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Posted: Thursday, August 7, 2014 3:00 pm

A year ago, Dominic Struckhoff could only watch from the sidelines as his teammates took the field.

Struckhoff was sidelined by a severe knee injury, and for the Borgia running back, the setback came at exactly the wrong time. Football season was about to begin and Struckhoff would miss a large part of it.

Now, Struckhoff is ready to make up for lost time.

“That’s big motivation for me,” he said of coming back from the injury.

A 6-1, 205-pound senior-to-be, Struckhoff is looking to make some noise and turn some heads on the gridiron this fall as Borgia’s featured running back.

“He’s had an outstanding summer,” Borgia Coach Dale Gildehaus added. “He works nonstop to get better.”

Struckhoff has had a busy summer with hopes of improving his game and earning a Division I scholarship.

Struckhoff was recently named Most Valuable Player at the Best of the West RB Showcase in St. Louis on June 28. The showcase event was administrated by RunIt Performance, a group led by former St. Louis Rams running back Arlen Harris. At the Best of the West Showcase, Struckhoff earned praise for his speed. In the pro shuttle, Struckhoff posted the top time of 4.04, better than second-place Shane Barrett of Ft. Zumwalt East by 0.1 of a second. In the 40-yard dash, Struckhoff posted a time of 4.6, third best among the participants.

Struckhoff has been running hills, lifting weights, attending camps and working with a personal trainer to be at his best for the upcoming season.

“It’s been a real good summer,” Struckhoff said. “I got to visit a bunch of colleges that I’m interested in. And this summer has been a lot of hard work getting ready for the season. I feel like I’m better than I’ve ever been.”

Gildehaus added that Struckhoff is the early favorite for the program’s Brock Olivo Award.

“The award goes to the young man who works harder than anyone else to make himself better,” Gildehaus said. “I don’t give that award out until the end of the year, but Dominic has set the standard pretty high already.”

The journey hasn’t been an easy one for Struckhoff.

As a sophomore Struckhoff started on both sides of the ball for the Knights and he was set to be a key performer as a junior. But Struckhoff suffered a tibial plateau fracture in his right leg at last summer’s team camp, wiping out most of his junior season.

“That’s the most serious injury I’ve ever had,” he said. “I went almost the whole summer without walking. Basically, I had to learn to walk again.”

Struckhoff could only watch from the sidelines on crutches, a scenario that can be agonizing for anyone with a competitive drive and high goals.  The injury derailed a promising season and Struckhoff didn’t return until October. There were only a few games left in the season by that point.

“I wasn’t even 100 percent when I came back, but I just wanted to be out there with my teammates,” he said.

But of course, he was only a junior a year ago. His senior season is still ahead.

“I feel great now,” Struckhoff said. “I have no pain at all. I knew God had a plan and I took it as a challenge every day. I knew I’d be back.”

Dominic’s father, Martin, said his son has worked his tail off after the injury with his senior year in mind. And now, Dominic is getting lots of interest from Division I schools.

According to Martin, Dominic has been contacted by Cornell, Yale, Harvard, Princeton, Indiana, Northwestern, Western Illinois, North Dakota State and Vanderbilt.

“He’s on the radar,” Gildehaus said.

Now healthy and motivated for his senior year, Struckhoff appears to be primed for a big season.

“We want to have a winning season and get into districts and see how far we can go,” Struckhoff said. “And I want to have my best year possible. And I want to play well enough to go on to the college level.”

Gildehaus feels that’s a realistic possibility.

“There’s no doubt,” Gildehaus said. “He’s got great speed. He’s a two-way player. How good can he be? I think the sky’s the limit. And that’s because of his work ethic and how high he’s set the standards for himself.”

It’s safe to say Dominic Struckhoff won’t be watching too many plays from the sidelines this year.

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Area Scoreboard

Football

Friday, Oct. 3

*Ft. Zumwalt E at Washington    7 p.m.

*St. Mary’s at Borgia    7 p.m.

*Union at Owensville    7 p.m.

*Hermann at St. Clair    7 p.m.

Festus at Pacific    7 p.m.

*Sullivan at St. James    7 p.m.

Cuba at Lincoln    7 p.m.

*Warrenton at Winfield    7 p.m.

*Wright City at Van-Far    7 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 26

Union 54, Washington 14

*Borgia 45, Duchesne 7

*St. Clair 57, St. James 55 (2 OT)

*Pacific 40, Owensville 34

*Hermann 24, Sullivan 12

Cuba 74, Liberty Wentzville 7

Parkway West 20, Warrenton 7

Mark Twain 32, Wright City 18

Friday, Sept. 19

*Ft. Zumwalt S 56, Washington 7

Borgia 42, Cardinal Ritter 6

*Union 55, St. Clair 35

*Sullivan 27, Pacific 10

Owensville 19, Hermann 16

St. James 28, Ash Grove 7

Brentwood 41, Cuba 24

*St. Charles West 49, Warrenton 7

South Callaway 55, Wright City 6

Softball

Wednesday, Oct. 1

*Washington at Holt    4:30 p.m.

