Ohio athlete latest to show sportsmanship
June, 6, 2012
By Patrick Dorsey | ESPN.com
In Ohio this past weekend a remarkable thing happened: Distance runner Meghan Vogel watched opponent Arden McMath collapse in front of her late in the 3,200-meter race ... only to help McMath to her feet, and make sure she crossed the finish line first.
"Any girl on the track would have done the same for me," Vogel told ESPN HS's Doug Binder.
In a way, she might be right. On the amateur level, we've seen several touching displays of sportsmanship in recent years.
Here's a look at a few:
Milwaukee Madison (Wisc.) and DeKalb (Ill.) High
A special basketball story, as told by ESPN's Tom Rinaldi, featuring the death of a player's mother and an amazing gesture from the free-throw line.
Myrtle Beach vs. Hilton Head (S.C.) High football
Per the WPDENewsChannel15 YouTube description: With Myrtle Beach leading big over Hilton Head, the team let Hilton Head's Chip Mullen -- a senior with Down Syndrome -- score on a 75-yard touchdown run for the game's final play.
Free State High School and Lawrence (Kan.) High School basketball
Shot by an area basketball fan, this shows the two rivals allowing a special Senior Night moment for Free State star Eric Watson. Out with an Achilles injury, Watson still was allowed to start the game and take the opening tip before exiting to huge cheers.
Elgin and Lake Park (Ill.) high school football
A story from the Chicago-area Daily Herald, this shows a junior varsity football game between Elgin and Lake Park high schools, in which a player with severe autism was given an unforgettable moment.
Skyline/University at Albany/Roncalli
From the St. Louis Sports Commission's 2011 National Sportsmanship Awards, a series of touching moments from Skyline High School in Alabama, the University at Albany (N.Y.) and Roncalli High School in Indianapolis.
Western Oregon University and Central Washington University softball
An ESPY-winning moment, covered in detail by Graham Hays and shown in raw footage here:
Delta State University and Henderson State Univeristy softball
Similar to the previous softball play, this one (per DSU's YouTube description) came in the bottom of the first inning, when DSU's Ashleigh Allgood hit a game-tying home run. The runner at second base, Brook Cline, went down with an apparent ankle injury, but Henderson State players carried Cline to the plate.
University of Central Missouri and Truman State women's basketball
Per the UCMAthletics on YouTube, this shows a moment with seconds left, late in the season, when Truman State senior Cassie Hunt (out with a knee injury) attempted to enter the game. She wasn't on the score sheet -- a technical foul -- but UCM coach Dave Slifer asked the referees to cancel the free throws. Hunt then was allowed to score her final home basket.