Tennessee High School officials confirm drowning death of student-athlete over weekend


Editor's Note (09/13/2021 10 a.m.) — While the drowning and student athlete death were originally reported as two separate incidents, BTCS officials have since confirmed with News Channel 11 that the student athlete drowned at South Holston Lake.

BRISTOL, Tenn. (WJHL) — Officials with Tennessee High School announced the drowning death of a student-athlete over the weekend.

Rebecca House with Bristol, Tennessee City Schools told News Channel 11 that Vikings football player Micah Montgomery passed away after drowning at South Holston Lake Sunday evening.

A press release from the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) said first responders were first called to the scene at 4 p.m.

According to a press release from SCSO, the agency recovered the body of 16-year-old Micah near the Highway 421 bridge on South Holston Lake.

Officers spoke with witnesses and described the drowning as an unfortunate accident. SCSO said the agency’s thoughts and prayers are with family and friends.

Tennessee High Principal Kim Kirk said late Sunday night that the Viking community is mourning the loss of another student.

Vikings head football coach Matt Chandler released the following statement to News Channel 11:

I would like to say that we as a coaching staff and our players are in total shock right now. Micah was a beloved member of our team. We will stand together as a team and try to be there for his family. Our thoughts and prayers are with them as well.

Head football coach Matt Chandler

News Channel 11 has reached out to additional school officials for more information. Stay updated on-air and online at WJHL.com.

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