High School Basketball Player Dies

Saturday, 5 March 2011

Wes Leonard
Autopsy: Mich. hoops player dies of cardiac arrest

FENNVILLE, Mich. (AP) - An autopsy confirms a Michigan high school basketball player who collapsed on the floor after making a game-winning shot died of cardiac arrest due to an enlarged heart.

Fennville star Wes Leonard is being remembered as an "all-American kid." His basket in overtime Thursday gave his team a perfect 20-0 record. But soon after the game ended, the 16-year-old junior fell to the gym floor, his life fading just a few moments after his victory layup. ( Read High School Basketball Player Dies more... )

High School Basketball Player Dies After HItting Game-Winning Shot

Wes Leonard was a popular student and outstanding athlete. Leonard made the winning shot during overtime for Fennville, which was the last game he would ever play.

A Holland Hospital spokeswoman says Wes Leonard, 16, collapsed Thursday night moments after a 57-55 overtime win against Bridgman. Leonard scored the winning basket in overtime, to lead the Blackhawks to victory. Fennville completed a perfect 20-0 regular season.

A Holland Hospital spokeswoman says Leonard fell to the floor as people began rushing the court after the game. ( Read High School Basketball Player Dies more... )

Wes Leonard: High School Basketball Player Collapses After Game-Winning Shot

A western Michigan high school basketball player, Wes Leonard, collapsed and died on the court after making the winning shot for his team.

Leonard, 16, died Thursday night (Mar. 3), but a cause of death is still unknown. CPR was administered on the young boy after he scored the game-winning layup in a final score of 57-55 over Bridgman.

“Obviously, in the midst of celebration, I think shocking is exactly the word,” Fennville Superintendent Dirk Weeldreyer told the paper before Leonard’s ambulance left the high school. ( Read High School Basketball Player Dies more... )

High school basketball player dies after winning shot

16-year-old Wes Leonard, a Michigan high school player, collapsed after making a game-winning layup in overtime. A cause of death has not yet been determined. ( Read High School Basketball Player Dies more... )

Basketball player dies after making winning shot

Wes Leonard, a high school basketball player from Fennville, Mich., died Thursday night, moments after hitting the winning shot for his undefeated team. See video of his winning basket below (content is not graphic). ( Read High School Basketball Player Dies more... )

Local sports teams reflect on Fennville High School basketball player's death

MID-MICHIGAN (WJRT) -- (03/04/11)--A western Michigan community is mourning the sudden loss of a star athlete after he collapsed in cardiac arrest on the court.

Wes Leonard, 16, of Fennville High School, went down just moments after scoring the game-winning layup during the team celebration.

An autopsy shows an enlarged heart led to his sudden death. His coach and teammates are struggling to understand.

"He was just a special kid with a passion that you just don't get to see all the time," said Ryan Klinger. ( Read High School Basketball Player Dies more... )

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