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10 high school football stadiums named after NFL players as seen via Google Earth - OFFICIAL
10 high school football stadiums named after NFL players as seen via Google Earth
Video: Stadiums named after NFL players
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Athens (The Plains, Ohio) didn't waste any time in honoring its greatest athlete. It named the school's football stadium after Joe Burrow before he even took a professional snap from center.

According to Sports Illustrated, the Athens School District decided to rename the stadium after Burrow's heartfelt Heisman Trophy acceptance speech in which he named the school district.

Burrow's star continued to rise following the renaming as he led LSU to the national championship in January and was selected No. 1 in the NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals in April.

Joe Burrow Stadium is one of 10 stadiums and football fields featured in our Google Earth series, which takes a new view of gridirons named after NFL players. See the full list below.

Joe Burrow Stadium: The stadium is where Burrow threw for 11,416 yards in a career in which he earned all-state honors.
Tony Romo Field: The latest field to be renamed at Burlington (Wis.), Tony Romo Field is located at Don Dalton Stadium. Dalton was Romo's coach at Burlington during the 1996 and 1997 seasons.
Joe Montana Stadium: Before leading the San Francisco 49ers to four Super Bowl championships, Montana was an all-state quarterback at Ringgold (Monongahela, Pa.).
John Elway Stadium: Elway was an All-American during his final two seasons at Granada Hills Charter (Granada Hills, Calif.) after transferring from Washington. The stadium seats 4,000 people and is located in the San Fernando Valley.
Emmitt Smith Field: The NFL's all-time leading rusher got his start at Escambia (Pensacola, Fla.), where he rushed for 8,804 yards and was named All-American.
Ronnie Lott Stadium: A native of New Mexico, Lott moved to Rialto, Calif., at a young age and attended Eisenhower. The school renamed the stadium in honor of the Hall of Famer safety in 2009.
Walter Payton Field: While Walter Payton College Prep High School can be found in Chicago, where he played his entire NFL career, Walter Payton Field is found at his high school alma mater in Columbia (Miss.).
Tony Dorsett Stadium: The all-time leading rusher in NCAA history by the time he finished his college career at Pitt, Dorsett began his career at Hopewell (Aliquippa, Pa.), where he was one of the top recruits in the country in 1973.
Brian Piccolo Memorial Stadium: While many NFL players have come from St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), the stadium is named after a former Raider who was the subject of Emmy-winning movie "Brian's Song." Piccolo played for the Chicago Bears and died from cancer in 1970. Actor James Caan played the role of Piccolo in the 1971 TV movie.
Brady Family Stadium: The stadium at Serra (San Mateo, Calif.) is named not just for NFL quarterback Tom Brady, but for his family, as Brady requested. The stadium was renamed for the Brady family in 2012.
High school softball: Vandebilt Catholic's incredible 112-game run tops list of longest winning streaks - OFFICIAL
High school softball: Vandebilt Catholic's incredible 112-game run tops list of longest winning streaks
In 1978, Vandebilt Catholic (Houma, La.) athletic director Gerald Albert was having difficulty finding anyone to coach the school's relatively new softball program. So he decided to take the job himself.

According to a feature in the July 1, 2008 edition of the Houma Times, Albert had two choices, shut down the team or coach himself. "Whenever there was a coaching opening we couldn't fill, I would step in and coach that so we could continue to compete."

As a result of Albert's decision, Vandebilt Catholic survived extinction and instead made high school softball history. Behind the pitching of Michelle Broussard, the Lady Terriers won 112 straight games between 1980 and 1983. Broussard was the catalyst, winning 88 straight games and finishing her high school career 88-0. Unfortunately, her career strikeout and no-hitter totals have never been compiled.

Vandebilt Catholic's win streak highlights the MaxPreps list of high school softball teams with 50 or more wins in a row.

At the time of the streak, the National Federation of High Schools did not have a record for consecutive wins, Bruce Carnahan, the editor of the record book, told the Associated Press in 1983. The only school at the time believed to have as many as 50 wins was Righetti (Santa Maria, Calif.), which had a 50-game win streak from 1979 to 1981.

No team has topped the 112-game streak, but a team 180 miles away on the west side of Louisiana came close. Barbe (Lake Charles, Calif.), behind the pitching of Candice Carnahan, won 108 straight games, 107 in a row by Carnahan. During the streak, Carnahan also had 88 shutouts and 50 no-hitters. Barbe lost to West Monroe (also undefeated at the time at 30-0) in the state playoff quarterfinals in the final game of Carnahan's career.

