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Brody Rowbury named 2020-21 OFFICIAL Idaho High School Basketball Player of the Year - OFFICIAL
Brody Rowbury named 2020-21 MaxPreps Idaho 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.

Brody Rowbury of Meridian is the 2020-21 MaxPreps Idaho High School Basketball Player of the Year. The 6-foot-10 senior center helped the Warriors go 20-1 en route to the program's first state title in 29 years.

Rowbury led the highest scoring offense in Class 5A in points (17.0), rebounds (8.9) and field goal percentage (60.4).

In Meridian's state semifinal victory over Madison (Rexburg), Rowbury finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds. He followed with 13 in a 68-54 win over Lake City (Coeur d'Alene) in the state championship game.

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.
Brody Rowbury named 2020-21 OFFICIAL Idaho High School Basketball Player of the Year - OFFICIAL
Brody Rowbury named 2020-21 MaxPreps Idaho 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.

Brody Rowbury of Meridian is the 2020-21 MaxPreps Idaho High School Basketball Player of the Year. The 6-foot-10 senior center helped the Warriors go 20-1 en route to the program's first state title in 29 years.

Rowbury led the highest scoring offense in Class 5A in points (17.0), rebounds (8.9) and field goal percentage (60.4).

In Meridian's state semifinal victory over Madison (Rexburg), Rowbury finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds. He followed with 13 in a 68-54 win over Lake City (Coeur d'Alene) in the state championship game.

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.
Texas high school football: Allen head coach Terry Gambill retires - OFFICIAL
Texas high school football: Allen head coach Terry Gambill retires
One of the most prominent high school football programs in the nation will be looking for a new head coach after Terry Gambill of Allen (Texas) announced his retirement Tuesday, according to multiple reports. He took over at the school before the 2016 season and went 65-4 during his five-year tenure, leading the Dallas-area power to three semifinal appearances and a 6A Division 1 state title in 2017.

"I'd like to extend my sincere appreciation to the families, coaches and administration in Allen ISD for the opportunity to spend many wonderful years in the district and athletic program," Gambill stated in a press release.

Gambill was the head coach at Midway (Waco) from 2010-15 and led the Panthers to a 68-13 record and a 4A Division 1 runner-up finish in 2011. He was an assistant coach at Allen from 2001-09 and was the defensive coordinator in 2008 when Allen won its first state championship.

Kyler Murray would lead the Eagles to three more state titles from 2012-14 and Gambill helped bring home the last one in 2017 when Grant Tisdale and Theo Wease guided the Eagles to a 35-33 win over Garrett Wilson and Lake Travis (Austin) to cap a perfect 16-0 season. 

The head coaching position at Allen will be one of the most sought-after jobs in the country. The school currently has the largest enrollment in the state, a near-$60 million dollar stadium and a recent tradition of success with five state titles since 2008.

Allen has won at least 10 games in 15 consecutive seasons. There is still plenty of talent on the roster with three-star offensive lineman Neto Umeozulu, junior running back Jaylen Jenkins and 2022 Harvard commit Jackson Newville.
Terry Gambill is interviewed on the field after leading Allen to a state championship in 2017.
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Terry Gambill is interviewed on the field after leading Allen to a state championship in 2017.

2020 MLB Draft recap: High school players get late start, 11 chosen - OFFICIAL
2020 MLB Draft recap: High school players get late start, 11 chosen
Video: Fictional high schools seen via Google Earth
Take a tour of these cinematic prep palaces.

It took awhile for high school players to come off the board in the 2020 Major League Baseball draft, but they had a strong finish in the first round with a few surprises along the way. The draft's first day say 11 prep players chosen (with two more taken in the competitive-balance round).

