January 8, 2011

Notebook: National championships voted down

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The National Federation of State High School Associations has rejected a proposal that would have allowed it to conduct national championships in golf and cross country.

Though 22 member state associations were in favor and 21 were against it, a two-thirds majority was required.

Executive director Bob Gardner said this week's vote shows that state championships are still the preferred goal in high school sports.

"The NFHS will continue to support the more than 7.6 million student-athletes involved in high school sports whose dream each year is to win a state title in their particular sport," Gardner said.

Since the original declaration by the membership against national championships in 1934, the federation has not supported or sanctioned national competition that leads to a single team champion. In 1979, there was a 38-9 vote against a proposal to conduct national invitational competitions in golf, tennis, and track and field during the summer.

The Indianapolis-based federation has directed development of model national championships in several sports for consideration by its members.

South Carolina: Mysterious gym odor causes sickness

South Carolina health officials say they are uncertain what caused an odor at a high school gym that sent three people to area hospitals.

State health department spokesman Adam Myrick said Saturday that local and state emergency officials are investigating the source of the odor at a Ridgeland (S.C.) High basketball game.

Myrick said one hospital reported treating two patients for skin rashes Friday night and a third hospital had a patient Saturday morning with nausea and vomiting who reported being at the game. A cause of the illnesses has not been determined, but none was considered serious.

Ridgeland Mayor Gary Hodges said Friday night that as many as 300 people were at the game when a heating unit at the three-year-old school turned on and emitted the odor.

New York: Student recovering after shooting at hoops game

A student is recovering after being shot in the back during a mysterious dispute near his high school toward the end of a basketball game just north of New York City.

Mount Vernon officials say the 17-year-old boy suffered a collapsed lung after the Thursday night shooting and was hospitalized. But the mayor's office said in a statement Friday that the student would likely survive.

The mayor's office said the shooting was related to an incident that seemed to involve two groups on opposite sides of the street outside Mount Vernon (N.Y.) High. It occurred near the end of a Mount Vernon-White Plains basketball game.

The statement said there were several witnesses but it's unknown what the dispute was about. Several bullet casings were recovered and police are investigating. There have been no arrests.

North Dakota: School names court after coach

Jamestown (N.D.) High is naming its basketball court after legendary coach Jerry Meyer.

The Jamestown Sun reports that "Jerry Meyer Arena" will be christened before Saturday's game between Jamestown and Williston. Meyer says it's an honor.

The former high school and college coach led the Blue Jays to four state championships, and Jamestown College to its first North Dakota College Athletic Conference Championship and an appearance in the NAIA basketball tournament.

Meyer won numerous awards during his career and is a member of the North Dakota Sports Hall of Fame.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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