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OHSAA competitive balance proposal fails

Published: Thursday, May 16, 2013 @ 2:11 PM
Updated: Thursday, May 16, 2013 @ 2:11 PM

By Marc Pendleton

Staff Writer

Members of the Ohio High School Athletic Association on Thursday voted down a revised Competitive Balance Proposal that would have factored in a higher numerical count for students who reside outside a school district. That could possibly have affected a school’s division status for selected sports.

The proposal was defeated by 19 votes, 327-308, by member principals, who voted on the issue from May 1-15. Had it passed by a simple majority, it would have gone into effect in the fall of 2014.

The proposal was a revised referendum that replaced an original proposal that would have asked members if they wanted to separate public and private schools in postseason tournaments.

High school football star practicing with ankle monitor, booted from practice

Published: Monday, April 24, 2017 @ 1:29 PM

Boca Raton High School football player Shelley Singletary is pictured here at a game in Sept. of 2016. He’s practicing at spring training this week wearing an ankle monitor after his arrest in January on robbery charges. 
Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post

A South Florida high school student, who is facing a felony charge, will not be allowed to take part in spring football practice while wearing an ankle monitor after school officials read a newspaper story about it online.

A judge’s order had allowed Shelley Singletary to participate in spring practices, as well as attend classes at Boca Raton High School, and the 18-year-old apparently was set to practice Monday in the team’s first season practice.

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But hours after a story on Singletary was published, Boca Raton High principal Susie King informed the school’s football staff that Singletary could not take part in any team functions until his criminal court case is resolved.

School officials apparently were not aware that Singletary had been cleared to practice until they read the story by the Palm Beach Post.

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Singletary, 18, is accused of a robbery in January during which he allegedly forcibly removed an 11-year-old’s Air Jordan sneakers and tried to steal his bicycle.

Judge Samantha Schosberg Feuer modified the terms of Singletary’s house arrest on March 16 allowing him to practice, but only if he wears an ankle monitor.

“The student has been cleared by a judge to participate in activities,” according to a statement released by the Palm Beach County School District. “However, he has not been cleared by Boca Raton Community High School to practice or be part of the school’s football team. At this time, he is in no way affiliated with the team or the spring season.”

Singletary, who will be a junior in the next school year, will be allowed to continue attending classes.

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Singletary, a 5-foot-10, 170-pound running back and defensive back, is ranked by MaxPreps, a college football recruiting website, as the state’s No. 193 prospect.

The University of Kentucky has reportedly offered Singletary a football scholarship for 2018, according to 24/7 Sports, but NCAA rules prohibit schools from publicly discussing recruits until they sign letters of intent.

Singletary could not be reached for comment.

Court records show that his next court appearance is scheduled for June 19.

Watch: Video emerges of controversial Dunbar-Belmont football game with plays even odder than described

Published: Tuesday, April 18, 2017 @ 2:59 PM

The OHSAA punished Dayton Public Schools’ athletic department with fines and three years of probation this month. 

The issues stem from Dunbar’s Oct. 28, 2016 football game against Belmont. In the third quarter, there was a brief stretch where Dunbar started intentionally trying to lose the game. 

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The game video above picks up just before a Dunbar sideline huddle in which players were told that a star teammate was ineligible, meaning if Dunbar won, they would have to forfeit. 

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Dunbar coaches have said they were told moments earlier by athletic directors to lose the game, and they were forwarding that message to the players. 

Dunbar is in blue, and Belmont is in red. The video, shot by Dayton Public Schools students, comes from the district’s DPS-TV archive.


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Baseball coach hits home run with social media plea for equipment

Published: Thursday, March 23, 2017 @ 12:13 PM

A baseball coach in Richmond, Virginia appealed to social media for help raising money to buy his team essential equipment so they could play ball. The community responded with help for the team.
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A Virginia high school baseball team in desperate need of equipment finally got the help they needed.

John Marshall High School coach Brent Butler told local TV station WTVR that his team needed essential equipment, like gloves, cleats and bats. 

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He said he’s seen his team make big strides in recent weeks, but now they need equipment.

The committed coach got so desperate he said that he took to Facebook to ask the community for donations.

“It’s been really beneficial so far,” said Butler because donations are starting to trickle in.

WTVR stepped up to the plate, too, and presented the coach with a gift of $500.

“We know you have gotten some things and that helps, but we wanted to help as well,” WTVR reporter Lane Casadonte said. 

Butler said he was caught off guard and surprised by the gift.

“This is going to be really beneficial… I thought you guys were here for the weather!” Butler joked.


Florida prep football team gives signed helmet to No. 1 fan

Published: Saturday, December 24, 2016 @ 3:00 AM
Updated: Saturday, December 24, 2016 @ 9:55 AM

            Wiregrass Ranch High School senior quarterback Chris Faddoul (14) led the Bulls to a 7-3 record during the 2016 season, but his off-the-field gesture for a friend might have been his best achievement.
            Wiregrass Ranch High School football/Facebook page

Members of a Florida high school football team surprised their No. 1 fan with a Christmas gift.

Andrew Hayne is a special needs student at Wiregrass Ranch High School in Wesley Chapel. The 18-year-old has been friends with Bulls quarterback Chris Faddoul since middle school, BayNews9 reported. Faddoul would let Hayne wear his No. 14 jersey on Fridays before Wesley Chapel games, and after the Bulls’ completed a 7-3 season, Faddoul wanted to do something special for his friend.

The quarterback got his teammates to sign a Wiregrass Ranch helmet, and he gave it to Hayne just before the Christmas break.

"He never had the chance to go out on the actual field and put on a actual helmet or pads or anything," Faddoul told BayNews9.

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The helmet had the inscription “To our No. 1 fan,” and even included the name “Fadoodle,” which is what Hayne calls the senior quarterback, who threw for 892 yards and nine touchdowns during the 2016 season.

Hayne responded with a hug for Faddoul, who said “We love you, buddy, Merry Christmas.” Hayne then tried on the helmet and immediately went into a three-point stance.

“Feels good, I feel tough,” Hayne says in the video.

Andrew receives a great Christmas present

This is wonderful. Wiregrass Ranch student Chris Faddoul and the Bulls football team gave their number one fan, Andrew, the Christmas present of a lifetime. They gave him an autographed football helmet from the team. Merry Christmas!

Posted by Pasco County Schools on Friday, December 23, 2016