High School Sports

Clayton High baseball player dies

Posted December 13, 2012
Updated December 14, 2012

— Clayton High School is mourning the loss of a student-athlete.

Hogan Teem, a senior baseball player at Clayton, died after collapsing during a conditioning session on Thursday, teammates told WRAL.

According to teammates, Teem collapsed during an off-season workout and CPR was performed before he was taken by ambulance to the hospital. He died some time later.

Clayton's boys and girls basketball games at Garner High School scheduled for Friday have been postponed. A make-up date for the games has not been announced.

Teammates said Teem was popular on and off the field.

"He would always find a way to brighten your day no matter what," teammate Nathan Lee said. "Even in baseball and everything going on outside the lines, outside the field, (it) didn't matter because Hogan gave 110 percent. He made you want to give more toward your game."


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  • Shaking My Head In Amusement Dec 14, 2012

    There is a condition that happens sometimes where water/fluid accumulates in the "sack" around the heart. There are not always warning signs, either. People often have this condition and don't even know it. ---TruthBKnown Returned

    This is called pericarditis. It can be silent and often times it will mimic feelings of a heart attack. The most common of symptoms being chest pains leading you to feel like you've got heartburn and shortness of breath, sometimes you'll feel like your heart is racing where it's trying to compensate for the fluid compression and your increased exertion. Then, KAPUT! It gives up working so hard and you go into cardiac arrest with very few critical moments to get your revived again. I'm glad so many public places are being vigilant with AEDs now. I've noticed "security" guards at the Wake Co courthouse walkaround with one over their chest while they're doing foot patrols. Sporting events, malls, concert venues, etc have them. THEY DO SAVE LIVES!

  • jbarefoot6 Dec 14, 2012

    Praying for the family and team, and this young man in Heaven.

  • BEACH Dec 14, 2012

    Prayers for his family and friends, so sad to loss someone that young .

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again01 Dec 14, 2012

    Condolences to his family and friends.

    Adding some information for people to be aware of... but let me start by saying I have absolutely NO IDEA what took the life of this poor child.

    There is a condition that happens sometimes where water/fluid accumulates in the "sack" around the heart. There are not always warning signs, either. People often have this condition and don't even know it. A relative had this (they think it was caused by a virus). He ALMOST went to the gym for a workout one day, but was a little tired and short of breath. His wife made him get checked out. Turned out, he had this condition. Had he gone to the gym and put additional stress on his heart, good chance he would have died (he is under 40 years old!)

    The doctors removed 1.5 LITERS of fluid around his heart. That is nearly a 2-liter bottle's worth! This makes the heart work very hard. When we hear about young kids dying on the practice field like this, it is often due to this condition, and not knowing it.

  • fglhome Dec 14, 2012

    Our prayers are with the school and the family!

  • StunGunn Dec 14, 2012

    What a tragic loss. Thoughts and prayers to his family and teammates and fellow students.

  • ntt Dec 14, 2012

    My heart goes out to his family during this difficult time especially around the holidays. Also saying a extra prayer for all his classmates/teammates!

  • pirategirl342 Dec 13, 2012

    Breaks my heart to pieces! I have known this fine young man since he was in kindergarten @ West Clayton Elem. Allyson & David, his parents, will be held close in my heart as they mourn the loss of their baby.

  • STRAWBERRY LETTER 23 Dec 13, 2012

    That is so sad.......You just never know.


  • csj2 Dec 13, 2012

    So very sorry to hear this. Prayers and best wishes to his family, friends and the Clayton community.

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