• High School Tennis Losing Favor Among Top Players

    by George M. WIlcox. May 2014

    Now that Hinsdale Central junior Michael Lorenzini has left the Red Devils, the competition to dethrone Martin Joyce as state champion continues to thin out. Later this month, the Ohio State-bound Joyce will attempt to become Hinsdale Central's first repeat state champion in boys singles since the legendary Marty Riessen won four titles from 1957-1960. Riessen and Deerfield's Mike Morrison (1983-86) are the only players to win four state singles titles since the IHSA began the state tournament in 1912.

  • Momentum Builds for Neutral-Court Prep Hoops Playoffs

    by Phil Anastasia; Inquirer Staff Writer May 2014

    Sectional title games in boys' and girls' basketball will be held on neutral courts at area colleges starting in 2016, according to a plan forwarded this week by the NJSIAA basketball committee. NJSIAA director Larry White said Wednesday the committee wants to implement the change in 2016 rather than 2015 to allow schools time to adjust schedules, especially with regard to the highly popular county tournaments in North and Central Jersey, as well as conference tournaments such as the Cape-Atlantic League's annual tournament. White said area colleges such as Rutgers-Camden and Stockton would be considered as possible sites for the South Jersey finals in four groups in boys' and girls' basketball.

  • Online Concussion Course for Coaches Idea Advances

    by Zachary White, May 2014

    SPRINGFIELD — A push to create an online certification program to teach high school sports coaches about concussions took another step forward Tuesday when it was approved by an Illinois Senate committee.

  • Starter Strobe for Deaf Track Athlete Causes Controversy

    by Mitch Vingle May 2014

    Since the start of the Gazette Relays last week, controversy has been bubbling within state high school sports circles. It centered on a Capital High track athlete and a starter pistol. See, the former can't hear the latter. And there was a question whether Naquay Little, who has been deaf since birth, would be able to use a strobe starter in the upcoming regional and state track events. There was real concern the Secondary School Activities Commission might ban a device that not only signals a start for hearing runners, but flashes light for Little.

  • Public School Board Against Counting Band as Gym

    by Jon Swedien, Journal Staff Writer May 2014

    Students participating in marching band shouldn't be required to take gym class, several band directors told the Albuquerque Public Schools Board on Tuesday. APS should adopt a policy, as some other school districts have, allowing students to use their participation in marching band as a substitute for a two-semester gym class required to graduate. State law gives districts this choice and also allows Junior ROTC and athletics to substitute for gym.

  • IHSAA Comittee to Study Three-Class Basketball Proposal

    by Greg Jones High school sports editor May 2014

    The IHSAA Executive Committee tabled the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association's three-class proposal during a meeting Monday. Among several moves the board made, one was to put the complicated proposal on hold and form a committee with the IHSAA, IBCA and the state's athletic directors organization to work on specifics contained in the proposal.

  • Maryland Endorses USA Football's 'Heads Up' Program

    by T.C. CAMERON May 2014

    The Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association became the first state-sanctioned high school athletic board in the country to endorse USA Football's Heads Up football safety program.

  • Embattled Prep AD Decides Not to Return from Leave

    by Leslie Bridgers -- Staff Writer May 2014

    Marc Sawyer, who was hired as Westbrook's director of athletics and activities less than two years ago, went on leave last week and has decided not to return, said Principal Jon Ross.

  • Common Mistakes Made by High School Athletic Directors

    by Kevin Bryant April 2014

    It would not be difficult for any honest interscholastic athletic administrator to fill up a page or two about the mistakes he or she has made and would like to avoid in the future. I've been there myself as a former athletic administrator. Reflecting on my own experiences (and mistakes), I'd like to offer a series of tips that will not only benefit novice athletic administrators, but veteran administrators, as well.

  • HS Baseball Player with Rare Disease Deemed Eligible

    by March 2014

    Competing in sports at the high school level is no easy feat, but for one Louisiana high school student becoming eligible to compete has been a challenge in itself.

    The Louisiana High School Athletic Association ruled that 18-year-old Sean Thiel was ineligible to participate in spring baseball this season after missing too many days of school. The absences were caused by a rare medical condition from which Thiel suffers known as achalasia. The disease affects the esophagus’s ability to move food to the stomach, which led to a number of absences — including a surgery at the Mayo Clinic to stabilize his condition in early March.

    According to The Advocate, after filing a federal suit against the LHSAA March 3, Thiel was finally granted a hardship waiver that allowed him to begin playing earlier this month.

    "I commend the LHSAA for taking another look at this. We have no ill will. We're just happy they re-evaluated the situation," Michael Thiel told The Advocate Friday. "It is a positive story for a change. It's the right result.”

    "It reinforces your faith in humanity."

    Hardship waivers are used in high school sports to help make a student eligible for competition if he has a condition that causes him to not meet the requirements for eligibility. As a part of the lawsuit that brought Thiel’s situation to the LHSAA’s attention, Thiel’s family claimed that the LHSAA had violated the Americans With Disabilities Act by not allowing Thiel to play baseball even though he met the requirements for a hardship waiver.

    After Thiel became eligible to play, Thiel’s family dropped the suit March 18.

    As part of the agreement with the LHSAA, Thiel — a high school sophomore — must meet all future eligibility requirements if he wishes to continue playing high school sports in his junior and senior seasons.

    Thiel’s father told The Advocate his son has already recorded a couple of hits in two games since his reinstatement on the team.