Wisconsin high school referee dies after collapsing on the court

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Wisconsin high school referee dies after collapsing on the court

A high school basketball referee in Wisconsin died after collapsing on the court during a boys varsity game Monday night.In an e-mail sent by the f

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A high school basketball referee in Wisconsin died after collapsing on the court during a boys varsity game Monday night.

In an e-mail sent by the family to those who knew the referee, and forwarded to the Journal Sentinel on Tuesday by Richland Center administration, it was confirmed that Tracy Krueger, a longtime coach and official, was the referee who passed away.

“As he did as a colleague, competitor, teacher, and coach, he was once again sharing his love of athletics, competitive spirit, teamwork and fair play, while refereeing a basketball game when he collapsed on the court,” Krueger’s family said in the e-mail. “Unfortunately, he was unable to be revived.” 

The news also was confirmed to the Journal Sentinel earlier Tuesday by the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association.

“We received a report that the official working that game last night did pass away,” WIAA communications director Todd Clark said in an e-mail.

A basketball rests on the court during a high school basketball game on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021.

According to Wissports.net’s Travis Wilson, Krueger collapsed late in the second half of the game between Richland Center and Mount Horeb. People in the gym quickly began life-saving attempts via CPR and an automated external defibrillator, but Krueger could not be revived.

The death comes less than four weeks after Wisconsin Lutheran player Jordan Glenn collapsed on the court and stopped breathing during a game at Menomonee Falls. Medical professionals who were in attendance as fans were able to administer life-saving aid and revive the player.

University of Wisconsin men’s basketball coach Greg Gard issued a statement through the Wisconsin Basketball Twitter account paying tribute to Krueger and Ritchie Davis, the director of the Wisconsin Playground AAU Club who died Sunday.

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