HS Player Dies After First Mandatory Football Practice

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Fifteen-year-old Joshua Ivory Jr., a football player at Southwest High School in Macon, Ga., died Monday night after experiencing a medical emergency at the team’s first mandatory practice.

Bibb County athletic director Barney Hester told WMAZ-TV that the defensive lineman, a rising 10th-grader, collapsed before 6 p.m. Monday. Ivory later died in the emergency room at the Medical Center, Atrium Health Navicent. An autopsy will be scheduled for the teen.

“Joshua was a wonderful young man full of promise and zeal," principal A. Bernard Young stated in a release. “He had an infectious smile and a very kind heart. He enjoyed sports and spending time with his family. Joshua’s personality made it easy for him to make a great impression and huge impact on his teammates, coaches, and the entire Southwest family. He was one of a kind. A great example of a Southwest High School Patriot.’'

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