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  • Teen wrestler carrying brother 40 miles to raise cerebral palsy awareness

    Ben Rohrbach at Prep Rally1 mth ago

    In a remarkable feat of strength — both inward and outward — a middle school wreslter will carry his 7-year-old brother 40 miles to the University of Michigan in order to raise awareness for cerebral palsy.

    According to wonderful feature stories by both MLive.com and The Detroit Free Press, Hunter Gandee, 14, will carry his little brother Braden, who has cerebral palsy, from their hometown of Temperance, Mich., to the Ann Arbor campus with the aide of specially designed carrier strapped to his back.

    The congenital condition prevents Braden from walking without assistance, so "we're hoping to inform the up-and-coming leaders and possible doctors and medical researchers who can possibly develop new and innovative ideas and technology that will assist mobility," Hunter told the Free Press.

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  • Georgia prep baseball player unleashes epic bat flip to end all bat flips

    Ben Rohrbach at Prep Rally1 mth ago

    Move over Yasiel Puig. There's a new "maestro" of the bat flip, and his name is Hunt Smith.

    Considering the scenario, let's give the Warner Robins (Ga.) Houston County High senior center fielder a free pass for flipping his bat in celebration. Plus, if ever there was a baseball name worhty of such an epic bat flip, it's Hunt Smith. Might as well start calling him Hunt & Destroy after this performance.

    Here's the situation: Fayetteville Whitewater led Houston County 4-3 in the bottom of the fourth inning in the decisive Game 3 of Georgia's Class AAAAA state championship series when Smith stepped to the plate facing a full count with the bases loaded, two out and his team's state title dreams on the line.

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  • Injury forces teen to forfeit after facing match point in the state championship

    Ben Rohrbach at Prep Rally1 mth ago

    Sometimes it's just not your day. On the same afternoon a Montana prep softball team witnessed one of the worst losses imaginable unfold before their eyes — a dropped third strike turned walkoff "home run" — Eastchester (N.Y.) High senior tennis standout Taiyo Hamanaka suffered a similarly difficult defeat.

    After winning a hard-fought first set 7-6, Hamanaka led Webster-Schroeder sophomore Matt Gamble 5-1 in the second and seemed poised to capture the New York State Public High School Athletic Association's prestigious boys' singles state championship, according to The Journal News.

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  • Remarkable behind-the-back basket results in 3-pointer for opposing team

    Ben Rohrbach at Prep Rally1 mth ago

    You've probably heard the old basketball adage, "Never save the ball under your own basket," but you may not have heard the lesser known, "Never save the ball going out of bounds anywhere in 3-point range, because you may end up throwing it in the opposing team's basket."

    This Colorado kid, participating in the Gold Crown Foundation's high school summer league, obviously hadn't been taught this valuable lesson, since he drained a behind-the-back triple for the other team.

    Sure, he played picture-perfect defense, hustled like it was the last game of his career toward the loose ball and this might be the only time this has ever happened in the history of basketball, but still.

    The video was posted on Instagram by Regis Jesuit junior guard Nolan Abel, No. 3 in red whose fantastic reaction to this bucket was a solitary finger raised to the heavens. No shame in his game.

    (h/t Bob's Blitz)

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