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College Mass to honor athlete, coach killed in crash

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) — Wednesday’s daily Mass at Presentation College in South Dakota is being dedicated in honor of a Saints basketball player and a graduate assistant coach who died in a vehicle crash in Nebraska.

Player Cameron Isreal and assistant coach and former player Terry Strong died at the scene Friday near Valentine, Nebraska, when their vehicle crossed the center line on U.S. Highway 83 and collided head-on with another vehicle.

Isreal, 23, was from Chandler, Arizona, and Strong, 26, from the Los Angeles area. Their lives will be celebrated during the noon Mass on campus Wednesday, and a more formal event will be planned in the fall when students return to the private Catholic college in Aberdeen for the start of fall classes, college spokesman Tim Beckham told the American News (http://bit.ly/1dsGsyY ).

Isreal’s funeral is Thursday at Central Christian Church in Mesa, Arizona, according to the college. Another service eventually will be held in Maryland, where his mother lives. Funeral arrangements were pending for Strong.

Isreal, a 6-foot-3 junior guard, averaged more than 16 points per game for the Saints last season and was named to the North Star Athletic Association all-conference team. He was majoring in business.

Strong graduated from Presentation last month and was planning to return for a second year as an assistant coach.

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Information from: Aberdeen American News, http://www.aberdeennews.com

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