Medial malleolus mishap

Coach Tara Chandler signs Allison Berge's cast on Monday after Berge's surgery to repair her broken ankle.

By Phillip Harnden (
“I will be out for the rest of the season. I feel like I am letting my team down, even though it was just an accident.” - Allison Berge
Sitting comfortably in second place in 2A Southeast for now, Glenrock faces a few tough challenges on the volleyball court in the near future.
Senior starter Allison Berge won’t be on the court for the rest of her senior year after an injury and surgery last week.
“At practice last Wednesday we were doing net battles and I landed on Alexus (Taylor’s) foot and rolled my ankle,” Berge said. “I thought it was just a normal roll or sprain until after practice when my dad took me to get checked at the hospital.”
Once there an X-ray determined that Berge had broken her medial malleolus, the bone that makes the lump on the side of the ankle.
The next day Berge was in surgery getting screws and pins put into her left ankle. She now sports a bright pink fiberglass cast.
“I will be out for the rest of the season,” she said. “I feel like I am letting my team down, even though it was just an accident.”
Berge was devastated when the x-ray came back and admits that she cried more from not being able to play than from the injury.
But she is not giving up on the Lady Herders. She will continue to help the team however she can with a cast and crutches.
“I will not quit on them,” she said.
Another starting senior Alexus Taylor was out on Monday with possible appendicitis. It is unclear if she will be playing in the homecoming game against No. 1 Southeast this Thursday.
“We are playing with a skeleton crew,” coach Tara Chandler said. “We had 15 players to fill 3 teams last week. Several freshmen and sophomores are stepping up to play varsity this week. It’s like having an all new team. Almost like week one all over again.”
But the injuries and short benches didn’t slow down the Ladies in Lusk on Saturday.
They had a slow start losing the first set 22-25, but rallied with increasing determination to beat the Tigers 25-20, 25-11 and 25-15.
The Herders are sitting 8-10 for the season with a 2-0 conference record. They will be playing conference leader Southeast for Homecoming Thursday at 6 p.m.
Even with her new surgically implanted hardware and bright pink cast, Berge will be supporting her team from the sidelines.


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