RECENT ARTICLES
  • Opinion: Enforcing HS Rules Ensures Effectiveness

    by Amy Donaldson April 2016

    Last week the Utah High School Activities Association disciplined two schools for rules violations. To some, the infractions seemed small. Really? If these violations seem insignificant, which rules are worth enforcing and who gets to decide when they matter? The only thing that matters more than having well-crafted rules in place is the commitment to enforce them. We institute rules in an attempt to protect the integrity of the competition. Even if you hate them, remember that without them, we'd have chaos.

  • HS Experimenting with Non-Traditional PE Class

    by Thomas Doohan April 2016

    The class takes the place of a traditional physical education class. PE teacher Joe Combs said students are given online modules they take home and complete. The modules include lessons on physical fitness and exercises.

  • Maine High Schools Scrambling for Coaches

    by Steve Craig April 2016

    Freeport High athletic director Craig Sickels was facing a big problem in early 2015. The softball season was fast approaching and he was still without a varsity coach.

  • Soccer Player, Team Punished After Punch

    by Chris Thomas April 2016

    A Lenoir City High School boys soccer player has been banned from playing any sport for the school through graduation for “striking a Farragut player with a closed fist” in the side of the head during a game played at Lenoir City on Tuesday.

  • Beach Volleyball to Become Official HS Sport in Florida

    by Jason Scott April 2016

    Beginning in the spring of 2017, beach volleyball will become an official high school sport in the state of Florida.

  • Principal Bans Tackling from Annual Powder-Puff Game

    by Sonja Isger April 2016

    Should two squads of high school girls be permitted to strap on full pads and helmets, stomp out onto the gridiron and go at it in a game of just-like-the-boys tackle football? For 50 years, as spring rolled around at Jupiter High School, the answer has been a resounding "yes."

  • Wisconsin Board Approves HS Conference Realignment

    by Mark Stewart April 2016

    The WIAA Board of Control approved a conference realignment proposal for southeast Wisconsin that will take effect at the beginning of the 2017-'18 school year. But the vote Tuesday didn't come without angst. The group that gave unanimous approval to the plan in January gave final approval by only a 7-4 margin at the group's monthly meeting at the WIAA's offices. That final vote came after an appeal hearing of almost 90 minutes and a closed caucus session of about 15. Despite the finality of the vote, the board offered the schools affected by realignment the chance to present an alternative to the board that the board would approve if the plan had unanimous support from the affected schools. "So let's say the ones with Waukesha and West Allis and New Berlin and the Wauwatosas. In the groups that they're in, if those conferences can agree to change things and they all agree, they can bring it back," WIAA associate director Deb Hauser said. "Sure."

  • Wrestling Program Helps Students On and Off the Mat

    by Tom Reifsnyder April 2016

    The halls of South Philadelphia High School were silent. School had been out for slightly less than a half hour on this Thursday in March, yet a pair of dedicated student athletes remained. The two sat across from each other in a small, dimly lit wrestling room - not much bigger than the wrestling mat itself - located in the west wing of the building, tying up their shoelaces feverishly while trading friendly glances. Fast friends and fellow Public Leaguers, 195-pound Southern junior Miles Lee and 170-pound Mariana Bracetti senior Edwin Morales were preparing to make history.

  • High School Unveils Unique Fitness Center

    by Craig Shultz April 2016

    A traditional high school weight room is generally filled with free weights and sweaty athletes, but a new facility at San Jacinto High School could make operators of a professional fitness center blush. The school unveiled a fitness center this month that features spin bikes, training machines, rowers and an elliptical machine. "I wasn't expecting new equipment like that," sophomore Cassandra Balcazar said. "There's nothing really, really new in our school like that."

  • Investigation Finds Violations in HS Football Program

    by Mike Baker April 2016

    An independent investigation of the storied Bellevue High football program has found that its boosters paid for athletes to attend an alternative private school and that false addresses were used to help players gain eligibility, officials said Thursday.