Danielle Elliot at Prep Rally 11 hrs ago
Baseball is all about hand-eye coordination, right? How about hand-back-teammate's-hand coordination? That's what it took for an Illinois high school center and right fielder to combine on a catch earlier this week.
Kyle Comincioli of Pontiac Township (Ill.) High School hit a deep shot to right-center, where Dunlap (Ill.) High's David Zoz tracked and dove for the ball. The ball hit the edge of his glove and sort of hung in the air as Zoz continued falling, long enough for him to end up underneath it. It then bounced off his back, bouncing high enough that right fielder Jay Tilly to swoop in and make the catch.
Comincioli was robbed on that one, but it's hard to imagine he went home disappointed: he had six hits in that day's doubleheader as Pontiac swept Dunlap.
Danielle Elliot at Prep Rally 1 day ago
There's something magical about watching a pitcher on a hot streak. Battlefield (Va.) High School senior Jake Agnos was pitching as well as possible, striking out 18 straight after giving up a lead-off home run on Monday in the conference semifinals.
As hard as it would've been, that's when his coaches should have taken their ace off the mound. Instead, they left him in. He completed the incredible game, striking out three more to make it 21. His team had shown more than enough support at the plate, giving him a 6-1 win.
Agnos even tossed three nine-pitch innings (that's three strikes, zero balls to each batter), according to Inside Nova .
But because he didn't come out after six innings, his team had to forfeit the game.
Danielle Elliot at Prep Rally 1 day ago
A J.V. baseball team in Maryland completed a rather unique triple play this week: the 5-3-6.
The play started with runners on first and second. The batter grounded to third, where the third baseman Brody Cullison fielded it cleanly and tagged the approaching runner. He then fired it to first base, catching the batter for the double play. When Cullison released the ball, the runner who had originally been at first base (and was now at second) took off for third.
First baseman Craig Wood fired the ball right back, this time to shortstop Cole Slembecker, who had enough game awareness to cover third. He slapped the tag down just in time, completely the triple play.
The play lasted 10 seconds. Ten seconds to get out of a two-on, no-out jam. That's an impressive play at any level.
Danielle Elliot at Fourth-Place Medal 2 days ago
Michael Phelps turned in his worst performance since the 2000 Olympics over the weekend. He placed third, seventh, ninth, ninth, and 11th in his five events at a Pro Swim Series stop in Charlotte, North Carolina.
According to NBC, it was the first time Phelps has not placed first or second in any events at a single meet since the 2000 Olympics. Failing to make the final heats in the 100m free or 200m individual medley, he told media at the event that he missed swimming against his usual rivals.
“What I want most is to be racing the competition I need to be racing,” Phelps said. “Not taking away anything from the B heat, but I want to race Ryan [Lochte] and those guys.”
Phelps said he was frustrated, that he felt like his legs weren’t connected to his upper body, his dolphin kicks were “horrendous,” his freestyle stroke was “pretty garbage” and that he had to reassess “a bunch of stuff.”
“Whatever it is I have to figure out, I have to figure out now.”
Danielle Elliot at Prep Rally 2 days ago
With storms wreaking havoc on fields throughout Texas last week, two coaches decided to let a high school game start after midnight on Saturday. It turned out about as ugly as one might expect.
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The game officially started at 12:43 a.m. By 4:33 a.m., the scoresheet tallied 22 runs, four errors, 20 walks, two hit batters, and nine pitching changes. Memorial (Spring Branch, Texas) took home the 14-8 win, advancing to the next round of the state playoffs. The winning coach told a local blog that it was "one of the sloppiest playoff games I have seen in a while.”
One of the Memorial players was Kody Clemens, son of former Major League Baseball pitcher Roger Clemens. The all-star shortstop is the youngest of Roger's four sons. He'll play at the University of Texas next year, where his dad pitched two All-American seasons.
