Despite struggles on and off field, ex-Skyline star QB Jake Heaps still chasing his dream

Heaps, who was the No. 1-ranked high-school quarterback in the country in 2009, is a cautionary tale of how easily the tentacles of recruiting can warp reality for a teenager and his parents.

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National high school football rankings (medium schools)

Is it football season already? Apparently, we're getting close, as MaxPreps has released its preseason medium schools national football rankings. Three Washington schools (Eastside Catholic, Sedro-Woolley and Bellevue) were included in the top 25.

Prep basketball players in the Seattle Pro-Am

Jamal Crawford's highly anticipated Seattle Pro-Am tips off tonight at Key Arena as the second half of a doubleheader with the Storm. The schedule, which runs through the championship contest on August 30, gives locals plenty of opportunities to watch area prep players.

The David Douglas girls basketball team poses for a picture during its anual trip to the Oregon Coast in 1992. (Courtesy Jen Guzman)

No question, Title IX has made an impact, but work remains

Opportunities afforded by the landmark legislation have shaped millions of girls. One example is the David Douglas (Ore.) High girls basketball team, class of 1993, particularly Ami (Niiya) Brown, who became one of the first female firefighters in the Clackamas Fire District No. 1.

Bishop Blanchet sports penalized for violations

Sanctions have been levied on Bishop Blanchet by the Metro League for violations of Washington Interscholastic Activities Association rules. As a result, the girls basketball program will vacate the past two seasons, including second- and third-place finishes at the state tournament, and the football team will forfeit the past season.