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  • 12-year-old outfielder robs a homerun

    Danielle Elliot at Prep Rally8 days ago

    A 12-year-old from Texarkana, Ark., just pulled in what could easily be the catch of the year.

    Twin City Outlaws left fielder Stone Williams trailed the ball all the way to the fence, making it look easily as he leapt up and nabbed the ball.

    He even held on as he crashed into the fence on the way down. His teammates immediately rushed over to celebrate. 

    It would've been a tough catch at any level, but as a 12-year-old? That's an impressive amount of self control and timing. 

    H/T MaxPreps

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  • Florida pitcher throws no-hitter, then a perfect game

    Danielle Elliot at Prep Rally12 days ago

    A high school senior in Florida threw a no-hitter in late March. That seemed like it could be the highlight of the season – until 6-foot-3 lefty Michael Zimmerman went and topped his own accomplishment in his next outing. 

    Just threw a perfect game! @FTBMizuno #ftbfamily #GulfCoastHS

    Congratulations to Michael Zimmerman for throwing a perfect game and his second consecutive no-hitter!

    Zimmerman, a senior at Gulf Coast High School in Naples, Fl., pitched a perfect game on March 31.

    “He looked outstanding,” coach Pete Garcia told the Naples News. “His fastball was working. His breaking ball was outstanding.”

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  • Coach fires gun at opposing coach during rec game

    Danielle Elliot at Prep Rally12 days ago

    A coach of a Southwest Philadelphia recreational league basketball team fired a gun at the opposing team's coach during a game on Saturday, according to a police report.

    The league is for 14-16-year-old boys. The coach who allegedly fired the gun, Maurice Tavares, is 26 years old.

    The game was played at the Christy Recreation Center (CRC).

    Tavares' team had the lead in the second half, but the CRC team was starting to mount a comeback. At that point, Tavares reportedly started arguing with a fan.

    Before long, the CRC coach, whose name was not given, joined in, apparently trying to calm down Tavares. The altercation quickly escalated. According to Philly.com

    "By the grace of God, no one was struck by the gunfire," Lt. John Walker said.  "When the gun went off, everyone ran from the rec center."

    Police say Tavares ran with them, right to his car, and drove away. There is a warrant for Tavares' arrest and police are continuing to look for him.

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  • John Stockton on coaching his daughter's team at H.S. Nationals

    Danielle Elliot at Prep Rally15 days ago

    NBA Hall of Famer John Stockton traveled to Middle Village, New York, this week to help coach his daughter's team in the DICKS Sporting Goods High School Nationals. Laura Stockton is a senior at Gonzaga Prep (Spokane, Wash.)

    NBA Hall-of-Famer and Gonzaga Prep assistant coach John Stockton looks on. His daughter, Laura, a sr. headed to Zags. pic.twitter.com/Dd8oU9j1GO

    Having the former Utah Jazz star on the bench didn't help the Bullpups advance to the title – the team fell 60-59 to Miami Country Day in the semifinals on Friday – but nonetheless, the proud dad said it was, "one of the greatest experiences of my life.”

    “I don’t know if coaching girls is always like this, but this group has been amazing,” Stockton said, according to USA Today. “They’ve been completely open to coaching and they all really want to learn. And they aren’t afraid to put the hard work in to get better.”

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  • Bend it like Beckham, indeed

    Danielle Elliot at Prep Rally17 days ago

    After more than 98 minutes of play, the Byron Nelson (Trophy Club, Texas) and Allen (Texas) girls soccer teams were knotted at one goal a piece in double overtime of their bi-distict playoff match. 

    The game looked destined for a shootout, until Byron Nelson's Jeyci Lopex notched what might be the shot of the year. Even she was shocked as the ball hooked into the top left corner of the goal.

    MY GOAL WAS JUST FEATURED ON CHANNEL 8'S HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS SPECIAL pic.twitter.com/BvKWx9LZgH

    Local reporter Matt Welsh captured the moment for the Allen American: 

    Inside the final two minutes of the second overtime, Lopez initiated a corner kick that was at first cleared away by the Allen defense. However, the ball rolled back into the crosshairs of Lopez, who from roughly 30 yards out, corralled the ball, spun around and rifled off a shot that floated above all players and snuck inside the upper left corner of the goal for the go-ahead 2-1 score with 1:37 remaining in the match.

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  • Check out this 5-year-old's incredible ball-handling skills

    Danielle Elliot at Prep Rally18 days ago

    A five-year-old Chinese boy has ball-handling skills most adults can only dream about. The website Shanghaiist posted a series of GIFs showing Mai Zizhou basically putting on an exhibition.

    If he was in the U.S., he'd be getting ready for kindergarten. Shanghaiist reports that he started practicing when he was two years old – and if you look closely, you can see he's not just practicing his ball skills. He's can shoot daggers with his eyes, too.

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  • H.S. best of the best show off crazy dunking skills

    Danielle Elliot at Prep Rally18 days ago

    High school basketball's best of the best showed off some insane dunking talent on Monday night in the Powerade Jam Fest Dunk Contest at the University of Chicago.

    The overall title went to Dwayne Bacon, who dunked straight over former NBA star and current ESPN analyst Jalen Rose. Bacon will play at Florida State next year.

    But it was Stephen Zimmerman, a senior at Bishop Gorman in Las Vegas, Nevada, who nearly stole the show with his series of slams. Rivals.com lists Zimmerman No. 11 in the class of 2015.

    Stephen Zimmerman Jr. #McDAAG #JamFest! Cc: @McDAAG https://t.co/2oSDtfRMZu" he going crazy in the dunk contest” Shout out Zim @BIGG_ZIMM

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