Monday, March 7, 2011

Michigan school wins first game after player death

HOLLAND, Mich. (AP) — A west Michigan high school basketball team has won its first game since a star player collapsed after scoring the winning basket to give his team a perfect regular-season record.
Nearly 3,500 fans observed a moment of silence before the tipoff of Monday night’s state tournament game between the teams from Fennville and Lawrence high schools.
Monday’s game was the first for Fennville since 16-year-old junior Wes Leonard died of a heart ailment after scoring the winning basket in its regular-season finale Thursday.
Fennville won Monday’s district game 65-54. The Blackhawks move to the second round with a 21-0 record.
Players from both high school teams wore warm-up shirts paying tribute to Leonard.
The game was moved to the Hope College arena in Holland to accommodate a much larger crowd.

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