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High school basketball: Nearly 70,000 votes were cast to identify the best gym in Indiana – find out which storied facility won - HIGHSCORE
High school basketball: Nearly 70,000 votes were cast to identify the best gym in Indiana – find out which storied facility won
Now that the NCAA Tournament – played entirely in the state of Indiana this year – has wrapped up, locals can go back to focusing on more important things. Mainly, debating who has the best high school basketball gym.

VisitIndiana.com set out to finally settle the matter in recent weeks, allowing readers to cast their vote to identify the premier prep hoops palace in the state.

A testament to the passion that remains for the high school game in Indiana, over 67,000 votes poured in. Ultimately, the Spartan Bowl in Connersville emerged as the winner, upending storied facilities like the New Castle Fieldhouse (featured in the video above).
According to VisitIndiana.com readers, the Spartan Bowl is the state's premier high school basketball gym.
Courtesy of Connersville Athletics
According to VisitIndiana.com readers, the Spartan Bowl is the state's premier high school basketball gym.
See VisitIndiana.com's complete top 10 here.

The Spartan Bowl opened in 1958 and has a capacity of 5,134 fans. Matt Howard, who helped Butler reach the NCAA Tournament championship game in 2010 and 2011, is among the standouts that have taken the floor there for Connersville.

10 high school football stadiums named after NFL players as seen via Google Earth - HIGHSCORE
10 high school football stadiums named after NFL players as seen via Google Earth
Video: Stadiums named after NFL players
See the view from above via Google Earth.

Athens (The Plains, Ohio) didn't waste any time in honoring its greatest athlete. It named the school's football stadium after Joe Burrow before he even took a professional snap from center.

According to Sports Illustrated, the Athens School District decided to rename the stadium after Burrow's heartfelt Heisman Trophy acceptance speech in which he named the school district.

Burrow's star continued to rise following the renaming as he led LSU to the national championship in January and was selected No. 1 in the NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals in April.

Joe Burrow Stadium is one of 10 stadiums and football fields featured in our Google Earth series, which takes a new view of gridirons named after NFL players. See the full list below.

Joe Burrow Stadium: The stadium is where Burrow threw for 11,416 yards in a career in which he earned all-state honors.
Tony Romo Field: The latest field to be renamed at Burlington (Wis.), Tony Romo Field is located at Don Dalton Stadium. Dalton was Romo's coach at Burlington during the 1996 and 1997 seasons.
Joe Montana Stadium: Before leading the San Francisco 49ers to four Super Bowl championships, Montana was an all-state quarterback at Ringgold (Monongahela, Pa.).
John Elway Stadium: Elway was an All-American during his final two seasons at Granada Hills Charter (Granada Hills, Calif.) after transferring from Washington. The stadium seats 4,000 people and is located in the San Fernando Valley.
Emmitt Smith Field: The NFL's all-time leading rusher got his start at Escambia (Pensacola, Fla.), where he rushed for 8,804 yards and was named All-American.
Ronnie Lott Stadium: A native of New Mexico, Lott moved to Rialto, Calif., at a young age and attended Eisenhower. The school renamed the stadium in honor of the Hall of Famer safety in 2009.
Walter Payton Field: While Walter Payton College Prep High School can be found in Chicago, where he played his entire NFL career, Walter Payton Field is found at his high school alma mater in Columbia (Miss.).
Tony Dorsett Stadium: The all-time leading rusher in NCAA history by the time he finished his college career at Pitt, Dorsett began his career at Hopewell (Aliquippa, Pa.), where he was one of the top recruits in the country in 1973.
Brian Piccolo Memorial Stadium: While many NFL players have come from St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), the stadium is named after a former Raider who was the subject of Emmy-winning movie "Brian's Song." Piccolo played for the Chicago Bears and died from cancer in 1970. Actor James Caan played the role of Piccolo in the 1971 TV movie.
Brady Family Stadium: The stadium at Serra (San Mateo, Calif.) is named not just for NFL quarterback Tom Brady, but for his family, as Brady requested. The stadium was renamed for the Brady family in 2012.
Extending the Season: No Sierra Canyon-Sheldon trilogy, but three fantastic finishes - HIGHSCORE
Extending the Season: No Sierra Canyon-Sheldon trilogy, but three fantastic finishes
Video: Sierra Canyon wins at buzzer
Trailblazers advance to state in dramatic fashion.

The lights at Golden 1 Center, home of the Sacramento Kings, have never shined so bright for a high school event.
 
In each of the past two seasons, the star-studded boys basketball team from Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth, Calif.) played against hometown Sheldon (Sacramento). The energy and excitement was palpable for the games that capped the CIF's 12-game state basketball championships.

The Trailblazers brought an entourage that included former NBA players and Hollywood celebrities, who sat courtside for all to see.

