Mother becomes focus of investigation into racial slur spray painted on Massachusetts football player’s homeBen Rohrbach at Prep Rally10 hrs ago
If it's possible for a story about a racial slur spray painted on the side of a young football player's house to get any worse, it might have just happened in Lunenburg, Mass.
The story of Andrea Brazier discovering, "Knights don’t need n------," spray painted in blue on the side of her home on Nov. 15 made national news, including here at Prep Rally. Her son Isaac Phillips was an eighth-grader in the Lunenburg school system and played football for the Blue Knights' freshman and junior varsity teams.
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Each Wednesday, Prep Rally uncovers the story behind the most remarkable standards in high school sports for our Unbroken Records series. This week: A little help.
Alabama appears to be the breeding ground for the nation's best prep volleyball setters. Earlier this fall, Daphne (Ala.) Bayside Academy senior Sydney Chandler surpassed fellow Yellowhammer State product Chelsea Wintzinger as the country's career assists leader.
And nobody else has ever come close.
Chandler's 6,215 assists over the past four years edged Wintzinger's 6,102 at Huntsville (Ala.) High from 2006-09. Thrown in her eighth-grade season, and the Bayside Academy senior setter concludes her career with an astounding 7,355 assists.
Outside of Chandler and Wintzinger, who recently moved into fourth on Auburn's career assists list, no other prep volleyball player has amassed more than 6,000 assists, according to the National Federation of High School Associations.
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Unexpectedly granted a week off after a loss to Auburn cost his team a shot at the SEC championship, Alabama coach Nick Saban spent his newfound free time visiting five-star offensive recruit Cameron Robinson.
Robinson, the nation's top-ranked offensive lineman on the Rivals 100, captured Saban in rare form for an Instagram selfie (h/t Atlanta Journal-Constitution). The Roll Tide ruler wasn't just smiling; he was holding a box of Oatmeal Creme Pies.
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Huntington Prep (Huntington, W. Va.) may no longer have Andrew Wiggins on the roster, but the perennial powerhouse still has its fair share of highlight reel making basketball stars.
Three such blue chippers combined for a spectacular double alley-oop dunk during a 127-37 blowout of Dayton (Ohio) Miami Valley School in a video published on Hunting Prep assistant coach David Medding's Instagram account (h/t MaxPreps).
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Sure, this high school news report might not be entirely about prep athletics, but it starts with a sports segment, and it ends as quite possibly the greatest news program in history.
It comes from Wasatch High Heber City (Utah), and they film this every week. Seriously, it streams live from the school's YouTube channel, and it's incredibly addictive. There are dozens of these Emmy Award-worthy gems, and I challenge you not to watch them all.
Let's just quickly break down the top five moments of the most recent embedded episode.
And if you don't believe that all the Wasatch High news reports are this good, do me a favor and watch their commercial in which they take a bizarre FIFA video game goal celebration and recreate it across all sports from 5:04 to 5:32 of the Halloween episode. Or the business reporter's "How's the digging my shovels?" intro at 3:30 of this one.
I'm not sure Anchorman 2 can possibly top this news crew.
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Each Wednesday, Prep Rally uncovers the story behind the most remarkable standards in high school sports for our Unbroken Records series. This week: Goals, achieved.
Erin Martin is the closest thing to Wayne Gretzsky that prep girls' soccer has ever seen.
The most amazing stat in all of sports has to be the fact Gretzky has more career assists than any other NHL player has points AND HE ALSO HAS THE MOST CAREER GOALS.
Likewise, Martin is the only girls' soccer player who ranks among the nation's top 10 in career goals and assists. Her 286 career goals at Temple City (Calif.) High from 1989-92 are the most all-time, and her 120 assists in that span rank sixth in history.
The fact Martin accomplished that feat in California -- a perennial hotbed for the sport -- makes her production even more impressive. Only one other player from the Golden State scored 200 career goals (Palos Verdes' Carin Jennings netted 225 from 1980-83) and the same goes for 100-assist careers (Agoura's Julie Tingle had 104 from 1986-89).
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We should all be thankful we're not the Manitowoc High (Manitowoc, Wisc.) hockey team's goaltender.
United senior goalie Evan Brandt remarkably made 86 saves against Notre Dame Academy (Green Bay, Wisc.) on Monday, but he faced a ridiculous 112 shots on goal and lost 26-0, according to the box score on Wisconsin Prep Hockey.
It's gotta be tough to lose a game in which you made 83 more saves than the opposing goalie, NDA's Zach Krysiak, who needed to make just three stops for a shutout. This was the season opener for Notre Dame, and Manitowoc has now lost its first two games 41-0.
Back to this insane box score for a second. NDA scored 17 goals in the first quarter and just one goal after the second period. Thirteen different Tritons found the back of the net, including five who netted hat tricks, and 12 different skaters had at least three points. Junior forward Sam McCormick (4 goals, 5 assists) and senior forward Mason Appleton (3 goals, 5 assists) led the way as senior forward Brett Gruber, sophomore forward Jack Wied and freshman defenseman Stephen Lovell also tallied hat tricks.
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File this one under: Boy, do I feel old.
(The fact I just wrote the sentence, "Boy, do I feel old," is another indication.)
In the state quarterfinals, O'Dea High (Seattle) football coach Monte Kohler attempted to inspire his defense by declaring "no soup" for Snoqualmie High (Snoqualmie), according to the Seattle Times. And the Fighting Irish (14-0) responded, allowing a single touchdown in a 49-7 win. Adopting the motto, they gave up just six points through the first three quarters of a 63-20 semifinal blowout of Vancouver (Wash.) Mountain View.
“That’s what they get; they get no soup,” O'Dea senior lineman Jarius McDade told the Seattle Times. “It’s kind of something the defense kind of has. Our coach said it one game. When you’re giving handouts to someone, you give them soup. ... You don’t get handouts, you don’t get no soup. Not from the defense. The offense gets all the soup. Our offense gets all the soup. The other team, they don’t get no soup.”
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You won't find Refugio High (Refugio) senior quarterback Travis Quintanilla anywhere in anybody's recruiting rankings, and yet this past weekend he became the Lone Star State's all-time prep career leader in passing touchdowns (h/t MaxPreps).
And, in case you haven't heard, high school football in Texas is a pretty big deal.
Yet, the 5-foot-9, 180-pound Quintinilla may go down as the most prolific passer in state history, especially if he breaks the career passing yards record this coming weekend.
His three touchdown passes in a 42-13 Class 2A, Division II area playoff victory against Danbury High (Danbury) brought his career total to 168, surpassing record-setting former Texas Tech QB Graham Harrell, who threw 167 at Class 4A Ennis High (Ennis) from 2000-03.
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It seems impossible that Bloomfield High (Bloomfield, Conn.) could have lost this game, right? Not after a Warhawks assistant coach pulled off one of the greatest pregame introductory dances in the history of basketball (h/t Barstool Sports). This routine is up there with Reggie Miller's Kidd 'n Play style strut and Rasheed Wallace's Carlton.
Somehow, I don't picture Gregg Popovich stomping the yard. But that didn't dissuade this unnamed coach, as Bloomfield head coach Gary Barcher stood with his back to the artful intro.
Sadly, the Warhawks did lose this game. The video, published on Instagram by user patdoylee22 in October, was taken before the school's state semifinal showdown against Valley Regional in March. Bloomfield blew a double-digit lead in the loss.