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Inspired Indians battle to the finish

Coach, team answer challenge

Larned’s Emily Lucas scores from third against Hoisington as Annie Russom watches.

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By Jim Misunas

HOISINGTON — Larned softball coach Sandy Lucas missed part of the season with her fight against lung cancer, but inspired her team with her spirit and heart.
Sandy Lucas’ return to the sidelines weeks after surgery was remarkable. When underdog nearly upset state-ranked Pratt Tuesday, the Indians almost achieved a miraculous finish in a 1-0 regional loss.
Coach Lucas believed in her team.
“I knew we’d score and find a way to win,” she said.
Sandy’s daughter, Emily Lucas, followed her mother’s fighting example by matching Pratt’s ace Britnee Hill in ...

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