Prep Rally

  • The football team in Boyne City, Mich., didn't let a little blizzard on Wednesday get in the way of their preparation for Friday's regional championship.

    Boyne City is about 260 miles north of Detroit. Temperatures were a balmy 30 degrees after school on Wednesday and they got more than an inch of snow – but still, they practiced. 

    Boyne City won last week's district final 47-0. Weather.com shows it should be about 23 degrees at kickoff on Friday. If the field looks anything like this again, it's hard to imagine anyone will be playing football.

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  • The start of the national signing period is a cause for celebration at high schools across the country. Basketball recruits are getting the most attention, but there are athletes signing national letters of intent in just about every sport (other than football).

    For many, signing the letters is the realization of a dream they've been chasing since they first started playing their respective sport. Some signees brought their families, some brought their friends, most are flanked by banners and balloons, and all seem to be celebrating on Twitter.

    Following the tweets shows just how strong some high school programs are – Bergen Catholic in N.J., for instance, has 10 lacrosse players signing today. For other schools, it's the first time they're experiencing the rush of seeing their high school star move on to a bigger stage. 

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  • When high school teams talk about winning a national championship, they are often referring to ending the season at the top of the national rankings. Rarely, if ever, do state champions face other state champions.

    That all changes this December, as Florida, Washington and Utah will send teams to the inaugural Burger King State Champions Bowl Series. Florida agreed to host the series in October, but it took another month to get other states to sign on. The series was expected to be officially announced on Wednesday.

    Six teams will play three games (one each) at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Fla., on Dec. 27. All three games will be televised on ESPNU.

    (AP Photo/John Bazemore)(AP Photo/John Bazemore)It's a well-marketed event that is starting to receive some hype, but it should not be confused with a national championship series. Teams from several of the strongest football states, including Texas and Georgia, never considered participating. 

    Officials in California told Yahoo Sports in October that the series was being

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  • SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 11: Julia Krass of the United States competes in the Freestyle Skiing Women's Ski Slopestyle Finals on day four of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on February 11, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 11: Julia Krass of the United States competes in the Freestyle Skiing Women's Ski Slopestyle Finals on day four of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on February 11, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)In February Julia Krass competed with Team USA at the Sochi Olympics. Making the team as a junior in high school, the coaches recommended she start concentrating on her skiing career full time.

    Turning to one sport is a trend among most elite high school athletes, but Krass wasn't interested – first she wanted to finish out her high school soccer career, the Associated Press reports. 

    On Sunday, she did so in style. Krass, 17, helped lead Hanover High School to the New Hampshire Division II state title. 

    "I really like having that balance, being able to take a break, hang out with my high school friends," Krass told the AP on Monday, adding that it can be tough to balance the two sports but she loved soccer too much to quit.

    She even seemed nostalgic before the game.

    Her status as an Olympian hasn't gone unnoticed on the pitch. During the quarterfinals, fans chanted "U-S-A" as Krass

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  • The football coaches at South Pasadena (Calif.) High School or a big supporter allegedly tried a move right out of Bill Belichick's playbook. Unfortunately, they weren't copycatting the legendary NFL coach's best calls, and their decision cost their players a spot in the state playoffs. 

    South Pasadena is accused of illegally filming La Canada High School's practice without LCHS' permission.

    La Canada's principal alerted South Pasadena's principal on Thursday, reports the San Gabriel Valley Tribune. Their Friday game should have determined a state playoff berth. Instead, the principals decided on the forfeit prior to kickoff. They let the teams play because it was La Canada's homecoming game.

    South Pasadena won in convincing fashion, 21-3. The players celebrated, thinking they'd made the playoffs for the first time since 2003. As their bus arrived back at their school, though, the principal was there to explain that they actually had to forfeit.

    On Monday she sent a letter to parents

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  • A week after ending the longest unbeaten streak in the nation, N.J.'s  Immaculate Heart Academy is now the top-ranked girls high school soccer team in the country. IHA jumped from No. 7 to No. 1 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.

    It's the first time this season that there's a new name atop the NSCAA poll. The spot has previously belonged to Northern Highlands, a public school in New Jersey that had had an 88-game unbeaten streak going since 2010.

    IHA ended the streak with a 2-1 win in the county finals last week.

