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High school basketball scoreboard: No. 5 DeMatha defeats No. 19 Paul VI 109-107 in overtime thriller - OFFICIAL
High school basketball scoreboard: No. 5 DeMatha defeats No. 19 Paul VI 109-107 in overtime thriller
The weekend's high school basketball slate was headlined by four games pitting MaxPreps Top 25 teams.

The rematch of Washington Catholic Athletic Conference powers between No. 5 DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.) and No. 19 Paul VI (Fairfax, Va.) went down to the wire Sunday afternoon as the Stags escaped with a 109-107 overtime victory behind 28 points from Connecticut pledge Jordan Hawkins. Paul VI senior Trevor Keels had 41 points and eight assists in the losing effort. DeMatha won the first go-around last weekend 89-77.

The Heartland Hoops Classic in Nebraska took center stage on Saturday night as No. 24 Millard North (Omaha, Neb.) upset No. 16 Oak Hill Academy (Mouth Of Wilson, Va.) 80-76 and No. 3 Sunrise Christian Academy (Bel Aire, Kan.) defeated No. 22 Bellevue West (Bellevue, Neb.) 75-68. No. 3 Sunrise Christian Academy also took down No. 16 Oak Hill Academy 67-56 at the event Friday night.

No. 8 Waxahachie (Texas) returned to the court for the first time since Jan. 26 on Friday night as the Indians routed DeSoto (Texas) 80-51 in their regular season finale.

No. 23 Orlando Christian Prep (Orlando, Fla.) is another team that made headlines on Friday, capturing the District 11 Class 2A championship after a a 55-31 victory over City of Life Christian Academy (Kissimmee, Fla.).

Thursday, Feb. 11

Sunday, Feb. 14

High school girls basketball rankings: No. 1 Lake Highland Prep, other OFFICIAL Top 25 teams waiting for GEICO bids - OFFICIAL
High school girls basketball rankings: No. 1 Lake Highland Prep, other MaxPreps Top 25 teams waiting for GEICO bids
Last week, California was cleared to begin play its high school girls basketball season , but since then nothing much has happened. Facilities must be prepared, protocols must be put in place and testing must be arranged. But if all goes well, play might begin in mid-April and last for six weeks.

Yes, that would mean basketball would finish its season on Memorial Day, but that's early compared to Oregon, which right now is planning to play its last game on June 27.

And though other states are still in the TBA category (like California), 16 have completed their seasons, and 13 more will do so by next Monday.

Oh, and Hawaii and Nevada are the only two that have officially canceled their seasons.

Confused? Join the club — but crashing this year's MaxPreps Top 25 is going to get more and more difficult as teams wrap up their postseasons. For those knocking on the door, the hope is always for that dramatic postseason upset, and it's possible, if not likely, that a couple will occur.

Lately, though, the MaxPreps Top 25 has been remarkably stable, even including the fact that No. 16 has dropped out in each of the last three weeks. Coincidence? New Hope Academy, this week's No. 16, sure hopes so.

NOTE: Coaches and team personnel are encouraged to update schedules and results on MaxPreps – especially those in the mix for MaxPreps Top 25 consideration. For assistance or questions, please reach out to [email protected]
Fremont captured the Utah 5A title and could receive an invitation to the GEICO High School Nationals.
Photo by Dave Argyle
Fremont captured the Utah 5A title and could receive an invitation to the GEICO High School Nationals.
MaxPreps Top 25 Girls Basketball Rankings

Record: 19-0 | Last week: 1
It's still unclear when and where the GEICO High School Nationals will be played, but from all reports the Highlanders will be one of the four girls' participants — and thus make the GEICO a de facto national championship tournament.

2. Westlake (Atlanta)
19-0 | Last week: 2
The Lions are on track to join Lake Highland Prep at the GEICO High School Nationals, but first must take care of business in Friday's AAAAAA title game. Carrolton is 30-1, and well-coached, so it's far from a gimme.

3. Mount Notre Dame (Cincinnati)
26-0 | Last week: 3
After handling a very strong Wayne team 49-33, the Cougars draw Notre Dame Academy on Friday, a team it has beaten. But then Saturday, the likely opponent in the Division I title game is No. 12 Newark.

4. Hopkins (Minnetonka, Minn.)
12-0 | Last week: 4
Barring another COVID crisis — which canceled the much anticipated game with No. 20 Chaska last week — Hopkins will travel to unbeaten Becker on Friday before beginning postseason March 16.

