Coach, player on Michigan prep team die in van crash

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GRAYLING, Mich. — The coach and a player on a Michigan high school boys' golf team were killed Monday when the team van collided with another vehicle on a rural road in the northern Lower Peninsula, according to news reports.

Coach Jason Potter, 30, and Louis Menard, 18, of the Grayling High School team were killed, according to Sgt. Don Bailey of the Michigan State Police, the Detroit News reported. Cassandra Stapleton of Kalkaska, traveling with her mother and daughter in another van, also died, Bailey told the News.

Four other Grayling golfers were listed in critical condition at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City. The condition of the sixth Grayling golfer was not immediately available.

"It was pretty horrific," Michigan State Police Sgt. Don Bailey said of the crash in Kalkaska County's Excelsior Township, 25 miles east of Traverse City.

Bailey told The Associated Press that he came upon the crash shortly after it occurred about 11:30 a.m. Monday. He said he used a fire extinguisher to put out a fire in one of the vehicles.

"There were three ejections, and those bodies were laying around," he said.

The golf team was commuting to a tournament at Grand Traverse Resort near Traverse City, a school official said.

Mike Fortino, general manager of the Grayling Country Club, told the News that one of the injured golfers was his nephew, an 18-year-old senior.

"He has a broken jaw and some teeth are knocked out," Fortino said.

"Some of the kids work here, have girlfriends here. Some of their mothers work here.

"It's a bad day, a bad day."

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