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Sports dominate year's biggest entertainment stories

Updated: May 29, 2009, 1:38 PM ET
By Julie Turner | ESPNRISE.com

No look at the 2008-'09 school year would be complete without a dose of pop culture. This year, high school sports dominated the entertainment industry:

Shawn Johnson wins "Dancing with the Stars"
How do you think Shawn Johnson's Olympic medals look next the DWTS mirrorball in her trophy case? After capturing gold in Beijing, Johnson put on her dancing shoes this season as the show's youngest contestant -- and finished as its youngest winner. Whether it's the beam or the cha cha, Valley High's (West Des Moines, Iowa) star athlete proved she's the best of the best.

[+] EnlargeFriday Night Lights
Bill Records/NBCU Photo Bank/AP ImagesThe drama of "Friday Night Lights" returns for at least two more seasons.

Cincinnati teens "Taking the Stage"
So what if the dance battles in the cafeteria might have been scripted, watching the teens from Cincinnati's School for Creative and Performing Arts on MTV's "Taking the Stage" made us want to get up and dance and sing. And this show finally shows real teens who are working hard and living their dreams.

Allison Iraheta rocks out on "American Idol"
Allison Iraheta could be your best friend. The 16-year-old California volleyball player-turned-songstress rocked out on the AI stage this season, and she'll spend her summer traveling the country with the American Idols Live Tour.

NBC renews "Friday Night Lights" for two seasons
This show is good. NBC must like it, too, since the network has asked for at least two more seasons. That means we'll see all the drama McCoy, Julie and Coach Taylor deal with on and off the field. And we can't wait.

Nathan Scott finally lives his NBA dream on "One Tree Hill"
We've watched Nathan change from the jerky jock to the loving husband and father, all while playing basketball. And this season, Nathan's dream of playing in the NBA finally comes true when he joins the Charlotte Bobcats. You might remember that Nathan lost a chance at the NBA a few years back when he got into a fight and flew through a window. Well, he's worked hard to get back into shape and it doesn't look like he's going to take this opportunity for granted.

LeBron James accepts MVP at high school
It's fitting that King James was crowned the 2008-09 NBA MVP. But he didn't want to receive the award at a palace. No, he brought the NBA and his Cavaliers team to his alma mater, St. Vincent-St. Mary in Akron, Ohio. Check out the full story.

Julie Turner is the community and lifestyle editor of ESPNRISE.com.

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