Two USC athletic department employees a high-ranking administrator and a legendary head coach were fired Tuesday after being indicted in federal court in Massachusetts for their alleged roles in a racketeering conspiracy that helped students get into elite colleges and universities by falsely designating them as recruited athletes.Senior associate athletic director Donna Heinel and mens and womens water polo coach Jovan Vavic were fired after allegedly receiving bribes totaling more than $1.3 million and $250,000, respectively, to help parents take advantage of the relaxed admissions standards for athletes at USC even though their children were not legitimately being recruited as athletes.Former USC womens soccer coach Ali Khosroshahin, who was fired in 2013, and his former assistant coach, Laura Janke, who left the school in 2014, were also named in the indictment for allegedly fabricating athlete profiles for the prospective students.,Khosroshahin and Janke allegedly received payments totaling nearly $350,000 sent to their private soccer club.Federal prosecutors on Tuesday indicted dozens of people including UCLA mens soccer coach Jorge Salcedo and actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin in connection with an elaborate scheme aimed at getting students into elite colleges.The scheme centered around the owner of a for-profit Newport Beach college admissions company that wealthy parents allegedly paid to help their children cheat on college entrance exams and falsify athletic records of students to enable them to secure admission to elite schools for which they otherwise might not qualify, according to court records.We are aware of the ongoing wide-ranging criminal investigation involving universities nationwide, including USC, the university said in a statement.,Donna Heinel and Jovan Vavic have been terminated and the university will take additional employment actions as appropriate.USC is in the process of identifying any funds received by the university in connection with this alleged scheme.,Additionally, the university is reviewing its admissions processes broadly to ensure that such actions do not occur going forward.The other athletic departments named in the alleged racketeering conspiracy are Yale, Georgetown, Wake Forest, Stanford, Texas and the University of San Diego.,The indictment states that, by accepting bribes to falsely designate students as recruited athletes, the coaches and administrators were in the violation of the duty of honest services owed to their employers, thereby facilitating the childrens admissions to the universities.Heinel was USC athletics chief administrative officer and senior woman administrator.Vavic led the Trojans water polo teams to a combined 16 national championships and is a 15-time national coach of the year.Vavic was arrested without incident in Hawaii.

GOSHEN — Timothy Hostetler has been named to the inaugural National Football Foundation national high school scholar-athlete class.,The 2018 Fairfield High School graduate is one of 69 honorees from around the county and one of only three from Indiana.,“I was pretty diverse in high school and that seemed to help,” Hostetler said.,“We hope this new honor will become one of the most prestigious local awards that a high school players can receive, and it really brings into focus the phenomenal work that our chapters do in identifying the most outstanding young leaders in their communities.”,The NFF has 120 chapters and more than 12,000 members and impacts 500,000 students-athletes at 5,000 high schools in 47 states each year.

Over the past 10 days, the Barnesville and Steubenville high school mat teams have combined to help a Steubenville youth that has been stricken with the toughest opponent of all — cancer.,“We found out about it while we were in Steubenville for the (Ohio Athletic Committee) Junior High School Districts,” Barnesville wrestling coach Jayson Stephen explained.,The annual Buckeye 8 Tournament will be held Saturday inside ‘The Hangar’ on the campus of Union Local High School.,Division III schools are split between Barnesville High School and Sandy Valley High School in Magnolia, while Division II schools head to Claymont High School in Uhrichsville and Steubenville High’s Crimson Center.,The 82nd annual Ohio state tournament will be staged March 7-8-9 inside the Jerome Schottenstein Center on the campus of Ohio State University.

At the risk of being one of those “back-in-my-day,” trouser-hiking curmudgeons, the sports landscape I left as a high schooler and the one that exists today are as different as the hype surrounding super game I and super game LIII . . . see?,Certainly some of the programs at area high schools are solid and a few even very strong, dare I say, perennial playoff contenders.,And before we get any further along, this is in no way a knock on the coaches or athletes at any of the four Fairfield high schools.,In comparison to the – I’m going to guess somewhere upwards of hundreds – of businesses supporting local youth leagues and high schools decades ago, teams today have to scrape together what little funding they can to keep their teams afloat.,The change is that high school teams are the parent club, anchored in a community like a pro team and supported by youth teams like minor leagues.

