• Administrators Must Help Recruits Hide From Overzealous Online Fans

    by Michael Popke April 2011

    Ruben Gonzalez and Andre Davis, two of the top wide receivers in Hillsborough County, Fla., announced their commitments to the University of South Florida within a week of one another earlier this year.

  • New Efforts to Revive Structured Physical Education Abound

    by Michael Popke March 2011

    Most school gymnasiums are filled more often than not these days - hosting much-needed blood drives, fundraisers for vital school and community needs, and revenue-generating offseason sports camps.

  • School, Park Districts Explore Partnership to Save Sports

    by Michael Popke February 2011

    When Rockford (Ill.) Public Schools announced two weeks into 2011 that it was exploring a partnership that would transfer operation of interscholastic sports to the Rockford Park District, school officials cited several benefits.

  • Blog: Ammunition for High Schools Looking to Build

    by Mary Helen Sprecher January 2011

    Same old story: You need to fix up your athletic facilities and the administration won't budge. But face it - without one big announcement that the recession is over, people will remain fiscally conservative. Particularly at the high school level, it's hard to rationalize adding to the expense side of the ledger.

  • Blog: Athletic Association's Appeal Cost Money, Achieved Nothing

    by John Wolohan January 2011

    In my April 2010 Sports Law column, I wrote about the Indiana High School Athletic Association's decision to declare Jasmine Watson athletically ineligible following her transfer from Elkhart Memorial to Washington High School in South Bend. The IHSAA's decision was overturned by the Court of Appeal of Indiana on Dec. 9, 2009, and Watson was allowed to play the remainder of her senior season at Washington, which made it all the way to the Indiana Class 4-A state championship game.

  • 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.