Ely Times Staff Writer
Dallas Setterstrom didn’t realize something was wrong after a hit in a football game last year. He continued to play through the game, only afterwards realizing that one of his arms was just hanging limp.
“I dislocated it and then kept playing so it turned out I had to get surgery this last year,” Setterstrom said.
The multisport athlete had no idea the damage he had cause to his arm by continuing to play with his injury. His feared his passion for sports could be crushed.
“I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to play,” he said. “Even the doctor told me I wasn’t going to be able to play.”
Luckily for Setterstrom, the doctors were wrong. He recovered from his surgery and was back out on the football field at the beginning of the school year. Now with the White Pine Bobcat basketball team entering the second half of their season, coach Paul Johnson called the senior guard the “most improved player on the team.”
“He is probably one of our best defensive players. He is a great kid around the program,” Johnson said.
One aspect of Setterstrom’s game that has improved this season has been his ability to put up points, according to Johnson. He said Setterstrom has had good success from the three point line and been smart about where he takes his shots on the floor, which is made all the more impressive since he is still feeling the repercussions of his injury.
“I feel it shift around,” Setterstrom said, speaking to his shoulder. “It hurts sometimes, but otherwise it is fine.”
It’s easy to spot Setterstrom on the basketball court. He’s the only player on the team who wears long sleeve under armor. The shirt, which he borrowed from the coach’s son Nick, helps him keep his shoulder in place during the basketball games.
“I don’t think about it when I’m in the game,” Setterstrom said about whether he worries about reinjuring his arm. “Afterwards though it occurs to me that my hand and my arm hurts.”
Setterstrom’s mother Patricia said Dallas has always been a gifted athlete, and that it was impossible to keep him away from sports. Before he moved up to Ely, Setterstrom played basketball, football, baseball and hockey in Las Vegas.
“He would be at a baseball game in the morning, go straight to a basketball game in the afternoon and when he was done he would go play football with friends,” Patricia Setterstrom said.
She said he just stays busy, involving himself in student council at the high school, taking after his City Councilman father Bruce. Regardless of what he is doing, it seems like Dallas never runs out of energy.
“I just don’t get worn out,” he said. “Until it comes time to sleep, then it catches up with me.”