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Lions News · Where’s Georgia’s Toughest Place to Play? – Presented by VNN

Last month we asked our network to share the places in their state that they thought were the toughest to visit. Nearly 500 stadiums, gyms, pools, and courses were nominated, and now it’s time to crown a winner.

Where’s Georgia’s Toughest Place to Play?

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Where’s Georgia’s Toughest Place To Play?

Milton High School’s Cross Country Course – Home of the Milton Eagles
Raider Valley Stadium – Football – Home of the Walton Raiders
Eagles Landing Christian Academy – Football – Home of the ELCA Chargers


Winning locations will be entered into our Regional and National Contest to come at a later date!

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Lions News · Where Are the Toughest Places to Play? Nominate Now:

We here at VNN are doing a feature for our national media site highlighting the toughest places to play in all of high school sports and we want to hear from YOU what Stadium/Field/Gym/Course/Venue is the toughest to play and why?

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Lions News · Eight Great Fundraising Ideas for Booster Clubs – Presented by VNN

New jerseys, gear, entry fees, retreats – the wish list of opportunities to improve your teams is long, and often, the ways to finance them are short. While there’s no perfect one-size-fits-all fundraiser for every community, good inspiration is the first step.

Whether its your booster club, team, or program looking to raise funds and increase school spirit, here’s a few of our favorite ideas that we’ve seen across the network:

Jail-N-Bail – DeSoto High School (KS)

$10 files a warrant to arrest members of the community with phony allegations like “impersonating a golfer,” “failure to yield at the end of a sentence,” and “wearing pants way too high.” Once served with the warrant for their ‘arrest,’ the jailbirds are placed in a jail cell, a mug shot is taken, and they must call family/friends to raise bail.

Cheerleading Day – Pickens High School (SC)


Blue Flame cheerleaders dedicated their time to teach younger members of the community motion drills, jump technique, stunting fundamentals and sideline spirit in a day camp for a donation to the program. The campers, led by the PHS cheerleaders, performed a showcase at the conclusion of camp.

Lap-a-Thon – Gilmer High School (GA)


Anyone who has ever ran distance before knows that the hardest part isn’t necessarily the physical aspect, but the mental component of the sport, and in true Cross Country fashion, the Bobcats’ ‘hardest fundraiser,’ forces participants to run for an hour and a half around the track without stopping, with the main goal of seeing who can run the most laps consecutively in that time. Each lap ran accumulates money from sponsors, and all proceeds go towards funding the team.

Lift-A-Thon – Avon Lake (OH)

Earlier this Summer, the Shoremen football team held their 26th annual lift-a-thon, where players perform their max in 4 lifts, including the squat, hang clean, bench press, and deadlift in front of a crowd. Donations could be made in a player’s name, or to the team generally. Whittier Christian (CA) has a similar event coming up, the Push-Up-a-Thon, and Gilmer.

3 v. 3 Soccer Tournament – Roy High School (UT)

In the warm up to the Utah Spring Season, the Roy Royals Boys Soccer team held a 3v3 soccer tournament. At $20 per player, it was billed as a tune up for the year’s games across all levels, with teams starting at age 6 through adult.

Home Run Derby – Desert Ridge High School (AZ)


To help assist a teammate with unforeseen medical costs, the Jaguars held a home run derby. Split into two age groups, “19 and over” and “18 and under,” participants paid $20 to hit baseballs out of the park. The total raised, including raffles, auctions, and concessions, was $2,671!

Top Golf – Lakota West High School (OH)

Instead of practicing their own sport, the Firebirds of Lakota West held a fundraiser at the local West Chester Top Golf branch. At $100 per golfer, the cost included heavy appetizers, soft drinks, and visits from Lakota West NFL alumns Jordan Hicks (Philadelphia Eagles) and Ryan Kelly (Indianapolis Colts).

