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Katie Dinnebier named 2020-21 HIGHSCORE Iowa High School Girls Basketball Player of the Year - HIGHSCORE
Katie Dinnebier named 2020-21 MaxPreps Iowa High School Girls 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.

Katie Dinnebier of Waukee is the 2020-21 MaxPreps Iowa High School Basketball Player of the Year. The 5-foot-8 senior guard led Waukee to a 13-1 record and the Class 5A title – avenging its only loss in the title game by rolling over Johnston 71-43.

Dinnebier averaged 19.1 points, 4.0 assists and 3.5 steals a game while shooting 56.4 percent overall, 45.7 percent from 3-point distance and 83 percent from the free throw line.

Committed to Drake, Dinnebier led Waukee to a 36-4 record over the past two seasons.

Each state's MaxPreps Player of the Year will be considered for inclusion in the MaxPreps All-America Team.
High school basketball rankings: Montverde Academy finishes No. 1, crowned HIGHSCORE National Champion for the fifth time since 2013 - HIGHSCORE
High school basketball rankings: Montverde Academy finishes No. 1, crowned MaxPreps National Champion for the fifth time since 2013
Despite dominating high school basketball over the past decade, there was still something missing from head coach Kevin Boyle's resume at Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.) — back-to-back national titles. Mission accomplished as this year's Eagles compiled a 24-1 record, captured their fifth GEICO Nationals crown and went wire-to-wire as the No. 1 team in the MaxPreps Top 25.

Montverde Academy outscored opponents by an average of 25.8 points this season and went 11-1 against MaxPreps Top 25 teams. The lone loss came in overtime to No. 3 Sunrise Christian Academy (Bel Aire, Kan.), which the Eagles beat in three other meetings.

At GEICO Nationals, Montverde Academy defeated No. 25 Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.) 85-64, No. 2 AZ Compass Prep (Chandler, Ariz.) 51-49 and Sunrise Christian Academy 62-52 in the title game.

Balance was key at GEICO Nationals with five-star Michigan signee Caleb Houstan, No. 2-ranked junior prospect Jalen Duren, five-star junior guard Dariq Whitehead, four-star junior Malik Reneau, Baylor signee Langston Love  and Creighton pledge Ryan Nembhard averaging between seven and 14 points per game.

MaxPreps National Champions in 2013, 2015, 2018 and 2020, Montverde's dominance spans well beyond this season as the program has won 49 of its past 50 games dating back to the start of last season. The Orlando-area power has finished in the top 10 for 10 consecutive years.

Since Boyle's arrival prior to the 2011-12 season, Montverde has a 93.9 win percentage and produced NBA players R.J. Barrett, D'Angelo Russell and Ben Simmons as well as projected lottery picks Scottie Barnes of Florida State, Cade Cunningham of Oklahoma State and Moses Moody of Arkansas.

Due to unique circumstances surrounding the 2020-21 season, teams were required to play at least eight games to be eligible for the final MaxPreps Top 25. See the complete rankings below.
Photo by Pete Wright / Graphic by Ryan Escobar
Past MaxPreps National Champions
2018 — Montverde Academy
2015 — Montverde Academy
2013 — Lone Peak (Highland, Utah); Montverde Academy
2012 — St. Anthony (Jersey City, N.J.); Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.)
2011 — St. Anthony (Jersey City, N.J.)

MaxPreps Top 25 Basketball Rankings

Record: 24-1 | Last week: 1

Record: 28-2 | Last week: 2

Record: 21-4 | Last week: 3

Record: 9-0 | Last week: 5

Record: 21-3 | Last week: 4

Record: 29-1 | Last week: 6

Record: 29-3 | Last week: 7

Record: 20-1 | Last week: 9

9. Camden (N.J.)
Record: 13-0 | Last week: 8

Record: 31-4 | Last week: 12

Record: 27-2 | Last week: 13

Record: 18-7 | Last week: 10

Record: 20-3 | Last week: 14

Record: 27-0 | Last week: 16

Record: 28-3 | Last week: 17

Record: 21-3 | Last week: 18

Record: 26-2 | Last week: 19

Record: 30-2 | Last week: 21

Record: 25-3 | Last week: 22

Record: 26-2 | Last week: 23

Record: 7-4 | Last week: 24

Record: 26-2 | Last week: 25

Record: 31-0 | Last week: NR

Record: 20-9 | Last week: NR

Record: 26-2 | Last week: NR
Texas high school football: Defending 6A champ Austin Westlake releases 2021 schedule - HIGHSCORE
Texas high school football: Defending 6A champ Austin Westlake releases 2021 schedule
With the 2021 high school football season less than 100 days away, schools are beginning to release their schedules. Westlake (Austin, Texas), the defending 6A Division 1 state champs, are the latest to do so. Excitement is builds for the Chaps after a 14-0 season in which they grabbed their second straight state title.

They took out the two-time reigning 6A D1 state champs, North Shore (Houston), in the semifinals with a 24-21 win. Clemson-bound quarterback Cade Klubnik scored the game-winning touchdown on fourth down with just under two minutes remaining from 1-yard out.

The following week, Westlake beat Quinn Ewers and Southlake Carroll (Southlake) 52-34 to claim the state title in Texas' largest classification. That win propelled the Chaps to a spot at No. 3 in the final MaxPreps Top 25 high school football rankings and the top-ranked team from the Lone Star State.

