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Football: In appreciation of multi-sport athletes

In this era of specialization, we should all appreciate those high school athletes who find a way to excel in multiple sports.

One of those is Bryan Bennett, the quarterback from Encino Crespi headed to Oregon. If he did what most of his competitors are doing, he'd been just focusing on football year round.

But Bennett decided to join the basketball team and helped the Celts win a Southern Section championship as a spark off the bench, contributing an occasional spectacular dunk, rebounding and adding athleticism to the lineup.

And on Saturday, he qualified for the Southern Section track finals with a time of 40.11 in the 300 intermediate hurdles in Division 3.

So that's one talented athlete enjoying his senior year of high school. Good for him and the others who take up the challenge of trying to compete in more than one sport at a high level.

-- Eric Sondheimer

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john johnson

Again the love for crespi? Why is every article about Crespi? How much do they pay the newspapers.

All Sports

I commend the Crespi coaching staff on allowing students to play multiple sports. Its ashame that some football coaches at private and public schools don't allow their athletes to compete in other sports or only track & field. Let the kids play all sports, they may just be an all-around athlete and excel in more than 1 sport. Playing multiple sports can only open more doors for these athletes. Coaches that don't allow student-athletes to participate in other sports are doing them a huge disservice. This goes for both boys and girls sports.


It's too bad some coaches at St. Paul don't allow female athletes to be shared with other sports or other extra-curricular activities.
I commend Crespi and other coaches. The Los Angeles Angels prefer multi-athletes in their program.


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