• New High School Turf a Team Effort from Community

    by Chris Thomas July 2016

    Anderson County High School’s transition to a synthetic turf football field nearly is complete, thanks to a community that donated labor, equipment, money and sideline support. The field will service Anderson County’s boys and girls soccer teams — giving the programs a field with lights and a scoreboard for the first time — along with its band and middle school football program. The project is expected to be finished under budget and in time for a youth football camp on July 11 at the high school.

  • West Virginia Floods Damage HS Sports Facilities

    by Derek Taylor June 2016

    It didn't take long for the West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission to become involved in relief efforts following last week's flooding that devastated several communities in the central and southern regions of the state. "Shawn Krajeski from Clay County called me on Friday and said, Bill, we are in bad shape here. We lost everything,' SSAC communication, technology and event coordinator Bill Gillispie said Monday. "I thought, with my ability to put it out there we might be able to help out, but let's not just limit it to one school, Gillispie said.

  • Schools Push Against Specialization in Sports

    by Eden Laase June 2016

    As athletes begin to focus on a single sport at a young age, problems emerge. According to a new study by the National Strength and Conditioning Association, while not the only problem, this is one of the biggest issues facing youth athletes today.

  • HS to Use $25K Donation for New Scoreboard, Field

    by Madhu Krishnamurthy June 2016

    Bartlett High School will be able to get a new stadium scoreboard thanks, in part, to a $25,000 donation from the Bartlett Rotary Club. The money will go to the Bartlett High School Booster Club, which has been raising funds for five years to build an athletic activity complex at the 19-year-old school so its students would no longer have to share facilities with Streamwood High School.

  • Both Coach and AD to Remain in Wake of Field Fight

    by Jonathan Hull June 2016

    Wichita Falls Independent School District Superintendent Michael Kuhrt announced Friday that disciplinary actions have been taken in reaction to an incident at the athletic fields where the athletic director’s “unprofessional and excessive” behavior was reported. District Athletic Director Scot Hafley, whose behavior was described by former WFISD employee Eric Ward as laced with profanity, will remain at his post, where Hafley “will be working earnestly to regain your confidence and support,” Kuhrt said in a news release.

  • Alabama Prep Softball Team Protests Removal of Coach

    by Stuart Goldman June 2016

    The former coach of a high school softball team in Alabama says she is “not sure” why she was relieved of her duties, a decision that has prompted a protest by her players.

  • Damaged by Flooding, HS Gym Floor to Be Replaced

    by Chris Thomas June 2016

    Alcoa High School’s auxiliary gym floor was destroyed last week when a mainline water pipe burst on consecutive days, causing parts of the 1-year-old building to flood.

  • District Makes Changes to Heat Policies

    by Joe Sirera June 2016

    Guilford County Schools officials are working on changes to the district's policies for athletics workouts in hot weather. But county athletics director Leigh Hebbard says those changes are not in response to the death of incoming Page freshman Karson Cross after a football workout June 13.

  • Slain HS Player Dobson to Be Honored at ESPYs

    by Chris Thomas June 2016

    Zaevion Dobson's story will reach a national audience when the slain Fulton High School football player is remembered with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at next month's ESPY Awards, which annually honors individual and team athletic achievements at various levels of competition.

  • Preventing Heat Stroke Important at Practices

    by Jim Sands June 2016

    News of the tragic death of a Page High School student after collapsing during a voluntary summer football workout last week was a sobering reminder of the serious nature of setting parameters on preventing heat stroke for athletes. Karson Cross, a rising freshman at Page High School in Greensboro, collapsed on the practice field about 20 minutes after the workout began on June 13 shortly after 5 p.m. Despite efforts to resuscitate him, Karson died the following day at a local hospital. Page, which is located in our sister county of Guilford, is a regular rival to Rockingham County schools in many sports. It made Monday's tragedy hit a little too close to home for many in the community.