- Cameron Smith at Prep Rally36 mins ago
Watch out below. Here comes Elijah Minnie.
The Lincoln Park High (Midland, Pa.) senior registered the first seismic dunk of the prep basketball season with this slam, brought to Prep Rally's attention by USA Today, during Saturday's 85-31 rout of Sto-Rox High (Stowe Township, Pa.).
After first looking for a perimeter pass, Minnie ball faked and cut inside, slicing between two Sto-Rox defenders before elevating above a third Sto-Rox player, whose attempt to defend the slam only provided for a more active backdrop of a would-be poster.
The dunk was filthy, and the final score was outrageous. Only time will tell if Minnie and Lincoln Park can keep this up, but they're off to one heck of a start.
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- Cameron Smith at Prep Rally3 hrs ago
We've seen great highlight-reel touchdown catches all season long from across the nation, and many of them have revolved around a star receiver finding a way to pull in a one-handed grab. Usually, those grabs force the receiver to lose his balance and topple over.
Not Wethersfield High (Wethersfield, Conn.) wideout Whit DeVaux, whose catch above got his team started toward a 16-14 victory. The game that featured this highlight was played a day before Thanksgiving, but video of the catch didn't surfaced until Friday evening.
Locked in a tight game against rival Newington, DeVaux was sent on a deep inside slant route. He blew by the Newington defensive back assigned to cover him, but Wethersfield quarterback Matthew Sanzaro overthrew DeVaux's route by just a touch.
- Ben Rohrbach at Prep Rally5 hrs ago
Trailing top-ranked senior recruit Jahlil Okafor's Whitney Young High (Chicago, Ill.) squad for almost the entire second half of a Chicago Elite Classic contest, St. John Bosco High (Bellflower, Calif.) was in danger of falling to 2-3 after starting the season in just about every major media outlet's national rankings.
Enter Daniel Hamilton, another top-20 national recruit headed to UConn next fall.
In the final seconds of a 59-59 game, Hamilton took an inbounds pass at midcourt and dribbled to the top of the key, where Okafor's 6-foot-10, 270-pound frame provided a formidable double-team, but St. John Bosco's five-star senior shooting guard drained a drifting 3-pointer to stun perennial national powerhouse Whitney Young in Chicago.
YouTube user Michael Kosman caught the shot from a floor-level angle at UIC, wonderfully capturing the dichotomy of Hamilton's celebration and Okafor's agony.
- Cameron Smith at Prep Rally7 hrs ago
Lydia Ko won her first tournament as a professional athlete on Sunday, capturing the Swinging Skirts Ladies Masters title in Taiwan. Afterward, the New Zealand native reflected on how her transition to being a professional has been kept in context by the remarkable musical success of fellow Kiwi Lorde.
Prep Rally has written about Ko before, with the teenage sensation already reaching the heights that many had predicted for former women’s golf sensation Michelle Wie. Ko won the Canadian Open in both 2012 and 2013, at age 15 and 16 respectively, Her success on the course inspired an exemption from the LPGA to allow a player younger than 18 to compete on its tour full time. That exemption was passed in late October. Ko won her first tournament just over a month later.
Brett Favre on state prep football title: ‘I can’t say it’s like a Super Bowl, but it’s pretty close’Cameron Smith at Prep Rally10 hrs ago
NFL legend Brett Favre is a champion again, and he says that it feels almost as good as winning the Super Bowl.
Interviewed after the Oak Grove (Miss.) High football team won the first state title in school history, the team’s offensive coordinator said the Warriors’ Class 6A crown was almost as satisfying an accomplishment as the Super Bowl XXXI title he won while playing quarterback for Green Bay.
"I can't say it's like a Super Bowl, but it's pretty close," Favre, sporting a Grizzly Adams-style playoff beard, told the Associated Press. "It really is. It's a different type of feeling, but I couldn't be more proud of these guys."
