• Is Anything Good Happening in High School Sports?

    by Brian M. Miller October 2016

    Is there anything good happening in high school sports? As an athletic director, this is a question for which I try to have a good answer. Frequently, the reported news is not helpful. I am an advocate for education-based athletics. The court, field or ice rink is an extension of the classroom. This is the test track to see whether or not what we teach within our school walls has an impact in the reality of the world outside.

  • Cheerleaders Direct Offensive Taunt to Hillsboro 'Indians'

    by Courtney Cameron October 2016

    Cheerleaders at an Ohio high school made headlines recently for a banner that many found offensive. In celebration of their last scheduled game of the season against the Hillsboro (Ohio) Indians, the cheerleading squad for McClain High School unrolled a homemade banner that went a step beyond the usual level of intimidation banter between rivals. The banner read, “Hey Indians, get ready for a Trail of Tears, part two.”

  • Texas HS Football Stadium Costs Soar Above $70M

    by Associated press October 2016

    HOUSTON — The cost of a suburban Houston school district’s high school football stadium has climbed past $70 million, making it the costliest such stadium in the state.

  • HS Athletics Improvements Critical to Bond Package

    by Len Hayward October 2016

    With Election Day less than two weeks away, and early voting underway, Corpus Christi Independent School District officials have presented a bond package to voters that totals more than $194 million and of that number, a little more than $43 million is earmarked for improvement to athletic facilities in the district.

  • HS Athletic Director Accused of Stealing from Students

    by Jason Scott October 2016

    A Florida high school athletic director was arrested this week after an investigation found he allegedly pocketed money intended to purchase insurance for student-athletes.

  • HS Baseball Tournaments Expected to Bring $4M

    by Jennifer Sorentrue October 2016

    WEST PALM BEACH -- One of the nation's largest high school baseball tournaments will be held in Palm Beach County next year, marking the first major amateur event planned at the new Ballpark of the Palm Beaches.

  • Opinion: Boys Will Be Boys No Excuse for Noose Incident

    by Jay Greeson October 2016

    The local storm created by the Ooltewah High School rape last December was big. We remember it, and hopefully, our new school leadership will learn powerful lessons from it. (Although the news that the school system is just now ready to start the search process for a new superintendent is sad. And the fact that we have a school board as splintered as shattered cord wood makes it worse. Alas, those are columns for another day.) There's another high school sports story brewing with controversy on the horizon. Rightly or wrongly, the one brewing in Mississippi may be bigger than the Ooltewah nightmare on a national scale.

  • HS Football Coach Suspended for Recruiting Violation

    by Steve Blackledge October 2016

    Dublin Coffman football coach Mark Crabtree was suspended two state playoff games for violating recruiting rules, the Ohio High School Athletic Association announced Tuesday. Last spring, Crabtree spoke with an eighth-grader and his father about enrolling at Coffman, in violation of OHSAA recruiting bylaws. The penalties were assessed following an internal investigation by the school, which reported the violation last spring. Coffman said it was willing to suspend the athlete if he chose to attend the school, which he didn't.

  • Infographic: AEDs and School Athletics

    by AB Editors October 2016

    The majority of the attention on athlete safety has focused on head injuries lately, but there is another silent killer on the rise. The rate of young people dying from cardiac arrest has increased by 10 percent in the last 10 years, from 6,328 in 2005 to 7,000 in 2015. Sadly, 54 percent of these cardiovascular deaths occur in high school students. There are currently 16 states that require portable defibrillators to be present on school grounds, but more than 30 states don't require the life saving devices. So why are states not making AEDs mandatory at schools and sports fields?

  • NAACP Calls for Federal Investigation of HS 'Hate Crime'

    by Courtney Cameron October 2016

    At a conference Monday, Derrick Johnson, president of the Mississippi chapter of the NAACP, addressed the press concerning a recent incident involving an African-American member of the Wiggins football team and a noose. On October 13, a player was allegedly attacked in the boys’ locker room at Stone County High School in Wiggins on October 13, when another player threw a noose around his neck and tightened it.