Clarence E. Hill Jr.: Fall football amid COVID seems foolish for Dallas Cowboys, NCAA and Texas high schools
What are we doing, people?From the NFL to the NCAA to Texas high schools to the pee wee level, everybody is gearing up for the return of football in the fall.And it simply makes no sense with the coronavirus pandemic still bulldozing the country, the world and, most pointedly, the state of Texas, like Hall of Fame running back Earl Campbell in his prime.And if you are too young know him, think Adrian Peterson and Marshawn Lynch wrapped into one.That idea has been on my spirit and on my heart for a while now.There is no cure. There is no vaccine. There are plans and protocols to detect its pres...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
What will normal look like after coronavirus and protests? For this teen, it looks like heading to college on a full scholarship.
CHICAGO — Chicago resident Jayla Wheeler is like many high school seniors. Not happy about missing milestones like prom and an in-person graduation because of the pandemic. But she’s also living in a time when police reform protests are commonplace. She, like other teens, are in both worlds.When looting and rioting made its way to her neighborhood, she went out with her mother and sister to help clean up debris. The 18-year-old participated in a march in her neighborhood, and she signed numerous petitions in the name of social justice — wanting to do whatever she can for the cause, she said.“I...
Jason Mraz fully embraces reggae on his new album, and thanks the high-school bullies ' who kicked my ass'
SAN DIEGO — Jason Mraz is happy to be “unapologetically positive,” as evidenced by the name of his 2019 “Good Vibes Tour” and by such buoyant Mraz songs as “I’m Yours,” “Have It All” and “The Remedy (I Won’t Worry).”The Grammy Award-winning troubadour is also happy that his irrepressibly upbeat new album, “Look for the Good,” embraces reggae music from start to finish. The album, which opens and closes with the words “look for the good,” also finds the veteran guitarist focusing more on piano and other keyboard instruments.And he is especially happy that the album’s closing selection, “Gratitu...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Padres believe they are prepared for 'different' draft this week
Mark Conner’s staff was pulled off the road in mid-March as the COVID-19 pandemic shut down the game of baseball, from big league spring training, to major college conferences, to even the most obscure of high school diamonds.There were no games to watch. For a while, there were no calls that could be made. Nearly 90% of the draft pool was eliminated. The only thing Conner could direct his team of scouts to do was immerse themselves into the information already in the Padres’ database.The only comfort was this: Every team was in the same boat.“It’s been as different as you can imagine,” Conner...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Balancing Act: A week into summer break, this principal called his students back to school — this time to help their community heal from George Floyd unrest
CHICAGO — School let out for the summer on May 29 at Leo High School, a private all-boys Catholic school in Chicago’s Auburn-Gresham neighborhood.One day later, the unrest sweeping the nation over the killing of George Floyd spilled into the streets of Chicago. And the day after that (and the day after that, and the day after that), Leo principal Shaka Rawls was on the phone with his students.“We’re an extended family,” Rawls said. “I know it’s high school and I’m the principal and you’re supposed to hate your principal, but this is not that. I’m emotionally attached to my boys and their lives...
Balancing Act: This principal and his teachers traveled 400 miles to hand-deliver diplomas. 'It was absolutely a career highlight.'
Graduation day was fast approaching at the Chicago Academy for the Arts, a small private high school on the city’s Near North Side where students are invited to imagine a better world and then use their art to create it into existence.Jason Patera, the head of school, had his talking points ready for the Annual Dispensing of Unsolicited Advice (more about that in a moment). The teachers had written their toasts to the 30 graduating seniors — individual speeches that pay tribute to each student’s accomplishments and personality.Everything would be presented at the annual senior lunch, which wou...
'Complete player' Blake Corum an explosive addition to Michigan's backfield
While Blake Corum’s speed might be the first thing that attracts notice on the football field, there’s a completeness to his game that his high school coach says separates him.Corum is the four-star running back out of St. Frances Academy in Baltimore and the Gatorade Player of the Year in Maryland, who enrolled early at Michigan this year full of promise. Spring football was canceled as the campus suspended all activities and like players across the country, he’s back home working out.Corum joins a running back room that includes Zach Charbonnet, Hassan Haskins, Christian Turner and senior Ch...
The Detroit News
High school dropout at 15. Community college at 22. Now, he's Princeton-bound. How?
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Asked what he intended to do after dropping out of E.E. Waddell High School in Charlotte at age 15, Christopher St. Hilaire doesn’t even flinch before providing an explanation.“My plan was to play video games, eat fast food, and do that till like 3, 4 in the morning. Every single day. All the time,” he recalls.Maybe it was in his blood. Not the part about being a couch potato, but rather the idea that getting even a halfway-decent education simply wasn’t important.After all, his father had skipped out of secondary school while growing up on the tiny island of Domenica in the ...
The Charlotte Observer
Quentin Moore, the top 2021 JUCO tight end, verbally commits to UW Huskies
Jacob Sirmon and Quentin Moore have already shared a field.And soon, they’ll share a sideline.On Oct. 27, 2017, 247Sports national recruiting editor Brandon Huffman attended a high school football game between Bothell and Inglemoor to see Sirmon — who had already established himself as a four-star quarterback and University of Washington commit. Former Husky head coach Chris Petersen and offensive coordinator Jonathan Smith also were in attendance.And Sirmon didn’t disappoint. In a 41-14 victory, the Bothell bomber completed 19 of 23 passes for 289 yards with five touchdowns and zero intercept...
The Seattle Times
How Dolphins rookie Noah Igbinoghene rose from backup wide receiver to first-round cornerback
MIAMI — When Auburn coaches and Noah Igbinoghene decided that he would transition from wide receiver to cornerback before the 2018 season, they knew one thing:He would take this very seriously.The young man wouldn’t simply rely on his innate physical gifts and intoxicating athleticism that allowed him to set an Alabama high school state record in the triple jump and finish second in the nation in that event.Not only did he study nuances of his new position, but he was diligent in analyzing the weaknesses of the opponent. This seriousness in approach was very much in character for a young man w...