Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas -- and a story

Jenna Huff (right) helps Deb Guthmann to the finish line at a cross-country meet after Guthmann had torn up her hip shortly before the end of the race. (Photo courtesy of Julia DuChateau)

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all Charlotte Observer and "Scott Says" readers. I hope you have a wonderful one and I appreciate very much you checking this space occasionally.

I have been working for a couple of weeks on a Christmas Day story that was published today and can also be found here -- on a couple of girls' high-school cross country runners who now share a bond thanks to something terrible and wonderful happening at a meet two months ago.

Phil Hoffman of the Observer staff also put together an excellent video documenting the story, called "A Magic Touch." Hope you enjoy! It was a great pleasure working on this story featuring Deb Guthmannn and Jenna Huff, and I appreciate their help in illuminating the sort of good sportsmanship you just don't see often enough in sports.

Now let's just hope for a White Christmas together, shall we?


Lance said...

Merry Christmas, Scott. And thanks for sharing a great story.

Anonymous said...

It is a great story, but the truth is that Jenna cheated her own teammates.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous 1:08, did you get a lump of coal in your stocking this morning?

I hope your day gets better.

Anonymous said...

Very nice story, more people should show this kind of sportsmanship! My only complaint is that the story would have been more timely a few months ago, plus it has already been covered elsewhere.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous 1:08, did you get a lump of coal in your stocking this morning?

No! I have actually had a great day.

It is obvious that you and others do not care about Jenna's teammates. I am sorry that Deb was injured, but injuries happen all of the time in sports. Jenna's teammates were denied their rightful opportunity to go to the state meet because she decided to help the opposing team. Sounds good and gives a good feeling, but cheats Jenna's teammates.

PS. I don't have a dog in this fight and it makes no difference to me which teams go to the state meet, but I just do not believe that Jenna was being fair to her teammates.

Scott Fowler said...

Just a clarification to one of these comments: Jenna's team wasn't going to the state meet either way. It finished in 7th place; only top 4 teams went.
Helping Deb or not made no difference to her particular team, but by helping Deb, she also helped Deb technically score the winning points to break the tie and win the regional meet over Salisbury. (Salisbury also went to the state meet by virtue of finishing 2nd).

panthers4life said...

Hey you anonymous 1:08 jerk, as a stanly copunty resident, i read this story in the stanly news and press 2 months ago and i also know that north stanly isnt the strongest xc program in the area. NS had very little chance in getting to state as a team, only a few individuals on the team ha da chance. What Jenna di was honorable, selfless, and something that people like you fail to recognize and do to make this world a better plac

Anonymous said...

Anon 1:08

Looks like your position on this topic took one hell of a beating.