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High school basketball: NFHS opens door for states to adopt 35-second shot clock - OFFICIAL
High school basketball: NFHS opens door for states to adopt 35-second shot clock
Beginning with the 2022-23 season, states can decide to adopt and use a 35-second shot clock for high school basketball games. The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) approved the measure that leaves open the door for major change across the hardwood landscape in coming years.

Nine states use either a 30- or 35-second shot clock, but the adoption of Rule 2-14 says that each state association may adopt a shot clock beginning in the 2022-23 season — according to guidelines outlined in the Basketball Rules Book — to encourage standardization among states.

“We provided the committee with a lot of information regarding the shot clock, including responses to a 46-question survey sent to states currently using a shot clock,” said Theresia Wynns, NFHS director of sports and officials and liaison to the Basketball Rules Committee.

Prior to the 2020-21 season, the Georgia High School Association approved a phase-in of a 30-second shot clock for all varsity boys and girls basketball games, becoming the ninth state to adopt a shot clock.

The Peach State joined California, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Dakota and Washington as the only states to use a 30- or 35-second shot clock.

Guidelines approved by the NFHS include displaying two timepieces connected to a horn that is distinctive from the game-clock horn, and using an alternative timing device, such as a stopwatch at the scorer’s table, for a shot clock malfunction. The guidelines also allow for corrections to the shot clock only during the shot-clock period in which an error occurred and the officials have definite information relative to the mistake or malfunction.

Although a proposal for a national rule mandating a shot clock was not approved, the ruling is likely to bring momentum to the shot-clock movement across high school basketball.

According to the most recent NFHS High School Athletics Participation Survey, a total of 540,769 boys participated in basketball in 18,617 schools, and 399,067 girls participated in the sport in 18,210 schools across the country. It is the third-most popular sport for boys and girls.

The NFHS paved the way for states to adopt a 35-second shot clock, like the one used in the 2019 Washington 3A semifinals.
File photo by Paul Caldwell
The NFHS paved the way for states to adopt a 35-second shot clock, like the one used in the 2019 Washington 3A semifinals.

OFFICIAL/WBCA Players of the Week: February 22-28 - OFFICIAL
MaxPreps/WBCA Players of the Week: February 22-28
The Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) has announced its High School Players of the Week presented by MaxPreps and Wilson Sporting Goods.

Player of the Week honors are awarded to a deserving student-athlete who demonstrated outstanding play in her respective region of the country. Head coaches submit nominations each week and the WBCA selects the individual based on stats that were submitted.

Here are this week's honorees:

Region 1:
5 Games Played
Points: 20.0 Rebounds: 1.0 Steals: 3.4

Region 2:
4 Games Played
Points: 33.3 Rebounds: 12.5 Steals: 4.2

Region 3:
3 Games Played
Points: 42.0 Rebounds: 7.0 Steals: 3.0

Region 4:

3 Games Played
Points: 24.0 Rebounds: 4.3 Steals: 4.0

Region 5:

2 Games Played
Points: 28.0 Rebounds: 11.0 Steals: 5.0

Region 6:
3 Games Played
Points: 33.0 Rebounds: 8.0 Steals: 2.0

Region 7:
3 Games Played
Points: 27.3 Rebounds: 6.0 Steals: 3.0

Region 8:
2 Games Played
Points: 11.0 Rebounds: 4.5 Steals: 2.0

Region 9:
3 Games Played
Points: 38.7 Rebounds: 10.6 Steals: 3.0

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High school sports: California's new guidance allows football, other outdoor sports to begin play - OFFICIAL
High school sports: California's new guidance allows football, other outdoor sports to begin play
After weeks of discussions with the California Interscholastic Federation along with coaches and parent advocacy groups, Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday morning updated the state's stance on youth and high school sports.

The news was almost entirely positive. 

Football, baseball, lacrosse, soccer, softball and lacrosse will be allowed to resume play Feb. 26, but with restrictions. The California Department of Public Health issued an updated guidance that permits competition for outdoor youth sports as long as county case rates remain below 14/100,00 and safety precautions are implemented. The CDPH reports 27 counties of the state's 58 meet that requirement. 

