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Tom Hillmeyer, Lisa and George Suggs
George Suggs collapsed on the bench, draped a towel over his face and hung his head. Tears flowed freely as the finality of it all washed over him. The 6- foot-10 Vianney post had just fouled out of the Golden Griffins Class 5 quarterfinal against defending champion McCluer North and he knew. He knew there wouldn’t be another game. He knew there wouldn’t be another practice.When he and his fellow seniors walked out of the Mark Twain Center on the University of Missouri-St. Louis campus, he knew their high school careers were done. And that thought burned Suggs and the others like a thousand paper cuts.
Vianney's George Suggs (32) competes for the ball against McCLuer North's Galen Brown (left) and Jordan Granger (right) during the class 5 quarter finals in the state high school basketball tournament on Saturday, March 3, 2012, at UMSL. McCluer North won 63-54. Also pictured is Vianney's Bradley Woodson. Photo by Emily Rasinski, email@example.com
George Suggs eats like a horse. But, much to his chagrin, burns it off like a marathon runner. Suggs, the 6-foot-10, 205-pound center for the Vianney basketball team, is constantly noshing on something. He eats five meals a day and that’s just to maintain his current weight. “I try to eat constantly,” Suggs, 17, says. “It’s hard to keep weight on during the season.”
Richard Dorhauer never knew how much pain he could take. He knows now. The senior point guard for the Vianney boys’ basketball team, Dorhauer, 18, was a day removed from having his right anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) surgically repaired when he began his rehabilitation. In those first few moments, what was going to make him stronger actually felt like it was going to kill him. “It was the worst pain I’ve ever felt,” the 5-foot-11, 172-pound Dorhauer says. “Nothing I’ve ever done in my life was harder than rehab.”
Vianney senior center George Suggs