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  • With three possible state records in his sights, Lake Nona (Orlando, Fla.) quarterback Tucker Israel knocked down two of them in his team's 35-14 win over Colonial on Friday.
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    Tucker Israel, Lake Nona

    Israel had a chance to break the state record for completions, yardage and touchdowns — all held by former Bishop Kenny (Jacksonville) quarterback John Wolford — and he finished with the record for completions and yardage.

    Israel completed 26 of 41 passes for 437 yards and five touchdowns in the win.

    According to research and statistics provided by the Orlando Sentinel, Israel's 720 completions breaks Wolford's mark of 706. Meanwhile, Israel's yardage total gives him 10,726 yards, surpassing Wolford's total of 10,621 yards.

    Israel, who has committed to Clemson, reportedly needs five more touchdowns to break Wolford's record of 126 career touchdowns.
  • File photo by Neil Fonville

    Patrick Carr scored what would prove to be the game-winning touchdown in The Woodlands' upset over Katy.

    The Woodlands (Texas) shocked Katy (Texas), ranked No. 10 in the Xcellent 25, 24-7 on Friday night.

    The loss is Katy's first in the regular season since 2009, when it fell to The Woodlands, 31-27.

    Katy got on the board first thanks to a Kyle Porter touchdown catch in the second quarter, but then The Woodlands rattled off 24 unanswered points against a Katy team known for its stout defense.

    The Woodlands evened the score at 7-7 when quarterback Matt Bonaguidi connected with receiver Hunter Moore for a 15-yard touchdown with four minutes remaining in the second quarter. The Woodlands got the ball back and scored again, this time courtesy of a 39-yard Patrick Carr run to take a 14-7 lead into the half.

    The score remained 14-7 until The Woodlands tacked on fourth-quarter field goal. A interception of Katy quarterback Garrett Doiron set up a Bonaguidi rushing touchdown to make it 24-7 and seal the victory for The Woodlands.

    The victory lifts The Woodlands to 2-1, while Katy falls to 2-1.

    The Woodlands is the only program with more than one win over Katy since 2004.

    View the Qwixcore game log here
  • Tuscaloosa Academy (Ala.) played host to an unusual visitor on Friday night: a large deer.

    The school's Twitter account tweeted a photo of a large doe walking near midfield during what appeared to be pre-game walk-throughs.

    In the background of the photo, players can be seen staring at the deer.

    It's unclear how the real life Bambi got onto the field or, more importantly, how the school got it off the field. Hopefully details will follow.
  • Photo by Randy Sartin

    Head coach Steve Smith has led Oak Hill Academy to eight mythical national titles and produced 28 McDonald's All-Americans.

    Legendary head coach Steve Smith of Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.) announced his program's 2014-15 schedule earlier this week.

    As is the norm at Oak Hill Academy, the slate is ambitious with games against schools from 13 states and Australia. The Warriors will participate in games or events in nine different states (see complete schedule here).

    Highlighting the 48-game calendar will be showdowns with preseason Top 25 contenders like Bishop O'Dowd (Oakland, Calif.), Paul VI (Fairfax, Va.), Our Savior New American (Centereach, N.Y.), Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth, Calif.) and Villa Angela-St. Joseph (Cleveland, Ohio).

    In tournament play, Oak Hill will travel to Hawaii for the Iolani Classic (an event the Warriors have won six times – 1989, 1992, 1999, 2003, 2008 and 2010) and Missouri for a first-ever appearance in the Bass Pro Shops Tournament of Champions.

    The Warriors will also return to the Mater Dei (Santa Ana)-hosted Nike Extravaganza in California for the first time since 2007. Awaiting Oak Hill there will be aforementioned state powers Sierra Canyon and Bishop O'Dowd on back-to-back nights Feb. 6-7.

    The season opener will be Oct. 31 at home against Handle It Prep of Georgia.

    Smith has loaded up the roster to handle the schedule. Top 100 seniors Dwayne Bacon (Florida State commitment), Andrew Fleming (Iowa), Daniel Giddens (Ohio State), Terrence Phillips and Josh Reaves (Penn State) along with 6-foot-11 junior returnee Rodney Miller give the Warriors plenty of firepower.

    Oak Hill Academy finished 41-4 in 2013-14 and ranked No. 4 nationally by MaxPreps.
  • Photo by Jim Redman

    Mickey Mitchell and Plano West will be among the state title favorites in Texas Class 5A this season.

