Nathan Stiles' 18th birthday would have been Tuesday. Instead of a milestone birthday, Stiles' family and friends likely mourned him one more time. They'll get another chance on Thursday night, when Spring Hill High School honors his life.
Stiles died after suffering an injury during a football after he reportedly intercepted a pass and took a hit. Stiles came out of the game, told an assistant coach that "my head is really hurting" and then collapsed. He was airlifted to the University of
Kansas Medical Center where he died on Friday.
The Kansas City Star reported over the weekend that Stiles had suffered a concussion during Spring Hill's homecoming game against Ottawa on October 1. Stiles had been cleared to play in last Thursday's game. Officials at Spring Hill have said that Stiles was fine leading into the game with Osawatomie.
Stiles' cause of death has yet to be released.
Spring Hill head coach Anthony Orrick told the Louisburg
Herald after the game that the hit Stiles took was on "a
"I don't think there was anything special," Orrick said. "I think he
just hit the ground pretty hard with his head. He came on the sideline
and told one of my assistants, 'my head is really hurting.' He sat down
on the bench. He then stood up, but his legs went underneath him and
Stiles is the son of Miami County
Commissioner Ron Stiles. He was Spring Hill's homecoming king and apparently very popular.