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High school basketball: Woodrow Wilson to play in West Virginia's Class AAAA quarterfinals four days after shooting death of teammate Dwayne Richardson Jr. - HIGHSCORE
High school basketball: Woodrow Wilson to play in West Virginia's Class AAAA quarterfinals four days after shooting death of teammate Dwayne Richardson Jr.
Six games below .500 following a loss to Greenbrier East on April 6, the Woodrow Wilson (Beckley, W.Va.) boys basketball team needed a spark. Dwayne Richardson Jr. supplied it.

A junior starter, Richardson accepted the team's sixth man role. The Fighting Eagles (10-11) have won six of seven since and find themselves in this week's West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission state tournament. No. 8 seed Woodrow Wilson plays No. 1 Morgantown (16-1) in Thursday's Class AAAA quarterfinals (5:30 p.m.) at the Charleston Coliseum.

The Eagles earned the berth by beating South Charleston 49-43 in last week's Region 3 co-final. That victory avenged a 52-42 loss to the same team in the regular season. Behind a team-high 18 points from Richardson, Woodrow Wilson beat Greenbrier East 66-57 to earn the chance at state and the program's state-record 81st sectional title.

A team photo on Twitter shows Richardson, wearing jersey No. 12, flashing a wide smile and No. 1 sign with teammates after the regional final.
"He was kind of buying into everything we were saying about Beckley basketball," Woodrow Wilson coach Ron Kidd told The Register-Herald. "He was realizing that what we were saying was starting to happen. I think he was kind of the difference in the way our season turned around in those two weeks. And I thought he was happy in those two weeks."

Sunday night shortly after 9:15 p.m. in East Beckley, Richardson was shot. He was hit once in the chest.

Police and paramedics responding to reports of the shooting intercepted a group of individuals driving Richardson to the hospital in a private vehicle. EMS transported Richardson the remainder of the route to Raleigh General Hospital. He was flown to Charleston Area Medical Center where he succumbed to his injuries. Richardson was 18 years old.

A motive for the incident remains uncertain. Authorities have a person of interest but have not released the name. No arrests have been made but multiple could be coming.

"We are processing evidence that we collected," Lt. Dave Allard (Beckley Police Department) told "We are serving search warrants. We do have some things to go on. We're still trying to determine what led to this incident."

Cash rewards will be paid for information leading to an arrest. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers of WV via their free app or Detective Cpl. Joe Stewart at (304) 256-1708.

"The message is just keep our heads up," senior teammate Ben Gilliam told The Register-Herald. "Let's play for (Dwayne). Let's win this for him. Let's just do it all for him, because we need to show him that he didn't do all that for nothing."

Richardson averaged 8.6 points, 3.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 3.0 steals for the Eagles, who have snapped a two-year absence from the state tournament. Woodrow Wilson owns a West Virginia-record 16 state titles. Morgantown is trying to reach its third state final. The Mohigans beat the Eagles 77-55 on April 3.

A moment of silence in Richardson's honor was held Tuesday morning before the start of the first WVSSAC state tournament quarterfinal game. Tears will be shed before Thursday's tip.

"He gave everything the last couple of weeks," Gilliam said. "It just hurts, because he was most excited to go to states.

"We just have to take his excitement and his intensity and his love and go out and play."
High school basketball: Lonzo Ball leads list of players with most triple-doubles since 2014 - HIGHSCORE
High school basketball: Lonzo Ball leads list of players with most triple-doubles since 2014
Russell Westbrook set a NBA record Monday when he recorded a triple-double in a loss to Atlanta. The 182nd triple-double of his career, the Washington Wizards guard passed Oscar Robertson on the list for the most triple-doubles in NBA history.

Also on the floor last night was Daniel Gafford, a first-year center out of Arkansas who played high school basketball at El Dorado (Ark.). He finished the game with 2 points, 5 rebounds and 1 assist. Naturally, that leads to the question is, which of the two players – Westbrook or Gafford – had more triple-doubles their senior year of high school?

The answer, of course, is Gafford, who posted 11 triple-doubles in 2017 at El Dorado. All of his 11 triple-doubles were via points/rebounds/blocked shots. Westbrook, who averaged 25 points per game as a senior at Leuzinger (Lawndale, Calif.), reportedly had 14 double-doubles, but there is no mention of triple-doubles.

Gafford's 11 triple-doubles made our list of prep players who have accomplished the feat most often over the past eight years.

