â†µMerrill delves into the lives of Kyrstin Gemar, Ashley Neufeld, and Afton Williamson, whose trip to see the stars in the remote areas around their NAIA school in western North Dakota was cut short when their Jeep fell into a pond on an unfamiliar route. The event is painful to read about, and the sentiments of the team and coaches are raw. Neufeld's roommate and best friend, a companion on past stargazing trips, must deal with how being left behind on that night probably saved her life, and fellow Blue Hawks must make sense of a night meant for finding a little peace and quiet ending with many tears and questions. â†µâ†µ
â†µThe mindset of an athlete who chooses to play softball in the middle of nowhere in North Dakota, as the story explains, has something to do with being part of a tight-knit family. Part of Dickinson State's family died that night, and what is left in its place is sorrow. Kudos to Merrill for a fantastic story well worth a little bit of your time and thought. â†µâ†µ
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