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  • If Jay Hatch ever wants to step away from coaching high school girls basketball, he could have a career as a professional caddy, perhaps.

    He got some firsthand experience Thursday when he stepped in to caddy for Brian Harman at the John Deere Classic, a PGA event in Deere Run in Silvis, Illinois. He was literally plucked from the crowd to carry Harman's bag through the rest of the round.

    Hatch, the girls coach at Alleman (Rock Island, Ill.), had to step in when original caddy Scott Tway became ill. He helped Harman shoot an 8-under-par 63 to tie for the lead after the first day.

    “It was cool. I only got heckled once. I always wanted to see what it’s like from inside the ropes,” Hatch said, according to WQAD Channel 8 in the Quad Cities. "Nothing to do with me. I just got him the clubs and learned when he wanted the towel. He did all the yardages, all the reads, I didn't do anything."

    Harman told WQAD, "My man Jay came in and did a real good job. He was a true pro."

    Hatch's teams have gone 78-52 since 2006 and finished 11-16 this past season. The story states he was inducted into the Illinois High School Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame this year.

  • Equanimeous St. Brown is one of the top players on one of the nation's top teams.

    The 6-foot-5 receiver is the top offensive weapon on Servite (Anaheim, Calif.), the No. 10 team in the MaxPreps Preseason Top 25 Early Contenders.

    MaxPreps caught up with St. Brown at The Opening, and asked him about his upcoming senior season.
  • Photo by Steven Silva

    Baseball umpires won't have to try to catch players and coaches secretly videotaping in 2015.

    If high school kids are more adept with technology than adults, then it's only fair they should utilize it on their respective fields.

    Prep baseball coaches and players will be able to legally implement video monitoring or replay equipment for coaching purposes starting in 2015, according to new rule 3-3-1 from the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS).

    The NFHS recommended the new rule at its June 8-10 meeting in Indianapolis and it was recently approved by its Board of Directors.

    "With advancements in technology, it was extremely difficult for officials to determine if teams were using video replay during games," NFHS director Elliot Hopkins said. "The committee determined it was the right time to permit teams to use these technological aids if they so choose."

    Four more changes were approved, including two in softball that dealt with batting and catcher's helmets using non-glare surfaces. The two other baseball rules that were changed clarified batter's interference and the use of courtesy runners.

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  • You know you have the sports world's attention when you're seeing tweets about moving trucks which may or may not be outside your house.

    Clearly the buzz around LeBron James' free agency has reached, or even exceeded, the level of the infamous "Decision" four years ago.

    By all accounts LeBron is keeping his thoughts to himself while he weighs his options on where to play next season, and he has a fortunate distraction in the form of this week's LeBron James Skills Academy in Las Vegas.

    The camp for top high school prospects and college standouts began today, and LeBron found himself surrounded by some familiar faces.

    Joining him at the camp were the other members of the "Akron Fab 5" from his 2003 St. Vincent-St. Mary (Akron, Ohio) basketball team: (left to right) Dru Joyce III, Willie McGee, LeBron James, Romeo Travis and Sian Cotton.

    The fivesome was featured in the 2008 documentary, "More Than a Game," and Cotton has apparently moved on to a prolific rap career.

    LeBron has reportedly remained very close with his high school teammates, and must appreciate taking a breather from all the speculation on where he will end up.

    Still, you have to imagine his friends might have mentioned how nice it would be to have LeBron back in Cleveland.
  • It's a basketball game more associated with the streets than the Olympic rings, but USA Basketball announced today its four-person roster for a 3-on-3 women's competition to be played at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games Aug. 16-28 in Nanjing, China.

    File photo by Mark Jones

    Katie Lou Samuelson, Mater Dei

    The four incoming seniors are Katie Lou Samuelson, of Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.), De'janae Boykin of Flowers (Springdale, Md.), Arike Ogunbowale of Divine Savior Holy Angels (Milwaukee) and Napheesa Collier of Incarnate Word Academy (St. Louis).