Klubnik was named to the MaxPreps Junior All-America first team and four-star wide receiver Jaden Greathouse was a first-team selection on the MaxPreps Sophomore All-America squad. Legendary head coach Todd Dodge was named the 2020 Football Coach of the Year.

Dodge led Westlake to a 15-1 record in 2019, beating Guyer (Denton) 24-0 in the 6A Division 2 state championship and the Chaparrals begin the 2021 season riding a 24-game winning streak.

This upcoming season will be Dodge's eighth year as head coach for the Chaps and he has gone 88-11 during his tenure and expect the two-time state champs to be ranked in the Top 5 when we release our preseason MaxPreps Top 25 rankings on June 23.

After the two largest classifications in Texas (5A, 6A) pushed back the high school football season last year because of the pandemic, football returns to its normal fall start as most Texas schools in the middle spring practice gearing up for the 2021 season.

Earlier this week the Chaps announced their schedule with the first game Aug. 27 against Temple.

The marquee matchups include a Sept. 3 showdown with Ollie Gordon and Trinity (Euless), which went 11-2 last season and made it to the 6A Division 1 quarterfinals. The following week Westlake takes on Mansfield Summit (Arlington) as the Jaguars are coming off a 5A Division 1 semifinal appearance.

After a bye week, the Chaps face their first district foe — Del Valle, which made a huge offseason splash bringing in former IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) head coach Bobby Acosta. He led the Ascenders to an 8-0 season in his only year in Bradenton and they went wire-to-wire as the No. 1 team in the country.

The biggest game is at the end of the regular season against rival Lake Travis (Austin). The two didn't play last year as the Cavaliers had to cancel their final two regular-season games because of a positive coronavirus test in the program. Lake Travis is the last team to beat Westlake when Hudson Card led the Cavaliers to a 26-25 win on Oct. 11, 2019.
Cade Klubnik, Austin Westlake
File photo by Robbie Rakestraw
Cade Klubnik, Austin Westlake
2021 Austin Westlake football schedule

Aug. 27 — at Temple

Sept. 3 — vs. Trinity (Euless)

Sept. 10 — vs. Mansfield Summit (Arlington)
*At Mary Hardin-Baylor's Crusader Stadium (Belton)

Sept. 24 — at Del Valle

Oct. 1 — vs. San Marcos

Oct. 8 — vs. Bowie (Austin)

Oct. 14 — at Hays (Buda)

Oct. 22 — vs. Akins (Austin)

Oct. 29 — at Austin

Nov. 5 — vs. Lake Travis (Austin)
High school basketball: Late run sparks No. 3 Sunrise Christian Academy to GEICO Nationals finals with 70-63 win over IMG Academy - HIGHSCORE
High school basketball: Late run sparks No. 3 Sunrise Christian Academy to GEICO Nationals finals with 70-63 win over IMG Academy
No. 3 Sunrise Christian Academy (Bel Aire, Kan.) closed with a 19-4 run to beat No. 4 IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) 70-63 Friday and advance to its first GEICO Nationals championship appearance.

Five-star Tennessee signee Kennedy Chandler sparked the Buffaloes late-game burst with a 7-0 personal run. His heroics started with a left-win 3-pointer to put Sunrise Christian up 62-60 and followed that with a layup to extend the lead to four with one minute remaining.

Stifling defense played a major factor in the win, as the Buffaloes limited IMG Academy to four points and one made field goal in the final 5:45.

Chandler, who was recently named as a MaxPreps National Player of the Year finalist, finished with a game-high 25 points to go with five rebounds and five assists.
Kennedy Chandler scored a game-high 25 in Sunrise Christian Academy's 70-63 win Friday over IMG Academy.
Photo by Pete Wright
Kennedy Chandler scored a game-high 25 in Sunrise Christian Academy's 70-63 win Friday over IMG Academy.
Five-star junior Jaden Bradley finished with a team-high 18 points and six assists for IMG Academy (21-3).

Sunrise Christian Academy (21-3) also won its previous meeting with IMG Academy, knocking off the Ascenders 69-62 on Jan. 18.

The Buffaloes play either Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.) or AZ Compass Prep (Chandler, Ariz.) in Saturday's championship.

GEICO Nationals championship

Saturday, April 3
Game on ESPN
Noon — No. 3 Sunrise Christian Academy vs. No. 1 Montverde Academy
Alexis Markowski named 2020-21 HIGHSCORE Nebraska High School Girls Basketball Player of the Year - HIGHSCORE
Alexis Markowski named 2020-21 MaxPreps Nebraska High School Girls 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.

Alexis Markowski of Pius X (Lincoln) is the 2020-21 MaxPreps Nebraska High School Girls Basketball Player of the Year. The 6-foot-3 senior led the Thunderbolts to a 25-0 record and the Class A state championship.

Pius X is ranked No. 22 nationally in the latest MaxPreps Top 25.

Markowski averaged 23.3 points, 13.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game while shooting 60 percent from field. In the title game versus Fremont, Markowski had 27 points and 19 rebounds in the 56-52 victory.

She will play for Nebraska next year.

Each state's MaxPreps Player of the Year will be considered for inclusion in the MaxPreps All-America Team.
Alexis Markowski in action during a January win over Lincoln East.
File photo by Samuel Mfinanga
Alexis Markowski in action during a January win over Lincoln East.