Lauren Young, Bangor High School’s tireless left back and point guard in basketball, suffered a broken leg while playing in a national soccer tournament for her Seacoast club team in Indiana a week ago and may miss the entire soccer season.
Young suffered a broken tibia and fibula in her right leg and had surgery that same day.
Young will be a senior this fall. The 17-year-old is a three-year starter at left back and was a starter on the basketball last season.
“I’m hoping to be healed up by the end of the [regular season in soccer] so I can play in the playoffs. But I’m not sure yet,” said Young. “I have a rod down my tibia and screws in my ankle and knee to hold it there. I start physical therapy next week and that should speed up the process. That should enable me to regain the muscle that I’ve lost.”
Young said the injury was freakish.
“Two of us were going for a 50-50 ball and we both extended our legs. Her leg hit my leg just right,” said Young who added that she is “doing well” with her pain management and is weaning off her pain medication.
She said it was “very emotional” to sustain such an injury before her senior year but quickly added that “there’s light at the end of the tunnel. I should be stronger than I was.”
Young is currently in a walking boot and she also has crutches.
Bangor girls soccer coach and former girls basketball coach Joe Johnson said she will be a huge loss if she can’t return.
“She is invaluable,” said Johnson. “She has always been overlooked because, I suspect, we’ve had such good teams. She is one of the hardest workers I’ve ever coached.
“She has been one of our most reliable and dependable players since she got here. She has improved every year and it would be a shame to not be able to see what she brings to the table this year with her effort and tenacity,” added Johnson. “She does things the right way. She’s a leader.”
Johnson noted that Young has developed into a highly skilled player.
“We have some real good soccer players who can fill her position but I don’t think we can replace her. We can try different shapes and formations. We’ll have to find a way to get it done,” he said.
Johnson was also her basketball coach the past three seasons before stepping down after last year.
“She had a great season for us last winter,” said Johnson. “She really came into her own. Her confidence grew and that helped us turn our season around.“