by Bruce Strand, Sports editor
Trevor Berkley was able to return as a three-sport athlete at Rogers and have a productive senior year, after a long recovery from a gruesome eye injury.
“It was very impressive, after what he went through, the mental toughness he showed,” said football coach Marc Franz.
The 6-4, 185-pound Berkley was a cornerback and receiver on the 12-1, state runner-up football team, and a wing on the 19-9, section runner-up basketball team. He’s back in track, which he skipped last year after lettering in grades 8, 9 and 10.
(“Last spring) I wanted to focus on lifting, and getting ready for my senior year of football and basketball,” said Berkley. “I lost a lot from my injury since I could do nothing for three months.”
In an AAU basketball game the summer before 11th grade he was poked in the eye while rebounding.
After surgery for retinal repair, he had to lay face down, without moving, for three weeks, except for a five-minute bathroom break each hour. That was followed by four weeks laying on his right side. He had to be still and calm to keep his blood pressure down.
“I got through it all right. I had a lot of support from family and friends,” said Berkley, stoically.
He saw limited action in football, and in basketball split between varsity and JV.
“We had very high expectations for him as a junior …. but the injury prevented him from doing any offseason basketball activities,” said coach Joe Belka. “He did a great job accepting his role, and every day you could see him growing into the player we all knew he would become.”
Berkley was a co-captain and “most improved” this year averaging 7.9 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.2 assists, with a highs of 19 points against Totino-Grace and 11 rebounds against Big Lake. His favorite moment personally was an alley-oop dunk against Princeton.
In football, Berkley made 34 tackles and was a tough guy to catch a pass against.
“We put him on taller receivers and he could stop them,” said defensive coach Matt Webb. “He was great on fade routes. In the games at the Dome he played really well.”
In track, Berkley’s PB’s are 5-8 in high jump and 40-0 in the triple jump through 10th grade. He’ll also run relays.
Berkley reflects: “It was gratifying to have a healthy senior year because after my injury I had to wait and see how things would turn out for me. I got my vision back, but it took a lot of work to get my body back and the confidence with my right eye. It was nice to be on good teams and have a great senior year with my friends. We have talked about this since our youth.”
THE BERKLEY SCORECARD
Personal file – Age: 18 … Family: parents Jon and Kim; sister Jenna, 21 … Sports: football, basketball, track … Other activities: Fellowship of Christian Athletes, National Honor Society … Academics: 3.67 GPA … College plans: Northern State or UW-Eau Claire, medical field, basketball
Favorite stuff – Class: Careers in Coaching, chemistry … TV show: SportsCenter … Movie: “The Hangover” … Reading: Sports Illustrated … Food: pizza, Jimmy John’s, Buffalo Wild Wings … Drink: Gatorade Big Rush … Teams: Broncos, Longhorns … Athlete: Kevin Durant … Kickback: fishing, hunting …. Place he’d like to visit: Europe