UPDATE: Kansas Football Player Collapses, Dies

A Kansas high school football player who collapsed on the sideline during a game died Wednesday after being taken off of life support, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Luke Schemm had just scored the extra point after a touchdown when the 17-year-old ran to the sidelines and collapsed, his father, David Schemm, said at a news conference earlier Wednesday at Swedish Medical Center in the Denver suburb of Englewood, Colorado, where the teen had been declared brain-dead.

Hospital spokeswoman Nicole Williams told The Associated Press that Luke Schemm was “kept on life support so family and friends can pay their respects.” She later confirmed that life support was withdrawn Wednesday afternoon and the teen was declared dead.

Brian McVay, superintendent and principal of Wallace County schools, said he didn’t know why Schemm collapsed during the Eight-Man Division II game at Wallace County High in Sharon Springs, Kansas.

He said Schemm was taken by ambulance to a local hospital, then flown to the hospital in Colorado, about 220 miles west of Sharon Springs.



A western Kansas high school football player has died the day after collapsing during a game.

Brian McVay, superintendent and principal of Wallace County schools, said Wednesday that Luke Schemm, a senior at Wallace County High School, died at a Denver hospital where he had been taken after collapsing during the game Tuesday night.

He says it’s unclear if Schemm suffered any injuries during the Eight-Man Division I game, but that Schemm had just scored a touchdown and an extra point when he collapsed on the sidelines.

Gary Musselman, with the Kansas State High School Activities Association, says officials didn’t see Schemm sustain any head contact during the game. He says if Schemm’s death is determined to be football-related, it would be the third in Kansas in 17 years.