State champion coach Carl Turner claims he was fired for running up scores

Bishop-Sullivan-High-SchoolVirginia Beach Bishop Sullivan Catholic High School football coach Carl Turner parted ways with the team on Wednesday. His departure came after Turner led his team to a 12-0 record and the first state championship in program history, making the move somewhat of a surprise. So what happened?

In a statement on Wednesday evening, Bishop Sullivan claimed Turner has resigned.

“Coach Carl Turner has decided to step down from his position as head football coach at Bishop Sullivan Catholic High School,” the statement read, via The Virginian-Pilot. “Coach Turner expressed that he would like to spend more quality time with his family, enjoy watching his son play college football and focus on his professional career.”

Turner’s son Pierce was an All-State senior linebacker last fall and has received interest from several Division-I programs, but Carl said that is not the reason he is leaving Bishop Sullivan. Instead, Turner told The Virginian-Pilot he was fired for running up the score on opponents. He said he knew the axe was coming when he got a text message from athletic director Corey Mistretta on Wednesday morning.

“When I got into (Principal Dennis W. Price’s) office, he looked at me and said, ‘We’re not going to renew your contract,’” Turner explained. “I asked why, and he said, ‘Because we told you not to run the score up and you chose to run the score up on teams.’”

The Crusaders won eight of 10 games by 21 points or more and averaged 480 yards and 50.1 points per game. While Turner did not deny that his team blew some opponents out, he insisted he did not expect it to result in his termination.

“I’m totally devastated,” he said. “I feel like my heart and my guts have been ripped out. Do you know how much time and effort I’ve put into this program?”

In addition to running up the score, there was also an incident involving Turner back in August that resulted in a two-game suspension. The coach had hosted a party at his home where he discovered students drinking, but he said police approved of the way he handled the situation and it had nothing to do with his termination.

In an era where we have seen high school coaches fired for kicking their own players, running up the score doesn’t seem all that bad. Unfortunately for Turner, it sounds like it was enough for Bishop Sullivan to send him packing.

H/T Prep Rally

High school basketball player suffers season-ending injury during team photos

Lindsey-PetersonAthletes often put themselves in vulnerable positions where injuries can easily occur, but one would think a player is safe during team photos. As Sheffield (Iowa) West Fork High senior Lindsey Peterson reminded us a few weeks ago, nothing is certain.

The two-sport star suffered a horrific injury that ended her basketball season when she slipped and fell during a team photo shoot. According to The Sheffield Press, Peterson lost her balance and hit her face off the corner of a bench she was standing on. Her injuries required 100 stitches and three plates in her face to help multiple fractures heal.

“It was the worst thing I’ve seen,” West Fork basketball coach Rodney Huber said. “It went straight through her gum, affected a few of her teeth and she had a big gash on the right side of her face.”

Peterson will likely have to undergo plastic surgery to repair nerve damage. Huber said she held a towel to her face to cover most of the injuries, but added that he saw a lot of blood.

To make matters worse, the accident also took place on Peterson’s 18th birthday. She is an all-state volleyball player who holds school records for kills and digs. We have shown you plenty of incredibly bizarre injuries here at LBS over the years, but this is up there with the worst of them. Here’s hoping Peterson has a full recovery. You’d hate to see something like that derail a promising athletic career.

H/T Deadspin via Prep Rally

Seventh Woods posts jaw-dropping dunk (Video)

Seventh Woods dunkSeventh Woods is only a high school sophomore, but he’s already receiving national attention for his incredible ability.

The 15-year-old even made SportsCenter’s Top 10 on Friday night for this jaw-dropping dunk he posted at the Chick-Fil-A Classic in Columbia, S.C. on Friday. Would you look at all that power and explosiveness? 15-year-olds shouldn’t be able to do that!

According to his MaxPreps profile, Woods entered Friday’s game averaging 18.6 points per game on 51 percent shooting.

