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I grew up hating sports because I was scared of the way playing sports made me feel — as if time sped up and left me behind. My senior year of high school I played two sports, both times because the teams needed me to field a team. The first —  boy’s soccer — wasn’t much fun for me. Time moved too fast, and I was very bad. Then there was softball — the only...

Respected Friends, Colossians 2:8 instructs us to “be careful not to allow anyone to captivate you through an empty and deceptive philosophy, according to human tradition, according to the elementary principles of the world, and not according to Christ.” I was brought up believing that to love Jesus is to be conservative, but as I have grown closer to God, I have begun to see that much of the conservative Christian ideology I was indoctrinated with is...

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Almost one year after Amanda Gerlach suffered a cartilage defect that left her unable to walk, the sophomore distance runner races once again. From the moment the starting pistol goes off, she hears her father’s advice in her head, his voice echoing until she crosses the finish line. She is still moving forward as she turns her head back toward the crowd, which she can’t help but to scan in search of her father’s face....

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Hitting a baseball is extremely difficult, almost as difficult as describing what it feels like. “There’s no analogy to hitting. I can use adjectives, but I don’t even know if those work,” said junior third baseman John Tucker. “It’s honestly an indescribable feeling.” In his 18 years at the plate, Tucker has faced collegiate aces and summer-league relievers. He’s been walked by high school closers and by select team southpaws. He’s hit off of coaches, machines...

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Dear Trinity Athletes, Breathe a sigh of relief. My reign of terror is over. Elise freaking Hester is no longer a sports reporter. It is time for my parting words.  I had a ball telling your stories this past year and a half. The time, energy, talent and dedication you give to the games you love and the school you represent is appreciated and valued. I am inspired and amazed by your excellence and commitment,...

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I am an open book. I like to talk about myself and I’ll tell you just about anything. There’s only one story I hesitate to share, and it is the story that most needs to be shared: The story of my sexual assault. As a child, I watched year after year as people received a certain honor, a honor very valued in a community of which I am a part. I dreamed of one day...