• Several Factors Behind Small-School Football Attrition

    by Dave Kane, Staff Writer August 2014

    Some Class 1A-3A area high school football programs are dealing with a low number of players, even by small-school standards. With season openers less than two weeks away, coaches are facing depth issues even before factoring in the injuries that come over nine weeks. There could be some uphill sledding this season.

  • Opinion: UHSAA 'Success Factor' Would Lift Lowly Teams

    by Kurt Kragthorpe Tribune Columnist August 2014

    Having just introduced a sixth class of football, the Utah High School Activities Association now is considering realignment strategy that would reward losing.

  • Some Kids Say High School Football Not Worth the Effort

    by Steve Blackledge, THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH August 2014

    A disturbing refrain is being echoed by coaches throughout high-school football two-a-days of late: Our numbers are down.

  • Editorial: Steubenville Wrong to Reinstate Sex Offender

    by The Columbus Dispatch, Editorial August 2014

    Rape is deeply, inexcusably wrong. What part of that does the Steubenville City School District not understand? When Steubenville's Big Red football team took the field on Tuesday in a scrimmage against Cambridge, Ma'lik Richmond, 17, was back as a wide receiver.

  • School Renting Skyboxes to Offset Travel Has Vacancies

    by Robert Anderson, August 2014

    If you build it, they will come and fill it. That's what Salem athletic director Chris King hopes anyway. King said Salem has rented five of the eight skyboxes in Salem Stadium that the school recently put on the market in hopes of generating revenue to be used to offset travel costs for the Spartans' athletic and extracurricular teams. King said two eight-seat boxes priced at $1,500 apiece and one four-seat box going for $750 still are available for Salem games.

  • Lacrosse Leads Calif. to Record HS Sports Participation

    by The Orange County Register August 2014

    High school sports participation in California reached an all-time high of 763,306 participants during the past school year, according to the CIF's annual survey released last week.

  • Experts Applaud School District's Strict Alcohol Policy

    by Eric Peterson August 2014

    Experts on the risks of underage drinking are applauding Glenbard High School District 87's alcohol policy, as well as the strict enforcement that's been called into question by dozens of parents and students in recent days.

  • AD: Transfers Denied Eligibility for Issues Out of Control

    by RONNIE BLAIR; Tribune staff August 2014

    The Pasco County School Board is taking another look at its athletic transfer policy, just one year after the policy was put into place in an effort to prevent students and coaches from circumventing recruiting rules. Board Vice Chairman Steve Luikart asked for a workshop to discuss the rules next week after a mother and father complained Tuesday that their sons aren't being allowed to play sports after transferring to Ridgewood High School from Fivay High. The policy is definitely not clear enough as it should be, Luikart said.

  • TSSAA Makes Popular Decision to Revamp Football Playoff

    by Ward Gossett August 2014

    he TSSAA Board of Control voted unanimously Monday to approve a revamped football playoff system that will go into effect for the 2015-16 school year. The plan places the state's 32 largest high schools in Class 6A with all 32 advancing to the postseason. The state's other five classifications will revert to a previous system that will do away with the computer-generated rankings that have determined playoff participants and seeds for the past three seasons. "Think of it like this -- going back to the old five-class system; eight regions each class; top four teams in each region go to playoffs," TSSAA assistant executive director Matthew Gillespie said. "Then just add the 32 largest schools in the state in their own class, where all 32 go to playoffs.

  • Appeals Court Mulls Student-Transfer Eligibility Ruling

    by NICK WILLIAMS; Tribune staff August 2014

    Enforcement of the Hillsborough County School District's participation policy for student transfers is in limbo pending the outcome of an appeals court decision.