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High school basketball: DeMatha job open for just the second time in 65 years as Mike Jones departs for college job - OFFICIAL
High school basketball: DeMatha job open for just the second time in 65 years as Mike Jones departs for college job
The Virginia Tech basketball program announced Monday that longtime DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.) head coach Mike Jones has accepted the associate head coach position with the program.

Jones coached DeMatha for the past 19 years and owns a record of 511-119 (.811 winning percentage) with eight Washington Catholic Athletic Conference championships. DeMatha finished 2020-21 ranked No. 4 in the MaxPreps Top 25 with a 9-0 record in an abbreviated campaign.

The 1991 DeMatha graduate took over the helm following the departure of legendary head coach Morgan Wootten, who led the Stags to a record of 1,274-192 from 1956-2002.
The school said via social media the search for Jones' replacement would begin in the coming weeks "but for now we celebrate with coach Jones this opportunity."

The next DeMatha coach will have massive shoes to fill after Wootten and Jones led the national powerhouse to 41 Washington Catholic Athletic Conference titles and won nearly 85 percent of their games over the past 65 seasons.
Mike Jones coached six players at DeMatha who went on to the NBA.
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Mike Jones coached six players at DeMatha who went on to the NBA.

Controversial Georgia coach Rush Propst avoids suspension in head-butting incident - OFFICIAL
Controversial Georgia coach Rush Propst avoids suspension in head-butting incident
Video: Colquitt County vs. Plant 2015
Packers crushed Florida power 42-8 last August.

The Dalton Citizen reported Thursday evening that controversial football coach Rush Propst of Colquitt County (Moultrie, Ga.) will not be suspended over a head-butting incident that occurred last December.

"He's certainly been very successful, but I think that he will, hopefully, look for new ways to motivate the kids and continue to be successful," said Paul Shaw, who was a member of a state board that was reviewing the situation.

Propst, who rose to national prominence thanks in part to the MTV reality show Two-A-Days, was facing a year-long suspension but instead will receive only a reprimand.

Under Propst's guidance, the Packers have won back-to-back state titles and are considered a strong threat to three-peat.

Colquitt County opens the 2016 season Aug. 20 in the Georgia Dome against Mill Creek.
Propst walks the sideline during a 2014 game against Archer.
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Propst walks the sideline during a 2014 game against Archer.
High school girls basketball: Raven Johnson named 2020-21 OFFICIAL National Player of the Year - OFFICIAL
High school girls basketball: Raven Johnson named 2020-21 MaxPreps National Player of the Year
The postseason banquet after Raven Johnson's freshman season was a celebration of a state championship for Westlake (Atlanta). As part of the festivities, a representative from the company that was going to make the championship rings was there to measure everyone for their new jewelry.

"What finger do you want your ring on?" he asked. "You might win another one, so choose carefully."

Johnson, the young point guard who had to be coaxed to say much during the season, held up her hand.

"She was dead serious," Westlake coach Hilda Hankerson said. "There was no smile."

"I remember it like it was yesterday," Johnson said. "I held up all four fingers and said, 'You might as well get the other three sizes too because I'm going to win four state titles.'"

Which, of course, she and Westlake did. The Lions won AAAAAAA titles in 2018, 2019 and 2020, then a AAAAAA title this season, which they parlayed into a GEICO Nationals victory and a MaxPreps National Championship.
Johnson is the 2020-21 MaxPreps National Player of the Year after averaging 15.1 points, 5.1 assists and 5.0 rebounds per game while leading Westlake to a 22-0 mark.

"I wouldn't call that cocky," said Johnson, who's headed to South Carolina. "I'd call that confident."

And Johnson credits that confidence for much of her success. "If you have confidence, it will carry you a long way," she said.

It didn't take long for Hankerson to recognize that Johnson was going to carry Westlake a long way. She first saw her at the local middle school which feeds Westlake.

"She was head and shoulders above the others," said the coach. "She really stood out."

And Hankerson, who's been running the show at Westlake for 26 years and played Division I basketball at Mercer, knew exactly what she was looking at.

"Raven was my point guard from Day One," she said. "The summer before she started ninth grade, I called my senior point guard over and said ‘You're getting ready to be my two guard.' "

And though Johnson obviously had the skills and the confidence, she also understood that basketball is a team game.

