• Forced-Splits Investigation: Administrators Step Down

    by Courtney Cameron September 2017

    On Friday, Denver Public Schools superintendent Tom Boasberg released the findings of a legal investigation into the administration and cheerleading program at Denver East High School.

  • 'Cool-Down' Policy for HS Coaches Proposed

    by Bill Beckner Jr. September 2017

    The WPIAL's proposed 15-minute "cool-down" period for coaches before they talk to the media after playoff games could take some getting used to. Some area coaches seem to understand the spirit of the policy, but don't think it will have much of an impact. Overall, they seem to be "cool" with it.

  • Recycling Group Helps HS Football Go Green

    by Candace Cooksey Fulton September 2017

    Football season was about to start when Sonia contacted Marc Baker, SAISD assistant athletic director, with a three-fold plan.

  • Judge: Coaches' $6M Defamation Lawsuit May Proceed

    by Megan Boehnke September 2017

    A Knox County Circuit Court judge allowed a $6 million defamation suit against the mother of a Hardin Valley baseball player to move forward Friday, ruling she wasn't protected from litigation when she publicly accused her son's coaches of child abuse.

  • Student Group Protests Harassment by Student-Athletes

    by Courtney Cameron September 2017

    Students at Lawrence High School skipped classes Monday to stage a peaceful sit-in protest of a perceived “pervasive culture of discrimination” against LGBT classmates.

  • With Practices Lost to Irma, HS Teams Play Catch-Up

    by Jodie Wagner September 2017

    Hurricane Irma forced the postponement or cancellation of dozens of football games, volleyball matches and other fall sports events, and halted practices for nearly two weeks after schools closed Sept. 7.

  • NJ HS Football Playoff Proposal Includes Bowl Games

    by Phil Anastasia September 2017

    "Bowl games" that will bring New Jersey one step shy of state championships for public-school football are among the highlights of a new proposal to change the format of the sport, starting in the 2018 season.

  • New Jersey Mulls Instant Replay for Prep Football

    by Andy Berg September 2017

    New Jersey wants to get the call right.

    The Garden State is considering a plan to implement instant replay at the high school level. According to a report from, the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletics Association is exploring a pilot program with a few schools that voluntarily agree to participate in the program.

    Schools participating in the pilot would be required to have wireless tablets on the sidelines, where replays of game action from cameras in both end zones and the press box would be instantly available to referees.

    NJSIAA assistant director Jack DuBois is set to ask for approval for the program from the National Federation of State High School Associations in the next couple days.

    Carmine Picardo, the coordinator of football officials for NJSIAA, said that DuBois is going to try to feel the NFHS out and see if association leaders have any interest in replay review. “If they have an interest, we are going to sit down and write up a formal proposal to see if we can get them to give us permission next season to experiment with replay review,” Picardo told

    NJSIAA is considering a proposal that would include permission to review only plays involving fumbles, catches, touchdowns and out-of-bounds calls. 

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  • Katy ISD's $70 Million Legacy Stadium Reflects the Future

    by Paul Steinbach September 2017

    Mark Vander Voort was admittedly nervous as Hurricane Harvey made Texas landfall in August. Little more than a week earlier, he had attended the soft opening of Katy Independent School District's Legacy Stadium, which for years had drawn national headlines as its price tag approached $70 million — unprecedented at the prep level. As director of the project in suburban Houston, Vander Voort, a principal at HKS in Dallas, was relieved to learn that the 12,000-seat stadium's bowl and adjacent two-level locker room and office facility avoided flooding during the deluge (more than two feet of rain), thanks to the synthetic turf's drainage capabilities and a pump system that worked even after the power went out. It's just one value-added feature that Vander Voort says justifies the stadium's expense. Others include motion-sensing parking lot security, home and away upper decks, a press box with bookend hospitality suites, twin elevators, 24 concessions points of sale, and dedicated restrooms for marching bands. AB senior editor Paul Steinbach asked Vander Voort to share his vision.

  • Police Employ Pepper Spray to Disrupt Field Brawl

    by Courtney Cameron September 2017

    Visiting football team Canyon Springs of North Las Vegas had just won Basic High School's homecoming game, 20-15, Friday night in Henderson, Nev., when a fight broke out between players at midfield.