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Hi-Line Athlete Profile: Logan Connor

 


Havre High senior Logan Connor suffered a severe knee injury over the summer, which forced him to miss the entire football season. Connor is hoping to rejoin the HHS basketball team later this winter.

Havre High senior Logan Connor has grown to be one of the elite athletes, not only in the Central A, but also the entire Class A, and maybe even the state. He has been a star on both the HHS football and basketball team since his sophomore year, and that makes his injury all the more difficult.

Connor suffered a severe knee injury over the summer while playing in a basketball tournament in Las Vegas. It was just days before the start of the 2011 football season, and Connor was left watching from the sidelines after surgery that would keep him inactive for at least five to six months.

Now with the basketball season set to start this weekend, Connor will have to yet again watch from the side. But now off his crutches, and in the gym shooting every day, he is excited and eager to rejoin the Blue Pony squad as early as late January. And Connor will be welcomed back with open arms, as he has been a varsity starter since his sophomore season and was selected First Team All-Conference as a junior. Connor was also named Second Team All-Conference offense and defense his junior year for football.

Here's five questions with Logan Connor as he battles to come back from the worst injury a basketball player can endure.

HDN: You had to watch the entire football season from the sidelines and now have to do the same for a large portion of the basketball season, what is that like for an athlete?

Connor: "It sucks, it really sucks. And you don't really ever know how bad it is to miss a sport until you actually get hurt, especially since sports have always been a huge part of my life. It is hard to have sports taken away due to an injury."

HDN: How has your knee been progressing and when is the earliest you expect to take the floor?

Connor: "Well, I was only on crutches for like a week and a half, so I think it started healing pretty fast after I had surgery. And as far as therapy, I started two days after surgery and have been doing that three times a week ever since. January will be five months and the average healing time is six months, but sometimes you can play earlier. I go to the doctor again in about a week so I will have a better idea then when I can come back."

HDN: How do you think the team looks so far?

Connor: "I think they look really good. And I think this injury will make the team better. They are out there working hard and growing as a team, and hopefully when I come back I can help out too. Justin Jensen is a huge leader, he was a leader on the football team and hopefully that carries over to basketball. And Ryan Brandt, hopefully the success he found in football season carries over also."

HDN: What is the team going to have to do to compete and find success this season?

Connor: "Right now I think they just have to believe in themselves. They can't all look to rely on somebody else, if they can all just do their one-fifth part while on the floor, they will come together. I think everybody knows what their role is, they just have to execute that."

HDN: Has your injury changed your plans at all or do you still want to play basketball or football at the college level?

Connor: "Oh I still plan on playing a college sport, definitely. I just don't know exactly what I want to do yet, basketball is my sport, but if I get a good football scholarship, I might do that. It just depends on the school and what they offer."

 

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