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2012 Final HIGHSCORE Xcellent 25 National Football Rankings: John Curtis is the national champ - HIGHSCORE
2012 Final MaxPreps Xcellent 25 National Football Rankings: John Curtis is the national champ
Curtis has plenty of reason to celebrate: It finishes No. 1 the Xcellent 25.
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Curtis has plenty of reason to celebrate: It finishes No. 1 the Xcellent 25.
Lousiana power John Curtis finishes No. 1 in the 2012 MaxPreps Xcellent 25 National Football Rankings presented by the Army.

The Patriots dominated from start to finish and were remarkably consistent, especially in the playoffs. Curtis jumped on opponents early, scoring touchdowns on 36 of 41 first half possessions in the postseason.

While Curtis did not play the nation's most difficult schedule, it dismantled Florida's defending Class 8A champion Plant 33-3 in September and outscored opponents 677-60 on the season.

It was perhaps the finest team in J.T. Curtis' 43-year career, one that has seen the coaching giant amass 520 career wins, second only to John McKissick's total of 601.

Katy, which enjoyed a remarkable season punctuated by its seventh state title, finishes a close second with talent-laden Norcross, Georgia's undefeated AAAAAA state champion, checking in at No. 3.

Xcellent 25 National Football Rankings presented by the Army National Guard


1. (1) Curtis (River Ridge, La.), 14-0

Season complete. Class 2A champion.

2. (2) Katy (Texas), 16-0
Katy capped off a perfect season, winning its seventh state title in a 35-24 victory over Cedar Hill. Story

3. (3) Norcross (Ga.), 15-0
Season complete. Class AAAAA champion.

4. (4) De La Salle (Concord, Calif.), 15-0
Season complete. CIF Open Division Bowl champion.

5. (6) Allen (Texas), 14-1

Lamar put up a valiant effort, but Allen prevailed with a 35-21 victory. Story
High school basketball: With COVID-19 guidelines limiting indoor activity, games in Washington's Pierce County being played in livestock arena - HIGHSCORE
High school basketball: With COVID-19 guidelines limiting indoor activity, games in Washington's Pierce County being played in livestock arena
With local guidelines restricting indoor activity amid the pandemic, athletic directors, coaches and local businesses got creative to save the high school basketball season in Washington's Pierce County.

Games finally got underway Wednesday on the grounds of the Washington State Fair in Puyallup in a venue typically reserved for equestrian activities, livestock shows, auctions and swap meets.

The arena has a roof but opens on both ends, allowing the basketball games to be played and skirting the limit on indoor gatherings. Puyallup-based Looker Asphalt paved the arena floor in recent days in order to make it possible to lay down courts.
Curtis (University Place) athletic director Suzanne Vick told KJR 950 on Wednesday that nearly 400 games are scheduled to be played on three courts featuring boys and girls teams from the South Puget Sound League and Pierce County League.

Spectators aren't permitted this week but Vick said she hopes two guests per uniformed player will be allowed in the near future.

Thankfully, the area's unpredictable spring weather is doing its part to cooperate. Temperatures are expected to remain in the 70s through the weekend.
Two junior varsity girls games were the first to be played on the newly installed courts Wednesday afternoon.
Photo by Vince Miller
Two junior varsity girls games were the first to be played on the newly installed courts Wednesday afternoon.
Photo by Vince Miller
A Rogers player takes a shot during one of the two junior varsity girls games.
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A Rogers player takes a shot during one of the two junior varsity girls games.
Photo by Vince Miller
Dane Looker (right) of Looker Asphalt and Greg Barrett work to finish installing the courts in time for the first games that were held Wednesday afternoon.
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Dane Looker (right) of Looker Asphalt and Greg Barrett work to finish installing the courts in time for the first games that were held Wednesday afternoon.
Photo by Vince MIller


HIGHSCORE 20 for 20: Top 20 high school quarterbacks over the last 20 years - HIGHSCORE
MaxPreps 20 for 20: Top 20 high school quarterbacks over the last 20 years
What do DJ Uiagalelei, Deshaun Watson, Kyler Murray, Trevor Lawrence and Vince Young have in common? They are among an impressive list of the MaxPreps Top 20 quarterbacks over the last 20 years.

Over the next few months, MaxPreps will dive into a position-by-position look at the best players to perform under the Friday Night Lights. We started with running backs last week and next up are the quarterbacks.

