Atlanta Falcons rookie and former Fife standout Kaleb McGary underwent a minimally invasive heart procedure Wednesday after leaving practice.
McGary has atrial fibrillation, a heart condition that causes occasional irregular heartbeat. He “felt ill” and left practice Tuesday, according to Jason Butt of The Athletic, and was slated to play in Friday’s Hall of Fame. Instead he underwent a cardiac ablation operation the next day for the third time in his life.
The Falcons traded up to draft McGary, a University of Washington product, with the 31st overall pick in April’s NFL Draft.
ESPN NFL reporter Adam Schefter noted the last time McGary underwent the procedure, he missed 6-8 weeks.
McGary’s health scare leads off this week’s News&Notes from around Washington high school sports. Here are some more from around the state and country:
- Nick Hauger, a former standout runner at Shadle Park (3A) and University of Portland, recently signed a professional running contract with Hoka One One Northern Arizona Elite, reports The Spokesman-Review‘s Ryan Collingwood.
- Kaycie Tuttle, formerly the athletic director at Quincy High School (2A), died on July 24 after a fight with cancer, The Columbia Basin Herald reported. She was athletic director at the school from 2016-19 and held various school-related jobs before that.
- King’s Way Christian (1A) graduate Damon Casetta-Stubbs, a pitcher in the Seattle Mariners organization was named a Northwest League All-Star after a successful stretch with the Class A-short season Everett Aquasox. Meg Wochnick of The Columbian caught up with the 2017 1A state champion ahead of the news. (Scorebook Live also chronicled the minor leaguer’s first season in early June ahead of the 2019 MLB Draft.)
- Chris King is the voice of the Class A-short season Tri-City Dust Devils and a Marysville Pilchuck (4A) High School alum. Josh Horton of The Everett Herald talked to King about his journey as a sportscaster.
- North Kitsap’s Chris Richardson has been a reliable assistant football coach for 10 years. Jeff Graham of The Kitsap Sun writes about how Richardson is putting in the time, and slowly building his resume for a head gig.
- In the 1920s, a South Dakota High School faced low male turnout for football, making way for the ‘Famous Cavour Girls’ Grid Team,’ a high school football team comprised of all girls, to take off and many to rally behind. The team became stuff of legend, as told by Chantel Jennings of The Athletic.