• HS Football Players Arrested in Hazing Investigation

    by Jason Scott September 2016

    Four varsity football players were arrested last week in California in connection to an alleged hazing incident.

  • Opinion: NJSIAA's Football 'Power Point' System Unfair

    by Phil Anastasia September 2016

    "Rewarding a team for losing, what sense does that make?" Bud Kowal, the athletic director at Ewing High School and the president of the West Jersey Football League, wondered aloud in a sentiment shared by more than a few folks south of the Raritan River.

  • High School Football Team Goes Independent for Safety

    by Jim Baumbach September 2016

    Port Washington withdrew its varsity football team from Nassau's interscholastic organization this season because the school says it was concerned about injuries and an ability to compete in a conference with similarly sized high schools. Port Washington has instead elected to play eight exhibition games against four Lower Hudson Valley schools, three Nassau public schools from a lower conference and Long Island Lutheran. The team lost its first game of the season, 21-14, to Pelham of Westchester County on Sept. 10. The Vikings' next scheduled game is at home on Sept. 24 against Long Island Lutheran. The district's decision to opt out of Nassau's organized sports setup comes after years of appealing its varsity football team's placement in Conference I, which includes the county's 14 largest high schools by enrollment, athletic director Stephanie Joannon said.

  • HS Girls Basketball Team Poster Deemed ‘Disrespectful’

    by Stuart Goldman September 2016

    The Iowa Commission on Native American Affairs has called out an Iowa girls basketball team for appearing on a poster in headdresses and war paint.

  • HS Football Team Plans Silent Protest

    by Stephen Hargis September 2016

    For several weeks, Brian Gwyn had watched and listened to both sides of the debate over NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick's protest against social injustice. The Brainerd High School football coach discussed the issue with his players and decided there was only one point with which he disagreed. "I don't believe any individual should make a statement that takes away from the team, but this is an issue that needs to have attention brought to it," Gwyn said. "If you're going to bring attention to an important issue, it needs to be done in a way that shows unity."

  • KSHSAA Committee Lays Out Classification Proposals

    by Brent Maycock September 2016

    It's been the hot-button issue across Kansas for years, at least when it comes to high school athletics in the state. Classifications. Technically, the Kansas State High School Activities Association's member schools are divided into six classifications, 1A through 6A. But with Class 1A splitting to two divisions in 2010 and Class 4A following suit in 2013, the number of state championships awarded in football, basketball, volleyball, baseball and softball grew. The question became when would it stop and was the current format the best option for the state? "In my former job as (USD 259) district athletic director, I was on a board of peers, the (KSHSAA) executive board, the KIAAA - it came up all the time," said Bill Faflick, assistant superintendant of the Wichita public schools. "You hear it again and again."

  • HS Team to Appeal Forfeit Ruling

    by David Zink September 2016

    The principal at Riverside Notre Dame High School said Tuesday that the school will appeal a ruling by the CIF-Southern Section that the school's football team must forfeit a second game as the result of an on-field fight that prematurely ended Friday's game against Santa Fe Springs St. Paul.

  • Struggling HS Football Program Mulls Changes

    by Chris Thomas September 2016

    Withdrawing from the state organization's playoff series would allow Union County to set its own football schedule, but prevent it from advancing to the postseason. The move can't happen without a special request from the TSSAA's Board of Control.

  • HS Coaches Have Mixed Reaction to Anthem Protests

    by Aaron Carter September 2016

    After players and coaches from Woodrow Wilson — a public school in Camden — took a knee during the national anthem before a game last weekend, coaches in Southeast Pennsylvania talked the issue.

  • Public HS Students Can Protest Without Punishment

    by Erik Brady and Josh Barnett September 2016

    The free speech issues surrounding the national anthem at NFL games have found their way to high school fields across the country, and the irony is this: Students at public schools have constitutional protection from discipline for this sort of silent protest, while NFL players do not. Frank LoMonte, executive director of the Student Press Law Center, points out that the First Amendment guarantees protection from government interference, which includes public schools but not private businesses. "You can't bring a constitutional claim against the NFL," he told USA TODAY Sports.