• Football Star Plays Despite Attempted Murder Charge

    by Jason Scott December 2015

    A pending attempted murder charge didn’t keep a high school football star from playing in New York’s Yankee Stadium in a league title game.

    Rahmel Ashby, a running back at Grand Street Campus High School in Brooklyn, competed in the Public Schools Athletic League Championship Division title game, despite being charged in an April 2014 shooting that injured three people.

  • Why a Northern High School Opted for an Indoor Practice Facility

    by Paul Steinbach December 2015

    The tour — the story — starts in a decades-old gymnasium. It was while assessing this modest space in 2006-07, with its original bleachers and hardwood court badly in need of refinishing, that administrators at Hamilton High School began to think big. Enrollment had doubled since the school was built in Sussex, Wis., in 1963. Athletics participation had increased by 33 percent, six sports programs had been added, and interior training space was at a premium. Track athletes were running hurdles down terrazzo hallways. Cheerleaders were doing stunts over library carpeting. Field sports participants in this evolving era of year-round specialization had no place to practice off-season, as Wisconsin's winters rendered the outdoors off limits.

  • Deaf Athlete Sues Michigan HS Athletic Association

    by Takara Scott-Johnston December 2015

    In a suit filed in federal court, Ellis Kempf, a deaf wrestler for Royal Oak High School is suing the Michigan High School Athletic Association for refusing to allow an American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter mat-side during MHSAA-sanctioned matches.

    The case is being handled by Nyman Turkish PC, a law firm that specializes in litigation and disability. Jason Turkish, the firm’s managing partner, said the firm is taking the case pro bono.

  • High School Rifle Raffle Causes Community Concern

    by Jason Scott November 2015

    Vance Koppenhafer, a graduate and supporter of Mancos (Col.) High School, is raising eyebrows and concerns for organizing a raffle of a firearm to benefit the school’s athletic programs.

  • Gunfire Halts HS Football Game; Three Teens Arrested

    by Stuart Goldman November 2015

    Gunfire erupted near the end of a Florida state high school playoff game last Friday night, sending teams, officials and fans scurrying for cover.

  • HS Basketball Player Dies After Collapsing During Practice

    by Jason Scott November 2015

    A female basketball player at Notre Dame High School in California has died after collapsing during practice.

  • With Two Games Remaining, HS Football Coaching Staff Quits

    by Jason Scott November 2015

    First year head coach Nick D’Angelo along with his entire coaching staff at Coginchaug Regional High School in Connecticut quit earlier this week, with two games remaining on the team’s schedule.

  • Iowa HS Hoops Coaches Freed From 'Seat Belt' Rule

    by Jason Scott November 2015

    A rule requiring high school basketball coaches in Iowa to remain in their seats during games has been lifted.

  • HS Athletic Director Facing Felony Fraud Charge

    by Takara Scott-Johnston November 2015

    A former high school athletic director in Waunakee, Wis., is facing felony charges for the unauthorized use of a school credit card. During his tenure as athletic director, Brian Smith rang up thousands of dollars in charges over the course of several years. Smith has been accused of using the card for meals, gasoline, clothing and other items.

  • Kansas HS Football Player Allegedly Punches Official

    by Stuart Goldman November 2015

    Another allegation has surfaced of a high school football player striking an official.

    The recent alleged incident occurred last Friday during a Kansas state high school playoff game between Wichita Heights High School and Goddard High. During a scuffle between players from both teams, an official claims a Goddard football player punched him in the stomach, Wichita TV station KAKE reported.

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    The Kansas State High School Activities Association, Goddard Schools and the Goddard Police Department are all investigating the case. The official, Ryan Storck, filed a report with Goddard Police on Monday, The Wichita Eagle reported. Storck declined to name the Goddard player in question. The incident occurred after the final play of the game.

    Goddard Schools released this statement to the TV station:

    “We are aware of an incident involving a student on Friday, November 6th, that occurred immediately following a football game. In watching a replay of the game, there were players shoving each other, and sports officials attempting to break up the situation. It appears contact between a player and an official occurred. That evening, a statement was made by an official, saying he was hit by a player, reported no injuries, and initially did not pursue charges. Goddard Public Schools sets a high standard of sportsmanship for our student athletes, and this type of behavior does not meet our expectations. We will continue to investigate this incident.”

    Earlier this year, two high school football players in Texas were suspended after they intentionally knocked down an official. The players alleged the official directed racial slurs at them and claimed one of their assistant coaches ordered them to knock down the official. The coach later resigned.

    “This type of incident or these type of things, like what happened in Texas, there’s just no room for that in the game,” Matt Mount, president of the Greater Wichita Officials Association, told KAKE.

    Wichita Heights won the game 41-27.