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Dad of late ex-Ohio high school football player sues helmet makers

The father of a former Ohio high school football player who died in 2016 after a seizure led to his drowning has sued the manufacturers of helmets worn by Cody Hamblin.

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Darren Hamblin alleges in a suit filed in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court that Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) suffered by his son while he played at Miamisburg High School led to seizure and death.

The suit names Riddell Sports Group and the parent company of Schutt Sports as defendants. The plaintiffs allege negligence, product liability, negligent misrepresentation, fraud and wrongful death.

Cody Hamblin, 22, died May 29, 2016, in Fayetteville, Ohio, when he was fishing during Memorial Day weekend with his grandfather. He had a sudden seizure while on a boat, fell overboard into the water and died within a minute, according to the suit.

CTE is only determined by postmortem analysis, and an autopsy was performed on Cody Hamblin on June 30, 2016, the suit said.

The court document claims that Hamblin played football from 2001, when he was 8 years old, until 2011 and that he developed brain and neurological damage while using those companies’ helmets.

The lawsuit alleges that the plaintiffs “did not know the long-term effects of repeat brain injuries, subconcussive hits and cumulative brain trauma and relied on” the defendants to protect them.

“Upon information and belief, there are no specific safety standards for youth sports,” the suit alleges. “In other words, (the companies’) ‘safety standards’ utilized in the design and manufacture of their tackle football helmets fail to differentiate between adult tackle football participants and children tackle football participants, despite the drastic and varying differences between the two.”

“Children possess unique features and vulnerabilities not possessed by fully developed, exceptionally fit adult athletes,” the suit said.

In addition, the suit said children are more vulnerable to head, neck and brain injuries than adults because youth football players’ heads and brains are disproportionately large compared to the rest of their bodies.

The suit cites design defects and that the companies failed to provide necessary and adequate information and made misrepresentations about their products.

The defendants have not yet filed an answer in court.

Stoneman Douglas hockey team wins state championship

The ice hockey team at Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School won a state title Sunday, 11 days after a gunman killed 14 students and three teachers at the school.

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Stoneman Douglas senior Joey Zenobi told WBBH-TV that the team was playing for the victims of the Valentine’s Day shooting.

“We came into the game knowing we had to give it our all to get the win, and that’s what we did,” Zenobi told the news station. “This wasn’t for us, this was for the 17 victims. We played for them.”

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Some team members dyed their hair yellow in honor of Joaquin Oliver, a friend of theirs who died in the Feb. 14 mass shooting.

“We almost didn’t even come here, because we didn’t know if we wanted to play or not,” senior Ronnie Froetschel told WBBH-TV. “I’m just glad to be alive.”

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The fourth-seeded Eagles upset top-seeded East Lake High School in an elimination game Sunday before routing Tampa’s Jesuit High School 7-4 later in the day to win the Lightning High School Hockey League Tier 1 state title, according to ESPN.

Officials with Jesuit High School congratulated the Stoneman Douglas team on Twitter after the win.

“The SD players endured unimaginable tragedy at their school, and now they will bring a state title back to their grieving community,” school officials said.

Stoneman Douglas senior Matthew Horowitz told WBBH-TV that the team was awarded 17 medals, one for each player on the ice. He said the team plans to bring the medals back to the school to honor each of the 17 shooting victims.

The ice hockey league is sponsored by Statewide Amateur Hockey of Florida, according to ESPN.

Texas transgender wrestler wins second straight state title 

A transgender wrestler from Texas successfully defended his Class 6A girls championship Saturday night, WFAA reported

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Mack Beggs, from Euless Trinity near Dallas, improved to 36-0, capping his season with a 15-3 victory against Chelsea Sanchez of Morton Ranch High school. Beggs, 18, also defeated Sanchez last season in the 110-pound division, WFAA reported.

Last year, a parent filed a lawsuit to prevent Beggs from wrestling in the female division.

Beggs began transitioning from female to male a few years ago by using testosterone, which was the reason the lawsuit was filed, WFAA reported. But according to the Texas University Interscholastic League, it is not a banned substance since it comes from a physician.

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A state law passed in 2016 says that athletes must compete as the gender listed on their birth certificates, WFAA reported.. 

Marco Karem, Beggs’ father, told WFAA that his son’s achievement was an inspiration.“He inspires a lot of people, and if he can help just one person -- then it’s worth it to Mack,” Karem said.

Mack Beggs heard several boos and jeers during the state final but shrugged it off, WFAA reported.

"I don't care, I gave my all in that match," he said. "You put me in front of anybody and I'll wrestle them.

