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Raptors News · Where Are the Toughest Places to Play? Nominate Now:


We here at VNN are doing a feature for our national media site highlighting the toughest places to play in all of high school sports and we want to hear from YOU what Stadium/Field/Gym/Course/Venue is the toughest to play and why?

Be on the lookout for the final feature coming soon on VNNsports.net!

 

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Raptors News · Eight Great Fundraising Ideas for Booster Clubs – Presented by VNN


New jerseys, gear, entry fees, retreats – the wish list of opportunities to improve your teams is long, and often, the ways to finance them are short. While there’s no perfect one-size-fits-all fundraiser for every community, good inspiration is the first step.

Whether its your booster club, team, or program looking to raise funds and increase school spirit, here’s a few of our favorite ideas that we’ve seen across the network:

Jail-N-Bail – DeSoto High School (KS)

$10 files a warrant to arrest members of the community with phony allegations like “impersonating a golfer,” “failure to yield at the end of a sentence,” and “wearing pants way too high.” Once served with the warrant for their ‘arrest,’ the jailbirds are placed in a jail cell, a mug shot is taken, and they must call family/friends to raise bail.

Cheerleading Day – Pickens High School (SC)

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Blue Flame cheerleaders dedicated their time to teach younger members of the community motion drills, jump technique, stunting fundamentals and sideline spirit in a day camp for a donation to the program. The campers, led by the PHS cheerleaders, performed a showcase at the conclusion of camp.

Lap-a-Thon – Gilmer High School (GA)

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Anyone who has ever ran distance before knows that the hardest part isn’t necessarily the physical aspect, but the mental component of the sport, and in true Cross Country fashion, the Bobcats’ ‘hardest fundraiser,’ forces participants to run for an hour and a half around the track without stopping, with the main goal of seeing who can run the most laps consecutively in that time. Each lap ran accumulates money from sponsors, and all proceeds go towards funding the team.

Lift-A-Thon – Avon Lake (OH)

Earlier this Summer, the Shoremen football team held their 26th annual lift-a-thon, where players perform their max in 4 lifts, including the squat, hang clean, bench press, and deadlift in front of a crowd. Donations could be made in a player’s name, or to the team generally. Whittier Christian (CA) has a similar event coming up, the Push-Up-a-Thon, and Gilmer.

3 v. 3 Soccer Tournament – Roy High School (UT)

In the warm up to the Utah Spring Season, the Roy Royals Boys Soccer team held a 3v3 soccer tournament. At $20 per player, it was billed as a tune up for the year’s games across all levels, with teams starting at age 6 through adult.

Home Run Derby – Desert Ridge High School (AZ)

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To help assist a teammate with unforeseen medical costs, the Jaguars held a home run derby. Split into two age groups, “19 and over” and “18 and under,” participants paid $20 to hit baseballs out of the park. The total raised, including raffles, auctions, and concessions, was $2,671!

Top Golf – Lakota West High School (OH)

Instead of practicing their own sport, the Firebirds of Lakota West held a fundraiser at the local West Chester Top Golf branch. At $100 per golfer, the cost included heavy appetizers, soft drinks, and visits from Lakota West NFL alumns Jordan Hicks (Philadelphia Eagles) and Ryan Kelly (Indianapolis Colts).

Local Restaurant EventsErie (CO), Lowell (MI), Westonka (MN)

If there’s one thing everyone loves, it’s food. Several schools connected with local restaurants and held fundraisers there. Whether the deal was for a portion of the day’s earnings donated back to the school (Chipotle and Buffalo Wild Wings are good national candidates for this), an ‘all-you-can-eat’ Belgian Waffles special, or selling coupons, this idea is a simple turn-key way to start earning.

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Raptors News · How much do you know about staying hydrated? Presented by VNN


Staying hydrated is important to your health, and is one of the best ways to ensure that you are playing your best. Unfortunately, many athletes overlook just how important water is in maintaining top-level performance.

Think you know everything there is to know about proper hydration? Take the quiz below sourced from Active.com’s 15 Hydration Facts for Athletes and find out:

 

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Multiple Teams · SCHS Sports Registration for 2017-2018


The online registration for fall sports (cross country, football, boy’s golf, boy’s soccer, softball, boy’s tennis and volleyball) is open.  Please see below for important registration dates and instructions.
Important Dates for 2017-18 Sports Registration

Boy’s and Girl’s Cross Country – Registration closes August 9, 2017. Practice/Tryouts start August 14, 2017.

Football – Registration closes August 9, 2017.  Practice/Tryouts start August 14, 2017.

Boy’s Golf –  Registration closes August 4, 2017.  Practice/Tryouts start August 7, 2017. **Note this date is earlier than all other Fall Sports**

Boy’s Soccer – Registration closes August 9, 2017.  Practice/Tryouts start August 14, 2017.

Softball – Registration closes August 9, 2017.  Practice/Tryouts start August 14, 2017.

Boy’s Tennis – Registration closes August 9, 2017.  Practice/Tryouts start August 14, 2017.

Volleyball – Registration closes August 9, 2017.  Practice/Tryouts start August 14, 2017.


 

In order to tryout or practice for Silver Creek Athletics, the following items must be completed:

  1. Complete the Online Registration Form.
  2. Submit the SVVSD Student Medical History and Screening form (or a similar Doctor’s office form) with an authorized physician’s signature clearing the student for athletic participation.  Physicals are valid for one full year. In order to submit your completed physical form during July, please scan and email or fax (720-494-3730) a copy to Yvonne Elder (elder_yvonne@svvsd.org).  Beginning August 1, you may deliver a hard copy to the main office a copy to Ms. Elder.
  3. Pay the SVVSD Athletic Participation Fee $150 – Pay by credit card at the time of online registration or bring a check/cash into the main office (beginning August 1). Please make checks payable to Silver Creek HS.
  4. Retrieve a participation clearance card from Ms. Elder (athletics office).  She will verify the online registration, a current physical and payment.  This card will need to be given to the coach on the first day of practice/tryouts.
    • No clearance note = no tryout or practice.

