• State-Mandated Sportsmanship Programs Tackle Bad Behavior

    by Catherine Liewen January 2011

    Last November, the Southington (Conn.) High School football team's 28-14 victory over rival Manchester High School was overshadowed by allegations that Southington Coach D.J. Hernandez, a 24-year-old former University of Connecticut quarterback and wide receiver, admitted to using the opposing quarterback's misplaced armband to call defensive plays. Video footage showed the play card attached to Hernandez's clipboard, but he claimed that he only used the card for four plays for his team's defense in the third quarter.

  • Booster Clubs are Saving High School Sports

    by Michael Popke September 2010

    At some schools, sports teams owe their existence to outside financial support.

  • Big Foot May Cost Prep Football Player His Season

    by Michael Popke August 2010

    Connor Duffy, a junior tackle for Kingsway Regional High School in Woolwich Township, N.J., stands 6-feet, 8-inches tall, weighs 300 pounds and wears a size 22 shoe. That's the problem: Duffy, his parents and coach Tony Barchuk can't seem to find cleats that fit.

  • Holy Month, Hot Days Lead to Overnight Football Practices

    by Michael Popke August 2010

    Fordson High School in Dearborn, Mich., is holding preseason football practices in the middle of the night - between 11 p.m. and 4 a.m. - to avoid scorching daytime temperatures and help the team's Muslim student-athletes practice both football and faith. Members of the school's predominantly Muslim squad say the nocturnal regimen is a way for players to eat and drink while observing the holy month of daytime fasting known as Ramadan, which started last week and will conclude Sept. 9.

  • Rival Schools Unite to Create One-of-a-Kind Rooftop Stadium

    by Michael Popke June 2010

    Two rival schools in New Jersey unite to create a one-of-a-kind rooftop stadium.

  • High School Administrators Move Ahead with Policies for Transgender Student-Athletes

    by Michael Popke May 2010

    Citing inclusivity, administrators are moving ahead with policies for transgender student-athletes.

  • Educators Doing Their Best to Make Lifelong Fitness Appealing to P.E. Students

    by Michael Popke April 2010

    Getting - and keeping - students interested in P.E. classes these days is no simple task. But some educators are doing their best to make lifelong fitness appealing to kids.

  • High Schools, Municipalities Look for Corporate Sponsors

    by Michael Popke April 2010

    Local sports and recreation programs are relying more on corporate sponsorships these days.

  • Safe At Home - But For How Long?

    by Michael Popke April 2010

    We've published lots of stories in recent years about school districts faced with budget crises so severe that administrators were forced to consider (or at least threaten) the elimination of prep sports. But, eventually, they would find a way to salvage at least some programs - whether through reducing or removing other creative fundraising solutions. Options, it seemed, were always available.

  • High School Swimming Moves Forward After Suit Ban

    by Michael Popke December 2009

    Prep swimming moves forward following the ban of controversial high-tech suits.