"Each time I read comments, they all say the same thing about steroids. It all comes down to technique and who has the most heart."

Beggs is considering a men’s wrestling scholarship in college and is hoping to schedule a time for his “top surgery” by a doctor in Plano, The Dallas Morning News reported. 

He also wants to train for the Olympics. Both the NCAA and the Olympics have rules in place that allow athletes to compete as the gender they identify with, WFAA reported. 

12 charged in high school basketball brawl

Twelve people, including students and adults, will be charged in connection with a fight at a Pennsylvania high school basketball game earlier this month, police said.

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They face disorderly conduct charges.

Clairton police released details about the Feb. 6 brawl at Clairton High School between Clairton and Monessen.

Police said it began as a fight between two players and escalated from there.

Eight teenagers and four adults are charged. All are from Clairton and Monessen, police said.

In a news release, officers said they offered victims a chance to come forward to sort out who was involved in the fight, but no one did, so they used surveillance video to figure out who to charge.

The charges come after WPIAL officials decided to suspend players who left the benches for one game and put both schools on unprecedented five-year probations.

Monessen is appealing that decision.

Transgender wrestler will defend state title in Texas

A transgender wrestler from Texas will be defending the Class 6A girls championship at next week’s state tournament, WFAA reported.

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On Saturday, Mack Beggs, 18, of Euless Trinity will compete for a 6A Region II tournament title, which will determine bracket seeding for the state tournament. The top four finishers in each weight class advance.

Last year, a parent filed a lawsuit to prevent Beggs from wrestling in the female division.

Beggs began transitioning from female to male a few years ago by using testosterone, which was the reason the lawsuit was filed, WFAA reported. But according to the Texas University Interscholastic League, it is not a banned substance since it comes from a physician.

A state law passed in 2016 says that athletes must compete as the gender listed on their birth certificates, WFAA reported.

The state wrestling tournament will be in Cypress next week. Beggs is 29-0 this season and hopes to defend the state title he won last year.

Beggs is considering a men’s wrestling scholarship in college and is hoping to schedule a time for his “top surgery” by a doctor in Plano, The Dallas Morning News reported. 

"I know it's going to happen," Beggs told the Morning News "But if I stress about it too much, then I'm going to stress about it, so I'm just going with the flow."

Florida school shooting: Football coach shot, killed while protecting students hailed as hero

UPDATE, 5:19 a.m. EST Thursday: Aaron Feis, an assistant football coach and security guard at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, has died after being wounded in a deadly mass shooting Wednesday, the team tweeted early Thursday.

“It is with great sadness that our football family has learned about the death of Aaron Feis,” the team wrote. “He was our assistant football coach and security guard. He selflessly shielded students from the shooter when he was shot. He died a hero and he will forever be in our hearts and memories.”

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ORIGINAL STORY: An assistant football coach reportedly was shot while protecting students during a deadly mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

Aaron Feis is being celebrated as a hero, according to the Miami Herald, citing tributes to the coach and reports on social media.

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Seventeen were killed and many more were injured in Wednesday's shooting. A gunman, whom police identified as 19-year-old former student Nikolas De Jesus Cruz, opened fire on students in the afternoon.

When the shooting started, Feis – a school security guard, as well – reportedly stepped between the shooter and students, taking bullets in the act. He was reportedly hospitalized in critical condition.

Douglas football player Charlie Rothkopf tweeted that his coach “took [several] bullets covering other students at Douglas.”

The Miami Herald reported that Feis is a 1999 graduate of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

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“He is a friend to all students that know him,” wrote Angelica Losada, who identified herself as a former student at the school. “Please, take a moment to send healing prayers for him.”

Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said “a football coach” had died in the shooting. It is not clear if Israel was referring to Feis.

California prep basketball player with Down syndrome scores first basket

A California teenager with Down syndrome had a memorable senior night, scoring his first career basket in his first appearance in a game, KMPH reported.

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Jack Welsh was introduced last on Feb. 8 as Reedley High School honored its seniors.

“The heart and soul of Reedley,” Pirates football coach Brandon Nagle said. "That would explain Jack right there."

When the game began, Welsh posted up and connected for a basket, prompting the student section to rush the court to congratulate him, KMPH reported.

“You want to cry," said Jack's father, John Welsh. “You know, we didn't know anything about it, so, it really took us by surprise.”

For three years, Jack Welsh has been a part of the Reedley basketball, football and baseball teams, Basketball coach Travis Ferrell said inserting Welsh into the lineup was a great way to celebrate his high school career.

“He comes to all of our practices. He brings energy that sometimes our players don't bring, and we feed off of him,” Ferrell told KMPH. “So to me, it was the least we could do to have this type of celebration on senior night.”

