Teen athlete dies after making game-winning basket

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FENNVILLE, Mich. — A 16-year-old basketball player from western Michigan collapsed and died after delivering a game-winning shot to complete his high school team’s perfect season, the Holland Sentinel reported Friday.

Wes Leonard was hurled into the air by teammates as fans rushed the court after he made the decisive basket in a 57-55 overtime win Thursday to complete Fennville’s 20-0 season.

But he soon fell to the floor after a team huddle and was taken to Holland Hospital, where he died at 10:40pm local time.

Earlier, as Leonard’s ambulance left for the hospital, Fennville Police Department Superintendent Dirk Weeldreyer said, “Obviously, in the midst of celebration, I think shocking is exactly the word. And certainly our deepest prayers are with Wes and his family, and obviously his health is far more important than any game.”

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