Mar 7, 2011
Team To Take Court Tonight After Losing Player To Heart Attack

Wes Leonard’s high school basketball team, the Fennville (Mich.) Blackhawks, begins play in the state basketball tournament Monday despite Leonard’s sudden death Thursday, the Grand Rapids Press reports.

Leonard, who was 16, collapsed and died of an enlarged heart after hitting the game-winning shot that completed the Blackhawks’ 20-0 season. Leonard was celebrating with teammates when he collapsed. An autopsy Friday confirmed Leonard had cardiomyopathy for years, but it was undetected.

Fennville (located about 50 miles from Grand Rapids, Mich.) is ranked No. 6 in Class C and will face Lawrence High School in the district first-round game, scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. ET.

Lawrence coach Curt Meat told ESPN of Monday’s game, “Either they’re going to come out and break down and be terrible, and I’d hate to see that … or they’re going to come out and they’re going to have angels on their shoulders and really light it up.

Lawrence player Austin Cammire told the netword, It’s going to be a really emotional game and a really big thing for us and a really big step for their team.

The game will take place at Hope College. It was moved from Lawrence to accommodate an expected large crowd and large media gathering.

Leonard’s funeral is scheduled for Tuesday morning at Christ Memorial Church in Holland, Mich. Visitation is Monday from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at Fennville United Methodist Church.

Read more: http://aol.sportingnews.com/sport/story/2011-03-07/wes-leonards-team-decides-to-play-in-state-tourney-without-him#ixzz1FvqPk4zG

Team To Take Court Tonight After Losing Player To Heart Attack

SportingNews.com

Wes Leonard’s high school basketball team, the Fennville (Mich.) Blackhawks, begins play in the state basketball tournament Monday despite Leonard’s sudden death Thursday, the Grand Rapids Press reports.

Leonard, who was 16, collapsed and died of an enlarged heart after hitting the game-winning shot that completed the Blackhawks’ 20-0 season. Leonard was celebrating with teammates when he collapsed. An autopsy Friday confirmed Leonard had cardiomyopathy for years, but it was undetected.

Fennville (located about 50 miles from Grand Rapids, Mich.) is ranked No. 6 in Class C and will face Lawrence High School in the district first-round game, scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. ET.

Lawrence coach Curt Meat told ESPN of Monday’s game, “Either they’re going to come out and break down and be terrible, and I’d hate to see that … or they’re going to come out and they’re going to have angels on their shoulders and really light it up.

Lawrence player Austin Cammire told the netword, It’s going to be a really emotional game and a really big thing for us and a really big step for their team.

The game will take place at Hope College. It was moved from Lawrence to accommodate an expected large crowd and large media gathering.

Leonard’s funeral is scheduled for Tuesday morning at Christ Memorial Church in Holland, Mich. Visitation is Monday from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at Fennville United Methodist Church.

Read more: http://aol.sportingnews.com/sport/story/2011-03-07/wes-leonards-team-decides-to-play-in-state-tourney-without-him#ixzz1FvqPk4zG






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