Saturday, March 06, 2010

Lefi is State Champion

I just got home from watching the two best high school teams in our area, Franklin and Sheldon, duke it out for the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I title. Sheldon, with its superior size and talent, beat Franklin, but then I got a phone call from a young man who I consider a real champion.

He's Lefi Letuligasenoa, a friendly 6-2, 265 pound football player/wrestler at Elk Grove High School. He had just won the California State Wrestling Championship that night in Bakersfield at heavyweight.

Here is a guy who doesn't cop attitudes, act unsocial and growl when things aren't going his way, like I see so many of our young basketball players. He just works hards and performs and then humbly thanks his God, his parents, his coach and his teammates.

As a sportswriter, it's fun to get to know quality young people like Lefi. If anyone Saturday deserved a first place medal, it definitely was him.

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