National High School Coaches Association


Across the Nation in High School Sports “ October 2011


Despite managing just 56 yards of total offense, Weaver High (4-3, 4-2) snapped a three-game losing streak with a 29-19 victory over previously-unbeaten 3A-Region 6 rival Anniston Saks High. The Bearcats racked up four interceptions, returning one for a touchdown, picked up a safety and also scored on a 90-yard kickoff return. In addition to the kickoff return for a touchdown, taking a handoff on a reverse, Weaver’s Chris English returned another kickoff to the 25-yard line of Saks (6-1, 6-1) to set up a score, blocked a kick and made an interception. Trey Moore also had two interceptions with one returned for a touchdown and Malik Anderson tackled a Saks runner in the end zone for a safety.

Anchorage South High netted its third straight state high school tennis championship. Junior Eddie Lewis and sophomore Whitney Williams led the Wolverines to the team title with 107 points, followed by Anchorage West High (93) and Anchorage East High (72). Lewis, the No. 2 seed, downed top-seeded Derek Noland of Anchorage Robert W. Service High, 6-2, 6-0 in the boys final and Williams capped an undefeated season with a 6-0, 6-1 victory over West's Grace Weinstein to take the girls crown. Taking doubles titles: Service’s Patrick Walgren and Gareth Schultz (boys), East’s Emma Neslund and Julia Rumley (girls) and Mackenzie Calvillo and Kade Fitzgerald of Fairbanks Austin A. Lathrop High (mixed).

Surprise Willow Canyon High debuted a three-back set, then rushed for over 360 yards in a 48-23 non-conference victory over Scottsdale Desert Mountain High. Junior running back J.D. Espree ran for 110 yards and a touchdown, and senior quarterback Taylor Nezdoba led Willow Canyon (5-3) with 128 yards and a score of his own. Desert Mountain senior running back Daaiim Brown ran for 52 of his 81 yards in the first quarter. Willow Canyon led just 13-7at halftime, but turned an interception into a 97-yard drive to the end zone, capped by a Nezdoba fumble that was picked up by Espree for the touchdown. Sophomore quarterback Kyle Allen threw for 302 yards and a touchdown for Desert Mountain (2-6).


Senior outside hitter Lauren Wright closed the match with five consecutive kills as Waldron High beat Mena High, 25-17, 25-21, 25-23 to win the 4A-West Conference volleyball tournament. Leading 16-13 in the first game, Waldron took control with sophomore libero Tori Wadkins serving. Wright had a kill and Katy Roper and Hannah Thompson combined on a block as the Lady Bulldogs took a seven-point lead. Waldron ran out to an 11-4 lead in the second game, again on Wadkins' serve. Wright finished with 15 kills, while Emily Black had 10 assists and Wadkins 12 digs. For Mena, Hannah Knittig had 10 kills and two blocks while younger sister Hailey Knittig, a sophomore, had four kills and three assists.

There was a chance for a national high school football record to be set in Big Bear Lake Big Bear High’s game against Desert Hot Springs High, but instead it was just a state record. The two teams played eight overtimes as Big Bear won 56-50 in their De Anza League opener. The national record is 12 overtimes, set in a game in Texas last year. The previous California state record was a seven-overtime game in 1991 won by Perris High over Palm Springs High, 70-62. Desert Hot Springs (2-4) led 15-0 before Big Bear (4-2) rallied with 22 third-quarter points to take the lead, then missed a 47-yard field goal attempt in the final seconds of regulation. Lucas Jenkins ran for the winning touchdown at about 11:20 p.m.


Joe Hansley scored three touchdowns to lead Highlands Ranch High to a 33-14 victory over cross-town rival ThunderRidge High. The 5-foot-10, 170-pound senior caught a 47-yard pass for a touchdown, ran for scores of 55 and 11 yards and added an interception as the Falcons (6-1, 3-0), No. 8 in The Denver Post 5A state rankings, stayed unbeaten in the Continental League with their sixth straight win. Hansley had 139 yards in receptions and 113 rushing. Steve Donatell, the Falcons’ 6-foot-5 quarterback, ran for a touchdown and threw for two, completing 11 of 17 passes for 226 yards. No. 9 ThunderRidge (5-2, 2-1) trailed just 14-7 at halftime, but Hansley's 55-yarder came on the first play of the third quarter.

