Archive for Wednesday, September 24, 2003

Jaguar student’s death postpones Monday soccer contest at THS

September 24, 2003

Another Tonganoxie game has been cancelled.

But instead of a soggy soccer field, the Chieftains didn't play because of a tragic death.

Scheduled to play Monday against Mill Valley, THS coach Luke Denney learned between noon and 1 p.m. Monday that the game would be postponed because a Mill Valley student had committed suicide.

"It's a bad ordeal," Denney said Monday evening.

No make-up date has been set for the game.

A Mill Valley school official said Tuesday that she was unsure whether any of the school's future sporting events would be cancelled.

The death comes a month after a Mill Valley football player sustained a neck injury in practice that has left him motionless from the shoulders down.

Junior Michael Kowal has been confined to a hospital bed since he was involved in a freak player-to-player collision on Aug. 19.

As for Tonganoxie, the Chieftains will resume play at 4:30 p.m. Thursday in Bonner Springs. The varsity will play the early game, while junior varsity will play at 6 p.m.

Last Thursday's game against Piper, which was postponed because of a wet soccer field, has been rescheduled for Oct. 8 in Tonganoxie.

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