However many of the larger-populated counties, mostly in Southern California, don't yet meet the requirement, including Los Angeles, San Bernardino and San Diego. Others in Central and Northern California that are above 14/100,000 are Sacramento, Contra Costa, Shasta and Fresno. (See all current rates below per the California Health and Human Services).

Clearly, though, meeting this standard is easier to beat than the state's current tier system for youth sports. Also rates are dropping rapidly in all parts of the state.

The ability to begin starting Feb. 26 means football will now have a realistic chance of getting in at least five game seasons or more. Coaches are looking to play a 5-7 game schedule. The CIF, the state's high school sports governing body, has said football teams can play until May 1. Many of the state's 10 sections have set earlier dates.

“Youth sports are important to our children’s physical and mental health, and our public health approach has worked to balance those benefits against COVID-19 risks,” said Dr. Tomas Aragon, CDPH Director and State Public Health Officer. "With case rates and hospitalizations declining across California, we are allowing outdoor competition to resume, with modifications and steps to reduce risk, in counties where case rates are lower.”

That's good and promising news to many, but it comes with some caveats.

• Indoor sports are not included in the guidance. Basketball, volleyball and wrestling will need for the rates to go down significantly but there is still time, perhaps in the final two months of school. 

• Weekly testing will be mandatory. The state will pay for the tests, Newsom said during the press conference.

Serra (San Mateo, Calif.) football coach Patrick Walsh, who launched the now 900-member Golden State High School Football Coaches Community in December, warned earlier this week that all sports and regions likely wouldn't be opened up, and that hard work is ahead.

But he saw Friday's announcement as a clear victory. His group, that includes Torrey Pines (San Diego) coach Ron Gladnick and De La Salle (Concord) coach Justin Alumbaugh, combined with the 60,000-member Facebook organization Let Them Play CA, and the CIF have organized quickly to put pressure on the state to open things up.

"We were a pain in their neck," Walsh said. "But we pushed hard and organized all in the name of kids."

This is clearly their biggest breakthrough, especially for football, the state's largest sport that boasts about 90,000 student athletes. A season looked doomed after several delays and state officials sticking to the state's tiered system.

"A lot of people told us we couldn't get this done," Walsh said. "Moving a mountain can't be done. You can't go against mother nature. But with human nature anything is possible. With human beings, anything is possible. A lot of human beings have done a lot of amazing work to get to this point. More work needs to be done. But today is a good day."
Action from the last day football was played in California, Dec. 14, 2019, when Corona del Mar defeated Serra 35-27 in the CIF D1-A title game.
File photo by Heston Quan
Action from the last day football was played in California, Dec. 14, 2019, when Corona del Mar defeated Serra 35-27 in the CIF D1-A title game.
Walsh, Alumbaugh and Gladnick thanked Newsom and executive staff member Jim DeBoo and Dr. Mark Ghaly extensively for listening to the organization's reason and data concerning getting youth and high school sports back safely.

"This was a great lesson for kids," Gladnick said. "There are no guarantees in life and when odds are against you, you have to try. Many parents and coaches and volunteers tried on the behalf of kids. We moved government. It would have just as easy for Mr. Newsom and Deboo and their staff not to listen, but they listened.

"This was three weeks of truly hard work. This wasn't about politics. It was about people."

Said Alumbaugh: "This is a joyous day. It's one of the first days in a long, long time that millions of kids can smile and look forward to something. Something that is in front of them, that is tangible and real as a group. That's a wonderful thing."

CIF Executive Director Ron Nocetti agreed that Friday was one of the better ones over the last several months.

"Today was a huge step in the right direction in providing a clear pathway for our school communities to get student athletes out there," he said. "We still need to continue to advocate for a large number more to get them playing as well."

All acknowledged that a lot of work is in front of many.

Other guidelines from the state Public Health agency include:

• Outdoor high-contact sports can be played in counties in the purple and red tier, with a case rate at or below 14 per 100,000. Weekly testing is required for football, rugby and water polo participants age 13 and over in counties with case rate between 7 and 14 per 10,000.

• Weekly testing, either antigen or PCR, is required for all participants and coaches in these sports, with results made available within 24 hours of competition. Football, rugby and water polo are high-contact sports that are likely to be played unmasked, with close, face-to-face contact exceeding 15 minutes.

