Injuries not stopping Poland's Blumenstock

By On October 01, 2018

Injuries not stopping Poland's Blumenstock

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As a young seventh grader, Keara Blumenstock envisioned having a long career with Poland girls soccer.

Instead, injuries took their toll. She suffered her first torn ACL during her sophomore year, only to experience the same fate this past June.

"I don't understand why it happened to me," Blumenstock said.

She was playing in her first summer league game of the season, when she went down with a non-contact injury.

"I fell and I was screaming because it was so bad," Blumenstock said. "I got up and went right to the ambulance."

Just like that, her high school soccer playing career was over.

"Emotionally I said to myself, oh my god, this is my senior year," she recalled. " ;I didn't know how I was going to be able to get through the season."

Tornadoes head coach Tom Basel then stepped in to help.

"I reminded her that she's been through this before and that there's nothing that could be done or that she could have done," he said. "It's just bad fortune and bad luck. I made sure to tell her that there's certainly a place on the team for her and that she'll bounce back just like she did previously."

By the time Blumenstock fully heals, the soccer season will have been long over, meaning Poland will have to pursue another sectional title without her.

"In some ways, Keara is irreplaceable," Basel said. Her leadership on the field, skill and the statistical side of it."

While she won't be taking the field for Poland again, Blumenstock is planning to continue her soccer career at the collegiate level.

"I don't expect to be as fast as I was or anything like that," she said. "I'm hoping by the time soccer starts it will come. I'm anticipating I get back to 100 percent."

Blumenstock still comes to practices and games, but the inability to play has given her a new perspective on the game she loves.

"Appreciate the years you have because you never know if you're not going to play your senior year," she said. "Or when you thought you had six when you really have four years. I just say live every high school game like it's going to be your last because you never know when it could be."

Blumenstock is holding out hope she will be able to play softball for Poland in the spring.


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