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Waseca Bluejays head coach recovering after collapsing on sideline

Brad Wendland went into cardiac arrest during a Friday game against St. Peter.
Waseca and St. Peter players hold a prayer at midfield after Brad Wendland's collapse.

Waseca and St. Peter players hold a prayer at midfield after Brad Wendland's collapse.

The head coach of the Waseca Bluejays high school football team is recovering after he went into cardiac arrest on the sideline of Friday's game against St. Peter.

Athletic trainers from both teams and a Good Samaritan from the crowd responded quickly after 48-year-old Brad Wendland collapsed during the fourth quarter.

They provided assistance as they awated the arrival of paramedics, who used chest compressions and a defibrillator to restart Wendland's heart.

A message was later sent on Wendland's behalf thanking those who performed the lifesaving measures, noting that he was stable and alert, but would likely be hospitalized for a week.

The Waseca County News reports that Wendland's players had gathered around the ambulance to see their coach off, before a mutual decision was reached between the Bluejays and St. Peter Saints to finish off the game, albeit after a joint prayer at midfield.

Waseca won the game 21-13.

Wendland is in his 16th season as head coach of the Bluejays.

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