Funeral held for Bluffton player killed in bus crash

ELIDA, Ohio -- Bruised and bandaged, college baseball
players stood in a circle and hugged Wednesday at the funeral for
one of their four teammates killed in a bus wreck.

Scott Harmon, a 19-year-old freshman at Bluffton University, was
remembered as being passionate about sports and a prankster who was
the life of any gathering.

"That sweet, funny smile," said Pastor John Tsironis of St.
Paul's United Methodist Church. "That's how Scott was and how
Scott wants to be remembered."

Throughout the service, photos of Harmon in baseball and
football jerseys dating back to elementary school were flashed on a
big screen for a crowd of about 2,000 in a gymnasium at Elida High
School, where he graduated last spring.

His Bluffton teammates filled a row near the front, many weeping
with their heads down, and at one point they gathered in the group

"He was a fun guy to be around," teammate Jimmy McMonagle of
Ida, Mich., said after Harmon's burial. "He was never mad. He was
never upset. He was always smiling."

The team's bus plunged off an overpass Friday in Atlanta,
killing four players, the bus driver and his wife and injuring the
coach and other teammates.

Another funeral was to be held Wednesday in Columbus Grove for
the bus driver and his wife, Jerome and Jean Niemeyer.

Investigators say the driver apparently mistook an exit ramp for
a highway lane, continuing up it without stopping at the "T"
intersection at the top of the ramp.

Coach James Grandey, 29, remained in serious condition Wednesday
at Atlanta's Piedmont Hospital, and four players remained in two
other hospitals.