MAXPREPS 20 for 20: Running Backs

The 20 quarterbacks on our list have combined for six Pro Bowl selections, two Heisman Trophies, four BCS national championships, two CFP national championships and one Super Bowl.

Our criteria focuses towards on-field accomplishment, 247Sports composite ranking, awards, all-state selections and the impact the players made toward their team's success.

The Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) trio of Matt Barkley, JT Daniels and Bryce Young help the Golden State to the top of the class with seven overall selections. Two-time MaxPreps National Player of the Year Kyler Murray paces a Texas quintet that also features Vince Young, Garrett Gilbert, Riley Dodge and Dematrius Davis.
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MaxPreps 20 for 20: Quarterbacks

1. Kyler Murray, Allen (Texas) | Class of 2015
Went 42-0 as a starter and led the Eagles to three consecutive state titles in the state's largest classification. Finished his high school career throwing for 10,386 yards and 117 touchdowns while adding 4,139 yards on the ground and 69 scores. Allen finished ranked No. 2 in the country during his junior season and was crowned the MaxPreps National Champions the following year. Murray was named the Gatorade Athlete of the Year in 2015.

Georgia's all-time passing leader threw for 13,908 yards and 161 touchdowns during his high school career. He went 52-3 as a starter and led the Hurricanes to a couple of state titles and a 41-game winning streak that stretched from his sophomore to senior year. Lawrence was the No. 1 rated player in the Class of 2018 and was named the MaxPreps Freshman of the Year and Junior of the Year.

3. Vince Young, Madison (Houston) | Class of 2002
Finished with 7,624 yards of total offense and was the top-rated player in the country in the Class of 2002. His best season came as a senior leading Madison to the Class 5A Division 1 semifinals throwing for 2,545 yards and 35 touchdowns as well as 1,274 yards rushing and 24 scores.

Finished his high school career on top as the Braves were named national champs by every media outlet in 2019. He was named the MaxPreps Co-Player of the Year with Bryce Young after throwing for 4,225 yards and had 48 touchdowns against two interceptions. He added another 400-plus yards and eight scores on the ground. The five-star recruit was the No. 1 pro style quarterback in the Class of 2020 and ended his career with 10,496 yards passing and 1,103 yards rushing to go with 145 total touchdowns playing against elite competition across the country.

5. Terrelle Pryor, Jeannette (Pa.) | Class of 2008
The first player in state history to finish with 4,000-plus yards passing and 4,000-plus yards rushing. He threw for 1,889 yards and rushed for 1,899 yards with 58 total touchdowns in his senior season while leading the Jayhawks to their first state title. Pryor was the second-rated player overall in the Class of 2008 and was rated ahead of the likes of Julio Jones, A.J. Green and Andrew Luck.

The MaxPreps National Player of the Year and Gatorade Player of the Year after leading the Monarchs wire-to-wire as the No. 1 team in the country during the 2017 season. He threw for 4,123 yards and had 52 touchdowns against four interceptions and added 500-plus yards on the ground and nine scores. Mater Dei never trailed at any point during the season while posting a 15-0 mark. Daniels finished with 12,014 yards and 152 touchdowns while going 37-4 as a starter.

7. Deshaun Watson, Gainesville (Ga.) | Class of 2014
Ranks second all-time in Georgia in passing yards (13,077) and passing touchdowns (155). His 17,124 yards of total offense and 218 total touchdowns rank first all-time in Peach State history. He was named the MaxPreps Junior of the Year after throwing for 4,024 yards and 50 touchdowns to go with 1,441 yards rushing and 24 scores while leading the Red Elephants to their first state title. Watson was the top-rated dual threat quarterback in the Class of 2014 on 247Sports composite rankings.

8. Bryce Young, Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) | Class of 2020
Shared National Player of the Year honors with Uiagalelei in 2019 after leading the Monarchs to a 12-1 record while accounting for 4,885 yards of total offense (4,528 passing, 357 rushing) and 68 touchdowns. He was also named the Co-Junior of the Year with North Shore's (Houston) Zach Evans after leading Mater Dei to a CIF Open Division state championship in 2018. He played his first two years at Cathedral (Los Angeles) and finished his career throwing for 13,250 yards and 152 touchdowns to go with 1,084 yards rushing and 26 scores. Young was the No. 1 rated player in the country according to 247Sports and only Bryan Bresee was ranked ahead in the composite rankings.