5. Edison Academy (Detroit)
7-0 | Last week: 5
Arbor Prep will be the latest to challenge Pioneers' long-running domination of Michigan, but Edison will host the Thursday game.

6. Incarnate Word Academy (St. Louis)
24-0 | Last week: 6
There are two steps left in Red Knights' state title quest: First is Francis Howell Central on Wednesday, followed by the winner of 20-4 Rockbridge vs. 22-2 Holt in Saturday's championship game.

7. Cypress Creek (Houston)
32-0 | Last week: 7
The Cougars have played three games decided by fewer than 20 points all year, and none with a final margin in single digits. Thursday's 6A final at the Alamodome against No. 11 DeSoto promises to be much more competitive — and one has to wonder how CyCreek would respond in the final minutes of a close game.

8. Norman (Okla.)
16-0 | Last week: 8
The Tigers got past Putnam North, 41-39, and should the team get past Midwest City on Thursday. Either Union or Edmond North will be a serious obstacle to both a state title and an unbeaten season.

9. St. John-Vianney (Holmdel, N.J.)
14-0 | Last week: 9
The Lancers finished the season on a high note, rolling over talented Red Bank Catholic 61-34. That's it though, and we'll never know what might have happened if they'd met No. 19 Rutgers in the New Jersey postseason.

10. Paul VI (Chantilly, Va.)
10-0 | Last week: 10
We thought the Panthers' season was done, but it now appears there's a good chance PVI will play in the GEICO High School Nationals — and if so, it will be a great opportunity to stake a claim to the national title.

11. DeSoto (Texas)
26-2 | Last week: 11
The Eagles survived a grudge match with archrival Duncanville, 52-39, and then got past perennially strong South Grand Prairie 63-52. Now all that's left is unbeaten No. 7 Cypress Creek, which has not faced the same kind of tests DeSoto has this season.

12. Newark (Ohio)
27-1 | Last week: 12
After slipping past Dublin Coffman 75-73, only 19-3 Archbishop Hoben stands in the way of a dream Division 1 final against No. 3 Mount Notre Dame on Saturday.

13. Grandview (Aurora, Colo.)
14-0 | Last week: 13
Despite this ranking, the Wolves are the third seed in the Colorado 5A state playoffs, with unbeaten Valor Christian No. 1 and once-beaten Regis Jesuit (by Valor Christian) No. 2. It will all be settled on the floor come March 16.

14. Princess Anne (Virginia Beach, Va.)
10-0 | Last week: 14
Season complete.

15. Fremont (Plain City, Utah)
25-0 | Last week: 15
The Silverwolves are reported to be the Western representative to the GEICO High School Nationals after blowing open a close game in the second half of the 5A championship against Herriman. Though Fremont will be considered the underdog, don't forget that unheralded Central Valley from Washington state stunned the favorites a few years ago.

16. New Hope Academy (Landover Hills, Md.)
12-3 | Last week: 17
New Hope's truncated season will very likely end with a game against very strong Westtown this Friday. There's a remote chance an invite to the GEICO High School Nationals will be forthcoming, but only if New Hope can find a way to win against Westtown.

17. Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.)
21-2 | Last week: 18
Season complete.

18. Rutgers Prep (Somerset, N.J.)
13-0 | Last week: 19
Saddle River Day was supposed to give the Argonauts their toughest test, but the final was 81-54 – and Rutgers Prep's season will end on that high note.

19. American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.)
25-2 | Last week: 22
Given the strength of Florida this year, and the Patriots' tough schedule, the jump into the Top 20 seems completely justified.

20. Chaska (Minn.)
12-0 | Last week: 20
With the Hopkins game canceled, Chaska must now wait until postseason for a shot at the No. 4 team in the nation — but Minnesota is loaded this year, so there's no guarantee the two will survive to face each other.

21. Hazel Green (Ala.)
36-1 | Last week: 21
The Trojans cruised to the 6A title, cementing a spot in the Top 25.

22. Bearden (Knoxville, Tenn.)
29-1| Last week: 23
The Bulldogs begins the AAA playoffs Thursday with 20-2 Hardin County with 27-1 Bradley Central is the favorite in the other quarterfinal. And it takes wins over two teams of that caliber to get to Saturday's final.

