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  • AIA Approves First Out HS Transgender Athlete

    by Andrew Brandt October 2014

     The Arizona Interscholastic Association Executive Board has approved the state's first ever transgender student-athlete to compete as their self-identified gender.

  • HS Coaches Resign after Players' Ebola Taunt

    by Andrew Brandt October 2014

    The coaches of a high school soccer team in Northampton, Pa., have resigned just one day after allegations that their players taunted an opponent with chants of "Ebola."

    Nazareth High School soccer player Ibrahim Toumkara moved to Pennsylvania from a small town in Guinea, a country located in West Africa, three years ago. After hearing the Ebola remarks, he charged a Northampton player and was ejected from the match.

    According to Toumkara's guardian, Edward Bachart, the teenager worries about his parents, who still reside there.

    Northampton's head coach and assistant coach, Craig Carvin and Jason Melniszyn, submitted their resignation letters Tuesday evening as the Northampton Area School District was finishing its investigation into the matter.

    District superintendent Joseph Kovalchik said that neither district tolerates any form of discrimination, and that "appropriate discipline will be dispensed to any students who violated the code of conduct."

    "I am glad Nazareth and Northampton took this incident very seriously and did a very thorough investigation," Bachart told The Morning Call. "I think kids nowadays have to realize that their words can cause a lot of damage and you've got to think before you speak and be careful with what words you choose."

    Bachart believes the Northampton coaches made the right decision in resigning, but he thinks Northampton's players should be held accountable as well.

    "This doesn't belong in society," he said. "It certainly doesn't belong in the field."

    In response to the episode, the Nazareth soccer team has taken to Twitter to promote and sell wristbands that say "#ENDRACISM."

  • HS Athlete Charged with Felony Assault Still Playing

    by Andrew Brandt October 2014

    In August, teenager Nick Vincenzo was jumped, robbed and beaten by three young men and a juvenile in North Ridgeville, OH.

  • Three HS Football Deaths Within Last Week

    by Andrew Brandt October 2014

    A New York high school student has become the third football player to die in the past week after suffering an injury during practice or a game.

  • Proposed HS Transgender Policy Ignites Controversy

    by Michael Gaio September 2014

    A proposed policy change in Minnesota high school athletics regarding transgender student-athletes has fired up a heated debate across the state.

  • HS Adds Incentives to Revive the Multisport Athlete

    by Michael Gaio September 2014

    The multisport athlete is a rare breed these days. In fact, in his September column, our own editor in chief, Dennis Van Milligen, proclaimed the multisport athlete was dead altogether.

    "This was back when your best athletes played multiple sports — an era that appears to be ending, as sport specialization dominates the modern high school scene," he wrote.

  • Do Later School Start Times Benefit Student-Athletes?

    by Andrew Brandt September 2014

    Next year, three high schools in Virginia's Fauquier County are making the move to a new athletic conference, a transition that has some worried that the new competition has an unfair advantage: sleep. High schools in neighboring Loudoun county start later, at approximately 9 a.m. It's not a difference that most athletic programs might think of, but there's a growing body of evidence to suggest that later school start times are crucial to improving students' performance, academic and physical.

  • The Death of the Multisport Athlete

    by September 2014

    Friday night lights are back for high schools across the country, and as you read this, many of the nation's top athletes are hard at work on the gridiron preparing for this week's upcoming game. I remember my first experience around a star athlete. I was 11 years old and my oldest brother was attending Wheaton North High School, which at that time was home to Kent Graham, the best high school athlete in the state of Illinois. Kent was a 6-foot-5-inch physical freak and the number-one-ranked quarterback in the nation. He also played safety. He earned three all-conference distinctions in basketball and regularly hit .400 for the baseball team. My dad fondly recalls Kent hitting a home run off my brother in Little League that cleared the lights and still hasn't landed.

  • Amendment Takes Virginia into New Concussion Terrain

    by Andrew Brandt September 2014

    The revisions to Virginia student-athlete concussion law this past spring seemed straightforward enough, but an overlooked amendment included in the law is catching some by surprise.

  • High School AD Pleads Guilty to Bid-Rigging

    by Andrew Brandt September 2014

    Fitzgerald Barnes, athletic director at Monticello High School in Charlottesville, Va., pleaded guilty to embezzling money from federal taxpayers on Friday in federal court.