The seniors at No. 10 Farmington High (9-1) earned their first victory over Glastonbury High, 1-0 in Central Connecticut Conference West play. Senior Jamie Bartucca scored the game’s only goal off a penalty corner in the second half. It was the first loss of the season for No. 2 Glastonbury (9-1). The Tomahawks, Class L co-champions with Southbury Pomperaug High last year, lost six starters, including three defenders. Using more intense offensive pressure, Farmington had nine penalty corners, six in the second half. Farmington also disrupted Glastonbury's passing game and limited the Tomahawks' touches. Farmington has won nine straight since dropping its season opener, 4-1 to No. 5 Granby Memorial High.


Sophomore Sara “Booter” Ellis scored a goal in both the first and second half to propel No. 3 Delmar High (10-1, 9-1) to a 2-0 victory over Camden Wyoming Caesar Rodney High in a Henlopen Conference interdivisional girls soccer game. The Wildcats recorded their fifth consecutive shutout and ninth of the season. The Wildcats’ only loss came to Cape Henlopen 2-0 on Sept. 27. Delmar had the pressure on the Riders (5-4-1, 5-3-1) throughout the first half. However, the Wildcats didn’t score until Ellis took a pass from Taylor Elliott and, with Delmar’s sixth shot of the contest, scored with 2:36 remaining in the first half. Ellis scored again 7:25 into the second half.

Altamonte Springs Lake Brantley High running back Ti’on Green announced his commitment to the University of Cincinnati. This fall, Green has shown no effects from suffering a ruptured appendix last April. Coming off a performance that put him over 1,000 yards on the season at Orlando Olympia High, Green committed to the Bearcats during his third official college visit, Purdue University and Indiana University being the others. In leading the Patriots to a 7-0 start, Green racked up 200 yards in a 41-14 win over Sanford Seminole High in the team’s fifth game. He eclipsed the mark in Brantley’s 42-20 win over Olympia with 176 yards and three touchdowns to give him 1,168 yards in seven games.

Snellville Brookwood High and Atlanta Westminster School won the boys and girls titles, respectively, in the Atlanta Cross-Country Classic. Fresh off their title at the Gwinnett County Championships, the Broncos edged runner-up Atlanta St. Pius X, 89-96 without top runner Morgan Malanoski. Gabriel Gomez finished sixth overall for Brookwood with a time of 16:10, five seconds ahead of teammate Austin Veith. Bailey Roth of McDonough Eagles Landing High won the race in 15:52. Westminster won by 30 points as Michelle Sullivan fininished ninth overall at 19:57 and Martha Stewart 12th at 20:12. Macon First Presbyterian Day School’s Victoria Coppage won medalist honors in 18:50.

In the end, the neighbor islands didn't really want an extended stay in Honolulu. A proposal to allow all teams to play a minimum of three games in team sports at state championships was voted down by the Hawaii High School Athletic Association (HHSAA) executive board. The measure, approved by the Hawaii Interscholastic Athletic Directors Association by a 47-35 vote, didn’t even reach a vote – it failed for lack of a second. Another proposal that failed to pass through the HHSAA executive board would have allowed all Division 2 team sports championships to rotate to the neighbor islands. Opposition from the big-island associations were instrumental in rejecting the proposal.

Boise High and Meridian Mountain View High claimed the District 3 girls and boys soccer titles, respectively, in the 5A Southern Idaho Conference. The two-time defending state champion Braves (13-3-1) won their third district title since 2000, 2-1 in overtime over Mountain View as sophomore midfielder Rikki Fix scored the game-winning goal in the 85th minute. Senior forward Kendall Allison gave Boise a 1-0 lead in the 36th minute with a header into the net off a Cassey Pennington free kick. Mountain View (15-1-1) topped unbeaten Boise, 4-2 on penalty kicks after playing to a 3-3 tie through regulation and two overtimes. Kevin Fekete scored two goals for the Mavericks and Logan Tooley added one.