De Soto at Pacific    4:30 p.m.

Sullivan at Affton    4:30 p.m.

St. James at Steelville    4:30 p.m.

St. Clair at Montgomery Co    5 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 2

Owensville at Borgia    3:45 p.m.

Union at Salem    4:30 p.m.

Cuba at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

Rockwood Summit at Pacific    4:30 p.m.

Sullivan at Rolla    4:30 p.m.

Father Tolton at Hermann    4:30 p.m.

St. James at Crocker    4:30 p.m.

New Haven at Montgomery Co    5 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 3

Belle at New Haven    5 p.m.

Pacific, Sullivan at Rolla Tny    TBA

Saturday, Oct. 4

Pacific, Sullivan at Rolla Tny    TBA

Monday, Oct. 6

Hermann at Borgia    3:45 p.m.

Union at Washington    4:30 p.m.

St. Clair at Festus    4:30 p.m.

Linn at New Haven    5 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 7

*Borgia at St. Dominic    4:30 p.m.

District Tournaments

Class 4 District 4

Wednesday, Oct. 8

(5) Rolla at (4) Northwest, 4:15 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 9

Rolla-Northwest winner at (1) Lafayette, 4:15 p.m.

(3) Washington at (2) Eureka, 4:15 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 10

Championship, Eureka, 4:15 p.m.

Class 3 District 7

At St. Dominic

Wednesday, Oct. 8

(4) Borgia vs. (5) Wentzville Liberty, 2:30 p.m.

(3) Winfield vs. (6) O’Fallon Christian, 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 9

(1) St. Dominic vs. Borgia-Liberty winner, 2:30 p.m.

(2) Warrenton vs. Winfield-O’Fallon Christian winner, 4:30 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 10

Championship, 4 p.m.

Volleyball

Wednesday, Oct. 1

Hillsboro at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 2

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt N    5 p.m.

*St. Clair at Union    5 p.m.

*Pacific at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

*Hermann at Owensville    5:30 p.m.

*St. James at New Haven    5:30 p.m.

*St. Dominic at Borgia    6:30 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 3

Missouri Baptist JV at ECC    3 p.m.

Lewis & Clark at ECC    7 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 4

Indian Hills at ECC    9 a.m.

^Southwestern Illinois at ECC    1 p.m.

St. Clair Tny    TBA

Hermann at Lebanon Tny    TBA

Crosspoint at MAC Tournament    TBA

Monday, Oct. 6

New Haven at Linn    5 p.m.

Borgia at Trinity    5:30 p.m.

Hazelwood West at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

Helias at Hermann    5:30 p.m.

Owensville at Blair Oaks    5:30 p.m.

Belle at St. James    5:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 7

*Washington at Holt    5 p.m.

*St.Clair at St. James    5 p.m.

*Owensville at Union    5:30 p.m.

*New Haven at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

*Sullivan at Hermann    5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 8

*Mineral Area at ECC    6:30 p.m.

Boys Soccer

Wednesday, Oct. 1

Warrenton at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

Columbia Independent at Fulton SA    4:30 p.m.

Washington at Union    5 p.m.

Sullivan at North County    5 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 2

*Pacific at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Union at Sullivan    5 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 3

Lincoln at ECC    4 p.m.

Calvary Lutheran at Fulton SA    4:30 p.m.

Crosspoint at Heritage    5 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 5

Lincolnland at ECC    1 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 6

FRC Classic, St. Clair    TBA

Tuesday, Oct. 7

#St. Louis United B at Crosspoint    4:30 p.m.

*Thomas Jefferson at Fulton SA    4:30 p.m.

*Holt at Washington    5 p.m.

*St. Dominic at Borgia    6:15 p.m.

FRC Classic, St. Clair    TBA

Wednesday, Oct. 8

FRC Classic, St. Clair    TBA

Cross Country

Wednesday, Oct. 1

St. James Inv    4 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 4

Washington at Parkway West Inv    9 a.m.

Pacific at Potosi Inv    11 a.m.

Borgia, Union Capital City Challenge    TBA

Tuesday, Oct. 7

Hermann Inv    4 p.m.

St. Clair, St. James at Cuba Inv    4 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 8

Borgia at AAA Meet, Lutheran SC    TBA

Boys Swimming

Monday, Sept. 29

Wednesday, Oct. 1

*Borgia at Lutheran SC/Christian    TBA

Saturday, Oct. 4

Borgia, Washington at Ft. Zumwalt N Inv    9 a.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 7

Washington at CBC    4 p.m.

*Conference Games

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