A high school baseball player in North Carolina collapsed during a scheduled off-season workout and later died at WakeMed Hospital in Raleigh on Thursday.
Hogan Teem was a senior on the Clayton High School baseball team and collapsed when he was running on the track. The News and Observer first reported the news. Coach Stacey Houser and assistant Kim Smith were with players when Teem collapsed and quickly realized the teen would need medical help.
“It’s just a complete state of shock,” Johnston County Schools Superintendent Dr. Ed Croom said Thursday. “When kids perish in a wreck there’s some level of knowing what happened. With this, it’s just a complete shock. It shows you that you just never know.”
Clayton principal Clint Eaves told The News and Observer Teem was in stable condition when he was rushed to the hospital before he was pronounced dead later in the day.
“Hogan was a very hard-working young man,” Eaves told the newspaper. “You talk to coach Houser and all you hear is how hward working he always was, doing everything to overcome obstacles.”
There hasn’t been an official cause of death reported. The school canceled its Friday basketball games with those in the community mourning.
This wasn’t the first tragedy for Clayton High. Since 2011, four former athletes under 24 died in car accidents.