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Tom Mix, Published September 04 2013

West Fargo three-sport standout Amanda Levin has torn ACL/MCL

WEST FARGO – One of North Dakota’s top female high school athletes received tough news Wednesday.

Amanda Levin, a senior three-sport standout at West Fargo High School, has a torn ACL and MCL in her left knee. Levin’s father, Dan, confirmed the injury’s severity after results of an MRI taken early in the week came back.

Levin, who competes in volleyball, basketball and track at West Fargo, will have surgery later this month followed by several months of rehabilitation.

Levin’s injury was suffered while competing at a tournament last weekend in Bismarck. The torn ACL and MCL will keep Levin off the volleyball court the rest of the season and likely the entire basketball season as well.

Dan Levin said doctors are optimistic the 5-foot-10 sprinter would be at full strength for track and field this upcoming spring. Levin is the defending Class A state champion in the 100-, 200- and 400-meter sprinting events.

Tuesday’s 3-2 loss to Fargo Shanley was West Fargo’s first volleyball match without Levin.

“Amanda loves to compete,” West Fargo head coach Paula Pierson said. “Will we be able to replace her 100 percent? Absolutely not, but everyone is going to have to step up. That’s how you even come close to replacing a player like Amanda.”

“It’s really hard not having her on the court with us,” West Fargo senior Kaitlin Langerud added. “I wasn’t expecting to play my senior year without my best friend, but she’ll be there cheering us on.”

Levin was an all-state second team selection in volleyball a year ago and also earned all-Eastern Dakota Conference honors.

“It is going to be different because I’ve played sports with her since the third grade,” senior Shelby Gustafson said. “She just brings so much positive energy to the court.”

“Amanda always wants everyone to do well,” senior Margaret McIntosh added. “(On Tuesday) she was cheering loud for all of us from the bench.”

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