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Lule: 'A Red Devil through and through'

Published: Friday, Aug. 10, 2012 12:20 p.m. CST • Updated: Friday, Aug. 10, 2012 12:25 p.m. CST

SPRING VALLEY — Daniel Lule will be remembered as a Hall Red Devil through and through.

The 17-year-old Hall High School junior collapsed on the practice field during non-contact drills Wednesday afternoon and later died at St. Margaret's Hospital in Spring Valley. Many of Lule's teammates were at the hospital when he died at approximately 1:37 p.m., according to Spring Valley Police reports.

It was the first day of the 2012 fall sport season and the second Red Devil practice session of the day.

Hall Superintendent Mike Struna released the following statement Thursday morning:

"The thoughts and prayers of the entire Hall High School community go out to the Lule family. Daniel was a very wonderful young man who was a Red Devil through and through. He will be greatly missed by the entire Hall High School family especially his friends and teammates."

Struna added, "Please keep the Lule family in your thoughts and prayers."

Lule was a dedicated football player, Struna said, who loved the game.

"He was a quiet leader for us. I don't think he missed a day in the weight room from the last day of spring, and at times I'd see him at the Y," Struna said. "He was ready for football. He was a football player, and he loved it, which makes it even more difficult."

The Red Devils football team met Thursday morning with the Hall coaching staff and athletic director Eric Bryant. It was decided, Struna said, to resume practice at 7 a.m. Friday for any players wanting to practice.

"We'll go from there and see how we do," Struna said. "Understandably, some players may not be ready to come back. We made it clear to the kids to come back when they're ready."

Struna said all other fall sports practices were to resume Friday.

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