"As players get older, they sometimes get cliquish," Hankerson said. "The seniors just sit with the seniors, or the starters are always together. But Raven probably sat with more people than anyone I've ever coached, no matter how good they were."

At the same time, though, Johnson is ferociously competitive. She's always played with boys because "they challenge me every day. I like to compete," she said, and then pauses. "But most of all, I like to win."

She hopes to keep on winning playing for the Gamecocks and coach Dawn Staley, who's one of the greatest point guards in women's basketball history.

"She showed me videos of her playing, and I was like ‘Wow,' " said Johnson, who also knows Staley is a taskmaster.

That's OK with Johnson. "I don't like a coach who would kiss my butt. When you're screaming at me, I like that."

Of course, there's one thing she likes better.

"I like to win," she said, adding her goal at South Carolina is simple. "I just want to win a national championship."

And get another ring.

Past MaxPreps National Players of the Year
2020 — Paige Bueckers, Hopkins (Minnetonka, Minn.)
2019 — Azzi Fudd, St. John's (Washington, D.C.)
2018 — Christyn Williams, Central Arkansas Christian (North Little Rock, Ark.)
2017 — Megan Walker, Monacan (Richmond, Va.)
2016 — Sabrina Ionescu, Miramonte (Orinda, Calif.)
2015 — Ali Patberg, Columbus North (Columbus, Ind.)
2014 — A'ja Wilson, Heathwood Hall Episcopal (Columbia, S.C.)
2013 — Diamond DeShields, Norcross (Ga.)
2012 — Breanna Stewart, Cicero-North Syracuse (Cicero, N.Y.)
2011 — Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.)
2010 — Chiney Ogwumike, Cy-Fair (Cypress, Texas)
2009 — Skylar Diggins, South Bend Washington (South Bend, Ind.)
2008 — Nneka Ogwumike, Cy-Fair (Cypress, Texas)
2007 — Maya Moore, Collins Hill (Suwanee, Ga.)
2006 — Jacki Gemelos, St. Mary's (Stockton, Calif.)
10 unique high schools as seen via Google Earth - OFFICIAL
10 unique high schools as seen via Google Earth
Video: 10 unique high schools from Google Earth
Aerial views of distinctive campuses across the country.

Sometimes to really appreciate something, you need to change your perspective.

Renowned French novelist Marcel Proust once said, "the real voyage of discovery comes not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes."

MaxPreps provides "new eyes" to help discover 10 of the coolest high school campuses in the nation via Google Earth. Time to begin your real voyage of discovery.

Here is a snapshot of the 10 schools featured in the video:

Allen (Texas): The school already has a multi-million dollar football stadium, but it also has an impressive array of baseball and softball fields and an extra football field.
Bentonville (Ark.): A two-time MaxPreps Cup champion, Bentonville has a campus that stretches almost 10 city blocks.
Stevenson (Pebble Beach, Calif.): It's easy to see why Stevenson ranks as one of the top golf programs in the state. It's near the famed Pebble Beach golf course.
Westminster (Atlanta, Ga.): Winner of nearly 300 state championships, Westminster sits in a picturesque setting where the athletic fields are carved out of a heavily wooded area in Atlanta.
Parkland (Allentown, Pa.): From outer space, the Parkland campus looks like something from another world. The campus has a unique Millennium Falcon shape.
Punahou (Honolulu, Hawaii): The Buff 'N Blue have won over 500 state championships and are located just a few miles from Waikiki Beach.
Bolles (Jacksonville, Fla.): The Bulldogs have one of the top swimming programs in the nation, as evidenced by the Olympic-size pool that's just beyond the school's front doors.
Baylor (Chattanooga, Tenn.): Built along the Tennessee River, Baylor School overlooks the water with the athletic fields in among the woods lining the waterway.
Valley Christian (San Jose, Calif.): Sitting atop a ridge in South San Jose, Valley Christian stretches the length of the rise with the football field at one end and the baseball field at the other.
IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.): Just a short distance from the Gulf of Mexico, IMG Academy hosts 16 soccer fields, a dozen tennis courts, three football fields and nine baseball fields, not to mention a small golf course and an Olympic-size pool.
High school football: Teams with most OFFICIAL Top 25 finishes since 2010 - OFFICIAL
High school football: Teams with most MaxPreps Top 25 finishes since 2010
When it comes to high school football rankings, one school has bragging rights and it's a very familiar name — De La Salle (Concord, Calif.). The powerhouse program has finished ranked in the final MaxPreps Top 25 nine times since 2010.

