Mari Torres

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Mari Torres will be a seventh grader at Goshen Middle School.

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July 15, 2013

Goshen Ind.–Bethel pitcher Natalie Newell has definitely grown as a softball player since she started 12 years ago.

When Newell was in 3rd grade her mom got a call from Goshen Little League saying they needed more players and asked if her two daughters wanted to join. Her mom made her start at first but from then on Newell had a love for softball.

In high school she played for the softball team. She had always thought about playing basketball but decided that she wanted to focus on softball and academics. She also thought about going to a big name college so she could play against some of the best girl players but decided to go to Bethel because of her strong faith and her love for softball.

Now she is a junior in college and a top ranked offensive and defensive player. She has learned to have fun and enjoy her teammates. During the season she practices every day, and on the off season she practices 2-4 times a week for up to 2 hours. She still has a love for the sport and stated, “Softball isn’t something I have to do. It’s something I get to do.”

July 11, 2013

Jack Nolan always knew he wanted to be a reporter.

When Nolan was just nine years old he was going to Red Sox games and was using his own recorder to record what he thought about the game. He even eventually started giving out stat sheets to all the people in his section.

Once in high school Nolan decided to join the school newspaper. He then also decided he wanted to be a sports announcer because he knew he wasn’t good enough to play in the major leagues or in college. Nolan stated it’s a way to stay with sports.

After he graduated from the University of Missouri in 1981 he worked for WNDU-AM from 1982-1999. Before doing WNDU he worked at the Atlanta station CNN as an anchor and sports producer. Now he is the voice of Notre Dame.

Who would have thought someone so successful started as a little boy with a dream and a tape recorder?

July 9, 2013

Goshen, Ind.- Today Justin Gillette came to Goshen College so he could be interviewed by Write On Sports campers.Gillette spoke about how he has improved as a runner since he began running 17 years ago.

Gillette went on his first run Feb 14, 1996. His grandmother had just passed and he needed a relief. He ran down to Kacy’s general store,bought a donut then walked home.

Gillette continued as a runner and ran his first marathon when he was 16 he told his mother that he was going to visit his grandmother.

Gillette went to Goshen College and he ran a lot. He originally wanted to go to bethel but the coach said that he wasn’t good enough. Gillette then beat all the Bethel runners in competition.

Gillette has now run in over 100 races and has won 64. His best time is a 2:25:24. He wishes to get down to a 2:22 which is the old olympic trial time.