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Virginia crowns first spring football champions in high school history - OFFICIAL
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.
File photo by Fred Ingham
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
High school football: La Salle's schedule release includes games against national power IMG Academy - OFFICIAL
High school football: La Salle's schedule release includes games against national power IMG Academy
The National Football League is set to release its 2021 schedule Wednesday and were about 100 days from the start of the high school football fall season. Some teams, like La Salle (Cincinnati), are taking a cue from the NFL and releasing their schedule.

The Lancers play in the Greater Catholic League-South, one of the toughest in Ohio, and also face a difficult non-league schedule headlined by a showdown against 2020 MaxPreps National Champion, IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.).

"We want our kids to play the best teams. So, here we go," La Salle head coach Pat McLaughlin said.

McLaughlin and the Lancers face three teams ranked in the final MaxPreps Top 25. La Salle hosts the Ascenders on Sept. 3 at Lancer Stadium. IMG went wire-to-wire as the No. 1 team in the country last fall.

The Lancers travel to Kentucky to face Trinity (Louisville) on Sept. 10. The Shamrocks won their eighth state title since 2010 and finished 10th nationally last fall, going 10-0 while outscoring the opposition 429-48.

Three weeks later, on Oct. 1, La Salle hosts Indiana 5A champion Cathedral (Indianapolis). The Fighting Irish finished at No. 19 in the MaxPreps Top 25 after going 13-1.

La Salle was 8-3 last season, falling 14-10 to Washington (Massillon) in the Ohio Division II semifinals. The Lancers won a state title in 2019, their fourth since 2014. The 2021 schedule they've compiled should prepare the Lancers for all-comers in the postseason.

MaxPreps starts releasing its preseason high school football content with the preseason MaxPreps Top 25 on June 23. Expect to see the Lancers featured in our Top 10 toughest schedules dropping later in July.
La Salle coach Pat McLaughlin, seen in 2019, has a tough schedule prepared for the Lancers this season, facing reigning MaxPreps National Champion IMG Academy as well as Trinity and Cathedral.
File photo by Jeff Harwell
La Salle coach Pat McLaughlin, seen in 2019, has a tough schedule prepared for the Lancers this season, facing reigning MaxPreps National Champion IMG Academy as well as Trinity and Cathedral.
2021 La Salle football schedule

Aug. 20 — vs. Colerain (Cincinnati)

Aug. 27 — vs. Winton Woods (Cincinnati)

Sept. 3 — vs. IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)

Sept. 10 — at Trinity (Louisville)

Sept. 17 — vs. DuPont Manual (Louisville)

*Sept. 24 — at Archbishop Moeller (Cincinnati)

Oct. 1 — vs. Cathedral (Indianapolis)

*Oct. 8 — at St. Xavier (Cincinnati)

Oct. 15 — at Trotwood-Madison (Trotwood)

*Oct. 22 — vs. Elder (Cincinnati)

*Indicates league game
California Top 25 high school football scores: No. 1 Mater Dei and No. 2 St. John Bosco both win big - OFFICIAL
California Top 25 high school football scores: No. 1 Mater Dei and No. 2 St. John Bosco both win big
The top-rated team in California had no problem against No. 14 Santa Margarita (Rancho Santa Margarita) as No. 1 Mater Dei (Santa Ana) improved to 4-0 after beating the Eagles 49-13. The Monarchs jumped out to a 28-0 lead in the first quarter thanks to three touchdown passes from freshman quarterback Elijah Brown.

Oklahoma-bound running back Raleek Brown scored two touchdowns on the night and up next for Mater Dei is No. 2 St. John Bosco (Bellflower) on April 17 at Santa Ana Stadium.

The Braves shutout Orange Lutheran (Orange) 55-0 setting up a showdown of the top-two teams in the state. The last time these two powerhouse programs played was in the 2019 CIF Southern Section Division 1 championship and DJ Uiagalelei led St. John Bosco to a 39-34 win after trailing 28-5 in the first half. He finished the night with 446 yards passing and five touchdowns.

The other Top 25 showdown on Friday featured the top-two teams in San Diego and it was a one-sided affair as No. 9 Cathedral Catholic shutout No. 22 Lincoln 41-0. The Dons have outscored their first four opponents 172-14 this spring.

Fresno State-bound quarterback Jaylen Henderson led Chaminade (West Hills) to its third consecutive victory after beating No. 8 Alemany (Mission Hills) 34-27. He completed 15-of-20 passes for 249 yards and four touchdowns while rushing for 111 yards and another score. Expect to see the Eagles jump into the Top 25 in next week's rankings and they close out the season against Cathedral (Los Angeles) on April 16.

The loss for the Warriors was the first of the spring as they dropped to 3-1. Up next is five-star Texas commit Maalik Murphy and No. 23 Serra (Gardena) who beat Bishop Amat (La Puente) 38-17. The Cavaliers have won four in a row since a season-opening loss to No. 12 Long Beach Poly (Long Beach).

