HS baseball coach Kim Brooks goes on epic profanity-laced rant (Audio)

Kim-Brooks-La-MaridaLa Mirada (Calif.) High School baseball coach Kim Brooks was not at all pleased with the way his team played during a recent loss. We know this because an audio recording of Brooks lambasting his team with one of the most epic postgame rants of all time is currently going viral.

For roughly 17 minutes, Brooks told several of his players “f— you” individually and ripped his team for not playing with any heart. Deadspin got a hold of a copy of the full profanity-laced tirade, which Brooks has since apologized for.

“My language was inappropriate,” he said Tuesday, per David Felton of the Whittier Daily News. “I was trying to motivate my team after a very poor performance, and I apologize about the language.”

Brooks, who is also the athletic director at La Mirada, seemed to think his team did not give 100% because it had to play during school vacation week.

“I’m sorry that (during) your Easter vacation you had to play baseball,” he said during the rant. “There’s some (expletive) kids at Children’s Hospital that would have given anything to be able to walk and be out there!”

The Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District announced Tuesday that it has received a copy of the tirade and is reviewing the “serious nature of the content.” Brooks has been placed on administrative leave while the investigation continues, and he will not coach the team when La Mirada begins the CIF-SS Division 2 playoffs on Thursday.

Personally, I’ve heard much worse. Some of my high school coaches went off on us the same way Brooks went off on his players, and it never became an issue. I’m not saying I feel bad for the guy, I just don’t think swearing at high schoolers is a fireable offense.

Photo: La Marinda HS Baseball on Facebook

High schooler Sam Atwell makes incredible game-saving catch (Video)

Ocala Trinity Catholic defeated Bishop Verot 2-1 in a Class 4A Florida state semifinal matchup on Wednesday night. Had senior outfielder Sam Atwell not made one of the best diving catches you will see this year, the result may have gone the other way.

The game, which was played at JetBlue Park, was delayed several times because of rain and lightning. It did not begin until after 11 p.m., and Atwell made his incredible diving catch at 1:14 a.m with his team leading by a run and a man on base.


“It was crazy,” Atwell said, via David Dorsey of The News-Press in South Florida. “I thought it was about to be a tie ballgame. That was the fastest I’ve ever run in my life. That’s one of the toughest catches I’ve ever made.”

Not only was it one of the toughest catches Atwell has ever made, it was one of the toughest catches anyone will ever make. Thanks in large part to Atwell’s effort, Trinity Catholic will face Pensacola Catholic for the state championship on Thursday evening.

Video via Bob’s Blitz

High schooler Dylan Fosnacht throws 194 pitches, 14 innings in start

Dylan-FosnachtWith the amount of elbow injuries across Major League Baseball increasing by the year, there is a growing belieif that young athletes are putting too much strain on their arms while they are still developing. Perhaps we should be concerned for Dylan Fosnacht of Rochester (Wash.) High School, who threw 194 pitches and 14 innings on Tuesday.

Rochester coach Jerry Striegel chose to let Fosnacht rack up the mind-boggling pitch count during an eventual 1-0, 17-inning victory. Assistant coach Kyle Sprague told Max Preps that he made the decision to pull Fosnacht in the top of the 15th when he allowed two baserunners with nobody out.

Dustin Wilson took over and eventually got the win. Rochester had two games on Tuesday, and Wilson also pitched all seven innings of the second game. Despite the massive workloads, Sprague insists there is no concern over the condition of either player’s arm.

“I have never seen two guys take the mound and dominate like that for that long,” he said. “I have both of those guys in class, and they both said that their arms were fine today.”

Fosnacht embraced the challenge and opportunity to compete. He also said critics should relax because he’s primarily a middle infielder and not a pitcher.

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Tacko Fall is a 7-foot-5 high school basketball player

Tacko-FallOklahoma City Thunder center Hasheem Thabeet is currently the tallest player in the NBA. The former UConn standout stands at 7 feet, 3 inches tall. Tacko Fall is two inches taller than him, and he’s only a high schooler.

