• PEP Grant Winners Announced; $27M to 56 Winning Groups

    by Michael Popke — AB Managing Editor August 2012

    The U.S. Department of Education has announced the 2013 recipients of more than $27 million in Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP) grants. New PEP grants will be distributed to 56 school districts and community-based organizations across the country, including the Yukon-Koyukuk School District in Fairbanks, Alaska, the YMCA of Southern Indiana and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County, Va.

  • Sponsor-Supported Video Boards Make Impact at High School Level

    by Michael Popke July 2012

    For Mike Gosz and Jaime Sherwood, being a high school athletic director requires a lot more versatility than it did even a few years ago.

  • Baseball Team Forfeits Game, Refuses to Play Against Girl

    by Emily Attwood May 2012

    Thursday night's Arizona Charter Athletic Association state championship baseball game was over before it began. Mesa Preparatory Academy was given the title after Our Lady of Sorrows Academy chose to forfeit rather than face Mesa Prep's second baseman - Paige Sultzbach. Because Mesa Prep does not offer a softball team, Sultzbach, a freshman, has played on the boy's baseball team all season.

  • Former Wrestler Hudson Taylor Champions Tolerance

    by Paul Steinbach March 2012

    As a member of the nation's top-ranked high school wrestling team, Hudson Taylor was subjected to homophobic taunts as a teen.

  • How to Weed Out Trouble-Making High School Sports Fans

    by Michael Popke March 2012

    In a brief but volatile confrontation with a referee officiating his daughter's basketball game at Albuquerque, N.M.'s Volcano Vista High School in January, Paul Alfaro flung a vulgarity the official's way.

  • Battle of the Fans 'Promotes Positive Cheering Atmosphere'

    by Michael Popke — AB Managing Editor February 2012

    Brennan Webb was confident that his school, Frankenmuth (Mich.) High, would win the inaugural Michigan High School Athletic Association's "Battle of the Fans" - which sought to recognize the top cheering sections among MHSAA member schools. "It's what we wanted to do when we started out," says Webb, a senior and one of the leaders of the Frankenmuth cheering section. "We really wanted to be the biggest, the best, the most creative, the loudest, the most outgoing. And that's obviously what we've done now. I could tell since we started doing this last year, people started bringing better student sections to games against us because they knew we were going to bring fans. We influenced all the teams we've played. It's really awesome. You feel good."

  • High School Sports Teams Stretch Out with Yoga

    by Michael Popke February 2012

    When baseball practice begins next month at Jeffersonville (Ind.) High School, Matt Rigsby will find out whether the optional once-a-week yoga classes he has been offering his players since September have paid off.

  • 'Battle of the Fans' Seeks Top High School Cheering Section

    by Michael Popke — AB Managing Editor January 2012

    Who says school spirit is dead? Not students at the five Michigan high schools that have made it to the finals of that state's inaugural "Battle of the Fans." Developed by the Michigan High School Athletic Association, the contest seeks to recognize the top student cheering section in the state. Organized by MHSAA staff and its 16-member Student Advisory Council, it will reward the section that best exemplifies the positive and festive atmosphere created when students show enthusiasm, unity and sportsmanship while rooting for their school's basketball teams.

  • Basketball Risky Business for Girls' School With No Gym

    by Michael Popke — AB Managing Editor January 2012

    With no gymnasium at Sacred Heart High, basketball players from the small, 105-year-old Catholic girls' school located in East Los Angeles must walk a mile through a gang-infested neighborhood to the Lincoln Park Recreation Center for practices and games - a fact that initially shocked principal Sister Janice Therese Wellington. "The first time I saw the situation I was like, 'Oh, my gosh. These girls have to do what?' " she told Los Angeles Times columnist Bill Plaschke, who recently chronicled the dangerous plight of the 10-member team.

  • How High School ADs Can Rein in Questionable Coaching Behavior

    by Michael Popke December 2011

    The final months of 2011 brought almost weekly stories of high school coaches misbehaving.