Westbrook's record prompted a check of the MaxPreps leaderboards to see what players have racked up the most triple-doubles. MaxPreps has tracked the stat (for those players who have complete stats on the site) since the 2013-14 season. While career triple-doubles are not necessarily available, the MaxPreps double-doubles tool allows fans to track players who have the most double-doubles, triple-doubles and quadruple-doubles in a season.
Lonzo Ball's 25 triple-doubles as a senior led Chino Hills to state and national titles.
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Lonzo Ball's 25 triple-doubles as a senior led Chino Hills to state and national titles.
Current New Orleans Pelican guard Lonzo Ball leads the list with 25 triple-doubles during Chino Hills' 2015-16 season when MaxPreps ranked the team No. 1 in the nation. Ball also had a quadruple-double during the season and finished with an average of 23.9 points, 11.3 rebounds, 11.5 assists per game. Ball's career triple-doubles are not available.

Like Gafford, five of the players make the list for double-figures in points, rebounds and blocked shots. A total of six players averaged a triple-double for the season and one player, Reece Beekman of Scotlandville (Baton Rouge, La.), makes the list twice.

Beekman, coming off a promising freshman campaign at the University of Virginia, is one of several players on the list who have gone on to excel at the next level. Tilquan Rucker led all junior college players in scoring at 31.9 points per game in 2020. Theo Akwuba was the Sun Belt Conference Defensive Player of the Year in 2021 while at the University of Louisiana.

In addition to Ball and Gafford, Mitchell Robinson of Chalmette (La.) is also in the NBA as a member of the New York Knicks. Travis Jay of Madison County (Madison, Fla.) has gone a different route. He is a member of the Florida State football team.

Unfortunately MaxPreps doesn't have statistics for some of the NBA's all-time triple-double standouts like Westbrook, Robertson, Magic Johnson and Jason Kidd.

Kidd averaged 25 points, 10 assists, 7 rebounds and 7 steals as a senior while leading St. Joseph's (Alameda, Calif.) to the second of back-to-back championships in 1992. He finished his career as the state's all-time leader in assists and steals, according to the Cal-Hi Sports Record Book. He is known to have close to a quadruple-double in a win over Bishop O'Dowd that year, getting 30 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists and 8 steals.

Robertson's rebound and assist totals are unavailable as scoring totals were usually the only numbers reported by the media in 1956. Johnson, meanwhile, averaged 25.8 points per game as a senior on an Everett (Lansing, Mich.) team that won the 1977 Michigan state championship. According to the Lansing State Journal, Johnson averaged 17 rebounds and 9 assists per game as a senior.

Single season triple-double leaders

Lonzo Ball
Total triple-doubles: 25
School: Chino Hills (Calif.)
Year: 2015-16
Per game averages: 23.9 points, 11.3 rebounds, 11.5 assists
Best game: vs. Seattle Prep, 33 points, 10 rebounds, 14 assists, 10 steals

Reece Beekman
Total triple-doubles: 18
School: Scotlandville (Baton Rouge, La.)
Year: 2018-19
Per game averages: 21.9 points, 10.2 rebounds, 10.2 assists
Best game: vs. East Ascension, 39 points, 12 rebounds, 15 assists

James Moore
Total triple-doubles: 15
School: South Creek (Robersonville, N.C.)
Year: 2015-16
Per game averages: 15.1 points, 15.7 rebounds, 10.6 blocked shots
Best game: vs. Columbia, 22 points, 22 rebounds, 13 blocked shots

Reece Beekman
Total triple-doubles: 15
School: Scotlandville
Year: 2019-20
Per game averages: 19.6 points, 10.0 rebounds, 9.2 assists
Best game: vs. Live Oak, 40 points, 12 rebounds, 10 assists

Tilquan Rucker
Total triple-doubles: 15
School: South Bronx Prep (Bronx, N.Y.)
Year: 2016-17
Per game averages: 36.0 points, 10.5 rebounds, 10.2 assists
Best game: vs. Bronx Early College Academy, 61 points, 14 rebounds, 10 assists

Mike Kozlowski
Total triple-doubles: 14
School: Redeemer Classical Christ (Kingsville, Md.)
Year: 2015-16
Per game averages: 25.2 points, 13.5 rebounds, 10.6 blocked shots
Best game: vs. Arlington Baptist, 29 points, 20 rebounds, 17 blocked shots

Theo Akwuba
Total triple-doubles: 14
School: Brewbaker Tech (Montgomery, Ala.)
Year: 2017-18
Per game averages: 11.7 points, 14.1 rebounds, 10.4 blocked shots
Best game: vs. Lee, 18 points, 17 rebounds, 22 blocked shots

