Ore. boy, 12, collapses at basketball practice



SALEM, Ore. (AP) — For the second time this week, a young Northwest student has collapsed during a basketball practice.

A Marion County sheriff’s spokesman says 12-year-old Isaac Arzate collapsed Friday evening while practicing with his youth basketball team in Salem, Ore.

Sheriff’s spokesman Don Thomson says the boy had become winded and was watching on the sidelines when he collapsed. Coach Lee Sampson immediately began CPR while another coach called 911. Coach Enrique Cendejas, who is also Isaac’s stepfather, took charge of the rest of the team.

Deputy Andrew Derschon praised the coaches’ response, saying the boy’s pulse was weak and he was having difficulty breathing.

The boy is a sixth grade student at Adam Stephens School. He was practicing with a team associated with Skyball, a volunteer group.

The boy was taken to Salem Hospital. No condition report was available.

A 14-year-old southwest Washington middle school student has been hospitalized in critical condition in Portland after collapsing Tuesday at a school basketball practice.