• Both Coach and AD to Remain in Wake of Field Fight

    by Jonathan Hull June 2016

    Wichita Falls Independent School District Superintendent Michael Kuhrt announced Friday that disciplinary actions have been taken in reaction to an incident at the athletic fields where the athletic director’s “unprofessional and excessive” behavior was reported. District Athletic Director Scot Hafley, whose behavior was described by former WFISD employee Eric Ward as laced with profanity, will remain at his post, where Hafley “will be working earnestly to regain your confidence and support,” Kuhrt said in a news release.

  • Alabama Prep Softball Team Protests Removal of Coach

    by Stuart Goldman June 2016

    The former coach of a high school softball team in Alabama says she is “not sure” why she was relieved of her duties, a decision that has prompted a protest by her players.

  • Damaged by Flooding, HS Gym Floor to Be Replaced

    by Chris Thomas June 2016

    Alcoa High School’s auxiliary gym floor was destroyed last week when a mainline water pipe burst on consecutive days, causing parts of the 1-year-old building to flood.

  • District Makes Changes to Heat Policies

    by Joe Sirera June 2016

    Guilford County Schools officials are working on changes to the district's policies for athletics workouts in hot weather. But county athletics director Leigh Hebbard says those changes are not in response to the death of incoming Page freshman Karson Cross after a football workout June 13.

  • Slain HS Player Dobson to Be Honored at ESPYs

    by Chris Thomas June 2016

    Zaevion Dobson's story will reach a national audience when the slain Fulton High School football player is remembered with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at next month's ESPY Awards, which annually honors individual and team athletic achievements at various levels of competition.

  • Preventing Heat Stroke Important at Practices

    by Jim Sands June 2016

    News of the tragic death of a Page High School student after collapsing during a voluntary summer football workout last week was a sobering reminder of the serious nature of setting parameters on preventing heat stroke for athletes. Karson Cross, a rising freshman at Page High School in Greensboro, collapsed on the practice field about 20 minutes after the workout began on June 13 shortly after 5 p.m. Despite efforts to resuscitate him, Karson died the following day at a local hospital. Page, which is located in our sister county of Guilford, is a regular rival to Rockingham County schools in many sports. It made Monday's tragedy hit a little too close to home for many in the community.

  • Investigation into Turf Feud Still Ongoing

    by Jonathan Hull June 2016

    There is still no official action being made by Wichita Falls Independent School District in regard to the incident involving Athletic Director Scot Hafley, Rider head football coach Marc Bindel and former Rider coach and player Eric Ward on June 13.

  • Former HS AD Pleads Guilty to Theft of $15K

    by Michaelle Bond June 2016

    The former athletic director in the Coatesville Area School District, accused of taking money from sporting events and spending it on gambling debts and luxury vehicles, pleaded guilty Monday to two felony counts.

  • Gym Mat Death: Investigation Brings No Charges

    by Christian Boone June 2016

    More than three years after Kendrick Johnson's body was found in a rolled-up gymnastics mat, perhaps the only people without a firm opinion about what happened to the Valdosta teen are the investigators who've studied the case the longest. "After extensive investigation into this tragic event, federal investigators determined that there is insufficient evidence to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that someone or some group of people willfully violated Kendrick Johnson's civil rights or committed any other prosecutable federal crime," a statement from the Justice Department said Monday.

  • New HS Playoff Rules Ignore Enrollment, Leagues

    by Loren Ledin June 2016

    A revamped postseason system was approved by CIF-SS membership earlier this year. Playoff brackets no longer automatically include entire leagues in the same division. Nor is school enrollment a factor.