Mitchell Robinson
Total triple-doubles: 11
School: Chalmette (La.)
Year: 2015-16
Per game averages: 16.7 points, 12.5 rebounds, 7.9 blocked shots
Best game: vs. Holy Cross, 20 points, 10 rebounds, 20 blocked shots

Daniel Gafford
Total triple-doubles: 11
School: El Dorado (Ark.)
Year: 2016-17
Per game averages: 17.4 points, 16.0 rebounds, 7.7 blocked shots
Best game: vs. Pine Bluff, 33 points, 18 rebounds, 15 blocked shots

Travis Jay
Total triple-doubles: 11
School: Madison County (Madison, Fla.)
Year: 2017-18
Per game averages: 13.5 points, 7.7 rebounds, 6.7 assists
Best game: vs. Lee, 25 points, 16 rebounds, 11 assists

High school baseball: Greatest coach from every state - HIGHSCORE
High school baseball: Greatest coach from every state
Some have been fixtures in the third base coaches box for more than 50 years. Many of them have won more than 1,000 games in their career. All of them are among the nation's greatest high school baseball coaches of all-time.

MaxPreps is identifying the Greatest Baseball Coach of All-Time in Each State and the list is an impressive one. John Stevenson of El Segundo, who coached MLB great George Brett; Mike Cameron of Archbishop Moeller, who mentored Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr.; and Rodger Fairless of Green Valley, who coached Hall of Fame pitcher Greg Maddux, are just some of the names found among the 50 Greats from 50 States.
Mike Woods, Hamilton baseball coach
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Mike Woods, Hamilton baseball coach
Greatest high school baseball coach from every state

William Booth, Hartselle

He became the winningest coach in the state in 2006 when he won his 648th game, topping previous state record holder Sammy Dunn of Vestavia Hills. That was 15 years ago and Booth is still going strong. He's upped that win total to 1,095 (including the 2021 season) with 488 losses. He's won eight state championships at Hartselle.

Ed Conway, Sitka

Conway led Sitka, a small school with an enrollment of under 400, to multiple large school championships, winning three in a row between 2005-07. After 20 years at Sitka, Conway won his final game, capturing the state championship with an 11-10 win over two-time defending state champion South (Anchorage).

Mike Woods, Hamilton (Chandler)

The most successful coach in Arizona over the past quarter century, Woods is the only baseball coach the Huskies have ever had. He had a record of 504-197 entering the 2021 season and his teams have won seven state championships. Hamilton was also ranked No. 1 in the nation by MaxPreps when COVID ended the 2020 season. Hamilton is ranked No. 10 in the MaxPreps Top 25.

Billy Bock, Pine Bluff

He reportedly never had a losing season at the four schools where he coached. He sprinkled nine state championships between St. Anne's Academy, Sylvan Hills, Arkansas High and Pine Bluff. He set a state record with four straight state championships at the latter school (1983-86) coupled with the one at Arkansas (1982) to give him five in a row. He finished his career 641-121.

John Stevenson, El Segundo

No California coach has more wins than Stevenson, who coached El Segundo for 50 years and went 1,059-419. He won 30 league championships and seven Southern Section crowns. Among his top players were Hall of Fame third baseman George Brett, his brother Ken Brett and pitcher Scott McGregor.

Jim Danley, Eaton

He oversaw one of the top small school teams in the nation, posting a record of 807-162-2 in 45 years as head coach. He led the Fightin' Reds to 29 Final Four appearances, 23 straight regional titles, 11 state championships and 36 league championships.

John Fontana, Southington

Fontana coached 41 years for the Blue Knights and produced a program that went 669-157 during his tenure for an .810 winning percentage. His teams won 24 conference championships and a pair of state titles. His 1999 team finished the season ranked No. 44 in the nation by Baseball America.

Matt Smith, St. Mark's (Wilmington)

Although he's coached 22 seasons, Smith is closing in quickly on the all-time wins record in Delaware. He has 383 wins while the all-time record for the state is 496. Smith has also led St. Mark's to 10 of their 14 baseball state championships.

District of Columbia
Eddie Saah, Wilson

He established a District of Columbia dynasty at Wilson, winning 27 straight DCIAA championships. Saah coached 16 years, won 16 DCIAA championships and had a league record of 210-1.

