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  • A youth hockey coach in Massachusetts narrowly avoided tragedy on Feb. 28, likely saving the lives of several of his Norwood Youth Hockey players.

    About two dozen kids were taking the ice at Canton Metropolis Skating Rink around 7 a.m. when the coach heard a loud snap over his head. He immediately yelled for everyone to clear the ice, and they are lucky he did.

    Less than a minute later, the roof came crashing down. As reported by New England Cable News (NECN), no one was injured.

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    “We were like, ‘Why are we alive?'” coach Mike Fanizzi told NECN. “We just looked at each other. … Right as we get to probably where the penalty box is, one of the other coaches and a mother went past us, and the roof collapsed right in front of us.”

    Another coach added that at least seven players had been standing right where the pieces of roof landed. 

    The Canton fire department said the roof collapsed under the weight of the snow piled on top. The Boston area has been pummeled by near-record amounts of snow

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  • For National Association of Christian Athletes (NACA) teams, there's no bigger stage than the national finals. Last week, Szymon Walczak took full advantage.

    With his Grundy Mountain (V.A.) Mission School and Our Savior (N.Y.) knotted at 58-58 with 1.5 seconds left in their first-round match-up, Walczak took an inbounds pass, turned, and launched an awkward shot towards the net. 

    The shot gave Mountain Mission the 61-58 win and a spot in the second round.

    Mountain Mission went on to finish third overall in the Division 1 tournament.

    The school's Varsity B team also did well, finishing second in the Division II bracket.

     

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  • Narbonne's jerseys featuring pink numbers were deemed illegal. (Courtesy of The Daily Breeze)Narbonne's jerseys featuring pink numbers were deemed illegal. (Courtesy of The Daily Breeze)The Narbonne (Harbor City, Calif.) High School girls basketball team will not get to finish its season, despite winning its city league semifinal game on Saturday. The girls are out because they wore illegal jerseys, according to city league organizers.

    The problem with the jerseys? They featured pink lettering, and pink is not an official school color. The jerseys were from breast cancer awareness month.

    "Breast cancer awareness is in October, and there's a process for people to request color change," City Section commissioner John Aguirre told the L.A. Times. "The principal didn't even know about these numbers. If they're going to blatantly disregard these rules and regulations, they're going to affect kids."

    Based on what the coach told the Times, it doesn't sound like she was blatantly disregarding a rule.

    “I was under the impression we were able to do it. I didn’t know we had to fill out a waiver,” coach Victoria Sanders said.

    She isn't the first to make a uniform mistake this

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  • Screengrab from CBS NewsScreengrab from CBS NewsThe boys basketball team at Vanguard College Prep (Waco, Texas), recently showed true sportsmanship as they prepared to play the Gainesville (Texas) Tornadoes.

    Gainesville is a youth correctional facility for felony offenders, where good behavior is rewarded by a spot on the basketball team. If they're not on the team, students at Gainesville are not permitted to leave the school - i.e., they can't travel to cheer on their classmates. Few parents make the trip, leaving the fan section empty at many Gainesville games.

    Vanguard players Ben Martinsen and Hudson Bradley appreciate how hard it is to play in an empty gym, they told CBS News, so they decided that they'd recruit people to cheer for Gainesville.

    According to CBS,

    The Gainesville players had no idea what was happening. They walked onto the court to find their own signs of support, their own cheerleaders, even their own fan section. Half the crowd was assigned to cheer for Gainesville. But as the game went on, everybody started

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  • St. Brown brothers preparing to invade FBS world

    Osiris St. Brown (left) and Amon-Ra St. Brown (right) with their parents, John and Miriam Brown.Osiris St. Brown (left) and Amon-Ra St. Brown (right) with their parents, John and Miriam Brown.

    The name "St. Brown" stands out on the back of a football jersey much more than simply "Brown" does.

    That's just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the St. Brown brothers – Osiris, Amon-Ra and Equanimeous, names you likely aren't familiar with now, but soon will be. All three brothers are Division I football prospects – Equanimeous has already committed to play receiver at Notre Dame next season, Osiris, a sophomore has an offer, while Amon-Ra, only a freshman already has two scholarship offers.

    Let's start with those names. They're named after Egyptian Gods, at least Osiris and Amon-Ra. Equanimeous is a bit more complicated.

    "A lot of people ask about our names," Amon-Ra said. "I have to tell the story every time, and I just say my dad is different, so he gave us different names."

    The father is John Brown, a two-time Mr. Universe winner (1981-82) and three-time Mr. World champion ('81, '83, '84). His body building days took him from his hometown of Compton, Calif., to all over

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  • The Texas news anchor known for lessons on empathy and equality is back, this time offering advice for the administrators at Flower Mound High School.

    WFAA anchor Dale Hansen dedicated his Feb. 24 "Dale Unplugged" segment to what happened at a Feb. 13 boys basketball game between Flower Mound and Plano East Senior High, and the way the community reacted to the incident.

    Hansen's message was meant for his community, but it's one that applies to all.

