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Girls high school basketball rankings: No. 21 Valley Vista returns to HIGHSCORE Top 25 after Arizona reverses course on season - HIGHSCORE
Girls high school basketball rankings: No. 21 Valley Vista returns to MaxPreps Top 25 after Arizona reverses course on season
There has never been a season like this one — and hopefully there never will be again.

Though some teams have been able to play a nearly full schedule, others have yet to start, and many key games have been canceled. The result? The Top 25, which always contains a fair amount of guesswork, is even more chancy than in the past. As always, we are sure the 25 we've listed are very good teams, and they deserve full respect for their achievements, but it must be noted that a lot of teams that might have been on this list aren't likely to play.

In fact, No. 24 Chiawana may drop out next week if Washington cancels its season, and California's governing body meets Jan. 25 to determine if the Golden State's teams will even be allowed to play in the spring. And yet, at the same time, No. 21 Valley Vista returned the rankings after the state of Arizona reversed course and allowed the basketball season to be played.

So who knows what's next? We don't, that's for sure, but all credit to the coaches, players and staff who've made it this far, whether they're in the Top 25 or not.

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MaxPreps Top 25 Girls High School Basketball Rankings

Record: 11-0 | Last week: 1
A key game against powerful Plant scheduled for Saturday has been canceled. The Highlanders have played one game in 2021. It's hoped the Jan. 29 matchup with Colonial will mark the No. 1 team's return to action.

Record: 0-0 | Last week: 2
Several Washington Catholic Athletic Conference teams have canceled their seasons, but the Mustanges are set to begin play Feb. 3 against Elizabeth Seton.

Record: 11-0 | Last week: 3
A big win Monday over strong Forest Park cements Lions' No. 3 ranking. Next up is a rematch Jan. 26 with a solid Langston Hughes team.

Record: 1-0 | Last week: 4
One of the most talented teams in the country, the Royals have begun league play. There may not be many tests the rest of the way, but at least Hopkins is playing again.

Record: 0-0 | Last week: 5
The Pioneers are set to begin play Jan. 27.

Record: 15-0 | Last week: 6
The Cougars finish the regular season with four games against teams it handled easily the first time around.

Record: 0-0 | Last week: 7
Though the Cadets have been playing as a club team, none of the results are official. It's anticipated St. John's will be able to play as a high school in the near future.

Record: 12-0 | Last week: 8
The Red Knights beat Westminster Christian by four the first time around, so Friday's rematch could be a serious test.

Record: 0-0 | Last week: 9
The Lancers get in the mix Jan. 21 against Raritan, but right now, the schedule calls for only 11 games.

Record: 19-0 | Last week: 10
The Cougars rolled over previously unbeaten Jersey Village 92-31 but Memorial and Cypress Ridge could be more of a challenge. Or not.

Record: 7-0 | Last week: 11
Oklahoma is loaded this year, but so far the Tigers look to the best. But Sooner State fans are already circling Feb. 11, when Classen SAS comes to Norman.

Record: 15-0 | Last week: NR
With wins over Wayne and Reynoldsburg — among others — the Wildcats jump into the Top 25 as Ohio's best. But Pickerington Central is the Jan. 20 opponent, so there's not much margin for error.

Record: 11-0 | Last week: 13
The Redskins play in a local tournament this weekend, and then draws 10-4 Bixby on Tuesday.

Record: 13-1 | Last week: 14
The Eagles get a serious test against 16-1 Plant on Friday, but there are only two more regular season games after that.

Record: 21-0 | Last week: 16
Hoover's game with perennial Georgia power St. Francis was canceled, but with 22-1 Hazel Green on the schedule Saturday, the Buccaneers have another chance to show just how good they are.

Record: 10-0 | Last week: 18
The Tigers have been on a break, but jump right in against 8-1 Father Ryan next Tuesday.

Record: 4-2 | Last week: 17
Next up for talented New Hope is Paul VI on Jan. 28, but it's possible coach Sam Caldwell will find some willing opponents before then.

Record: 12-0 | Last week: 20
The Silverwolves jump two spots, but 10-1 Syracuse, Friday's opponent, will show whether they deserved the bump.

