How do you know when one sports season is fading into another? The proliferation of slam dunk highlights at the expense of touchdown grabs is one pretty good sign. That's been the case over the past couple of weeks (InterTubing was off in a tryptophan-induced nap last week), with some pretty amazing slams and buzzer beaters popping up. Until they're completely out, however, we have to start with the touchdown grabs which won't stick around for much longer.
• Shaban Shatku, Tottenville (N.Y.) vs. Curtis (N.Y.): We've tripped across plenty of impressive one-handed grabs over the course of the 2010 season, but none may have been more impressive than this grab by Shatku, who helped lift Tottenville to an impressive win on Staten Island with a miraculous, bobbling one-handed grab. It's a wonder he wasn't using stick'em on those gloves ...
• Dominic Camacho, San Pedro (Calif.) vs. Narbonne (Calif.) and Carson (Calif.): Two is better than one, right? With that in mind, enjoy these two amazing grabs from San Pedro wide receiver Dominic Camacho, who somehow stayed in bounds on the first to eke out a game-winning touchdown against Narbonne in his team's season-finale. That game followed an earlier matchup in which he sold out for an astounding diving catch on a fourth-quarter, fourth down play against Carson.
• Rodney Purvis, Upper Room Christian Academy (N.C.): How good is Upper Room Christian Academy's Rodney Purvis? Just check out this clip from the team's home-opening win, in which the blue chip recruit threw down a filthy slam, then hit a game-winning three-pointer as time expired. Suddenly, Rick Pitino's salivating make a bit more sense.
• Christian Jones, Arlington Bowie (Texas): During the DFW Thansgiving Hoopfest, tournament organizers decided to add in a dunkfest. That turned out to be a typically terrific idea, featuring a host of amazing dunks, but none more impressive than this effort from Christian Jones: a reverse 360 with an under-the-legs revolution.
• Austin Rivers, Winter Park (Fla.) vs. Evans (Fla.): Austin Rivers is the top hoops prospect in the country for a reason. Or, more accurately, for a number of reasons. One of them is his athleticism, which was on full display on this fastbreak, where he threw down a dunk off a backboard alley-oop in the middle of a game. Somewhere, Coach K is smiling already.
• Ryan Skurdal, Rocky Mountain (Idaho): At the end of games, Rocky Mountain High School has already developed a standard protocol: Get the ball to junior guard Ryan Skurdal and get the heck out of the way. Amazingly, that worked brilliantly twice in the past week, with Skurdal connecting on two buzzer-beaters for wins against Idaho rivals.
• Trevor Peterson, Leigh (Calif.) vs. Milpitas (Calif.): Leigh and Milpitas found themselves incredibly evenly matched in the two teams' season openers, but the Longhorns had one last ace up their sleeves: A 35-foot three-pointer from junior guard Trevor Peterson, which lifted Leigh to a dramatic come-from-behind win. The guard also nailed a three with less than 20 seconds left to pull Leigh within a point, setting the stage for his bigger heroics.