PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - According to administrators at Bay High School, Sophomore and JV basketball player Keith Hullum died Friday after an infection went into his brain.
"It started off as a fairly benign sinus infection, and it developed into a brain infection that got very aggressive," Boys' Head Basketball Coach Michael Grady said. "We know God has a plan and is in control."
Boys Head Basketball Coach Michael Grady described Hullum as a "role model" both athletically and academically.
"His attitude was always good. He performed well in class," Coach Grady said. "All the teachers had positive things to say about him and he came from a good family."
Coach Grady says counselors are doing their part to help everyone cope, and in the midst of tragedy, students are learning a valuable lesson.
"For the next couple days, even longer than that, we're going to mourn," he explained. "I think you have to take this opportunity to understand that life is bigger than basketball. Teammates are larger than the game."
The family asks for privacy during this time. There's no word on funeral arrangements yet.