• Is Sun Setting on Summer HS Baseball in Wisconsin?

    by John Rech, Muskego-New Berlin Now August 2014

    When the final Homestead batter grounded out to third base and Brookfield Central started its WIAA state championship celebration July 25 at Kapco Park, another summer baseball season came to a close. Summer baseball has been going on since 1965 and has created many lasting memories, especially for the 26 NOW Newspapers area teams that have claimed state crowns. As the bats and gloves are put away for another year, however, a lingering question remains: for how many more seasons will the summer game as we now know it continue to exist? After starting out in 1965 with 42 teams, the participation number steadily increased over the next 35 years, reaching its high point in 1999 with 110 teams.

  • Opinion: High School Football Will Never Be Totally Safe

    by Jay Evensen, Deseret News August 2014

    Last month, California lawmakers passed a bill limiting full-contact football practices for middle- and high-school players to two 90-minute workouts per week. Not long after, the Utah High School Activities Association implemented a new rule requiring all athletes to have yearly physical exams, rather than only one during their high school careers.

  • New AIA Rules Expected to Make Prep Football Safer

    by Chuck Constantino, Arizona Daily Star August 2014

    Football is evolving. New research on concussions and brain injuries has guided the Arizona Interscholastic Association to make some safety-related changes to the game over the offseason. About 25 coaches attended Southern Arizona's inaugural AIA football coaches meeting at Cienega High School on Saturday afternoon to learn, discuss and get clarification on the new rules.

  • Death of Prep Field Hockey Player Shocks Community

    by SHEPHERD, MICHAEL August 2014

    The Winthrop High School student, a standout field hockey player, died early Saturday after collapsing Friday because of a pulmonary embolism, her mother, Kimberly, wrote on Facebook.

  • Alum Donates $500K to High School Sports Complex

    by Nick Blizzard August 2014

    Eudon Holland, a 1951 Miamisburg grad pledged $500,000 for a campus sports complex. Miamisburg schools recently received donations of $500,000 and $100,000 toward a privately-funded initiative to build a $5 million athletic complex. This graphic depiction is included on a flyer that has been created for supporters. MIAMISBURG - Eudon Holland graduated from Miamisburg High School in 1951, but lived in the city for only a handful of years. A young teen away from his single-parent mother in the post-war era, different families gave him housing and "the town sort of took me in."

  • 'Blanket Offering' Leaves Many Recruits Feeling Jilted

    by Anthony Chiang, Palm Beach Post Staff Writer August 2014

    College football coaches are handing out more scholarship offers than ever, but those offers have never meant less. Verbal commitments have always been non-binding until players signed letters of intent on national signing day. But with offers coming sooner and in great number, players are being forced to commit earlier and schools are finding it harder to honor offers. According to, Alabama has 205 offers and Ohio State has 202 offers out for the 2015 class. To put those numbers into perspective, Alabama's 2014 class was made up of just 26 recruits and Ohio State's 2014 class was made up of 23 recruits, according to "We call it blanket offering," said Mike Farrell, a recruiting analyst for "You're just offering a ton of kids and you're slow playing the ones you don't want."

  • Camps Aim to Boost Interest in Field Hockey

    by Kristin E. Holmes; Inquirer Staff Writer August 2014

    USA Field Hockey has started a national summer-camp program aimed at growing a sport that is played in the United States mostly by females - and that competes with overseas programs that train athletes who start swinging sticks at age 3.

  • High School Drops Football, Hopes for 2015 Revival

    by MIKE LOWE, Staff Writer July 2014

    Sacopee Valley drops varsity football team for 2014 season. Sacopee Valley High School canceled its varsity football program for the 2014 season with hopes of returning to that status in 2015. Chris Hughes, the athletic director at the South Hiram school, said school administrators came to that decision because of safety concerns after only 17 players showed up at a recent team meeting. Hughes stressed that the school, which has about 380 students, would have a football program this fall.

  • Foreign Leagues Can Lure Some, But Not Most Top Preps

    by Jim Halley, USA TODAY Sports July 2014

    Emmanuel Mudiay's surprising jump to China makes him at least the third basketball player in the last seven years to skip college to play professionally overseas. College coaches and elite prep players here for USA Basketball's under-17 team trials aren't all sold on this as a trend, at least not yet.

  • Study: Sports Participation Makes for Better Employees

    by Rexford Sheild July 2014

    Playing sports has been associated with a long list of benefits related to physical, mental and social development among youths. Now, add career longevity to that list. Kevin Kniffin, a behavioral science professor at Cornell University, along with Brian Wansink and Mitsuru Shimizu, found that people who played youth and high school sports made better employees later in life and had more career opportunities.