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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
Cash McClure named 2020-21 HIGHSCORE Maine High School Basketball Player of the Year - HIGHSCORE
Cash McClure named 2020-21 MaxPreps Maine 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.

Cash McClure of Maranacook (Readfield) is the 2020-21 MaxPreps Maine High School Basketball Player of the Year. The 6-foot-1 senior guard helped the Black Bears go 15-0 en route to the Class A/B championship game of the central Maine tournament.

McClure averaged 26 points, seven rebounds, seven assists and five steals per contest. He finished his career with over 1,000 points.

In Maranacook's 86-61 tournament championship game win, McClure tallied 25 points and nine rebounds.

McClure announced he will be attending prep school next year, committing to play for Kimball Union Academy (Plainfield, N.H.).

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.
HIGHSCORE/AVCA Players of the Week - HIGHSCORE
MaxPreps/AVCA Players of the Week
MaxPreps/AVCA High School Players of the Week
For the week of March 15-21.

Boys

Midwest Region
(Includes: Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan, West Virginia, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota)

Junior | OH
7 Games Played
Kills: 27
Kills/Game: 3.86
Digs: 17
Digs/Game: 2.43
Receptions: 9
Rcpt/Game: 1.29
Aces: 7
Blocks: 2

Junior | S
8 Games Played
Assists: 62
Assists/Game: 7.75
Team Hitting%: 0.324
Digs: 14
Digs/Game: 1.75
Aces: 3
Blocks: 2

Northeast Region
(Includes: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, Washington D.C.)

6'3 | Junior | OH
10 Games Played
Kills: 43
Kills/Game: 4.30
Digs: 13
Digs/Game: 1.30
Receptions: 36
Rcpt/Game: 3.60
Aces: 4

Senior | RS
9 Games Played
Kills: 31
Kills/Game: 3.444
Digs: 15
Digs/Game: 1.67
Aces: 4
Blocks: 2

South Region
(Includes: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas)

Senior | OH
9 Games Played
Kills: 40
Kills/Game: 4.444
Digs: 37
Digs/Game: 4.11
Receptions: 33
Rcpt/Game: 3.67
Aces: 2
Blocks: 4

Senior | S
13 Games Played
Assists: 133
Assists/Game: 10.231
Team Hitting%: 0.291
Digs: 34
Digs/Game: 2.62
Aces: 5
Blocks: 6

West Region
(Includes: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming)

Senior | S
9 Games Played
Assists: 86
Assists/Game: 9.56
Team Hitting%: 0.197
Digs: 7
Aces: 2
Blocks: 2

Senior | OH
9 Games Played
Kills: 32
Kills/Game: 3.56
Digs: 31
Digs/Game: 3.44
Receptions: 58
Rcpt/Game: 6.44
Aces: 4
Blocks: 4

Girls

Maryland
Senior | OH
10 Sets Played
Kills: 32
Kills/Game: 3.2
Digs: 30
Digs/Game: 3
Receptions: 44
Rcpt/Game: 4.4
Aces: 8
Blocks: 1

Nevada
6'0 | Senior | OH
7 Sets Played
Kills: 22
Kills/Game: 3.14
Digs: 10
Digs/Game: 1.43
Receptions: 44
Rcpt/Game: 6.29
Aces: 2
Blocks: 3

New Mexico
6'2" | Senior | MB
12 Sets Played
Kills: 59
Kills/Game: 4.92
Digs: 23
Digs/Game: 1.92
Receptions: 23
Rcpt/Game: 1.92
Aces: 11
Blocks: 18

Oregon
5'10" | Junior | OH
12 Sets Played
Kills: 48
Kills/Game: 4
Digs: 40
Digs/Game: 3.33
Receptions: 31
Rcpt/Game: 2.58
Aces: 5
Blocks: 10

Virginia
5'11" | Senior
11 Sets Played
Kills: 60
Kills/Game: 5.5
Digs: 10
Digs/Game: 0.91
Receptions: 33
Rcpt/Game: 3
Aces: 4
Blocks: 6

Washington
5'9" | Senior | OH
10 Sets Played
Kills: 66
Kills/Game: 6.6
Digs: 51
Digs/Game: 5.10
Receptions: 59
Rcpt/Game: 5.9
Aces: 4
Blocks: 3

Wisconsin
5'5" | Senior | OH/DS
9 Sets Played
Kills: 44
Kills/Game: 4.89
Digs: 43
Digs/Game: 4.78
Receptions: 29
Rcpt/Game: 3.22
Aces: 6

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.com 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 AVCA, check out the AVCA website at www.avca.org.
High school girls basketball: Lake Highland Prep, Westlake head GEICO Nationals' four-team field - HIGHSCORE
High school girls basketball: Lake Highland Prep, Westlake head GEICO Nationals' four-team field
Four of the top 15 girls basketball teams in the MaxPreps Top 25 have been invited to the 2021 GEICO High School Basketball Nationals to be played April 2-3 at Suncoast Credit Union Arena in Ft. Myers, Fla.

The April 2 semifinal games will be broadcast on ESPNU with action starting at 10:30 a.m. as No. 1 Lake Highland Prep (Orlando, Fla.) battles No. 10 Paul VI (Chantilly, Va.). The second semifinal is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. (ET) featuring No. 15 Fremont (Plain City, Utah) against No. 2 Westlake (Atlanta).

The winners face off  on ESPN2 at 10 a.m. April 3 for the championship.

The games will be played in conjunction with the 10-team boys GEICO Nationals.

