• Slain HS Player Dobson to Be Honored at ESPYs

    by Chris Thomas June 2016

    Zaevion Dobson's story will reach a national audience when the slain Fulton High School football player is remembered with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at next month's ESPY Awards, which annually honors individual and team athletic achievements at various levels of competition.

  • Preventing Heat Stroke Important at Practices

    by Jim Sands June 2016

    News of the tragic death of a Page High School student after collapsing during a voluntary summer football workout last week was a sobering reminder of the serious nature of setting parameters on preventing heat stroke for athletes. Karson Cross, a rising freshman at Page High School in Greensboro, collapsed on the practice field about 20 minutes after the workout began on June 13 shortly after 5 p.m. Despite efforts to resuscitate him, Karson died the following day at a local hospital. Page, which is located in our sister county of Guilford, is a regular rival to Rockingham County schools in many sports. It made Monday's tragedy hit a little too close to home for many in the community.

  • Investigation into Turf Feud Still Ongoing

    by Jonathan Hull June 2016

    There is still no official action being made by Wichita Falls Independent School District in regard to the incident involving Athletic Director Scot Hafley, Rider head football coach Marc Bindel and former Rider coach and player Eric Ward on June 13.

  • Former HS AD Pleads Guilty to Theft of $15K

    by Michaelle Bond June 2016

    The former athletic director in the Coatesville Area School District, accused of taking money from sporting events and spending it on gambling debts and luxury vehicles, pleaded guilty Monday to two felony counts.

  • Gym Mat Death: Investigation Brings No Charges

    by Christian Boone June 2016

    More than three years after Kendrick Johnson's body was found in a rolled-up gymnastics mat, perhaps the only people without a firm opinion about what happened to the Valdosta teen are the investigators who've studied the case the longest. "After extensive investigation into this tragic event, federal investigators determined that there is insufficient evidence to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that someone or some group of people willfully violated Kendrick Johnson's civil rights or committed any other prosecutable federal crime," a statement from the Justice Department said Monday.

  • New HS Playoff Rules Ignore Enrollment, Leagues

    by Loren Ledin June 2016

    A revamped postseason system was approved by CIF-SS membership earlier this year. Playoff brackets no longer automatically include entire leagues in the same division. Nor is school enrollment a factor.

  • Superintendent Faces Tough Call in Wake of Turf Fight

    by Times Record News June 2016

    This is not an easy situation we’ve got here in Wichita Falls. It’s ugly. Wichita Falls Independent School District Athletic Director Scot Hafley has been accused of losing self-control with a public tirade. I'm not sure it was as bad as it was portrayed on social media, but the pile-on is pretty easy.

  • Albuquerque Schools Issue New Transgender Policies

    by Kim Burgess June 2016

    Transgender students can use restrooms and locker rooms that align with their gender identity under new APS rules that quietly went into effect last week. The Albuquerque Public Schools procedural directive, titled "Non-Discrimination for Students: Gender Identity and Expression," also permits transgender kids to "participate in interscholastic athletics in a manner consistent with their gender identity" unless prohibited by state interscholastic association policies. APS posted the directive online June 8, making it official district policy, according to spokesman Rigo Chavez, who said staff training on the rules began this week and will continue through the summer. Under the new protections, transgender students are able to essentially live as the gender that matches their identity. A child who was born male but identifies as female can choose a new name, dress as a girl, be addressed as "she," play on girls sports teams and access the girls restroom and locker room.

  • Major Changes Coming to Florida HS Playoffs?

    by Jodie Wagner June 2016

    The Florida High School Athletic Association is considering a proposal that would drastically alter the state football playoff format starting in 2017, including the elimination of district play for small schools and doing away with the automatic bids that go to district runners-up in large-school classifications. Introduced this year and fine-tuned Tuesday during an FHSAA Board of Directors meeting, the proposal would abandon the district format in Classes 1A-4A, and determine most postseason qualifiers based on a points system weighed heavily toward strength of schedule.

  • Football Coaches Line Up to Learn Tackling Techniques

    by News & Record June 2016

    Guilford and Surry County high school and middle school football coaches are learning new techniques to try to make football safer for student-athletes. Coaches on Tuesday attended USA Football's Heads Up clinic at Grimsley High School, just days before offseason 7-on-7 drills begin.