May 15, 2012
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Longhorn softball, golf teams fall just short of winning it all
Precious are those memories we hold of once competing in a high school state sports tournament. We cling to them knowing they cannot be dulled by the passing of time. They are treasured for lifetimes because every athlete dreams of qualifying for the postseason to play against the state’s finest teams. A legendary Arizona high school football coach once said, “if a player’s goal as a freshman is not to someday make it to state, I don’t want them on my team.” Around the country, senior citizens vividly recall the smallest of details of state tournaments that occurred decades ago. Some might forget their phone number, but they remember the exact moment they lashed a base hit that scored the winning run or recovered a fumble that preserved a victory.