Imagine the difficulty of not playing a sport for three years of your high school career, and deciding to go out for the most popular sport in school your senior year! The emotions that must go into a decision like that could be excruciating for the normal teenager. However, the cool, calm, and collect Senior at East Palestine took everything in stride, then took a starting spot at wide receiver this year.
Dan Bender isn’t the rule. In fact, he’s the exception when it comes to his athletic prowess. Bender’s skill on the field is only trumped by his manners and kindness off of it. A young man with strong values, and a strong work ethic has built his opportunity for a grand finale at EPHS. Some of the pressure he faces would be enough to break most student-athletes, but for Bender, it’s just another day at the office.
Our Dan Figley catches up with the EP Standout Receiver, and DB in this week’s East Palestine Player Profile: BENDER FAR FROM BROKEN.
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