Logansport contingent going to China includes 11 players, three parents, athletic director Greg Fisher, girls basketball coach Jerry Hoover and his wife, Loretta.
The adult chaperones paid their own way, Fisher said. The players were responsible for paying only for a passport. The team raised around $30,000 to pay for airline tickets, which Logansport Community School Corporation superintendent Michele Starkey said the Cass County Community Foundation helped raise money for.
Once the contingent arrives in China it’s an all expenses paid trip including room and board and site-seeing, paid for by a Chinese consulting firm, Starkey said.
Hoover will hold basketball clinics while in China. The sage old coach will do his best to impart his knowledge, he said.
“I want to see the Great Wall and I want to see Tiananmen Square, but if there are Chinese coaches who want to talk about basketball, I’ll stay up to 3 in the morning to talk about basketball,” he said. “That’s where my interest is. I’m in love with the game. I’ve been in love with the game since I was 15 years old. I know how to teach it and demonstrate it. At each school we’ll teach fundamentals and skills and pick up where we need to start at and move up the line.”