- Danielle Elliot at Prep Rally13 days ago
A pre-teen football player caught national attention in 2013 when she fought for her right to play alongside her male teammates in a Catholic Youth Organization league outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Caroline Pla had been playing co-ed football since joining a flag football team in kindergarten. Her twin sister joined the cheerleading team, but Caroline was more interested in football. Her parents didn't see any reason to hold her back.
In fifth grade, Caroline joined the CYO team with the rest of her friends. But in the middle of her second season, the archdiocese of Philadelphia informed her parents that Caroline could not play because football is considered a boys sport in the league handbook.
- Danielle Elliot at Prep Rally19 days ago
Call the authorities, Hafid Yassin might've been wearing a jet pack in his latest game.
Not really – but that's certainly how it looks in the video of the 6-foot-5 guard sailing over his opponents to dunk an in-bounds pass.
The senior at Chief Sealth (Seattle, Wash.) High School jumped several feet off the ground without so much as a running start. He was just standing there, waiting for the in-bounds pass one second, then almost a full body above his opponets the next.
By the time he dunked the pass, his hand was a full foot above the rim. Even his chin was over the rim.
- Danielle Elliot at Prep Rally21 days ago
A buzzer-beater at any level is exciting. At a middle school game? That's just incredible.
Webster City (Iowa) Middle School trailed Clear Lake (Iowa) Middle School 32-30 with a few seconds left on Monday. After Clear Lake missed a shot, a Webster City defender grabbing the rebound and passed it off to Taylor McKinney.
McKinney dribbled to mid-court and launched a shot as she crossed the mid-court line.
Somehow, the shot was perfect. It swished through the net as the buzzer went off, giving Webster City the 33-32 win and a memory these girls will likely never forget.
Equally entertaining is the woman complaining about the referees. It's a middle school basketball game, but she was all fired up when she thought they missed a call against Clear Lake.
When McKinney hit the winning shot, though, the complaints quickly turned to cheers.
The referees, too, couldn't hold back their excitement. Watch the clip again, focusing on the referee closest to the camera. This clip is amazing all around.
- Danielle Elliot at Prep Rally22 days ago
Jaylen Brown knew there was an important visitor watching from the bleachers on Saturday night: John Calipari, coach of the nation's top-ranked college basketball team, was there to see what the No. 2 player in the Class of 2015 has to offer.
The senior small forward knocked down 25 points as he led Wheeler (Marietta, Ga.) to an 83-35 win. The most impressive, by far, was this dunk.
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He also helped a few teammates show off their skills, setting them up with perfect assists.
Brown visited Kentucky in October but has yet to announce where he'll play next year. He's also visited UCLA and Kansas.
- Danielle Elliot at Prep Rally24 days ago
Alabama already had the highest number of recruits playing in the Under Armour All-America game as of Friday morning. Midway through the second quarter, the Crimson Tide added yet another as Da'ron Payne announced his commitment.
In the fourth quarter, the number grew to 14 with cornerback Kendall Sheffield following suit.
Sheffield offered the news via the inside of his white gloves. Holding his hands together to form a letter "A," there was also a crimson letter "A" on the inside of each glove.
Earlier in the game, Tim Settle said he's verbally commited to Virginia Tech, while Ronald Jones II gave his word to USC.
- Danielle Elliot at Prep Rally24 days ago
The Class of 2015's best high school football players will take the field for a final time on Friday night, as the eighth-annual Under Armour All-American game kicks off at 4:00 p.m. EST at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida.
More than 90 high school seniors will be split into two teams, Team Armour and Team Highlight. Former NFL coaches Herman Edwards and Steve Mariucci will lead the way.
Look for quarterbacks Brandon Wimbush, Kylar Murray, and Josh Rosen leading Team Armour, while Blake Barnett, Deondre Francois, and Jarrett Stidham will be calling the shots for Team Highlight.
There was a time when All-American games were a chance for the nation's elite to finally meet face-to-face, but for this year's crowd, the game is more of a reunion. It's a opportunity to hang out with the friends they've made at college camps and summer showcase events, guys they kept in touch with through Twitter and Facebook even as they played out their high school seasons on opposite sides of the country, and, for some, to link up with teammates they'll suit up beside next year.
- Danielle Elliot at Prep Rally27 days ago
The girls and boys basketball teams from Mendocino High School, a predominately white and Hispanic community about 120 miles north of San Francisco, were banned from a tournament this week because they planned to wear warm-up t-shirts with the phrase “I can’t breathe.”
The fallout has made the area the latest center of debate over the death of Eric Garner, a black man from New York who died earlier this year when a police officer placed him in a chokehold. Garner, who was unarmed at the time, said "I can't breathe" several times before he died. On Dec. 3, a New York grand jury announced that it would not indict the police officer who wrestled Garner to the ground.
- Danielle Elliot at Prep Rally1 mth ago
A top college football recruit had some fun with the process this week, pouring all of his letters into a bathtub and diving in.
Drowning in my decisions..... Top 5 coming soon🙌 pic.twitter.com/PVMjd2F4mE
Quart'e Sapp is an outside linebacker at Milton (Ga.). He's currently ranked No. 13 on the Rivals 100 for the Class of 2015.
Whether the letters hanging on the wall above the tub are a preview of his top choices, he didn't say. Various recruiting sites rank Florida State, Tennessee, Miami, Michigan State, and Missouri as potential picks.
No word on when Sapp will make a final decision, but it will likely be in the end of January. He took an official visit to Michigan State on November, and he's scheduled to visit Tennessee on Jan. 16, 2015.
- Max Thompson at Prep Rally1 mth ago
5A Division I State Championship: Aledo 49, Temple 45
What went down:
Aledo, a team that’s essentially lived at the Texas state championships since 2009, took on Temple, a school with eight state championship appearances, but playing in its first since 1992. Temple appeared up to the task early, scoring on two of its first three drives to jump to a 14-7 lead. But Aledo had an answer to each score, and went on a 21-3 run to close out the half and hold a 35-17 lead at the break. Temple rallied in the second half, and with 5:50 left in the game, finally took the lead back 45-42 on a juggling circus catch by Jordan Lee. Showing the poise of a program that’s won four state titles in the previous five seasons, Aledo went on a 13 play, 75-yard drive that was capped by quarterback Luke Bishop’s six-yard, diving touchdown run. The go-ahead score gave Temple less than a minute to come back, and the Wildcats couldn’t do it, with Baylor QB commit Chad President’s Hail Mary intercepted by Bishop as time expired, sending a sea of black screaming onto the field to celebrate.
- Max Thompson at Prep Rally1 mth ago
4A Division II State Championship: Gilmer 35, West Orange-Stark 25 What went down:
Gilmer entered the contest scoring an average of 58 points per game, but it was West Orange-Stark that took a surprising 25-7 lead into halftime. But a different Gilmer team emerged in the second half, scoring 28 unanswered to dominate the Mustangs. The Buckeyes were led by Baylor commit Blake Lynch, who had 116 total yards and two touchdowns, and Kris Boyd, a highly sought-after defensive back recruit, who had 145 total yards and a touchdown. Linebacker Demarco Boyd led the defensive shutdown in the second half, and then did something after the game that will raise a few eyebrows in the recruiting world.
Boyd wins defensive MVP and then throws up Horns with teammate Kris Boyd...
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