• Bill Would Let College Prep Teams Compete Nationally


    A bill passed by the Senate Education Committee would allow the West Virginia Secondary Schools Activities Commission to recognize college prep teams. St. Joseph High School in Huntington is home to a top-flight basketball program known as Huntington Prep.

  • Volleyball Tournament to Occupy 67 Courts in Two Cities

    by Marc Pendleton February 2014

    The 14th annual Presidents' Cup girls volleyball tournament will be held throughout the area on Saturday and Sunday. Tournament director Howard Garcia said AAU teams from seven states and Canada will converge on the Dayton metro area.

  • SCHSL Extends Basketball Season Due to Weather Woes

    by February 2014

    The South Carolina High School League extended the conclusion of the basketball regular season from Friday to Tuesday because of the winter weather that has ravaged the state. That will allow teams more time to make up postponed games.

  • Eligibility of Online School's Hockey Players Examined

    by DAVID LA VAQUE; STAFF WRITER, STAR TRIBUNE (Mpls.-St. Paul) February 2014

    Amid a growing outcry and with a state tournament berth just one victory away, Achiever Academy and the Minnesota State High School League spent Wednesday trying to answer eligibility questions about six of the girls' hockey players on the online high school team.

  • Districts-to-Conferences Switch Clouds Prep Post-Season

    by ERIC KOLENICH February 2014

    In previous years, Henrico boys basketball coach Vance Harmon would post the Capital District standings on the dry erase board in the team room. Every day, his players knew exactly where they stood and how close they were to the competition. But since the Virginia High School League's realignment in August, area basketball teams are somewhat in the dark in regard to where they stand in their conferences.

  • OHSAA Expansion of Practice Time Led This Coach to Quit

    by Marc Pendleton February 2014

    John Ahrns, a graduate and six-year coach of Beavercreek, is leaving after this season."That makes it essentially a year-round sport," he said on Tuesday after telling his senior-laden team that he wouldn't be back next season.

  • Online High Schools with Hockey Emphasis Draw Criticism


    Regarded as "a new animal walking among the herd" by one high school coach, Achiever Academy offers students, including those on a boys' team also playing well this season, up to three hours of hockey training in the morning and an online academic curriculum in the afternoon.

  • Retroactive Video Use in Prep Punitive Matters Rare

    by JAMES YODICE Of the Journal February 2014

    For those of you hoping that New Mexico would initiate a retroactive video-as-punishment rule, it's almost certainly dead in the water. New Mexico Activities Association associate director Dusty Young spent a couple of days in Indianapolis late last month at the National Federation of State High School Associations annual conference. Young, at the behest of his boss, executive director Sally Marquez, was asked to do some recon with other state associations to see whether the video issue was on the front burner anywhere else.

  • Some Question Why Catholic School Dropped Athletics

    by Chris Derrick February 2014

    Enrollment cited, but some say conservative doctrine a factor By This winter marks the first time in 19 years that tiny St. Michael's Academy isn't fielding a sports team in a local Class B league. The principal of the school says shrinking enrollment is the reason for dropping the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association sports programs, which at St. Michael'swere boys and girls basketball and cross country, baseball and softball. But some parents, former students and coaches question the decision, arguing that St. Michael's is using lower enrollment as an excuse to end WIAA-sponsored athletic programs that its conservative leaders found unpalatable. They believe, however, that dropping sports will do nothing more than cement outsiders' perceptions of the school. "When I was in fifth grade, I was going door to door in my neighborhood selling chocolate Easter bunnies as a school fundraiser," said David Edwards, a former student at St. Michael's and the most vocal opponent of the school's decision. "I knocked on one door and was greeted by a man in his 50s. When he heard my sales pitch, he answered, 'St. Michael's? Isn't that the school where they make you eat fish heads and spank you if you don't do what they say?'"

  • High School Discontinues 39-Year-Old Holiday Tourney

    by Daily Herald report February 2014

    Elgin High School on Wednesday announced the cancellation of its annual boys basketball holiday tournament, ending a 39-year tradition.