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'The Schimmels Have Become Heroes'

A story about an ESPN feature on the Schimmel sisters, from the Umatilla Reservation, who are leading the Louisville Cardinals towards the NCAA national basketball title.
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Mechelle Voepel joined ESPN.com in 1996 as a women’s college and pro basketball writer. An expert in all things hoops, she has spent the last 28 years covering the sport of women’s college basketball and has attended 20 straight Women’s Basketball Final Fours. This year, she gets to see the Louisville Cardinals play in the semifinals--led by the sensational Schimmel sisters--and she likes what she's seeing--a lot.

In the compelling "Schimmels Lead Cards to Final Four," Voepel takes a closer look at the Sisters, Shoni and Jude Schimmel, their background and the euphoria of success surrounding the upstart Louisville Cardinals women's basketball team.

"The Schimmel sisters have become heroes especially to Native Americans nationwide," she writes, "and this Final Four spotlight on them and Louisville will be a huge emotional point of pride for their many supporters.

"We're examples that you can get out there and do things," Shoni told Voepel. "You can leave the reservation if you want. You can believe in yourself. You can make it to wherever you want to be. You just have to set your mind to do it."

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