Twelve student-athletes in different sports appeared with Chicago Bears stars Brian Urlacher and Anthony Adams at Halas Hall in Lake Forest as the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) and the Bears announced a partnership to create a multi-faceted concussion awareness campaign entitled “Get Defensive Against Concussions.” The players and students filmed a pair of 30-second commercials that will be used during IHSA television and internet broadcasts, as well as radio spots and a photo shoot for posters and state final program ads. The Bears have been active supporters of concussion legislation, as the team hosted Illinois Governor Pat Quinn as he signed House Bill 200 into law at Soldier Field in Chicago on July 28.


Top-ranked Carmel High (18-0) swept all five matches in straight sets from No. 3 Indianapolis North Central High to claim its second straight boys tennis state championship. Sameer Kumar (No. 2 singles) and Mental Attitude Award winner Connor Dunn and Elliott Yee (No. 1 doubles) won just moments apart for a 2-0 lead. Carmel’s seventh state title was clinched when Charlie Emhardt and Patrick Farrell took just over an hour to win the No. 2 doubles match. Mihir Kumar (No. 1 singles) and Chris Quammen (No. 3) also won as Carmel dropped just 19 games in the five matches. Carmel (18-0) lost just three points all year, two in a 3-2 semifinal victory over No. 4 Indianapolis Park Tudor School.

Krista Pettepier of Ankeny High, a 6-foot-2 center, announced her commitment to the University of Pittsburgh. A starter since her freshman year, Pettepier has helped Ankeny to three consecutive 4A state tournament berths. The Hawkettes have posted a 59-13 record during that stretch. Pettepier averaged 5.9 points and 5.0 rebounds per game as a junior, earning All-Conference honorable mention honors for the third straight year after leading the Hawkettes with 120 rebounds and 32 blocks. Pettepier became the third Hawkette senior to earn a Division 1 scholarship. Guard Maddie Manning has committed to play for the University of Oklahoma, while forward Shayla Starkenburg will play softball at the University of Iowa.


Junior quarterback Zach Howell completed 28 of 58 passes for a state-record 627 yards and seven touchdowns in Bel Aire Sunrise Christian Academy’s 78-58 loss to once beaten St. Mary’s Academy. The 6-foot-1, 160-pound Howell, who was intercepted twice, also held the previous state record of 579 yards, which he set earlier this fall. He just missed his career-high of eight touchdown strikes, and now has passed for over 3,300 yards in just eight games. Prestyn Atherton, a 5-11, 170-pound senior, caught seven passes for 227 yards and three touchdowns, including 74- and 60-yard bombs. Bo Westerfield, a 6-3, 165-pound senior, had 12 catches for 206 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

Three Louisville schools, Assumption High, Sacred Heart Academy and Our Lady of Mercy Academy, once again sit at the top of the state’s volleyball rankings. Reigning state champion Assumption, currently ranked No. 1, has won 15 state titles. Our Lady of Mercy, ranked No. 2, lost to Assumption in the state finals in 2010 after winning state titles in 2008 and 2009. Sacred Heart is ranked No. 3 after defeating Mercy and has more state titles than any other school program in Kentucky. Mercy defeated Sacred Heart Oct. 7, giving Mercy coach Todd Garvey a 16-4 edge over his older brother, Sacred Heart coach Eric Garvey. Between them, the three schools have defeated teams from 16 different states this season.



Fifth-ranked Lutcher High scored 29 second-half points to break open a close game on the way to a 45-7 District 6-4A victory over No. 10 Baton Rouge St. Michael the Archangel High. Daniel Taylor ran for 209 yards on 19 carries, including scoring runs of 63 and 39 yards among his three touchdowns to pace the Bulldogs (6-1, 4-0). Ruston Matherne completed 10 of 17 passes for 183 yards and two touchdowns. St. Michael (6-1, 2-1) used the running of J.T. Mauldin and C.J. Okpalobi to gain large chunks of yardage, combining for 83 first-half yards. But the Warriors never crossed midfield in the final half. Dash Duncan completed 10 of 28 passes for 77 yards for the Warriors, and Mauldin had 77 rushing yards on 19 carries.

Third-seeded Belfast High and sixth-seeded Dover-Foxcroft Foxcroft Academy not only each other, but the setting sun in their marathon Eastern Maine Class B field hockey quarterfinal. Finally, in the 20th set of penalty corners following their regulation game (60 minutes) and two eight-minute sudden-death overtimes, sophomore Maddy Cummings fired home a Britt Mellor rebound to give host Belfast (11-1-3) a 1-0 victory. Foxcroft (11-4) was playing in Class B for the first time in more than a decade after moving up from Class C. Since Belfast went first on the penalty corners, Foxcroft had a chance to equalize but couldn’t do so and the game ended after 2 hours and 42 minutes.

