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Sammie Gehrls of Caledonia overcomes a disability to be a standout athlete

Softball   | Steve Vedder

Sammie Gehrls of Caledonia overcomes a disability to be a standout athlete

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