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Annie Pankowski of Stowe (Vt.) North American Hockey Academy may have been one of the final two cuts for the U.S. Olympic women's ice hockey team that earned silver at the Sochi Olympics, but the 19-year-old helped her country exact a small amount of revenge against Canada this past weekend.
With help from NAHA teammates Caroline Ross and Toni Miano, Pankowski scored this mesmerizing goal on a trick play that deceived goaltender Samantha Ridgewall. The tally gave NAHA a 2-1 lead in the Junior Women's Hockey League semifinals, and Pankowski's squad went on to win 3-2 on Saturday before capturing the JWHL title a day later.
As the clock dipped under seven minutes in the second period, Ross slid a cross-ice pass over Notre Dame's 3-on-5 defense, Miano unleashed a wicked fake slap shot — letting the puck slither through her legs — and Pankowski fired the go-ahead score past Ridgewall.
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Somebody has too much time on his hands, and I love him for it. YouTube user "Pulltabproductions11" has chronicled Minnesota's All-Hockey Hair Team since 2011, and he truly outdid himself this winter.
The Minnesota High School League state hockey tournament is arguably the nation's greatest. The tournament annually draws more than 100,000 fans, raising upwards of $1 million in profit for the MSHL. Local TV ratings reached an all-time high in 2012, when Benilde-St. Margarets (Minn.) School made its magical run to the state title in the wake of teammate Jack Jablonski's on-ice paralyzation.
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A little under three weeks after the Bartraim Trail High football team's homecoming game this past fall, junior wide receiver Aubrey Thompson suffered a severe brain injury in a car accident. Five months later, the St. Johns, Fla., community gave the 17-year-old his own personal homecoming.
Teammates, friends and their parents lined the streets of his hometown as he made the long car drive back from Atlanta's Shepherd Center after six weeks of therapy at the facility, according to The Florida Times-Union. Donning No. 17 jerseys, they greeted Thompson with signs, cheers and tears.
"It was exciting to see all the people out there with signs and banners," Thompson's father Jim told the Jacksonville newspaper. "We were really thrilled. (Aubrey) didn't really know that was going to happen. He was taken by surprise, but he was very glad to see all of his friends there."
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Arlington (Va.) Yorktown High senior point guard Mikayla Venson is the top-ranked girls' basketball player in Virginia, and she hasn't played for the Patriots since 2011. If that strikes you as odd, it is. Kind of.
Venson suffered a severe concussion in the third game of her sophomore season and never picked up a basketball for Yorktown again. Yet, this past November, the 5-foot-7 floor general chose the University of Virginia over an array of scholarship offers, including Stanford, Tennessee and California.
How she maintained her status as an elite recruit is the subject of a wonderful Washington Post feature.
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No big deal. Just a contested 85-foot buzzer-beater. That's all.
Any NBA player who passes up a 3-pointer at the end end of a quarter for fear it may affect his percentages should take note of this full-court heave from Indianapolis (Ind.) Ben Davis High senior Michael Beaty. He made this at the end of the opening quarter gave his Giants a 19-10 lead in the sectional semifinals.
Again, with a hand in his face, Beaty catapulted this beauty from the opposite baseline and barely touched net for three of his game-high 21 points. Remarkable. Alas, Ben Davis fell to crosstown rival Pike, 52-50, but the Giants wouldn't have made it to overtime without Beaty's long-distance connection.
(h/t Bob's Blitz )
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Stephen Levins, 55, called a match penalty during a game between 13- and 14-year-olds in Cromwell, Conn., and the offender "became angry and tried to take it out on the referee," opponents told NBC.
"There was a face-off and the player got mad," opposing player Tyler Humel of Terryville (Conn.) told the TV news station, "so he took a shot at the ref's head with the puck."
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The body of a Minnesota prep football star was found in a nearby field hours after he fled an underage drinking party, according to a Minneapolis Star Tribune report. The cause of his death is unkown.
When law enforcement officials discovered roughly 20 vehicles parked on a farm outside Madison, Minn., Dawson (Minn.)-Boyd High senior running back Michael Anyasike fled along with several other attendees around 12:30 a.m. on Sunday, according to the report. The following afternoon, emergency personnel discovered Anyasike's body, and he was pronounced dead at Madison Hospital. He was 18.
Anyasike averaged 8.3 yards per carry, amassing 1,260 yards and 14 touchdowns on the ground this past season. He led the Blackjacks to a 12-2 record and the Class A state championship game. He also ran track for Dawson-Boyd. Anyasike reportedly planned to attend St. John's University in the fall.
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Nathan Harkey, who posted this dunk from Bentonville (Ark.) High sophomore sensation Malik Monk on Instagram, said it best from behind his camera phone as the play unfolded. "Uh-oh."
Now, we're not sure if Harkey's description of Monk as "the next Michael Jordan" is entirely accurate, but it's hard to argue with any analogy thrown the 6-foot-3, 170-pound shooting guard's way after this slam. There's a reason he is unanimously considered one of the top 10 players in the Class of 2016.
While just two of his 23 points on the night, the image of Monk reaching back to unleash this alley-oop dunk will forever be etched in the opposition's mind after his Bentonville squad cruised to a 67-36 victory over Cabot in the Class 7A state quarterfinals over the weekend.
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One of only eight preps to receive Michigan's Scholar-Athlete Award, a member of his school's student government and a leader in his church's youth group, West Point-bound Grandville (Mich.) High boys' hockey co-captain Ryan Fischer was -- by all accounts -- the epitome of an All-American boy.
On the eve of his team's first ever Division 1 state semifinal appearance on Friday, he died in his sleep.
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The Fairfax (Va.) W.T. Woodson High boys' basketball team is doing its best to lift the spirits of a school community stricken by two student deaths in a three-day span during the regional tournament.
Still coping from the death of Woodson sophomore Jack Chen, who was reportedly struck by a commuter train on the morning after a thrilling quarterfinal win, Cavaliers coach Doug Craig and athletic director Dan Checkosky learned of another student's apparent suicide on the afternoon of the team's semifinal game two days later, according to a Washington Post feature on Woodson's triumph through tragedy.
“We’ve been through a lot of challenges, but this last one has taught us to stick together and we can work through any problem,” Woodson star guard Eric Bowles told The Washington Post. “Now we’re playing for something bigger and trying to win for the Woodson community.”