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High school softball: Salpointe Catholic, Neshoba Central win state titles, rise in this week's HIGHSCORE Top 25 - HIGHSCORE
High school softball: Salpointe Catholic, Neshoba Central win state titles, rise in this week's MaxPreps Top 25
Leander (Texas) lost for the first time this season, 1-0 in second game of a 5A playoffs series with Medina Valley. In the finale, the Lions scored five in the fourth inning to advance and remain No. 1 in this week's MaxPreps Top 25 high school softball rankings.

Leander plays Carroll (Corpus Christi, Texas) starting Thursday. The Tigers are 30-5 and are led by Rhea Ann Avalos. The Texas Wesleyan University commit has hit 18 home runs.

In Florida, the winner of the 7A bracket has a legit case to be the top-ranked team in the country. The Final Four consists of third-ranked Lakewood Ranch (Bradenton, Fla.), 24-4 Palmetto (Miami) and a semifinal game that features teams with a combined 53-0 mark.

No. 4 Park Vista (Lake Worth, Fla.) and eight-ranked University (Orange City, Fla.) play Friday with a chance to advance to the state finals. The winner will get either Lakewood Ranch or Palmetto.

No. 9 Neshoba Central (Philadelphia, Miss.) captured a MHSAA Class 5A championship, the eight-straight title for the Rockets. The two-game sweep of East Central also extended their 48-game win streak.

Salpointe Catholic (Tucson, Ariz.) won the 4A championship Monday. The 15th-ranked Lancers beat Vista Grande 5-4 in the title game. Alyssa Aguilar tossed a complete-game win and hit a home run as the top squad from Arizona went 24-0.
Salpointe Catholic celebrates its 4A title.
Photo by Steven Davis
Salpointe Catholic celebrates its 4A title.
MaxPreps Top 25 high school softball rankings

1. Leander (Texas)
Record:
34-1 | Last week: 1
Angelo State commit Lauren Tetreault allowed no runs on five hits in the decisive playoff game against Medina Valley.

2. Barbers Hill (Mt. Belvieu, Texas)
Record:
34-2 | Last week: 2
The Eagles open 5A Regional 1&3 semifinal action Wednesday against Waller.

3. Lakewood Ranch (Bradenton, Fla.)
Record:
28-2 | Last week: 3
Jillian Herbst had two home runs, two doubles and six RBI Tuesday against Newsome.

4. Park Vista (Lake Worth, Fla.)
Record:
28-0 | Last week: 4
Two underclassmen, sophomore Chloe Fariello and freshman Nicole Mergen, were dominant in the circle against Treasure Coast.

5. Norco (Calif.)
Record:
19-1 | Last week: 6
The Cougars have a three-game series with King this week.

6. Hewitt-Trussville (Trussville, Ala.)
Record:
45-2-1 | Last week: 7
A very tough 7A bracket is all set in Alabama. The Huskies open Thursday against Baker.

7. Lake Creek (Montgomery, Texas)
Record:
37-0 | Last week: 9
Sophomore Kalee Rochinski was named Player of the Game after smashing a home run and driving in three runs during the Regional Quarterfinals.

8. University (Orange City, Fla.)
Record:
25-0 | Last week: 10
Madde Jorczak had two hits and an RBI against Lake Brantley on Friday.

9. Neshoba Central (Philadelphia, Miss.)
Record:
31-0 | Last week: 10
 Mississippi 5A champions. Season over.

10. Spring-Ford (Royersford, Pa.)
Record:
15-0 | Last week: 12
The Rams have scored 149 runs so far this season.

11. Doral Academy (Doral, Fla.)
Record:
27-2 | Last week: 13
Alyssa Zabala went the distance, striking out eight as the Firebirds beat a very good Cooper City team to advance.

12. Judson (Converse, Texas)
Record:
30-1 | Last week: 14
Keely Williams had three hits and Destiny Ortega-Rodriguez drove in three to lift the Rockets over Round Rock.

13. Williamsburg (Ohio)
Record:
25-0 | Last week: 16
Pitcher Madi Ogden has now struck out over 300 batters this season.

14. Barbe (Lake Charles, La.)
Record:
31-2 | Last week: 17
Louisiana 5A state champion. Season over.

15. Salpointe Catholic (Tucson, Ariz.)
Record:
23-0 | Last week: 18
Kimmy McDaniels had a pair of hits in state title victory.

