• HS Athletic Director Accused of Stealing from Students

    by Jason Scott October 2016

    A Florida high school athletic director was arrested this week after an investigation found he allegedly pocketed money intended to purchase insurance for student-athletes.

  • HS Baseball Tournaments Expected to Bring $4M

    by Jennifer Sorentrue October 2016

    WEST PALM BEACH -- One of the nation's largest high school baseball tournaments will be held in Palm Beach County next year, marking the first major amateur event planned at the new Ballpark of the Palm Beaches.

  • Opinion: Boys Will Be Boys No Excuse for Noose Incident

    by Jay Greeson October 2016

    The local storm created by the Ooltewah High School rape last December was big. We remember it, and hopefully, our new school leadership will learn powerful lessons from it. (Although the news that the school system is just now ready to start the search process for a new superintendent is sad. And the fact that we have a school board as splintered as shattered cord wood makes it worse. Alas, those are columns for another day.) There's another high school sports story brewing with controversy on the horizon. Rightly or wrongly, the one brewing in Mississippi may be bigger than the Ooltewah nightmare on a national scale.

  • HS Football Coach Suspended for Recruiting Violation

    by Steve Blackledge October 2016

    Dublin Coffman football coach Mark Crabtree was suspended two state playoff games for violating recruiting rules, the Ohio High School Athletic Association announced Tuesday. Last spring, Crabtree spoke with an eighth-grader and his father about enrolling at Coffman, in violation of OHSAA recruiting bylaws. The penalties were assessed following an internal investigation by the school, which reported the violation last spring. Coffman said it was willing to suspend the athlete if he chose to attend the school, which he didn't.

  • Infographic: AEDs and School Athletics

    by AB Editors October 2016

    The majority of the attention on athlete safety has focused on head injuries lately, but there is another silent killer on the rise. The rate of young people dying from cardiac arrest has increased by 10 percent in the last 10 years, from 6,328 in 2005 to 7,000 in 2015. Sadly, 54 percent of these cardiovascular deaths occur in high school students. There are currently 16 states that require portable defibrillators to be present on schools grounds, but more than 30 states don't require the life saving devices. So why are states not making AEDs mandatory at schools and sports fields?

  • NAACP Calls for Federal Investigation of HS 'Hate Crime'

    by Courtney Cameron October 2016

    At a conference Monday, Derrick Johnson, president of the Mississippi chapter of the NAACP, addressed the press concerning a recent incident involving an African-American member of the Wiggins football team and a noose. On October 13, a player was allegedly attacked in the boys’ locker room at Stone County High School in Wiggins on October 13, when another player threw a noose around his neck and tightened it.

  • Postseason Soccer Tournament Short on Officials

    by Marc Pendleton October 2016

    Three assigned officials is the norm for regular-season high school soccer games, but not for the postseason. That peculiar circumstance - akin to dropping from three to two basketball officials for tournament play - is necessitated by the lack of certified soccer officials.

  • Tennessee HS Forfeits Win Due to Ineligible Player

    by Stephen Hargis October 2016

    Howard's high school football program has been notified by the TSSAA that it must forfeit its Region 3-3A victory over Red Bank on Sept. 2 for playing an ineligible player.

  • Athletes Often Pay a Price for Activism

    by Maureen Downey October 2016

    Young people often get branded as narcissists who spend their lives puckering and pouting for Instagram. So, why do we complain when they embrace a cause and take a knee instead of a selfie? High school athletes kneeling during the national anthem to protest police brutality against minorities are following San Francisco 49er Colin Kaepernick's lead, and drawing the same fire as the NFL quarterback. The reactions are heated. In last week's game in Buffalo, Bills' fans booed Kaepernick while vendors outside the stadium hawked shirts with his image in the crosshairs of a rifle scope. When the AJC reported Cobb County Schools Superintendent Chris Ragsdale's comment that, if student athletes took a knee during the national anthem, "their asses would be benched," social media applauded. Among the comments: "Love it. Ragsdale for President," "Yay, bench them all," "I hope he follows through. It's time to put a stop to that treasonous nonsense." (Cobb later said athletes would not be punished for exercising their First Amendment rights.)

  • HS Football Official Kneels During National Anthem

    by Stuart Goldman October 2016

    A high school football official took a knee during the national anthem before a game Friday night in North Carolina.