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Saw a kid at the regionals tonite with a Prothro type break, it was horrible. He plays for RA Hubbard (used to be Courtland). Not sure of his name, but its not gonna be an easy comeback for him.
This post was edited by dill3413 on 2/20/2013 at 11:14 PM
Think about the injury to South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore from this past college football season. It brought to mind another memory-scarring tumble that befell Alabama receiver Tyrone Protho against Florida in 2005.
There was an injury to R.A. Hubbard sophomore Tony Harris Wednesday night at the Northwest Regional basketball tournament in Hanceville that will also be hard to forget.
Harris took a tumble around the baseline corner, with Parrish up 44-32 on his Chiefs with 1:35 to play in third quarter, and suffered what appeared to be a gruesome ankle injury. Parrish went on to win the game by a 62-50 final margin.
Several members of the Parrish team said the sight made them sick to their stomach.
"It kind of reminded me of the (former NFL quarterback) Joe Theisman tackle," Parrish coach Heath Burns said, who sent his thoughts and prayers out to Harris.
Alabama High School Athletic Association Assistant Director Wanda Gilliand said she’d never seen anything like it on a basketball court.
“Honestly, it was pretty bad,” Gilliand said. “I’ve seen a couple of football (injuries) with your arm, but I’ve never seen an ankle like that. It was the kind of thing that does take your breath away when you see it.”
Gilliand said Harris was taken to Cullman Regional Medical Center and his mother rode with him in the ambulance. The 6-foot-3 Harris left the floor after a significant delay to a warm, supportive ovation at Wallace State-Hanceville’s Tom Drake Coliseum.
"Tony got what is probably a broken ankle," R.A. Hubbard coach Jack Steele, Jr. said after the game. "It is kind of dislocated. I think it is one of those situations that looked a whole lot worse than what it was. I think he's going to be OK. We may have to put a pin in it, but he'll be able to return and play football and stuff. He's just a 10th-grader."
Steele Jr. said Harris was in considerable pain but he remained in good spirits. He described him as "an upbeat kid" and a "prankster" who knows how to keep the team loose at the right times.
Gilliand said Harris even told one of his buddies to get his bag of the locker room.
She also praised the medical staff at Wallace State for their response time. They called ahead to Cullman Regional as soon as Harris hit the floor and quickly had an ambulance en route.
The R.A. Hubbard coach put things in perspective afterward.
"We would've loved to have won the ball game, but I'd rather for Tony not to have ever been hurt," Steele Jr. said. "That's my No. 1 priority is the kids."
The AHSAA hoped to provide more details on Harris and his condition as they become available during Thursday’s set of state regional basketball playoff games at Wallace State.
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Prayers to him.. You hate to see a kid get injured playing a sport they love.. Wishing him a quick and successful recovery..
Thankful that it may not be as bad as it looked. Maybe I can get it out of my head and sleep too!!
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