16. Bob Jones (Madison, Ala.)
Record:
31-3 | Last week: 12
The Patriots open 7A state title play against 40-7 Thompson in a prime time matchup.

17. Saint Francis (Mountain View, Calif.)
Record:
17-0 | Last week: 20
Bi Dipepr and Ella Mil each had three hits on Friday to help beat Presentation, 10-0.

18. Villa Park (Calif.)
Record:
17-1 | Last week: 21
Four regular season games remain for the Spartans.

19. Westlake (Westlake Village, Calif.)
Record:
13-1 | Last week: 25
Junior Emily Jones had four hits Monday in a 10-0 win.

20. Lake Central (St. John, Ind.)
Record:
23-1 | Last week: 24
Amanda Aardema hit a walk-off double as the Indians beat Marist 2-1 in a battle of national powers.

21. Marist (Chicago)
Record:
23-1 | Last week: 5
The RedHawks fell for the first time this season 2-1 to No. 20 Lake Central.

22. South Gibson (Medina, Tenn.)
Record:
32-2 | Last week: 22
Emmi Whittemore, Erica Carpenter and Olivia Pickard have all pitched over 50 innings this season with a combined 1.47 ERA.

23. Mahopac (N.Y.)
Record:
9-0 | Last week: 28
Shannon Becker has not allowed a run in nine games in the circle. She has also struck out 167 batters.

24. Clear Springs (League City, Texas)
Record:
28-0 | Last week: 30
Junior Emma Strood is 19-0 as a pitcher. She also has hit six home runs.

25. Xavier College Prep (Phoenix)
Record:
19-2 | Last week: NR
Riley Flynn struck out and nine and Macy Lee had seven RBI as the Gators won the 6A title.

Next five: Baylor (Chattanooga, Tenn.), Mater Dei Catholic (Chula Vista, Calif.), Crown Point (Ind.), Rocklin (Calif.), Clovis North (Fresno, Calif.)
California high school football: Defending HIGHSCORE National Champion St. John Bosco doubles up Sierra Canyon in season opener - HIGHSCORE
California high school football: Defending MaxPreps National Champion St. John Bosco doubles up Sierra Canyon in season opener
It had been 455 days since defending MaxPreps National Champion St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.) took the field in a high school football game that counted. No worries as the Braves cruised to a 42-21 win Saturday night over Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth, Calif.) to begin the 2021 spring season.

The Trailblazers scored on their opening drive as Daniel Duran found Virginia Tech signee DJ Harvey for a 26-yard score but the Braves would answer with three straight touchdowns to take a 21-7 lead. Rayshon Luke, Michael Hayes and sophomore quarterback Pierce Clarkson all rushed for a score in the first half.

Clarkson and junior Katin Houser alternated possessions under center and both played well. Replacing DJ Uiagalelei at quarterback is a steep hill, but both showed why FBS offers are starting to pile up.

Sierra Canyon cut the deficit to 21-14 in the final minutes of the opening half when Duran found tight end Henry Deakins from 19-yards out for his second scoring strike.
Pierce Clarkson, St. John Bosco quarterback
Photo by Louis Lopez
Pierce Clarkson, St. John Bosco quarterback
Those would be the final points the Braves defense allowed outside of a late, fourth-quarter touchdown with the reserves playing.

St. John Bosco dominated the second half as Luke rushed for a 67-yard score on the opening possession after Clarkson found sophomore standout Matayo Uiagalelei on a third-down conversion. DJ's younger brother stood out on both sides of the ball and showed why he's the fifth-rated recruit in California from the Class of 2023.

Houser made a big-time play alluding pressure and rolling outside the pocket to find Chedon James for a 21-yard touchdown that increased the Braves lead to 35-14 with 4:28 left in the third quarter. The pair connected on a 41-yard touchdown late in the fourth.

Sierra Canyon freshman quarterback Alonzo Contreras connected with Jason Jones for the final score of the night with seven seconds remaining.

