Thanks to the deft guidance of Deford and producer Lisa Bennett, HBO will present the story of West High School volleyball and Caroline Found, the West student who died on … Caroline Found was the best. We all went into the gym where the lights were off, and it was so bizarre because once my eyes adjusted to light, I realized there were hundreds of kids that showed up that morning for a 6 o’clock in the morning volleyball practice.”. We did it for her, we did for our community, we got through this somehow.”, “One hundred percent I felt relief,” Fliehler echoes. Years later, and with Hollywood recreating their unlikely story of triumph in the face of adversity, Fliehler says Caroline’s “will to live” is one of the things she remembers most about her best friend. Introducing ... PEOPLE's Products Worth the Hype. But they did it, and the team celebrated with a framed picture of Caroline and Ernie in the stands cheering them on. “Caroline as a person was someone who just loved life and loved to be friendly,” he says. The only reason any of us survived was just having each other to get through it. As the crowd cheers, "Sweet Caroline" plays in honor of Line and Kelley holds Line's picture up high and proud. The Trojans win their next fourteen games, giving them a chance to win the championship. Filming took place in Vancouver, Canada. Caroline—called “Line” by her friends—wasn’t just the team’s setter. She touched an astonishing number of lives in her 17 years. Despite her cool and reserved demeanor, Lisa has a wicked sense of … In real life, we are all six as important to the success of the team and even in life now, really.”. Born June 19, 1994 in Iowa City, she is the daughter of Ernest and Ellyn Found. During an appearance on comedy … Ernie Found is the father of West High setter Caroline Found, who died in a moped accident in August. After capturing the state title in 2011, they were ready to take on the feat of a rare back-to-back win the following year. The Miracle Season includes two sing-alongs to 'Sweet Caroline,' and that is all you need to know . The film received mixed reviews from critics and has grossed $10 million worldwide. Ernie hopes telling his daughter’s story helps people deal with their own sadness and grief. The team eventually made it to finals where they beat their rivals to claim a second consecutive title. During a party at her house, Line decides to secretly sneak away to visit her mother Ellyn at the hospital, where she is being treated for cancer. (The Gazette) Caroline Found sets the ball in a 2010 match at Iowa City. Despite the school and community still in shock over Line's death, the Trojans' coach, Kathy Bresnahan continues to hold volleyball practice. 18 Caroline Flack's boyfriend had posted a … But tragedy struck on August 11, 2011 when the 17-year-old lost control of her moped on her way home from a church event and died in an accident. [11] It ended up debuting to $4.1 million, finishing 11th; 74% of its audience was female. In the United States and Canada, The Miracle Season was released alongside A Quiet Place, Chappaquiddick and Blockers, and as projected to gross around $3 million from 1,707 theaters in its opening weekend. As a result, the team disbands in mourning, with coach Kathy (Helen Hunt) trying to lighten and reunite its hopeless members. 17 year-old Caroline or "Line" is the star volleyball setter for the Iowa State Champion High School Trojans. Leading the team was Caroline Found, an energetic, lively and kind high school senior who was friendly with everyone in town. Caroline "Line" Found is the star volleyball player on the Iowa City West High School Volleyball Team and well-loved by members of the community. “She just wanted to have a smile on her face every day and give everything her all.”. Allison’s best friend, Kelly, joined her for the summer at Marilee’s. His daughter, Caroline Found, died in a tragic moped … She attended Weber Elementary, Northwest Junior High, and Iowa City West High, where she was to be a senior this year. Cate Cameron / LD Entertainment / Mirror, Credit: I remember feeling such a relief. Caroline’s death affected everyone in the community so deeply because of the shining and compassionate person she was. ' Lorraine Kelly has castigated celebrities who broke lockdown rules in a parody of the Queen’s Christmas speech. “There were six of us that were inseparable from the day of the accident,” remembers Fliehler, played by Erin Moriarty in the film. For everyone involved, the joy of winning was eclipsed by the relief they felt at finally realizing they made it through. The film was released on DVD and Digital by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment on July 31, 2018. Los Angeles, CA - Ernie Found faced more tragedy in two weeks than many people do in a lifetime. “There were … Caroline's best friend Kelly (Erin Moriarty) chooses to become team leader and respect Caroline by espousing the championship. As the weeks go by, the team begins to win and becomes motivated to win the state championship for Line. “She lived more in 17 years than most of us will our entire lives,” she says. After it is revealed that the Trojans lost their most recent match due to forfeit, Kelley encourages the entire school that they need to continue for Line's sake. Bresnahan informs the team they need to win all of their remaining games to be eligible for the state championship. She had me … Since Caroline was a setter, she was integral to every play on the court. She was the squad’s smiling, shouting, beating heart, always with a smile or joke at the ready. [12], 2018 American film directed by Sean McNamara, "Helen Hunt Reteams With 'Soul Surfer' Helmer For Sports Tale 'Live Like Line, "Erin Moriarty, Danika Yarosh Team On Inspirational Sports Movie 'Live Like Line, "West High volleyball coach hosts 'Miracle Season,' Caroline Found book release party in Iowa City", "Trailer for movie based on "Live Like Line" story released", "William Hurt To Star Opposite Helen Hunt In 'Live Like Line, "Actress Helen Hunt to Star in Inspirational Film 'The Miracle Season, "Hollywood, Iowa City come together at 'The Miracle Season' hometown premiere",, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 11 January 2021, at 07:20. The real life story of a high school girls volleyball team who overcame the grief of losing their star player to win back-to-back state titles. How can we not move forward when Ernie is putting everything on the line to be here for us?'”