• Investigation Finds 'Hazing' Often Used to Minimize Assault in HS Sports

    by Reese Dunklin May 2017

    The Georgia school district said it was investigating the baseball players for "misbehavior" and "inappropriate physical contact." What it didn't reveal was that a younger teammate had reported being sexually assaulted. Even after players were later disciplined for sexual battery, the district cited student confidentiality to withhold details from the public and used "hazing" to describe the incident. Across the U.S., perhaps nowhere is student-on-student sexual assault as dismissed or as camouflaged as in boys' sports, an Associated Press investigation found. Mischaracterized as hazing and bullying, the violence is so normalized on some teams that it persists for years, as players attacked one season become aggressors the next.

  • AAU Football Proposal Meets Opposition from HS Coaches

    by Amy Donaldson May 2017

    An effort to create an AAU tackle football league ran into massive resistance from high school coaches, who not only oppose the idea but also promise to actively fight it. "This is not good for the spirit of high school football," said Herriman High coach Dustin Pearce, who is the president of the Utah High School Football Coaches Association. "It's just not. It goes against everything we've been trying to accomplish the last little bit with the (State School Board and Utah Legislature)." Highland High coach Brody Benson said it will "decimate" current youth programs like Ute Conference Football, and the AAU philosophy emphasizes many of the things prep coaches try to eliminate. "High school football is less than 4 percent of your life," Benson said. "And right now everything is geared toward getting a scholarship and moving on and getting to the next level. The reality is that most of them are not going on. So what do you get out of sports? What are you able to use that you get out of football? That's where I think we're missing the boat as a society."

  • UHSAA Votes to Sanction Lacrosse

    by Amy Donaldson May 2017

    Advocates of the sport have been seeking a UHSAA sanction for nearly a decade, which they say would not only benefit those already playing, but also introduce the sport to students who currently have access to athletics only through the school.

  • AD Arrested in Voyeurism Case Resigns

    by Julius Whigham II May 2017

    The former athletic director at Palm Beach Gardens High School will resign following his arrest this week on a video voyeurism charge, the Palm Beach County School District said Thursday.

  • Uniform Changes for High School Wrestling Approved

    by Jason Scott May 2017

    Beginning in the 2017-18 season, high school wrestlers will have the option to choose whether they wear the traditional one-piece singlet on the mat.

  • NFL Player Cites High School Sports for Success as Pro

    by Jordy Nelson, as told to Lori Nickel May 2017

    Before Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson was a household name in Wisconsin, he was the middle child of three, growing up in a tiny town in Kansas, trying to get through the list of farm chores as quickly as possible so he could play four sports year-round in high school.

  • HS Coach Canned Over Communication with Millennials

    by Courtney Cameron May 2017

    Stan Luketich, who founded the Phoenix Desert Vista high school baseball program in 1996, has been fired after 42 years of coaching and two state championships. According to Luketich, when he asked the administration for a reason he was told, “You do not effectively communicate with millennials.”

  • HS Football Program Penalized for Un-Enrolled Player

    by Troy Provost-Heron May 2017

    Clinton High School's football program has been penalized by the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association for allowing a student who was not enrolled at Clinton to participate in a spring scrimmage and practice with the team.

  • Eliminating Districts Presents HS Scheduling Challenge

    by Jodie Wagner May 2017

    When the Florida High School Athletic Association voted to eliminate football districts for smaller schools and change the playoff structure for all schools last September, the decision was applauded by many area coaches. The changes would give a fair shot to all teams, some said, as a new points system would determine most postseason qualifiers, as well as playoff seedings for teams in all classifications. Points would be awarded using a variety of factors, including number of wins and strength of schedule.

  • Maine Eases Co-Op Enrollment; Adds Classes to Sports

    by Sun Journal April 2017

    Perhaps the most significant change involved the cooperative team policy, in which multiple schools are allowed to form collaborative teams in an effort to provide a wider variety of interscholastic sports for student-athletes around the state in the face of steadily shrinking enrollments.