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Tigers 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?

Be on the lookout for the final feature coming soon on!


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Tigers 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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Tigers News · How much do you know about staying hydrated? Presented by VNN

Staying hydrated is important to your health, and is one of the best ways to ensure that you are playing your best. Unfortunately, many athletes overlook just how important water is in maintaining top-level performance.

Think you know everything there is to know about proper hydration? Take the quiz below sourced from’s 15 Hydration Facts for Athletes and find out:


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Tigers 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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Tigers News · Vote for Alabama’s Top Record-Breaking Performance – Presented by VNN

Cole Grogan – Sylacauga High School: Cole entered his senior soccer season at Sylacauga High School with 128 career goals, 29 goals shy of breaking the AHSAA Career Goals Scored record of 156 goals set from 2011 to 2015 by Dilan Sayer from East Limestone High School. Entering a region match on April 4, 2017, Cole was 3 goals away from breaking the record. During the match, Cole scored his second goal with 1:31 left to play, tying the record at 156. Then, with 27 seconds remaining in the match, Cole scored an amazing goal to break the scoring record! During Cole’s 2017 senior season, he scored 43 goals, thus setting the new record at 171 career goals scored! Along Cole’s outstanding career journey (spanning from 2013 to 2017), he also captured the AHSAA Career Assists record, setting the total at 141 career assists!

Cami Rogers – Prattville High School: As a Freshman, she scored 25 goals and was selected as the teams Offensive MVP.  Cami was also an All-Metro selection as a Freshman.  As a Sophomore, she scored 28 goals and was once again selected as the teams Offensive MVP.  She was also selected as a member of the All-Metro Team as a Sophomore.  As a Junior, she broke the schools scoring record, scoring 32 goals.  She was selected as a Captain for the Lady Lions and was also received the Offensive MVP award as well as the teams overall MVP.  Cami was also a member of the All-Metro Team as a junior.  She was selected to play in the North South All Star Game as a Junior.  As a Senior, she once again broke the school scoring record that she held, scoring over 50 goals to date.  Her 4 year goal total is approaching the mark of 150. (read more)

Brooks Rice – Spain Park High School: On his senior night, Brooks Rice’s four goals gave him 34 on the season and breaks the old school record of 33 goals set by Griff Gowers. Read more about that Senior Night game here.

O’neil Roberson – Oak Mountain High School: O’neil broke the school record of 19 homeruns previously set by Caroline Seitz (plays at Mississippi state) and O’Neil is signed to play at Mississippi state next year.  Read about Roberson’s walk-off homerun in the bottom of the tenth here.

Henry Ruggs III – Robert E. Lee High School: per

Alabama WR signee Henry Ruggs III sets state record in 100m dash

2017 Alabama wide receiver signee Henry Ruggs III is known a speedster, but this news will have Alabama fans even more excited to get him on campus. At the AHSAA track and field championships on Saturday, Ruggs not only won the 100m dash, but he also set a state record in the event.


Okheme Moore – Hillcrest High School: Okheme set a Mountain Brook invitational in the 200m with a flying time of 21.30.  See record sprint below

Who do YOU think was Alabama’s top record-breaking performance this Spring? Vote below on page 2!


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Tigers News · Alabama’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 Alabama? 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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Tigers News · Which region’s high schools had the strongest NFL Draft? – Presented by VNN

The NFL Draft took place last week in Philadelphia. Held on the Rocky Steps at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, it was the first draft held entirely outdoors, and was the most attended in history with more than 250,000 people attending. Over three days, all 32 NFL teams chose players who they hope could be the future of their franchise.

In the next few pages, check out all the players drafted by their hometown high school, and vote for the region you think has grown the strongest draft class!

Voting closes on Sunday, May 14th at 3pm EST / 12pm PST.

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Multiple Teams · Alabama’s Track and Field Records – Presented by VNN

As the Spring Season hits full swing, state records start falling.

Think you can meet the challenge?

Here’s a link to your competition:

Alabama AHSAA State Records

Boys Track and Field Records

Girls Track and Field Records


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Multiple Teams · Football Leadership Team Participates in School Community Service

The varsity football team has selected its Leadership Team members for the 2017 Season.  The newly formed leadership team has selected 3-4 standards for several categories of the upcoming season.  One of the newly formed categories that the leadership team wants to focus on is community service.  The first standard for community service is to participate in one community or school service project per month.  Last weekend the football leadership team participated in its first school community service project.  Some of the members that volunteered were: Jacob Davis, Bernard Phinizee, Logan Jones, Bruce Ambrosio, Will Rushing, John David Palmer, Connor Stults.  These student athletes helped remove sand from the sand pits for the Track and Field program, picked up trash around the high school campus, and helped several community members with home projects.  

We are very proud of the commitment the Football Leadership Team is making to be leaders by serving others.  Keep up the good work and thank you for making a strong effort to represent our school in a positive manner.

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Tigers News · All Teams Schedule: Week of February 13 – February 19

Here’s a preview of this week’s events for Russellville High School, February 13 – February 19


February 13, 2017

No events happening


February 14, 2017

5:00 PM Girls Varsity Soccer
@ Tanner High School
7:00 PM Boys Varsity Basketball
vs. Lee High School
7:00 PM Boys Varsity Soccer
@ Tanner High School


February 15, 2017

No events happening


February 16, 2017

5:00 PM Girls Varsity Soccer
vs. Haleyville High School
7:00 PM Boys Varsity Soccer
vs. Haleyville High School


February 17, 2017

No events happening


February 18, 2017

No events happening


February 19, 2017

No events happening


Nothing more to add at this time. Make it the best week ever!