Lincoln senior Jared Jaros has helped lead the Patriots’ boys basketball team to a 7-0 start, though his season was nearly cut short by a knee injury.
Jared Jaros’ senior season couldn’t have started out any better. The Lincoln standout was scoring over 22 points per game, while his unbeaten Patriots were on their way to a win over cross-town rival Roosevelt. That’s the moment Jaros suffered what appeared to be a significant knee injury.
“When you see a guy go down like that and you’re at an opposing gym, and the whole gym goes quiet, you know there’s a lot of people concerned for him,” Lincoln Head Coach Jeff Halseth said.
“I was laying down there and I didn’t really feel anything afterwards. So I remember people telling me that’s how ACL’s work. So as I was laying there, I’m not going to lie, I was kind of thinking it was done,” Lincoln Senior Jared Jaros said.
As he sat on the bench watching his teammates finish off a win over the Rough Riders, Jaros says some anger set in.
“Just sitting there, wanting to help out and I couldn’t, it was the worst feeling ever,” Jaros said.
As Jaros headed into the doctor’s office, his coach told him to prepare for the worst and hope for the best.
“That’s when he told me it wasn’t an ACL because there was no swelling or anything. Once I heard that I was like alright, I can’t miss any more time,” Jaros said.
Jared would miss the Patriots’ game against Marshall, Minnesota, but returned to practice last week.
“Very first practice coming back we didn’t allow him any full stuff. Then the second day he was still a little hesitant, but that last day he got in full speed and did all of the drills,” Halseth said.
The senior says mentally rebounding from the injury was the toughest part, though all concerns quickly disappeared last Friday.
“Once the tip-off came Friday against St. Paul Central, it just all went away. I didn’t feel anything,” Jaros said.
Jaros is glad to have this scare behind him so he can go back to his enjoying his senior season.
“Going back out there with the team, that’s all I wanted. Felt great to get back out there with them,” Jaros said.
Jaros posted 25 points in his first game back against St. Paul Central, while scoring 21 in Lincoln’s win over defending champion Yankton.