• District Schools Get New Synthetic Turf Fields

    by Greg Mellen August 2016

    On a sunny midweek morning at Marina High School, a spreader machine, which looks a little like a scaled down version of a Zamboni, glides along spitting out rubber pellets into the shiny, electric-green synthetic surface of the school's newest sports field. The school's Viking mascot logo is vivid against the green backdrop at midfield as the finishing touches are being put on the first of four new athletic fields at campuses in the Huntington Beach Union High School District.

  • Ex-Prep Hoops Coach Pleads Guilty to Sex Charges

    by Michael Hewlett August 2016

    Derrele Mitchell, the former head boys' basketball coach at West Forsyth High School, pleaded guilty Wednesday morning to having sex with a female student and getting her pregnant while he was a coach at Reynolds High School in 2012. Mitchell, 33, of Forest Oak Drive in Clemmons, had been charged with felony sex offense with a student and taking indecent liberties with a student. Mitchell had worked as a media assistant and the boys' basketball coach at West Forsyth High School before he was suspended without pay on June 8, 2015. He resigned on June 12.

  • New Preseason Football Practice Guidelines Considered

    by Ernie Clark August 2016

    Double sessions of preseason practice have represented a rite of passage for generations of high school football players. Two-a-days are underway this week at many Maine schools under strict guidelines regulating the length of practice sessions, protective equipment used, amount of contact allowed, and recovery time -- all designed to help players cope with the mid-August heat. "The biggest concern with preseason is acclimatization, acclimatization not only to the heat but also re-acclimatization to the sport," said Chris Sementelli, program manager for MaineGeneral Sports Medicine in Augusta and a liaison to the Maine Principals' Association sports medicine committee. While double sessions remain the norm at many high schools, some programs have veered away from the tradition for reasons that have less to do with Mother Nature and more to do with changing demographics and competing demands.

  • School Rallies to Support Fired Football Coach

    by Cory Mull August 2016

    Less than 24 hours after South Fort Myers High football coach and security guard Anthony Dixon was fired by the Lee County School District a wave of support has generated inside the school for the former head of the program.

  • HS Teams Adjust to Reclassification, Realignment

    by Lake Morris August 2016

    One question comes to mind after the South Carolina High School League (SCHSL) voted to reclassify the state: What region are the teams in now? Back in the spring, the SCHSL voted to expand the state from four classifications to five. The move was done, the SCHSL said, to level the playing field because of the large enrollment disparity in what was Class AAAA. But reclassification, along with realignment that is done every two years, has pushed the state of South Carolina athletics into a new era.

  • HS Under Investigation for Possible Practice Violations

    by Rick Ryan August 2016

    The West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission is looking into possible football practice violations by Class A power Wheeling Central. The possible violations in question involve players wearing pads during the first week of practice, which began Aug. 1 for high schools in West Virginia.

  • Football Coach Fired After Investigation of Video

    by Cory Mull August 2016

    South Fort Myers High football coach Anthony Dixon was fired Tuesday following a Lee County School District investigation into an incident involving sex between a number of male students and a girl inside a school restroom in May. Wolfpack assistant football coach Nathan O'Jibway was also removed from his coaching duties but remains a teacher. South Fort Myers assistant Matthew Holderfield was named interim head coach as the team heads into its preseason game on Friday at home against Largo.

  • Football Returns to High School After Four-Year Absence

    by Chris Harlan August 2016

    Early Monday morning, Ed Dawson's whistle signaled a new start in Coraopolis. The sounds of high school football — silenced there for almost five years — caused the coach to pause for a moment and reflect on the months-long effort that revived Cornell's mothballed program.

  • School Board Okays $354K Field Improvement Project

    by Joe Napsha August 2016

    The Norwin School Board took a step Monday toward fulfilling a promise it made to its high school baseball supporters by authorizing $354,600 in improvements to ensure the team has a home field next season.

  • HS Football Team Recovering from June Flooding

    by Rick Ryan August 2016

    No one can argue that Herbert Hoover's football program has been dealing with difficulties seldom seem before. Of course, the devastating flooding of the Elk River in late June took with it much of the Huskies' gear, including nearly all of the team's weightlifting equipment. The team had hoped to be able to practice at its own Joe Eddie Cowley Field in Falling Rock next to the high school building that won't reopen, but that's been delayed until the required cleanup is finished. So the Huskies work out at a site apportioned to them at the Elk River Soccer Fields in Crede.