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Jaquan Sanders named 2020-21 HIGHSCORE New York High School Basketball Player of the Year - HIGHSCORE
Jaquan Sanders named 2020-21 MaxPreps New York High School Basketball Player of the Year
Each year since 2006, MaxPreps has recognized outstanding performers in high school basketball. America's source for high school sports continues the tradition to close out the 2020-21 season by naming the top player in each state. Selections are based on team success and individual excellence, in addition to local and state accolades.

Jaquan Sanders of Our Saviour Lutheran (Bronx) is the 2020-21 MaxPreps New York High School Basketball Player of the Year. The 6-foot-3 junior guard helped the Falcons go 21-11 en route to the Grind Session tournament quarterfinals.

Sanders averaged 19 points, seven assists, four rebounds and two steals per contest while shooting 39 percent from 3-point range and 44 percent from the field overall.

Regarded as a three-star prospect according to 247Sports, Sanders hold offers from Bryant, Connecticut, Creighton, Hofstra, Illinois, Manhattan, Massachusetts, Seton Hall, St. John's and Xavier.

Each state's MaxPreps Player of the Year will be considered for inclusion in the MaxPreps All-America Team, which is scheduled to be released April 13.
Jaquan Sanders in action during a Grind Session game in February.
Photo by Mark Jones
Jaquan Sanders in action during a Grind Session game in February.
California high school football: HIGHSCORE Top 25 Southern Section preseason rankings - HIGHSCORE
California high school football: MaxPreps Top 25 Southern Section preseason rankings
It's undeniable. Everyone around California knows the big dog on the farm is the Southern Section, especially when it comes to high school football.

With 581 schools, the Southern Section is more than three times the size of the next largest of the 10 sections, the Sac-Joaquin Section with 174. Only eight states boast more schools.

But well beyond numbers, the Southern Section demonstrates yearly its quality in athletics, including football. Especially at the top. St. John Bosco is the defending MaxPreps National Champion with Mater Dei ranking No. 2 in 2019.

Those two programs have hovered around the nation's top for the past half-decade and have separated from the talent-rich Southern California pack. The two schools seem to produce approximately 10 FBS prospects per class.

Lately, it's been a case of which school is No. 3 in the section. For more than a decade, public school power Centennial (Corona) has battled for one of the top three spots, however in an abbreviated 2021, a new team has emerged as the No. 3 contender.

With so many athletes opting out of the two-month, five-to-six game season, picking a Top 25 is clearly unclear. No playoffs in section, regionals or state will be played. But here's our best shot.
DJ Harvey, Sierra Canyon
File photo by Larry Gasinski
DJ Harvey, Sierra Canyon
MaxPreps Top 25 Southern Section football rankings

1. Mater Dei (Santa Ana), 12-1 (2019 record)
Ranked No. 1 or 2 nationally the last three seasons, these Monarchs would have very likely made it season No. 4. And with all the highly ranked sophomore and juniors, 2021 and 2022 look more than promising as well. Ten Monarchs made Zack Poff's preseason All-State squad, including the top-rated running back, junior Raleek Brown, and linebacker, Raesjon Davis.

2. St. John Bosco (Bellflower), 13-1
There's no more DJ Uiagalelei, but his 6-5, 263-pound sophomore brother Matayo Uiagalelei is even bigger and plays tight end. The defending national champs and Mater Dei could be 1A and 1B every season it seems. Preposterous collection of FBS talent, including the state's top-ranked offensive (Earnest Greene) and defensive (Nathan Burrell) linemen.

3. Servite (Anaheim), 7-4

When you have the top ranked quarterback (Noah Fifita), wide receiver (Tetairoa McMillan) and tight end (Keyan Burnett) in the state, chances are you'll have a strong squad.

It's difficult for public schools to keep up with the privates, especially during a pandemic, but Centennial has with big rosters and one of the best coaches in the state, Matt Logan. They'll be without the nation's No. 1 recruit Korey Foreman, who opted out, but the Huskies should continue their 55-game win streak in league.

The Trailblazers have loads of talent, led by Virginia Tech-bound DJ Harvey, a superior all-around athlete, and four-star safety Kamari Ramsey.

The Diablos will be without Peter Costelli under center after he opted out of the spring season, but they return a lot of talent led by California-bound receiver Mavin Anderson and Oregon State-bound linebacker Easton Mascarenas.

Texas-bound quarterback Maalik Murphy takes over as the full time starter for Serra and the five-star recruit checks in as the fourth-rated pro style quarterback in the Class of 2022.

Defense is the strong point of these Warriors, with linebacker Niuafe Tuihalamaka, cornerback Ephesians Prysock and safety RJ Jones, all 4-star recruits.

USC-bound cornerback Ceyair Wright is one of the top at his position in the country. The Cubs have much more than Wright.

Back-to-back seasons of 9-2 and coach Steve Hagerty definitely feels like team is moving in the right direction.

