With the calendar year coming to a close, USA TODAY High School Sports is looking back at what stories moved the needle most over the past 365 days.
From coaches behaving badly to inspirational feats of athleticism and sportsmanship, here are our most-read stories of 2017.
17. Michael Porter Jr. wants Washington release, names four schools
Michael Porter Jr. wanted out of his scholarship at Washington.
“I don’t know if we’ve asked yet because my dad is handling everything, but I’m definitely requesting a release,” Porter said after being named the Gatorade National Boys Basketball Player of the Year.
Washington fired head men’s basketball coach Lorenzo Romar following a disappointing 9-22 season with the Huskies.