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High School Sports, Immigration, Soccer -

NEW ORLEANS — In Honduras, Carlos Chirinos-Padilla said, it was usually too dangerous to run. Soccer games were short and confined to the street in front of his house. Drug cartels roamed the neighborhood, sometimes forcibly recruiting his neighbors, sometimes murdering them. Carlos and a group of other boys stole space and time when they […]

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Commentary, Football, High School Sports, Motherhood, Youth Sports -

The mind of a mother goes to strange places as she looks out over the football field where her son is injured. My fear feels low-level at first. But it strengthens at regular intervals, like labor pain, as the minutes go by and my son, Satchel, 16, varsity quarterback for the Maret School in Washington, […]

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Basketball, Chicago, Gun Violence, High School Sports -

The action was a little ragged in the steamy second-floor gym at Chicago’s Foreman College and Career Academy when Damari Hendrix got out on the break, sliced to the basket and threw down a two-handed dunk. It was only pickup ball with his high school teammates and coaches in the middle of the summer. But […]

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Bronx, High School Sports, Lacrosse, New York -

The lacrosse team at Timothy Heckman’s Bronx, New York, high school is no longer short of equipment. SidelineSwap, an online sports gear marketplace, recently donated 29 new custom-dyed lacrosse sticks to Cardinal Hayes High School, where Heckman is an earth science teacher and head lacrosse coach. “They reached out to myself and my assistant coach, […]

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Basketball, D-Free, High School Sports, Sneakers -

NEW YORK — Goodbye, July. I’m going to miss you. You won’t be the same next year. Die-hard hoopers recognize July as the pinnacle of high school basketball. July is when schoolboys perform next-level magic on the “shoe circuit,” a series of tournaments sponsored by Nike, Adidas and Under Armour. July is when college coaches […]

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college sports, High School Sports, Philadelphia, Photo Gallery, Squash, SquashSmarts, teens -

When it comes to academics and sports in Philadelphia, the statistics are sobering. Philadelphia is America’s poorest big city, with 1 in 3 kids living in poverty. Philadelphia public and charter schools do not offer organized sports for K-8 students, and the dropout rate for students in grades nine through 12 is a shocking 60 […]

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Basketball, Flint, High School Sports, Michigan, Photo Act -

This is Flint!” yelled coach Cory Hightower at halftime during a losing game in the nearby rural community of Davison, Michigan. “Why do you think they get so excited when they dunk on us? Because this is Flint and they are never supposed to beat us. Look at that name on your chest. That’s history.” […]

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High School Sports, Lydia Naughton, Undefeated Athlete of the Week -

“You play basketball, lacrosse and field hockey. Do you have different personalities for each sport?” The question caught Lydia Naughton, a three-sport athlete at Dulaney High School in Baltimore, slightly off guard. A star forward on the women’s basketball team, Naughton was also a stalwart lacrosse and field hockey player who started in more than […]

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High School Sports -

ALIQUIPPA, Pa. — At the winningest high school program in the football mother lode that is western Pennsylvania, a team that has produced multiple NFL Hall of Famers, the locker room is in a shambles. Holes gape in the ceiling. Red and black paint flakes off the cinder block walls. Foam pokes through the ripped […]

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Black Panther, High School Sports, Movies, NCF, Ryan Coogler -

As wide receiver, a lot of times you run routes where you can’t even see the ball. You just got to hope that it’s there when you turn your head. You got to trust your teammates to do their job. You’ve got to trust that the lineman is going to block. You’ve got to trust […]

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Charter Schools, Education, High School Sports, New Orleans -

NEW ORLEANS — It’s homecoming week, and for the first time there’s a buzz in the halls of KIPP Renaissance Charter High School about Friday’s big football game. Students were discussing plans to go, and alumni were coming by the school in the city’s 9th Ward to buy tickets. For a team used to double-digit […]

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Darius Moore, Darryl Moore, High School Sports -

When Darius Moore decided to kneel during the national anthem two weeks ago, he knew there would be some negative reaction. Over the past year, the 17-year-old Iowa high school football player has seen the hateful messages and death threats, the constant media criticism and the supposed blackballing of NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick for refusing […]

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American Heritage, Football, High School Sports, Patrick Surtain, Tyson Campbell -

As his players grab handfuls of pregame gummy bears, Patrick Surtain tightens his belt and tucks in his black polo. NBA YoungBoy’s “Untouchable” is blaring from the sweat box that is Miami Dade College’s Nathaniel Traz-Powell Stadium and one of the best high school football teams in the nation bubbles in anticipation. Surtain, a former […]

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#ShowMeTheReceipts, Basketball, Girls Trip, High School Sports, Queen Latifah -

From singer Brian McKnight to actress Gabrielle Union to rapper Master P, singers, actors and rappers have often bragged about their athletic accomplishments. #ShowMeTheReceipts, a bimonthly feature at The Undefeated, will authenticate those declarations. In this month’s installment, we verified rapper Queen Latifah’s receipts. Nine years after winning her first state title with Irvington High […]

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AAU Basketball, Basketball, High School Sports, NBA, NBA Draft, NCB, Toronto Raptors -

In the distant suburbs of Toronto, the latest in the wave of Canadian basketball prodigies continued their quest to join the invasion of a sport long dominated by their southern neighbors. The ballers ran through offensive drills under the watchful eye of some of their country’s top coaches, and a few NBA scouts. They effortlessly […]

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AAU Basketball, High School Sports, Laeticia Amihere, Team Canada, What Had Happened Was -

GAME. BLOUSES. She is Laeticia Amihere; hear her roar, and watch her soar through the air as she lays down this massive dunk while playing a spring basketball tournament at the Boo Williams Sportsplex in Hampton, Virginia. The Ontario, Canada, resident played a one-woman game, as she knocked the ball ahead of herself, scooped up […]

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High School Sports, NCF -

National college football signing day is a monumental day in the lives of many high school players across the country. Lots of attention is paid to athletes heading to play for schools in Power 5 conferences. But we are paying attention to the young men who are casting their football fortunes at historically black college […]

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Akyra Murray, High School Sports, Mass Shootings -

After the captains met at midcourt, Morgan Kennedy, the lone senior on the girls basketball team at West Catholic Preparatory High School in Philadelphia, was sobbing. She gathered herself together during the pregame prayer before audibly losing it again, head shaking, lips quivering, during the national anthem. Beautiful Murray-Bey, a sophomore forward, squeezed Kennedy’s shoulder. […]

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Cleveland, High School Sports -

As he stands before his football team, the sun begins to set over Kendrick Woodard’s left shoulder, the red ball of fire glistening on the 40 black helmets arrayed in front of him. “You all know they look at us a little differently,” he yells at his players from East Side High School in Cleveland, […]

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High School Sports, New Jersey, Protest, Woodrow Wilson Tigers -

In 2009, Preston Brown gave up the dream of playing professional football for the NFL and moved back to his hometown of Camden, New Jersey. He did it with a single purpose in mind: to help poor boys like he had once been. As the head coach of the Woodrow Wilson High School Tigers, he […]

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Colin Kaepernick, High School Sports, National Anthem, San Francisco 49ers -

The movement is growing by the week. First, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick sat during the national anthem during an NFL preseason game to protest police brutality and racial injustice. Then a teammate and members of other pro teams started to join in. Three weeks into the protests, 18 NFL players have participated in […]

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Che Evans, High School Sports, NCAA, NCB -

During a break in the action while playing in an all-star game at Rucker Park in Harlem, New York, earlier this month, Che Evans took a moment to check out his surroundings. As he glanced at the packed stands, Che took a moment to reflect on all of the history that’s been made there. “I […]

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