• Bellevue Investigation Ignites Calls for WIAA Oversight

    by Jim Camden August 2017

    The Legislature may try to impose some state control on the organization that oversees high school sports in Washington after a series of angry Bellevue residents accused it of racism, intimidation and harassment in a recent investigation. "There has to be some government oversight," Shelly Carlson, a Bellevue High School parent, who accused the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association of "using a hammer to squash a fly" in its investigation of rule violations at the school. An investigation released last year by the WIAA and the Bellevue School District concluded that a few players were encouraged and given tuition assistance to attend an alternative school that made them eligible for sports at Bellevue High. Some also were given false addresses to make them eligible to play for Bellevue, and coaches were involved in improper recruiting.

  • OSAA Recruits Student-Officials to Call Games

    by Courtney Cameron August 2017

    The dwindling number of qualified officials for student sports has been a topic of concern for decades. The combination of relatively low pay and a notoriety for taking abuse makes the job less than appealing for many, which in turn puts added strain on athletic programming.

  • New High School Looks to Add Athletics Programs

    by Chad Lindskog August 2017

    If you build it, they will come. Or, in this instance, stay. Evansville Christian School's new high school off Epworth Road in Newburgh welcomed its first students last week. Its inaugural class actually started last year and will graduate in 2020, but school officials are optimistic this is only the start.

  • Girls' Basketball Coach Resigns Over Relationship

    by Amanda C. Coyne August 2017

    A Lanier High School teacher has resigned after Gwinnett County Public Schools began investigating allegations that he had an "inappropriate relationship" with a student.

  • Rate of High School Football Transfers Worries Some

    by Jim Halley August 2017

    High school football coaches who worry that their sport will one day mirror high school basketball with a high number of transfers are a little late. At the top level, it's already there.

  • Assistant Football Coach Arrested for Sex with Teen

    by Patrick Riley, Alexi C. Cardona August 2017

    Deputies on Monday arrested a Naples High School teacher, who is also an assistant varsity football coach, on suspicion of engaging in sexual relations with a minor and soliciting sex from another juvenile. Brock Smith, 30, faces two felony charges of sexual assault of a victim 16 or 17 years old in one case. In another case, he faces felony charges of soliciting sexual activity with a minor and transmission of harmful material to a minor, according to a Collier County Sheriff's Office arrest report.

  • Former Baseball Player Sues Coach for Benching Him

    by Courtney Cameron August 2017

    Former Los Altos High School student-athlete Robbie Lopez and his parent have leveled a lawsuit against varsity head baseball coach Gabriel Lopez, claiming that the coach’s attitude toward the player displays a “pattern of harassment and bullying.”

  • Delays Could Displace School’s Opening Games

    by Courtney Cameron August 2017

    After approving a $621,204 contract to replace the aging football field at Eagle High School with synthetic turf, the West Ada School District in Meridian, Idaho, is facing delays that threaten the first home games scheduled for August 24 and 25 at Thunder Stadium.

  • Minnesota State HS League Executive Director to Step Down

    by Jim Paulsen August 2017

    After 31 years with the Minnesota State High School League, nearly all of them as the league's executive director, Dave Stead announced Tuesday that he plans to step down from the position Feb. 1.

  • Teen Football Player Killed During Conditioning Drill

    by Newsday Staff August 2017

    An 11th-grade student at Sachem High School East died Thursday morning after a log fell on his head during a training drill at an offseason football camp on school grounds in Farmingville, officials said. Joshua Mileto, 16, of Farmingville, was participating in a strength and conditioning camp at the school at 177 Granny Rd., police said. Five athletes were performing a drill carrying a log overhead - with Mileto somewhere in the middle - when "the log fell and struck" him, police said.