• Attorney: Coach in Rape Case Unfairly Singled Out

    by Zack Peterson August 2016

    Last week, attorney Curtis Bowe filed two motions for his client, Andre "Tank" Montgomery, one of three adults charged in the Ooltewah High School rape incident. One called for a new court date. The other asked to dismiss the charges altogether, citing a combination of factors.

  • Are Alternative Treatments Right for Student-Athletes?

    by Patricia Piant August 2016

    Young athletes probably noticed the deep purple circles on Michael Phelps' shoulders and wondered if they somehow gave the Olympic gold medalist an upper edge in the pool. These circles are marks left from "cupping," a traditional Chinese medicine healing treatment that has taken center stage in Rio but has been around for thousands of years — and it isn't just for Olympians.

  • Coach Fired Amid Questions About Misused Funds

    by James Yodice August 2016

    Mark Warren has been fired as Eldorado High School's girls basketball coach and is facing possible criminal charges related to alleged misappropriation of funds, the Journal has learned. An investigation into Warren for possible "employee and criminal conduct" has been completed, Albuquerque Public Schools spokeswoman Monica Armenta said Sunday. Armenta said APS Police Chief Steve Gallegos told her "the investigation is closed, and the case will be forwarded to the (Bernalillo County District Attorney)."

  • Marines Looking for Recruits Among Female HS Athletes

    by Lolita C. Baldor August 2016

    The U.S. Marine Corps is looking for a few more good women. And this time the campaign is a bit different. Marine recruiters are turning to girls high school sports teams to find candidates who may be able to meet the Corps' rigorous physical standards, including for the front-line combat jobs now open to women. Marine Commandant Gen. Robert Neller says he wants to increase the number of women in the Corps to 1 in 10.

  • HS Conference to Stream Sports Via Internet

    by Dave Kane August 2016

    It might not be up there with the Big Ten or SEC networks, at least not yet. But Sangamo Conference athletics will have a lot more visibility on the Internet during the upcoming school year. Adam Eucker, athletic director at Williamsville High School, said almost all Sangamo Conference football, volleyball and boys and girls basketball games can be seen live for a fee during the 2016-17 school year through the National Federation of High Schools (NFHS) Network. Eucker said the Sangamo is the first high school conference in the country to offer an across-the-board viewing package on the NFHS Network.

  • Ex-Athletic Director Gets Two Months in Jail for Theft

    by Michaelle Bond August 2016

    The former athletic director of the Coatesville Area School District was sentenced Thursday to at least two months in prison for stealing $15,000 from the financially struggling school system. James Donato, who resigned three years ago after school officials discovered racist and sexist text messages about students and staff sent between him and the former superintendent, pleaded guilty to felony theft and conflict of interest charges on June 20. He had been facing 139 misdemeanor and felony charges. Chester County Judge Thomas G. Gavin sentenced Donato to two to 23 months in prison and five years' probation. Donato, who according to court records moved with his family to a suburb of Raleigh, N.C., must start his sentence by 10 a.m. Monday.

  • HS Football Player Dies After Collapsing in Practice

    by Post & Courier August 2016

    A South Carolina high school football player died after collapsing at practice, Lexington County officials confirmed Thursday. Coroner Helen Fisher said Lewis N. Simpkins, 14, of Lexington, was pronounced dead Wednesday night at Lexington Medical Center.

  • Wyoming School Gets Unique Athletic Arena

    by Kristine Galloway August 2016

    Cheyenne's Poder Academy charter school has a new outdoor athletic arena this year, and it's the first of its kind in the state. The arena floor is made of short turf that is soft for students, but solid enough to play sports on. The arena can accommodate basketball, soccer, tennis and volleyball, among other games.

  • High School's New Indoor Facility Brings Excitement

    by Len Hayward August 2016

    The nearly 52,000 square-foot facility offers a large weight room, locker rooms, offices and a 50-yard field. Beyond those attributes, though, the facility is something that senior linebacker Brock Elam said brought the team closer together this summer.

  • Praying HS Football Coach Sues to Get Job Back

    by Bradford Richardson August 2016

    A former high school football coach has filed a federal lawsuit against a Washington state school district after he lost his job for praying on the 50-yard line after games. Joe Kennedy said he isn't suing the Bremerton School District for monetary damages. The coach said he only wants his job back and the ability to live consistently with the tenets of his faith. "I really hope that the school district will give me my job back so I can get back to doing what I love most: coaching my players," Mr. Kennedy said in a statement.