There was an hour or so, right after Katie Trew heard the bad news, that she felt sorry for herself crying and being consoled by friends, despairing that college coaches...
There was an hour or so, right after Katie Trew heard the bad news, that she felt sorry for herself crying and being consoled by friends, despairing that college coaches wouldn’t get to see her play her senior year, wondering if her basketball dreams were over.
And then the moment passed. She had more pressing issues to consider. “The next thing I was thinking about was surgery, physical therapy, what am I going to do with this,” Trew said. “I just brought myself together and looked at what I needed to do to get back.”
Trew, a 17-year-old senior at Edmonds-
Woodway High School, tore the anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee in July at a basketball tournament in Oregon City, just south of Portland.
The timing couldn’t have been worse.
Trew, a versatile 5-foot-10 guard and forward, had been named to the WesCo South first team as a sophomore and junior, averaging 14 points both seasons. The summer was supposed to be her opportunity to showcase her skills in front of college coaches and land a Division I scholarship.
But the knee buckled and popped as she hustled to save a ball from going out of bounds, and the early prognosis was that she’d likely miss six to nine months. The summer swirled down the drain, with her senior season possibly in tow, and just like that, the colleges went looking elsewhere.
That’s not where this story ends, however. Trew has a fierceness, work ethic and maturity few can match, says Edmonds-Woodway Coach Amy Branch.
“She could have easily gone the other way,” said Branch, an Edmonds-Woodway grad who played college basketball in the mid-1990s. “I’ve witnessed too many athletes have an injury, and it shows the nature of who they really are.”
In August, doctors sewed a replacement cadaver ligament into Trew’s leg. Through daily rehab, the knee healed, and the atrophied muscles around it returned. Right now, ahead of schedule, Trew can run, jump, move laterally and shoot without pain.
The workouts weren’t difficult because she’s always been physically strong. What was hard, Trew said, was the mental aspect, “knowing I have to believe in myself, to push myself to tell myself that I’m gonna get back and my goals will be fulfilled.”
She’ll find out this week whether she has been cleared for contact. After that, she’s circled a nonleague game on Dec. 30 as her return date.
It’s important to Trew that she plays. Part of it is her hard-wiring. She remembers rushing home from school with tryout fliers for everything: hockey, soccer, karate, basketball, volleyball, softball, golf. She played them all.
She speaks passionately about “that feeling you get when you play, and it’s just like when you’re out there, nothing else matters.”
“She’s a huge competitor in everything she does,” said her friend Megan Feeney, a senior at Bishop Blanchet in Seattle, who played with Trew on the summer select team and witnessed the injury. “She just has that striving to win that’s a lot stronger than most people’s.”
Part of Trew’s makeup is also her upbringing. Her father was a coach. Her older brother Kyle Trew attends Washington on a football scholarship. Katie recalls tagging along with Kyle and his buddies, being the little sister who played sports with the big boys.
Through athletics, she has made great friends, traveled, learned valuable life lessons. “It’s made me who I am today,” Trew said.
This wasn’t what she had in mind for her ideal senior year. But she eagerly awaits her doctor’s official go-ahead and tries to look for the positives.
“I always think everything happens for a reason,” Trew said. “I wasn’t sure why this happened, but I want to benefit from it as much as I can.”
Shorewood’s brother act
Going into last night’s game against Lynnwood, Shorewood’s boys basketball team was atop WesCo South with a 3-0 start, thanks in large part to the 6-foot-7 Diederichs brothers.
Senior Rob Diederichs averaged 21 points in the three wins, including 28 in an upset of No. 2-ranked Mountlake Terrace. Sophomore Tim Diederichs, who missed most of last season with a stress fracture in his back, has provided a tough low-post presence.
“They’ve played so much together, they know where the other is at all times,” said Shorewood Coach Jeff Denny.
Around the county
Two Snohomish County basketball stars had great showings Saturday at the 16-team Les Schwab Hoops Challenge at Seattle Pacific University. Monroe 6-foot-6 senior Kirsten Thompson, headed to Arizona State University next fall, scored 31 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to lead the Bearcats (5-0) over Redmond.
Later in the day, Snohomish’s Jon Brockman, who has signed with Washington, scored 29 points and added 10 rebounds as the Panthers (2-2) beat Bartlett High School(Anchorage), last year’s Class 4A runner-up in Alaska.
Alexandra Dunsdon, a senior defender at Meadowdale and all-WesCo first-team selection, has been chosen as a member of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America/Adidas Scholar All-America team. She is one of 34 honorees nationwide.
Michael Ko: 206-515-5653 or firstname.lastname@example.org