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Dreadnaughts News · Where’s Florida’s Toughest Place to Play? – Presented by VNN


Last month we asked our network to share the places in their state that they thought were the toughest to visit. Nearly 500 stadiums, gyms, pools, and courses were nominated, and now it’s time to crown a winner.

Where’s Florida’s Toughest Place to Play?

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Where’s Florida’s Toughest Place To Play?

Showalter Field – Football – Home of the Winter Park Wildcats
Timber Creek Field – Football – Home of the Timber Creek Wolves
Bartow High School Stadium – Football – Home of the Bartow Yellow Jackets

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Winning locations will be entered into our Regional and National Contest to come at a later date!

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Dreadnaughts News · Top Plays from across the Nation – Vote Timber Creek


With help from our friends at Rapid Replay, VNN gathers the top plays from high schools around the nation every week!

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What School had the Top Play of the Week?

Granite Hills Football – CA
West Linn Football – OR
Timber Creek Volleyball – FL
Chicopee Comprehensive Football – MA
Temple Football – TX
Chicopee Soccer – MA

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Dreadnaughts 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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Dreadnaughts 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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Dreadnaughts 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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Dreadnaughts News · FHSAA 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 FHSAA Important Dates Calendar. Feel free to bookmark!

BOWLING

First practice date (Week 6) – July 31

Preseason classic tournaments (Week 8) – Aug. 14-19

Last regular season playing date (Week 17) – Oct. 21

District Tournament (Week 18) – Oct. 23-24

Florida High School Bowling State Championships (Week 19) – Nov. 1-2

CROSS COUNTRY

First practice date (Week 6) – July 31

Preseason classic meets (Week 8) – Aug. 14-19

First regular season playing date (Week 9) – Aug. 21

District Meets (Week 17) – Oct. 16-21

Regional Meets (Week 18) – Oct. 26-28

Florida High School Cross Country State Championships (Week 19) – Nov. 4

FOOTBALL (CLASSES 1A-4A)

First practice date – non contact (Week 6) – July 31

First practice date – contact (Week 6) – Aug. 5

Preseason classic games (Week 8) – Aug. 16-19

First regular season playing date (Week 9) – Aug. 23-26

District Tiebreakers (Week 19) – Oct. 30

Last regular season playing date (Week 19)  – Nov. 1-4

Postseason bowl games (Week 20-21) – Nov. 8-11

Regional Tournaments (Weeks 20-21) – Nov. 10, 17

State Semi Final games (Week 22) – Nov. 24

Florida High School Football State Championships (Week 23) – Dec. 1-2

First practice date – spring football – non contact (Week 44) – Apr. 23

First practice date – spring football – contact (Week 44) – Apr. 28

FOOTBALL (CLASSES 5A-8A)

First practice date – non contact (Week 6) – July 31

First practice date – contact (Week 6) – Aug. 5

Preseason classic games (Week 8) – Aug. 16-19

First regular season playing date (Week 9) – Aug. 23-26

District Tiebreakers (Week 19) – Oct. 30

Last regular season playing date (Week 19) – Nov. 1-4

Postseason bowl games (Week 20-21) – Nov. 8-11

Regional Tournaments (Weeks 20-22) – Nov. 10, 17, 24

State Semi Final games (Week 23) – Dec. 1

Florida High School Football State Championships (Week 24) – Dec. 8-9

First practice date – spring football – non contact (Week 44) – Apr. 23

First practice date – spring football – contact (Week 44) – Apr. 28

GOLF

First practice date (Week 6) – July 31

Preseason classic tournaments (Week 8) – Aug. 14-19

First regular season playing date (Week 9) – Aug. 21

Last regular season playing date (Week 15) – Oct. 7

District Tournaments (Week 16) – Oct. 10-11

Regional Tournaments (Week 17) – Oct. 16-18

Florida High School Class 3A Golf State Championships (Week 18) – Oct. 24-25

Florida High School Class 1A Golf State Championships (Week 18) – Oct. 27-28

Florida High School Class 2A Golf State Championships (Week 19) – Oct.31-Nov. 1

SWIMMING & DIVING (CLASSES 1A-2A)

First practice date (Week 6) – July 31

Preseason classic meets (Week 8) – Aug. 14-19

First regular season playing date (Week 9) – Aug. 21

Last regular season playing date (Week 15) – Oct. 7

District Meets (Week 18) – Oct. 16-21

Regional Meets (Week 19) – Oct. 23-Oct. 28

Florida High School Swimming & Diving State Championships (Week 20) – Nov. 3-4

SWIMMING & DIVING (CLASSES 3A-4A)

First practice date (Week 6) – July 31

Preseason classic meets (Week 8) – Aug. 14-19

First regular season playing date (Week 9) – Aug. 21

Last regular season playing date (Week 15) – Oct. 7

District Meets (Week 17) – Oct. 23-28

Regional Meets (Week 18) – Oct. 30- Nov. 4

Florida High School Swimming & Diving State Championships (Week 19) – Nov. 10-11

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL

First practice date (Week 6) – July 31

Preseason classic tournaments (Week 8) – Aug. 14-19

First regular season playing date (Week 9) – Aug. 21

Last regular season playing date (Week 16) – Oct. 14

District Tournaments (Week 17) – Oct. 16-20

Regional Tournaments (Weeks 18-19) – Oct. 24-25, 28, 31

State Semi Finals (Week 19) – Nov. 4

Florida High School Girls Volleyball State Championships (Week 20) – Nov. 10-11

 

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Dreadnaughts 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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Dreadnaughts News · Florida’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 Florida? 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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Dreadnaughts News · Which region’s high schools had the strongest NFL Draft? – Presented by VNN


The NFL Draft took place last week in Philadelphia. Held on the Rocky Steps at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, it was the first draft held entirely outdoors, and was the most attended in history with more than 250,000 people attending. Over three days, all 32 NFL teams chose players who they hope could be the future of their franchise.

In the next few pages, check out all the players drafted by their hometown high school, and vote for the region you think has grown the strongest draft class!

Voting closes on Sunday, May 14th at 3pm EST / 12pm PST.

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Dreadnaughts News · Best of the Best: Florida’s Top Sports Story of the Month – Presented by VNN


This month’s top story from across Florida comes from Bishop Moore High School in Orlando, where the girls Varsity team punched their ticket to Friday’s State Semi-Finals.

Girls’ Lacrosse beat Newsome High School 19-8 to advance to State Semi Finals

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The Bishop Moore Girls’ Lacrosse team beat Newsome High School 19-8.  Nicole B. contributed 3 goals and 5 assists. Jeanne K. had…

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