Ichiro set to coach high school baseball team in Japan


Some Japanese high school baseball players are going to be taught the game by one of the all-time greats. According to The Asahi Shimbun, Ichiro is going to become a temporary coach at a Japanese high school.

While the specific high school isn’t unknown, the reports claims that Ichiro will be coaching a team that has won the National High School Baseball Championship on at least one occasion.

“High school baseball is ‘baseball,’ but Major League Baseball is a ‘contest,'” Ichiro said at the annual National Newspaper Convention in November, according to the report. “It’s mainly about how far you can hit the ball and that’s hardly baseball. High school baseball is very exciting. I’m really interested in amateur baseball.”

Ichiro currently works for the Mariners in two capacities: He is a special assistant to the team chairman and also an instructor. Normally, the Japan Student Baseball Association requires

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Top 10 Metro Detroit high school football championship performances in the last 30 years

While we won’t have the opportunity to see some of the state most talented high school football players strut their stuff at Ford Field this weekend, there is still hope for that to happen at the end of December.

a person holding a baseball bat on a field: Detroit Martin Luther Kingu00e2u20acu2122s Armani Posey (7) celebrates after they defeated Lowell 40-38 in their 2015 Division 2 state final game at Ford Field in Detroit, Friday, November 27, 2015.

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Detroit Martin Luther Kingu00e2u20acu2122s Armani Posey (7) celebrates after they defeated Lowell 40-38 in their 2015 Division 2 state final game at Ford Field in Detroit, Friday, November 27, 2015.

In the meantime, let’s take a walk down memory lane at the best individual performances by Metro Detroit players at the state finals within the last 30 years.

10. Marvin Campbell’s big day gives Loyola its first state title

Year: 2014, Division 7

Detroit Loyola finished runner-up in the Division 7 title game in 2012 and 2013. The Bulldogs needed something or someone to get them over the hump. In the end, it was

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Kansas high school boys swimming preview for 2020-21 season


Wichita Independent state championship boys swimming and diving team (left to right): Coach Mitchell Wagner, junior Joshua Jacobsen, sophomore Matthew Janssen, senior Edward Sturm, senior Aidan Scott, junior George Jekov and sophomore Daniel Jekov.

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With the Kansas high school boys swimming and diving season starting this week, Varsity Kansas is ranking the top 25 athletes in the area for this season.

Top 25 swimmers and divers

No. 1 Drayden Bell, East junior

Already a three-time state champion, Bell is the fastest swimmer in Kansas after winning the Class 6A 50 free title in a personal-best time of 20.53 at the state meet. Bell also claimed the 100 free title last season with the top time in Kansas at 45.69.

No.2 George Jekov, Independent senior

Claimed two Class 5-1A state championships last season, winning the 200 free in 1:43.19 and the 500 free in 4:48.06 —

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Teen fundraising to gift shoes to 430 Galveston Elementary School kids


Children receiving shoes from the Shoes That Fit organization. (Photo: Shoes That Fit)

A high school junior is raising money to donate 430 pairs of shoes to Galveston Elementary School in Chandler through the Shoes That Fit organization.

Sam Bregman, a 16-year-old student at Hamilton High School, has a goal to raise $14,000 by mid-December, which he says will be enough money to buy every student a pair of $30 sneakers and five new pairs of socks.

So far, Sam has raised over $8,600 from 124 donors for Shoes That Fit.However, $14,000 is his minimum goal. Bregman hopes to be able to raise closer to $22,000 to help other students in the Valley in need of new shoes.

“This is very important for these students because it is a walking school,” Bregman said. The majority of kids at Galveston Elementary School walk to school. There is not a

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Israeli school swimming team arrive in Dubai for camp

a group of people waiting for their luggage at an airport: Israeli school swimming team arrive in Dubai for camp

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Israeli school swimming team arrive in Dubai for camp

With the Abraham Accords Peace Agreement paving the way for normalisation of relations between the UAE and Israel, it has also opened the gates to better co-operation in sports.

