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Wildcats News · Where’s Georgia’s Toughest Place to Play? – Presented by VNN


Last month we asked our network to share the places in their state that they thought were the toughest to visit. Nearly 500 stadiums, gyms, pools, and courses were nominated, and now it’s time to crown a winner.

Where’s Georgia’s Toughest Place to Play?

Voters are eligible to vote once per day.

Where’s Georgia’s Toughest Place To Play?

Milton High School’s Cross Country Course – Home of the Milton Eagles
Raider Valley Stadium – Football – Home of the Walton Raiders
Eagles Landing Christian Academy – Football – Home of the ELCA Chargers

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Winning locations will be entered into our Regional and National Contest to come at a later date!

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Wildcats News · Where Are the Toughest Places to Play? Nominate Now:


We here at VNN are doing a feature for our national media site highlighting the toughest places to play in all of high school sports and we want to hear from YOU what Stadium/Field/Gym/Course/Venue is the toughest to play and why?

Be on the lookout for the final feature coming soon on VNNsports.net!

 

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Wildcats News · Eight Great Fundraising Ideas for Booster Clubs – Presented by VNN


New jerseys, gear, entry fees, retreats – the wish list of opportunities to improve your teams is long, and often, the ways to finance them are short. While there’s no perfect one-size-fits-all fundraiser for every community, good inspiration is the first step.

Whether its your booster club, team, or program looking to raise funds and increase school spirit, here’s a few of our favorite ideas that we’ve seen across the network:

Jail-N-Bail – DeSoto High School (KS)

$10 files a warrant to arrest members of the community with phony allegations like “impersonating a golfer,” “failure to yield at the end of a sentence,” and “wearing pants way too high.” Once served with the warrant for their ‘arrest,’ the jailbirds are placed in a jail cell, a mug shot is taken, and they must call family/friends to raise bail.

Cheerleading Day – Pickens High School (SC)

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Blue Flame cheerleaders dedicated their time to teach younger members of the community motion drills, jump technique, stunting fundamentals and sideline spirit in a day camp for a donation to the program. The campers, led by the PHS cheerleaders, performed a showcase at the conclusion of camp.

Lap-a-Thon – Gilmer High School (GA)

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Anyone who has ever ran distance before knows that the hardest part isn’t necessarily the physical aspect, but the mental component of the sport, and in true Cross Country fashion, the Bobcats’ ‘hardest fundraiser,’ forces participants to run for an hour and a half around the track without stopping, with the main goal of seeing who can run the most laps consecutively in that time. Each lap ran accumulates money from sponsors, and all proceeds go towards funding the team.

Lift-A-Thon – Avon Lake (OH)

Earlier this Summer, the Shoremen football team held their 26th annual lift-a-thon, where players perform their max in 4 lifts, including the squat, hang clean, bench press, and deadlift in front of a crowd. Donations could be made in a player’s name, or to the team generally. Whittier Christian (CA) has a similar event coming up, the Push-Up-a-Thon, and Gilmer.

3 v. 3 Soccer Tournament – Roy High School (UT)

In the warm up to the Utah Spring Season, the Roy Royals Boys Soccer team held a 3v3 soccer tournament. At $20 per player, it was billed as a tune up for the year’s games across all levels, with teams starting at age 6 through adult.

Home Run Derby – Desert Ridge High School (AZ)

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To help assist a teammate with unforeseen medical costs, the Jaguars held a home run derby. Split into two age groups, “19 and over” and “18 and under,” participants paid $20 to hit baseballs out of the park. The total raised, including raffles, auctions, and concessions, was $2,671!

Top Golf – Lakota West High School (OH)

Instead of practicing their own sport, the Firebirds of Lakota West held a fundraiser at the local West Chester Top Golf branch. At $100 per golfer, the cost included heavy appetizers, soft drinks, and visits from Lakota West NFL alumns Jordan Hicks (Philadelphia Eagles) and Ryan Kelly (Indianapolis Colts).

Local Restaurant EventsErie (CO), Lowell (MI), Westonka (MN)

If there’s one thing everyone loves, it’s food. Several schools connected with local restaurants and held fundraisers there. Whether the deal was for a portion of the day’s earnings donated back to the school (Chipotle and Buffalo Wild Wings are good national candidates for this), an ‘all-you-can-eat’ Belgian Waffles special, or selling coupons, this idea is a simple turn-key way to start earning.

