GAYLORD, Mich. (AP) — The organization that governs Michigan high school athletes has voted to trim the amount of full-contact football practice from a maximum of 90 to 30 minutes per week and to...
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Alabama high school player Maori Davenport is back playing with USA Basketball.
Davenport drew national attention when she was suspended by the state's high school...
NUTLEY, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey sports official who told student athletes Adolf Hitler was a "good leader" with "bad moral character and intentions" has been suspended.
School official sorry for calling Hitler a ‘good leader’
MADISON, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey sports official is apologizing for telling student athletes that Adolf Hitler was a "good leader" with "bad moral character and intentions."
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — The South Bend school district is eliminating athletic director jobs as part of a restructuring.
The South Bend Tribune reports a letter signed by Todd Cummings, the...
Alabama prep star drops suit against high school association
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama high school basketball star who had been ruled ineligible dropped a lawsuit against the Alabama High School Athletic Association shortly after her senior season...
New Mexico high school warned on rowdy basketball fans
ESTANCIA, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico high school has been warned: Keep your rowdy fans in check or no one will be allowed into the stands at basketball games.
KRQE-TV in Albuquerque reports the New Mexico Activities Association sent a letter last week to Estancia High School Athletic Director Stewart Burnett and put the central New Mexico school on notice.
Carmel wrestlers who used weight-loss suits forfeit matches
CARMEL, Ind. (AP) — Eight members of Carmel High School's wrestling team have forfeited matches after the suburban Indianapolis school reported that they wore banned weight-loss suits during practices.
The Indianapolis Star reports that the school informed the Indiana High School Athletic Association that several students had used the suits, which are commonly known as "sauna suits."
Judge orders reinstatement of girls’ prep basketball player
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama judge temporarily reinstated Maori Davenport's eligibility Friday after the high school star had been suspended over what her parents described as a mistake payment from USA Basketball.
Pike County Circuit Judge Sonny Reagan issued an order stopping the Alabama High School Athletic Association from disqualifying Davenport until the court rules on a complaint filed by the teen's parents. It is unclear when the court will rule on the complaint.
Deaf basketball referee sues Georgia High School Association
ATLANTA (AP) — A deaf basketball referee is suing the Georgia high school athletic association, saying it has discriminated against him.
News outlets reported that Donald Jacobs has sued, saying the association failed to provide an interpreter so he can understand training to qualify him to work more important games.
Jacobs has worked in the lowest tier of officials in the Atlanta area, who officiate less important games and are paid less.
Ex-NFL player accused of assault suspended from coaching job
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A former Carolina Panther football player accused of assaulting a woman has been suspended from his job as a Charlotte Catholic High School assistant football coach.
High school’s football fans banned from game after fight
GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Students at a North Carolina high school whose football team is in the playoffs have been banned from seeing their opening postseason game after an on-field brawl in a previous game.
Flooding prompts postponement of Ohio cross country meets
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio High School Athletic Association has postponed Saturday's state cross country races because of flooding at the course outside Columbus.
OHSAA officials on Thursday said championship races for boys and girls will be held Nov. 10 at National Trail Raceway in Hebron.
Executive Director Jerry Snodgrass said in a statement the postponement is the "best solution" for the safety and well-being of runners and that it's hoped conditions will have improved by next weekend.
School official sorry for saying girls ‘ruin everything’
SODDY-DAISY, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee high school official has apologized after he explained his ban on athletic shorts saying "blame the girls, because they pretty much ruin everything."
News outlets report Soddy-Daisy High School athletic director and assistant principal Jared Hensley said in a statement Thursday morning that his comments were inappropriate and a "poor choice of words." He made the remarks on the dress code policy in a video broadcast to the student body last week.
Game on: Should Michigan high schools add esports?
FRANKENMUTH, Mich. (AP) — Game on?
Michigan high schools are talking about multiplayer video games as a new varsity sport.
MLive.com reports that esports were brought up at the recent annual meeting of the Michigan High School Athletic Association in Frankenmuth. At least 64 schools must sponsor the activity before the MHSAA will consider adding it.
Montana investigates sex abuse claims against school trainer
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Montana authorities have launched a criminal investigation into claims that a school athletic trainer sexually abused at least 18 students decades ago under the guise of boosting their athletic performance.
Attorney General Tim Fox said state investigators will assist Custer County officials as they examine the allegations in a lawsuit filed Friday against James E. "Doc" Jensen of Miles City.
The Latest: Report: Trainer accused of abuse says he’s sorry
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Latest on a former Montana high school athletic trainer being sued for sexually abusing athletes (all times local):
A former Montana high school athletic trainer has apologized to student-athletes via media interviews after they accused him of sexual abuse in the community of Miles City that lasted for decades.
