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Chisholm's McDonald has no plans to step down after accident

The pope may have plans on retiring, but not Bob McDonald. The 58-year high school boys basketball coaching veteran returned to Chisholm's bench Tuesday night as a spectator, less than two weeks after breaking four ribs and suffering lacerations ...

The pope may have plans on retiring, but not Bob McDonald.

The 58-year high school boys basketball coaching veteran returned to Chisholm's bench Tuesday night as a spectator, less than two weeks after breaking four ribs and suffering lacerations from a serious car accident in

Hibbing.

He sat behind the team bench during the Bluestreaks' 81-41 win over Greenway as longtime assistant Larry Pervenanze served as interim coach.

"I lasted the 'B' game and the 'A' game and it turned out all right," McDonald said about the junior varsity and varsity contests. "I was there to be a viewer, and I didn't even have to pay to get in."

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McDonald, 79, expects Pervenanze to continue handling the majority of the coaching duties while he heals, perhaps through the final three games of the regular season.

"As beat up as I was, I realized that I wouldn't be able to jump right in (to coaching) and do it physically. I can do it mentally and emotionally," he said Wednesday. "It's tough to be away from the game."

McDonald said he isn't sure if he will travel to Friday's game at Ely, which is coached by one of his four sons, Tom. But he does know that he will be back for a 53rd season at Chisholm because retirement is not on his mind.

"I'm not that kind of guy," he said. "If I did project to retire, it would ruin whatever enjoyment I get out of coaching at the present time. I will go as long as I possibly can and hope for better health, which should be in the offing. I enjoy the players, and that's what keeps me going. If it were just a senior high type of situation, I probably would have been gone quite a while ago. But I grow old with these kids and they know me."

McDonald has run a Saturday youth program for generations, getting to know all the players in his system from preschool on up.

"That's a catalyst for me to continue onward as far as I can," he said.

Chisholm is just 7-16 this season, McDonald's worst since going 8-19 in 2004-05. The Bluestreaks have won three times with McDonald sidelined. If those victories are counted -- past precedents indicate they will be -- McDonald stands just nine wins from reaching 1,000.

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