McPherson’s Katelyn Loecker, who saw some quality minutes as a freshman for the Oklahoma State women’s basketball team this past year, will miss the first couple of months of the 2014-15 season as she recovers from shoulder surgery.
Loecker tore her labrum recently while lifting weights. She had the surgery on Aug. 5 in Oklahoma City.
“The doctor said I probably won't be back until around the first of the year, but I have a chance of being back in December sometime,” Loecker told Midkansasonline.com. “How I hurt my shoulder was I was lifting (the lift is called push press which is when you push the bar overhead) and when I threw the bar above my head I dislocated my shoulder. Pretty scary as I couldn't really hold the weight up. Luckily our athletic trainer was there when it happened and she was able to pop my shoulder back in pretty quick after the accident. I tore my labrum in my right shoulder along with some other damage. Not how I wanted to start off my sophomore year but that's how it goes sometimes.”
Loecker, of course, is one of the most decorated basketball players in MHS history. She was a two-time Kansas Gatorade Player of the Year, 2013 Kansas Miss Basketball and earned All-State All-Class honors. She finished her career ranked second on the all-time MHS girls scoring list, trailing only Ashley Sweat. She led the Bullpups to the Class 4A state championship her junior year and a runner-up finish her senior year.
As a freshman at OSU, Loecker appeared in 33 of 34 games for a Cowgirls team that made it to the NCAA Tournament before losing to eventual runner-up Notre Dame in the Sweet 16. She played 11 minutes a game, averaging 2.0 points and 2.8 rebounds a game, while shooting 47 percent from the field and 66 percent at the line.