The Latest: NFL’s Panthers donating to help Florence victims
WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on Florence (all times local):
The new owner of the NFL's Carolina Panthers has announced an initial package to aid Hurricane Florence disaster relief efforts in North and South Carolina.
Owner David Tepper and Panthers Charities announced the donations in a news release Thursday.
Parents sue school district over son’s football head injury
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The parents of a 17-year-old high school football player have filed a lawsuit against a northern Oregon school district, claiming it failed to properly respond to a concussion their son received during a game.
Schools in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh to dismiss early
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Schools in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh have announced plans to dismiss students early Wednesday due to continued high temperatures.
The Philadelphia School District said all schools will dismiss students at noon Wednesday. All after-school activities including all athletic programs and professional development sessions are canceled.
Pittsburgh public schools will operate on a two-hour early release schedule Wednesday.
New York ranks 3rd in high school athletics participation
LATHAM, N.Y. (AP) — New York ranks third in the country for the total number of student-athletes participating in high school athletics.
That's according to figures from the National Federation of High School Athletic Associations, which place the Empire State behind only Texas and California.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A Louisiana high school has been fined and banned and all of its coaches suspended for a year after an in-depth audit of paperwork/compliance requirements found a number of infractions.
NEW YORK (AP) — A former City University of New York Baruch College basketball coach and athletic department official has been sentenced to 20 months in prison for embezzling more than $700,000 from a Manhattan school.
Machli Joseph, of Elizabeth, New Jersey, was sentenced on Thursday after pleading guilty in January.
Prosecutors say the 43-year-old Joseph embezzled the money between 2010 and 2016 by renting school athletic facilities to outside parties and keeping the proceeds.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Two white coaches have filed federal complaints against a northern Indiana school district, alleging officials discriminated against them.
NAPOLEONVILLE, La. (AP) — Assumption High School athletic director and tennis coach Sydney Acosta has all of the reasons in the world to stay at home and not show up for work every day.
Acosta, a Napoleonville native, has battled three different types of cancer throughout his life, but he refuses to let the disease get the most of him.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — USA Football has hired Mike Krueger as director of coaching.
Krueger joins USA Football after four years as district athletic director at Aurora (Colorado) Public Schools.
He will be responsible for several USA Football projects, including adapting the U.S. Olympic Committee's American Development Model for football. Krueger also will be involved with USA Football's medical and football advisory committees and coaching education initiatives.
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LATHAM, N.Y. (AP) — Soccer star Abby Wambach (WAHM'-bahk) has been elected to the New York State Public High School Athletic Association's Hall of Fame.
The two-time Olympic gold medalist and FIFA (FEE'-fuh) Women's World Cup champion heads a class that also includes coaches Andy Capellan and Charles Engel; field hockey star Tracey Fuchs; three-sport star Heidi Mann Vittengl; and Section IV administrator Ben Nelson.
MONROE, La. (AP) — Wossman High School will open the 2018 football season without head coach Dean Smith on the sideline.
The Louisiana High School Athletic Association said Wednesday that Smith has been suspended four games and the school fined $2,500 for illegal recruiting. Wossman has also been placed on administrative probation for one year.
Hempfield softball coach Kalp to be honored with Ferrante Memorial Award
The Ferrante family has honored an individual with an award for his or her achievements and contributions to high school athletics since 1984.
The award is named after the late Ferrante brothers, Michael and John, who were the owners of Ferrante Lakeview, one of the sponsors of the 62nd annual Westmoreland County Scholar-Athlete Awards banquet, which will take place April 24.
Alabama high schools to use instant replay in football
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama high school officials are implementing instant replay for football games next season.
The Alabama High School Athletic Association said Thursday it will partner with Pittsburgh-based DVSport and be the first to allow replay statewide for the entire season. Minnesota used replay reviews in semifinal and championship games last season and New Jersey plans to experiment with replay in some games.
Despite three winning seasons out of four, a coaching shake-up is taking place in Westville.
Westville High School athletics officially didn’t renew the coaching contract of boys basketball head coach Nate Mrozinski at the Westville School Board meeting on Wednesday night.
Mrozinski was totally surprised by this decision.
“I had no idea this was coming, I was completely blindsided,” Mrozinski said. “I had all intentions of staying at Westville for many years.”
Nominees announced for Westmoreland County’s Judge Driscoll Scholar-AthleteAward
As retired Westmoreland County Judge John J. Driscoll addressed the county high school athletic directors and a school representative at his annual luncheon to decide the 2018 Scholar-Athlete Award, he told the group they were faced with a tough decision.
