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Oct. 4, 2015 — What’s inside that counts

There was a game last week that showed just how much the internal fortitude of young people in team sports counts towards success on the field. No matter how much training and dedication a team may undergo, a team that is motivated and unified can overcome a team with better talent.

One week ago, the school community at Washington Warren Hills (N.J.) was rocked with the death of football quarterback Evan Murray. Activities at the school were cancelled last weekend, including a scheduled field hockey game. Last Tuesday, two days before the funeral, the field hockey team faced Skylands Conference rival Bridgewater-Raritan (N.J.).

Behind three goals from Megan Thompson, the defending Group III champions took a 4-3 win over the perennial Group IV finalists.

“Emotionally, they really controlled themselves,” head coach Kate Rotham told New Jersey Advance Media. “I told them when they went out there to use that emotion, and play with that emotion. Sometimes emotion can be a good thing if you can hold on to it.”

I’ve seen all sorts of teams over the last two decades rally around the memory of a fallen coach, a fallen classmate, a fallen teammate. Loss is a powerful emotion, and all credit goes to Warren Hills for how they have responded. A hearty “Well played!” from this corner.

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