• Girl Gets Kicked Off Wrestling Team, Transfers

    by Damian Calhoun October 2016

    Angie Vu was looking forward to her second year as a wrestler in the Fountain Valley program. As a sophomore, Vu, who has a background in jiu-jitsu, posted a 22-5 record with 19 pins and qualified for the girls CIF finals by placing seventh at the CIF regional. She will return to the mats this year, but it will not be at Fountain Valley. Vu, 16, has transferred to Ocean View after she was kicked off the team at Fountain Valley with an ambiguous explanation.

  • Should 6th-Graders Be Playing Middle School Sports?

    by The Herald-Sun October 2016

    The North Carolina State Board of Education (SBE) made changes to its Interscholastic Athletics Policy in August that now allow sixth-graders to participate in all middle school sports except football.

  • Hurricane Prompts Extension of S.C. Prep Football Season

    by Special to The Post and Courier October 2016

    The South Carolina High School League announced Wednesday that the high school football season will be extended one week to allow this week s postponed games to be played at the end of the season.

  • NFL Alums, HS Coaches Seek to Build Character

    by W.G. Ramirez October 2016

    Quietly, amid the nationwide noise of protest and anger, there is peace scattered throughout the country on high school football fields. In southern Nevada, two high school football coaches have several similarities, including past NFL careers, and the common denominator is humbly molding boys into young men while preparing them for the real world -- with or without football. Four-time Pro Bowl quarterback Randall Cunningham is in his second season at Silverado in southeast Las Vegas. Last year, he led the Skyhawks to a 7-4 record, a second-place finish in the Northeast League and the Division I Sunrise Region semifinals.

  • Gruden: Benefits of Football Outweigh Safety Risks

    by Tom Pelissero October 2016

    Jon Gruden is here to talk about saving football, but really this is about America. Underfunded public schools, breakdown of community bonds, empty parks, kids with their heads buried in smartphones, people who question everything and believe in nothing, litigation culture, pervasive negativity -- it's not the country Gruden recalls growing up in, on his way to becoming a Super Bowl-winning coach and NFL TV analyst. And, yeah, Gruden gets "really disgusted and almost pissed at people that are beating up football," debating its dangers and its future instead of focusing on broader issues, at a time he thinks the lessons sports teach are vital. "I'm trying to create a real urgency out there, not because I have any other interests than I want my kids and their kids and my kids' kids' kids to play football if they want to," Gruden told USA TODAY Sports on Sunday, sitting in a hotel restaurant during a break in preparations for his broadcast of the New York Giants-Minnesota Vikings game Monday.

  • Column: Sports Specialization Leads to Overuse Injuries

    by Ryan Basen October 2016

    Injuries from specializing in one sport at a young age have long been discussed in medical journals, and it remains an ongoing issue. Meanwhile, studies reject many of specialization's purported benefits, finding that it leads to overuse injuries and emotional burnout among pre- and early adolescents - often without generating the competitive advantage promised over multisport athletes.

  • School Board Approves New Land for Future Growth

    by Myron Madden October 2016

    In the months preceding the purchase, parents of the OHS girls' soccer team began to threaten a Title IX lawsuit regarding their daughters' lack of playing and practice space. For the last 10 years, the Lady Owls have been practicing on the field of a nearby church because the boys' football team uses the field on campus, and on several occasions, the girls have had to hold home games seven miles away because the school's stadium was being used for a football game, parents said.

  • HS Student Sections Balance Sportsmanship, Passion

    by Evan Barnes October 2016

    FULL TEXT Over the last decade, high school student sections have become as big a part of the sports landscape as the athletes. Armed with creative nicknames and themed outfits for different games, it almost becomes a game to see what students do to show their support. "With the internet and social media, it becomes a competition to see who can be the most clever and over the top," Palos Verdes athletic director Brian Shapiro said.

  • HS Football Team Forfeits After Coach’s Ejection

    by Courtney Cameron October 2016

    With 1:40 left on the clock in the third quarter, the Northview (Fla.) Chiefs of Century football team walked off the field Friday night, forfeiting the game to the Maplesville (Ala.) Red Devils. The Red Devils were leading 21-0, with Northview head coach Derek Marshman holding two consecutive penalties for unsportsmanlike conduct.

  • No Decision on Eligibility of NJ HS Player

    by Phil Anastasia October 2016

    ROBBINSVILLE, N.J. - An emergency meeting of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association's Eligiblity Appeals Committee on the matter of a Timber Creek football player lasted nearly four hours Friday but ended without a resolution.