Helias Players Given a Second Chance at State Title and Life

2 years 10 months 4 days ago October 20, 2013 Oct 20, 2013 Sunday, October 20 2013 Sunday, October 20, 2013 8:42:00 PM CDT in News
By: Jack Wascher KOMU 8 Sports Reporter

JEFFERSON CITY - Senior year is the last chance for most high school athletes to get a shot at glory.

After losing to Webb City 49-14 in last year's Class 4 State Championship, the Helias Crusaders knew they had a good chance to return to the dome with 31 seniors returning. Two of those seniors, Garrett Buschjost and Tryston Bax knew that this year's team would be special.

"We knew we would have a better team this year, so yeah there's no way I could have missed it this year," Bax said.

"We didn't win state last year, so I definitely think that's something we wanted to come back and get," Buschjost said.

The two also share a love for baseball and hunting, something they both enjoy doing away from the gridiron, but that all was put on hold one night.

While driving to a friends house, Garrett, Tryston, and their friend Haydon Lee were traveling along Upper Bottom Road in Saint Thomas. Garrett was driving on the right side of the road and started to veer off the road, brushing gravel out onto the road. After multiple attempts to hit the breaks, the boys endured the ride of their lives.

"We kind of did a Dukes of Hazzard sort of thing off the guard rail," Lee said. "After we hit the ground, we started to roll, and it was a wild ride until we landed on all fours again and regained our composure."

"We were probably one centimeter away from not walking for the rest of our lives," Bax said.

"It's a miracle nothing worse happened," Lee said.

When the boys got out of the car, they said the adrenaline that was going through them was enough to make them not realize the damage that had been done. They were able to make phone calls to all their parents before the paramedics arrived on the scene.

"When we first received the phone call, we were finishing up watching the ballgame, I could tell by Charles face that something was wrong," Pam Bax, Tryston's mom, said, "and as a parent you never want to receive a phone call saying your child has been in an accident, but when he said Tryston was the one that called, I felt a little better; however, when we arrived at the hospital, it was definitely an eye opening experience."

Haydon suffered some cuts and bruises, but Garrett and Tryston broke their backs and necks. Tryston also broke his sternum and hand. They both broke the same vertebrae, their C-6, which is about a quarter of an inch thick, and had it been more severe, both of them may not be around today.

"One-way or the other, paraplegic, or like the doctor said if it had gone the other way, massive heart attack," Charles Bax, Tryston's dad said. "That was probably the longest 24 hours of our life."

Both were instructed to be in a neck brace and Tryston was instructed to be in a back brace as well 24/7, making taking care of him comparable to taking care of a child.

"I mean yeah, obviously he's not a small kid," Mrs. Bax said, "So taking care of him was no easy task, it was something we gratefully did. I mean it could've been we may have not had a chance to go to the hospital."

The doctors said the only thing both should do is really just relax and watch TV, which sounds nice but not for two three sport athletes who are used to being active.

"I mean there were some nights where we would take him [Garrett] to Dick's Sporting Goods so he could walk around because you know he wasn't used to just sitting around," Jackie Buschjost, Garrett's mom said.

Three months into their recovery, they received their first piece of good news, which propelled them to strive for full recovery.

"The entire way down to the doctor's office, Tryston's asking, ‘Will I get to play sports?'" Mrs. Bax said. "I didn't know what to say because I knew there was a chance he wouldn't play sports again. And the doctor goes ‘I see no reason why you can't play baseball.'"

Both cleared to play baseball in the summer, but they wanted more.

"But immediately after," Mrs. Bax said, "he said, ‘Well what about football?' I think Charles and I both held our breath because we knew baseball was a possibility but we weren't quite sure he would ever be able to play football again."

"And well, he said yeah you can start lifting and playing football again," Tryston said, "and it all just lit up from there."

"There was a gleam in his eye, the smile was broader, he was sitting a little taller, and from then on we knew his recovery would be complete" Mrs. Bax said.

But Garrett got the same exact news, something that brought up a familiar characteristic known to him.

"When we got the news he was all smiles," Mark Buschjost said, "He smiles all the time, but this was smile that you couldn't wipe off his face."

And both were smiling because they knew they had been blessed with a second chance.

"We could've not been playing sports anymore after that night, and I'm just taking everything day by day and not looking too far into the future and living your life how you want it to be," Garrett said.