No. 5 Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth) recorded its fourth consecutive shutout after blanking Upland 37-0. The Trailblazers have outscored their last four opponents 177-0 since a season-opening loss against No. 2 St. John Bosco.  

The best game over the weekend was in Huntington Beach as No. 24 Edison needed five overtimes to knock off Corona del Mar (Newport Beach) 44-41. Senior quarterback Braeden Boyles connected with PJ Campbell for the game-winning score after the Sea Kings made a field goal to take a 41-38 lead.

MaxPreps Top 25 California Scoreboard

Friday, 7 p.m. at Santa Ana Stadium

No. 2 St. John Bosco (Bellflower) vs. Orange Lutheran (Orange)
Saturday, 7 p.m.

No. 3 De La Salle (Concord) at California (San Ramon)
Saturday, 7 p.m.

No. 4 Servite (Anaheim) at JSerra Catholic (San Juan Capistrano)
Friday, 7 p.m.

Friday, 7 p.m.

No. 6 Mission Viejo vs. San Juan Hills (San Juan Capistrano)
Friday, 7 p.m.

No. 7 Los Alamitos at Fountain Valley
Thursday, 7 p.m.

No. 8 Alemany (Mission Hills) at Chaminade (West Hills)
Saturday, 7 p.m.

Friday, 7 p.m.

No. 10 Norco vs. King (Riverside)
Thursday, 7 p.m.

No. 11 Centennial (Corona) vs. Roosevelt (Eastvale)
Thursday, 7 p.m. - Watch live on NFHS Network

Idle
Next game: April 16 vs. Milliken (Long Beach)

No. 13 Folsom vs. Lincoln
Friday, 7:30 p.m.

No. 15 Loyola (Los Angeles) at St. Paul (Santa Fe Springs)
Friday, 7:30 p.m.

No. 16 Serra (San Mateo) at Archbishop Riordan (San Francisco)
Saturday, 1:30 p.m.

Saturday, 7 p.m.

No. 18 San Clemente at Tesoro (Rancho Santa Margarita)
Friday, 7 p.m.

No. 19 Buchanan (Clovis) vs. Clovis North (Fresno)
Friday, 6:30 p.m.

No. 20 Rancho Verde (Moreno Valley) vs. San Jacinto
Thursday, 5 p.m.

No. 21 Carlsbad vs. La Costa Canyon (Carlsbad)
Friday, 7 p.m.

No. 23 Serra (Gardena) at Bishop Amat (La Peunte)
Friday, 7 p.m.

No. 24 Edison (Huntington Beach) vs. Corona del Mar (Newport Beach)
Friday, 7 p.m.

No. 25 La Habra at Troy (Fullerton)
Friday, 7 p.m.
OFFICIAL/WBCA Players of the Week: January 25-31 - OFFICIAL
MaxPreps/WBCA Players of the Week: January 25-31
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:
3 Games Played
Points (per game): 15.0 Rebounds: 3.3 Steals: 7.0

Region 2:
3 Games Played
Points: 29.7 Rebounds: 18.3 Steals: 3.3

Region 3: 
2 Games Played
Points: 38.0 Rebounds: 16.5 Steals: 6.5

Region 4: 
3 Games Played:
Points: 33.0 Rebounds: 8.0 Steals: 8.6

Region 5: 
2 Games Played
Points: 32.0 Rebounds: 9.0 Steals: 2.5

Region 6: 
4 Games Played
Points: 25.8 Rebounds: 8.0 Steals: 2.5

Region 7: 
2 Games Played
Points: 27.0 Rebounds: 12.0 Steals: 2.5

Region 8:
1 Game Played
Points: 19.0 Rebounds: 5.0 Steals: 4.0

Region 9:
4 Games Played
Points: 34.8 Rebounds: 19.2 Steals: 3.0

To obtain a coach's login or for questions about our player of the week programs, please contact Aaron Hendricks (E-Mail: [email protected] Phone: (530)313-5158.
Girls high school basketball rankings: OFFICIAL Top 25 showdown set for Wednesday as No. 1 Lake Highland Prep meets No. 14 Montverde Academy - OFFICIAL
Girls high school basketball rankings: MaxPreps Top 25 showdown set for Wednesday as No. 1 Lake Highland Prep meets No. 14 Montverde Academy
National rankings always include a lot of educated guesswork, as top teams often don't play each other and some have limited local schedules — but this year, obviously, is different. This year, some high school girls basketball teams may not play at all. This year, some states plan to play basketball in the spring. This year, some won't start their season until Feb. 1. This year, some have played their normal schedules.

So how to sort it all out? First, by conceding that this year's rankings will be even more problematic than most, as intersectional games and major events are few and far between. Second, by excluding schools from the rankings that do not begin play until April. Third, by relying more on perceived talent level than on game results — though that said, losses to in-state rivals that in the past could be offset by wins over other nationally-ranked teams will now be more critical when it comes to putting together the MaxPreps Top 25 high school girls basketball rankings.