    What's most surprising about the poll, though, is that Northern Highlands fell all the way from No. 1 to No. 22. It was one loss, in a very close game. The school has since won two state playoff games. 

    In the Top Draw Soccer Fab 50 national rankings, also released this morning, IHA moved from No. 4 to No. 2. That poll has McDonogh (Md.) in the top spot and Northern Highlands at No. 5. McDonogh held the No. 2 spot in the NSCAA poll last week, but slipped to

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  • Photo: APPhoto: APThe seven high school football players arrested for alleged acts of hazing in their Sayreville (N.J.) War Memorial High School locker room will be tried as juveniles, the New York Daily News is reporting. 

    The newspaper did not name its source, but reports that Middlesex County (N.J.) Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey will not ask a judge to try any of the teens as adults. This means that their names will remain protected and their records will be sealed. They will also face lesser penalties if convicted.

    "It's huge news for the kids who were arrested," said the source, who has followed the case closely and spoke on the condition of anonymity. "The charges are still serious, but trust me, juvenile court is where they want to be, not adult court."

    The boys, who range in age from 15 to 17 years old, were arrested Oct. 10 on charges of aggravated sexual assault, aggravated criminal sexual contact, conspiracy to commit aggravated criminal sexual contact, criminal restraint and hazing.

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  • The seniors on Immaculate Heart (N.J.) Academy's soccer team have a lot to celebrate today. Just as their high school soccer careers are winding down, they finally beat their toughest foe – something no team has done since 2010. 

    Northern Highlands (N.J.) came into the county final as the top-ranked team in most national polls. It had an 88-game unbeaten streak going, the longest in N.J. history.

    "Snapping the streak, being the ones to snap it, it means the most," Alex Mesropyan told the Bergen Record. "They're a great team. We knew they were going to come out hard. So did we. I'm just happy we won this time."

    Northern Highlands beat IHA for the title in 2012. IHA then snapped Northern Highlands' 65-game winning streak in last year's county final, with the game ending in a 1-1 tie. When the rankings aligned for a rematch this year,

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  • The Ashwaubenon (Wis.) High School football team produced a spectacular highlight on Saturday. Quarterback James Morgan launched a beautiful 40-yard pass downfield, where his wide receiver was under tight coverage. Sam Wisneski turns mid-stride, wraps his arms around the defender, and uses the other guy's back to catch the ball.

    The fact that Morgan, a Bowling Green commit, happened to place it right where Wisneski needed it is amazing. Wisneski even managed to keep his feet in bounds, transfer the ball to his other hand, and cover the last 15-or-so yards to the endzone for a 54-yard touchdown.

    It looks like a ref threw a flag on the play, but the touchdown stood. It brought Aswaubenon within a touchdown, and it tied the game before the half. The second half was a blowout, though, with Superior High School claiming a 56-35 victory and a spot in the next round of the playoffs.

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  • Courtesy Twitter/Alana HadleyCourtesy Twitter/Alana HadleyThe last time an American girl ran a marathon in less than two hours, 40 minutes, she went on to qualify for the next two Olympics. Alana Hadley, 17, is hoping to achieve the same. The high school senior from Charlotte, N.C. ran a 2:38:33 on Saturday to beat out the field in the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon and set a new women's course record there. The record was previously held by four-time Olympian Colleen De Reuck.

    “It feels amazing!” Hadley told Runner’s World. “You always dream of winning a big race and to finally do it was just incredible. And even better was the fact that I was able to do it in challenging weather conditions and by executing my race plan almost exactly.”

    This is the second time this season that Hadley has run a time fast enough to qualify for the 2016 Olympic Trials. She's the youngest to qualify since 1984, when Cathy Schiro did so with a 2:34:24. Schiro later raced in the 1988 and 1992 Olympics as Cathy O'Brien.

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  • The perfectly-timed bicycle-kick goal is a move you're more likely to see on a World Cup pitch than in a high school soccer game. And yet somehow, midway through the first half of a state playoff game, Heritage (Wake Forest, N.C.) High School junior Logan Shytle pulled it off from more than 15 yards out. He even managed to make it look easy. 

    As one of the defenders goes to collect the ball, you can see him tap the goalie's head as if to say, "There's nothing you can do about that one." If that's what he actually said, he was completely right. Shytle just timed it perfectly.

