• HS Forfeits Two Years of Wins Amid Financial Aid Probe

    by Jodie Wagner and Palm Beach Post Staff Writers August 2016

    The fallout continues for the Oxbridge Academy athletic department. The ThunderWolves, whose administration has undergone a major restructuring over the past four months since The Palm Beach Post published its findings from an investigation of the West Palm Beach private school, have forfeited all athletic wins from the past two school years.

  • HS Football Team Looks Forward to New Stadium Debut

    by Marc Pendleton August 2016

    The early enthusiasm is especially evident at Chaminade Julienne, where the Eagles football and soccer teams will play in the new Roger Glass Stadium on campus.

  • HS to Try Graduate Assistant as Athletic Trainer

    by Laura Haight, Staff writer August 2016

    The graduate assistant would have to meet all provisions as required in state code, superintendent John Hudson told the board. He was also confident that the contract would prevent the schools from any legal issues if something were to go wrong.

  • New Contact Rules Take Effect for Florida HS Football

    by Adam Fisher August 2016

    When high school football players hit the practice field for the first time Monday, signaling the start of the 2016 season, they'll do so under a new set of rules. The new regulations might sound drastic to those who picture football as a gladiator sport, area coaches say the rules limiting contact won't affect them much. As the game grows more health conscious, coaches have been cutting back on live tackling for years. This season the Florida High School Athletic Association is instituting new limitations on the amount of contact football players can have during practice. Teams can engage in live contact, defined as tackling players to the ground, no more than 80 minutes per week during the regular season.

  • HS Football League Disbands Due to Lack of Teams

    by Steve Fryer July 2016

    CIF-Southern Section by-laws require a minimum of four teams to make up a league. The Academy League was a four-team football league last year. One of those four, Sage Hill, announced this past spring that it will play 8-man football this year. That left the Academy with three schools - Brethren Christian, Crean Lutheran and St. Margaret's.

  • District Budget Includes Millions for Pool, Gym

    by Russell Lissau July 2016

    Money for a new swimming pool at Libertyville High School and a second gym at Vernon Hills High is included in District 128's tentatively approved $98.3 million budget, but the projects' fates aren't clear because of other financial concerns.

  • Indiana HS Coaches Adapting to New Practice Rules

    by Gordon Engelhardt July 2016

    For the first time, the Indiana High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) and Indiana Football Coaches Association (IFCA) crafted a rule limiting full contact to twice a week. The intent, according to Mater Dei coach Mike Goebel, was to address overall safety concerns, especially concussions.

  • Changes Coming to Tennessee HS Playoff Format

    by Stephen Hargis July 2016

    During a special called meeting Wednesday, the TSSAA Board of Control voted to once again make major changes to the landscape of the state's football classifications and playoff system. On the heels of last year's decision that any independent school opting to give financial aid (including work-study programs) must compete in Division II, the board voted to add one classification to D-II for football only. That move is in anticipation that most of the 24 independent schools currently playing in Division I, commonly known as the public school league, will choose to make the move to D-II. Those schools have until Oct. 14 to officially inform the TSSAA of their intentions to either move to D-II or remain in D-I.

  • Parents Petition for Equal Treatment of Girls' Soccer

    by Kendi Anderson July 2016

    The girls soccer team at Ooltewah High School has been pushed aside for more than a decade to accommodate football, and parents say they're tired of their daughters' Title IX rights being violated. "We are only asking for equal opportunity for the Lady Owls," Brian Voelp, a parent of a girl on the team, told the Hamilton County Board of Education last week. For about 15 years, the girls team hasn't been able to practice on the school's campus because the stadium field is reserved for game days and the football teams use the practice field.

  • Plan for $58.4M HS Facilities Put to Vote

    by Bob Dohr July 2016

    A new pool is in. So is a new auditorium. And a revamped base plan to address facility and maintenance needs. All are planned to be part of a single, $58.4 million referendum question the Arrowhead School District will put in front of voters in November. The Arrowhead School Board didn't take official action, but at a special meeting Wednesday, July 20, members agreed the three items should be wrapped up into a single question on the November ballot. A second question would ask voters to support yearly operational costs of both a new pool and new auditorium, the combined cost of which is estimated to be $135,000 per year.