Danielle Elliot

  • Washington Capitals pay tribute to H.S. hockey player killed in crash

    Danielle Elliot at Prep Rally 2 hrs ago

    The Washington Capitals tweeted out a tribute to a high school hockey player killed in a car accident earlier this month. The team stood together at their practice facility, holding their fingers up to make the No. 11 in honor of Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.) College High School senior Dominik Pettey.

    The Caps pay tribute to Dominik Pettey, a Gonzaga College HS student who passed away in a car accident. #11inHeaven pic.twitter.com/DMASqrOXY9

    Pettey and his friends were driving home on Halloween night when their car ran out of gas and they pulled over on the side of the road. He was in the backseat as another drive veered off the Capital Beltway and crashed into them.

    Pettey, 17, died at the scene; another passenger sustained a head injury, two had minor injuries and one was not injured.

    ____ Danielle Elliot is a writer for Yahoo Sports. Contact her at delliot@yahoo-inc.com or find her on Twitter.

  • Odell Beckham Jr. wasn't the only one making amazing catches in NJ this week

    Danielle Elliot at Prep Rally 5 hrs ago

    While all eyes have been on the highlights of Odell Beckham, Jr.'s spectacular touchdown catch, high school receivers pulled in a few of their own beauties in state playoff games across the country over the weekend.

    In a state semifinal matchup, Cranford (N.J.) High School's Luke Christiano grabbed an interception in the endzone that looked a lot like the catch Beckham, Jr., would make on Sunday.

    Cranford defeated West Essex High School 35-7.

    Another amazing catch came in Central (Louisville, Ky.) High School's 36-33 win over Corbin High. At first it looks like the receiver pulls the ball in David Tyree-style, but a closer look shows he didn't hold on quite as long as Tyree.

    The ball went careering off his helmet, onto his foot and straight into the air. A teammate grabbed the ricochet mid stride and ran another 10 yards before getting out of bounds. Video is posted here.

  • Lauren Hill's high school retires her basketball jersey

    Danielle Elliot at Prep Rally 1 day ago

    Around this time last year, Lauren Hill was a senior starting on the Lawrenceburg (Ind.) High School basketball team, committed to continuing her basketball career at a Division III college in Cincinnati.

    That dream would be cut short before it even started, as Hill's doctors diagnosed her with a rare brain cancer called Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma last November. Hill decided to use the diagnosis of the inoperable brain tumor as inspiration, grasping the opportunity to get the word out about DIPG. She also continued playing hoops despite worsening symptoms.

    Her story became national news when Mount St. Joseph played its first game of the season on Nov. 2, a few weeks early in order to give Hill the chance to play at least one college game before her symptoms become too severe. Legendary coach Pat Summitt surprised her at halftime, presenting her with the Pat Summitt Most Courageous award.

    On Saturday night, her alma mater added yet another surprise: The school retired Hill's No. 22 jersey.

    Her courage has had the same effect on people around the country, from professional athletes to children battling DIPG. For Hill, that's another dream come true.

  • Marshawn Lynch finds and returns wallet to fan

    Danielle Elliot at Shutdown Corner 6 days ago

    Tuesday was a day of good deeds for the Seattle Seahawks. First, several players attended a closed assembly at Marysville-Pilchuck High School, showing their support for a community that is still reeling from a deadly shooting there last month.

    Marshawn Lynch, Luke Willson, Bobby Wagner, Ricardo Lockette and others spoke to students and staff and posed for photos at the closed assembly.

    Seahawks show their love for MPHS! Thanks Hawks! @Seahawks @MPHSASB #MPStrong pic.twitter.com/XzJ8ivvmTm

    For the seahawks to reach out to us like this, seriously amazing. #MPStrong thank you @Seahawks so much!! pic.twitter.com/ML2ovEmnjb

  • Sam Gordon is back and faster than ever

    Danielle Elliot at Prep Rally 6 days ago

    She became an overnight sensation as the first female football player to grace the cover of a Wheaties box in 2012. At the time, she was in fourth grade, and picked up the sport as a way to keep up with her big brother.

