In the Big Country it's not unlikely for fans to see their favorite athletes star in multiple sports. While this may be exciting for the players, it doesn't come without danger. Clyde basketball player Seth Ferrington found this out first hand when he first tore his ACL in a football practice as a freshman and then re-tore it as a sophomore on the hardwood.
“The second time I heard a pop, kind of pivoted wrong, it just gave out and I knew it was over with” Ferrington described to KTXS on Thursday.
What Ferrington’s family and teammates knew was that his athletic career was probably over. What they didn’t know was that he was poised for the most unlikely of comebacks. Tearing the same knee ligament twice is usually a death sentence for any athlete. Seth drew some extra motivation from his mother, who hoped her son would some day be as successful on the court as she was.
“She was down a lot because she used to play high school basketball. I always wanted to be like her and go to state,” Ferrington explained.
“It was emotional for me, him and his mom,” Clyde boy’s basketball coach Eric Phelps said, “he missed two years of basketball so coming back this season I figured he'd be a JV player.”
No one could blame Coach Phelps for predicting Seth’s permanent place on the junior squad. But Seth’s love for the game would be the springboard for his comeback. He quit football altogether and decided that he would play basketball for Clyde even if it meant being on the JV squad as an upper classman.
“As we got close to the season and scrimmages, he earned a varsity spot,” Coach Phelps described the turnaround, “you root for kids like that. He's been through two hard years and now his hard work is paying off.”
Ferrington’s hard work has not only been validated with a varsity starting spot, he is also the team’s leading three point shooter. The three point title is something Ferrington has certainly beat the odds on. A kid who once described himself as “just happy to be here” is now a significant contributor to the Bulldog’s bid for first in district. The Bulldogs take on Mason Reed and the Cisco Lobos tomorrow and if Ferrington has anything to say about it, the Bulldogs aren’t going down without a fight.