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When the Lehigh Valley Conference baseball tournament opens in 2 1/2 weeks, Dieruff and Allen again won't be involved. Barring a long late-season winning streak, neither team will crack the District 11 Class 4A field either. Dieruff coach Dave Stoudt and...
Keeping up with the high school basketball scene in the offseason is a full-time job — one Scott Burgess loves. A recruiting analyst and scout for the popular website Chicagohoops.com, Burgess has spent the last three months traveling to...
Tags: Sports, Basketball, Adidas AG
Sportsmanship has been fading for years. It was an issue way before Seton and Harrisburg took the floor last weekend in the Class 2A boys basketball state final. And it's not just a basketball or football deal, either. Sportsmanship is as...
Tags: Schools, High Schools, Punishment
With a new year just around the corner, I've been looking ahead to some important high school football issues I think the Illinois High School Association will need to address soon. As far as I'm concerned, no issue is more pressing than the financial...
There could not be a wider philosophical gulf between state lawmakers who threaten to shut down the Florida High School Athletic Association and those hoping the association will come out of this fight with some teeth left in its rulebook. Proponents of...
The topic pops up on cue annually at this time. Should state semifinals be held at neutral sites? You can make a case on both sides of this debate. Several schools with natural home surfaces will host games this weekend. Rain last weekend caused...
The NFL made some news Wednesday when it announced a player safety rule barring ball carriers from using the crown of their helmets to make contact with a defender in the open field. Should this be a concern at the high school level? In the long term,...
My favorite thing about high school baseball in the Chicago area is the three-game series. When I played for Wheeling in 1989 and '90, I had a lot of time to ponder such things as scheduling because there was plenty of time between the foul balls and...
Tags: High School Baseball, Baseball, Sports
Minooka's Josh Jimenez told the Joliet Herald News that he spent last season trying to be Mike Foltynewicz. Being himself was good enough when Foltynewicz was his teammate before becoming the Houston Astros' first-round draft pick in 2010. Jimenez...
Down 2-0 to the Rays in the eighth inning Wednesday, the Rangers got runners to second and third with one out. Right-hander Joel Peralta was on the mound, and the Rangers had switch-hitter Lance Berkman and the left-handed-hitting A.J. Pierzynski on the...
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