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April 18, 2013

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Young skywalker

Brittney Griner isn’t the only WNBA rookie who can dunk. Toni Young, the seventh overall pick from Oklahoma State, is a 6-2 forward who tied the national high school record with a 6-4 high jump. She placed fifth in the NCAAs last year, which was her first year competing in college. She cleared 6-1.5.

King and his court

North Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams’ 18-month-old grandson has a great basketball name. He’s Court Williams.

Seminole sensation

Orlando Sentinel’s Mike Bianchi wrote an interesting piece on Florida State’s “Famous Jameis” Winston. The quarterback was at football practice at 6:30 a.m., took a plane to Miami and used his 97 MPH fastball to fan all nine Hurricanes he faced.

ESPN’s Trent Dilfer said he could someday be the No. 1 pick in the draft. I assume he meant football. The redshirt freshman has yet to throw a varsity pass but even FSU great Charlie Ward gushed about him.

Radical realignment

The crazy conference realignments aren’t limited to Division 1 schools. Maine Presque Isle’s women’s athletic teams are joining the Great South Athletic Conference. The league consists of schools in Georgia (2), North Carolina, California, Michigan, Massachusetts (Pine Manor), Maine and Washington, D.C.

Lacrosse’s slow change

For decades known as a sport for the privileged, the lacrosse explosion in the public schools is one of the sports stories of the decade. Change, however, is still a ways off in the college ranks. At Dartmouth, for example, 31 of 41 of the men’s players and 16 of the 28 women’s players attended prep schools.

-Compiled by Michael Muldoon

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