Jays' Anderson has fractured sternum, out indefinitely

Jamestown coach Luke Anderson didn't see his son Logan fall lifelessly to the ground during a game Thursday night at Mandan High School. But when he approached him, it was clear something was seriously wrong. "It was really scary," Luke recalled....

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Jamestown coach Luke Anderson didn’t see his son Logan fall lifelessly to the ground during a game Thursday night at Mandan High School.

But when he approached him, it was clear something was seriously wrong.

“It was really scary,” Luke recalled. “When I got out there, they had rolled him over and his eyes rolled back into his head. It was a scary scene. Thank goodness there was a doctor there. They took very good care of us (at Mandan).”

Logan was taken to the hospital, where he was officially diagnosed with a fractured sternum, an injury that is most often associated with motor-vehicle accidents because of the blunt force trauma to the chest.

But Luke said it was still unclear why Logan passed out, raising questions about a possible punctured lung. A chest X-ray confirmed no lung damage, and a CT scan also turned out OK. Logan was kept overnight for observation.


“The big question is, ‘Why did he collapse?’ Luke said. “There was talk that it could have been a bruise to the heart.”

Luke said he was told blood vessels may have constricted because of the immense pain from his chest, causing Logan to lose consciousness. Regardless, Logan was talking fine and breathing better by late Thursday night, though he remains in constant pain.

“He’s pretty down right now -- just bummed out,” Luke said. “He’s not real cheery.”

At 6-foot-2 and 215 pounds, Logan was an all-state defensive end and will be one of the top returning Class A throwers in track and field this spring.

The way Logan plays with his size, speed and motor, Luke said an injury is always a possibility.

“That’s the way he plays the game,” Luke said. “These things can happen. He doesn’t know how to play any differently. I guess that comes with the territory.”

Luke is still trying to nail down exactly what caused Logan’s injury, though one thing seems certain -- he didn’t face much physical contact in the spot he collapsed.

Luke did say he felt there were a couple plays prior that likely caused the chest injury.


“In the first half, he came up to the top of the key and set a ball screen,” Luke said. “It was a hard screen, and the kid was moving fast, chasing Tanner (Lunzman). There was a collision. … Later in the the first half, Logan took a charge. He got back up from that.”

Logan’s absence is indefinite and depends completely on how fast he can heal, and what kind of pain he’s willing to play with.

“I think he’ll definitely come back this season,” Luke said. “The more we talked (Friday), the better we felt about things. … I’d be really happy with getting him back in a month.”

As for the Blue Jays, it was another blow to a season that hasn’t gone according to plan.

Mandan came away with a 66-49 win on Thursday night, dropping the Blue Jays to 1-3 on the season. With Logan sidelined, Luke will have to go even deeper into his bench, which is already short on overall varsity experience.

“Adversity will define our character one way or another,” said Luke, whose team hosts Valley City on Tuesday night. “We’ll learn a lot about ourselves. As poorly as we played (Thursday) night and as bad as it went, I still felt really good about this team as we left. We have some really great kids. They’re full of character.”

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