Oak Creek Shelby and Lindsay Miles have a unique bond.
They’re sisters, and they’re twins, but that bond has been only strengthened by growing up and playing sports together.
“We challenge each other,” Shelby said. “We know the best and worst in each other. When we get on the court, we expect each other to play our best. We have no problem saying something when we don’t.”
Now, the two 2012 Soroco High School graduates will be reunited.
Lindsay just wrapped up her freshman year of volleyball at Colorado Northwestern Community College in Rangely. Shelby, after a semester at the University of Wyoming and one in Rangely recovering from an ankle injury, signed her letter of intent to play in the fall.
“It’s really exciting since I didn’t think I’d be able to play again,” Shelby said.
Shelby had surgery on her right ankle during the Thanksgiving break. She had the accessory navicular bone removed and ligaments reattached.
She was in a cast for more than a month and a walking boot for three months. All the time, Shelby spent a good portion of her weekends watching her siblings play college sports, whether it was Lindsay in Rangely or her brother Cody, who plays football at Fort Lewis College.
It was tough, and Shelby admits she had moments where she thought she might never play again because of the injury.
After transferring to Rangely for her second semester, Shelby started working out with the volleyball team. Still in a boot, she rarely missed a workout.
Finally, once she was out of the boot, she started working with the trainer, and the team decided to offer her a spot.
Shelby said the team hasn’t decided where to play her, but she likely would slot into a defensive or setting role.
Either way, she’ll once again play with Lindsay, something she thought might never happen.
“It’s amazing,” said Shelby, who is studying psychology and business. “I love playing with her.”
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