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Daughters of former NBA players Gilbert Arenas, Zach Randolph set to make high school basketball debuts for California powerhouse Sierra Canyon - OFFICIAL
Daughters of former NBA players Gilbert Arenas, Zach Randolph set to make high school basketball debuts for California powerhouse Sierra Canyon
Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth, Calif.) has seen high-profile players come through its boys high school basketball program, including the sons of notable current and former NBA stars. Well, the girls got next as the Trailblazers added a pair of marquee freshman to a squad that finished No. 18 in the final MaxPreps Top 25 rankings.

Izela Arenas, daughter of Gilbert Arenas, and Mackenly Randolph, Zach Randolph's daughter, join a Sierra Canyon team that finished 25-7 last season before falling in the first round of the CIF Open Division state tournament.

The Trailblazers lost four Division I players to graduation, and Arenas and Randolph are part of a talented incoming freshman class that features seven players, including promising point guard Christy Reynoso.

The boys team features Bronny James (LeBron James), Zaire Wade (Dwyane Wade), Scotty Pippen Jr. (Scottie Pippen) and Kenyon Martin Jr. (Kenyon Martin).

Gilbert Arenas and Zach Randolph are former All-Stars who combined to play 28 seasons in the NBA. Randolph averaged 16.6 points and 9.1 rebounds over a lengthy NBA career, while Arenas averaged 20.7 points, 5.3 assists and 3.9 assists during an impressive 11-year run.

Expect the national spotlight to shine bright Sierra Canyon's boys and girls basketball programs as James continues to develop his game in his sophomore season, while Arenas and Gilbert add that star power to the girls game.

OFFICIAL/AVCA Players of the Week - OFFICIAL
MaxPreps/AVCA Players of the Week
MaxPreps/AVCA High School Players of the Week
For the week of Nov. 9-15

Arizona
6'2" | Senior | OH/MH
6 Sets Played
Kills: 33
Kills/Game: 5.5
Digs: 14
Digs/Game: 2.333
Receptions: 17
Rcpt/Game: 2.83
Aces: 1
Blocks: 1

Connecticut
Senior | S
10 Sets Played

Assists: 80
Assists/Game: 8
Team Hitting%: 0.189
Digs: 43
Digs/Game: 4.3
Aces: 13
Blocks: 1

Florida
5'8" | Sophomore | S
3 Sets Played

Assists: 31
Assists/Game: 10.33
Team Hitting%: 0.213
Digs: 11
Digs/Game: 3.67
Aces: 1
Blocks: 1

Louisiana
5'8" | Junior | S
10 Sets Played
Assists: 76
Assists/Game: 7.6
Team Hitting%: 0.190
Digs: 28
Digs/Game: 2.8
Aces: 3
Blocks: 2

Massachusetts
Senior | S
14 Sets Played

Assists: 89
Assists/Game: 6.36
Team Hitting%: 0.129
Digs: 32
Digs/Game: 2.29
Aces: 10
Blocks: 0

Michigan
5'9" | Sophomore | OH
9 Sets Played

Kills: 50
Kills/Game: 5.56
Digs: 31
Digs/Game: 3.44
Receptions: 37
Rcpt/Game: 4.11
Aces: 3
Blocks: 2

Minnesota
6'3" | Junior | MH
14 Sets Played

Kills: 56
Kills/Game: 4
Digs: 31
Digs/Game: 2.21
Receptions: 33
Rcpt/Game: 2.36
Aces: 5
Blocks: 13

Montana
6'4" | Senior | MH
10 Sets Played

Kills: 49
Kills/Game: 4.9
Digs: 19
Digs/Game: 1.9
Receptions: 16
Rcpt/Game: 1.6
Aces: 1
Blocks: 13

North Dakota
5'9 | Senior | OH
6 Sets Played

Kills: 28
Kills/Game: 4.67
Digs: 9
Digs/Game: 1.5
Blocks: 1

Ohio
6'0 | Senior | OH/MH
8 Sets Played

Kills: 25
Kills/Game: 3.13
Digs: 11
Digs/Game: 1.38
Receptions: 25
Rcpt/Game: 3.13
Aces: 3
Blocks: 5

