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Amaya Dowdy named 2020-21 OFFICIAL Rhode Island High School Girls Basketball Player of the Year - OFFICIAL
Amaya Dowdy named 2020-21 MaxPreps Rhode Island 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.

Amaya Dowdy of St. Raphael Academy (Pawtucket) is the 2020-21 MaxPreps Rhode Island High School Girls Basketball Player of the Year. The 6-foot senior sparked the Saints to an unbeaten season and the school's first Division 1 title since 2000.

Dowdy averaged 17.3 points, 10.6 rebounds and 3.6 blocks for St. Raphael. She scored 19 points and had 16 rebounds in the state championship win over Barrington.

Headed to play for UMass-Lowell next season, Dowdy has led St. Raphael to a 54-5 record over the past three seasons.

Each state's MaxPreps Player of the Year will be considered for inclusion in the MaxPreps All-America Team.
High school volleyball rankings: In search of sixth consecutive state title, Nebraska's Skutt Catholic headlines preseason OFFICIAL Top 25 - OFFICIAL
High school volleyball rankings: In search of sixth consecutive state title, Nebraska's Skutt Catholic headlines preseason MaxPreps Top 25
While the 2020 high school volleyball season might look different on a national level, one thing remains: You've got to win the matches in front of you. More than two-thirds of the states are pushing forward with fall sports, though some have a delayed calendar, but the national landscape will nonetheless look different.

California opted for a spring volleyball schedule, while some of the national tournaments were either canceled or rebooted in a different format. Michigan, with several Top 25-worthy teams is still trying to figure out if it's pushing back or moving forward.

Still, there's a ton of individual talent already on the court and equal number of teams capable of putting together state and perhaps national title runs.

We've included teams that have started playing or will start in September. Coaches can play their part in formulating accurate rankings by updating schedules and scores via MaxPreps.
Mabrey Shaffmaster and New Castle (Ind.) check in at No. 9 in our preseason rankings. The Trojans are chasing their fourth straight Indiana title.
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Mabrey Shaffmaster and New Castle (Ind.) check in at No. 9 in our preseason rankings. The Trojans are chasing their fourth straight Indiana title.
Preseason MaxPreps Top 25

1. Skutt Catholic (Omaha, Neb.), 7-0
Notes: Won the Bellevue West Invite without dropping a set. Lindsay Krause has 84 kills in 15 sets, while Allie Gray has 188 assists.

2. Flower Mound (Texas), Opens Sept. 15
Notes: Finished 41-4 last season and return three All-Americans in Kaylee Cox, Angelique Cyr and Caroline Dykes.

3. Lovejoy (Lucas, Texas), Sept. 15
Notes: Defending 5A champions posted a 2019 mark of 48-5. All-Americans Averi Carlson and Cecily Bramschreiber look to repeat.

4. Hoover (Ala.), 14-1
Notes: Following a season-opening five-set loss to McGill-Toolen, the Bucs have reeled off 14 straight including a revenge win over the Yellowjackets and a three-set tourney win over Tennessee's Brentwood.

5. Mercy (Louisville, Ky.), Sept. 8
Notes: Kentucky runners-up open the season against 2019 champion Assumption in a battle of the titans.

6. Assumption (Louisville, Ky.), Sept. 8
Notes: See No. 5 Mercy.

7. Valley (West Des Moines, Iowa), Sept. 2
Notes: Tigers open 2020 against Fort Dodge after 38-5 runner-up season in 2019. All-American Hayden Kubik leads Valley.

8. Brentwood (Tenn.), 9-1
Notes: The Bruins started 9-0 before the loss to Hoover. All-American Shaye Eggleston has 150 kills to start the year.

9. New Castle ( Ind.), 1-0
Notes: The Trojans opened with a sweep of Center Grove as Mabrey Shaffmaster (21) and Laila Smith (16) combined for 37 kills.

