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High school softball rankings: Leander continues to rise up the OFFICIAL Top 25 - OFFICIAL
High school softball rankings: Leander continues to rise up the MaxPreps Top 25
Leander (Texas) continues to climb up the MaxPreps Top 25 high school softball rankings behind the bat of Baylea Brandon. The LUS commit has hit 10 home runs and is batting .514 in 56 at bats this spring as the Lions jump to No. 2 this week.

Tampa-based Sickles join the MaxPreps Top 25 after an impressive 6-0 start to the season. Junior Robyn Herron has 65 striekouts in 28 innings pitched.

Lake Creek (Montgomery, Texas) is also newcomer to the rankings this week as the Lions are 15-0 and hitting .409 as a team with 16 total home runs.

Action continues to heat up as several ranked teams begin their 2021 seasons.
Sophia Nugent and Los Alamitos begin their season Friday.
File photo by Heston Quan
Sophia Nugent and Los Alamitos begin their season Friday.
MaxPreps Top 25 high school softball rankings

1. Chino Hills (Calif.)
Record:
0-0 | Last week: 1
Season opens March 25

2. Leander (Texas)
Record: 19-0 | Last week: 5
The Lions have tossed 12 shutouts and allowed 11 runs in first 19 games.

3. Lakewood Ranch (Bradenton, Fla.)
Record: 11-1 | Last week: 2
The Mustangs lost their first game since 2019 on Friday, but quickly bounced back with two big wins on Saturday.

4. Marist (Chicago)
Record:
0-0 | Last week: 3
Season opens April 5

5. Norco (Calif.)
Record:
0-0 | Last week: 4
Season opens March 19

6. Park Vista (Lake Worth, Fla.)
Record: 11-0 | Last week: 6
The team is batting an impressive .419 in 272 plate appearances.

7. Hewitt-Trussville (Trussville, Ala.)
Record: 14-1 | Last week: 7
The Huskies have rolled off five-straight since a 6-3 loss to Helena on March 5.

8. Los Alamitos (Calif.)
Record:
0-0 | Last week: 8
Season opens March 19

9. Trenton (Fla.)
Record: 6-0 | Last week: 9
In a battle of undefeated teams, the Tigers knocked off Dixie County 3-1 on Friday.

10. Eastern Alamance (Mebane, N.C.)
Record:
0-0 | Last week: 7
Season opens March 16

11. O'Connor (Phoenix)
Record:
0-0 | Last week: 11
Season opens March 17

12. Crown Point (Ind.)
Record:
0-0 | Last week: 10
Season opens April 3

13. Westlake (Westlake Village, Calif.)
Record:
0-0 | Last week: 11
Season opens March 20

14. Spring-Ford (Royersford, Pa.)
Record:
0-0 | Last week: 14
Season opens April 5

15. Gahr (Cerritos, Calif.)
Record:
0-0 | Last week: 15
Season opens March 22

16. Saugus (Calif.)
Record:
0-0 | Last week: 16
Season opens March 31

17. Warren (San Antonio)
Record: 11-0 | Last week: 18
Sophomore Ayla Gonzales is hitting .639. She also has 10 stolen bases.

18. Barbers Hill (Mt. Belvieu, Texas)
Record: 14-2 | Last week: 19
The Eagles have not allowed a run in 10 straight games.

19. Sickles (Tampa)
Record: 6-0 | Last week: NR
The Gryphons have two impressive arms in sophomore DaNia Brooks and junior Robyn Herron.

Record: 15-0 | Last week: NR
Texas A&M commit Emiley Kennedy has hit five home runs. She is also 5-0 in the circle.

21. Bob Jones (Madison, Ala.)
Record: 9-1 | Last week: 23
The Patriots have won five straight since an early loss to seventh-ranked Hewitt-Trussville on Feb. 25.

22. Glen Allen (Va.)
Record:
0-0 | Last week: 20
Season opens April 13

23. Crescenta Valley (La Crescenta, Calif.)
Record:
0-0 | Last week: 21
Season opens April 15

24. Williamsburg (Ohio)
Record:
0-0 | Last week: 22
Season opens March 27

Record: 0-0 | Last week: 25
Season begins TBD

High school basketball: With COVID-19 guidelines limiting indoor activity, games in Washington's Pierce County being played in livestock arena - OFFICIAL
High school basketball: With COVID-19 guidelines limiting indoor activity, games in Washington's Pierce County being played in livestock arena
With local guidelines restricting indoor activity amid the pandemic, athletic directors, coaches and local businesses got creative to save the high school basketball season in Washington's Pierce County.

