March 25, 2003 at 11:04 PM CST - Updated June 19 at 6:36 PM
High School Death By: Wendy Ray
(Elkville, IL)--A Heartland high school mourns the sudden death of one of it's students.
17-year-old Scott Rosenberger collapsed early Monday night during baseball practice at Elverado High School in Elkville. Elverado's principal tells us Scott just had a physical a few weeks ago to get ready for the baseball season. Everything seemed fine then , but then just one day before the team's season opener, something went terribly wrong.
Rosenberger, nicknamed "Rosie" by his teammates, loved baseball, but no one expected something so tragic would happen to him, on the field. Scott's baseball coach Todd Tripp says, "They hollered: Scotty went down, and I looked and he was down. My first thought was he got hit by a ball or something but he collapsed. We called 911. We've got 18 ballplayers, sitting there, watching."
Scott had just finished some sprint work, and was working on low-impact drills, the day's practice almost over. "I make sure these kids are fine," Tripp says. "We didn't see any fatigue problems, we just took a 10 minute water break." Tripp coached Scott the last two years. "He was a wonderful kid, not one of the top ball players, but he gave it all he had, 100 percent," Tripp says. "He loved being on the team, a straight A kid, always seen with a smile."
The Elverado Falcons were set to take the field Tuesday afternoon in their season opener. The sudden loss of Scott Rosenberger caused the school to cancel, but the Falcons will take the field Thursday in a game already dedicated to their fallen classmate. "It's going to be hard, he'll always be there with us," Tripp says. "We'll have his number on our hats, he'll be watching us."
Scott's family made the decision to donate his organs. A preliminary cause of death should be released Wednesday. We may know more then about his funeral arrangements. We already know several of his teammates will act as pall bearers.