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Winning, fairness and lacrosse

By A Treasure Coast essay by Paul Janensch


Fort Pierce, FL – The Vero Beach High School girls' lacrosse team has won another state title and finished the season with 21 wins and zero losses. But the players are probably feeling down because they had a rough season. Here are two thoughts from an old professor - namely, me - who was impressed by the female lacrosse players in my college journalism courses. They paid attention, worked hard and did well. Vero Beach beat Lake Brantley in the finals by a score of 10 to 9. Everyone expected the Indians to win by a lot, not by just one point. In the semi-finals, Vero Beach beat Winter Springs 24 to 9. After the championship game, the Indians didn't run around holding up a finger and screaming, "We're Number 1!" They didn't dump Gatorade on coach Shannon Dean. They said they didn't play the way they should have. Here is my first professorial thought: A win is a win, girls. Congratulations! You deserve the trophy. The trophy the Indians won last year - their fourth in a row - was taken back this season by the Florida High School Athletic Association because they played too many games out of state. I wouldn't blame the players if they think the penalty was unfair. Here is my second professorial thought: Life isn't always fair, girls. It's good to learn that lesson early on. For 88.9 FM this is Paul Janensch.

Treasure Coast essayist Paul Janensch was a newspaper editor and taught journalism at Quinnipiac University in Connecticut.