In the summer series featuring some of the top seniors for the next school year, the subject this week deals with handling adversity. What happens when you are disappointed with the end result of your team's or your own individual performance?

In the summer series featuring some of the top seniors for the next school year, the subject this week deals with handling adversity. What happens when you are disappointed with the end result of your team's or your own individual performance?

Hannah Stefanoff, Grandview cross country: "Defeat and disappointment are always hard, but when it occurs I just try to think about how fortunate I am to be able to compete and the experiences I have had in running up to this point in my career."

Chris Diaz, Watterson boys tennis: "You have to accept defeat because it is always going to happen. Use it to make yourself a better person and a better competitor."

Joey Uhle, Olentangy Liberty boys track: "Defeat is something everyone goes through because you are going to have a bad day every once in a while. It is those bad days that makes the good days even sweeter."

Abby Barker, Watterson field hockey: "I handle defeat and disappointment by looking at it as a way to improve. No one is perfect, so it is important to move forward and refocus after being defeated."

Raven Ferguson, Africentric girls basketball: "Truthfully, I don't handle losing very well. I get angry, but I always still make sure that I have, and show, good sportsmanship to my opponents."

Ron Tanner, Eastmoor Academy football: "I use defeat and disappointment as obstacles and learning experiences to help better myself in the future."

Niki Flower, Upper Arlington girls tennis: "After I lose or am disappointed in my performance, I sit down with my dad and my coach and figure out the source of the problem and then go out and fix it. I don't let losing get me down because you learn more from losing than you do from winning."

Kyle Annis, Hilliard Davidson football: "In life there will always seem to be obstacles in the way. Defeat and disappointment are just setbacks on anyone's journey. The key is to get back up and move on."

Next week, the student athletes focus on the importance of having self-confidence when you are working to get better and ultimately excel at your sport.

I'll see you at a game.


Larry Larson is a former athletics director at Grandview High School. He can be heard as "Mr. High School Sports" on WTVN 610 AM.