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Jason Schmitt is the editor of, the high school sports website for The Oakland Press. He has served as the sports editor for a number of newspapers, including the Daily Tribune in Royal Oak and the Macomb Daily in Mount Clemens. In his time in the industry, he has covered every high school sport and has served a a beat writer for boys and girls soccer, boys and girls tennis, hockey, wrestling, bowling and cross country.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Catholic Central facing more adversity

Just when you think life's not fair, you're dealt another blow. It's hard not to shake your head when things go wrong. And I'm not even talking about anything personal.
When I caught wind of yet another tragic event happening over at Detroit Catholic Central, all I could think is, "Wow, really, something else?" On Friday, during an elite hockey tournament over at the Farmington Hills Ice Arena, Catholic Central senior Matt Sorisho was seriously injured when he collided, back-first, into the end boards during a game against a Chicago-based travel team. Sorisho, who was playing on an assembled "All-Star" team from the MDHL, skated in on goal – at full speed – when he was hit (cleanly) by a defenseman. He lost balance, spun around backwards, before making contact with the wall. He snapped a lower vertebra. 
It's every parent's worst nightmare, to see your child screaming in pain on the ice, after an incident like that. The Sorisho family has not had it easy this weekend. Matt underwent an extensive surgery to help correct the vertebra. He also endured a concussion with the initial collision, so he's been dealing with that as well. 
Our prayers here at The Oakland Press go out to the Sorishos, as well as the entire Catholic Central community. The Shamrocks have endured a lot over the past two years (The Cipriano tragedy, the sudden death of rising star David Widzinski). No school should ever have to deal with so much in such quick order. But, based on my experience working with the faculty, coaches and athletes over there, this is one school that has shown it can pull together - and pray together - to get through this type of adversity.
Here's wishing everyone well. We're thinking about you.

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