Record: 0-0 | Last week: 19
The Argonauts begin the season Feb. 2

Record: 14-1| Last week: 21
The Eagles' ranking is a reflection of a very talented roster, but to keep it, a Saturday win over No. 23 Duncanville, at home, is mandatory.

Record: 0-0 | Last week: NR
Despite mounting COVID cases, Arizona's high school association reversed its decision to cancel winter sports — which means the Monsoon not only jump back into the rankings, but will play three games in the next week.

Record: 0-0 | Last week: 22
The Vikings plan to begin Jan. 29, and will face an "early" test Feb. 2 vs. Neumann-Goretti.

Record: 19-1 | Last week: 23
The Panthers have already lost to DeSoto once, and now must try to deal with DeSoto's height and talent on the road.

Record: 0-0 | Last week: 24
Even if the Riverhawks are given permission to play, star Talia Von Oelhoffen graduated early so she could start playing at Oregon State — which will make it very hard for Chiawana to hang on to this spot even if Washington allows basketball.

Record: 10-0 | Last week: 25
The talented Wildcats have a fairly easy week ahead, though it's always tough to play three games in that span of time, as Mississippi's best must do.

Dropped out: No. 12 Reynoldsburg (Ohio), No. 15 Sidwell Friends (Washington D.C.) season canceled.
High school baseball: Oklahoma's Roff stakes claim to top of small school rankings - HIGHSCORE
High school baseball: Oklahoma's Roff stakes claim to top of small school rankings
While the high school baseball season still has over a month to go in some parts of the nation, it will be difficult to knock Roff (Okla.) out of the top spot in MaxPreps Top 25 small school high school baseball rankings.

Roff recently captured the Oklahoma Class B state championships and the Tigers are ranked No. 13 nationally in the MaxPreps Top 25 baseball rankings.

Consider what Roff accomplished in Oklahoma. Despite playing in the smallest enrollment division, it had a win over Deer Creek, which plays in 6A, and wins over Class 2A state champion Silo, Class A Canute and Class B runner-up Red Oak. Deer Creek beat Class 6A champion Jenks and Class 4A champion Heritage Hall, while Silo bested Class 5A champion Carl Albert. Canute had a win over Class A champion Fort Cobb-Broxton and Red Oak had a win over Broken Arrow, which defeated Class 3A champion Holland Hall.

Thus, by the transitive property, Roff essentially had wins over the six other state champions in Oklahoma. The Tigers have also win 59 games in a row during the 2020-21 school year, if you count the fall and spring seasons. In the spring alone, Roff has won 42 in a row dating back to April 22, 2019.

Roff holds a slim lead over Mount Paran Christian (Kennesaw, Ga.), which is taking on No. 5 Wesleyan (Norcross, Ga.) for the Georgia Class 1A Private School championship this weekend. St. Johns Country Day (Orange Park, Fla.) is also close behind in No. 3. It will play in the Florida Class 2A semifinals Thursday.

Teams are ranked based on their MaxPreps Computer ranking. Schools must play in a state enrollment division that consists of schools generally have fewer than 1,000 students. Schools are listed with their overall record and their MaxPreps computer rating.
Roff not only tops the MaxPreps Top 25 small school baseball rankings, but is No. 13 in the national rankings as well.
Photo by Gary Siegel
Roff not only tops the MaxPreps Top 25 small school baseball rankings, but is No. 13 in the national rankings as well.
Small school baseball rankings

1. Roff (Okla.), 33-0, 27.9
Oklahoma Class B state champion.

2. Mount Paran Christian (Kennesaw, Ga.), 27-4, 27.0
Georgia Class 1A Private finalist (plays Wesleyan Saturday).

3. St. Johns Country Day (Orange Park, Fla.), 23-6, 26.7
Florida Class 2A semifinalist (Plays Mount Dora Christian on Thursday).

