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January 28, 2009 at 2:53 PM

News, notes, links and another wild video

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This video has not one, not two, but five wild moments at the multiple endings to a prep boys basketball game in Wisconsin. Thanks to Middleton and Madison West high schools for the game and a dad with a video camera for the highlights.

On to the links:

  • Our first story keeps us in Wisconsin, where the state supreme court ruled that cheerleading is a contact sport. I’ll repeat that for effect: cheerleading is a contact sport. The ruling is significant because now there can be no lawsuits involving accidental injuries.

  • There are a couple under-fire coaches in the national news. The Kentucky football coach charged with reckless homicide for the death of a player has pleaded not guilty. The Texas girls basketball coach who refused to apologize for a recent 100-0 win has been fired.

  • Here’s a crazy story. A kid in Canada that overslept one morning — and subsequently missed a cross-country meet — has been banned from all his school’s team sports this year, including hockey, swimming and track. Harsh.

  • On the darker side of sports, recently there was a bench-clearing brawl at a girls hoops game that involved so many ejections that the game finished as a 3-on-2 game for the final minutes. Surprisingly, each coach blamed the other team.

    I was forwarded another story of a prep baseball player senselessly murdered in California.

    Halfway across the country, Chicago is taking defense measures to a recent swing of violence by banning visiting fans from attending games and even playing some games in empty gyms.

    And finally, a couple basketball players were arrested for stealing cash and iPods from another team’s locker room.

  • Here’s the national hoops ranking update. The Franklin boys — which will likely drop in some of these after a loss to Bainbridge on Tuesday night — is ranked 32nd by ESPN, a poll that dropped Rainier Beach this week. The USA Today Super 25 has the Quakers 16th.

    The Kentwood Conqs reign supreme on the girls side, coming in at 3rd still in the USA Today poll and 15th in ESPN.

  • One cure to prep financial issues in this struggling economy? Allow companies to advertise on prep playing fields. That’s what Natick H.S. in Massachusetts is considering.

  • Here’s some random ESPN links. I missed this earlier, but Eastlake girls soccer star and Penn State recruit Emily Hurd was named to the All-America first team. Washington state was not picked as a finalist in ESPN’s Great State Debate for basketball. Here’s an early link to some of the state’s top baseball prospects; leading the way is Evergreen of Vancouver’s Kyrell Hudson. Former Bellarmine Prep star Avery Bradley gets the main photo in a feature on his new school, Findlay Prep.

  • An 8th grade football player was named to the Florida 1A all-state first team. The 5-foot-11, 205-pound running back, Kelvin Taylor, might be one to keep an eye on. His father is Jacksonville Jaguars running back Fred Taylor.

That’s all for now.

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