 

Since the athletic office is currently closed for the summer, please visit the individual sport pages on the SCHS Athletic website: http://schs-raptors.com for additional information. The athletic office will reopen Monday, August 1 and we will be able to answer any questions you have have at that time.


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Raptors News · CHSAA Fall 2017 Key Dates – Presented by VNN


Even though it’s only halfway through Summer, we’ve compiled a handy reference guide to the key dates coming for this Fall season from the CHSAA Sports Calendar. As noted on the calendar, these dates are subject to change, so refer to the link above for the most accurate times, and feel free to bookmark!

Boys and Girls Cross Country

Practice Begins – August 14

First Contest – August 24

District or State First Round – Regionals completed by October 21

State Finals – October 28

 

Field Hockey

Practice Begins – August 14

First Contest – August 24

District or State First Round – Quarterfinals on October 20-21

State Finals – October 26

 

Football

Practice Begins – August 14

First Contest – August 31

District or State First Round – A6 – October 28; A8 1A, 2A Prelims – November 4; 3A, 4A, 5A – November 11

State Finals –  A6 – November 18; A8, 1A, 2A – Nov 25; 3A-5A – December 2

 

Boys Golf

Practice Begins – August 7

First Contest – August 10

District or State First Round – Regionals completed by September 22

State Finals – October 2-3

 

Gymnastics

Practice Begins – August 14

First Contest – August 24

District or State First Round – 4A, 5A Regionals-October 28

State Finals – November 2-4

 

Boys Soccer

Practice Begins – August 14

First Contest – August 24

District or State First Round – 1st Round- 4A Oct 25, 5A Oct 26, 3A Oct 26

State Finals – November 11

 

Softball

Practice Begins – August 14

First Contest – August 18

District or State First Round – Regionals October 14

State Finals – October 20-21

 

Spirit

Practice Begins – August 14

First Contest – August 24

State Finals – December 8-9

 

Boys Tennis

Practice Begins – August 14

First Contest – August 17

District or State First Round – Regionals completed by October 7

State Finals – October 12-14

 

Volleyball

Practice Begins – August 14

First Contest – August 24

District or State First Round – 1A/2A Districts completed by October 28; Regionals Completed by November 4

State Finals – November 10-11

 

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Raptors News · Should High School Basketball Players Be Able to Declare for the NBA Draft? – Presented by VNN


lebron-dunkAs Americans, we tend to fall in love with our rising stars who are breaking out on the national stage at a young age.  At 18, all eyes were on Patrick Kane as he started his professional hockey career with the Chicago Blackhawks. Nobody blinked twice when MLB’s Bryce Harper was selected to the National League All-Star team at 19.  Likewise, there were no calls for the U.S. Men’s National Team to pump the brakes on budding soccer star Christian Pulisic when he scored his first goal for the Stars & Stripes at the young age of 17.

Yet, in basketball, most of the top high school talent is required to follow the controversial “one & done” trend. As the rule goes, an athlete needs to be at least 19 years old to be eligible for the NBA Draft, forcing all hopeful pros into at least one year in college or a European League. The policy, instituted in the NBA CBA in 2005, was aimed at yielding more developed and matured players as draft options, instead of seeing teams draft solely on raw talent and potential, and stashing those prospects away on their bench.

 

Over the last decade, this rule has been a nonstop point of discussion and debate. Many appreciate the importance this rule places on attending higher education, and further developing professional skills. In addition, many college programs can benefit from knowing that the prospects they are recruiting will indeed commit to a school, rather than decide to forgo college altogether. Conversely, however, many have questioned whether forcing the likes of Andrew Wiggins, Ben Simmons and Anthony Davis to go to college for a year is really thmaxresdefaulte right path for top-level talent. The careers of Tracy McGrady, Kevin Garnett, Kobe Bryant, and LeBron James might say no. In addition, the one-and-done phenomenon sees many top players in and out of a college faster than you can say “Karl-Anthony Towns,” rendering a college game that is often focused more on individual showcases and annual ‘big names,’ rather than cheering for programs that see players develop over 3 or 4 years. This controversy is especially relevant, as current NBA Commissioner Adam Silver recently stated at the beginning of this year’s NBA Finals that “We all agreed we need to make a change . . . It’s one of those issues we need to come together and study. … My sense is, It’s not working for anyone.” (read more on Silver’s statement) Such a change could be to do away with the rule altogether, or amend it to have caveats, such as requiring those who choose to go to college to stay at least 2 years or those who choose to turn professional out of high school to spend a year in the G-League.

So, what do you think? Should the NBA change their age requirement and allow basketball players to turn professional fresh out of high school?

Should the NBA Allow High School Athletes to Declare for the Draft?

Yes! High Schoolers should be able to be drafted.
No. High Schoolers should be required to go to college first before playing in the NBA

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Raptors News · CHSAA 2017 Colorado high school girls tennis All-State Teams


2017 Colorado high school girls tennis All-State teams

The 2017 all-state girls tennis teams are presented by CHSAANow.com, ColoradoPreps.com and MaxPreps. These teams were created based upon results at the state tournament. The athletes who won championships at their classification were named players of the year.


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Raptors News · Colorado’s Top Record-Breaking Performance – Nominations are open now! – Presented by VNN


This Spring, we’ve seen several state and school records fall across the network. Who was the best in Colorado? Nominate your favorite with the form below.

Nominations close on May 22 at 12pm EST, and voting begins on Tuesday, May 23.

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