Games finally got underway Wednesday on the grounds of the Washington State Fair in Puyallup in a venue typically reserved for equestrian activities, livestock shows, auctions and swap meets.

The arena has a roof but opens on both ends, allowing the basketball games to be played and skirting the limit on indoor gatherings. Puyallup-based Looker Asphalt paved the arena floor in recent days in order to make it possible to lay down courts.
Curtis (University Place) athletic director Suzanne Vick told KJR 950 on Wednesday that nearly 400 games are scheduled to be played on three courts featuring boys and girls teams from the South Puget Sound League and Pierce County League.

Spectators aren't permitted this week but Vick said she hopes two guests per uniformed player will be allowed in the near future.

Thankfully, the area's unpredictable spring weather is doing its part to cooperate. Temperatures are expected to remain in the 70s through the weekend.
Two junior varsity girls games were the first to be played on the newly installed courts Wednesday afternoon.
Photo by Vince Miller
Two junior varsity girls games were the first to be played on the newly installed courts Wednesday afternoon.
Photo by Vince Miller
A Rogers player takes a shot during one of the two junior varsity girls games.
Photo by Vince MIller
A Rogers player takes a shot during one of the two junior varsity girls games.
Photo by Vince Miller
Dane Looker (right) of Looker Asphalt and Greg Barrett work to finish installing the courts in time for the first games that were held Wednesday afternoon.
Photo by Vince Miller
Dane Looker (right) of Looker Asphalt and Greg Barrett work to finish installing the courts in time for the first games that were held Wednesday afternoon.
Photo by Vince MIller


OFFICIAL/AVCA Players of the Week - OFFICIAL
MaxPreps/AVCA Players of the Week
MaxPreps/AVCA Players of the Week
For the week of April 26-May 2

Boys Volleyball

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

Michael Cavanugh, St. Francis DeSales (Columbus, Ohio)
Junior | OH

14 Games Played
Kills: 52
Kills/Game: 3.71
Digs: 22
Digs/Game: 1.57
Receptions: 38
Rcpt/Game: 2.71
Aces: 3
Blocks: 3

Josh Schellinger, Lake Park (Roselle, Illinois)
Freshman | OH

9 Games Played
Kills: 56
Kills/Game: 6.22
Digs: 13
Digs/Game: 1.44
Aces: 8
Blocks: 4

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

Gabriel Abreu, Harrison (Harrison, New Jersey)
6'1 | Senior | OH/MB
7 Games Played
Kills: 27
Kills/Game: 3.86
Digs: 15
Digs/Game: 2.14
Receptions: 17
Rcpt/Game: 2.43
Aces: 1
Blocks: 2

Luke Bradbury, Darien (Connecticut)
5'10 | Junior | L/DS
6 Games Played
Kills: 25
Kills/Game: 4.17
Digs: 5
Receptions: 23
Rcpt/Game: 3.83
Aces: 3

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

Anthony Gonzalez, St. Cloud (Florida)
6'4 | Senior | OH
8 Games Played
Kills: 37
Kills/Game: 4.63
Digs: 19
Digs/Game: 2.38
Receptions: 65
Rcpt/Game: 8.13
Aces: 7
Blocks: 7

Christian Moreira, Reagan (Doral, Florida)
5'11 | Senior | OH
7 Games Played
Kills: 40
Kills/Game: 5.71
Digs: 17
Digs/Game: 2.43
Receptions: 32
Rcpt/Game: 4.57
Aces: 7

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

Ryan Duross, Christopher (Gilroy, California)
6'2 | Junior | OH
6 Games Played
Kills: 59
Kills/Game: 9.83
Digs: 17
Digs/Game: 2.83
Aces: 3
Blocks: 6

Tyler Lai, Williams Field (Gilbert, Arizona)
6'2 | Senior | OH
12 Games Played
Kills: 73
Kills/Game: 6.083
Digs: 42
Digs/Game: 3.50
Receptions: 58
Rcpt/Game: 4.83
Aces: 8
Blocks: 9

Girls Volleyball

California
Ella Hartford, Arroyo Grande
5'7" | Senior | S
6 Sets Played
Assists: 54
Assists/Game: 9
Team Hitting%: 0.233
Digs: 16
Digs/Game: 2.67
Aces: 1

Colorado
Kaitlyn Rector, Simla
6'0" | Senior
7 Sets Played
Kills: 46
Kills/Game: 6.57
Digs: 23
Digs/Game: 3.29
Receptions: 30
Rcpt/Game: 4.29
Aces: 2
Blocks: 10

