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Forum News Service, Published February 08 2013

Legendary Chisholm, Minn., basketball coach hospitalized after crash

HIBBING, Minn. - Legendary Chisholm high school basketball coach Bob McDonald suffered broken ribs and was hospitalized after a car accident on Highway 169 in Hibbing on Thursday evening.

McDonald was in good spirits but sore “with multiple broken ribs," said Joel McDonald, Bob’s son. He’s expected to remain in Fairview University Medical Center in Hibbing through the weekend, Joel McDonald said.

According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Bob McDonald, 79, was alone in his 2006 Dodge minivan southbound on Highway 169 in Hibbing when he came upon a front-end loader traveling the same direction. McDonald rear-ended the loader, driven by Michael B. Lastovich, 19, of Hibbing. Lastovich was not injured.

The accident occurred on dry pavement just after 6 p.m. The State Patrol listed McDonald in serious condition.

It’s not clear when McDonald, Minnesota’s winningest prep basketball coach, might return to courtside coaching. He recorded his 988th career victory Tuesday night.

“I ran up to the hospital to see him before our game last night... but he told me I had to go back and coach. He wouldn’t have had it any other way," said Joel McDonald, coach of the Hibbing boys basketball team.