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Fans Remember Marciniak

The fans have spoken following former Storm guard Michelle Marciniak’s surprising retirement last week to take a coaching position at the University of South Carolina, expressing just how popular the guard became during less than two years in Seattle. Here’s a sampling of the sentiments from e-mails to fans@sonics-storm.com over the past week:

“Michelle, words can't even begin to express my disappointment as I think about the fact that you will not be on the court when the Storm play this season. Just the thought of it is heartbreaking. While the vacancy at point guard may be filled with another player, the personality, energy, motivation and enthusiasm you brought to the team and to the court will be most difficult to replace.” - Barbara

“My heart goes out to you because I was at the super mall last year and you where there talking to kids. And how wonderful you where to the little ones. Their eyes where so big and wide as you where helping them shoot hoops. They all look up to you not because you are taller than they are but because you gave them the time they all needed. You are a star in more ways than one.” – Mary

“Thank you so much for all that you have taught me about the true meaning of basketball and showing your heart during every game. Watching the games just won't be the same with out you out there.” – Aimee

“I would have to say my favorite moment was when Michelle & Latasha Byears got into a stand-off when the Storm beat the Sparks. It was awesome that she stood up for herself against someone taller and a lot wider than her.” – Ryan, CT

“My favorite moment was when she took time after a tough loss to hang out and sign autographs and say hi to the fans. She'll be missed.” – Carlos

“My favorite Michelle memory is when she beat the Orlando Miracle with a buzzer-beating shot to cap a remarkable comeback. The emotion she and her teammates showed proved how much the outcome meant to them.” – Kevin, Seattle