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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.
2020 OFFICIAL High School Football Sophomore All-America Team - OFFICIAL
2020 MaxPreps High School Football Sophomore All-America Team
Each year since 2006, MaxPreps has recognized the nation's top high school football players at the conclusion of the season. Past members of the MaxPreps High School Football Sophomore All-America Team include Arik Armstead (2009), Derrick Henry (2010), Deshaun Watson (2011), Christian Kirk (2012), Devin White (2013), Tee Higgins (2014) and Trevor Lawrence (2015).

Sophomore of the Year selection Lebbeus Overton of Milton (Ga.) highlights this year's team Sophomore All-America Team. The 6-foot-5, 245-pound defensive end led the state of Georgia in sacks with 21.5 to go along with 70 tackles and 38 tackles for loss.

Overton helped Milton go 11-1 and reach the AAAAAAA quarterfinals. He's also a contributor for the school's nationally-ranked basketball team.

Selections are based on team success, individual production and local, regional state honors from the recently completed season. Potential at the college and professional level is not a primary consideration.
Graphic by Ryan Escobar
First Team Offense

Height: 6-2 | Weight: 190
Threw for over 3,300 yards and 27 touchdowns while completing over 70 percent of his passes for one of the top teams in Georgia. Added over 300 yards rushing and five more scores for the AAAAAA semifinalist.

Height: 5-10 | Weight: 180
Rushed for over 2,000 yards and 28 touchdowns to lead the Dragons to their first state championship appearance since 2011.

Height: 5-10 | Weight: 185
Finished his sophomore year with 1,790 yards rushing and 25 touchdowns in nine games.

Height: 6-2 | Weight: 205
Helped the Chaparrals to a 6A Division 1 state championship racking up over 1,100 yards receiving and 13 touchdowns.

Height: 5-11 | Weight: 180
The top-rated wide receiver in the Class of 2023 accounted for nearly 1,000 total yards and 10 touchdowns playing against Florida's best.

Height: 6-6 | Weight: 210
The matchup nightmare for opposing defenses is also a standout basketball and baseball player.

Height: 6-3 | Weight: 305
Made a huge impact on the offensive line for the nation's No. 1 team.

Height: 6-4 | Weight: 300
Dominated opposing defensive linemen during his sophomore campaign.

Height: 6-5 | Weight: 275
The top-rated offensive lineman in New Jersey from the Class of 2023 stood out on both sides of the ball playing.

Height: 6-7 | Weight: 315
Had an impressive sophomore season and already has over 35 FBS offers.

Height: 6-7 | Weight: 300
Recently landed an offer from Ohio State and is one of the most athletic and physical offensive linemen in the country.

Height: 5-11 | Weight: 190
One of the best running backs in the country regardless of class rushed for over 1,500 yards and 22 touchdowns. Also made an impact on defense and is one of the top receiving backs in the country.

Height: 6-0 | Weight: 190
Connected on 7-of-9 field goals, including a clutch 51-yarder to send a game against Forney to triple overtime earlier in the season.

First Team Defense

Height: 6-3.5 | Weight: 245
The National Sophomore of the Year led the Peach State with 21.5 sacks. Added 70 tackles and 38 tackles for loss.

Height: 6-4 | Weight: 255
Helped lead the Demons to a AAAAA state title and racked up 59 tackles, 22 tackles for loss and 11 sacks.

Height: 6-3 | Weight: 240
Dominated against the best competition in New Jersey finishing his sophomore year with 15 tackles for loss and 10.5 sacks in a shortened season.

Height: 6-3 | Weight: 245
Posted 85 tackles, 25.5 tackles for loss, 13.5 sacks and forced four fumbles playing in Georgia's largest classification.

LB Malik Bryant, IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)
Height: 6-3 | Weight: 220
The Ascenders are loaded with the top talent and you could make a strong case the sophomore linebacker was the best in IMG's corps.

Height: 6-2 | Weight: 220
Helped the Raiders to their first state title since 2002 and made a huge impact on defense for the No. 8 team in the country.

