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A Kansas high school football player who collapsed on the sideline during a game died on Wednesday after being taken off of life support, a hospital spokeswoman said.
Luke Schemm had just scored the extra point after a touchdown when the 17-year-old ran to the sidelines and collapsed, his father, David Schemm, said at a news conference earlier Wednesday at Swedish Medical Center in the Denver suburb of Englewood, where the teen had been declared brain-dead.
andquotLuke, our beautiful gift from God, is no longer with us,andquot Schemm said.
Hospital spokeswoman Nicole Williams told The Associated Press that Luke Schemm was andquotkept on life support so family and friends can pay their respects.andquot She later confirmed that life support was withdrawn Wednesday afternoon and the teen was declared dead.
Brian McVay, superintendent and principal of Wallace County schools, said he didnand’t know why Schemm collapsed during the Eight-Man Division II game at Wallace County High in Sharon Springs, Kansas.
andquotThe team was gathered on the sidelines getting ready to go for the kick. Before they even left the sideline, he just collapsed,andquot McVay said. andquotBut as far as why, I havenand’t had time to track that down.andquot
He said Schemm was taken by ambulance to a local hospital, then flown to the hospital in Colorado, about 220 miles west of Sharon Springs.
Gary Musselman, executive director of the Kansas State High School Activities Association, said game officials didnand’t see Schemm sustain any head or neck contact during the game.
Asked by a reporter whether he thought Schemmand’s team should still play in Saturdayand’s quarterfinal playoff game against Ingalls, Schemm indicated that the players should push through their grief and compete.
andquotLuke gave his all on the field,andquot he said. andquotHe lived his life with a passion, and thatand’s what we want them to do.andquot
Musselman said if Schemmand’s death is determined to be football-related, it would be the third in Kansas in 17 years.
andquotAny death is one too many,andquot Musselman said. andquotWe just are heartsick any time a youngster prematurely passes because of whatever reason.andquot

SOURCE: TODAY’S ZAMAN

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