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High school football championship updates in all 50 states - HIGHSCORE
High school football championship updates in all 50 states
Michigan finished the 2020 fall high school football season Saturday in style and resolution. The Great Lakes State crowned eight champions at Ford Field, tying a bow on a trying and turbulent national campaign that started in the middle of August in Utah and ended 23 weeks later in Detroit.

In all 35 states completed the season, persevering through the COVID-19 pandemic. All but four states completed seasons as planned, with forms of state championships. Alaska, Minnesota, West Virginia and Wisconsin were forced to end playoffs early because of surging virus cases. Vermont did not play 11-man tackle football, but completed a 7-on-7 one-hand touch season.

Michigan personified the resilience, taking a 42-day pause starting Nov. 20 after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer postponed all sports — professional, college and high school — for three weeks due to a rapid spike in COVID-19 cases. Regional finals for 11-man teams and semifinals in 8-man action was supposed to resume in December, but more spikes paused the return until January.

Others states paused football tournaments this fall due to COVID, but none more than two weeks. Despite frigid weather and snow, the Michigan High School Athletic Association, its teams, players and coaches truly persevered.

Now, 11 states plus the District of Columbia hope to complete football seasons sometime in 2021. Connecticut, Hawaii Maine, Vermont and Nevada have already announced it will not play 11-person tackle football in the winter or spring. 

Here is a state-by-state update:

Season complete

Alaska
Playoffs ended: Oct. 23
Notes: The title games, scheduled for Oct. 30, were canceled due to growing COVID-19 numbers. According to the Alaska School Activities Association, some teams played additional regional games.
Graphic by Ryan Escobar
North Dakota
Playoffs ended: Nov. 14
Notes: Five teams were crowned champions, including Century (Bismarck), which finished No. 1 in the state.

South Dakota
Playoffs ended: Nov. 14
Notes: Seven teams were crowned champions, including Brandon Valley (Brandon), which finished No. 1 in the state.

Wyoming
Playoffs ended: Nov. 14
Notes: Five teams were crowned champions, including Cody, which finished No. 1 in the state.

Wisconsin
Started playoffs: Nov. 13-14
Playoffs ended: Nov. 20
Notes: Regional champions were crowned throughout six divisions including Muskego (Division 1), which finished No. 1 in the state.

Iowa
Playoffs ended: Nov. 20
Notes: Six teams were crowned champions, including Ankeny, which finished No. 1 in the state

Idaho
Playoffs ended: Nov. 21
Notes: Six teams were crowned champions, including Rocky Mountain (Meridian), which finished No. 1 in the state.

Montana
Started playoffs: Oct. 30-31
Playoffs ended: Nov. 21
Notes: Five teams were crowned champions, including Laurel, which finished No. 1 in the state.

New Hampshire
Playoffs ended: Nov. 21
Notes: Four teams were crowned champions, including Nashua North, which finished No. 1 in the state.

Ohio
Playoffs ended: Nov. 21
Notes: Seven teams were crowned champions, including Archbishop Hoban (Akron), which finished No. 1 in the state.

Utah
Playoffs ended: Nov. 21
Notes: Five teams were crowned champions, including Corner Canyon (Draper), which finished No. 1 in the state.
Corner Canyon celebrates its third straight state championship and 40th consecutive victory overall.
Photo by Jay Drowns
Corner Canyon celebrates its third straight state championship and 40th consecutive victory overall.
Nebraska
Playoffs ended: Nov. 20
Notes: Seven teams were crowned champions, including Omaha Westside (Omaha), which finished No. 1 in the state.

Minnesota
Started playoffs: Nov. 13-14
Playoffs ended: Nov. 27
Notes: Emergency executive order from governor's office canceled playoffs one week in. Thirty-six teams were crowned section champions, including Eden Prairie, which finished No. 1 in the state.

Indiana
Started playoffs: Oct. 23-24
Playoffs ended: Nov. 28
Notes: Six teams were crowned champions, including Center Grove (Greenwood), which finished No. 1 in the state.

Kansas
Playoffs ended: Nov. 28
Notes: Nine teams were crowned champions, including Mill Valley (Shawnee), which finished No. 1 in the state.

New Jersey
Playoffs started: Nov. 20
Playoffs ended: Nov. 28
Notes: The standard 13 classification playoff format was replaced in a COVID-shortened season with postseason groupings and four-team pods. One team that made the most of the season-ending games was Bergen Catholic (Oradell), which closed the year with a 22-15 victory over St. Peter's Prep. The Marauders finished No. 1 in the state.

