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Iowa high school player's last shot brings opposing team's fans to their feet

Fans on hand for Monday’s substate game between Norwalk and Clarke of Osceola saw more than a blowout win by the heavily favored Warriors.
They witnessed a lesson in perseverance and sportsmanship.
Late in the game, with the win out of reach, Clarke coach James Dingeman looked deep down his roster where he found senior reserve Juan Echeverria.
Echeverria, a special needs student, came off the bench in the final minute and hit a 3-pointer that brought fans of both teams to their feet.
“He just loves the game,” Clarke Activities Director Tracy Johnson said

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Recruit of the Week: Logan Rawlings, Atlantic Shores Christian (Chesapeake, Va.)

(Photo: Rawlings Family)
“It’s hard to explain how valuable a kid like Logan is to your team until you get to see him work, every day.” -Coach Mike Hudgins
PLAYER PROFILE:
Logan Rawlings
School: Atlantic Shores Christian
Hometown: Chesapeake, VA
Height | Weight: 6’ | 150 lbs
Jersey #: 5
Position: PG
Graduation: 2020
Coached By: Mike Hudgins
Academic Achievements:
-4.27 GPA
-ACT: 31
-2017-2018 ASCS Distinguished Christian Student Award in Academics, Leadership, Fine Arts & Christian Service
-2017-2018 ASCS Outstanding Student Award – Public Speaking
-2017 AP World History Exam – Score of 3
-2017 Centerville Homeschool Academy ”Academic Achievement Award” Algebra 2, Chemistry, Writing
-2017 NCFCA Regional Qualifying competitor LD Debate & Impromptu Speaking
-2016 NCFCA Regional Qualifying competitor Duo Interpretive Speaking
-2016 – National Latin Exam Level 1 – Honorable Merit – Maxima Cum Laude
-2016 Centerville Homeschool Academy ”Outstanding Student Award” Geometry and Biology
-2015 NCFCA National Duo Interpretive Speaking Quarter-Finalist
Athletic Achievements:
-2017-2018 ASCS Varsity Basketball Co-Captain
-2017 ASCS Varsity Basketball – The Burlington School Spartan Classic Tournament All-Tournament Team
-2017-2018 ASCS Varsity Basketball “Hard Hat” Award – Best All-around player
-2018 ASCS Varsity Soccer Co-Captain
-2018 Sept 24-30 MaxPreps/United Soccer Coaches High School Player of the Week for Virginia
-2018 Virginia Sports Hall of Fame Semi-Finalist Nominee
-2018-2019 ASCS Varsity Basketball Co-Captain
(Photo: Rawlings Family)
Coach Hudgins on Logan Rawlings:
Aside from his athletic ability, what makes Logan an attractive recruit?
“Good gracious! He has a combination of very high character and work ethic that you just don’t see these days. Logan is probably one of the hardest working kids I’ve been around in my 25 years of coaching. The way he carries himself doesn’t just show up on the court or in practice, it shows up in everything he does

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New Jersey HS football adding 40-second play clock, expanding instant replay

New Jersey high school football is going on the clock, and back under review.
The National Federation of State High School Associations approved the use of a 40-second play clock among other rule changes for all games this fall, bringing high school football more in line with the college and professional game.
The use of instant replay could also expand in New Jersey after the 2018 season was used as a pilot program, according to NJSIAA Replay Committee Chairman Carmine Picardo. That committee was scheduled to meet Wednesday.
The NFHS was clearly impressed with New Jersey’s high school football model, since it has cleared the way for other states to use their own instant replay systems for championship events

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DaJuan Gordon and Curie: A journey from doubted to city champs

Almost a year ago, DaJuan Gordon walked off the floor after suffering a stinging defeat against Whitney Young in the Sectional Championship game. A promising year ended in overtime after Curie blew a five-point advantage with less than a minute remaining in regulation.
It would be a long offseason, but Gordon and his teammates returned on a mission. Curie, a public school located on Chicago’s Southwest Side, is currently on a 15-game winning streak with an impressive 29-1 record.
The squad’s most recent win was its biggest yet

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'My whole community lost my son': Mother wants answers for NJ football player death

When Neptune High School standout Braeden Bradforth enrolled in a Kansas junior college to play football, it was with the hope of transferring to a four-year college and fulfilling a dream of someday playing in the NFL.
So there was a lot of stake for the 19-year-old Garden City Community College freshman as he desperately tried to keep up with teammates on the first day of practice on a hot, humid evening last summer.
Players ran 50-yard sprints as many as 36 times as part of a conditioning drill.
Neptune native Braeden Bradforth died of heat stroke following a football practice at Garden City (Kan.) Community College on Aug