Female high school kicker Juliana Costantini boots 31-year winning field goal

Trailing 21-20 with 11 seconds left Friday night, West Macklenburg High found itself in a familiar situation — moments away from losing to West Charlotte yet again. West Mecklenburg has not won a game in the series since 1987, but Juliana Costantini refused to let her team suffer the same old outcome.

Costantini, the team’s kicker, nailed a 31-yard field goal to secure a 23-21 victory for West Meck. As the Charlotte Observer pointed out, it was the first field goal attempt of her high school career.

“This is my first game-winner actually ever,” Costantini said. “I never even attempted a field goal – it’s always been extra points. It was really dramatic.”

The kick came after West Meck drove the ball all the way to the five-yard line before a holding penalty pushed them back to make the kick a bit more challenging. Costantini had made two out of three extra points in the game, and West Meck coach Jeff Caldwell said she seemed so confident about the kick that he didn’t need any convincing.

“She said she could make it, and I didn’t look back,” he explained. “I’ve got to show faith in my kids. …We didn’t have to go ask her; we didn’t have to go looking for her.”

Female kickers in high school and college seem to be getting more and more common as the years pass. A female kicker recently came close to making the LSU football team and another young lady tried out for the Virginia Tech team last year. With people like Costantini contributing at the high school level, it’s only a matter of time before a female makes her way onto a college team’s game day roster.

Dad interrupts high school soccer game to remove his son for bad grades

We go to Iowa City to meet another sterling candidate for father of the year. Here’s the Press-Citizen‘s report on compassionate soccer dad Benjamin Doyle:

According to an Iowa City police criminal complaint, as officers were observing the City High boys’ soccer game at Longfellow Elementary School Wednesday evening, they witnessed a man run onto the field and attempt to pull his son out of the game.

Doyle told police that he wanted to remove his son because of bad grades, even though the school and the boy’s mom said his grades were good enough to continue playing on the team.

It’s nice he cares about his son’s academics, but he displayed a total lack of parental tact. He admitted that he knew he wasn’t allowed to go on the field and that he let his temper “get the best of him.”

Police charged Doyle with trespassing, a simple misdemeanor, while his son has been charged with having a crazy dad. At least his actions were safer than the last crazy soccer dad.

H/T Busted Coverage

High school golfer Caroline Inglis stripped of state title due to scorecard error

No high school golfer — male or female — has ever won the Oregon state title four consecutive years. But Churchill (Eugene) senior Caroline Inglis almost accomplished the feat this week — and technically did — were it not for a scorecard violation that resulted in her disqualification from the Class 5A state tournament.

Inglis, who took the state title her first three years, finished her final round on Tuesday with a 3-under 69. However, because of a scoring error, Inglis was marked as shooting a 4-under 68. Players are tasked with keeping their partner’s score for the round, and Inglis’ partner scored her making a par on the final hole when she actually made a bogey.

When Inglis realized a mistake had been made, she had already signed and submitted her own card. By then it was too late. She submitted an incorrect scorecard and, per USGA rules, was disqualified, ending her chance at history. She would have been the winner by nine strokes.

After Inglis’ DQ, the state title went to freshman Madison Odiorne of Bend’s Summit High School, which won the team championship. A reportedly distraught Inglis left the course without talking to the media.

“It doesn’t really feel like a win, because I know Caroline really won the whole thing,” Odiorne told The Oregonian.

It’s easy to blame Inglis’ playing partner for not putting down the right score. But Inglis, who is set to play for the University of Oregon next year, was the one who signed off on the score. She should have caught the mistake, especially since the error was on her most recent hole. It’s a brutal lesson, but one she’ll keep with her for life. Or at least whenever she has to play with the USGA’s bogus rules.

High school softball pitcher throws perfect game, strikes out every batter

Over the weekend, high school softball pitcher Andrea Chiaradio gave new meaning to the phrase “perfect game.” Philip Humber’s perfect game for the White Sox last week was perfect in the sense that no hitters were able to reach base. Chiaradio, who pitches for Stonington High School in Stonington, Conn., didn’t allow a single batter she faced to put the ball in play.

Chiaradio struck out all 21 hitters she faced in her team’s 3-0 win over Norwich. It is believed that she is only the second softball pitcher in Connecticut high school history to strike out every batter she faced in a perfect game.

