Two USC Upstate soccer players killed in crash

Soccer players Mills Sproull and James Campbell were among four USC Upstate students, all athletes, killed in a car crash early Sunday morning in Boiling Springs, South Carolina.

Joshua Lee, who ran cross country at the Division I school, and Sarah Grace Vande Berg, a tennis player, also died. Felicia Ahlborg, another tennis player, was in serious but stable condition. They were in a vehicle that ran off the side of the road, struck a tree and caught fire, according to reports.

Sproull was a junior who hailed from Birmingham, Alabama, where he was one of the top players to come out of the state in recent years.

"Mills has been an inspirational and valuable member of our program since his first day on campus," USC Upstate head men’s coach Greg Hooks said. "He was a very good player who battled through a tough injury for quite a while, but never lost his enthusiasm for the game or our team. He always had a smile on his face and brought a positive attitude to practice every day.  I never heard him complain about his injury. He was an outstanding young man and he will be missed very much.”

Campbell, a junior, played at Marshall University before transferring to USC Upstate in January.

“James joined our team as a transfer and he added a lot to the program," said Hooks. "He was a very hard working and intense player whose competitiveness made those around him play harder. Most importantly, he was a great young man who will be missed very much.”

The Spartans' men's soccer team had been off this past week. A vigil was held at USC Upstate's soccer field on Monday night. The tragedy has hit the community hard.

“There are no words to describe this loss to the USC Upstate family and no way to comfort the grieving families who have lost their loved
 ones," said USC Upstate Chancellor Tom Moore. "This tragedy will have tremendous impact on the Upstate community, individually and
 collectively.”

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