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Trinkler suffers season-ending knee injury
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The Central Catholic football team suffered a major setback when its top player suffered a devastating knee injury in Turlock in July.

Ceres' Blake Trinkler tore both the anterior cruciate ligament and the medial collateral ligament in his left knee while playing in a 7-on-7 passing league game. The senior will miss the entire 2005 season

"It's pretty disappointing," Trinkler said in a phone interview. "I don't know what else to say."

Trinkler sustained the injury on defense. He got tangled up with another player.

"It didn't hurt at all because I got the air knocked out of me at the same time," Trinkler said. "There was no swelling or nothing. The next day I wasn't able to walk. My knee shut down."

Trinkler had surgery on Aug. 18. He'll rebuild his knee at Athletic & Industrial Rehabilitation, which is located on the corner of Oakdale Road and Orangeburg Avenue in Modesto.

"I'm going to be doing it for a long time," Trinkler said.

Trinkler had a breakout year in 2004. The two-way starter helped lead Central Catholic to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V championship. The Raiders went undefeated at 13-0 and extended their section-record winning streak to 49 games.

Trinkler played tight end and linebacker. He earned all-state honors with a team-high 41 catches for 808 yards and 12 touchdowns. He had 55 tackles, four sacks, two interceptions and one fumble recovery.

Trinkler will lead from the sidelines this year.

"I will still be there for my teammates but not in a physical way," he said. "It's time to turn into a coach."

Trinkler is also a standout basketball and baseball player. He could return for the baseball season this spring. - By DALE BUTLER / Staff reporter of the Ceres (Calif.) Courier