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To Liimatta, Old Mill athletes were like family

To Liimatta, Old Mill athletes were like family

When Janet Liimatta took the reins of the Old Mill High School track program in 1998, she knew the task of replicating the state championship success of her predecessor, Ron Evans, was not going to be easy. Liimatta also knew she had the model for success in working as an assistant under Evans. "I feel like I have been coaching the team the way Coach Evans would have coached the team," Liimatta said. "I did what he taught me. He was an excellent mentor and it's just like I'm passing the torch." After 17 years at the helm, Liimatta will be passing the torch along to someone else, but will leave a legacy of her own, winning a state championship in 2004 while...