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High school football: Servite drops to No. 5, looks to rebound in HIGHSCORE Top 25 California rankings - HIGHSCORE
High school football: Servite drops to No. 5, looks to rebound in MaxPreps Top 25 California rankings
Maybe it's not fair to drop two spots after a competitive game with the defending national champions. But the Friars of Servite have a big chance to show they didn't deserve to drop at all.

Servite fell from third to fifth in the latest MaxPreps Top 25 California high school football rankings, after dropping a back-and-forth 38-28 game last week at No. 2 St. John Bosco. The Friars have no time to dwell upon it. They play No. 1 Mater Dei on Saturday in another Trinity League showdown at Santa Ana Stadium.

Big games from Jabari Bates (173 yards rushing, 75-yard touchdown) and 6-foot-5, 263-pound sophomore Matayo Uiagalelei (two touchdown catches) keyed Bosco's win, but the Friars were within a field goal, 31-28, with just over five minutes left. A 1-yard sneak by junior quarterback Noah Fifita accounted for one of his three touchdowns and closed the gap. A 15-yard touchdown run by Michael Hayes clinched the Bosco win with just under two minutes remaining.

But Servite, trying to be the first Southern California team St. John Bosco other than Mater Dei in six years, almost pulled it off. Now, the Friars face the Monarchs, who last year beat them 56-11. Servite no doubt remembers that game and score.

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Third-ranked Centennial (Corona), which has outscored two opponents 113-6, doesn't figure to get challenged like all those in the Trinity League. Fourth-ranked De Le Salle (Concord) extended its unbeaten streak against Northern California teams to 313 games following a 49-6 home win over San Ramon Valley (Danville) Saturday.

The Spartans, like Centennial, should roll in their all-league schedule. They piled up 577 yards including 390 on the ground during in the win and senior quarterback Dorian Hale, a Sacramento State commit, became just the third DLS player to go over the 4,000-yard passing plateau by completing 3-of-5 passes for 156 yards. Teammate Nico Torrez rushed seven times for 142 yards and two touchdowns.

Buchanan (Clovis) is one of three new teams in the rankings after defeating previous No. 19 Central (Fresno) 31-28. The Bears replaced Central at No. 19.

The other squads to move in were No. 22 Lincoln (San Diego) and defending state Division 2-AA champion Pacifica (Oxnard), at No. 25. In two weeks, Lincoln will take on No. 10 Cathedral Catholic (San Diego) for bragging rights of the San Diego Section.
Dorian Hale, De La Salle
File photo by Dennis Lee
Dorian Hale, De La Salle
MaxPreps Top 25 California Football Rankings

Record: 2-0 | Last week: 1
Result: Beat Orange Lutheran JSerra Catholic, 52-3
Next game: Saturday vs. Servite at Santa Ana Stadium

2. St. John Bosco (Bellflower)
Record: 3-0 | Last week: 2
Result: Beat Servite, 38-28
Next game: Saturday vs. JSerra (San Juan Capistrano)

3. Centennial (Corona)
Record: 2-0 | Last week: 4
Result: Beat Santiago (Corona), 53-6
Next game: Saturday at Norco

4. De La Salle (Concord)
Record: 3-0 | Last week: 5
Result: Beat San Ramon Valley (Danville), 49-6
Next game: Thursday vs. Jesuit (Carmichael)

5. Servite (Anaheim)
Record: 2-1 | Last week: 3
Result: Lost to St. John Bosco, 38-28
Next game: Saturday vs. Mater Dei at Santa Ana Stadium

6. Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth)
Record: 2-1 | Last week: 7
Result: Beat Oaks Christian, 42-0
Next game: Saturday at Garces (Bakersfield)

7. Mission Viejo
Record: 2-0 | Last week: 6
Result: Beat Upland, 38-14
Next game: Friday vs. Tesoro

8. Alemany (Mission Hills)
Record: 2-0 | Last week: 8
Result: Beat Bishop Amat 47-35
Next game: Saturday vs. Cathedral (Los Angeles)

9. Los Alamitos (Los Alamitos)
Record: 3-0 | Last week: 9
Result: Beat Edison, 27-20
Next game: Friday at Huntington Beach

10. Cathedral Catholic (San Diego)
Record: 3-0 | Last week: 17
Result: Beat St. Augustine, 41-14
Next game: April 9 vs. Lincoln (San Diego)