11. San Clemente, 0-12
The Tritons went 10-2 on the field and reached the Division 2 semifinals, but had to forfeit all 10 wins for using an ineligible player. Leading rusher James Bohls (6-3, 210) and tackler Cole Batson (6-4, 190) return from last season.

12. Grace Brethren (Simi Valley), 12-2
Mikey Zele (1,998 yards passing, 18 touchdowns, 4 interceptions, 531 yards rushing) is back at quarterback but will be without top rusher Julien Stokes (1,365 yards, 18 touchdowns) who opted out of the spring season and recently committed to Penn.
 

Semaj Freeman and Derek Boyd  combined to runs for almost 1,000 yards and 13 touchdowns and should be workhorses in 2021. Leading receiver Kaylin Moore (35 catches, 408 yards) also is back. The state's top-rated punter Brenden Segovia was selected to the 2021 All-American Bowl.

Junior quarterback Shea Kuykendall appears ready to take over the reigns. A pair of talented receivers in Keyonta Lanier and Kyren Racheal should be at the other end of those passes.

15. Los Alamitos, 4-7
With the state's third rated quarterback, sophomore Malachi Nelson, running the show, the program is in good shape. Another sophomore, Makai Lemon, is ranked the eighth-best sophomore in the state overall after hauling in 800 yards of passes and adding four interceptions as a freshman.

Former Narbonne (Harbor City) head coach Manuel Douglas starts first season and with Arizona State-bound Larry Turner-Gooden as a centerpiece, he's in good shape. Defensive lineman and UNLV signeee Nick Dimitris (6-4, 245) also transferred in.

A very young and promising squad brings back junior quarterback Logan Gonzalez. Another junior Malik Blackmon was the team's top receiver. Senior Ashton Logan is one of the best punters in the nation. He has scholarship to Colorado. 

California-bound defensive end Derek Wilkins will lead the way for a very talented defense.

One of the nation's top offensive lineman Mason Murphy (USC signee) anchors the team and sophomore quarterback Jaxon Potter is a name to keep tabs on from the Class of 2023.

With home grown kids, CDM brings in a new crop of kids who largely backed up a stellar senior group. Some of the key returners, however, are running back Jason Vicencio and top defenders Michael Wein and Kevin Ledezma.

21. Oxnard, 10-2
Quarterback Jaden Jones builds off a tremendous junior season when he threw for almost 2,000 yards, 22 touchdowns and just two interceptions. He also rushed for six touchdowns.  The team's two two tacklers Anthony Lopez (110) and Tytus Hutchison (91) also return.

Coach Dean Herrington hopes to get back to 2016 and 2017 when the Spirits won a combined 25 games and won a state crown in 2016.

Quarterback Brandon Rose completed almost 70 percent of his passes for 3,087 yards and 30 touchdowns and just four interceptions last season as a sophomore. DJ Watts had 656 yards rushing and seven scores last year as well and Kaden Damico led the team in tackles with 102. Sophomore wide receiver Tiger Bachmeier has already landed offers from Arizona State, Boise State and Pittsburgh.

Hudson Jones had a monster junior season with 207 completions in 291 attempts for 2,599 yards and 33 touchdowns with just five interceptions. Few other skill players return but receiver Cole Monach showed lots of promise in 2019. Billy Hester (84) is the most active returning tackler.

Starting quarterback Zachary Siskowic transferred to Crespi, but back is leading receiver Mason Cotton.

MaxPreps national football editor Zack Poff contributed to this report.
Brandon Rose, Murrieta Valley
File photo by Louis Lopez
Brandon Rose, Murrieta Valley
 
HIGHSCORE/AVCA Player of the Week - HIGHSCORE
MaxPreps/AVCA Player of the Week
MaxPreps/AVCA High School Player of the Week
For the week of Jan. 18-24

North Carolina
OH | Senior | 5-foot-8
5 Sets Played

Kills: 15
Kills/Game: 3
Digs: 9
Digs/Game: 1.8
Receptions: 15
Rcpt/Game: 3
Aces: 4
Blocks: 4

About the MaxPreps/AVCA High School Player of the Week Program:
The MaxPreps/AVCA High School Player of the Week Program is a partnership between the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) and CBS MaxPreps, Inc. Each week MaxPreps and the AVCA recognize deserving student-athletes at the high school level who have demonstrated outstanding play on the court throughout the week of competition. Coaches must submit statistics to MaxPreps in order for their athletes to be considered for the program. To obtain your free access code to MaxPreps.com call (800) 329-7324 x1 or email [email protected] For more information on the AVCA, check out the AVCA website at www.avca.org
Todd Dodge of Austin Westlake named HIGHSCORE National High School Football Coach of the Year - HIGHSCORE
Todd Dodge of Austin Westlake named MaxPreps National High School Football Coach of the Year
Todd Dodge is doing at Westlake (Austin, Texas) what he did from 2000-2006 at Southlake Carroll – turning a program into a dynasty. The architect of six Texas high school football championships, Dodge led the Chaparrals to their second consecutive state title in 2020, a 6A Division 1 crown one season after winning the 6A Division 2 bracket.

