Olathe East defeated SM South 14-6 in its first game without senior linebacker James McGinnis, who remains hospitalized after collapsing on the field on Sept. 12. Students showed up at Friday’s game with signs, the booster club sold shirts and the Olathe East crowd chanted “Play for James” after touchdowns.
In a photo released by his family and posted by the Olathe East Football Boosters, senior linebacker James McGinnis is shown giving a thumbs up sign from his hospital bed as he continues his recovery. He collapsed during a football game on Sept. 12 and underwent emergency surgery to stop bleeding and alleviate pressure around his brain.
Olathe East High School senior linebacker James McGinnis remains in critical but stable condition after collapsing during a football game Friday night. In a statement, his father said he is showing signs of improvement.
The family of Olathe East senior linebacker James McGinnis said they saw “small signs of healing” Sunday. McGinnis collapsed during a high school football game Friday night and underwent brain surgery.
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It takes a resilient team to march on and continue a winning tradition after graduating key seniors from a high school football state championship football team, not to mention the pressure that comes with moving up into a larger classification.
Versatile senior Colton Beebe has led Piper to three playoff appearances and gained notoriety along the way. The 6-foot-3, 252-pound senior renaissance man picked up +this season+ where he left off with 11 tackles, nine carries, one reception and an average of 45.5 yards per punt in Piper’s week one victory against Lansing.