The new basketball court at H.L. Richards High (Oak Lawn, Ill.) will have Dwyane Wade's image on it, and for good reason. The alum and his sponsor, T Mobile, donated $150,000 for a new scoreboard, sound system and renovations. Wade, rehabbing a shoulder injury in Miami, appeared at a pep rally on video, while his mother and his wife, Siohvaughn, also an alum, were present—as was rapper Kanye West (above), who performed after being introduced by Dreamgirls' Jennifer Hudson.
SOFTBALL FINAL: 64--0
You can't be too thin or too rich, but you can score too many runs, as the Woodinville (Wash.) fast-pitch team learned when its 64--0 win on March 21 against Franklin (Seattle) drew plenty of criticism. The rout prompted league coaches, including Woodinville's Jim Weir, to recommend strengthening their mercy rule—it would be invoked for a 15 run lead after three innings.
Kellen Kiilsgaard (left) of Auburn (Wash.) High is a QB-DB headed to Stanford next year, but his athletic prowess may never mean more than it did when he rescued two swimmers while vacationing on Maui, Hawaii, in February. Kiilsgaard used a cross-chest carry technique he learned in a school lifesaving course, taught by his father, to bring a young girl and her father 50 yards into shore.
Two of the top five teams in RISE magazine's national baseball rankings are neighbors who see plenty of each other. Last Thursday No. 5 Brophy Prep (Phoenix) got the best of No. 2 Horizon (Scottsdale, Ariz.) in the final of the Cleats national invitational, winning 10--5. The teams—which met in last year's state 5A-I final, with Brophy victorious—trade home games this week.
April 8, 2007
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