. CAROLINE Flack's best friends have paid an emotional tribute to the late Love Island star two months to the day since she died. 123.8k Followers, 1,039 Following, 418 Posts - See Instagram photos and videos from Caroline Kelley (@carolineannkelley) "Caroline was a much loved member of the Love Island team and our sincere thoughts and condolences are with her family and friends." Line sees the strength within her best friend and teammate Kelly. "[13] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 44 out of 100, based on 13 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews". The real life Bresnahan, whose friends call her Bres, says she knew instantly that the only way the team was going to survive that season was by sticking together. Caroline Found was that one-in-a-million kid who is the best of us. Starring Helen Hunt as Kathy Bresnahan, the tough coach turned lifelong best friend to the team, the movie follows the teenage girls as they attempt to deal with the grief of losing their star player while also trying to win a repeat title. The Miracle Season is a 2018 American drama film directed by Sean McNamara[2] and starring Erin Moriarty, Helen Hunt, William Hurt, and Danika Yarosh. [8] William Hurt and Helen Hunt joined the film in June 2016; Hunt and McNamara previously worked together on the similarly-themed film Soul Surfer. The film is based on the true story of the Iowa City West High School volleyball team after the sudden death of the team's heart and leader, Caroline Found, in 2011. One of Caroline’s best friends on the team Kelley Fliehler tells PEOPLE that having her teammates around her is how she survived the grief. Before the state tournament begins, Kelley finds a gift from Line's father, Ernie, that encourages her not to play for Line or to win for her, but to "Live Like Line." The Trojans go on to win and capture the state championship again. Kelly and Allison joined forces with Marilee to share the information that transformed their lives and make it accessible to everyone! [12], On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 51% based on 43 reviews, and an average rating of 5.63/10. Losing her was devastating for the team’s players, who had to not only deal with the tragedy, but also completely change their strategy to win. The student body wore shirts with Caroline’s name and number, #9. [7], The Miracle Season premiered at the Englert Theatre in Iowa City, where the film is set, on March 18, 2018. Everyone from Iowa City West High School thought so, especially her teammates on the volleyball team. If you would like to opt out of browser push notifications, please refer to the following instructions specific to your device and browser: this link is to an external site that may or may not meet accessibility guidelines. Family and friends of Caroline Found, an Iowa teenager who died in 2011, may welcome Sean McNamara's The Miracle Season, a feature recounting how girls on … Caroline Found was more than just a volleyball star. [5] It was released in the United States on April 6, 2018. “We’re all confronted with tragedy, or extreme sadness and loss,” he says. "We had met on a show called Caroline in the City—a Lea Thompson show back in the day," the 9-1-1 star spilled to Kelly Ripa in 2017. Kelly was generally healthy, but by the end of the summer even “normal” complaints (painful menstrual cramps, dry eyes, headaches) completely disappeared. She directly approaches Line's best friend, Kelley, encouraging her to return because Line would have wanted them to continue. ORGAN, Elizabeth Dina (Bitzie Keeping) It is with deep sadness and broken hearts that we announce the passing of Elizabeth Dina (Bitzie) Organ on November 23, … Lisa tried to rise above the melee while drinking rose in her pink palace. Princess Caroline, 61, who is the eldest child of US actress Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier of Monaco made the revelations in a new book Albert II of Monaco, The Man and The Prince. They move on to the championship, and have to go up against City High, who are heavily favored to win. Kelley refuses, but Bresnahan persists until Kelley agrees. She touched an astonishing number of lives in her 17 years. “I thought we had to grieve together initially. [14] Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "A" on an A+ to F scale. The film was originally titled Live Like Line. Her sudden death left her community stunned as they struggled to cope with the news. [6] The film received mixed reviews from critics and has grossed $10 million worldwide. “That morning we just met with the team,” Bresnahan tells PEOPLE of the morning after the accident. “We went to each other’s houses every night and slept over. Ellyn Slocum Found, 55, devoted wife of Ernie Found and loving mother of Gregg, Catharine and Caroline Found ended her courageous battle with pancreatic cancer on Tuesday, August 23, 2011. That’s really the only way to do it in the long run.”