As we move through another summer, it is my pleasure to renew my summer series which features the thoughts of some of central Ohio's most talented high school student-athletes who will be seniors in the fall. In the debut week, the athletes talk about what sports has done for them in developing into the person they are today.

As we move through another summer, it is my pleasure to renew my summer series which features the thoughts of some of central Ohio's most talented high school student-athletes who will be seniors in the fall. In the debut week, the athletes talk about what sports has done for them in developing into the person they are today.

Gracie Finnegan, Watterson swimming: "Sports has 100 percent shaped me into the person I am today. Swimming has given me my life structure, has caused me to become extremely goal-oriented and has inspired a work ethic that I can apply to every part of my life -- even outside of sports."

J.D. Weatherspoon, Northland boys basketball: "Sports has been very influential in my life. (Sports has) made me a better person, allowed me to meet people all over the world and allowed me to have new friends."

Jenna Shine, Olentangy Liberty girls bowling: "Sports has made me more determined and hard working and have made me strive to reach my goals. I hope that through sports I am becoming a person that other people look up to."

Samantha Swinehart, Lancaster girls golf: "Sports has given me many opportunities in my life. I have been able to meet and surround myself with many great, encouraging individuals."

Margo Geer, Fairbanks girls swimming: "Sports has definitely shaped me into who I am today. (Sports has) opened my eyes to the type of person I am and the type of person I would like to become."

Drew Dosch, Canal Winchester baseball: "There are so many qualities of life you can get out of playing sports. The heat of the moment on the field, or court, or whatever sports arena you are in can teach you courage and sportsmanship and that can carry over to the classroom or your home."

Christiana Raymond, Columbus Academy girls tennis:"Sports build character. You learn from your matches and you use your wins and losses to appreciate competition and understand how to handle pressure."

Alex Coccia, St. Charles boys fencing: "Sports has made me a more confident person. Fencing is a one-on-one sport and ultimately your success or failure comes down to what you do and then you can learn what you need to do to get better. The same applies to your schoolwork and other aspects of life."

Paige Myers, Grove City softball: "Sports has made me the person I am today. I have made many friends and have learned many lessons through sports. I have also found a lot of self-confidence."

Next week the athletes talk about time management and how they try to balance academics and sports and still find time to have some fun.

I'll see you at a game.

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