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Greensburg athletes determined to maintain spirit

Updated: May 9, 2007, 2:00 PM ET
By Elizabeth Merrill | ESPN.com

GREENSBURG, Kan. -- The state troopers stand on the edge of town, smack-dab in the middle of Highway 54, and say Marshall Ballard can't come in. They don't know that the people of Greensburg refer to him as "Coach." Or that at 3 a.m. on Saturday, when the sky was black and the middle of nowhere was wiped off the map, Ballard paced the floor of a Red Cross shelter, hoping that please, God, one of the kids he knew would stumble through those doors.

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