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Ultimate Fan Sports Movies Inspire Area Sports Figures Best Shot vBy Rob Nielsen One of the most enduring forms of entertainment is cinema. For more than a century, we’ve gone to the movies to be transported to another place, another world or even another time. And while sci-fi, drama and comedy may get most of the glory, the subgenre of sports films continues to entertain audiences nationwide. Sports movies, whether they’re based on reality or fiction, have given us glimpses into many elements of our favorite games — the thrill of victory, the agony of defeat, perfect games, buzzer-beating shots, the depth of meaning a sport has for certain people and so much more. But it’s not just the general public that have enjoyed these movies. Those who have participated in and covered those sports have found a deeper meaning and even inspiration in some of these movies. We spoke with a few such local figures to get their take on their favorite sports movies, what they mean to them and the inspiration they draw from them. It should go without saying, but caution ahead — this article is loaded with spoilers. It’s been a while since Yankton School District activities director Ryan Mors first saw the Hickory High School Huskers go for it all in “Hoosiers.” “I would’ve been in middle school,” Mors said. “’Hoosiers,’ I saw for the first time, when it first came out because I was just in love with basketball when I was a kid. And what a cool story it was and I fell in love with that movie from the get-go.” Released in 1986, “Hoosiers” stars Gene Hackman, Barbara Hershey, and Dennis Hopper. Loosely based on Milan High School’s 1954 Indiana state basketball championship, the movie follows the efforts Ryan Mors of a new coach and the efforts to lead a small-town Indiana school’s basketball team to a state title. Mors said he hasn’t lost any love for the film as the years have gone along. “Thirty-two years later, I still enjoy watching that movie,” he said. We’re H“EAR” for you! May is Better Hearing and Speech Month and our Audiologists are proud to recognize the month by reminding you that that we are “hear” to help with your hearing difficulties. We will perform a thorough audiological evaluation and if needed, will create a personalized, customized rehabilitation plan for you, including choosing the most appropriate hearing aids and assistive listening devices from a variety of products. We’re H“ear” For You! EAR, NOSE & THROAT ASSOCIATES, P.C. Beth J. Beeman Au. D, CCC-A Todd A. Farnham Au. D, CCC-A 2525 Fox Run Parkway, Suite 101, Yankton • 605-665-0062 • 1-866-665-0062 • www.entyankton.com 6vHISVOICEvMAY/JUNE 2018

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