high school sports


Friday Night Lights Out: The Case for Abolishing High School Football

A Nevada school board candidate wants to eliminate high school football, and a handful of others are making a medical, ethical, and financial case against America's favorite prep sport. Their arguments are unpopular. But are they right?


The Brief, Brilliant Football Career of Allen Iverson

Before Allen Iverson could change the NBA, he had to change sports. In his native Virginia, his legacy as a football player is still the stuff of myth.


A Girl in the Boys' Locker Room

I don't regret growing up as an athlete. But not everything about sports is healthy, and for me, as a transgender woman, the locker room was toxic.


Team USA's First Trans Athlete on the Future of Equality in Sports

"It's one thing for me to address the issue at a national level, but in many cases for the local level, it takes a student to challenge it, and that takes a lot of courage."


Meet the Sports Psychologist Training the Minds of the NBA's Top Draft Prospects

Graham Betchart built a career as a "mental skills" coach for top NBA draft prospects like Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns. Now he's trying to build a brand.


Even Among McDonald's All-Americans, Josh Jackson Stands Out

The McDonald's All-American Game is as much a ritual of projection as it is a prep basketball game. Amid all this promise, some stars shine brighter.


Ball is Life: How Three High Flying Brothers Led America's Top High School Hoops Team

The Ball brothers are UCLA and NBA bound. But first they led Chino Hills to an undefeated season and a California state high school basketball championship.


High Schooler Hits Full-Court Buzzer Beater for the Win

A full-court buzzer beater? Yes please.


New York High School Soccer Player Dies After On-Field Collision

Tragedy for a rising young soccer star.


High Schooler Snags Nasty One-Handed Catch

Buddy Garrity's nephew is pumped.


The Weird, Angry World of Sports Dads: An Excerpt from "Crossing the Line"

How did a high school soccer game in Virginia lead to allegations of assault and battery? It's a long, strange story, but the short answer is "sports dads."


Fairfax Schools Might Chop, Screw Sports out of their Budget

With a $100 million deficit on the line, school administrators are toying with not letting the girls and boys play. At all.