EDITOR'S NOTE: Portions of this article by Scott Kindberg originally appeared in The Post-Journal on May 14, 1993.
At any point in the last 13 months, Lori Franchina of Falconer could have given up, packed her bags, boarded the next bus in Willimantic, Conn., and headed home to Chautauqua County. And nobody would have blamed her.
For this was not a case of the 21-year-old Eastern Connecticut State University two-sport star shirking her academic responsibilities or throwing a temper tantrum because she was not getting enough playing time on the basketball court or on the softball diamond. This was about survival.
Physical and emotional.