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - The Columbia Utilities billing office will be closed Thursday and Friday for updates to its billing system .... More >>
2 hours ago August 24, 2016 Aug 24, 2016 Wednesday, August 24 2016 Wednesday, August 24, 2016 4:01:00 PM CDT in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — Attorneys for the police force and prosecutor that oversaw the grand jury investigation after... More >>
2 hours ago August 24, 2016 Aug 24, 2016 Wednesday, August 24 2016 Wednesday, August 24, 2016 3:55:12 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — State lawmakers said they'll hold a hearing to talk about damage caused from the illegal spraying... More >>
2 hours ago August 24, 2016 Aug 24, 2016 Wednesday, August 24 2016 Wednesday, August 24, 2016 3:51:57 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY – The Cole County Commission approved back pay for elected officials Tuesday – a move that is estimated... More >>
3 hours ago August 24, 2016 Aug 24, 2016 Wednesday, August 24 2016 Wednesday, August 24, 2016 2:48:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA – The MU Coalition of Graduate Workers rallied on Wednesday to create “a sea of red” on the quad... More >>
3 hours ago August 24, 2016 Aug 24, 2016 Wednesday, August 24 2016 Wednesday, August 24, 2016 2:44:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - The recent price hike for the allergy-counteracting epinephrine product, EpiPen, has mid-Missourians upset this week. "The medicine... More >>
3 hours ago August 24, 2016 Aug 24, 2016 Wednesday, August 24 2016 Wednesday, August 24, 2016 2:13:00 PM CDT in News
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A Greene County jury convicted a man of shooting and seriously injuring a Springfield police officer last... More >>
4 hours ago August 24, 2016 Aug 24, 2016 Wednesday, August 24 2016 Wednesday, August 24, 2016 2:09:30 PM CDT in News
LAMAR (AP) — Authorities said the body that was found last month in a southwest Missouri farm pond was that... More >>
4 hours ago August 24, 2016 Aug 24, 2016 Wednesday, August 24 2016 Wednesday, August 24, 2016 1:16:56 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - In the wake of national protests over the construction of a new crude oil pipeline, activists in mid-Missouri... More >>
4 hours ago August 24, 2016 Aug 24, 2016 Wednesday, August 24 2016 Wednesday, August 24, 2016 1:15:00 PM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — After operating a nursing home facility in St. Louis for 147 years, the Little Sisters of... More >>
4 hours ago August 24, 2016 Aug 24, 2016 Wednesday, August 24 2016 Wednesday, August 24, 2016 1:11:30 PM CDT in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — Authorities are investigating after one man was killed and another wounded in a possible exchange of... More >>
5 hours ago August 24, 2016 Aug 24, 2016 Wednesday, August 24 2016 Wednesday, August 24, 2016 1:09:00 PM CDT in News
CLAYTON (AP) — An organization that advocates for walkers and bicyclists in the St. Louis region is pushing for stiffer... More >>
5 hours ago August 24, 2016 Aug 24, 2016 Wednesday, August 24 2016 Wednesday, August 24, 2016 12:13:00 PM CDT in News
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Authorities say a man has died and a woman has been hurt in a Springfield house... More >>
7 hours ago August 24, 2016 Aug 24, 2016 Wednesday, August 24 2016 Wednesday, August 24, 2016 11:08:14 AM CDT in News
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A prosecutor alleges that a former Springfield coach who's pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a teenager... More >>
9 hours ago August 24, 2016 Aug 24, 2016 Wednesday, August 24 2016 Wednesday, August 24, 2016 8:12:00 AM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — For the second time in a month, a St. Louis police major passed over for promotion... More >>
10 hours ago August 24, 2016 Aug 24, 2016 Wednesday, August 24 2016 Wednesday, August 24, 2016 7:30:00 AM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A judge has ruled that a ballot measure to raise cigarette taxes to benefit early... More >>
11 hours ago August 24, 2016 Aug 24, 2016 Wednesday, August 24 2016 Wednesday, August 24, 2016 7:00:00 AM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - Area businesses will most likely be impacted by the recent drop in MU enrollment. The university has... More >>
21 hours ago August 23, 2016 Aug 23, 2016 Tuesday, August 23 2016 Tuesday, August 23, 2016 8:15:00 PM CDT in Continuous News
COLUMBIA - Major building code changes will go into effect in Columbia starting October 1, 2016. The city is currently... More >>
22 hours ago August 23, 2016 Aug 23, 2016 Tuesday, August 23 2016 Tuesday, August 23, 2016 7:41:00 PM CDT in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 88°
6pm 88°
7pm 85°
8pm 82°
9pm 80°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

6:00p
KOMU 8 News @ 6
6:30p
Wheel of Fortune
7:00p
America's Got Talent
6:00p
Family Guy
6:30p
Family Guy
7:00p
Penn & Teller: Fool Us

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
America's Got Talent
8:00p
America's Got Talent
9:00p
The Night Shift
7:00p
Penn & Teller: Fool Us
8:00p
Whose Line Is It Anyway?
8:30p
Whose Line Is It Anyway?
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld