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Former Musselman star Mosby dead at 21

March 09, 2004|by ANDREW MASON

andrewm@herald-mail.com

Todd Mosby left his mark as one of the Tri-State's all-time great high school athletes.

Sadly, his memory is all that is left.

Mosby, a 2000 Musselman High School graduate and former three-sport star for the Applemen, died early Monday at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. His mother, Davida Mosby, said he was flown there Sunday by helicopter from Morgantown, W.Va.

Mosby, 21, was a junior at West Virginia University and majored in sports management, she said.

"It's devastating news," she said. "Who knows how God works?"

Davida Mosby said the cause of her son's death still is unknown.

"We're not really sure. We're waiting on reports to come in," she said. "He had been complaining about stomach pains, but that's about all I know. I'm just waiting on answers."

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Mosby starred in football, basketball and baseball at Musselman.

"He was a star athlete at our school, but what made Todd Mosby was that he was a star person. That's what I'll remember about him," Musselman Athletic Director Charles Cline said. "He was just so humble. He was president of the National Honor Society his senior year. He was respected by everybody. He was a once-in-a-lifetime young man, and he just happened to be a great athlete."

His senior football season in 1999, Mosby, who played quarterback and linebacker, won the Kennedy Award, an annual honor given to the state's most outstanding player by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association.

That season, Mosby, who also was The Herald-Mail's 1999 All-Area Offensive Player of the Year, guided the Applemen to the Class AAA state semifinals for the first time in school history. He amassed more than 2,500 yards of total offense and scored 20 touchdowns.

"He was by far the best football player I ever saw, and one of the best kids off the field. He was a straight-A student," said Hubie Dodson, who has served as Musselman's football statistician for the last 25 years. "He was just a great kid. The news has really shocked us up here."

Dodson said he attended a basketball game at WVU last Tuesday but was unable to meet up with Mosby.

"I was hoping to see Todd, but he was feeling ill," Dodson said.

During his senior year of high school, Mosby accepted a full scholarship to play football at WVU. But he never played for the Mountaineers, by some accounts due to a medical problem.

"With his heart condition, they wouldn't allow him to play," Dodson said.

"He never played because in doing some physical testing they found a thing they didn't like, and they didn't allow him to play for medical reasons," Cline said. "But he kept his full scholarship.

"He was truly one of the kids from the Eastern Panhandle who had a chance to shine in D-I competition, and the only reason he didn't shine was because his health did not allow him."

Mosby also led the Musselman baseball team to the state playoffs during his senior year. He batted .500, hit seven home runs, stole 20 bases - all team highs - and was a first-team, all-state selection.

On the basketball court, he scored more than 1,000 points for his career.

"He was a special athlete, in everything he did," Cline said.

Davida Mosby said Monday night that funeral arrangements had not yet been made.

Thomas Sloane, associate dean of student life at WVU, said there will be a memorial ceremony for Mosby on campus.

"We'll do a memorial bell-ringing ceremony on the campus probably either this Friday or the following Friday," Sloane said. "We'll ring the bell three times at noon. It's how we honor students who have passed away.

"He was a highly spoken-of young man," he said. "He had a lot of impact in his young life. I didn't know him personally, but I would have loved to have met him."

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