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Mike Nowatzki, Published September 15 2009

UPDATE: Police release name of Fargo Shanley sophomore, 16, who died overnight

Nick Bailey’s football coaches saw big potential in the 16-year-old lineman.

Bailey spent the summer in the weight room, and his coaches were excited about his progress and potential as a varsity player at Shanley High School, head coach Steve Laqua said, describing Bailey as a “great competitor.”

“He really conducted himself with a quiet confidence about him and a tremendous inner drive to reach his potential and to be the best that he could be,” Laqua said.

On Tuesday, the sophomore’s sudden death stunned his teammates, classmates and the Fargo Catholic Schools Network.

Bailey, the son of Paul and Kara Bailey, was found dead in his room at home early Tuesday, just hours after playing in a junior varsity home game against Grand Forks Central.

His mother told police he had talked about a “big hit” he made on the other team during the game, Fargo police Sgt. Mark Lykken said.

Get the full story in Wednesday's issue of The Forum


Readers can reach Forum reporter Mike Nowatzki at (701) 241-5528