Elk River basketball coach Caouette recovering after heart scare

  • Article by: DAVID LA VAQUE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 21, 2014 - 11:56 PM

Elk River girls’ basketball coach Reed Caouette got a health scare last week that forced him to miss two games.

Caouette, 38, endured a bout with pericarditis, or inflammation of the lining around the heart. Caouette, who has dealt with the condition since he was 16, said he experienced “more intense chest pains than ever before” Jan. 10. He was taken by ambulance to the hospital and remained there for two additional days.

Doctors recommended Caouette get a week’s worth of rest to aid his heart. While he missed the Elks’ loss to Osseo on Jan. 14 and the Jan. 17 victory against Coon Rapids, Caouette couldn’t entirely stay away.

He visited players after practice twice last week, providing information on his situation and offering them encouragement. Caouette planned to be back on the sidelines this week.

Caouette said contracting a virus triggers the pericarditis. His latest episode was his fourth in about the past two decades. Doctors have cleared him to resume coaching. He is in his eighth season with the Elks.

“My heart itself is healthy, and I plan to go about my business as normal,” Caouette said.

Scores and statistics

• The Anoka boys’ swimming and diving team returns to the Class 2A True team state meet as a wild card after winning the Section 7 title a year ago. In Class 1A, Spring Lake Park won the Section 4 title.

• Maranatha junior guard Lexi Lee scored 15 points and reached 1,000 points in her career. Her sister, Madison Lee, led the Mustangs with 24 points in a 88-82 victory against Wayzata.

• Andover sophomore forward Zach Sitarz scored 27 seconds into overtime to lift his team to a 4-3 victory over Anoka in boys’ hockey.

• Maple Grove freshman forward Sam Huff scored a goal with 25 seconds remaining to force overtime in a 2-2 tie with Duluth East.

• In girls’ hockey, Totino-Grace junior goalie Logan Knip made 55 saves in her team’s 4-3 overtime loss to Benilde-St. Margaret’s.

 

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