No. 4 Baltimore Gilman School’s boys soccer team, the defending Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) A Conference champions, blanked No. 2 Baltimore Archbishop Curley High, 3-0. Senior Jake Matthai headed home the opening goal late in the first half, junior Tanner Vosvick and Sam Wancowicz impressively finished off two chances in the second half, and goalkeeper Andrew Harris posted seven saves to earn the shutout. The Greyhounds (13-3-1) improved to 7-2-1 in the MIAA, while Curley (13-3-1, 7-3) fell to third place. Both teams are chasing No.1 Owings Mills McDonogh School (13-1-1), which improved to 8-1-1 in the league with a 3-0 win over Baltimore Mount St. Joseph High.


Going into her team’s soccer game at Brookline High, Dedham High senior captain Jenna Savi needed just three points to break the school’s all-time scoring record. She walked away with five, scoring four goals and adding an assist for the Marauders (12-3-2), who rolled over the Warriors, 5-1. With 21 goals and 12 assists this season, Savi, who has committed to play for Merrimack College next season, has 125 points for her career, eclipsing the school mark set in 2010 by Patrice Vettori, who is playing at Boston College. Savi opened the scoring two minutes into the game, then scored off a setup from Emily Hill to tie the record. Libby Masalsky found a streaking Savi for a breakaway later in the half for the record-breaker.

Spring Lake High’s boys soccer team (18-1), ranked No. 2 in Division 2, needed just 45 minutes to register an 8-0 victory over visiting Coopersville High in its district opener. The Lakers led 7-0 at halftime as senior Alec Strahl scored two of the first three goals to extend his team-leading total to 19. Adam Clauss reached the back of the net in between Strahl’s goals for a 3-0 lead. Soon after, Tanner Berg, Austin Gabris, Riley Kammeraad and KJ Sanchez got into the act. Last year, the Lakers lost in district play to eventual state champion Grand Rapids Northview High. They have won 30 consecutive Lakes 8 Conference games. Senior goalkeeper Harry Kriger registered his 12th shutout of the year.


Staples-Motley High’s girls tennis team will be returning to the Class A state tournament for the seventh year in a row after defeating Pequot Lakes High, 5-2 for the Section 8A championship. The Cardinals (11-4) beat Park Rapids High, 5-2 in the semifinals. Mikayla Wing and Sarah Koopman won in straight sets for Staples-Motley at No. 1 and 2 singles in the finals, but No. 3 and 4 singles went to Pequot Lake’s Haley Wiebolt and Jaden Lindner, also in straight sets. At No. 2 doubles, Brooke Wolhowe and Emily Israelson needed to go three sets (6-4, 0-6, 6-4) before winning for the Cardinals. Completing a sweep of the doubles play were Maggie O’Keefe-Emily Israelson and Nikki Edin-Grace Wolhowe.

Marcus Dupree, arguably the greatest high school running back in Mississippi history, had his jersey number, 22, retired Oct. 21 during halftime of Philadelphia High’s game against DeKalb Kemper County High. Dupree is the only player to be named state’s Mr. Football twice, winning the honor in 1980 and 1981. While at Philadelphia High, Dupree scored 87 touchdowns to break Herschel Walker’s national record, and was selected for the Prep All-America football squad, the Parade Magazine All-America High School Football Team and the Playboy All-American Team. His story inspired acclaimed author Willie Morris to write a book, The Courting of Marcus Dupree, the subject of an ESPN 30 for 30 documentary.

Blue Springs High senior pitcher Kelsey Kessler outdueled Liberty High ace Chelsea Ross, helping the Wildcats erase two previous losses and win 5-4 to advance to the Class 4 softball state semifinals. Freshman designated hitter Erin Keeney turned a 2-1 deficit into a 4-2 lead on a two-out, three-run homer in the third inning, her fourth of the season. The inning also included a dropped third strike, and all five Blue Springs runs were unearned. Liberty twice cut the lead to one, but Kessler, a University of Kansas commitment, clamped down and threw scoreless innings in the sixth and seventh to clinch the Wildcats’ first berth in the state semifinals since 2008, when they won the state title.

