The situation has to be perfect and it was for Kip Smith as he kicked a Colorado state-record 67-yard field goal to help Broomfield Legacy defeat Mountain Range, 29-7.
Coach Wayne Voorhees told MaxPreps that the Lightning made a fair catch at their own 43-yard line with just 12 seconds left in the first half. He called a timeout and – according to high school rules – his team was allowed a free kick from the 43.
The 6-foot-2, 225-pound senior put the ball on a tee and was allowed a free kick. It not only cleared the 67 yards for a three-pointer, but went an estimated five yards longer. The state record had been 64 yards. He also just missed the national record of 68 yards by Dirk Borgognone (Reno, Nev.) in 1985.
Voorhees noted that on kick-offs, “He’s been kicking them out of the end zone every time. We knew he had a chance. He just stroked it – like a golf swing. He was pretty excited. It was kind of crazy.”
Smith, who kicked a 57-yarder as a sophomore, has committed to the University of Minnesota. He also had offers from UCLA and Kansas.
* Kyle Steffes kicked field goals of 50 and 48 yards and had a 49-yard punt as Paraclete (Lancaster, Calif.) defeated Serrano, 13-3, for its 12th straight victory. Steffes now has 10 field goals in his last 10 games.
Chalk leaves his mark
Aaron Chalk’s streak of 15 consecutive hits – tied for fourth in high school baseball history – ended with a strikeout. However, the Caney (Okla.) senior shortstop now has his name all over the national prep record book.
During the streak, Chalk hit two grand-slam home runs in the same inning, which tied the national record, and he also slammed five consecutive home runs, which tied him for second all-time. He now is batting a sizzling .750 (33-for-44) with 11 home runs in 20 games.
Chalk told MaxPreps, “I just go out there and hit it where it’s pitched. On that second one (grand slam) I didn’t realize (that the bases were loaded) until I got to the dugout and everyone was hollering.”
Minnesota record set
A Minnesota state record for combined points was set as West St. Paul St. Croix Lutheran defeated St. Paul Academy-Mounds Park Academy, 82-38. The record for one team, however, is 128 points, set in 1919.
Jeff Dubose, a 5-foot-10, 160-pound senior tailback, played only in the first half, but ran 16 times for 315 yards and a school-record seven touchdowns. He also plays in the school band and stands out in the classroom.
Coach Carl Lemke, who has only 28 players, told MaxPreps that the lopsided margin surprised him “because they had nine offensive and eight defensive starters back. We set a school record with 670 yards rushing.”
Team of the future?
Shiloh Christian (Springdale, Ark.) made a huge statement with a scintillating 37-36 victory over Evangel Christian (Shreveport, La.).
“It ranks right up there with some of our state championships,” coach Josh Floyd told MaxPreps. “From a regional and national standpoint, it’s probably our biggest (ever victory). One of our goals is to be like Evangel (which has been a national power). I’m excited about this year and next.”
Shiloh Christian is loaded with Division I junior prospects. Quarterback Kiehl Frazier (6-3, 210) passed for 270 yards and four touchdowns, while running 26 times for 103 yards and one score. Wide receiver Zann Jones (6-0, 185) caught a 12-yard scoring pass with 18.3 seconds left and Trevor Tumlinson added the winning extra point. Jones then iced the victory with a game-saving tackle at his own four-yard line as time expired.
Samuel Harvill is another premier junior. The 6-foot-1, 260-pound nose guard, who had a pair of sacks, runs a swift 4.85 40 and bench presses a highly impressive 530 pounds.
* Bryant routed arch-rival Benton, 38-7, before an Arkansas high school-record crowd of 26,316 at Little Rock’s War Memorial Stadium.
Dorman fires 8 TD passes
Birdville (North Richland Hills, Texas) senior quarterback Josh Dorman (6-1, 170) completed 24-of-39 passes for 400 yards and a school-record eight touchdowns during a 63-28 rout of Joshua.
“There were about six drops,” coach Jim Skinner told MaxPreps. “He’s very accurate and very smart – near the top of his class. He hasn’t hit a growth spurt yet. He could be a sophomore, age-wise. His brother (Tommy) is the quarterback at Texas A&M and he’s about 6-2, 230.”
Birdville has three top receivers in Jonathan Dents, Clarke Renfro and Cory Hines. Dents (6-1, 190) caught five passes – four for touchdowns – for 161 yards. Renfro was last year’s top receiver. Hines (5-9, 165), who runs a 4.5 40, snared a pair of touchdown passes.
“Nobody knows about this kid,” Skinner said of Hines.
Sophomore Gresko shines
Sophomore quarterback George Gresko (5-11, 155) broke his own school records by passing for 386 yards and six touchdowns as North (Eastlake, Ohio) rolled past Akron East, 57-35.
Senior wide receiver Shawn Richter (6-4, 200) also got into the act with school records for most receiving yards (220) and touchdown catches (five).
Wyatt wins golf crown
Bobby Wyatt carded 6-under-par 210 to win the prestigious Junior Players Golf Championship in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. He won by three strokes over Yaroslav Merkulov of Penfield, N.Y.
Wyatt, who has committed to the University of Alabama, is a senior at UMS-Wright (Mobile, Ala.). He won Alabama’s Class 5A state championship as a sophomore and 4A as a junior.
The elite field of 78 included players from 18 states and 15 foreign countries.
Oudin stuns Sharapova
Melanie Oudin, a home-schooled high school senior from Marietta, Ga., has been the talk of the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York. The 5-foot-6 rising star shocked former No. 1-ranked Maria Sharapova, 3-6, 6-4, 7-5, to reach the fourth round.
The 17-year-old Oudin is the youngest American woman to reach the final 16 since Serena Williams 10 years ago. Entering the tournament, Oudin was ranked No. 70 in the world and No. 3 in the USA. During the recent Wimbledon Championships, she also reached the fourth round.
“She’s going to be the biggest story in American tennis for a long time,” Julie Wrege of TennisRecruiting.net told MaxPreps.