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Lions News · Where Are the Toughest Places to Play? Nominate Now:


We here at VNN are doing a feature for our national media site highlighting the toughest places to play in all of high school sports and we want to hear from YOU what Stadium/Field/Gym/Course/Venue is the toughest to play and why?

Be on the lookout for the final feature coming soon on VNNsports.net!

 

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Lions News · Eight Great Fundraising Ideas for Booster Clubs – Presented by VNN


New jerseys, gear, entry fees, retreats – the wish list of opportunities to improve your teams is long, and often, the ways to finance them are short. While there’s no perfect one-size-fits-all fundraiser for every community, good inspiration is the first step.

Whether its your booster club, team, or program looking to raise funds and increase school spirit, here’s a few of our favorite ideas that we’ve seen across the network:

Jail-N-Bail – DeSoto High School (KS)

$10 files a warrant to arrest members of the community with phony allegations like “impersonating a golfer,” “failure to yield at the end of a sentence,” and “wearing pants way too high.” Once served with the warrant for their ‘arrest,’ the jailbirds are placed in a jail cell, a mug shot is taken, and they must call family/friends to raise bail.

Cheerleading Day – Pickens High School (SC)

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Blue Flame cheerleaders dedicated their time to teach younger members of the community motion drills, jump technique, stunting fundamentals and sideline spirit in a day camp for a donation to the program. The campers, led by the PHS cheerleaders, performed a showcase at the conclusion of camp.

Lap-a-Thon – Gilmer High School (GA)

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Anyone who has ever ran distance before knows that the hardest part isn’t necessarily the physical aspect, but the mental component of the sport, and in true Cross Country fashion, the Bobcats’ ‘hardest fundraiser,’ forces participants to run for an hour and a half around the track without stopping, with the main goal of seeing who can run the most laps consecutively in that time. Each lap ran accumulates money from sponsors, and all proceeds go towards funding the team.

Lift-A-Thon – Avon Lake (OH)

Earlier this Summer, the Shoremen football team held their 26th annual lift-a-thon, where players perform their max in 4 lifts, including the squat, hang clean, bench press, and deadlift in front of a crowd. Donations could be made in a player’s name, or to the team generally. Whittier Christian (CA) has a similar event coming up, the Push-Up-a-Thon, and Gilmer.

3 v. 3 Soccer Tournament – Roy High School (UT)

In the warm up to the Utah Spring Season, the Roy Royals Boys Soccer team held a 3v3 soccer tournament. At $20 per player, it was billed as a tune up for the year’s games across all levels, with teams starting at age 6 through adult.

Home Run Derby – Desert Ridge High School (AZ)

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To help assist a teammate with unforeseen medical costs, the Jaguars held a home run derby. Split into two age groups, “19 and over” and “18 and under,” participants paid $20 to hit baseballs out of the park. The total raised, including raffles, auctions, and concessions, was $2,671!

Top Golf – Lakota West High School (OH)

Instead of practicing their own sport, the Firebirds of Lakota West held a fundraiser at the local West Chester Top Golf branch. At $100 per golfer, the cost included heavy appetizers, soft drinks, and visits from Lakota West NFL alumns Jordan Hicks (Philadelphia Eagles) and Ryan Kelly (Indianapolis Colts).

Local Restaurant EventsErie (CO), Lowell (MI), Westonka (MN)

If there’s one thing everyone loves, it’s food. Several schools connected with local restaurants and held fundraisers there. Whether the deal was for a portion of the day’s earnings donated back to the school (Chipotle and Buffalo Wild Wings are good national candidates for this), an ‘all-you-can-eat’ Belgian Waffles special, or selling coupons, this idea is a simple turn-key way to start earning.

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Lions News · How much do you know about staying hydrated? Presented by VNN


Staying hydrated is important to your health, and is one of the best ways to ensure that you are playing your best. Unfortunately, many athletes overlook just how important water is in maintaining top-level performance.

