High schools all across Northwest Indiana paid tribute with a movement of silence before their football games last night for 17-year-old Jacob West, the LaPorte Junior and football player who collapsed during practice Wednesday and dying later of a genetic heart condition. The Times is reporting today that West's team, the LaPorte Slicers, who played at Merrillville High School last night, received a standing ovation from the Merrillville Pirates fans as they ran onto the field. For the coin toss before the game, four slicer team members walked to the center of the field carrying West's jersey. West's mother, father and sister, who were present at the game, received the white number 26 jersey. In addition, a flag displaying West's number flew in the south end zone of the field to be given to the LaPorte after the game, according to the article.
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(photo: Jacob West)