• Outdoor, moderate-contact sports, such as baseball, cheerleading and softball, can be played in these countries without the testing requirement.

• Due to the nature and risk of transmission while participating in these sports, teams must provide information regarding risk to all parents/guardians of minors participating, and each parent shall sign an inform consent indicating their understanding and acknowledgment of the risks.

• Any team playing in a less restrictive sports tier are strongly encouraged to follow the steps outlined in the guidance to reduce risk of COVID-19 transmission. This includes wearing face coverings, practicing physical distancing, and appropriate hand hygiene and equipment sanitation."

Some lower-contact outdoor sports have already started in the state, including cross country.

According to an e-mail sent from the California Health and Human Services Friday morning, here are the counties that currently meet under the 14/100,000 threshold: Sierra (0 percent), Plumas (3.8), Modoc (4.5), Mariposa (4.8), Trinity (6.4), Yolo (7.0), Del Norte (7.3), Humboldt (7.5), San Francisco (7.9), Marin (8.8), San Mateo (9.1), Santa Clara (10.1), Santa Cruz (10.4), Lassen (10.5), Calaveras (10.6), Napa (10.7), Nevada (10.9), Amador (11.1), Tuolumne (11.7), El Dorado (11.8), Imperial (11.9), Placer (12), Siskiyou (12), Butte (12.2), Alameda (12.4), San Luis Obispo (13.7) and Sonoma (13.9).

Those that are above include Shasta (14.4), Contra Costa (15.3), Solano (15.5), San Diego (15.6), Orange (16), Lake (16.5), Madera (16.9), Los Angeles (17.6), Glenn (18), Mono (18.4), Sutter (18.4), CA (18.4), Sacramento (18.7), San Bernardino (19), Yuba (19.3), Fresno (19.8) and Tehama (19.9).

California's announcement comes two days after Nevada re-opened many sports, but also with the caveat that Clark County, which includes most of the Las Vegas area, will not allow competition until in-person learning is in place. Currently it does not. More than 75 percent of the state's 3.08 million residents call that county home.

California is one of 12 states hoping to play football in the winter or spring. Washington was the first to hit the field last weekend.

Massachusetts, North Carolina and Virginia have seasons scheduled later this month, while five others now, including Nevada, along with Illinois, Oregon, Maryland and New Mexico plus Washington D.C. — plan to start games in March.

Two other states — New York and Rhode Island — are still either working on a start date or considering taking 2020-21 off from football. Other states that have already canceled football: Connecticut, Hawaii, and Maine.

At many points over the last two months, California seemed destined to cancel. That changed on Friday. It probably wouldn't have happened without the monumental efforts of the advocacy groups. 

"We're ecstatic," Walsh said. "This is a massive first step in this process. We've been overwhelmed with love and thanks and overall gratitude. We can feel the souls of millions of kids lifted up today."

Among them were his own players.

"To have a season now feels more empowering and exciting than ever before," said Serra senior Fynn Williams. In all six years of me playing football, I've never been more hopeful and passionate about what is to come next."

Christian Pedersen, Serra's four-star tight end, already has signed to Louisville. But he can't wait to suit up for a final time with his high school team.

"It just feels like I just had a crippling weight lifted off my shoulders," he said. "I now feel more motivated then I have as a person in the last year."

Said teammate, senior Sioeli Helu: "It feels like the world is starting to get back to normal and this is definitely a step in the right decision."
High school baseball: Top 10 active win streaks - OFFICIAL
High school baseball: Top 10 active win streaks
Many of the longest win streaks in 2021 are holdovers, trapped in time from the 2020 season. With COVID-19 wiping out the entire season for most states in the Midwest and northeast, many teams have still-active win streaks heading into the 2021 season.

