Topic: High School Sports

February 20, 2014

Rainier Beach is a shrinking public high school in an unglamorous and gentrification-squeezed part of Seattle. It has a droput rate around 40% and one of the very best basketball teams in the nation. A dispatch from one of the more unlikely dynasties in high school sports.

January 13, 2014

Coatesville, Pa. was a city with problems even before a massive scandal broke involving racism and corruption in its schools. Football was a big part of that scandal. It will also be a big part of Coatesville's healing process.

December 17, 2013

The trials and tribulations of the girl who would be quarterback, and who is also Helen Hunt, in a well-meaning and very Reagan-era film that's actually better than it sounds. Somewhat.

September 23, 2013

High school sports are, at least in a few parts of the country, a big deal. But what makes them great has more to do with how small and human-scale and warts-and-all beautiful they remain.

June 4, 2013

It's not clear how much competition high school long snapper and USC commit Kyle Smith has in the field of Long Snapping Trick Shot Videos. It is clear, after watching Smith's astounding few minutes of trick-snappery, that those competitors will need to come correct.

April 17, 2013

An occasional feature on Google Alert-aided multi-dimensional time traveling, and the exploits of various people named Noah Davis, all of whom are not the Noah Davis who wrote this.

September 4, 2012

The Tri-City Herald, in Southeastern Washington, put together a strange and magical and entirely unique high school football preview section this year. Not only are newspapers not dead, they're photographing high school football players as if they were Presidential candidates.

June 18, 2012

Football's concussion epidemic is a matter of public record. But recent reports about a surge of concussions in girls' youth soccer suggest another problem brewing. All sports have their element of danger, but how much are parents supposed to accept? And how safe can sports ever really get?

March 26, 2012

In which a Google Alert induces admiration and a decent amount of envy at the athletic and time-traveling prowess of Noah Davis, in a person named Noah Davis.

March 9, 2012

Three years after splitting New York State Player of the Year honors and squaring off in a telling prep hoops duel, Lance Stephenson and Brandon Triche are in different places in their basketball lives—and right where they're supposed to be.