Ferdie Wagner
Ferdie Wagner

    The Ripon Area School District released an update on Ferdie Wagner's condition this morning (Thursday).

   "Ferdie is doing well and improving every hour. He is communicating with his family and with his doctors. His biggest concern in wondering how the soccer team is doing. He wishes them good luck tonight."


   A Ripon High School boys’ soccer player is in stable condition after collapsing during Tuesday’s game against Kewaskum.

   Encouraging news about his health was released this morning (Wednesday) after a scary situation occurred the afternoon prior.

   In the 34th minute, senior Ferdie Wagner motioned to the sideline that he needed a substitute and then collapsed immediately in the middle of the field.

   He was treated right away by athletic trainer Chris Schattschneider, who is on hand for all home soccer games.

   The Ripon Guardian Ambulance then was called and transported Wagner to the Ripon Medical Center. He was later airlifted to the Children’s Hospital in Madison.

   The Ripon Area School District sent the following message to staff and the Commonwealth in an email through Infinite Campus later in the night.

   “Dear Ripon Area School Community, At the home varsity soccer game, Tuesday night, September 12, 2017, a varsity soccer player, Ferdie Wagner, collapsed on the turf at approximately 5:30 pm. Ferdie was taken by ambulance to Ripon Medical Center. He was transported to Children’s Hospital in Madison, WI. We will keep you updated as we are able. Please respect the privacy of the family at this time and keep Ferdie and the Wagner family in your thoughts and prayers.

   The game was called following the situation with Wagner, with Ripon coming away with a 1-0 win.

  This morning, a second statement sent to staff and the Commonwealth offered positive news.

   “Ferdie is in stable condition. Doctors are encouraged by his vital signs,” Ripon High School Principal Randy Hatlen wrote. “Testing has not shown anything as of yet. More tests will be run this morning. Please continue to keep Ferdie and the Wagner family in your thoughts and prayers.”

   Hatlen added that “the Wagner family would like to thank everyone for your thoughts and prayers.”