Jason Negro's squad dominated in the trenches. Four-star junior Earnest Greene, USC signee Maximus Gibbs and senior Edward Riley created huge holes for the running game while also allowing Houser and Clarkson plenty of time in the pocket.

The Brave's defense forced three turnovers and shined on all three levels.

The Braves next face Santa Margarita (Rancho Santa Margarita) on March 20 while Sierra Canyon looks to bounce back March 19 against St. Bernard (Playa del Rey).
Rayshon Luke, St. John Bosco running back
Photo by Louis Lopez
Rayshon Luke, St. John Bosco running back
Two St. John Bosco defenders smother a Sierra Canyon ballcarrier.
Photo by Louis Lopez
Two St. John Bosco defenders smother a Sierra Canyon ballcarrier.

HIGHSCORE/AVCA Players of the Week - HIGHSCORE
MaxPreps/AVCA Players of the Week
MaxPreps/AVCA High School Players of the Week
For the week of Feb. 22-28

Virginia
Freshman | OH
6 Sets Played

Kills: 25
Kills/Game: 4.17
Digs: 4
Digs/Game: 0.67
Receptions: 11
Rcpt/Game: 1.83
Aces: 5
Blocks: 9

Washington
5'8" | Senior | S
7 Sets Played

Assists: 82
Assists/Game: 11.71
Team Hitting%: 0.168
Digs: 21
Digs/Game: 3
Aces: 3
Blocks: 5


About the MaxPreps/AVCA High School Player of the Week Program:
The MaxPreps/AVCA High School Player of the Week Program is a partnership between the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) and CBS MaxPreps, Inc. Each week MaxPreps and the AVCA recognize deserving student-athletes at the high school level who have demonstrated outstanding play on the court throughout the week of competition. Coaches must submit statistics to MaxPreps in order for their athletes to be considered for the program. To obtain your free access code to MaxPreps.com call (800) 329-7324 x1 or email [email protected] For more information on the AVCA, check out the AVCA website at www.avca.org
Georgia high school football: An early look at the 2021 season - HIGHSCORE
Georgia high school football: An early look at the 2021 season
The schedules are out for Georgia high school football's fall 2021 season. It's a slate that features important in- and out-of-state matchups, and puts some individuals on a big stage.

Here's an early look at some of the big matchups ahead this fall.

August
Mercedes-Benz Stadium will once again serve as a host for the Corky Kell Classic.
File photo by Cecil Copeland
Mercedes-Benz Stadium will once again serve as a host for the Corky Kell Classic.

The Corky Kell Classic is due to return to the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta after a year away due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Now in its 30th year, the kickoff event features 11 games across four days at five sites on opening weekend. The event culminates with five games at the home of the Atlanta Falcons on Saturday.

Included:

Cherokee (Canton) vs. Mays (Atlanta) at 5:30 p.m. on Aug. 18, at West Forsyth. It will open the 2021 Georgia football season.

• Returning Class 6A semifinalist Westlake (Atlanta) faces Archer (Lawrenceville) at Dacula on Aug. 19. And Lowndes (Valdosta), a 7A semifinalist a year ago, will play Walton (Marietta) on Aug. 21 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

Collins Hill (Suwanee), runner-up a year ago in 7A, opens its season again Brookwood (Snellville) at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Aug. 21.

North Gwinnett (Suwanee) heads to Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Aug. 21 after going 9-4 a season ago to play host to Hoover (Ala.), the out-of-state power when went 11-2 last season and reached Alabama's 7A semifinals.

Buford, winner of two straight championships, including the 2020 title in 6A, opens its season at North Cobb (Kennesaw) on Aug. 20.

Elsewhere in the opening week, Callaway (Hogansville), the defending Class AA champ, will hit the road to visit Opelika (Ala.) on Aug. 20. And Prince Avenue Christian (Athens) will face Calvary Day (Savannah) that same day in a matchup of 1A Private semifinalists from a year ago. Prince Avenue Christian is the defending champion.

The out-of-state flavor continues in Week 2 with Brookwood paying a visit to American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.), the defending champion in Florida's 5A division, on Aug. 28. (Collins Hill will also travel to American Heritage, on Sept 3.)

Also in Week 2:

Irwin County (Ocilla), the 1A Public champ, faces Fitzgerald.

