"Something happens to you like that, and all of a sudden you realize that you should breathe every breath with a new sense of appreciation. No matter what happens, always work toward your goal. My goal was to play basketball this season."
--Jason Lieb, who returned to the Joppatowne basketball team after sitting out a year recovering from severe injuries suffered in a November 1988 traffic accident.
"She was afraid to dive into the pool. It usually took a shove from her coach or the starting gun to scare her into the water. She'd put her hands together like this -- like she was praying. She was afraid of landing on her belly or of losing her goggles. But she was faster than anyone else in the water."
-- Bernard Kole on daughter Julie's early days in the pool. Julie, now 17, was named to the U.S. team that will compete in the world championships in Australia next week.
"Believe me, it's hard to go out running every day after working eight hours a day. But if you really have the desire, you can still do it. You just feel better about yourself when you do."
-- Marge Rosasco, who at 42 won her first Ladies 10K Classic along Baltimore's Inner Harbor. She beat a 25-year-old by 19 seconds.
"I was scared during the night because the trail was very narrow. From about 80 to 85 miles the trail was only about 18 to 24 inches wide and I was still sleepy. And I was hearing sounds in the woods, probably deer, but I didn't really know what the sounds were."
-- Jeff Hinte, of Aberdeen, on the grueling 27 hours and 12 minutes needed to finish the Western States 100-Miler. He ran from Squaw Valley to Auburn, Calif.
Nobody knows dedication better than Edgewood pitchers Eric Santana and Chris Denton, who led the Rams to the Class 2A baseball title game.
Santana, who suffers from a rare blood disease, battled a fever during the game while Denton, who wore a brace on his right knee for ligament damage, played in pain. The duo combined to throw a four-hitter. Unfortunately, six errors helped Allegany take the title, 9-2.
"She's a very cool customer. For the most part she doesn't let things bother her. If one gets by her, she'll give you credit, but she's determined to stop the next one. She can do as good a job as anybody we've come up against."
-- C. Milton Wright girls soccer coach Ken Dawson on goalkeeper Danielle Rivas, who had 24 saves for the season, including three in the Mustangs' 2-1 Class 3A/4A regional semifinal win.