    "That was probably my fifth bike of high school soccer," Shytle later told High School OT. "Finally one went in. In the game, you don’t think about it, you just hit it."

    The goal gave Heritage a 2-0 lead over Leesville Road High School. Heritage led 4-0 by halftime and went on to win 5-1. Shytle has 22 goals in 19 games this season, but it's hard to imagine any were as sweet as this one.

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  • QB gets tough reminder that football doesn't end when the clock runs out

    Most sports end when the clock ticks down to zero. Football is not one of them. The coach in Maple Mountain, Utah, says he's been preaching this all season, and on Tuesday night all that preaching paid off.

    Spanish Fork (Utah) led Maple Mountain 14-11 with 3.2 seconds to play. The quarterback took the snap, dropped back, glanced over his shoulder to look at the clock, and watched the seconds tick away. As time ran out, he held the ball in one hand and turned his back to the play.

    A local sportscaster had the call in the first highlight here: 

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    The Maple Mountain Golden Eagles kept playing, stripping the ball from the unexpecting QB's hand, recovering the fumble and sprinting 25 yards to the endzone for the touchdown and the win. 

    By the time the QB realized what was happening and chased down Maple Mountain's Brandon Beebe, Beebe was already in the endzone. 

    “Honestly, the credit for that intellectual play goes to the players,” Maple Mountain coach Brad Burtenshaw told KSL.com. “They

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  • A high school in upstate New York has canceled the last game of the football season, citing reports of hazing. According to the Times Herald-Record,

    The district became aware of the hazing allegations, which were sexual in nature, on Monday. Eldred immediately launched a probe into the misconduct, which revealed that over a three-week period, some players pushed their genitals into the face of others while on school grounds. 

    The Associated Press also reported that the allegations included sitting on other players' faces.

    "While these acts did not result in any physical harm, they were not harmless in intent. Hazing is not acceptable, will not be tolerated and will be dealt with severely by the district," Eldred Central School District Superintendent Robert Dufour told the paper. 

    The Times Herald-Record added that this is the second school in that area of New York to cancel the remainder of its season.

    Monroe-Woodbury canceled the remaining two jayvee football games of its season

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  • Photo courtesy TwitterPhoto courtesy TwitterThe Seattle Seahawks showed their support Tuesday afternoon for a high school football team reeling from tragedy. 

    “The Seahawks really rolled out the red carpet for us and did a great job of taking care of us today,” Marysville-Pilchuck (Wa.) coach Brandon Carson told the Everett Herald. “We're really appreciative of them. It was really great. It was really helpful.”

    Last Friday, a freshman on the Marysville-Pilchuck (Wa.) football team walked into the school cafeteria with a gun, killing one girl and critically wounding four others before fatally shooting himself. Another victim later died at the hospital. As the school community started to process what had happened, sports were, naturally, the last thing on anyone's mind.

    They were scheduled to play Oak Harbor High School for the WESCO North title that night. The game was canceled, and Oak Harbor's players called to say that they would like to forfeit the title to Marysville-Pilchuck. The two schools are about 40 miles north of

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  • Trailing 5-0 in a state playoff game, it was clear that the season was nearly over for the Attica (N.Y.) boys soccer team – but before that could happen, the team had a final mission. It wanted senior Cody Chesley, 17, to score a goal.

    Chesley was born with several developmental disabilities, including a form of cerebral palsy. He's been on the team all four years and started along his fellow seniors at their last home game, but he doesn't play very often. His mother told the Rochester (N.Y.) Democrat and Chronicle that he just loves being part of the team. But all season, he's been telling her that he just wants to score.

    When the coaches put him in the game with a few minutes left, his teammates decided to make that happen. A few of them started explaining the situation to Greece Odyssey players and asking if they'd let Chesley score. Odyssey's Devin Huussen jogged to the sideline to ask his coach if they could oblige.

    “Absolutely,” the coach told him. “Tell the defenders to give him

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  • The team celebrates after winning a 13-round penalty shoot out in the sectional quarterfinals. Courtesy Twitter/Scott NorrisThe team celebrates after winning a 13-round penalty shoot out in the sectional quarterfinals. Courtesy Twitter/Scott NorrisIt started like any other Saturday afternoon game, but the girls soccer sectional quarterfinal between New York’s Brighton and Pittsford Sutherland high schools turned out to be one both teams will always remember. The game took two days to complete, reports Rochester’s Democrat and Chronicle.