Pennsylvania
Senior | OH/DS
9 Sets Played

Kills: 36
Kills/Game: 4
Digs: 41
Digs/Game: 4.56
Aces: 5

South Dakota
Corsica/Stickney (Corsica High School, SD), 19 - 3
Sophomore | S/DS
5 Sets Played

Assists: 58
Assists/Game: 11.6
Team Hitting%: 0.136
Digs: 17
Digs/Game: 3.4
Blocks: 1

Texas
6'0 | Senior | MH
10 Sets Played

Kills: 60
Kills/Game: 6
Digs: 34
Digs/Game: 3.4
Receptions: 31
Rcpt/Game: 3.1
Aces: 6
Blocks: 6

Virginia
Junior
8 Sets Played

Kills: 16
Kills/Game: 2
Digs: 25
Digs/Game: 3.13
Receptions: 9
Rcpt/Game: 1.13
Aces: 9
Blocks: 1

West Virginia
Junior
9 Sets Played

Kills: 75
Kills/Game: 8.33
Digs: 41
Digs/Game: 4.56
Receptions: 35
Rcpt/Game: 3.89
Aces: 4
Blocks: 8
OFFICIAL/AVCA Players of the Week - OFFICIAL
MaxPreps/AVCA Players of the Week
MaxPreps/AVCA High School Players of the Week
For the week of Sept. 21-27

Alabama
Makenna Long, Long (Skipperville)
5-foot-6 | Junior | S
7 Sets played last week

Assists: 84
Assists/Game: 12
Team Hitting%: 0.323
Digs: 11
Digs/Game: 1.57
Aces: 5
Blocks: 1


Arizona
6-0 | Junior | OH/MB
8 Sets played last week

Kills: 46
Kills/Game: 5.75
Digs: 32
Digs/Game: 4
Receptions: 27
Rcpt/Game: 3.38
Aces: 2
Blocks: 6


Arkansas
Maddie Trusty, Lakeside (Hot Springs)
5-9 | Senior | OH/S
9 Sets played last week
Kills: 46
Kills/Game: 5.11
Digs: 43
Digs/Game: 4.78
Receptions: 32
Rcpt/Game: 3.56
Aces: 7

Florida
Kylie Stroehlein, Sickles (Tampa)
5-10 | Senior | OH
21 Sets played last week

Kills: 113
Kills/Game: 5.38
Digs: 87
Digs/Game: 4.14
Receptions: 65
Rcpt/Game: 3.1
Aces: 23
Blocks: 5

Georgia

Senior | MH
9 Sets played last week

Kills: 46
Kills/Game: 5.11
Digs: 11
Digs/Game: 1.22
Receptions: 4
Rcpt/Game: 0.44
Aces: 4
Blocks: 2


Idaho

Kaylie Kofe, Bonneville (Idaho Falls)
5-6 | Freshman | S/OH/OPP
7 Sets played last week

Assists: 62
Assists/Game: 8.86
Team Hitting%: 0.326
Digs: 14
Digs/Game: 2
Aces: 14
Blocks: 3


Indiana

5-8 | Senior | OH
11 Sets played last week

Kills: 77
Kills/Game: 7
Digs: 29
Digs/Game: 2.64
Receptions: 40
Rcpt/Game: 3.64
Aces: 5
Blocks: 1


Kansas

Senior | S
17 Sets played last week

Assists: 188
Assists/Game: 11.06
Team Hitting%: 0.201
Digs: 32
Digs/Game: 1.88
Aces: 11
Blocks: 2


Kentucky

Junior | S
17 Sets played last week
Assists: 200
Assists/Game: 11.77
Team Hitting%: 0.293
Digs: 24
Digs/Game: 1.41
Aces: 4
Blocks: 8


Louisiana
5-5 | Senior | S/L/DS
17 Sets played last week

Assists: 148
Assists/Game: 8.71
Team Hitting%: 0.218
Digs: 55
Digs/Game: 3.23
Aces: 5
Blocks: 4


