Cameron Smith

  • A different kind of buzzer beater earns Illinois student $500

    Cameron Smith at Prep Rally6 mths ago

    The video you see above showcases a buzzer beater, but it came with a very different prize that your typical late-game victory. This time it brought $500.

    As reported by USA Today's Scott Allen, Athens High (Athens, Ill.) student Madi Epperson hit a four-shot sequence in 30 seconds as part of a halftime contest with a prize of $500. After easily knocking down a layup and hitting her second free throw attempt, Epperson connected on her first shot from behind the three-point line.

    That left just a half-court shot between Epperson and some cool cash. The teen had just enough time to hoist up two attempts. The first fell short, but an outlet pass sent to her from a rebounding school official under the basket gave her just enough time to gather, dribble and fire.

    The result was another early season buzzer beater from a girls basketball player, this one just came during a boys hoops contest. Epperson didn't even have to go to the bank on her mid-court heave; she watched the swish and then could take her money to the bank instead.

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  • The wildest six seconds of the prep football season unfolded in Virginia

    Cameron Smith at Prep Rally6 mths ago

    If a team is facing a fourth down with just seconds left on the clock in a football game, doesn’t it always seem like the easiest way to seal the win would be to have the quarterback take the snap and just run around the backfield until time runs out? Well, one Virginia team tried that exact plan, and to say that things didn’t go as expected would be quite an understatement.

    The video you see above chronicles the eventful final 6 seconds of a Northern Virginia playoff game between Briar Woods High (Ashburn) and North Stafford High (North Stafford). Briar Woods held a 27-19 lead and was facing a 4th-and-14 on North Stafford’s 35 yards line. Faced with the choice of punting the ball away or trying to run out the clock, Briar Woods decided on the latter.

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  • The catch of the week was made by a Pee Wee player

    Cameron Smith at Prep Rally6 mths ago

    Sure, that headline might sound too good to be true, but this is the Pee Wee Super Bowl playoffs.

    Competing at the Walt Disney World Wide World of Sports complex, Creeks Outlaws (Julington Creek, Fla.) wide receiver Garrett Deny pulled in one of the best catches of the season at any level with a full-extension grab in the end zone.

    The touchdown was part of a Creeks rout of Ward 5, a squad from Washington, D.C., in a Pee Wee Division II national semifinal. You can watch a full replay of the game here via Watch ESPN if you choose.

    It remains to be seen if Creeks can win the title, but we're glad that the Outlaws have another game in the Pee Wee Division II championship on Saturday just so Deny can try and outdo himself. That will be no small feat.

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  • Here’s the prep hoops season’s first dramatic, game-winning full-court shot

    Cameron Smith at Prep Rally7 mths ago

    That didn’t take long.

    Less than a full month into the high school basketball season, a Pennsylvania squad provided the first dramatic game-winning full court heave of the year. Cameron County High (Emporium, Pa.) edged past Ridgway High (Ridgway, Pa.), 44-43, when Dylan Clingan gathered a rebound from a missed free throw that was tipped to him by teammate Nate Sestina. Clingan only had time to fire up a full-court prayer.

    Incredibly, the 80-foot shot sailed right through the net. Game, set, match, Cameron County.

    As noted by USA Today’s Scott Allen, the play earned a spot on SportsCenter’s Top 10. Clingan celebrated the score and subsequent attention the best way he knew how: With a tweet of the final scoreboard.

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