Lake Highland (19-0) won the Florida 4A state championship on Feb. 27 with a 84-30 win over Lincoln Park Academy. The Highlanders are a remarkably balanced squad with seven girls averaging between 7.4 and 12.1 points per game. Senior Kayla Blackshear is headed to Alabama.

Second-ranked Westlake (21-0) had a much tougher state finals on Saturday, taking home the Georgia AAAAAA crown with a 64-46 victory over a 30-3 Carrollton team behind 26 points from junior Taniya Latson. Teammates Raven Johnson (South Carolina) and Brianna Turnage (Virginia Tech) are other top-ranked players. Latson averages 23.2 points and Johnson 15.1 points, 5.8 assists and 3.7 steals.

Paul VI won all 10 games in an abbreviated season but has a legitimate chance to win a national crown with top players Lee Volker, headed to Duke, and Bella Perkins. The Panthers haven't played since Feb. 9.

Fremont (26-0) won the Utah 6A title game 63-43 over a strong Herriman squad (23-2) behind 30 points and 12 rebounds by 6-4 post Emma Calvert. The BYU commit made 16-of-17 free throws and pulled down 12 rebounds. She averages a team-best 17.3 points and 7.4 rebounds per game.

Maggie Mendelson, a 6-5 sophomore, added 15 points and 13 rebounds in the title game for Fremont and averages 14.3 and 8.9. The Silverwolves have been without recent Oregon State commit Timea Gardiner, who averaged 13.5 points and 7.1 rebounds before an injury.
Emma Calvert, Fremont (Plain City, Utah)
File photo by Dave Argyle
Emma Calvert, Fremont (Plain City, Utah)
California high school sports: Indoor contests like basketball, volleyball back in play after legal settlement - HIGHSCORE
California high school sports: Indoor contests like basketball, volleyball back in play after legal settlement
What works outdoors might just work indoors as well. Two weeks after California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a change to youth sports guidelines that paved the way for outdoor sports, including high school football, the door was opened Thursday for a return to indoor sports, namely basketball, volleyball and wrestling.

A legal settlement with the state on Thursday removes major restrictions to the indoor contests, namely placing the sports in the most restrictive yellow tier. It allows all high school sports to reopen using similar restrictions and protocols as professional and collegiate sports. The settlement came in response to a lawsuit filed last month from two San Diego high school football players and their attorney Stephen C. Grebing and managing partners Wingert Grebing of San Diego.

"This will open things open for youth sports — high school and youth leagues — around the state to resume play," said Scripps Ranch (San Diego) football coach Marlon Gardinera during a press conference. "And not just football, but indoor sports, too. So basketball, volleyball and wrestling athletes can have a season too."

Gardinera and his son were just two plaintiffs of several lawsuits filed up and down the  state over the last several weeks. All included high school athletes and their parents, citing "there is no medical evidence that competing in team sports is safe for college and/or professional athletes but not high school athletes."

The settlement requires counties to reach the same threshold as football (under 14 COVID new COVID cases per 100,000) — as of Tuesday, 54 of the state's 58 counties met that standard — and testing is mandatory. The state will pick up testing costs in three sports, rugby, water polo and football, but indoor sport athletes will have other options. Grebing and the Let Them Play CA offered free options that still need to be ironed out.

Newsom wouldn't comment on the settlement, but state Secretary for Health and Human Services Dr. Mark Ghaly confirmed new guidelines would be released in the next few days. California Interscholastic Federation Executive Director Ron Nocetti said he would "reserve comment until we see the agreement."

Each county, as always, can OK or reject the new guidelines, even if the state accepts them.

“Indoors, (the requirements are) going to be pretty rigid,” Grebing said. “But they’re going to be allowed to play.”
A settlement that paves the way for basketball and other indoors sports in California was reached on Thursday.
File photo by Greg Jungferman
A settlement that paves the way for basketball and other indoors sports in California was reached on Thursday.
That's all a number of athletes and coaches wanted to hear, including 16-year San Francisco prep coach Randy Bessolo. He and Miramonte (Orinda) boys basketball coach Chris Laviotis started the Bay Area Basketball Coaches Alliance three weeks after conferring with the Golden State High School Football Coaches Community, which led the charge to get outdoor sports off the ground two weeks ago.

"We just followed their model," Bessolo said.

That plus the monumental efforts of Moorpark boys basketball coach Ryan Moore and continued laborious work of the Let Them Play Ca group, led by founder Brad Hensley, helped get the settlement done.

"This is a major win for the youth of California," Bessolo said. "Playing youth sports has been proven to be safe and the risks of not playing are far greater than playing."

In a letter delivered Wednesday to Newsom's office, Let Them Play CA basketball leaders stated, "Now is the time. COVID-19 cases are drastically falling across the state. Vaccinations are nearing 10 million. People are dining indoors. Kids are going back to the classroom. Now is the time."

Thursday's news brought a lot of joy around the state.

"I haven't seen this many bright faces and happy smiles in a long time," Dublin boys basketball coach Tom Costello said.

Said Salesian College Preparatory (Richmond) coach Bill Mellis: "A month ago, I would have thought no way we're having a season. When outdoor sports were OK'd, there was a little light at the end of the tunnel, but I was still skeptical. Now? Today? Wow, things are moving so fast."

Bishop O'Dowd (Oakland) star center Jalen Lewis, one of the top sophomores in the country, said "I'm definitely excited to put an O'Dowd jersey on again. Hopefully nothing unexpected happens for the next few weeks, because I was really hoping to at least play a little bit of my sophomore season."