Saturday, March 5, 2011

Michigan High School Player Dies After Scoring Winning Basket in Overtime

This is one of the saddest stores of the year. Wes Leonard, 16, had just achieved the dream of a basketball player — scoring the winning basket in overtime for his high school. He then collapsed and died.

The Fennville High School player in Michigan had just scored and the crowd erupted in joy when he collapsed on the court. The team had won 57-55 over Bridgman in a remarkable 20-0 season.

It was a wonderful moment for Leonard who was also a quarterback on the football team.
I can only imagine the shock and pain for his parents and friends. The cause of death is not known at this time.

This is the second death of an athlete at the school this year, though there appears to be no relation in the tragedies. It is, however, a horrific double loss for this school and its community.
Source: Washington Post


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