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High School Sports Blog

The latest news and analysis on high-school sports around the Seattle area

January 14, 2008 at 8:28 AM

Open forum — what’s on your mind?

I thought we’d start the week with an open forum and you’re invited to chime in on just about anything.

What’s on your mind this morning?

We’ve had plenty of hoop topics and a little wrestling. I’d love to hear some thoughts on girls gymnastics and boys swimming, the other two winter prep sports. Those kids work hard, too, and get so little recognition.

If you’ve never been to a gymnastics meet, you’re missing out. Some of these girls are extremely talented and throw amazing moves. But then I sometimes have been equally impressed by the “average” girl who just goes out and competes to be part of the team. These girls never win an event. Most will never qualify for state, but they put themselves out there each week and generally work just as hard in practice as the elite gymnasts.

Swim meets can be fascinating, too (and warm!). The 50-yard freestyle is over in a blink, while the 500 takes incredible stamina. The diving is usually fun. Again, here is a place where you not only will find college-caliber athletes, but some who finish well behind the winners week after week. Their victories come in shaving seconds (or maybe tenths of seconds) off their personal bests and maybe scoring a point or two for their team.

I admire those guys.

What about the players on basketball teams that rarely win and routinely lose by lopsided scores? I have a lot of respect for the kids that stick it out and continue working to improve day after day. Girls teams like Evergreen, Tyee, Highline and Sammamish are not rewarded on the scoreboard very much, but they learn about teamwork and commitment and many of the other things high-school sports are about besides winning.

Your turn. What high-school athletes do you admire? What do you want to read more about?

— Sandy Ringer

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