Gunn's Lee pins down some school history

Gunn High freshman Cadence Lee is a pretty good soccer player, perhaps good enough to start on the Titans' varsity this season. Lee, however, never made it to the field this season and that turned out to be good news for the school's wrestling team.

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Posted by Emmie
a resident of Gunn High School
on Feb 7, 2011 at 11:14 am

Kudos to Coach Chris Horpel for passing on his unsurpassed experience and love of the sport to another generation of champions. Although wrestling does not have as big a fan base as some other sports, those who practice it are among the most dedicated, physically fit, athletes around. It's encouraging to see an increasing number of girls participating as well. You go, girls! (Of course, I'm a tad biased - I'm Blaze & Cadence's mom.)

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Posted by wow
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Feb 7, 2011 at 5:56 pm

Just cause you're biased doesn't mean you're wrong.
Horpel has strong track record of instilling good values in kids at young ages. Who knows, if he keeps this up he might be re-cruited by Stanford to be their wrestling coach!

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Posted by Gunn Parent
a resident of Gunn High School
on Feb 7, 2011 at 7:17 pm

Congratulations Cadence! You are such a great role model for my youngest daughter :)

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Posted by Me Too
a resident of Midtown
on Feb 7, 2011 at 7:19 pm

Great job by the athlete and the coach (who is also the athletic director at Gunn). It's great to see such outstanding performers in our midst.

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Posted by Robin
a resident of another community
on Feb 7, 2011 at 10:19 pm

Congratulations on such an accomplishment. Your teammates should be pleased with your work ethic and ability. Should you continue wrestling, through high school, I hope that you have continued success and the ability to go to the next level.

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Posted by We never learn
a resident of Barron Park
on Feb 8, 2011 at 11:22 am

It is about time to stop honoring high achievers even though they make the district look good. It is time to recognize those students who are doing everything they can to stay alive even though they are depressed and stressed at their high schools. By publicizing and honoring high achievers, we are only making the underachievers feel worst.

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Posted by Me Too
a resident of Midtown
on Feb 8, 2011 at 1:08 pm

@We Never Learn - why don't you write up a post about such a young person and tell us about him/her? I would be happy to hear about it. I don't agree with your view about not recognizing accomplishments, but I do think everyone has a story worth hearing. Please tell.

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Posted by Coach
a resident of Midtown
on Feb 8, 2011 at 10:30 pm

This is great for someone who worked so hard at her sport, don't try to take anything away from what she has done. "She is a fantastic person, bright in the class room and has many supporter's and friends. Let's give this wrestler her do... Way to go Candence!!! We are so very proud of you!!! And thanks to you Peter's for following up....

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Posted by Emmie
a resident of Gunn High School
on Feb 9, 2011 at 10:15 am

@wow - Coach Horpel was actually head wrestling coach at Stanford for many years, and played an integral role in salvaging the program when it was on the chopping block. He has either participated or coached in the sport at all levels - from struggling middle school programs all the way to the Olympics. His passion and dedication know no bounds, and the Gunn team is unbelievably lucky to have him.

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Posted by another wrestling parent
a resident of Barron Park
on Feb 9, 2011 at 1:04 pm

Coach Horpel is the best. He is a great teacher of wrestling moves and sportsmanship; he is inclusive and caring; he produces champions and winning teams. It has been inspirational for my boys to work with him.

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