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10 extreme high schools as seen via Google Earth - OFFICIAL
10 extreme high schools as seen via Google Earth
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These campuses are big and small and across the corners of the U.S.

The view from Google Earth allows a different perspective - a bird's eye look. It allows you to search some of the most extreme locations in the world.

MaxPreps has already taken a look at 10 unique high schools in the U.S., as well as schools of players in the Michael Jordan documentary "The Last Dance," and 10 high school football stadiums named after NFL players.

The latest installment in the series dives into some of the extreme schools in the United States.

School at lowest elevation
West Shores Academy (Salton City, Calif.): In the 1960s, Salton City was a tourist attraction capable of housing 40,000 residents on 12,000 lots, according to Wikipedia. Most of those lots are now empty and the town has a population of about 4,000. It is located 125 feet below sea level.
School at highest elevation
Lake County (Leadville, Colo.): Believed to be the school at the highest elevation in the United States at 9,983 feet above sea level.
Westernmost school that plays football
Gold Beach (Ore.): With its football field bordering the beach and the Pacific Ocean, Gold Beach is the westernmost school in the contiguous United States that plays football.
Northernmost school in United States
Barrow (Alaska): At 300 miles north of the Arctic Circle, Barrow is the northernmost school in the United States. It gets approximately 20 hours of daylight the spring/summer months. It is located 5,642 miles from the southernmost school in the contiguous United States, Key West.
Southernmost school in contiguous United States
Key West (Fla.):
Located at the tip of the Florida Keys, Key West plays in a league with schools from Miami. Key West is actually closer to Havana, Cuba (106 miles) than it is to its league opponents (160 miles).
Southernmost school in 50 states
Ka'u (Pahala, Hawaii):
Located toward the southern end of the Big Island in Hawaii, Ka'u is about 50 miles south of Key West, the southernmost school in the contiguous United States.
School with largest enrollment
Brooklyn Tech (Brooklyn, N.Y.):
At nine stories tall, Brooklyn Tech houses the largest enrollment of any school in the nation with over 8,000 students. The athletic facilities are located several miles away with a gymnasium and football field.
Smallest School that plays Football
Banner County (Harrisburg, Neb.):
A school that plays 6-man football, Banner County is believed to be the smallest school in the nation that fields a football team. According to the Nebraska School Activities Association, Banner County has nine boys enrolled in the school.
Easternmost school
Shead Memorial (Eastport, Maine):
Located on an island in eastern Maine, Shead Memorial is just a few miles from the eastern border of the United States and Canada. Shead fields basketball, soccer and baseball teams.
Westernmost school
Unalaska (Alaska):
Located on the Aleutian Islands, Unalaska is close to the international dateline. It does not field a football team, but it does field basketball, soccer and volleyball teams. Unalaska is 5,737 miles, by land, from the easternmost school, Shead Memorial.

High school girls basketball rankings: Westlake finishes No. 1, becomes first Georgia team to be crowned OFFICIAL National Champion - OFFICIAL
High school girls basketball rankings: Westlake finishes No. 1, becomes first Georgia team to be crowned MaxPreps National Champion
It was the strangest of seasons, but in the end, there is no doubt: Westlake (Atlanta) is the best high school girls basketball team in the country. The Lions went 22-0, won a fourth straight Georgia state title and, most important, took home the title at GEICO Nationals with a convincing performance.

Westlake slides into the No. 1 spot in the final MaxPreps Top 25 and is the 2020-21 MaxPreps National Champion.

There are some very good teams still playing, and some states have yet to even begin, but no team can mount a better case for No. 1 than the Lions no matter what happens the rest of the way.

Previous No. 1 Lake Highland Prep was undone by a torrent of turnovers (28) in a GEICO overtime semifinal loss to new No. 4 Paul VI, which in turn was handled easily by Westlake in the final.

