A Spin Around the Preps Landscape
Some links to sports stories of interest:
Fairfax principals accused: Former Fairfax County football coaches Dan Meier and Tom Meier, now school administrators in the county, have been named in what the Washington Examiner calls possibly the largest mortage fraud case in North Carolina history.
Dan Meier coached West Potomac to state titles in 1989 and 1990 and led Chantilly to the crown in 1996. His teams went 47-12 at Chantilly and 68-16 at West Potomac.
Tom Meier’s Herndon teams posted only two losing seasons in his 17 years as coach. His teams went 105-69 and reached the playoffs five times.
Blind ambition: A blind football manager for an Ohio team scores a touchdown. “It was a great, magnificent dream come true,” Brown told MaxPreps. “A lot of people who can see don’t get to experience that.”
Headaches and heartaches: Male athletes are not the only ones who sustain concussions. Here's a girls' basketball player from New Jersey who has sustained 11 of them and can no longer perform certain routine tasks. "There’s no cast," she says, "so [others] don’t know how hard it is."
The power of sports: Sixty-five years ago, during World War II, a team made up of children of Japanese American internees who lived behind barbed wire in a heavily guarded compound played a football game against a traditional school.
Howdy, partner: Two rural Nebraska high schools have merged sports programs so they can continue to play eight-man football. Their combined districts are larger than the state of Rhode Island but between them the schools graduated only 22 students last year. "By keeping your school, you're keeping your town," one teacher said.
Naked bootleg: A high school in Minnesota has a streaking problem at its games, with students and police clashing. "Sometimes the fans are cheering more for the streakers than they are for us," a senior offensive lineman said. "I really don't like it."
October 19, 2009; 2:38 PM ET
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