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High school WR Apollos Hester will blow your mind with enthusiastic interview (Video)

Apollos Hester is a high school wide receiver from Texas, and the kid might just have a future as a motivational speaker.

After Hester’s East View Patriots beat Vandegrift 42-41 on Friday, he was interviewed by TWC News Austin Lauren Mickler. And that’s when he showed his incredible passion, enthusiasm and optimism. This interview was fantastic.

Bonus points for the hi-top fade. I love this guy.

I may even make this the wallpaper on my cell phone.

Apollos Hester

H/T Deadspin

High school basketball coach resigns after alleged gay couple bashing

An assistant basketball coach at Archbishop Wood High School (Warmister, Pa.) resigned this week over his alleged involvement in bashing a gay couple in Philadelphia on Sept. 11.

The coach, identified by the Philly Daily News as Fran McGlinn, was not a teacher at the school but serving as a coach on a contract basis. He was told he would be fired if he did not resign.

The alleged incident took place last week after a group of about 15 well-dressed folks had dinner at La Viola in Philly. The group crossed paths with the gay couple on 16th Street in City Center.

The Philadelphia Daily News reports what happened next:

Someone in the group allegedly confronted one of the men, asking him if his companion was “his f—ing boyfriend.”

A fight broke out, during which the men were savagely beaten. One victim suffered multiple facial fractures and his jaw had to be wired shut, the victims told the Daily News.

The story received national exposure earlier this week because a person who learned about the bashing incident via the news utilized social media to help police identify the suspects.

No arrests have been made in the case, but police have interviewed many of the suspects.

Below are the videos and photos that were used to help identify the suspects:

gay bashing suspects

Tennessee commit Joc Bruce destroys WR with huge hit (Video)

Joc Bruce, a senior “athlete” at South-Doyle High School in Tennessee, is a man-child on the football field.

Bruce committed to Tennessee in June and it’s easy to see what makes him SEC-material. The video above came from South-Doyle’s 47-21 win Friday over Hardin Valley Academy in Knoxville. Bruce hits the wideout so hard the kid’s helmet pops off like he just got demolished by Jadeveon Clowney.

Joc Bruce hit

Amazingly, Bruce is only listed at 5-foot-10 and 168 pounds. But the guy has more facial hair than I’ve ever had.

That wide receiver just learned the hard way to buckle up that chinstrap next time!

Jayru Campbell arrested for allegedly choking girlfriend hours after being released from jail

Jayru Campbell

Jayru Campbell, best known for bodyslamming a security guard at school in January, is back in trouble again. And the quarterback prospect couldn’t even wait a day upon being released from jail before allegedly causing more problems.

Campbell, who is a senior at Cass Tech in Detroit and was originally committed to Michigan State, was arrested on Friday hours after being released from jail. Campbell had been serving a 57-day sentence for assaulting the security guard.

According to Fox 2 in Detroit, Campbell is accused of choking a female during a football game at Cass Tech High School.

WXYZ says Campbell grabbed his girlfriend’s cell phone, went through her text messages and then assaulted her. He is currently in custody.

Campbell decommitted to Michigan State in June. In addition to his jail sentence, he was ordered to take anger management classes and serve 15 months probation.

Here’s video of his January assault of the security guard.

Metta World Peace to serve as girls’ high school basketball assistant in Palisades

Metta World Peace KnicksMetta World Peace is still a free agent after being waived by the New York Knicks earlier this year, but he already has a job lined up for next season. It’s just not the job he has grown used to over the past 14 years.

On Thursday, the Palisadian-Post reported that World Peace will be joining the Palisades High School girls basketball team as an assistant coach. Head coach Torino Johnson confirmed that Metta has agreed to join his staff.

“Metta’s going to be heavy into the strategic portion of our practices,” Johnson told the Palisadian-Post. “He’ll be someone you’ll see around. We’re both into mental health awareness and I’ll be really excited to see him in the gym.”

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the area, Pacific Palisades is an upscale coastal city in Los Angeles. Steve Kerr played basketball at Pali High.

As of now, World Peace does not intend to retire from the NBA. He plans to work as an assistant coach in addition to joining another NBA team next year.

Can you imagine a guy who says stuff like this molding young minds? That’s kind of a scary thought.

Pinch-hitter hits walk-off home run to win state title on first varsity hit (Video)

Talk about a moment you dream about …

Sophomore Zach Gwillim of Monroe High School in Oregon hit a walk-off pinch-hit home run in the bottom of the seventh inning last Friday to give his team its first state title since 1991 … and it all came on his first varsity hit.

Zach GwillimAccording to The Oregonian, Gwillim was on varsity to start the season but was dropped to JV after one game. He was brought back up later in the season to add some depth, but he didn’t get an at-bat until the bottom of the seventh in the championship game. With the game tied at 1, Gwillim took a 1-1 pitch deep to left and out of the park for the walk-off victory. Monroe won 2-1 over Weston-McEwen/Griswold for the state 2A/1A championship.

“I wasn’t expecting to hit a walk-off. I had no idea. I thought it was just popped up. My first base coach was like, ‘you hit it out.’ I didn’t believe him,” Gwillim told The Oregonian after the game.

Gwillim’s coach was asked about the decision to place the sophomore as a pinch-hitter, and at least he didn’t try to make himself sound smarter than he is.

“It wasn’t anything fancy other than Zach swings it well in practice, he works hard, so let’s give him a shot,” coach Bill Crowson said.

The move paid off, and Gwillim now has an unforgettable memory. What an awesome story.

Below is video of Gwillim’s interview with The Oregonian after the game:

H/T MaxPreps

High school WR Johan Kenner shot and killed, couldn’t run away because of ACL surgery

Johan KennerSome terrible news out of New Orleans, where high school athlete Johan “Yoge” Kenner was shot and killed on Sunday night at St. Roch Playground playground not far from his home.

Yoge, 17, was going to be a senior at Landry-Walker High School in the fall, and he played football and basketball for the school. The Times-Picayune says he missed most of the football season last year because of a knee injury, which could have played a roll in his death.

“He just had ACL surgery, so he couldn’t run as fast,” his mother, Cortina Johnson-Cash, told The New Orleans Advocate. “And when he tried to get up and run … he was shot in the back.”

Yoge’s shooting was one of two killings of teenagers within a 30-minute span in the area Sunday night. No information about the suspects or motives have been released by police. Family members don’t believe Yoge was the intended target.

He was described by his coaches as a great kid who was a good student-athlete.

His girlfriend has been pouring her emotions out over Twitter and it’s pretty heartbreaking to read.

via USA Today