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    Kennedy High School girls soccer player Jiovanna Mamola talks about being able to overcome Attention Deficit Disorder and Auditory Processing Disorder in the classroom and on the pitch to gain an athletic scholarship to UC Irvine on Friday, Feb. 12, 2016.

Kennedy High School girls soccer player Jiovanna Mamola talks about being able to overcome Attention Deficit Disorder and Auditory Processing Disorder in the classroom and on the pitch to gain an athletic scholarship to UC Irvine on Friday, Feb. 12, 2016. Andy Furillo The Sacramento Bee
Kennedy High School girls soccer player Jiovanna Mamola talks about being able to overcome Attention Deficit Disorder and Auditory Processing Disorder in the classroom and on the pitch to gain an athletic scholarship to UC Irvine on Friday, Feb. 12, 2016. Andy Furillo The Sacramento Bee
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Andy Furillo has been a reporter with The Sacramento Bee since 1991. He covered mostly crime and punishment until April 2015, when he began writing a sports column. He believes art inspires in many forms: a Jerry Garcia guitar solo, Van Gogh's "Starry Night," and Madison Bumgarner's five innings of masterpiece relief in Game 7 of the 2014 World Series. Sport is art, and sport is fun, and it is filled with interesting people. Furillo hopes to bring out the best of it all. Contact Andy Furillo at afurillo@sacbee.com or 916-321-1141. Twitter: @andyfurillo