    Mickey Mitchell started popping up on basketball recruiting sites as a middle schooler. The early attention was just the beginning of a roller coaster athletic ride for Dallas-area star.

    Mitchell, a 6-foot-7 point forward-type from Plano West (Texas), added to a timeline filled with impressive feats and a little drama Thursday by re-committing to play basketball for Ohio State. He delivered his original verbal pledge to the Buckeyes in August 2013, then elected to re-consider last month.
    Once considered a Top 10-caliber prospect in the 2015 class, Mitchell is showing signs of regaining his previous form after suffering a devastating ACL injury in November 2012.

    Here is a timeline of Mitchell's eventful high school sports career:

    August 2011: Enrolled at Plano West as a freshman. Appeared on West's football roster but left the school for Prestonwood Christian (Plano) prior to basketball season.

    Winter 2011-12: Made an immediate impact as freshman for Prestonwood Christian hoops team, playing key role in run to title at prestigious City of Palms Classic. Alongside then-junior and current Los Angeles Laker Julius Randle, Mitchell helps Lions finish season with Texas private school state title and Top 10 national ranking from MaxPreps.

    Fall 2012: Mitchell finally hits the football field as a sophomore at Prestonwood Christian. A dual-threat quarterback, he piles up over 2,500 total yards and 32 touchdowns in just 10 games.

    November 2012: Suffers torn ACL in 10th game of 2012 football season. Misses promising sophomore basketball campaign. Despite being ranked No. 3 nationally in the preseason by MaxPreps, Mitchell's absence along with that of an injured Randle results in disappointing 15-19 season for Prestonwood Christian (though Randle returned late to lead PCA to another Texas private school state title).

    August 2013: After making basketball commitment to Ohio State (where brother Mike was playing football), enrolls once again at Plano West.

    Winter 2013-14: Averages 13.6 points, 7.7 rebounds and 6.3 assists per game as a junior at Plano West playing alongside Texas Titans club teammates Soso Jamabo, Dennis Hogg and Avery Johnson. The Wolves were regarded as one of the state's most talented teams but bowed out in the regional quarterfinals of the 5A tourney.

    July 2014: Continues recovery from injury on Nike's EYBL circuit with Titans. After up-and-down regular season, steps up at Peach Jam with averages of 8.1 points, 5.1 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game.

    August 2014: Almost a year after committing to Ohio State, elects to re-open recruitment.

    September 2014: Re-commits to Ohio State.

  • Jared Reagan of Booker (Texas) became the Texas all-time leader in receptions with three catches in a 43-0 win over Springlake Earth on Friday.

    Reagan, who had 133 receptions last year, entered the game with 306 career catches. According to, he had a catch near midfield to break the record previously held by Jake Oliver of Dallas Jesuit. Oliver set the record of 308 catches in 2012. Reagan finished the game with 11 catches for 145 yards and now has 317 career receptions.

    Reagan's quarterback Hunter Lile is also on the verge of breaking several state records himself. He began the season needing 3,501 yards to become the state's all-time yardage leader. He is also on pace to break the state record for completions and attempts.
  • File photo by Alyson Boyer Rode

    Kyle Molnar allowed one hit in six innings to earn the win against Panama.

    The blowouts continue for Team USA 18U at the COPABE Baseball Championships in La Paz Mexico, which has now outscored its opponents 80-1 in upping its record to 5-0.

    Team USA beat Canada 11-1 on Sunday and then blanked Panama 10-0 on Monday and Guatemala 19-0 on Tuesday.

    Kolby Allard got the win against Canada, going five innings and striking out 10. Lucas Herbert had a pair of hits, including a home run, and drove in four runs to lead the offense. Nick Madrigal, Luken Baker and Xavier Legrant each had two hits in the win.

    Against Panama, Kyle Molnar allowed just one hit in six innings of work while striking out six to lead Team USA. Madrigal led the offense with three hits while Dazmon Cameron had a double and Mitchell Hansen and Ke'Bryan Hayes each had two hits.

    Four USA pitchers combined for a five-inning no-hitter against Guatemala. Austin Smith went the first three innings for the win. Max Wotell threw one inning while Gray Fenter pitched two-thirds of an inning and Austin Bergner got the final out.

    Trent Clark was 3-for-3 with a home run and five RBIs to lead the USA offense. The home run was his third of the tournament. Madrigal, Cameron, Hansen and Blake Rutherford all had two hits.
  • Photo by Ralph Thompson

    Jalen Brunson will be one of the top scoring guards in high school basketball nationally this season.

