Friends, school rally around Brown County High School soccer player
Quackenbush critical at Riley
Last Updated: 107 days ago
BROWN COUNTY, Ind. - A Brown County student remains in critical condition Friday at Riley Hospital for Children after he collapsed during high school soccer practice this week.
Brown County Schools Superintendent David Shafer said a male member of the high school soccer team experienced a medical incident during practice Wednesday.
The athlete was later identified as Jacob Quackenbush, and students and faculty have turned to the motto Quackstrong as they wait and hope for improvement in his condition.
Quackenbush’s best friend, Brandon Rutherford, had classmates sign a shirt and banner to support him as he battles back from heat exhaustion.
"He was just practicing. We were working really hard. He was just having a hard time on the field. And after a while he just collapsed from heat exhaustion. He fell to the ground. We poured some water on him, trying to revive him," Rutherford said.
Rutherford said there was nothing amiss at the practice. He said Coach Travis Herd was making sure the players got their water breaks and that this was nobody's fault. The coach says he was surprised, too.
"It's very surprising. We have a day, you know, where it wasn't extremely hot. We were hydrating. He was wearing shorts and a shirt, like you said. It is really surprising," Herd said.
Like all schools, Brown County High School has a protocol for dealing with hot weather, and Principal Shane Killinger said it was followed.
"All of our coaches hand out information, also give it to the parents about, you know, making sure your children are hydrated. And we also watch the temperature and monitor that,” Killinger said.
The Eagles play again on Saturday, but the players said a big part of their hearts will be in the hospital with Quackenbush.
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