“To see the joy in his face and to experience what all these boys have experienced for four years -- he's like any other boy," John Welsh told KMPH. “He wants to participate.”

Dec. 30 Roundup: Elks win Orlando tourney; FM’s Conley scores 1,000th point

The Centerville Elks boys boys basketball team defeated Boone, Fla., 64-58 in double overtime to win the City Beautiful Invitational in Orlando, Florida. 

Matt Pearce netted 22 points in the win, while Donovan Shelton and Ryan Marchal tacked on 12 and 11 points. 

Pearce was also named the overall tournament MVP and Shelton was named to the all-tournament team. 

Centerville beat First Academy 46-43 to advance to the tournament championship. 

Beavercreek 59, Bellbrook 35: Jon Alessandro tallied 12 points in the ‘Creek win. Caleb Scott and Donnie Crouch each had 11 for Bellbrook. 

Miamisburg 59, Dayton Christian 54: Jason Hubbard led Miamisburg with 20 points in the win. Anton Webb led all scorers and DC with 28. 

Sidney 63, Bellefontaine 40: Ratez Roberts shot for 17 points, while Andre Gordon tacked on 15 in the win. Jack Clement scored 13 in the Bellefontaine loss.

Lakota West 52, Kings 37: Carter Combs tallied 13 points in the win, while Max Kiker tacked on 12. 

Bishop Hartley 44, Chaminade Julienne 43: Payton Collins put up 19 points in the win for Bishop. CJ’s Milton Gage netted 23 in the loss. 

Miami Trace 58, Greeneview 53: Cameron Carter scored 27 points in the win. Gabe Caudill put up 18 points in the loss. 

Ansonia 59, Jefferson 36: Ansonia took home the Patriot Holiday Classic title with the win. 

Franklin Monroe 42, Brookville 40: Ethan Conley scored his 1,000th career point in the win, pushing FM to their first Jet Tournament title in five years. 

Mississinawa Valley 49, Arcanum 47: Ethan Bowman notched his 1,000th point, putting up 24 in the win. 

Botkins 72, Ridgemont 40: Tyler Free led all scorers with 24 points for Botkins.

Fort Loramie 55, Bethel 47: Tyler Siegel netted 20 points, shooting for 100% from the foul line to lead in the win, moving FL to 9-0. Ryan Rose put up 22 points in the loss. 

St. Henry 62, Coldwater 49: Marcus Brun tallied 13 points in the Coldwater loss. Cole Frilling tacked on 12. 

 

Girls Basketball

Butler 59, Graham 16: Tyree Fletcher netted 16 points in the win and Abbie Schoenherr tacked on 10. 

Lebanon 58, Edgewood 29: Sydney Hanna put up 15 points in the Lebanon win. Kendall Folley chipped in 14. 

Miamisburg 56, Dayton Christian 26: Abby Carter and Emily Kepple each tallied 16 points in the win. 

Fairfield 53, Talawanda 43: Zahyra Bailey put up 15 points and six steals, shooting 8-for-10 from the foul line in the win. Addie Brown’s 25 points led all scorers and Talawanda, 15 coming off three point shots. 

Monroe 54, Stivers 25: Sophie Sloneker, Alyssa Beckett and Erica Thompson each netted eight points to best Stivers. Emily Fletcher shot for 11 points [n the loss. 

Alter 44, Magnificat 43: Riley Priest had 12 points and three steals for Alter. 

Fenwick 48, Norwood 38: Kaitlyn Anzel led with nine points for Fenwick in the win. Jenna Adams tacked on seven points and 15 rebounds. 

Mechanicsburg 59, Greenon 43: Kasey Schipfer put up a double double, shooting for 23 points, 10 steals, six rebounds and four assists. Elly Schipfer tacked on another double double with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Reagan Ware had 17 points in the loss.

West Liberty-Salem 60, Catholic Central 35: Kelsey Day led all scorers with 17 points and three 3-pointers. Abbigail Peterson tallied 12 points to lead Catholic Central. 

Covington 42, Troy 28: Tori Crowell tallied 12 points for Covington. Alaura Holycross and Dana Wynkoop co-led Troy with eight points apiece. 

Miami East 47, Anna 27: Morgan Haney paced all scorers with 16 points. 

Newton 58, Dixie 33: Tatum McBride netted 26 points in the win. 

Fairlawn 55, Ansonia 44: Lauren Dudgeon netted 31 points and eight blocks in the win. 

