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Schroon Lake girls show heart

Wildcats overcome obstacles

The Schroon Lake Central School girls junior varsity basketball team is playing short-handed this season. The team includes, from from left, Desiree Lanoue, Caitlyn Jarrell, Rhiannon Hoffman; back, Coach Paul “Butch” Jarrell, Lexi Subra, Molly Wisser and Shannon Garland.

The Schroon Lake Central School girls junior varsity basketball team is playing short-handed this season. The team includes, from from left, Desiree Lanoue, Caitlyn Jarrell, Rhiannon Hoffman; back, Coach Paul “Butch” Jarrell, Lexi Subra, Molly Wisser and Shannon Garland.

— “The maximum heart rate for athletes age 15-16-17 is around 195-197 BPM,” Coach Jarrell, Caitlyn’s father, explained. “The exercise zone of 85 percent of their maximum heart rate is around 167 BPM. When Caitlyn’s heart takes off and races to 200-220-240-plus BPM she passes out. We have been battling her WPW for several years and are looking forward to her heart surgery to correct this problem forever.”

So with just four players, one of them with a heart condition, the Wildcats battled on against Willsboro.

“Caitlyn's heart condition and no relief from the bench was limiting her ability to give us her full potential,” the coach said. “I was constantly telling her to slow down to keep her heart from racing. After all, most other games we could give her relief from the bench. The ladies fought through the third quarter maintaining their lead with our four against five proving that heart, hard work and determination can make a difference.”

Then came the final period, when Caitlyn Jarrell collapsed on the floor.

“As a father and coach, I was faced with a hard choice,” Paul Jarrell said. “I knew she (Caitlyn) needed a break, but we did not have any relief players on the bench. We used a time out to huddle, rest and regroup our strategy. The opposing coach called a back-to-back time out, a very honorable thing to give Caitlyn more rest. I knew Caitlyn needed a longer break than the time-outs and we had to give it to her.”

Schroon Lake played much of the final quarter with three players until Caitlyn Jarrell was able to return.

“The fourth quarter seemed like the longest eight minutes of our lives,” Coach Jarrell said. “The girls fought hard and were encouraged by even the opposing home Willsboro fans cheering for them. When Lexi (Subra), Desiree (Lanoue) and Shannon (Garland) stepped back out on the court and setup in their 1-2 defense on the Willsboro home court, the crowd came unglued standing to their feet uplifting the spirits of these three lady Wildcats. The crowd was cheering, shouting, clapping and standing for these three brave warriors because of their fortitude, heart, determination, and phenomenal display of sportsmanship.

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