St. Ignace’s Coveyou Perseveres Through Illness During Senior Campaign

ST. IGNACE – It was a phenomenal year for the St. Ignace girls basketball, program only recording one loss and taking home the Division 4 runner-up trophy.

You wouldn’t know it after watching them, but one of their leaders on the team was struggling.

Senior Emily Coveyou had been battling against constant leg pain, which she was finally diagnosed with chronic exertional compartment syndrome, an exercise-induced muscle and nerve condition.

“It progressively got worse towards the end of the season,” said Coveyou. “Just like one trip down the court, it made me really winded and it hurt my legs, they felt really heavy and it was hard to run.”

As they season went on, her pain became worse and worse. During the state semifinals and finals, coaches Dorene and Doug Ingalls would have her sit out periodically, to give her legs a rest.

“She didn’t want to sit and she was just so anxious,” said Ingalls. “She was caught between being able to and me holding her back sometimes, but she was just a warrior and lead us all the way and I couldn’t be more proud a kid and her efforts. She’s our workhorse, she’s always been a workhorse.”

Even through the pain, her efforts paid off. They got to bring another trophy back to St. Ignace and Coveyou was named Miss U.P. Basketball, Associated Press First Team All-State, Division 4 Player of the Year (U.P. honors) and many more.

As of now, she is now recovering from surgery to take help fix the syndrome and will be attending Northern Michigan University in the fall.

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