CEDAR RAPIDS — When Kyle Moeder pictured his senior basketball season, he did not see himself on the sidelines.
A top scorer on the Xavier boys’ squad last season, Moeder worked out and lifted weights in the offseason and looked forward to returning to the court to play the sport he loves.
His dreams for the season, however, ended when he tore his meniscus in a playoff football game against Pella on Oct. 26.
“I 100 percent knew that I still wanted to be involved with this team, no matter what had happened,” Moeder said. “I wanted to be a part of this team, and the fun and success they would have this year.”
Before surgery to repair his meniscus, Moeder had a 50/50 chance of recovering in time to play. However, after waking up post-surgery, he was told he would need four months to recover. Moeder knew his season would not involve playing, so he would need to find a new way to be there for his teammates.
Moeder played on the basketball state semifinal team last season and would have returned this year as the leading scorer.
“We miss not only his offensive production, but his impact as a great defensive player and shot blocker,” Ryan Luehrsmann, the Xavier boys’ basketball coach, said.
The Saints are 4-3 heading into Friday’s game at home against Cedar Falls.
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“Our coaching staff is looking for everyone to step up their game a little bit to make up for Kyle’s absence on the court,” Luehrsmann said.
Moeder may be absent from the court, but never from the sidelines. He was selected as a team captain during the summer and has not forgotten what the coaches are expecting from his as a leader. Attending every game and making it to most practices, he still is rallying behind his team and supporting them in every way he can.
“I am so blessed that the coaching staff is still allowing me to be a part of this team in every way possible,” Moeder said. “I couldn’t ask for better teammates or coaches to be supporting me everyday.”