• Board Penalizes High School for Practice Violations

    by Rick Ryan August 2016

    Wheeling Central's football program was hit with penalties by the West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission Wednesday for practice violations earlier this month. The SSAC Board of Directors suspended veteran head coach Mike Young for both his team's preseason scrimmages (a penalty already served), placed his entire coaching staff on probation for one year and took away four of the Maroon Knights' six allotted "flex" days next summer, which are used for out-of-season coaching.

  • Low Numbers Lead HS to Sack JV Team

    by Miguel Rodriguez August 2016

    The varsity team only had 19 athletes show up for the first day of practice on Aug. 15 and injuries have resulted in the need to bring up junior varsity players. By cancelling JV for this season, the varsity team will now have a roster of 31.

  • New Jersey Schools Host First No-Tackle Scrimmage

    by Josh Barnett August 2016

    Blair Academy in New Jersey has long had a policy of no tackling in practice. With a small roster that's hovered at about 35 players on the varsity and junior varsity combined, the school couldn't afford to lose players to injury. That no-tackle philosophy now will be applied to a three-team scrimmage scheduled for Saturday with Kittatinny and Belvidere that is thought to be the first of its kind nationally.

  • Football Team Forfeits Games Amid Hazing Allegations

    by Stuart Goldman August 2016

    An Indiana high school football team is forfeiting its second game of the season amid hazing allegations that led to the suspension of several of its players.

  • Autistic Teen Fights for Football Eligibility

    by Joseph Popiolkowski August 2016

    Jacob Kohler, who was diagnosed with autism as a child and needs a fifth year to graduate, has been ruled ineligible to play by Section VI, which governs Western New York high school sports.

  • Low Participation Forces HS Football Team to Reclassify

    by Sun Journal August 2016

    Practice resumed late Monday afternoon for the Boothbay Region High School football team, a proud program with five state championships to its credit and a regional crown just nine years ago.

  • Opinion: Open School Facilities Lead to Healthier Public

    by Chris Stansbury August 2016

    While many of our communities lack public gyms, private health clubs or even specified walking trails, every community has schools and every school has some level of athletic facilities. Over the years, access to these facilities for unorganized public recreation has been hampered by liability lawsuits and increased regulation.

  • HS Forfeits Win Over Ineligible Player

    by Chris Thomas August 2016

    Catholic High School’s football team, the defending Tennessee state champion in Class 4A, has forfeited Saturday’s win over Morristown West after playing an ineligible player, Irish coach Steve Matthews told the News Sentinel on Monday.

  • HS Coach Fired After Player Hospitalized by Boxing

    by Jason Scott August 2016

    A Montana high school football coach was fired after reports that one of his players was hospitalized following a boxing match that took place at a leadership camp.

  • Football 'Prep School' Did Little for College Hopes

    by Emily Bregel August 2016

    Some former participants say their time at Arizona Prep — now called Tucson Tech — left them in debt, with black marks on their credit reports or behind in their academic plans and worse off athletically. One parent has filed complaints about the school's practices with the Arizona Attorney General's Office and the Federal Trade Commission. Some former players are so demoralized they say they don't want to play football again.