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Berlin sends basketball team off in style

March 22, 2019

The Berlin Brothersvalley High School gym was filled with students and community members showing their support for the girls basketball team Thursday afternoon.

In fact, the school sold 421 tickets ahead of today’s championship game at the Giant Center in Hershey.

Superintendent David Reeder said it has been 80 years since the school won a state sporting championship, something they vowed to change during Thursday’s event.

During the pep rally, high school Principal Brian Thompson introduced the team. Some of the elementary classes wrote questions to ask the players such as their favorite basketball moment, least favorite thing to make at the Ice Cream Station and what song defined the season. Coach Rachel Prosser was asked about her first boyfriend and first car.

Reeder said there has been a lot of excitement in the community, especially since this is the second time a Berlin girls team will vie for a state championship. Four months ago the girls volleyball team finished as the state runner-up in Class A.

“Every time the community really supports the students,” he said. “It is great to see.”

He said about 100 students have signed up to attend the game.

“Berlin travels well,” he said. “They are showing support even though it is a three-hour drive to Hershey.”

Reeder said the school district tries to involve elementary and middle school students in high school activities. Basketball players visit with younger kids, and some teachers explained to their students that if they work hard, they can achieve their dreams, too.

Residents lined the streets of the borough of approximately 2,100 people as the Berlin fire department, ambulance service and police department escorted the team out of town.

“We are really proud of our girls and our students,” he said. “It instills a lot of pride in our community.”

He said the district plans to stream the game and hopes other Somerset County schools do the same.