So, there’s a nationwide shortage of youth sports referees, related to crappy pay and ridiculous workloads and abusive parents. Here’s a novel idea for how to combat this problem, by way of sunny Iowa: train prison inmates in the subtle arts of basketball refereeing.
Here is an absolutely awful, perhaps criminal play from a high school basketball game in Kansas Friday:
The Cinderella-est story of the schoolboy hoops season in the Washington, D.C., area came to an end over the weekend. It turns out the year’s most fantastical feel-good tale really was a fantasy after all.
The scene of this incredible buzzer beater is the gym at Pace University, where Ardsley High School found itself down two, 51-49, with just seconds left in the New York Section 1 Class A title game, and opponent Tappan Zee High School inbounding:
Late in the fourth quarter of a game between Monessen High School and Clairton High School last night, players exchanged punches near the Monessen bench. The punch sparked an all-out brawl that an estimated 60 people were involved in before cops shut it down.
The Kelly Walsh High School (Wyo.) wrestlers accused of waterboarding their freshman teammate won’t be charged with any crimes, as Natrona County District Attorney Michael Blonigen said Thursday that while the actions did amount to hazing, he couldn’t press charges because of what he perceived to be the victim’s…
The scene is the gym of Evanston Township High School, in Evanston, Illinois, a Chicago suburb. The Evanston, uhh, Wildkits are down 44-42 to the visiting Hawks of Maine South, with seconds on the game clock and Maine South at the free throw line. Have a look at this craziness:
A group of wrestlers at Kelly Walsh High School in Casper, Wyoming reportedly ganged up on a freshman teammate, held him down, and forcibly waterboarded him, according to a report from the Casper Star-Tribune:
Last week, before a basketball game between Eagle Grove and Forest City in Forest City, Iowa, two local radio broadcasters were heard cheerily expressing their disdain for the “Español people” who played for Eagle Grove High School, before wishing they would “go back to where they came from.”
This is just a six-second video, but like any great Vine-length work of art, I’ve already slowed it down and watched it frame by frame multiple times, trying to parse its genius.
Farmington High School won’t open until next year. When it does, it will serve the community in and around Farmington, a fast-growing city in northern Utah. But the school already has a mascot, the Phoenix. The mythical bird was chosen by a vote of area children; it beat out Farmers, Eagles, Firebirds, Silverback,…
Severna Park, a Maryland high school with a history of kicking major butt at field hockey, has been disqualified from the Maryland 4A state semifinals after an annual toilet-papering ritual blew out of hand, reports the Washington Post. But, you are wondering, just what the hell is an annual toilet-papering ritual?
Coming to you from Decatur High School in Texas is what has to be one of the best amateur sports highlights of the year, courtesy of senior Autumn Finney. Finney covered an incredible distance to get to a lost-cause ball in the back, laid out with a dive, and somehow mustered enough power to return it across the court.
A brawl broke out at the end of Basic High School’s homecoming game Friday night, after the Wolves lost to the Canyon Springs Pioneers. These teams apparently do not like each other very much—the Las Vegas Review-Journal says there were 35 penalties and four ejections over the course of the game—but things finally…
If you’ve ever seen a youth official get jeered by a crowd after a close call and thought, “Why does anyone want to be a ref?” you’re not alone. Across the country, high school athletic associations are getting more desperate as they try to recruit qualified officials for their sporting events.
Lloyd Kevin Smith, the varsity baseball coach at Indian River Central School in upstate New York, was arrested on charges of child endangerment last Friday for a locker room demonstration that accidentally went too far.
Yahoo has a story about Drew Gintis, a high school wrestler who started taking Oxycodone as a senior. His doctor prescribed it to him after a shoulder injury that ended his wrestling career. At 21, he died from a fentanyl overdose.
Mondo Duplantis is not only the best-named high school athlete in the country, he’s also one of the best. Last weekend, Duplantis was competing in pole vault at the Texas Relays in the men’s elite division. Duplantis is a junior at Lafayette High School in Louisiana, yet he smoked a field that contained numerous top…
Nine male students at La Vernia High School (Texas) have been arrested in connection with allegations of sexual assault involving hazing in the boys’ sports programs, according to multiple reports.
A San Francisco high school baseball coach made a racist remark toward his Asian-American player during a game, according to another player’s father, who spoke to columnists Phil Matier and Andy Ross of the San Francisco Chronicle.