Bainbridge was a 4A semifinalist last season. It will face 5A semifinalist Coffee (Douglas).

September
Warner Robins won last season's 5A championship.
File photo by Cecil Copeland
Warner Robins won last season's 5A championship.
Buford's tough early schedule will continue with out-of-state matchups against Myers Park (Charlotte, N.C.) and Chaminade-Madonna (Hollywood, Fla.). The game against Myers Park, a semifinalists in North Carolina's 4AA last year, is Sept. 10. The following week, they'll play Chaminade-Madonna, which was runner-up in Florida's 3A in 2020.

Milton, a quarterfinalist in 7A last season, has an out-of-state contest against St. Joseph's Prep (Philadelphia, Pa.), the reigning 6A champion in Pennsylvania. That game is on Sept. 11.

Wesleyan (Norcross) and Prince Avenue Christian have a rematch of their semifinal game from last season on Sept. 17.

On Sept. 24, defending 5A champ Warner Robins plays 6A runner-up Lee County (Leesburg). Also that day, defending 3A champ Pierce County (Blackshear) faces off with Fitzgerald.

October
Grayson is the defending champ in 7A.
File photo by Cecil Copeland
Grayson is the defending champ in 7A.

Marist (Atlanta) won last season's 4A title, and gets a big challenge when it plays Florida's 4A runner-up Bolles (Jacksonville, Fla.) on Oct. 8.

The defending 7A champion Grayson (Loganville) plays Parkview (Lilburn), a team that reached the quarterfinals on Oct. 15.

Warner Robins and Coffee meet on Oct. 29. That day will also feature Irwin County and Clinch County (Homerville) in a matchup of 1A Public semifinals from a season ago.

November and December

The regular season in Georgia concludes on Nov. 5. From there, the playoffs begin on Nov. 12 and 13. Championship games are slated for Dec. 9 through Dec. 11.
Bronny James makes high school basketball debut, No. 3 Sierra Canyon dominates opener - HIGHSCORE
Bronny James makes high school basketball debut, No. 3 Sierra Canyon dominates opener
Video: Massive expectations for Sierra Canyon boys basketball
The Trailblazers opened the season with a big win over Montgomery in Bronny James' first game.

With many eagerly anticipating the high school basketball debut of Bronny James, No. 3 Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth, Calif.) opened its season Thursday night with a 91-44 victory over Montgomery (San Diego) at the San Diego Tip-Off Challenge.

The two-time defending CIF Open Division state champions jumped to a 7-0 advantage and led by as many as 53 points in the wire-to-wire victory.

The Trailblazers were paced by strong efforts from Kentucky pledge B.J. Boston, who finished with 22 points to lead all scorers, and TCU commit Terren Frank, who chipped in 20.
Bronny James scored 10 points in his high school basketball debut Thursday night.
Photo by: Nicholas Koza
Bronny James scored 10 points in his high school basketball debut Thursday night.
James – the son of Lakers star and NBA legend LeBron James – produced 10 points off the bench. The freshman knocked down a pair of threes from the left corner and added a couple of layups.

Harold Yu , a 7-foot-3 center from China, scored eight points. Zaire Wade , the son of three-time NBA champ Dwyane Wade, and Shy Odom had six points apiece.

Sierra Canyon will return to the San Diego Tip-Off Challenge tomorrow night to face off against St. Augustine (San Diego), which won its opener as well on Thursday night.
Photo by: Nicholas Koza
Zaire Wade throws down for two of his six points Thursday night.
Photo by: Nicholas Koza
Zaire Wade throws down for two of his six points Thursday night.
Dwyane Wade liked what he saw from son Zaire and his Sierra Canyon teammates.
Photo by: Nicholas Koza
Dwyane Wade liked what he saw from son Zaire and his Sierra Canyon teammates.
Future Kentucky Wildcat B.J. Boston signs autographs after pumping in a game-high 22 points.
Photo by: Nicholas Koza
Future Kentucky Wildcat B.J. Boston signs autographs after pumping in a game-high 22 points.
The stands were packed in San Diego for the nation's No. 3-ranked high school basketball team.
Photo by: Nicholas Koza
The stands were packed in San Diego for the nation's No. 3-ranked high school basketball team.