The only year the Spartans finished outside the MaxPreps Top 25 was 2016, when when they went 11-2 and lost 56-33 to St. John Bosco (Bellflower) in the CIF Open Division state championship.

Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas) and Florida titan Central (Miami) are the other two schools to land in the MaxPreps Top 25 at least eight times.

Reigning national champion IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) has been ranked in the MaxPreps Top 25 for each of the past six seasons, joining Chandler (Ariz.) and St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.) as the only teams to be ranked for the past five seasons.

Texas has had the most teams finish in the MaxPreps Top 25 with 47, followed by Florida with 43, California with 36, Georgia with 16 and Ohio with 15.

Read on for a complete breakdown of teams with the most MaxPreps Top 25 finishes since 2010.
De La Salle in action during the 2019 CIF Open Division state championship game against St. John Bosco.
Photo by Louis Lopez
De La Salle in action during the 2019 CIF Open Division state championship game against St. John Bosco.
MaxPreps Top 25 finishes since 2010

2010 (No. 3), 2011 (10), 2012 (4), 2013 (8), 2014 (3), 2015 (3), 2017 (25), 2018 (9), 2019 (12)

2010 (25), 2011 (12), 2012 (15), 2013 (17), 2014 (2), 2015 (4), 2016 (1), 2017 (13)

2010 (9), 2011 (17), 2012 (23), 2013 (4), 2014 (11), 2015 (25), 2018 (20), 2020 (18)

2010 (24), 2012 (17), 2014 (18), 2015 (5), 2016 (15), 2017 (12), 2018 (14)

2012 (2), 2013 (25), 2014 (25), 2015 (1), 2017 (17), 2019 (15), 2020 (17)

2013 (3), 2014 (19), 2015 (6), 2016 (5), 2017 (8), 2018 (3), 2019 (1)

7 St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
2010 (2), 2012 (20), 2014 (12), 2015 (15), 2016 (6), 2019 (3), 2020 (14)

2012 (5), 2013 (2), 2014 (1), 2015 (12), 2017 (3), 2018 (8)

6 Chandler (Ariz.)
2014 (16), 2016 (17), 2017 (11), 2018 (15), 2019 (10), 2020 (5)

6 IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)
2015 (7), 2016 (3), 2017 (2), 2018 (5), 2019 (8), 2020 (1)

5 Bingham (South Jordan, Utah)
2010 (13), 2013 (20), 2014 (14), 2016 (19), 2017 (19)

5 Trinity (Louisville)
2011 (2), 2012 (18), 2016 (16), 2017 (9), 2020 (10)

2013 (21), 2016 (10), 2017 (4), 2020 (21)

2012 (8), 2013 (7), 2014 (24), 2016 (2)

4 Folsom (Calif.)
2010 (7), 2014 (4), 2017 (18), 2018 (17)

4 Lake Travis (Austin, Texas)
2011 (7), 2015 (9), 2016 (7), 2017 (16)

2016 (9), 2017 (1), 2018 (2), 2019 (2)

4 North Shore (Houston)
2015 (10), 2018 (1), 2019 (4), 2020 (7)

4 St. Edward (Lakewood, Ohio)
2010 (4), 2014 (17), 2015 (8), 2018 (24)

2010 (25), 2013 (22), 2016 (25)

3 Bellevue (Wash.)
2011 (14), 2012 (6), 2013 (9)

2012 (13), 2013 (1), 2014 (5)

2014 (6), 2015 (2), 2018 (25)

2018 (4), 2019 (6), 2020 (16)

2011 (5), 2012 (19), 2019 (18)

2011 (4), 2016 (4), 2020 (2)

2012 (12), 2013 (11), 2016 (23)

2011 (6), 2019 (20), 2020 (15)

2017 (5), 2018 (6), 2019 (5)

