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A little under three weeks after the Bartraim Trail High football team's homecoming game this past fall, junior wide receiver Aubrey Thompson suffered a severe brain injury in a car accident. Five months later, the St. Johns, Fla., community gave the 17-year-old his own personal homecoming.
Teammates, friends and their parents lined the streets of his hometown as he made the long car drive back from Atlanta's Shepherd Center after six weeks of therapy at the facility, according to The Florida Times-Union. Donning No. 17 jerseys, they greeted Thompson with signs, cheers and tears.
"It was exciting to see all the people out there with signs and banners," Thompson's father Jim told the Jacksonville newspaper. "We were really thrilled. (Aubrey) didn't really know that was going to happen. He was taken by surprise, but he was very glad to see all of his friends there."
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Arlington (Va.) Yorktown High senior point guard Mikayla Venson is the top-ranked girls' basketball player in Virginia, and she hasn't played for the Patriots since 2011. If that strikes you as odd, it is. Kind of.
Venson suffered a severe concussion in the third game of her sophomore season and never picked up a basketball for Yorktown again. Yet, this past November, the 5-foot-7 floor general chose the University of Virginia over an array of scholarship offers, including Stanford, Tennessee and California.
How she maintained her status as an elite recruit is the subject of a wonderful Washington Post feature.
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No big deal. Just a contested 85-foot buzzer-beater. That's all.
Any NBA player who passes up a 3-pointer at the end end of a quarter for fear it may affect his percentages should take note of this full-court heave from Indianapolis (Ind.) Ben Davis High senior Michael Beaty. He made this at the end of the opening quarter gave his Giants a 19-10 lead in the sectional semifinals.
Again, with a hand in his face, Beaty catapulted this beauty from the opposite baseline and barely touched net for three of his game-high 21 points. Remarkable. Alas, Ben Davis fell to crosstown rival Pike, 52-50, but the Giants wouldn't have made it to overtime without Beaty's long-distance connection.
(h/t Bob's Blitz )
- Prep Rally23 hrs ago
Stephen Levins, 55, called a match penalty during a game between 13- and 14-year-olds in Cromwell, Conn., and the offender "became angry and tried to take it out on the referee," opponents told NBC.
"There was a face-off and the player got mad," opposing player Tyler Humel of Terryville (Conn.) told the TV news station, "so he took a shot at the ref's head with the puck."
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The body of a Minnesota prep football star was found in a nearby field hours after he fled an underage drinking party, according to a Minneapolis Star Tribune report. The cause of his death is unkown.
When law enforcement officials discovered roughly 20 vehicles parked on a farm outside Madison, Minn., Dawson (Minn.)-Boyd High senior running back Michael Anyasike fled along with several other attendees around 12:30 a.m. on Sunday, according to the report. The following afternoon, emergency personnel discovered Anyasike's body, and he was pronounced dead at Madison Hospital. He was 18.
Anyasike averaged 8.3 yards per carry, amassing 1,260 yards and 14 touchdowns on the ground this past season. He led the Blackjacks to a 12-2 record and the Class A state championship game. He also ran track for Dawson-Boyd. Anyasike reportedly planned to attend St. John's University in the fall.
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Nathan Harkey, who posted this dunk from Bentonville (Ark.) High sophomore sensation Malik Monk on Instagram, said it best from behind his camera phone as the play unfolded. "Uh-oh."
Now, we're not sure if Harkey's description of Monk as "the next Michael Jordan" is entirely accurate, but it's hard to argue with any analogy thrown the 6-foot-3, 170-pound shooting guard's way after this slam. There's a reason he is unanimously considered one of the top 10 players in the Class of 2016.
While just two of his 23 points on the night, the image of Monk reaching back to unleash this alley-oop dunk will forever be etched in the opposition's mind after his Bentonville squad cruised to a 67-36 victory over Cabot in the Class 7A state quarterfinals over the weekend.
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One of only eight preps to receive Michigan's Scholar-Athlete Award, a member of his school's student government and a leader in his church's youth group, West Point-bound Grandville (Mich.) High boys' hockey co-captain Ryan Fischer was -- by all accounts -- the epitome of an All-American boy.
On the eve of his team's first ever Division 1 state semifinal appearance on Friday, he died in his sleep.
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The Fairfax (Va.) W.T. Woodson High boys' basketball team is doing its best to lift the spirits of a school community stricken by two student deaths in a three-day span during the regional tournament.
Still coping from the death of Woodson sophomore Jack Chen, who was reportedly struck by a commuter train on the morning after a thrilling quarterfinal win, Cavaliers coach Doug Craig and athletic director Dan Checkosky learned of another student's apparent suicide on the afternoon of the team's semifinal game two days later, according to a Washington Post feature on Woodson's triumph through tragedy.
“We’ve been through a lot of challenges, but this last one has taught us to stick together and we can work through any problem,” Woodson star guard Eric Bowles told The Washington Post. “Now we’re playing for something bigger and trying to win for the Woodson community.”
- Prep Rally4 days ago
After New Town High's Joe Baker made this ridiculous three-quarter-court shot to end the first quarter of North Dakota's Class B state quarterfinals, the announcers said, "That could be on ESPN Top 10, huh?"
They proved prophetic, as Baker's shot earned the No. 1 spot on SportsCenter Thursday night.
"When I shot it, I wasn’t expecting it to go in,” the New Town senior guard told WDAZ-TV of the buzzer-beating heave. “But after I put it up, it looked like it could go in. “I’ve never made one from that far out before. I’ve made some from halfcourt. But never from that far."
Unfortunately, the announcers weren't so prophetic when they added, "It just sets the tone for the rest of the game, doesn't it?" Rugby (N.D.) ultimately defeated New Town in overtime, 64-58.
- Prep Rally4 days ago
Prep basketball crowds in New York and Indiana have come under fire this week for alleged racial slurs.
In New York, at least three Mahopac (N.Y.) High students have been suspended and more suspensions could follow for racist tweets targeting opposing boys' basketball players after Mount Vernon (N.Y.) High's sectional semifinal 43-40 win over Mahopac, according to The Journal News.
Mount Vernon superintendent Judith Johnson has reportedly asked New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Education Commissioner John King to suspend Mahopac's team from play next season. She allegedly accused Mohapac players of joining spectators in making "racial taunts of abhorrent nature."
According to The Journal News, multiple tweets characterized players as "monkeys" while another read, "One of the few biological Mount Vernon fathers just tried to sell me crack outside the county center."
As Mount Vernon coach and athletic director Bob Cimmino said, "It's a disgusting part of sports."