Leading off today:
A New Paltz sophomore who died Sunday after having two heart attacks had an undetected heart condition, his uncle told The Poughkeepsie Journal
Kyle Brewer, 16, was stricken and collapsed Friday during track and field practice, school officials and friends said. Coaches administered CPR and used the school's automated external defibrillator before Brewer was transported to Vassar Hospital in Poughkeepsie.
He was transferred to Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla where he seemed to be recovering until a second heart attack Sunday night. He died at approximately 11:30 p.m.
"We are struggling," said Trenton Brown, Brewer's uncle. "He was a great kid."
Brown told the paper doctors said Brewer had a previously undetected heart condition. Tests were being performed to determine what circumstances led to the heart attacks.
"He was a healthy kid, as far as we knew," Brown said. "That's why it's such a shock. The doctors are as shocked as we are."
Word of the young runner's death spread through the high school early Monday. The district held an assembly, and steered students to the district's crisis team and counselors from an area agency. Grief counseling will be available for the rest of the week.
"Kyle's passing is heart-breaking for the entire school community," said Superintendent Maria Rice. "He was an amazing young man with a promising future. The Board of Education, administration, and faculty and staff all extend their most heart-felt sympathy to the Brewer family."
Brewer is the third New York high school athlete to die after being stricken in games or practices this school year.
Shoreham-Wading River football player Tom Cutinella, a 16-year-old junior guard and linebacker, died Oct. 1 after he collided with an opponent and collapsed during a game. Authorities said Cutinella died from his head injury after undergoing surgery.
On Sept. 1, Curtis High junior lineman Miles Kirkland-Thomas collapsed after wind sprints during a Labor Day practice and later died at a Staten Island hospital. The cause of his death has not been released.
There have been a number of deaths at high school practices and contests across the state in recent years.
In September 2013, Brocton junior Damon Janes, 16, died three days after collapsing during a Section 6 football game. His death was the sixth ever in Western New York high school football and the first there since Mike Dwyer of Olean Archbishop Walsh in 1977.
Also in 1977, Fulton senior Rick Luciano complained of chest pains during the fourth quarter of a game in North Syracuse. After being checked by a paramedic at the scene, he was released to his family and transported to an area hospital, where he was stricken and died.
Ronan Guyer, a 14-year-old Southold freshman, died in November 2012 five days after being placed in a medically induced coma. While scouting the course to be used the following day at the NYSPHSAA cross country championships at Elma Meadows, Guyer slipped on a muddy area and fell on his chest, triggering cardiac arrest.
In October 2011, Phoenix varsity football player Ridge Barden died following a head injury suffered in a game. He complained of a severe headache following a play and collapsed while trying to stand up. Autopsy results showed he died of bleeding in the brain, due to blunt force trauma.
Other recent deaths of football players in New York include:
In 1983, Yonkers football player Fernando Guedes, 17, died after collapsing during the season-opening game vs. Scarsdale. The death prompted the district to briefly suspend all sports while it investigated how an athlete with a serious heart ailment was allowed to participate.
Newburgh Free Academy tri-captain James Arline, a 17-year-old senior linebacker, fell ill shortly after an October 1992 road game and died of a stroke. It was uncertain whether it was related to a blow suffered in the game.