- Danielle Elliot at Prep Rally3 days ago
Baseball is all about hand-eye coordination, right? How about hand-back-teammate's-hand coordination? That's what it took for an Illinois high school center and right fielder to combine on a catch earlier this week.
Kyle Comincioli of Pontiac Township (Ill.) High School hit a deep shot to right-center, where Dunlap (Ill.) High's David Zoz tracked and dove for the ball. The ball hit the edge of his glove and sort of hung in the air as Zoz continued falling, long enough for him to end up underneath it. It then bounced off his back, bouncing high enough that right fielder Jay Tilly to swoop in and make the catch.
Comincioli was robbed on that one, but it's hard to imagine he went home disappointed: he had six hits in that day's doubleheader as Pontiac swept Dunlap.
- Danielle Elliot at Prep Rally4 days ago
There's something magical about watching a pitcher on a hot streak. Battlefield (Va.) High School senior Jake Agnos was pitching as well as possible, striking out 18 straight after giving up a lead-off home run on Monday in the conference semifinals.
As hard as it would've been, that's when his coaches should have taken their ace off the mound. Instead, they left him in. He completed the incredible game, striking out three more to make it 21. His team had shown more than enough support at the plate, giving him a 6-1 win.
Agnos even tossed three nine-pitch innings (that's three strikes, zero balls to each batter), according to Inside Nova .
But because he didn't come out after six innings, his team had to forfeit the game.
- Danielle Elliot at Prep Rally4 days ago
A J.V. baseball team in Maryland completed a rather unique triple play this week: the 5-3-6.
The play started with runners on first and second. The batter grounded to third, where the third baseman Brody Cullison fielded it cleanly and tagged the approaching runner. He then fired it to first base, catching the batter for the double play. When Cullison released the ball, the runner who had originally been at first base (and was now at second) took off for third.
First baseman Craig Wood fired the ball right back, this time to shortstop Cole Slembecker, who had enough game awareness to cover third. He slapped the tag down just in time, completely the triple play.
The play lasted 10 seconds. Ten seconds to get out of a two-on, no-out jam. That's an impressive play at any level.
- Danielle Elliot at Prep Rally5 days ago
With storms wreaking havoc on fields throughout Texas last week, two coaches decided to let a high school game start after midnight on Saturday. It turned out about as ugly as one might expect.
Start of high school playoff game 1243 am Go Stang's!! pic.twitter.com/pUQB8KAFwx
The game officially started at 12:43 a.m. By 4:33 a.m., the scoresheet tallied 22 runs, four errors, 20 walks, two hit batters, and nine pitching changes. Memorial (Spring Branch, Texas) took home the 14-8 win, advancing to the next round of the state playoffs. The winning coach told a local blog that it was "one of the sloppiest playoff games I have seen in a while.”
One of the Memorial players was Kody Clemens, son of former Major League Baseball pitcher Roger Clemens. The all-star shortstop is the youngest of Roger's four sons. He'll play at the University of Texas next year, where his dad pitched two All-American seasons.
- Danielle Elliot at Prep Rally6 days ago
Tyrese Cooper is small but mighty. The Florida 8th grader took home the top prize in the 100, 200, and 400-meter races at the Florida Middle School Track Championships. It's an impressive feat, sure.
Impressive becomes remarkable when you consider that his times would have been fast enough to also win capture high school titles in most states – and he's doing it without a full grasp of the starting blocks.
"I think the 100 is the hardest because my get-out is slow," Cooper told MileSplit.com. "I'm still trying to learn to use starting blocks."
Cooper finished the 100-meter in 10.61 seconds, the 200 in 21.26 and the 400 in 47.76. The top high schoolers in the U.S. finished at 10.32. 20.69, and 45.91 in those events last year, according to MileSplit.com. He's in the Top 50 in each event this year, and just shy of the NCAA Championship cutoffs.
Cooper is the rare convert from football to track and field. He led the Miami Gardens Bulldogs football team to an undefeated season in 2013, but
- Danielle Elliot at Prep Rally7 days ago
Charlotte Brown is one incredibly determined teen. She chose a sport that many would think requires acute vision, to be able to tell where you are in relation to the ground.
If you think vision is necessary for success in pole vaulting, though, this blind Texas teen just proved you wrong. Brown earned the bronze medal at the Texas state track and field meet over the weekend by clearing the bar at 11-foot-6.
“It took me three years to get on the podium, and I finally did it,” Brown told the Associated Press. “This story … really wasn’t about me. It was about everybody that struggles with something.”
Brown was born with normal vision, but started to develop cataracts within three months, according to the A.P. Doctors were able to stabilize her vision until she was about 11 years old. She started running track around the time she was five years old; in middle school she took up pole vaulting because, she said, she wanted something "dangerous and exciting." It was around this time that her vision started deteriorating again.
- Danielle Elliot at Prep Rally10 days ago
He's barely tall enough to see over the side of the pool table, but that doesn't stop three-year-old Adam Wynne from hitting every shot. Near corner, far corner, middle of the table - he's a total pool sharp.
Wynne apparently started played snooker, a variation on pool, when he was only a year old. He's never worked with a coach or gone through any formal training, unless you count his playful dad kneeling down right behind the hole, so that it's as if Adam is shooting into his dad's mouth.
It's hard to decide what's cuter - his screeching celebrations, his accent, or his intense concentration as he lines up a shot. The best part, though, has to be when he yells out "I did it, I did it!"
Yes you did, Adam. Yes you did.
- Danielle Elliot at Prep Rally10 days ago
The University of Arizona is making a small Ohio high school change its logo. It has every right to, considering UA holds the trademark on the "A" used in the logo. Regardless, the Ohio community is upset.
“(Arizona is) 2000 miles away,” Kerri Ferguson, who works at Main Street Treasures and a Plain City memorabilia store, said to the local ABC station. “What do they care for a little farm community and a very small school?”
Jonathan Alder (Plain City, Ohio) High School's logo uses black instead of the blue used by UA, and it's used the logo for years without a problem, according to a statement posted on its website.
After being tipped off by a licensing company based in Atlanta, the university sent the school a cease-and-desist letter.
- Danielle Elliot at Prep Rally11 days ago
Facing one of the largest concussion-related lawsuits to date, the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) released a concussion and head injury education campaign on Tuesday.
The campaign is being referred to as "Play Hard. Play Smart." It's hard to tell, though, what the new programs will really do to protect athletes beyond what was already in place.
The campaign is meant to educate players, coaches, and parents on reducing the risk of concussions and how to treat them once they occur. The website links to existing resources from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other organizations, but it doesn't appear to offer new information or protocols.
Filed in November 2014, the class-action lawsuit claims that the IHSA and its 800 member schools are not doing enough to protect their 50,000 student athletes. It calls for medical professionals to be on the sidelines of game, as other states require.
- Danielle Elliot at Prep Rally13 days ago
The annual kickball tournament, where middle school legends are born. At Harvard-Westlake Middle School in Los Angeles, it was the head master stealing the show.
Head of Middle School Jon Wimbush proved growing up doesn't mean losing your dodgeball prowess.
Wimbush was one of four left on his team when an opponent chucked a ball his way. The agile admin leapt in the air, perfectly splitting his legs to avoid the ball. Impressive for the old guy (who, really, doesn't look all that old). The kids went wild.
He had a ball in his hand as he leapt, and as soon as he landed, he ran a few steps towards the line and tossed it right back at his assailant. Not to be outdone, the kid pulled off his own leg-splitting leap.
No word on who won, but does it really matter? Dodgeball has its two newest legends, at least in the L.A. area.