    Two students in Flower Mound's bleachers held up signs that said "White" and "Power." The school administration initially claimed the "white" sign just represented the school's colors and that the "power" was usually held up as part of "Jaguar Power." They said there was no racist intent.

    Parents added that the media and Twitter community were blowing the incident out of proportion, that the kids had five signs and just randomly grabbed two and it was an unfortunate coincidence that the two they chose read "White Power" when held together.

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  • Two Tennessee high school girls basketball teams attempted to tank the same game over the weekend, and they've been paying for it all week.

    Riverdale and Smyrna High Schools are both in Rutherford County. On Wednesday, the county director of schools, Don Odom, announced that both coaches are suspended for the entire 2015-2016 season, without pay.

    "Good athletic coaches possess skills that maximize the players' skills, strategize winning game plans, instill self-discipline, and impart the value of teamwork to reach a common goal," he wrote in a press release.

    The attempt to tank was blatantly obvious, with Riverdale players intentionally missing free throws and Smyrna players trying to score on the wrong basket. The referee halted the game to speak with the coaches, telling them that they would not be allowed to make a mockery of the game. He reported the incident to the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association (TSSAA) as soon as it ended.

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  • Most parents are proud when their two-year-old kids string words together into cohesive sentences. Imagine how Cincinnati Bengals long-snapper Clark Harris and his wife, Jessica, must have felt as they watched their son on Tuesday night, as two-year-old Trent Harris sang the national anthem at a high school basketball game in New Jersey.

    Clark escorted Trent onto the court, handed him the microphone, and stuck around for the first few lines. Seeing that Trent was cool as could be, owning the floor in a little blazer and button-down, Clark walked off to the side.

    Trent never missed a beat – and he's articulate, to boot. Naturally, his parents were proud.

    H/T Paul Dehner, Jr.

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  • Screengrab from WJACScreengrab from WJACFormer NFL player Artrell Hawkins Jr. was recently offered the chance to coach football at his alma mater, Bishop McCort High School in Johnstown, Pa. At a press conference announcing the hiring, he said he felt like he'd been hired to coach at Notre Dame.

    Within days, though, the school rescinded the offer. It appears administrators had not completed a background check before offering Hawkins the position. Once they did, they realized he was not an appropriate choice.

    “Coaching successions go through a formal process. … Unfortunately, this process was not appropriately followed in this circumstance,” school officials wrote in a statement. 

    The Associated Press reports that the decision was related to a domestic violence arrest last year in Cinncinnati, but the school's public relations spokesperson did not respond when the AP asked if that was the reason.

    Police were called to Hawkins' house in Springdale, Ohio, last year after he kicked in a basement door and, according to the

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  • Two Tennessee high school girls' basketball teams saw their state tournaments end early on Saturday, but not because they lost a tough game. Quite the opposite: they're out because they purposely tried to lose. One team went as far as trying to score in the other team's basket. 

    The referee in the Feb. 21 game between Riverdale (Tenn.) and Smyrna (Tenn.) reported it to the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association, writing that Riverdale “missed 12-16 free throws intentionally," while Smyrna “wouldn’t get the ball across the half-court line to get a 10-second count or to make us call an over and back violation intentionally.”

    At one point a Riverdale player "looked at one of the officials and gave the official a 3-second signal wanting him to call three seconds on her. Smyrna stood in the lane as well to have us call three seconds on them.”

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  • ScreengrabScreengrabArkansas crowned its first female wrestling state champion over the weekend. Destiny Nunez, a 17-year-old junior at Beebe (Ark.) High School, won the 106-pound weight class title at the 5A state meet.

    It's a goal she's been working towards since placing fourth at the championships as a freshman. She placed third last year. 

    "I don't want to be just compared to girls," she said. "I want to be compared to good wrestlers."

    After her performance in the state tournament, she should gain the respect she deserves. According to Arkansas Online:

    Nunez, the No. 3 seed at 106 pounds, beat No. 1 seed Aiden Menchaca of Maumelle 5-2 in Saturday's final at the Jack Stephens Center to win the Class 1A-5A championship. She became the first girl to a win an individual state championship in the seven years the state tournament has been held.

    Nunez is the fifth girl in national history to win a state wrestling title, the first since a Massachusetts wrestler did so in 2013, according to THV11.

    She seemed

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  • When he couldn't find an open teammate for an inbound pass, Devon Andrews decided he'd take care of it himself. The Lorain (Ohio) High School senior guard bounced the ball off an opponent's back, then grabbed it and went straight to the net.

    Andrews will play at Kent State next year. He scored 39 in Lorain's 95-55 route on Feb. 17, as the team advanced to 20-0 on the season.

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  • Life isn't really fair. Everyone learns this lesson at some point, usually by middle school. If the kids on the Rock Creek (Kansas) Mustangs didn't know it yet, they definitely do now. 

    Check out what happened in the final seconds of their recent Kansas Mid-East League 8th grade tournament semi-final game. Rock Creek was trailing Riley County, 26-25. 

    With one last chance to win the game, the Mustangs got the inbounds pass off to No. 2. He dribbled into the lane and got his shot off, the ball banking off the backboard. It looked like it would bounce around the rim and fall through the net, propelling the Mustangs to the win and a spot in the championship game.