Height: 6-1 | Weight: 220
An impact player for the three-time defending 6A state champs and No. 4 team in high school football.

Height: 6-2 | Weight: 180
The top-rated cornerback in the Class of 2023 racked up 80 tackles and four interceptions for the No. 6 team in the country and back-to-back 7A champs.

Height: 5-10 | Weight: 175
Stood out on defense and special teams playing against Arizona's best.

Height: 5-11 | Weight: 180
One of the top prospects from the Class of 2023 finished his sophomore season with 60-plus tackles and four interceptions.

Height: 6-0 | Weight: 175
Was targeted a lot during his sophomore year because of five-star Denver Harris on the other side of the field and held his own.

Height: 6-0 | Weight: 190
The top-rated outside linebacker in the Class of 2023 dominated on both sides of the ball.

P Alex Davis, Timber Creek (Orlando)
Height: 6-1  | Weight: 190
Finished his sophomore year averaging 43.9 yards per punt and also connected on all four field goal attempts.

Second Team Offense

Height: 6-3.5 | Weight: 200
Last year's National Freshman of the Year took on more of a leadership role during his sophomore season and accounted for nearly 2,000 yards of total offense and 27 touchdowns.

Height: 6-1 | Weight: 185
Rushed for over 1,400 yards and 11 touchdowns while leading the Patriots to a 5A championship and spot at No. 21 in the MaxPreps Top 25.

Height: 5-8 | Weight: 180
Finished with 2,700-plus yards rushing and 44 touchdowns for the Class 3A runners-up.

Height: 6-0 | Weight: 170
Accounted for over 700 total yards and 11 touchdowns for one of the premier programs in Texas.

Height: 5-10 | Weight: 170
The 2023 Vanderbilt baseball commit was named to the 7A all-state first team by the Alabama Sports Writer Association after hauling in 53 receptions for 1,063 yards and nine scores.

Height: 6-7 | Weight: 220
A standout player on both sides of the ball checks in as the top-rated prospect in the state and No. 16 overall on 247Sports.

Height: 6-5 | Weight: 315
Held his own as a sophomore playing against the best competition in the country.

Height: 6-6 | Weight: 280
Did not allow a sack and already has offers from Baylor, Oklahoma State and Texas.

Height: 6-7 | Weight: 270
A first team selection by the Atlanta Journal Constitution on the 6A squad after a dominant sophomore campaign.

Height: 6-4 | Weight: 305
The only sophomore to be selected on the 6A Alabama Sports Writer Association first team already has over 15 FBS offers.

OL Kolt De La Torre, Ryan (Denton, Texas)
Height: 6-2 | Weight: 265
Started at center for one of the top teams in the country and played a major role for the 5A Division 1 champs.

Height: 6-4 | Weight: 225
The top-rated player in Minnesota from the Class of 2023 impacts the game at a high level on both sides of the football.

Height: 5-9 | Weight: 160
Connected on 7-of-11 field goals, including a season long of 52.

Second Team Defense

Height: 6-5 | Weight: 245
Helped the Cardinals to the Division 1 semifinals and has already made a name for himself in Ohio in two seasons.

Height: 6-3 | Weight: 250
Made a huge impact on defense for the back-to-back 6A state champs.

Height: 6-3 | Weight: 270
The top-rated defensive tackle in the Class of 2023 dominated in the trenches during his sophomore year.

Height: 6-4 | Weight: 225
Selected on the 7A Alabama Sports Writer Association first team after racking up 20 tackles for loss and 11.5 sacks.

LB Jordan Hall, IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)
Height: 6-3 | Weight: 225
Shined on defense in his first season at IMG Academy.

LB David Vadala, American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.)
Height: 5-10 | Weight: 205
Led one of the best defenses in the country in tackles (78) and tackles for loss (23). Added 11 sacks, good for second-most for the 5A champs.

Height: 6-1 | Weight: 240
Racked up 100-plus tackles, 38 tackles for loss, 12 sacks, forced five fumbles and had an interception.

