POINT PLEASANT -Point Pleasant police officials have begun an investigation into the death of Allan Wasonga, a former standout running back for the high school football teams at Point Pleasant and Parkersburg High.
The body of the 21-year-old -who won the Gatorade Award as the state high school football player of the year following a standout 2009 season at Parkersburg-was discovered in his Point Pleasant apartment on Tuesday. In an attempt to determine the cause of death, the body has since been taken to the State Medical Examiner's office in Charleston.
Meanwhile, Point Pleasant police officials are asking the public's help with their ongoing investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call the police department at 304-675-1104.
Wasonga transferred from Point Pleasant to Parkersburg High School for his junior and senior seasons. He led the Big Reds to the state playoffs in both 2009 under head coach Bernie Buttrey, and in 2010 under Buttrey's replacement, Don Reeves.
PHS finished 6-5 both of those seasons, reaching the state playoffs but suffering first-round defeats. Wasonga, who rushed for 2,300 yards and 28 touchdowns in 2009, was a first team all-state selection at running back and the runner-up for the Kennedy Award, the West Virginia Sports Writers Association's version of the state player of the year. Despite an injury-plagued senior season that saw him play in just nine of Parkersburg's 11 games, Wasonga still managed to rush for 1,045 yards and a dozen touchdowns.
Following his high school career, he joined the football program at Marshall University but was dismissed from the team before the opening game.