Local Restaurant EventsErie (CO), Lowell (MI), Westonka (MN)

If there’s one thing everyone loves, it’s food. Several schools connected with local restaurants and held fundraisers there. Whether the deal was for a portion of the day’s earnings donated back to the school (Chipotle and Buffalo Wild Wings are good national candidates for this), an ‘all-you-can-eat’ Belgian Waffles special, or selling coupons, this idea is a simple turn-key way to start earning.

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Lions News · Should High School Basketball Players Be Able to Declare for the NBA Draft? – Presented by VNN

lebron-dunkAs Americans, we tend to fall in love with our rising stars who are breaking out on the national stage at a young age.  At 18, all eyes were on Patrick Kane as he started his professional hockey career with the Chicago Blackhawks. Nobody blinked twice when MLB’s Bryce Harper was selected to the National League All-Star team at 19.  Likewise, there were no calls for the U.S. Men’s National Team to pump the brakes on budding soccer star Christian Pulisic when he scored his first goal for the Stars & Stripes at the young age of 17.

Yet, in basketball, most of the top high school talent is required to follow the controversial “one & done” trend. As the rule goes, an athlete needs to be at least 19 years old to be eligible for the NBA Draft, forcing all hopeful pros into at least one year in college or a European League. The policy, instituted in the NBA CBA in 2005, was aimed at yielding more developed and matured players as draft options, instead of seeing teams draft solely on raw talent and potential, and stashing those prospects away on their bench.


Over the last decade, this rule has been a nonstop point of discussion and debate. Many appreciate the importance this rule places on attending higher education, and further developing professional skills. In addition, many college programs can benefit from knowing that the prospects they are recruiting will indeed commit to a school, rather than decide to forgo college altogether. Conversely, however, many have questioned whether forcing the likes of Andrew Wiggins, Ben Simmons and Anthony Davis to go to college for a year is really thmaxresdefaulte right path for top-level talent. The careers of Tracy McGrady, Kevin Garnett, Kobe Bryant, and LeBron James might say no. In addition, the one-and-done phenomenon sees many top players in and out of a college faster than you can say “Karl-Anthony Towns,” rendering a college game that is often focused more on individual showcases and annual ‘big names,’ rather than cheering for programs that see players develop over 3 or 4 years. This controversy is especially relevant, as current NBA Commissioner Adam Silver recently stated at the beginning of this year’s NBA Finals that “We all agreed we need to make a change . . . It’s one of those issues we need to come together and study. … My sense is, It’s not working for anyone.” (read more on Silver’s statement) Such a change could be to do away with the rule altogether, or amend it to have caveats, such as requiring those who choose to go to college to stay at least 2 years or those who choose to turn professional out of high school to spend a year in the G-League.

So, what do you think? Should the NBA change their age requirement and allow basketball players to turn professional fresh out of high school?

Should the NBA Allow High School Athletes to Declare for the Draft?

Yes! High Schoolers should be able to be drafted.
No. High Schoolers should be required to go to college first before playing in the NBA

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Lions News · Vote for Georgia’s Top Record-Breaking Performance – Presented by VNN

Who had the best record-breaking performance in Georgia? We took your nominations over the past week and here are the finalists:

Chance Seabolt – North Murray High School


Archery- On Saturday, May 13th, 2017, Chance Seabolt was awarded the highest achievement at the National Archery in Schools Program (NASP) National Tournament for his shooting performance during the tournament this weekend in Louisville, KY. He shot a score of 298 out of 300 points, hitting the bulls-eye 29 times, outshooting 14,491 other archers. This was the first time anyone from a Georgia high school has been in the top five places.

Jamie Boatright – Hillgrove High School 

Baseball – Not only a starting pitcher for Region championship team, Jamie also finished the regular season as the starting 1B with highest batting avg. and RBI on Varsity. He is the current record Hillgrove record-holder for career varsity game starts.

Brook Goodrow – Forsyth Central High School


Football – First female player in the school’s 61 year history to score points during a varsity football game. A soccer player for 14 years, Brook decided to not play her senior year and try-out for the football team instead, kicking an extra point during the regular season vs. Meadowcreek.

