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High school girls basketball rankings: Four HIGHSCORE Top 25 teams competing for title at GEICO Nationals - HIGHSCORE
High school girls basketball rankings: Four MaxPreps Top 25 teams competing for title at GEICO Nationals
The goal of every major tournament is to get as many top teams together as possible. And with the GEICO High School Nationals there's even more pressure on to get the best on the same court.

This year, GEICO has achieved that goal. The GEICO Nationals not only has the top two teams in the MaxPreps Top 25 high school girls basketball rankings, its also features No. 9 and No. 11 — and none have lost a game. Simply put, the winner of the Saturday title game will assuredly be crowned the best team in the nation.

In most years, it doesn't play out that way. California teams (to mention just one state) have never participated in the GEICO, and even though Mount Notre Dame is unbeaten and No. 3, it won't affect the final rankings. After all, strength of schedule is one of the most important factors, and in a year when intersectional play was almost non-existent, the GEICO's ability to match teams from Florida, Georgia, Virginia and Utah is unique.

The first semifinal is 10:30 a.m. Friday (Eastern) and pits No. 1 Lake Highland Prep vs. No. 9 Paul VI. No. 2 Westlake takes on No. 11 Fremont at 12:30 p.m. Both games will be shown on ESPNU. The championship game is slated to tip-off at 10 a.m. (Eastern) Saturday.

NOTE: Coaches and team personnel are encouraged to update schedules and results on MaxPreps – especially those in the mix for MaxPreps Top 25 consideration. For assistance or questions, please reach out to [email protected]
Damiya Hagemann, Edison Academy
Photo by Jeff Robertson
Damiya Hagemann, Edison Academy
MaxPreps Top 25 Girls Basketball Rankings

Record: 19-0 | Last week: 1
Lake Highland Prep may not have the depth of its first-round opponent at the GEICO Nationals, but Kayla Blackshear (a senior signed with Alabama), Nyla Harris (a junior committed to Louisville, Stefanie Ingram (junior, Central Florida) will be tough for No. 10 Paul VI to contain. If Ingram can get the ball to Harris and Blackshear in the paint, the Highlanders have a good chance to get to the Saturday's title game.

2. Westlake (Atlanta)
Record:
20-0 | Last week: 2
Guard play is always important, but even more so at the high school level — which means Westlake and its guard tandem of Raven Johnson (senior, McDonald's All-American, committed to South Carolina) and highly-rated junior Taniya Latson are in good position to win the GEICO High School Nationals. And too much focus on the guards will free up 6-2 senior Snoop Turnage (Virginia Tech) to do damage inside.

3. Mount Notre Dame (Cincinnati)
Record:
28-0 | Last week: 3
Season complete.

4. Hopkins (Minnetonka, Minn.)
Record:
14-0 | Last week: 4
The first meeting with No. 20 Chaska was canceled due to COVID, but hopefully the AAAA semifinal matchup set for April 7 will happen. And getting past Chaska doesn't mean the job is done — unbeaten Farmington is the likely opponent in the finals.

5. Edison Academy (Detroit)
Record:
10-0 | Last week: 5
The Pioneers' season came to an abrupt end as one of its players tested positive for COVID, and the team had to withdraw from the Michigan postseason. Edison was the odds-on favorite to win the Class 2 title and continue its 34-game winning streak, so its ranking is unaffected by a situation out of its control.

6. Incarnate Word Academy (St. Louis)
Record:
29-0 | Last week: 6
Season complete.

7. Norman (Okla.)
Record:
19-0 | Last week: 8
Season complete.

8. St. John-Vianney (Holmdel, N.J.)
Record:
14-0 | Last week: 9
Season complete.

9. Paul VI (Chantilly, Va.)
Record:
10-0 | Last week: 9
The Panthers may have played 10 games, but those contests included enough quality competition to get PVI into the GEICO Nationals and a shot at No. 1 Lake Highlands Prep on Friday. The Paul VI system — with its presses and traps — not only features seniors Bella Perkins and Duke-bound Lee Volker but plenty of depth that can wear down even the toughest opposition.

