Welcome to Super 6 Plays, where we’ll be digging up and dissecting six of the best plays from across the nation with the help of our partners over at High School Cube. Gear up for the week ahead with a heavy dose of monster dunks, homers, breakaway goals and the best of everything else early each week.
1) Independent High’s diving centerfield grab — Here’s the deal folks: If you’re clipping your own highlight to disseminate to the masses, put your name in it. If you don’t, you’ll never get the credit you deserve, like this centerfielder for The Independent School in Wichita, Kansas, who made a terrific diving snag and will forevermore be known only as “that nameless center fielder who made a great grab.” Names people, names. They’re important. Particularly if your school doesn’t provide a player roster (we’re looking at you, Independent School).
2) Dylan Ratzlaff’s baserunning for Halstead — In the same game (see, Halstead players get more credit because they have rosters!), Dylan Ratzlaff scored on one of the more bizarre plays you’ll see, using excellent speed and heads-up base running to get all the way around from first base on a sacrifice bunt by teammate Blake Beckett and error at first base. Seriously.
3) Thomas Waters’ lefty goal for Lyons Township — A water polo highlight! We’re really in the thick of spring season now. This is Lyons Township star Thomas Waters’ running roughshod on Oak Park and River Forest in a suburban Chicago face off.
4) River Falls’ tying goal — Here’s another case of teams without rosters, but again with a play worth celebrating as River Falls connects a string of impressive passes to set up a game-tying goal in the final moments of a Wisconsin tussle against Hudson.
5) Drew Boyd’s goal for Foothill — It’s hard to get a bona fide highlight out of a major blowout, but Foothill senior Drew Boyd still counts with this laser of a shot in a Nor Cal matchup against Yorba Linda.
6) Lucas Simon’s reverse layup for Chicago LockDown— The Lockdown routed fellow AAU squad Illinois BearCats, and Lucas Simon was a big reason why. This reverse layup was just one of the breakthrough plays he provided in the win.