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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

Boys Basketball

Monday, Jan. 26

^Rock Bridge 79, Northwest 27

^Lutheran South 76, Hillsboro 43

Owensville 41, Hermann 40

St. James 80, Montgomery County 39

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Jackson 65, Pacific 44

^Borgia 82,  Union 61

~Warrenton 69, Chamois 24

^Washington 49, St. Clair 45 (OT)

~Wright City 51, New Haven 37

*Bethel at Crosspoint    7:45 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 28

Fulton SA at Thomas Jefferson    6:30 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 29

^Northwest vs. Hillsboro   5:30 p.m.

~Chamois vs. New Haven    6 p.m.

~Warrenton vs. Wright City    6 p.m.

^Union vs. St. Clair    7 p.m.

~Hermann vs. Montgomery Co    7:30 p.m.

~Owensville vs. St. James    7:30 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 30

^Rock Bridge vs. Lutheran South    5:30 p.m.

^Borgia vs. Washington    7 p.m.

*Providence at Crosspoint    7:30 p.m.

Eagle Ridge at Fulton SA    7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 31

^Seventh-place game    2:30 p.m.

~Seventh-place game    2:30 p.m.

^Consolation    4 p.m.

~Consolation    4 p.m.

^Third-place game    5:30 p.m.

~Third-place game    5:30 p.m.

^Championship    7 p.m.

~Championship    7 p.m.

^Union Tournament

~Hermann Tournament

Monday, Feb. 2

New Haven at Silex   5:30  p.m.

Fulton SA at North County Christian    7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

Whitfield at Union    4 p.m.

*Crosspoint at Fulton SA    6:30 p.m.

Pacific at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

*Holt at Washington    7 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 5

*Fulton SA at Community Christian    6:30 p.m.

*Duchesne at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

*Rivers of Life at Crosspoint    7 p.m.

Wellsville at New Haven     6 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 6

*Union at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Pacific at St. James    6 p.m.

*Borgia at St. Mary’s    6:45 p.m.

*St. Clair at Sullivan    7 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 9

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Feb. 10

*St. Clair at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

*Hermann at Union    5:30 p.m.

Rock Bridge at Borgia    7:15 p.m.

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

Owensville at New Haven   6 p.m.

Girls Basketball

Monday, Jan. 26

^Holt 60, Pacific 57

^Warrenton 42, Union 40

~Owensville 64,  Montgomery Co 32

Borgia 62, Cardinal Ritter 41

^St. Clair 64, Lutheran South 45

~Hermann 57, Wright City 26

Washington 74, Wentzville Liberty 19

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Fulton SA at Barat    4:30 p.m.

~New Haven 42, Montgomery Co 34

*Bethel at Crosspoint    6:15 p.m.

~Chamois 61, Wright City 20

Wednesday, Jan. 28

^Pacific 62, Union 59 (OT)

Fulton SA at Thomas Jefferson    5 p.m.

^Lutheran South 54, Wentzville Liberty 40

~Owensville 54, New Haven 24

^Warrenton 51, Holt 44

~Chamois 50, Hermann 45

^Washington 54, St. Clair 31

Thursday, Jan. 29

*Borgia at Notre Dame    6:45 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 30

^Seventh-place game — Union vs. Wentzville Liberty   4 p.m.

~Consolation — Montgomery Co. vs. Wright City    5 p.m.

^Consolation — Pacific vs. Lutheran South    5:30 p.m.

*Providence at Crosspoint    6 p.m.

Eagle Ridge at Fulton SA    6 p.m.

~Third-place game — Hermann vs. New Haven   6:30 p.m.

^Third-place game — St. Clair vs. Holt   7 p.m.

~Championship — Owensville vs. Chamois   8 p.m.

^Championship — Washington vs. Warrenton    8:30 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 2

#Borgia vs. Patriettes    4 p.m.

#Cardinal Ritter vs. Union    5:20 p.m.

De Soto at St. Clair    5:30 p.m.

Fulton SA at North County Christian    6 p.m.

#Washington vs. Parkway South    6:40 p.m.

Chamois at New Haven    7 p.m.

#Helias vs. Troy    8 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

*Crosspoint at Fulton SA    5 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 4

#Washington-Parkway South loser vs. Helias-Troy loser    4 p.m.

#Borgia-Patriettes loser vs. Cardinal Ritter-Union loser    5:20 p.m.

#Washington-Parkway South winner vs. Helias-Troy winner    6:40 p.m.

#Borgia-Patriettes winner vs. Cardinal Ritter-Union winner    8 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 5

*Pacific at St. James    6 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 6

Barat at Fulton SA    4:30 p.m.

*St. Clair at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

*Rivers of Life at Crosspoint    5:30 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 7

#Seventh-place game    noon

#Consolation    1:30 p.m.

#Third-place game    3 p.m.

#Championship    4:30 p.m.

New Haven at Elsberry    5 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 9

*Hermann at Union    5:30 p.m.

*St. Clair at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

*Owensville at New Haven    6 p.m.

*St. Dominic at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Feb. 10

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt South    5:30 p.m.

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

^Washington Tournament

~Hermann Tournament

#Borgia Tournament

Wrestling

Tuesday, Jan. 27

*Pacific 42, St. Clair 33

Borgia 36, Hallsville 30

Helias 66, Borgia 21

Wednesday, Jan. 28

Borgia at Lutheran St. Charles    5 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 29

Union at Farmington/Summit    5 p.m.

*Pacific at St. James/Owensville    5:30 p.m.

Washington at Seckman    6 p.m.

St. Clair at De Soto    TBA

Friday, Jan. 30

St. Clair at Potosi/Festus    5 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 31

Pacific at Hazelwood East Tny    9 a.m.

Monday, Feb. 2

Borgia at O’Fallon Christian    5 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

Washington at Pacific    6 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 4

Borgia at AAA Tny    TBA

Thursday, Feb. 5

*Pacific at Union    6 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 7

Washington at Seckman Tny    9 a.m.

St. Clair at Francis Howell Central Inv    9:30 a.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 10

Pacific at Parkway Central Tri-Meet    5 p.m.

Girls Swimming

Tuesday, Jan. 20

Timberland 140, Washington 96, Ft. Zumwalt East 87

Thursday, Jan. 22

Oakville 120, Washington 115, University City 9, Mehlville 6

Saturday, Jan. 24

Washington 91, Borgia 80

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Washington 122, St. Charles West 46

Thursday, Jan. 29

Washington at Affton/Lutheran South    4:15 p.m.

Borgia at St. Dominic    8:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

Washington at McCluer North    3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 4

Borgia at MICDS/Duchesne (Rec-Plex)    8:30 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 6

Washington at Ft. Zumwalt South    3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 10

Borgia at Nerinx Hall    4 p.m.

Washington at GAC Meet    TBA

Wednesday, Feb. 11

Washington at GAC Meet    TBA

Thursday, Feb. 12

Borgia at AAA Meet    TBA

Washington at GAC Meet    TBA

*Conference Games

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