To the editor:
This week, my wife and I
traveled from St. Marys to Leipsic to watch a high school basketball
game in which my son was playing. He was only 10 points from scoring his
1,000th career point, and we were lamenting the fact that this
milestone was going to occur in the remote village of Leipsic. This tiny
town is over an hour away from St. Marys, and we assumed that no one
there would justifiably care about some opponent’s career achievement.
Boy, were we wrong!
After the 1,000th point was scored in the second
half, Leipsic school personnel stopped the game and immediately
announced to the crowd that a milestone had been achieved by a visiting
St. Marys player. What happened next was a truly remarkable act of class
and sportsmanship, which brought some tears to this parent’s eyes!
entire Leipsic crowd (including fans, players, and coaches) arose for a
sustained ovation for a visiting player whom they had never seen play
before and probably had never even heard of before that night. Leipsic
Head Coach Chris Kuhlman even came out on the floor to shake my son’s
hand, and their AD, Gary Kreinbrink, presented him with the game ball.
It was an unexpectedly, heart-warming show of sportsmanship that created
an indelible memory for my family.
As we left this tiny remote village
after the game, we all agreed that we were actually glad that this event
had occurred in Leipsic instead of any other town. Leipsic—-thank you
for your “touch of class” that only added to an already memorable night
for our family! We will never forget what you did!
Mike, Kelly, and Derek Jay