Injuries in Mountain View

Lukas Arthur, Sports Editor

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     Mountain View athletes have been struck pretty hard this past year by injuries. With Wes Evangelista breaking his fibula early in the first football game, and Baylor Brigham tearing his meniscus in late May holding him out for most of the offseason workouts, the Mountain Lion football team lineup has taken some hits. Shane Shadowen missed most of his Junior basketball season due to an ACL tear, then this spring Payton Ramsden tore his ACL causing him to miss his Junior football season. But arguably the most devastating would be Nate Vondys UCL tear in his elbow last spring causing him to miss his whole Junior season and part of his Senior year this spring.

      Coming back from a breakout Junior season where he had over 300 yards receiving while also flexing to defense during some games last season, Senior Baylor Brigham was expected to be a key part to the football team success this season. But that preparation was put on hold back in May when he tore his meniscus play a kickball game. While it did take him a little bit of time to get back into the swing of things Brigham has again brought himself back into the conversation for an all conference type of season after a breakout game vs Brighton in the first conference game, in which he had 10 catches for 120 yards. Then another 8 catch game vs Broomfield. Brigham said this worst part was, “When I first found out that the injury was because then I couldn’t play the sport that I love for a while.” We as a team are continuing to look towards Brigham for big plays week after week and he has continued to produce.

     Junior Payton Ramsden didn’t know that he had torn his ACL. Back in the spring during lacrosse he had injured his meniscus which held him out for a minute back then, but he thought it had healed and had been working out with QB Lukas Arthur often catching routes trying the take that next step into being a varsity wide out the season. But then the eventful afternoon came when a group of football players got together for a workout throwing one-ones, WR vs DB. Playing defense on Cade Bender, Ramsden went to cut and heard that infamous pop in his knee and knew that something was wrong. So far Ramsden has been struggling with dealing with, “Watching my friends play the game that I love and just wishing I was out there with them. It really stinks.” At first he had fears that if he came back too soon he would re-tear it but the more physical therapy and rehab that he does the more confident he is that when he comes back to play next fall it will be at full strength and we all expect his to be a big part of the team.

     The most individually devastating injury would be Senior Nate Vondy’s UCL tear in his elbow. Before his injury right before his Junior Season Nate was one of the more highly touted and highly recruited pitchers in the Northern Colorado area. Nate technically tore his UCL twice, the first time in August of 2017, that is actually popped out of place, but he continued to play thinking his elbow was just sore. But when the spring season came in March of 2018 he threw one pitch and he knew it was torn. He restates the memorie to me, “I broke down then and there because I knew all the schools that I was talking to were going to drop me and my whole baseball career. It was a very emotional day for me.” While he most likely won’t pitch this year, he has been doing a lot of rehab and physical therapy and has been swinging a bat for awhile now Nate expects to be able to play in the field some, to help his team compete for another state championship.

     Injuries are always a big part of any sports, no matter which one you play, or at any level of competition. But no matter how old or how good you are at your individual sport any injury is going to be devastating. Mountain View sports have been hit pretty hard in the last couple years, trainer Jess Smith was saying, “This is my 4th year here and a trainer for the athletic department, and we have never experienced this many serious injuries.” But with that it’s not about how bad or how painful the injury is, it’s all about getting back onto the horse and getting back to where you can compete again.