Barely a month ago, basketball likely was the last thing on Marc Hutchings’ mind.
On Wednesday afternoon, the Hampden Academy junior was back on the court with his teammates.
The Broncos’ 6-foot 5-inch center, who was seriously injured in a truck crash on Jan. 9, has been medically cleared to return to basketball, according to head coach Russ Bartlett.
“He went thru a light workout [Wednesday] with no contact. We’ll see how he feels [on Thursday],” Bartlett said in a text message.
Whether Hutchings will be able to contribute for the Broncos in Saturday’s 5 p.m. Class A North quarterfinal against Skowhegan at the Augusta Civic Center is uncertain. But he appears to have made a remarkable recovery.
Defending regional champion Hampden Academy (14-4) is the No. 2 seed in Class A North while the No. 7 Indians are 8-10.
In the snowy, early morning hours of Jan. 9, the 18-year-old from Glenburn suffered a broken pelvis, clavicle and multiple ribs when he crashed his truck on outer Essex St. in Bangor. Hutchings wound up in the intensive care unit at Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor.
He had been doing sanding work for a property management company and was driving on Essex St. when his pickup truck slid on ice, went off the road, knocked over a utility pole and flipped onto its roof near the intersection with Fox Hollow.
Robert Hutchings said through a family friend that his son was wearing his seatbelt at the time and that it likely saved Marc’s life.
Marc Hutchings’ resilience and determination were evident when, only nine days after his accident, he showed up at Hampden’s game at Brewer High School and sat on the bench with his teammates.
Prior to the mishap, Hutchings was a key contributor for the Hampden Academy basketball team.
“He’s a hard working kid, comes from a great family, really humble,” Bartlett said the day after the crash.
Hutchings played middle-school basketball in Glenburn, then attended Bangor High School as a freshman and sophomore and played on the Rams’ varsity basketball team before transferring to Hampden Academy for the start of the 2017-2018 academic year.
Hutchings was a reserve for the Broncos’ basketball team as a junior and moved into the starting lineup this season.
In his last game for HA, Hutchings scored 16 points as the Broncos beat Messalonskee of Oakland 77-49.