Fall sports plagued by injuries

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by Caleb Peter

If you have walked through the hallways of PCM lately, you may have noticed the crutches,  wheelchairs, casts and boots. Many student athletes this fall have suffered some sort of injury. “I was making a tackle and my ankle was left underneath of me, and some players fell on top of me,” senior Noah Clark said.

Clark was injured during the Homecoming game on Sept. 30.

“It was really tough not being out there with the guys,” Clark said. “They are out there getting better and faster, while I’m trying to heal and be able to play again and be a role model.”

Another football player injured was junior Noah Anderson. “I injured my ankle in the game Friday night against Roland-Story, and I’m expecting surgery sometime this week. My absence shouldn’t affect the team, everyone has so much talent they will play just as good as any other Friday night,” he said.

Some athletes recover from their injuries within weeks or days, and some have lost whole seasons. Freshman Trent Johnston got injured in football practice at the being of the football season and will be out for at least another half of a month. “I fell just right and dislocated my knee and when it relocated itself, everything tore,” said Johnston.

Jayci Vos, a senior and varsity runner in cross country, was injured in a collision with a girl during the powderpuff football game the night before Homecoming. She tore parts of her rectus femoris, the middle part of the quad that attaches to the hip and the knee, a severe injury that sidelined her for the rest of the season, and possibly part of the basketball season.

“Being on the sideline is not something that I enjoy. I love cheering on my teammates, but I also love competing with them. It is very unfortunate, but I am choosing to look at the positives,” Vos said.

Vos was not only a leader in cross country, but also basketball and track. Vos earned third place her junior year in the 400 hurdles at State track.

“When I was first injured, the doctor said that I would be out for 8-12 weeks, but right now, I am way ahead of schedule. It is healing, and we are just taking the progress day-by-day.”

She looks forward to competing in the future.

“I know that when I get cleared, my main goal is to come back stronger than before!”