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Athlete of the Week: Leo Braun


Leo Braun has been a driving force behind three Abbotsford teams, but it hasn't come without hurdles


He plays football, basketball and baseball. And playing so many sports has cost him. A year ago, he found out he tore the labrum of his throwing shoulder.

And he was told he would not play sports for a year.

"I had pain, I thought it was a muscle, went in for an MRI, and it was all gone," Braun said. 

But instead of a year, he was back in six months.

"That speaks for itself, that and, not even a year later, he's all conference basketball," said his baseball coach Josh Soyk. "And I think he'll be all conference baseball as well."

So while Leo's injury was a major one, he didn't realize he was hurt until his junior year, when he stepped up on the mound, and realized he couldn't get the ball to home plate.

"Pitching is what I love to do. You try so hard, you throw across the plate with any kind of momentum you get that tingling in your shoulder," he said.  "In the outfield, you can lob the ball a little bit. Pitching is what I want to do, but I can't do it."

He'll instead go on to play basketball at UW Marshfield next year.

You just can't keep an athlete down.


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