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February 27, 2012 12:52 AM

Mind-set of success embedded in Merced-Atwater mattress entrepreneur

Mark Blake is sweating as he shoulders a queen size mattress at the back of his store up against a wall, the same way he used to muscle out opponents for a rebound at Atwater High. The owner and founder of The Mattress Store will soon be inducted into the high school's hall of fame for his years as a tough, high-scoring guard in the '70s.

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