The truncated MLB Draft continues on Thursday with Rounds 2-5.
Pete Crow-Armstrong, Harvard-Westlake
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Pete Crow-Armstrong, Harvard-Westlake
Robert Hassell III of Independence (Thompson's Station, Tenn.) was the first high school player chosen with the No. 8 overall pick by the San Diego Padres. The eighth-overall selection is the lowest the first high school player has been chosen in the 56 years of the MLB Draft.

The previous lowest selection was Clayton Kershaw of Highland Park (Dallas) at No. 7 overall in 2006. Three times, the first prep chosen was at No. 6, including 1992 when Derek Jeter of Kalamazoo Central (Mich.) was taken by the Yankees.

Overall, a high school player has been chosen with the No. 1 overall pick 25 times.

Outfielders Favorite Choice

The first three high school players chosen were all outfielders. After Hassell III went to San Diego at No. 8, Zac Veen of Spruce Creek (Port Orange, Fla.) went to the Rockies at No. 9.

Three picks later, the Reds chose Austin Hendrick of West Allegheny (Imperial, Pa.) at No. 12. Pete Crow-Armstrong of Harvard-Westlake (Studio City, Calif.) became the fourth prep outfielder chosen when the Mets picked him at No. 19.

Red Sox make surprise pick

Boston made the surprise pick of the first round when it chose second baseman Nick Yorke of Archbishop Mitty (San Jose, Calif.) at No. 17.

The selection was a shocker for several reasons. First, second basemen rarely come off the draft board in the first round. Second, Yorke was ranked by MLB as the No. 139 best player available in the draft. The second-lowest ranked prep player chosen in the first round was Carson Tucker, a shortstop from Mountain Pointe (Phoenix), who was ranked No. 52.

The Red Sox have had good luck with Northern California second basemen, however. Former league MVP Dustin Pedroia is originally from Woodland.

Few pitchers chosen

In the past, high school pitchers have been a popular first-round choice. Not so in 2020. Mick Abel of Jesuit (Portland, Ore.) went to the Phillies at No. 15 while Nick Bitsko of Central Bucks East (Doylestown, Pa.) went to the Rays at No. 24.

Among those pitchers not taken Wednesday included potential first round picks Jared Kelley of Refugio (Texas) and Carson Montgomery of Windermere (Fla.).

Only three prep pitchers were chosen in the first round last year with seven chosen in the 2018 draft.

Draft beats last year's numbers

The 2019 draft had one of the lowest total of high school players taken in over a decade with just 10 players chosen. The 2020 draft did one better with 11 players chosen. An additional two players were chosen in the competitive-balance round making 13 preps chosen out of 37 total picks on the draft's first day.

Best high school baseball team from all 50 states - OFFICIAL
Best high school baseball team from all 50 states
While the West Coast is beginning its football season and basketball is wrapping up in other portions of the country, high school baseball has also begun in a large section of the Deep South. And as winter turns to spring more and more states will begin action on the diamond.

As it did for football, boys and girls basketball, and volleyball, MaxPreps is identifying the top high school baseball team in each state as well as the District of Columbia.
Graphic by Ryan Escobar
Alabama
Vestavia Hills

Alabama looks to be very competitive this year with no team among the expected favorites off to a strong start. The Rebels reached the quarterfinals in 2019 and are off to a 6-1 start in 2021.

Alaska
Wasilla

The 2019 state champions return eight players from that team, including the state's top prospect in Clayton Boyett and 2019 tournament player of the game Eli Malave.

Arizona
Hamilton (Chandler)

The Huskies finished the 2020 season with an 8-0 record and the No. 1 ranking in the MaxPreps Top 25 when the season ended. Hamilton has won seven state titles under coach Mike Woods, including three in the past four seasons.

Arkansas
Bentonville

The Tigers return two of the state's top players in twins Keegan and Payton Allen. Both have committed to play at Big 12 schools next year with Keegan going to Oklahoma and Payton headed to Kansas.

