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  • Proactive Collaboration Key to Prep Sportsmanship

    by JR Radcliffe February 2016

    Did the controversy ever get an official name? SportsmanshipGate? WIAAGate? Airball-Gate? We need a gate, don't we? A month has gone by since the massive hubbub surrounding a WIAA rules-reminder email and the subsequent suspension for a Hilbert studentathlete who expressed her dissatisfaction with said email on Twitter. All around the country, the WIAA was openly mocked for including such cheers as "fundamentals," "scoreboard" and "airball" on its list of potential offenses, and alarm bells rang that this latest example of the Nanny State was ruining prep athletics. The circus was a bit misguided, as I wrote then, and with the national spotlight shifted away, the landscape of high-school athletics in Wisconsin looks just as I thought it would before ChantGate: exactly the same. You still hear "airball," you still hear "scoreboard," and the environment is still electric for big games and vanilla for the rest. But what I didn't realize before all this is how proactive schools have been to preserve good sportsmanship at varsity events, long before any of this went down. Nearly every athletic director with whom I spoke said at least some steps are taken to address student leaders and create a dialogue about proper student-fan etiquette.

  • After Fight, High School Teams Seasons Canceled

    by Jason Scott January 2016

    Following a nasty fighting incident during a game on Saturday involving fans and players from the Pike and Ben Davis girls basketball teams, the Indiana High School Athletic Association brought the hammer down by canceling the remainder of both teams’ seasons.

  • Students Protest Against WIAA’s Anti-Chant Rule

    by Jason Scott January 2016

    Earlier this week, the Wisconsin Interscholastic Activities Association made headlines for an email message it sent to schools in late December reminding them about a long-standing rule about sportsmanship.

  • Student-Athlete Given Five-Game Suspension for Tweet

    by Takara Scott-Johnston January 2016

    Hilbert (Wis.) High School basketball player April Gehl has been suspended for five basketball games for a tweet, according to the Appleton Post-Crescent.

  • High School Basketball Coach Hits Referee

    by Jason Scott January 2016

    A Pennsylvania high school basketball coach was placed on leave and could face harsher punishment after hitting an official during a heated moment of a game.

  • Post-Game Brawl Leads to Team Suspensions

    by Takara Scott-Johnston December 2015

    The Louisiana High School Athletics Association is investigating a fight that broke out after a game between two of the region’s top high school basketball teams.

  • Columnist Suffers Broken Leg After Court Storming

    by Takara Scott-Johnston December 2015

    A Des Moines Register reporter was caught in the action as Iowa State fans stormed the court after beating in-state rival Iowa in Ames Thursday night. According to the Des Moines Register, Randy Peterson suffered a compound fracture to his tibia and fibula after possibly tangling legs with another attendee during the chaos.

  • Light Punishment, Lingering Questions at Ref-Hit Hearing

    by Paul Steinbach October 2015

    Football players and coaches representing San Antonio’s John Jay High School who were involved in the blindside hit on a referee during a game Sept. 4 were handed their punishment Thursday during a third hearing held regarding the incident.

    SI.com reports that head coach Gary Gutierrez received two years probation and a reprimand. Senior defensive back Michael Moreno was given a one-year suspension. Sophomore linebacker Victor Rojas, received an indefinite suspension. Video of the Rojas knocking referee Robert Watts to the ground and Moreno spearing him has been viewed 11 million times on YouTube. The players have been assigned to an alternative school for 75 days.

    Questions remain regarding what motivated the attack. The players have claimed on national television that Jay defensive backs coach Mack Breed ordered the hit. Breed took responsibility after the game, but later claimed he wrongly took the blame to protect the players. Faced with a possible three-year suspension, he was suspended for the remainder of the year and handed two years probation. He resigned in September.

    At Thursday’s hearing, Breed denied the players’ allegations that he ordered the hit out of frustration over officials’ calls, player ejections and alleged racist remarks made by Watts. However, Breed did admit to saying “to no one in particular” and away from players, “That mother------ needs to pay the price.”

    The Texas Association of Sports Officials announced that a private investigator found no evidence that Watts uttered any racial remarks, despite multiple Jay players claiming the opposite.

    Results of an investigation by police in Marble Falls, where the game took place, are expected next week. Prosecutors will then decide whether to pursue criminal charges.

  • Fight at Youth Football Game Gets Both Teams Banned

    by Jason Scott October 2015

    With less than 30 seconds left in a game between the Otay Ranch Broncos and the Inland Empire Ducks, a fight among adults in attendance broke out in the stands.

  • Coach Admits to Ordering Hit on Ref, Resigns, Recants

    by Jason Scott September 2015

     

    The assistant coach of the two Texas high school football players who blindsided a referee during a game earlier this month has resigned.