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2021 NFL Draft: Trevor Lawrence one of six former Georgia high school players in first round - OFFICIAL
2021 NFL Draft: Trevor Lawrence one of six former Georgia high school players in first round
For more than a decade, Georgia's reputation as a high school football hot bed has been gaining on the big three of Florida, Texas and California. On Thursday night, the Peach State surpassed all three during the first night of the 2021 NFL Draft.

Six former Georgia prep standouts, including No. 1 overall selection, Trevor Lawrence, of Cartersville, were picked in the first round to lead all states.

Florida, which didn't have a selection until ninth pick in Patrick Surtain II, of American Heritage (Plantation), had the second most represented with five selections, followed by California, Texas and Louisiana, which each had three.

Utah had two of the first seven picks, headlined by No. 2 overall selection Zach Wilson, of Corner Canyon (Draper). Pennsylvania was the only other state with multiple picks.

Since the turn of the century, Georgia boasts 48 first-round picks and is right on the heels of California (49) for third place behind only Florida (81) and Texas (61).

Rhode Island, thanks to the Colts' No. 21 selection of defensive end Kwity Paye, of Bishop Hendricken (Warwick), was represented in the first round for the first time since at least 2000.

2021 NFL Draft First Round 

No. Player, Position, High School, Picked By

1. Trevor Lawrence, QB, Cartersville (Ga.), Jaguars
2. Zach Wilson, QB, Corner Canyon (Draper, Utah), Jets
3. Trey Lance, QB, Marshall (Minn.), 49ers
4. Kyle Pitts, TE, Archbishop Wood (Warminster, Pa.), Falcons
5. Ja'Marr Chase, WR, Archbishop Rummel (Metairie, La.), Bengals
6. Jaylen Waddle, WR, Episcopal (Bellaire, Texas), Dolphins
7. Penei Sewell, OT, Desert Hills (St. George, Utah), Lions
8. Jaycee Horn, CB, Alpharetta (Ga.), Panthers
9. Patrick Surtain II, CB, American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.), Broncos
10. Devonta Smith, WR, Amite (La.), Eagles
11. Justin Fields, QB, Harrison (Kennesaw, Ga.), Bears
12. Micah Parsons, LB, Harrisburg (Pa.), Cowboys
13. Rashawn Slater, OT, Fort Bend Clements (Sugar Land, Texas), Chargers
14. Alijah Vera-Tucker, OG, Bishop O'Dowd (Oakland, Calif.), Jets
15. Mac Jones, QB, Bolles (Jacksonville, Fla.), Patriots
16. Zaven Collins, LB, Hominy (Okla.), Cardinals
17. Alex Leatherwood, OT, Booker T. Washington (Pensacola, Fla.), Raiders
18. Jaelan Phillips, DE, Redlands East Valley (Redlands, Calif.), Dolphins
19. Jamin Davis, LB, Long County (Ludowici, Ga.), Washington Football Team
20. Kadarius Toney, WR, Blount (Eight Mile, Ala.), Giants
21. Kwity Paye, DE, Bishop Hendricken (Warwick, R.I.), Colts
22. Caleb Farley, CB, Maiden (N.C.), Titans
23. Christian Darrisaw, OT, Riverdale Baptist (Upper Marlboro, Md.), Vikings
24. Najee Harris, RB, Antioch (Calif.), Steelers
25. Travis Etienne, RB, Jennings (La.), Jaguars
26. Greg Newsome II, CB, IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.), Browns
27. Rashod Bateman, WR, Tift County (Tifton, Ga.), Ravens
28. Payton Turner, DE, Westside (Houston, Texas), Saints
29. Eric Stokes, CB, Eastside (Covington, Ga.), Packers
30. Gregory Rousseau, DE, Champagnat Catholic (Hialeah, Fla.), Bills
31. Jayson Oweh, DE, Blair Academy (Blairstown, N.J.), Ravens
32. Joe Tryon, DE, Hazen (Renton, Wash.), Buccaneers
Watch: Nation's No. 1 high school football quarterback Sam Huard opens senior season with 495 yards, 7 touchdowns - OFFICIAL
Watch: Nation's No. 1 high school football quarterback Sam Huard opens senior season with 495 yards, 7 touchdowns
Sam Huard made up for lost time in a hurry. The five-star Kennedy Catholic (Burien, Wash.) senior quarterback threw for 495 yards and seven touchdowns in last week's 49-14 season-opening win over Tahoma.

According to the Tacoma Tribune, the University of Washington signee threw for 341 yards and five touchdowns in the first half alone before the Lancers pumped the brakes. Huard is 805 yards shy of breaking the state career passing record of 13,044 set by Brett Rypien of Shadle Park (Spokane) from 2011 to 2014.

Like most of the West Coast, Kennedy Catholic has been paused from football since the fall of 2019 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Lancers resumed play with a bang as a double pass found its way back to Huard on the game's first play on Friday. The 6-foot-2, 190-pound left-hander fired a 46-yard pass to Reed Shumpert, who four plays later caught a TD pass. Huard finished with 26 completions in 35 attempts.

He's thrown for 12,240 career yards and 139 touchdowns. The Lancers travel Friday to Decatur (Federal Way).

“I just wanted to take a moment and see all my teammates and my coaches and just be out here together,” Huard told the newspaper after Friday's games. “Just being able to play with these guys, it means the world to me. ... That’s the only thing that matters to me at the end of the day is just being out here playing the game that I love with my teammates.”