Think you know everything there is to know about proper hydration? Take the quiz below sourced from Active.com’s 15 Hydration Facts for Athletes and find out:

 

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Lions News · MPSSAA Fall 2017 Key Dates – Presented by VNN


Even though it’s only halfway through Summer, we’ve compiled a handy reference guide to the key dates coming for this Fall season from the MPSSAA Calendar. As always, these dates are subject to change, so be sure to verify dates with the MPSSAA Office.

August 9 

All Sports – First Practice Date

Golf – First Play Date

September 1

All Sports – First Play Date

October 23

Golf – State Tournament Begins (University of Maryland)

October 24

Field Hockey – Sectional Quarterfinals

October 26 

Field Hockey – Sectional Semi-Finals

October 27

Soccer – Sectional Quarterfinals

October 30

Field Hockey – Sectional Final

October 31

Soccer – Sectional Semi-Finals

November 1

Field Hockey – Region Finals

November 2

Volleyball – Sectional Quarter Finals

Cross Country – Regional Meets

November 3

Soccer – Sectional Finals

November 6

Field Hockey – State Semi-Finals

Volleyball – Sectional Semi-Finals

November 7

Soccer – Region Finals

November 8

Volleyball – Sectional Finals

Field Hockey – State Semi Finals

November 10

Football – Region Semifinals

Soccer – State Semifinals

Volleyball – Region Finals

November 11

Field Hockey – State Finals @ Washington College

Cross Country – State Finals – Hereford HS

November 13

Volleyball – State Semi-Finals @ University of Maryland, Ritchie Coliseum

November 16

Boys and Girls Soccer – State Finals

November 17

Football – Region Finals

November 18

Volleyball – State Finals @ University of Maryland

November 24

Football – State Semi-Finals

November 30

Football – State Finals @ Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium

 

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Lions News · Should High School Basketball Players Be Able to Declare for the NBA Draft? – Presented by VNN


lebron-dunkAs Americans, we tend to fall in love with our rising stars who are breaking out on the national stage at a young age.  At 18, all eyes were on Patrick Kane as he started his professional hockey career with the Chicago Blackhawks. Nobody blinked twice when MLB’s Bryce Harper was selected to the National League All-Star team at 19.  Likewise, there were no calls for the U.S. Men’s National Team to pump the brakes on budding soccer star Christian Pulisic when he scored his first goal for the Stars & Stripes at the young age of 17.

Yet, in basketball, most of the top high school talent is required to follow the controversial “one & done” trend. As the rule goes, an athlete needs to be at least 19 years old to be eligible for the NBA Draft, forcing all hopeful pros into at least one year in college or a European League. The policy, instituted in the NBA CBA in 2005, was aimed at yielding more developed and matured players as draft options, instead of seeing teams draft solely on raw talent and potential, and stashing those prospects away on their bench.

Over the last decade, this rule has been a nonstop point of discussion and debate. Many appreciate the importance this rule places on attending higher education, and further developing professional skills. In addition, many college programs can benefit from knowing that the prospects they are recruiting will indeed commit to a school, rather than decide to forgo college altogether. Conversely, however, many have questioned whether forcing the likes of Andrew Wiggins, Ben Simmons and Anthony Davis to go to college for a year is really thmaxresdefaulte right path for top-level talent. The careers of Tracy McGrady, Kevin Garnett, Kobe Bryant, and LeBron James might say no. In addition, the one-and-done phenomenon sees many top players in and out of a college faster than you can say “Karl-Anthony Towns,” rendering a college game that is often focused more on individual showcases and annual ‘big names,’ rather than cheering for programs that see players develop over 3 or 4 years. This controversy is especially relevant, as current NBA Commissioner Adam Silver recently stated at the beginning of this year’s NBA Finals that “We all agreed we need to make a change . . . It’s one of those issues we need to come together and study. … My sense is, It’s not working for anyone.” (read more on Silver’s statement) Such a change could be to do away with the rule altogether, or amend it to have caveats, such as requiring those who choose to go to college to stay at least 2 years or those who choose to turn professional out of high school to spend a year in the G-League.

