Alex Chursky to join brother at Seattle U.

Alex Chursky, a senior at Decatur, orally committed to play soccer for Seattle University next year.

Chursky is a two-time First Team All-South Puget Sound League forward and the league’s Most Valuable Player last season in helping the Gators to an undefeated season and a state championship.

Chursky still has his senior season left to play at Decatur this spring.

His brother, Ian, is currently a junior forward at Seattle University.

S.U. was eliminated in the quarterfinals of the NAIA national tournament last week in Bowling Green, Ky.

S.U. finished the season 16-6, tying for the second most wins in program history. It won its second-straight conference championship and its third regional title along the way.

It’s unknown whether the brothers will end up on the field together next season.

Ian was not able to compete in the national tournament after being diagnosed with a hereditary blood disorder that causes a protein deficiency.

In order to treat the condition, Ian will have to take prescribed blood thinners for an undetermined amount of time. He will not be allowed to play soccer because any sort of violent contact could cause a hemorrhage while taking the medication.

His condition created blood clots in the lungs, which forced him to miss 13 games this season. Ian played in the first five games of the season before suffering from what was originally diagnosed as pneumonia in his left lung.

After sitting out a month, Ian returned to the lineup and scored the game-winning goal in overtime against Seattle Pacific on Oct. 13.

Four days later, he played in what was his final game of the season after suffering what appeared to be a relapse of pneumonia, this time affecting the right lung.

After Ian did not start feeling better, he was hospitalized for five days while doctors ran a series of tests. They spotted one of the blood clots during those tests.

“I’m still a little shocked by all of this,” Ian said. “I started to get a little scared when it got to the point that I wasn’t getting any better no matter what the doctors did. I have never had to spend that much time in a hospital. Typically, something like this does not happen to people my age that are as active as I am.”

Last season, Ian started in the team’s first seven games, but missed the remaining 14 after breaking his leg in a game at the University of Portland. Despite the injury, he still led S.U. in scoring with 12 goals and an assist.

“It’s terrible that something like this can happen to such a terrific young man,” said S.U. coach Peter Fewing. “Ian’s really had a rough couple of years. To go through what he has and to still have a positive impact on your team is quite remarkable. I know we are looking forward to his return.”

“It’s definitely going to be tough to sit and watch from the sidelines,” Ian said. “In the meantime, I can still run and lift weights, and work on getting back into shape. Right now, I’ve really got to focus on catching up in school. I’ve missed so many classes.”

Ian came to Seattle University in the fall of 2000 as a sophomore transfer from Tacoma Community College, where he broke the NWAACC single season scoring record. In seven games this year, Ian ranks fifth in scoring with four goals and two assists.

“One of the toughest things about this is I feel like I am letting the guys down by not being out there to contribute,” Ian said. “I am just trying to stay positive and support the team.”

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