Though junior Taniya Latson had 31 points in the 70-50 win over Paul VI, the key to the Westlake dominant season was senior point guard Raven Johnson, who ran the show with aplomb, passing, scoring, rebounding and stealing whenever the occasion demanded it. And senior Snoop Turnage also played a key role, as her seven blocks in the finals kept Paul VI from mounting any kind of a run.

Latson averaged 23.2 points on the season, while Johnson put up 15.1 points per night and Turnage chipped in just over 10 each contest for the Lions, whose closest game of the season was a 68-64 win Dec. 12 over McEachern (Powder Springs, Ga.). Westlake, which has won 37 straight dating back to last season, allowed 819 points on the year with an average margin of victory of just over 32 points.

Even though Mount Notre Dame, Hopkins, Incarnate Word Academy and Norman all claimed state titles with unbeaten seasons, only Westlake faced serious out-of-state competition and won big games far from home. And of course, Westlake was the only team to win the GEICO Nationals.
Photo by Pete Wright / Graphic by Ryan Escobar
Past MaxPreps National Champions
2013 — Riverdale

MaxPreps Top 25 Girls Basketball Rankings

1. Westlake (Atlanta)
Record:
22-0 | Last week: 2

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

Record: 11-1 | Last week: 9

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

5. Edison Academy (Detroit)
Record: 10-0 | Last week: 5

6. Chaska (Minn.)
Record: 17-0 | Last week: 20

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

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

9. Hopkins (Minnetonka, Minn.)
Record: 15-1 | Last week: 4

10. Lake Highland Prep (Orlando, Fla.)
Record:
19-1 | Last week: 1

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

12. Fremont (Plain City, Utah)
Record:
26-1 | Last week: 11

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

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

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

16. Cypress Creek (Houston)
Record:
32-1 | Last week: 15

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

25. Shawnee Mission Northwest (Shawnee Mission, Kan.)
Record:
23-0 | Last week: 25
High school basketball: No. 1 girls prospect Azzi Fudd commits to UConn - OFFICIAL
High school basketball: No. 1 girls prospect Azzi Fudd commits to UConn
St. John's (Washington, D.C.) high school basketball star Azzi Fudd, the No. 1-ranked prospect in the Hoopgurlz/espnW Top 100, has signed with UConn. The senior guard announced her commitment to the program Wednesday morning – the first day of the national signing period – and the Huskies made it official with a social media post a short while after.

"They make good players great," Fudd said of her college choice. "I realized that to reach my goals and be the player I was trying to be, UConn was the place."
The 5-foot-11 Fudd was the first sophomore to be named the MaxPreps Player of the Year in 2019, averaging 26.3 points per game in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference.

Her junior season wasn't quite the follow-up she was hoping for as she recovered from a torn ACL. Fudd did return to the court, but wasn't fully healthy until late in the year when she once again began to dominate.

Fudd is much more than just a scorer. Her high school coach, Jonathan Scribner, has described her as "a silent assassin. She's not demonstrative – she just methodically destroys you."

He also feels she's an exceptional defense player, but don't think it's a coach overrating his own player – college coaches and rating services have raved about her talent since she was in middle school.

Fudd chose UConn over UCLA in what she described as a back and forth process.

"I do not like to make decisions, so I kind of elongated the process," Fudd said. "Finally I sat down and made a list of pros and cons for UCLA and UConn – and UConn was the winner."

When she arrives in Storrs next fall, she will join a young UConn team (six players are freshmen this season and there are no seniors on the roster), but is still expected to have an immediate impact on one of the best teams in the country.
Azzi Fudd in action against Sidwell Friends last March.
Photo by Phil Peters
Azzi Fudd in action against Sidwell Friends last March.
2021 NFL Draft: IMG Academy breaks high school record with seven former players selected - OFFICIAL
2021 NFL Draft: IMG Academy breaks high school record with seven former players selected
Coming off a 2020 national championship crowned by MaxPreps, IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) added another impressive feat once the 2021 NFL Draft concluded in Cleveland. They had seven players selected breaking the record for most picks by a high school in a single draft. 

