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District Makes Decision on Ref Who Made Teen Cut Hair

The state is investigating the incident

(Newser) - “He’s done working with our district.” That’s what a New Jersey school superintendent had to say about Alan Maloney, the referee who demanded that a high school wrestler shear off his dreadlocks moments before a match, ABC reports. Buena Regional School District Superintendent David Cappuccio made... More »

Girl Golfer Defeats Boys, Is Denied Trophy

'There are rules in place,' says a 'disappointed' Emily Nash

(Newser) - A 16-year-old won a boys' high school golf tournament in central Massachusetts with a commanding four-stroke lead, but the teen didn't advance to the state championships or, in fact, take home the first-place trophy. That's because while Lunenburg High School junior Emily Nash was allowed to play in... More »

Teen Athlete Rescues the National Anthem

Texas volleyball player Marina Garcia belts out song after CD malfunction

(Newser) - Marina Garcia was all ready to play for her Texas high school's volleyball team Friday night, but she had one task to take care of before the first spike: rescuing the national anthem. Fox 29 reports that the senior stepped up to the mic when something went awry with... More »

Boys Soccer Team Forfeits Game Rather Than Play Girls

Because 'God created guys and girls differently,' says Arizona's Faith Christian high school

(Newser) - When the Foothills Academy College Prep boys soccer team was told Monday their opponents wouldn't play them because of the two girls on their roster, the high schoolers took to the field without their female players and lost in overtime, the Arizona Republic reports. But when it happened again... More »

Girl Cut From Cheer Squad Threatens to Sue

School district will decide whether to put her on team

(Newser) - A Florida student is threatening to sue Leon County Schools … because she was cut from her high school cheerleading team. Caylen Berry, head coach of the Leon High School cheer squad—which finished second in the state last season and will compete in Orlando's National High School Cheerleading... More »

Wrestler: Cancel Championship, I Got Herpes From Mat

But Calif. high school senior says he's been floored by reaction to his news

(Newser) - Days after he competed in a February wrestling tourney, Blake Flovin began exhibiting odd symptoms: He started itching, got a rash, and "the left sides of my face by my lymph nodes started to swell," the high school student tells KTVU . His father likened the 17-year-old's face... More »

Report: HS Baseball Players Ran Underground Fight Club

Coaches investigated for using racist language, mocking hurt players

(Newser) - High-school baseball players in Texas were running an underground fight club while their coaches mocked injured students, according to documents obtained by the Dallas Morning News . An investigation into Plano East Senior High head coach Travis Collins and assistant coach Reagan Allen started last year after parents complained the coaches... More »

3 HS Basketball Players Charged With Raping Teammate

Tennessee players allegedly assaulted teammate in hazing incident

(Newser) - Three high school basketball players in Tennessee have been charged with raping and assaulting a teammate in an apparent hazing incident, officials said. Gatlinburg Police said in a statement that the players were charged Monday in the incident, which occurred last week at a rental cabin. The statement said staff... More »

Calif. Bans 'Redskins' Name

4 high schools will have to find new team names

(Newser) - The "Redskins" at four California high schools have until Jan. 1, 2017 to find a new name. Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill that bans public schools in the state from using the term for sports team or their mascots, reports the Los Angeles Times . This is the... More »

This 15-Year-Old Jock Has 10 Personal Trainers

New Jersey's Josh McKenzie is on a mission to be a pro athlete

(Newser) - The school year is just underway, but a freshman high school football player in New Jersey already has received a scholarship offer from Rutgers, reports the Bergen Record . Expect many more to come for 15-year-old Josh McKenzie, who is no ordinary freshman, as a detailed profile at NJ Advance Media... More »

Soccer Coaches Resign Over Alleged Ebola Taunts

Pa. students may be disciplined next after alleged digs at West African opponent

(Newser) - The head coach and assistant coach for a Pennsylvania high school soccer team submitted their resignations last night after players allegedly spewed barbs about his race and Ebola at a West African opponent last Thursday, the Morning Call reports. The newspaper received at least two letters from fans who said... More »

New Jersey Bans High School Trash Talk

And hateful comments could get athletes in trouble with state officials

(Newser) - You might think that New Jersey and trash talk go together like highways and roadkill, but the state is looking to change all that. This week the state's Attorney General's Office and Interscholastic Athletic Association announced a policy change banning all manner of mouthing off in high school... More »

Indiana High School Score: 107-2

Coach of girls team catches flak for final score

(Newser) - Bloomington South 107, Arlington 2. That wasn't a typo in the high school sports pages today, it was the final score of a girls basketball game, reports the Indianapolis Star . And now the Bloomington coach is under fire on social media and from Arlington coach Ebony Jackson: "No,... More »

High School Runner Helps Fallen Rival to Finish Line

Meghan Vogel gets first place in sportsmanship

(Newser) - Meghan Vogel finished last in her 3,200-meter race at the state high school championships, but she's still the toast of Ohio. With about 20 meters to go, the girl in front of her collapsed. Instead of scooting by her, Meghan helped up Arden McMath and carried her to... More »

Girls Basketball Team Suspended for Racist Chant

Pregame tradition said to have gone on for years

(Newser) - Some dozen members of an upstate New York high school girls' basketball team have been suspended over a chant centered on a racial slur. Before games, the Kenmore East High School team would join hands in the locker room, say a prayer, then count to three before yelling the N-word,... More »

JV Football Coach Makes Losing Team Lie on Graves

It does not work

(Newser) - A JV football coach in the Syracuse area falls a little short in the "Win-one-for-the-Gipper" department: After a loss this weekend, the Marcellus coach stopped the team bus at a cemetery and made his players lie atop graves for several minutes, reports the Syracuse Post-Standard . Jim Marsh's message:... More »

Calif. Kids Accused of Taunting Black Teen With Noose

Wrestler teammates suspended, cops investigating

(Newser) - California high school wrestlers face possible hate-crime charges for reportedly taunting a black teammate with a hangman's noose, then chaining him to a locker, police said. The mother of the victim didn't learn of the confrontation until almost a month after it occurred. "That the school district... More »

High School Wrestler Refuses to Face Female Opponent

She wins by default, making history

(Newser) - The Iowa state wrestling meet—a prestigious high school competition for the sport—has its first female victor. Along with controversy: Cassy Herkelman's male opponent withdrew rather than wrestle her, the Des Moines Register reports. "Wrestling is a combat sport and it can get violent at times," explained... More »

Texas Schools Cancel Sports as Flu Spreads

Some schools shut entirely

(Newser) - All Texas high schools are canceling sports and academic competitions until May 11 to prevent swine flu from spreading, and five school districts have canceled classes altogether, the Houston Chronicle reports. "Altering the schedule of our events is a way to keep our participants safe," said a state... More »

Student Sparks Row Over Indian 'Mascot'

Chumash student wants Indian icons removed from California high school

(Newser) - A student's demand that his high school remove Indian images linked to the sports program has sparked an uproar in Carpinteria, California, a town proud of its "Warriors." The  student, who is of Chumash descent, doesn't object to the name Warriors but is opposed to Indian representations, such... More »

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