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High School Football: American Heritage, IMG Academy slated for high-profile preseason matchup

Preseason high school football games rarely draw any sort of attention, but that will not be the case in Florida this August when two of the state’s premier programs meet for a tune-up.
According to The Crib South Florida, American Heritage and IMG Academy will meet at American Heritage on Aug. 20 for a preseason matchup. IMG Academy finished 2020 with a perfect 8-0 record and ranked atop the USA Today Super 25. American Heritage, meanwhile, went 11-2 and won its third state championship under head coach Pat Surtain

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Former NFL star resigns from high school coaching job amid tension with administration

Former Washington Football Team and New York Giants linebacker LaVar Arrington has worked in many capacities inside football since wrapping up his seven-year playing career in 2007.
In 2018, Arrington became the head coach at Maranatha High School in Pasadena, California. His stint as the program’s leader came to an abrupt end earlier in May, though, as he stepped down after three seasons in which he amassed a 15-10 record — including a perfect 3-0 COVID-19-shortened spring season.
Last Friday, Arrington finally provided some insight into his decision to resign as Maranatha’s head coach. The way the three-time Pro Bowler saw it, he had accomplished all he could at the school given the lack of internal support from the school’s administration

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Overtime Elite league signs 5-star prospects Matt and Ryan Bewley

Overtime Elite’s pro basketball league made its first real splash on Friday, signing five-star recruits Matt and Ryan Bewley.
The Bewley brothers are the first players to sign with Overtime Elite and the first rising high school juniors to ever sign with a professional basketball league in the United States. Matt Bewley is currently ranked as the No. 2 recruit in the class of 2023 according to the industry-generated 247Sports Composite Rankings, while Ryan is ranked No. 16 in the class

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Five-star PG Scoota Henderson chooses G League over college

Make that another high-profile recruit spurning college basketball to take their talents to the professional ranks earlier than originally expected.
Five-star point guard Scoota Henderson reclassified into the class of 2021 and signed with the G League on Friday, making him the youngest player to sign an American basketball contract. According to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, Henderson signed a $1 million contract with G League Ignite.
Henderson was the No. 12 recruit in the class of 2022 prior to his reclassification into the class of 2021 to sign with G League Ignite

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ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski calls out Hall of Fame for omitting Sonny Vaccaro

The Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame announced its Class of 2021 on Sunday. Among the group were NBA greats Chris Bosh, Paul Pierce and Chris Webber, but one basketball pundit had an issue with one high-profile omission.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski took to Twitter following the announcement of the class to criticize the snub of Sonny Vaccaro. Vaccaro is best known for his work with Nike, but also co-founded the first national high school basketball All-Star game — The Dapper Dan Roundball Classic — in 1965.
“The list of powerbrokers determined to deny his impact on the game, but it’s impossible to write the history of basketball without Sonny Vaccaro,” Wojnarowski tweeted

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Dylan Gooden, Doc Gooden's son, emerging as elite 2023 football recruit

When former Major League Baseball Pitcher Doc Gooden was a teenager, he made a habit of dominating hitters on a regular basis, winning 17 games as a member of the New York Mets and appearing in the 1984 MLB All-Star at just 19-years-old.
Now, his son, Dylan, is also starting to dominate at a young age. Instead of toeing the rubber and striking people out with ease, Gooden is wreaking havoc as a pass rusher at Our Lady Good Counsel High School in Maryland.
Gooden, a 6-foot-6, 200-pound defensive end, broke into 247Sports’ latest class of 2023 Top247 rankings on Wednesday afternoon, checking in No. 143 in his class

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Virginia Tech hires DeMatha Catholic's Mike Jones as associate head coach

After spending nearly 20 years as the head coach at storied Maryland boys basketball powerhouse DeMatha Catholic, Mike Jones has decided to begin a new chapter in his coaching career.
Virginia Tech hired Jones as its newest associate head coach on Monday. Jones replaces Chester Frazier, who recently left the Hokies for Illinois, on Mike Young’s coaching staff.
“I am extremely excited to be joining coach Young, his staff and Hokie Nation,” Jones said, per release. “This is a tremendous opportunity to learn from a great coach in Coach Young and to provide our student-athletes with a passionate coach who is fired up about joining the Virginia Tech community and ready to continue the upward trajectory of our men’s basketball program

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Former NFL running back Jahvid Best becomes high school head coach

Jahvid Best’s promising football career was cut short due to concussions, but he learned plenty throughout his brief time in the NFL. Now, he’ll have his chance to impart the wisdom he gained on high school football players.
Best was named head coach at Albany (Calif.) Saint Mary’s High School on Monday — a rival of the high school he attended. Saint Mary’s has not had a winning season since 2015 and has gone 18-28 over that span

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DeMatha's Mike Jones returning to coach USA Basketball Men's U16 team

DeMatha Catholic boys basketball coach Mike Jones has had plenty of success at both the high school and international level, the second of which he is now looking to add more accolades to his resume.
USA Basketball announced last week that Jones is returning to coach its U16 men’s National Team. Team USA is slated to compete in the 2021 FIBA Americas U16 Championship, where the top four finishers earn a berth into the 2022 FIBA U17 World Cup. Joining Jones on the bench will be St. Edward’s Eric Flannery and Pace Academy’s Sharman White