They are high school basketball's version of the Showtime Lakers.

The hometown fans walked away disappointed each of the past two seasons as the flashy visitors showed more than just a little glitz — Sierra Canyon won each game handily, 76-52 and 75-62. But Huskies were hopeful that with a strong cast returning, including Marcus Bagley, younger brother of Kings' star Marvin Bagley, they would return in 2020 to flip those results.

The Huskies and Trailblazers appeared on a collision course before the coronavirus pandemic struck the country full force last week.

Sierra Canyon, featuring 5-star prospects in Ziaire Williams, Brandon Boston Jr. and Amari Bailey, plus the sons of LeBron James (Bronny James) and Dwyane Wade (Zaire Wade), captured its third straight Southern California regional title in the most dramatic way possible.
This buzzer beater by Ziaire Williams against Etiwanda would turn out to be the last shot of the season for Sierra Canyon.
Photo by Louis Lopez
This buzzer beater by Ziaire Williams against Etiwanda would turn out to be the last shot of the season for Sierra Canyon.
The Trailblazers pulled off a 63-61 stunner over Etiwanda as Williams, a McDonald's All-American, finished off a 13-0 run to close the game with a fade-away, 17-foot swish at the buzzer to set off a wild celebration.

"It was truly surreal," Sierra Canyon coach Andre Chevalier said a week after the shot. "How magical was it for us to just fight all the way back from that seemingly endless hole? And then to win it on that shot by Ziaire. Truly surreal."

Sheldon's path to the Northern California finals was similarly unlikely — perhaps even more so.

One week before the finals, the plug was pulled on the Huskies' season after a student in Sheldon's district was quarantined as a precaution for coronavirus.

Two days of public outcry and political pressure led to top-seeded Sheldon being reinstated, but the Huskies found themselves down eight late on the road in the semifinals against a very determined Dublin squad.

Yet, they fought back to win 65-64, powered by Bagley's 27 points that included an improbable go-ahead shot with 17.5 seconds remaining.

"I'm proud of all of our guys, our team," Bagley told Joe Davidson of the Sacramento Bee. "I'm happy. We've been resilient all year. Learned a lot about our team. We're built for this. That's why this game meant so much."

That win vaulted Sheldon in the semifinals against another team built on great resolve, the Bishop O'Dowd (Oakland) Dragons. Winners of 18 straight games after a 5-7 start, O'Dowd looked capable of derailing the Sierra Canyon-Sheldon trilogy.

The Dragons had one the top freshman in the country, 6-foot-8 14-year-old forward Jalen Lewis, one of the state's top juniors in Marsalis Roberson and Cal signee Monty Bowser, as well as their own motivation.

It was five years ago that Ivan Rabb sank a game-winning free throw with less than a second to play to shock Mater Dei (Santa Ana) in the state final. A book "Dragon Hoops," was supposed to be released on the anniversary of that game, and O'Dowd was bent on repeating the feat.

It would have been a tall order, but O'Dowd was at the top of its game after a decisive 13-point road win over second seed Archbishop Mitty in the NorCal semifinals.

"As far as I'm concerned, this is our last game," O'Dowd coach Lou Richie said after the game. "Tomorrow is not promised."

Turned out, Richie called it.

The morning of the delayed O'Dowd-Sheldon NorCal finals on March 12, CIF Executive Director Ron Nocetti canceled that game and the weekend's 2020 state championship games.

"While we understand this decision is disappointing, we strongly believe that the opportunity to compete in this event does not outweigh our obligation to place the health and safety of our member schools and school communities above all else," he said.

No Sheldon-Sierra Canyon trilogy. No O'Dowd epilogue. No Trailblazers' three-peat.

All three coaches lamented the disappointment — how thrilling it would have been to watch all those talented athletes under the simmering spotlight.

But each coach recognized the bigger picture — health and safety. They also found silver linings in ending on a high note.

Sheldon coach Joey Rollings focused on how his team inspired a community to keep them in the tournament, and how the Huskies reciprocated with a likewise effort, without practicing for three days.

"My kids never quit," Rollings told the Bee's Davidson. "We got to go out on an exciting note. We wish we could play another game, but we can't control that. Our kids seem to understand. They're disappointed, but kids are resilient." 

Richie had a similar message for his Dragons, who featured seven seniors.

"A lot of the kids were very upset," Richie said. "They're hurt. Disappointed. I tried to convey that they had a great season. It's disappointing it ended that way, but don't let things you can't control get you down. Besides that, when we focus on our last game, it couldn't have gone any better. If we played like that in the NorCal or state finals, we definitely would have had a shot."

Teams took their best shot at Sierra Canyon all season, Chevalier said. The Trailblazers had a giant "X" on their back from Day One.

Despite that target they finished 30-4, No. 15 in the final MaxPreps national rankings and won section and regional titles.

