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Marion Middle Schooler turns bad break into triumphant return

From the August 1, 2018 issue of The Journal
By Richard Harris
   As the 2018-2019 softball season begins, one sixth grader at Marion County Middle School is celebrating overcoming a serious injury, working hard, and making the team.
   Two years ago Hallie O'Neal, then 9-years-old, had only been riding her bike without the training wheels for a couple of weeks. She was coming into her own as a budding athlete, not only racing around on two wheels, but also making a travel ball team. She had just received her jersey and was looking forward to a summer full of games.
   However, as she raced down a dirt road at her grandparent's house during the summer between her 3rd and 4th grade years, what would have been a wonderful childhood memory took a terrible turn. She hit ... The rest of the story.