Sam Maresh Found With Tumor in Left Calf

Sam Maresh, a 6-foot-3, 250-pound linebacker from Champlin Park who underwent open heart surgery on June 26 and was recently cleared to play football, was discovered to have a tumor in his left calf, according to a CaringBridge website set up by the family. Maresh was considered one of the Gophers' top signees and a potential freshman starter.

Sam Maresh was an all-state linebacker and two-time Northwest Suburban Conference Defensive Player of the Year for Champlin Park High School. He was one of six players named to the 2007 Minneapolis Star Tribune Super Preps team.

Maresh was also among the top prep wrestlers in the state during his high school career. He won three consecutive Minnesota Class AAA wrestling championships, winning the 215-pound weight class as a sophomore and taking the title at 285 pounds in his final two years of high school.

"I will tell you what we have been told. ... His bone looks good, it is a very low chance of being cancer, it does not appear to be made up of blood vessels, the tumor is soft tissue in the center of his left calf and is causing the pain and will have to be removed," his family wrote on his CaringBridge site. "Before they will do anything they have to do more test to find out what it is. They are concerned about the location against three major blood vessels. Basically we are not sure what is next but I am updating the page with this information to ask for your prayers again.

"Sam left the doctors office discouraged and even made a comment, 'Maybe God doesn't want me to play football.' We have talked and he knows that is not true, but as you can imagine, he is discouraged right know. He will be receiving a blessing this week to help in his recovery. We would like to thank you all again for your prayers and, if you don't mind, we would like to ask for more."

Gopher coach Tim Brewster issued a statement on the matter Tuesday.

"Sam Maresh is facing another challenge to overcome," Brewster said. "It is much too early to speculate about a diagnosis on his calf. As we get a better grasp of the situation, we'll be able to talk about it more."

To view Maresh's website click the following link:

http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/sammaresh

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