2018 (11), 2019 (16), 2020 (4)

3 St. Peter's Prep (Jersey City, N.J.)
2014 (10), 2016 (12), 2019 (23)

2017 (15), 2018 (7), 2019 (14)

2018 (16), 2020 (11)

2012 (25), 2013 (10)

2010 (17), 2012 (9)

2018 (22), 2020 (22)

2013 (15), 2014 (9)

2 Center Grove (Greenwood, Ind.)
2015 (19), 2020 (12)

2019 (17), 2020 (9)

2015 (16), 2016 (8)

2010 (6), 2011 (1)

2019 (9), 2020 (13)

2014 (20), 2015 (21)

2013 (14), 2015 (24)

2011 (8), 2014 (22)

2012 (3), 2013 (24)

2 Northwestern (Rock Hill, S.C.)
2010 (8), 2013 (5)

2017 (20), 2019 (11)

2015 (22), 2016 (11)

2 Skyline (Dallas)
2011 (25), 2014 (15)

2 South Panola (Batesville, Miss.)
2010 (1), 2014 (7)

2016 (20), 2017 (7)

2017 (14), 2018 (13)

2 St. Xavier (Cincinnati)
2016 (24), 2020 (20)

2 Thompson (Alabaster, Ala.)
2019 (24), 2020 (6)

2015 (11), 2020 (3)

Teams with one MaxPreps Top 25 finish:

Acadiana (Lafayette, La.), Archbishop Rummel (Metairie, La.), Archbishop Wood (Warminster, Pa.), Armwood (Seffner, Fla.), Ben Davis (Indianapolis), Bergen Catholic (Oradell, N.J.), Bixby (Okla.), Blue Springs (Mo.), Brother Rice (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.), Buford (Ga.), Carmel (Ind.), Carol City (Miami), Cass Tech (Detroit), Cathedral (Indianapolis), Cathedral Catholic (San Diego), Clay-Chalkville (Pinson, Ala.), Cocoa (Fla.), Covington Catholic (Park Hills, Ky.), Daphne (Ala.), Dekaney (Houston), Dwyer (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.), East (Salt Lake City, Utah), East Jefferson (Metairie, La.), Ensworth (Nashville), Gilman (Baltimore), Gonzaga (Washington, D.C), Goose Creek (S.C.), Hamilton (Chandler, Ariz.), Jefferson (Tampa, Fla.), John Curtis Christian (River Ridge, La.), Jordan (Sandy, Utah), La Salle (Cincinnati), Lake Oswego (Ore.), Lakeland (Fla.), Lowndes (Valdosta, Ga.), Loyola Academy (Wilmette, Ill.), Male (Louisville), Mallard Creek (Charlotte, N.C.), Manatee (Bradenton, Fla.), Marietta (Ga.), Mentor (Ohio), Milton (Ga.), Mission Viejo (Calif.), Mountain Pointe (Phoenix), Mullen (Denver), Narbonne (Harbor City, Calif.), Norland (Miami), North Allegheny (Wexford, Pa.), North Gwinnett (Suwanee, Ga.), Northwestern (Miami), Oakland (Murfreesboro, Tenn.), Ocean Lakes (Virginia Beach, Va.), Olive Branch (Miss.), Page (Greensboro, N.C.), Palo Alto (Calif.), Pearland (Texas), Phoebus (Hampton, Va.), Pine-Richland (Gibsonia, Pa.), Plant (Tampa, Fla.), Prattville (Ala.), Rome (Ga.), Ryan (Denton, Texas), Saguaro (Scottsdale, Ariz.), Santa Margarita (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.), Spanish Fort (Ala.), St. Ignatius (Cleveland), St. Joseph Regional (Montvale, N.J.), St. Thomas More (Lafayette, La.), Steele (Cibolo, Texas), Stony Point (Round Rock, Texas), Trinity (Euless, Texas), Trinity Christian Academy (Jacksonville, Fla.), Union (Tulsa, Okla.), University (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), University Lab (Baton Rouge, La.), Venice (Fla.), Warren Central (Indianapolis), Wheaton-Warrenville South (Wheaton, Ill.), Whitehaven (Memphis, Tenn.)

MaxPreps National Champions