Friday’s scheduled high school football game between Lake Norman Charter and Hickory Grove Christian was canceled after the sudden death of a popular Hickory Grove student-athlete.
Hickory Grove senior basketball player Mark Lewis died Thursday.
Hickory Grove boys’ basketball coach Titus Ivory said Lewis lifted weights and followed that with a run Thursday. During the run, he collapsed. Attempts to resuscitate him were unsuccessful.
Ivory said funeral arrangements are incomplete.
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“Everybody was shocked at school,” Ivory said of Lewis, a former football player at the school who was 6-foot-1 and was receiving college basketball recruiting interest from Johnson C. Smith.
“Mark was the stereotypical student-athlete. He had a great personality and he was a very humble and good kid. He had a nice attitude and everybody loved him.
“To have someone who has such a strong presence at the school to take this drastic a turn was tough.”
Lake Norman Charter and Hickory Grove were scheduled to play at 7 p.m. Friday at Hickory Grove. Lake Norman Charter interim principal Craig Smith said the game would not be rescheduled.