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Quilhaugh faints, is hospitalized

North Medford boys basketball coach Gene Quilhaugh passed out in the school's locker room prior to the start of the school Wednesday morning.

The 47-year-old coach, who has a history of heart trouble, was taken to a local hospital and was released later in the day.

North Medford athletic director Mike Kay said the second-year Tornado coach underwent tests and was scheduled to meet with his doctor later in the day.

Athletic director Mike Kay said Quilhaugh had difficulties with an irregular heart beat while at Stayton.

Wednesday's practice was conducted by assistant coaches Tim Sam and Jerry Schultz.

Kay and vice principal Buzz Brazeau will meet with Quilhaugh today and discuss a timeline for the coach's return. North's next game is Friday night at North Eugene.

The Tornado is 1-1 after the first weekend of play.

Quilhaugh is a current events and physical education teacher at North. He moved to Medford prior to the 1998-99 school year after successful stints at Stayton, where his team won the 1995 Class 3A state championship, and North Douglas, where his 1987 team captured the Class 2A title.