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    Arkeel Newsome, Ansonia vs. Watertown

    A pair of midwest teams, Regina (Iowa City, Iowa) and Ithaca (Mich.) are tied for No. 1 among teams with active consecutive win streaks with 52 in a row. However several other teams have already set state records or are closing in on state marks.

    Top 10 longest active 11-man win streaks

    Regina (Iowa City, Iowa), 52
    Regina raised its record to 10-0 on the season and moved within four games of the state record for consecutive wins with a 46-6 victory over Tipton. Waterloo East set the record in 1971 with 56 wins in a row.

    Ithaca (Ithaca, Mich.), 52
    Ithaca advanced to the second round of the Michigan Division 6 playoffs with a 36-0 win over Meridian (Sanford, Mich.). The Yellowjackets are seeking their fourth straight state championship and rank second all-time in Michigan history in consecutive victories. Ithaca is at least two years away from the state's all-time record of 72, held by Hudson.

    Bellevue (Bellevue, Wash.), 49
    Bellevue defeated Mercer Island 49-7 for a Washington state record.

    Greenwood (Greenwood, Ark.), 47
    Greenwood has seen its win streak come close to ending the past two weeks, edging Southside (Fort Smith) 45-42 two weeks ago and Conway 23-21 last week. Greenwood's streak ranks third all-time in Arkansas behind Barton's 63 straight wins and Dollarway's 51 in a row.

    Duchesne (Duchesne, Utah), 44
    Duchesne routed Monument Valley 42-6 to run its ongoing state record to 44 in a row.

    Edgewood Academy (Elmore, Ala.), 42
    The Wildcats head into the postseason with an 11-mark this year and 42 straight wins after a 57-0 win over Ward Military Academy. Although Edgewood plays in the AISA, only three teams in Alabama state history have more consecutive wins than Edgewood Academy.

    Bowling Green (Bowling Green, Ky.), 39
    Bowling Green's 26-25 win over Blackman put the Purples into sole possession of fourth place on the all-time consecutive wins list in Kentucky. Trinity (Louisville) holds the all-time mark with 50 wins in a row.

    St. Mary's Springs (Fond du Lac, Wis.), 38
    The Ledgers advanced to the third round of the playoffs with a 38-14 win over Deerfield. St. Mary's Springs is 10 wins away from the state record of 48, held by Manitowoc Lincoln.

    Ansonia (Ansonia, Conn.), 36
    Ansonia knocked off Watertown 41-7 to remain undefeated on the season at 8-0. Ansonia is going for its third straight state championship after posting back-to-back 14-0 seasons. The 36 straight wins ties the school record, set in 1978. Ansonia also has another 35-game win streak. The Chargers have the second-best win streak of all time behind Cheshire's 49 straight wins.

    Goose Creek (Goose Creek, S.C.), 36
    With a 42-21 win over West Ashley, Goose Creek ranks third all-time in South Carolina history for consecutive wins. Summerville holds the all-time record with 41 in a row while Spartanburg had 37.

    Christ Church Episcopal (Greenville, S.C.), 36
    Following a 51-0 win over Whitmire, Christ Church Episcopal is tied with Goose Creek for third place all-time in South Carolina history for consecutive wins.
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    The stands at Goose Creek will be empty this weekend after the Gators were disqualified from the playoffs.

    Less than 72 hours after a judge ruled that it could play in its Class 4A-II playoff game, Goose Creek (S.C.) was once again disqualified from the playoffs after being found to have used an ineligible player, according to Phil Bowman of the Post and Courier.

    The South Carolina High School League voted 14-0 to uphold its ruling from last week; a subsequent vote for 12-2 denied Goose Creek mercy.

    The ruling marks the end of a tumultuous week in South Carolina high school football.

    Goose Creek was ruled ineligible after its opening-round victory over Conway. After that initial ruling, Conway advanced in the playoff bracket and was scheduled to take on Bluffton on Friday.

    The judge's decision on Friday morning allowed Goose Creek to take on Bluffton, ending Conway's season and forcing Bluffton to scramble to travel to Goose Creek for a road game.

    Goose Creek won the game 35-25, but with to the most recent ruling Bluffton now advances to play Northwestern.
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    Goose Creek will host Bluffton tonight. However, it could still be disqualified from the playoffs on Monday.

    Updated 9 a.m., Nov. 17

    The Goose Creek (S.C.) saga grows even stranger.

    Earlier this week, the nation's No. 13 team was disqualified from the playoffs by the South Carolina High School League for using an ineligible player.

    An appeal on Wednesday was shot down, and the team's season appeared to be over despite beating Conway on the field, 42-7, last week.

    Goose Creek took the SCHSL to court on Friday and, after hearing from attorneys for both parties, a judge ruled that Goose Creek could play Bluffton tonight and that the SCHSL will reconvene on Monday at 5 p.m. to review Goose Creek's eligibility, according to Phil Bowman of the Post and Courier.

    Goose Creek beat Bluffton 35-25 on Friday — SEE QWIXCORE ON GAME — but on Monday could be ruled ineligible again, creating a playoff bracket quagmire for the SCHSL.

