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Kevin Hieronymus

Sportsmanship plays on

Sports and sports people, in general, are good, honest people. Yes, we read about the egomaniac professional athletes and their antics all the time ... Terrell Owens and Ocho Cinco come to mind. And I’ve seen poor sportsmanship throughout the years at the prep level. But there are far more good sports, than bad ones.

Here are a few good things I’ve seen or heard about this year.

If you were like me, you noticed that Sherrard had a rather big player, No. 64, senior Ben Corlett. At 6-4, 300 pounds he looked like a man among boys at Bryant Field.

On several occasions that night, it seemed PHS players went down with injuries, on one occasion with three Tigers laid out at separate spots on the field And every time, I saw No. 64 coming over to his downed opponent to check on their well being.

There was no taunting or trash talking, but rather a look of genuine care from this young man. It was impressive. Sherrard coach Brett Lee said Ben is a “great kid with a solid perspective.”

After the game, he checked up on Tiger Turner Jamison, who’s mother, Julie, was doing the same. I understand Julie asked Ben if he was the one who had been beating on her son, and she told him thanks for his sportsmanship.

Also in football, PHS senior Logan Wilde routinely taps the helmets of his opponents in a friendly, sportsmanlike manner out of respect after a nice play.

There is no sport quite like cross country when it comes to good sportsmanship and respect for one’s opponent. This season, my niece, Kelsey Schrader from DeKalb, was running away with a first-place finish only to make a wrong turn. She went back to the flag and came back with a 12th-place finish instead of first. She also gained the name, “Wrong Way” Schrader.

But that’s not the story. The girl from Lockport, Aubrey Elwood, who was the official winner, presented her first place medal to Kelsey after the awards presentation and told her she deserved it more than she did. Kelsey told me that girl was cool.

The Lady Lions volleyball team from LaMoille/Ohio held a fundraiser for Tuesday’s home match with Leland/Earlville in honor of Earlville student, Dalton Ambler, who is battling cancer. Dalton found the cancer upon being examined for a minor injury sustained during a soccer game.

All fans were asked to wear yellow in support of Dalton, and the LaMoille pep band played to show its support for Dalton. The Lady Lions will send all proceeds to St. Jude, where Dalton receives treatments. Lisa Moore of LaMoille was a good sport, turning back her winnings from the night’s 50-50 drawing.

St. Bede Academy held a special night for Bureau Valley student Cora Peterson, who has her own battle with cancer, when it hosted the Storm in football this season.

Well done by all.

Kevin Hieronymus is the BCR Sports Editor. Contact him at khieronymus@bcrnews.com

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