A judge has placed more restrictions on a Newport Beach doctor who is accused of sending sexually motivated messages to local cheerleaders, after he allegedly flew to Florida and made more inappropriate contact with cheerleaders.,The Orange County District Attorney's office said Haller posed as a middle school-aged girl to friend 14-year-old cheerleaders at Newport Harbor High School on social media in 2017.,Prosecutors said before his arrest last year, Haller volunteered for the cheerleading team at the University of California, Irvine and for sports teams at Newport Harbor High School.,Haller's trip to the Florida cheer competition unnerved some of the parents and the coach from the cheerleaders in Newport Beach.,The judge at Thursday's hearing ordered Haller to post a $50,000 in order to leave the courtroom and ordered him to stay away from youth and collegiate cheer competitions, team practices, dance events and collegiate or athletic events at UC Irvine, Cal State Fullerton and Cal State Long Beach.

College notes Slippery Rock University The following students from Lancaster made the fall semester dean's list.,Elizabeth Hines, Emily Johnson and Camala Shumaker Coastal Carolina University Alyssa Laubenthal of Lancaster, made the dean's list for the fall semester.,Marietta College Lancaster residents recently made the dean's high honor list.,Millersport: Emily Burke Baltimore: Hope Cardamone and Kelly Mix Lancaster: Makaylah Downour and Dayle Hedges Carroll: John Haemmerle Trine University Allison McCrady of Lancaster, made the president's list for the fall semester.,Mount Vernon Nazarene University Cassie Whaley of Stoutsville, made the fall semester dean's list.

On Friday, students at Willard Elementary School in Berlin were captivated during his speech.,In high school, Stevens became a star football player in Arizona.,“I’ve never felt disabled and I want you guys to understand that you can do anything in life if you put your mind to it,” Stevens told the students.,Stevens turns 53-years-old on Saturday, he's the father of three boys, lives in Manchester, helps young people with disabilities in sports, and is a reporter for the Disability Channel.,The lessons that Stevens spoke about don't stop at the elementary school.

He wants them to get paid more and be treated better.But Merwinn, whose big brown eyes peek out from behind an overgrown bowl haircut, is concerned about what will happen to him and his mother if about 31,000 United Teachers Los Angeles union members go on strike.Across the vast Los Angeles Unified School District, which encompasses some 900 schools and 500,000 students, families are beginning to consider all the ways that a teacher walkout would affect their daily lives.,Teachers serve not only as educators but as guidance counselors, mentors and confidants for students going through a crisis or learning to break out of their shells.With extra-curricular activities at school canceled Monday, Merwinn Rojas, 11, sits idle at home, in Los Angeles.The growing likelihood of a strike has parents like Merwinns mother, Angelica Valdovinos, 33, worrying whether their kids could regress academically and socially, and whether theyd be safe at school without the adults theyve learned to respect and depend upon.Apart from robotics, Merwinn gets after-school tutoring and takes Saturday morning classes through a college-prep program at USC, just a few blocks east of Foshay.,The district is preparing to bring in highly paid substitutes, move students into large spaces such as auditoriums, where they can be more efficiently supervised, and ease background checks for parent volunteers.District officials have said all schools would remain open during a strike and that students would be fed and able to attend some after-school programs, though not all extracurricular activities and sports would continue.,Because she gets home from work at 5 a.m., that would mean sleeping just a couple of hours before waking up Merwinn in time for the 7:50 a.m. start.My son is my priority, she said.Jasper Anderson, 15, at baseball practice at Crenshaw High School in Los Angeles, Calif., on Jan. 8, 2019.,They should unite and go as allies to push the county so the county will push the governor to send funds to Los Angeles.At nearby Crenshaw High School, Isreal Lee picked up her son Jasper Anderson after heavy rains forced his coach to cancel what could be one of his teams final baseball practices before the strike.

Waterford — Frank and Sheila Beneski are the first family of high school basketball in Connecticut, the husband-wife duo who sees hundreds of games every season and whose presence fortified the big-game feel last weekend at the Francis X. Sweeney Fieldhouse.,As in: There are an appreciable number of kids throughout the state that decided to forgo the remainder of high school careers to attend a prep school somewhere.,Sad that those kids and their families can't experience what the folks inside the "X" did Saturday: high school sports the way they were intended to be played and portrayed.,I get that kids attend prep school — and forgo high school — for reasons beyond sports.,And the idea that it dupes parents and robs kids of the high school sports experience?

Waterford — Frank and Sheila Beneski are the first family of high school basketball in Connecticut, the husband-wife duo who sees hundreds of games every season and whose presence fortified the big-game feel last weekend at the Francis X. Sweeney Fieldhouse.,As in: There are an appreciable number of kids throughout the state that decided to forgo the remainder of high school careers to attend a prep school somewhere.,Sad that those kids and their families can't experience what the folks inside the "X" did Saturday: high school sports the way they were intended to be played and portrayed.,I get that kids attend prep school — and forgo high school — for reasons beyond sports.,And the idea that it dupes parents and robs kids of the high school sports experience?