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Wildcats News · Should High School Basketball Players Be Able to Declare for the NBA Draft? – Presented by VNN


lebron-dunkAs Americans, we tend to fall in love with our rising stars who are breaking out on the national stage at a young age.  At 18, all eyes were on Patrick Kane as he started his professional hockey career with the Chicago Blackhawks. Nobody blinked twice when MLB’s Bryce Harper was selected to the National League All-Star team at 19.  Likewise, there were no calls for the U.S. Men’s National Team to pump the brakes on budding soccer star Christian Pulisic when he scored his first goal for the Stars & Stripes at the young age of 17.

Yet, in basketball, most of the top high school talent is required to follow the controversial “one & done” trend. As the rule goes, an athlete needs to be at least 19 years old to be eligible for the NBA Draft, forcing all hopeful pros into at least one year in college or a European League. The policy, instituted in the NBA CBA in 2005, was aimed at yielding more developed and matured players as draft options, instead of seeing teams draft solely on raw talent and potential, and stashing those prospects away on their bench.

Over the last decade, this rule has been a nonstop point of discussion and debate. Many appreciate the importance this rule places on attending higher education, and further developing professional skills. In addition, many college programs can benefit from knowing that the prospects they are recruiting will indeed commit to a school, rather than decide to forgo college altogether. Conversely, however, many have questioned whether forcing the likes of Andrew Wiggins, Ben Simmons and Anthony Davis to go to college for a year is really thmaxresdefaulte right path for top-level talent. The careers of Tracy McGrady, Kevin Garnett, Kobe Bryant, and LeBron James might say no. In addition, the one-and-done phenomenon sees many top players in and out of a college faster than you can say “Karl-Anthony Towns,” rendering a college game that is often focused more on individual showcases and annual ‘big names,’ rather than cheering for programs that see players develop over 3 or 4 years. This controversy is especially relevant, as current NBA Commissioner Adam Silver recently stated at the beginning of this year’s NBA Finals that “We all agreed we need to make a change . . . It’s one of those issues we need to come together and study. … My sense is, It’s not working for anyone.” (read more on Silver’s statement) Such a change could be to do away with the rule altogether, or amend it to have caveats, such as requiring those who choose to go to college to stay at least 2 years or those who choose to turn professional out of high school to spend a year in the G-League.

So, what do you think? Should the NBA change their age requirement and allow basketball players to turn professional fresh out of high school?

Should the NBA Allow High School Athletes to Declare for the Draft?

Yes! High Schoolers should be able to be drafted.
No. High Schoolers should be required to go to college first before playing in the NBA

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Wildcats News · Vote for Georgia’s Top Record-Breaking Performance – Presented by VNN


Who had the best record-breaking performance in Georgia? We took your nominations over the past week and here are the finalists:

Chance Seabolt – North Murray High School

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Archery- On Saturday, May 13th, 2017, Chance Seabolt was awarded the highest achievement at the National Archery in Schools Program (NASP) National Tournament for his shooting performance during the tournament this weekend in Louisville, KY. He shot a score of 298 out of 300 points, hitting the bulls-eye 29 times, outshooting 14,491 other archers. This was the first time anyone from a Georgia high school has been in the top five places.

Jamie Boatright – Hillgrove High School 

Baseball – Not only a starting pitcher for Region championship team, Jamie also finished the regular season as the starting 1B with highest batting avg. and RBI on Varsity. He is the current record Hillgrove record-holder for career varsity game starts.

Brook Goodrow – Forsyth Central High School

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Football – First female player in the school’s 61 year history to score points during a varsity football game. A soccer player for 14 years, Brook decided to not play her senior year and try-out for the football team instead, kicking an extra point during the regular season vs. Meadowcreek.

Tylan Morton – Griffin High School

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Football- Breaks the state record for passing yards in a season with 4,741. The record was last broken by former Georgia Bulldogs QB Hutson Mason.

Hope Glenn – Pope High School

Track & Field – 100, 200, 4×100 Champion

Ansley Jenkins – Creekview High School

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Track & Field – Long Jump, 17’6 1/2″ – The last record was 16’7″, which happened last year. Ansley broke the record the beginning of this track season with a jump of 16’9″ and then broke her own record at sectionals with a jump of 17’6 1/2″.

Ahmad M. Perryman – Centennial High School

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Track and Field –  400M record broken 2- 3x in one season – Ahmad broke the record at the 6A State Track and Field Meet May 13 and is both team MVP and received the Excalibur award. He also received one of 5 principal awards this year and is known in the community to be dedicated to the sport, being a servant, and encouraging even to his competition.

Julian McDuffie – Shiloh High School

Track and Field – 300M – 36.84 – All-Time Gwinnett County Record

George Lira – West Hall High School

Track and Field – 100M – 10.90 – Even with a injured knee he overcame the injury and made magic happen.

