2014 National High School Hall of Fame

June 10, 2014

The 32nd class of the National High School Hall of Fame will be inducted on Wednesday, July 2, at the Marriott Copley Place in Boston, Massachusetts.  All 12 members of this year’s class will be present at the press conference on July 1 to field questions.

A press release on the 2014 class, which includes five outstanding former high school athletes who excelled at the professional level, is included with this media advisory. Among the athletes are Ozzie Newsome (three-sport high school standout in Alabama, legendary tight end with the Cleveland Browns), Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway (high school All-American from Memphis, NBA star with Orlando Magic), Casey Blake (four-sport high school star in Iowa, played Major League Baseball for 13 years), Michael Devereaux (outstanding Wyoming high school athlete in Casper, played 12 years in Major League Baseball), and Suzy Powell (California high school track standout in discus, three-time Olympian).

These five individuals, along with four high school coaches, one contest official, one administrator and one in the performing arts, will be inducted into the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) National High School Hall of Fame July 2 at the Boston Marriott Copley Place in Boston, Massachusetts. The 32nd Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be the closing event of the 95th annual NFHS Summer Meeting.

High school coaches slated for induction this year include Bob McDonald, basketball coach at Chisholm (Minnesota) High School who is retiring this year after a legendary 59-year coaching career; Morgan Gilbert, who retired last year from Tuckerman (Arkansas) High School after winning more than 1,000 games as both a basketball coach and baseball coach during a 48-year career; Katie Horstman, who started the girls sports program at Minster (Ohio) High School in 1972 and led the girls track team to eight state championships; and Frank Pecora, who becomes Vermont’s first inductee in the National High School Hall of Fame after leading Northfield (Vermont) High School to 15 state baseball championships.

Other members of the 2014 induction class are George Demetriou, a football and baseball official from Colorado Springs, Colorado, who is a state and national officiating leader in both sports; Sheryl Solberg, a state and national leader in the development of girls athletics programs during her 34 years as assistant to the executive secretary of the North Dakota High School Activities Association; and Randy Pierce, a state and national debate leader who coached debate at Pattonville High School in Maryland Heights, Missouri, for almost 40 years before retiring in 2012.

George Demetriou has officiated high school baseball and football in Colorado for 25 years, including three championship games in baseball and two in football; however, his contributions to officiating in those sports go far beyond his on-the-field accomplishments. Demetriou has served as the Colorado High School Activities Association baseball and football rules interpreter and has authored widely distributed books in both sports. He has written more than 300 articles, many of which have appeared in Referee magazine, and he is the author of an annual football study guide for NFHS and NCAA rules.

Welcome to the new new site!

May 14, 2014

When I started this 6 years ago, I never thought I would be here, covering multiple sports for the entire country. So the code I wrote wasn't efficient for that. As I cobbled more and more functions on top of functions and fixed multiple things in multiple places, it became evident that I would need to re-code the site. Also in the last 6 years, I've become a much better programmer, and there are also much better software tools to use. So now the system is ready for handling what I want to cover now.

Long story short, the site code has been re-done. There are still some final touches to address, some other backend code to move over, and optimizing the new site, but everything should be functional. I had to do it now, as I'm encountering problems being stuck having to keep the old site live. If you encounter any errors, please let me know. If you have suggestions for improvement, please use the uservoice forum to suggest ideas. You can also submit a ticket at UserVoice as well.

Finally, the user edit system is almost ready to go prime time. I'll make another post when the system is ready and you can start to request accounts.

CHSAA Legislative Council Meets April 17

April 8, 2014

The final of two Colorado High School Activities Association Legislative Council Meetings is slated for Thursday, April 17, at the Radisson Hotel/Red Lion Inn in Aurora, located at I-225 and Parker Road. The Meeting will be at 8:30 a.m. and will be aired live on CHSAA.tv. The CHSAA Board of Directors will meet Wednesday, April 16 in advance of the meeting.

The CHSAA Legislative Council is the body that determines the rules for the student participants in the state of Colorado and its 73 members represent all the individual athletic conferences, along with representatives from the Colorado Association of School Boards, Colorado Athletic Directors Association and Colorado Association of Secondary School Administrators. They will be voting on three administrative proposals, three sports and one activities proposals, along with four administrative committee reports, two activities committee reports and eight sport committee reports. In addition, the Legislative Council will vote on nominations to replace members on the Board of Directors and for President of the Board of Directors.

