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Julia Signorelli (left) and Makayla Varga, shown here as teammates at Lincoln-Way East, spent most of their lives either competing against each other or as teammates. Their friendship was built through sports, and transcended the competitive nature of many athletes. Photo submitted
T.J. Kremer III, Editor
9:00 am CST March 7, 2018

In sports, athletes are conditioned to learn to compete. The inherent nature of competition means one must win, and others must lose. Athletes are taught, from a young age, that one must work harder than the rest in order to beat them, to be better than them on the field of competition.

But, sometimes there is a bond, even with opposing athletes, that is built on mutual respect. That bond can develop into powerful friendships that transcend the competitive nature deep in an athlete’s psyche.