    The team will be led by Mt. Lebanon (Pittsburgh) head coach Dori Oldaker, but she is not allowed to coach during the games. She will only conduct training camp Aug. 11-13 in Colorado Springs, Colo.

    Boykin, Ogunbowale and Samuelson just led the USA to a gold medal and 7-0 record at the 2014 FIBA U17 World Championship in Pilsen, Czech Republic after helping USA to win gold in the 2013 FIBA Americas U17 Championship.

    Collier was a recent inclusion to the 2014 U18 USA Basketball National Team that will compete Aug. 6-10 in Colorado Springs at the 2014 FIBA Americas U18 Championship.

    Samuelson and Collier were first-team MaxPreps All-Americans.

    A U.S. women's 3-on-3 team finished with a 6-1 record and earned a bronze medal at the Youth Olympic Games in 2010.
  • Courtesy of USA Football

    Hayden Mahoney (left) and Bar Milo are representing their country a long way from home.

    Bar Milo of Chaminade (West Hills, Calif.) and Hayden Mahoney of Malvern Prep (Malvern, Pa.) did not spend their Fourth of July watching fireworks and barbecuing with friends.

    Instead they were several continents away preparing to play for the U.S. U-19 National Team at the 2014 IFAF U-19 World Championship in Kuwait.

    After three days of practice in Kuwait, the pair of blue chip tackles and their teammates will take on Mexico in their opening game of pool play on Monday at 1 p.m. ET.

    "This is a wonderful opportunity to represent my country," Mahoney, a Miami commit, said. "It's an honor. But I also am looking forward to working with the coaches and improving as a player. I hope to become a better football player with this experience and hopefully that will lead to more success in my senior year of high school and at the University of Miami."

    Milo, a 6-foot-6, 300-pound road grader who ranks as the nation's No. 24 offensive tackle in the 247Sports Composite Rankings, is currently uncommitted but has offers from a dozen schools.

    The pair will anchor the offensive line and attempt to open up holes for the team's running backs.

    When the U.S. U-19 team last faced Mexico in international competition, the team's running back was none other than current New York Giant David Wilson.
  • Two Florida prep sprint standouts broke the boys and girls national high school 100-meter high school records Saturday, highlighting the USA Track and Field National Junior Championships in Eugene, Ore.

    Photo courtesy of Susan Goldman/Gatorade

    Trentavis Friday, Cherryville/Florida State

    According to USTA media chairman Fred Baer, Kaylin Whitney, an incoming junior at East Ridge (Clermont, Fla.), won the girls 100 in 11.10 seconds breaking the high school mark of Chino's Angela Williams (11.11) set in 1998.

    Whitney beat MaxPreps National Female Athlete of the Year Ariana Washington, of Long Beach Poly (Calif.), who finished in second at 11.30. Washington, a recent graduate who is headed to Oregon, was the national leader in 11.22. Whitney ran her heat with a legal 0.9 miles per second wind at her back.

    "It's a fast time," Whitney told Baer. "I mean, it's a national high school record. It's crazy fast."

    Said Washington: "She was just phenomenal. I'm excited for her and I'm excited for me. I love running for Team USA."

    The top two finishers in most events qualify for the IAAF World Junior Championships, which will be held in the USA for the first time, July 22-27 at Oregon.

    In a boys 100 preliminaries, Trentavis Friday, a recent graduate of Cherryville (N.C.), ran a high school record of 10.00, bettering the mark of 10.01 by Jeff Demps in 2008. Demps attended South Lake (Groveland, Fla).

    The Florida State-bound Friday then ran in Saturday's finals, but false started and was eliminated. Incoming Baylor sophomore Trayvon Bromell won the finals in 10.07, ahead of another prep standout Kendal Williams, who finished in 10.27. Williams is a recent graduate of Stanton (Jacksonville, Fla.).

    Bromell ran a wind-aided 9.99 last year at Gibbs (St. Petersburg, Fla.), the only prep runner to ever break 10 seconds under any conditions.

