Wisconsin High School Basketball 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 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.

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SOURCE: USA Today; Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Curt Hogg

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