• Baseball Team Won't Face Charges Over Alleged Assault

    by Parker Perry July 2017

    No criminal charges are expected to be filed in connection with an investigation that involved the Shawnee High School baseball team.

  • Schools Missing Ticket Money for Second Straight Year

    by Jeremy P. Kelley July 2017

    For the second time in two years, an audit of Dayton Public Schools' athletic department revealed that ticket sale money has gone missing. DPS Internal Auditor Randall Harper said Wednesday that $2,105 in ticket sale receipts from multiple basketball games last winter went missing and is now being repaid by the people responsible for overseeing the money.

  • Coach Pleads in Sexting Case, Avoids 'Sex Offender' Tag

    by Andy Berg July 2017

    Players of Bartholomew McInerney, the former baseball coach at St. Rose High School in Belmar, NJ, can finally move on with their lives.

    McInerney, also known as “Coach Bart,” pleaded guilty to 10 counts of child endangerment, bringing to an end a case that has dragged the St. Rose community through scandal for the past seven years.

    McInerney will not have to register as a sex offender, as he agreed to a low-level fourth-degree offense. Sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 25 in Middlesex County Superior Court.

    Prosecutors alleged McInerney encouraged and sometimes paid his players to pleasure themselves, as well as report on their sexual activities through text messages. Prosecutors alleged this was for McInerney’s own pleasure, but McInerney’s lawyers argued that he did it to help the boys abstain from premarital sex.

    McInerney’s lawyer, Edward Bertucio, told the Asbury Park Press, that McInerney wanted to get the case behind him and allow the players affected by his actions to do the same. “He had the best of intentions, but he realized he wasn’t the person to give the advice he was giving.”

    On the stand, McInerney said that the conversations should have been between his underage players and their parents or health professional.

    Allegations of McInerney’s misconduct first surfaced in 2007 after he took a number of St. Rose baseball players to tournaments in Alaska and Hawaii. In 2008, Andrew M. Clark, the first of McInerney’s players to speak to investigators about his coach’s alleged misconduct, was killed after he stepped in front of an oncoming train. Clark’s family sued McInerney, St. Rose and the Diocese of Trenton, alleging wrongful death, and were subsequently awarded $900,000.

    McInerney’s was initially found guilty of child endangerment in 2010. He was sentenced to 18 years in prison, but an appeals court threw out his conviction, ruling that a judge had given improper instructions to the jury.

  • Feds Dropped from School Transgender Suit

    by Eric Peterson July 2017

    The plaintiffs suing Palatine-Schaumburg High School District 211 over transgender students' access to bathrooms and locker rooms have dropped the U.S. departments of education and justice as defendants in the case.

  • Heat Stroke Blamed in HS Football Player's Death

    by Adam Regan July 2017

    Riverdale High School junior lineman Zachary Polsenberg was lovingly referred to by his teammates as the "Gentle Giant." But when the 6-foot-5, 320-pound roadblock stepped onto the football field he flipped a switch, transforming into a relentless worker with no quit in him.

  • HS Football Coach Regains Job After School Board Vote

    by Marc Pendleton and Jeremy Kelley July 2017

    A prolonged series of unprecedented events that left Dunbar High School without a head football coach since last season...

  • District Seeks to Address Cardiac Arrest Risk with AEDs

    by Julia B. Poe July 2017

    For young athletes, a handful of minutes can save lives. Issues of heart failure and sudden cardiac arrest are rare in young people, but are most likely to involve athletes. In those cases, survival is rare.

  • Satellite Camps Grow in Chicago Suburbs

    by Mike McGraw July 2017

    For 21 days last year, the NCAA abolished satellite camps altogether.

  • Hornet Mascots Face Off in Trademark Dispute

    by Courtney Cameron July 2017

    Local businessman and long-time resident of Damascus, Md., Victor Furnells had a big idea for the town’s 201st birthday celebration this weekend: paint a 24-foot likeness of the high school’s Swarming Hornet mascot on the side of the water tower.

  • District Implements Athletics Participation Fee

    by Joe Sirera July 2017

    With the official start of fall sports practice less than a month away, Guilford County Schools families have been told they will have to come up with a $45 participation fee or seek a waiver based on economic hardship for their children to compete in athletics.