At 7-foot-5, Fall is the tallest high school basketball player in the country. He would also be the tallest player in the NBA. As you might expect, the Liberty Christian Prep (Fla.) junior can barely fit into most cars and has to sleep diagonally across his bed. He also bumps his head a lot.

“When I walk through the door, every once in a while I forget to duck, and I’ll hit my head,” Fall told the Orlando Sentinel back in November. “I hit my head on the ceiling fan in [Liberty Christian coach Paul Archer's] house the first time I was there. It almost knocked me out. It hurt.”

Fall, who can dunk without jumping, has an incredible 8-foot wingspan. He just began playing basketball a few years ago when his family came over from Senegal, so he’s still a very raw talent.

“Kids from Senegal tend to be passive,” Liberty Christian coach Paul Archer said. “You have to get them to understand the American way of playing basketball. One thing we need to do is get him in the weight room and get him stronger.

“There still is a lot of work we have to do with him. Next year is his big year.”

Big is an understatement. Fall doesn’t even have to know how to put the ball in the basket and he would still be an intriguing NBA prospect. That type of height is extremely rare, and any NBA scout would salivate over it. There will be no shortage of interest in the 7-foot-5 giant.

H/T Uproxx

High school team wins on amazing inbound alley-oop (Video)

high-school-alley-oopThe inbound alley-oop is an incredibly challenging play to execute. When you attempt it at the high school level from half-court with two seconds remaining in a tie game, it’s almost impossible. SouthLake Christian Academy in North Carolina found a way.

With the score tied 59-59, senior center Andrew Howard got behind the defense and threw down an awesome one-handed dunk to give SLCA a 61-59 win over Hickory Grove. The play was perfectly executed and made its way onto SportsCenter.

We are no strangers to inbound alley-oops, but most of the time they happen when the pass comes from the baseline. These high schoolers can obviously ball.

H/T @cjzero

High school students chant ‘We want Slurpees’ at student who appeared to be Indian (Video)

We-Want-Slurpees-chantA group of students from Pittsford Southerland High School in New York embarrassed themselves during a basketball game last Friday night when they taunted an opposing player from Brighton High School who appeared to be of Indian decent. The students chanted “We Want Slurpees” while the opponent was at the free throw line, which is a reference to Indian-Americans owning 7-Eleven stores.

According to WROC 8, the Pittsford student who was leading the chant was removed from the game. The superintendents from both school regions released a joint statement on Monday regarding the incident.

“We were very disappointed to learn of this incident,” Brighton’s Kevin McGowan and Pittsford’s Mike Pero said. “We have been working with our colleagues in both districts throughout the weekend to address intolerant and unacceptable fan behavior. That work continues today. The students involved took full responsibility for their behavior, and attempts are being made to right this wrong between the students and to address the long- term learning that can arise from the disappointing behaviors of a few.”

The students who were responsible for the chant could face further disciplinary action from the school. The player who was taunted declined to comment.

Unfortunately, we see this type of stuff happen at all levels of sports. Last year, the Washington student section passed out flyers that encouraged students to taunt an opponent over his Iranian background. It’s just as uncalled for in high school as it is in college.

H/T Deadspin

High school basketball players suspended after school claims they flashed gang signs

Two high school basketball players from Sheboygan Falls (Wisc.) High School were suspended recently after they took a photo holding up what the school perceived to be gang signs. The problem, one of the students says, is that he was simply making a three-point gesture while his younger brother was pointing at the camera.

Brothers Jordan, Jamal and Juwan Jackson just moved to Sheboygan Falls, and a local newspaper was writing a feature story about their arrival. Jordan told 620 WTMJ in Wisconsin that the photographer asked them to take one serious photo and one goofy one. It was the goofy one that landed them in trouble.


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