9. Chris Leak, Independence (Charlotte, N.C.) | Class of 2003
Fourth all-time in passing yards (15,593) and passing touchdowns (185), he led the Patriots to three consecutive 4A state titles and played a pivotal role in Independence's 109-game winning streak that went from 2000 until 2007. It's the second longest winning streak in high school football history, trailing only De La Salle's (Concord, Calif.) 151-game streak. The former five-star recruit was the second-rated quarterback in the Class of 2003.

Never lost a game during his three years under center for the Las Vegas power. Named the MaxPreps National Player of the Year and Gatorade Football Player of the Year after leading the Gaels to a 15-0 record accounting for 3,619 yards of total offense (2,362 passing, 1,257 rushing) and 62 total touchdowns as a senior. The Gaels were named National Champions by every media outlet and the second-rated dual threat quarterback from the Class of 2017 finished his career throwing for 7,507 yards and 113 touchdowns to go with 2,294 yards rushing and 35 touchdowns.

The former five-star recruit was the second-rated quarterback in the Class of 2009 and finished with 12,534 yards passing and 138 touchdowns. He led the Cavaliers to back-to-back state titles during his junior and senior year and went 39-4 as the starter. He was named the MaxPreps National Player of the Year and Gatorade Athlete of the Year as a senior after throwing for 4,851 yards and 55 touchdowns.

Went 42-0 as the starting quarterback for the Southern California power and threw for over 10,000 yards. His senior year was the first season the California Interscholastic Federation started playing state championship bowl games and Clausen led the Lions to the Division III title. He was the top-rated quarterback in the Class of 2007 and Joe McKnight was the only player ahead of him on 247Sports composite rankings.

Finished his high school career throwing for 9,940 yards and 95 touchdowns to go with 3,169 yards rushing and 63 scores. He led the Panthers to a 4A state title during his senior year in 2005 — the school's lone championship. The former five-star prospect was the top-rated dual threat quarterback in the Class of 2006.

14. Maty Mauk, Kenton (Ohio) | Class of 2012
His 18,932 yards passing is the most in high school football history. He threw for 219 touchdowns, which ranks second all-time and his 1,353 completions and 2,110 attempts are both national records. Mauk was a four-star recruit and was the seventh-rated dual threat quarterback in the Class of 2012.

15. Matt Barkley, Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) | Class of 2009
Top-rated player from the Class of 2009 was the first freshman to start at quarterback for Mater Dei since Todd Marinovich n 1984. Barkley became the first non-senior to be named the Gatorade Football Player of the Year and Athlete of the Year after he threw for 3,560 yards and 35 touchdowns during his junior season. He finished with 9,471 yards passing and 79 touchdowns.

16. Jake Browning, Folsom (Calif.) | Class of 2015
Threw for a national record 229 touchdowns and his 16,775 yards passing ranks third all-time. During his senior season he tied the national record throwing for 91 touchdowns and also set the California record throwing for 5,790 yards, sixth all-time on the national level. Browning was named the California Gatorade Player of the Year during his junior and senior season and only lost two games in high school with both against De La Salle (Concord, Calif.). He was the MaxPreps Junior of the Year in 2013 and was the fifth-rated pro style quarterback, according to 247Sports composite rankings.

The MaxPreps National Player of the Year as a junior after leading the Dragons to a 5A Division 1 state championship in a 43-29 win over Nick Foles and Westlake (Austin). Dodge finished that season throwing for 4,184 yards and 54 touchdowns to go with 1,119 yards on the ground and 13 scores. The Dragons were named 2006 national champions by USA Today. Dodge ended his career with 7,629 yards passing and 93 touchdowns to go with 1,848 yards rushing and 20 scores despite starting for two seasons. He's the head coach of Southlake Carroll and is 38-4 over his first three years after leading the Dragons to a first state title game appearance since 2011.

18. Josh Rosen, St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.) | Class of 2015
The former five-star recruit was the top-rated quarterback in the Class of 2015 and finished his career throwing for 8,743 yards and 90 touchdowns with 1,139 yards rushing and 14 scores. During his junior season, he led the Braves to their first state title in school history snapping De La Salle's 40-game winning streak in the CIF Open Division championship.

