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"March Madness Miracle" - Carson Frakes Amazing Shot and the Stories Born From It

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On Friday, March 11, 2016 inside the Peoria Civic Center’s Carver Arena, Rockridge High School’s Carson Frakes hit one of the most incredible shots in the history of the IHSA Boys Basketball State Tournament.

CSN CHICAGO BROADCAST (PXP Dave Bernhard & analyst Mark Lindo on the call):


The shot was the #3 play on that evening’s addition of ESPN’s SportsCenter, and received national coverage from top sports sites like USA Today and Deadspin:

Perhaps no call was as fun as the hometown radio on WRMJ in Aledo (102.3 FM), where PxP man Jim Taylor and analyst Darren Bizarri (whose son Peyton is on the team) watched the play unfold from behind as they made their call from the north baseline. Click here to hear their call.

Two IHSA staff members also caught the play on their cell phones from different ends of the scorer's table. To see those videos, click here for view one and click here for view two.

Several amazing side stories also came out of Frakes shot, but before you read those below, watch it one more time from multiple CSN Chicago broadcast angles:



Several interesting side-stories that developed from the March Madness Miracle:

"I made new friends" - Hales Franciscan and Rockridge Bonded by more than miracle shot

High school career of Rockridge coach Toby Whiteman ended on similar shot  (Peoria Journal Star)

Frakes Mom missed shot  (Quad Cities Dispatch/Argus)

Frakes recaps shot  (Chicago Tribune)