It didn't take long for the Billings Central Catholic High girls soccer team to show it was ready for the Class A playoffs. Two minutes was all it took for Aubree Trunkle to find the net, and the Rams went on from there for a 4-0 quarterfinal win over Corvallis High. Allie Lucas tacked on another goal nine minutes later for the three-time defending state champion Rams. Corvallis attempted just one shot as the Blue Devils were largely pinned in their own end, trying to hold off the Rams' relentless pressure. Central had 19 shots by halftime and added 17 more in the second half. Midfielder Sammy Elliott, who leads Class A in assists, scored in the 34th minute and Davison completed the scoring in the 67th minute.

Senior Abbie Otto shot an 81 on the final day of the Class A girls golf state tournament, finishing third individually with a two-day total of 166 and leading Grand Island High to its second state team title and first since 2004. Grand Island trailed Lincoln Southwest High by seven strokes after the first day, but shot a 334 on the second day to edge Southwest for the team title, 685-688. The Islanders and Silver Hawks had gone head-to-head in every invitational this season. Grand Island’s only previous victory was at the Norfolk Invitational which, like the state meet, was held at the Norfolk Country Club. Southwest took the top two individual spots, with senior Gentry Carveth first at 163 and senior Emma Mabry second at 165.


Senior Austin Pacheco of Carson City Carson High kicked a game-winning 64-yard field goal with 27 seconds remaining in a 27-24 victory over Reno Bishop Manogue High. Though it was aided by wind and the approximately 4,500-foot elevation in Reno, Pacheco’s kick is tied for the fifth-longest in high school history. It is also the second-longest in Nevada history, trailing only the 68-yarder by Dirk Borgognone of Reno in 1985, which stands as the national record. Pacheco already is the third kicker in northern Nevada this season to make a field goal of more than 50 yards, joining Esteban Bravo of Sparks High (58 yards) and Anthony Silva of Sparks Edward C. Reed High, who connected on a 50-yarder.

New Hampshire
Six different players scored touchdowns for Rochester Spaulding High as the Red Raiders (3-4, 3-3) evened their division record with a 39-0 win at Merrimack High. The Red Raiders have a chance at making the playoffs for the first time in recent memory. Merrimack (2-5, 1-5) found itself down 12-0 after one quarter. Two failed attempts on fourth down in its own territory eventually led to a 26-yard touchdown run by Dylan Adams for the first score. Then, after an interception by Spaulding’s Seth Fogg on sophomore quarterback Devin Gillis, the Red Raiders went up again on a 1-yard plunge by Kevin Medara. Samuel Ouellette threw a 97-yard touchdown pass to Tyrone Scott in the third quarter.


New Jersey
Two runners from the nation’s top-ranked boys cross country team, Lincroft Christian Brothers Academy, senior George Kelly and sophomore Mike McClemens, exchanged skin with a low-five as the duo trotted toward the Holmdel Park finish line 1-2 en route to their 10th consecutive Monmouth County Championship, and their 42nd county title overall. The two checked in at 16:25. All seven Colts finished in the top 16 despite three top guns being rested for the meet. Kelly and McClemens broke away from the pack during the final eighth-mile. Junior teammate Billy Bragg was third in 16:28. Colts Neck High’s Riley Leder (16:29) and Freehold Township High’s Graham Huggins-Filozof (16:30) rounded out the top five.


New Mexico
Santa Fe St. Michael’s High blanked Santa Fe Preparatory School, 2-0 to claim its sixth consecutive District 2A-3A title with its 12th shutout of the season. The Lady Horsemen (15-4, 9-1), with just one senior starter, put the pressure on the Blue Griffins (10-6-1, 7-1-1) early. With eight shots on goal in the first half, they forced Prep goalkeeper Sarah Simis to make five saves in the first 40 minutes. In the 17th minute, a through ball from freshman Christiana Gabaldon found speedy junior Alicia DeLeon-Dowd, who scored on a rebounds into an empty net. In the 70th minute, Gabaldon was the benefactor of a loose ball that two Prep defenders failed to clear and put the shot into the bottom left corner.


