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Field Hockey Player's Injury Raises a Co-Ed Debate

Girl was hit in face by shot from male player eligible to play because there is no boys' team

(Newser) - A high school player on her school's field hockey team in Massachusetts suffered serious injuries when an opponent inadvertently struck her in the face with a hard shot. The reason the story is making headlines is that the player who fired the ball is a rarity in the sport:...

School That Quit Tournament Over Trans Player Hit With Ban

Mid Vermont Christian School is 'disappointed,' plans to appeal

(Newser) - A Christian school in Vermont that pulled its girls basketball team out of a state tournament because an opposing team had a transgender player won't be taking part in any other tournaments. The Vermont Principals’ Association, the state's governing body for school sports, ruled that Mid Vermont Christian...

Menstrual Questions Dropped From Florida High School Form

Governing group votes down making answers from student-athletes mandatory

(Newser) - Female high school athletes in Florida will no longer undergo official questioning about their menstrual cycles. The governing body of interscholastic sports in the state voted Thursday to drop the four questions from the form sent to schools; athletes will only be asked health questions to ensure they're physically...

18-Year-Old Topples Track Record From 1965

Gary Martin ran a 3:57.98 mile

(Newser) - If 18-year-old Pennsylvania high school student Gary Martin had recorded his stunning 3:57.98 mile in the 1950s, he would have been the fastest man in the world. The result at the Catholic League championships Saturday was 15 seconds short of the current world record but was still enough...

Teen Sues Coaches, Alleging They Forced Him to Eat Pork
Teen Sues School District for
$13.5M Over Pizza Incident
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Teen Sues School District for $13.5M Over Pizza Incident

Teen alleges his football coaches forced him to eat a pepperoni pizza in violation of his religion

(Newser) - An Ohio teen who was forced to eat an entire pizza containing pepperoni remnants—in violation of his beliefs as a Hebrew Israelite, which prohibits the consumption of pork—has sued as promised . In a suit filed Wednesday in the US District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, the...

Lawmaker Tries to Pants Referee at Son's Game

'I was bad wrong,' says Tennessee Rep. Jeremy Faison

(Newser) - One of Tennessee's most powerful Republican lawmakers has apologized for his "completely stupid" behavior at his son's high school basketball game earlier this week—which included trying to pull down a referee's pants. The attempted pantsing of ref Paul Pendleton happened near the end of the...

Basketball Fight Lands Sheriff in Jail

Trooper says Brent Lynch, who's also a coach, hit a member of the other girls team

(Newser) - A Kentucky sheriff is jailed and four players are suspended from competition after a fight broke out during a girls high school basketball game. A state trooper said Brent Lynch, the elected Owsley County sheriff who doubles as a coach at Owsley County High School, rushed onto the court and...

Michigan Teen Ran a Dazzling Race. Then He Shouted
Michigan Teen Ran a Dazzling
Race. Then He Shouted
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Michigan Teen Ran a Dazzling Race. Then He Shouted

Garrett Winter set a personal record then was disqualified for swearing

(Newser) - Garrett Winter's Saturday occupied two ends of the spectrum: the highest high and the lowest low. The Michigan senior came in second in the 5K at the state finals with a time of 15:27.89, a full 22 seconds shorter than the best such race he had ever...

He Scored 16 Goals in One Soccer Game. Now, the Fallout

Losing high school accuses winning team of poor sportsmanship in blowout

(Newser) - A high school soccer player in northern Michigan broke records for most goals in a game, but not everyone is cheering. Kevin Hubbell of Benzie Central, one of the best players in the state, scored 16 goals against Kingsley, per the AP . The Sept. 29 game was declared over at...

Mysterious 'High School' Team Made It Onto ESPN, Bombed

Bishop Sycamore might not be legit

(Newser) - A national ESPN broadcast featured a game between one of the best high school football teams in the country and a team no one had heard of until Sunday's matchup. Bishop Sycamore—which claims to be an online prep school based in Columbus, Ohio—has yet to record a...

After 'Reprehensible' Act at High School Game, a Firing

Head basketball coach at Calif. school is out of a job over tortilla incident

(Newser) - A San Diego-area school district voted Tuesday night to fire the head basketball coach after tortillas were hurled at a team from a mostly Latino high school, per the AP . The school board for the Coronado Unified School District voted 5-0 in a closed session to release JD Laaperi of...

Another State Has Just Banned Transgender Athletes

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signs bill barring transgender students in K-12 from playing sports

(Newser) - A bill banning transgender students from taking part in K-12 sports swept through the Alabama House and Senate, and now it's got the governor's signature on it. The AP reports that Kay Ivey signed HB 391 on Friday, legislation that states "athletic events allowing competition by one...

High Schools Wrestle With Warrior Imagery

The Native American portrayals for team mascots can do damage, advocates say

(Newser) - At a mostly white high school near Salt Lake City, steps leading to the football field are covered in red handprints, arrows and drawings of Native American men in headdresses meant to represent the mascot, the Braves. "Welcome to the Dark Side" and "Fight like a Brave" are...

She Beat All the Boys, Making Her State Wrestling Champ

North Carolina's Heaven Fitch was inspired to get into wrestling by her older brothers

(Newser) - Heaven Fitch was 6 years old when the wrestling bug first hit her. Growing up with older brothers who wrestled, the North Carolina girl was fascinated, and she started pestering her parents to let her do the same. "They didn't want me to wrestle," she told the...

Ref Learns Punishment for Ordering Dreadlocks Cut

New Jersey suspends Alan Maloney for two years

(Newser) - New Jersey's attorney general has suspended the referee who told a 16-year-old wrestler to have his dreadlocks cut or forfeit his match. Alan Maloney will not be allowed to referee any matches in the state for two years, the Philly Voice reports. Gurbir Grewal also said that officials and...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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