Something in the Water

At an age when some kids are still learning to swim, Samantha Sannes was learning to save other swimmers.

His Hardest Loss

Mark Veilleux went without a good night’s rest for more than 20 years as he tended to his ailing son.

First and Foremost

Saint Leo University’s Maddie Holub will have a hard time topping her first year on the job. Holub, 25, was named the National Fastpitch Coaches Association’s Division II Assistant Coach of the Year in her debut season.

A Pitcher With Command

Good grades came naturally to the Massachusetts Maritime Academy pitcher, who is majoring in energy systems engineering. But school, he says, could only teach so much.

More Relief Than Fear

A couple of ibuprofen, Ashley Inman thought, and the headache would go away. The throbbing began on an April afternoon. The ibuprofen didn’t help.

Onward and Upward, but Still Giving Back

After years of playing soccer, including at the college level at Valparaiso University, Serratore is now a volunteer coach for the University of Oregon’s women’s soccer team, where he tutors the goalkeepers.

Tragedy to Triumph

Clemson is in the midst of its best football season in more than 30 years, and the school’s first national championship since 1981 is only one win away. In part because of what he experienced on a Sunday three decades ago, Elliott has been integral to that success.

Swept Off His Feet

Magic Johnson had just led Michigan State University to a national championship when Hollis arrived as a freshman and, like many eager students, asked coach Jud Heathcote if he could be a team manager. Heathcote treated him like the others. He shut the door. But Hollis came back – six more times, in fact – until Heathcote presented a life-changing offer.

He Hit All the Bases

Zac Houck’s story was a rarity when NCAA Champion magazine talked to him for the winter 2014 issue. That upcoming spring would have been the Jacksonville baseball outfielder’s senior season if he hadn’t decided to forgo that final year to chase his dreams of a pro career — as a concussion researcher.

Embraced With Every Step

When the cacophony of the world around him rattles in his brain and the thoughts of looming deadlines and dirty dishes and keeping pace with classmates pile up in his mind so high they obscure any other thought, Ryan Gehman needs a hug.


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