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  • Football coach gets fired, family helps him 'Shake It Off'

    Danielle Elliot at Prep Rally5 days ago

    After nine seasons at the helm of the Durant (Ok.) football program, Byron Cordell was informed on Thursday that his services are no longer needed. 

    He could've done as most coaches do, packing up his office and saying goodbye to the students. Instead, Cordell wanted everyone to know that he's shaking it off just fine. He got the word out with a little help from his family.

    Cordell brushed his shoulders off as he packed up the boxes and danced out the door carrying a box.

    He told the Durant Daily Democrat that he understands the decision and will continue rooting for the team. 

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  • A little blizzard won't stop the Michigan football playoffs

    Danielle Elliot at Prep Rally9 days ago

    The football team in Boyne City, Mich., didn't let a little blizzard on Wednesday get in the way of their preparation for Friday's regional championship.

    Boyne City is about 260 miles north of Detroit. Temperatures were a balmy 30 degrees after school on Wednesday and they got more than an inch of snow – but still, they practiced. 

    Thanks Max Cuper for this awesome photo of the Ramblers getting ready for Pine River tomorrow #boynetough pic.twitter.com/JNT02NpqVb

    Boyne City won last week's district final 47-0. Weather.com shows it should be about 23 degrees at kickoff on Friday. If the field looks anything like this again, it's hard to imagine anyone will be playing football.

    ____ Danielle Elliot is a writer for Yahoo Sports. Contact her at delliot@yahoo-inc.com or find her on Twitter.

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  • It's time for high schools to celebrate their star athletes

    Danielle Elliot at Prep Rally10 days ago

    The start of the national signing period is a cause for celebration at high schools across the country. Basketball recruits are getting the most attention, but there are athletes signing national letters of intent in just about every sport (other than football).

    For many, signing the letters is the realization of a dream they've been chasing since they first started playing their respective sport. Some signees brought their families, some brought their friends, most are flanked by banners and balloons, and all seem to be celebrating on Twitter.

    Following the tweets shows just how strong some high school programs are – Bergen Catholic in N.J., for instance, has 10 lacrosse players signing today. For other schools, it's the first time they're experiencing the rush of seeing their high school star move on to a bigger stage. 

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  • For first time this fall, there's a new No. 1 in HS girls soccer

    Danielle Elliot at Prep Rally11 days ago

    A week after ending the longest unbeaten streak in the nation, N.J.'s  Immaculate Heart Academy is now the top-ranked girls high school soccer team in the country. IHA jumped from No. 7 to No. 1 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.

    It's the first time this season that there's a new name atop the NSCAA poll. The spot has previously belonged to Northern Highlands, a public school in New Jersey that had had an 88-game unbeaten streak going since 2010.

    IHA ended the streak with a 2-1 win in the county finals last week.

    What's most surprising about the poll, though, is that Northern Highlands fell all the way from No. 1 to No. 22. It was one loss, in a very close game. The school has since won two state playoff games. 

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