There was another tragedy on the football field Monday morning. Curtis (Staten Island, N.Y.)
junior lineman Miles Kirkland-Thomas
collapsed during practice and later died at Richmond University Medical Center, it was reported by many news agencies.
Miles is at least the fourth high school football player to die this season, for various reasons. The cause of death of the 6-foot-2, 295-pound 16-year-old is undetermined. He was a third-year starter for the team.
According to nbcnewyork.com
, the temperature at the time Miles collapsed with 78 degrees with 75 percent humidity. The Public School Athletic League requires all exercise to stop if the temperature reaches 85 degrees and humidity at 80 percent.
"As you can imagine, it was a very emotional scene," Curtis Athletic Director Eric Ritzer told the Staten Island Advance. "Most of the team, if not all of the team, was there. All of us are trying to fathom what just happened."
Said School Chancellor Carmen Farina: "I am deeply saddened to learn of this tragic loss and my heart goes out to the family."
On Aug. 22, Walker Wilbanks
, a junior three-sport standout at Jackson Prep (Miss.)
, felt ill during a game with Oxford and was rushed to the emergency room, where he apparently had a seizure. He died three days later. Douglas County (Douglasville, Ga.)
senior lineman Zyrees Oliver died Aug. 11
after being removed from a ventilator. He reportedly suffered from
over-hydration after drinking two gallons of water and two gallons of
Gatorade after practice.
A week earlier, Noah Cornuet, a 16-year-old sophomore from Burrell (Lower Burrell, Pa.) collapsed on the first day of practice
following a round of wind sprints. Several reports indicate Cornuet died of atrial myxoma, a rare heart tumor.