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April 24, 2006
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April 24, 2006


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Oshkosh, by Gosh

Thank you, Steve Rushin, for sharing with the nation the heartwarming story of the Oshkosh ( Wis.) West basketball team (Air and Space, April 3). When Lance Randall quit his job as an assistant coach at Division I Saint Louis to move back to his hometown and coach his late father Steve's high school team to the state championship, he made everyone in this area proud.

Don Peschke, Berlin, Wis.

I played for Steve Randall at Oshkosh West (class of 1992). I never started and hardly ever got in any games, but I would not have made it through law school without his having taught me how to motivate myself and find the will to do the work. It's a Wonderful Life Story was right--one life can affect so many.

Tony Reichenberger, St. Paul

Bayou Basketball

I really enjoyed Rick Reilly's The Comeback of All Comebacks (Life of Reilly, April 3) about how the Ehret (La.) High School basketball team won the state championship with a roster of Hurricane Katrina evacuees. It is amazing what can come of a city torn apart by a natural disaster: a team coming together to do what is best for the team.

Tyler Stowell, Largo, Fla.

I thought--after Hurricane Hugo hit my city in 1989--that nothing could be worse than being without power for three weeks and living with debris piled on the streets for three months. The next month, however, an earthquake interrupted the World Series in San Francisco. Then in '92 Hurricane Andrew hit Florida, and now Hurricane Katrina has left New Orleans a near-broken city. These tragedies have given me a different perspective. Reilly's column captured one of the surprising things about natural disasters: They can bring people closer together.

Benjamin F. Sheftall, Charleston, S.C.

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