• New High School Track Deemed Unsalvageable

    by Jason Scott December 2016

    The track at Plainville (Conn.) High School will need to be replaced after less than a year of use. The track, which was installed in early spring, has been deemed unsalvageable after a bubbling problem in the track’s synthetic turf material.

  • Blog: Creating Buy-In for $70M McKinney ISD Stadium

    by Valerie Little, Associate AD - McKinney ISD December 2016

    Editor’s note: In May 2016, voters approved a bond package that allowed the McKinney (Texas) Independent School District to construct a multi-million-dollar high school football stadium. Construction on the project began in December 2016, and is expected to be complete in late 2017. Valerie Little, Associate AD for McKinney ISD, will be providing an exclusive inside look at coordinating the effort.

    There are several foundational philosophies we as a district have relied upon to overcome some of the early challenges in this project. Now, despite all the negative media attention the McKinney (Texas) ISD has gotten for our new stadium project, the excitement in our community is palpable. 

  • Opinion: Rude Chants at HS Games Must Be Stopped

    by Aaron Carter December 2016

    I don't have children yet, but I do have an athletic teenage niece whom I love dearly. And if she was ever subjected to the chants I heard the evening of Dec. 3 during St. Joseph's Prep's PIAA 6A football semifinal victory over North Penn at Northeast High, I hope someone - anyone - would put an end to such reprehensible behavior, which included body-shaming and a reference to a sexual act. The first chant came after North Penn's second touchdown, which occurred with five minutes left in the third quarter as the Knights' junior kicker, Kelly Macnamara, went onto the field for the extra point.

  • Is Anything Good Happening in High School Sports?

    by Brian M. Miller December 2016

    Is there anything good happening in high school sports? As an athletic director, this is a question for which I try to have a good answer. Frequently, the reported news is not helpful. I am an advocate for education-based athletics. The court, field or ice rink is an extension of the classroom. This is the test track to see whether or not what we teach within our school walls has an impact in the reality of the world outside.

  • HS Hoops Player Charged With Assault Kicked Off Team

    by Telegram & Gazette December 2016

    A Clinton High School basketball player who was allowed to play in a game Friday night after he was charged with beating his girlfriend is no longer a member of the team, a school official confirmed Tuesday night.

  • School Board Ends Coaching Contract After Traffic Stop

    by Lawrence Budd December 2016

    The local school board is scheduled to consider non-renewal of a contract with Brandon Phil-pot to coach the Spartan varsity football team. It was unclear whether this signaled the end of Phil-pot's coaching career in the Waynesville school district.

  • Prep Realignment Concerns Principals, ADs

    by Amy Donaldson December 2016

    Grace Allen's voice wavered as she addressed the Utah High School Activities Association's Board of Trustees at a public hearing on proposed region changes that would impact her high school.

  • WIAA and NFHS Launch #MyReasonWhy Campaign

    by Courtney Cameron December 2016

    The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletics Association has partnered with the National Federation of State High School Associations to help launch a social media campaign highlighting the benefits of participation in high school extracurricular activities and sports.

  • Football Fields Take a Beating During HS Playoffs

    by Joe Sirera December 2016

    The high school football playoffs are a five-week grind for teams that make it to the championship games. A long postseason can be hard on a team's field, too.

  • HS Coaches Keep Jobs After Board's Delayed Decision

    by Marc Pendleton December 2016

    Dunbar head coach Pete Pullen and assistant Darran Powell were belatedly approved coaching contracts for the boys high school basketball season during a Dayton Public Schools board meeting Tuesday night.