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Hamilton AD Stewart resigns, boys basketball forfeits wins over transfer violation

Scott Springer, Cincinnati Enquirer |

Hamilton Athletic Director Bill Stewart resigned after an internal school investigation found the athletic department and Stewart violated an Ohio High School Athletic Association requirement for district residency of an athlete on the boys basketball team.

As a result of this violation, the Hamilton High School varsity boys basketball team must forfeit all victories from the current 2020-21 basketball season.

HCSD press release

Transgender athletes look hopefully to White House transition

Pat Eaton-Robb, Associated Press – PBS News Hour |

President-elect Joe Biden’s Department of Education is expected to switch sides in two key legal battles — one in Connecticut, the other in Idaho — that could go a long way in determining whether transgender athletes are treated by the sex on their birth certificates or by how they identify.

It may ultimately fall to Congress to clarify once and for all whether Title IX, the civil rights law that guarantees equal opportunities for women and girls in education, protects or bars the participation of transgender females in women’s sports, said Elizabeth Sharrow, an associate professor of public policy at the University of Massachusetts.

Moeller student-athlete out of ICU after battling rare side effect of COVID-19


A Moeller athlete is out of the ICU and his family now says they know what caused his medical emergency. He had several visits to his doctor and three COVID tests which all came back negative.

They eventually learned he has multisystem inflammatory syndrome (MIS-C), a rare side effect of COVID that causes the blood vessels to become inflamed. An antibody test confirmed he’d had COVID-19 at some point.

Columbus City Schools to resume sports practices Friday

Alissa Widman Neese, Columbus Dispatch |

Columbus City Schools winter athletes can resume practicing Friday, following nearly two months without any activity.

The move by district administrators goes against the recommendations of local health departments, but follows what essentially all other schools in the central Ohio area are doing. 

Columbus City Schools has yet to make an announcement, however, on when any in-person classes will resume. Students have been learning online from home since March, an arrangement officials have said will remain through at least Feb. 1. More updates are coming Wednesday, Dixon said.

Some Ohio districts limit fans for indoor winter sports season

John London, WLWT |

School districts are continuing to watch and wait for Gov. Mike DeWine to weigh the data and make a judgment call about high school athletes on the court, in the pool and on the mat.

CNE girls grappling with challenges of first-year program

Dick Maloney, CNE Schools via The Clermont Sun |

The members of Clermont Northeastern High School’s first girls wrestling team have many and varied reasons for competing in the sport, but also have one thing in common – a place in history. CNE is fielding a girls team for the first time in 2020-2021.

What will be the new Anderson High School mascot? Final five choices announced.

Madeline Mitchell, Cincinnati Enquirer |

Anderson High School and Forest Hills Local School District announced the final five choices in its search for a new mascot on Wednesday.

The final choices are: Comets, Phoenix, Raptors, Ravens, Riverhawks.

Ten semi-finalists were voted on in December. Anderson High School has been without a logo since July 2 when the Forest Hills School District board voted the “Redskins” retire with no substitute. 

One of the poorest Ohio school districts found money for athletic trainers decades ago

Chris Renkeel, Stephanie Kuzydym, WKRC |

Local 12’s ‘Athletes AT Risk’ project started with a question. Why doesn’t every school in America have a full-time athletic trainer?

The answer is largely due to money. 

But one of the poorest school districts in Ohio has made athletes’ safety a priority for decades. For the past 26 years, despite its declining population and funds, Wellsville has had a paid athletic trainer. Wellsville a quiet little river town located in the Mahoning Valley, where the Ohio River bends along West Virginia.

Of the 612 school districts in Ohio, Wellsville ranks 592. One other example: Lockland Local Schools is the 608th poorest school district. It also has a full-time athletic trainer.

Columbus City Schools postpones winter athletics, extracurriculars until Jan. 23

Eric Halperin, Justin Holbrock, WCMH |

During a Columbus City School Board meeting Tuesday, Superintendent and CEO Dr. Talisa Dixon said that while she understands other nearby districts are continuing to hold a winter sports season, she said the decision has been tough and knows it will have consequences.

“I see what’s happening with our students in our suburbs and they’re playing and those school districts have decided to take that risk, and they can take that risk, but I’ve asked our organization not to take that risk,” Dixon said.

How high school sports became the latest battleground over transgender rights

Elizabeth A. Sharrow, The Conversation |

High school athletes, including Terry Miller and Andraya Yearwood, both transgender girls, compete in New Haven, Connecticut, in 2019. AP Photo/Pat Eaton-Robb

This year, 20 states proposed to ban transgender girls – meaning those assigned male at birth but who live and identify as girls – from competing on girls interscholastic sports teams.

The only bill to pass was in Idaho. That law bars transgender athletes from participating in high school and college sports. It also authorizes “sex testing” of athletes through genital exams and genetic and hormone testing.

The ACLU is challenging the law, arguing that it violates civil rights, and a federal court has delayed its implementation. On Dec. 21, over 60 women’s and LGBTQ rights groups and nearly 200 women athletes, including Billie Jean King, Megan Rapinoe and Candace Parker, filed legal briefs contesting the Idaho law and supporting the full inclusion of transgender athletes.

The right of girls and women to compete on sports teams has endured 50 years of policy debate. With more young people now identifying as transgender, whether transgender girls can compete on girls high school teams has risen to the forefront of these discussions.

My research helps explain why sports is a key venue for disputes over transgender equality today. The expansion of competitive sports for girls and women – both internationally and in the U.S. – has heightened scrutiny of who “belongs” on girls and women’s teams.

As Students Return to Sports, Sportsmanship and Respect Must Be Emphasized

Dr. Karissa L. Niehoff, NFHS |

Every now and then, an event occurs that serves as a wake-up call and reminds us that we have some work left to accomplish. We are aware of two such events recently that were rather disturbing, and the issues behind those events need our full attention.

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