MaxPreps lists the Top 10 active win streaks to start the 2021 season, along with the addition of Jesuit (Tampa, Fla.), which has already started its season and has moved up among the top 10 active win streaks.
MaxPreps No. 1 Jesuit also has a 20-game win streak, among active national leaders.
Photo by Marc Estrada
MaxPreps No. 1 Jesuit also has a 20-game win streak, among active national leaders.
Top 10 active baseball win streaks

1. Webster (Wis.) — 37
Led by former MLB pitcher Jarrod Washburn, the Tigers have won back-to-back state championships, but haven't played since 2019. Webster won 30 games in 2019 and the last seven games of the 2018 season to build a 37-game win streak. Webster had the third-longest win streak entering last season behind Silo (40) and Blanchard (39), both of Oklahoma. Webster doesn't play until April, but it returns all-state selection Owen Washburn, the coach's son, who batted .561 as a sophomore in 2019.

2. Andrean (Merrillville, Ind.) — 35
The Fighting 59ers won the 3A championship in 2019, losing the second game of the season and then winning 35 in a row. Coach Dave Pishkur went over 1,000 career wins during the 2019 season and also became the all-time winningest coach in Indiana. Andrean doesn't open its season until late March.

3. Center Moriches (N.Y.) — 32
Like Webster, the Red Devils have a winning streak that extends into the 2018 season. They won their final five games of the 2018 season to win the Class B state championship. They then went 27-0 in the 2019 season to win the crown again. Center Moriches did not play in 2020.

4. Colonel Richardson (Federalsburg, Md.) — 24
Last year was supposed to be another stellar season for the Colonels as they returned half of the starting lineup from a club that went 24-0 in 2019 and won the Maryland Class 1A state championship. They never took the field, leaving it up to the 2021 team to extend the nation's fourth-longest active win streak.

5. (tie) Elkhart (Kan.) — 22
The  Wildcats edged Marion 3-2 in the Kansas Class 2-1A state championship game. Elkhart finished the season 22-0, but it did not play in 2020. The Wildcats are scheduled to begin their season on March 29.

5. (tie) Appoquinimink (West Middletown, Del.) — 22
The Jaguars went 22-0 and captured the 2019 state championship. They were one of the favorites again in 2020 with Gatorade State Player of the Year Lorenzo Carrier leading the way at shortstop. He returns for his senior season 2021 to help the Jaguars extend their streak.

7. Jesuit (Tampa, Fla.) — 21
The Tigers won their final eight games of the 2019 season to a capture a Florida state championship. Jesuit started the 2020 season with a 9-0 record and is the only team on this list that played in 2020. The Tigers, ranked No. 1 in the nation by MaxPreps to start 2021, is off to a 4-0 start. The Tigers take on Venice, the team Jesuit beat to start the streak in 2019.

8. (tie) Lisbon (Lisbon Falls, Maine) — 20
The Greyhounds went undefeated in winning the Class C state championship in 2019. Lisbon did not take the field in 2020 and is not expected to play again until April.

8. (tie) Gateway Christian (Roswell, N.M.) — 20
The Warriors simply dominated in 2019, winning games by an average score of 14-1. Twice, Gateway scored over 30 runs in a game. The Warriors won the Class A state championship, but they did not play in 2020.

8. (tie) St. Mary Prep (Orchard Lake, Mich.) — 20
The Eaglets actually started the 2019 season with a 7-9 record, but they won 27 of their final 29 games with two ties. Thus St. Mary Prep has a 29-game unbeaten streak with 20 straight wins in a row. St. Mary Prep did not play in 2020, but is ranked by MaxPreps as the top team in Michigan for the 2021 season.

11. White River Valley (Royalton, Vt.) — 18
The Wildcats have the distinction of never having lost a baseball game in the school's history. That's because the school began play in 2019 and went 18-0 with a Division 3 state championship. White River Valley lost one starter from the 2019 team, but did not play in 2020.
OFFICIAL/AVCA Players of the Week for August 23, 2020 - OFFICIAL
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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About the MaxPreps/AVCA High School Player of the Week Program – The MaxPreps/AVCA High School Player of the Week Program is a partnership between the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) and CBS MaxPreps, Inc. Each week MaxPreps and the AVCA recognize deserving student-athletes at the high school level who have demonstrated outstanding play on the court throughout the week of competition. Coaches must submit statistics to MaxPreps.com in order for their athletes to be considered for the program. To obtain your free access code to MaxPreps.com call (800) 329-7324 x1 or email [email protected] For more information on AVCA, check out the AVCA website at www.avca.org.