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Wildcats News · Where’s Texas’ 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 Texas’ Toughest Place to Play?

Votes are eligible to vote once per day.

Where’s Texas’ Toughest Place to Play?

Abe Martin Stadium – Football – Home of the Lufkin Panthers
Bear Stadium – Football – Home of the West Oso Bears
Klein Memorial Stadium – Football – Home of the Klein Collins Tigers
Everman Court – Many Sports – Home of the Everman Bulldogs
Bearcat Stadium – Football – Home of the Aledo Bearcats
Panther Stadium – Football – Home of the Spring Hill Panters
Dragon Stadium – Football – Home of the Southlake Carroll Dragons
C. H. Collins Stadium – Football – Home of the Denton Broncos
Yellow Jacket Stadium – Football – Home of the Cleburne Yellow Jackets
Ranger HS Gym – Volleyball – Home of the Ranger Bulldogs
Yovani Gallardo Field – Baseball – Home of the Trimble Tech Bulldogs
Challenger Columbia Stadium – Football – Home of the Clear Brook Wolverines

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

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Wildcats News · Top Plays From Across The Nation: Vote Temple!

In collaboration with our friends at Rapid Replay, VNN gathers the top plays from high schools around the nation. Every week, highlights captured by fans, coaches, and teams in their local communities battle it out to be named the Nation’s Top Play

Download the free Rapid Replay app today and start filming to get your school and athletes noticed nationwide.

What School Had The Top Play?

Lake Oswego Football (OR)
Scripps Ranch Golf (CA)
Lakeridge Soccer (OR)
Temple Football (TX)

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Wildcats News · Top Plays from across the Nation: Vote Temple

With help from our friends at Rapid Replay, VNN gathers the top plays from high schools around the nation every week!

Download the free Rapid Replay app today and start filming to get your school and athletes noticed nationwide.

What School had the Top Play of the Week?

Granite Hills Football – CA
West Linn Football – OR
Timber Creek Volleyball – FL
Chicopee Comprehensive Football – MA
Temple Football – TX
Chicopee Soccer – MA

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All Highlights Filmed with Rapid Replay

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Wildcats 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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Wildcats News · Our Wildcat Fan Video App

This year the Wildcat athletic department is excited to be partnering with a fun, free, and truly easy program called Filmraising with Rapid Replay! Teams nationwide have the chance to raise hundreds and even thousands of dollars every season through Rapid Replay and it’s a great opportunity for us to really make a difference this year!

Rapid Replay is athletics fundraising made easy: the free app turns video highlights of our Temple teams into cash donations and sweepstakes entries for our school! Yep, it’s that simple.  All you have to do is download Rapid Replay on the App Store or Google Play, film highlights of your favorite Temple teams with the app, and voila – Rapid Replay donates to the Wildcat athletic department. Just download, film, and earn!

Help build highlights of all our teams competing this fall, football, volleyball, cross country, golf, swimming, tennis. This includes varsity, junior varsity and freshman levels! Once fans start posting, you can go into the app and view the highlights uploaded of you favorite teams and players!

Get started today:

  1. Download the free Rapid Replay app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.
  2. Attend Temple sporting events and capture highlights using the Rapid Replay app.
  3. Have fun with the app! Watch your favorite highlights and share via text or social media right from the app!

The more supporters, the more we will raise for our school. Download now and start filming at the next Temple event. Check out to learn more about this awesome app!

Thank you for your support!

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Multiple Teams · Football Video Highlights: Temple vs. Belton

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Wildcats 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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Wildcats 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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Wildcats News · UIL Fall 2017 Key Dates – Presented by VNN

Even though it’s only halfway through Summer, we’ve compiled a handy reference guide to the key dates coming for this Fall season from the UIL. Feel free to bookmark!


Date Event or Deadline
August 7 First day of conditioning (No contact activities permitted. No contact equipment except helmets may be worn.)
August 11 First day of contact
August 18 First scrimmage
August 23 Second scrimmage (5 Day Rule applies)
August 28 Third scrimmage (Schools opting for a third scrimmage shall not play during week one)
Date Event or Deadline
August 14 First day of conditioning
August 18 First day of contact
August 25 First scrimmage
August 30 Second scrimmage (Schools opting for a second scrimmage shall not play during week one)
Week Dates
Week One August 31, September 1, 2 (Sub-varsity football teams in Conferences 5A & 6A can play on Wednesday during Week 1 only if the varsity team plays on Thursday of that same week.)
Week Two September 7, 8, 9
Week Three September 14, 15, 16
Week Four September 21, 22, 23
Week Five September 28, 29, 30
Week Six October 5, 6, 7
Week Seven October 12, 13, 14
Week Eight October 19, 20, 21
Week Nine October 26, 27, 28
Week Ten November 2, 3, 4
Week Eleven November 9, 10, 11
Week Dates
Week One November 16, 17, 18
Week Two November 23, 24, 25
Week Three November 30, December 1, 2
Week Four December 7, 8, 9
Week Five December 14, 15, 16
State Championships December 20, 21, 22, 23 (All Conferences)


Team Tennis

Date Event or Deadline
October 14 District Certification Deadline
October 17 Bi District
October 21 Area
October 24 Regional Quarterfinals
October 26-27 Regional Tournament
November 1-2 State Tournament


Cross Country

Date Event or Deadline
October 14 District certification deadline
October 23 Regional Meet
November 4 State Meet



Date Event or Deadline
August 1 First day to issue equipment and conduct workouts outside the school day, all conferences. (For grades 9-12 and separate ninth grade teams on separate campuses. Students in grades 8 and below may not work out before the first day of school.)
August 4 First day for scrimmages, all conferences
August 7 First day for matches, all conferences.

  • A team is limited to the allowance of two contests per calendar week (Monday through Saturday) plus a tournament.
  • Three matches may be played during the first two calendar weeks allowed for matches (according to the official UIL calender).
  • If school is in session, the one contest per school week rule must be followed.
October 28 District Certification – All conferences
October 30-31 Bi-district – All conferences
November 2-4 Area – All conferences
November 6-7 Regional Quarterfinals – All conferences
November 10-11 Regional Tournament- All conferences
November 15-18 State Tournament


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Wildcats 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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