Huard is ranked the No. 11 player overall nationally in the Class of 2021 by 247Sports composite, and the No. 1 pro-style quarterback prospect. His father Damon and uncle Brock both played quarterback in the NFL.
Sam Huard, Kennedy Catholic
File photo by Glen Moffit
Sam Huard, Kennedy Catholic



High school girls basketball rankings: Four OFFICIAL Top 25 teams competing for title at GEICO Nationals - OFFICIAL
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.
OFFICIAL/AVCA Players of the Week - OFFICIAL
MaxPreps/AVCA Players of the Week
MaxPreps/AVCA Players of the Week
For the week of May 3-9

Boys Volleyball

Midwest Region
(Includes: Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan, West Virginia, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota)

Andrew Fedmasu, Plainfield North (Plainfield, Illinois)
Junior | RS/OH/MB

13 Games Played
Kills: 55
Kills/Game: 4.23
Digs: 32
Digs/Game: 2.46
Receptions: 46
Rcpt/Game: 3.54
Aces: 8
Blocks: 7

Brendan Louthain, Roncalli (Indianapolis, Indiana)
6'2 | Junior | OH

12 Games Played
Kills: 46
Kills/Game: 3.83
Digs: 30
Digs/Game: 2.50
Receptions: 52
Rcpt/Game: 4.33
Aces: 3
Blocks: 3

Northeast Region
(Includes: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, Washington D.C.)

Ryan Barringer, Masuk (Monroe, Connecticut)
6'3 | Junior | MH/OH

12 Games Played
Kills: 38
Kills/Game: 3.17
Digs: 4
Receptions: 1
Aces: 2
Blocks: 14

Blake Wagner, Manheim Central (Manheim, Pennsylvania)
6'1 | Senior | OH/MH

8 Games Played
Kills: 46
Kills/Game: 5.75
Digs: 18
Digs/Game: 2.25
Receptions: 28
Rcpt/Game: 3.50
Aces: 4
Blocks: 2

South Region
(Includes: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas)

Andre Aguilar, Freedom (Orlando, Florida)
6'4 | Junior | S/OH

9 Games Played
Kills: 35
Kills/Game: 3.89
Digs: 20
Digs/Game: 2.22
Receptions: 12
Rcpt/Game: 1.33
Blocks: 5

Brayden Green, Park Vista (Lake Worth, Florida)
6'4 | Junior | S/OPP

6 Games Played
Kills: 34
Kills/Game: 5.67
Digs: 23
Digs/Game: 3.83
Receptions: 14
Rcpt/Game: 2.33
Aces: 2
Blocks: 6

West Region
(Includes: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming)

Cole Hauser, Madison (San Diego, California)
6'2 | Junior | OH/MB/OPP

8 Games Played
Kills: 63
Kills/Game: 7.88
Digs: 26
Digs/Game: 3.25
Receptions: 39
Rcpt/Game: 4.88
Aces: 4
Blocks: 3

Jordan Shinaut, Sunrise Mountain (Peoria, Arizona)
6'6 | Senior | OH
12 Games Played
Kills: 46
Kills/Game: 3.83
Digs: 4
Receptions: 18
Rcpt/Game: 1.50
Blocks: 4

Girls Volleyball

California
Mikela Labno, Hilmar
6'2" | Senior | OH

7 Sets Played
Kills: 35
Kills/Game: 5
Digs: 19
Digs/Game: 2.71
Aces: 4
Blocks: 3

Massachusetts
Sally Butler, Old Rochester Regional (Mattapoisett)
6'1" | Junior | MB/OPP

6 Sets Played
Kills: 18
Kills/Game: 3
Digs: 3
Digs/Game: 0.5
Aces: 2
Blocks: 8

New York
Emily Sclabach, Clarence
5'5" | Sophomore | S

15 Sets Played
Assists: 133
Assists/Game: 8.87
Team Hitting%: 0.305
Digs: 10
Digs/Game: 0.67
Aces: 6
High school football: Valdosta program hit with $7,500 fine, postseason ban for using ineligible players - OFFICIAL
High school football: Valdosta program hit with $7,500 fine, postseason ban for using ineligible players
Valdosta (Ga.), the winningest high school football program in history, was hit with a historic punishment this week by the Georgia High School Association over alleged recruiting violations and lack of institutional control, according to media reports.

The school was fined $7,500 and the football team banned from the 2021 postseason as five players from the 2020 team were deemed ineligible. Valdosta finished 7-5 last season and reached the AAAAAA semifinals. The school's 939 wins are the most in prep history, though victories with ineligible players become forfeits.

Valdosta coach Rush Propst remains on administrative leave last month after allegedly asking former booster club director Mike Nelson for "funny money" to help recruits and their families with rent and other expenses.

GHSA Executive Director Robin Hines announced the fines as $1,000 for each of the five ineligible players as well as $2,500 for "lack of institutional control."

"The evidence is clear that this is not an isolated instance (of recruiting) and that Coach Probst (sic) and members of the Valdosta Touchdown Club have on other occasions contacted other student athletes or their families and provided gifts of money, payment of utilities and housing incentives in an attempt to persuade those student athletes to transfer to Valdosta High School," Hines told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Among the ineligible players was Jake Garcia, who transferred to Valdosta from California. He played one game for Wildcats before being declared ineligible and transferring to Grayson, where he helped the Rams to a AAAAAAA title. Garcia is now enrolled at the University of Miami.

Propst owns a career record of 299-92 and has won seven state titles during a high-profile, 30-year, seven-school career that included an eight-year stint at Hoover (Ala.), which was featured on MTV's popular "Two-A-Days" reality show. He resigned there in 2007 mired in controversy, and was dismissed from Colquitt County (Moultrie, Ga.) in 2019 after more alleged impropriety.

The school has seven days to appeal to the GHSA.

Propst declined comment on any allegation or GHSA's ruling, but told the AJC, "We've got to let the (appeals) process play out, and we respect that process, and hopefully we'll get to the bottom of this."
Rush Propst, Valdosta
File photo by Gary McCullough
Rush Propst, Valdosta