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January 25, 1996
Police said they have closed their investigation into the death of Matt Skalsky, the UMBC player who died after collapsing at a New Year's Eve party.Despite witness reports that Skalsky may have been involved in an altercation just before his death, Montgomery County police said that they have determined that no events at the party caused his death.An autopsy report ruled the 19-year-old honor student's death to be from natural causes, brought on by an irregular heartbeat.
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By Brad Snyder and Brad Snyder,SUN STAFF | February 9, 1996
A little more than a month after the death of UMBC basketball player Matt Skalsky, Chris Daniels, the starting center for the University of Dayton basketball team, died yesterday morning of an apparent heart ailment.Although several basketball players have died from heart problems in recent years, medical experts insist that sudden death among athletes remains a rare occurrence."There is not an epidemic, even among athletes," said Dr. Stephen Gottlieb, an associate professor and the director of heart failure service for the University of Maryland Medical System.
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By Jay Apperson and Jay Apperson,SUN STAFF Sun staff writer Roch Eric Kubatko contributed to this article | January 24, 1996
An autopsy report released yesterday shows that UMBC basketball player Matt Skalsky died from the irregular beating of an enlarged heart -- a finding that recalls the sudden deaths of other basketball players in recent years.Skalsky, 19, died of sudden cardiac arrhythmia associated with heart tissue scarring and the type of heart enlargement seen in well-conditioned athletes who suddenly die, the autopsy report states. Medical examiners ruled Skalsky died of natural causes after collapsing at a New Year's Eve party.
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January 25, 1996
Police said they have closed their investigation into the death of Matt Skalsky, the UMBC player who died after collapsing at a New Year's Eve party.Despite witness reports that Skalsky may have been involved in an altercation just before his death, Montgomery County police said that they have determined that no events at the party caused his death.An autopsy report ruled the 19-year-old honor student's death to be from natural causes, brought on by an irregular heartbeat.
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By Jay Apperson and Jay Apperson,SUN STAFF | January 12, 1996
UMBC basketball player Matt Skalsky had been drinking but had not been using drugs before he died after a New Year's Eve party in Montgomery County, police said yesterday.As officials from the state medical examiner's office continued to search for the cause of the 19-year-old honor student's death, Montgomery County police said post-autopsy toxicology tests showed Skalsky had a blood-alcohol level of .08 percent, the legal standard for impairment. The tests showed no traces of drugs, said Ann Evans, a police spokeswoman.
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By Roch Eric Kubatko and Jay Apperson and Roch Eric Kubatko and Jay Apperson,SUN STAFF | January 3, 1996
UMBC lost a basketball player and honor student when Matt Skalsky died Monday. But Eric Hayes lost a lot more.Hayes lost a good friend.The UMBC junior guard, a team captain and Skalsky's roommate, was home in Tampa, Fla., when his father received a call from UMBC basketball coach Tom Sullivan."
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By Roch Eric Kubatko and Roch Eric Kubatko,SUN STAFF | January 19, 1996
As UMBC basketball coach Tom Sullivan tried to explain the improbable shot that gave his team its first victory in early December, he called upon a sports adage about how it's better sometimes to be lucky than good.With the exception of that night, the Retrievers had been neither until Monday, when they ended a 10-game losing streak with a win against Lehigh. They have two victories in their first 15 games. And they've had enough misfortune to test anyone's faith."It got to a point where I started saying the only luck we're having is bad luck.
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By Jerry Bembry and Jerry Bembry,SUN STAFF nTC | January 7, 1996
EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Looking downward, a tear welling in his eye, B. J. Abrams briefly found himself at a loss for words yesterday. The night before, he was on the basketball court with his East Lansing High School teammates. Yesterday, he was trudging through the snow at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, facing one of the most difficult moments in his young life -- watching as a former teammate was laid to rest.There were plenty of tears yesterday as a community paid its respects to Matt Skalsky, an honor student and basketball player at UMBC, who died on Monday after a New Year's Eve party in the Darnestown section of Montgomery County.
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By From Staff Reports | April 14, 1994
UMBC has received oral commitments from Matt Skalsky, a 6-foot-4 guard from East Lansing, Mich., and Anthony Thompson, a 6-2 guard from Allegany Community College.Skalsky was a sixth-team all-state selection in Michigan. A three-year starter, he averaged 18.6 points and 3.5 assists.Thompson, from Parkdale High in Riverdale, Md., was a Region XX all-star this past season, when he averaged 16.0 points and 3.5 assists.
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By Alan Goldstein and Alan Goldstein,Sun Staff Writer | December 2, 1994
UMBC lost a home opener for the first time in 10 years last night, but coach Earl Hawkins was hardly discouraged by his team's effort.The Retrievers played a taller, more seasoned North Texas team even for more than 37 minutes. But with 2:35 left and the score tied at 66, UMBC's 7-foot-2 senior center, Pascal Fleury, was whistled for his fifth foul.Fleury had grabbed 10 rebounds and blocked nine shots. Without his intimidating presence, the Eagles (3-0) were able to work the ball inside or draw repeated fouls.
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By Jay Apperson and Jay Apperson,SUN STAFF Sun staff writer Roch Eric Kubatko contributed to this article | January 24, 1996
An autopsy report released yesterday shows that UMBC basketball player Matt Skalsky died from the irregular beating of an enlarged heart -- a finding that recalls the sudden deaths of other basketball players in recent years.Skalsky, 19, died of sudden cardiac arrhythmia associated with heart tissue scarring and the type of heart enlargement seen in well-conditioned athletes who suddenly die, the autopsy report states. Medical examiners ruled Skalsky died of natural causes after collapsing at a New Year's Eve party.
