Some scary news for the Trinity football team last night, as senior quarterback Jason Vankirk was carried off the field on a stretcher and rushed to the hospital after taking a hit to the upper back/neck during the Hillers' scrimmage at Steel Valley.
Turns out everything is OK. Talked to head coach Ryan Coyle today, and Vankirk was released early this morning. He even attended Trinity's day-after workout to watch films and see his friends. Here's a link to today's story.
Also, posted below is what I just filed for Sunday's paper:
Less than 24 hours after he was carried off the field on a stretcher during the Trinity football team’s scrimmage at Steel Valley, senior quarterback Jason Vankirk was released from the hospital and attended the Hillers’ practice yesterday.
Vankirk was setting up to pass when he was hit in the upper back/neck area, first-year Hillers coach Ryan Coyle said. The hit draw a 15-yard flag.
Vankirk was taken to UPMC Presbyterian in Pittsburgh and held overnight for observation, though he did have movement in his extremities and was responsive.
Vankirk, who was competing for the starting spot along with fellow senior Donnie McWreath, will wear a neck brace for the next couple of weeks, Coyle said. He will also undergo a few additional tests this week.
“Just to see his face and that he was alright, it kind of lifted everybody up a little bit,” said Coyle, who’s in his first year as Trinity’s coach. “It looks like he’s going to be OK, so that’s obviously a good thing.”