May 15, 2013

Redman perseveres

Standout athlete Redman deals with devastating knee injury

by Beau Wicker

— Timing can be everything.

Unfortunately for Logansport senior Seanna Redman, she suffered a devastating knee injury right in the middle of her senior year.

Redman was a starter on one of the best girls basketball teams in the state when her knee buckled after going up for a shot at Anderson on Dec. 15.

What affect it had on the Berries is impossible to fully determine. At minimum it threw out the master plans for the season that coach Jerry Hoover had drawn up.

“I thought she’d have a great year this year,” Hoover said. “I still think if she wouldn’t have been injured she would have had a great year.”

Redman, a 5-foot-9 forward, was a defensive standout for the Berries.

“She can shut people down. She’s that kind of an athlete,” Hoover said.

The Logan coach also liked how Redman rebounded the basketball and envisioned her hitting big shots in the big games.

“Her temperament is very well suited for basketball because she’s naturally an aggressive person,” Hoover said. “She’s a very good athlete. I say Kiley Victor is probably the second best athlete in the school behind Whit [Jennings]. Seanna isn’t very far behind Victor. She has better hand-eye coordination.”

In the end, Hoover was just happy that Redman was a part of the program.

“I tell you what, she caught my eye when she was a freshman. Softball was her first love and she didn’t really care about basketball for awhile. I was so happy when she showed up as a sophomore,” he said. “She got better and better.”

Redman originally chose to postpone her surgery to repair her torn ACL and opted for physical therapy. She worked hard and returned to the court for senior night against Winamac on Jan. 31. She then buried her first 3-point try in a 67-26 win and said she was thankful she delayed her surgery for that moment of playing one more time for the Berries.

Redman had her surgery on March 1. She wanted to have the surgery sooner rather than later because she plans on playing college softball at Manchester next year.

Redman has tried to return for the Logan softball team this spring, but she simply hasn’t had enough time. She has collected some RBIs at the plate this spring, but the knee isn’t strong enough to really fully contribute.

“She’s back at about 50 percent,” Logan coach Jim Bacon said. “Her mind tells her that she can do something, but her body tells her that she can’t.”

The Berries (13-12) have lost a number of one-run contests this season, and Bacon can’t help but to think where they would be with a healthy Redman.

“It was a big loss for the team,” he said. “She was our starting second baseman the last two years. She would have been our best defensive player this year. She’s a leader in the dugout but we miss that on the field. She knows all the plays and gets everyone up out there, too. It’s a huge loss. Her batting average wasn’t as high as we’d like it to be the last couple years, but she saves more runs. If we had her all year long, we would have won those one-run games.”

The following is a question-and-answer session with Redman.

Q. Of the sports you play, which is your favorite? Why?

A. Softball would have to be my favorite because I have been playing it since I was 3.

Q. How did you first get started in sports? At what age?

A. I first started playing sports competitively when I was about 7 at the state hospital playing soccer.

Q. Do you have any family members who played sports?

A. My aunt Abby used to play softball. She traveled and was a great pitcher.

Q. Have you ever played a sport that you were not successful at?

A. I have attempted to play tennis, but I don’t know my own strength and the tennis ball never goes in the lines.

Q. How do you feel you’ve improved as an athlete since you first started playing?

A. I feel I have improved in confidence as a player. I think that just comes in age and as you progress.

Q. Who do you consider your biggest role model? Why?

A. I consider my biggest role model my grandmother. She is a strong woman, and I hope I can be like her when I get older.

Q. What experiences have you had in sports have made you the athlete you are today?

A. My recent injury of my knee has made me a stronger person and has made me push harder to reach my goals.

Q. What is something that not everyone knows about you?

A. I take cooking classes with one of my favorite teachers, Mrs. Lord! I love cooking even though I am not good at it!

Q. What is your favorite memory of playing sports at your school?

A. My favorite memory was when Madyson Price and I were playing against Pioneer and we attempted an alley-oop and made it!

Q. What’s your favorite music, movie, TV show, etc.?

A. I listen to anything. My favorite movie is Tommy Boy. I don’t like to read and my favorite team is the Atlanta Braves.

Q. Who is the best athlete in your respective sport you’ve ever gone up against?

A. Katie Bittner. I played against her in soccer.

Q. What are your goals for your future? Do you plan on attending college?

A. I am going to Manchester University and will be majoring in either psychology or music education, and I will be playing softball for them.

Each week during the school year the Pharos-Tribune recognizes an athlete from one of five area high schools. The recipients are selected by each school’s athletic department.