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March 13, 2014

Jennings enjoy a father/daughter dance to Final Four

While Whitney Jennings leading Logansport to a Final Four berth was a first in program history, it was not a first in her family’s history.

Her father, Doug Jennings, led the Argos boys team to the Final Four back in the single-class basketball days in 1979.

“He has always told stories about that so it was neat to do that with my team,” Whitney said.

Whitney led the Lady Berries to their first-ever regional championship this season. They defeated Fort Wayne Carroll 64-58 and Fishers 77-61 to win the Class 4A Kokomo Regional title. They were defeated by Mishawaka Penn 44-41 at the Crown Point Northern Semistate. Penn lost to the Damon Bailey-coached Bedford North Lawrence Stars 51-41 in the state title game.

Logansport, with an enrollment of around 1,250, competes in Class 4A, the largest class in the state. Thus, the Berries sometimes competed against schools twice their size (Fishers), three times their size (Penn) and four times their size (Carmel) this season.

While it may not compare to what Argos went up against during its Final Four run in 1979, Logansport’s achievement is about as close as it gets in class sports other than perhaps a public school knocking off a heavily favored private school in the small-school state tournaments.

Argos remains one of the smallest schools in the state with an enrollment around 200, and its Final Four run in ‘79 conjured up memories of the Milan Miracle.

“At Logansport we play in 4A, we’re a small 4A, but it’s not comparable to what Argos did,” Whitney said.

The Berries repeated their sectional title this season in a field that included possible regional and semistate opponents back in the single-class days, Kokomo, Marion, Lafayette Jeff and McCutcheon.

Last season the Berries advanced to the regional final for the first time since class sports were enacted in the 1998 season but lost to Fort Wayne South Side.

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