Of course, injuries are a part of sports, but that doesn't mean it doesn't stink to high heaven when they occur.
Seems like some of the top athletes in the Tri-Cities have been disproportionately affected by the dreaded I-word in recent months. Not to mention the S-word (surgery ... get your minds out of the gutter).
We all know what happened with East hoops star Kendall Stephens, and now the team's next best player, Dom Adduci, is dealing with the same labrum surgery that Stephens did.
More recently but sticking with East, the Saints lost soccer star T.C. Hull to a torn ACL. East would have been a definite state title contender with Hull in the mix next fall. Without him ... we shall see.
Speaking of athletes at the top of their sport, it's been a shame to see Geneva pitcher Andy Honiotes shelved by elbow trouble. Not too often you've got a pitcher going to Miami from around these parts, and it would have been great to see what a healthy Honiotes could have done with his senior season.
The Geneva girls soccer team has had a pretty good season, especially at the end, but where could the Vikings have been with Michaela Loebel (ACL surgery)? Batavia girls soccer has two ACL injuries among the same set of twins, let alone the rest of the team being banged up.
The Vikings' top girls track athlete, Hannah Davison, didn't have a chance to return to Charleston because of a season-ending foot injury.
Batavia baseball's top-notch catcher, Dino Simoncelli, has missed much of the season with a hand injury, and the same goes for Geneva slugger Mitch Endriukaitis.
The list goes on and on, it seems. Might not do any good to cry over it, but here's hoping for a cleaner bill of health for area athletes in the weeks and months to come.