Nicole Fegans – Landmark Christian Academy

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Track and Field – 1600M – 4:58.09 – Broke the 5-minute mile. The Landmark Christian senior and Georgia Tech signee went 4:58.09 in the 1,600 to win the Region 5-A title and advance to state.

Jonathan Ross – Shorter High School

Track and Field – 110M hurdles – 13.86

West Forsyth Gymnastics Team – West Forsyth High School

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Won the State Championships with the highest ever recorded point total in state history at 114.167 and breaking the old state record by over 2 points. It was the first state title in school history.

So, who had the best record-breaking performance? Vote below. Voting closes at Midnight EST on June 5th.

Georgia’s Top Record-Breaking Performance

Chance Seabolt – North Murray High School
Jamie Boatright – Hillgrove High School
Brook Goodrow – Forsyth Central High School
Tylan Morton – Griffin High School
Hope Glenn – Pope High School
Ansley Jenkins – Creekview High School
Ahmad M. Perryman – Centennial High School
Julian McDuffie – Shiloh High School
George Lira – West Hall High School
Nicole Fegans – Landmark Christian Academy
Jonathan Ross – Shorter High School
West Forsyth Gymnastics Team – West Forsyth High School

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Wildcats News · Georgia’s Top Record-Breaking Performance – Nominations are open now! – Presented by VNN


This Spring, we’ve seen several state and school records fall across the network. Who was the best in Georgia? Nominate your favorite with the form below.
Nominations close on May 22 at 12pm EST, and voting begins on Tuesday, May 23.

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Wildcats News · Which region’s high schools had the strongest NFL Draft? – Presented by VNN


The NFL Draft took place last week in Philadelphia. Held on the Rocky Steps at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, it was the first draft held entirely outdoors, and was the most attended in history with more than 250,000 people attending. Over three days, all 32 NFL teams chose players who they hope could be the future of their franchise.

In the next few pages, check out all the players drafted by their hometown high school, and vote for the region you think has grown the strongest draft class!

Voting closes on Sunday, May 14th at 3pm EST / 12pm PST.

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Wildcats News · Best of the Best: Georgia’s Top Sports Story of the Month – Presented by VNN


This month’s top story from across Georgia comes from Forsyth Central High School in Cumming, whose Boys Varsity team lit up some fireworks on Senior Night.

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Originally posted on forsythcentralathletics.com

What an exciting Senior Night it was Friday. Trailing 7-6 in the bottom of the 7th inning with two outs and runners on 1st and 2nd, Evan Zaharchak created a lifetime moment. The Senior was chosen to pinch hit…

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Wildcats News · Event Recap: Week of April 15 – April 21


Saturday, Apr 15th

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Sunday, Apr 16th

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Monday, Apr 17th

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Tuesday, Apr 18th

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Wednesday, Apr 19th

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Thursday, Apr 20th

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Friday, Apr 21st

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Wildcats News · Georgia’s Track and Field Records – Presented by VNN


As the Spring Season hits full swing, state records start falling.

Think you can meet the challenge?

Here’s Georgia’s Track and Field All-Time Performance Lists, courtesy of MileSplitGA:

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Long Jump

Brittany Porter 21-3.5 TOWERS DeKalb Championships 3-30-09
Kendell Williams 20-10.5 KELL AAAAA Sectional A 4-27-13
Tameisha King 20-6 ½ PEBBLEBROOK Region 5-AAAA Meet 5-99
Tiffany Greer 20-6 ¼ MCEACHERN Region 5-AAAA Meet 5-99
Tasha Mahone 20-4 ¾ SHAW 1997
Terri Robinson 20-0 SOUTHWEST DEKALB 1997
Menka Sikes 19-10 ½ SOUTHWEST DEKALB DeKalb County Champs 1984
Julienne McKee 19-7.5 LASSITER New Balance Nationals 6-18-10
Mimieux Land 19-6 MONROE-ALBANY AAA East Sectional 4-28-12
Adriunna Brown 19-5.75 RUTLAND Copeland Invitational 4-6-13

Shot Put (45-0)

Sarah Howard 51-11 TRINITY CHRISTIAN Stratford Quad 3-21-12
Torie Owers 50-3 ATHENS ACADEMY Jefferson Tri-Meet 2-28-12
Lauren Chambers 48-.5 KELL Roswell Relays 3-22-08
Haley Reynolds 47-5 GORDON CENTRAL Gordon Central Quad 3-7-13
Ashley Johnson 47-3.5 WESTLAKE GHSA Girls State Meet 5-12-11
Jill Palmer 46-10 HABERSHAM CENT. Brookwood Relays 1984
Khadijah Talley 46-8.25 COLUMBUS TACO BELL CLASSIC (SC) 4-10-04
April Thomas 46-7 WESTOVER AAA State Meet 5-11-01
Mandy Kinney 46-5.5 BROOKWOOD Marietta Invitational 4-24-99
Shelby Ashe 46-5 ST. PIUS X GHSA Girls State 5-7-10

