• GoFundMe Account Set Up to Repair Damaged Field

    by Jerry Fitzpatrick and Elena Ferrarin September 2015

    After an outpouring of support, St. Edward High School in Elgin has set up a GoFundMe page to help deal with the aftermath of a landscaping accident that killed most of the grass on its football field. The Green Wave has already played one game on dead grass at Greg True Field, Sept. 4 against Chicago Clark. Coaches and administrators will decide late Thursday afternoon if they can play on it again this Friday, when the Wave is scheduled to host IC Catholic Prep.

  • High Schools to Control Division Setup in Realignment

    by Mark Stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel September 2015

    One of the themes to the conference realignment discussion Monday at the was the desire for local control in the matter. Well, there will be plenty of local control in the plan associate director Deb Hauser plans to present to the Board of Control Oct. 9. She provided details Wednesday in an email to the affected schools, placing 29 of the 45 schools into one league and leaving it up to those schools to determine what divisional alignment works for them.

  • Illinois HS Football Field Ruined by Weed-Killer Mix-Up

    by Dan Cahill September 2015

    No, this is not Soldier Field, and the Chicago Park District had nothing to do with it. Grass at the St. Edward High School football field in Elgin was accidentally destroyed due to a reported mixup between fertilizer and weed killer.

  • Prep Coach Serves One-Game Suspension, Resigns

    by Larry Rubama September 2015

    Pete Gale resigned as Great Bridge High School's football coach Tuesday, less than a week after he missed a game against Indian River because of a suspension.

  • WATCH: High School Football Player Rips Helmet from Opponent, Hits Him With It

    by Jason Scott September 2015

    Another instance of dirty play in high school football occurred in New Jersey last week.

  • Coaches, Officials Agree Players Should Butt Out

    by Jodie Wagner Palm Beach Post Staff Writer September 2015

    A Texas high school football official made national headlines this month for all the wrong reasons, and the fallout has been swift and harsh. Robert Watts, who was refereeing a game between San Antonio's John Jay High School and host Marble Falls High School on Sept. 4, was hit from behind intentionally and knocked to the ground -- his hat flying off in the process -- by a John Jay defensive player. Seconds later, another John Jay player speared the official as he lay on the ground.

  • Big Bucks Lure Coaches from Public to Private Schools

    by Loren Ledin September 2015

    From the ever-expanding Publics vs. Privates file, Moorpark High learned recently that the latter have another decided advantage in today’s high school environment. That’s holding onto top-notch coaches. Musketeers boys basketball coach Michael Westphal resigned last month to take a coaching position at a private school in North Carolina.

  • Baptisms on Football Field Violated Policy, District Says

    by Eric Stirgus, Tyler Estep September 2015

    Villa Rica High School and its principal should not have allowed a local church to perform baptisms in the school stadium last month that included 18 students on the football team, a Carroll County School District investigation concluded. In a statement sent Monday to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, district assistant superintendent Terry Jones said principal Glen Harding approved First Baptist Church of Villa Rica's activities at the school Aug. 12. The baptisms reportedly included at least one coach as well as the players and drew the ire of the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation, which sent a letter to the school stating it is "illegal for coaches to participate in religious activities with students." Jones' statement said the school district "had no knowledge that this event was scheduled to happen at VRHS."

  • Opinion: Time to Expel Sports from Public Schools

    by John R. Gerdy September 2015

    Although some avid sports fans might not believe it, our nation's educational system would survive privatization of interscholastic sports teams, including football. While our schools might be less dynamic and in some ways less fun without the teams, they would continue to go about the business of educating. And that education would likely be improved. Physical education and wellness programs could be expanded, resulting in more students being able to avail themselves of health- and exercise-related resources. Thus our educational system would be better positioned to serve our nation's broad, long-term health and fitness needs.

  • School Filling Fitness Void with $100K Equipment Gift

    by Beatriz Alvarado September 2015

    Executing a fitness regiment is hard enough. At least there’s a gym a stone’s throw from most neighborhoods in Corpus Christi. For Hebbronville residents, getting to a fitness center is more than a marathon distance away. “There is not a fitness center within a 40-mile radius of Hebbronville,” said chairman of the National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils Jake Steinfield.