Keeping up with the Joneses

Monte Vista soccer player Courtney Jones has landed in this week’s Sports Illustrated.

A junior forward, Jones is among the quickest players in the East Bay and is good for about a goal a game, no matter what defense she plays.

The article, which is in the SI Players/High School section, notes how she came back from a near-catastrophic ankle injury her freshman year.

She is currently playing through a couple of cracked ribs and a torn ligament she received at a soccer tournament in Southern California in late December. I asked her about it and she just laughed. She pointed out her dad played through injuries his entire pro football career. Her dad? Brent Jones, former 49ers tight end. In the article, the former Pro Bowler says he had injuries “to my shoulders, ankles, and even my ACL.”

What the heck, dad kept playing; daughter should, too. Courtney and Brent were also featured in a StudentSports article in December Jones has verbally committed to the University of North Carolina, arguable the top women’s collegiate soccer program in the country.