California
JSerra Catholic (San Juan Capistrano)

A strong senior class that includes potential first-round draft pick Gage Jump along with shortstop Cody Schrier and pitcher Eric Silva put the Lions at No. 3 in the MaxPreps Top 25 preseason rankings. They finished 11-1 last year, but will have an extremely tough Trinity League to navigate in order to finish high in the national rankings.

Colorado
Fairview (Boulder)

The Knights won eight games in 2019, but they could have one of the top rosters in Colorado this year. Greysen Carter ranks as one of the state's top pitchers, according to Prep Baseball Report, while center fielder Adam Moser is one of the state's top outfielders.

Connecticut
Amity Regional (Woodbridge)

Amity has three players who saw substantial time on the varsity back in 2019, including first baseman Sebastian Holt and catcher Jacob Crow. The Spartans went 19-12 two years ago and didn't take the field in 2020.

Delaware
Sussex Tech (Georgetown)

Sussex lost in the second round of the playoffs to Appoquinimink in 2019 and didn't play in 2020. Catcher Jason Shockley returns as one of the top players in the state after making the all-state team as a sophomore.

District of Columbia
St. John's

The Cadets went 30-3 in 2019 while winning the Washington Catholic League championship. Unfortunately the team will be without standout James Triantos, who has transferred to Madison (Va.)

Florida
Jesuit (Tampa)

The Tigers were ranked No. 2 in the nation with a 9-0 record when COVID hit last March and begin the 2021 season as the No. 1 team in the nation in the MaxPreps Top 25 baseball rankings. While the team doesn't have any superstars, it is has plenty of depth with the likes of catcher Cole Russo, pitcher Alden Segui, pitcher Dominic Castellano and outfielder BJ Graham.

Georgia
Buford

An outstanding junior class, led by one of the top 2022 pitchers in the nation in Dylan Lesko, puts Buford at the top of the list in Georgia. Buford has nine players expected to play Division I ball at some point, led by Lesko who will play at Vanderbilt.

Hawaii
'Iolani (Honolulu)

The Raiders were 13-7 in 2019 and 2-2 in 2020 when their season ended. 'Iolani should have one of the top shortstops in the state in University of Hawaii commit Kody Watanabe.

Idaho
Eagle

Eagle went 16-13 in 2019, but it returns two of its top players from that team in Chase Hilde and Ben Ford. Both all-conference picks, Hilde batted .417 while Ford batted .378 with two home runs.

lllinois
Brother Rice (Chicago)

Although the team never took the field last year, Brother Rice returns 20 players from that squad, including outfielder Cameron Hill, who is ranked by Prep Baseball Report as one of the state's top players.

Indiana
Columbus East (Columbus)

During a 25-5 season in 2019, Columbus East had five sophomores finish among the team's top 11 hitters. Pitchers Kaden Wise and Clayton Wilder combined for 15 wins on the 2019 team as sophomores.

Iowa
Johnston

Johnston returns three all-district players from last summer's Class 4A state championship team. The top two include first team picks Gabe Swansen and Ben Wilmes.

Kansas
Blue Valley (Stilwell)

Blue Valley has four of the state's top eight ranked players by Prep Baseball Report. Leading the way is pitcher Cameron Liggett, shortstop Jackson Nicklaus, outfielder Chase Jans and first baseman Jack Tinberg.

Kentucky
Danville

The pitching staff should be outstanding this year with Ethan Wood and Christian Howe on the mound. Wood is a former MaxPreps Underclass All-America and earned all-state honors as a sophomore in 2019.

Louisiana
Barbe (Lake Charles)

The Buccaneers expect Jack Walker, an all-state pitcher as a sophomore to be fully recovered from an arm injury that would have kept him out of action for the entire 2020 season. Speed in the outfield could be Barbe's best attribute with Kameron Edwards, Ethan Medlin and Donovan LaSalle all returning.

Maine
Ellsworth

Ellsworth was the top team in Class B in 2019, going 19-1 with a win over Freeport in the championship game. A total of 10 players return from that squad, making Ellsworth one of the more experienced teams in the state.

