My, how times have changed
I was put in mind of this because of an article in today's paper:
TEN SLEEP - They play sick, they play tired, they play hurt, they play no matter what.
They play because they have to. And they accomplished something the Ten Sleep Lady Pioneers haven't done since 1988.
The "Ten Sleep Five," consisting of Rissa Berger, Shelley Gerstner, Sarah Taylor, Aimee Able and Anja Reinecke, a German exchange student who before this season had never played the game of basketball, have been playing every minute of every game this season, which will culminate at the State 1A girls basketball tournament this weekend in Casper.
This will be the first trip to the state tournament for the Ten Sleep girls in 20 years.
Over and above the incredible grit they demonstrate, one of the remarkable things about this article (at least from my perspective) is the unstated assumption that these young women should be rightly recognized simply and solely as athletes who have gotten where they are by giving it everything they've got. Period.
Congratulations, Pioneers. Keep on keepin' on.