23. Pius X (Lincoln, Neb.)
25-0 | Last week: 24
It's difficult to beat a good team twice, but the third game is exponentially more difficult. Players, rightly, believe they've already proved they're better and even coaches can fall prey to overconfidence. It wasn't easy, but the Thunderbolts avoided that trap in the Class A title game, downing Fremont for the third time this year, 56-52.

24. Crown Point (Ind.)
24-1 | Last week: 25
Season complete.

25. Zebulon B. Vance (Charlotte, N.C.)
Record: 12-0 | Last week: NR
If there was any doubt that to North Carolina's best — and given the abbreviated schedule, some doubt might have been justified — Vance terminated it with extreme prejudice by hammering an unbeaten team, 74-38, to win the 4A championship.

Dropped out:
No. 16 Ponchatoula (La.)
Aizhanique Mayo named 2020-21 OFFICIAL Connecticut High School Girls Basketball Player of the Year - OFFICIAL
Aizhanique Mayo named 2020-21 MaxPreps Connecticut High School Girls 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.

Aizhanique Mayo of Notre Dame Catholic (Fairfield) is the 2020-21 MaxPreps Connecticut High School Girls Basketball Player of the Year. In a shortened season, the 5-foot-9 junior point guard led the Lancers to a 12-1 record and the school's second straight South-West Conference Tournament championship.

Mayo averaged 20.4 points, 7.0 assists, 6.8 rebounds and 5.0 steals per game while producing a 7:2 assist to turnover ratio. Head coach Maria Conlon's star shot 44 percent from the field, 47 percent from beyond the arc and 82 percent from the free throw line.

Notre Dame Catholic is 58-3 through the first three seasons of Mayo's career and outscored opponents by nearly 30 points per game on average in 2020-21. She was the South-West Conference championship game MVP and a first team All-Conference selection.

Mayo has already received around 30 offers from college programs.

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 20.
How Mater Dei vs. St. John Bosco became high school football's hottest rivalry - OFFICIAL
How Mater Dei vs. St. John Bosco became high school football's hottest rivalry
Since 2014, there's been no better high school football rivalry than St. John Bosco (Bellflower) and Mater Dei (Santa Ana.). Not in the region. Not in California. And perhaps, not in the country.

The two national powers have met 10 times in that span and it's been either to decide a Trinity League, Southern Section or Southern California regional title.

The game also carries national ranking implications. They have each won national crowns — Mater Dei in 2017 and St. John Bosco in 2019. Each are regulars among top five teams in the country. 

But coaches Bruce Rollinson (Mater Dei) and Jason Negro (St. John Bosco) will tell you that their teams could be playing for an In-N-Out burger or a Chick-fil-A strip and they would engage in an intense battle to the finish.

In their last 10 contests, each has won five times. The cumulative score in those games: St. John Bosco 295, Mater Dei 287.

Heading into Saturday's 7 p.m. game at Santa Ana Stadium, here are capsule looks at their 10 meetings, with photos from our network of photographers and links to our overall coverage.

Oct. 10, 2014 at St. John Bosco | Final score: St. John Bosco 28, Mater Dei 25
Though future NFL quarterback Josh Rosen threw for 201 yards and accounted for two touchdowns and top running back Sean McGrew added 119 yards rushing and another score, it was a 69-yard fumble return by Traveon Beck that proved decisive for the Braves. The Monarchs, who lost three fumbles and missed a 22-yard field goal, got big chunk plays from QB Jack Lowary (21-of-30, 343 yards) but no passes went for touchdowns. Mater Dei mustered only 36 rushing yards on 24 attempts. From there, Bosco (12-2) lost in the section's Pac-5 Division finals to Centennial (Corona), 48-41. Mater Dei (9-3) was eliminated one week earlier by the Huskies.
Matthew Katnik (55), St. John Bosco
File photo by Nicholas Koza
Matthew Katnik (55), St. John Bosco

