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Naya Ojukwu named 2020-21 HIGHSCORE Idaho High School Girls Basketball Player of the Year - HIGHSCORE
Naya Ojukwu named 2020-21 MaxPreps Idaho 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.

Naya Ojukwu of Mountain View (Meridian) is the 2020-21 MaxPreps Idaho High School Basketball Player of the Year. The 6-foot-2 junior led the Mavericks to a 20-2 record and the Class 5A state title.

Ojukwu averaged 24.2 points and 10.0 rebounds per game while shooting 58 percent from the floor. She was named MVP of the Class 5A playoffs, breaking the postseason scoring record with 89 points in three games.

Ojukwu is also an outstanding volleyball player and uses her strength and leaping ability to dominate the paint at both ends of the floor.

Each state's MaxPreps Player of the Year will be considered for inclusion in the MaxPreps All-America Team.
High school football: Valdosta board will reconsider firing of embattled coach Rush Propst - HIGHSCORE
High school football: Valdosta board will reconsider firing of embattled coach Rush Propst
Rush Propst, the well-traveled and embattled former high school football coach at Valdosta (Ga.), might get a second chance, media reports indicate. The Valdosta City Schools will revisit the coach's April 27 firing Monday after a board member who supported Propst motioned for the special meeting, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported Wednesday.

The school board voted 5-3 to dismiss the coach amid allegations of the coach illegally recruiting five players to Valdosta, including Californian Jake Garcia. However, Warren Lee, one of the three to back Propst, called for the board to reconsider the decision. An announcement post on the school board website read "Revisit non-renewal of head football coach at VHS - Mr. Warren Lee - action required."

That means the board could reinstate Propst, even after the Georgia High School Association upheld the $7,500 fine levied on the program in addition to forcing the school to forfeit seven wins in 2020 and banning the team from the 2021 playoffs.

In February, Propst was the subject of a lengthy deposition that alleged he was involved in recruiting, mishandling money and even interfering in the hiring process that brought him to the program to begin with. Michael Nelson, who has been involved with the Valdosta Touchdown Club booster organization for many years, said in his sworn deposition that Propst, among other things, paid for housing for two transfers, facilitated recruiting of players with the help of college coaches, asked for a "funny money" slush fund and meddled in his own hiring process.

Propst owns a career record of 299-92 – including 7-5 in his lone season at Valdosta – and has won seven state titles during a high-profile, 30-year career. He garnered national attention while at Hoover (Ala.), which was featured on MTV's popular "Two-A-Days" reality show. He resigned there in 2007 and was dismissed at Colquitt County (Norman Park, Ga.) in 2019 after being charged with lack of compliance, improper conduct with students, dishonesty and misuse of public funds and property.

The AJC reported Propst remains under investigation by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission, which can deny teaching certificates. The commission pulled Propst's credential after his Colquitt County dismissal, but regained in on appeal, leading to his hiring at Valdosta.
Former Valdosta coach Rush Propst
File photo by Gary McCullough
Former Valdosta coach Rush Propst
High school football: Start dates for all 50 states - HIGHSCORE
High school football: Start dates for all 50 states
High school football across the country concluded its unique 2020-21 season earlier this month with state championship games in North Carolina and Rhode Island.

With COVID-19 numbers improving throughout the country, the 2021 season will not need a hyphen. All states have indicated intent for a traditional fall season, starting with preparation and non-league and conference games starting in the summer, and conclusion by the end of the calendar year.

More than half of the states have already set complete calendars, with start practice, season and playoff points, as as well as championship dates. Some of those are still pending state association and federation approval. Thirteen states have set partial dates, with a dozen currently still ironing out specific plans for all 2021-22 sports.

The following is an ongoing updated list of those dates. Please notify us with further updates or corrections via e-mail at [email protected] or by Twitter @MitchMashMax. Note: States with asterisk pending final approval.

Alabama
First practice: Aug. 2 | First game: Aug. 19-20
Start of playoffs: Nov. 5 | Title games: Dec. 1-3

Alaska

First practice: July 28 | First game: Aug. 13
Playoffs: Oct. 9 | Title games: Oct. 16-22

Arizona
First practice: July 26/2/9 | First game: Aug. 18/25/Sept. 1
Playoffs: Oct. 22 | Title games: TBD

Arkansas
First practice: Aug. 4 | First game: Aug. 27
Playoffs: TBD | Title games: TBD

California
First practice: Aug. 2 | First game: Aug. 20
Playoffs: Nov. 5 (sections), Dec. 3-4 (regionals) | Title games: Dec. 10-11

Colorado
First practice: Aug. 9 | First game: Aug. 26
Playoffs: Nov. 6/13 | Title games: Nov. 27/Dec. 4