4. Sterlington (La.), 33-5, 26.3
Louisiana Class 3A state champion.

5. Wesleyan (Norcross, Ga.), 32-4, 25.5
Georgia Class 1A Private finalist (plays Mount Paran Christian Saturday).

6. Fort Cobb-Broxton (Fort Cobb, Okla.), 32-2, 24.9
Oklahoma Class A state champion.

7. Red Oak (Okla.), 35-5, 24.6
Oklahoma Class B state runner-up.

7. Sacred Heart-Griffin (Springfield, Ill.), 20-1, 24.6
Regular season play.

9. Troy (Texas), 32-1, 23.9
Texas Class 3A Region 3 quarterfinalist (plays series with Malakoff).

10. St. Anthony (Effingham, Ill.), 15-1, 23.7
Regular season play.

11. Normal University (Normal, Ill.), 19-1, 23.2
Regular season play.

11. Silo (Okla.), 38-2, 23.2
Oklahoma Class 2A state champion.

13. Tri-Cities Prep (Pasco, Wash.), 17-0, 23.0
Regular season play. Season over (no postseason).

14. Notre Dame (Crowley, La.), 30-8, 22.8

Louisiana Division III state champion.

15. Savannah Christian (Savannah, Ga.), 28-8, 22.7
Georgia Class 1A Private quarterfinalist (lost to Wesleyan).

15. Canute (Okla.), 23-4, 22.7
Lost first round of Oklahoma Class A state tournament.

17. Gordon Lee (Chickamauga, Ga.), 35-3, 22.5
Georgia Class 1A Public finalist (plays Metter on Saturday).

18. Rosepine (La.), 26-4, 22.2
Louisiana Class 2A state champion.

19. London (Corpus Christi, Texas), 19-4-1, 21.9
Texas Class 3A Region 4 quarterfinalist (plays series with Hebbronville).

20. Booneville (Miss.), 22-10, 21.8
Mississippi Class 3A semifinalist (plays Amory on Friday).

21. Ouachita Christian (Monroe, La.), 26-11, 21.6

Louisiana Division IV state champion.

22. St. Thomas Aquinas (Hammond, La.), 28-4, 21.4
Louisiana Division III semifinalist (lost to Notre Dame).

23. Canterbury (Fort Myers, Fla.), 24-5, 21.3

Florida Class 2A Regional Semifinalist (lost to Out-of-Door Academy).

23. Tattnall Square Academy (Macon, Ga.), 24-5, 21.3
Georgia Class 1A Private quarterfinalist (lost to Mount Paran Christian).

25. Metter (Ga.), 27-8, 21.2

Georgia Class 1A Public finalist (plays Gordon Lee on Saturday).
California high school football: All but two of 58 counties now meet threshold to begin sports - HIGHSCORE
California high school football: All but two of 58 counties now meet threshold to begin sports
And then there were just two.

As of March 9, Inyo and Merced counties are the only two in California not yet eligible to play outdoor athletics due to excessive COVID-19 numbers.

On Feb. 19, the state set the weekly threshold at 14 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents for counties to be eligible to compete in "high-risk" outdoor youth sports, including football, even if that county is in the red or purple tier.

Gov. Gavin Newsom made that announcement that day for new guidelines. Low risk sports such as cross country, golf and tennis have been in action since early February. Less than half of the counties met that threshold then, but now 56 of the 58 counties do.

Two counties moved below the threshold this week, Stanislaus went from 15.7 to 13.6 and King's improved from 16.0 last week to 11.9 this week.

Some of the largest counties that just two weeks ago were hovering above the threshold are now considerably below, including Los Angeles (5.2), Orange (6.0) and San Diego (8.8). Only 10 that currently meet the 14.0 threshold are above 10.0. San Francisco (2.8) leads all large metropolitan California cities.

Of the 56 to qualify, 25 counties now meet the 7.0 and below threshold in order to avoid required COVID-19 testing.
Graphic by Ryan Escobar
Once a county reaches the 14.0 threshold it is eligible throughout the rest of the school year, even if those numbers jump back up above 14, according to the new guidelines.

Football seasons begin Friday throughout the state, though most squads will begin the week of March 19-20.