Michigan
6-1 | Senior | OH
15 Sets played last week

Kills: 104
Kills/Game: 6.93
Digs: 43
Digs/Game: 2.87
Receptions: 59
Rcpt/Game: 3.93
Aces: 14
Blocks: 1


Mississippi
5-9 | Senior | S
10 Sets played last week

Assists: 105
Assists/Game: 10.5
Team Hitting%: 0.367
Digs: 16
Digs/Game: 1.6
Aces: 15
Blocks: 2


Missouri
5-10 | Senior | MH
9 Sets played last week

Kills: 76
Kills/Game: 8.44
Digs: 47
Digs/Game: 5.22
Receptions: 45
Rcpt/Game: 5
Aces: 5
Blocks: 10


Montana
5-10 | Junior | MH/OH
10 Sets played last week

Kills: 34
Kills/Game: 3.4
Digs: 30
Digs/Game: 3
Receptions: 24
Rcpt/Game: 2.4
Aces: 4


Nebraska
6-0 | Junior | OH
11 Sets played last week
Kills: 84
Kills/Game: 7.64
Digs: 62
Digs/Game: 5.64
Receptions: 53
Rcpt/Game: 4.82
Aces: 12
Blocks: 6

New Hampshire

Sophomore | MH
8 Sets played last week

Stats
Kills: 32
Kills/Game: 4
Digs: 18
Digs/Game: 2.25
Receptions: 14
Rcpt/Game: 1.75
Aces: 1
Blocks: 5


North Carolina

Junior | OH/DS/S
10 Sets played last week
Kills: 42
Kills/Game: 4.2
Digs: 26
Digs/Game: 2.6
Receptions: 47
Rcpt/Game: 4.7
Aces: 8
Blocks: 3


North Dakota
Sophomore | MH
7 Sets played last week

Kills: 20
Kills/Game: 2.86
Digs: 6
Digs/Game: 0.86
Receptions: 2
Aces: 5
Blocks: 6


Ohio

Taylor Baxter, Bellevue
5-11 | Senior | OH
11 Sets played last week

Kills: 73
Kills/Game: 6.64
Digs: 47
Digs/Game: 4.27
Receptions: 51
Rcpt/Game: 4.64
Aces: 5
Blocks: 4


Oklahoma
Junior | OH
6 Sets played last week
Kills: 15
Kills/Game: 2.5
Digs: 8
Digs/Game: 1.33
Receptions: 15
Rcpt/Game: 2.5
Aces: 3


Pennsylvania
5-5 | Senior | S
12 Sets played last week

Assists: 121
Assists/Game: 10.08
Digs: 10
Digs/Game: 0.83
Aces: 3
Blocks: 6


South Carolina
Marianna Singletary, Porter-Gaud (Charleston)
6-4 | Junior | MH
16 Sets played last week

Kills: 89
Kills/Game: 5.56
Digs: 46
Digs/Game: 2.88
Receptions: 72
Rcpt/Game: 4.5
Aces: 8


South Dakota
Sydney Schell, Northwestern Area (Mellette)
5-9 | Senior | OH
16 Sets played last week

Kills: 96
Kills/Game: 6
Digs: 48
Digs/Game: 3
Receptions: 63
Rcpt/Game: 3.94
Aces: 11
Blocks: 5


Tennessee
Jaida Clark, Siegel (Murfreesboro)
6-1 | Senior | MH
11 Sets played last week

Kills: 60
Kills/Game: 5.46
Digs: 11
Digs/Game: 1
Aces: 2
Blocks: 12


Texas
6-3 | Junior | OH/OPP
8 Sets played last week

Kills: 43
Kills/Game: 5.38
Digs: 0
Digs/Game: 0
Receptions: 27
Rcpt/Game: 3.38
Blocks: 4


Utah
Hailee Garcia, Syracuse
5-9 | Junior | S
25 Sets played last week

Assists: 242
Assists/Game: 9.68
Team Hitting%: 0.189
Digs: 50
Digs/Game: 2
Aces: 16
Blocks: 14


