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  • North Carolina soccer player scores incredible goal

    Danielle Elliot at Prep Rally17 hrs ago

    The perfectly-timed bicycle-kick goal is a move you're more likely to see on a World Cup pitch than in a high school soccer game. And yet somehow, midway through the first half of a state playoff game, Heritage (Wake Forest, N.C.) High School junior Logan Shytle pulled it off from more than 15 yards out. He even managed to make it look easy. 

    As one of the defenders goes to collect the ball, you can see him tap the goalie's head as if to say, "There's nothing you can do about that one." If that's what he actually said, he was completely right. Shytle just timed it perfectly.

    "That was probably my fifth bike of high school soccer," Shytle later told High School OT. "Finally one went in. In the game, you don’t think about it, you just hit it."

    The goal gave Heritage a 2-0 lead over Leesville Road High School. Heritage led 4-0 by halftime and went on to win 5-1. Shytle has 22 goals in 19 games this season, but it's hard to imagine any were as sweet as this one.

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  • QB gets tough reminder that football doesn't end when the clock runs out

    Danielle Elliot at Prep Rally2 days ago

    Most sports end when the clock ticks down to zero. Football is not one of them. The coach in Maple Mountain, Utah, says he's been preaching this all season, and on Tuesday night all that preaching paid off.

    Spanish Fork (Utah) led Maple Mountain 14-11 with 3.2 seconds to play. The quarterback took the snap, dropped back, glanced over his shoulder to look at the clock, and watched the seconds tick away. As time ran out, he held the ball in one hand and turned his back to the play.

    A local sportscaster had the call in the first highlight here: 

    The Maple Mountain Golden Eagles kept playing, stripping the ball from the unexpecting QB's hand, recovering the fumble and sprinting 25 yards to the endzone for the touchdown and the win. 

    By the time the QB realized what was happening and chased down Maple Mountain's Brandon Beebe, Beebe was already in the endzone. 

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  • In wake of tragic shooting, Seahawks invite H.S. teams to practice

    Danielle Elliot at Prep Rally2 days ago

    The Seattle Seahawks showed their support Tuesday afternoon for a high school football team reeling from tragedy. 

    “The Seahawks really rolled out the red carpet for us and did a great job of taking care of us today,” Marysville-Pilchuck (Wa.) coach Brandon Carson told the Everett Herald. “We're really appreciative of them. It was really great. It was really helpful.”

    Last Friday, a freshman on the Marysville-Pilchuck (Wa.) football team walked into the school cafeteria with a gun, killing one girl and critically wounding four others before fatally shooting himself. Another victim later died at the hospital. As the school community started to process what had happened, sports were, naturally, the last thing on anyone's mind.

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  • Opposing teams help dream come true for boy with disabilities

    Danielle Elliot at Prep Rally3 days ago

    Trailing 5-0 in a state playoff game, it was clear that the season was nearly over for the Attica (N.Y.) boys soccer team – but before that could happen, the team had a final mission. It wanted senior Cody Chesley, 17, to score a goal.

    Chesley was born with several developmental disabilities, including a form of cerebral palsy. He's been on the team all four years and started along his fellow seniors at their last home game, but he doesn't play very often.  His mother told the Rochester (N.Y.) Democrat and Chronicle that he just loves being part of the team. But all season, he's been telling her that he just wants to score.

    When the coaches put him in the game with a few minutes left, his teammates decided to make that happen. A few of them started explaining the situation to Greece Odyssey players and asking if they'd let Chesley score. Odyssey's Devin Huussen jogged to the sideline to ask his coach if they could oblige.

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