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Enough is Enough: Bad Behavior by Coaches, Parents and Fans Must Stop

By DR. KARISSA NIEHOFF, Chief Executive Officer of the National Federation of State High School Associations

and BILL FAFLICK, Executive Director of the Kansas State High School Activities Association

There’s an unfortunate trend continuing in Kansas and across the nation that must be stopped: the bad behavior of coaches, parents and fans at high school athletic events.

We’ve all seen it: the yelling, harassing, berating, disrespecting and even physically assaulting high school referees, umpires and other officials during and after games. And oftentimes, the harassment continues on social media. Perhaps you’ve witnessed it firsthand or even been one of those offenders yourself.

Not only is this behavior unacceptable and embarrassing, but it’s also having serious consequences on the future of high school sports.

That’s because another unfortunate trend is sweeping the nation: a critical shortage of high school officials in every state. The #1 reason? You guessed it: Coaches, parents and fans mistreating officials.

National surveys of officials report alarming statistics:

55% of officials say verbal abuse from coaches, parents and fans is the No. 1 reason they quit.

59% don't feel respected.

57% think sportsmanship is getting worse.

84% feel officials are treated unfairly by spectators.

46% have felt unsafe or feared for their safety due to spectator, coach, adminnistrator or player behavior.

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Kincade, Zulueta the Dan Key Farmers Insurance Agency Rising Stars of the Week

Rick Peterson, Top Sports News Writer

By RICK PETERSON                                                                                                           

TopSports.news

Topeka High junior football player Isaiah Kincade and Hayden sophomore tennis standout Ainzley Zulueta have been named the Dan Key Farmers Insurance Agency Rising Stars of the Week for last week.

The Dan Key Agency will recognize top Shawnee County underclassmen throughout the 2022-2023 school year.

Here’s a brief look at the accomplishments of Kincade and Zulueta last week:

Topeka High junior Isaiah Kincade rushed for 104 yards and a touchdown and caught eight passes for 84 yardss as the Trojans picked up their first win last Friday, a 34-21 Centennial League win over Emporia. [Photo by Rex Wolf/TSN]Topeka High junior Isaiah Kincade rushed for 104 yards and a touchdown and caught eight passes for 84 yards as the Trojans picked up their first win last Friday, a 34-21 Centennial League Homecoming victory over Emporia. [Photo by Rex Wolf/TSN]

ISAIAH KINCADE, Topeka High

Kincade, a 6-foot, 190-pound junior, helped lead Topeka High to a 34-21 Centennial League win over Emporia last Friday at Hummer Sports Park, the 1-3 Trojans' first win of the season.

Kincade carried the ball 15 times for 104 yards, including a victory-clinching 61-yard touchdown run, and he caught eight passes for 84 yards. 

AinzleyZuluetaHayden sophomore state tennis champion Ainzley Zulueta won her second straight city singles title last Friday, helping lead the Wildcats to the city team championship by a 26-25 margin over Seaman. [Photo by Rex Wolf/TSN]

AINZLEY ZULUETA, Hayden

Zulueta, the defending Class 4A state singles champion, won her second straight city singles title last Thursday at Kossover Tennis Center, improving to 19-1 on the season and leading the Wildcats to the city team championship by a 26-25 margin over Seaman.

Zulueta took a 6-4, 6-3 victory in the championship match over Seaman senior Lauren Sweeney, a 2021 5A state champion in doubles.