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Virginia crowns first spring football champions in high school history - HIGHSCORE
Virginia crowns first spring football champions in high school history
Like any other year, the Virginia High School League crowned six state football champions Saturday afternoon in six different classifications. But these were clearly different.  From all records MaxPreps has researched, Virginia is the first state to ever award football championships in the spring.

The Riverhead Gladiators were officially the first ones crowned, with a 65-29 victory over the Galaxy Maroon Tide in the Class 1 title game. A 34-point second-point explosion led the Gladiators to their 10th straight win of the season. They outscored opponents 483-119 on the season. 

Perennial East power Oscar Smith (8-0) followed with a 62-21 Class 6 title win over South County, and Stone Bridge (8-0) took the Class 5 crown with a 13-10 overtime win over Highland Springs. (See all the champions below).

The VHSL was one of 15 states to move the traditional fall 2020 season to the spring due to COVID-19 pandemic. Of those states, 11 decided on abbreviated spring seasons, with just three opting for playoffs. North Carolina and Rhode Island have scheduled state championship games next week.

According to MaxPreps senior writer and historian Kevin Askeland, no states have ever held football championships in the spring, although one in California was scheduled in 1919. That title game was called off when Orange League champion Fullerton disbanded a month before the scheduled contest.
Oscar Smith turned around a loss in the 2019 VHSL Class 6 title game with a resounding 65-21 win over the Stallions on Saturday.
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Oscar Smith turned around a loss in the 2019 VHSL Class 6 title game with a resounding 65-21 win over the Stallions on Saturday.
2021 Spring VHSL State Football Championships

Class 1Full bracket can be found here - 2020 Virginia High School Football Playoff Brackets: VHSL Class 1
High school football: After fight with cancer, St. Frances Academy standout Aaron Wilson passes away at age 17 - HIGHSCORE
High school football: After fight with cancer, St. Frances Academy standout Aaron Wilson passes away at age 17
Aaron Wilson of St. Frances Academy (Baltimore, Md.) has passed away at the age of 17, according to 247Sports recruiting analyst Brian Dohn. Rasheda Mayse, the mother of the promising defensive end prospect started a GoFundMe page in March when it was announced he had developed a high grade midline glioma. He underwent brain surgery to remove some of the mass and was undergoing radiation therapy on his spine.

Wilson had a bright future in football and was regarded as great leader and teammate with a positive attitude.

A testament to his talent on the field, Wilson had 18 offers that included the likes of Florida, Georgia, Miami, Penn State, Tennessee and Texas, according to 247Sports.

During his sophomore season he had 43 tackles, 16 tackles for loss, 11 sacks and two forced fumbles while playing at Ocoee (Fla.). He transferred to the Baltimore power in the spring of 2020 and was selected to the MaxPreps Preseason Junior All-America team before Maryland announced the fall season would be canceled due to the ongoing pandemic.
Aaron Wilson (No. 4) chases down a ballcarrier during a game in September 2019.
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Aaron Wilson (No. 4) chases down a ballcarrier during a game in September 2019.

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
Marisa Davis named 2020-21 HIGHSCORE Arizona High School Girls Basketball Player of the Year - HIGHSCORE
Marisa Davis named 2020-21 MaxPreps Arizona 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.

Marisa Davis of Valley Vista (Surprise) is the 2020-21 MaxPreps Arizona High School Basketball Player of the Year. The 6-foot-1 senior wing led the Monsoon to a 17-1 record and the Class 6A state championship.

Davis averaged 17.9 points, 6.7 rebounds and 2.9 steals per game. She had 21 points and 12 rebounds in Valley Vista's 49-41 win over Hamilton in the title game.

Headed to Seattle to play for the Washington Huskies next season, Davis is regarded as the No. 76 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.
Marisa Davis (11) with teammates prior to the Class 6A state championship game.
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Marisa Davis (11) with teammates prior to the Class 6A state championship game.
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 Oct. 26-Nov. 1

Alabama
6'1" | Senior | OH/MH
8 Sets Played

Kills: 74
Kills/Game: 9.25
Digs: 17
Digs/Game: 2.125
Blocks: 14

Arizona
6'2" | Junior
13 Sets Played

Kills: 76
Kills/Game: 5.85
Digs: 72
Digs/Game: 5.54
Receptions: 75
Rcpt/Game: 5.77
Aces: 9
Blocks: 8

Arkansas
5'10"  | Senior | OH/MB
10 Sets Played

Kills: 45
Kills/Game: 4.5
Digs: 4
Digs/Game: 0.4
Receptions: 7
Rcpt/Game: 0.7
Aces:
Blocks: 8

Connecticut
Senior | OH
10 Sets Played

Kills: 42
Kills/Game: 4.2
Digs: 11
Digs/Game: 1.1
Receptions: 41
Rcpt/Game: 4.1
Aces: 3

Florida
6'2"  | Senior | MH/OH
9 Sets Played

Kills: 53
Kills/Game: 5.9
Digs: 29
Digs/Game: 3.22
Receptions: 39
Rcpt/Game: 4.33
Blocks: 5

Georgia
5'7" | Senior | S
6 Sets Played

Assists: 84
Assists/Game: 14
Team Hitting%: 0.405
Digs: 13
Digs/Game: 2.17
Aces: 7

Indiana
Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger (Fort Wayne, IN), 32 - 2
6'1"  | Junior | OH
3 Sets Played