Pennsylvania
Playoffs started: Nov. 6
Playoffs ended: Nov. 28
Notes: Six teams were crowned champions, including St. Joseph's Prep (Philadelphia), which finished No. 1 in the state.

West Virginia
Started playoffs: Nov. 13-14
Playoffs ended: Nov. 28
Notes: Three of six semifinal games in three divisions were canceled due to COVID-19 cases ending the season just short, according to the West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission (WVSSAC).

Alabama
Playoffs ended: Dec. 4
Notes: Seven champions were crowned, including Thompson (Alabaster) which finished No. 1 in the state.

Colorado
Playoffs ended: Dec. 5
Notes: Seven champions were crowned, including Cherry Creek (Greenwood Village.) which finished No. 1 in the state.

Mississippi
Playoffs ended: Dec. 5
Notes: Six champions were crowned, including Oak Grove (Hattiesburg) which finished No. 1 in the state.

Missouri
Started playoffs: Oct. 30-31
Playoffs ended: Dec. 5
Notes: Seven champions were crowned, including Jackson which finished No. 1 in the state.

Tennessee
Playoffs ended: Dec. 5
Notes: Nine champions were crowned, including Oakland (Murfreesboro) which finished No. 1 in the state.

Arizona
Playoffs ended: Dec. 12
Notes: Seven champions were crowned, including Chandler which finished No. 1 in the state.
Mesquite holds up the Arizona 4A state championship trophy.
Photo by Steven Davis
Mesquite holds up the Arizona 4A state championship trophy.
Arkansas
Playoffs ended: Dec. 19
Notes: Six champions were crowned, including Pulaski Academy (Little Rock) which finished No. 1 in the state.

Delaware
Playoffs ended: Dec. 19
Notes: Two champions were crowned, including Howard (Wilmington) which finished No. 1 in the state.

Florida
Playoffs ended: Dec. 19
Notes: Eight champions were crowned, including St. Thomas Aquinas which claimed its record 12th state title with a tough 7A championship. Independent IMG Academy (Bradenton) finished No. 1 in the state.

Kentucky
Started playoffs: Nov. 19-21
Playoffs ended: Dec. 19
Notes: Six champions were crowned, including Trinity (Louisville) which finished No. 1 in the state.

Oklahoma
Started playoffs: Nov. 13-14
Playoffs ended: Dec. 19
Notes: Nine champions were crowned, including Bixby which finished No. 1 in the state.

South Carolina
Playoffs ended: Dec. 18
Notes: Five champions were crowned, including Dutch Fork (Irmo) which finished No. 1 in the state.

Texas (Divisions 1A-4A)
Started playoffs: Nov. 12-14
Playoffs ended:
Dec. 18
Notes: Eight champions were crowned with three title games decided by one point. The 1A-2 title game was postponed due to COVID.

Louisiana
Playoffs ended: Dec. 28
Notes: Nine champions were crowned, including St. Thomas More (Lafayette), which finished No. 1 in the state.

Georgia
Started playoffs: Nov. 27-28
Playoffs ended: Dec. 30
Notes: Eight champions were crowned, including Grayson (Loganville), which finished No. 1 in the state.
Grayson completed an undefeated season while winning the Georgia AAAAAAA state championship.
Photo by Cecil Copeland
Grayson completed an undefeated season while winning the Georgia AAAAAAA state championship.
Texas (Division 5A-6A)
Started playoffs: Dec. 10-12
Playoffs ended: Jan. 16
Notes: Twelve champions were crowned, including Westlake (Austin), which finished No. 1 in the state.

Michigan
Playoffs ended: Jan. 23
Notes: Ten champions were crowned, including West Bloomfield, which finished No. 1 in the state.

2021 seasons
(tentative championship or end dates)


California (TBD)
Connecticut (cancelled season on Jan. 14)
District of Columbia (May 1)
Hawaii (cancelled season on Jan. 6)
Illinois (April 24)
Maine (cancelled season on Feb. 3)
Maryland (April 17)
Massachusetts (April 25)
Nevada (cancelled season on Jan. 22)
New Mexico (April 3)
New York (TBD)
North Carolina (April 9)
Oregon (TBD)
Rhode Island
Virginia
Washington


High school basketball: David Peavy of Texas state champion Duncanville is 2020-21 HIGHSCORE National Coach of the Year - HIGHSCORE
High school basketball: David Peavy of Texas state champion Duncanville is 2020-21 MaxPreps National Coach of the Year
David Peavy led Duncanville to a second straight Texas Class 6A state championship and the No. 6 spot in the final MaxPreps Top 25 high school basketball rankings. In his three seasons at the Dallas-area school, the Panthers are 90-13 and haven't lost a playoff game. For his efforts, Peavy has been recognized as the 2020-21 MaxPreps National Coach of the Year.

