• Synthetic Turf Renovation Benefits from Good Weather

    by Chris Thomas April 2016

    Knox County Schools’ three-year synthetic turf renovation is off to a fast start, thanks to predominantly good weather and a month free of major construction snags. The pace has been so good that a Phase 1 remodel hasn’t been ruled out for Central High School this summer. “I would say that the prospect of doing Central looks promising right now,” said Will Ferguson, president of Baseline Construction, which was tabbed to install the fields. “But I’m not ready to make a commitment to it.” Powell, Fulton, Bearden and Farragut were the four out of 13 schools under the KCS umbrella chosen for Phase 1 renovations during a December blind draw. Central was moved onto the table as a possibility for this year when “Bearden” twice was drawn out of the hopper during the ordering process.

  • HS Football Coach on Leave for Role in Boxing Incident

    by James Yodice April 2016

    A La Cueva High assistant football coach is on paid leave while the school investigates his role in several boxing matches between football players that occurred there just prior to spring break.

  • Doctor Supports Pitch Limits in HS Baseball

    by Ernie Clark April 2016

    All moves toward establishing pitch limits at the high school level are good news to Dr. William M. Heinz, a Portland-based orthopedist and chair of the sports medicine advisory committee for the National Federation of State High School Associations.

  • Massachusetts May Abandon HS Football Playoff Format

    by Rich Garven April 2016

    What was years in the making could be dismantled in a matter of hours when the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association holds its annual meeting Friday at the DoubleTree Hotel in Milford. One of the most divisive issues on the docket deals with the fate of the high school football playoff format, which has been in effect for the past three years but could be terminated after the 2016 season. The MIAA’s 379 member schools, whether they field a football team or not, will each have the opportunity to cast a vote to either retain the statewide tournament system or replace it with an alternative — and unknown — postseason plan. A simple majority will determine the outcome.

  • New Jersey Non-Publics Propose Playoff Changes

    by Phil Anastasia April 2016

    Two South Jersey proposals that would significantly change the non-public playoff system in football as well as basketball and baseball were endorsed Wednesday by the advisory committee of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. The West Jersey Football League's proposal to change the non-public football tournament would eliminate state championships and create sectional tournaments in South A and South B as well as North and North B.

  • Idaho HS Sports to Be Broadcast Online to Paid Subscribers

    by Jeff Pinkham April 2016

    Fans who want to watch state tournament games on the NFHS Network will have to pay $9.95 for a day, $14.95 for a 30-day pass or $119.95 for a yearly pass.

  • Budget May Force HS to Eliminate Some Sports

    by Telegram & Gazette April 2016

    Faced with losing the sport many of them have participated in since they were children, about 20 members and aspiring members of the Oakmont Regional High School cheering team made their case Tuesday night before the Ashburnham-Westminster School Committee. Among them were a seventh-grader and an eighth-grader concerned they will never get a chance to cheer for the high school. The cheerleaders were joined by members of the golf team and their parents, who also are facing cuts that will eliminate their sport along with freshman boys and girls basketball and tennis.

  • Coaches Acted Fast to Respond to HS Drinking Incident

    by Kendi Anderson April 2016

    Baseball coaches at Walker Valley High School in Cleveland, Tenn., took swift action after they found nine students drinking beer and wine during the team's spring break trip to South Carolina.

  • Parents Question Conestoga Hazing Allegations

    by Michaelle Bond and Maria Panaritis; STAFF WRITERS April 2016

    Vincent DiMartini, a retired police officer, asserted that Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan had "sensationalized" what happened that day in the locker room last fall, in a bid to get before the cameras and discredit the top-ranking high school.

  • Reports: Coaches Used Pitching Machines to Hit Players

    by Stuart Goldman April 2016

    A high school softball coach and her entire staff have resigned and a high school baseball coach was placed on administrative leave after they allegedly aimed balls from a pitching machine at their players.