Height: 5-11 | Weight: 165
Helped the Tigers to the 4A semifinals and finished with four interceptions.

Height: 6-0 | Weight: 170
Finished with eight interceptions and has landed over 20 FBS offers.

Height: 6-1 | Weight: 175
Helped Mustangs to a runner-up finish in 6A and is one of the best all-around defensive backs in the Class of 2023.

Height: 6-0 | Weight: 175
Played a major role on defense for the No. 2 team in the country and AAAAAAA champs.

Height: 6-1 | Weight: 190
The top-rated prospect in Mississippi made a huge impact on both sides of the ball.

Height: 6-0 | Weight: 155
One of the top punters in the Class of 2023 had nearly half of his punts land inside the opponent's 20-yard line.
California high school sports: Indoor contests like basketball, volleyball back in play after legal settlement - OFFICIAL
California high school sports: Indoor contests like basketball, volleyball back in play after legal settlement
What works outdoors might just work indoors as well. Two weeks after California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a change to youth sports guidelines that paved the way for outdoor sports, including high school football, the door was opened Thursday for a return to indoor sports, namely basketball, volleyball and wrestling.

A legal settlement with the state on Thursday removes major restrictions to the indoor contests, namely placing the sports in the most restrictive yellow tier. It allows all high school sports to reopen using similar restrictions and protocols as professional and collegiate sports. The settlement came in response to a lawsuit filed last month from two San Diego high school football players and their attorney Stephen C. Grebing and managing partners Wingert Grebing of San Diego.

"This will open things open for youth sports — high school and youth leagues — around the state to resume play," said Scripps Ranch (San Diego) football coach Marlon Gardinera during a press conference. "And not just football, but indoor sports, too. So basketball, volleyball and wrestling athletes can have a season too."

Gardinera and his son were just two plaintiffs of several lawsuits filed up and down the  state over the last several weeks. All included high school athletes and their parents, citing "there is no medical evidence that competing in team sports is safe for college and/or professional athletes but not high school athletes."

The settlement requires counties to reach the same threshold as football (under 14 COVID new COVID cases per 100,000) — as of Tuesday, 54 of the state's 58 counties met that standard — and testing is mandatory. The state will pick up testing costs in three sports, rugby, water polo and football, but indoor sport athletes will have other options. Grebing and the Let Them Play CA offered free options that still need to be ironed out.

Newsom wouldn't comment on the settlement, but state Secretary for Health and Human Services Dr. Mark Ghaly confirmed new guidelines would be released in the next few days. California Interscholastic Federation Executive Director Ron Nocetti said he would "reserve comment until we see the agreement."

Each county, as always, can OK or reject the new guidelines, even if the state accepts them.

“Indoors, (the requirements are) going to be pretty rigid,” Grebing said. “But they’re going to be allowed to play.”
A settlement that paves the way for basketball and other indoors sports in California was reached on Thursday.
File photo by Greg Jungferman
A settlement that paves the way for basketball and other indoors sports in California was reached on Thursday.
That's all a number of athletes and coaches wanted to hear, including 16-year San Francisco prep coach Randy Bessolo. He and Miramonte (Orinda) boys basketball coach Chris Laviotis started the Bay Area Basketball Coaches Alliance three weeks after conferring with the Golden State High School Football Coaches Community, which led the charge to get outdoor sports off the ground two weeks ago.

"We just followed their model," Bessolo said.

That plus the monumental efforts of Moorpark boys basketball coach Ryan Moore and continued laborious work of the Let Them Play Ca group, led by founder Brad Hensley, helped get the settlement done.

"This is a major win for the youth of California," Bessolo said. "Playing youth sports has been proven to be safe and the risks of not playing are far greater than playing."

In a letter delivered Wednesday to Newsom's office, Let Them Play CA basketball leaders stated, "Now is the time. COVID-19 cases are drastically falling across the state. Vaccinations are nearing 10 million. People are dining indoors. Kids are going back to the classroom. Now is the time."