The selection of tight end Tre' McKitty by the Los Angeles Chargers late the third round gave IMG Academy its fifth former player, breaking the previous mark of four.

The Ascenders had two more players selected during the final day of the draft when the Kansas City Chiefs selected defensive end Joshua Kaindoh with the last pick of the fourth round at No. 144. Long snapper Thomas Fletcher was taken by the Carolina Panthers in the sixth round with the 222nd pick.

The previous record was four set by the same Ascenders (in 2020) and St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) in 2014.

Cornerback Greg Newsome II started IMG's run on Thursday with his selection by the Cleveland Browns in the first round (26th pick overall). The rest of the Ascenders went in the third round on Friday. 

The Jacksonville Jaguars selected defensive back Andre Cisco with the first pick at No. 65 and Minnesota promptly went after quarterback Kellen Mond at No. 66. Defending Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay chose offensive guard Robert Hainsey at No. 95 and McKitty finished things off Friday for the Ascenders at No. 97.
Quarterback Kellen Mond was one of four former IMG Academy players selected during the second day of the 2021 NFL Draft on Friday.
File photo by Louis Lopez
Quarterback Kellen Mond was one of four former IMG Academy players selected during the second day of the 2021 NFL Draft on Friday.
Cisco, Fletcher, Hainsey, Kaindoh, McKitty and Mond all played on IMG Academy's 2016 team that went 11-0 and finished No. 3 in the MaxPreps national Top 25. The Ascenders had notable wins that season against Grayson (Loganville, Ga.), Long Beach Poly (Calif.), St. Frances Academy (Baltimore) and St. John's (Washington, D.C.), but their biggest victory came in California, 50-49, against Centennial (Corona) in one of the best high school football games over the last decade.

Cisco and Newsome were part of the 2017 IMG team that went 9-0 and finished No. 2 in the nation. Over the last three drafts, 13 former Ascenders have had their names called at the draft, including Grant Delpit, KJ Hamler, K.J. Osborne and Cesar Ruiz, all in 2020, after Hjalte Froholdt and Isaac Nauta were picked in 2019.

American Heritage (Plantation) finished the draft with the second most selections of all-time with six.

Patrick Surtain II was the first player selected from Florida at No. 9 overall by the Denver Broncos. Tyson Campbell went to Jacksonville at No. 33 and Cleveland selected Anthony Schwartz at No. 91. Marco Wilson became the third defensive back from the Patriots selected in the fourth round by the Arizona Cardinals at No. 136. Tedarrell Slaton was selected in the fifth round and Khalil Herbert went in round six.

National power St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) was the only other school with at least three players selected. Elijah Moore and Asante Samuel Jr. were both taken in the second round while Josh Palmer went in round three. The Raiders entered the 2020 season with most high school alums on NFL rosters with 11. 

Rori Harmon named 2020-21 OFFICIAL Texas High School Girls Basketball Player of the Year - OFFICIAL
Rori Harmon named 2020-21 MaxPreps Texas 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.

Rori Harmon of Cypress Creek (Houston) is the 2020-21 MaxPreps Texas High School Girls Basketball Player of the Year. The 5-foot-7 senior guard led the Cougars to a 32-1 record, a trip to the Class 6A championship game and the No. 15 ranking in the country.

Harmon averaged 18.0 points, 5.8 rebounds, 5.8 assists and 5.2 steals per game this season. She hit 37 percent of her 3-pointers and had a 3.2 assist/turnover ratio.

In her four years at the Houston school, Cypress Creek ran up an incredible 141-13 record.

Harmon is a McDonald's All-American and is regarded as the No. 10 prospect in the Class of 2021 by ESPN Hoopgurlz. She will play for Texas next season.

Each state's MaxPreps Player of the Year will be considered for inclusion in the MaxPreps All-America Team.
Rori Harmon in action during Cypress Creek's Class 6A state tournament run.
Photo by Farrah Sheeren
Rori Harmon in action during Cypress Creek's Class 6A state tournament run.