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Snowboarding accident puts Luers player in hospital

Shelby Gruss

A snowboarding accident left a Bishop Luers girls basketball player with a possible back injury and in the hospital, according to coach Denny Renier.

Renier confirmed that senior Shelby Gruss was injured over the weekend and remains at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, Ohio.

Renier said he received a call about Gruss at 1:30 a.m. Sunday. He said he hasn’t spoken with her, but he has communicated with players and parents who have visited and talked with Gruss and her family.

"It has been the same since we got the call," Renier said Tuesday of Gruss’ condition. "I really don’t have any new information."

Luers’ game Tuesday at Snider was postponed because of the emotional toll on the team and out of respect to the Gruss family.

"We were supposed to play the game, and we debated about it," said Renier, a longtime assistant coach who took over as head coach just this season. "I know I didn’t want to coach, and it was just too soon. We had a meeting with the girls, and they have been very supportive. We are in the process of figuring out what we are going to do in the short term and hopefully the long-term."

Luers (10-4) is ranked No. 9 in Class 2A and was No. 1 earlier this year. The 5-foot-9 Gruss was a key reserve player for the Knights. Luers is scheduled to play host to Northrop at 6 p.m. Friday.

The SAC tournament runners-up have had to deal with some playing-related injuries, including ones to sophomores Catherine Barnett and Ave Stout and junior Hilary Watts.

Watts has returned to the team and Stout could be back later this season, but Barnett is out for the remainder of the year with an ACL injury.

"It has been a tough year with the injuries," Renier said. "But there are unfortunate things and tragedies. An ACL injury is unfortunate, but something like this is a tragedy for the family and community."

High School Sports Editor Greg Jones on prep sports.

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