10. DeSoto (Texas)
Record:
28-2 | Last week: 11
Season complete.

11. Fremont (Plain City, Utah)
Record:
26-0 | Last week: 11
Unlike the other three teams at the GEICO Nationals, Fremont relies on size. The inside play of 6-4 senior Emma Calvert (signed with BYU) and 6-5 sophomore Maggie Mendelson will create big problems for the other, smaller teams. But the key will be whether Fremont's guards can get the ball to Calvert and Mendelson to utilize their height and skill.

12. Newark (Ohio)
Record:
28-2 | Last week: 12
Season complete.

13. Valor Christian (Highlands Ranch, Colo.)
Record:
17-0 | Last week: 13
Season complete.

14. Princess Anne (Virginia Beach, Va.)
Record:
10-0 | Last week: 14
Season complete.

15. Cypress Creek (Houston)
Record:
32-1 | Last week: 7
Season complete.

16. New Hope Academy (Landover Hills, Md.)
Record: 13-3
| Last week: 16
Season complete.

17. Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.)
Record:
21-2 | Last week: 17
Season complete.

18. Rutgers Prep (Somerset, N.J.)
Record:
13-0 | Last week: 18
Season complete.

19. American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.)
Record:
25-2 | Last week: 19
Season complete.

20. Chaska (Minn.)
Record 15-0 | Last week: 20
In a state loaded with talent, Chaska and No. 4 Hopkins appear to be the cream of the crop — but "appear" is the operative word. The two are expected to meet April 7 at the Target Center in the AAAA semifinals, and the winner will be favored to win it all, but there are too many outstanding players and quality teams in Minnesota to set anything in stone.

21. Hazel Green (Ala.)
Record:
36-1 | Last week: 21
Season complete.

22. Pius X (Lincoln, Neb.)
Record:
25-0 | Last week: 23
Season complete.

23. Crown Point (Ind.)
Record:
25-1 | Last week: 24
Season complete.

24. Zebulon B. Vance (Charlotte, N.C.)
Record:
12-0 | Last week: 25
Season complete.

25. Shawnee Mission Northwest (Shawnee Mission, Kan.)
Record:
23-0 | Last week: NR
Season complete.

Dropped out: None.
NFHS names 23 high school Coaches of the Year for 2020 - HIGHSCORE
NFHS names 23 high school Coaches of the Year for 2020
Michael Bowler, Mary Beth Bourgoin and Anne Ellett were three of 23 high school coaches honored Monday for their excellence by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Coaches Association.

Bowler, a lacrosse coach at Rocky Point (N.Y.), was selected in the "other" category for boys sports, and Bourgoin, a field hockey coach at Winslow (Maine), was chosen in the "other" category for girls sports.

Ellett of Centennial (Gresham, Ore.) was the National Coach of the Year Award for spirit. She's been the school's dance coach since 1966 and is one of the longest-tenured coaches in any sport in state history.

The 2020 National Coaches of the Year awards recognize current leaders who coached in the the 2019-20 school year. The NFHS has recognized coaches through an awards program since 1982 and honors the top 10 girls sports and top 10 boys sports (by participation numbers) in addition to three others.

Recipients of this year's national awards for boys sports are:

Ron Murphy, baseball, Rio Rancho (N.M.)
Jerry Petitgoue, basketball, Cuba City (Wis.)
Kevin Ryan, cross country, Bellingham (Wash.)
Gerry Pannoni, football, South County (Lorton, Va.)
Steve Kanner, golf, Hamilton (Chandler, Ariz.)
David Halligan, soccer, Falmouth (Maine)
Douglas Krecklow, swimming and diving, Omaha Westside (Omaha, Neb.)
Robert Palazzo, track and field, Classical (Providence, R.I.)
Douglas Hislop, wrestling, Imbler (Ore.)
Ron Murphy, Rio Rancho baseball
File photo by Jim Smith
Ron Murphy, Rio Rancho baseball
The recipients of the 2020 NFHS national awards for girls sports are:

Michael Rose, swimming and diving, Brookfield East (Brookfield, Wis.)
Willie Smith, track and field, Beachwood (Ohio)
Kevin Bordewick, volleyball, Washburn Rural (Topeka, Kan.)
Donna Moir, basketball, Sacred Heart (Louisville, Ky.)
William Clifton, cross country, Middletown South (Middletown, N.J.)
Tim Carey, lacrosse, Hoover (Fresno, Calif.)
Stephen Estelle, soccer, Gateway Regional (Huntington, Mass.)
Mary Truesdale, softball, Sheldon (Sacramento, Calif.)

