Very sad news to share today from Virginia.
“It’s just a terrible loss,” former Kennedy coach Tom Nelligan said. “He was just a fantastic kid.”
Thompson, who played four years at West Point, was stationed in Virginia with the Army. The Mohegan Lake native was scheduled to return home next week on leave. He was engaged to former Kennedy girls basketball player Michelle Smyth, who also graduated in 2006.
Thompson was a 6-foot-2 guard who helped Kennedy win the 2004 Class B state and Federation championships as a sophomore. The Gaels reached the state final again when he was a junior and senior. He finished his three-year varsity career with over 1,300 points.
“As good a player as he was, God, he was just as good a person,” Nelligan said.
I’ll have more on the story in tomorrow’s Journal News.