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Youth collapses during basketball practice, dies

Thursday, November 20, 2003

Kodi Pipes, 13, of Clay City died Wednesday night in the emergency room of St. Vincent Clay Hospital. The teen collapsed while shooting free-throws during 8th grade basketball practice at Clay City High School, said Principal Paul Sinders.

The boy was the son of Ronna Timberman of Clay City and John Pipes II of Terre Haute. Kodi's grandfather is Ron Timberman, retired Clay City High School basketball coach.

The cause of death was not immediately known. Pipes had asthma, but asthma was not believed to be the cause of death.

CPR was administered immediately and 911 was called when Pipes collapsed. The ambulance transferred him to the Brazil hospital.

"Kodi was a good boy," Sinders said. "He was very active in Christ Community Church of Brazil. In fact, he was one of our Youth For Christ student leaders."

Sinders said the school staff was coping with the loss, with difficulty.

"This is something you read about happening other places, but you think it will never happen here," Sinders said, adding that the school was prepared for such a medical crisis, but people found themselves emotionally unprepared to lose one of their students.

An 8th grade basketball game scheduled for tonight has been cancelled.

Funeral arrangements are pending at Schoppenhorst Funeral Home of Clay City.

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