Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Lake Ends Long Layoff with Bods

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Lake Ends Long Layoff with Bods

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One of the state's top high school place-kickers heading into the 2018 season, Kameron Lake never got the opportunity to take a single boot for Free State, spending the entire season recovering from surgery.

A year later, the 6-foot-2, 175-pounder is quickly making up for lost time, handling kicking duties as a true freshman for Washburn, which will put its 1-0 record on the line Saturday at Northwest Missouri State.

"I had a torn labrum in my right hip and I had surgery on it on Aug. 14th, right before the season started," Lake said. "I was kind of deciding whether I wanted to do cortisone shots or things like that to help me go through the season, but I decided no and didn't play at all that whole season.

"I ended up getting cleared to come back out and kick again in February this year, so I had to take about seven months off. It was mainly just wear and tear because I went to a lot of kicking camps in the summer beforehand and that just kind of wore it away. I also had a back problem the year before and that irritated my hip and all those kicking camps just made it worse and worse."

Obviously, Lake wanted to be on the field for the Firebirds in '18, but he also had to think about his college career.

"I wanted to play this season more than anything," he said. "My senior season, of course, was

important to me, but I kind of had to look forward to the future."

Fortunately for both Lake and Washburn, the Ichabods weren't scared away by his injury while looking for a replacement for graduated four-year kicker Perry Schmiedeler, making Lake an offer he couldn't refuse.

"That's how we signed him," Washburn coach Craig Schurig said. "We told him, 'It's your job and we just want you to be in shape and ready to go,' and he was.

"When we recruited him he was still injured, but we watched some film and we were like, 'Man, he's got big potential,' and it seemed like he had the right attitude, too. …

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