GHS's Jackson has successful surgery on right leg

Gainesville High's Isaiah Jackson cringes in pain after coming down awkward on his right leg during a game at Buchholz on Friday.

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Published: Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 6:18 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 6:18 p.m.

Isaiah Jackson, the 6-foot-6 sophomore guard/forward for Gainesville High who broke his right leg during a collision against Buchholz on Friday, had successful surgery Saturday at Shands.

According to Hurricanes coach Kelly Beckham, Jackson is expected to be out of action for about four months.

“They anticipate a full recovery,” Beckham said.

Gainesville lost to the Bobcats, 52-50, on a last-second shot by senior Rex Warner. It was the Bobcats' first win over the ‘Canes at Buchholz since 2006 and only their second win in the last 12 meetings.

“I feel a lot better than I did last night,” said Jackson, from his hospital bed at Shands. “I wish I could still be playing right now. It's hard to be away from my teammates. I didn't want this to be my last game with the seniors. I just have to fight through it.”

GHS (13-5), ranked No. 4 in Class 6A before Friday's contest, returns to action Tuesday with a district game at Lake Weir. With Jackson, the ‘Canes appeared to be a strong contender for a state title.

“Obviously, it is just one of those things you have to deal with and move forward,” Beckham said. “We will get back to practice on Monday, regroup and go from there.”

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