Stoneman Douglas hockey team wins state championship

Published: Tuesday, February 27, 2018 @ 9:51 AM



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The ice hockey team at Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School won a state title Sunday, 11 days after a gunman killed 14 students and three teachers at the school.

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Stoneman Douglas senior Joey Zenobi told WBBH-TV that the team was playing for the victims of the Valentine’s Day shooting.

“We came into the game knowing we had to give it our all to get the win, and that’s what we did,” Zenobi told the news station. “This wasn’t for us, this was for the 17 victims. We played for them.”

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Some team members dyed their hair yellow in honor of Joaquin Oliver, a friend of theirs who died in the Feb. 14 mass shooting.

“We almost didn’t even come here, because we didn’t know if we wanted to play or not,” senior Ronnie Froetschel told WBBH-TV. “I’m just glad to be alive.”

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The fourth-seeded Eagles upset top-seeded East Lake High School in an elimination game Sunday before routing Tampa’s Jesuit High School 7-4 later in the day to win the Lightning High School Hockey League Tier 1 state title, according to ESPN.

Officials with Jesuit High School congratulated the Stoneman Douglas team on Twitter after the win.

“The SD players endured unimaginable tragedy at their school, and now they will bring a state title back to their grieving community,” school officials said.

Stoneman Douglas senior Matthew Horowitz told WBBH-TV that the team was awarded 17 medals, one for each player on the ice. He said the team plans to bring the medals back to the school to honor each of the 17 shooting victims.

The ice hockey league is sponsored by Statewide Amateur Hockey of Florida, according to ESPN.

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High school football player ejected after body-slamming opponent

Published: Saturday, September 30, 2017 @ 11:53 AM



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A high school football player was ejected Friday night after he body-slammed a player from the opposing team to the ground.

A video clip that captured the wrestling move was posted on Twitter.

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The game was between Gibbs High School and Sevier County. After a play, a player from Sevier County picked up a Gibbs player and body-slammed him to the ground.

The player who ended up on the ground was not injured, the Knoxville News-Sentinel reported.

The player who committed the infraction was ejected and by rule, will have to sit out the next game.

Sevier County's coach told the Knoxville News-Sentinel that his player lost his composure, and that the game had been physical on both sides.

Gibbs came away with the victory, beating Sevier County 42-24

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High School Football: Five games to watch in Week 6

Published: Monday, September 25, 2017 @ 5:41 PM


            Wayne QB Rashad McKee unloads a pass while Fred Pitts blocks. Wayne defeated host Centerville 45-8 in a GWOC National East Division Week 6 game on Friday, Sept. 30, 2016. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF
Wayne QB Rashad McKee unloads a pass while Fred Pitts blocks. Wayne defeated host Centerville 45-8 in a GWOC National East Division Week 6 game on Friday, Sept. 30, 2016. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF

We’re at the halfway point of the high school football regular season.

Here are five games to watch in Week 6:

Centerville at Wayne

You always circle this one on the calendar, but this year could be really special.

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The undefeated Elks have answered every challenge through the first five weeks. The Warriors have bounced back from a season-opening loss with four straight wins, though they were pushed to double overtime before prevailing at Northmont last week.

The Warriors have won the last two games in the series, 45-8 and 56-17.

Miamisburg at Fairmont

A couple of teams coming off losses last week. For the Firebirds, it was their first of the season when they failed to find the end zone at Beavercreek.

Meanwhile, Miamisburg is riding a two-game losing streak with successive losses to Wayne and Troy.

Covington at Miami East

The Vikings made a huge statement on the road last week, scoring 50 points at previously unbeaten Bethel.

After starting the season on a three-game skid, Covington has won back-to-back games. The Buccs are showing signs of once again being a contender in the Cross County Conference race.

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Valley View at Bellbrook

Unbeaten Valley View scooped up a boatload of playoff points with a convincing 34-3 win at home against Franklin last week.

The Spartans will have to do more than just show up at Bellbrook. The Golden Eagles have won four in a row after a season-opening loss.

