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Home arrow Sports arrow Columns arrow HARDER: Joseph gives Hulse star treatment

HARDER: Joseph gives Hulse star treatment

The South is known for kindness. Philadelphia is the city of “brotherly love”. I just think no one has taken enough time to think about the caring communities of Eastern Oregon to come up with a nickname or spread the persona through word of mouth.

With so many stories of people being unkind to others for no reason, it’s always a breath of fresh air to hear a story that doesn’t end in Miranda Rights being read.

That was the case nearly a week ago during a basketball game in Joseph when Cove came to town. 

Maybe it’s the world we live in today. 

Social networking allows high school kids a plentiful variety of ways to chat with one another. 

Facebook just celebrated its 10th birthday a few days ago. Which means these athletes have grown up in a world of wall posts, pokes and those annoying game requests. 

It doesn’t necessarily take the competitive fire out of the games, it just allows the athletes playing to keep in touch after the final whistle is blown. 

It’s the one thing I’ve noticed with this generation of high school athletes. When I went to school — now this phrase makes me feel old  — we didn’t associate with athletes from other schools after games.  

You might see them occasionally around town, but you weren’t planning on hanging out on a Friday night after a game. Covering games for more than six years, it’s a common occurrence to see athletes from separate teams actually sitting together after a game. 

It’s not a terrible thing. I’m certainly not going to say they’re wrong. It seems harmless enough. 

So, a basketball game. In Joseph. The Eagles did something pretty amazing. 

Hailey Hulse a member of the Cove girls basketball team reinjured her knee. It’s been a tough road to recovery for Hulse, who enjoys playing basketball. She wanted to be able to help out her team. However, after just a few weeks back on the court, it appears that Hulse will not be playing any sport until the next school year.

Enter the Joseph Eagles. It’s been a rough year for them so far. I know when I’m down, it’s a little less likely that other people’s well-being is on the top of my list of things to care about. Again, maybe I’m showing my age. 

The Joseph girls stepped out of what is going on during the season, to make an amazing gesture of sportsmanship. 

Hulse was asked to go out to center court. She got nervous only because she thought Joseph was going to put her on the spot to sing the national anthem. 

“I had no idea why they wanted me to go out onto the court,” Hulse said. “Sometimes I sing the national anthem, but they didn’t ask me to that night.”

But, as the Eagles starting line-up was announced, each player brought her a rose. The coaching staff brought her even more when they were announced. 

“It meant more to me than any award I’ve ever won. I didn’t expect it.

“It’s a great feeling to know that other people are thinking about you, and care about what you’re going through.”

And why would she? That’s the kind of gesture you’d see on your home court. 

But, to see it happen on the road probably caught everyone from Cove off guard, and I’m sure Hulse wasn’t the only one in tears.

The gesture is pretty amazing when you sit back and think about it. It’s something I would love to see  other high school athletes to do for my children. 

Or maybe I’m just getting soft.  



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