Sherwood (Sandy Spring, Md.) is the only other school with over 100 wins, finishing with 105 straight before losing to Northwest (Germantown) 9-5 in the third game of the 2017 season. Sherwood went on to post a 32-game winning streak over the next two seasons for a run of 137-1.

There are two current streaks on the list. Papillion-LaVista has posted back-to-back 36-0 seasons during Nebraska's fall season and will take a 72-0 streak into the 2021 season. Scarborough (Maine), meanwhile, has a 63-game win streak dating back to 2017.

Sources for the list include the NFHS record book, state association record books, Cal-Hi Sports Record Book by Mark and Nelson Tennis, as well as research via the MaxPreps rankings and newspapers.com. Streaks do not include totals that occurred from a summer or spring season to a fall season.

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Alexander Central celebrates its 2013 title, part of a 95-game win streak for the Cougars.
File photo by Fabian Radulescu
Alexander Central celebrates its 2013 title, part of a 95-game win streak for the Cougars.
Softball teams with win streaks longer than 50 games

1.   112 — Vandebilt Catholic (Houma, La.), 1980-83
2.   108 — Barbe (Lake Charles, La.), 1988-91
3.   105 — Sherwood (Sandy Spring, Md.), 2012-17
4.     96 — Hillcrest (Simpsonville, S.C.), 2002-04
5.     95 — Alexander Central (Taylorsville, N.C.), 2013-15
6.     94 — Chase County (Cottonwood Falls, Kan.), 2012-15
7.     93 — East Anchorage (Anchorage, Alaska), 2012-16
8.     88 — Richmond (Maine), 2013-17
9.     85 — Leake Academy (Madden, Miss.), 2010-12
10.   84 — Salem (N.H.), 1990-93

11.   83 — Central Cabarrus (Concord, N.C.), 2004-06
12.   80 — Cabrini (Allen Park, Mich.), 2006-08
13.   78 — Moultonborough Academy (Moultonborough, N.H.), 1999-2003
13.   78 — Seymour (Conn.), 2005-07
15.   77 — Masuk (Monroe, Conn.), 2007-09
15.   77 — Northern (Owings, Md.), 2010-14
15.   77 — Southington (Conn.), 2013-16
15.   77 — Bishop Carroll (Wichita, Kan.), 2013-16
19.   76 — Fort Bend Elkins (Missouri City, Texas), 2003-04
19.   76 — Ferndale (Calif.), 2003-05

21.   75 — Whippany Park (Whippany, N.J.), 1989-91
22.   73 — El Camino Real (Woodland Hills, Calif.), 1984-87
23.   72 — Papillion-LaVista (Papillion, Neb.), 2019-present
24.   71 — Madison (Vienna, Va.), 1987-89
25.   69 — Casey-Westfield (Casey, Ill.), 1997-98
26.   68 — Clay (Portsmouth, Ohio), 1980-82
27.   67 — Crescent (Iva, S.C.), 1991-93
27.   67 — Clifton (N.J.), 1997-99
27.   67 — Cornerstone Christian (Columbiana, Ala.), 2008-10
30.   66 — Shawnee Heights (Tecumseh, Kan.), 2017-19

31.   65 — Neshoba Central (Philadelphia, Miss.), 2017-19
32.   64 — Laconia (Rosendale, Wis.), 2015-18
33.   63 — Scarborough (Maine), 2017-present
34.   62 — Gibbs (Corryton, Tenn.), 1986-88
34.   62 — Keystone (La Grange, Ohio), 2017-19
36.   60 — Bald Knob (Ark.), 2015-16
37.   59 — Jefferson (Cedar Rapids, Iowa), 1990-91
37.   59 — Crestview (Convoy, Ohio), 2005-06
37.   59 — Mortimer Jordan (Kimberly, Ala.), 2009-10
37.   59 — David W. Butler (Matthews, N.C.), 2006-08

41.   58 — Casey-Westfield (Casey, Ill.), 1986-87
41.   58 — Wellsville (N.Y.), 1995-97
41.   58 — South Putnam (Greencastle, Ind.), 2011-13
41.   58 — John Curtis Christian (River Ridge, La.), 2011-13
41.   58 — Akron-Westfield (Akron, Iowa), 2013-15
46.   56 — Butte Central Catholic (Butte, Mont.), 1999-01
47.   55 — Waterford (Conn.), 2009-11
47.   55 — Assumption (Davenport, Iowa), 2017-18
49.   54 — Central Cabarrus (Concord, N.C.), 2000-01
49.   54 — Central Davidson (Lexington, N.C.), 2007-08

