The videos were fun, but we couldn't leave 2011 without a look back on the strangest stories in high school sports. With that in mind, here are the cream of the bizarre crop, as they stuck out to Prep Rally. Where the incidents rank -- and what inspired them -- is certainly up for debate, but they definitely all fall on the bizarre end of the scholastic sports scale.
• New Mexico parents file suit over a blown call to try and earn team a berth in state football playoffs: You can say whatever you want about the Atrisco (N.M.) Heritage High football parents, but no one can doubt their commitment to their sons' sports team. When it was clear that Heritage had been cheated out of a last second field goal attempt that would have -- potentially -- pushed the team into the state playoffs, they took their complaints all the way to the state courts. Eventually they fell short of a playoff berth, but did little to discredit their commitment to the program in the process.
• New York teenagers are suspended for Tebowing in school hallway: The term "Tebowing" has only been in the American sports cultural Zeitgeist for a couple of months, but it's already jumped the shark, as proven by this bizarre suspension of two twin brothers who organized a mass Tebowing at Riverhead (N.Y.) High. As first reported here at Prep Rally, the brothers didn't really do anything wrong, but were still given a one-day suspension essentially for proving that they could incite a riot. Fittingly, they kept Tebowing even during the suspension, though they did so in an area where they couldn't be punished again. Smart.
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• Illinois coach's wife charged with illegally changing player grades: Stories don't get much stranger than this: A high school football coach's wife, who was a special education teacher at the same school, was charged with breaking into the school's online grading system and changing grades for a bunch of students. Nearly all the players who received improved grades were football players, but the teacher's husband claimed he had no idea his wife was changing his players' grades. And, incredibly, he might have been telling the truth; none of the players whose grades were improved needed better grades to continue competing for the school.
• New York girls soccer team banned from state playoffs for playing one game too many: Holland (N.Y.) High had one of the best girls soccer teams in the state of New York in 2011. That is pretty much beyond question or doubt. What we'll never know is if the Holland squad was actually the best, because the team was banned from the state playoffs because it competed in one game too many. Really. Appeals didn't work, a Facebook campaign didn't help, and the team was forced to watch the playoffs unfold from the stands.
• Boston school loses state title game after game-winning penalty is called back for questionable celebration penalty: This moment was not the finest for football referees, with Massachusetts officials calling back a potential state title-winning touchdown by Boston (Mass.) Cathedral High quarterback Matt Owens when he raised his fist about 10 yards from the end zone in the fourth quarter. On the subsequent play he threw an interception, and Cathedral lost. Since then, Owens and Cathedral have become minor celebrities, landing a celebrity-studded lunch with Boston Mayor Tom Menino and a host of other sports stars. Good for them.
• Maryland boys soccer team banned from the state playoffs for doing 'The Bernie': Who knew that traditionally lampooned sequel 'Weekend at Bernie's 2' would land a highly touted boys soccer team in serious trouble? In fact, it threatened to kick them out of the state playoffs altogether, after the Perry Hall (Md.) boys squad celebrated a state playoff victory by dancing like a resurrected corpse. Parents from the vanquished foe complained, and Perry Hall's principal briefly ended his own team's season. Luckily, cooler heads prevailed and the team went on to compete in the state quarterfinals ... without any more Bernie celebrations.Read More »from Looking back: The 10 strangest prep sports stories of 2011