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Football more than a spectator sport for some Maine high school girls
Bangor Daily News
"I could see the football going end-over-end through the middle of the uprights with a high trajectory," said Chris Bartlett, head football coach for Maine's Belfast Area High School team. "And when I got up there so I could peek over the fence to see the field I could see it was Ashley Littlefield kicking from about 35 yards out." Littlefield was at Photo Day strictly for soccer purposes a year ago. This fall, she's in two team pictures, for what began as a jovial back-and-forth in the aftermath of her impromptu kicking display has evolved into a role for the senior not only as a center midfielder on Belfast's girls soccer team, but as the placekicker for the Lions' varsity football team.
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Eliminating handshakes from high school sports
VideoBriefIntensity, competition and rivalries are all things we associate with high school athletics, but should that list include fighting as well? Sports teach students teamwork, respect and even responsibility. But now one state athletic association is getting rid of a postgame ritual that has been a demonstration of sportsmanship for decades.
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How 300 pounds became magic number for high school football
News & Observer
North Carolina high school football linemen who want to play in college face a choice: Go big or go home. As college athletes grow in size, high school football players — particularly offensive linemen — believe that they have to pack on pounds if they want to play at the next level. Some lift weights to build muscle. Others bulk up any way they can, even if they have to eat their way to 300 pounds.
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High schools struggle to tackle safety on the football field
The NFL adopted a new rule this season that makes it illegal for players to hit with the crown of their helmet. In other words, ramming your head into someone. In high school football, it's been illegal to hit this way for years. Football is the most popular sport among high school boys, with more than 1 million playing the game during the 2012-13 school year. But the sport has taken a hit in recent years over allegations that the game is unsafe.
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    Best exercises for baseball speed
    Speed exercises are different for baseball. Players need to develop lateral strength and explosiveness. It's rare in baseball to begin running by moving straight ahead. Most of the time, you start sprinting by moving laterally, whether you're taking off to steal a base or running to field a ground ball. The most functional way for you to train for this is to develop strength in your torso and hips, then progress to a program that develops overall power. A good place to start: strength exercises involving side-to-side movement.
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    What to eat to stay on the field this football season
    If the high school football season already has you banged up and fatigued, you may want to pay more attention to your diet. Nourishing foods and beverages make you feel better on and off the field. A good diet helps you play better, prevents muscle cramping, aids recovery from muscle soreness and injuries, and enhances rehabilitation to get you back on the field.
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