Photo Courtesy Of LaShell Photography Of Fennville
This is a story that has gone nationwide, stirring emotions from coast to coast. But for the folks of Fennville Michigan stirred emotions are just the beginning.
Tragedy struck Fennville High after its boys’ basketball team reached regular season perfection with the death of 11th grader Wes Leonard. The two-sport star had collapsed on the court moments after hitting the game-winning shot in a 57-55 overtime victory last night over visiting Bridgman, completing an undefeated campaign for the Blackhawks. First responders had used a defibrillator to try and revive the boy at the scene, but he was pronounced dead at Holland Hospital. Leonard had complained of having the flu prior to Fennville’s previous game, but was able to score 14 points in a 52-43 win over Bangor last Saturday that clinched the Southwestern Athletic Conference tournament title.
An autopsy is slated today by the Allegan County Medical Examiner’s Office into the cause of death of
Besides leading Fennville to a 20-win season in basketball, Leonard had also quarterbacked the Blackhawks to a division crown and a state football tournament berth. He had been a three-year varsity letter winner in both sports, and was considered among the greatest athletes to have attended Fennville High.
Leonard was the second Fennville High student-athlete to die in 14 months. In January of 2010, freshman Nathaniel Hernandez suffered a seizure at home and succumbed hours after a wrestling match.
As prayers and thoughts go out for the family of the dead teen, one has to wonder what could cause such a tragedy to occur?