Oct. 16, 2015 at Santa Ana Stadium | St. John Bosco 42, Mater Dei 21
The three-touchdown margin was misleading as Bosco raced to a 42-0 lead late in the third quarter before freshman quarterback JT Daniels threw three late TD passes to make it reasonable. McGrew, a future Washington Husky, rushed for 218 yards and two touchdowns, Cross Poyer added two more rushing scores. From there, Bosco breezed to seven more wins to improve to 13-0 before losing 62-52 to Centennial (Corona) in the Southern Section D1 finals. Mater Dei (10-3) was eliminated one week earlier by Centennial.
Sean McGrew, St. John Bosco
File photo by Glenn Kross
Sean McGrew, St. John Bosco
Oct. 21, 2016 at Cerritos College | Mater Dei 26, Bosco 21
Before 9,000 fans, the Monarchs broke a six-game losing streak to Bosco, keyed by a 75-yard punt return for touchdown by Amon-Ra St. Brown, an interception by Jalen Cole and a go-ahead TD run by Shakobe Harper. Mater Dei scored 14 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to break the streak. Demetrious Flowers rushed for two TDs and Re-al Mitchell accounted for 250 yards and another score for Bosco. Rollinson said the team's line play on both sides keyed the win.
Amon-Ra St. Brown, Mater Dei
File photo by Jeff Brocca
Amon-Ra St. Brown, Mater Dei
Dec. 3, 2016 at Cerritos College | St. John Bosco 42, Mater Dei 28
More than 13,000 jammed into Cerritos College to watch the Braves get revenge in the Southern Section Division I final. Line play again decided this one, but only this time Bosco's OL paved the way for 405 rushing yards, including 100-yard games from Terrence Beasley (22 carries, 145 yards, 1 TD), Mitchell (20, 131, 2) and Flowers (20, 120, 2). Harper rushed for two more scores and sophomore Daniels threw for 290 yards and two scores, but he also was intercepted by Jaiden Woodbey, Stephan Blaylock and Tyrel Thomas. The Braves went on to beat De La Salle the following week 56-33 for their second state Open bowl title in four years.
Demetrious Flowers, St. John Bosco
File photo by Heston Quan
Demetrious Flowers, St. John Bosco
Oct. 13, 2017 | El Camino College | Mater Dei 31, St. John Bosco 21
It was the Daniels (18-of-24, 326 yards) to St. Brown show as the two connected eight times for 206 yards and two touchdowns as the Monarchs never trailed. Daniels, the top-rated junior QB in the country, also showed off his much improved speed, rushing for 97 yards. St. John Bosco introduced 6-foot-5, 240-pound sophomore DJ Uiagalelei as its first-time starting QB and he didn't disappoint, throwing for 243 yards and two long touchdowns. He was sacked seven times.
JT Daniels, Mater Dei quarterback
File photo by Louis Lopez
JT Daniels, Mater Dei quarterback
Dec. 2, 2017 at Cerritos College | Mater Dei 49, St. John Bosco 24
Daniels and the Monarchs were unbeatable on this night and every game throughout their magical season, piling up nearly 500 yards in another wire-to-wire win. Daniels threw for 300 yards and five touchdowns, three to Bru McCoy and Harper continued his big-game prowess with 107 yards rushing and two scores. It offset a 20-of-21 performance by Uiagalelei but Mater Dei was in control from the start and put it away with three TDs in the fourth quarter. They'd go on the next week to beat De La Salle 52-21 for the Open Division title Mater Dei outscored opponents 724-229 on the year and never trail once en route to a MaxPreps National Championship.
Bru McCoy, Mater Dei
File photo by Anthony Guillean
Bru McCoy, Mater Dei
Oct. 13, 2018 at Santa Ana Bowl | St. John Bosco 41, Mater Dei 18
In the eighth-ever meeting between the nation's top two ranked teams, the Braves got a huge game from Uiagalelei, who passed for four of his five touchdowns in the first half and finished with 278 yards passing. With Daniels reclassifying after his junior season and moving on to USC, this was the start of a fantastic QB rivalry between Uiagalelei and Bryce Young, who threw for 311 yards and a couple of scores. But three TD passes to Jake Bailey, plus a 75-yard touchdown run to start the second half from George Holani solidified the Braves' spot at No. 1 in the country.
DJ Uiagalelei (5), St. John Bosco
File photo by Louis Lopez
DJ Uiagalelei (5), St. John Bosco
Nov. 23, 2018 at Cerritos College | Mater Dei 17, St. John Bosco 13
After 13 straight wins to start the year, including a decisive win over the Monarchs, St. John Bosco was stunned in the Southern Section Division 1 title game as Mater Dei held the Braves' high octane offense to 202 yards and two touchdowns. The secondary held Uiagalelei to seven completions, 105 yards and intercepted him twice, including one by All-American Elias Ricks. Mater Dei held the ball 31 minutes, 34 seconds to 16:26 for Bosco and got touchdowns by McCoy and Harper to advance to the state Open bowl game, where it defeated De La Salle 35-21.
Every Mater Dei-Bosco games features big hits, but especially so in the second 2018 contest.
File photo by Jeff Brocca
Every Mater Dei-Bosco games features big hits, but especially so in the second 2018 contest.
Oct. 25, 2019 at Panish Family Stadium | Mater Dei 38, St. John Bosco 24
In another meeting of the nation's top two teams, Alabama commit Young stole the show, accounting for 329 yards and five touchdowns leading No. 1 Mater Dei to the wire-to-wire win. Kody Epps was on the receiving end of 11 of Young's passes for 175 yards and three touchdowns as the Monarchs held a two TD lead early and never gave it up despite 320 yards passing from Uiagalelei. 
Bryce Young, Mater Dei
File photo by Louis Lopez
Bryce Young, Mater Dei
Nov. 30, 2019 at Cerritos College | St. John Bosco 39, Mater Dei 34
In a complete reversal of 2018, the Braves turned the tables on the Monarchs, winning one of the most exciting and memorable Southern Section title games in memory. St. John Bosco fought back from a 28-5 deficit, scoring 34 unanswered as Uiagalelei simply wouldn't let his team lose. He threw for 446 yards and five touchdowns, outdueling by a nudge his good friend Young, who threw 405 yards and five TDs. But Young was intercepted three times and Uiagalelei none. The Clemson-bound Uiagalelei completed the 34-point swing with two touchdown passes to Logan Loya (10 catches, 164 yards) to make it 39-28 with 8:52 left. Young responded with a 23-yard TD pass to Kyron Ware-Hudson three minutes later. Eventually, the game came down to a Hail Mary heave by Young from midfield. Eight players had a shot at the pass in the end zone, but Bosco's Kris Hutson came down with the interception to seal it. Two weeks later, Uiagalelei cemented his prep legacy by accounting for 477 yards and five scores in a 49-28 win over De La Salle for Bosco's third state bowl title and first MaxPreps National Championship. The following month, Young and Uiagelelei were selected 2019 national MaxPreps co-Players of the Year.
DJ Uiagelelei accounted for 446 yards and five touchdowns in his Southern Section finale.
File photo by Louis Lopez
DJ Uiagelelei accounted for 446 yards and five touchdowns in his Southern Section finale.
High school football: 100 days to kickoff, preseason OFFICIAL Top 25 set to be released June 23 - OFFICIAL
High school football: 100 days to kickoff, preseason MaxPreps Top 25 set to be released June 23
While adjusted spring seasons due to the pandemic are just wrapping up in some pockets of the country, high school football is expected to return to its normal time slot this fall. Here's to hopes that all the things that make prep football a community event on Friday nights can return along with it – bands, cheerleaders, student sections and of course fans.