New York
A pair of Turin South Lewis High runners, Sam Anderson and Victoria Campanian, won medalist honors in the Frontier League cross country championships. But host Beaver Falls Beaver River High won the boys and girls team titles for the fourth straight year. Anderson (16:11.22) jumped out to a quick lead, finishing his first mile in four minutes, 55 seconds, and won by 42 seconds. Runnerup Logan Kempney was one of five Beaver River runners to place in the top 10. Campanian led wire-to-wire to win in 19:08.5, 49 seconds ahead of Adams South Jefferson High freshman Skylar Pastor. Christina Platt and Alex Doney joined Campanian in the top 10 for South Lewis, and the Falcons finished just behind the Beavers, 44-46.


North Carolina
Retired coach Rick Wood has written a book entitled “40 Seasons: The life of a High School Basketball Coach,” a memoir that chronicles his life in the sport. Wood, 68, retired at Hendersonville West Henderson High in 2006 with 662 career victories at four schools. He coached Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter and a member of the 2009 national championship team at North Carolina, J.B. Tanner. Each player Wood coached is listed in the appendix. Written with former Hendersonville Times News sports editor Ron Wagner, the book begins with West Henderson’s loss to Marshville Forest Hills High in the Western Regional tournament in Winston-Salem. Wood announced his retirement following that game.


North Dakota
The Battle of Bismarck in boys soccer culminated in the Class A state title game, with Century High shutting out Bismarck High, 3-0 as both teams entered the game with identical 14-3 records. Century's only other championship came in 2007, and the Patriots had lost in the finals each of the past two years. Century’s T.J. Gunsch was taken down just outside the box in the game’s 23rd minute, and Alec Rauhauser fired a low shot into the left corner of the net for his 10th goal of the year on the resulting direct free kick. Dominic Neameyer set up junior Hunter Huff Towle in the 49th minute to make it 2-0. Gunsch finished a long run with the game’s final goal, his team-high 18th of the season.

Calum Latham of Springfield Catholic Central High is now the most prolific scorer in state history. The senior scored five goals in a 7-0 victory over Jamestown Greeneview High, setting the state record for career goals with 173. He passed Ken Willis of Youngstown Cardinal Mooney High, who scored 172 from 2001-04. On the record-setting goal, a throw-in landed at the feet of Anthony DeCarlo, who played the ball back to Latham. He beat two defenders, then popped the ball past the goalkeeper into the right corner. The Xavier University commitment, who scored 30 goals as a freshman, 52 in 2009 and 55 in 2010, now has 38 goals this season for the Irish (10-2-1), ranked No. 6 in Division 3.


McKenzie Jones broke out of a slump by hitting three home runs, two in a 10-run fifth inning, and Midwest City Carl Albert High clobbered Tahlequah High, 17-7, in six innings to win their fourth state 5A state softball title in six years and second in a row. Jones had six RBIs in the game, then tossed the final 2 1/3 innings in relief to get the pitching win. The Titans hit six home runs in the game and four in the fifth inning, including three consecutive blasts by Jones, Aaliyah Sebock and Morgan Heard. When Jones' turn at the plate came around again later in the fifth, she belted a two-run homer after hitting a three-run blast earlier in the inning. She hit a solo homer in the third that gave Carl Albert a 6-1 lead.


Will Totten of Finn Rock McKenzie High made history by completing 19 of 26 passes for 553 yards and a national-record 11 touchdowns. He also ran 15 times for 117 yards, including a spectacular 65-yard touchdown on an option, as the Eagles (4-1) outlasted Lowell High, 88-80. No player at any level of high school football, from the 11-man level on down, ever previously had thrown more than 10 touchdown passes in a game. Totten also broke the national 8-man record of 541 passing yards in a single game. The combined team points broke the state record of 166. The 6-foot, 165-pound senior, whose previous high was seven touchdown passes, has amassed 1,841 yards and thrown for 29 touchdowns.