11. Long Beach Poly (Long Beach)
Record: 2-0 | Last week: 12
Result: Idle
Next game: Thursday vs. Compton

12. Folsom
Record: 3-0 | Last week: 13
Result: Beat Del Oro, 45-6
Next game: Friday at Whitney (Rocklin)

13. Bishop Amat (La Puente)
Record: 1-1 | Last week: 10
Result: Lost to Alemany, 47-35
Next game: Saturday at Chaminade (West Hills)

14. Santa Margarita (Rancho Santa Margarita)
Record: 2-1 | Last week: 14
Result: Beat JSerra Catholic, 42-0
Next game: April 9 at Mater Dei

15. Loyola (Los Angeles)
Record: 1-0 | Last week: 15
Result: Beat St. Bernard, 28-24
Next game: Saturday vs. St. Francis (La Canada)

16. Serra (San Mateo)
Record: 2-0 | Last week: 16
Result: Beat Sacred Heart Cathedral, 49-10
Next game: Saturday vs. St. Francis (Mountain View)

17. Oaks Christian (Westlake Village)
Record:
2-1 | Last week: 11
Result: Lost to  Sierra Canyon, 42-0
Next game: Saturday vs. Upland

18. San Clemente

Record: 2-0 | Last week: 18
Result: Beat Aliso Niguel, 42-7
Next game: Friday at San Juan Hills (San Juan Capistrano)

19. Buchanan (Clovis)
Record: 2-0 | Last week: NR
Result: Beat Central (Fresno), 31-28
Next game: Thursday vs. Clovis

20. Rancho Verde (Moreno Valley)
Record: 2-0 | Last week: 22
Result: Beat Heritage, 28-7
Next game: Saturday vs. Elsinore

21. Carlsbad
Record: 2-0 | Last week: 25
Result: Beat San Marcos, 49-9
Next game: Friday at Oceanside

22. Lincoln (San Diego)
Record: 2-0 | Last week: NR
Result: Beat Serra (San Diego, 36-0
Next game: Friday vs. Madison (San Diego)

23. Serra (Gardena)
Record: 2-1 | Last week: 24
Result: Beat Cathedral (Los Angeles), 15-14
Next game: Thursday at Notre Dame (Sherman Oaks)

24. Edison (Huntington Beach)
Record: 2-1 | Last week: 22
Result: Lost to Los Alamitos, 27-20
Next game: Friday at Fountain Valley

25. Pacifica (Oxnard)
Record: 2-0 | Last week: NR
Result: Beat Channel Islands, 46-7
Next game: Saturday at Ventura

MaxPreps National Football editor Zack Poff contributed to this report.
High school basketball: NFHS opens door for states to adopt 35-second shot clock - HIGHSCORE
High school basketball: NFHS opens door for states to adopt 35-second shot clock
Beginning with the 2022-23 season, states can decide to adopt and use a 35-second shot clock for high school basketball games. The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) approved the measure that leaves open the door for major change across the hardwood landscape in coming years.

Nine states use either a 30- or 35-second shot clock, but the adoption of Rule 2-14 says that each state association may adopt a shot clock beginning in the 2022-23 season — according to guidelines outlined in the Basketball Rules Book — to encourage standardization among states.

“We provided the committee with a lot of information regarding the shot clock, including responses to a 46-question survey sent to states currently using a shot clock,” said Theresia Wynns, NFHS director of sports and officials and liaison to the Basketball Rules Committee.

Prior to the 2020-21 season, the Georgia High School Association approved a phase-in of a 30-second shot clock for all varsity boys and girls basketball games, becoming the ninth state to adopt a shot clock.

The Peach State joined California, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Dakota and Washington as the only states to use a 30- or 35-second shot clock.

Guidelines approved by the NFHS include displaying two timepieces connected to a horn that is distinctive from the game-clock horn, and using an alternative timing device, such as a stopwatch at the scorer’s table, for a shot clock malfunction. The guidelines also allow for corrections to the shot clock only during the shot-clock period in which an error occurred and the officials have definite information relative to the mistake or malfunction.

Although a proposal for a national rule mandating a shot clock was not approved, the ruling is likely to bring momentum to the shot-clock movement across high school basketball.

According to the most recent NFHS High School Athletics Participation Survey, a total of 540,769 boys participated in basketball in 18,617 schools, and 399,067 girls participated in the sport in 18,210 schools across the country. It is the third-most popular sport for boys and girls.

