Sammie Gehrls of Caledonia overcomes a disability to be a standout athleteSoftball  |
Caledonia - By the time she was in the third grade, Sammie Gehrls was cringing over upcoming trips to the doctor's office, the endless testing and the frustration due to a lack of answers.
But somewhere along the line, the Caledonia sophomore and two-sport star decided that a puzzling condition that had left her deaf in one ear since birth wasn't going to hold her back. Gehrls resolved to lead a normal life, which has included standout careers in softball and basketball, impressive scholastic achievements that feature a 3.8 grade point average, a variety of interests and the typical social life of any teenager.
Gehrls, 16, refuses to concern herself with the what-ifs or could-have-beens.
"It is what it is," Gehrls said. "I just want to make the