West Virginia
Hope Weber, Paden City
5-11 | Senior | OH/S
6 Sets played last week

Kills: 35
Kills/Game: 5.83
Digs: 7
Digs/Game: 1.17
Receptions: 5
Rcpt/Game: 0.83
Aces: 3


Wisconsin
Hanne Johnson, Grantsburg
5-11 | Junior | OH/S/RS
12 Sets played last week

Kills: 73
Kills/Game: 6.08
Digs: 52
Digs/Game: 4.33
Receptions: 75
Rcpt/Game: 6.25
Aces: 5
Blocks: 5


Wyoming
5-5 | Junior | S
10 Sets played last week

Assists: 88
Assists/Game: 8.8
Team Hitting%: 0.188
Digs: 25
Digs/Game: 2.5
Aces: 6
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.
High school sports amid the pandemic: 10 things that look different this fall - OFFICIAL
High school sports amid the pandemic: 10 things that look different this fall
American Fork (Utah) athletic director Jeremy Lewis was thrilled that high school sports were back, but he had an obligation to make sure all new protocols were followed. So, in the middle of the first half of his football team's varsity game with Timpview (Provo) last week, he halted play, got on a loudspeaker and told the estimated 1,000 fans in the stands to wear masks, get back to their assigned seats and practice general social distancing guidelines laid out by state and local officials.

Otherwise, the game wouldn't go on.

We're still in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic, after all.

For the most part, fans obliged immediately, the game went on a few minutes later, American Fork prevailed 31-21 to move to 2-0 and high school sports continues throughout the state of Utah and in many other parts of the country.

Heading into the final weekend of August, 16 of the 50 states have decided to wait until 2021 to partake in high school sports due to COVID-19. The other 34 have committed to play in the fall with seven already having kicked things off and 10 more scheduled to do so by Friday. All have written up new safety guidelines that have led to many new rules and new looks in and around respective playing fields.

An athletic director stopping a game is one of those new looks. Here are nine others we've seen over the past two weeks:
A Skyridge (Lehi, Utah) player is flanked by a pair of masked teammates.
Photo by Shae Goodwin
A Skyridge (Lehi, Utah) player is flanked by a pair of masked teammates.
• Masked attackers — Tall, athletic front-row players on the volleyball court can be intimidating enough. But many players are choosing to don masks — they are not required but recommended in many states — giving an even more ominous look from the other side of the net.

New handshake line — Instead of lining up on either side of the 50-yard-line to shake in football, the COVID-19 acknowledgement is to line up on the hashes, raise a helmet and shout out appropriate sentiments, whatever those may be.

Check, and double check, that schedule — The calendar is subject to change. Contests have been and likely will continue to change, many at the last moment. In Indiana last week, Center Grove (Greenwood) had its opener put in jeopardy because Warren Central (Indianapolis) was under quarantine. Center Grove quickly rescheduled, beat Decatur Central (56-14) and now plays a cleared Warren Central squad on Friday.

Buy those tickets — With limited seating capacities due social distancing measures, football games are selling out quickly. Fremont (Provo, Utah) posted on Twitter today that tickets to its home game Friday with Roy were all gone.

Friday night stream — With fan restrictions and games selling out, fans — even parents — might be confined to their home computers, laptops or phones to watch the action. Same goes for reporters, too. Standout performers might be doing some of their post-game interviews via phone. The University Interscholastic League, the governing body of public schools in Texas, recently announced it will lift a ban temporarily on live telecasts and streaming of football games to allow fans to at least watch games.

Spreading out — The tight shoulder-to-shoulder, player-on-top-of-player mob look on football sideline now looks more like a pre-game exercise line. Mandates to keep players at a distance stretches now 80 yards from the 10-yard-line to the 10. It used to be a 50-yard team box, from the 25 to the 25.

One-sided — The days of switching sides after each volleyball set is now done. Teams are required to stay on one side of the court for the entire match.