10. Walton (Marietta, Ga.), 2-0
Notes: The Raiders opened with sweeps of North Cobb and Marietta.

11. Guyer (Denton, Texas), Sept. 15
Notes: The Wildcats went 35-9 before losing to 6A champion Byron Nelson in the state semis.

12. Leon (Tallahassee, Fla.), Sept. 18
Notes: The Lions were 29-3 last season in winning the FHSAA 6A title and return assist leader Alexa Washington after dishing up 957 in 2019.

13. Papillion-LaVista South (Papillion, Neb.), 6-1
Notes: Sophomore Stella Adeyemi (46 kills) and freshman Lauren Medeck (39 kills) had helped the Titans to the 6-1 mark. Lone loss was to Skutt.

14. Hamilton Southeastern (Fishers, Ind.), 7-0
Notes: The Royals have been paced by Delaney Garner's 83 kills and while freshman Lauren Harden has added 74. Junior Emily Weber has 129 assists.

15. McGill-Toolen (Mobile, Ala.), 12-2
Notes: Senior Skyler Bumpers has 180 kills thus far as Yellowjackets' losses are to Hoover and Brentwood.

Notes: Ella Broadhead has 110 kills with senior Emily Buhl adding 87 as the Admirals' lone losses are to upper division opponents Hoover and McGill-Toolen.

17. O'Gorman (Sioux Falls, S.D.), 1-0
Notes: All-American Bergen Reilly opened her sophomore campaign with 16 kills in the sweep over Roosevelt.

18. Teurlings Catholic (Lafayette, La.), Sept. 9
Notes: The Rebels open the quest for their fourth straight DII title along with senior Gatorade winner Cicily Hidalgo.

19. Mount Notre Dame (Cincinnati), 2-0
Notes: Junior Carly Hendrickson posted 25 kills in three sets as the Cougars earned two sweeps to start the year.

20. Jenks (Okla.), 11-1
Notes: Mikiah Perdue, Sophie Bufogle and Savanna LaBiche all have more than 50 kills as the Trojans took the Broken Arrow Invitational.

21. Aquinas (Overland Park, Kan.), Sept. 2
Notes: The Saints open with St. James.

22. Briarcrest Christian (Eads, Tenn.), 4-0
Notes: Zykia Jones has 45 kills as the Saints have jumped to a 4-0 start without dropping a set.

23. Providence (Clarksville, Ind.), 5-1
Notes: Pioneers' lone loss to Hamilton Southeastern.

24. McIntosh (Peachtree City, Ga.), 7-0
Notes: Senior Ngozi Iloh has 85 kills and junior Alexa Markley added 77 kills as the Chiefs have dropped only two sets. Senior Claire Lewis has 172 assists.

25. Padua Franciscan (Parma, Ohio), 4-0

Notes: Senior Brooke Cirigliano leads the Bruins with 49 kills as Maria Futey has added 40. Amanda Leigh dished up 123 assists as Padua has swept all four matches.

The Next 25

26. Mountain Brook (Birmingham, Ala.), 9-2
27. Blessed Trinity (Roswell, Ga.), 7-1
28. Pope (Marietta, Ga.), 7-0
29. Klein (Texas), Sept. 11
30. Southside (Fort Smith, Ark.), 2-1
31. Dorman (Roebuck, S.C.), Sept. 10
32. Lake Highland Prep (Orlando, Fla.), Sept. 17
33. Washburn Rural (Topeka, Kan.), Sept. 3
34. Willard (Mo.), 6-0
35. Ursuline Academy (Cincinnati), 3-0
36. Plano West (Plano, Texas), Sept. 18
37. Pleasant Grove (Utah), 3-0
38. Byron Nelson (Trophy Club, Texas), Sept. 15
39. Elkhorn South (Omaha, Neb.) 2-0
40. Norman North (Norman, Okla.), 4-1
41. Parkland (Allentown, Pa.), Sept. 15
42. North Allegheny (Wexford, Pa.), Sept. 14
43. St. Francis Borgia (Washington, Mo.), Sept. 3
44. Brookfield Central (Brookfield, Wis.), Sept. 15
45. Prosper (Texas), Sept. 11
46. St. James Academy (Lenexa, Kan.), Sept. 8
47. St. Pius X Catholic (Atlanta), 8-0
48. Notre Dame Academy (Toledo, Ohio), 1-1
49. Reagan (San Antonio), Sept. 4
50. Appleton North (Appleton, Wis.), Sept. 18
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 Oct. 19-25