Thursday's news brought a lot of joy around the state.

"I haven't seen this many bright faces and happy smiles in a long time," Dublin boys basketball coach Tom Costello said.

Said Salesian College Preparatory (Richmond) coach Bill Mellis: "A month ago, I would have thought no way we're having a season. When outdoor sports were OK'd, there was a little light at the end of the tunnel, but I was still skeptical. Now? Today? Wow, things are moving so fast."

Bishop O'Dowd (Oakland) star center Jalen Lewis, one of the top sophomores in the country, said "I'm definitely excited to put an O'Dowd jersey on again. Hopefully nothing unexpected happens for the next few weeks, because I was really hoping to at least play a little bit of my sophomore season."
California high school softball: No. 5 Del Oro shows it's for real in the OFFICIAL Sac-Joaquin Section Top 25 - OFFICIAL
California high school softball: No. 5 Del Oro shows it's for real in the MaxPreps Sac-Joaquin Section Top 25
Never count out Del Oro (Loomis). The Golden Eagles had one of the most impressive weeks of this high school softball season, beating three ranked teams.

On Wednesday, Clemson commit Maddie Moore hit two home runs and drove in three as D.O. knocked off top-ranked Rocklin 4-2. These two rivals have played 37 times since 2005, Del Oro holds a 22-15 lead. They play at least twice more this year and whoever wins the series could determine the top spot in the final MaxPreps Top 25 Sac-Joaquin Section softball rankings.

Inderkum (Sacramento) is a team on the rise. The Tigers lone loss was to No. 6 St. Francis (Sacramento). Sophomore Samantha Stoll has a 1.75 ERA and 54 strikeouts in 36 innings pitched. She is also batting .400 at the plate.

It's another big week of softball starting on Monday. In a battle of schools just over three miles apart, Folsom takes the long journey over to Vista del Lago (Folsom) to see who is the top softball team in the city of Folsom.

Five more games to watch

Monday
No. 4 Elk Grove at No. 19 Roseville
No. 10 Oakdale at No. 11 Escalon

Tuesday
No. 6 St. Francis (Sacramento) at No. 3 Sheldon (Sacramento)

Wednesday
No. 8 Central Catholic (Modesto) at No. 11 Escalon

Friday
No. 7 Folsom at No. 1 Rocklin
Samantha Stoll, Inderkum
Photo by David Steutel
Samantha Stoll, Inderkum
MaxPreps Top 25 Sac-Joaquin Section softball rankings

1. Rocklin
Record:
9-1 | Last week: 1
The Thunder bounced back beating Oak Ridge 6-0. Freshman Sydney Barker hit her second home run of the season.

2. Vanden (Fairfield)
Record:
9-0 | Last week: 2
Freshman Mia Zabat had a three hit game against Fairfield last week as the Vikings moved to 9-0.

3. Sheldon (Sacramento)
Record:
4-8 | Last week: 3
Sheldon had to forfeit six wins because of a misstep involving the transfer of a student-athlete. The Huskies bounced back as junior Jazzy Fines had four hits in a 5-2 nine-inning win over Elk Grove.

4. Elk Grove
Record:
12-3 | Last week: 4
The Herd have three big games this week starting Monday at No. 19 Roseville.

5. Del Oro (Loomis)
Record:
8-1 | Last week: 5
The Golden Eagles have one the top lineups in the section and state. Junior Jenna Birch has four home runs and senior Maddie Moore has three.

6. St. Francis (Sacramento)
Record:
8-1 | Last week: 6
A monster week ahead for the Troubadours, as top of the Delta League will be on the line Tuesday at Sheldon.

7. Folsom
Record:
4-3 | Last week: 8
City of Folsom bragging right on the line as the Bulldogs play at No. 18 Vista del Lago on Monday.

8. Central Catholic (Modesto)
Record:
4-0 | Last week: 13
Sophomore Randi Roelling is 4-0 in the circle with a 0.32 ERA and 53 strikeouts.