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By Roch Eric Kubatko and Roch Eric Kubatko,SUN STAFF | January 19, 1996
As UMBC basketball coach Tom Sullivan tried to explain the improbable shot that gave his team its first victory in early December, he called upon a sports adage about how it's better sometimes to be lucky than good.With the exception of that night, the Retrievers had been neither until Monday, when they ended a 10-game losing streak with a win against Lehigh. They have two victories in their first 15 games. And they've had enough misfortune to test anyone's faith."It got to a point where I started saying the only luck we're having is bad luck.
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By Jay Apperson and Jay Apperson,SUN STAFF | January 12, 1996
UMBC basketball player Matt Skalsky had been drinking but had not been using drugs before he died after a New Year's Eve party in Montgomery County, police said yesterday.As officials from the state medical examiner's office continued to search for the cause of the 19-year-old honor student's death, Montgomery County police said post-autopsy toxicology tests showed Skalsky had a blood-alcohol level of .08 percent, the legal standard for impairment. The tests showed no traces of drugs, said Ann Evans, a police spokeswoman.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | January 11, 1996
It figured to be a tough night for the beleaguered UMBC basketball team, and with 7:54 remaining in the first half, it got even tougher.At that point, UMBC's offensive leader, Tony Thompson, left the game with a sprained ankle and with him went the Retrievers' chances of upsetting Liberty.Thompson had kept UMBC competitive before the injury, but the Flames completely took over the game thereafter and romped to a 79-63 Big South Conference victory at the UMBC Fieldhouse.The defeat -- in a game rescheduled from last week because of the death of guard Matt Skalsky -- was the ninth in a row for UMBC, which is 1-11 (0-2 Big South)
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By Jerry Bembry and Jerry Bembry,SUN STAFF nTC | January 7, 1996
EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Looking downward, a tear welling in his eye, B. J. Abrams briefly found himself at a loss for words yesterday. The night before, he was on the basketball court with his East Lansing High School teammates. Yesterday, he was trudging through the snow at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, facing one of the most difficult moments in his young life -- watching as a former teammate was laid to rest.There were plenty of tears yesterday as a community paid its respects to Matt Skalsky, an honor student and basketball player at UMBC, who died on Monday after a New Year's Eve party in the Darnestown section of Montgomery County.
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By Roch Eric Kubatko and Roch Eric Kubatko,SUN STAFF | January 7, 1996
The burden of a losing streak was nothing compared to the tremendous weight that UMBC's players carried onto the court for last night's game against Winthrop.Their friend and former teammate, sophomore guard Matt Skalsky, had been buried yesterday morning in East Lansing, Mich. He died Monday after attending a New Year's Eve party in Montgomery County, and three of the Retrievers went to the funeral, then flew back for a game that didn't seem nearly as important as it had a week ago.The opponent wasn't that tough -- Winthrop brought the same 1-9 record as UMBC -- but focusing on basketball was a greater challenge.
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By Brad Snyder and Brad Snyder,SUN STAFF | February 9, 1996
A little more than a month after the death of UMBC basketball player Matt Skalsky, Chris Daniels, the starting center for the University of Dayton basketball team, died yesterday morning of an apparent heart ailment.Although several basketball players have died from heart problems in recent years, medical experts insist that sudden death among athletes remains a rare occurrence."There is not an epidemic, even among athletes," said Dr. Stephen Gottlieb, an associate professor and the director of heart failure service for the University of Maryland Medical System.
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By Roch Eric Kubatko and Roch Eric Kubatko,SUN STAFF | January 7, 1996
The burden of a losing streak was nothing compared to the tremendous weight that UMBC's players carried onto the court for last night's game against Winthrop.Their friend and former teammate, sophomore guard Matt Skalsky, had been buried yesterday morning in East Lansing, Mich. He died Monday after attending a New Year's Eve party in Montgomery County, and three of the Retrievers went to the funeral, then flew back for a game that didn't seem nearly as important as it had a week ago.The opponent wasn't that tough -- Winthrop brought the same 1-9 record as UMBC -- but focusing on basketball was a greater challenge.
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By Roch Eric Kubatko and Jay Apperson and Roch Eric Kubatko and Jay Apperson,SUN STAFF | January 3, 1996
UMBC lost a basketball player and honor student when Matt Skalsky died Monday. But Eric Hayes lost a lot more.Hayes lost a good friend.The UMBC junior guard, a team captain and Skalsky's roommate, was home in Tampa, Fla., when his father received a call from UMBC basketball coach Tom Sullivan."
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By Alan Goldstein and Alan Goldstein,Sun Staff Writer | December 2, 1994
UMBC lost a home opener for the first time in 10 years last night, but coach Earl Hawkins was hardly discouraged by his team's effort.The Retrievers played a taller, more seasoned North Texas team even for more than 37 minutes. But with 2:35 left and the score tied at 66, UMBC's 7-foot-2 senior center, Pascal Fleury, was whistled for his fifth foul.Fleury had grabbed 10 rebounds and blocked nine shots. Without his intimidating presence, the Eagles (3-0) were able to work the ball inside or draw repeated fouls.
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