High Jump (5-9)

Nakeitra Jones 6-0 NORTHEAST MACON Golden South (FL) 5-97
Kendell Williams 6-0 KELL Allatoona Twilight Classic 3-2-12
Natalie Knight 5-11.25 SHILOH DEKALB INT’L PREP 5-22-04
Jessica Farrer 5-10 ¼ MODEL A State Championships 5-97
Morgan Jennings 5-10 DOUGLASS Region 2-AAAAA Meet 4-22-08
Linton 5-10 THOMAS CO. CENT. AAA State Meet 5-88
Christy Shull 5-10 MODEL A State Championships 5-95
Mimieux Land 5-9.5 MONROE-ALBANY Gary Townsend Invitational 3-17-12
Shannon Averill 5-9 NORTH COBB State Championships 1993
Brandy Barnett 5-9 COOSA GA HS Indoor 2-28-97
Tiffany Paul 5-9 JONESBORO Clayton County Meet 1998
Erin Price 5-9 CENTENNIAL AAAA State Meet 5-5-2000

Natosha Jordan 5-9 RICHMOND ACADEMY AAAA Sectional A 4-27-13

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Torie Owers 157-8 ATHENS ACADEMY Jefferson Relays 4-14-12
Khadijah Talley 157-1 COLUMBUS REGION 2-AAAA 4-04
Ronda Gullate 154-8 SPRAYBERRY GHSA STATE MEET 5-3-02
Daina Levy 152-11 KENNESAW MOUNTAIN New Balance Nationals 6-17-11
Eve Machovec 149-2 DACULA vs. South Gwinnett 4-16-08
Sarah Howard 147-11 TRINITY CHRISTIAN GISA State Meet 4-26-12
LaSheal Johnson 147-6 COLUMBIA AAA State Meet 5-93
Andrea Pappas 147-0 BROOKWOOD AAAA State Meet 5-96
Mandy Kinney 146-1 BROOKWOOD Florida Elite Meet 1999

Casidy Callahan 145-7 NORCROSS McEachern Invitational 4-6-13

Triple Jump

Julienne McKee 41-7.75 LASSITER GHSA Girls State Meet 5-7-10
Latoya Lagree 41-3.75 STEPHENSON GHSA State Meet 5-3-02
Anasterasia Terrell 41-2 HOWARD Region 2-AAA Meet 4-17-12
April Howell 41-0.75 LOWNDES GHSA STATE MEET 5-3-02
Michelle Rogers 40-9.75 DACULA COACHES’ INVITATIONAL 3-22-03

Keyasia Tibbs 40-8 TRI-CITIES Gary Townsend Invitationa 3-30-13
Ashley Ivey 40-7.5 WASHINGTON COUNTY GHSA Girls State Meet 5-3-12

Tiffany Flynn 40-7.5 MILLER GROVE GHSA Girls State Meet 5-9-13

Anasterasia Terrell 40-7 HOWARD Copeland Invitational 4-6-13
Jasmine Bynum 40-6.5 STEPHENSON GHSA STATE MEET 5-3-02

Pole Vault
Megan Clark 12-7.25 COLUMBUS Muscogee County Meet 4-10-12
Katelyn Utley 12-6 TIFT COUNTY GHSA Girls State Meet 5-9-13
Caroline Bond 12-5.75 GACS Region 6-AA Meet 4-30-11
Kimber Shealy 12-5 KENNESAW MOUNTAIN Region 5-AAAAA Meet 4-21-08
Erica Penk 12-3 DACULA Parkview Invitational 4-11-07
Hadley Reed Hancock 12-3 DEERFIELD-WINDSOR Region 3-AAA Pre-Region 4-13-11
Nicci Faires 12-2 ROSWELL ROSWELL RELAYS 3-27-04
Sydney Rodkey 12-1 NORTH OCONEE GHSA Girls State Meet 5-3-12
Lydia Arias 12-0 MARIST Region 6-AAAA Meet 4-17-08
Samantha Becker 12-0 MILTON GHSA Girls State Meet 5-7-10
Mauri Peoples 12-0 CARROLLTON GHSA State Meet 5-1-08
Lauren Wilson 12-0 CHAPEL HILL Region 4-AAAAA Meet 4-23-10

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