All Proposals and Committee reports that will be voted on can be found on the CHSAA website (www.chsaanow.com) under School Info. The following are brief descriptions of the agenda items:

Administrative Proposals – (Requires majority vote to pass, unless otherwise noted)

ADM-2 – Transfer Rule – The CHSAA Board of Directors is recommending a change in wording in the Transfer Rule to say “when the definition of a hardship has been met” so that it requires the that all conditions of a hardship be met prior to a school submitting one for consideration by the Commissioner. The new wording clarifies the intent of the by-law and emphasizes that a waiver may be submitted only when the criteria has met the definition of a hardship.

ADM-3 – Appeals Procedure – Submitted by the CHSAA Board of Directors, this proposal adds a sentence indicating that PER STATE LAW, arbitration can only take place after all the steps in the CHSAA appeals process have taken place. It is designed to clarify what already is require under state statute.

Administrative Committees

Budget/Property Administration (Final Reading) – The committee has proposed freezing participation fees for 2015-16 school year at the 2014-15 level.

Sportsmanship – The committee has recommended a continuation of the regional sportsmanship summits and is encouraging additional summits. The CHSAA has contracted with Positive Coaches Alliance and access to that program is available for leagues.

Tournament and Playoff Finance – The committee is proposing a raise of $1 in adult ticket prices at the district and regional levels to help offset the costs of running those tournaments for schools.

Sports Committees

Basketball – The committee made adjustments in all classifications to reflect changes in enrollments. The regional format in 2A was changed to reflect a desire by the membership to have boys’ and girls’ teams at the same regional sites. The 3A format was adjusted to reflect the addition of the Confluence League, while the 4A format was changed to from 48 qualifiers to 32. Also, Class 4A will play its Great 8 games at home sites. All changes reflect information gathered from school administrators in a survey last fall.

There is an amendment from the Jefferson County League to maintain the 4A qualifiers at 48 teams due to the large number of schools in the classification.

The Lower Platte League is amending the 2A regional portion of the report to create a regional format that would create three regions (northeast, southeast, western), putting three districts in the NE and SE and giving three state qualifiers to those regionals, while limiting the state qualifiers from the W region to two.

The Southwestern League is amending the 5A portion of the report to create a one-day seeding window for the selection/seeding committees, rather than two days. All other classifications seed over a one-day period, as well.

Football – The Colorado Springs Metro 5A, Continental and Jefferson County leagues have submitted a proposal to change the seeding process for 5A football. The proposal is a collaborative effort of 5A leagues to allow for more flexibility in seeding the 32 teams that qualify for the bracket through Wild Card Points. The bracket will be seeded in quadrants and each quadrant will have eight seeds. Conference champions will be guaranteed of a first round home game by being seeded in the top 16. Additional seeding criteria will include an RPI ranking system developed by RockyPreps. The proposed seeding will provide flexibility in avoiding conference match-ups, yet maintaining appropriate seeding within the quadrants.

The Frontier League has submitted an amendment to the track report that would free up the 12th week of the season for a state qualifying meet. Currently the 12th week is limed to league championship meets.

The Legislative Council will start at 8:30 a.m. with its traditional Speak Out session where members of the public may ask to speak to the Legislative Council on pertinent issues. Speakers are limited to five minutes and may gain access to the podium by contacting CHSAA’s Bethany Brookens (303) 344-5050 by Friday, April 11 at 4:00 p.m.

Help Wanted

March 26, 2014

In growing the site, I need help with the technical aspects of the site. As such, I would like help with the following items:

  • Server management (managed current server and design ideal future server layout, LEMP preferred)
  • Layout design, CSS design (PHP5.4, HTML5, CSS3, Laravel Framework, Bootstrap, jQuery)
  • Code/Site QA (design and implement testing system)
  • AdSense Manager (design, improve and otherwise increase ad sales)
  • ??? Maybe you have an idea or can do something that doesn't fit the above? Shoot me an e-mail and we'll talk.

Payment can be negotiated. I am more interested in providing ad space or otherwise non-monetary compensation for work.

Contact: michael@rockyprep.com