Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Girls Are Leaving HS Basketball. Why?


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1. Girls Are Leaving HS Basketball. Why?

by Rachel Bachman, Wall Street Journal

"Two decades ago, girls’ basketball was the queen of high school sports. Nearly half a million players crowded into gyms nationwide, and schools carried packed rosters of varsity, JV and freshman teams. 

But last school year, basketball dropped to the fourth-most-popular girls’ sport by participation, according to the data released this month by the National Federation of State High School Associations. Girls’ basketball has lost 19% of its players since 2002, while the top girls’ sport, track and field, grew 10%, along with volleyball (+15%) and soccer (+27%). 

The fall of girls’ basketball is even more pronounced given the growth in popularity of the women’s game: TV ratings for the NCAA women’s basketball tournament and the WNBA are on the rise."

>> Court Awareness: "Several forces are driving the decline. More athletes are sticking to one sport nearly year-round. Schools have added other sports for girls, which have lured athletes away from basketball. Some girls see basketball as too difficult to play, or even not “girly” enough, coaches say."

>> Reality Check: “A lot of athletes are specializing sooner,” said Brooke Brittain, the girls’ basketball coach and co-athletic coordinator at Mansfield High in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. “If their parents are paying thousands of dollars for them to play [club] volleyball, they don’t want them missing practice to play a basketball game.”

>> Worth Noting: “I think the biggest reason for girls not participating in basketball, and I know this is silly: It’s not a ‘cute’ sport,” said Shelby Gliebe, head coach at New Albany (Ind.) High, mentioning the skirts worn in tennis and the spandex shorts worn in volleyball and running."

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2.   MSJ Football Teammates Share Bond Beyond The Game

Mount St. Joseph University football teammates share a bond beyond the game
by Mike Dyer, WCPO

"Cornell Beachem Jr. smiles when asked how his Mount St. Joseph University football teammates describe him on the football field.

"Famous or the 'GOAT' but I claim Josh as the 'GOAT,' the MSJ senior running back/wide receiver said.

Josh is MSJ junior quarterback Josh Taylor, who co-stars with Beachem on the high-powered Lions' offense. Their statistics speak for themselves.

Beachem and Taylor enjoy playing the 'Madden' video game and like to joke about who earned the better result. But, their bond goes beyond football."

>> Field Awareness: "Beachem's father, Cornell Beachem Sr., died in January, just two months before he won a NCAA Division III wrestling title. Taylor's father, James Taylor, died in August 2020."

>> Reality Check: "Losing your dad is one of the hardest things in the whole entire world," Taylor said. "And just having somebody to talk to even before the game - we can feel it. That's what talked about before the first game. We can feel their presence there."

>> What They're Saying: "They're also a beacon for guys who do go through things and how to handle it and ultimately guys that they can talk to as well," MSJ coach Tyler Hopperton said.

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3.   Captains, Maroons Atop Rankings

Defending women's champion Christopher Newport remains atop the United Soccer Coaches latest women's rankings, while Chicago assumes the No. 1 position in the men's poll.


  1. Chicago, 7-0
  2. Messiah, 5-0-1
  3. Stevens, 6-0-1 (tie)
  4. Kenyon, 5-0 (tie)
  5. North Park, 6-0
  6. Johns Hopkins, 5-0-2
  7. Gustavus Adolphus, 5-0-2
  8. Carnegie Mellon, 6-0
  9. Wesleyan, 5-0
  10. Calvin, 5-0-2
11-15: Bowdoin, Willamette, Cortland, Babson, Washington and Lee
16-20: Denison, Loras, Oneonta, Hamilton, Saint Thomas
21-25: Montclair State, Christopher Newport, Gettysburg, Clarkson, Pacific Luitheran

>> Complete Poll

  1. Christopher Newport, 6-0-1
  2. Misericordia, 6-0
  3. Messiah, 5-0-1
  4. Johns Hopkins, 4-0-2
  5. William Smith, 3-1-1
  6. Wartburg, 7-0
  7. Tufts, 4-1
  8. Carnegie Mellon, 4-1-1
  9. Trinity (Texas), 5-0-1
  10. Babson, 6-0
11-15: Amherst, Montclair State, Calvin, Mary Hardin-Baylor, Case Western
16-20: TCNJ, Middlebury, MIT, Chicago, UW-La Crosse
21-25: North Central (Ill.), Centre, F&M, Rochester, Virginia Wesleyan

>> Complete Poll

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    4.   CMS Still The One

    Claremont-M-S remains on top as the latest AVCA women's volleyball rankings were released Tuesday.

    1. Claremont-M-S (90), 10-0
    2. Trinity (Texas), 8-2
    3. Northwestern (Minn.), 11-0
    4. Juniata, 8-1
    5. Calvin, 8-2
    6. Washington (Mo.), 12-0
    7. Emory, 7-3
    8. Wittenberg, 9-2
    9. NYU, 8-2
    10. Berry, 7-2
    11-15: Otterbein,UW-Stevens Point, UW-Eau Claire, Gustavus Adolphus, UW-Whitewater
    16-20: Wesleyan (Conn.), Hope, Albion, MIT, Colorado College
    21-25: Augsburg, Babson, Birmingham Southern, Tufts, Johns Hopkins

    >> Complete Poll

      5.   NESCAC Claims Three of Top Five Slots

      Defending national champion Middlebury remains the No. 1 team in the land according to this week's NFHCA coaches' poll. The Panthers are joined by Tufts and Trinity, representing the NESCAC in the top five.

      1. Middlebury, 5-0
      2. Rowan, 6-0
      3. Tufts, 5-0
      4. Salisbury, 6-0
      5. Trinity, 5-0
      6. Johns Hopkins, 3-3
      7. Babson,4-2
      8. Kean, 4-1
      9. Williams, 3-2
      10. Messiah, 4-2
      11-15: Bates, Amherst, Bowdoin, MIT, Washington and Lee
      16-20: TCNJ, York, Lynchburg, Cortland, Ursinus

      >> Welcome: York, Lynchburg
      >> See Ya: Christopher Newport, Vassar

      >> Complete Poll

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