Friday Night Sports Hero: Sage Young

The Hershey senior sets the tone on the defensive end of the floor
Published: Jan. 7, 2021 at 3:58 PM CST|Updated: Jan. 8, 2021 at 10:42 PM CST
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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - This week’s Friday Night Sports Hero is Hershey’s Sage Young. Sage is known on the team as the “silent killer,” in large part due to his defensive intensity.

“When I grew up defense was everything. I work hard on the defensive end the most, you can win off defense,” said Young.

That energy hasn’t gone unnoticed by his teammates.

“He’s got the work ethic, he’s got the character, the drive. I mean, he’s just all around got it all,” added senior teammate Austin Hoelscher.

While Sage’s defensive prowess is well established, less known is the challenging road to recovery Sage has endured for the past year. After suffering a significant shoulder injury last season, Sage is playing at a high level and helping lead the Panthers to victory.

“You know it’s been a long nine months, lots of physical therapy but I couldn’t be any more happy to get back in the gym and get going with my guys. We’re all really close and there’s no drama, it’s just a bunch of brothers,” said Young.

Sage dislocated his shoulder last year at the conference tournament. Head Coach Dustin Jorgenson recalls the events of that day and how the team rallied around Sage.

“We were fortunate enough to win the conference tournament and when Sage was in the hospital, all he cared about was getting a medal and making sure he got a medal. [It meant] a lot to him and his teammates were also in hand, saying ‘hey we can’t forget about Sage.’ Nobody was going to forget about him,” said Jorgenson.

Sage hasn’t forgotten the way his teammates supported him when he needed it most. When asked what is most special about this Panther’s team, Young quickly replied, “the brotherhood.”

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