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  • H.S. basketball player hits two buzzer-beaters in same game

    Danielle Elliot at Prep Rally3 days ago

    If the game's going down to the wire, you want Ryan Sturdivan on your team. The Woodland (Wash.) High School senior sunk a 45-foot shot at the buzzer to give his team the 49-47 win on Monday night. The win helped Woodland stay undefeated, improving to 6-0 on the season.

    Woodland had trailed by nine just minutes earlier. He played down the rally-capping shot in a postgame interview with The Daily News.

    “Please don’t make it sound like I did it all myself,” said the guard. “My teammates played great defense, they got me the ball in spots where I like to shoot... none of us gave up when it looked bad. All I did was make a lucky shot.”

    Lucky, for most. But Sturdivan seems to have a rare talent for the shot. That was, after all, his second of the game.

    He also hit a shot from behind the mid-court line as time ran out in the first half. That shot brought Woodland within one point of Kelso High School, as the Beavers went into the locker room trailing 19-18.

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  • Bullying cited in preteen cheerleader suicide

    Danielle Elliot at Prep Rally11 days ago

    A 12-year-old California middle school student committed suicide on Dec. 3, a tragic reaction to alleged bullying at school. The bullying started when Ronin Shimizu pursued a spot on the cheerleading squad.

    According to local media, 

    ABC News10  reported that Ronin Shimizu, a former 6th grader enrolled at Folsom Middle School, was taken out of the school to be home-schooled after intense harassment from fellow students. According to Ronin's friends and family, the harassment centered around Ronin being the only boy cheerleader for the  Vista Jr. Eagles squad

    A fellow student was quoted saying that he had been bullied "very badly." No further details were offered. The family released a statement, posted in full by the local Fox affiliate

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