His 14,565 yards passing is sixth all-time nationally and the 195 passing touchdowns are good for third most. Grier owns the national record throwing for 837 yards in a game. The former four-star recruit was the second-rated pro style quarterback in the Class of 2014 and finished his career with 2,955 yards and 31 touchdowns on the ground.

Finished his high school career as the all-time leader in wins for a quarterback in Texas history going 51-3. He led North Shore to back-to-back 6A Division 1 state titles in 2018 and 2019 and was the MaxPreps Sophomore Player of the Year after leading the Mustangs to the No. 1 spot in the final Top 25 rankings. Racked up over 13,500 yards of total offense and 171 touchdowns during his career for the Houston power.
2020-21 HIGHSCORE Junior All-America Team: Jalen Duren headlines high school basketball's best from the Class of 2022 - HIGHSCORE
2020-21 MaxPreps Junior All-America Team: Jalen Duren headlines high school basketball's best from the Class of 2022
Our look at high school basketball's best from the 2020-21 season continues with the MaxPreps Junior All-America Team, highlighted by National Junior of the Year Jalen Duren of Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.).

Duren, a 6-foot-10 post regarded as the No. 2 prospect in the Class of 2022 by 247Sports, averaged 14.3 points, 8.4 rebounds and 2.2 blocked shots per game for the MaxPreps National Champions. The Eagles are 49-1 in his two seasons with the program.

The Pennsylvania native joins a list of past winners that includes 2021 NBA All-Stars Ben Simmons, Jayson Tatum and Zion Williamson. See the full list of past MaxPreps Juniors of the Year below.

Selections are based on team success, individual production and local, regional and state honors from the recently-completed season. Potential at the college and professional level is not a primary consideration. Players in post-graduate or non-scholastic programs are not eligible for inclusion.
First Team

6-foot-8 | Wing | Uncommitted
Top-ranked prospect averaged 25.2 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2.5 assists in a shortened 10-game season for first-year program.

MAXPREPS NATIONAL JUNIOR OF THE YEAR
6-10 | Center | Uncommitted
Helped Montverde capture fifth national title since 2013, becoming second player from the program to earn MaxPreps JOY honors after Ben Simmons in 2014.

6-3 | Guard | Uncommitted
Atlanta Journal-Constitution Class 6A Player of the Year averaged 32 points, seven rebounds and six assists to guide the Longhorns to the state title game.

6-6 | Wing | Uncommitted
MaxPreps Ohio Player of the Year averaged 31.1 points, 15.8 rebounds, 6.1 assists, 4.7 steals and 4.0 steals per game while shooting 71 percent from the field to guide the Griffins to the state quarterfinals.

6-2 | Guard | Ohio State
Atlanta Journal-Constitution Class 7A Player of the Year averaged 17 points, nine assists and seven rebounds per contest to guide the Eagles to their first state title since 2012 and the program's first ever GEICO Nationals appearance.

Second Team

6-10 | Forward | Uncommitted
Quickly-developing international prospect averaged 13 points, eight rebounds and three blocked shots per game in his first season in the United States.
Catalyst for IMG tallied 10.1 points, 6.1 assists and 4.0 rebounds per game while shooting 55 percent from beyond the arc.

7-1 | Center | Uncommitted
MaxPreps Connecticut Player of the Year averaged 27.3 points, 17.2 rebounds, 5.8 blocks and 3.1 assists per contest to help the Rams go 15-0 en route to the program's first Central Connecticut Conference championship since 2003.

6-3 | Guard | Uncommitted
District 7-6A Co-MVP averaged 19.4 points, 8.4 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game to guide Richardson to the Class 6A state semifinals.

6-5 | Wing | Uncommitted
Breakout year for the No. 4-ranked Stags, averaging 19.3 points, 9.7 rebounds and 4.5 assists per contest while shooting 46 percent from 3-point range.

Third Team

Eric Dailey, IMG Academy
6-7 | Forward | Uncommitted
Versatile forward prospect was IMG's second-leading scorer, averaging 13.1 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists per contest while shooting 37 percent from beyond the arc.

6-4 | Guard | Uncommitted
Scoring guard averaged 23.2 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 2.1 steals per contest to guide the Cougars to a 17-11 record against a challenging national schedule.