Counties that reached the threshold: Alpine 0.0, Sierra 0.0, Mariposa 0.8, Plumas 0.8, San Francisco 2.8, San Mateo 3.0, Lassen 3.8, Mendocino 3.9, Yolo 4.0, Marin 4.2, Santa Clara 4.2, Trinity 4.3, Calvares 4.8, Alameda 4.8, Los Angeles 5.2, Santa Cruz 5.3, Colusa 5.7, San Luis Obispo 5.7, Shasta 5.9, Orange 6.0, Humboldt 6.4, Napa 6.4, San Bernardino 6.7, Solano 6.7, Imperial 6.8, San Benito 6.9, El Dorado 7.1, Mono 7.2, Monterey 7.2, Butte 7.3, Placer 7.7, Tehama 7.8, Contra Costa 7.9, Tuolumne 7.9, Sonoma 8.2, Yuba 8.5, San Diego 8.8, Riverside 8.3, Modoc 9.0, Lake 9.2, Siskiyou 9.4, Sacramento 9.5, Tulare 9.5, Santa Barbara 9.7, Sutter 9.9, Nevada 10.1, Amador 10.4, Glenn 11.2, San Joaquin 11.2, Madera 11.4, Kern 11.8, Del Norte 11.9, King's 11.9, Fresno 12.6, Stanislaus 13.6.

Counties above the mark: Merced 14.8, Inyo 29.4.

High schools of 'The Last Dance' alumni as seen via Google Earth - HIGHSCORE
High schools of 'The Last Dance' alumni as seen via Google Earth
Video: 'The Last Dance' high schools
See where Michael Jordan and eight teammates prepped via Google Earth.

Chicago's United Center has been known for many things since it was built in 1994. The UC. The Madhouse on Madison. The House that Jordan Built.

Specifically, it is the home of the Chicago Bulls, where Michael Jordan and his teammates won four of their six NBA championships.

It's also where much of the footage was shot for the ESPN documentary series "The Last Dance," which concludes Sunday with its final two episodes.

The following are the home high school gyms and prep careers of Jordan and several teammates featured in the 10-part documentary.

E.A. Laney (Wilmington, N.C.) — Michael Jordan: Widely regarded as the greatest basketball player to ever lace up a pair of sneakers, Jordan didn't make the varsity as a sophomore. That started his fire to become the very best. A four-inch growth spurt combined with his fire and work ethic led to back-to-back seasons of 25-points-per-game-plus, a McDonald's All-American honor and scholarship to North Carolina.
Hamburg (Ark.) — Scottie Pippen: Named one of the 50 greatest players in NBA history, Pippen was an All-Conference player and led the Lions to the state playoffs, but he received no college offers. Like Jordan and Dennis Rodman — see below — a growth spurt literally helped elevate his game.
Palisades (Pacific Palisades, Calif.) — Steve Kerr: The greatest 3-point shooter (percentage wise) in NBA history and an 11-time NBA champion (as player and coach), Kerr was perhaps known more for his baseball prowess as a third baseman and pitcher than sharpshooter on the Palisades hardwood.
Kiser High School (Dayton, Ohio) — Ron Harper: The school was shut down and demolished the year Harper graduated in 1982 and now is site of the town's K-6 elementary. Harper averaged 20.5 points, 13.4 rebounds, five assists, five steals and six blocks as a senior and was named first-team All-Ohio.
Poway (Calif.) — Jud Buechler: Not only a top basketball prospect, earning a scholarship to the University of Arizona, the 6-6 forward was also a Top 50 national volleyball standout at Poway.
Long Island Lutheran (Brookville, N.Y.) — Bill Wennington: A native of Canada, the 7-foot post's family moved to Brookville where he led one of the nation's Top 10 teams. He later starred at St. John's before a 13-year NBA career.
South Oak Cliff (Dallas) — Dennis Rodman: The extravagant NBA Hall of Famer stood 5-6 as a high school freshman and was cut from making any teams there. A massive growth spurt led him to a spot at then Cooke County College and eventual NBA stardom.
Hancock Central (Sparta, Ga.) — Horace Grant: He and brother Harvey led the Bulldogs to back-to-back state titles before Horace earned a scholarship to Clemson, where he was the ACC Player of the Year. He won four NBA titles with the Bulls and Lakers.
Brother Rice (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) — B.J. Armstrong: The three-time NBA champion and point guard holds the Warriors' single-game scoring record at 51 points and is a member of the Catholic League Hall of Fame.
High school football: Nation's No. 1-ranked quarterback, Washington signee Sam Huard breaks state record - HIGHSCORE
High school football: Nation's No. 1-ranked quarterback, Washington signee Sam Huard breaks state record
High school football's top senior quarterback prospect Sam Huard of Kennedy Catholic (Burien) broke the Washington state record for career passing yards Saturday late in the second quarter of a 60-17 home victory over  Kentwood (Covington). The 6-foot-2, 190-pound left-hander entered the game needing 341 yards to break the mark of 13,044 set by current Denver Broncos backup Brett Rypien of Shadle Park (Spokane) from 2011 to 2014.