The NFHS paved the way for states to adopt a 35-second shot clock, like the one used in the 2019 Washington 3A semifinals.
File photo by Paul Caldwell
The NFHS paved the way for states to adopt a 35-second shot clock, like the one used in the 2019 Washington 3A semifinals.

Terquavion Smith named 2020-21 HIGHSCORE North Carolina High School Basketball Player of the Year - HIGHSCORE
Terquavion Smith named 2020-21 MaxPreps North Carolina 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.

Terquavion Smith of Farmville Central (Farmville) is the 2020-21 North Carolina High School Basketball Player of the Year. The 6-foot-3, 180-pound senior led the Jaguars to a 15-0 record en route to their third consecutive state title.

Smith averaged 25.6 points per game this season, including a career-high 50 against Trinity Academy in early February. Farmville Central went 76-2 during his final three seasons with the program and 98-6 over the course of his four-year career.

In Farmville Central's 113-98 state championship game victory over Hendersonville, Smith tallied 33 points, 10 assists, nine rebounds and five steals.

Signed with North Carolina State, Smith is regarded as the No. 85 prospect in the Class of 2021 according to 247Sports.

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.
Farmville Central won 98 games in Terquavion Smith's four years in the program.
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Farmville Central won 98 games in Terquavion Smith's four years in the program.

High School Basketball: No. 12 Prolific Prep, Oak Hill Academy advance to GEICO Nationals quarterfinals - HIGHSCORE
High School Basketball: No. 12 Prolific Prep, Oak Hill Academy advance to GEICO Nationals quarterfinals
A pair of GEICO Nationals play-in games went down to the wire on Wednesday night as No. 12 Prolific Prep (Napa, Calif.) and Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.) each advanced to Thursday's quarterfinal action.

In the opener, Prolific Prep escaped with a 45-43 victory over La Lumiere (La Porte, Ind.) despite an 11-1 Lakers' run to close the game. Stefan Todorovic split a pair of free throws with 5.7 seconds remaining before La Lumiere sophomore guard Jeremy Fears Jr. grabbed the rebound and drove the length of the court only to miss an off balance mid-range jumper from the left wing as time expired.

Five-star Oregon signee Nathan Bittle led the way for the Crew with eight points, 13 rebounds and four blocks in the win. Chisom Okpara scored a game-high 15 points in the loss for La Lumiere (7-10).

Prolific Prep (31-3) faces No. 3 Sunrise Christian Academy (Bel Aire, Kan.) (19-3) in tomorrow's 2 p.m. (ET) quarterfinal.

In a thrilling nightcap, Oak Hill Academy outlasted No. 15 Pace Academy (Atlanta, Ga.) 84-77 to snap the Knights' 28-game win streak.

The Warriors were paced by an outstanding performances from five-star sophomore Caleb Foster, who finished with 23 points, seven assists and three rebounds and three-star senior Camryn Carter who approached a triple-double with 16 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists. Oak Hill shot 57 percent from the field.

Florida State signee Matthew Cleveland led Pace Academy (28-2) with a game-high 30 points and eight rebounds.

Oak Hill Academy (20-8) draws top-ranked Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.) (21-1) in their 4 p.m. (ET) quarterfinal. The Eagles beat the Warriors twice this season by a combined 55 points.
Jalen Reed and Oak Hill Academy advanced to the next round in the GEICO Nationals with their 84-77 win over Pace Academy on Wednesday.
File photo by Annette Wilkerson
Jalen Reed and Oak Hill Academy advanced to the next round in the GEICO Nationals with their 84-77 win over Pace Academy on Wednesday.

Carlos Stewart named 2020-21 HIGHSCORE Louisiana High School Basketball Player of the Year - HIGHSCORE
Carlos Stewart named 2020-21 MaxPreps Louisiana 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.

Carlos Stewart of Dunham (Baton Rouge) is the 2020-21 MaxPreps Louisiana High School Basketball Player of the Year. The 6-foot-2, 185-pound senior helped the Tigers go 18-11 en route to the program's second consecutive state crown.

Stewart averaged 33 points, five rebounds and four assists per game while shooting 55 percent from the field and 44 percent from 3-point range.

In Dunham's 52-48 Division III state championship game victory over Newman (New Orleans), Stewart tallied 28 points and 10 rebounds, including nine of team's final 10 points to overcome a late deficit.

Stewart is a Santa Clara commit. He also received offers from Coastal Carolina, Louisiana, New Orleans, TCU, Tulane and UAB.

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.