Alabama
6'0" | Freshman | S/RS
12 Sets Played

Assists: 134
Assists/Game: 11.17
Team Hitting%: 0.182
Digs: 18
Digs/Game: 1.5
Aces: 5

Arizona
5'9" | Senior | OH
10 Sets Played

Kills: 64
Kills/Game: 6.4
Digs: 42
Digs/Game: 4.2
Receptions: 55
Rcpt/Game: 5.5
Aces: 10

Arkansas
6'1" | Senior | RS/OH
6 Sets Played

Kills: 48
Kills/Game: 8
Digs: 4
Digs/Game: 0.67

Connecticut

6'3"  | Junior | OH/OPP
7 Sets Played

Kills: 41
Kills/Game: 5.86
Digs: 16
Digs/Game: 2.29
Receptions: 23
Rcpt/Game: 3.29
Aces: 6
Blocks: 3

Florida
6'4" | Sophomore | RS/OH/MB
4 Sets Played

Stats
Kills: 24
Kills/Game: 6
Digs: 6
Digs/Game: 1.5
Aces: 4
Blocks: 3

Georgia
5'11" | Senior | S/DS
6 Sets Played

Assists: 72
Assists/Game: 12
Team Hitting%: 0.411
Digs: 8
Digs/Game: 1.33
Aces: 5

Idaho
5'10" | Senior | MH/OH
5 Sets Played

Kills: 30
Kills/Game: 6
Digs: 21
Digs/Game: 4.2
Receptions: 27
Rcpt/Game: 5.40
Blocks: 4

Indiana
5'10" | Sophomore | OH
10 Sets Played

Kills: 73
Kills/Game: 7.3
Digs: 42
Digs/Game: 4.2
Receptions: 29
Rcpt/Game: 2.9
Aces: 5
Blocks: 1

Iowa
6'1" | Sophomore | OPP
7 Sets Played

Kills: 35
Kills/Game: 5
Digs: 15
Digs/Game: 2.14
Receptions: 16
Rcpt/Game: 2.29
Aces: 4
Blocks: 4

Kansas
5'10" | Senior | S
9 Sets Played

Assists: 105
Assists/Game: 11.67
Team Hitting%: 0.308
Digs: 25
Digs/Game: 2.78
Aces: 1
Blocks: 12

Kentucky
Ryle High School (Union, KY), 15 - 6
6'0" | Junior | OH/S
8 Sets Played

Kills: 47
Kills/Game: 5.88
Digs: 19
Digs/Game: 2.38
Receptions: 37
Rcpt/Game: 4.63
Aces: 2
Blocks: 7

Louisiana
5'9" | Senior
14 Sets Played

Kills: 89
Kills/Game: 6.36
Digs: 49
Digs/Game: 3.5
Receptions: 41
Rcpt/Game: 2.93
Aces: 13
Blocks: 2

Maryland
Junior | MB
6 Sets Played
Kills: 16
Kills/Game: 2.67
Digs: 4
Digs/Game: 0.67
Receptions: 14
Rcpt/Game: 2.33
Aces: 5
Blocks: 3

Massachusetts
6'1" | Senior | OH
8 Sets Played

Kills: 35
Kills/Game: 4.38
Digs: 14
Digs/Game: 1.75
Receptions: 21
Rcpt/Game: 2.63
Aces: 16
Blocks: 1

Michigan
6'0" | Junior | MH
19 Sets Played

Kills: 93
Kills/Game: 4.89
Digs: 12
Digs/Game: 0.63
Receptions: 1
Rcpt/Game: 5.3
Aces: 6
Blocks: 18