    While Goose Creek fans were ecstatic to have new life. Bluffton coaches had to be miffed at having to play an opponent that it has not spend the last three days preparing for.

    According to Rachel Heaton of the Island Packet, Bluffton had to move swiftly to procure buses to travel to Goose Creek.

    Had it played Conway, the No. 16 seed in the bracket, it would have hosted tonight's game.

    The reaction from the Goose Creek side seemed to be a sense of accomplishment, tempered with the realization that there are still several major hurdles to clear, both on the field and off it.

    Goose Creek principal Jimmy Huskey told Goose Creek Patch after the hearing, "This is a victory for our community."

    Star receiver Tramel Terry tweeted shortly after the announcement, "We won time to get to work fellas."

    Goose Creek entered the game against Bluffton as the prohibitive favorite. It's unclear what the SCHSL will do now if it finds Goose Creek used an ineligible player in its win over Conway. The SCHSL voted against Goose Creek by margins of 9-2 and 10-1 earlier this week, the odds still appear good that Goose Creek will once again be disqualified on Monday.

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    Uriah LeMay, Butler

    Following in his brother Christian's footsteps, Butler (Matthews, N.C.) receiver Uriah LeMay committed to Georgia on Friday according to multiple reports.

    LeMay, the younger brother of the Bulldogs' backup quarterback, chose Georgia over a number of other offers. He joins an impressive recruiting class that also features Derrick Henry, Brice Ramsey and Tramel Terry.

    A starter since his sophomore season, the 6-foot-3, 200-pound LeMay accounted for 19 touchdowns as a junior. He'll be a key weapon offensively for a Butler team that was recently ranked No. 25 nationally.

    Georgia could move up in team recruiting rankings. It checked in at No. 5 in the latest update.

    With two LeMays now in the fold for Georgia, don't be surprised if a third LeMay brother eventually heads to Athens. Youngest brother Benjamin is a 2016 recruit who could see some varsity action this fall according to Butler head coach Brian Hales.Image for MaxPreps Video.
  • How is this for making a first impression?

    In the first pitching start of his varsity career, Milford (Highland, Mich.) junior Derek Beslock was perfect. Literally.

    Beslock retired all 21 batters in order Thursday against Huron (Ann Arbor, Mich.) in a 6-0 victory. He struck out only one, instead relying on his defense to preserve the perfect game.

    "He's been a project of mine," first-year Milford coach John Rogatski told The Detroit News. "He was very methodical. He had excellent command of his curveball… That was his out pitch."

    Here are a few other notable recent baseball items:

    * Seaman (Topeka, Kan.) junior Ryan Colombo took a perfect game into the seventh inning before settling for a no-hitter Tuesday. As reported by The Topeka Capital-Journal, Colombo struck out the first batter of the seventh, but then walked four consecutive batters.

    He induced a groundball double play to end the game for a 5-1 victory against Hayden (Topeka, Kan.).

    "I'm pretty mad," Colombo told the newspaper. "I was trying to get a zero up there but I just got tired."

    * Logan Frati made history for his school, Eastport-South Manor (Manorville, N.Y.), firing the first perfect game in the program's 10-year existence, according to Newsday. Frati struck out 13 in the 10-0 win against Comsewogue (Port Jefferson Station, N.Y.) and needed only 74 pitches in his perfect effort.

    "It hasn't sunk in yet," Frati told the newspaper. "After it happened it was a surreal moment. It's something I'll remember for the rest of my life."

    * Goose Creek (S.C.) sophomore Cody Smith is having a season to remember. Smith tossed his second no-hitter of the season Tuesday in a 6-0 win against Geneva (N.Y.). The righthander pitched his first no-no on March 19.

    "The mood just wasn't the same," Smith told The Post and Courier. "It wasn't quite exciting as the first one. But it felt pretty good."

    * Spring Valley (Huntington, W. Va.) junior righthander Elijah Wellman turned in a Herculean effort, but didn't factor in the decision in a 2-1, 13-inning victory for the Timberwolves over Nitro (W.Va.) on Wednesday.

    Wellman pitched 10 hitless innings and struck out 22, as reported by the Charleston Gazette. In fact, Spring Valley pitchers spun 12-plus hitless innings overall, as Nitro's first hit came with two outs in the bottom of the 13th. The game lasted just a little more than 4 hours, according to the paper.

    Wellman didn't seem too concerned about not getting the individual win: "I was on tonight,'' he told the Gazette. "We played hard, had a good game today and everybody played as a team.''

    * Earlier this week we had an item on Toms River South baseball coach Ken Frank. Frank had tied the New Jersey mark for most baseball coaching wins, and Wednesday he moved to the top of the list with his 755th career victory.

    * Arlington Heights (Fort Worth, Texas) coach Tommy Elliott announced he will retire at the end of the season, after 30 years at the school and 36 years coaching overall. He has posted a 719-304 mark during his tenure.

    "I got to looking at that, and all within 20 games, I got my 700th win, 300th loss and 1,000th game," Elliott told the Star-Telegram. "All that kind of came at the same time, so maybe it's time to wind this dog and pony show down and let someone else do it."