. On the front were the words, “ Live Like Line.” [3] The film is based on the true story of the Iowa City West High School volleyball team[4] after the sudden death of the team's heart and leader, Caroline Found, in 2011. Credit: Lisa, an original cast member, was bullied off the show by her best friend Kyle Richards during season 9. Bresnahan begins to run the team through grueling drills until a teammate can serve to spot one. The player who eventually took that position was Caroline’s best friend, Kelly Flieller, who accepted the role after receiving encouragement from Bresnahan and her teammates. The Miracle Season is a 2018 American drama film directed by Sean McNamara and starring Erin Moriarty, Helen Hunt, William Hurt, and Danika Yarosh. Get push notifications with news, features and more. “I felt totally responsible for getting them to the point where they could at least be in a position to win, and it didn’t look like we were going to. Ellyn Slocum Found, 55, devoted wife of Ernie Found and loving mother of Gregg, Catharine and Caroline Found ended her courageous battle with pancreatic cancer on Tuesday, August 23, 2011. After the tragic death of star volleyball player Caroline "Line" Found, a team of dispirited high school girls must band together under the guidance of their tough-love … With Line as the captain, the Trojans have been undefeated and everyone has high hopes for West to win the championship again after the previous year, especially against their long-time rival, City High. Caroline "Line" Found (Danika Yarosh) is the effervescent captain of the West High School girls volleyball team and life-long best friend of Kelley Fliehler (Erin Moriarty, looking like a slightly younger Kate Mara). West High struggles in practice and loses their first game badly, still discouraged from Line's death. “We have choices as to how we move on from there, and choosing to allow your heart to be mended slowly with others who are also struggling can be very gratifying. We carried each other through and those six are still my best friends to this day. Her zest for life was unbridled, contagious. The season was dedicated to Line’s memory. Directed by Sean McNamara. At the state tournament, the Trojans win the quarter-final game with ease, but struggle to win their semi-final game. Caroline Slocum Found, beloved daughter, sister and friend, died Thursday, August 11th at age 17. The website's critical consensus reads, "The Miracle Season has a worthy real-life story to tell, but one-dimensional characters and aggressively maudlin storytelling undercut any emotional uplift. The Iowa City Press-Citizen says 17-year-old Caroline Found, of Iowa City, died Thursday night. Caroline sees the hero within Kelly that she has yet to discern. That night, Line herself is killed in a moped accident, leaving the entire community in mourning. And she was right. Not just its captain. The funeral of West High student Caroline Found, who was killed last week in a, was held Tuesday. I am really upset with my 16-year-old daughter. The future seemed bright for the girls in the West High School volleyball team from Iowa City, Iowa. You'll get the latest updates on this topic in your browser notifications. Frank Deford travels to Iowa City to learn how a squad of high school girls overcame their grief to achieve an ending fit for Hollywood. She was a mischievous student … “Loved to have friends, loved to make other people feel better, loved to put smiles on faces.”. The One Direction star, 27, and model, 21, have expanded their family by welcoming a … We adopted her as a baby as we couldn’t have children of our own. I don’t think we realized how much pressure we put on ourselves to win for her, and if we had come up short it would’ve been devastating.”. Caroline passed away aged 40 after taking her own life in … City takes the lead early in the match, but West manages to tie the score and force the fifth and final game. The friends of former student Caroline Found describe her as being outgoing and gregarious. The Miracle Season is now out in theaters. Played by Erin Moriarty Fliehler was one of Caroline’s best friends and fellow senior on the West volleyball team. Her father Ernie Found, a doctor who never missed one of the team’s games, says his youngest daughter just had gift for making people smile. Coyote Ugly Turns 20: Where Is the Cast Now? Now, the inspiring and heartbreaking story is reaching the hearts of moviegoers with The Miracle Season — a tear-jerking retelling playing in theaters. Text us for exclusive photos and videos, royal news, and way more. One of Caroline’s best friends on the team Kelley Fliehler tells PEOPLE that having her teammates around her is how she survived the grief. Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty. It was released in the United States on April 6, 2018. With Helen Hunt, Erin Moriarty, William Hurt, Danika Yarosh. 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However, a tragic accident results in the death of team leader Caroline Found (Danika Yarosh). “Bres always told us to make sure we were playing with Caroline and not for her, but that’s easier said than done. She was a compassionate classmate who wouldn’t let a shy kid eat lunch alone. [9] It was released by LD Entertainment on April 6, 2018.[10]. She was often accused by other cast members of being a master manipulator who managed to create drama while never getting her hands dirty. “If my teammates hadn’t told me that that’s what Caroline would’ve wanted, I would’ve never done it.”, Ernie Found with the cast of The Miracle Season, With Fliehler as setter and Ernie in the stands cheering them on, Bresnahan says they found a way to play through the grief: “You look at his strong, grieving, kind face in the bleachers and you think, ‘My god, if he can do this, how can we not do it? "We were guest-starring. When Kelley succeeds, Bresnahan names her the new captain of the team. “I absolutely refused to play setter when Bres first asked, I didn’t want to take Caroline spot,” Fliehler recalls.

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