Oak Hill student and football player passes away

Collin Brister
Sports Writer

The Oak Hill community is in mourning after the loss of one of its students on Saturday.

Thomas Bales passed away in an apparent swimming accident Saturday in Alabama.

Oak Hill head football coach Chris Craven said in a Facebook post , "His smile lit up the room. In this profession of being called "Coach", a relationship is formed that is only found in the trials and adversity of hard training and pushing past limits to which the body says, "No, Stop, QUIT!" with the hope of victory and triumph constantly looming on the horizon. I never saw this young man quit. No matter how hard I pushed, he would always get back up and go again. He was the definition of loyalty and integrity, putting his teammates before himself at all times"

More information will be available on the tragedy in Tuesday's Daily Times Leader