Tuesday, October 17, 2000
Steamboat Springs offensive lineman Scott Middleton is out for the remainder of the football season after undergoing surgery Oct. 12 on his left knee. Middleton dislocated the knee after Steamboat's Sept. 1 contest against Middle Park. The surgery was performed at Yampa Valley Medical Center. Middleton participated in Steamboat's win over Salida Sept. 8 but missed four football games before the surgery. The former starter must now watch from the sidelines his 6-1 Sailors play their final three games. The goal, Middleton said, is to rehabilitate the knee in time for baseball season. Middleton plays shortstop and pitcher for Steamboat. He also wants to work hard to regain his starting position for the 2001 football season. Middleton, a junior, had a similar injury last year. Against Rifle, he dislocated his right knee. Middleton's teammate Tristan Covillo recognized the player's string of bad luck. "It's two years in a row that he's gotten hurt, and it's just really unfortunate," Covillo said. Sailors lineman Jason Wenzlau said his team will be without one of its hardest workers. "He's a tough kid, you know. He gets the job done," Wenzlau said. "The kid works hard at everything and, you know, his knees just go bad on him." "We'll definitely go to the playoffs, I think," Middleton said. "And then I think we're a real good contestant in the division playoffs and maybe even states. I think that we have a good chance of going to states because we have a really good team, really mature team."