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Lashae Dwyer named 2020-21 HIGHSCORE Tennessee High School Girls Basketball Player of the Year - HIGHSCORE
Lashae Dwyer named 2020-21 MaxPreps Tennessee 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.

Lashae Dwyer of the The Webb School (Bell Buckle) is the 2020-21 MaxPreps Tennessee High School Girls Basketball Player of the Year. The 5-foot-7 senior wing sparked a spectacular turnaround after transferring into the program, going from 4-17 in 2019-20 to 28-2 and winning the Divisiion II-A state title this season.

Dwyer averaged 22.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, 6.0 assists and 3.6 steals per game. She had 23 points, 12 rebounds and six assists as The Webb School won its first-ever Tennessee title with a 54-38 win over Providence Christian.

Headed to Miami (Fla.) next year, Dwyer is regarded as the No. 79 prospect in the Class of 2021 by ESPN Hoopgurlz.

Each state's MaxPreps Player of the Year will be considered for inclusion in the MaxPreps All-America Team.
Mya Hansen named 2020-21 HIGHSCORE Montana High School Girls Basketball Player of the Year - HIGHSCORE
Mya Hansen named 2020-21 MaxPreps Montana 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.

Mya Hansen of Billings Central Catholic (Billings) is the 2020-21 MaxPreps Montana High School Girls Basketball Player of the Year. The 5-foot-8 junior guard led the Rams to an 18-2 record and an appearance in the Class A state championship game.

Hansen averaged 17.4 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game per game, shooting 52 percent from the field, 50 percent from beyond the arc and 90 percent from the free throw line.

In three years at Central Catholic and Laurel, Hansen has tallied, 1,096 points, 285 rebounds, 145 assists and 133 steals.

Already committed to the University of Montana, Hansen scored 35 points in Central Catholic's state championship loss.

Each state's MaxPreps Player of the Year will be considered for inclusion in the MaxPreps All-America Team.
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
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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
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Brandon Rose, Murrieta Valley
 
Pierre Brooks named 2020-21 HIGHSCORE Michigan High School Basketball Player of the Year - HIGHSCORE
Pierre Brooks named 2020-21 MaxPreps Michigan 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.

Pierre Brooks II of Douglass (Detroit) is the 2020-21 MaxPreps Michigan High School Basketball Player of the Year. The 6-foot-6, 218-pound senior helped the Hurricanes go 17-5 en route to the program's first state title.

Brooks averaged 33.4 points, 11.2 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 2.3 steals per outing as a senior, finishing his prep career with 1,973 points.

The Mr. Basketball finalist tallied 15 points, 11 rebounds, five assists, two blocks and two steals in the Hurricanes' 47-41 state title game victory over Tri-Unity Christian (Wyoming).

Signed with Michigan State, Brooks is regarded as the No. 66 prospect in the Class of 2021 by 247Sports. He held additional college offers from Arizona State, Butler, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Missouri, Northwestern 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.
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.
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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.