RECENT ARTICLES
  • Lawmakers Grill IHSA Head in Testy Hearing on Finances

    by CHRIS FUSCO AND MICHAEL O'BRIEN. Staff Reporters May 2014

    A legislative hearing on the Illinois High School Association's oversight of high school sports grew testy at times Tuesday, with one lawmaker lecturing dozens of educators who turned out in support of the IHSA and another calling the hearing "about the biggest screwed-up mess I've seen Springfield produce."

  • Girls' Basketball Schedule Shift Rankles Some Coaches

    by Greg Jones May 2014

    The IHSAA's decision to move the girls basketball schedule back a week has produced a ripple effect of complaints, mainly from smaller schools and girls basketball coaches around the state who see the move as the first step in possibly forcing multisport athletes to choose one sport - in particular volleyball or girls basketball.

  • Wisconsin HS Cross Country Girls to Run 5K, As Boys Do

    by MARK STEWART, mstewart@journalsentinel.com Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (WI) May 2014

    It's official. The WIAA will move its girls cross country races to 5, 000 meters beginning next season.

  • Schools Lacking Money, Waivers Won't Meet PE Mandate

    by Jason Nevel Staff Writer May 2014

    Ten Illinois school districts, including Springfield's, won't be able to apply for a waiver next year that allows them to skip out on offering physical education five days a week.

  • One in Four IHSA Staffers Gets $110K in Salary, Benefits

    by MICHAEL O'BRIEN AND CHRIS FUSCO May 2014

    More than one of every four employees of the Illinois High School Association - the governing body for high school sports in Illinois - gets more than $110,000 a year in pay and benefits, according to Internal Revenue Service records.

  • Change Within GHSA Gives Hope for Public/Private Split

    by Lindsey Young May 2014

    On the surface all is quiet on the possibility of a complete public/private school split in Georgia. Behind the scenes is a different story and one that could play out over the next two-year classification cycle.

  • School Disricts Grapple with Youth Tackle Football Safety

    by Nicole Shepard Deseret News May 2014

    Due to mounting evidence that football injuries are causing long-term brain trauma, U.S. school districts are considering removing tackle-football programs for their younger students.

  • Iliinois Boys' Basketball Touranment Profits Plummeting

    by CHRIS FUSCO AND MICHAEL O'BRIEN May 2014

    Between 2006 and last year, profits from the tournament fell by 29 percent, government records filed by the IHSA show. Revenues - mostly from ticket sales - decreased by 17 percent between 2009 and last year. IHSA spending on salaries and employee benefits, meanwhile, is up 21 percent in just one year's time, according to the private, not-for-profit group's most recent filing with the Internal Revenue Service.

  • Competitive Balance Plan Approved for Ohio High Schools

    by Steve Blackledge, THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH May 2014

    A competitive-balance proposal was passed yesterday by members of the Ohio High School Athletic Association after years of trying. Even so, there was a wait-and-see reaction to the news. No one, including OHSAA commissioner Dan Ross, is sure what impact the plan -- which will modify how schools are classified for postseason tournaments in certain sports -- will have on curtailing a perceived imbalance in championships won by public and private schools. "I've said all along that this piece is a journey and this is just a starting point," said Ross, who headed a committee that drafted the proposal, which was passed 411-323 in a two-week vote of principals statewide. Proposals in each of the previous three years had failed, albeit by progressively narrower margins.

  • Coaches in Athletic Gear Kickback Scheme Seek Jobs

    by ELYSSE JAMES, STAFF WRITER May 2014

    Former Capistrano Unified School District high school coaches Charles "Chi Chi" Biehn, Brent Melbon and Eric Patton were fired in February 2012 after an investigation into accusations that they participated in a kickback scheme from 1993 to 2008 involving Lapes Athletic Team Sales in Laguna Hills.