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  • L.A. school district facing heat from football coaches

    Danielle Elliot at Prep Rally3 hrs ago

    Local football coaches are criticizing the Los Angeles Unified School District for the way it reacted to Southern California’s recent record-breaking heat wave.

    As temperatures soared last week, spiking at 103 degrees in downtown Los Angeles, the LAUSD cancelled all outdoor sports activities on Monday. There were no practices scheduled on Tuesday because of a professional development day, so Wednesday was set to be the first real practice of the week.

    But at 3:12 p.m. that day, another notice came through. All outdoor activities were again cancelled, from boy’s waterpolo, girl’s tennis, and girl’s golf matches to elementary after-school activities.

    The loudest complaints came from the football coaches, who said heading into the weekend’s games without sufficient practice created health concerns of another kind. It also created a disadvantage for any schools facing private schools, which hadn't heeded the heat warnings. 

    The district’s athletics coordinator, Trent Cornelius, tells Yahoo Sports he tried to get permission for teams to practice at night, but was ultimately denied. He instead recommended teams practice inside.

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  • D'oh! High school football teams gets extra point after ball bounces off player's head

    Danielle Elliot at Prep Rally1 day ago

    Football players score against their own teams all the time. The first goal of this year's World Cup was an own goal. But that's the other football, i.e. soccer. It's supposed to be pretty much impossible in American football.

    And yet on Friday, a South Dakota high school football team found a way. On an extra point attempt, the ball bounced off a defender's head, onto the crossbar, and through the uprights. The poor kid probably didn't know what hit him. The officials didn't even seem to know how to call it at first.

    Here it is in slow motion:

    Milbank High School was already trailing 37-0 in the second quarter when it happened.

    According to Big Sioux Media, Dell Rapids continued to trample all over Milbank. The game ended at halftime, with Dell Rapids winning 51-0. Clearly, the Milbank kids just can't catch a break.

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  • Thon Maker, the No. 1 Class of 2016 recruit in the world, is on the move again

    Yahoo Sports Staff at Prep Rally18 days ago

    The world's most coveted basketball recruit is changing uniforms and countries.

    Seven-foot phenom Thon Maker, Rivals.com's No. 1 ranked Class of 2016 prospect, has withdrawn from Martinsville (Va.) Carlisle School along with his younger brother Matur Maker, an elite sophomore.

    Eric Bossi of Rivals first reported the story on Wednesday.

    The brothers will transfer to Athlete Institute in Ontario, Canada and play there this season, guardian Ed Smith told Bossi on Friday afternoon.

    Maker is the new top player on the Rivals150 list for the Class of 2016, which was released this week. 

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  • Louisville recruit Donovan Mitchell's Elite 24 alley-oop for the ages (Video)

    Yahoo Sports Staff at Prep Rally27 days ago

    Two dozen of the nation's top basketball recruits gathered in Brooklyn for the Under Armour Elite 24 basketball game this past weekend, and nobody announced his presence louder than Donovan Mitchell.

    With help from a halfcourt heave of an alley-oop from Wayne (Pa.) Archbishop John Carroll High senior wing Derrick Jones, the Louisville-bound Mitchell reached back for a dunk of Vince Carter proportions.

    Even with New York City as the backdrop for a game played outdoors in Brooklyn Bridge Park and a boatload of ridiculous dunks, nothing was prettier than Mitchell in motion. 

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  • Georgia QBs start prep football season with pair of deceptively rare highlights

    Yahoo Sports Staff at Prep Rally29 days ago

    The prep football season is underway, and a pair of high school quarterbacks in Georgia set the tone for what should be another pass-happy fall with two trick plays opponents are still trying to figure out.

    We'll start in Lawrenceville, Ga., where Archer High junior QB Will Bearden successfully pulled off a fake punt — exchanging the ball behind his back while avoiding a would-be tackler and reversing field to complete a 10-yard pass in the process —during a fourth-quarter comeback attempt. Bearden's behind-the-back move kept a lineman from forcing a fumble and looked cool in the process.

    The referees also provided an assist, since no flag was thrown on what appears to be an illegal pass to an ineligible receiver. At least it didn't decide the game, as Tyrone (Ga.) Sandy Creek prevailed, 21-13.

    Meanwhile, in Suwanee, Ga., North Gwinnett senior QB John Urzua turned a wonderfully deceptive fake spike into a game-winning touchdown pass in a 52-49 upset of the state's No. 1 ranked team.

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