By David Fong and Josh Brown
SPRINGFIELD — On May 8, 1970, a hobbled Willis Reed stunned the crowd at Madison Square Garden when he limped out of the locker room — he had not been expected to play that night due to a severe thigh injury — to lead the New York Knicks to victory over the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 7 of the NBA Finals.
Following the game, sportscaster Howard Cosell told Reed, “You exemplify the very best that the human spirit can offer.”
In the 1979 Cotton Bowl, Notre Dame quarterback Joe Montana — whose body temperature had dipped to 96 degrees and was fighting off hypothermia in addition to battling the flu — was fed chicken bullion by the Notre Dame medical staff at halftime in the locker room.
He would return to the game with his team trailing Houston 34-12 with just 7:37 to play in the game. He would come back to lead the Fighting Irish to one of the most remarkable comebacks in school history, 35-34, forever cementing his place in Fighting Irish lore as the game came to be known as “The Chicken Soup Bowl.”
Saturday at the Christoff Memorial Invitational at Reid Park Golf Course, Troy junior golfer Holden Scribner — battling illness — refused to succumb to the sickness ravaging his body as he shot a 73, winning medalist honors for the invitational and leading his team to a third-place finish (with a 337) out of 19 teams.
“This was Holden’s best round ever at Reid Park,” Troy coach Mark Evilsizor said. “Holden did not feel well and had to change the way he played the course due to his normal energy level not being there. His sickness seemed to be a blessing in disguise, because he played extremely well.
“Holden did not try to overpower the course, played more conservative, and it worked. I think he can use today’s round as a blueprint for his round at Reid for Sectionals. Holden had two birdies and three bogies on the day. He putted well and kept the ball out of trouble. For him to be medalist in a tournament with 95 golfers on a day he’s not feeling his best is a testament to how good Holden can play on any given round.”
Also for the Trojans, Nate Uhlenbrock shot a 78 to take eighth overall, Zac Collins shot an 89, Nathan Henderson fired a 97 and Travis Bertram carded a 105.
“Nate also had his best round ever at Reid,” Evilsizor said. “He only had one real bad hole, a triple bogey on the par 5, No. 6 hole. That was Nate’s first triple bogey of the year. After 162 holes, for Nate to only have one hole worse than double bogey explains why he’s had such an outstanding senior year. Nate finished 8th overall and continues to play at a high level. Nate and Holden continue to be the best one-two punch in my five years as coach.
“We struggled to get a third and fourth score today but this was the first tournament round ever for Zac, Nathan and Travis at Reid. Zac was very close to getting into the mid 80s, which is very respectable at a course like Reid Park North. He missed several short putts which can happen on very fast greens. He has confidence that he can drop a few strokes when we come back in a few weeks. Nathan and Travis just need to play better and I am confident they will be the next time we play here.”
Troy takes on rival Piqua Tuesday at Echo Hills Golf Course.
* Girls Soccer
VANDALIA — Kristen Dickison had a hat trick Saturday night, leading the Milton-Union girls soccer team to a 5-1 victory over Butler on the road.
Dickison also added assists on the two goals she didn’t score, one by Morgan Grudich and one by Caitlin Jones. Grudich, Jones and Ellie Cooper each also had an assist.
Milton-Union (5-2) hosts Carlisle Tuesday.
Boys soccer score: Piqua (4-1-1) 3, Fairlawn 0.
National Trail 1
NEW PARIS — After taking a two-game lead Saturday morning, the Milton-Union volleyball team was able to finish off National Trail in four on the road, winning 25-20, 25-20, 21-25, 25-20 to improve to 5-2 on the season.
“We were not at our best today,” Milton-Union coach Doc Ginn said. “We lacked a bit of focus and really weren’t playing smart. I was a little worried (after dropping the third set).”
National Trail built a 16-10 lead in the fourth set and seemed poised to force a fifth game, but freshman Madison Jones served the Bulldogs out to a 17-16 lead, and they held on to win from there.
Olivia Brown had 11 kills and 12 digs, Abbie Goudy had nine kills, Chloe Fogle had 23 assists and Jones had three aces and seven digs.
Milton-Union hosts Valley View Monday.
HOUSTON — Bradford struggled to get going Saturday, falling at Houston 25-18, 25-10, 25-18.
Cassi Mead had three kills, an ace and three digs, Bianca Keener had seven kills, an ace and five digs, Macie Reck had 14 digs and Hannah Fout had 14 assists and eight digs.
Bradford (0-11) hosts National Trail Tuesday.
Other scores: Troy Christian (7-1) defeated Stivers and Tri-Village.