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  • It took a hurricane to stop Team USA 18U from scoring runs in the COPABE Pan American games in La Paz, Mexico, but it still managed to capture the gold medal after finishing undefeated in the tournament.

    According to the Team USA website, the team was expected to play Cuba in the championship game on Sunday, but the expected landfall of Hurricane Odile resulted in the cancellation of the contest mid-game.
    File photo by Oladipo Awowale

    Trent Clark, Richland


    Team USA was leading Cuba 1-0 in the bottom of the third inning when officials canceled the game. USA was given the gold medal after finishing 8-0 in tournament play.

    During tournament play, Team USA was practically unstoppable. A 15-0 win over Ecuador on Thursday, a 5-4 win over Cuba on Friday and a 10-0 win over Mexico on Saturday gave Team USA a 110-5 run differential in the eight tournament games.

    Against Ecuador, Dazmon Cameron hit a pair of home runs and finished 2-for-3 with seven RBIs. He finished the tournament with 19 RBIs. Logan Tolbert and Luken Baker combined for a no-hitter, finishing one walk away from a perfect game. Tolbert got the win, striking out three in four innings.

    Against Cuba, Team USA needed a run in the bottom of the seventh to pull out the win. Nick Madrigal singled in the seventh and scored on Trent Clark's base hit. Clark set a new Team USA record with 20 RBIs during the event.

    Against Mexico, Kyle Molnar went seven innings and pitched a one-hitter with five strikeouts and three walks. Elih Marrero had a home run and three RBIs to pace the USA offense.

    Clark finished as the team's top overall hitter with a .565 average. Ke'Bryan Hayes also batted over .500 at .542, while Madrigal led the team in runs scored with 17. Molnar was 2-0 with 11 strikeouts and a 0.00 ERA. Kolby Allard was 1-0 with 10 strikeouts.
  • 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 ConnectAmarillo.com, 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.
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    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.
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    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.
  • So far, Team USA 18U hasn't had much competition at the COPABE Pan American Championships in La Paz, Mexico.

    Through the first two games, Team USA has outscored their opponents 40-0, beating Argentina 22-0 in the opener on Friday and Brazil 18-0 on Saturday.

    File photo by Oladipo Awowale

    Trent Clark, Richland (Texas)

    Mitchell Hansen went 2-for-2 against Argentina and drove in five runs while Trent Clark was 2-for-3 with five RBIs. Hansen added a double while Clark had a home run. Luken Baker and Dazmon Cameron each had three hits apiece with Baker belting a home run and driving in four runs.

    Nick Madrigal had four runs scored and drove in a pair of runs while Blake Rutherford, Baker and Clark scored three times each.

    Peter Lambert went all five innings for the win. He gave up three hits, three walks and struck out seven.

    Against Brazil, Kale Breaux allowed just one hit and no walks while striking out seven in five innings for the win.

    The Team USA offense pounded 19 hits, including a 5-for-5 effort by Clark, who also scored four runs and drove in five runs. He also belted his second home run of the tournament and had a double. Cameron, Hansen and Lucas Herbert all had home runs, Baker added a double and Madrigal had a triple. Baker also had four RBIs while Hansen and Herbert each drove in three runs.

    Team USA is scheduled to play Canada today and will face Panama on Monday, Guatemala on Tuesday, Ecuador on Thursday, Cuba on Friday and Mexico on Saturday.

  • Photo by Keith Owens

    Tristen Wallace will miss time due to injury.


    DeSoto (Texas) starting quarterback Tristen Wallace suffered a broken ankle on Friday night in DeSoto's 54-34 victory over Eastern Christian Academy.

    Head coach Claude Mathis confirmed the news to MaxPreps on Saturday morning.

    Wallace is the nation's No. 10 dual-threat quarterback in the class of 2016 according to 247Sports. He accounted for seven total touchdowns in DeSoto's season-opening victory over Arlington Martin.

    Sophomore Jaylin Nelson filled in for Wallace last night to help DeSoto defeat Eastern Christian Academy.

    According to Mathis, there is no timetable yet for Wallace's potential return.

    Entering this weekend, DeSoto was the nation's No. 13-ranked team in the Xcellent 25 National Rankings presented by the Army National Guard.

    The team has a potentially-monumental showdown against No. 1-ranked Cedar Hill on October 24th.


  • It's a nearly unthinkable task to have to replace the icon that was Johnny Manziel at Texas A&M. On and off the field, Johnny Football was larger than life in every way imaginable.

    Photo by Jim Redman

    Kenny Hill, Southlake Carroll

    But that's exactly what former Carroll (Southlake, Texas) standout Kenny Hill will do tonight, as he lines up behind center for the Aggies' opening game against South Carolina.

    See photos of Kenny Hill at Southlake Carroll

    If anyone has the pedigree to succeed in the limelight it's Hill, whose father Ken Hill was a pitcher for 14 seasons in the major leagues. The younger Hill was also sensational in high school for the Dragons, throwing for over 3,300 yards and 27 touchdowns as a senior in 2012.

    For his efforts, Hill was named a second team MaxPreps All-American. He was also a second team MaxPreps All-American in baseball as an infielder.

    Check out Hill's highlights as he led Southlake Carroll at quarterback.
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    Kyler Murray, Allen

    Allen (Texas) quarterback Kyler Murray, the returning MaxPreps National Player of the Year, will take a break from football this weekend to concentrate on baseball and in the process he'll make history.

    Already selected to play in the Under Armour All-American Football Game following the completion of the 2014 season, Allen was a recent addition to the Under Armour All-American Baseball Game, which was played today at Wrigley Field in Chicago.

    According to a press release by Baseball Factory, which powers the Under Armour All-American Baseball Game, Murray becomes the first player to be selected to play in both the football and baseball all-star games.

    Last year as the Allen quarterback, Murray led the Eagles to a Texas state championship while throwing for 3,248 yards and 40 touchdowns. He also played baseball for the Eagles and is considered a potential draft pick in next year's Major League Baseball Draft.

    The Under Armour All-American Game features 40 of the top high school baseball players in the United States and Canada.