6-4 | Guard | Uncommitted
Dallas Morning News Player of the Year averaged 23.1 points, 6.3 rebounds, 3.3 steals and 2.2 blocks per outing to lead the Knights to the Class 5A state title game.

6-5 | Wing | Uncommitted
Led Oak Hill Academy in scoring at 19.6 points per game to go along with 5.6 rebounds.

Dariq Whitehead, Montverde Academy
6-5 | Guard/Wing | Uncommitted
Key contributor on back-to-back national championship teams, averaged 10.4 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.9 assists per contest.

Honorable Mention

6-7 | Wing | Kansas
Produced 10.3 points and 3.9 rebounds per game for GEICO Nationals finalists.

6-3 | Guard | Uncommitted
MaxPreps Tennessee Player of the Year averaged 20 points, seven rebounds and six assists per contest while becoming the first Knoxville Catholic player to be named Mr. Basketball in Division II-AA.

Corey Floyd Jr., Roselle Catholic (Roselle, N.J.)
6-4 | Guard | Connecticut
NJ.com All-State first team selection averaged 16.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.7 assists to help the Lions finish 12-3.

6-2 | Guard | Uncommitted
District 24-5A MVP averaged 22.6 points, 5.0 assists, 4.3 rebounds to help the Hurricanes finish 17-3.

Jett Howard, IMG Academy
6-6 | Guard | Uncommitted
Son of Juwan Howard helped IMG reach GEICO Nationals semifinals, averaging 10.5 points and 2.5 assists per contest while shooting 46 percent from the field and 41 percent from 3-point range.

6-10 | Center | Colorado
MaxPreps North Dakota Player of the Year averaged 22.6 points, 14.3 rebounds and 4.9 assists per contest while shooting 57 percent from the field. Hurlburt has piled up 1,609 points and 1,134 rebounds in 97 career games.

6-3 | Guard | Uncommitted
Helped the Tigers finish No. 12 in final MaxPreps Top 25, averaging 14.1 points and 2.4 assists per contest while shooting 53 percent from the field and 44 percent from 3-point range.

6-4 | Guard | Purdue
Younger brother of Michigan State guard Foster Loyer averaged 24.4 points, 4.9 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game while shooting 53 percent from the field, 45 percent from the 3-point range and 90 percent from the free throw line.

6-1 | Guard | Uncommitted
Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association Division II first team selection averaged 28.2 points, 5.2 assists, 3.6 rebounds and 2.2 steals per contest.

6-7 | Wing | Uncommitted
Main Street Preps All-Midstate Player of the Year averaged 23.3 points, 8.4 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 2.6 blocks per game to guide the Ravens to the Division I Class AAA state title game.

6-8 | Wing | Uncommitted
Five-star prospect averaged 18.0 points and 6.7 rebounds per contest to lead the Stags to a state title.

6-2 | Guard | Uncommitted
NJ.com All-State first team selection averaged 18.8 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 2.3 steals per game to guide the Crusaders to a 7-2 record.

6-3 | Guard | Uncommitted
MaxPreps New York Player of the Year averaged 19 points, seven assists, four rebounds and two steals per contest while shooting 39 percent from 3-point range and 44 percent from the field overall.

6-4 | Guard | Uncommitted
MaxPreps Arkansas Player of the Year averaged 25 points, five rebounds and three assists per game while shooting 60 percent from the field. The talented combo guard pumped in a season-high 44 points in an 82-72 victory over Jacksonville on Feb. 2

Jarace Walker, IMG Academy
6-7 | Wing | Uncommitted
Top 10 prospect battled injuries most of the season but still managed to produce averaged 10.1 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists per contest while shooting 56 percent from the field.

