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Michigan High School Team Wins One for Fallen Basketball Star

Thomas Northcut/Digital Vision(FENNVILLE, Mich.) -- A Michigan boys’ basketball team was victorious Monday in its first game since the tragic death of Fennville High School star player Wes Leonard.

Despite the victory, the team hasn't gotten over the shock of losing Leonard, who collapsed shortly after sinking the winning basket March 3 in the Blackhawks' last regular season contest.

Doctors said that the 16-year-old died from cardiac arrest caused by an enlarged heart.

Shortly before Monday's tip-off at Hope College's DeVos Fieldhouse, the 3,400 spectators stood for a moment of silence in memory of Leonard.  The game was attended by the boy's parents, his younger brother and 100 other family members.

Fennville then went on to defeat Lawrence, 65 to 54, in the opener of the Class C state tournament.  Adam Siegel scored 22 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead the way.

The Blackhawks next play Bangor in Wednesday’s district semifinal.

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Another Teen Athlete Collapses, Dies

Comstock/Thinkstock(TIMNATH, Colo.) -- An autopsy was to be performed Sunday on a 17-year-old boy who collapsed and died Saturday during a rugby match in Timnath, Colorado.

Matthew Hammerdorfer of Fort Collins, Colo., collapsed and was airlifted to a nearby medical center where he later died. The Larimer County, Colo., coroner is expected to perform an autopsy to determine a cause of death.

The incident comes just days after Wes Leonard, a 16-year-old Michigan high school basketball player collapsed and died after hitting a game-winning shot to complete his team's perfect season. It was later determined that Leonard died of an enlarged heart.

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High School Basketball Player Dies After Making Game Winning Shot

Thomas Northcut/Thinkstock(FENNVILLE, Mich.) -- A star basketball player from Michigan's Fennville High School died Thursday after leading his team to victory.

According to a hospital spokeswoman, 16-year-old Wes Leonard collapsed Thursday night after hitting a game-winning shot in overtime.  Leonard fell to the floor as people began rushing the court.

He was taken to a nearby hospital where he was later pronounced dead.  The cause behind his collapse is still unknown.

Leonard was not only a star basketball player, but also the quarterback for the school's football team.  His winning basket Thursday night brought the Fennville Blackhawks to a 20-0 season.

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