"It's always great to win your last game and the way we did was amazing," Chevalier said. "We would have loved to be able and play that last game to try to three-peat as state champion. But sometimes life takes priority over sport. We want our country and this world to be safe.

"All that said, going 30-4 this season, starting in China and going all over the U.S. with a big target on our back is a great testament to who we are as a team. I'm super proud of how they reacted to all they had to deal with, and then to play our best basketball at the end of the season was very special. It is a very special group."
HIGHSCORE/AVCA Players of the Week - HIGHSCORE
MaxPreps/AVCA Players of the Week
MaxPreps/AVCA High School Player of the Week
For the week of Jan. 11-17

Michigan
6-toot-1 | Junior | OH/OPP
11 Sets Played

Kills: 60
Kills/Game: 5.46
Digs: 48
Digs/Game: 4.36
Receptions: 39
Rcpt/Game: 3.54
Aces: 3
Blocks: 3


North Carolina
6-0 | Senior | OH
6 Sets Played

Kills: 43
Kills/Game: 7.17
Digs: 35
Digs/Game: 5.83
Receptions: 27
Rcpt/Game: 4.5
Aces: 11
Blocks: 5

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 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 the AVCA, check out the AVCA website at www.avca.org
HIGHSCORE/AVCA Players of the Week - HIGHSCORE
MaxPreps/AVCA Players of the Week
MaxPreps/AVCA Players of the Week
For the week of May 3-9

Boys Volleyball

Midwest Region
(Includes: Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan, West Virginia, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota)

Andrew Fedmasu, Plainfield North (Plainfield, Illinois)
Junior | RS/OH/MB

13 Games Played
Kills: 55
Kills/Game: 4.23
Digs: 32
Digs/Game: 2.46
Receptions: 46
Rcpt/Game: 3.54
Aces: 8
Blocks: 7

Brendan Louthain, Roncalli (Indianapolis, Indiana)
6'2 | Junior | OH

12 Games Played
Kills: 46
Kills/Game: 3.83
Digs: 30
Digs/Game: 2.50
Receptions: 52
Rcpt/Game: 4.33
Aces: 3
Blocks: 3

Northeast Region
(Includes: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, Washington D.C.)

Ryan Barringer, Masuk (Monroe, Connecticut)
6'3 | Junior | MH/OH

12 Games Played
Kills: 38
Kills/Game: 3.17
Digs: 4
Receptions: 1
Aces: 2
Blocks: 14

Blake Wagner, Manheim Central (Manheim, Pennsylvania)
6'1 | Senior | OH/MH

8 Games Played
Kills: 46
Kills/Game: 5.75
Digs: 18
Digs/Game: 2.25
Receptions: 28
Rcpt/Game: 3.50
Aces: 4
Blocks: 2

South Region
(Includes: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas)

Andre Aguilar, Freedom (Orlando, Florida)
6'4 | Junior | S/OH

9 Games Played
Kills: 35
Kills/Game: 3.89
Digs: 20
Digs/Game: 2.22
Receptions: 12
Rcpt/Game: 1.33
Blocks: 5

Brayden Green, Park Vista (Lake Worth, Florida)
6'4 | Junior | S/OPP

6 Games Played
Kills: 34
Kills/Game: 5.67
Digs: 23
Digs/Game: 3.83
Receptions: 14
Rcpt/Game: 2.33
Aces: 2
Blocks: 6

West Region
(Includes: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming)

Cole Hauser, Madison (San Diego, California)
6'2 | Junior | OH/MB/OPP

8 Games Played
Kills: 63
Kills/Game: 7.88
Digs: 26
Digs/Game: 3.25
Receptions: 39
Rcpt/Game: 4.88
Aces: 4
Blocks: 3

Jordan Shinaut, Sunrise Mountain (Peoria, Arizona)
6'6 | Senior | OH
12 Games Played
Kills: 46
Kills/Game: 3.83
Digs: 4
Receptions: 18
Rcpt/Game: 1.50
Blocks: 4

Girls Volleyball

California
Mikela Labno, Hilmar
6'2" | Senior | OH

7 Sets Played
Kills: 35
Kills/Game: 5
Digs: 19
Digs/Game: 2.71
Aces: 4
Blocks: 3

Massachusetts
Sally Butler, Old Rochester Regional (Mattapoisett)
6'1" | Junior | MB/OPP

6 Sets Played
Kills: 18
Kills/Game: 3
Digs: 3
Digs/Game: 0.5
Aces: 2
Blocks: 8

New York
Emily Sclabach, Clarence
5'5" | Sophomore | S

15 Sets Played
Assists: 133
Assists/Game: 8.87
Team Hitting%: 0.305
Digs: 10
Digs/Game: 0.67
Aces: 6