Player Dies, Davenport Assumption-Muscatine Game Postponed
MUSCATINE, Iowa (AP) _ A Davenport Assumption High School football player died after collapsing on the sideline during a sophomore game Friday night.
Alex Velotas, 15, died at 8:04 p.m., shortly after arriving at Muscatine General Hospital, nursing supervisor Dorothy Smith said.
She said the death was being called a ``cardiac episode,″ possibly brought on by an asthma attack, and that emergency personnel were performing CPR on Velotas when he arrived at the hospital.
Muscatine athletic director Chuck Van Hecke said Velotas, a 6-foot, 204-pound linebacker, collapsed during the third quarter. Witnesses said Velotas, whose parents were in the stands, had taken himself out of the game.
The game was suspended and the varsity game was postponed.