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Squashed: A Confession

A young man's competitive spirit gets the best of him

Updated: March 8, 2011, 7:12 PM ET
By Tobias Wolff | ESPN The Magazine

This short story appears in the iPad version of ESPN The Magazine's March 7, 2011 Fiction Issue.

I HAD NEVER played squash before I arrived at the Hill School, an Eastern boarding school, in 1961. I was a scholarship boy, a veteran of the public schools of Utah and the Cascade Mountains of Washington State, where you played football, basketball and baseball. Nothing else, not even track, really cut the mustard.

But at Hill I'd fallen through the rabbit hole, into a world ...

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