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Wildcats lose Christy to back injury

December 12, 2009|By TIM KOELBLE

WILLIAMSPORT -- For now, Stephen Christy will watch Williamsport boys basketball games on the sidelines.

The 6-foot-5 junior was injured Tuesday against Frederick, sustaining injuries that will possibly curtail his season. He was on the sidelines in a wheelchair watching his teammates defeat Liberty.

"He has a tranverse fracture of the L-2 and L-3 lumbar spinal cord and he suffered a bruised lung," said Williamsport coach Scott Mowbray.

The incident occurred in the final three minutes of Tuesday's game. Christy was sandwiched between two Frederick defenders. He had his legs cut out from under him and hit the floor squarely on his back.

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He was released Wednesday morning from Frederick Memorial Hospital and was evaluated at John Hopkins on Thursday. Mowbray said he will be re-evaluated in six weeks.

"He will have to go through rehab," said Mowbray. "It's highly unlikely he will return this year but we'll see after his evaluation."

"You hate to see this happen to any kid and it's more gut-wrenching to a kid that has put the time, effort and energy into become a bigger and better player. He has dedicated himself and it's a shame that what he has worked for was taken away in one split second."

Christy had been expected to emerge as one of the top boys players in Washington County this season and had helped the Wildcats open the season with two victories.

Clear Spring coach Mark Shives put Christy's injury into perspective.

"Basketball and the MVAL aside, you hate to see something like this happen to anyone and in life in general," he said. "Stephen is a talented young man and we hope he recovers quickly."

Christy had scored 14 points in a season-opening win and 16 in the win over Frederick before he was injured.

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