SI Vault: In the Heart of Amish Country

SI Vault

Joe Haigh

March 05, 2001

Higher Education

In the unlikeliest of places—Ohio’s Amish country—a high school basketball coach changed a community’s ideas about race, and about life


Berlin, OH.  Tom Jenkins and the “Classic in the Country.”  I can almost smell the coaches buffet, feel the special floor seating and honestly do miss the Nation’s BEST High School Girl’s basketball tournament.  I’m going to have to go this year, I haven’t missed it in the last four.

Many people don’t know the story behind the tournament.

Perry Reese, Jr.

Read on.

This article was shared with us by Joe Haigh, Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach at St. Francis (PA) University.  The Red Flash won 6 of their last 8 games, finished 11-7 in conference and nearly upset eventual league champion Sacred Heart at the end of the season.

Thanks for sharing Joe.  Good luck to the Red Flash!

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