Connecticut
First practice: Aug. 16 | First game: Sept. 9
Playoffs: TBD | Title games: TBD

Delaware
First practice: TBD | First game: TBD
Playoffs: TBD | Title games: TBD

District of Columbia
First practice: TBD | First game: TBD
Playoffs: TBD | Title games: TBD

Florida
First practice: TBD | First game: Aug. 20
Playoffs: TBD | Title games: TBD

Georgia
First practice: Aug. 2 | First game: Aug. 20
Playoffs: Nov. 12 | Title games: Dec. 9-11
Lee County hopes to back to another 6A Georgia state title game after playing Buford in last season's finale.
File photo by Cecil Copeland
Lee County hopes to back to another 6A Georgia state title game after playing Buford in last season's finale.
Hawaii
First practice: TBD | First game: Aug. 6
Playoffs: TBD | Title games: TBD

Idaho
First practice: Aug. 9 | First game: Aug. 27
Playoffs: TBD | Title games: Nov. 19-20

Illinois
First practice: Aug. 9 | First game: Aug. 27
Playoffs: Oct. 29 | Title games: Nov. 26-27

Indiana
First practice: Aug. 5 | First game: Aug. 20
Playoffs: Oct. 22 | Title games: Nov. 26-27

Iowa
First practice: Aug. 9 | First game: Aug. 27
Playoffs: Oct. 29 | Title games: TBD

Kansas
First practice: Aug. 16 | First game: Sept. 3
Playoffs: Nov. 5 | Title games: Nov. 27

Kentucky
First practice: Aug. 1 | First game: Aug. 20
Playoffs: Nov. 5 | Title games: Dec. 3-4

Louisiana
First practice: Aug. 2 | First game: Aug. 27
Playoffs: TBD | Title games: TBD

Maine
First practice: TBD | First game: TBD
Playoffs: TBD | Title games: TBD

Maryland
First practice: TBD | First game: TBD
Playoffs: TBD | Title games: TBD

Massachusetts
First practice: Aug. 26 | First game: Sept. 9-10
Playoffs: TBD | Title games: TBD

Michigan

First practice: Aug. 9 | First game: Aug. 26
Playoffs: Oct. 29 | Title games: Nov. 19-27

Minnesota
First practice: Aug. 16 | First game: Sept. 2
Playoffs: Nov. 11-13 | Title games: Nov. 26-27

Mississippi

First practice: Aug. 9 | First game: Aug. 27
Playoffs: Nov. 5/12 | Title games: Dec. 3-4

Missouri
First practice: TBD | First game: TBD
Playoffs: TBD | Title games: TBD

Montana
First practice: Aug. 13 | First game: Aug. 26
Playoffs: Oct. 29-30 | Title games: Nov. 19-20

Nebraska*

First practice: Aug. 9 | First game: Aug. 26
Playoffs: Oct. 29 | Title games: Nov. 19-23

Nevada*

First practice: Aug. 7 | First game: Aug. 19
Playoffs: Oct. 28-30 | Title games: Nov. 19-20

New Hampshire
First practice: TBD | First game: TBD
Playoffs: TBD | Title games: TBD

New Jersey
First practice: Aug. 9 | First game: Aug. 27-28
Playoffs: Nov. 5-6 | Title games: Nov. 26-27, Dec. 3-5

New Mexico
First practice: TBD | First game: TBD
Playoffs: TBD | Title games: TBD

New York

First practice: TBD | First game: TBD
Playoffs: TBD | Title games: Dec. 3-5

North Carolina

First practice: Aug. 2 | First game: Aug. 19-20
Playoffs: TBD | Title games: TBD

North Dakota
First practice: Aug. 5/9 | First game: Aug. 20/23
Playoffs: Oct. 16/23 | Title games: Nov. 12

Ohio

First practice: Aug. 1 | First game: Aug. 20
Playoffs: Oct. 29-30 | Title games: Dec. 2-5

Oklahoma
First practice: Aug. 5 | First game: Aug. 20
Playoffs: Nov. 12 | Title games: TBD

Oregon
First practice: Aug. 16 | First game: Sept. 2
Playoffs: Nov. 5-6 | Title games: Nov. 27/Dec. 4

Pennsylvania

First practice: Aug. 16 | First game: Aug. 27
Playoffs: Nov. 19 | Title games: Dec. 9-11

Rhode Island

First practice: TBD | First game: TBD
Playoffs: TBD | Title games: TBD

South Carolina

First practice: July 30 | First game: Aug. 27
Playoffs: Nov. 12-13 | Title games: Dec. 3-4

South Dakota
First practice: Aug. 5-6 | First game: Aug. 20
Playoffs: Oct. 21 | Title games: Nov. 11-13

Tennessee
First practice: July 26 | First game: Aug. 20
Playoffs: Nov. 5 | Title games: Dec. 2-4

