The Dickinson State Blue Hawks have been dealt a major blow.
DSU athletic director Tim Daniel is once again having to help his department deal with the death of another athlete in the Blue Hawk family.
Jon Schaeffer has more.
TIM DANIEL-DSU ATHLETIC DIRECTOR: "It's a phone call you never want to make, nobody wants to receive."
JON SCHAEFFER-KX SPORTS: Wednesday July 10th-- Tim Daniel got a message-- Dickinson State Women's Basketball player Janae Moore died in a single vehicle car accident that morning near her home town of Sydney Montana.
TIM DANIEL-DSU ATHLETIC DIRECTOR: "We received a text message from one of our former student athletes who is a guidance counselor at Sydney High School and she sent a text to us so then we immediately called back and tried to get as many details as we could so obviously it was a huge shock to all of us. "
JON SCHAEFFER-KX SPORTS: Word of the accident spread quickly through the team and the school.
Now players, coaches, staff, family and friends at Dickinson State will have the challenge of moving forward.
TY ORTON-DSU MEN'S BASKETBALL COACH: I think everybody was just in shock you hear that from any student- a student that you get so close to. It's a really hard thing to even deal with or even to think about."
TIM DANIEL-DSU ATHLETIC DIRECTOR: "One of the things that we want to do is make sure we're available and provide opportunities for each and everyone of our athletes. The potential to help them through this situation. One of the things is we'll always remember she'll never be forgotten ."
JON SCHAEFFER-KX SPORTS: In her sophomore year with the team Janae was a team leader-- on the stat sheet she averaged a team high 13 points a game, and was also the Blue Hawks leading rebounder. Off the court, she was just as impactful
Men's Basketball coach Ty Orton knew her well, and says her character is what she'll be remembered for.
TY ORTON-DSU MEN'S BASKETBALL COACH: "She played so hard and with so much passion, so much love and the way she was with her teammates was really just incomparable.
TIM DANIEL-DSU ATHLETIC DIRECTOR: "Janae was just somebody that everybody gravitated to but I think her dedication, determination and drive she did that in everything she did not only in her school work, you know the way she played, and the way she just enjoyed life-- she enjoyed it to the fullest.
TY ORTON-DSU MEN'S BASKETBALL COACH: "She was one of those unique people that makes a team better on and off the floor you know. She was exceptional on the floor but when she stepped off the floor she brought a team together. She helped all the kids through hard times and she just made people just strong in all aspects of their life."
For KX sports-- Jon Schaeffer.
DSU women's basketball coach Caleb Harrison is out of the state on a recruiting trip.
I spoke with him on the phone and here's what he had to say about Janae.
"She was incredibly selfless and team oriented. Her passion, and perseverance gave her a fantastic approach to life. And her legacy with the team will live on."
This is the second time in the last 5 years that Dickinson State has had to deal with the loss of an athlete.
In 2009 the Blue Hawks softball team lost 3 players in a car accident as well.
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