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Referee OK after having heart attack

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The 91st game officiated by Ken Yott this high school basketball season will forever be his most memorable.

Fortunately for the Zionsville resident, it wasn’t his last.

“I am absolutely fine. I am home now, and everything is on the up and up,” said Yott, 50, who Friday night collapsed onto the court with 1:05 remaining in a semifinal game at the Center Grove Sectional.

“I will be reffing again next year.”

Yott suffered a mild heart attack late in Franklin Community’s 48-38 victory against Greenwood, dropping to the floor near the midcourt stripe.

Center Grove staffers and emergency responders immediately began tending to Yott. He was completely alert 13 minutes later while being taken off the court and eventually transported to Community South.

Yott was discharged Sunday.

“I had a catherization procedure and a stent put into one of my cardiac arteries,” he said. “It was diagnosed as a mild heart attack.”

The 2013-14 season is Yott’s sixth as a girls and boys basketball official.

The number of games he officiates yearly keeps him in good cardiovascular shape. He admits, though, his eating habits could be better.

Friday’s scare has forced him to do better in that area of his life.

“It certainly made me value my wife and kids and being involved in their lives,” said Yott, who along with wife, Trish, have a 21-year-old son and daughters ages 17 and 10.

“We all live on a thin line, and you have to take better care of yourself when it comes to your diet.”

Working the Franklin-Greenwood game with fellow officials Kevin Lewis and Brian Humphrey, Yott firmly believes there is a geographical element to his good fortune.

“I feel so fortunate to be assigned to the Center Grove Sectional. The people there were amazing,” Yott said. “I have lots of guardian angels.”

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