In a bygone era, I began my sportswriting career in Kendallville, Ind., and not long into the job covered a girls' basketball game that ended 88-18. There was good reason for the lopsided score. Big school was playing small school, and small school was rebuilding.
Sarah Hospodar has heard the stories. She has seen the videos on YouTube. She knows about her father's NHL career and all the penalty minutes he piled up. She knows about all the fights. She knows about the brawl he started before a playoff game in Montreal.
Football coaches at North Catholic ran this drill. The kickers, punters, long snappers, and return guys would go on the field and practice snapping, kicking, and catching the ball. It's a common routine, with the groups spreading out to avoid interfering with each other. At North, they took up much of the field.
Lou Rabito has been at the Inquirer since September 1989, spending his first 11 years as high school sports editor before working in Inquirer suburban news bureaus for 9 1/2 years. He returned to sports to edit and write in March 2010.