Alvin ISD mourns loss of football player

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Shadow Creek High School, Alvin ISD, and the community are mourning the loss of an 11th grade student who passed away after suffering heart related complications while playing in a high school football game Friday night, Sept. 9, in San Antonio.

Shadow Creek High School football team traveled to San Antonio to compete against St. Mary’s Hall football team.

During the second half of the game, Chase Lightfoot, a junior, received medical attention on the sideline from athletic trainers, as well as numerous doctors that were attending the game. He was urgently transported to a local San Antonio hospital, according to Alvin ISD Communications official Daniel Combs.

“Despite these efforts, the young man passed away at approximately 2:30 a.m. We ask that you keep our student’s family and those closest to him in your thoughts and prayers,” Combs said.

An autopsy revealed he died of a cardiovascular problem, according to a report from the Bexar County Medical Examiner.

Head Football Coach Brad Butler said Lightfoot was an asset on the team as well as in the classroom.

“This is a difficult time for our team, our school, and our community. Chase was an extremely charismatic young man and he had a positive influence both on the field and in the classroom. He was the type of player that coaches love to have on their teams and he will be greatly missed,” Butler said. “I’d like to express my gratitude to our community for the way they have wrapped their arms around Shadow Creek High School, and shown support for our students and teachers. We ask our community to keep the Lightfoot family, and those closest to Chase, in their thoughts and prayers.”

School counselors were available beginning Monday morning to assist any students that would need support during this sad time for the campus.

“As educators, there is nothing we will deal with more difficult than the loss of a child. This will be a difficult week for our campus. It will also be a time for us to pull together and show support for the young man’s family as well as those closest to him. Counselors from the district’s crisis response team will be at our campus on Monday morning, and as long as they are needed to provide support to our students and staff,” Principal Kelly Hestand said.

Superintendent Buck Gilrease offered the Lightfoot family support and care at this difficult time.

“We are deeply saddened by the tragic passing of one of our students. This is a scenario you pray will never impact your students or community. I can’t imagine the heartbreak experienced by the young man’s family. We want them to know that Alvin ISD will do anything we can to provide support and care during this extremely difficult time,” Gilrease said.

Lightfoot’s parents are Gerald and Voronica Lightfoot.

Lightfoot’s teammates and friends held a vigil Saturday night in his memory at the high school campus.

Funeral arrangements are pending at press time.

Story by Karolyn Gephart

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