Danielle Elliot

  • Ceiling collapses during youth hockey practice

    Danielle Elliot at Prep Rally 10 hrs ago

    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.

    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 this winter (about three more inches and the city will pass its all-time seasonal record).

    NECN adds that a Feb. 27 state survey of the rink raised concerns about the amount of snow on the roof, but there is no word on why the rink wasn't closed down at that point. The rink is owned by the state but managed by the town of Canton.

  • Prayers answered with buzzer-beater in national tournament

    Danielle Elliot at Prep Rally 13 hrs ago

    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.

    HUGE win for Mount Mission (@mmshoops1921) the other night over nationally ranked Our Savior (NY). '16 Jakub Mijakowski had 16 pnts #VaHoops

    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.


  • Team booted from playoffs for wearing jerseys from breast cancer awareness month

    Danielle Elliot at Prep Rally 1 day ago

    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.

  • Texas H.S. brings fans to cheer for opposing team

    Danielle Elliot at Prep Rally 1 day ago

    The 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 to cheer for Gainesville.




  • Texas news anchor reacts to "White Power" signs held up at H.S. game

    Danielle Elliot at Prep Rally 6 days ago

    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.

  • Lauren Hill's team holds end-of-season banquet at hospital

    Danielle Elliot at The Dagger 6 days ago

    Lauren Hill couldn't make it to her team's end-of-the-year banquet, so her Mount Saint Joseph teammates came up with a better idea: they brought the banquet to her. The team celebrated in a private room at the hospital where Hill is being treated.

    Hill is battling inoperable brain cancer. The team has made sure she's been included throughout the season, first by playing the season opener early, on Nov. 2, to make sure that she had a chance to realize her dream of playing college basketball.

    During the Feb. 24 event, Hill signed all of her teammates' jerseys and spoke with local news station WKRC.

    Throughout her illness, Hill has helped raise more than $1 million for pediatric cancer research.

  • After tanking, two coaches suspended for 2015-2016 season

    Danielle Elliot at Prep Rally 6 days ago

    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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  • Clark Harris's 2-year-old son sings national anthem at H.S. game

    Danielle Elliot at Prep Rally 6 days ago

    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.

    @JessJoyHarris: Son of Bengals' Clark Harris, 2, sings national anthem http://t.co/8Jecvlljen”. My son Trent making headlines #LikeABoss

    H/T Paul Dehner, Jr.

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  • H.S. rescinds coaching offer to former NFL player

    Danielle Elliot at Prep Rally 7 days ago

    Former 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.

  • Two Tennessee schools tossed from states for tanking

    Danielle Elliot at Prep Rally 7 days ago

    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.”

    Smyrna trying to hand Riverdale the ball back. Then intentionally getting called for a backcourt violation. @tssaa pic.twitter.com/hkBPJIpEY7

    Then it got even more ridiculous.

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