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Simone Says: Stay Strong

Updated: Thursday, October 24 2013, 10:56 PM CDT

At the school that bears the name of Governor Ann Richards, a larger than life figure in Texas politics, we found the smallest of senior night celebrations. Simone Rath might not have any teammates by her side as she's recognized, but they're definitely behind her.

"Simone is a great role model," said junior middle blocker Alexys Garza. "She's always positive and [we] look up to her. [We] want to be like her."

As coach Maura Cosgrove built the Ann Richards program from scratch, there was one constant: Simone. While she's not the tallest or the most talented, Rath might just be the brightest of the Stars.

"She rarely makes a mistake," admitted Ann Richards head volleyball coach Maura Cosgrove. "She won't get the kill, she won't get the ace but she's the glue of the team."

Six years ago, Rath first personified the most obvious trait of glue. She stuck to volleyball after being cut from the team in seventh grade.

"It made me disappointed," Simone admitted. "But in a way it made me more motivated to learn the sport."

"That's the kind of kid she is," explained Kelly Rath, Simone's father. "When she puts her mind to something, she'll figure it out."

Simone showed enough improvement to make the eighth grade squad a year later. She would evolve into a two-time varsity captain. Many teens might have given-up after failing to make it the first time around. But Simone learned a lesson in perseverance long before volleyball tryouts.

"He's got a positive outlook on life and he's succeeding," said Simone. "So I just take that as a lesson."

"He" is Rath's brother, Lucien. The 11 year old is confined to a wheelchair as he suffers from Spinal Muscular Atrophy. There's no cure for SMA, but the strength Lucien has shown dealing with a disease that weakens him is the perfect remedy for Simone.

"If something gets you down, there's always going to be a way to get over it," Simone said. "I got over being cut in middle school. There's obviously a way to get over that with hard work. Lucien, he's gotten something he absolutely doesn't deserve."

"She says we can't really do much about it," Lucien explained. "All you have to do is stay strong."

"Simone's got such a big heart," Kelly said. "That is the underlying thing about her."

So maybe it was appropriate that the Ann Richards School didn't have any other seniors to honor on senior night: Because there just aren't any other players with a journey like Simone's.

"Simone helps me with courage and bravery," a grateful Lucien explains as he wipes back tears.

"Life isn't easy and it isn't given to you," said Coach Cosgrave. "Simone has worked hard for everything. She gets knocked down and gets right back up and keeps fighting."

by Adam Winkler
Simone Says: Stay Strong


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Scores & Schedules

September 05, 2015 07:12 GMT

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MLB

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Friday's Games

N.Y. Yankees 5, Tampa Bay 2

Baltimore 10, Toronto 2

Cleveland 8, Detroit 1

Boston 7, Philadelphia 5

Chicago White Sox 12, Kansas City 1

Houston 8, Minnesota 0

Seattle 11, Oakland 8

L.A. Angels 5, Texas 2

Saturday's Games

Tampa Bay (M.Moore 1-3) at N.Y. Yankees (Eovaldi 14-2), 1:05 p.m.

Baltimore (M.Wright 2-3) at Toronto (Price 13-5), 1:07 p.m.

Philadelphia (Asher 0-1) at Boston (Miley 10-10), 4:05 p.m.

Cleveland (Salazar 12-7) at Detroit (Simon 11-9), 7:08 p.m.

Chicago White Sox (Quintana 7-10) at Kansas City (D.Duffy 7-6), 7:10 p.m.

Minnesota (E.Santana 3-4) at Houston (McCullers 5-5), 7:10 p.m.

Seattle (F.Hernandez 15-8) at Oakland (Chavez 7-13), 9:05 p.m.

Texas (D.Holland 2-1) at L.A. Angels (Weaver 6-10), 9:05 p.m.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Friday's Games

Chicago Cubs 14, Arizona 5

Washington 5, Atlanta 2, 10 innings

Miami 6, N.Y. Mets 5, 11 innings

Boston 7, Philadelphia 5

Pittsburgh 9, St. Louis 3

Colorado 2, San Francisco 1

L.A. Dodgers 8, San Diego 4

Milwaukee at Cincinnati, ppd., rain

Saturday's Games

Milwaukee (W.Peralta 5-8) at Cincinnati (Jo.Lamb 0-3), 1:10 p.m., 1st game

Arizona (Ray 3-10) at Chicago Cubs (Arrieta 17-6), 2:20 p.m.

Philadelphia (Asher 0-1) at Boston (Miley 10-10), 4:05 p.m.

Pittsburgh (Morton 8-6) at St. Louis (Jai.Garcia 7-4), 4:05 p.m.

Milwaukee (Garza 6-14) at Cincinnati (Sampson 2-2), 6:10 p.m., 2nd game

Atlanta (S.Miller 5-12) at Washington (G.Gonzalez 9-7), 7:05 p.m.

N.Y. Mets (B.Colon 12-11) at Miami (B.Hand 4-4), 7:10 p.m.

San Francisco (Peavy 4-6) at Colorado (Bettis 6-4), 8:10 p.m.

L.A. Dodgers (A.Wood 9-9) at San Diego (T.Ross 10-9), 8:40 p.m.

TOP-25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Friday's Games

( 4) Baylor 56, Southern Methodist 21

( 5) Michigan State 37, Western Michigan 24

(23) Boise State 16 Washington 13

Saturday's Games

( 3) Alabama vs. (20) Wisconsin at Arlington, Texas, 8 p.m.

( 6) Auburn vs. Louisville at Atlanta, 3:30 p.m.

( 7) Oregon vs. Eastern Washington, 8 p.m.

( 8) Southern Cal vs. Arkansas State, 11 p.m.

( 9) Georgia vs. Louisiana-Monroe, Noon

(10) Florida State vs. Texas State, 8 p.m.

(11) Notre Dame vs. Texas, 7:30 p.m.

(12) Clemson vs. Wofford, 12:30 p.m.

(13) UCLA vs. Virginia, 3:30 p.m.

(14) LSU vs. McNeese State, 7:30 p.m.

(15) Arizona State vs. Texas A&M at Houston, 7 p.m.

(17) Mississippi vs. UT-Martin, Noon

(18) Arkansas vs. UTEP, 3:30 p.m.

(19) Oklahoma vs. Akron, 7 p.m.

(21) Stanford at Northwestern, Noon

(24) Missouri vs. Southeast Missouri, 4 p.m.

(25) Tennessee vs. Bowling Green at Nashville, Tenn., 4 p.m.

WNBA

Friday's Games

Connecticut 73, San Antonio 72

Minnesota 81, Indiana 65

Saturday's Games

Phoenix at San Antonio, 8 p.m.

MLS

Friday

No Games Scheduled

Saturday's Games

Orlando City at New England, 7:30 p.m.

Chicago at Montreal, 8 p.m.

Toronto FC at Seattle, 10 p.m.

Philadelphia at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.

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