• The Death of the Multisport Athlete

    by Dennis Van Milligen September 2014

    Friday night lights are back for high schools across the country, and as you read this, many of the nation's top athletes are hard at work on the gridiron preparing for this week's upcoming game. I remember my first experience around a star athlete. I was 11 years old and my oldest brother was attending Wheaton North High School, which at that time was home to Kent Graham, the best high school athlete in the state of Illinois. Kent was a 6-foot-5-inch physical freak and the number-one-ranked quarterback in the nation. He also played safety. He earned three all-conference distinctions in basketball and regularly hit .400 for the baseball team. My dad fondly recalls Kent hitting a home run off my brother in Little League that cleared the lights and still hasn't landed.

  • Columnist: Schools, Not NJSIAA, Should Police Transfers

    by Phil Anastasia; Inquirer Columnist September 2014

    NJSIAA executive director Steve Timko said recent "media reports" about high-profile transfers and a groundswell of grumbling that certain schools are willing to bend or break the rules for athletic advantage have persuaded the organization to get back into the discipline business.

  • Principal Plucks Fundraiser After Chick-fil-A Not OK'd

    by Wendy Leung September 2014

    The Ventura High School Football Booster Club was absent during back-to-school night Wednesday because the fundraising group was forbidden from selling Chick-fil-A sandwiches.

  • Prep Boys' Soccer Team Regroups After Death of Coach

    by Ernie Clark BDN Staff September 2014

    Dave Patterson died in July at age 50 of lung cancer, leaving behind not only his family but a Bangor High School boys soccer program that had experienced considerable success under his leadership during six seasons as head coach.

  • In Illinois, Deadline Looms for Coaches' Concussion Test

    by Rick Kambic September 2014

    High school coaches of all sports have until Sept. 15 to study for and pass a test on concussion awareness, or else they can't work with student athletes until next year. The new rule is part of a bill from state Rep. Carol Sente, which Gov. Pat Quinn signed into law last month. Sente, a Democrat from Vernon Hills, made a strong push last year to mimic NFL guidelines that limited full-contact football practices to one day a week.

  • Prep Sports Participation Up for 25th Straight Year

    by Jim Leitner, TH sports editor September 2014

    Nearly 7.8 million students participated in high school athletics during the 2013-14 school year, according to a survey conducted by the National Federation of State High School Associations.

  • Man Enters Locker Room, Threatens Life of Prep Coach

    by Beatriz Alvarado September 2014

    A man was arrested after he barged into a high school locker room and threatened to kill the head football coach and his wife for not allowing his younger brother to play for another team, according to a police report.

  • Administrator: One Word Would Strengthen Drug Policy

    by Luanne Rife 981-3209 September 2014

    Student athletes in Botetourt County might find it harder to do an end-run on the substance abuse policy.

  • National Program Targets HS Hazing, 'Full-Scale Culture Change'

    by Claudia Rowe September 2014

    As an eager, if nervous, ninth-grader, Anya Meleshuk allowed several older girls to blindfold her one afternoon, put her in a car and drive her to a park where she was told to “propose” to a stranger. Later, dressed in fairy wings, she downed a dozen flavors of ice cream while her friends watched, and went home afterward feeling as if she had been accepted, initiated into Garfield High School, where such “froshing” has a long history.

  • 'No Negatives' Seen in Debut of OHSAA's 'Mercy Rule'

    by Steve Blackledge, THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH September 2014

    Beau Rugg, an assistant commissioner for the Ohio High School Athletic Association, eagerly monitored how teams responded to and officials handled some rule changes implemented this season.