Rich Hoffman, Westminster Christian (Miami), Westminster Academy (Fort Lauderdale)

Coaching at two different schools during the late 1990s, Hoffman led Westminster Christian to three straight state championships and a national title by Baseball America. He took the job at Westminster Academy and won two more state championships, for five in a row. The high school coach of Alex Rodriguez, Hoffman won 1,020 games in his career to go with 10 state titles. Two of his teams (1992 and 1996 Westminster Christian) have been named national champions.

Bobby Howard, Columbus

The state's all-time winningest coach with 1,008 wins (heading into the 2021 season), Howard spent 31 seasons at Columbus, where he led the Blue Devils to 12 state championships.

Erik Kadooka, Punahou (Honolulu)

Punahou dominated under the leadership of Kadooka in the early 2000s. He led the Buff ‘n Blue to seven straight state championships between 2004 to 2010.

Dwight Church, Lewiston

Coached the high school and American Legion teams from 1954 to the 1970s. He led the high school team to seven state championships and had a career record of 673-231. As an American Legion coach, he won 23 state championships, including 12 in a row. His high school and legion record combined was 2,427-889.

Percy Moore, Lane Tech (Chicago)

At the height of Lane Tech's dominance in the 1920s and 30s, Moore had as many as 733 players try out for the team. Moore coached 29 years at Lane Tech, winning 13 City League championships and losing only two section championships. His team also played in the New York-Chicago Inter-City championship four times between 1920 and 1926, winning twice.

Dave Pishkur, Andrean (Merrillville)

The 2019 season was a big one for Pishkur as he won a state championship, won 35 straight games, went over 1,000 career wins and became the all-time winningest coach in state history. He began the 2021 season with a record of 1,014-284 in 40 years with seven state championships.

Gene Schulz, Kee (Lansing)

Schulz is the all-time national leader in spring/summer baseball wins with 1,578 victories. He has 1,754 wins in summer and fall seasons combined with a winning percentage of .815 (1,754-398). He also won a total of 11 state championships, nine of them in the spring/summer, with his 1973 squad going 48-0.

Mike Watt, St. Mary's-Colgan (Pittsburg)

The American Baseball Coaches Association national coach of the year in 2016 after winning his 16th state championship, Watt is also a member of the Kansas Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame. His team won seven straight state championships in the 2000s and added four straight between 2013-16. He has won over 600 career games.

Bill Miller, Pleasure Ridge Park (Louisville)

Guided his team to 1,144 career wins with 305 losses, giving him the most wins in state history when he passed away in the middle of the 2018 season. He won six state championships in Kentucky's one-division playoff system, including three in a row from 1994 to 1996. His 2008 team finished No. 7 in the final national rankings by Baseball America.

Glenn Cecchini, Barbe (Lake Charles)

Ranked as the top team in the state of Louisiana with a 35-2 record, Cecchini is closing in on 1,000 career wins. He has 971 as of last week's sweep of Alexandria in the state playoffs. Cecchini was the National Coach of the Year in 2020 and his team has won four state championships with a No. 1 national ranking in 2014.
Glenn Cecchini, Barbe baseball coach
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Glenn Cecchini, Barbe baseball coach
Bob Kelley, Bangor

No school has won more state baseball championships than Bangor, and Kelley is the main reason. He coached at the school for 32 seasons, winning 15 East championships and eight state championships.

Bernie Walter, Arundel (Gambrills)

Walter won state championships in four different decades as he led the Wildcats to a state record 10 titles in his 37-year career. He ended his career with a record of 609-185.

Emile Johnson Jr, Leominster

Led 42 of his 43 teams to the state tournament and never had a losing season for the Blue Devils. He set the state record for career wins with 725 and he won three state championships.

Larry Tuttle, Blissfield

Earlier this month, Tuttle went over 1,300 career wins. He's closing in on the state's all-time leader, Pat O'Keefe, for the state record. Tuttle has a career mark of 1,312-426-5, as of Wednesday. According to the Daily Telegram, Tuttle has won 39 conference titles, 32 district championships, 23 regional crowns and seven state titles.

Bob Karn, St. Cloud Cathedral (St. Cloud)

He's coached for 50 years and late last month went over 800 career wins. He's already the winningest coach in state history. His teams have won nine state championships, including back-to-back titles in 2014-15. Cathedral had a 58-game win streak during that span and he was the National Coach of the Year by the American Baseball Coaches Association.

Jerry Boatner, West Lauderdale (Collinsville)

Boatner coached baseball for 50 years in Mississippi, 45 of those years at West Lauderdale. He won 14 state championships and he had a record of 1,202-359, the most wins of any coach in the state.

