As summer comes to a close and fall practices near, I wanted to pass along a couple prep stories around the web.
— In an effort to save prep athletics at Mount Vernon High School (N.Y.), actor Denzel Washington donated $100,000 to help finance fall sports. The school raised the needed $300K to save the season’s programs after taxpayers voted down the $950,000 athletic budget. Winter sports are still in doubt though and others, including NBA star and Mount Vernon alumnus Ben Gordon, are pitching in as well.
— Another high school athletic program with financial troubles is Wareham in Massachusetts. But that’s because Athletic Director Harold “Buddy” Carlson stole at least $36,000 from the school over a ten-year period.
— ESPN has released high school football rankings and Skyline of Sammamish is ranked 24th in the nation. In the regional rankings, the Spartans are ranked fourth in the West, behind De La Salle (Calif.), Long Beach Poly (Calif.) and Orange Lutheran (Calif.). The Bothell Cougars are the only other team ranked regionally at No. 12. Skyline’s Jake Heaps also makes this ESPN list of Class of 2010 quarterbacks to watch (at the bottom).
— Sports Illustrated had an interesting enterprise story recently based around the YouTube-ization of sports. A couple of the stories focused on high school sports, like uploading recruiting videos, highlights and controversial moments onto the internet for everyone to see.
— Lastly, recent Marysville-Pilchuck graduate Haley Nemra has a cool story. The local teen is a Marshallese citizen and is in Beijing to represent the Republic of the Marshall Islands in the Olympics. She finished 5th at state in the 800 meters, the event she’ll run in the prelims on August 15. It’s a fun read.
If you guys ever come across interesting stories or links, shoot them our way!