An unthinkable tragedy

Photo by Zack EldridgeJohn Glenn’s Zac Mago passes the ball in a game last season on January 16 while being guarded by New Prairie’s Michael Klemczak in New Carlisle.

WALKERTON — John Glenn High School basketball standout and honor student Zac Mago unexpectedly passed away at the age of 17 on Thursday.

The senior-to-be died exactly one week before his 18th birthday. The cause of death hasn’t yet been determined.

There has been an incredible amount of support on social media from the area sports community since his passing.

John Glenn Athletics tweeted: "John Glenn High School offers our thoughts and prayers to the family and friends of Zac Mago. Zac was an outstanding young man and an excellent example of what it means to be a John Glenn Falcon. He will be greatly missed."

The Falcons’ volleyball team posted: "Our thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends, classmates, and loved ones of Zac Mago. The impact you had on your school, community, and all you came in contact with will be sorely missed."

Plus, Glenn's strength training account tweeted: "My heart breaks for Zac and the Mago family. He truly was one of a kind. I will miss our talks in the athletic office. To our students, be strong for one another and hold each other tight. Zac, you will be missed but never forgotten."

At the same time, rivals offered their sympathy. Jimtown’s boys basketball team posted: "Our Prayers Go Out To The John Glenn Community And Especially To The Mago Family. Zac Was A Great Kid And An Awesome Competitor."

LaVille posted: "From your friends at LaVille: Thoughts and prayers to the @JohnGlennHoops standout and @ZacMago family and friends. R.I.P. and may God bless his family and friends.”

Mago decided to concentrate on his love, basketball, despite being accomplished in numerous sports.

Mago was a pivotal player for Glenn, averaging 15.7 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.8 steals, and 1.5 assists per game last season. He helped the Falcons to a 13-9 record.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. (EDT) on Wednesday, July 11, 2018, in the gymnasium at John Glenn High School, 201 John Glenn Drive, Walkerton. Graveside services will follow at Westlawn Cemetery, North Liberty. Friends may visit with the family from 2-8 p.m. (EDT) on Tuesday, July 10, at John Glenn High School and one hour prior to the service on Wednesday.

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