49.   54 — Poynette (Wis.), 2018-19
52.   53 — Amity Regional (Woodbridge, Conn.), 2002-04
52.   53 — Madison (Vienna, Va.), 2017-19
52.   53 — Strafford (Mo.), 2017-19
55.   52 — Portage Northern (Portage, Mich.), 2000-01
55.   52 — Hoover (North Canton, Ohio), 2013-14
55.   52 — East Coweta (Sharpsburg, Ga.), 2017-18
58.   51 — St. Bernard's (St. Paul, Minn.), 1989-91
58.   51 — Paramus Catholic (Paramus, N.J.), 1991-92
58.   51 — Stevens Point (Wis.), 2002-03

58.   51 — Volcano Vista (Albuquerque), 2011-12
58.   51 — Paraclete (Lancaster, Calif.), 2015-17
63.   50 — Righetti (Santa Maria, Calif.), 1979-81
63.   50 — Chugiak (Alaska), 2003-04
63.   50 — Akron-Westfield (Akron, Iowa), 2011-12

Caleb Furst named 2020-21 OFFICIAL Indiana High School Basketball Player of the Year - OFFICIAL
Caleb Furst named 2020-21 MaxPreps Indiana 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.

Caleb Furst of Blackhawk Christian (Fort Wayne) is the 2020-21 MaxPreps Indiana High School Basketball Player of the Year. The 6-foot-10, 210-pound senior helped the Braves go 28-3 en route to their second straight Class 2A state championship.

Furst averaged 21.5 points, 14.4 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.1 blocks per contest, finishing his four-year run as the program's all-time leading scorer with 2,087 career points.

In Blackhawk Christian's 55-40 state title game victory over Parke Heritage, Furst overcame early foul trouble to score 18 of his game-high 20 points in the second half to go along with seven rebounds and six blocks.

Signed with Purdue, Furst is regarded as the No. 54 prospect in the Class of 2021 by 247Sports. He held additional college offers from Iowa, Louisville, Maryland, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Stanford and Virginia among others.

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.
Caleb Furst drives during a December game against Hamilton Southeastern.
Photo by Tyler Hart
Caleb Furst drives during a December game against Hamilton Southeastern.
Todd Dodge of Austin Westlake named OFFICIAL National High School Football Coach of the Year - OFFICIAL
Todd Dodge of Austin Westlake named MaxPreps National High School Football Coach of the Year
Todd Dodge is doing at Westlake (Austin, Texas) what he did from 2000-2006 at Southlake Carroll – turning a program into a dynasty. The architect of six Texas high school football championships, Dodge led the Chaparrals to their second consecutive state title in 2020, a 6A Division 1 crown one season after winning the 6A Division 2 bracket.

Dodge is the 2020 MaxPreps National High School Football Coach of the Year after leading the Chaps to an undefeated season and banner in the nation's toughest postseason tournament.

Prior to Dodge's 2014 hire, Westlake's only title came in 1996 with Drew Brees under center. In his sixth season at the Austin school, the Chaps went 15-1 and won the 6A Division 2 title before adding a 14-0 year in 2020 and No. 3 ranking in the final MaxPreps Top 25.

In this year's semifinals, Dodge guided Westlake to a 24-21 win over two-time defending 6A Division 1 champ North Shore. (Houston). The championship game provided another fascinating storyline as he faced his son Riley, who is now the head coach at Southlake Carroll.

Father taught son a lesson in that contest as Westlake rolled to a 52-34 victory.

Since taking over as at Westlake, Dodge's teams are 88-11 and the Chaparrals will ride a 24-game win streak into the 2021 season. Dodge is 218-72 overall, having won six state championships (2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2019 and 2020) with a playoff mark of 66-7.

Eric Kjar of Corner Canyon (Draper, Utah), Adam Carter of Grayson (Loganville, Ga.), Bobby Acosta of IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) and newly-retired Bob Beatty of Trinity (Louisville, Ky.) were among the other names considered for COY honors.

Past MaxPreps Coaches of the Year
2008 — Mike Alberghini, Grant (Sacramento, Calif.)
2009 — Mike Newsome, Butler (Matthews, N.C.)
2010 — Tony Heath, Pearland (Texas)
2011 — Hal Wasson, Southlake Carroll (Southlake, Texas)
2012 — Bob Ladouceur, De La Salle (Concord, Calif.)
2013 — Jason Negro, St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.)
2014 — Tom Westerberg, Allen (Texas)
2015 — Gary Joseph, Katy (Texas)
2016 — Kenny Sanchez, Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas)
2017 — Bruce Rollinson, Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.)
2018 — Jon Kay, North Shore (Houston, Texas)
2019 — Jason Negro, St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.)
Graphic by Ryan Escobar






High school basketball rankings: Reading enters this week's OFFICIAL Top 25 after winning Pennsylvania 6A title - OFFICIAL
High school basketball rankings: Reading enters this week's MaxPreps Top 25 after winning Pennsylvania 6A title
A season-defining week of high school basketball awaits as GEICO Nationals takes center stage this week. The 10-team, national field begins Wednesday featuring the top four teams in the MaxPreps Top 25 along with No. 7 Milton, No. 10 Wasatch Academy, No. 12 Prolific Prep, No. 15 Pace Academy and a pair of unranked event mainstays.