Maryland
DeMatha (Hyattsville)

Although it doesn't play in the Maryland state playoffs, DeMatha is annually one of the top programs in the state. The Stags lost to St. John's in 2019 in the District of Columbia area playoffs.

Massachusetts
Phillips Academy (Andover)

Look for Phillips to have one of the top outfields in the Northeast with Duke commit Jonathan Santucci leading the way. The pitching staff should also be outstanding with one of the nation's top sophomores, Thomas White, anchoring a deep staff.

Michigan
St. Mary Prep (Orchard Lake)

The Eaglets have three of the state's top prospects in shortstop Alex Mooney, pitcher Brock Porter and outfielder Nolan Schubart. Mooney also ranks as one of the nation's top infielders and could go high in the 2021 MLB draft. St. Mary Prep went unbeaten in its final 29 games to win a state championship in 2019, but did not play at all in 2020.

Minnesota
Mounds View (Arden Hills)

Led by catcher Will Rogers, one of the top prospects in the Midwest, Mounds View went 16-9 in 2019 and won the consolation championship over Eden Prairie.

Mississippi
Jackson Prep (Jackson)

The Patriots have an All-America candidate in shortstop Riley Maddox and seven other starters are back from a team that was 12-4 when COVID hit. Jackson Prep won the MAIS state championship over Madison Ridgeland in 2019.

Missouri
Westminster Christian (St. Louis)

The Wildcats reached the state finals of the Class 4 playoffs in 2019 and they return three of the top players from that team in pitchers Zach Dantuono and Nick Moten and shortstop Adam Ebling.

Nebraska
Elkhorn

Drew Christo, possibly the state's top player, leads the way for Elkhorn on the mound, but he's not the team's only standout. Prep Baseball Report has three Elkhorn players ranked among the state's top eight players, including Kyler Randazzo at third base and Malakai Vetock at pitcher.

Nevada
Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas)

Two years ago the Gaels went 21-10 with six freshmen and sophomores seeing significant playing time. Those players, including catcher Gavin Mez, could put Bishop Gorman back in championship contention.

New Hampshire
Bedford

Bedford reached the finals of the 2019 Division 1 playoffs, falling to Londonderry 1-0 in the championship game. One of the top players from that team, pitcher Michael Pratte, returns after earning second team all-district honors as a sophomore.

New Jersey
Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey)

One of the top programs in New Jersey the past decade, the Ironmen didn't take the field in 2020 and went 14-11 in 2019. Don Bosco Prep expects to have a deep lineup in 2021 with nine players headed to the Division I level over the next few seasons.

New Mexico
La Cueva (Albuquerque)

The Bears have won 10 state championships since 2003 and were a favorite in 2020 with a 5-0 record to start the season. A total of seven lettermen return from last year's squad.

New York
Poly Prep Country Day (Brooklyn)

Poly Prep is one of the premier programs in New York with 42 Ivy Prep League championships and 10 NYSAIS crowns. It has also been ranked among the top 100 teams in the country six of the past eight seasons. Greg Becil is one of the top players, recently signing a letter of intent to play at Lehigh.

North Carolina
Ronald Reagan (Pfafftown)

The presence of Josh Hartle, a potential MLB first day draft pick, makes Ronald Reagan a strong contender against any opponent. Reagan was expected to be a state contender in 2020 despite having a junior-dominated lineup. Those juniors are now seniors.

North Dakota
Sheyenne (West Fargo)

The West Fargo team finished sixth in the 2019 Class A state playoffs, but Sheyenne is expected to be the favorite this year thanks to the return of Alex Urlaub, who was on the all-tournament team in 2019 as a sophomore.

Ohio
Walsh Jesuit (Cuyahoga Falls)

Walsh Jesuit always seems to be knocking on the door of a championship in Ohio and this could be the year. Led by Michigan-bound shortstop Henry Kaczmar, son of coach Chris Kaczmar, and 2019 All-Ohio middle infielder Jake Armsey, Walsh Jesuit should be strong up the middle.

