Covering High School Sports in America
It was a very trying President's Day weekend in two communities.

According to the Savannah Morning News, Savannah Country Day (Savannah, Ga.) 16-year-old sophomore and quarterback on the football team Stuart Sligh Jr. was killed in a car accident Saturday night at a South Carolina hunting club.

According to the report, Stuart lost control of his pickup truck and it overturned. He wasn't wearing a seat belt according to the report. A classmate in the truck was buckled up and is expected to recover.

"He was probably the hardest-working kid we have in school, whether it's the weight room or the football field or the baseball field," Savannah Country Day Athletic Director Lamar Kirkley told the newspaper. "He stood for all the things we look for in a student athlete, outstanding character, honesty. He was just the perfect role model for younger kids to look up to."

Near Kansas City, Connor McCullough, a sophomore basketball star at St. James Academy (Lenexa, Kan.), died Saturday following a seven-month battle with cancer. He was 17.

A starter on the varsity team as a freshman, the 6-foot-7 standout was projected to be 6-11 and a Division I college player. His older brother Clint McCullough, a senior, will play at William Jewell next season.

But doctor's found a tumor in the pineal region of Connor's brain in July, the Kansas City star reported.

From a prominent basketball family – three older siblings have played college basketball - Connor was known more for his selfless demeanor and great disposition than his basketball.

"Connor never wanted it to be about himself," his older brother Kirk McCullough told the newspaper. "He was always about having faith."

Our hearts and prayers go out to the communities of Savannah Country Day and St. James Academy.