Past MaxPreps Juniors of the Year
2020 — Paolo Banchero, O'Dea (Seattle)
2019 — Sharife Cooper, McEachern (Powder Springs, Ga.)
2018 — Vernon Carey Jr., University (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
2017 — Zion Williamson, Spartanburg Day (Spartanburg, S.C.)
2016 — Kevin Knox, Tampa Catholic (Tampa, Fla.)
2015 — Jayson Tatum, Chaminade (St. Louis)
2014 — Ben Simmons, Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.)
2013 — Stanley Johnson, Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.)
2012 — Jabari Parker, Simeon (Chicago)
2011 — Tony Parker, Miller Grove (Lithonia, Ga.)
2010 — Austin Rivers, Winter Park (Fla.)
High school girls basketball rankings: Four HIGHSCORE Top 25 teams prepping for GEICO Nationals - HIGHSCORE
High school girls basketball rankings: Four MaxPreps Top 25 teams prepping for GEICO Nationals
GEICO Nationals gets underway in Fort Myers, Fla., next week with what may be the most significant field in the 12-year history of the event. All four teams headed to the Sunshine State are ranked in this week's MaxPreps Top 25 high school girls basketball rankings, including No. 1 Lake Highland Prep (Orlando, Fla.) and No. 2 Westlake (Atlanta).

ESPNU will air both semifinal contests Friday, beginning with Lake Highland Prep meeting No. 9 Paul VI (Chantilly, Va.) at 10:30 a.m. EST and followed by Westlake (who earned the top seed) taking on unbeaten Utah state champion No. 11 Fremont (Plain City) at 12:30 p.m. EST.

The combined record of the four teams in the field is 75-0 and it's likely winner take all in terms of the final No. 1 ranking and national championship.

Saturday's championship game is slated for 10 a.m. EST on ESPN2.

No. 4 Hopkins (Minnetonka, Minn.), No. 5 Edison Academy (Detroit) and No. 20 Chaska (Minn.) are the only other ranked teams with seasons still in progress.

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]
Valor Christian moves into the MaxPreps Top 25 after winning the Colorado 5A title.
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Valor Christian moves into the MaxPreps Top 25 after winning the Colorado 5A title.
MaxPreps Top 25 Girls Basketball Rankings

Record: 19-0 | Last week: 1
The Highlanders' last game was Feb. 27 and the last game closer than 10 points was Dec. 22, 2020, so getting ready for the opening game at GEICO Nationals isn't going to be an easy task.

2. Westlake (Atlanta)
Record:
20-0 | Last week: 2
A planned game against No. 1 Lake Highland Prep would have been one of the highlights of the year — but it was canceled for COVID reasons. There is a chance that game will finally be played, but only if Westlake beats Fremont and Lake Highland Prep beats Paul VI at GEICO Nationals.

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

4. Hopkins (Minnetonka, Minn.)
Record:
13-0 | Last week: 4
Off since March 12, the Royals jump into the Section 6 title game Thursday against Wayzata. Hopkins has beaten Wayzata by 50 and 27 in the previous two meetings.

5. Edison Academy (Detroit)
Record:
11-0 | Last week: 5
The Pioneers move to the finals of the Division 2 District 59 playoffs later this week, most likely against twice-beaten Detroit University Prep. Then it's on to the regionals with the state finals scheduled for April 9.

6. Incarnate Word Academy (St. Louis)
Record:
29-0 | Last week: 6
Beat Staley 77-40 in the Class 6 semifinals and Webster Groves 58-37 in the final. That's the 11th state championship for IWA and the 10th for coach Dan Rolfes. Almost everyone's back next year.

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: 10
The Panther players, coaches and fans thought the season was over after a 68-66 rivalry win over St. John's on Feb. 9 — but GEICO Nationals stepped in, and PVI got a reprieve.

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

11. Fremont (Plain City, Utah)
Record:
26-0 | Last week: 15
In 2018, an unheralded team from out west arrived at GEICO Nationals and was expected to be cannon fodder for the eastern powerhouses in attendance. Instead, Central Valley (Spokane Valley, Wash.) stunned its higher-ranked opponents, beat vaunted Hamilton Heights Christian Academy (Chattanooga, Tenn.) in the title game, and finished No. 1 in the nation. Fremont is hoping that same script plays out in 2021.

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

13. Valor Christian (Highlands Ranch, Colo.)
Record:
17-0 | Last week: NR
Colorado's Class 5A champion beat Regis Jesuit by 25 in the title game. The Eagles won all five state tournament games by 20 points or more.

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:
14-0 | Last week: 20
The Hawks draw Minnetonka in the AAAA Section 2 finals Thursday. The first meeting between the two went to overtime before Chaska pulled it out, so don't expect the usual early-round blowout by the nationally-ranked team. In fact, if Chaska is at all looking ahead to a shot at No. 4 Hopkins, an upset is not only possible, but likely.

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: No. 11 Grandview (Aurora, Colo.)