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By Peter Huoppi - Oct. 19, 2011
Every year, we meet a lot of terrific personalities on the high school playing fields, but as reporters, our interactions are often limited to the post-game interview and the occasional hello. With this story about East Lyme's Eva Christiansen, I got to see additional facets in the life of an outstanding student-athlete. My workday started at 5 a.m. as I drove down the dark back roads to meet Eva at her barn for morning chores. Afternoon cross-country practice was followed by riding practice at home. I was beat when my day was finished, and I didn't have to run or deal with a full day of schoolwork. -Peter Huoppi