Minnesota
5'10" | Sophomore | S
6 Sets Played

Assists: 71
Assists/Game: 11.83
Team Hitting%: 0.341
Digs: 14
Digs/Game: 2.33
Aces: 2

Mississippi
5'11" | Junior | OH/RS
7 Sets Played

Kills: 46
Kills/Game: 6.57
Digs: 34
Digs/Game: 4.86
Receptions: 9
Rcpt/Game: 1.29
Blocks: 3

Missouri
6'1" | Senior
13 Sets Played
Kills: 85
Kills/Game: 6.54
Digs: 50
Digs/Game: 3.85
Receptions: 51
Rcpt/Game: 3.92
Aces: 2
Blocks: 4

Montana
5'9" | Senior | S/RS
7 Sets Played

Assists: 64
Assists/Game: 9.14
Team Hitting%: 0.190
Digs: 19
Digs/Game: 2.71
Aces: 5
Blocks: 3

Nebraska
5'11" | Senior | S
9 Sets Played

Assists: 103
Assists/Game: 11.44
Team Hitting%: 0.439
Digs: 24
Digs/Game: 2.67
Aces: 6
Blocks: 5

New Hampshire
Senior | OH
10 Sets Played

Kills: 26
Kills/Game: 2.6
Digs: 6
Digs/Game: 0.6
Receptions: 18
Rcpt/Game: 1.8
Aces: 10

North Carolina
5'10" | Senior | S
9 Sets Played
Assists: 78
Assists/Game: 8.67
Team Hitting%: 0.180
Digs: 29
Digs/Game: 3.22
Aces: 5
Blocks: 5

North Dakota
5'9" | Senior | S
4 Sets Played

Kills: 12
Kills/Game: 3
Digs: 7
Digs/Game: 1.75
Receptions:
Rcpt/Game:
Aces: 4
Blocks: 1

Ohio
6'0" | Senior | MH
7 Sets Played

Kills: 42
Kills/Game: 6
Digs: 25
Digs/Game: 3.57
Receptions: 24
Rcpt/Game: 3.43
Aces: 4
Blocks: 5

Oklahoma
Freshman | OH
11 Sets Played

Kills: 43
Kills/Game: 3.91
Digs: 12
Digs/Game: 1.09
Receptions: 5
Rcpt/Game: 0.46
Aces: 7
Blocks: 2

Pennsylvania
6'0" | Senior | S/OH
10 Sets Played

Kills: 67
Kills/Game: 6.7
Digs: 13
Digs/Game: 1.3
Receptions: 11
Rcpt/Game: 1.1
Aces: 6
Blocks: 4

South Carolina
5'11" | Sophomore | OH
8 Sets Played

Kills: 58
Kills/Game: 7.25
Digs: 21
Digs/Game: 2.63
Receptions: 14
Rcpt/Game: 1.75
Aces: 3
Blocks: 3

South Dakota
5'8" | Junior | OH
14 Sets Played

Kills: 91
Kills/Game: 6.5
Digs: 34
Digs/Game: 2.43
Receptions: 10
Rcpt/Game: 0.71
Aces: 11
Blocks: 4

Tennessee
5'8" | Senior | OH
11 Sets Playe
d
Kills: 48
Kills/Game: 4.36
Digs: 39
Digs/Game: 3.54
Receptions:
Rcpt/Game:
Aces: 8
Blocks: 3

Texas
5'11" | Senior | OH
12 Sets Played

Kills: 69
Kills/Game: 5.75
Digs: 42
Digs/Game: 3.5
Receptions: 28
Rcpt/Game: 2.33
Aces: 7
Blocks: 3

Utah
6'5" | Sophomore | OH/MB
12 Sets Played

Kills: 62
Kills/Game: 5.17
Digs: 11
Digs/Game: 0.92
Receptions: 22
Rcpt/Game: 1.83
Aces: 7
Blocks: 3