Oklahoma
Heritage Hall (Oklahoma City)

With Jackson Jobe and Gray Thomas on the mound, Heritage Hall has perhaps the top 1-2 punch in the nation. Heritage Hall is a 4A school, but should be able to compete with 6A powerhouses like Owasso thanks to Jobe and Thomas, each of whom throw over 95 mph.

Oregon
Lakeridge (Lake Oswego)

The Pacers have two of the top players in the state in 2020 in Cam Clayton and Derek Seneker. Clayton was honorable mention all-state as a sophomore in 2019 and has signed to play at the University of Washington.

Pennsylvania
Malvern Prep (Malvern)

Always one of the top programs in Pennsylvania, Malvern Prep went 32-7 two years ago and won the Inter-Academic Conference. Outfielder Lonnie White, the No. 2 player in the state according to Prep Baseball Report, leads the way.

Rhode Island
Bishop Hendricken (Warwick)

The last time the Hawks walked off the field they were the Division 1 champions, posting a 22-2 record in 2019. After not playing at all in 2020, Bishop Hendricken returns five players from the 2019 championship team.

South Carolina
Summerville

Summerville has had one of the top baseball programs in the state over the past half-decade and this year they sport one of the state's best power hitters in catcher Cole Messina. He batted .434 with 12 home runs as a sophomore in 2019.

South Dakota
O'Gorman (Sioux Falls)

The Knights won the state championship in 2019 and they return one of the ace pitchers from that squad in all-state pick Reece Arbogast.

Tennessee
Baylor (Chattanooga)

The Red Raiders played one game last year before their season ended. Baylor sports one of the best infields in the nation in first baseman Vito Valincias, second baseman Cooper Kinney and shortstop Daniel Corona. Baylor had won two straight state championships prior to the incomplete 2020 season.

Texas
Lake Travis (Austin)

The Cavaliers have been a constant threat for the Class 6A championship for the past five seasons, winning over 30 games each season (except 2020). Lake Travis reached the semifinals in 2019 before falling to eventual champion Southlake Carroll. Coach Mike Rogers is one of the winningest coach in state history with over 700 wins. He has a pair of strong pitchers returning in Alec Grossman and Ethan Roark.

Utah
Maple Mountain (Spanish Fork)

The Golden Eagles field two of the top 5A pitchers in Tyler Nelson, an all-state pick as a sophomore, and Wally Averett, an honorable mention selection.

Vermont
Champlain Valley Union (Hinesburg)

The Redhawks went 25-1 in 2019, winning a Division I state championship. Champlain Valley is 41-3 since the 2018 season. The Redhawks had nine players make the all-league team in 2019.

Virginia
Hanover (Mechanicsville)

Hanover went 22-3 in 2019, losing to Great Bridge in the playoffs. Hanover has been one of the more successful teams in Virginia the past five seasons, going 21-3 in 2017 as well.

Washington
Bainbridge (Bainbridge Island)

Bainbridge got an invite to play in the National High School Invitational this year, but COVID has nixed the event for a second straight season. The Spartans have three pitchers throwing over 90 mph in seniors Nathan Deschryver and Kai Francis and junior Ian Ritchie Jr.

West Virginia
Jefferson (Shenandoah Junction)

Led by one of the winningest coaches in the nation in John Lowery, Jefferson won back-to-back state titles as recently as 2015-16. Lowery has won 12 state titles and was expected to coach his 50th season last year before COVID kept him from fielding a team. He'll take to the field this year for his 50th season that includes 1,313 career wins.

Wisconsin
Sun Prairie

The left side of the infield may be unequaled in the state with Carson Shepard at shortstop and Liam Moreno at third base. Sun Prairie came within a run of winning a state title in 2019 and it returns all-state pick Josh Caron at catcher.