CANTON, Mo. -- The Canton boys basketball team will be without its leading scorer until after the holidays pass this season.
The Canton baseball team shouldn't be without its ace.
Senior Lance Logsdon, who is the reigning Herald-Whig Baseball Player of the Year, underwent surgery to repair a partially torn labrum in his right shoulder Thursday morning. He's expected to be out until January, nearly midway through the boys basketball season.
Logsdon, a right-handed pitcher and first baseman for the Canton baseball team, expects to be fully recovered in time for his senior season on the diamond. Logsdon has made a verbal commitment to pitch for the University of Missouri.
"It was one of those things that kept getting worse over time," Logsdon said. "There was no situation when it happened. It just gradually kept getting worse."
Two weeks ago, Logsdon was pitching for his summer team, Team Combat, and said his throwing shoulder felt worse than ever.
"It was so bad I knew it was time to get it professionally looked at," Logsdon said. "I needed to get it done as quick as possible."
This past spring, Logsdon went 6-1 with a 1.12 earned run average while racking up 92 strikeouts in 56 2/3 innings.
He helped the Tigers reach the Class 2 state championship game for the second straight season.
On the hardwood, Logsdon was a first-team all-area pick after averaging 20.3 points, 10.6 rebounds and 2.7 blocks while shooting 51 percent from the floor.
Logsdon said both basketball coach Andy Anderson and baseball coach Clint Smith are supportive of his choice to have surgery.
"I knew I had to get this surgery done to be back and be healthy," Logsdon said. "I knew it was the best decision for me."