Tony Perkins, Howell (St. Charles)

In 22 seasons at Howell, Perkins has reached the state championship game seven times with titles in 2003, 2011, 2013 and 2016. He is 501-225 with 14 conference championships and 10 sectional crowns.

Bill Olson, Omaha Northwest (Omaha)

Northwest dominated Nebraska baseball in the 1980s, winning six state championships, including four in a row from 1982-85. His 1983 team was ranked No. 1 in the nation by Baseball America. He won over 1,500 games between high school and American Legion.

Rodger Fairless, Green Valley (Henderson)

In 19 seasons at Green Valley and El Dorado, Fairless produced 12 state championship teams, including six in a row at Green Valley. He also developed future Hall of Fame pitcher Greg Maddux. He had a record of 493-80 at the two schools.

New Hampshire
Tom Underwood, Plymouth

Guided Plymouth for 43 seasons, retiring after the 2015 season. He led Plymouth to six state championships, including three in a row from 1980-82. He retired as the all-time winningest coach in the state with 518 wins.

New Jersey
Ken Frank, Toms River South (Toms River)

The all-time winningest coach in New Jersey, Frank is closing in on 900 wins and reportedly needs four more to hit the milestone. He's won five group championships, 10 sectional titles and 22 division crowns.

New Mexico
Jim Johns, Eldorado (Albuquerque)

Racked up 552 wins and 201 losses to finish third among the state's all-time wins leaders. He also won seven state championships including three straight from 1999 to 2001.

New York
Mike Turo, Monroe Campus (Bronx)

Prior to the 2021 season, Turo had won 35 borough championships in his 42 seasons at Monroe. He also has won six city championships and is 1,369-227.

North Carolina
Henry Jones, Cherryville

Jones's teams made the playoffs in 24 of his 28 seasons, winning six state championships all totaled. He set a Gaston County record with a career total of 542 career wins.

North Dakota
Pete Dobitz, Dickinson

Dobitz has coached at Dickinson since 2000 and led the Midgets to more state titles than any other school in the state, capturing five championships.

Mike Cameron, Archbishop Moeller (Cincinnati)

Cameron coached a number of great players, including Hall of Fame players Ken Griffey Jr. and Barry Larkin, during his 39 years at Moeller. He finished his career with a record of 767-303 with four state championships.

Murl Bowen, Asher

Bowen finished his career as the winningest coach in all of high school baseball when fall and spring seasons are complied. He had a record of 2,115-349 for an .858 winning percentage. He also went 1,063-216 in the spring with 22 state championships. He added 20 state titles in the fall for a total of 43.

Dave Gasser, Lakeridge (Lake Oswego), Astoria

Gasser coached at four different schools and won one state title at Madison, two at Lakeridge and two at Astoria. His career record of 750-235 ranks No. 1 in wins in state history.

Bob Thomas, Chambersburg

Thomas retired as the state's all-time wins leader with 833 wins in 1,112 games over a 51-year career. He won 22 league championships and three state titles.

Rhode Island
Ed Holloway, Bishop Hendricken (Warwick)

In close to 25 years of coaching the Hawks, Holloway's teams have dominated Rhode Island baseball, winning 16 state championships including five in a row from 2012-2016.

South Carolina
David Horton, Bamberg-Ehrhardt (Bamberg)

The all-time winningest coach in state history, Horton's teams went 889-261 (.773) in his 44 seasons at the helm. Bamberg-Ehrhardt won 14 state championships under Horton, including eight in a row from 1974-1981, tying a national mark for consecutive state championships.

Buster Kelso, Christian Brothers (Memphis)

The state's winningest coach, Kelso has spent 36 seasons at Christian Brothers and led them to nine state championships, including back-to-back titles in 2015-16 and 2000-01. He went over 1,100 wins this year and has 1,107 with 347 losses.

Steve Chapman, Calallen (Corpus Christi)

Chapman has won nearly 82 percent of his games in 45 seasons at the helm of Calallen. His 1,080 career wins rank second in state history, but is 35 wins behind all-time leader Bobby Moegle (1,115). Chapman has won three state titles and reached the state finals eight times. He also has won 28 district championships and gone to the playoffs 30 straight seasons.

Bailey Santiseven, Bingham (South Jordan)

Santiseven was a high school coaching pioneer in Utah, getting his start in 1930 and coaching at Bingham for 26 seasons before passing away in 1954. He led Bingham to a state record 12 baseball championships and also won four state titles in football.