Kickoff is 100 days away in many states and we will officially begin counting down to what may be the most highly-anticipated high school football season in history with the release of our preseason MaxPreps Top 25 on June 23.

A look at the nation's elite programs will be followed by breakdowns of the top team in every state, biggest games, toughest schedules and top players at every position. Our 2021 preview will conclude in late July with the release of our preseason All-America teams.

Most states have confirmed start dates for the 2021 season. The earliest scheduled thus far is Hawaii on Aug. 6, followed by Alaska and Utah the following week. The season will really pick up steam Aug. 20-21 with more than a dozen states kicking off that weekend.

Last year, Utah kicked off first Aug. 13 and was one of 35 states to complete seasons in the fall. Of those, 31 eventually crowned state champions.
High school football teams around the country can't wait to take the field again this fall.
Photo by Daniel Galarza
High school football teams around the country can't wait to take the field again this fall.
Previewing the 2021 football season

June 23: Preseason MaxPreps Top 25
June 29: Highlighting the nation's top 100 teams
July 1: Best team in all 50 states
July 5: Top 10 biggest games
July 7: Top 10 toughest schedules
July 9: Top 10 quarterbacks
July 12: Top 10 running backs
July 14: Top 10 wide receivers
July 16: Top 10 defensive linemen
July 19: Top 10 linebackers
July 21: Top 10 defensive backs
July 23: Top 10 players
July 26: Preseason Sophomore All-America Team
July 28: Preseason Junior All-America Team
July 30: Preseason All-America Team