True Web Gems

The best high school sites go beyond the scores and stats
October 01, 2006

For today's highschool students the Internet has been a part of their lives for as long as theycan remember. So it's not surprising that many high school sports teams havedeveloped first-class websites, complete with message boards, video clips andeven streaming play-by-play. Here are six of the best.

Lufkin (Texas)High

Sport:Football

URL:LufkinPantherFootball.com

An eye-catchingblack panther, the team's namesake, will draw you into a site that lets youdownload wallpaper for your computer desktop and provides handy links to keeptrack of football around the state. Traffic: 6,000 hits weekly. Click Here: TheFacilities page shows the Panthers' 10,000-seat stadium and their indoorpractice facility with a 70-yard field.

Jenks (Okla.)High

Sport: FootballURL: JenksTrojanFootball.com

Fans ofOklahoma's top program go here to review the season to date (each game-recappage includes a story, stats and plenty of photos) and learn about pre- andpostgame gatherings. Traffic: More than 2,000 hits on football Fridays. ClickHere: The media page has MP3 files of some of KTBZ play-by-play man Don King'scalls from each game.

Lakeland (Fla.)High

Sport: FootballURL: LakelandFootball.com

The Dreadnaughtswere USA Today's national champion in 2005, and thanks to a splashy designtheir site has a look and feel befitting a big-time program (including a pageof links to help players who are being recruited). Traffic: 7.1 million hitslast year. Click Here: The History page includes an explanation of the team'snifty nickname.

MontroseChristian Academy (Rockville, Md.)

Sport: Boys'basketball

URL:StuVetterBasketball.com/Montrose

Make your waypast the Jumpman logo animation (Nike sponsors the team), and you'll findendorsements of coach Stu Vetter from Duke's Mike Krzyzewski and Texas' RickBarnes. Click Here: The list of Vetter's Former Players includes retired NBAforwards Dennis Scott and George Lynch and current Denver Nuggets forward LinasKleiza.

Our Lady ofLourdes Academy (Miami)

Sport: Girls'cross-country

URL:http://hometeamsonline.com/visit/?u=LOURDESXC&sport=htosports&t=c

The design isrudimentary, but the content is extremely thorough, with individual bios, teamrecords, a photo page that includes snapshots of fund-raisers and trainingtrips, and a Hall of Fame. An added touch: Several pages load with psyche songsplaying in the background. Traffic: 10,000 hits this year and counting.

St. Xavier High(Cincinnati)

Sports: All URL:StXavier.org

Every singlesports event, from jayvee bowling to varsity football, at this all boys' schoolis covered by at least one of the 30 students who contribute to this site.Click Here: The school produces its own live play-by-play (called by adult St.Xavier staffers) of every home football and basketball game.

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