The NFHS has a contact in each state responsible for selecting deserving coach award recipients.

This person often works with the state coaches' association in his or her respective state. He or she contacts the potential state award recipients to complete a coach profile form that requests information regarding the coach's record, membership in and affiliation with coaching and other professional organizations, involvement with other school and community activities and programs, and coaching philosophy.

To be approved as an award recipient and considered for sectional and national coach of the year consideration, this profile form must be completed by the coach or designee and then approved by the executive director (or designee) of the state athletic/activities association.

The NFHS Coaches Association has an advisory committee composed of a chair and eight sectional representatives. The sectional committee representatives evaluate the state award recipients from the states in their respective sections and select the best candidates for the sectional award in each sport category.

A total of 707 coaches will be recognized this year with state, sectional and national awards.
Bryce Hopkins named 2020-21 HIGHSCORE Illinois High School Basketball Player of the Year - HIGHSCORE
Bryce Hopkins named 2020-21 MaxPreps Illinois 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.

Bryce Hopkins of Fenwick (Oak Park) is the 2020-21 MaxPreps Illinois High School Basketball Player of the Year. The 6-foot-7, 220-pound senior helped the Friars go 13-3 overall and 11-1 in Chicago Catholic League play.

Hopkins averaged 24.4 points and 12.5 rebounds and three assists per contest and was named Chicago Catholic League Player of the Year for the second consecutive season.

Signed with Kentucky, Hopkins is regarded as the No. 27 prospect in the Class of 2021 overall according to 247Sports. The versatile forward also earned offers from Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisville, Michigan, Oregon and Wisconsin among others.

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.
Bryce Hopkins is headed to play for the Kentucky Wildcats next season.
Photo by Luke Hales
Bryce Hopkins is headed to play for the Kentucky Wildcats next season.
Todd Dodge of Austin Westlake named HIGHSCORE National High School Football Coach of the Year - HIGHSCORE
Todd Dodge of Austin Westlake named MaxPreps National High School Football Coach of the Year
Todd Dodge is doing at Westlake (Austin, Texas) what he did from 2000-2006 at Southlake Carroll – turning a program into a dynasty. The architect of six Texas high school football championships, Dodge led the Chaparrals to their second consecutive state title in 2020, a 6A Division 1 crown one season after winning the 6A Division 2 bracket.

Dodge is the 2020 MaxPreps National High School Football Coach of the Year after leading the Chaps to an undefeated season and banner in the nation's toughest postseason tournament.

Prior to Dodge's 2014 hire, Westlake's only title came in 1996 with Drew Brees under center. In his sixth season at the Austin school, the Chaps went 15-1 and won the 6A Division 2 title before adding a 14-0 year in 2020 and No. 3 ranking in the final MaxPreps Top 25.

In this year's semifinals, Dodge guided Westlake to a 24-21 win over two-time defending 6A Division 1 champ North Shore. (Houston). The championship game provided another fascinating storyline as he faced his son Riley, who is now the head coach at Southlake Carroll.

Father taught son a lesson in that contest as Westlake rolled to a 52-34 victory.

Since taking over as at Westlake, Dodge's teams are 88-11 and the Chaparrals will ride a 24-game win streak into the 2021 season. Dodge is 218-72 overall, having won six state championships (2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2019 and 2020) with a playoff mark of 66-7.

Eric Kjar of Corner Canyon (Draper, Utah), Adam Carter of Grayson (Loganville, Ga.), Bobby Acosta of IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) and newly-retired Bob Beatty of Trinity (Louisville, Ky.) were among the other names considered for COY honors.

