The state of high school sports

Updated: May 29, 2009, 2:29 PM ET
By Chris Lawlor | ESPNRISE.com

In today's hard times, high school sports are a welcome diversion. For parents, there is nothing so pure and simple as watching sons and daughters on the playing field, competing in games far removed from the maddening issues in today's pro sports.

Yet even high school sports have not been spared in this tough economy. Bob Kanaby, the executive director of the National Federation of State High School Associations, is painfully aware each day as he watches the same scene played out ...

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