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Unlost Cause: Hope for football at South High

By Jason Gonzalez, Star Tribune

Lenny Sedlock's face shows the battle wounds of 13 years as football coach at Minneapolis South High School. Deep furrows under his prominent brow and lines under his blue eyes.

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South High football players Anthony Hockett left and Jaylin Bynum and their team listen to half time instruction from their coach. South was down 28-0 to Eden Prairie on Sept. 28 at the half, and lost the game 42-0.

The 52-year-old's stubby, bitten fingernails and cracking voice hint of the daily struggles at the most populated city school, which sits near Lake Street and Cedar Avenue in the heart of one of the Twin Cities' most challenged neighborhoods.

Jerry Holt / Star Tribune

Members of the South High school football team take the field Friday, Oct. 12, 2012 to face Edison High in the first ever game played under the lights at South High in Minneapolis.

South, one of the state's oldest high schools, boasts a 91 percent graduation rate and attracts students with its high academic standards. It has fielded top teams in boys' soccer and girls' basketball.

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South High school football coach Lenny Sedlock celebrates after his team beat Edison on Oct. 12, 2012 in the first night game ever played at the school in Minneapolis.

This inspirational story was brought to our attention by Star Tribune Multimedia Producer McKenna Ewen, who shot the accompanying video.  The team at the Star Tribune went the extra mile on this one, taking us into the lives of the players and showing us how a coach's concern for the welfare of his players off the field affects the success of their team. You can watch the trailer for the video, below, but I recommend you watch the full video here.  


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