Fort Loramie 56, St. Henry 40: Taylor Ratermann led FL with 14 points, shooting 4-for-5 on 3-pointers. Alison Siefring had 13 points for St. Henry. 

Minster 71, Bellevue 49: Courtney Prenger led all scorers with 24 points in the win. 

New Bremen 61, Lehman Catholic 30: Paige Jones scored 13 points in the NB win. Carly Edwards led Lehman with seven points. 

 

Wrestling

McClain Tiger Invitational: Kenton Ridge took sixth place overall. Bryce Davis took home the championship at 120 and Jaden Cook added on another at 126. 

Skyline Bowling Invitational: Ayyoub Muhammed of Thurgood Marshall won the 132-pound weight class by defeating Ashten Moody of Unioto 10-6 in the championship round. 

 

Swimming

Bellbrook Quad: Kenton Ridge’s Sydney Jones and Gwyn Thomas took two events each, also winning two additional events as a part of the 200 Medley and 200 Freestyle relays. Jones also took first in the 50 Freestyle and 100 Freestyle, while Thomas took the 200 IM and 100 Breastroke.

Jerry Jones’ grandson rallies team to Texas state high school football title

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones celebrated another championship Friday night, but it wasn’t his NFL team that made him proud.

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It was his grandson, quarterback John Stephen Jones, who rallied Highland Park to a 53-49 victory against Manvel in the UIL Class 5A Division I finale at AT&T Stadium -- the home of the Cowboys. Jones’ heroics gave Highland Park back-to-back state titles, and he became the first quarterback to throw for more than 500 yards in a Texas state title game, ESPN reported.

The 5-foot-10, 180-pounder passed for 564 yards and four touchdowns, rallying Highland Park from a 10-point deficit with three minutes to play. Jones, who was 37-for-58, completed a 16-yard touchdown pass to Cade Saustad -- his 61st of the season -- with 34 seconds left. Jones also completed a 28-yard pass on fourth-and-15 to keep the drive alive, ESPN reported.

Highland Park (15-1), the winningest team in state history with 816 victories, won back-to-back state titles for the first time and its fifth overall, The Dallas Morning News reported.

The Scots also won titles in 1945 (shared with Waco), 1957, 2005 and 2016.

“We beat some great football teams to get here, and this was probably the best one tonight,” Highland Park coach Randy Allen told the Morning News. “John Stephen is a great competitor, and he kept telling everybody on the bench that we've just got to keep coming back.”

Highland Park trailed 49-39 with three minutes to play.

“It shows we have no quit. We'll never count ourselves out,” Jones told the Morning News. “It's really special.”

Highland Park had to survive a late scare, as Manvel’s Jalen Preston was wrestled down at the 1-yard line after a 30-yard reception as time ran out.

Jerry Jones congratulated Manvel coach Kirk Martin after the game.

“He just told me what a great job we did,” Martin told the Morning News. “One second and 1 yard short. That was the difference.”

Panthers' Thomas Davis donates $15K for high school state championship rings

Carolina Panthers defensive linebacker Thomas Davis has made a huge donation to help the Harding University High School football team get its players and coaches championship rings.

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Davis confirmed he donated $15,000 to the team in a tweet to WSOC-TV anchor John Paul.

The football team finished its 14-1 season with a 30-22 win over Scotland County in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 4A State Championship game in Winston-Salem. It’s the first state championship for the team since 1953.

Head football coach Sam Greiner was on the radio Friday morning when Davis called in and said he would help. The football program was trying to figure out ways to purchase rings for its players who couldn't afford them.

The rings cost about $400 apiece, so the school was trying to raise about $20,000. A GoFundMe page was set up to help the team buy rings, which had raised nearly $7,000 by Friday morning.

When Greiner accepted the head coach position two years ago, the football program was one of the worst in the state -- winning just one game in both 2014 and 2015. The players didn't have uniforms until the coach’s church bought them. They still practice on a beat-up baseball field and have to dress behind the stands.

"If someone wrote a movie script about everything that's happened, they would think it's a fairy tale,” Greiner said. “They wouldn't think it's real life.”

WSOC-TV asked what expenses Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools cover and was told it provides for game officials, security and coaching stipends.

Everything else is up to the school, families or a booster club.

Harding doesn't have a booster club, and a majority of the students’ families don't have the money.

"We have kids on our rosters that don't really have homes,” Greiner said. “They really don't know what they're going to eat (from) day to day.”

Greiner and his church created a family before building a state championship-caliber team. The church provides meals before games and Greiner let his quarterback, Braheam Murphy, who was homeless, live with him.

"I have two daughters because I think the good Lord knew I had enough sons, coaching football," Greiner said.

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