double jeopardy: how one injury may derail two sport seasons
By bryana martinez, sports editor
Photo by Bacilio Bencosme, Photography Editor
“As I fell to the floor,I knew my knee was done.”
When Nicole Chavez, team MVP of both the Girls Varsity Basketball and Softball teams, fell to the floor after having her knee give out, the fate of two seasons might have given out as well. As starting point guard for the Basketball team and superstar shortstop for the Softball team, Chavez is as critical to one sports program as anyone in the city. Without her leadership and abilities, what will happen to our Ladyhawks?
It happened on December 10, 2015 as the Lady Hawks Basketball team took on the John Adams Lady Spartans in a home game here at Hillcrest. The Lady Hawks were winning by a significant amount of points when in the third quarter Nicole, one of the team captains, dislocated her knee. She had one foot planted on the floor and her knee was slightly bent as went to reach for the ball and another player accidentally crashed into the side of Nicole’s right knee. She immediately fell on the floor onto her left side grabbing her injured knee. She stated, “As I fell to the floor, I knew I was done -- my knee did not feel right.” Being a supportive teammate Nicole stayed for the last quarter in dire pain with only ice packs aiding her injury.
Nicole’s injury has caused her to need crutches and unable to participate in certain activities. The sad thing is that she is now missing out on her last season of high school basketball. "That's the hardest part," Nicole said. "I might never play again with my teammates."
A team entering the season with high hopes this year has struggled since the injury occurred and now have a record of 4 wins and 9 losses without Nicole. Mr. Strong, the Girls Varsity Basketball Coach, stated that Nicole was the team's overall best player with a 12-5-2 split last year. "She was important to what we wanted to accomplish as a team," Coach Strong said.
With the Spring season approaching, the Girls Varsity Softball team worries that Nicole might not recover in time. Not only is Nicole one of the team captains, but she also plays one of the most important positions in the game --shortstop. She is one of the most skillful players on the team, and the heart of the team as she hit 7 home runs and stole 42 bases last year while finishing in the top 10 in her division for hits. Fellow teammate and captain Alexsandra Hall said that as she heard of Nicole’s injury she feared Nicole’s high school athletic career had came to a permanent end. "I just wonder what happens to our team now," Alexsandra said.
The Softball coach, Mr. Beauzile was sad and disappointed about Nicole’s injury especially not knowing the extent of her injury. "As a shortstop, she has a lot of lateral movement which can injure her again if she comes back too soon," Coach Beauzile said. He hopes that Nicole will only miss at most the first game of the season, but fears the worst case scenario of her needing surgery due to her torn ACL which would cause her to miss the entire season.
Mr. Beauzile advises Nicole to keep icing her knee and attending physical therapy for a full and fast recovery. Hopefully she will recover and be back to her athletic ways in no time because two Ladyhawks seasons may go down in flames without her.