With her career cut short, Sev. Park's York looks ahead

Florida State goalkeeper loses battle with injuries

McDonogh's Dolch stars



October 27, 2004|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

Kerry York is 21 years old and she said doctors have told her she will never run again.

"Never, ever," the sidelined senior goalkeeper at Florida State said Monday from Tallahassee, Fla.

York developed a stress fracture in her left leg after her sophomore season with the Seminoles, and she said she suffered severe cartilage damage to her left ankle by attempting to play in six games last season. A doctor said last spring the joint was unstable and that she needed ankle reconstruction and fusion, a surgery that holds joints together with fasteners such as screws until the bones heal.

A specialist told her a few weeks ago she won't run again.

"Some days are better than others," said York, who had helped the Seminoles reach back-to-back sweet 16s as a freshman and sophomore and was on target to break all the Florida State women's goalkeeper records. "It's all kind of sinking in. I'm trying to move on to the next step of my life, but soccer has been a big part of my life since I was 5."

York said she wants to attend physical therapy school at Maryland and possibly coach some day. She has decided to postpone the fusion surgery until after her senior season is over so she can help the team's goalkeepers.

"I wanted to be with my class and I want to help this program get to the next level any way I can," she said. Florida State is 12-4-1 and ranked No. 16.

Six surgeries have robbed the 2001 Maryland Gatorade Player of the Year from Severna Park High of a lot of her youth and almost the entire final two years of her collegiate career.

The 2000 All-Metro choice has battled through three years of injuries to her foot, ankle, leg, wrist, and jaw. She has had a tooth knocked out, undergone a root canal and seen her leg turn blue while swelling up to twice its normal size. The swelling followed foot surgery last summer, when doctors discovered York had a rare case of compartment syndrome, a condition caused by elevated pressure in the muscles that impedes blood supply to nerve and muscle cells.

By the time they operated on York, she said the problem had taken over much of her lower leg. It was discovered she had been experiencing the compartment syndrome for six months, resulting in sprained ankles nearly every day.

At that point, York halted all workouts and shut down her career.

"Over the last year, I now wonder, `Will I be able to chase after my kids one day?' I used to ride [horses]. Will I ever be able to do that again?" she said. "You realize that when your wrist gets sore just taking notes in class, what will it be like in 10 years?

"If I had this train of thought three years ago, I might not have been so stubborn [about playing in pain]. It was my competitiveness to get back out there."

Dolch setting records

Scott Dolch seems intent on driving the Central Connecticut State football team to a Northeast Conference championship and breaking several records in the process.

On Saturday, the senior quarterback from McDonogh guided the Blue Devils (6-1 overall, 4-0 in the league) to a 35-17 victory over St. Francis (Pa.), throwing two touchdown passes and completing six of 13 attempts for 169 yards.

Two weeks before that, Dolch set a single-game school record with five touchdown passes in Central Connecticut's first win over Robert Morris in 11 tries.

Dolch became the school's career passing leader that day with 5,160 yards, a mark he has now improved to 5,329 yards. On the season, he has completed 92 of 157 passes (58.6 percent) for 1,192 yards and 16 touchdowns.

Et cetera

Wake Forest senior cornerback Eric King (McDonogh) was a hero for three quarters Saturday when the Demon Deacons were leading Florida State before losing their upset bid, 20-17. King had sacked Seminoles quarterback Wyatt Sexton, causing a fumble that Wake Forest recovered and returned 36 yards for a touchdown and a 14-3 halftime lead. He finished with six tackles.

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