Past MaxPreps Coaches of the Year
2008 — Mike Alberghini, Grant (Sacramento, Calif.)
2009 — Mike Newsome, Butler (Matthews, N.C.)
2010 — Tony Heath, Pearland (Texas)
2011 — Hal Wasson, Southlake Carroll (Southlake, Texas)
2012 — Bob Ladouceur, De La Salle (Concord, Calif.)
2013 — Jason Negro, St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.)
2014 — Tom Westerberg, Allen (Texas)
2015 — Gary Joseph, Katy (Texas)
2016 — Kenny Sanchez, Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas)
2017 — Bruce Rollinson, Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.)
2018 — Jon Kay, North Shore (Houston, Texas)
2019 — Jason Negro, St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.)
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HIGHSCORE/AVCA Players of the Week for August 23, 2020 - HIGHSCORE
MaxPreps/AVCA Players of the Week for August 23, 2020

MaxPreps/AVCA
HIGH SCHOOL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

Alabama

Skyler Bumpers


McGill-Toolen High School (Mobile, AL), 6 - 1

6'0 Senior, OH,OPP

Week of August 17 – August 23, 2020: 17 Sets Played
Stats
Kills: 81
Kills/Game: 4.77
Digs: 50
Digs/Game: 2.94
Receptions: 53
Rcpt/Game: 3.12
Aces: 8

Georgia
Kate Perryman


North Forsyth High School (Cumming, GA), 13 - 2

6'2 Senior, MB,OH

Week of August 17 – August 23, 2020: 15 Sets Played
Stats
Kills: 75
Kills/Game: 5
Digs: 10
Receptions: 40
Rcpt/Game: 2.67
Aces: 5
Blocks: 18

Indiana
Dara Milivojac


Indianapolis Lutheran High School (Indianapolis, IN), 3 - 1

Senior, OH

Week of August 17 – August 23, 2020: 11 Sets Played
Stats
Kills: 80
Kills/Game: 7.27
Digs: 38
Digs/Game: 3.46
Receptions: 90
Rcpt/Game: 8.18
Blocks: 3

Mississippi
Parker Bracken

Jackson Academy (Jackson, MS), 8 - 1

5'10 Senior, OH

Week of August 17 – August 23, 2020: 8 Sets Played
Stats
Kills: 37
Kills/Game: 4.63
Digs: 33
Digs/Game: 4.13
Receptions: 21
Rcpt/Game: 2.63
Aces: 12
Blocks: 1

Ohio
Paige Fisher


Williamsburg High School (Williamsburg, OH), 1 - 0

5'10 Senior, S,MH

Week of August 17 – August 23, 2020: 3 Sets Played
Stats
Kills: 24
Kills/Game: 8.00
Digs: 2
Receptions: 9
Rcpt/Game: 3.00
Aces: 3
Blocks: 1

Oklahoma
Grace Thompson


Westmoore High School (Oklahoma City, OK), 3 - 3

Senior,

Week of August 17 – August 23, 2020: 13 Sets Played
Stats
Kills: 41
Kills/Game: 3.15
Digs: 24
Digs/Game: 1.86
Receptions: 34
Rcpt/Game: 2.62
Aces: 4

Tennessee
Shaye Eggleston

Brentwood High School (Brentwood, TN), 2 - 0

6'0 Senior, OH

Week of August 17 – August 23, 2020: 7 Sets Played
Stats
Kills: 38
Kills/Game: 5.43
Digs: 23
Digs/Game: 3.29
Receptions: 25
Rcpt/Game: 3.57
Aces: 5
Blocks: 4

Texas
Graycee Mosley

Troy High School (Troy, TX), 5 - 1
5'9 Junior, OH,DS

Week of August 17 – August 23, 2020: 15 Sets Played
Stats
Kills: 79
Kills/Game: 5.27
Digs: 22
Digs/Game: 1.47
Receptions: 41
Rcpt/Game: 2.73
Aces: 14
Blocks: 2

Utah
Halle Hogan


Woods Cross High School (Woods Cross, UT), 6-1

5'8 Senior, S

Week of August 17 – August 23, 2020: 26 Sets Played
Stats:
Assists: 237
Assists/Game: 9.12
Team Hitting%: 0.220
Digs: 25
Aces: 23
Blocks: 6

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