Wednesday, August 16, 2006


What a thrill it was to open the Elkhart Truth this morning and see the headline:
Goshen's Miller has hat trick in NLC victory

Along with a glorious photo (that, unfortunately, was placed below the fold):

I can't say I was thrilled with the story, though. There were no quotes from the star herself. And for some reason the reporter wasted a full four paragraphs in the lede talking about how bright the sun was.

If I had been on the assignment it would have gone something like this:
The sun was no match for Joe Miller's cousin, Nora. The Junior from Goshen High almost single handedly destroyed the hapless Chargers of Elkhart Memorial with three awe-inspiring goals.

I was there for a lot of the second half, and let me tell you, it was an absolute blow-out. Most of the time Goshen kept the ball deep in Charger territory. I witnessed Memorial manage just one good shot at the goal -- which, as luck would have it, bounced pitifully off of the cross-bar and into the confident control of the Redskins.

But this drive was such an anomaly that one suspects it was a calculated act of benevolence on the part of the good Christian girls of Goshen, who know better than to completely destroy the self esteem of their opponents.

I was there for the third goal in Nora's historic hat trick. There was such pandemonium in the stands that I could manage only an obscure photographic document of the moment:

Here's a close-up:

Of course, the Truth had far better pictures:

Nora scores the first of three goals in a complete and total annihilation of Elkhart Memorial.

Nora celebrates the first of three.

Nora dashes the hopes and dreams of yet another Memorial Charger.

There are other members of Nora Miller's team.

And, as always, I've compiled a full flickr documentary of the event.

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