    * A tip of the cap goes to the Baltimore Orioles, after it was announced that the Baltimore City Public School baseball championship will be played this season at Camden Yards, the home stadium of the Major League team.
  • Now that the high school basketball season is over, that can mean only one thing: Football recruiting season again moves to the forefront.

    Here are some recent recruiting tidbits from around the country:

    * Arizona players generated some notable interest, according to the Arizona Republic. The newspaper reported that Hamilton (Chandler, Ariz.) cornerback Cole Luke has been offered a scholarship by Michigan, while Chaparral (Scottsdale, Ariz.) receiver Jake Roh recently visited UCLA. Roh reportedly already has offers from Arizona, Duke and Oregon State.

    * Schools are getting an early start on Christian Kirk of Saguaro (Scottsdale, Ariz.). The freshman wide receiver already has offers from UCLA and Arizona State, according to the East Valley Tribune. Kirk was selected to the MaxPreps Freshman All-American Team after catching 34 passes for 589 yards and six TDs last season.

    * Gerald Turner, a 6-foot, 250-pound lineman from Goose Creek (S.C.), has committed to play at South Carolina. The Post and Courier reported the state's Division II-AAAA Defensive Player of the Year also received interest from Clemson, Georgia and North Carolina.

    * Another lineman drawing significant attention is Ebenezer Ogundeko (6-4, 220). According to the New York Post, the Jefferson (Brooklyn, N.Y.) defensive end has received 13 scholarship offers from BCS programs after notching 79 tackles and 11 sacks last season. The paper reported he committed to Connecticut in late February but has since reopened his recruitment after drawing additional offers from Arizona State, Boise State, Florida, Maryland, Ohio State, Purdue, Rutgers, Stanford, Texas A&M, Syracuse and Vanderbilt.

    * Ezekiel Elliott, considered perhaps the top prospect in St. Louis, committed to Ohio State, making the announcement on his Facebook and Twitter pages. According to StLtoday.com, the 6-foot, 200-pound running back from Burroughs (St. Louis) chose the Buckeyes from among 20 offers, which included Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Missouri, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Penn State, Tennessee and Wisconsin. Elliott rushed for 1,802 yards and 34 TDs, while also making 23 receptions for an additional 401 yards and six TDs last season.

    * The Atlanta Journal Constitution reported the Norcross (Ga.) cornerback Shon Akins committed to California after receiving a surprise offer from the Pac-12 school.

    "From what I've heard, my dad was putting film out there on me," Akins told the newspaper. "The Cal coaches happened to go over my film and they offered me. They were my first offer. I don't know how they found my film. My dad said he didn't send it directly to them … so I don't know how they got it. But they did. They offered, and I'm glad they did."

    * Curtis Cothran, a defensive lineman from Council Rock North (Newtown, Pa.), has decided to stay in-state and play for Penn State, according to StateCollege.com. Cothran reportedly also had offers from Maryland and Rutgers.
  • The South Carolina Gamecocks have already signed a couple of top players this morning, but no surprises yet in the Palmetto State in that regard.

    The big surprise has been that according to TigerIllustrated.com, Northwestern defensive lineman Roderick Byers won't sign with Oregon, but with the Clemson Tigers.

    Byers chose the Ducks last Wednesday. According to the site, Byers was offered the scholarship to Clemson Wednesday morning. The Tigers had held off offering Byers as they waiting for commitments for other defensive lineman.

    Byers finished the season with 98 tackles and seven sacks.

    For the Gamecocks, Lake City tailback Shon Carson, Goose Creek offensive lineman Brandon Shell and Manning defensive lineman Phillip Dukes have already sent in their signed letters of intent.

    Carson, MaxPreps' 12th ranked tailback in the nation, committed to the Gamecocks in early October, choosing them over offers from Clemson, North Carolina, Alabama, Florida State, Tennessee and several others. Carson, who could be drafted in the higher rounds of the MLB Draft, rushed for 2,280 yards and 30 scores as a senior. He was selected to play in the Shrine Bowl and in the Offense-Defense All-America Bowl.

    Shell, the No. 4 offensive tackle in the country, according to MaxPreps, also signed. The 6-foot-7, 300-pounder All-American and Shrine Bowl player has football in his genes, as his great uncle is NFL Hall of Famer Art Shell.
    Shell picked South Carolina over Clemson, Georgia and Alabama.

    Dukes committed to the Gamecocks on Tuesday. He is the No. 14-ranked defensive tackle in the nation, according to MaxPreps. He finished his senior season with 89 tackles, 23 tackles for losses and 12 sacks and played in the Shrine Bowl. Dukes picked the Gamecocks over Clemson, North Carolina and Alabama.
  • Goose Creek (S.C.) offensive lineman Brandon Shell verbally committed to the South Carolina Gamecocks over the weekend, according to the Charleston Post and Courier. Shell, the great nephew of Hall of Famer Art Shell, chose the Gamecocks over Alabama, Georgia, Clemson and Miami.

    "He's such a dominant blocker. We, as coaches, watch him on tape and we're in awe," Goose Creek coach Chuck Reedy told the newspaper. "We lead the state in scoring and rushing and a lot of that is attributed to Brandon."