Tylan Morton – Griffin High School

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Football- Breaks the state record for passing yards in a season with 4,741. The record was last broken by former Georgia Bulldogs QB Hutson Mason.

Hope Glenn – Pope High School

Track & Field – 100, 200, 4×100 Champion

Ansley Jenkins – Creekview High School


Track & Field – Long Jump, 17’6 1/2″ – The last record was 16’7″, which happened last year. Ansley broke the record the beginning of this track season with a jump of 16’9″ and then broke her own record at sectionals with a jump of 17’6 1/2″.

Ahmad M. Perryman – Centennial High School


Track and Field –  400M record broken 2- 3x in one season – Ahmad broke the record at the 6A State Track and Field Meet May 13 and is both team MVP and received the Excalibur award. He also received one of 5 principal awards this year and is known in the community to be dedicated to the sport, being a servant, and encouraging even to his competition.

Julian McDuffie – Shiloh High School

Track and Field – 300M – 36.84 – All-Time Gwinnett County Record

George Lira – West Hall High School

Track and Field – 100M – 10.90 – Even with a injured knee he overcame the injury and made magic happen.

Nicole Fegans – Landmark Christian Academy


Track and Field – 1600M – 4:58.09 – Broke the 5-minute mile. The Landmark Christian senior and Georgia Tech signee went 4:58.09 in the 1,600 to win the Region 5-A title and advance to state.

Jonathan Ross – Shorter High School

Track and Field – 110M hurdles – 13.86

West Forsyth Gymnastics Team – West Forsyth High School


Won the State Championships with the highest ever recorded point total in state history at 114.167 and breaking the old state record by over 2 points. It was the first state title in school history.

So, who had the best record-breaking performance? Vote below. Voting closes at Midnight EST on June 5th.

Georgia’s Top Record-Breaking Performance

Chance Seabolt – North Murray High School
Jamie Boatright – Hillgrove High School
Brook Goodrow – Forsyth Central High School
Tylan Morton – Griffin High School
Hope Glenn – Pope High School
Ansley Jenkins – Creekview High School
Ahmad M. Perryman – Centennial High School
Julian McDuffie – Shiloh High School
George Lira – West Hall High School
Nicole Fegans – Landmark Christian Academy
Jonathan Ross – Shorter High School
West Forsyth Gymnastics Team – West Forsyth High School

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Lions News · Georgia’s Top Record-Breaking Performance – Nominations are open now! – Presented by VNN

This Spring, we’ve seen several state and school records fall across the network. Who was the best in Georgia? Nominate your favorite with the form below.
Nominations close on May 22 at 12pm EST, and voting begins on Tuesday, May 23.

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Lions News · Best of the Best: Georgia’s Top Sports Story of the Month – Presented by VNN

This month’s top story from across Georgia comes from Forsyth Central High School in Cumming, whose Boys Varsity team lit up some fireworks on Senior Night.

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What an exciting Senior Night it was Friday. Trailing 7-6 in the bottom of the 7th inning with two outs and runners on 1st and 2nd, Evan Zaharchak created a lifetime moment. The Senior was chosen to pinch hit…

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Girls Varsity Track · Region Champs!

The Girls Track team has won the Region 4AAAAAA championship!  Great job ladies! Congrats to Coach Bush! Go Lions!

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Boys Varsity Track · Region Runner-Up!

The Boys Track team has finished as the runner up in Region 4AAAAAA!  Great job guys! Congrats to Coach Williams! Go Lions!

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Girls Junior Varsity Soccer, Girls Varsity Soccer · Senior Night

The Lady Lions Soccer team beat Mount Zion 11-1 on Senior Night.  Jr. Jasmine Mathis scored 5 goals.  Her 60 goals on the season is a Dekalb County record.  Sr. Alecia Collins scored 3 goals and added an assist.  Sr. Nina Shaw had a goal and 6 assist.  Sr. Asya Willis had 2 assist.  So. Kennedy Mayer scored twice as well.  Goalies Daniella Shoneye and Jada Cunningham had great games.