GRAND CHUTE (WLUK) -- Danny Vanden Boom envisioned his high school sports career ending differently, but after suffering a fractured foot during the baseball postseason Vanden Boom was in the dugout last week watching his teammates win the Division 1 state baseball title.
Vanden Boom, the ace of the team and a quality hitter, was part of a football program that has won 56 straight games and four straight state titles. He will walk on this fall at Wisconsin as a quarterback and has already arrived in Madison for preseason work.
It's likely before this injury Vanden Boom would be redshirted for his freshman season, so his injury, in some ways, is not a serious matter as long as it heals.
Vanden Boom said he talked with Badgers coaches once the injury was revealed and there was no panic.
"I talked to the coaches immediately after we got feedback from the X-ray and they were very apologetic, encouraged me to be the best teammate I can be," Vnden Boom said. "They completely understood. I have to be held out of some individual workouts, but our full team practices don't start until later July so I won't have to miss any of that.
"I'll be able to lift around that and also be able to watch some film, so I'm looking forward to getting in the playbook and go from there."
Vanden Boom was the Papermakers's starter the last two seasons and threw a combined 56 touchdown passes and five interceptions.
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