• HS Championships Return to Ohio Stadium after 25 Years

    by Steve Wartenberg, THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH December 2014

    The Greater Columbus Sports Commission estimates that the fans of the teams coming to town for the seven football games on Thursday through Saturday will spend $4 million.

  • Why Are Football Fatalities Most Prevalent Among Preps?

    by Erik Brady December 2014

    Death certificates have empty spaces to be filled -- even if death, like life, never fits easily into bureaucratic boxes. The death certificate of Damon Janes sketches a terrible story. Usual Occupation: Student. Kind of Business or Industry: High School. Immediate Cause of Death: Blunt impact injury of head. Place of Injury: Football Field. The nexus of high school football and death trespasses too often on the mythic ethos of Friday night lights. Janes was a workhorse junior running back for Westfield/Brocton, a combined team from two small schools in western New York. He died in a Buffalo hospital three days after taking multiple hits to his head in a game Sept. 13, 2013. He was 16. "No one should die playing the game they love," his mother told USA TODAY Sports.

  • Former Quarterback Sues Over High School Head Injuries

    by Michael Tarm December 2014

    By Michael Tarm The Associated Press CHICAGO A former high school quarterback followed in the steps of one-time pro and college players Saturday by suing a sports governing body - in this case the Illinois High School Association - saying it didn't do enough to protect him from concussions when he played and still doesn't do enough to protect players.

  • IHSA Advances Proposal to Revamp Football Playoffs

    by Daily Herald report November 2014

    The Illinois High School Association's Legislative Commission voted Monday to refer six proposals to amend the IHSA constitution and bylaws to a vote of the general membership.

  • Conference with Two Enrollment Divisions Eyes a Third

    by New Haven Register November 2014

    Athletic directors from the Southern Connecticut Conference met Monday to discuss potential changes to the league's structure and schedule.

  • District Sued Over Policy Limiting Freshman Participation

    by Amy Donaldson Deseret News November 2014

    Rick Westmoreland filed a lawsuit alleging his teenage daughter's civil rights were violated by a Weber School District rule that limits the number of freshmen who can participate in high school sports.

  • Soccer Team Boycott: Probe Finds No Issues with Coach

    by Joseph Cranney 239-213-6035 November 2014

    After a game was postponed last week due to a player boycott, the principal at Lely High School met with 10 parents connected to the boys’ soccer team Monday to discuss student concerns, a Collier County school district spokesman said.

  • In Maine, Special Olympians Get Shot at HS Basketball

    by EVAN CRAWLEY Kennebec Journal November 2014

    After nearly two years in development, the Maine Principals' Association and Special Olympics Maine are bringing unified basketball to the state's high school sport scene.

  • Playoff Officiating Again Draws Attention in Western Pa.

    by Pittsburgh Tribune Review Staff November 2014

    For the third time in four years, the WPIAL Class AAAA final included a key call by an official. An inadvertent whistle in the third quarter Friday negated a Pine-Richland fumble in a 21-13 victory over Central Catholic. The Rams kept possession and scored a touchdown on the next play. "(The officials) are taking it very hard," said Bill Sinning, who oversees male-sport officials for the WPIAL. "The referee, who was not involved in the play other than knowing the rule, was really upset. The official who (blew the whistle) came up to me and said, "˜It's on me. I did it.' " A year earlier, officials faced an unusual play and called it correctly. Central Catholic scored a crazy touchdown when a Vikings punt didn't reach the line of scrimmage. Graham Adomitis picked it up and ran 66 yards for a touchdown.

  • Opinion: Thankfully, TSSAA Playoff Format to Change

    by Ward Gossett November 2014

    Staff Writer As we prepare for the TSSAA semifinals on Friday, I couldn't resist taking one last look at Tennessee's soon-to-be-departed football playoff system. There's a place for computers, sure, but I think it's been well-documented that Tennessee football playoff placement isn't that place. And I'm glad -- as are most coaches -- that the TSSAA is returning to its old top-four-advance scenario. Now we'd be even happier if the state association's officials and the board of control would wise up and realize that the state isn't big enough -- or populous enough, shall we say -- for six classifications in the public school division and two in the private school sector. I think that's as many as they have in Texas.