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  • Football coach gets fired, family helps him 'Shake It Off'

    Danielle Elliot at Prep Rally5 days ago

    After nine seasons at the helm of the Durant (Ok.) football program, Byron Cordell was informed on Thursday that his services are no longer needed. 

    He could've done as most coaches do, packing up his office and saying goodbye to the students. Instead, Cordell wanted everyone to know that he's shaking it off just fine. He got the word out with a little help from his family.

    Cordell brushed his shoulders off as he packed up the boxes and danced out the door carrying a box.

    He told the Durant Daily Democrat that he understands the decision and will continue rooting for the team. 

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  • It's time for high schools to celebrate their star athletes

    Danielle Elliot at Prep Rally10 days ago

    The start of the national signing period is a cause for celebration at high schools across the country. Basketball recruits are getting the most attention, but there are athletes signing national letters of intent in just about every sport (other than football).

    For many, signing the letters is the realization of a dream they've been chasing since they first started playing their respective sport. Some signees brought their families, some brought their friends, most are flanked by banners and balloons, and all seem to be celebrating on Twitter.

    Following the tweets shows just how strong some high school programs are – Bergen Catholic in N.J., for instance, has 10 lacrosse players signing today. For other schools, it's the first time they're experiencing the rush of seeing their high school star move on to a bigger stage. 

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  • For first time this fall, there's a new No. 1 in HS girls soccer

    Danielle Elliot at Prep Rally11 days ago

    A week after ending the longest unbeaten streak in the nation, N.J.'s  Immaculate Heart Academy is now the top-ranked girls high school soccer team in the country. IHA jumped from No. 7 to No. 1 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.

    It's the first time this season that there's a new name atop the NSCAA poll. The spot has previously belonged to Northern Highlands, a public school in New Jersey that had had an 88-game unbeaten streak going since 2010.

    IHA ended the streak with a 2-1 win in the county finals last week.

    What's most surprising about the poll, though, is that Northern Highlands fell all the way from No. 1 to No. 22. It was one loss, in a very close game. The school has since won two state playoff games. 

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  • Nation's top girls soccer team has unbeaten streak snapped at 88 games

    Danielle Elliot at Prep Rally17 days ago

    The seniors on Immaculate Heart (N.J.) Academy's soccer team have a lot to celebrate today. Just as their high school soccer careers are winding down, they finally beat their toughest foe – something no team has done since 2010. 

    Northern Highlands (N.J.) came into the county final as the top-ranked team in most national polls. It had an 88-game unbeaten streak going, the longest in N.J. history.

    "Snapping the streak, being the ones to snap it, it means the most," Alex Mesropyan told the Bergen Record. "They're a great team. We knew they were going to come out hard. So did we. I'm just happy we won this time."

    I will never forget this night. UNREAL.

    We did it

    Northern Highlands beat IHA for the title in 2012. IHA then snapped Northern Highlands' 65-game winning streak in last year's county final, with the game ending in a 1-1 tie. When the rankings aligned for a rematch this year, IHA didn't let the opportunity slip away. 

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