• Cause of Death Determined for Ohio HS Football Player

    by Stuart Goldman September 2016

    An Ohio high school football player died Sunday from an injury to his abdomen suffered in a game last Friday.

  • Format Change Adds Teams to State HS Hoops Tourneys

    by Greg Lee September 2016

    Four more boys and girls basketball teams will advance to state tournament sites in Spokane, Tacoma and Yakima beginning this winter. The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association approved a state format change on Monday. In conjunction with the format change is a new seeding system. A Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) system replaces the drawing of names out of a hat. Teams will continue to qualify for state through district/subregional play. The qualifiers will be seeded 1 through 16 based on the RPI system.

  • Bullying Suspensions Force HS to Cancel Last Game

    by Tori Fater September 2016

    Wood Memorial High School has canceled its football homecoming game, the only varsity game it was scheduled to play this year after a bullying investigation led the program to forfeit the rest of its regular season.

  • Christian School Sues FHSAA Over Denied PA Prayer

    by Jason Scott September 2016

    The Cambridge Christian School of Tampa, Fla., has filed a federal lawsuit against the state high school athletic association for refusing to allow them to broadcast a pre-game prayer over a loudspeaker.

  • Opinion: Young Athletes Offer Valuable Perspectives

    by Aaron Carter September 2016

    Roaming the sidelines of high school sporting events has afforded me a window into the minds of some of our area's youth. Over the years, I've blushed, blanched, and laughed at what I've heard. Admittedly, much of it led me to an early conclusion: When it comes to matters of social import, a high schooler's mind is not where I'd go to find an informed opinion.

  • HS Student Section Accused of Lewd Comments

    by Evan Barnes September 2016

    In a highly charged atmosphere surrounding theEl Camino Real-Chatsworth volleyball match last week, perhaps the Chatsworth student section took it a little too far. Chatsworth male students came under fire for their alleged comments directed at El Camino Real's volleyball team as well as the freshmen team during Thursday's match.

  • How HS Basketball Coach Hiring Turned into a Debacle

    by Larry Rubama September 2016

    Last month, Mike Holland received a phone call from the human resources department at Portsmouth Public Schools to confirm that he was the new boys basketball coach at Churchland High. But it was no routine hire. I write about new coaches all the time, and Holland’s hiring was the culmination of the most bizarre process I have ever covered. What should have been an easy turnover of coaches turned into a fiasco that lasted nearly five months and made Portsmouth Public Schools look bad. It all began when coach Lawrence Glover unexpectedly resigned during the 2015-16 season for family reasons.

  • Florida Changes HS Playoff Format to Point System

    by Jodie Wagner September 2016

    Florida's football landscape will change significantly beginning with the 2017 season. In a 14-2 vote Monday, the Florida High School Athletic Association's Board of Directors approved a plan that would eliminate district play for small schools, and do away with some automatic postseason bids for schools in all classifications. The plan first was proposed earlier this year and fine-tuned during a board of directors meeting in June. It was approved on an 11-2 vote by the Athletic Directors Advisory Committee on Sept. 7.

  • Officials Shortage Jeopardizes Football, Soccer Events

    by James Yodice September 2016

    Imagine "Friday Night Lights" ... only with fewer lights. That is not a hypothetical. This is happening in New Mexico, even as we speak. Changes to the scheduling landscape are already a reality, and the problem will become more expansive if New Mexico can't find a way to replenish its ever-shrinking pool of high school football officials. "We're in crisis mode," said Dana Pappas, the New Mexico Activities Association's longtime commissioner of officials. "It's kind of a perfect, terrible storm." New Mexico is running so low on officials that already the NMAA has begun asking schools to volunteer to move Friday night games to either Thursday night or Saturday afternoon, thereby allowing certain crews to work multiple games on a given week.

  • Work Begins to Replace Sewage-Flooded HS Stadium

    by Kendi Anderson September 2016

    For decades, students at The Howard School have played on a field that is often flooded with sewage. Community members have long been advocating for a new stadium, and with the support of numerous elected officials, it may finally become a reality. Howard boosters were joined last Wednesday at the site of the potential stadium by state lawmakers, Hamilton County commissioners and past and current school board members, while Tennessee American Water worked to remove three fire hydrants from the property.