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Saint Thomas named 2020-21 HIGHSCORE Nebraska High School Basketball Player of the Year - HIGHSCORE
Saint Thomas named 2020-21 MaxPreps Nebraska 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.

Saint Thomas of Millard North (Omaha) is the 2020-21 MaxPreps Nebraska High School Basketball Player of the Year. The 6-foot-7, 205-pound senior helped the Mustangs go 27-2 en route to the program's first state championship.

Thomas averaged 21.2 points, 7.9 rebounds and 5.2 assists per contest while shooting 57 percent from the field and 45 percent from three.

The under-the-radar prospect burst onto the national scene after posting a career-high 48 points and 16 rebounds in a 94-91 double-overtime victory over nationally-ranked Bellevue West on Jan. 2.

Thomas is ranked the No. 232 prospect in the Class of 2021 overall according to 247Sports. Mississippi State, TCU, UC Santa Barbara, VCU, Virginia Tech and Wofford have all extended offers.

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.
Nebraska Player of the Year Saint Thomas in action during a December game against Burke.
File photo by Samuel Mfinanga
Nebraska Player of the Year Saint Thomas in action during a December game against Burke.

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.
California high school football player collapses on sideline, later dies - HIGHSCORE
California high school football player collapses on sideline, later dies
The night high school football largely returned to California was met with tragic news near the state Capitol on Friday.

According to the Sacramento Bee, Kennedy (Sacramento) senior lineman Emmanuel Antwi collapsed on the sideline in the fourth quarter of the team's season opener at home with Hiram Johnson. He later died.

The game was stopped in the fourth quarter and did not resume after Antwi received medical attention, including 10 minutes of CPR, before being taken to a local hospital, according to media reports.

A Sacramento City Unified School District press release on Saturday read: "Today we learned that Emmanuel Antwi, a John F. Kennedy senior athlete, died after a medical emergency during Friday night's football game. We do not have many details to share beyond this. Our hearts go out to Emmanuel's family and our school community during this difficult time. We ask all to give them privacy and time for healing and comfort as they grieve."

A gofundme.com page was set up to help with Antwi's funeral costs. Along with request came this from the organizer: "After waiting months due to COVID-19, the first football game of the season was finally here! He just told his football coach that he finally got his driver's license. He was so excited. Emmanuel "Manny" was loved by so many and he was a great young man and he definitely was too young to pass away."

The high school football season resumed March 12 in some parts of the state, a year after sports were put on pause throughout the country due to the coronavirus pandemic. Friday, however, was the opening date for the majority of the football teams in California, including Kennedy.

Citing a National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) annual study, the Bee reported there have been 34 football-related deaths the last 10 years among middle and high school-age kids. None were reported during the 2020 fall season, which football was played by 35 states.


High school football: 100 days to kickoff, preseason HIGHSCORE Top 25 set to be released June 23 - HIGHSCORE
High school football: 100 days to kickoff, preseason MaxPreps Top 25 set to be released June 23
While adjusted spring seasons due to the pandemic are just wrapping up in some pockets of the country, high school football is expected to return to its normal time slot this fall. Here's to hopes that all the things that make prep football a community event on Friday nights can return along with it – bands, cheerleaders, student sections and of course fans.

Kickoff is 100 days away in many states and we will officially begin counting down to what may be the most highly-anticipated high school football season in history with the release of our preseason MaxPreps Top 25 on June 23.

A look at the nation's elite programs will be followed by breakdowns of the top team in every state, biggest games, toughest schedules and top players at every position. Our 2021 preview will conclude in late July with the release of our preseason All-America teams.

Most states have confirmed start dates for the 2021 season. The earliest scheduled thus far is Hawaii on Aug. 6, followed by Alaska and Utah the following week. The season will really pick up steam Aug. 20-21 with more than a dozen states kicking off that weekend.

Last year, Utah kicked off first Aug. 13 and was one of 35 states to complete seasons in the fall. Of those, 31 eventually crowned state champions.
High school football teams around the country can't wait to take the field again this fall.
Photo by Daniel Galarza
High school football teams around the country can't wait to take the field again this fall.
Previewing the 2021 football season

June 23: Preseason MaxPreps Top 25
June 29: Highlighting the nation's top 100 teams
July 1: Best team in all 50 states
July 5: Top 10 biggest games
July 7: Top 10 toughest schedules
July 9: Top 10 quarterbacks
July 12: Top 10 running backs
July 14: Top 10 wide receivers
July 16: Top 10 defensive linemen
July 19: Top 10 linebackers
July 21: Top 10 defensive backs
July 23: Top 10 players
July 26: Preseason Sophomore All-America Team
July 28: Preseason Junior All-America Team
July 30: Preseason All-America Team
Texas high school football: Allen head coach Terry Gambill retires - HIGHSCORE
Texas high school football: Allen head coach Terry Gambill retires
One of the most prominent high school football programs in the nation will be looking for a new head coach after Terry Gambill of Allen (Texas) announced his retirement Tuesday, according to multiple reports. He took over at the school before the 2016 season and went 65-4 during his five-year tenure, leading the Dallas-area power to three semifinal appearances and a 6A Division 1 state title in 2017.

"I'd like to extend my sincere appreciation to the families, coaches and administration in Allen ISD for the opportunity to spend many wonderful years in the district and athletic program," Gambill stated in a press release.

Gambill was the head coach at Midway (Waco) from 2010-15 and led the Panthers to a 68-13 record and a 4A Division 1 runner-up finish in 2011. He was an assistant coach at Allen from 2001-09 and was the defensive coordinator in 2008 when Allen won its first state championship.

Kyler Murray would lead the Eagles to three more state titles from 2012-14 and Gambill helped bring home the last one in 2017 when Grant Tisdale and Theo Wease guided the Eagles to a 35-33 win over Garrett Wilson and Lake Travis (Austin) to cap a perfect 16-0 season. 

The head coaching position at Allen will be one of the most sought-after jobs in the country. The school currently has the largest enrollment in the state, a near-$60 million dollar stadium and a recent tradition of success with five state titles since 2008.

Allen has won at least 10 games in 15 consecutive seasons. There is still plenty of talent on the roster with three-star offensive lineman Neto Umeozulu, junior running back Jaylen Jenkins and 2022 Harvard commit Jackson Newville.
Terry Gambill is interviewed on the field after leading Allen to a state championship in 2017.
Photo by Robbie Rakestraw
Terry Gambill is interviewed on the field after leading Allen to a state championship in 2017.