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Friends, teammates remember Valley Christian player

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SPOKANE, Wash. - Monday was a tough day at Valley Christian High School as those who already knew of 17-year-old Andrew 'Drew' Swank's death returned for the first time and others, unaware the football player had died, were told.

Panther Assistant Coach Mike Heden says Swank took a hard hit during the school's Friday night game in Washtucna. School Administrator Derick Tabish says Swank was able to walk off the field to the sideline where he later collapsed.

Swank was airlifted to Sacred Heart Medical Center to undergo surgery to relieve pressure on his brain. He was listed in critical condition all weekend before he died sometime before 2 a.m. Monday.

Monday morning, the school held a special assembly for only students and faculty. Swank's football teammates also got together to sign his jersey and helmet, many leaving messages of "I'll miss you" and "you fought the good fight."

 

One of Swank's teammates signs his helmet Monday at Valley Christian

Swank, a junior on the team, played defensive end, running back and basically everyother position on the eight-man football team.

His senior teammates sat united Monday, remembering a teammate that meant the world to them and one who they'll miss dearly.

"Drew was one of the nicest people I've ever met. He was friendly to everyone in the school and the was always determined to do whatever he could the best he could," said Tayn Waterworth, one of his teammates.

"This has made us come together as a group and a team, push ourselves to be strong together," said another teammate Daniel Cambra.

Swank's family also let players and students come to the hospital to personally tell Drew goodbye, a lot of them holding his hand letting him know how much they would miss him.

School officials say they are in the process of getting Swank's number, 15, on all of the players' helmets as a tribute to their fallen teammate.

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