High school notes: Prairie’s Corral expects to be back in a week

MRI reveals bone bruise and minor cartilage damage



Heather Corral will miss another game, but her season is not over.

Her doctor is giving the Prairie star another week off from basketball, but she expects to return to the court in time for the opener of the Class 3A bi-district tournament next week.

An MRI revealed a bone bruise and minor cartilage damage in her Corral’s knee, according to her father, Art.

Heather Corral tore her ACL in the left knee last season.

Her doctor believes that an ankle sprain this season led to her knee overcompensating, causing pain and discomfort. She will sit out until next Wednesday to give the ankle and knee time to recuperate.

That means Corral will miss the district tournament championship game Friday night.

The Falcons have already assured themselves a berth to the bi-district tournament. If Prairie wins the district title, the team will open bi-district on Feb. 17. If Prairie loses in the district title game, the Falcons will open bi-district Feb. 15, the day Corral is expected to be cleared to resume basketball.

Corral, who has signed with the University of Washington, is hoping to help the Falcons return to the state tournament. Prairie finished second at state last year, with Corral missing the final five games of the season after suffering her ACL injury.

DeBellis will sign with Illinois

State track and field champion Jennifer DeBellis of Columbia River is set to sign with the University of Illinois.

DeBellis, who set the Class 3A state meet record in the pole vault last spring, plans to sign with the Fighting Illini on Friday.

“I know the team’s really awesome,” she said.

Also a state champion gymnast, DeBellis decided on track and field for her college sport. She said her desire to become an engineer led her to the Big Ten school.

DeBellis is preparing for her final state gymnastics meet Feb. 17-18 before defending her pole vault title this spring.

She never considered trying two sports in college.

“That’s a little too much,” she said. “People think I’m crazy for doing a sport while trying to get an engineering degree.”