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He recently found his high school yearbook where, with his picture, the following was written: “Nothing is ever denied well-directed effort.”
“Meaning,” Feldman said, “that whoever wrote that thought that I was a plugger even back then. That’s what sports is all about. That’s the kind of kids who need to be rewarded.”
Lamberty is grateful to Feldman for valuing that pluck. “My proudest moment is not taking a great athlete and tweaking one or two things,” Lamberty said, “but being able to see grand improvements — like a junior varsity kid that worked to become an all-conference athlete. That dedication is what Harvey is rewarding.”
Eamon Brodek heads to Marquette University in the fall to study communications and play basketball. Was he surprised about winning $2,500?
“Yeah,” he said, noting that he only played 10 minutes his entire junior year, before a senior year comeback.
“I think it was my hustle and heart. Awesome.”
Kali Place will attend Colorado College to play Division III basketball and study psychology. “I did put in extra time that, maybe, other people did not,” said the 6-foot-2 Place.
“It made me feel really good to know that someone recognized my work. Even though I started at the bottom, I just kept working at it until I was starting varsity.”