• 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 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.

  • MIAA Promotes Adaptive Sports Initiative

    by 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.

  • 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.

  • Praying Coach Suspended After Satanists Plan On-Field Invocation

    by Jason Scott October 2015

    A high school football coach in Washington state who is known for praying on the playing field has been placed on paid administrative leave after Satanists asked to hold a ceremony at a game.