Kills: 37
Kills/Game: 12.33
Digs: 21
Digs/Game: 7
Receptions: 18
Rcpt/Game: 6
Aces: 3
Blocks: 3

Kansas
6'1" | Freshman | OH
18 Sets Played

Kills: 95
Kills/Game: 5.28
Digs: 53
Digs/Game: 2.94
Receptions: 40
Rcpt/Game: 2.22
Aces: 10
Blocks: 4

Kentucky
6'0" | Senior | OH
9 Sets Played

Kills: 76
Kills/Game: 8.44
Digs: 23
Digs/Game: 2.56
Receptions: 11
Rcpt/Game: 1.22
Aces: 2
Blocks: 1

Louisiana
5'10" | Senior | OH
11 Sets Played

Kills: 53
Kills/Game: 4.818
Digs: 48
Digs/Game: 4.36
Receptions: 44
Rcpt/Game: 4
Aces: 4
Blocks: 3

Massachusetts
5'5" | Senior | OH/DS/L
9 Sets Played

Kills: 36
Kills/Game: 4
Digs: 40
Digs/Game: 4.44
Receptions: 69
Rcpt/Game: 7.67
Aces: 5
Blocks: 1

Michigan
5'10" | Senior | S
16 Sets Played

Assists: 170
Assists/Game: 10.63
Team Hitting%: 0.247
Digs: 48
Digs/Game: 3
Aces: 3
Blocks: 14

Minnesota
5'10" | Senior | OH
8 Sets Played

Kills: 36
Kills/Game: 4.5
Digs: 23
Digs/Game: 2.88
Receptions: 38
Rcpt/Game: 4.75
Aces: 4
Blocks: 2

Missouri
5'8" | Junior | OH
16 Sets Played

Kills: 106
Kills/Game: 6.63
Digs: 71
Digs/Game: 4.438
Receptions: 106
Rcpt/Game: 6.63
Aces: 4
Blocks: 7

Montana
5'8" | Junior | OH
19 Sets Played

Kills: 88
Kills/Game: 4.63
Digs: 44
Digs/Game: 2.32
Receptions: 28
Rcpt/Game: 1.47
Aces: 4
Blocks: 3

Nebraska
5'11 | Sophomore | OH
10 Sets Played

Kills: 52
Kills/Game: 5.2
Digs: 38
Digs/Game: 3.8
Receptions: 22
Rcpt/Game: 2.2
Aces: 2
Blocks: 4

New Hampshire
Junior | OH/DS
12 Sets Played
Kills: 38
Kills/Game: 3.17
Digs: 40
Digs/Game: 3.33
Aces: 12
Blocks: 2

North Carolina
Senior | OH
6 Sets Played

Kills: 24
Kills/Game: 4
Digs: 13
Digs/Game: 2.17
Receptions: 31
Rcpt/Game: 5.17
Aces: 5

North Dakota
5'8 | Senior | MH
10 Sets Played

Kills: 37
Kills/Game: 3.7
Digs: 33
Digs/Game: 3.3
Receptions: 6
Rcpt/Game: 0.6
Aces: 3
Blocks: 2

Ohio
Sophomore
8 Sets Played

Assists: 112
Assists/Game: 14
Team Hitting%: 0.263
Digs: 13
Digs/Game: 1.63
Aces: 3

Pennsylvania
5'5 | Senior | S/DS
11 Sets Played

Assists: 129
Assists/Game: 11.73
Team Hitting%: 0.279
Digs: 17
Digs/Game: 1.54
Aces: 7
Blocks: 2

South Carolina
6'1 | Senior | OH
7 Sets Played
Kills: 44
Kills/Game: 6.29
Digs: 25
Digs/Game: 3.5
Receptions: 39
Rcpt/Game: 5.57
Aces: 1
Blocks: 2

South Dakota
Warner High School (Warner, SD), 19 - 1
5'7 | Junior | OH
8 Sets Played

Kills: 42
Kills/Game: 5.25
Digs: 4
Digs/Game: 0.5
Receptions: 3
Rcpt/Game: 0.38

Texas
6'2 | Senior | MH
10 Sets Played
Kills: 58
Kills/Game: 5.8
Digs: 13
Digs/Game: 1.3
Receptions: 2
Rcpt/Game: 0.2
Aces: 1
Blocks: 3

Utah
Senior | OH
12 Sets Played
Kills: 67
Kills/Game: 5.58
Digs: 49
Digs/Game: 4.08
Receptions: 52
Rcpt/Game: 4.3

Virginia
Sophomore | OH/DS
12 Sets Played
Kills: 59
Kills/Game: 4.917
Digs: 75
Digs/Game: 6.25
Receptions: 35
Rcpt/Game: 2.92
Aces: 10
Blocks: 1

West Virginia
Senior | OH/DS/OPP
12 Sets Played

Kills: 45
Kills/Game: 3.75
Digs: 26
Digs/Game: 2.1669999999999998
Receptions: 51
Rcpt/Game: 4.25
Aces: 7
Blocks: 2

Wisconsin
5'8 | Senior | OH
8 Sets Played

Kills: 38
Kills/Game: 4.75
Digs: 31
Digs/Game: 3.88
Receptions: 51
Rcpt/Game: 6.38
Aces: 2
Blocks: 5

Wyoming
5'11 Junior, OH
14 Sets Played

Kills: 65
Kills/Game: 4.64
Digs: 54
Digs/Game: 3.86
Receptions: 42
Rcpt/Game: 3
Aces: 4
Blocks: 3

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.