Virginia
5'7" | Junior | OH/DS
4 Sets Played

Kills: 45
Kills/Game: 11.25
Digs: 32
Digs/Game: 8
Aces: 8

West Virginia
5'9" | Sophomore | MH
Kills: 47
Kills/Game: 3.92
Digs: 28
Digs/Game: 2.33
Receptions: 37
Rcpt/Game: 3.08
Aces: 9
Blocks: 12

Wisconsin
5'10" | Sophomore | OH
12 Sets Played

Kills: 71
Kills/Game: 5.92
Digs: 40
Digs/Game: 3.33
Receptions: 30
Rcpt/Game: 2.5
Aces: 7
Blocks: 1

Wyoming
5'5" | Senior | S
10 Sets Played

Assists: 85
Assists/Game: 8.5
Team Hitting%: 0.178
Digs: 31
Digs/Game: 3.1
Aces: 1

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.
Michel Ndayishimiye named 2020-21 OFFICIAL Vermont High School Basketball Player of the Year - OFFICIAL
Michel Ndayishimiye named 2020-21 MaxPreps Vermont 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.

Michel Ndayishimiye of Rice Memorial (South Burlington) is the 2020-21 MaxPreps Vermont High School Basketball Player of the Year. The 5-foot-10 senior guard helped the Green Knights go 10-0 en route to their second straight Division 1 state title.

Ndayishimiye averaged 30.8 points, 6.2 rebounds and 4.9 assists per contest and is the overwhelming favorite to repeat as Mr. Basketball in the Green Mountain State.

The talented guard surpassed the 1,000-point mark mid-way through his junior season, tallying 26.9 points, 6.9 rebounds and 4.9 assists per contest in 2019-20.

Ndayishimiye also averaged 19.5 points per contest in two state championship game victories.

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.
North Carolina high school football: Schedule, scores for NCHSAA state championship games - OFFICIAL
North Carolina high school football: Schedule, scores for NCHSAA state championship games
The North Carolina High School Athletic Association will host eight football state championship games featuring 10 undefeated teams beginning Thursday at the University of North Carolina and North Carolina State University.

Four title games — 1A, 2AA, 3A, 4AA — will be hosted at North Carolina State's Finley Stadium starting Thursday with the 2AA contest between Salisbury (8-2) and St. Pauls (8-0). It concludes Saturday with the 4AA tilt between Rolesville (9-0) and the state's No. 1 ranked team, Zebulon B. Vance (9-1).

The other four championship games — 1AA, 2A, 3AA, 4A — will be played at North Carolina's Kenan Stadium, starting Thursday with the 3AA contest between a pair of 10-0 squads, Mount Tabor and Cleveland. Two Saturday games finish off the championships, concluding with the 2A game between Mountain Heritage (7-1) and Reidsville (9-0).

In all, the 16 teams have combined for records of 140 wins and just eight defeats. All eight games with be broadcast on the NFHS Network.

The NCHSAA was one of 15 states to bypass traditional fall football due to the pandemic. Of the 11 states that played football in the spring, only three opted for playoffs and to crown state champions. Virginia did so last week and North Carolina and Rhode Island wrap up football championships for the 2020-21 season this week.

Among the many standouts in the championship games is Havelock senior running back Kamarro Edmonds, a 5-foot-11, 227 pound senior who has rushed for 916 yards and 15 touchdowns in eight games. He's ranked the No. 16 senior in the state by 247Sports and headed to North Carolina.

Also a basketball star who averaged over 30 points per game this year, Reidsville senior wide receiver Breon Pass is ranked the state No. 28 senior recruit overall after catching 83 passes for more than 1,400 yards and 27 touchdowns in his career heading into this season.
Havelock senior running back Kamarro Edmonds has signed to the University of North Carolina.
File photo by Carin-Goodall Gosnell
Havelock senior running back Kamarro Edmonds has signed to the University of North Carolina.
NCHSAA Football Championships

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Full bracket can be found here - 2020-2021 Football Championships 1A