    The game remained scoreless through regulation, 20 minutes of regular overtime and 10 minutes of golden-goal overtime. Bring on the penalty kicks.

    In a complete reverse, the flood gates opened, with each team scoring 10 straight goals. But as the suspense mounted, the game was halted by lightning. They’d have to wait until Monday afternoon to play it out. 

    On Monday, according to the local paper:

    Brighton’s Mary Flanagan and Pittsford’s Lauren Graupman each made a save in the 11th round. In the next round, Brooke Wolff scored for Brighton but Grace Dunnigan answered for Pittsford Sutherland to make it 10-10. Brighton’s 13th attempt missed off the left post, setting the stage for [Vicki] Beatham.

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  • Screengrab from News9Screengrab from News9Four football players at Oklahoma Union High School were expelled last week amid allegations of hazing, according to Tulsa’s KOTV.

    This is at least the third school this month to dole out strict punishment over inappropriate conduct between football teammates. A Pennsylvania school also suspended soccer players and a coach over alleged hazing.

    Oklahoma Union Public Schools Superintendent Kevin Stacy did not give any details beyond saying that the alleged hazing took place in the locker room, no one was physically injured and that the police are investigating.

    When Stacy spoke with head coach Rich Giesen, the coach said he did not witness anything inappropriate or hear of hazing. This is the second time in five years that Giesen has been involved in this type of situation, leaving questions over how much he supervises his players.

    Giesen has been coaching since 1984, taking his first head coaching role at Field Kindley High School in Coffeyville, Kan., located about eight miles from

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  • Marysville-Pilchuk High School. (AP)Marysville-Pilchuk High School. (AP)In times of tragedy, football games are a low priority. Even so, the players of a rival high school have offered to forfeit their game against Marysville-Pilchuck High School in Washington in the wake of a fatal shooting at the school on Friday.

    The Oak Harbor Wildcats have offered to accept second place in Washington's Wesco 3A North league. The offer follows Friday's deadly violence, in which a shooter killed one fellow student and wounded four others in the latest episode of gun violence at an American high school. Oak Harbor's head coach, as well as a local school official, confirmed the offer.

    A Marysville-Pilchuck player relayed an equally heartfelt sentiment:

    The game had been scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday night but had been postponed. Regardless, Oak Harbor players showed up at a vigil at Marysville-Pilchuck and received an ovation

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  • For the second time this month, a high school has canceled the remainder of its football season over allegations of hazing. Central Bucks (Pa.) School District Superintendent David Weitzel posted a letter on the district website Thursday explaining that new players on the Central Bucks West High School team had been put through a "humiliating" preseason ritual.

    Our inquiry determined that students new to the team were expected to participate in several initiations that were both humiliating and inappropriate. The most personally invasive activity required a rookie to grab another player’s private parts while fully clothed.  These initiations took place in front of most team members. I want to be clear that these activities did not result in physical harm, but were not harmless. Players who did not directly participate, but witnessed and failed to report the activities, also violated the Code of Conduct. 

    James Donnelly, chief of the Bucks County Regional Police Department, told the

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  • Photo courtesy Park View Facebook page.Photo courtesy Park View Facebook page.Students at Park View High School in South Hill, Va., planned to celebrate homecoming this week. Instead, flags outside the school are flying at half mast and grief counselors are at the school. The reason for their pain is all too common this year: A young man stepped onto the field to play the game he loved, and never made it home again.  

    Junior lineman Jamond Salley was reportedly injured in a head-to-head collision on a kick return late in the first half of Park View's game against Brunswick County High School. He ran off the field on his own at halftime.

    During halftime, Salley complained of a headache. Then he collapsed, unconscious, and started having seizures. The 16-year-old was rushed to VCU Community Memorial Hospital, but there was nothing doctors could do. Salley was pronounced dead shortly after arriving.

    A school spokeswoman told Yahoo Sports that a cause of death had not been determined as of Tuesday afternoon, though an autopsy has been completed. 

    On Monday, one of

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