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Branstrom sinks shot, with no reward

Updated: January 26, 2010, 6:51 PM ET
Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Joel Branstrom figured he was about to be the butt of some kind of joke when he was blindfolded at a pep rally and told he would win tickets to the NCAA's Final Four if he could hit a half-court shot.

But the popular girls basketball coach played along and sent the Olathe (Kan.) Northwest High School gym into a frenzy Friday by hitting the improbable shot.

"I've been around long enough and done these kinds of practical jokes," said Branstrom, who also teaches biology ...

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