By JT Shatzer
After starting their first four games on the road, The Gladiators Men’s Basketball team found themselves in a tenacious fight against Chapelgate Christian Academy in their home opener. Despite being an out of conference matchup, the atmosphere in the gym was filled with excitement, and some students even showed up nearly an hour early to ensure an opportunity to support the Gladiators in their first game at home. As the Gladiators jogged into the gym after meeting in the locker room before the game, the gym erupted with energy. As warmups concluded, the starting five players of each team were introduced, and both groups took the court for the ensuing tipoff.
When fifteen year old New Jersey high school baseball player, Jake Mesar, slid into third base during a 2012 Junior Varsity (JV) game, he most definitely was not thinking about the possible fallout of his legs falling into the dirt and digging into the rubber bag. However, that slide would unknowingly change his future for the rest of his life, as he received a severe broken ankle. Yes, that type of injury is painful, and yes, his injury did require multiple surgeries, but it will not be the story of the broken ankle told by those involved. Instead, people will tell the story of the high school coach who told Mesar to slide, and the lawsuit that followed the incident, seven years later.