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Old 03-05-2011, 03:06 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default High School player hits winning shot, then collapses and dies :(

Sad, sad story...


Tragedy struck Western Michigan on Thursday night when Fennville (Mich.) High basketball star Wes Leonard hit a game-winning shot in a 57-55, overtime victory over Bridgman (Mich.) High, then collapsed on the court while celebrating the victory and was pronounced dead at a hospital shortly thereafter.
Making matters even more disorienting for Fennville fans were the events that transpired just before Leonard's death. The junior -- who was also the quarterback of the school's football team last fall -- not only hit the winning shot in the team's final regular-season game, but by doing so he also ensured that the Blackhawks would finish with a perfect, 20-0 record.
Watch the video on the bottom, some really touching things said by his coach, and it's actually pretty tough to watch him tear up. I had to watch the video in sections, but you can just see the emotion, especially at 2:45 where he says he wishes he could trade places with him. I also really love the show of solidarity by the teammates at the end of the video.

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