A nationwide warm spell had Prep Rally searching nearby parks for bats and balls, but we've still got plenty of terrific dunks, buzzer beaters and goals to come before baseball -- and lacrosse! -- hit full swing soon.
• Eddie Alcantara, Hales Franciscan (Ill.) vs. St. Rita (Ill.): Hales rolled past Chicago Catholic rival St. Rita thanks to any number of dominant performances, but none of the game's individual highlights were more eye catching than this open court, 360 slam by Hales star Eddie Alcantara, a junior transfer from New York's Brother Rice who is rapidly moving up the ranks of Class of 2012 prospects.
• Austin Rivers, Winter Park (Fla.) vs. Timber Creek (Fla.): The younger sire of Celtics coach Doc Rivers is the top recruit in the country for a reason, and he showed some of the athleticism he'll bring to Duke next year in Winter Park's first playoff game, a 93-60 rout of University. Perhaps most interesting is the fact that Rivers received a technical foul on this play, allegedly for taunting the defender as he stared him down from the rim. Was Austin Rivers' technical warranted? Maybe, though it does seem a bit harsh to us. What do people think?
• Shavon Gayle, Windsor (Ont.) Catholic Central: We're not sure precisely who the Comets were facing off against in this game, but we are sure that Gayle, who currently stands just 5-foot-10, may be on his way to a Blake Griffin like vertical leap. Check out how he throws the ball through the hoop from above the rim on this clip. That's impressive.
• Aaric Armstead, Hales Franciscan (Ill.) vs. St. Rita (Ill.): Yes, that's right, we have multiple dunks from the same game this week. While this slamarama might not register with the same eye opening caliber of Alcantara's 360, it was made significantly more special by the alley-oop ... which came from his brother, Aaron Armstead. Don't expect this to be the last we hear of Hales here on InterTubing, either. The Franciscan school faces off against fellow Chitown high risers De La Salle for the Chicago Catholic Title on Friday night. Anyone else think there will be some strong highlights from that game?
• Brandon White, Liberty (Calif.) vs. Pittsburg (Calif.): White, the Lions breakout sophomore star, led Liberty to a 47-39 victory, but none of his points were more impressive than this circuit shot, which gave the Lions a two-point advantage heading into the half.
• Mike Tripp, Medical Lake (Wash.) vs. Pullman (Wash.): Medical Lake was bounced from the state playoffs in convincing fashion in this first round game at Pullman, but Cardinals guard Mike Tripp still stole the show with this three-quarter court buzzer beater at the end of a quarter.
• Jason Soneson, Naperville Central (Ill.) vs. Naperville North (Ill.): Not only did this amazing one-on-one goal from Jason Soneson come in a crosstown rivalry game, it came in a crosstown rivalry game in the Metro playoffs, a matchup with finished with a 5-5 tie. Clearly, none of the goals were nearly as eye catching as this miraculous finish from Soneson, who beat a defender and the goalie for a huge, game-changing score.
• Geo Cazal, Cabrillo (Calif.) vs. Jordan (Calif.): Cabrillo avenged an earlier loss to Jordan in impressive fashion, led in part by a true goal-of-the-year candidate from Geo Cazal, who connected on this shot from more than 50 yards away. The goal gave the Jaguars extra breathing room en route to a win that locked up second place in the Moore League.