Before I head out to the state volleyball tournament over in Kennewick, I wanted to pass along a couple football stories in the news.
The Hoover football program in Alabama, the one featured in a recent MTV television series Two-A-Days, is in deep trouble.
A 68-page report by a retired federal judge revealed that the traditional powerhouse has many “academic and athletic improprieties.”
Grade fixing. Spying. Intentionally playing ineligible players. You name it.
In the fallout, the principal was fired and the athletic director stepped down. Hoover, who had won five of the last seven Class 6A titles in Alabama, will forfeit all the games in which Tristan Purifoy played in and pay a $2,000 fine.
Over in California, Franklin High of Stockton can’t play another football game until 2009 after illegally recruiting players from American Samoa.
What are your thoughts on these stories and this sort of corruption, which seems all-too-common in the prep sports?
Morning stars: girls soccer edition
1. Alicia Patten and Hannah Modin, Holy Names — Each had a goal and an assist in a 4-0 win over Capital in the first round of the Class 3A playoffs. The Metro teams are now 3-0 in state, but all are on the bottom half of the bracket.
2. Annie Sittauer, Everett — The sophomore’s only hat trick on the season came at an opportune time, leading the Seagulls 6-0 win over Mount Rainier in the first round of the Class 3A playoffs.
4. Hillary Zevenbergen, King’s — The leading scorer leads the way with a goal and an assist in a 2-1 win over Overlake in the first round of the Class 1A/B playoffs.
Tonight’s top games
1. The first round of the Class 1B and 2A volleyball tournaments start today. Enjoy!