Hunt High School Athlete Dies During Practice

School officials say a high school basketball player has died after collapsing following a water break during practice.

Wilson County schools spokesman Bob Kendall said 14-year-old Anthony Dontra Eatmon died Monday afternoon at Hunt High School in Wilson.

The freshman was a member of the school's junior varsity football and basketball teams, and the chorus.

The team had completed warmup drills and was taking a break when Eatmon collapsed. He was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Kendall said Eatmon's last physical was in May as required and it showed no problems.

The school had a moment of silence when classes resumed Tuesday.
Kendall said there was no word yet on funeral or memorial services.

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  • by Anonymous Location: Somewhere In The World on Feb 11, 2009 at 05:26 AM
    These coaches work these kids too hard. Soon when kids sign up to play school sports, these schools are probably going to start making parents sign wavers that don't make them liable if their child dies while practicing or playing sports.
  • by Keith Location: Greenville on Feb 11, 2009 at 03:05 AM
    My heart goes out to Anthony and his family. God Bless them.
  • by BBQ Lover Location: Greenville on Feb 10, 2009 at 11:00 PM
    This is sad, Anthony seemed like a nice kid. My deepest condolences to his family. I think anyone who plays sports, should have a physical every 6 months!
  • by ABW Location: Greenville on Feb 10, 2009 at 07:18 PM
    To Pam and family...what a blessing you were given in Anthony (and you other two). He enriched my life on a daily basis and always kept us smiling. It is an honor to have known him; a great son, an unselfish friend, a good student, and a spirit that brought joy to others. I will never forget Anthony's smile and warmth and it was a pleasure to see him grow and mature at Springfield Middle. My heart goes out to you and your family in your time of loss. May the Comforter soon come.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 10, 2009 at 06:24 PM
    The bottom line... Coaches that win more, get paid more...The answer..."GREED"
  • by Josh Location: Roper on Feb 10, 2009 at 03:32 PM
    Hunt High School is a great family of students, parents,and teachers. As a former teacher there, I pray for all who knew and loved this young man.
  • by Enough Already Location: The World on Feb 10, 2009 at 03:01 PM
    That's right. Every time something like this happens, the school is crawling with counselors, psychologists, grief counselors, and every other PC profession to help the children cope. They need to suck it up and drive on.
  • by SADGIRL!! Location: wilson on Feb 10, 2009 at 02:20 PM
    He was not overworked or anything. and im one of his classmates and he was such a loving caring full of energy person! and i miss him dearly! today was horrible the school was so quiet! everyone crying. but they had counselors for us! PLEASE KEEP HIS FAMILY IN YOUR PRAYERS! GOD BLESS!!!
  • by Honorable Bloggie Location: NC on Feb 10, 2009 at 02:19 PM
    You're right "Sports Mom". Now is not the time to blame, which gladly, I haven't noticed anyone on this board doing. Neither is now the time to play doctor. What everyone needs to do from this situation is to learn when you have reached your optimum exertion so you will not surpass it.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 10, 2009 at 01:07 PM
    Wow, sad. prayers to the family and those who were close to him. God has plans for him, we can't understand.
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