North Carolina baseball player collapses during practice, dies at the hospital

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The town of Clayton, North Carolina is in a state of shock after Hogan Teem, a senior on the Clayton High baseball team, collapsed during an organized off-season workout and later died at a Raleigh hospital.

According to the News and Observer, Teem was jogging around the Clayton High School track on Thursday when he suddenly collapsed. Coaches and trainers were quickly called to the scene where it was determined that Teem would need medical support.

Teem was then rushed to WakeMed Hospital — according to Clayton High School principal Clint Eaves, Teem was in stable condition when he was being transported — where he was pronounced dead later in the day. The official cause of death hasn't been reported.

"Hogan was a very hard-working young man," Eaves told the News and Observer. "You talk to coach Houser and all you hear is how hard working he always was, doing everything he could to overcome obstacles and give his best effort."

The news of Teem's death left Clayton High in a state of disbelief, as the school canceled Friday's basketball games following the tragic news.

Clayton High has suffered through a number of tragedies over the last few years. The Charlotte Oberver reported that since 2011, four former Clayton High athletes under the age of 24 have perished in car accidents.

"It's just a complete state of shock," Johnston County Schools Superintendent Dr. Ed Croom told the News and Observer. "When kids perish in a wreck there's some level of knowing what happened. With this, it's just a complete shock. It shows you that you just never know."

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