From done to D-I: Eaton's Haynes sees dream come true

The knee brace is her only souvenir from a forgettable junior year.

"I was going up for a ball and my approach was crazy. I came down wrong and went down," Haynes recalled her gruesome injury.

She tore her ACL and meniscus in the very first game of the year. The injury happened during warm-ups.

"In all honesty, I think it goes through everyone's mind. 'Am i done? Am i done?' But you can't let it set you back that far to where you can't do any more," said Haynes.

Haynes returned for a triumphant senior season that ended with a 3A state championship for the Reds.

"Best feeling ever," Haynes told 9NEWS. "I cried a lot. It was just great. I was so happy all the time. Just being able to play again, I didn't know, everyone wonders if you'll play again, but I wanted to no matter what."

Ryleigh was a big part of the title run. She was an All-State player at Eaton and her recovery will reach new heights when she is a DI player at Northern Colorado this fall.

"Best thing ever. It's such an accomplishment," said Haynes. "I had my teammates and coaches behind me. I definitely wouldn't have been able to do it without my family and friends."

It was a memorable senior year for Haynes. Her career is just beginning after is came so close to being finished.


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