Temperature checks — Ready, aim, thermometer. Not only are players constantly asked to remove their helmets to test for fevers with new digital thermometers, but fans allowed into games in many places must go through the same testing, too.

• Air celebrations — It's difficult, almost sad, to squelch teens from celebrating any triumph on the field or court, but guidelines highly recommend they are done without physical contact. So, young athletes of today are inventing new touchless celebrations that are both inspirational and, of course, creative.

Despite all the precautions, masking and social distancing, once the players are on the field and the competition commences, it all looks and feels pretty much like it did before COVID-19.

And that's a very appealing picture.
Some volleyball players are choosing to wear masks.
Photo by Joe Calomeni
Some volleyball players are choosing to wear masks.
 
High school softball: Coaches with 1,000 or more wins - OFFICIAL
High school softball: Coaches with 1,000 or more wins
The math is simple, yet staggering. Multiply 40 x 50 and you get 2,000. That's 40 wins a year times 50 years equals 2,000 wins. A high school school coach could accomplish that unimaginable feat and yet still come up 89 wins short of passing Jefferson (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) coaching legend Larry Niemeyer.

Niemeyer heads a list of high school softball coaches with 1,000 or more wins and his total is one of the more amazing feats in high school sports. With 2,089 career wins over 56 seasons, Niemeyer averaged 37 wins a year. By comparison, only about 30 high schools in the nation won 37 or more games during the 2019 season (the last full high school softball season). He also finished nearly 250 wins ahead of No. 2 Frank Huston, who retired in 2019 with 1,853.

In real estate, there's the old adage, "location, location, location." The same is true for high school softball coaches, and those three locations are Iowa, Michigan and Alabama. Of the 34 coaches on the list with over 1,000 wins, only four came from states other than those three. Iowa has 17 coaches on the list, including the top eight while Michigan has nine. Alabama has three while California, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Illinois have one each.

Sources for the list include the National Federation of High Schools record book, the Iowa Softball Coaches Association record book, state association record books and the Cal-Hi Sports Record Book by Mark and Nelson Tennis. Additions or corrections? [email protected]
Carlmont coach Jim Liggett has 1,009 wins.
File photo by Doug Stringer
Carlmont coach Jim Liggett has 1,009 wins.
High school softball coaches with 1,000-plus wins

1. Larry Niemeyer
Wins:
2,089
Schools: Jefferson (Cedar Rapids, Iowa)
Years: 1958-2013
Total Record: 2,089-429

2. Frank Huston
Wins:
1,853
Schools: Ottumwa (Iowa), Pekin (Packwood, Iowa), Gladbrook-Reinbeck (Iowa)
Years: 1967-2019
Total Record:1,853-508

3. Ed Coughenour
Wins:
1,444
Schools: Kingsley-Pierson (Kingsley, Iowa)
Years: 1956-2006
Total Record: 1,444-375

4. Gary Page
Wins:
1,400
Schools: Urbandale (Iowa)
Years: 1966-2000
Total Record: 1,400-462

5. Bill Hennessy
Wins:
1,374
Schools: Roland-Story (Story City, Iowa)
Years: 1955-2000
Total Record: 1,374-571

6. Steve Schlafke
Wins:
1,261
Schools: Garnavillo, Audubon (Iowa), A-D-M (Adel, Iowa), Dallas Center-Grimes (Iowa)
Years: 1976-present
Total Record: 1,261-628

7. Dennis Johnson
Wins:
1,249
Schools: North Scott (Eldridge, Iowa)
Years: 1975-2001, 2006-14
Total Record: 1,249-298-1

8. Bob Bunting
Wins:
1,217
Schools: Lisbon (Iowa)
Years: 1969-present
Total Record: 1,217-637

9. Diane Laffey
Wins:
1,212
Schools: Regina (Warren, Mich.)
Years: 1963-present
Total Record: 1,212-485-5

10. Brad Walraven
Wins:
1,195
Schools: All Saints Central (Bay City, Mich.), Frankenmuth (Mich.)
Years: 1980-present
Total Record: 1,195-356-3

