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March 15, 2008 at 10:04 AM

Blind wrestler advances to state

I wanted to pass along a couple stories I came across the last couple days. The first takes us to Maryland, where Michael Spriggs, an 189-pound senior from C.H. Flowers High, just wrapped up his wrestling career at state last weekend.

The kicker? Spriggs is blind.

Born with cataracts and glaucoma, Spriggs was declared legally blind before his first birthday after many surgeries. Undaunted, Spriggs continued to find a way to compete:

He would double plastic grocery bags around footballs and listen as the ball whizzed through the air, catch it and then sprint straight on.

Spriggs has competed on swimming teams, and last year he joined the wrestling team. Due to his condition, the wrestlers have to maintain contact throughout the match and start with palms touching.

This year he finished with a 27-11 record and was one of two wrestlers from his school to go to state.

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In other news, a national high school basketball association is thinking about implementing instant replay for prep hoops.

Nneka Ogwumike of Cy-Fair High School in Cyprus, Texas, was named 2007-08 Gatorade National Girls Basketball Player of the Year. She’ll play for Stanford next season.

After a referee discrimination story received national attention — when an all-boys school basketball team refused to be reffed by a woman — the state of Kansas has moved to prevent such occurrences.

Morning stars

1. Three hat tricks to mention: Chad Kearns, Roosevelt; Nickolas Burdett, Marysville-Pilchuck; and Max Doolittle, Edmonds-Woodway. All three of their teams won Friday.

2. Cory Mattson, Everett, softball. Gave up just one hit and struck out 13 in a 4-0 win against Jackson.

3. Ryan Stromberg, Eastside Catholic, baseball. Had four RBI on two home runs in a 11-0 win against Ingraham.

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