"I've looked at the qualifications of all the candidates, and I continue to be impressed," Driscoll said. "You're faced with a difficult decision. I'm amazed with their qualifications."
HILLSBOROUGH, N.J. (AP) — The athletics director of a New Jersey high school is accused of stealing more than $10,000 from ticket sales for sports events at the school.
Somerset County prosecutors say 53-year-old Michael Fanizzi, of Hillsborough, was arrested Friday on a theft charge. He's been the athletic director at Hillsborough High School for 14 years but has been on administrative leave since December.
The job for Madison West director of school athletics and school operations has been posted.
The job will be posted from March 9 to April 9, said Madison Memorial athletic director Jeremy Schlitz, who is the Madison school district athletic director.
St. Francis Episcopal School is proud to announce Michael Settle as the Upper School head baseball coach. Settle joins Head Girls Volleyball Coach Cydryce McMillian and Head Football Coach Charles McMillian on the Upper School coaching staff.
Vern Norris, a long-time executive with the Michigan High School Athletic Association, died Monday morning at the age of 89.
The MHSAA announced the death on its website.
Norris was the MHSAA's executive director from the fall of 1978 through the summer of 1986, according to an article written by Geoff Kimmerly on mhsaa.com.
6 new scholarships offered for high school athletes
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky High School Athletic Association says it has paired up with the state Department of Agriculture to offer six new scholarships for high school athletes who plan to study agriculture.
HUNTINGTON — Thanks to movies like "The Hunger Games," participation in youth archery has increased each year at the annual Elkview Middle School Archery Tournament, which was held at Marshall University this year.
RIDGEFIELD — An updated report presented to school board members this week confirms that genders are treated equally in high school athletics, but offered suggestions to ensure the program stays fair.
Michigan prep star drops lawsuit, can’t play basketball
CLARKSTON, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan State basketball recruit who's been barred from playing a final high school season is dropping his lawsuit against the Michigan High School Athletic Association.
Thomas Kithier's best shot to get back on the court failed when a judge refused to reinstate him three weeks ago. With just weeks left in the season, he says he's dropping the case.
Recently embracing two new head football coaches and a new assistant athletic director, Pearland Independent School District dignitaries should have prepared for a tweak concerning their high school athletic teams at the University Interscholastic League's biennial realignment.
Any number of changes existed for Pearland and Dawson high schools, but the addition of Strake Jesuit to the current lineup proved to be the only alteration to the District 23-6A lineup.
Michigan facing shortage of high school officials, referees
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Michigan high schools are facing a shortage of athletic officials and referees.
The Michigan High School Athletic Association has seen the number of registered officials drop from 12,400 to about 10,000 in the past decade, The Grand Rapids Press reported . Because the economy is doing well, there are fewer people looking to officiate games for the extra paycheck.
Jr. Aces to host SIJHSAA Region
Mount Carmel will host a Southern Illinois Junior High School Athletic Association Class L Region. The Region will feature four teams. The two semifinal games will be played on Saturday, Feb. 3. The first game of the day will tip at 9:30 a.m. with the Jr. Aces taking on Carmi. Following that game will be Olney versus Flora at 11 a.m.
Athletic director’s son killed in crash
POLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine community is in mourning following a crash that injured a high school athletic director and killed his 24-year-old son.
Former Baruch basketball coach pleads guilty to embezzlement
NEW YORK (AP) — A former City University of New York Baruch College basketball coach and athletic department official has pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $700,000 from the Manhattan school.
New York State Inspector General Catherine Leahy Scott announced the guilty plea by 43-year-old Machli Joseph, of Elizabeth, New Jersey on Wednesday.
Judge won’t lift ban; Michigan prep star remains benched
DETROIT (AP) — A judge on Thursday rejected a plea from a Michigan State basketball recruit who's been barred from playing his senior season after transferring to a new high school.
Thomas Kithier said his rights have been violated by the Michigan High School Athletic Association. But U.S. District Judge Marianne Battani said there's no constitutional right to play high school sports or participate in any school-related activity.
Lansing — The state Legislature is considering getting involved in whether star Thomas Kithier should play high school basketball this season after a panel of lawmakers took testimony Thursday on a bill that would allow him to compete for Clarkston High School.
Michigan group: No constitutional right to play prep sports
CLARKSTON, Mich. (AP) — The group that oversees Michigan high school sports is firing back in response to a lawsuit filed by a star basketball player who has been benched.
The Michigan High School Athletic Association says there's no constitutional right to play sports. In a court filing Monday, the association says Thomas Kithier's claim of emotional distress "does not pass the laugh test."