Danielle Elliot at Prep Rally 3 days ago
Tyrese Cooper is small but mighty. The Florida 8th grader took home the top prize in the 100, 200, and 400-meter races at the Florida Middle School Track Championships. It's an impressive feat, sure.
Impressive becomes remarkable when you consider that his times would have been fast enough to also win capture high school titles in most states – and he's doing it without a full grasp of the starting blocks.
"I think the 100 is the hardest because my get-out is slow," Cooper told MileSplit.com. "I'm still trying to learn to use starting blocks."
Cooper finished the 100-meter in 10.61 seconds, the 200 in 21.26 and the 400 in 47.76. The top high schoolers in the U.S. finished at 10.32. 20.69, and 45.91 in those events last year, according to MileSplit.com. He's in the Top 50 in each event this year, and just shy of the NCAA Championship cutoffs.
Cooper is the rare convert from football to track and field. He led the Miami Gardens Bulldogs football team to an undefeated season in 2013, but
Danielle Elliot at Busted Racquet 4 days ago
Fifteen-time Grand Slam doubles champion Bob Hewitt was sentenced to six years in prison on Monday.
A South African judge determined the sentence after Hewitt, 75, was found guilty on two charges of rape and one charge of sexual assault of minors, according to Reuters and local media outlets.
He allegedly assaulted three under-age girls while coaching tennis in South Africa in the 1980s and '90s. The Boston Globe reported in February that the first victim said he started assaulting her when she was 12 years old. He allegedly raped her during an overnight trip in 1981. She said in court in February that she attempted to press charges at the time, but prosecutors discouraged her and her parents.
Hewitt had plead not guilty on all charges.
According to the Boston Globe,
The Globe spoke with other women, one of whom said Hewitt started abusing her when she was 10 years old.
Danielle Elliot at Fourth-Place Medal 4 days ago
After a year off from competition, three-time world champion Mao Asada announced Monday morning that she's coming back to the sport.
''As time passed, I realized that I missed competing and wanted the sense of fulfillment again,'' she said. ''I'm practicing every day to get back into competitive form again.''
The Japanese skater captured silver in Vancouver in 2010. She finished sixth in Sochi.
Asada would have been the heavy favorite in 2006. Only 15 years old at the time, though, she missed the Olympic age cut-off by less than a month. By 2010 there was no stopping South Korea's Kim Yuna, who won in Vancouver by a margin of more than 20 points.
Despite the final score, Asada remains the only woman to land three triple-axels in a single competition.At the 2014 World Championships, she set a new world record for ladies' short program score.
Asada, 24, said she hasn't yet thought about the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
Danielle Elliot at The Turnstile 4 days ago
Dean Potter, 43, and Graham Hunt 29, were killed in a wingsuit jumping accident over the weekend. The pair had jumped from the 7,500-foot Taft Point in Yosemite National Park on Saturday evening, according to the Associated Press.
They were reported missing that night after losing contact with their spotter. Yosemite chief of staff Mike Gauthier told Outside Magazine that the spotter heard two sounds. It could have been impact, or it could have been their safety parachutes deploying. When they didn't arrive at the designated meeting point, the spotter and others were hopeful that the men had been arrested for attempting the illegal jumps.
Danielle Elliot at Prep Rally 4 days ago
Charlotte Brown is one incredibly determined teen. She chose a sport that many would think requires acute vision, to be able to tell where you are in relation to the ground.
If you think vision is necessary for success in pole vaulting, though, this blind Texas teen just proved you wrong. Brown earned the bronze medal at the Texas state track and field meet over the weekend by clearing the bar at 11-foot-6.
“It took me three years to get on the podium, and I finally did it,” Brown told the Associated Press. “This story … really wasn’t about me. It was about everybody that struggles with something.”
Brown was born with normal vision, but started to develop cataracts within three months, according to the A.P. Doctors were able to stabilize her vision until she was about 11 years old. She started running track around the time she was five years old; in middle school she took up pole vaulting because, she said, she wanted something "dangerous and exciting." It was around this time that her vision started deteriorating again.