Following up: The previous blog
mentioned that Arizona was the latest state in which the governing body for high schools had embraced esports. The blog also mentioned SUNY Canton's esports team, which competes in the National Association of Collegiate Esport.
Well, Newsday reported late last week that eight Long Island schools -- Bay Shore, Jericho, Journey Prep, Locust Valley, North Shore, Sachem North, Sayville and St. Anthony's -- are members of the national High School Esports League.
A little digging turned up approximately two dozen other schools scattered across the state that are affiliated with the HSEL.
Participation survey: Participation in high school sports increased for the 29th consecutive year in 2017-18, according to the annual survey conducted by the National Federation of State High School Associations.
The number of participants last school year reached an all-time record of 7,979,986. The growth was led by the number of girls participating reaching a record 3,415,306 athletes. Boys participation also set a record at 4,564,680.
With 1,035,942 participants, 11-man football remains the No. 1 boys sport, easily outpacing outdoor track and field (600,097) and basketball (551,373).
Among girls, outdoor track (488,592), volleyball (446,583) and basketball (412,407) held down the top spots.
New York remains third behind Texas (824,619) and California (819,625) in the number of athletes participating.
Transactions: Michael Kelly, who's written quite a few features and enterprise pieces on high school sports there, has taken over as sports editor as The Daily Gazette in Schenectady. He replaces Mark McGuire, who has taken a job outside the industry.