It has been a watershed moment and as part of the landmark agreement, the UAE has been witnessing a flurry of activity in sports, the latest being the arrival of a swimming team to Dubai from Israel.

A joint team of the Israel Swimming Association and Sakhnin Swimming School landed at the Dubai International Airport on Tuesday for an eight-day training camp. The team were welcomed by Michelle Slow, Dubai based Head of Development Swimming, and Niall, Head of Physical Education.

The Israeli team will train at the sprawling Hamdan Sports Complex and the Hartland International School, during their stay.

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USA TODAY Sports Super 25 high school football rankings for Dec. 1, 2020

This is the USA TODAY Sports Super 25 high school football rankings for Dec. 1, 2020. Teams that were ranked in USA TODAY Sports’ Super 25 preseason poll who are not playing football this fall are being excluded from the remainder of the fall rankings.

The USA TODAY Sports Super 25 rankings.

The USA TODAY Sports Super 25 rankings.

You can look back on the Super 25 preseason rankings and also check out the preseason USA TODAY Sports All-USA team, where we introduce you to the best high school football players in the nation as (some of) them get ready to take the field this season.

Keep up with USA TODAY Sports for updated rankings throughout the season and hit us up on Twitter @USATODAYSports to let us know what you think or if there’s a team we might be overlooking. 

From NFL plays to college sports scores, all the top sports news you

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Iowa high school boys’ basketball 2020-21: Gazette area teams to watch

Here is a look at some of the boys’ basketball teams from The Gazette area to keep an eye on this season.


Linn County is absolutely loaded at the small-school level.

The Pirates went 15-8 last season, losing to state champion Wapsie Valley in a Class 1A second-round postseason game.

Starting forwards Shane Neighbor and Reed Stallman return. Neighbor averaged a team-best 15.5 points and 7.1 rebounds per game, Stallman 12.1 points and team-best 10.3 rebounds.

But it’s the comeback of senior guard Hunter Caves that makes this team so dangerous. He missed all of last season with a knee injury.

Caves averaged 13.8 points as a sophomore and was so integral in Alburnett’s run to the 1A state championship game in 2019. Throw in a tremendous veteran head coach in Jeff Christopherson, and the Pirates are going to be a handful for any

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How the number of mental health workers at our local school districts compare to nationwide recommendations

The current health and safety crisis has brought to light new challenges for the public school system when it comes to mental health services and other stresses outside of school, such as food insecurity brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

At a time when mental health services are even more important, ABC11 took a look at the number of psychologists, counselors, nurses and social workers at our local school districts.


The Wake County Public School System (WCPSS), North Carolina’s largest school district, has about 160,000 students:

  • One social worker for every 1,454 students, with 110 social workers districtwide
  • One psychologist for every 1,739 students, with 92 psychologists total
  • One counselor for every 356 students, with a total of 449 counselors
  • One-hundred and four registered nurses plus one special education services nurse, with nurses assigned to two to three schools each

Durham Public Schools has about 31,603 students

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Pastor’s Daughter Suspended for Wearing ‘Homosexuality Is a Sin’ T-Shirt To School


The daughter of a conservative Christian preacher was suspended from school at the beginning of the school year for wearing a black T-shirt with the words “Homosexuality is a Sin” boldly emblazoned across the front, according to a recent article by the Christian Post.

When Brielle Penkoski, who attends Livingston Academy, a public high school in Livingston, Tennessee, showed up to school wearing the offending garment, she drew the ire of the school leadership who promptly requested that she change her shirt. Upon her refusal, she was sent home from school.

I wonder why?

Now Brielle Penkoski’s father, the Reverend Rich Penkoski, is threatening to sue the school stating that his daughter’s first amendment rights have been violated. “She wanted to go there to … express her values like all the other kids do,” Penkoski argued. Now, according to Penkoski, she’s been discriminated against for standing up for Biblical truth

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