Idalou’s William Wall, Klondike’s Bella Stevens claim Athlete of the Week honors

Idalou’s William Wall, Klondike’s Bella Stevens claim Athlete of the Week honors

Bella Stevens, Sr., Klondike

Finishing runner-up is not where Stevens, nor Klondike, planned to finish at the end of the season.

But, that was the result following a Class 1A state semifinal loss Nov. 16 to eventual champion Blum at the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland.

It ended a magical run for Stevens and the Lady Cougars (35-13).

Stevens did her part, totaling 14 kills, three blocks and seven digs in Klondike’s final contest of the year. The senior battled adversity on and off the court en route to the state’s biggest stage.

Stevens suffers from complex regional pain syndrome, or CRPS, and postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome, or POTS. CRPS, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, is a general term that describes “excess and prolonged pain and inflammation that follows an injury to an arm or leg.”

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