Dodge is the 2020 MaxPreps National High School Football Coach of the Year after leading the Chaps to an undefeated season and banner in the nation's toughest postseason tournament.

Prior to Dodge's 2014 hire, Westlake's only title came in 1996 with Drew Brees under center. In his sixth season at the Austin school, the Chaps went 15-1 and won the 6A Division 2 title before adding a 14-0 year in 2020 and No. 3 ranking in the final MaxPreps Top 25.

In this year's semifinals, Dodge guided Westlake to a 24-21 win over two-time defending 6A Division 1 champ North Shore. (Houston). The championship game provided another fascinating storyline as he faced his son Riley, who is now the head coach at Southlake Carroll.

Father taught son a lesson in that contest as Westlake rolled to a 52-34 victory.

Since taking over as at Westlake, Dodge's teams are 88-11 and the Chaparrals will ride a 24-game win streak into the 2021 season. Dodge is 218-72 overall, having won six state championships (2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2019 and 2020) with a playoff mark of 66-7.

Eric Kjar of Corner Canyon (Draper, Utah), Adam Carter of Grayson (Loganville, Ga.), Bobby Acosta of IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) and newly-retired Bob Beatty of Trinity (Louisville, Ky.) were among the other names considered for COY honors.

Past MaxPreps Coaches of the Year
2008 — Mike Alberghini, Grant (Sacramento, Calif.)
2009 — Mike Newsome, Butler (Matthews, N.C.)
2010 — Tony Heath, Pearland (Texas)
2011 — Hal Wasson, Southlake Carroll (Southlake, Texas)
2012 — Bob Ladouceur, De La Salle (Concord, Calif.)
2013 — Jason Negro, St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.)
2014 — Tom Westerberg, Allen (Texas)
2015 — Gary Joseph, Katy (Texas)
2016 — Kenny Sanchez, Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas)
2017 — Bruce Rollinson, Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.)
2018 — Jon Kay, North Shore (Houston, Texas)
2019 — Jason Negro, St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.)
Graphic by Ryan Escobar






10 high school football stadiums named after NFL players as seen via Google Earth - HIGHSCORE
10 high school football stadiums named after NFL players as seen via Google Earth
Video: Stadiums named after NFL players
See the view from above via Google Earth.

Athens (The Plains, Ohio) didn't waste any time in honoring its greatest athlete. It named the school's football stadium after Joe Burrow before he even took a professional snap from center.

According to Sports Illustrated, the Athens School District decided to rename the stadium after Burrow's heartfelt Heisman Trophy acceptance speech in which he named the school district.

Burrow's star continued to rise following the renaming as he led LSU to the national championship in January and was selected No. 1 in the NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals in April.

Joe Burrow Stadium is one of 10 stadiums and football fields featured in our Google Earth series, which takes a new view of gridirons named after NFL players. See the full list below.

Joe Burrow Stadium: The stadium is where Burrow threw for 11,416 yards in a career in which he earned all-state honors.
Tony Romo Field: The latest field to be renamed at Burlington (Wis.), Tony Romo Field is located at Don Dalton Stadium. Dalton was Romo's coach at Burlington during the 1996 and 1997 seasons.
Joe Montana Stadium: Before leading the San Francisco 49ers to four Super Bowl championships, Montana was an all-state quarterback at Ringgold (Monongahela, Pa.).
John Elway Stadium: Elway was an All-American during his final two seasons at Granada Hills Charter (Granada Hills, Calif.) after transferring from Washington. The stadium seats 4,000 people and is located in the San Fernando Valley.
Emmitt Smith Field: The NFL's all-time leading rusher got his start at Escambia (Pensacola, Fla.), where he rushed for 8,804 yards and was named All-American.
Ronnie Lott Stadium: A native of New Mexico, Lott moved to Rialto, Calif., at a young age and attended Eisenhower. The school renamed the stadium in honor of the Hall of Famer safety in 2009.
Walter Payton Field: While Walter Payton College Prep High School can be found in Chicago, where he played his entire NFL career, Walter Payton Field is found at his high school alma mater in Columbia (Miss.).
Tony Dorsett Stadium: The all-time leading rusher in NCAA history by the time he finished his college career at Pitt, Dorsett began his career at Hopewell (Aliquippa, Pa.), where he was one of the top recruits in the country in 1973.
Brian Piccolo Memorial Stadium: While many NFL players have come from St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), the stadium is named after a former Raider who was the subject of Emmy-winning movie "Brian's Song." Piccolo played for the Chicago Bears and died from cancer in 1970. Actor James Caan played the role of Piccolo in the 1971 TV movie.
Brady Family Stadium: The stadium at Serra (San Mateo, Calif.) is named not just for NFL quarterback Tom Brady, but for his family, as Brady requested. The stadium was renamed for the Brady family in 2012.