    After getting to the Final Four with Villanova in 2009, head coach Jay Wright has come up short of the Sweet 16 each of the past four seasons.

    But the suave sideline maestro may have landed the guard that will help the Wildcats take the next step.

    Stevenson (Lincolnshire, Ill.) guard Jalen Brunson — a MaxPreps All-American pick as a junior — announced Wednesday he would be joining the Villanova program in 2015-16.

    Brunson, a 6-foot-1 scoring point guard pegged as the No. 18 overall prospect in the 2015 class by, has put Stevenson basketball on the map. Along with standout teammate Connor Cashaw, he has led the Patriots to a 59-6 record the past two seasons.

    During the 2013-14 campaign, Brunson averaged 26.1 points and 4.7 assists per game while leading Stevenson to the Class 4A semifinals — where he delivered 56 points in a loss to eventual champ Whitney Young (Chicago).

    Brunson suited up for Mac Irvin Fire in Nike's Elite Youth Basketball League over the summer, averaging over 17 points per game and solidifying his reputation as one of the nation's top guards.

    Thanks in large part to Brunson and Cashaw, Stevenson was sought after by the nation's top high school basketball showcases and tournaments in the offseason. The Patriots will participate in the Cancer Research Classic in West Virginia and the Hoophall Classic in Massachusetts among others this winter.'s Crystal Ball was 63 percent to Villanova with Michigan State, Temple and Illinois also registering picks.

    Brunson's father, Rick, played professionally for a decade with stops in the NBA, CBA, Australia and Italy.

  • File photo by Ken Inness

    Clairton was on the winning end of an 86-0 game against Wilkinsburg on Friday.

    Don't expect any bullying charges against a Pennsylvania area football coach after his Clairton (Pa.) team won 86-0 on Friday.

    That's because the opposing coach — Wilkinsburg's Mike Fulmore — told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "We've just got to play better as a team."

    Clairton led 72-0 at halftime and first-year head coach Wayne Wade said none of his skill players took the field the second half. The last two TDs of the first half were on interception returns and both coaches and officials started a running clock in the second quarter. The state's mercy rule normally starts the running clock in the second half of a 35-point margin.

    All of it couldn't prevent Clairton from scoring the most points in a Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League game since at least 1952, according to Post-Gazette reporter Mike White.

    "We have skill-position guys who are juniors and sophomores, and there are seniors behind them," Wade said. "Those seniors still want to play. What do we say, that those seniors should sit? We only have 27 or 28 kids. I don't think we threw a pass the second half.

    "We're not trying to demean anyone or set any kind of records. There are people who want to bash us and say we're classless. But if they're football people, then they need to just come watch the game and they'll know. If they're not football people, then they're just not going to understand."

    Fulmore understood. His team has only 18 players.

    "We look for accountability," he told White. "That wasn't [Wade's] problem. That was our problem. He can't stop playing. It's up to us to put forth some effort. To be frank, after the second touchdown, our guys kind of gave up."

    Last season, Texas 4A-2 state champion Aledo (Texas) set a national record for points in a season with 1,023, which included a 91-0 win over Western Hills (Fort Worth).

    Aledo's head coach Tim Buchanan was among the targets of a bullying complaint the following day. Buchanan met all the charges head-on and facts came out that many starters played as few as 16 snaps and all his backups were in by the middle of the third quarter. Buchanan won multiple Coach of the Year awards last season.

    "How the whole thing came out surprised me more than anything in 31 years as a high school coach," Buchanan told MaxPreps last season.

    Buchanan resigned in August to concentrate on his full-time duties as athletic director at the school. That decision had nothing to do with the aftermath of the blowout win, he said.

  • Trailing Union (Tulsa, Okla.) 41-40 in overtime, Carroll (Southlake, Texas) head coach Hal Wasson reached deep into his metaphorical bag of tricks and, with the game on the line, ordered his Dragons squad to go for the win with a trick play rather than kick a game-tying extra point that would have forced a second overtime.

    At almost 12:30 a.m. local time, Carroll executed a double-reverse, halfback pass to perfection to stun Union.

    Wasson had confidence his team could pull it off.

    "Well, I knew we were gassed," Wasson told the Star-Telegram. "Our defense, we had two or three guys nicked up. I knew our guys were spent. We trusted that that play was going to work."

    Check out the play in the video above.