Rushel Shell of Aliquippa Hopewell High (4-2), the nation’s No. 45 recruit and No. 5 running back according to rivals.com, announced his commitment to the University of Pittsburgh. The 5-foot-11, 215-pound Shell chose the Panthers over the University of Alabama. Shell has been one of the most productive backs in the history of the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League (WPIAL). His 7,827 career rushing yards are a WPIAL record. Shell burst onto the scene as a ninth-grader, rushing for 1,516 yards and 14 touchdowns, earning MaxPreps National Freshman of the Year honors. The addition of Shell boosts Pittsburgh’s recruiting class to No. 16 in the maxPreps.com team recruiting rankings.

Rhode Island
Anthony Francis ran for three touchdowns, threw for another and Providence LaSalle Academy scored 26 second-half points en route to a 38-10 win over Barrington High. Josh Morris returned a kickoff 68 yards late in the second quarter and later scored on an eight-yard run to give LaSalle a 12-10 halftime lead. Francis had given LaSalle a 6-0 lead with a one-yard scoring run early in the second quarter. Barrington then got a 24-yard field goal from John Meehan and a 21-yard run from Drew Brown for a 10-6 lead. In the second half, the Rams went to a no-huddle offense and scored early and often. Francis’ four-yard run and Morris a 21-yard run on the their first two possessions stretched the lead to 25-10.

South Carolina
The top-ranked and two-time defending champion host team dominated the Lexington Invitational cross country meet. The Wildcats boys crew rolled to a 26-55 win over Charleston Porter-Gaud School without top runner Colby Coulter. Tony Morales (15:52.87) and Zach Langston (15:54.49) finished 1-2, respectively, and all seven of Lexington’s runners finished in the top 13. The second-ranked Wildcats girls also finished in first place by a comfortable margin, 33-58 over Columnbia Heathwood Hall School. As was the case on the boys side, Lexington had the top two runners cross the finish line. Katelin Killman was the individual winner with a time of 18:55.18 and Meri Heneage was second in 18:57.43.

South Dakota
Senior Hayden Palmer of Beresford High led six runners in the top 17 to lead the Watchdogs to the team crown in the Region 3A cross country meet. Palmer earned medalist honors in 17:59.41, nearly 10 seconds ahead of Vermillion High’s Nathan Ford. Beresford outdistanced Ethan-Parkston High, 32-56. Rounding out the finishes for the Watchdogs were Thaine Sira (seventh), Riley Schaap (ninth), Seth Weiland (15th), Jared Truman (16th) and Craig Fatherlos (17th). Ethan-Parkston was led by David Schoenfish (third) and Tyler Hohn (fourth). Canton High eighth-grader Halie McMains earned medalist honors in the girls race with a time of 15:12.67. Harrisburg High won the team title.


Junior Brock Baker of Murfreesboro Oakland High, the Class 3A state runnerup last fall, won Midstate Cross Country Championships medalist honors in 15:20.08, more than 46 seconds ahead of second-place finisher and teammate Conner Thompson. Baker’s time was about 13 seconds off the pace of his personal best of 15:07, which is the fastest time in the state this fall. Baker and Thompson helped the Patriots (82 points) finish third in the Gold Division. Brentwood Academy edged Thompson’s Station Independence High, 53-61 for the title. Brentwood Academy placed its top five runners in the top 16. Garrett Bull was sixth in 16:29.64 to lead BA. Baylor McKay was ninth in 16:41.61.

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Public high school football players will likely have far fewer two-a-day practices starting in 2012 under rules approved Monday that would give the state some of the strongest guidelines in the country to protect athletes from heat-related injuries. Texas recently finished the hottest summer on record, and the rules approved by the University Interscholastic League (UIL) would ban the traditional two-a-day practices in the first four days of training camp, a time that athletic trainers consider critical for allowing athletes to adjust to working out in the summer heat. Teams could still have a second “walk-through” practice that does not include contact or conditioning during those first four days.


Waterford High’s girls soccer team notched a 6-0 win over Moab Grand County High in the quarterfinals of the 2A state tournament after a slow start. The Ravens (8-6), who lost four of their first five games this season amid a tough non-league schedule, have won seven of their past nine. They’ve shut out their first two state tournament opponents. After a scoreless stalemate through the opening 20 minutes, Waterford netted three goals to take a comfortable 3-0 lead into the break. Caroline Coats kicked off the onslaught, scoring her team’s first two goals. Jamie Duke took over the scoring duties in the second half. Mitsu Miyashami and Kristen Johnson also added to the Ravens’ six-goal total.

