Prep Rally

  • His leg broken in several places, H.S. runner crawls across finish line

    Danielle Elliot at Prep Rally8 days ago

    Connor Callihan was mere feet from the finish line at the cross-country conference championships when he suddenly stumbled. Not knowing what had happened, fans started yelling for him to get up, to finish the race.

    But standing was completely out of the question: Callihan's right leg had snapped, his tibia breaking in three places.

    “His leg was in a way nature didn’t intend it to be,” his coach said in an interview with Greenville Online. “This went from an admirable effort to something totally different.”

    He couldn't get up, but he could finish. Callihan, a junior at Roberson High in Asheville, N.C., crawled the last five feet. He crossed the line in searing pain.

    “This was my last race of the year,” he said Tuesday. “I just had to finish for my team. I just had to.”

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  • She's the only girl on the team, but that's not what makes this football player unique

    Danielle Elliot at Prep Rally10 days ago

    Between school and practice, it's hard enough for some high school kids to keep up with one sport. Try playing two in the same season – and excelling in both. That's exactly what the Speedway (Ind.) High School football kicker is doing. 

    Melanie McHenry spends a half-hour practicing with the football team each day before heading up to the gym for a two-hour volleyball practice. She stands out enough just for being a girl suiting up in a boy's sport, but there are an estimated 1,500 girls playing high school football this year. What makes her one-of-a-kind is the volleyball scholarship waiting for her at Louisville. 

    CC player Mel McHenry in action... on the football field! 4-of-4 on XP and placed each kick-off like a pro! AWESOME! pic.twitter.com/AZcnpjHD

    She even got permission from the Louisville coaches.  "The Louisville coaching staff is OK with me playing football, but they also say no contact," McHenry told MaxPreps.com

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  • H.S. soccer coach, players suspended after alleged hazing of player with autism

    Danielle Elliot at Prep Rally14 days ago

    Two 17-year-old high school soccer players and their coach were suspended this week following a heartbreaking act of hazing: the players allegedly duct taped a teammate with autism to the goal post, then left him there alone as he screamed for help.

    An off-duty state trooper heard the screams coming from the soccer field at Highlands (Pa.) High School on Sunday. Rushing over, she found a terrified Austin Babinsack, 16. Babinsack later told CBS Pittsburgh that the two players had forced him into a car and driven him to the field on Sunday night. "They duct taped my hands, my legs, up to my waist, all the way around the whole pole," he said. "And then they attempted to try to take a picture of it." 

    They left him there for about 15 minutes, as they reportedly drove off to get another student.

    Before Sunday, he'd been very proud to be part of the team, his mom, Kristy Babinsack told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. She added that Austin often wore the team warm-up suit to bed. 

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