- Ben Rohrbach at Prep Rally3 days ago
Two years ago, Jonathan Barnes couldn't even make a layup, let alone dunk, and now he's a 6-foot-10, 250-pound beast headed to a Division I men's basketball program.
As a home-schooled freshman in 2010, Barnes stood just 5 feet, 8 inches, according to a fantastic feature by Denver Post prep guru Neil Devlin. By his sophomore year, he sprouted 11 inches and started shooting baskets at a local recreation center. That's where Parker (Colo.) Ponderosa High coach Mike Gibbs discovered his future starting center.
"I was big, but my footwork was atrocious," the 17-year-old Barnes told The Denver Post. "I didn't have confidence. I couldn't even make layups."
Even when he stood under 6 feet, Barnes always wanted to play basketball, but a series of serious illnesses to his family prevented him from taking up the sport in an organized fashion until that sophomore season, according to the feature.
- Ben Rohrbach at Prep Rally3 days ago
Three Farmington (Ill.) High senior girls basketball players appear to be suspended for at least two games for flashing an obscene hand gesture in their senior photo (h/t Barstool Sports). For anyone unfamiliar with the term "shocker," beware of NSFW search returns.
Farmington senior point guard Jessica Settles addressed the matter on Twitter, first tweeting, "Farmington's administration shocked us," followed by a hashtag that included the phrase "f--- Farmington." When a basketball player from a neighboring town responded, asking what happened, Settles tweeted, "suspended two games for shocking 'em in our team and senior picture," accompanied by an "LOL" and a copy of the picture.
Surely, the administration isn't pleased with the social media firestorm that has ensued.
- Ben Rohrbach at Prep Rally3 days ago
The Oregon School Activities Association suspended 11 Hillsboro (Ore.) Glencoe High wrestlers for doctoring their annual required urine tests, according to the Oregonian.
The grapplers have reportedly been outlawed from returning to the program until Jan. 20, which would mean missing roughly three quarters of the team's 44 matches.
But Glencoe athletic director Scott Ellis called the penalty “a little too much," considering the wrestlers admitted the wrongdoing to their coach and Ellis reported the violation to the OSAA himself, according to the Oregonian report.
Prior to the wrestling season, the OSAA requires urine samples to ensure athletes are properly hydrated before a process to determine the range of weight classes at which a wrestler can safely compete throughout the course of the season.
- Cameron Smith at Prep Rally3 days ago
Don’t look now, but Brett Favre might be an exceptional football coach.
Now in his second season as the offensive coordinator for Oak Grove (Miss.) High, the legendary NFL passer has helped lead his team to the first state championship game berth in school history. After being recruited into the role by Oak Grove head coach Nevil Barr — a longtime friend of Favre — the former Packers great truly hit his coaching stride in his second season, transforming Oak Grove quarterback Kirk McCarty into an offensive force.
In his senior season, McCarty has thrown for 3,782 yards and 42 touchdowns, leading Oak Grove to a 13-1 record. Most recently, he passed for 412 yards in Oak Grove’s 45-14 dismantling of Meridian High in a Mississippi High School Athletic Association Class 6A state semifinal.
- Cameron Smith at Prep Rally4 days ago
It's been an eventful week for Alabama football coach Nick Saban.
First, his Crimson Tide squad was denied a spot in the SEC title game — and a possible national title berth — by losing to cross-state rival Auburn. Days later, Saban was back on the recruiting trail, visiting with one of the nation's most highly regarded offensive lineman.
Prep Rally's Ben Rohrbach touched on the scene that unfolded when Saban made an in-home visit to Rivals100 recruit Cameron Robinson in West Monroe, La. on Tuesday. The Oatmeal Cream Pie (or OCPs, to the initiated) visual was too good to let go with just one mention, so here's our own brief poetic take on Saban and Robinson's snack cake dalliance.
Here's "You down with OCP? You know me."
A crushed football coach Just one way to heal the wound A box of cream pies