Noguera documenting ACL rehab

The Journey Back:

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HOUSTON – Heading into 2019, Leilani Noguera had fortunately never suffered a major injury or had to undergo a surgery in her playing career.

That all changed on January 6.

Noguera, a sophomore at Clear Lake High Shool, was practicing with her boys YMCA team and were scrimmaging three on three. While defending on the three-point line, Noguera shifted to her left to follow the guy with the ball. Her leg gave out when she heard three loud pops.

The injury happened on a Friday and the MRI on the following Monday showed the worst – three tears in her meniscus and a completely torn ACL.

On February 8, Noguera underwent surgery to repair her meniscus and ACL.

The next step of the process after surgery was the long road of recovery back. This journey is usually done privately, and the gritty portion of the rehab is never seen.

But Noguera chose to show her process through video on her personal Twitter account.

The first video, posted on February 15, showed Noguera working with a physical therapist just barely moving her left leg, while she balanced on a training table. The next came seven days later, Noguera this time was pedaling on a stationary bicycle for the first time.


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By Bradley Collier

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On paper, Aldine Davis should be the best returning Aldine ISD volleyball squad for the 2019 campaign.

But that's just on paper.

Starla Jones, the reigning District 16-6A Coach of the Year, has been persistent this offseason in reminding her team that the successes of last year are just that. They are last season's, which doesn't entitle her group to that same success in 2019.

"I think it's going to give them some confidence that they have a year under their belt," Jones said. "But it's a new season, a new team. Last year is last year. I'm reminding them that we've got to start all over. It's going to take some work like it did before.

"We can't settle, and we can't expect to be at the top just because we were last year."

Last season, Aldine Davis went 20- 26-1 overall and 10-4 in District 16-6A play to finish in a tie for second place with MacArthur.

"I've told them, you do realize because you were up there you are definitely one of the teams to beat," Jones said. "Everybody's going to be pumped. I don't care what team it is. They're going to be ready to play you."

Returning to the court for the Falcons this season is District 16-6A Newcomer of the Year Kiyah Felder, first-team selections Ashlyn Laymond and Tavia Harrell and second-teamer Hailey Harris. Also returning is Lyric Carwell, who was an honorable mention.

What excites Jones the most about this group is that this summer the girls put in the needed work to get better in the weight room.


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