11. Jim Brown
Wins:
1,186
Schools: Hoover (Ala.)
Years: 1991-2013
Total Record: 1,186-319-1

12. Tom Kennelly
Wins:
1,184
Schools: Swan Valley (Saginaw, Mich.)
Years: 1980-present
Total Record: 1,184-302-1

13. Steve Saladino
Wins:
1,179
Schools: Davenport West (Davenport, Iowa)
Years: 1979-present
Total Record: 1,179 wins

14. Rick Dillinger
Wins:
1,174
Schools: A-D-M (Adel, Iowa), North Polk (Alleman, Iowa), Danville (Iowa)
Years: 1976-2018
Total Record: 1,174-555

15. Denny Dock
Wins:
1,170
Schools: Dowagiac (Mich.), Lakeshore (Stevensville, Mich.)
Years: 1976-81, 1985-88, 1990-present
Total Record: 1,170-316-2

16. Dick Rasmussen
Wins:
1,165
Schools: Ankeny (Iowa), South Hamilton (Jewell, Iowa)
Years: 1965-1996
Total Record: 1,165-314

17. Jim Flaws
Wins:
1,142
Schools: Carlisle (Iowa), Dow City-Arion,
Years: 1983-present
Total Record: 1,142-227

18. Joe Gilbert
Wins:
1,140
Schools: Barnsdall (Okla.)
Years: 1954-2020
Total Record: 1,140 wins

19. Joe Alsup
Wins:
1,140
Schools: Waterford Township (Mich.); Mott (Waterford, Mich.); Kettering (Waterford, Mich.), Lakeland (White Lake, Mich.)
Years: 1975-94, 1998-2019
Total Record: 1,140-274

20. Mike Vint
Wins:
1,108
Schools: Marshalltown (Iowa), East Marshall (Le Grand, Iowa), Green Mountain
Years: 1971-2010
Total Record: 1,108-403

21. Ted McIntyre
Wins:
1,081
Schools: Mt. Pleasant (Mich.)
Years: 1975-2019
Total Record: 1,081-414

22. Larry Heath
Wins:
1,078
Schools: Burlington (Iowa)
Years: 1985-present
Total Record: 1,078-431

23. Tony Scarbrough
Wins:
1,071
Schools: Baker (Mobile, Ala.)
Years: 1970-present
Total Record: 1,071 wins

24. Jerry Newton
Wins:
1,068
Schools: Charles City (Iowa)
Years: 1967-1999
Total Record: 1,068-190

25. Dennis Schuur
Wins:
1,052
Schools: Muscatine (Iowa), Lake City (Iowa)
Years: 1989-2015
Total Record: 1,052-251

26. Ton Vruggink
Wins:
1,052
Schools: Hudsonville (Mich.)
Years: 1982-present
Total Record: 1,052-274

27. John Biedenbach
Wins:
1,050
Schools: Trenton (Mich.)
Years: 1975-present
Total Record: 1,050-500-6

28. Randy Wolken
Wins:
1,044
Schools: St. Joseph-Ogden (St. Joseph, Ill.)
Years: 1980-2018
Total Record: 1,044-242

29. Gary Adams
Wins:
1,043
Schools: Crescent (Iva, S.C.)
Years: 1977-2019
Total Record: 1,043-169

30. Howard Stuart
Wins:
1,043
Schools: Richmond (Mich.)
Years: 1979-present
Total Record: 1,043-308-1

31. Bob Bradfield
Wins:
1,041
Schools: Fairfield (Iowa)
Years: 1979-present
Total Record: 1,041-652

32. Howard Dorman
Wins:
1,019
Schools: Belmond-Klemme (Belmond, Iowa), Woden-Crystal Lake-Titonka (Crystal Lake, Iowa)
Years: 1960-2008
Total Record: 1,019-429

33. Dale Palmer,
Wins:
1,016
Schools: Sparkman (Harvest, Ala.)
Years: 1997-present
Total Record: 1,016 wins

34. Jim Liggett
Wins:
1,009
Schools: Carlmont (Belmont, Calif.)
Years: 1976-2016
Total Record: 1,009-216