Without an elite senior recruit, the Panthers used balance and stellar defense to finish 29-1 while winning by an average margin of nearly 25 points per game.

Duncanville avenged its only blemish of the season — an 88-85 home overtime loss to Waxahachie on Jan. 9 — with a 70-65 road win over the top seed in the regional final. The Panthers then knocked off Richardson 68-49 in the semis and beat Westlake (Austin) 66-53 for the title. 

If not for the 2020 state tournament being canceled due to the pandemic, Peavy's program could have been bidding for a three-peat. Duncanville was the top-ranked team in the state at the time the season was called off with a 29-5 record.
Duncanville coach David Peavy gives direction to talented sophomore Ronald Holland.
Photo by Robbie Rakestraw
Duncanville coach David Peavy gives direction to talented sophomore Ronald Holland.
The former Dekaney (Houston) coach made quite a debut for Duncanville in 2018-19, directing them to a 32-7 mark and 6A crown.

Those two teams had elite talent with the likes of Jahmi'us Ramsey, currently with the Sacramento Kings, and Peavy's son Micah Peavey, who just transferred from Texas Tech to TCU.

This year's Panthers relied on 6-foot-4 senior guard and Sam Houston State pledge Damon Nicholas Jr., SMU signee Zhuric Phelps (15.2 points per game), 6-8 sophomore forward Ronald Holland (13.8 points, 10.1 rebounds per game) and 6-3 senior guard and Alabama State commit Juan Reyna (13.4 points per game).

Peavy has coached at the high school or college level for 25 years.

Past MaxPreps National Coaches of the Year
2020 – No award given
2019 – Mike Thompson, McEachern (Powder Springs, Ga.)
2018 – Kevin Boyle, Montverde Academy
2017 – Wes Swift, Jonesboro (Ark.)
2016 – Pat Donnelly, U-D Jesuit (Detroit, Mich.)
2015 – Sam Duane Jr., Corona del Sol (Tempe, Ariz.)
2014 – Gary McKnight, Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.)
2013 – Quincy Lewis, Lone Peak (Highland, Utah)
2012 – Danny Henderson, Marcus (Flower Mound, Texas)
2011 – Bob Hurley, St. Anthony (Jersey City, N.J.)
2010 – Ed Azzam, Westchester (Los Angeles)
Peavy's Panthers celebrate the program's fifth state title following a 66-53 win over Westlake.
Photo by Robbie Rakestraw
Peavy's Panthers celebrate the program's fifth state title following a 66-53 win over Westlake.

Aizhanique Mayo named 2020-21 HIGHSCORE Connecticut High School Girls Basketball Player of the Year - HIGHSCORE
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.
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 Oct. 12 - Oct. 18

Alabama
6'3" | Senior | OH
6 Sets Played

Kills: 53
Kills/Game: 8.83
Digs: 15
Digs/Game: 2.5
Receptions: 18
Rcpt/Game: 3
Aces: 5

Arizona
5'8" | Junior | OH
8 Sets Played

Kills: 60
Kills/Game: 7.5
Digs: 17
Digs/Game: 2.125
Receptions: 24
Rcpt/Game: 3
Aces: 2
Blocks: 1

Arkansas
5'3" | Senior | L
13 Sets Played

Digs: 94
Digs/Game: 7.23
Aces: 10
Receptions: 86
Rcpt/Game: 6.62
Assists: 8

Connecticut
Senior | OH
8 Sets Played

Kills: 41
Kills/Game: 5.13
Digs: 23
Digs/Game: 2.878
Receptions: 23
Rcpt/Game: 2.88
Aces: 12
Blocks: 1

Florida
5'11" | Senior | OH
10 Sets Played

Kills: 70
Kills/Game: 7
Digs: 42
Digs/Game: 4.2
Receptions: 71
Rcpt/Game: 7.1
Aces: 6
Blocks: 2

Georgia
6'3" | Senior
9 Sets Played

Kills: 89
Kills/Game: 9.89
Digs: 30
Digs/Game: 3.33
Receptions: 23
Rcpt/Game: 2.56
Aces: 8
Blocks: 16

