Megan Baer, who was named CIF Player Of the Year in Crossroads’ division last season as a sophomore, suffered a knee injury in a recent game against Brentwood.
Baer,a guard, is out for the rest of the season and it will be determined if she can play next season. She has an appointment scheduled with Dr. Steven Lombardo, the Lakers’ team physician.
“It was a freak accident,” said Crossroads coach Malik Abdul-Mansour, “She went into the air and it happened when she came down.”
Baer was on track to have a college career in either basketball or softball or both. She’s also an outstanding softball player.
Regarding Crossroads’ prospects for next season, the team could fall sharply. Center Kristina Murray is a senior this season, Losing her and Baer would weaken the starting lineup considerably.
On the other hand, it’s possible that with rehabilitation Baer could return next season. When the ACL is involved, as it is in her case, a recovery takes in the neighborhood of one year.
Crossroads, which won the CIF 5A championship last season, has struggled with a move to a higher division. The Roadrunners won four and lost four of their first eight games. Then they started Olympic League play with a win over Village Christian and losses to Maranatha and Campbell Hall.
Abdul-Mansour praises the play of guard Nadine Byers, who likely will be counted on for more production in Baer’s absence.