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Artie Equiha, center, poses with son Artie Jr., left, and best friend Tom Yohe during an NFL game at Lucas Oil Stadium in November of 2011.

Artie Equiha, center, poses with son Artie Jr., left, and best friend Tom Yohe during an NFL game at Lucas Oil Stadium in November of 2011.

Tom Yohe had the world in a headlock as a former three-sport standout at Crown Point, starting quarterback at Harvard, a world traveler, and currently as a producer/director at Fox Sports.

"He played about a foot taller than he was," best friend Artie Equiha said of the diminutive Yohe. "He brought everybody's level up."

Tom Yohe died Friday morning in Santa Monica, Calif., while battling pneumonia, a severe respiratory condition, and collapsed lung. He was 46.

"For those of us who knew him, Tom was always in tremendous condition; always very, very fit," Equiha said. "He just got married to a girl from Peru about a year ago. He liked getting off the grid, getting away.

"He's genuine. Tom was quiet but when you got to know him ... a tremendous heart, a very caring individual."

The 1985 Crown Point grad played basketball for Jim Black, baseball for Ed Sherry and football for Brad Smith.

"It didn't matter what sport he participated in," said long-time assistant Chuck Smoljan. "He was a winner."

During Saturday's broadcast of the Dodgers-Yankees game, Joe Buck paid tribute to his Fox Sports colleague.

A resident of Hermosa Beach, Calif., Yohe is survived by parents Tom and Linda and younger brother Ty.

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Jim is a copy editor for The Times who works out of Valparaiso. A South Central High School (1984) and Ball State ('89) grad, he’s covered preps most of his career. He received the Indiana High School Wrestling Coaches Association’s Media Award in 1997.