Friday , Oct , 14 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Air Force’s Welch will miss 2005-06 season

=== Air Force’s Welch will miss 2005-06 season ===

Colorado Springs, CO (Sports Network) – Nick Welch, a center on the Air
Force basketball team, will miss the entire 2005-06 season after having
ankle surgery last month.

However, Welch, a senior, has been granted a medical turnback by the NCAA,
meaning he will be able to play in the 2006-07 campaign.

Welch underwent surgery to repair a damaged tendon in his left ankle on
September 6, just seven weeks after having a surgical procedure to mend a
broken bone in his left foot. The latest surgery was the fourth in three years
for Welch.

In 30 games last season, Welch was second on the team in scoring and
rebounding, averaging 12.0 points and 3.6 boards per game. Welch was
rewarded with a second-team all-Mountain West Conference selection.