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    Oakland City University womenÕs basketball coach Jessica Mehringer helped Reese Sinnott of Jasper, 7, properly position her arm during a shooting drill July 11 at Camp of Champs, a weeklong girls basketball camp Mehringer coordinated at Jasper High School. Jessica teaches and coaches at the university and commutes from the home in Jasper she shares with her husband, Kurt, and their two children, Tysen, 10, and Libby, 8. When she played on OCUÕs basketball team in the early 1990s, Mehringer wasnÕt certain she wanted to be a college coach. She said itÕs a passion that has developed over the years. Arianna van den Akker/The Herald

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    Mehringer listened to Reese Sinnott, 7, talk about a drill she had just done with her friend Carlee Rogers, left, 6, both of Jasper, on July 10 while they attended Camp of Champs, a weeklong girls basketball camp Mehringer coordinated at Jasper High School. Arianna van den Akker/The Herald

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    Mehringer listened to her son, Tysen, explain how far he had to walk to get their drinks as they and Kurt watched LibbyÕs softball game July 15. Mehringer is the president of the girls slowpitch softball league in Jasper. Arianna van den Akker/The Herald

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    Mehringer comforted Libby after she had trouble pitching in her softball game July 15. Libby had never pitched before and was disappointed in her performance. Arianna van den Akker/The Herald

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    Oakland City University freshman Lindsay Shell of Marble Hill, Mo., left, Mehringer and junior Brandi Richardson of Lafayette couldnÕt help but laugh when one of the players, whose laugh teammates say sounds like a goose, cut loose laughing during the teamÕs weekly devotion Sept. 9. Faith is important to Mehringer and OCU players, who end each practice and game with a prayer. Arianna van den Akker/The Herald

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    Mehringer stepped in to demonstrate with Whitney Malin, a senior from Mackey, how she wanted her players to defend while the team was running a drill during practice in the Johnson Center on Oct. 22. Arianna van den Akker/The Herald

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    After a long morning of conditioning and teaching, Mehringer rubbed her eyes in her office during her lunch break Sept. 9. By noon, she already had led the basketball teamÕs first conditioning workout of the season and taught three classes. Arianna van den Akker/The Herald

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    Mehringer talked strategy during a timeout in her teamÕs first home game of the season against Indiana University Southeast on Nov. 12. Arianna van den Akker/The Herald

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    Mehringer objected to a refereeÕs call during Oakland CityÕs first home game against Indiana University Southeast on Nov. 12. The Oaks lost 98-72. Arianna van den Akker/The Herald

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    Coaches, players and cheerleaders from both Oakland City University and Indiana University Southeast circled together at midcourt to pray following the Nov. 12 game in Oakland City. OCU players pray as a team before each game and invite their opponents to join them in a postgame prayer. Arianna van den Akker/The Herald

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    After Oakland City UniversityÕs game against Indiana University Southeast on Nov. 12, Mehringer was the last to leave the Johnson Center. She turned off the lights before making the 30-mile trip home to Jasper. Arianna van den Akker/The Herald

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    Libby leapt into her motherÕs arms after she rolled a strike while they bowled at Eastown Recreation Center in Jasper on Nov. 4. During basketball season when Jessica works late, Kurt makes dinner and the family tries to eat together depending on when Jessica arrives home. On this night, Jessica took Tysen and Libby and two of their friends bowling after dinner. Arianna van den Akker/The Herald