    It was a superb week for Friday, who Monday was announced as the Gatorade Track and Field Male Athlete of the Year. The award recognizes outstanding athletic and academic achievement. Bromell was the 2012-13 Gatorade Male Track and Field Athlete of the Year. Friday is a finalist for the Gatorade overall Athlete of the Year which will be announced July 15 in Hollywood, Calif.

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    Photo courtesy of Susan Goldman/Gatorade

    Trentavis Friday holds the trophy during a press conference after being named the 2013-14 Gatorade National Boys Track and Field Athlete of the Year last week in Tallahassee, Fla. Friday was surprised with the news on his college campus of Florida State University by Aminah Charles, of Gatorade Marketing.

  • Louis Zamperini, a 1936 Olympian and a World War II hero, passed away in his home. He was 97.

    The subject of Laura Hildenbrand's 2010 bestseller "Unbroken", Zamperini participated in the 1936 Olympics in Berlin as a distance runner and even had the opportunity to meet Adolf Hitler. Although Zamperini finished eighth in the 5,000 meter run, he received attention for running the final lap in 56 seconds, according to a report in the Daily Breeze.

    Photo courtesy of Torrance Track & Field

    Louis Zamperini

    During World War II, Zamperini survived 47 days on a raft in shark-infested waters following a plane crash in the South Pacific. Zamperini also spent two years in a Japanese prisoner of war camp and suffered terrible abuse, according to Hildenbrand's account of Zamperini's life.

    A movie about Zamperini's life is set to debut in December. Directed by Angelina Jolie, "Unbroken" features English actor Jack O'Connell in the role of Zamperini.

    Zamperini also made his mark on high school athletics at Torrance (Calif.). In 1934, he set the national high school record for the mile run with a time of 4 minutes, 21.3 seconds. Known as the "Torrance Tempest," Zamperini also won the state meet that year and earned a scholarship to the University of Southern California. There, he qualified for the Olympics at the age of 19.

    The football field at Torrance High School, along with the city airfield, is named after Zamperini, who was scheduled to be the 2015 Rose Parade Grand Marshall.
  • From Miss North Carolina to varsity volleyball coach. That's the path Adrienne Core has taken.

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    Adrienne Core

    According to the Charlotte News & Observer, the beauty queen was named the new varsity head coach at Middle Creek (Apex, N.C.). Core was the school's JV coach last season and is a math teacher.

    Core won the Miss North Carolina crown in 2010 after playing volleyball, basketball and softball at Triton (Erwin, N.C.). According to the story, she was a preliminary talent winner in the Miss American pageant.

    “I had more success earlier in basketball, but I never loved it as much as I did volleyball,” Core said. “I have a passion for the game.”

    Middle Creek finished 7-14 last season and was ranked 105th overall in the state according to the MaxPreps Computer Rankings.

    She's not the first beauty queen volleyball coach that we've profiled here at MaxPreps. In July of last year we featured Melanie DeMure, who was named Mrs. California Galaxy in addition to coaching boys volleyball at Oak Ridge (El Dorado Hills, Calif.).

  • Lambert (Suwanee, Ga.) baseball coach Jamie Corr, the MaxPreps National Baseball Coach of the Year, has taken a job to coach baseball at Florida SouthWestern State College.

    Photo by Steve Hampton

    Jamie Corr, Lambert

    The only coach the Longhorns have ever had, Corr earned national coaching honors after leading Lambert to a 36-2 record and a Georgia AAAAAA state championship. Corr had coached at Lambert since the program began in 2010. He has a record of 112-45 with the Longhorns after coming from South Forsyth.

    He will take over a program that has been inactive for the past 17 years. Corr previously played at the school, which was known as Edison State College then. The program is expected to begin play in 2015, according to a report in the Fort Myers News Press.

    "Jamie is an incredible leader," Lambert Athletic Director Drew Ferrer told the Forsyth County News. "In the school and on the baseball field, everything, he's done a lot of great things for our school. And obviously, the magnitude of what he did this year with that team and getting them to where they got, keeping them grounded and humbled, it really put our baseball program on the map nationwide, not just in the state."