9. Oakmont (Roseville)
Record:
7-2 | Last week: 11
The Vikings bounced back with big wins over Ponderosa and Cordova.

10. Oakdale
Record:
5-1 | Last week: 17
Avery Brown and Alexa Aguilar both had four hits in win over Gregori on Saturday.

11. Escalon
Record:
8-0 | Last week: 18
Senior Malia Babasa is hitting .560 with three home runs as the Cougars have huge games coming up.

12. Merced
Record:
5-1 | Last week: 25
Trisha McCleskey threw a complete game shutout as the Bears beat Atwater 10-0 on Wednesday.

13. Lincoln
Record:
8-4 | Last week: 22
The Zebras have shown they are a team to take seriously. Sophomore Alessandra Ramirez hit a grand slam in a 16-0 win over Placer.

14. Inderkum (Sacramento)
Record:
7-1 | Last week: NR
Senior Annelise Garcia has five home runs as the Tigers jump into the rankings after an impressive 7-1 start.

15. Rosemont (Sacramento)
Record:
8-2 | Last week: 23
Jyden Miles is batting .649 with three home runs. The Wolverines' two losses are against top 10 teams.

16. Cordova (Rancho Cordova)
Record:
4-2 | Last week: 14
The Lancers look to bounce back Monday against a tough Rio Americano team.

17. Ponderosa (Shingle Springs)
Record:
4-3 | Last week: 16
Freshman Chase Mueller hit a grand slam and had six total hits as the Bruins went 2-1 last week.

18. Vista del Lago (Folsom)
Record:
4-2 | Last week: 20
Tayler Biehl and Sammy Smith had two hits each as the Eagles beat Roseville 4-2 on Tuesday.

19. Roseville
Record:
6-3 | Last week: 10
The Tigers face two Top 25 teams this week, starting off with Elk Grove on Monday.

20. Linden
Record:
6-2 | Last week: NR
Senior Hannah Ortega has a 0.36 ERA and and 75 strikeouts in 39 innings pitched.

21. Lincoln (Stockton)
Record:
8-2 | Last week: 7
The Trojans dropped two games last week but still sit at top of a very tough Tri-City Athletic League.

22. McClatchy (Sacramento)
Record:
3-1 | Last week: 11
The Lions dropped after losing a 4-2 decision to Inderkum. There are still plenty of big games ahead.

23. Granite Bay
Record:
6-5 | Last week: 21
The Grizzlies are hard to read as shown by their record. There are no easy games in the Sierra Foothill League.

24. Franklin (Elk Grove)
Record:
4-5 | Preseason ranking: NR
All four of the Wildcats losses to teams within the Sac-Joaquin Section are to teams within the Top 20.

25. Pleasant Grove (Elk Grove)
Record:
6-5 | Last week: 24
The Eagles have been up and down but all five losses have been to teams ahead of them in the rankings.
Sam Vinson named 2020-21 OFFICIAL Kentucky High School Basketball Player of the Year - OFFICIAL
Sam Vinson named 2020-21 MaxPreps Kentucky 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.

Sam Vinson of Highlands (Fort Thomas) is the 2020-21 MaxPreps Kentucky High School Basketball Player of the Year. The 6-foot-4 senior guard helped the Bluebirds go 30-4 en route to the programs' first state title.

Vinson averaged 22.2 points and 9.7 rebounds per contest during the regular season, becoming the first player in program history to eclipse 1,500 points, 500 rebounds and 300 assists in a career.

The Northern Kentucky signee was named state tournament MVP after averaging 23.3 points, 7.8 rebounds and 5.5 assists per game in four KHSAA Sweet 16 games. He tallied 20 points, 14 rebounds and five assists in a 79-60 state title game triumph over Elizabethtown.

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.
Sam Vinson celebrates a win over St. Henry in the Ninth Region semifinals.
Photo by Wayne Litmer
Sam Vinson celebrates a win over St. Henry in the Ninth Region semifinals.