10 Sep

Arizona Will See It’s First High School Martial Arts Programs

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After years of much to-do made about Uniondale New York’s Kellenberg Memorial High School offering taekwondo instruction as physical education for freshman and sophmores schools around the country are now adopting martial arts programs of their own. Starting this fall at several schools in Chandler, Arizona the Budo Shingikan will be teaching high school students martial arts as part of the physical education curriculum. Specifically, there will be offerings in both Jiu Jitsu and in Japanese martial arts.
 
Wendy Stern a 41 year old mother of three children who will all be taking part in the program remarked “I Think it’s great. Not only do my children get a great physical education but they will be learning to defend themselves from potential bullying.” The program is set to be featured in three different local area schools and will be reassessed at year’s end in order to gauge the program’s overall effectiveness. The Budo Shingikan has long been a staple of the local area Arizona community and martial arts brotherhood with instructor D’Antonoli leading the way.
 
For more information on the Budo Shingikan you can visit their website at www.martialarts-chandler.com

29 Aug

A Big Home Field Disadvantage For Syracuse

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Fowler High School in Syracuse could end up going almost a decade without any athletic fields. Fowler has renowned programs in both football and soccer which both are in desperate need of a home field. Construction on new fields is not expected to begin until 2018 as discussed in a school board meeting late last week.
 
In general, construction on the fields is expected to take longer than previously expected. A lot of the hold ups are expected to be due to financial issues both with the school and county. Making matters worse, the area is one of the poorest in the entire state. The lack of a home field has severely hurt morale on many Fowler teams so far.
 
Construction is expected to being very soon but construction estimates have not been consistent thus rendering it difficult to truly guess when the project might be completed by. School officials and construction company employees were not immediately available for comment on the situation.

27 Aug

Madison McPherson Wins MaxPreps/NFCA National High School Player of the Week

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Marion County High School star softball player, Madison McPherson, won last weeks MaxPreps/NFCA National High School Player of the Week award for her dominant performance over her last three games in which she won all three, struck out thirty eight batters, and did not allow a run. She also helped her team’s efforts on offense by getting five hits which lead to a couple runs batted in and five runs scored.
 
The Maxpreps award is a prestigious honor given out once a week during the regular season to the best player in the country. The Maxpreps award is the high school equivalent to the Major League Baseball player of the week award. This was the first time that Madison McPherson won the award and the first time in several years that a player from Marion County High School has won the award.
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23 Aug

Findlay Prep Will Need Yet Another Coach

Findlay Prep head coach Andy Johnson is seen against Montverde Academy in the DICK'S Sporting Goods High School National Basketball Tournament on Friday, April  3, 2015 in Queens, NY.  Montverde won 57-53. (AP Photo/Gregory Payan) ORG XMIT: NYOTK

Findlay Prep will have to, once again, undergo a search for a head coach as Andy Johnson announced that he will be moving on to accept a job as an assistant coach at South Utah University. The upcoming season for Findlay prep held a lot of potential and high expectations. Findlay Prep will now have to hire it’s fifth head coach in six seasons.
 
Johnson will be joining another former Findlay Prep Coach, Todd Simon, who is the current head coach for South Utah University. This will be Coah Johnson’s first collegiate coaching job after spending two years coaching in the high school ranks – both with Findlay prep. Assistant Coach Rodney Haddix has been named interim coach but is not expected to retain the position full time.
 
Since the basketball program started ten seasons ago eight players from Findlay have been selected in the NBA entry draft. Johnson & Findlay Prep’s athletic director were contacted for comment but neither have yet to get back to us.

19 Aug

HS FOOTBALL: Robinson & Turnovers Lead Lee Over Jones County

Lee County’s defense stood strong with recovering three turnovers while running back Mark Robinson rushed for 157 yards en route to a 20-13 victory over Jones County on Thursday night. Akilies Leroy made his impact with eight tackles and a fumble recovery while the Lee defense did not waiver the entire game.
 
As in many high school games, that passing game was a dubious proposition at best. Both teams saw steady success on the ground with Lee taking a larger advantage. It was a big night on the road for Lee, the soon to be named “road warriors” as the team grinded through adversity and an overall very tough push back from Jones County. A tip of the hat goes to the coaches of both teams who managed the roosters and the game clock in grand fashion.
 
The game was a battle of wills that Lee came out on top of. The teams traded a pair of field goals each on the offensive side while Lee scored the eventual game winning touchdown on a five yard rush from senior running back Mark Robinson. The rest of the season looks bright for Lee – especially if they continue playing their hard nosed style defense like they most certainly did to start the 2016 season.