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HS player saves perfect season by making game-winning shot -- then dies.

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by TigerVols, Mar 4, 2011.

  1. TigerVols

    TigerVols Well-Known Member

    What a sad story...

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/03/04/wes-leonard-dies-fennville-high-school_n_831223.html
     
  2. Steak Snabler

    Steak Snabler Well-Known Member

    And today's the 21st anniversary of Hank Gathers' death. Eerie.
     
  3. jlee

    jlee Active Member

    Wow. That's terrible. 16 years old, a star two-sport kid. Collapsed during the celebration.

    Just unfair.

    Here's what the local paper has: http://www.hollandsentinel.com/facebook_news/x2022445591/Fennville-basketball-player-Wes-Leonard-collapses-on-court-after-victory
     
  4. Stitch

    Stitch Active Member

    In that story, fans let cold air in. Complete opposite of what you should do, unless the kid had a burning fever.
     
  5. HanSenSE

    HanSenSE Well-Known Member

    When I first saw this on the wire last night, I thought he might have been trampled by the crowd charging the court. The local story indicates the same, but goes on to mention he'd been sick during the week.
     
  6. Killick

    Killick Well-Known Member

    Second kid to die under screwy circumstances in about a year there. Something cynical in me says something ain't right...
     
  7. poindexter

    poindexter Well-Known Member

    The kid died doing what he loved.
     
  8. Boom_70

    Boom_70 Well-Known Member

    Awful story. Looking at video of game winning shot was like a scene from Hoosiers.
     
  9. mustangj17

    mustangj17 Active Member

    Wes Leonard is now trending on Twitter.

    And Killick, do you recall what happened with the other kid? Or was it in the story and I missed it?
     
  10. mustangj17

    mustangj17 Active Member

    Also this is a coaches worst nightmare. I know a guy who lost a track runner during a practice. He said he thinks about it every day.
     
  11. Small Town Guy

    Small Town Guy Well-Known Member

    He was a wrestler who had a seizure at home after a match.

    This kid was recovering from the flu. A few months ago a kid on one of the real good teams in Minnesota collapsed, didn't have a pulse at the gym but somehow lived. Still hospitalized, has had several open-heart surgeries but is slowly recovering. But doctors believe the virus he had in December was a cause of his collapse.

    http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/zachgabbard/journal
     
  12. Mark2010

    Mark2010 Active Member

    Oh man, brutal. Just brutal. But, as someone said earlier, he died doing what he loved. I suppose there are worse ways to go out.
     
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