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McLouth senior Trevor Roberts named homecoming king in wake of leg injury

Newly crowned 2010 McLouth High School homecoming king Trevor Roberts shares a smile with queen Logan Terry during Friday’s halftime ceremonies.

Newly crowned 2010 McLouth High School homecoming king Trevor Roberts shares a smile with queen Logan Terry during Friday’s halftime ceremonies.

October 9, 2010

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Trevor Roberts wore a broad smile Friday through much of McLouth High School’s homecoming game but admitted he was masking other emotions.

“No tears,” the senior said. “But it was rough when the crowd stood for me. It meant a lot.”

The 17-year-old Roberts said a night of mixed emotions started as he received the first of three standing ovations when his guardian Jerrad Humerickhouse wheeled him in front of packed bleachers about 20 minutes before the start of the game.

“It’s great to be back here,” he said. “But I’d like to be on the field.”

It was the 17-year-old Roberts’ first appearance in McLouth since surgeons at Kansas University Hospital amputated his gangrene-infected left leg above the knee on Sept. 30. Roberts suffered a compound fracture in that leg during a Sept. 24 football game.

Humerickhouse, who admitted he, too, fought back tears when the crowd rose to applaud Roberts, said Friday’s greeting was a great tonic for the recovering teen.

Released Friday from the hospital, Roberts said he wanted to get back in school and move on. He would draw strength in that from the support he received Friday from the McLouth community, he said.

McLouth High School Principal Mike Bogard said Roberts’ courage since the amputation taught him that everyone has reserves of unexpected strength. Roberts’ example and the community backing he received helped make homecoming, always a highlight of the school year, a positive experience despite Roberts’ ordeal.

“Sometimes, it takes a something like this to make us appreciate each other more and give us the opportunity to see the good in everybody else,” he said.

In what was surely the most anticlimactic homecoming crowning in McLouth’s history, Roberts was crowned 2010 homecoming king at halftime of the school’s game against Horton.

Roberts’ girlfriend, junior Kelsey Campbell, said before the game she was confident that the entire student body, including the two other homecoming king candidates Shane Cassatt and Derek Wright, were pulling for him to wear the crown.

“I think they would feel bad if they got it,” she said.

Comments

lori 4 years, 2 months ago

Trevor, I'm glad your recovery is now progressing smoothly. As a nurse, I feel obligated to point out that it is not a good idea to put any pressure under your right arm, like leaning on your crutch as you are in the picture. There is a risk of the PICC line being damaged or actually breaking off inside your vein. Just a friendly note of caution.

Dixie Jones 4 years, 2 months ago

As a member of this community , a staff member of mclouth schools, and a parent of students who attend mclouth school. i have to comment on how proud i am to be all of thoes above. Trevor is a amazing young man who as anyone can see is loved very much , no matter how bad it gets he is always sharing a smile a joke and keeping everyone elses moods up. It has been a week of emotions for all of our students/staff and community members alike. But our kids showed us you cant get them down. they have banded together been there for each other and held each other as the tears flowed, they have been at Trevors side and remain there, but most of all they have showed us what seriously great kids they really are and im proud to say im a mclouth bulldog ! Glad your home Trev and cant wait to see that smile at school soon !

volunteer 4 years, 2 months ago

And I think Kansas tort law generally gives you a couple of years from date of injury in which to file suit, so keep that in mind if in the future you have medical expenses and more trouble than most others finding a job.

Did the Administration ever explain why McLouth, twenty miles north of Lawrence, was playing a team just outside of Wichita?

Kristen Murphy 4 years, 2 months ago

It wasn't McLouth's decision - but via the Delaware Valley League's decision. I don't know specifics but from what I've heard it had to do with the North schools not wanting to play South thus causing McLouth and other surrounding schools to play this school and other far away schools. Pretty crappy if you ask me.

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