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From left, former football coach Tim Schipper, basketball teammates Adam Siegel and DeMarcus McGee and boys' basketball coach ryan klingler react during a news conference Friday, March 4, 2011, in Fennville, Mich, about the death of teammate Wes Leonard. From left, former football coach Tim Schipper, basketball teammates Adam Siegel and DeMarcus McGee and boys' basketball coach ryan klingler react during a news conference Friday, March 4, 2011, in Fennville, Mich, about the death of teammate Wes Leonard.
Notes and roses are left at Wes Leonard's locker by classmates. Notes and roses are left at Wes Leonard's locker by classmates.

HOLLAND, Mich. (AP) — A high school boys basketball team in western Michigan is preparing for its first game in the state tournament, four days after its star player hit a winning shot then collapsed and died from a heart ailment.

Fennville High's decision to play in Monday night's game came after school officials talked to the family of 16-year-old Wes Leonard.

Fennville will play Lawrence High in the first round of a district tournament. The game was supposed to be played at Lawrence but will be played instead at Hope College in Holland to handle a larger crowd.

Leonard made a basket Thursday to give the Blackhawks a victory over Bridgman High, capping an unbeaten regular season. He died because of cardiac arrest due to an enlarged heart.

 

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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