• 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.

  • HS Football Conference Approves Merger to Form 95-Team League

    by Phil Anastasia November 2015

    In a move that likely will change the landscape of South Jersey football, the Colonial Conference on Tuesday approved plans to merge with the West Jersey Football League. "It's time," said Sterling athletic director Matt Sheehan, the president of the Colonial Conference. "This is an exciting thing for Colonial Conference football." The merger, which would take effect for the 2016 season, still has to be approved by a two-thirds majority of the West Jersey Football League's 83 members.

  • Activity Fees Stir Controversy in High School Sports

    by Steve Craig November 2015

    James Harrod was taken aback when he learned York High was instituting a $100 activity fee for each of its sports seasons. "It was not like I was going to say, 'No, my kids can't participate,' but I was somewhat annoyed by how it just sort of happened," said Harrod, whose daughter, Julia, is a three-sport athlete. "Why am I paying extra money to have my children participate in activities, when at theof the day a strong school system benefits the whole community?" Activity fees, common in other states, are slowly taking root in Maine. They are often proposed as a way to keep sports programs operating without raising property taxes. But the fees are creating tension in some communities, with some parents and administrators arguing that the fees discourage participation from less fortunate families and that their taxes should cover all parts of their children's education, including athletics. Eleven of the 29 public high schools in southern Maine's two major sports conferences charge fees for every sport, according to an analysis by the Maine Sunday Telegram. Fees range from $10 per sport in Old Orchard Beach to $175 for most sports in Falmouth. In many cases, fees also apply at the middle school level.

  • Adidas to Help High Schools Drop Native American Mascots

    by Chris McGaughey November 2015

    Adidas is offering to help high schools nationwide drop Native American mascots. The athletic shoe and apparel maker said Thursday it will provide free design resources to schools looking to shelve Native American mascots, nicknames, imagery or symbolism. The German company also pledged to provide financial support to ensure the cost of changing is not prohibitive.

  • MIAA Promotes Adaptive Sports Initiative

    by Takara Scott-Johnston November 2015

    The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association is launching an initiative to promote participation in adaptive sports. This initiative follows in the footsteps of the Eastern College Athletic Conference, which this fall became the first collegiate conference to offer NCAA-sanctioned events and varsity-level competition for adaptive sports. According to The Boston Globe, an email containing an outline of the initiative was sent out last week to Massachusetts principals and athletic directors.

  • Pay to Play Allegations Surface in Chicago High Schools

    by Stuart Goldman November 2015

    Allegations of a “pay to play” system have surfaced from Chicago high school volleyball players and their parents who claim players were cut or benched because they no longer play on club teams led by their high school coach.

  • HS Fires Football Coach, Team Won't Play Season Finale

    by Adam Fisher November 2015

    After a premature end to the year, the St. John Neumann football team is in search of a new coach for a third straight year. The Diocese of Venice, which Neumann is a part of, announced Tuesday that Simon Codrington III was no longer coaching the Celtics football team. Codrington also is no longer employed by the high school. The Diocese did not say why.

  • Hoops Team Delays Season as Players Finish Football

    by Chris Thomas November 2015

    Jody Wright learned the lesson last year. The Fulton High School boys basketball coach spent the early portion of the 2014-15 season scrambling to postpone games as the school’s football team, littered with his players, chased its third consecutive Class 4A championship.

  • Win or Lose, Lessons Learned in Prep Sports Worth the Effort

    by Randy Hollis November 2015

    Three months ago, just before the Utah high school football season was about to begin, the Deseret News sports team was busy scrambling around, talking to coaches and players and gathering up as much information as possible so we could provide preseason preview articles on every team in the state. It's an arduous task, to be sure, but one that's very well worth the time. It's a great way to give each deserving high school football player in the state some recognition and a chance to shine before the season starts.

  • Judge Dismisses Class-Action Concussion Suit Against IHSA

    by Emily Attwood October 2015

    A Cook County judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed last year calling for the Illinois High School Association to improve its concussion-prevention policies, putting a quiet end to the first class-action lawsuit filed against a prep sports governing body.