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  • Remembering Prince's junior high basketball pic: effortless cool

    Jay Busbee at Prep Rally14 days ago

    Prince died on Thursday, a tragic loss for American music and culture. But as we mourn his passing, let us not forget this: Prince remains the only human being in history ever to look cool in middle school.

    Behold young Prince Rogers Nelson, a point guard for Bryant Junior High School in Minneapolis in the early 1970s. An undersized (5-foot-2) point guard, Prince nonetheless had both swagger and skills on the hardcourt. He played first for Bryant, and later for Central High School.

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  • Crazy long-distance buzzer-beater puts Illinois team in title game

    Kyle Ringo at Prep Rally1 mth ago

    Rockridge High School junior Carson Frakes and his teammates will never forget Friday night. Down by a point to Hales Franciscan in the state tournament semifinals with 5.1 seconds remaining, the Rockets inbounded the ball and had to go the length of the court to score the game-winner. But one of Frakes’ teammates fell down while trying to push the ball up the court against pressure. he somehow found Frakes with a pass while on his backside.

    [Face time: Player in boys basketball game scores in unusual way

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  • Face time: Player in boys basketball game scores in unusual way

    Kyle Ringo at Prep Rally3 mths ago

    Max Nolen scored two points in a recent high school basketball game in a fashion he probably couldn't duplicate if he tried 100 times. And trying 100 times would be painful.

    [Stellar display of sportsmanship nets Matty Marcone his first goal

    Yes, that is Nolen, a senior on the Tharptown boys basketball teamin Russellville, Alabama, scoring in the video above when a pass from a teammate redirected off his head and into the basket. It looks like fellow senior Matthew Brasuell gets a piece of the ball as it passes him and he reaches for it. If he did alter it's path slightly it would explain why Nolen missed it so badly.

    The greatest part about this memorable moment is that Max immediately pumps his fist after the score. He didn't care for a minute how the ball went in the net. He's clearly all about winning.

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  • Basketball season canceled for Indiana girls teams after fight

    Kyle Ringo at Prep Rally3 mths ago

    Two girls high school basketball teams in Indiana had the remainder of their seasons canceled as part of a punishment handed down Monday following a fight between the rivals during their game Saturday.

    The Indiana High School Athletic Association canceled the rest of the season for the girls teams at Pike and Ben Davis, but it didn't stop there. The teams will be under probation next season, players must take a sportsmanship class and coaches must complete a behavior and role model class.

    The schools are responsiblefor disciplining individual players for their roles in the melee.

    [Stellar display of sportsmanship nets Matty Marcone his first goal

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  • Stellar display of sportsmanship nets Matty Marcone his first goal

    Kyle Ringo at Prep Rally3 mths ago

    Matty Marcone is a senior at Canton High School in Massachusetts who has been a part of the school's hockey team for four years without ever playing.

    He was diagnosed in 2012 with dyskeratosis congenita, a condition that leads to premature bone marrow failure. The contact and falls and that are possible in the sport make it too dangerous for Marcone to play the game he has loved throughout his life.

    But that all changed for one day earlier this week when Marcone was allowed to play a shift in a game against league rival Stoughton wearing the No. 11 jersey of his older brother, Jason. Marcone won a faceoff and scored a goal fulfilling his dream of playing at the high school level.

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    “It felt good because I love scoring goals,” Marcone told the Boston Herald. “I liked coming here and seeing all the fans, and it was just really cool out there. I was a little nervous coming in, but after I scored that goal, I was just so excited.”

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  • Members of New Jersey high school track team escape burning bus

    Kyle Ringo at Prep Rally4 mths ago

    Coaches and 32 members of the Shabazz High School girls and boys track team were already on board  school bus Sunday morning in Newark, N.J. waiting to leave for the Essex County Relays in Jersey City when the bus caught fire.

    Everyone managed to get off the bus unharmed before it became engulfed in flames.

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    "The athletes in the back of the bus saw the smoke first and started yelling for everyone to get off,'' Shabazz assistant coach Justin Gassmann told NJ.com. "I've seen smoke from a bus before from lots of exhaust, but this was very different. I'm just glad no one got hurt.''

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  • Three H.S. basketball players charged with aggravated rape of freshman teammate

    Danielle Elliot at Prep Rally4 mths ago

    Three upperclassmen on the Ooltewah (Tenn.) High School basketball team have been charged with aggravated rape and assault after allegedly attacking a 15-year-old teammate. Their names have not been released because all are juveniles. 

    A relative told The Chattanoogan that the boy "was tortured" while the team was staying at a cabin in Gatlinburg, Tenn., during the Smoky Mountain Classic  tournament. 

    The team coach took the boy to a local hospital on Dec. 23. He was released, but collapsed the next day. He was then sent to the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville, where he underwent surgery for a ruptured colon and bladder, according to a statement from the Gatlinburg Police.

    It was not immediately clear what had caused the injuries. The family later discovered that he'd been beaten and sodomized with a pool cue during the overnight trip.

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