Anna at Marion Local

Just another battle of unbeaten in the Midwest Athletic Conference, but this time it’s the final two unbeaten teams in the toughest league in the state.

Marion Local hasn’t been scoring a lot of points this season, but the Flyers defense has held four of their five opponents to less than 10 points.

Anna is averaging 40 points per game.

Make sure you join us for all of the Week 6 action on Touchdown 7 on Friday at 11:13 p.m. on WHIO-TV.

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Mole crickets prompt officials to move Florida high school football game

Published: Saturday, August 26, 2017 @ 11:05 AM

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A bug problem has ruined the football field at a Florida high school, prompting this week’s game to be played elsewhere.

Friday's game at Satellite High School in Brevard County against Eau Gallie High School was moved to Melbourne High School.

Officials said the problems were caused by mole crickets, a common turf grass pest.

The school district said it saw signs of the mole crickets in the spring and they did a preventative treatment.

Over the summer, the school installed new track and sprinklers were shut off.

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Parents in the Touchdown Club, a booster group for the football team, said they expressed concerns about doing that so close to football season.

They said they saw brown spots on the field last month. A turf expert from a golf course came out to look at it and said it's the worst case of mole crickets he had ever seen, parents said.

“My heart breaks, and I feel bad for the senior football players. (They) played in this program for four years and potentially might not have a home game,” said parent Bert Gamin.

The district said by that point, there were adult mole crickets that are very hard to get rid of and more treatments failed. The non-native insects tunnel underground and eat the roots and shoots of the grass. The district said the field was too dangerous for a game, so the game had to be moved. The district has been rolling out new dirt so they can, at some point, try to grow new grass.

Next week, there is another home game. The plan is to play on an all-dirt field, district officials said.

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High school football star practicing with ankle monitor, booted from practice

Published: Monday, April 24, 2017 @ 1:29 PM

Boca Raton High School football player Shelley Singletary is pictured here at a game in Sept. of 2016. He’s practicing at spring training this week wearing an ankle monitor after his arrest in January on robbery charges. 
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Boca Raton High School football player Shelley Singletary is pictured here at a game in Sept. of 2016. He’s practicing at spring training this week wearing an ankle monitor after his arrest in January on robbery charges. (Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post)

A South Florida high school student, who is facing a felony charge, will not be allowed to take part in spring football practice while wearing an ankle monitor after school officials read a newspaper story about it online.

A judge’s order had allowed Shelley Singletary to participate in spring practices, as well as attend classes at Boca Raton High School, and the 18-year-old apparently was set to practice Monday in the team’s first season practice.

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But hours after a story on Singletary was published, Boca Raton High principal Susie King informed the school’s football staff that Singletary could not take part in any team functions until his criminal court case is resolved.

School officials apparently were not aware that Singletary had been cleared to practice until they read the story by the Palm Beach Post.

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Singletary, 18, is accused of a robbery in January during which he allegedly forcibly removed an 11-year-old’s Air Jordan sneakers and tried to steal his bicycle.

Judge Samantha Schosberg Feuer modified the terms of Singletary’s house arrest on March 16 allowing him to practice, but only if he wears an ankle monitor.

“The student has been cleared by a judge to participate in activities,” according to a statement released by the Palm Beach County School District. “However, he has not been cleared by Boca Raton Community High School to practice or be part of the school’s football team. At this time, he is in no way affiliated with the team or the spring season.”

Singletary, who will be a junior in the next school year, will be allowed to continue attending classes.

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Singletary, a 5-foot-10, 170-pound running back and defensive back, is ranked by MaxPreps, a college football recruiting website, as the state’s No. 193 prospect.

The University of Kentucky has reportedly offered Singletary a football scholarship for 2018, according to 24/7 Sports, but NCAA rules prohibit schools from publicly discussing recruits until they sign letters of intent.

Singletary could not be reached for comment.

Court records show that his next court appearance is scheduled for June 19.

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