• Changes Coming to Tennessee HS Playoff Format

    by Stephen Hargis July 2016

    During a special called meeting Wednesday, the TSSAA Board of Control voted to once again make major changes to the landscape of the state's football classifications and playoff system. On the heels of last year's decision that any independent school opting to give financial aid (including work-study programs) must compete in Division II, the board voted to add one classification to D-II for football only. That move is in anticipation that most of the 24 independent schools currently playing in Division I, commonly known as the public school league, will choose to make the move to D-II. Those schools have until Oct. 14 to officially inform the TSSAA of their intentions to either move to D-II or remain in D-I.

  • Parents Petition for Equal Treatment of Girls' Soccer

    by Kendi Anderson July 2016

    The girls soccer team at Ooltewah High School has been pushed aside for more than a decade to accommodate football, and parents say they're tired of their daughters' Title IX rights being violated. "We are only asking for equal opportunity for the Lady Owls," Brian Voelp, a parent of a girl on the team, told the Hamilton County Board of Education last week. For about 15 years, the girls team hasn't been able to practice on the school's campus because the stadium field is reserved for game days and the football teams use the practice field.

  • Plan for $58.4M HS Facilities Put to Vote

    by Bob Dohr July 2016

    A new pool is in. So is a new auditorium. And a revamped base plan to address facility and maintenance needs. All are planned to be part of a single, $58.4 million referendum question the Arrowhead School District will put in front of voters in November. The Arrowhead School Board didn't take official action, but at a special meeting Wednesday, July 20, members agreed the three items should be wrapped up into a single question on the November ballot. A second question would ask voters to support yearly operational costs of both a new pool and new auditorium, the combined cost of which is estimated to be $135,000 per year.

  • Wis. School District Sues Over Realignment

    by Jason Scott July 2016

    A southeastern Wisconsin school district filed a lawsuit against the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) over a realignment proposal that is set to take effect for the 2017-2018 school year.

  • Board Approves $150K in Tennis Court Improvements

    by Lana Sweeten-Shults July 2016

    In the summertime volley of school district construction work, one project on an extensive list of maintenance projects is the redo of Hirschi High and McNiel Middle schools’ tennis courts. The school board on Monday approved awarding a bid of almost $150,000 to Austin-based Hellas Construction for the overhaul — about $90,000 for asphalt removal and resurfacing at Hirschi and $60,000 for the same work at McNiel. The renovation at the McNiel courts, however, is contingent on the Hirschi project not consuming the $225,000 budget the district has set aside from tax maintenance notes for the two revamps, since Hirschi’s courts will be tackled first.

  • Anti-Hazing Law Targets Middle, High School Athletes

    by Michaelle Bond July 2016

    Middle and high school students in Pennsylvania can be criminally charged for hazing their peers, as new state regulations go into effect following several high-profile incidents at local schools.

  • HS Program Unveils Facility Improvements

    by Marc Pendleton July 2016

    Trent Arena, the jewel of area high school basketball viewing, had its floor sanded and repainted with a new color scheme and design. It's the first time that has happened since it opened in 2005.

  • NMAA Relocating State Soccer Tournaments

    by James Yodice July 2016

    As has been rumored, the New Mexico Activities Association in November will take one of their premier postseason events to the huge complex of grass fields just west of Bernalillo.

  • Donated Field Creates Opportunity for Refugee Students

    by Kristen Taketa July 2016

    It’s been more difficult than it should be for Joe Weis to teach physical education at the Nahed Chapman New American Academy. Not only did he alone teach PE at the school of 400 refugee and immigrant children this year, but the school’s outdoor play area also looks like a dried riverbed. Its aged asphalt is laced with webs of cracks. The sun-bleached, gray ground is uneven and full of valleys, hills and gaping pits of gravel and dirt.

  • Ex-HS Coach Arrested, Accused of Battery

    by Jorge Milian July 2016

    Former Pahokee High School football coach and NFL player Alphonso Smith was arrested Saturday after a woman accused him of hitting her, according to an arrest report.