A s the fall sports season nears the finish line, we salute the high school athletes who have invested so much of their time and energy in a quest to be the best individual and the best team they can be. Athletics are thought by some to be overemphasized, and that may be true in some places. But there are few arenas where teenage students can better prepare to develop themselves physically and psychologically for the purpose of achieving clearly defined goals with objectively measured accomplishments in full view of an expectant public.

Our congratulations to the relatively few student-athletes who will actually realize their championship dreams, the many more who have achieved a personal or team goal this fall, and the many who persevered in the face of adversity and disappointment. These accomplishments are the building blocks of life in the real world. —DR