“This was my first no-hitter in high school,” Chiaradio told the Westerly Sun over the weekend. “I probably was aware of it in about the fifth inning when a few of the girls on the bench said something about it when we were at bat. I knocked on wood. I tried not to think about it and not to psyche myself out. I just concentrated on getting the rest of the outs.

“I had a few 3-2 counts so that was close. And they tried bunting a few times, but they either fouled it off or just couldn’t get it down.”

Doesn’t the opposing coach know that’s bad form? You don’t try to bunt your way in a perfect game. On a side note, Chiaradio now has 60 strikeouts in 27 2/3 innings this season. I don’t know anything about softball, but I think it’s safe to say her stuff is nasty.

H/T Deadspin

Basketball team at Orthodox Jewish Beren Academy has to forfeit in state tournament because game conflicts with Sabbath

Prior to this week, the Beren Academy boys basketball team was on its way to a Texas state championship. The Stars are 23-5 on the season and were scheduled to take on Dallas Covenant this Friday in the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools 2A state tournament. Instead, they will have to forfeit. Beren is a Jewish Orthodox school and the game was slated for Friday night at 9 p.m. Beren students must observe the Jewish Sabbath from sundown on Friday until sundown on Saturday. According to the Houston Chronicle, Beren officials appealed to TAPPS to try to have the game moved to an earlier time, but their appeal has been denied.

“It’s disappointing. I’ve been here 10 years and I’ve always known where our priorities lie,” Beren coach and athletic director Chris Cole said. “We were hopeful and optimistic going in that we could be able to do both — adhere to the religious beliefs here and play basketball.”

Dallas Covenant will instead face Kerrville Our Lady of the Hills, which is the team Beren beat by a score of 69-42 last week. To this point, Beren was successful in rescheduling two of its Friday and Saturday playoff games earlier in the month so they could play earlier in the day. Teams are not allowed to play on Sundays because of traditional Christian warship, which limits opportunities to reschedule games.

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Football coach Paul Withee resigns after naked picture appears on Facebook

Apparently Oxford Hills School District football coach Paul Withee was never taught the most important rule of sending naked pictures to your girlfriend: make sure they don’t end up on social media sites for everyone to see. According to WMTW in Maine, Withee resigned Monday after a naked picture of him ended up on Facebook. Superintendent Rick Colpitts confirmed the resignation.

The picture reportedly appeared on Facebook for about 10 minutes before Withee realized what had happened, but by that time it was too late. A parent of a student who had seen the picture called the school to report the incident. Withee insists he intended to send the picture to his girlfriend but made a mistake.

Withee had been the school district’s football coach since last March and also taught math and science at the district’s middle school. After speaking with the district attorney, Paris Police Chief David Verrier says the department has decided not to press charges because it was an accident. Now that Withee is jobless, he may want to consider taking a computer course to avoid making a similarly devastating mistake in the future.

High school basketball team gets a technical for wearing pink uniforms for cancer research

The topic of paying tribute with uniforms and accessories at the professional level has taken on a life of its own in recent years, and apparently it’s an issue in high school as well. On Monday night, a Nebraska high school girls basketball team received a technical foul for supporting the Make-A-Wish Foundation. As part of a fundraising effort, the Burke High Bulldogs wore light pink uniforms for their game against Columbus. They were given the tech at the start of the second half.

According to the Omaha World-Herald, Columbus coach Dave Licari brought the issue to the officials’ attention at halftime. Technically, the home team is supposed to wear predominantly white uniforms. Since Burke had not informed anyone of the uniform change before the game, they were breaking the rules.

“It was a total mistake by me,” Bulldogs Athletic Director Kyle Rohrig said. “We had good intentions, but we made a mistake, and then there were consequences.”

The idea for the pink uniforms was the work of Burke assistant coach Tom Law. The uniforms were to be auctioned off after the game with all proceeds benefiting the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

“If they thought there was a problem, it should have been addressed before the game,” Burke head coach Luke Lueders said. “To have that happen at halftime caught us all off-guard.”

To have that happen at all catches me off-guard. This is a high school basketball game. At the professional level, players know they are going to be fined for choosing to wear patriotic gear or rocking lucky orange cleats. This was a group of high school students who got together to raise money for cancer research. If the officials caught the rule violation and had no choice but to penalize Burke, that would be one thing. The fact that their opponent brought it to the officials’ attention — during halftime of a high school game — is despicable.

H/T SI Hot Clicks