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June 16, 2013

Around the Horn with Brian Keogh

Brutal injury doesn't keep him down

Talk a little about your injury and how you got hurt?

“I was on top of a table and fell through slicing several tendons and an artery in my right ankle. I had emergency reconstructive surgery at Beth Israel by the best surgeons in the world. I was on crutches for about three months and for about three more months my physical therapist worked with me to get me back on the court.”

How tough it was to miss soccer season?

“Even being young and playing youth soccer for North Andover I always wanted to be the starting goalie for my high school team and win a state championship, so when my time came to be first string and captain I was excited to see where I could take my team. But less than a month before tryouts my accident occurred.”

Heard you were a big help to your backup , who ended up having a great year?

“I honestly wasn’t worried my team would suffer too much without me because I knew my friend and backup Ben Alpern (of Beverly) could handle the task and more than took off with the opportunity and had an amazing season between the pipes. It was so hard to watch from the bench but he made it easier with some great saves. He will continue to play at the University of Tampa next year.”

Were you extra inspired for volleyball because you hadn’t played soccer?

“Missing my soccer season definitely made me feel like I had to prove to myself that my injury was not going hold me back from having a great volleyball season and making up for what I missed in the fall.”

Talk briefly about volleyball and how you started playing?

“My oldest brother Billy Keogh graduated from the Prep in 2002 and was captain of the volleyball team when they won their first state championship. I hadn’t ever played volleyball myself until my first day of tryouts but I knew former head coach Andrew Viselli very well and he groomed my passion for the game from the very beginning and I’ve loved it ever since.”

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