If you haven't seen the article on Mallory Holtman, written by Thomas Lake in the June 29 issue of Sports Illustrated, try to find it and read it. It is one of the great pieces of writing that explains the role sportsmanship should play in the world of athletics. In an age where we need respect in sports, the student-athletes writing in my summer series give their views of this important topic.

If you haven't seen the article on Mallory Holtman, written by Thomas Lake in the June 29 issue of Sports Illustrated, try to find it and read it. It is one of the great pieces of writing that explains the role sportsmanship should play in the world of athletics. In an age where we need respect in sports, the student-athletes writing in my summer series give their views of this important topic.

Alex Rogers, Dublin Coffman ice hockey: "I think that being unsportsmanlike gets nothing completed. If you lose, you should respect the team that won. Showing a lack of respect doesn't change a loss to a win."

Paige Myers, Grove City softball: "You always need to show respect, not only to your teammates, but to the opposing team, coaches, fans and umpires. You never know who could be watching, and you may get something good out of it."

Samantha Swinehart, Lancaster golf: "Respect and sportsmanship should be shown in every sport. You should always want to win and beat your opponent, but golf is a little different because it is not a physical sport like football. Really, you are playing against the course, and you can't control what the other competitors are doing."

Gracie Finnegan, Watterson swimming: "Respect and sportsmanship are extremely important in all sports, no matter what level. The way I look at it, everyone has worked hard to get where they are in their sport, and they deserve the credit and respect that comes with that hard work. If someone doesn't give you respect, you have to look past it. There could be a million reasons why someone treats you poorly in sports, but the important part is how you respond to it."

Sandy Whitaker, St. Charles swimming: "Having good sportsmanship is a big part of me. I don't want to misrepresent my family or my school, so how I carry myself if very important."

Alex Coccia, St. Charles fencing: "Fencing is called the gentleman's sport and is full of protocol. You salute the coaches, opponents and fans and if a call goes against you, you can only question a referee politely. My sport is full of respect for others."

Jenna Shiner, Olentangy Liberty bowling: "Sportsmanship is very important because it really shows how good of an athlete you really are and it can gain you the highest compliments. Being respectful to others can make you someone who other competitors look up to and want to be like."

Christiana Raymond, Columbus Academy tennis: "An athlete should always have respect for their opponent because that opponent has worked just as hard as you have and wants to be treated well. Sportsmanship also shows your character, so even though you always want to competitive, you should never be rude."

Drew Dosch, Canal Winchester baseball: "You should play any game the right way. In my sport, you need to treat coaches, teammates, umpires and opponents with great respect and if you do that, you will get their respect back."

J.D. Weatherspoon, Northland basketball: "Respect for your opponents is always something you should have and is good for the game of basketball. At the same time, you need to be respectful and supportive of your teammates by constantly showing your leadership."

Margo Geer, Fairbanks swimming: "Most people in swimming have a common goal, and that is to win. Athletes and coaches dedicate so much of their time and thoughts to this concept, and therefore I respect each and every competitor and coach. When someone has a great race, I love to be the first one to let them know that no matter what team they are on."

Next week, the student-athletes will give advice to younger students who might be interested in starting the sport that they excel in.

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.