Southwestern Missouri high school student dies after collapsing at basketball practice

Wednesday, February 15, 2012 | 5:42 p.m. CST

SPOKANE — Officials at a small high school in southwestern Missouri say a member of the boys' basketball team has died after collapsing following a morning practice.

Spokane High School curriculum director Robyn Gordon identifies the student as 17-year-old Forrest Robert Varney.

Gordon told the Springfield News-Leader that Varney collapsed in the school gym around 7 a.m. Wednesday. He was given CPR before an ambulance took him to a hospital, where he died.

An autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death.

Administrators said Varney was a good student and well-liked among the roughly 200 students at the school.

Spokane is located in Christian County, about 25 miles south of Springfield.

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