The Fountain Central High School boys basketball team will take on Delphi tonight in the North Montgomery High School Class 2A Sectional Tournament, but the team will be missing one of its key players.

Andy Krout, 17, a starter, died at 7:25 a.m. Sunday in the emergency room of St. Clare Medical Center in Crawfordsville after collapsing at his home in Hillsboro.

“They are going to give it their best effort,” Fountain Central Athletic Director Phil Rash said of the Mustang team.

“His dad, Brian, talked to the team Sunday and told them to stick together. That speaks very highly of the family.”

Brian Krout is a coach at Fountain Central.

“He just loves being around the kids,” he said.

The players will wear Andy’s No. 33 on their uniforms tonight.

“He was kind of a quiet leader,” Rash said. “He led by example, conducting himself appropriately.”

Krout started every game this year until Friday night against Southmont, but he was on the bench cheering on his teammates.

Rash said Krout, a junior, had been to two doctors late last week and was being treated for a shoulder injury

An autopsy Monday was inconclusive, pending other testing. Montgomery County Coroner Darren Forman is not releasing any additional information about the possible cause of death.

“We were notified at 7:50 a.m. Sunday,” Forman said of Krout’s death.

Forman said he’s “not at liberty to discuss” Krout’s activities prior to his collapse.

Forman expects to receive toxicology and slide tissue results in two to three weeks.

“He was a great kid and well loved,” said Debra Barnes, Southeast Fountain School District superintendent.

The funeral will be at 3:30 p.m. EST Thursday in the Fountain Central High School gymnasium, east of Veedersburg. Visitation will be after 3 p.m. Wednesday in the gym.

Maus Funeral Home of Hillsboro is in charge of arrangements.

Krout also participated in tennis and was the Wabash River Conference individual champion last fall.

Krout loved the outdoors and was an avid hunter and fisherman. He was a member of Prairie Chapel Church, south of Hillsboro.

“It was a very quiet place (Monday),” Rash said. “Everyone is in a state of shock.”

Several ministers and counselors were available to students and staff at the school.

“Andy was a benefit to be around,” Rash said.

“He was an awesome young man.”

Jennifer Weakley contributed to this report.

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