Texas*
First practice: Aug. 7 | First game: Aug. 26-28
Playoffs: Nov. 11-13 | Title games: Dec. 15-18
Southlake Carroll highly-touted quarterback Quinn Ewers hopes to lead his team back to a 6A-1 state title game.
File photo by Freddie Beckwith
Southlake Carroll highly-touted quarterback Quinn Ewers hopes to lead his team back to a 6A-1 state title game.
Utah*
First practice: July 26 | First game: Aug. 13-14
Playoffs: Oct. 22-23 | Title games: Nov. 12-13

Vermont
First practice: TBD | First game: TBD
Playoffs: TBD | Title games: TBD

Virginia
First practice: TBD | First game: TBD
Playoffs: TBD | Title games: TBD

Washington
First practice: Aug. 18 | First game: TBD
Playoffs: TBD | Title games: Dec. 3-4

West Virginia

First practice: Aug. 6 | First game: Aug. 27
Playoffs: TBD | Title games: TBD

Wisconsin

First practice: Aug. 3 | First game: Aug. 19-20
Playoffs: Oct. 22-23 | Title games: Nov. 18-19

Wyoming
First practice: Aug. 12 | First game: Oct. 27-28
Playoffs: Oct. 29-30 | Title games: Nov. 12-13
High school basketball: NFHS opens door for states to adopt 35-second shot clock - HIGHSCORE
High school basketball: NFHS opens door for states to adopt 35-second shot clock
Beginning with the 2022-23 season, states can decide to adopt and use a 35-second shot clock for high school basketball games. The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) approved the measure that leaves open the door for major change across the hardwood landscape in coming years.

Nine states use either a 30- or 35-second shot clock, but the adoption of Rule 2-14 says that each state association may adopt a shot clock beginning in the 2022-23 season — according to guidelines outlined in the Basketball Rules Book — to encourage standardization among states.

“We provided the committee with a lot of information regarding the shot clock, including responses to a 46-question survey sent to states currently using a shot clock,” said Theresia Wynns, NFHS director of sports and officials and liaison to the Basketball Rules Committee.

Prior to the 2020-21 season, the Georgia High School Association approved a phase-in of a 30-second shot clock for all varsity boys and girls basketball games, becoming the ninth state to adopt a shot clock.

The Peach State joined California, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Dakota and Washington as the only states to use a 30- or 35-second shot clock.

Guidelines approved by the NFHS include displaying two timepieces connected to a horn that is distinctive from the game-clock horn, and using an alternative timing device, such as a stopwatch at the scorer’s table, for a shot clock malfunction. The guidelines also allow for corrections to the shot clock only during the shot-clock period in which an error occurred and the officials have definite information relative to the mistake or malfunction.

Although a proposal for a national rule mandating a shot clock was not approved, the ruling is likely to bring momentum to the shot-clock movement across high school basketball.

According to the most recent NFHS High School Athletics Participation Survey, a total of 540,769 boys participated in basketball in 18,617 schools, and 399,067 girls participated in the sport in 18,210 schools across the country. It is the third-most popular sport for boys and girls.

The NFHS paved the way for states to adopt a 35-second shot clock, like the one used in the 2019 Washington 3A semifinals.
File photo by Paul Caldwell
The NFHS paved the way for states to adopt a 35-second shot clock, like the one used in the 2019 Washington 3A semifinals.

HIGHSCORE/WBCA Players of the Week: January 18-24 - HIGHSCORE
MaxPreps/WBCA Players of the Week: January 18-24
The Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) has announced its High School Players of the Week presented by MaxPreps and Wilson Sporting Goods.

Player of the Week honors are awarded to a deserving student-athlete who demonstrated outstanding play in her respective region of the country. Head coaches submit nominations each week and the WBCA selects the individual based on stats that were submitted.

The WBCA leads, serves and unites coaches of women's basketball for the good of the game and those who play it.

Here are this week's honorees:

Region 1:
Avery Burns, Nauset Regional (North Eastham, Mass.)

Region 2:
Montana Paul, Halifax (Pa.)

Region 3:
Cate Carlson, Catholic (Virginia Beach, Va.)

Region 4:
Lilliann Frasure, North Judson-San Pierre (North Judson, Ind.)

Region 5:
Cady Pauley, Milan (Mo.)

Region 6:
Hayleigh Breland, Stone (Wiggins, Miss.)

Region 7:
Leslie Luna, Wendover (Utah)

Region 8:
Rhys Cannava, Soldotna (Alaska)

Region 9:
Bella Vinson, Coffee County Central (Manchester, Tenn.)

To obtain a coach's login or for questions about our player of the week programs, please contact Aaron Hendricks (E-Mail: [email protected] Phone: (530)313-5158)