Of course, no one knows how the season will play out, as state associations and local school districts are making decisions on a daily basis that will affect the teams mentioned below, so schools may appear and disappear from the rankings much more frequently than in previous seasons.
But regardless, here we go...
Maria Mykleburst, Montverde Academy
Photo by Pete Wright
Maria Mykleburst, Montverde Academy
MaxPreps Top 25 Girls High School Basketball Rankings

1. Lake Highland Prep (Orlando, Fla.)
Record:
10-0 | Last week: 1
Uneasy lies the crown. Point guard Sierra Godbolt tore her ACL and unbeaten No. 14 Montverde Academy is tonight's opponent. The Highlanders only managed 36 points against No. 17 New Hope in a three-point win Dec. 22.

2. Bishop McNamara (Forestville, Md.)
Record: 0-0 | Last week: 2
The first of many teams that has yet to play. An abbreviated season for this uber-talented group is expected to begin around Feb. 1.

3. Westlake (Atlanta)
Record: 6-0 | Last week: 7
A big win against a strong McEachern team was good news for Westlake in the early going, but several intersectional games were canceled over the holidays. The Peach State's best will resume play this week, however.

4. Hopkins (Minnetonka, Minn.)
Record:
0-0 | Last week: 4
Despite the graduation of Paige Bueckers, Hopkins still has one of the most talented rosters in the country. The Royals are expected to begin play this week.

Record: 0-0 | Last week: 5
A perennial fixture in the MaxPreps Top 25 should get under way in mid-January.

Record: 10-0 | Last week: NR
The first newcomer, Mount Notre Dame lands in the top 10 thanks to wins over previously-ranked North Central of Indianapolis and another strong Indiana team, Carmel. And unlike most teams this year, Mount Notre Dame also added another intersectional win, this one over Madison Academy of Alabama.

Record: 0-0 | Last week: 8
In the same league as No. 2 Bishop McNamara, St. John's and Azzi Fudd are still on hold. A February start is anticipated.

Record: 2-0 | Last week: 9
Incarnate Word played two games in early December, but has been shut down since then. An in-state schedule should resume Jan. 14.

Record: 0-0 | Last week: 1
New Jersey teams always start the season later than other states, but this year's Jan. 15 beginning actually is earlier than many.

Record: 16-0 | Last week: 18
Texas, as always, rolls on. After playing 42 games last year (losing one), Cypress Creek has played 16 games already this year. Of those 16 wins, the closest was by 12 points.

Record: 2-0 | Last week: NR
Classen SAS jumps into the rankings thanks to a 50-46 win over previous No. 11 DeSoto. Mark Feb. 11 on the calendar, as that's when a game against No. 13 Norman pops up on the schedule.

Record: 2-0 | Last week: 12
Reynoldsburg's ranking will be tested next week, as unbeaten Newark and once-beaten Pickerington Central (the loss was to Newark) are on tap.

Record: 5-0 | Last week: 13
Norman gets back in full swing with two games next week.

Record: 11-0 | Last week: 23
A big win over Compass Prep of Arizona was a major reason for the jump. An even bigger win is possible tonight against No. 1 Lake Highland Prep.

Record: 0-0 | Last week: 15
A Feb. 1 start is anticipated for a new kid on the MaxPreps Top 25 block.

Record: 18-0 | Last week: 16
Hoover handled unbeaten Hewitt-Trussville on Saturday, and with 18 wins already, is off to a very impressive start.

Record: 4-1 | Last week: 14
It's no disgrace to lose to No. 1 so New Hope drops only three spots this week.

Record: 12-1 | Last week: 11
The loss to No. 11 Classen SAS was balanced by a 62-55 win over previous No. 2 Duncanville — but note that the Duncanville-DeSoto rematch Jan. 23 could scramble the rankings again.

Record: 2-0 | Last week: 19
Some teams in Tennessee have played as many as 15 games; Ensworth has reported only two. Still, those two wins are enough to keep Ensworth in the MaxPreps Top 25.

Record: 0-0 | Last week: 20
Like St. John-Vianney, Rutgers Prep has yet to start play.

Record: 0-0 | Last week: 21
Valley Vista will begin an 18-game, in-state season Jan. 19.

Record: 0-0 | Last week: 22
Archbishop Wood is a bit of a mystery as no schedule has been posted — even though Pennsylvania is expected to begin play this week.

Record: 12-1 | Last week: 2
The loss to No. 18 DeSoto dropped the Panthers to No. 23, but the Jan. 23 rematch will be a shot at redemption – and a rise in the rankings.

Record: 0-0 | Last week: 24
Washington will meet this week to decide if the season will begin Feb. 1 or be postponed until spring (as is the case in California, among others). But for now, Chiawana stays at No. 24.

Record: 8-0 | Last week: NR
Fremont jumps into the rankings thanks to a hot start and a loaded roster. Davis, at 5-1, will be a test this Friday.

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