Kordell Pillans’ sophomore football season at Mesa Community College ended before it really even started.
On the sixth offensive play of Mesa’s season opener against Phoenix College on Sept. 2, Pillans — a 6-foot-6, 316-pound starting offensive lineman — tore the medial collateral ligament in his left knee.
“I got rolled into and my leg gave out,” said Pillans on Friday. “It was a really loud pop; it felt like somebody took a steak knife and shoved it into my knee. Immediately, I knew I messed it up.”
Pillans, a 2016 Kodiak High School graduate, said the injury, which will not require surgery, will take up to 12 weeks to heal. He said there is a slim chance he could return near the end of the season, but is hoping to be granted a medical redshirt. The regular season ends Nov. 11.
Pillans’ doctor told him that he was lucky that he did not tear the anterior cruciate ligament, which most likely would have required surgery and a longer rehab.
“It is part of the game,” Pillans said. “If you look at it any other way, you are not going to be successful in this sport. There are a lot of factors as to why it happened.”
After a successful freshman campaign that ended with a victory in the Valley of the Sun Bowl, Pillans started drawing interest from NCAA Division I schools. He said, if granted a medical redshirt, he will have to decide to transfer or remain at the junior college level for another season.
In the meantime, Pillans — Kodiak’s record holder in the shot put with a heave of 55-7.25 — is keeping his mind off the injury by staying involved with the team by coaching. He was in the coach’s booth for Mesa’s Sept. 16 game against Snow College calling defensive pressures for the O-line.
“It is keeping my morale up,” he said.
With Pillans off the line, Mesa has started the season 3-1.
Kalameli Matautia dominated the court in Columbia Basin College’s three wins last week.
The powerful sophomore outside hitter combined for 43 kills and 33 digs in Northwest Athletic Conference wins over Walla Walla (3-1), Treasure Valley (3-1) and Spokane (3-2).
She tied her career-best of 17 kills in the 5-set win over Spokane. She spanked 11 kills against Treasure Valley and 15 against Walla Walla, as Columbia Basin improved to 5-0 in the NWAC, 13-4 overall.
Ryana Recustodio had her finest game for Big Bend on Sept. 20.
The freshman outside hitter delivered a career-high seven kills in her team’s 3-2 NWAC loss to Blue Mountain in Moses Lake, Washington. She also added six digs, two service aces and one block assist in the match.
She followed that performance with four kills, two assists and two digs in a 3-0 loss to Yakima Valley on Sept. 22.
Big Bend lost 3-1 to Treasure Valley on Sept. 23. Statistics were not provided for that match.
Providence Christian College and the Riina sisters — Izzy and Mica — lost a pair of matches to Life Pacific College and La Sierra University last week. Statistics were not provided.
Joshua Morin made an impression in his first Strike Force Tour tournament two weeks ago in Arizona.
Morin, a 2016 Kodiak High School graduate, finished third in a field of 90 bowlers in a tournament at the Brunswick Desert Sky Lanes.
Morin, the B Division winner, faced off against the winners from the A and C divisions in the finals. Morin finished the final match with a scratch game of 187, which was third behind Derek Hamm (245) and Mike Fitzgerald (234).
Morin is a sophomore at Arizona State University.