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Postby upfootball » Sat Oct 03, 2015 10:15 pm

The Saints have lost a family member to a tragic accident. Thoughts are with them during this very difficult time.

http://www.9and10news.com/story/3017839 ... d-in-crash
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Re: St Ignace tragedy

Postby upfootball » Wed Oct 07, 2015 12:11 am

http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/ ... rt_m-rpt-2

ST. IGNACE, MI – After he led an unbeaten LaSalle High School football team to its sixth straight win, Mitch Snyder and his girlfriend celebrated at Friday night's homecoming dance.

He took her home around 11:30 p.m.

She wouldn't see him again.

Fifteen minutes later, the popular three-sport standout was killed in a head-on crash on Mackinac Trail in St. Ignace Township.

The other driver, a 40-year-old St. Ignace man, was treated at Mackinac Straits hospital then jailed for drunken driving. His bond was set at $500,000.

His name has not been released, pending arraignment in Mackinac County District Court.

The loss of the 17-year-old Snyder is devastating for the family and many others.

"It's just a very sad day. Not just a day, it's a just a very sad time in St. Ignace," said Don Gustafson, superintendent of St. Ignace Area Schools, on Monday, Oct. 5.

"The whole community is grieving."

Students are coping as best they can. Friends and family gathered Sunday night for a candlelight vigil on the football field where Snyder starred.

Last year, he'd received a special mention on the Associated Press' Division 7-8 All-State Football Team.

In this small town just north of Michigan's iconic Mackinac Bridge, everyone knows Snyder or his family. His mother, Deb Brandstrom, is the girls' varsity volleyball coach. His brother, Tyler Snyder, graduated from LaSalle High. His sister, Brooke Brandstrom, is a middle-school student. He is also survived by his father, Brent Snyder.

Students are taking the loss hard, Gustafson said. The senior class had 58 students.

A lot of them want to know why. Gustafson said there are no easy answers. He asks the same question himself.

"We're a small community and their family has lived here for years," said Gustafson, a 1977 LaSalle High graduate, who returned to his southern Upper Peninsula hometown after college.

Sunday night's vigil was an important part of the grieving process, Gustafson said.

He thought it best to have school today. The schools cancelled volleyball matches, and postponed parent-teacher conferences this week, but he wanted students to be together, and take advantage of counselors if needed.

"We're working on getting through a very difficult situation," he said.

He said Snyder, who lettered in baseball, basketball and football, was not only a "real good athlete," but a good teen, too.

Parents can't help but think of their own kids, he said.

"It just shows you how things can happen so quickly and unexpectedly."
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