Orrie Jay, Burlington

The "Orrie Jay" trophy is awarded to the top team in the Metro League each year, in honor of the Burlington coach who led his team to eight state championships, seven runner-up finishes and 16 Northern League crowns in his 30 years of coaching at the school.

Mack Shupe, JJ Kelly, now Central (Norton)

Shupe retired in 2009 after 40 years of coaching with a 631-173 record, the second highest total in Virginia history. No coach in the state has won more titles than Shupe, however, as he earned eight championships. He won all of his titles at J.J. Kelly, where he spent 33 of his 40 seasons.

Kim Cox, DeSales (Walla Walla)

Cox coached for 34 years at De Sales, racking up a record of 670-134 for an .833 winning percentage. He won a state record 19 state championships at the school and made the playoffs 30 years in a row.

West Virginia
John Lowery, Jefferson (Shenandoah Junction)

The only coach Jefferson has ever had, Lowery is in his 50th year at the school (not counting last year's COVID season) and has won 12 state championships. With a 9-0 season to start the 2021 season, Lowery has 1,341 wins and 352 losses and two ties.

Bruce Erickson, Appleton West (Appleton)

With a record of 500 and 119 in 28 seasons at Appleton West (17) and Appleton North (11), Erickson compiled the highest winning percentage (.808) of any Wisconsin coach with more than 300 career wins. He won four state championships and 20 Fox Valley Conference titles.

Note: Coaches were not chosen for Montana, South Dakota and Wyoming because those states do not sanction high school baseball.
Nnanna Njoku named 2020-21 HIGHSCORE Delaware High School Basketball Player of the Year - HIGHSCORE
Nnanna Njoku named 2020-21 MaxPreps Delaware 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.

Nnanna Njoku of Sanford (Hockessin) is the 2020-21 MaxPreps Delaware High School Basketball Player of the Year. The 6-foot-9, 245-pound senior helped the Warriors go 16-2 en route to the program's 10th state championship.

Njoku averaged 20.7 points, 8.8 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per contest while shooting 71 percent from the field this season. He finished an impressive four-year career with 1,178 points.

In Sanford's 51-45 state championship game victory, Njoku tallied 24 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks while connecting on 8 of 9 attempt from the field and 8 of 10 from the free throw line.

Signed with Villanova, Njoku is regarded as the No. 84 prospect in the Class of 2021 overall according to 247Sports. Marquette, Miami, North Carolina State, Pittsburgh, Providence and Virginia Tech were among the other college basketball programs to extend offers.

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.
Nnanna Njoku gets a breather while playing with Sanford at the City of Palms Classic in December of 2019.
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Nnanna Njoku gets a breather while playing with Sanford at the City of Palms Classic in December of 2019.
Virginia crowns first spring football champions in high school history - HIGHSCORE
Virginia crowns first spring football champions in high school history
Like any other year, the Virginia High School League crowned six state football champions Saturday afternoon in six different classifications. But these were clearly different.  From all records MaxPreps has researched, Virginia is the first state to ever award football championships in the spring.

The Riverhead Gladiators were officially the first ones crowned, with a 65-29 victory over the Galaxy Maroon Tide in the Class 1 title game. A 34-point second-point explosion led the Gladiators to their 10th straight win of the season. They outscored opponents 483-119 on the season. 

Perennial East power Oscar Smith (8-0) followed with a 62-21 Class 6 title win over South County, and Stone Bridge (8-0) took the Class 5 crown with a 13-10 overtime win over Highland Springs. (See all the champions below).

The VHSL was one of 15 states to move the traditional fall 2020 season to the spring due to COVID-19 pandemic. Of those states, 11 decided on abbreviated spring seasons, with just three opting for playoffs. North Carolina and Rhode Island have scheduled state championship games next week.

According to MaxPreps senior writer and historian Kevin Askeland, no states have ever held football championships in the spring, although one in California was scheduled in 1919. That title game was called off when Orange League champion Fullerton disbanded a month before the scheduled contest.
Oscar Smith turned around a loss in the 2019 VHSL Class 6 title game with a resounding 65-21 win over the Stallions on Saturday.
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Oscar Smith turned around a loss in the 2019 VHSL Class 6 title game with a resounding 65-21 win over the Stallions on Saturday.
2021 Spring VHSL State Football Championships

Class 1Full bracket can be found here - 2020 Virginia High School Football Playoff Brackets: VHSL Class 1