Coach: Team stunned after crash injures hoop star

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- The Indiana high school basketball coach for a standout player who is fighting for his life after surviving his second plane crash says the next 24 to 48 hours are going to be critical.

Dan Kline is the basketball coach at Canterbury School in Fort Wayne, Ind. One of his players, 16-year-old Austin Hatch, was in critical condition on Saturday in a Michigan hospital after the Friday evening crash that killed his father and his stepmother. Austin and his father had previously survived a 2003 crash that killed Austin's mother and two siblings.

Kline told The Associated Press the team is "stunned" and is trying to stick together through this tough time. He says Hatch, who committed earlier this month to play basketball at Michigan, is a physically and mentally strong young man.