Editorial: Success, on and off the field
November 9, 2011
Moffat County High School cross-country athlete Alfredo Lebron, MCHS graduate Chris Winder and the Little Snake River Valley football team deserve praise and recognition for their achievements this season.
These attributes paid off for athletes from and around Moffat County recently.
They paid off for Alfredo Lebron on Oct. 29 when he crossed the finish line at the 4A state cross-country meet at the Arapahoe County Fairgrounds. The Moffat County High School senior secured the 4A state championship, becoming the first MCHS male cross-country athlete to win a cross-country state title in 19 years.
They paid off for Chris Winder, a 2008 MCHS graduate who recently wrapped up his second season of play for the minor league Hudson Valley Renegades.
They paid off for members of the Little Snake River Valley six-man football team, who earned their second consecutive berth at the Wyoming 1A state championship.
These athletes are living examples that hard work and perseverance develop success.
Lebron's performance shines a light for other MCHS sports programs and should be an inspiration for other young athletes in Moffat County.
The Editorial Board doesn't want to place the weight of the world on Lebron's shoulders, but it does believe he deserves recognition for what he accomplished.
Chris Winder is another potential role model for young players. Minor league teams often seem to take a back seat to the major leagues, but this perception shouldn't overshadow the magnitude of Winder's success.
He's come a long way since his days playing base ball for the Bulldogs, and his ascension to the minor leagues has put Moffat County on the map.
The LSRV Rattlers have put their own corner of Wyoming in the spotlight with their second season of undefeated play and their 20 consecutive wins over those two years.
The team's secret to success seems to be its unwavering focus on the state title and its ability to carry out its vision through every game. This trait isn't the sole property of the football team, either; the boys basketball and track and field teams also secured state titles during the 2010-11 school year and helped LSRV earn the coveted "triple crown" of high school sports.
Winning a state title or playing for a crowd of thousands are notable achievements, but they're not the only reward offered in competitive sports.
Sports are training for life. They reinforce the importance of hard work, perseverance and commitment to a goal.
Lebron wasn't simply handed a state title, and Winder wasn't simply given a career in the minor leagues. They had to earn these achievements through grueling workouts and rigorous practice, day in and day out.
The work ethic dedicated athletes learn can serve them well in other areas of their lives, where they will face their greatest challenges not in front of crowds of cheering fans, but in the private field of their own hearts and minds.
Perhaps their most important accomplishment was learning the valuable life skills that made them successful in their athletic careers.
They deserve praise for what they've achieved and encouragement to win contests yet to come. They're examples of what local athletes are capable of, in life and in the arena.
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