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In Response: 'Absurd' to publicly defame players, coaches

There has been recent uproar in the city of Superior regarding a photo in the News Tribune of a Superior High School hockey player on top of a Hermantown player during a game. A letter to the editor suggested the Spartan player be punished and fo...

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There has been recent uproar in the city of Superior regarding a photo in the News Tribune of a Superior High School hockey player on top of a Hermantown player during a game. A letter to the editor suggested the Spartan player be punished and forced to "hang his skates up." Even better, the letter also called on the coaches to take action. "Winning isn't everything," it said, branding Superior with a negative reputation.

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Jackson Krull

There were a few things wrong with this letter (Reader's View: "Photo seemed typical of Superior players," Feb. 20).

First, Hermantown won the game 6-0 and was very much unsportsmanlike in the process. For whatever you see in a picture of someone falling on top of someone else, Hermantown easily matched the aggression. After all, it is hockey, a very physical game.

Second, the player in the photo who then was derided in the letter previously had held his own "skate drive" for young kids around the area. It seems a bit odd to me that anyone would suggest he encompasses a negative reputation for Superior.

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Maybe the worst part of the letter was the jab at the coaches. Having played sports in Superior four years myself, I certainly can tell the Duluth/Superior area that the coaches who donate their time to the players are world-class people, and for them to be defamed made me sick.

Superior has no negative reputation because what is taught to Superior players is pride, heart, and tradition. The hockey team is a prime example of this, following it on and off the ice in the community. The player in the photograph was playing the game he loves at a competitive level. This is exactly how hockey should always be played and always will be played.

The next time someone wants to trash a school's sports program, they can not make it Superior's. The coaches in Superior work hard not only to make the athletes better in their sport, but - and I learned this during my time at Superior High School - also to be great people through various community services and life lessons.

The football team even holds its own "Marks of Excellence," including phrases like peace, love, and joy.

I truly hope I never have to lay eyes on criticism of Superior sports again. I can hold one promise to everyone reading this: Our sports programs do more for the kids here in four years than many parents will ever do for their own children in their whole lives.

To publicly defame those people just seemed absurd.

Thank you to each and every Superior coach and player who changed my life for the better.

 

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Jackson Krull is a senior and football player at Superior High School.

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