• Rival Schools Seek to Field Four Co-Op Fall Sports Teams

    by Ernie Clark BDN Staff February 2014

    Stearns High School of Millinocket and Schenck High School of East Millinocket are taking steps to field cooperative sports teams beginning this fall. A joint application authorized by the school boards that oversee the neighboring rivals to field cooperative teams in field hockey, football and boys and girls soccer has been approved by the Maine Principals' Association. Primary issues remaining to be worked out include any financial considerations involved in the effort and differences in the schools' athletic eligibility and student conduct policies.

  • Prep Basketball Team's Leading Scorer Too Old to Play On

    by Jodie Wagner, Palm Beach Post Staff Writer February 2014

    The Palm Beach Lakes boys basketball team will be without leading scorer Gito St. Fort for the remainder of the season. St. Fort, a senior guard who is averaging 17.2 points per game, surpassed the Florida High School Athletic Association's age limit of 19 years, 9 months in January. Palm Beach Lakes went before the FHSAA's Sectional Appeals Committee Jan. 10 and asked for a waiver to allow St. Fort to finish the season.

  • Player Exodus Weakening Minnesota High School Hockey

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

    The first one to leave was the oldest son of Gophers hockey coach Don Lucia. Then one of hockey icon Lou Nanne's grandsons left the country. Before this season, when a record 41 high school players quit before the season to advance their careers elsewhere, the hockey pedigree included Mike Ramsey's kid. The son of the Burnsville coach. The son of a top high school official overseeing the prized state hockey tournament. The exodus, now more than two decades in the making, has some observers downgrading the prestige of the high school league's most popular state tournament, set for its 70th run in just four weeks. It's reached a point where advocates for high school hockey are ramping up efforts to fight back with marketing and player research. Meanwhile, coaches of some kids who left don't see a problem.

  • High School Athletic Trainers Key in Concussion Management

    by Dennis Van Milligen February 2014

    Spring Hill (Kan.) High School senior Nathan Stiles had just scored a 65-yard touchdown when he began grasping his helmet and screaming that his head hurt. He collapsed near his team’s sideline and died just days before his 18th birthday. He died of a brain hemorrhage, which doctors determined was caused by a concussion one month earlier. His autopsy revealed Stiles had chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, a degenerative brain disease commonly associated with retired football players and boxers.

  • Audit: New Football Classification Increased Travel Costs

    by Benjamin Wood Deseret News February 2014

    The creation of a 3AA high school football classification has led to increased costs for Utah schools, including more than $17,500 in projected travel expenses at Payson High School between now and 2015, according to an audit released Tuesday.

  • Youth Participation in Team Sports on the Decline

    by Michael Gaio February 2014

    The Wall Street Journal recently published a lengthy article detailing the drop in participation in the four most-popular U.S. team sports — basketball, soccer, baseball and football. The results are not pretty. The author examined data from youth leagues, school sports groups and industry associations from 2008 to 2012.

  • High School ADs Offer Advice for Dealing with Weather

    by Jeff Young February 2014

    Assistant Sports Editor Ryan Landis fondly remembers the good old days, when snow meant he just might get to stay home from school, and the excitement that possibility often created. Naw, we're not talking about when he was a kid with a backpack full of books. This would be just over a month ago, before Christmas. More specifically, before Landis stopped teaching Hempfield fourth-graders and took on the position of Athletic Director in the Warwick School District.

  • Teen Obesity Under Control, But Status Gap Persists

    by Lane Anderson Deseret News February 2014

    Campaigns to help children set aside junk food and soda appear to be paying off: The obesity rate for American teens has stopped rising, and may even be on the decline. However, a recent study published in the journal PNAS finds that this trend is limited to families with more education and income. In 2002, obesity rates climbed at similar rates for all teens, but since has gone down for teens with a higher socioeconomic status, and gone up for low-income teens. The findings reveal a growing class gap in childhood obesity, and might indicate that parents and teens have gotten the message about diet and exercise, but it's much easier for affluent families to act on it.

  • Should Schools Provide Daily Exercise for Students?


    The state Senate is considering a bill that would require all West Virginia students to participate in at least 30 minutes of physical activity at school each day. Senate Majority Leader John Unger, D-Berkeley, introduced the proposal, dubbed the Move to Improve Act. He said Move to Improve is the second piece of Feed to Achieve, an initiative passed by the Legislature last year to make nutritious breakfasts available to all school children regardless of socioeconomic status.

  • Half of Parents with Obese Kids Don't See the Obesity

    by Nanci Hellmich, USA TODAY February 2014

    Parents may be in denial when it comes to their kids' weight. About half of parents with overweight or obese children don't think their kids are too heavy, a new study shows. This is true in the USA and around the world, the researchers found.