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Editor's Voice: Like Cinderella, LD had a great time at the dance

Posted 6/18/13

You win some, you lose some. That’s life. It’s not just how you celebrate the victories, but how you deal with the setbacks. Sports teaches us many things – teamwork, dedication – but we tend to place so much importance on winning that we …

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Editor's Voice: Like Cinderella, LD had a great time at the dance


So we hope Lower Dauphin High School’s baseball team will revel in what it accomplished this season, instead of dwelling on the extra-inning loss to North Penn in the PIAA Class AAAA championship game on Friday, June 14 in State College. The Falcons won the silver medal, earned the school’s first trip to the championship game, claimed the District 3 title, won 16 of its final 18 games and experienced the thrill of dramatic, last-inning victories in the playoffs – twice. Most athletes never get to experience those things.

After the loss to North Penn, catcher Deon Stafford called the Falcons’ season a Cinderella story, as Greg Pickel noted in his story about the game on B1 in this edition of the Press And Journal. Yes, midnight struck for Cinderella, but what fun she had before it arrived!

There was the 10th inning home run by Jake Shellenberger that gave Lower Dauphin a 1-0 victory over District 7 powerhouse North Allegheny in the PIAA semifinals. Kaylor Kulina’s sacrifice fly that capped a 3-run rally – against the opponent’s pitching ace, no less – in the final inning against Cumberland Valley in a playoff game. There was the impressive pitching performances of Blair Lewis and Marshal Kiessling that propelled the Falcons through the playoffs. There were dual Most Valuable Player awards for Stafford and Kulina in the Mid-Penn Conference's Keystone Division.

Like Cinderella, the Falcons had a ball. They finished the season with a record of 22-6-1, winning close games and routs along the way, beating a long list of opponents – including Mother Nature, who dumped rain on them twice in the playoffs.

After the loss to North Penn, Coach Ken Kulina put it in perspective – a perspective that is refreshing in athletics, where too often winning is everything and losing seems to wipe away everything that was accomplished in sport. “We lost the game, but I’ll tell you what, these guys are winners,’’ he told Pickel after the final out, after the awards were parceled out, after a season of accomplishment, like all seasons, came to a close.

It was a special season. Nothing can change that.


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