(WTNH)–The Shelton High School boys’ basketball team has forfeit its first-round state tournament game after one of its players tragically passed away on Sunday.
Edmund Conklin was killed in a single-car crash on Bridgeport Avenue in Shelton on Sunday morning. He was just 17 years old.
The school’s superintendent, athletic director, coach and principal collectively decided to forefit the game, which was scheduled for Tuesday, March 8, against Crosby of Waterbury.
“In light of the recent tragic death of a member of the SHS basketball team, the decision was made, with input from the A.D., the coach and the principal to forfeit next week’s scheduled playoff game. CIAC officials have been informed,” superintendent Christopher Clouet said in a statement.
Some parents disagreed with the decision, with one telling News 8 that the team had wanted to honor Conklin by playing. The parent said the team had made up wristbands and warmups with to honor the senior.
The CIAC credited 8th-seeded Crosby with a 2-0 victory over 25th-seeded Shelton on Thursday.