Massachusetts
Kassidy Krejmas, Wahconah Regional (Dalton)
5'11" | Senior | MH
17 Sets Played
Kills: 59
Kills/Game: 3.47
Digs: 20
Digs/Game: 1.18
Receptions: 4
Rcpt/Game: 0.23
Aces: 18
Blocks: 4

New York
Kylie Blessing, Portville
5'9" | Junior | S

9 Sets Played
Assists: 100
Assists/Game: 11.11
Team Hitting%: 0.427
Digs: 8
Digs/Game: 0.89
Aces: 8
Blocks: 2
North Carolina high school football: Schedule, scores for NCHSAA state championship games - OFFICIAL
North Carolina high school football: Schedule, scores for NCHSAA state championship games
The North Carolina High School Athletic Association will host eight football state championship games featuring 10 undefeated teams beginning Thursday at the University of North Carolina and North Carolina State University.

Four title games — 1A, 2AA, 3A, 4AA — will be hosted at North Carolina State's Finley Stadium starting Thursday with the 2AA contest between Salisbury (8-2) and St. Pauls (8-0). It concludes Saturday with the 4AA tilt between Rolesville (9-0) and the state's No. 1 ranked team, Zebulon B. Vance (9-1).

The other four championship games — 1AA, 2A, 3AA, 4A — will be played at North Carolina's Kenan Stadium, starting Thursday with the 3AA contest between a pair of 10-0 squads, Mount Tabor and Cleveland. Two Saturday games finish off the championships, concluding with the 2A game between Mountain Heritage (7-1) and Reidsville (9-0).

In all, the 16 teams have combined for records of 140 wins and just eight defeats. All eight games with be broadcast on the NFHS Network.

The NCHSAA was one of 15 states to bypass traditional fall football due to the pandemic. Of the 11 states that played football in the spring, only three opted for playoffs and to crown state champions. Virginia did so last week and North Carolina and Rhode Island wrap up football championships for the 2020-21 season this week.

Among the many standouts in the championship games is Havelock senior running back Kamarro Edmonds, a 5-foot-11, 227 pound senior who has rushed for 916 yards and 15 touchdowns in eight games. He's ranked the No. 16 senior in the state by 247Sports and headed to North Carolina.

Also a basketball star who averaged over 30 points per game this year, Reidsville senior wide receiver Breon Pass is ranked the state No. 28 senior recruit overall after catching 83 passes for more than 1,400 yards and 27 touchdowns in his career heading into this season.
Havelock senior running back Kamarro Edmonds has signed to the University of North Carolina.
File photo by Carin-Goodall Gosnell
Havelock senior running back Kamarro Edmonds has signed to the University of North Carolina.
NCHSAA Football Championships

1A
Full bracket can be found here - 2020-2021 Football Championships 1A
High school basketball: Bronny James, D.J. Wagner headline list of sons of former NBA stars - OFFICIAL
High school basketball: Bronny James, D.J. Wagner headline list of sons of former NBA stars
There have been many famous father-son duos in the NBA over the years. In all, 89 second-generation players have made their marks in the league including Devin Booker, Kobe Bryant, Steph Curry and Pete Maravich among others.

There's potential to add to the list as LeBron James, Ray Allen, Shaquille O'Neal, Hakeem Olajuwon, Scottie Pippen and Dwyane Wade are among those with sons shining on the high school hardwood.

Several sons of former players are regarded as Top 100 prospects in their class, while others are freshman beginning their high school hoops journey.

Read on for a look at 24 sons of former and current NBA players ready to carve their own paths this season.
Graphic By: Ryan Escobar
Ray Allen Jr., Gulliver Prep (Miami)
Father: Ray Allen, 10-time NBA All-Star and two-time NBA champion.
Son: Like his father who leads in all-time 3-point makes, the sophomore guard has a smooth shooting stroke and is expected to contribute for the Raiders this season.

Father: Shawn Bradley, 1997 NBA blocks leader and one of the tallest players in NBA history at 7-foot-6.
Son: The 6-foot-6 forward played in 16 games last season as a junior, averaging 1.3 points per contest.

Father: Anthony Carter, 13-year NBA veteran played for six NBA teams.
Son: A shoulder injury in February forced Carter to reclassify to the Class of 2021. Prior to being sidelined, the South Carolina signee averaged 28.8 points and 8.7 rebounds per game.

Father: T.J. Ford, Eight-year NBA career cut short due to injuries.
Son: The son of the former Texas Longhorns great is an under-the-radar Class of 2023 guard prospect.