This mix tape of Seventh Woods in his freshman season went viral earlier this year. It has over 9 million views:

HS player Marvey’o Otey makes insane behind-the-back shot while saving ball (Video)

Marveyo-Otey-amazing-shotA high school basketball player from William Byrd High School in Virginia recently made one of the best and most improbable plays you will ever see in your life. Marvey’o Otey chased down an errant pass from a teammate and somehow saved it from going out of bounds. And when I say saved it, I mean Otey saved it by tossing it directly into the hoop.

Otey caught up to the ball and flung it behind his back before his momentum took him through the gymnasium doors and out of the gym. I don’t know if he was intentionally throwing the ball at the hoop or not, but it doesn’t matter.

You want to outdo Otey? Pull off the same shot, only have it be a game-winning buzzer-beater. That’s the only way you’re going to top it.

Video via The Big Lead

Girls high school basketball players suspended for throwing up ‘shocker’ in senior picture


Three young ladies from Farmington (Ill.) High School were recently suspended for flashing a certain symbol during their basketball team’s senior photo. That symbol, which many of you are likely familiar with, is known as the “shocker.”

If you don’t know what the shocker is, you can consult urban dictionary. We’re not going to explain it because we like to keep things as PG-13 as we can. School administration decided to suspend the girls for the stunt, and at least one of them seemed to get a charge out of it. She sent some tweets about the suspension and deleted them, but not before Barstool Sports was able to capture a screenshot.

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Chatsworth QB James Dorado refuses to go down on incredible 53-yard touchdown (Video)

James Dorado touchdownHigh school quarterback James Dorado scored an awesome touchdown on a QB sneak that he turned into a 53-yard score during a Los Angeles City Section playoff game on Friday night.

According to the YouTube description, this play came on a 4th-and-1 in the fourth quarter of Chatsworth High School’s LA City Section Division II semifinal game against San Fernando. Dorado runs into a pileup but gets a nice push from his teammates, and San Fernando never bothered to tackle him. He broke into the open field and was chased down, but he managed to continue forward despite having four guys on him. The finishing touch was Dorado looking like Spike from “Little Giants” while dragging a guy into the end zone. It was an awesome run.

Despite Dorado’s heroics, San Fernando beat Chatsworth 24-17 and will face South Gate in the finals. San Fernando actually has a quarterback named Cristian Solano who recently received a scholarship offer from Nevada and committed to the Wolfpack. With the way he’s been playing all season, it’s no surprise that his 13-0 Tigers won the game and are favored in the final. It remains to be seen if Dorado can put together a nice career similar to former Chatsworth quarterback Matt Cassel.

(video via Roggin’s Heroes)

400-pound running back Tony Picard responds to haters

Tony Picard

The story of Tony Picard, the 400-pound high school running back from Washington, went viral the past few days after former NFL quarterback Brock Huard tweeted a picture of the high schooler. Since then, Picard has been featured on a number of websites and TV shows.

Though many people think Picard scoring touchdowns and running over much smaller defenders is cool, he’s had his share of detractors. In fact, Picard responded to some of those haters in a thread on ESPN’s SportsNation’s Facebook page about him.

“To the people trying to put me down it don’t bother me I could care less about all the negative comments I’m just doing what my coach asked me to do so that’s why I’m running the ball.and laying nose guard…yeah I’m fat but o well I’m doing what I can….I’m doing what I love and that’s playing football..” Picard wrote.

Why would anyone try to put him down? The guy hasn’t done anything wrong. All he’s done is ball.

Picard was first featured in an article by Dirk Knudsen on Northwest Prep Report on Nov. 1. Knudsen shared that Picard’s high school, White Swan, is on an Indian reservation, and that Picard is part Umatilla-Nez Perce Indian. At the time of Knudsen’s article, White Swan was 8-1 and Picard had scored 15 touchdowns on the season. Per MaxPreps, White Swan is 9-3, though they don’t have individual stats available.

In our original post about Picard, we noted that he is mostly being recruited as a lineman. Below is a cool highlight video of Picard.

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