THE BEAT: A roundup of interesting high school sports news from around the country.
With Fused Vertebrae, Simon Knudtson Returns to the Field
Oshkosh West (Wis.) senior Simon Knudtson had a benign tumor removed from his lower spine two years ago. Now, with a metal plate, a couple rods and screws holding things together, he's back on the soccer field.
"The only thing I'm a little worried about," Knudtson said sitting in a nearly empty Titan Stadium before a game earlier this season, "is they still haven't sent me a card for when I go through airport security saying that I have metal in my back."
ESPN Catches Up With Sami Stoner
ESPN will profile Lexington (Ohio) cross country runner Sami Stoner, who is legally blind and competes with a guide dog, on E:60 on Oct. 16.
"It's been different," Stoner said. "I really just try and do my regular routine, but it's kind of weird having to be wired up. It actually wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. I was worried it would fall off (when I was running) but it ended up being fine."
Tiffany Person Makes School History
You've probably heard of T.C. Williams (Alexandria, Va.); it was the school featured in Remember the Titans. T.C. Williams senior wide receiver Tiffany Person made her own history earlier this year when she became the first gool in program history to catch a pass.
"It felt like that was the hardest hit of the night — when they hit her," Titans coach Dennis Randolph said. "They took a little extra care in making sure that she felt it.
Luis Castellanos gave Cathedral City (Calif.) a 3-2 win over Twentynine Palms (Calif.) with a
penalty kick 47-yard field goal on Friday. That's right — there was a high school football game that ended with a final score of 3-2.
As Drew Schmenner reports, it's a rare score for an (American) football game on any level. "In 1921, the Dayton Triangles beat the Cleveland Indians by that odd total, and in 1926, the Chicago Cardinals defeated the Milwaukee Badgers by the same weird tally. More recently, in 2008, Auburn defeated Mississippi State 3-2 in a collegiate game."
Brophy Prep (Ariz.) senior Gabriel Espinosa has his sights set on an Olympic great. Espinosa's goal is to break fellow Brophy Prep alum Gary Hall, Jr.'s 50-yard freestyle school record of 20.30 seconds. Espinosa swam a personal-best 20.70 seconds on Saturday and is confident he can go even faster at state.
"I'm tapered, shaved, ready to go," Espinosa said.