• Wis. School District Sues Over Realignment

    by Jason Scott July 2016

    A southeastern Wisconsin school district filed a lawsuit against the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) over a realignment proposal that is set to take effect for the 2017-2018 school year.

  • Board Approves $150K in Tennis Court Improvements

    by Lana Sweeten-Shults July 2016

    In the summertime volley of school district construction work, one project on an extensive list of maintenance projects is the redo of Hirschi High and McNiel Middle schools’ tennis courts. The school board on Monday approved awarding a bid of almost $150,000 to Austin-based Hellas Construction for the overhaul — about $90,000 for asphalt removal and resurfacing at Hirschi and $60,000 for the same work at McNiel. The renovation at the McNiel courts, however, is contingent on the Hirschi project not consuming the $225,000 budget the district has set aside from tax maintenance notes for the two revamps, since Hirschi’s courts will be tackled first.

  • Anti-Hazing Law Targets Middle, High School Athletes

    by Michaelle Bond July 2016

    Middle and high school students in Pennsylvania can be criminally charged for hazing their peers, as new state regulations go into effect following several high-profile incidents at local schools.

  • HS Program Unveils Facility Improvements

    by Marc Pendleton July 2016

    Trent Arena, the jewel of area high school basketball viewing, had its floor sanded and repainted with a new color scheme and design. It's the first time that has happened since it opened in 2005.

  • NMAA Relocating State Soccer Tournaments

    by James Yodice July 2016

    As has been rumored, the New Mexico Activities Association in November will take one of their premier postseason events to the huge complex of grass fields just west of Bernalillo.

  • Donated Field Creates Opportunity for Refugee Students

    by Kristen Taketa July 2016

    It’s been more difficult than it should be for Joe Weis to teach physical education at the Nahed Chapman New American Academy. Not only did he alone teach PE at the school of 400 refugee and immigrant children this year, but the school’s outdoor play area also looks like a dried riverbed. Its aged asphalt is laced with webs of cracks. The sun-bleached, gray ground is uneven and full of valleys, hills and gaping pits of gravel and dirt.

  • Ex-HS Coach Arrested, Accused of Battery

    by Jorge Milian July 2016

    Former Pahokee High School football coach and NFL player Alphonso Smith was arrested Saturday after a woman accused him of hitting her, according to an arrest report.

  • Board Lifts Limits on HS Stadium Lighting

    by Matt Chittum July 2016

    Patrick Henry High School sports teams can spend more time on the field in the campus stadium following removal of limits to the stadium's use Wednesday by the Roanoke Board of Zoning Appeals. The board voted to remove three conditions governing the use of lights at the stadium, which sits near the Center Hill neighborhood, just off Brandon Avenue. Roanoke City Schools petitioned the board to rescind the conditions. Rules barring the start of games other than football after dark, and barring the use of lights for practice, were struck on a 4-1 vote, with members Bryan Musselwhite and Marcus Huffman absent. Frederick Bromm cast the dissenting vote.

  • Prep Pitch Count Rule Could Impact College Game

    by Pat Hickey July 2016

    Tuesday’s announcement that will require state athletic associations to impose pitch count restrictions in high school baseball have some wondering the same question. Will it lead to one being implemented in the college game? University of Evansville head coach Wes Carroll could see that happening, but defended the majority of his colleagues and said a similar policy is already in place at his program.

  • Ex-AD Sues High School, Alleges He Was Scapegoat

    by Tony Doris July 2016

    Craig Sponsky, former director of athletics for Oxbridge Academy, sued the private high school Tuesday, alleging he was scapegoated amid negative publicity regarding a toxic work environment and overemphasis on athletics.