Minnesota high school goalie Austin Krause suspended 10 games for antics

Farmington goalieAustin Krause is already an internet legend. The Farmington High School (Minn.) senior is the star of a video that has gone viral this week, which shows him throwing an epic fit (video here) and scoring on his own goal to prove a point to his coaches. According to KMSP-TV in Minneapolis, Krause has received a 10-day suspension from the school for his antics.

The puck that Krause put in his own net with 3:13 remaining in the third period tied the game at 2-2. As if the shenanigans weren’t already costly enough, Farmington went on to lose 3-2. On Wednesday, Krause reportedly explained the situation on on his Facebook page, via The Farmington Independent:

“They played this sophomore goalie for the starter, he was terrible, I would try and talk to the coaches about this and tell them I want playing time but they never really listen to me or gave me a chance to show them that I’m a better goalie but still wouldn’t trust me so I had it it with I asked a few of my players if they care if I did it and they didn’t care they thought it would be funny so at the third period they dumped it in I stopped it put in my net started to skate off then flicked the coaches not the team the coaches then I saluted them then got off.”

“My hockey season is over. I did it for myself. (Like my status) if you think the coaches should quit:)”

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California high school athletes busted for running a ‘sex fantasy league’

It’s hard to keep track of what the kids are doing these days, but we can tell you that not all of it is good. Fantasy sports have swept the nation over the past several years as a favorite hobby of people of all age groups. However, some of the students at Piedmont High School in California have taken the concept of “fantasy” games a bit too far.

According to the San Jose Mercury News, a number of Piedmont athletes have been caught running a sex fantasy league in which unknowing female students are drafted to their teams. A letter from school principal Rich Kitchens that was sent to parents on Friday said the students tallied points for “documented engagement in sexual activities” with the female students who are on their “rosters.” A group of students came forward after a date-rape awareness assembly in early October to inform authorities about the league.

“We’ll react to things as they come to us,” Piedmont Unified School District assistant superintendent Randall Booker said. “We’re not making excuses, we’re not minimizing it, we’re not sanitizing it. We’re an educational community. Our point is to take issues like this and treat them as educational opportunities, and if there are criminal issues, we report them to the police.”

Piedmont police said that no laws were broken and no sexual assault charges have been filed, so Booker has urged parents to discuss the issue with their children rather than just having them listen to school officials. Kids will be kids, but parents should be pretty disturbed by by this one. This is much worse than what happened at the high school in Maryland.

H/T Off the Bench

High schooler Jenson Daniel denied request to play on girls volleyball team

Jenson Daniel is a high school volleyball player who attends Yonkers High School in New York. However, male volleyball players at Yonkers High School have one pretty significant issue to deal with — there is no boys volleyball team because of a shortage of funds.

Unfortunately, Daniel is out of luck at the moment. The 17-year-old senior did what he had to do in order to play the sport he loves by signing up for the girls team, only to be told by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association that a boy on the girls team will not be allowed. The reason? He’s too tall, strong and fast of course.

Last year, Jensen was told he could be the team manager of the girls volleyball team — a team he had watched practice since his freshman year. He also got into several games but there were some objections raised by opposing coaches, one being that he wore mesh shorts instead of spandex like the rest of the female players.

“I felt that it wasn’t right,” he told The Journal News. “It was humiliating.”

But he kept wearing the spandex and kept playing in games, until it was ruled this year that he can no longer compete. Now, Daniel simply practices and warms up with the team.

“My teammates, my school, my church, my community — everybody supports (me),” Daniel said, adding that the theme of his college essay will be his battle to remain on the girls team. “I’m pretty confident. I’m going to fight it because nothing is given. You earn it, you take it. I’m going to fight it as much as I can.”

Like the cheering team that was disqualified for having a male compete, sometimes rules are rules — even if they don’t seem fair. Jenson is a victim of an unfortunate circumstance, but kudos to him for doing everything he can to overcome it.

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