• Post-Scandal Sayreville: AD Resigns, Team to Play in Fall

    by Michael Gaio January 2015

    The months-long fallout in the wake of the hazing scandal at Sayreville War Memorial High School in New Jersey continues.

  • Public-Private Parntership Works for Prep Hockey League

    by Buffalo News January 2015

    Most leagues during a milestone year would likely be screaming from the mountain tops, "congratulations to us" to make sure they received their just due from the masses. Not the Western New York Varsity Hockey Federation.

  • School Stunned by Suicides of Football Player Friends

    by David O'Reilly; Inquirer Staff Writer January 2015

    In the wake of two student suicides in four days, the Burlington Township School District brought counselors into the high school Tuesday to assist students with their grieving and guard against further loss.

  • Rejection of IHSA Playoff Change a Win for Tradition

    by MIKE CLARK. Twitter: @mikeclarkpreps January 2015

    When the results of this year's amendment voting came out on Tuesday morning, plenty of people were paying attention to one item in particular: Proposal 10.

  • IHSA Posts 145 State Title Hoops Games on YouTube

    by Jim Leitner TH sports editor January 2015

    Illinois high school basketball fans received a large dose of March Madness for the holidays last season. During the holiday break, the Illinois High School Association posted the videos of 145 boys and girls state basketball championship games to its YouTube channel. The videos are free of charge for anyone using a computer, tablet or smartphone.

  • New Prep Basketball Coaches Undeterred by Job Turnover

    by Greg Fennell Valley News Staff Writer January 2015

    You have to start somewhere. Chris Cook has found his starts in four different locations. Each time the 1996 Thetford Academy graduate and former Panther athlete takes on a new basketball coaching job, he works to build a rapport with his players and get them to buy into what he's teaching.

  • In Texas, Replay Considered for Football Title Games

    by Abilene Reporter-News ( January 2015

    Is instant replay coming to the high school state championship football games? Dr. Charles Breithaupt, the executive director of the University Interscholastic League, the governing body of Texas high school athletics, told reporters that his group and its advisory committee of coaches would discuss using instant replay to help officiate the title games.

  • Bill Would Allow Magnet Pupils to Play Sports Elsewhere

    by Tracey McManus, Staff Writer January 2015

    Magnet schools are public schools that have specialized themes such as fine arts or technology and have competitive admissions processes that are open to all attendance zones in a district. With a specialized focus, not all have the demand or time for full-fledged athletics.

  • Sayreville AD Suspended Amid Hazing Investigation

    by Emily Attwood December 2014

    The Board of Education voted on Tuesday night to suspend the Sayreville High School athletic director amid an investigation into the hazing scandal involving its football program. The football team's season came to an abrupt and early end in October following allegations of harassment, bullying and sexual assault. 

    The board voted 8-0 to suspend athletic director John Kohutanycz with pay, effective December 17. The school's football coach, George Najjar, has been suspended since October, though four assistant coaches suspended at that time have been reinstated. 

    At Tuesday night's meeting, the board also approved the hiring of one of those assistant football coaches, Michael Novak, as the school's new strength coach, a position Najjar held until his suspension. The move was a controversial one among board members, some of whom felt that Novak should not have been considered for the position because of his connection to the football hazing investigation. Said one board member in a written statement, "I voted no on appointing Michael Novak as strength and conditioning coach because I don't believe that any of the football coaches should be returning to any coaching position at this time."

    Seven players have been charged as part of the ongoing investigation, though no coaches or administrators have faced charged.


  • HS Players Use T-Shirts to Take a Stand... For a New Gym

    by EVAN F. MOORE December 2014

    Morgan Park High School's boys basketball team joined in on the recent trend of using T-shirts to take a public stand on an issue - though one not nearly as important as the national debate over police shootings of unarmed black men.