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A little linkin' (9-24)

by joanna

I haven’t done this in a bit, so here’s some links about high school sports.

How about this one to get you started.

More and more kids are playing high school sports.

According to the National Federation of State High School Associations, for the 20th straight year, participation numbers have increased.

The sport with the biggest increase in participation from 2007-08 was swimming and diving, which saw a bump of 11.6 percent (289,060 overall). This might have been affected by Michael Phelps and the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. Lacrosse continued its ascent among teenagers, as high school participation increased 6.7 percent over the previous year.

Meanwhile, there was a decrease in the number of students playing boys’ basketball (1.4 percent), girls’ basketball (1.3 percent) and soccer (0.2 percent). Not surprisingly, football was the most popular sport, with 1,112,303 participants nationwide, nearly twice as many as the next most popular, track and field (558,007). Track and field supplanted basketball as the most popular girls’ sport.