Last week, Central (Knoxville, Tenn.) freshman boys’ basketball player Hunter Helton suffered sudden cardiac arrest during preseason conditioning. His coach, former University of Tennessee player Jon Higgins, performed CPR and used an automated external defibrillator to revive Hunter, according to the Knoxville News Sentinel
Helton was taken to East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, where his parents met him.
Helton’s father, Ronnie, told the newspaper that his son “flatlined three times.”
The younger Helton, cousin of Colorado Rockies first baseman Todd Helton, has also played football and baseball for years.
According to East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, 600-1,000 of the 350,000 sudden cardiac deaths in the U.S. each year occur in children or adolescents.
"The heart doctor told us if it hadn't been for the coach and the AED, he wouldn't have made it," Ronnie told the Knoxville News Sentinel.
This Monday, an AED was donated to local middle school Cedar Bluff in honor of Hunter. He was in attendence with his family.
Choosing what college to go to is a giant decision for every high school athlete. It’s an even harder decision to make without your family nearby to offer support.
That’s why Huntington Prep (Huntington, W.Va.) shooting guard Xavier Rathan-Mayes plans to head back to his hometown in Canada to make the big announcement of where he plans to play college basketball.
“I just wanted to be home with family when I announced,” said Rathan-Mayes, who came to the U.S. for school. “I want to talk things over with them and make the best decision for me.”
Rathan-Mayes, a Top 25 recruit according to ESPN Recruiting Nation, will decide between Florida State, Connecticut and Illinois while visiting his hometown of Scarborough, Ontario.
Maple Mountain Wins Region By Default
Last week, Maple Mountain (Spanish Fork, Utah) won the first regional football title in school history. But not for anything the Golden Eagles have done this fall.
Maple Mountain became Region 8 champs for 2011 when Timpview (Provo, Utah) forfeited the title after Region 8 principals handed out sanctions due to the Thunderbirds’ use of an ineligible player. Timpview was stripped of its seven regional wins from last year and put on probation for a year.
Maple Mountain finished 5-2 in Region 8 play last season.
Rowlett (Rowlett, Texas) forward Jeffrey Carroll to Oklahoma State… Simeon (Chicago) point guard Jaylon Tate to Illinois… Ransom Everglades (Miami) point guard Sam Singer to California… Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.) shooting guard Sindarius Thornwell to South Carolina… Penn (Mishawaka, Ind.) forward Austin Torres to Notre Dame.
Prestonwood Christian (Plano, Texas) defensive end Christian Morgan to Ole Miss… Judson (Converse, Texas) safety Tre Flowers to Arizona State… Upland (Upland, Calif.) safety James Johnson to Arizona State… La Costa Canyon (Carlsbad, Calif.) center Scott Quessenberry to UCLA… North Allegheny (Wexford, Penn.) receiver Brendan Coniker to Richmond.
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