Father: Adrian Griffin, Nine-year NBA veteran played for five NBA teams.
Son: Regarded as the No. 6 prospect in the Class of 2021, the Duke commit earned preseason MaxPreps All-American third team honors. He averaged 17.3 points and 8.8 rebounds in an injury-shortened, 12-game junior campaign.

Father: Juwan Howard, 1996 NBA All-Star and two-time NBA champion.
Son: Produced impressive numbers as a sophomore for University (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), averaging 15.6 points, 3.7 assists and 2.8 rebounds per contest. He's regarded as a Top 50 prospect in the Class of 2022 and is expected to be a key contributor for the second-ranked Ascenders.

Father: Larry Hughes, 13-year NBA veteran scored over 10,000 points in his career.
Son: The three-star prospect showed potential as a sophomore, averaging 7.9 points per contest for the 21-7 Cadets. The 6-4 guard is ranked No. 211 in the Class of 2022.

Father: LeBron James, four-time MVP, four-time Finals MVP and four-time NBA champion.
Son: Bronny played a limited role off the bench for the Trailblazers last season, but showed flashes of potential in his freshman campaign. His most memorable moment came against his father's alma mater, St. Vincent St. Mary (Akron, Ohio), putting up a career-high 15 points on 7-of-10 shooting, including the go-ahead bucket late in the game.

Father: George Lynch, 12-year NBA veteran scored over 5,000 points in his career.
Son: The 6-1 guard brings plenty of intrigue into his freshman season for the Charlotte-area program.

Father: Vernon Maxwell, 13-year NBA veteran was a two-time NBA champion.
Son: The 6-foot freshman guard will compete for minutes on a loaded Vikings squad.

Father: Mike Miller, 2000-01 NBA Rookie of the Year and two-time NBA champion.
Sons: Mason, a 6-foot-9 forward, is a Top 100 prospect and recently committed to Creighton. Hopes also are high for sophomore Mavrick.

Sir Mohammed, Myers Park (Charlotte, N.C.)
Father: Nazr Mohammed, 18-year NBA veteran also won an NBA title.
Son: Sir, who is 6-4, has plenty of room to grow as his father stood 6-10. He brings intrigue into his freshman campaign for Myers Park paired with fellow freshman Lynch.

Father: Dikembe Mutombo, eight-time NBA All-Star and four-time Defensive Player of the Year.
Son: The 6-11 senior follows in his father's footsteps after committing to play at Georgetown. Mutombo is a late-bloomer, rising from the No. 198 overall prospect in the Class of 2021 to No. 78 in the most recent update.

Father: Hakeem Olajuwon, 12-time NBA All-Star, two-time NBA champion and two-time Finals MVP.
Son: Little has been written on 6-3 Abdullah as he heads into his junior year. Abdul-Rahman enters his freshman year with high expectations after breaking Village Schools' eighth-grade team single-game scoring record last season with 48 points.

Father: Shaquille O'Neal, 15-time NBA All-Star, 4-time NBA champion and three-time Finals MVP.
Son: The youngest of Shaq's five children, Shaqir is an under-the-radar 6-7 wing still looking for a college scholarship offer. The three-star prospect earned GISA 3A all-region honors after averaging 16 points per contest as a junior.

Father: James Posey, 12-year NBA veteran and two-time NBA champion.
Son: The 6-3 sophomore guard is a promising young prospect for the Fighting Crusaders.

Justin and Preston Pippen, Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth, Calif.)
Father: Scottie Pippen, eight-time NBA All-Defensive first-team selection and six-time NBA champion.
Son: Senior Preston and freshman Justin are often overlooked on a star-studded Trailblazers roster.

Zaire Wade, Brewster Academy (Wolfeboro, N.H.)
Father: Dwyane Wade, 13-time NBA All-Star, three-time NBA champion and 2006 Finals MVP.
Son: After an up-and-down senior season at Sierra Canyon, Wade reclassified and moved to Brewster Academy with hopes of bolstering his college recruitment.

Father: DaJuan Wagner, four-year NBA career cut short due to health complications.
Son: Last season, Wagner led Camden to the No. 16 spot in the MaxPreps Top 25, averaging a team-high 18.5 points per contest. Ranked as the top prospect in the Class of 2023, according to 247Sports, Wagner has a long NBA lineage as both his father and grandfather (Milt Wagner) played in the league after impressive amateur careers.

Father: Corliss Williamson, 12-year NBA veteran, one-time NBA champion and 2002 Sixth Man of the Year.
Son: Creed showed promise as a sophomore, averaging 14 points and 10 rebounds per game. The 6-8 junior holds offers from Arkansas, Arkansas-Pine Bluff, St. John's and Oral Roberts. Corliss is a promising freshman prospect.