    But then, the ball just stopped. It just sat on the back of the rim, taunting them, as time expired. 

    Props to the Mustangs for executing a play so well in the final seconds. There's really nothing else they could have done – sometimes things just don't fall your way.

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  • A Texas community is understandably angry about a pair of signs students held up during a recent high school basketball game. The signs, held next to each other, read "White Power." They were up for about 30 seconds before school officials raced over to the section to take them down.

    The incident took place towards the end of a showdown between Flower Mound (Texas) High School and Plano East High School on Feb. 13. Flower Mound's team colors are navy and white, and the school's officials later said that the "white" sign was a reference to those colors. 

    The Plano East fans think there was more to it. "We thought it was racist," a Plano East student athlete told USA Today. "We were shocked."

    "It's just so sad that kids have to take it to that level," added a Plano East parent. 

    The signs have garnered a ton of attention on social media since a photo was posted on Friday. 

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  • Controversy is brewing among several Minnesota high school dance teams. Five teams have accused the Faribault Emeralds dancers of stealing their recent state championship-winning routine from a high school team in Utah.

    The disgruntled teams brought the accusation to Minnesota State High School League officials' attention prior to last weekend's Minnesota 3A High Kick competition, which is the state championship. The officials reviewed footage of the Utah team's routine and Faribault's routine prior to the final round. 

    Here's what they watched: 

    The Cooper Hills (Utah) team's routine

    The Faribault (Minn.) team's routine


    Similar, yes, but different enough that the officials decided Faribault hadn't broken any rules.

    The Utah coach disagreed.

    "It's not like they took just a really cool trick," Shannon Mortensen told the Salt Lake Tribune. "They took the whole concept -- the music, the characters and the choreography."

    The Faribault coach told local news outlet KARE 11 that they'd

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  • Adrian Martinez has been the team manager of the Canutillo (El Paso, Texas) High School boys varsity basketball team for three years. Martinez is a senior who has autism. Being part of the team is incredibly special to him, his mom tells Yahoo Sports. 

    On senior night, the team thanked him by asking him to suit up and get in the game. As soon as he did, Martinez nailed a three from the corner.

    Fans were wearing T-shirts with his name and number on them, as well as chanting his name throughout the game. He'd been looking forward to the moment all season, according to his mom, Lilly Davila, but a week before the game it started to look like he might not get to suit up after all. In an email, she explained what happened in the week leading into the game.

    We have a pretty big rivalry with Bowie HS which we were playing on Senior Night.  As the time got closer rumors started to circulate that Adrian would not play, due to the importance and intensity of the game. We would be playing Bowie

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  • Orlando Magic star Victor Oladipo wowed everyone in the NBA Slam Dunk contest on Feb. 14 with a reverse 360 dunk. The next day a high school freshman watched the footage, stepped on the court, and showed that maybe he, too, deserved a spot in the All Star event.

    Compare that to the original:

    Marvin Bagley III is a 6-foot-10 freshman at Tempe Corona Del Sol (Ariz.) High School. He already has scholarship offers from UCLA, Arizona, Arizona State, UConn, and others. If he keeps dunking like this, that list is sure to expand. 

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  • When a junior at Granite Bay (Calif.) High School hit a half-court shot on Feb. 13, the crowd went nuts. Watching them storm the court to celebrate with Adam Kahan, you might think they just won a championship.

    But no, not this time. This celebration was all about sushi. Yup, sushi. By hitting a mid-court shot during halftime, Kahan earned a year of free sushi from a local restaurant.

    It was all the celebrating they'd do for the day, as Granite Bay eventually fell to Woodcreek (Calif.) High School, 58-54.

     

  • It was a tremendous run. Winning 120 games in a row, including four state titles, the Fairfield, Mont., girls basketball team had the longest winning streak in the nation going into Thursday's game against rival Choteau, Mont.

    The team hadn't lost since the 2010 state championship game, when all of the current players were still in middle school. Fairfield had beaten Choteau 13 times during the streak, as well as every time they'd faced off since 2005.

    The girls fought hard on Thursday, but the effort wasn't enough as Choteau rallied from a seven-point deficit to earn the 50-38 win and end the streak.

    "All good things must come to an end," Fairfield coach Dustin Gordon told the Great Falls Tribune.

    The streak was the longest in Montana history and the sixth-longest girls' win streak in national history, according to the National Federation of State High School Associations. Duncanville, Texas, was the last to win that many games, with a 134-game streak lasting from 1987-91.

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  • High school basketball and hockey get most of the attention as key winter sports – but in warmer regions, it's soccer season. Check out this incredible shot in a recent game in California:

    The goal came off the foot of Geoffrey Acheampong, a senior at the Cate School (Carpinteria, Calif.).

    Cate got out to an early 1-0 lead, with Archeampong setting up a teammate with a perfect cornerkick in the first minute of the game. Malibu tied it up about 18 minutes later, only to see Cate regain the lead on Archeampong's 60-yard goal.

    From there, Malibu took over, scoring four unanswered goals for the 5-2 win.

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