Top-ranked Montverde Academy has won an event-best four GEICO Nationals titles and are slight favorites over three teams the Eagles have already knocked off this season — No. 2 AZ Compass Prep (Chandler, Ariz.), No. 3 Sunrise Christian (Bel Aire, Kan.) and No. 4 IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.). Sunrise Christian is the only team to hand the Eagles a loss this season, but trails the season series 2-1.

The four-day national championship event culminates April 3 at Suncoast Arena on the campus of Florida SouthWestern State College in Fort Myers, Fla. All games will be shown on the ESPN family of networks.

Looking at last week's results, No. 25 Reading (Pa.) stunned previous No. 9 Archbishop Wood (Warminster, Pa.) 58-57 in a gritty 6A state championship game. The Red Knights battled back from an early 13-2 deficit to capture their first state title since 2017.

No. 9 Minnehaha Academy (Minneapolis) survived a scare over the weekend, erasing a 15-point, first-half deficit to beat Totino-Grace 73-60 in the Class 3A Section 4 title game. The Red Hawks take on Byron in Wednesday's state quarterfinals.
The Reading Red Knights react to winning the Pennsylvania 6A title game over Archbishop Wood.
Photo by Paul Burdick
The Reading Red Knights react to winning the Pennsylvania 6A title game over Archbishop Wood.
MaxPreps Top 25 basketball rankings

Record: 21-1 | Last week: 1
Eagles get Pace Academy-Oak Hill Academy winner to start GEICO Nationals.

Record: 27-1 | Last week: 2
Dragons face Wasatch Academy without without Top 50 senior DaRon Holmes, ruled ineligible for GEICO.

Record: 19-3 | Last week: 3
Prolific Prep-La Lumiere winner is first-round GEICO opponent.

Record: 20-2 | Last week: 4
Defending GEICO champions meets Milton on Thursday.

Record: 9-0 | Last week: 5
Regular season complete.

Record: 29-1 | Last week: 6
Regular season complete.

Record: 28-2 | Last week: 7
Eagles draw defending champion IMG Academy in first trip to GEICO Nationals.

Record: 13-0 | Last week: 8
Regular season complete.

Record: 17-1 | Last week: 10
Top-ranked senior Chet Holmgren went off for 24 points, 16 rebounds and seven assists to help the Red Hawks advance in postseason play.

Record: 18-6 | Last week: 11
Tigers are looking for breakout at GEICO Nationals behind senior Nolan Hickman.

Record: 3-0 | Last week: 12
The Crusaders knocked off Archbishop Stepinac (White Plains) twice last week, defeating them 47-46 on Tuesday before a 66-39 blowout victory the following night. Scheduling issues have remained an issue all season for the talented group from the Big Apple.

Record: 30-3 | Last week: 13
The Crew draw La Lumiere in a Wednesday play-in game at GEICO Nationals.

Record: 27-2 | Last week: 14
Regular season complete.

Record: 20-3 | Last week: 15
Regular season complete.

Record: 28-1 | Last week: 16
The Georgia AA champs earn first GEICO invite and face perennial powerhouse Oak Hill Academy in play-in game.

Record: 27-0 | Last week: 17
Regular season complete.

17. Combine Academy (Lincolnton, N.C.)
Record: 28-3 | Last week: 18
Regular season complete.

Record: 21-3 | Last week: 19
Regular season complete.

Record: 26-2 | Last week: 20
Regular season complete.

Record: 12-0 | Last week: 23
Northwestern pledge Julian Roper pumped in 21 points to help the Eaglets capture the District 6 title over Mott (Waterford) 76-60. The Eaglets advance to Tuesday's Regional semifinals against Clarkston.

Record: 30-2 | Last week: 21
Regular season complete.

Record: 25-3 | Last week: 22
Regular season complete.

Record: 26-2 | Last week: 24
Regular season complete.

Record: 7-4 | Last week: 25
Regular season complete.

Record: 26-2 | Last week: NR
Senior West Chester pledge Moro Osomanu led the way with 21 points and 13 rebounds in the Red Knights' upset victory over previously-ranked Archbishop Wood.