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Report: USC commit Jake Garcia to play senior season in Georgia

There are many professional athletes who have played for four different teams. However, USC quarterback commit quarterback Jake Garcia appears to be in the rarefied air of playing for a quartet of high schools.
Garcia, a four-star prospect, is heading to Georgia to play for Valdosta. Score another one for bizarre events created by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I’m really excited about the decision,” Garcia said

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Arik Gilbert, Paige Bueckers named 2019-20 Gatorade Athlete of the Year – Professional stars—including Todd Gurley and Brittney Griner—joined in on the surprise announcements

It was just a typical morning for Arik Gilbert and Paige Bueckers.
Gilbert, the former Marietta High School (Maritetta, Ga.) football standout, has been acclimating to college life since January in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where he looks to begin the next chapter of his football career under head coach Ed Orgeron and the defending BCS national champion LSU Tigers.
As the day began, he prepared for tutoring…ordinary routines…until his brother came and got him, explaining that they needed to leave.
Where? Why?
Arik didn’t have a clue, but followed his brother’s lead where he entered a room filled with balloons, with each step taken toward the chair in front of the television being filmed

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Florida going ahead with current fall prep sports as scheduled

Never doubt Florida to do what shouldn’t be done during the throes of a pandemic. On the same day, California announced it would delay its prep fall sports schedule until December or January, the powers that be in the Sunshine State are going full-speed ahead with the high school season, with football practice starting July 27.
The six Florida High School Athletic Association fall sports: football, volleyball, bowling, cross country, golf, and swimming, the opening to the calendar remains unchanged.

In a five-hour meeting, the Florida High School Athletic Association voted to retain its original date for fall sports. https://t

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Texas high school football delayed until September

Texas has become the next state to weigh in on when its high school football season will start. And the Lone Star State is proceeding with caution, pushing its kickoff to Sept. 7, with games starting September 24 amid COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak.

BREAKING NEWS:
No High School Football in Texas, for a while:
No practices until September 7th.
No games until September 24th

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California delays HS sports until December or January

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the high school sports seasons in California. The CIF announced on July 20 it will be delaying the start of HS athletics until December or January.
The statement:
The California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) has determined, in collaboration with our 10 Sections, that education-based athletics for the 2020-2021 school year will begin with a modified season of sport schedule (see below for 2020-21 sports calendar). Our calendar reflects the season for each CIF sport and the last date for Section Championships and Regional/State Championships in those sports where a Regional/State Championship is currently offered. Following this announcement, each CIF Section Office will release their own calendar to reflect regular season starting and ending dates and Section playoffs

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Baseball training with YSPN360: The Bag-Strike Drill

If you have watched any of the MLB teams’ “summer camps” this past week, chances are, you’ve seen players lined along the basepaths working on baserunning. Like most aspects of the game, it’s a fundamental part that needs fine-tuning, whether we’re talking about major league ballplayers or the next generation of base-path blazers down in the youth leagues.
YSPN360’s Tarrik Brock, who will help the Pittsburgh Pirates with their baserunning in 2020, took time to break down a wonderful drill that helps younger players work on getting down to first base—which sometimes could be the difference between safe or out.
Check it out!

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Taylor Ewert named 2019-20 Gatorade National Girls Track and field Athlete of the Year

To say that Taylor Ewert is one in a million downplays how extraordinary the track and field standout from Beavercreek High School (Ohio) truly is—and it took about 30 seconds chatting with the Gatorade National Girls Track and Field Athlete of the Year to understand that.
An hour removed from getting a surprise she’ll never forget—when a seemingly simple interview turned into a celebration—Taylor found herself in territory alongside names like Derek Jeter, Peyton Manning and Abby Wambach. But the calm that resonated through the phone wasn’t what you’d expect, especially considering what she had just experienced:

“My mom said I had a casual interview with ESPN, so got on the Zoom call—I was doing the interview—and then all of a sudden, she was in the corner with the Gatorade National Girls Track and Field Athlete of the Year trophy,” Taylor explained to USA Today Sports.
With the help of Taylor’s mom, Teri, the in-home presentation took on a feel-good moment that sometimes only the impromptu can create. Taylor laughed a bit, and then paused, when asked if the top secret operation went down without any hitches—”I’m not someone who is very big on surprises, she admitted, “I always know what’s going on, I always have a plan

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Baseball training with YSPN360: The Hunter Pence drill

Batter up!
To help high school ballplayers get back into the swing of things—whether it’s to stay sharp for a possible restart on the summer calendar or even training for fall ball—we’re featuring a variety of training videos from our partners at YSPN360.
We’ll have both softball and baseball instructional videos throughout the summer, lead by professional and collegiate coaches, as well as athletes.
First up from the batting cage is an excellent drill to improve the swing mechanics and gathering to power: The Hunter Pence Drill.

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