Loran Murphy

February Comeback Athlete of the Month 2018-19

Our Comeback Athletes are individuals that have had an injury, gone through the necessary recovery and have 'comeback' to play sports again. They have utilized one of our AMP physicians: Dr. Bentley, Dr. Elliott, Dr. Klepps or Dr. Phipps and used one of AMP's owning partners for some or all of their procedures or recovery: St. Vincent Healthcare, Ortho Montana and Yellowstone Surgery Center.

School: Huntley Project
Grade: 12
Parents: Bill and Tammy Murphy

Injury: Torn ACL, both knees
Doctor: James Elliott, MD
Physical Therapist: Kristine Peterson
Athletic Trainer: Jodie Smith

Sports & Accomplishments

Fall Sport: Volleyball

  • Number of years Varsity: 1, alternate 2 years
  • Position: D.S
  • Jersey Number: 5
  • Accomplishments: State Runner-Ups 2 years and State Champions 1 year

Winter Sport: Basketball

  • Number of years Varsity: 4
  • Position: point guard, wing, and sometimes post
  • Jersey Number: 12
  • Accomplishments: Defensive player of the year and 2nd team All-Conference 1 year

Spring Sport: Track

  • Number of years Varsity: 2
  • Position: Sprinter, relay.
  • Events: 100, 200, 4x100 relay
  • Accomplishments: State qualifier 2 years and Top Ten meet qualifier 2 years. 1st place 100 meter Freshman state meet, 2nd place 200 meter Freshman state meet.


When did the first injury happen? Junior, 5th week of basketball season, and in a game. This was my first one and it popped playing Joliet and I kept playing on it and it was just really sore until the week after when I took a charge against Red Lodge. This time was worse and came out of the game for a little then finished the game. The second one (my right knee) was against Columbus two weeks before districts.

What was going through your mind in that moment? The first time I was just thinking that it hurt and that I would just have to deal until it really happened the next week. When it happened for good the first time I was really hurting but after I sat a minute I wanted to go back in and finally was allowed back in. The second time I knew as soon as I went down that it was my ACL. I convinced my coaches that I was fine and I wanted to back in. This did not work well and I came out almost instantly.

How long were you out before being cleared to play? I was out nine months before I was cleared to play.

What was involved in your recovery? Ice, weight room, PT (Kristine Peterson), doctors appointments, and Mr. Husk (my weights coach).

A Personal Look

Favorite class and/or subject: English and American History

Celebrity Crush: Ryder Wright

As a little kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? Teacher

At the age you are now, what do you want to be when you grow up? Elementary Teacher and Special Education Teacher.

A pet peeve: One shoe tighter than the other shoe.

What teammate of yours do you love to follow on Twitter or Instagram: Josie Peterson

Who would win an arm wrestling competition on your team: Macee Murphy

Would you rather: Wash dishes, mow the lawn, clean the bathroom or vacuum the house? Mow the lawn

Photo Credit: Alsa Photography

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