Huard reached that with a 12-yard completion to Leland Ward just before halftime as Lancers (2-0) took a 34-3 lead at intermission. By then, Huard was 30 of 38 for 384 yards and five touchdowns.

He left the game with 4 minutes, 25 seconds left having completed 40 of 56 passes for 514 yards and eight scores, upping his career totals 13,226 passing yards and 153 touchdowns. The fourth-year starter and Washington signee told his team after the game it would be his last as a Lancer. He starts classes at Washington on Monday. 

"I've said it before and I'll say it now, coaching Sam Huard is what I imagined it would be like to coach Peyton Manning," Kennedy Catholic coach Sheldon Cross told MaxPreps Friday after the team's practice. "He wants to be so great. He does everything right. He's a great person, a great teammate and the players love him.
Kennedy Catholic quarterback Sam Huard broke the state record for career yardage during his team's home game on Saturday against Kentwood.
Photo by Paul Caldwell
Kennedy Catholic quarterback Sam Huard broke the state record for career yardage during his team's home game on Saturday against Kentwood.
"Sam being on top of the list of great Washington quarterbacks is just where he belongs."

Huard is ranked the No. 11 player in the Class of 2021 nationally by 247Sports Composite and his father Damon and uncle Brock both played quarterback in the NFL.

He's carved up opponents throughout his brilliant career, entering the pandemic-shorted 2021 spring season with 11,745 passing yards and 132 touchdowns in just 32 games. He was the MaxPreps Freshman of the Year in 2017.

Running Cross' air raid offense to near perfection, Huard opened the season completing 28 of 37 for 515 yards and seven touchdowns in a 49-14 win over Tahoma. The following week he was 30 of 42 for 444 yards and six scores during a 53-6 win over Decatur.

On Saturday, he completed touchdown passes of 32 and 35 yards to his future Washington teammate Jabez Tinae, and 14- and 11-yard TDs to Arizona State signee Junior Alexander, making it 27-3.

After an interception, the Lancers took over deep in their own territory, zoomed up field before Huard found Ward on a short dump off pass for 12 yards just before halftime to break Rypien's record.
The game was halted briefly in the first half to mark Huard breaking the record.
Photo by Paul Caldwell
The game was halted briefly in the first half to mark Huard breaking the record.
Cross called timeout, a sparse crowd — due to COVID-19 protocols — cheered and he was presented with a giant banner of Huard with a photo of his image and the words "Most passing yards in Washington state history." 

A few plays later, Kennedy Catholic was back in the end zone, where Huard has led them throughout the last four seasons.

Cross said that Huard didn't return to play in order to break the record. He simply wanted to have one more experience with his teammates. By January, most believed there there wasn't going to be a season due to the pandemic. When Washington committed to the spring, Cross said Huard was one of the first to contact him. Huard had always planned to graduate in December after his senior season to attend Washington early. When COVID-19 wiped out the fall season, Cross thought Huard was done.

"He said, 'Coach I can't miss it, I have to play with my guys one more time,' " Cross said. "I wasn't planning on him coming back. He had absolutely nothing to prove. He had his dream school all ready assured. I was in awe that he wanted to come back. It's something I'll always cherish."

Huard led a student driven advocacy group — Student Athletes of Washington (SAW) — and met with Gov. Jay Inslee to help get prep sports back in play. On Friday, in his final academic assignment, he presented a senior project on the importance of high school athletics.

On Saturday, in his final prep athletic assignment, he finished on top of the heap as king of Washington quarterback. On Monday, he's off to college.

"He's obviously way more than just a great high school football player," Cross said. "He's going to do many more great things from here."
Huard leads his teammates onto the field before the game.
Photo by Paul Caldwell
Huard leads his teammates onto the field before the game.
Photo by Paul Caldwell
Photo by Paul Caldwell
Photo by Paul Caldwell
On Senior Day, Sam poses with his father, Damon, and mother, Julie.
Photo by Paul Caldwell
On Senior Day, Sam poses with his father, Damon, and mother, Julie.