A Western Slope high school sports star was severely injured Wednesday morning in what officials are saying was a "freak accident" in an Auto-Shop class.
Administrators with Grand Valley High School in Parachute say a senior star on the school's playoff-bound football team was transported via helicopter to St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction and remains there in the Intensive Care Unit.
The school has asked that his name not be released due to the ongoing investigation into the incident.
However, Athletic Director, Dave Walck issued the following statement Thursday regarding the incident:
"We acknowledge that Saturday's game is important to many, including this young man who has played a major role in the team's success this season. However, this incident reminds us that there are things much bigger than football. Right now, our foremost thoughts and prayers are with this young man and his family as we hope he can make a speedy recovery."
Walck says the students have banded together in wake of what happened, and are formulating various ways to honor their injured friend at Saturday's home playoff game against Middle Park High School.
Kickoff for Saturday's game is set for 1 PM from Grand Valley High School in Parachute.
KJCT News 8 will be on hand with highlights of the game, and any updates made available regarding the condition of the player involved in this horrific accident.