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Edmond Santa Fe's JoBi Heath back in the circle

Wolves pitcher suffered a torn ACL in a basketball game, but is back on the field for softball season.
by Jacob Unruh Published: August 27, 2013

When Edmond Santa Fe's JoBi Heath went up for a layup in the Class 6A girls basketball semifinals last March, she immediately knew something wasn't quite right.

She didn't have the power to jump and collapsed to the court, suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament with just 20 seconds remaining in the game.

Then came the horrifying news that she would have to miss six to nine months, missing golf season and possibly missing softball season.

“I was crying for days; I was so sad,” said Heath, now a junior. “Then when he said six months, I just worked real hard and I knew I could get back before then.”

She accomplished her goal, being released 4½ months after the injury to where she can pitch for the Wolves. However, she is still not able to run the bases.

“I still get sore,” Heath said. “It still hurts, but I just play through it. It's no big deal.”

The news of her return spread across social media, with her sharing it on Twitter and Instagram.

“I was just so excited and telling my friends,” Heath said. “I didn't even think about what I was saying.”

Her return was good news for the Wolves, too. She has them off to a solid start at 3-2, while also showing personal improvement.

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by Jacob Unruh
Jacob Unruh is a graduate of Northeastern State University. He was born in Cherokee and raised near Vera where he attended Caney Valley High School.During his tenure at NSU, Unruh wrote for The Northeastern (NSU's student newspaper), the...
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