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Local Athletes Make Me Thrice Proud

October 27, 2013 - Al Stephenson
As a sports fan I follow all the local school athletic programs. When local teams or individuals do well, I am happy. To be perfectly honest however, three local high schools garner a little more attention from me than the others. I have ties with all three and their success resonates a little louder with me. Let me explain.

I graduated from Attica High School prior to the consolidation that created Seneca East. When I read the results from the regional cross country meet and saw that my alma mater's boys team would be heading back to defend their state title from a year ago, I was pleased though not surprised. Believe it or not, I ran cross country in high school. My senior year we made the trek to Columbus. Yes I know, to look at me now, you must think I am kidding. I'm not though. It's in the record books. You can look it up somewhere I suppose.

I spent thirty years in the classroom at New Riegel and I am always excited to see Blue Jacket sports excel. This fall it's the NR girls volleyball that has the town rocking. Undefeated and state ranked, the Jacket women will be heading for Elida and the regional tournament this week. That's just super.

The last 11 years have found me in Columbian classrooms as a substitute teacher. I have met a lot of great kids at TC and the fall sports teams have sparkled this year. The volleyball team made it to the District finals and the football team has just one solitary loss and is headed for the playoffs once again. Yesterday two cross country runners qualified for state as Brandon Gibson won the regional meet at Hedges-Boyer Park and Tyler Lewis finished 11th to punch his ticket.

Now you know why I am thrice proud.

The view from my seat suggests that I am happy to see all area athletic teams fare well, though you can understand my affection for the aforementioned high schools. Thrice may not be enough however. I have supervised student teachers for Heidelberg University for the last several years. In case you haven't noticed, the Student Princes football team is undefeated, nationally ranked and host perennial power Mount Union next Saturday.

Can you say FOURFOLD? See you on campus Saturday.


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