All Ronnie Mills felt was numb.
The quarterback of East Fairmont’s football team, Mills was playing at Preston County on a freezing Friday night last season. He took the snap, but couldn’t hang onto it because his fingers were so bitterly cold.
As the junior dove for the loose ball, an opposing player speared him right in his throwing shoulder.
Mills hid the injury from the coaching staff initially. He “had to” because the game was tight. But once Mills got to the locker room, he began to realize the full extent of his injury.
“I couldn’t take off my shoulder pads,” Mills said. “I knew something was wrong. I had to pull it off with one arm because I couldn’t lift (my right) arm.”
Mills continued to hide the injury that week during practice, but as the pain grew, his father insisted that he sit out.
Two weeks later, Mills saw WVU’s trainer and got an MRI. The diagnosis: torn labrum. Season over.
“It was tough simply because Ronnie was our quarterback at the time,” defensive coordinator Chad Davidson said. “When the quarterback goes down, it’s tough because the kids that were under him — a sophomore and a freshman — had no varsity experience whatsoever.”
All Ronnie Mills felt was numb.
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Kaden Whaley caught a pass along the baseline, split two defenders and floated the ball effortlessly into the hoop.
As the Fairmont Senior bench erupted, assistant coach David Price blurted out, “Wooo, she’s killing them.”
Perhaps that’s the best way to describe it. The junior forward pulled down seven boards, snatched four steals, blocked three shots and scored 30 points (more than the entire East Fairmont team combined) to power the Polar Bears to a 66-20 victory over their cross-town rival.
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I still remember sitting by the phone, waiting for the call that never came.
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