So, what do you think? Should the NBA change their age requirement and allow basketball players to turn professional fresh out of high school?

Should the NBA Allow High School Athletes to Declare for the Draft?

Yes! High Schoolers should be able to be drafted.
No. High Schoolers should be required to go to college first before playing in the NBA

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Lions News · Vote for Maryland’s Top Record-Breaking Performance – Presented by VNN


Brett Culhane – Lackey High SchoolBret set a school record with 12 goals in a single game.  According to laxrecords.com that’s tied for 15th on the national record list.  Here’s the Pressbox report from that game:

Thursday, April 27, 2017

6:00 PM

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This years senior night was one to remember. Brett Culhane lead the Chargers in scoring with 12 goals. Dwight Stapleton had the other goal. 12 Goals in a single game breaks TJ Chotkowski’s record of 11 goals, set last year against Great Mills.

Rhoda Alaban-tafon – Glen Burnie High School Rhoda ran a blazing 58.45 400 meter dash that broke the school record that had been standing since 2004!


Bethany Wharton – Springbrook High School: Bethany set the school’s career softball strikeout record this spring.  Here’s the Pressbox post from a 15 strikeout perfect game she threw:

Monday, May 8, 2017

5:15 PM

Springbrook High School
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Watkins Mill High School
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Senior Bethany Wharton threw 15 strikeouts en route to a five inning perfect game against Watkins Mill! No Wolverine reached base or even put the ball in play. It was a dominating performance and Springbrook got the win, 14–0.

Ethan Binnix – Broadneck High School: Ethan Binnix broke the school record to win the 400m dash and Paul Squires out-leaned his rival at the finish line in winning the 3200m run to pace the Bruins to an outstanding team finish.  Ethan and Paul joined Tony Tuckfield and Brady Morrissey on the 1600m relay team that ran a school record time of 3:26.82.


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Lions News · From the Gym to the Street: Conor McGregor – Presented by Finish Line


Beyond being members of a team as athletes, we’re all individuals. And with that in mind, we’ve partnered with our friends at Finish Line to present a series of videos that show how decorated athletes in sports express their individuality through the clothes they wear.

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Lions News · From the Gym to the Street: Aly Raisman – Presented by Finish Line


Beyond being members of a team as athletes, we’re all individuals. And with that in mind, we’ve partnered with our friends at Finish Line to present a series of videos that show how decorated athletes in sports express their individuality through the clothes they wear.

From the Gym to the Street: Aly Raisman

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Lions News · Which region’s high schools had the strongest NFL Draft? – Presented by VNN


The NFL Draft took place last week in Philadelphia. Held on the Rocky Steps at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, it was the first draft held entirely outdoors, and was the most attended in history with more than 250,000 people attending. Over three days, all 32 NFL teams chose players who they hope could be the future of their franchise.

In the next few pages, check out all the players drafted by their hometown high school, and vote for the region you think has grown the strongest draft class!

Voting closes on Sunday, May 14th at 3pm EST / 12pm PST.

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Lions News · Best of the Best: Maryland’s Top Story – Presented by VNN


This month’s top story from across Maryland comes from Winston Churchill High School in Potomac, where a familiar face joined the football coaching staff.

Former Redskin Joins Football Staff

Originally posted at churchillathletics.com

Coach Williams has been very busy this off-season getting everything ready for the 2017 season. From designing a new look, creating a new attitude, and putting together a top notch staff, Coach Williams has been working nonstop. The staff that Coach Williams has put together is highly respected throughout the county and just recently, Coach Williams was able to include one more knowledgeable and respected coach. This new addition joins Coach Williams as the second former NFL player on staff and he’s a local Washington Redskin great. Former All-Pro offensive tackle, Chris Samuels will be joining…

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