One minute, Quaker Valley basketball player Amos Luptak was walking off the court tonight to an ovation after scoring his 1,000th career point. The next minute, he collapsed near the Quaker Valley bench with an apparent seizure.
But the good news is Luptak is "OK," according to the organizer of a Coaches vs. Cancer event tonight.
Luptak, a talented senior point guard, was playing for Quaker Valley against East Allegheny in a game at Sewickley Academy as part of the Coaches vs. Cancer event. Late in the game, he scored his 1,000th point and coach Mike Mastroianni then took him out of the game. Allen Deep, organizer of the event, said after Luptak collapsed, an ambulance came and Luptak was taken to a hospital. Deep said Luptak was conscious when he left for the hospital. Deep said Mastroianni told him Luptak was OK.
Deep said he was told my Luptak's father that he has had a seizure before.
"It was a scary thing, but he's OK," said Deep.
Luptak (pictured in a game earlier this season against New Castle) is a four-year varsity player for Quaker Valley and an excellent athlete. He was the quarterback of the football team and also won a section title in tennis singles last year.
Quaker Valley is the Post-Gazette's No. 1-ranked WPIAL Class 4A team. Quaker Valley was beating East Allegheny, 75-54, with less than 20 seconds left when Luptak collapsed. The game didn't resume.