A Florida high school basketball player has been suspended from school and won't be allowed to play again after slamming a referee to the court during a game.
For Jake Shinkle, the best part of being a referee is being in the middle of the action and not watching from the sidelines thinking about how a ref missed a call.
ESPNRISE.com scours the Fan Profiles to feature the best blogs and video from high school students across the country.
"Big Jake" Bethany was an imposing presence on the court -- as a player, coach and, later, referee. His collapse during halftime of a game he was working stunned his Texas community.
Being a player is not the only way to be on the pitch. Natalia de Cuba Romero finds a student ref who is making the call -- and making money.
Michelle Campbell was told she couldn't referee a high school boys basketball game because of her gender, and now the school that removed her from the court is facing questions, writes ESPN.com's Elizabeth Merrill.