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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.
- 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.