• Sports Specialization Can Be Boom-or-Bust Proposition

    by John P. Borneman. Sun-Times Media April 2014

    Mike Travlos hasn't had an offseason in almost a decade. The Lake Zurich junior plays boys basketball for the Bears in the winter, but his season doesn't end in March. In fact, his season hasn't really ended since the third grade, when Travlos said he started playing travel basketball.

  • Opinion: AD's Resignation Words Should Ring Loudly

    by Super User April 2014

    Will Westbrook athletic director's resignation be heard, or go to waste? Marc Sawyer's strong words after an athlete-suspension controversy should trigger a change for the better. Marc Sawyer did something few educators do nowadays. He spoke from the heat of his heart when he resigned as Westbrook schools' athletic director last weekend. He couldn't continue in the position he once considered his dream job because of the 'incestuous culture of the community, individuals placing their own needs ahead of the overall group.' His words and others like them were harsh and damning. They carried the pain of a native son who had returned to his hometown to succeed, not to fail. He wanted to teach and guide student-athletes in a community that had experienced a rebirth of pride in its sports teams.

  • Summer Practice Expansion Approved for W. Va. Schools

    by Rick Ryan Assistant, Sports Editor April 2014

    The bond between players and coaches may have just gotten a lot stronger for West Virginia high school athletes. The SSAC's general Board of Control approved a proposal Tuesday that would increase the approved summer practice period from its current three weeks to the entire summer, except for the Fourth of July week. The change would take place for the 2015-16 school year.

  • Charter Schools Question Threats to Sports Programs

    by AARON CARTER; Daily News Staff Writer April 2014

    For the first time since the PIAA voiced concerns that charter schools tilt the competitive balance in their favor because of enrollment practices, District 12 charters responded yesterday to the association's executive director, Dr. Robert Lombardi.

  • PIAA Plan to Restrict Charter Schools Met with Outrage

    by Matt Breen; Inquirer Staff Writer April 2014

    Dan Jackson, boys' basketball coach at Math, Civics and Sciences Charter School, said he was outraged Tuesday when his school's athletic director showed him a post on Twitter.

  • Inside the Murky World of High School Transferring

    by Rick Armstrong. Sun-Times Media March 2014

    Curie boys basketball coach Mike Oliver first watched Cliff Alexander play the summer after Alexander's eighth-grade year.

  • Georgia Prep Football Coaches Given Preparation Choice

    by Lindsey Young March 2014

    Georgia high school football coaches long have lamented the fact that they are allowed just one preseason scrimmage to prepare for the season. Beginning this year they have the option to add another, but it comes with a price.

  • Firm's $25K Gift Hits HS Goal of Baseball Scoreboard


    Since it opened in 2007, San Juan Hills High School was missing at least one important component: a scoreboard at its baseball field. But with help from a local company, that's about to change.

  • Maine Principals to Survey Interest in 5-Class Basketball

    by Ernie Clark BDN Staff March 2014

    Declining student enrollments and the southward migration of the state's population have swelled the number of smaller schools in northern and eastern Maine during recent years.

  • Budget-Challenged District Looks at Raising Athletic Fees

    by Dana Wormald March 2014

    Meanwhile, the board of education is working on cuts to the superintendent's proposed budget.