    The next season Sam "Sweet Feet" Gordon decided to drop football and focus on soccer, but lucky for her team, she didn't stay away for long.

    Gordon, 11, came back for 2014, and it looks like the absence didn't hurt her game at all.

    The only girl in her age group, she's all of 70 pounds and stands 4-foot-two. She plays for the Herriman district team, near Salt Lake City, Utah.

    The tape says she averaged 13 yards per carry this season, torching the boys as she made her way to the end zone. And don't think the boys went easy on her - the highlights show they're hitting her as hard as anyone, when they can catch her.

  • Snowstorm strands Niagara basketball team on bus for nearly 30 hours

    Danielle Elliot at The Dagger 6 days ago

    Losing to Pittsburgh on Monday night was bad enough, but the Niagara women's basketball team's night was about to get much worse.

    Their ride home, which should have taken about four hours, turned into a 30-hour debacle.

    The bus pulled out of Pittsburgh around 10 p.m. Three hours later it ran straight into the massive storm that blanketed western New York in more than 60 inches of snow. They were completely stranded by 2 a.m., sitting along the side of the road in West Seneca, N.Y.

    The team tweeted messages to local police, the Weather Channel, state troopers, even Dickie V. – anyone who might be able to get the word out that they needed to be rescued.

    For those of you keeping track at home: We have spent a total of 12 hours on the bus, 8 of those in the same exact position. #BuffaloSnow

    Just did an interview with the Weather Channel. At least I'm getting some interview experience in this ordeal. #NUWBBstrandedonabus

    . @wgrzMichael pic.twitter.com/cBEjtrOkjF

  • Football coach gets fired, family helps him 'Shake It Off'

    Danielle Elliot at Prep Rally 8 days ago

    After nine seasons at the helm of the Durant (Ok.) football program, Byron Cordell was informed on Thursday that his services are no longer needed. 

    He could've done as most coaches do, packing up his office and saying goodbye to the students. Instead, Cordell wanted everyone to know that he's shaking it off just fine. He got the word out with a little help from his family.

    Cordell brushed his shoulders off as he packed up the boxes and danced out the door carrying a box.

    He told the Durant Daily Democrat that he understands the decision and will continue rooting for the team. 

  • Louisville thanks incoming women's basketball recruits with their own billboards

    Danielle Elliot at Prep Rally 12 days ago

    Louisville signed the top women's basketball recruiting class in the country on Wednesday. Thursday, it thanked its recruits in a big way. A really, really big way: their very own billboards near their hometowns.

    @A_Hooper25 got her own billboard on I 20 West, exit 46, Six Flags Drive SO INCREDIBLE pic.twitter.com/3x3ADRNDOB

    The class includes Asia Durr of St. Pius X Catholic (Douglasville, Ga.), Sam Fuehring of Immaculate Conception (Lodi, N.J.), Taja Cole of Lloyd C. Bird (Richmond, Va.) High School, Erin DeGrate of La Vega (Waco, Texas) High School, and Brianna Jones of North Babylon (N.Y.) High School.

    @VarsityAces pic.twitter.com/YG1QZSXmoc

    The girls comprise the highest-ranked recruiting class in the program's history. The congratulatory billboards will be there through Saturday, Nov. 15 at midnight.

    It's common to see billboards for Heisman candidates or college players, but few high school recruit billboards come to mind. If you know of any others, tell us in the comments.

  • A little blizzard won't stop the Michigan football playoffs

    Danielle Elliot at Prep Rally 12 days ago

    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. 

    Thanks Max Cuper for this awesome photo of the Ramblers getting ready for Pine River tomorrow #boynetough pic.twitter.com/JNT02NpqVb

    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.

    ____ Danielle Elliot is a writer for Yahoo Sports. Contact her at delliot@yahoo-inc.com or find her on Twitter.

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  • It's time for high schools to celebrate their star athletes

    Danielle Elliot at Prep Rally 13 days ago

    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. 

    Chaparral swimmer Taylor Shewchuk signs with Washington State pic.twitter.com/9pueK4NPus

    Zana Muno of Sherman Oaks Notre Dame looks happy on signing day. pic.twitter.com/kYR7ROEbVH