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  • Montee Ball made history on Saturday. The 5-foot-11, 212-pound Wisconsin bowling ball ran for a career-high 247 yards and scored three touchdowns in a 38-14 win over host Purdue.

    His three scores gave him a career total of 72 touchdowns to set a Big Ten record and it moved him into third place in NCAA history.

    File photo by Tom Lemming

    Montee Ball at Timberland HS in 2008.

    The previous Big Ten mark was 71, set from 1996-99 by another former Badger, Ron Dayne.

    Asked by the Milwaukee Sentinel what he was most proud of, Ball said quietly: "Playing for my teammates. Finally waking up and finally being that player that they were all looking for."

    Not a whole lot was expected out of Ball coming out of high school at Timberland (Wentzville, Mo.). He was the No. 33 ranked running back in the country by Rivals and the fourth best player in Missouri.

    Considering his gaudy and productive numbers in high school, one might have expected more. Like the numbers he's produced at Wisconsin.

    Ball rushed 213 times for 2,187 yards and 41 touchdowns as a senior. He was the state 5A Player of the year as voted on by the Missouri Football Coaches Association.

    As a junior he rushed for 3,077 yards and 32 touchdowns and as a sophomore he added 297 carries, 1,845 yards and 15 touchdowns. He even rushed for more than 1,000 as a freshman – 127 carries, 1,113 yards and 19 touchdowns.

    That's 8,222 career yards in high school and 107 touchdowns.

    Check out some of his moves at the high school ranks.



  • Dillard (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) girls basketball coach Marcia Pinder already owns the Florida state record for most career wins, but she put a nice round number on it, with her 800th victory Thursday night.

    "The 800 wins is OK, but that is not the number I am looking for,'' Pinder told the Miami Herald. "This was just another game. We're taking it one game at a time."

    Pinder, who is in her 35th year and has posted an 800-175 career mark, would like to get to win No. 804 this season. If so, that means her Panthers will have claimed their third consecutive Class 5A state title, which would be No. 7 for Pinder.

    Of note, Pinder is now tied for No. 18 nationally for most wins by a girls basketball coach, according to the National Federation of State High School Associations' record book.

    In other basketball coach milestones nationally, Edwardsville (Ill.) coach Lori Blade earned career victory No. 500 on Thursday. In her 18-year career, Blade has compiled a 500-78 career mark, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
  • When Michigan State pulled a scholarship offer away from Thornridge High School running back Mikail McCall in December, Iowa swooped in quickly. Despite other Big Ten offers from Illinois, Purdue and Minnesota, McCall verbaled to Iowa in late December and followed up by signing a national letter of intent with the Hawkeyes.

    Iowa has the nation's No. 17 recruiting class.

    McCall, 6-foot and 215 pounds, rushed for 1,328 yards and 14 touchdowns his senior season, the second time in three years that he topped 1,000 yards. He is the son of former WBC heavyweight boxing champion Oliver McCall.

    McCall and Edwardsville running back Rodney Coe, ranked No. 73 on the MaxPreps national list, were among four Illinois high school recruits scooped by the Hawkeyes. The other two are 6-foot-7 defensive end Riley McMinn of Rochester and 6-4, 260-pound offensive lineman Jordan Walsh of Glenbard West High School in Glendale Heights.
  • Rodney Coe of Edwardsville, Ill., High School, a 6-foot-3, 238-pound running back and No. 73 on the MaxPreps Top 100 list, signed with the University of Iowa. Coe, who played in the U.S. Army All-American Game, rushed for 2,515 yards and 32 touchdowns, including 912 yards and 11 TDs his sophomore season when he was named a MaxPreps All-American.

    Coe verbaled to Iowa in December and had nearly 20 other scholarship offers, including Illinois, Notre Dame and Florida. He visited Illinois, Kansas and Iowa before deciding on the Hawkeyes. His other strong considerations were Auburn and Arkansas.

    Coe was an outside linebacker in high school, and made the All-American Game as a linebacker, but is expected to play on offense in college.