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Honoring a Fallen Comrade…With Class

Last week, the Fennville, Michigan high school basketball team won its conference title. In the midst of the on-court celebration, star senior Wes Leonard collapsed and died of a heart attack.

Days later, the Blackhawks took the court against Lawrence High in a playoff game. In a gracious display of sportsmanship, Lawrence, gave up whatever advantage home court would have given them so the game could be played in a larger gym, closer to Fennville, so more Fennville fans could attend. The game sold out immediately.

Both teams donned black t-shirts for the warm-up period, and 8th grader Matt Leonard (in white in the AP photo) stood in for his late brother during a moment of silence before the game.

Fennville sent only four players to the floor for the opening tip-off.

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