Mount Anthony Union High’s Marc Brandmeyer breezed to the boys title at the Marble Valley League Cross Country Championships, and the Patriots swept the next seven positions to win with a perfect score of 15. The girls also won, with five runners finishing in the top 11 places to give the Patriots their first sweep of the team titles. Brandmeyer paced the Patriots with a time of 18:07. Teammate Zak Hale was second, 41 seconds behind. Rutland High’s Grace Wright coasted to the girls title in 21:36, winning by 1 minute, 20 seconds, with Mount Anthony’s Erin Anderson finishing second. Emily Barlow finished fourth, Kinsey Boudreau fifth and Emily Smith eighth for the Patriots, who had 30 points.

Norfolk Lake Taylor High (5-1, 4-0), ranked No. 7, got four touchdowns from sophomore Brandon Moore (11 carries, 174 yards) in a 47-6 win over Norfolk Norview High in Eastern District play. Norview (4-3, 3-1) had 46 yards of offense, 80 yards in penalties, and fumbled a pitch on its first play from scrimmage to hand Lake Taylor the ball on the Norview 23. Six plays later, Lake Taylor took the lead for good on Donovan Powell’s five-yard touchdown pass to Mike Tyson, and went on to score on its first three possessions. Lake Taylor's defense also recovered four fumbles. Moore’s touchdowns came on runs of 3, 70, 20 and 21 yards. Torrey Palmer ran for two touchdowns and 110 rushing yards.

After watching a 20-0 lead evaporate a year ago against Spokane rival Joel E. Ferris High, Mead High (6-1) stunned the top-ranked Saxons 35-14 in Greater Spokane League play. Linebacker Danny Mattingly recovered a fumble and picked off a pass deep in Ferris territory in the second half, and fellow junior running back Davian Barlow, who scored four touchdowns on a tender ankle. Ferris (6-1) has owned Mead the past six years, but the Panthers broke through, snapping the defending state champions’ 20-game winning streak. Mattingly’s fumble recovery early in the fourth quarter gave the Panthers (6-1) possession at the Ferris 11-yard line. Four plays later, Barlow scored from 2 yards out to give Mead a 28-14 lead.

 West Virginia
Wheeling Park High’s boys soccer team blanked Morgantown High, 6-0 in Region One-3A sectional semifinal play. The Patriots scored five goals in 11 minutes early in the first half and cruised the rest of the way. The Patriots (17-0-3) scored their first two goals on corner kicks executed perfectly by senior defender Eric Davis. Senior Kyle George headed the first one home in the ninth minute. Less than two minutes later, Davis' second corner kick found Errin Baynes, whose shot went in off the crossbar. George scored the next two goals, one coming off a rebound of an Alex Bauer shot and the other on a pass from Josh Garrett to complete the hat trick. Woody Pond scored in the 18th minute to make it 5-0.

Underclassmen won their first titles at the girls tennis individual state tournament, with Mequon Homestead High sweeping the Division 1 singles and doubles titles. Sophomore Elizabeth Konon defeated Maddie Johnson of Onalaska High, 6-1, 6-1 to take the singles championship and senior Carly Peck and junior Sophia Lococo won 6-0, 7-5 over Sarah Woods and Mary Newby of Milwaukee Divine Savior Holy Angels High, 6-0, 7-5 in the doubles final. Freshman Ellie Zimmermann of Green Bay Notre Dame Academy captured the Division 2 singles crown and seniors Riley Kelly and Rebecca Buchanan of Milwaukee Marquette University School won the Division 2 doubles title.

The Torrington High girls volleyball team extended its current winning streak to five matches with a four-set victory over No. 4 Wheatland High, 25-21, 23-25, 25-19, 26-24. The Blazers’ win improved their overall record to 16-11 and was their fourth conference victory in 10 matches. Junior Christian Bila recorded 33 setting assists, 14 defensive digs and 20 serves while junior Shai Schaefer had a game-high 22 kills to go along with seven blocks. Sydney Harms added 17 assists, sophomore Avery Madden had 11 kills and 14 digs, senior Matty Jolovich chipped in 10 kills and nine blocks, and senior Tarah Werner had 11 defensive digs. Taylor Frazier contributed 19 serves and one ace for Torrington.