• Parents Sue Former HS Coach, Allege Player Retaliation

    by T.S. Last January 2017

    Parents of four former Española Valley High School boys basketball players are suing the school district, its superintendent, former state champion basketball coach Richard Martinez and his brother for retaliation and battery - including claims that the coach subjected one player to what was known as the "atomic punch." Richard Martinez was fired by then-Superintendent Bobbie Gutierrez as coach and physical education teacher in April 2016, a few weeks after he led the Sun-devils to a state basketball championship, after allegations that he had been mentally and physically abusive to players and other students.

  • HS Wrestling to Name Individual and Team Champions

    by Miguel Rodriguez January 2017

    Section VI New York State wrestling will crown team champions at Division I and Division II for the first time during a tournament Jan. 28 at Starpoint High School.

  • Questions Remain After HS Football Title Stripped

    by Jodie Wagner January 2017

    The Florida High School Athletic Association's decision to strip Pahokee of its 14 wins and state football championship came down to the eligibility of a Blue Devils player.

  • Board Mulls Options for HS Stadium Project

    by Nancy Bowman January 2017

    Tipp City Exempted Village Schools has a concept plan and firmer numbers to go along with discussions about a possible stadium project. The board of education, which hopes to make a decision at its Jan. 23 meeting on where a stadium project would be built, received cost estimates for potential sites at City Park and next to Tippecanoe High School on Jan. 9.

  • Buffalo Schools Aim to Upgrade Athletic Facilities

    by Tiffany Lankes January 2017

    Student-athletes in the Buffalo Public Schools often practice and compete in facilities lacking locker rooms, equipment and showers. Their coaches are hired based on teaching seniority, not experience in the sport. And because the district does not always enforce its academic eligibility rules, some talented athletes leave high school lacking the skills they need to get into college.

  • District to Use Crumb Rubber for Athletic Fields

    by Joseph Popiolkowski January 2017

  • Eight-Player Football Comes to Illinois

    by Jerry Fitzpatrick January 2017

    With football participation numbers decreasing in recent years at high schools of all sizes, schools like Elgin's 192-student Westminster Christian are finding it increasingly difficult to interest enough players in the sport to maintain a traditional 11-on-11 program.

  • HS Coaches, AD Resign Amid Hazing Allegations

    by Courtney Cameron January 2017

    Head football coach David Proffitt of Lake Zurich (Ill.) High School added his letter of resignation to those of athletic director Rolando Vazquez and assistant coach Chad Beaver shortly after the first two resignations were accepted by district board members at a meeting on Thursday.

  • After Investigation, HS Must Vacate Championship

    by Jodie Wagner January 2017

    Pahokee waited eight years to claim its seventh state football championship. On Thursday, the school was told it might have to give it back.

  • School Board Approves Addition of HS Soccer

    by Zach Duncan January 2017

    The Graham ISD school board unanimously approved adding high school soccer Wednesday night, providing students with another athletics option as the sport is set to begin next school year. Graham Athletic Director Kenny Davidson said soccer's emergence didn't happen overnight and was part of a growing movement within the Young County town. "It's going to give more kids the opportunity to participate in athletics," Davidson said. "It'll be an after-school sport only, just like all of our spring sports are. A group here was organized and formed a committee wanting to add it, and they did it the right way."