• Complaints About Coach Prompt Prep Soccer Boycott

    by Joseph Cranney; 239-435-3414 November 2014

    The issues team members say they have been having were wide-ranging. Most of the students thought the team, with a record of 1-2-2 through five games, wasn't winning as much as it should be.

  • School Now Sorry It Locked Into Higher Football Class

    by Tom Chard, Staff Writer November 2014

    Biddeford football denied request to opt out of two-year classification cycle Biddeford High's request to have its football team compete in Class B next season was rejected Wednesday by the Maine Principals' Association.

  • In Face of Field House Plans, Public Pushes for HS Track

    by Matt Hongoltz-Hetling Valley News Staff Writer November 2014

    As the Hartford School District moves forward with plans to build an athletic field house at the high school, proponents of a plan to instead spend that money on a track have accused the school board of going against the wishes of the public.

  • High School's Football Sound System Too Loud for Some

    by Jamie Munks, Staff Writer November 2014

    Springfield resident Mike Duvall says he can sit in his house with the doors and windows closed and the television on, and he can still hear the Sacred Heart-Griffin High School public address system during football games, over a mile away.

  • Player, Parents: Pattern of Hazing at Central Bucks West

    by Mike Sielski November 2014

    On Oct. 28, five days after the Central Bucks School District canceled C.B. West's football season and suspended the program's coaching staff in the wake of hazing allegations, head coach Brian Hensel released a public statement that was at once apologetic and defiant. "The notion that my coaching staff fostered a culture whereby lack of supervision and hazing was an ongoing norm is not just unfair, but patently false," Hensel wrote. He later added: "It is also my sincere hope that the investigation will reveal that this alleged hazing was a one-time, isolated incident." But even before the school district removed Hensel as C.B. West's coach on Tuesday, people who are or were affiliated with the West program had contradicted both his assertion and his hope. In a series of interviews over the last three weeks, their accounts make it clear that the hazing at an Aug. 16 team picnic - which led to the season's cancellation, the district's investigation, and Hensel's firing, even though he didn't attend the picnic - was not a one-time, isolated incident at all.

  • Central Bucks West Head Coach Fired in Wake of Hazing

    by Aaron Carter November 2014

    DECISIONS IN the aftermath of the Central Bucks West High football hazing ordeal finally have come to pass. On its website, the Central Bucks School District revealed that Brian Hensel was out as head coach, and a "comprehensive search" for a replacement will commence shortly.

  • Alibi Scrutinized as New Details Emerge in Gym Mat Death

    by Christian Boone November 2014

    School documents released Tuesday by an attorney representing a dead Valdosta high school student challenges the alibi of the older of two brothers targeted by federal prosecutors investigating the 2013 death. A copy of a reservation for a bus that carried Lowndes High School's wrestling team to Macon for a tournament in which the older brother was competing lists the departure time as 4 p.m. --- roughly three hours after Kendrick Johnson, whose body was found inside a rolled-up gym mat, was last seen alive. State and local law enforcement concluded the 17-year-old's death was accidental. "We were told they were not on campus when our child disappeared," said Chevene King, reading a statement from Johnson's parents, who believe their son was killed. King urged parents of wrestling team members to ask their children "the questions police did not."

  • Opinion: Prep Playoff Teams Owe Nothing to Colleges

    by Derek Taylor November 2014

    For the second time in as many weeks of the 2014 high school football playoffs, at least one game has been scheduled to be played on Saturday in the Huntington area.

  • No Green Light for Helmet Sensors at Va. High Schools

    by Andrew Brandt November 2014

    Last March, Bethesda, Md., company Brain Sentry offered to supply every high school football and lacrosse player in Loudon County, Va. with helmet impact sensors that light up when they're hit with a force of 80G or higher.

  • Opinion: Should an 0-10 Team Make HS Football Playoffs?

    by Greg Rajan, Corpus Christi Caller-Times November 2014

    There’s a notion that playoff time is the most special time of year, no matter the sport. But unless you like extremely one-sided games, there really wasn’t anything special about the first week of the high school football playoffs. The numbers are in from the bi-district round, and they’re not pretty.