Idaho
Junior | S
7 Sets Played

Assists: 71
Assists/Game: 10.14
Team Hitting%: 0.486
Digs: 4
Digs/Game: 0.57
Aces: 7

Indiana
5'11" | Sophomore | OH
10 Sets Played

Kills: 60
Kills/Game: 6
Digs: 31
Digs/Game: 3.1
Aces: 2
Blocks: 2

Kansas
6'1" | Senior | OH/MH
12 Sets Played
Kills: 65
Kills/Game: 5.42
Digs: 36
Digs/Game: 3
Receptions: 60
Rcpt/Game: 5
Aces: 4
Blocks: 7

Kentucky
5'11" | Senior | OH/MB
7 Sets Played

Kills: 55
Kills/Game: 7.86
Digs: 6
Digs/Game: 0.86
Blocks: 4

Louisiana
5'5" | Senior | S
10 Sets Played

Assists: 114
Assists/Game: 11.4
Team Hitting%: 0.172
Digs: 24
Digs/Game: 2.4
Aces: 1

Maryland
Senior
7 Sets Played

Kills: 27
Kills/Game: 3.86
Digs: 15
Digs/Game: 2.14
Receptions: 22
Rcpt/Game: 3.14
Aces: 11
Blocks: 5

Massachusetts
Senior | OH
7 Sets Played

Kills: 14
Kills/Game: 2
Digs: 15
Digs/Game: 2.14
Receptions: 35
Rcpt/Game: 5
Aces: 8
Blocks: 1

Michigan
5'9" | Senior | OH
20 Sets Played
Kills: 105
Kills/Game: 5.25
Digs: 64
Digs/Game: 3.2
Receptions: 119
Rcpt/Game: 5.95
Aces: 9
Blocks: 9

Minnesota
5'9" | Sophomore | OH
7 Sets Played

Kills: 31
Kills/Game: 4.43
Digs: 26
Digs/Game: 3.71
Receptions: 43
Rcpt/Game: 6.14
Aces: 3
Blocks: 1

Mississippi
5'10" | Senior | OH
9 Sets Played

Kills: 49
Kills/Game: 5.44
Digs: 35
Digs/Game: 3.89
Receptions: 37
Rcpt/Game: 4.11
Aces: 4
Blocks: 2

Missouri
5'10" | Junior | S
8 Sets Played

Assists: 106
Assists/Game: 13.25
Team Hitting%: 0.277
Digs: 23
Digs/Game: 2.88
Aces: 6
Blocks: 6

Montana
6'4" | Senior | MH
8 Sets Played

Kills: 35
Kills/Game: 4.38
Digs: 18
Digs/Game: 2.25
Receptions: 24
Rcpt/Game: 3
Aces: 4
Blocks: 9

Nebraska
Senior
12 Sets Played
Kills: 86
Kills/Game: 7.17
Digs: 54
Digs/Game: 4.5
Receptions: 62
Rcpt/Game: 5.17
Aces: 6
Blocks: 3

New Hampshire
5'6 | Senior | OH/DS
6 Sets Played

Kills: 13
Kills/Game: 2.17
Digs: 21
Digs/Game: 3.5
Receptions: 23
Rcpt/Game: 3.83

North Carolina
Gaston Day High School (Gastonia, NC), 8 - 0
Junior
9 Sets Played

Kills: 51
Kills/Game: 5.67
Digs: 29
Digs/Game: 3.22
Receptions: 14
Rcpt/Game: 1.56
Aces: 10

North Dakota
Senior | MH/MB
12 Sets Played

Kills: 29
Kills/Game: 2.42
Digs: 10
Digs/Game: 0.83
Aces: 1
Blocks: 8

Ohio
Senior | OH
11 Sets Played

Kills: 63
Kills/Game: 5.73
Digs: 47
Digs/Game: 4.27
Receptions: 49
Rcpt/Game: 4.45
Aces: 5
Blocks: 5

Pennsylvania
5'6 | Senior | S
15 Sets Played

Assists: 154
Assists/Game: 10.27
Team Hitting%: 0.377
Digs: 21
Digs/Game: 1.4
Aces: 8
Blocks: 1

South Carolina
Cardinal Newman High School (Columbia, SC), 29 - 1
5'5 | Junior | S
21 Sets Played

Assists: 204
Assists/Game: 9.71
Team Hitting%: 0.297
Digs: 48
Digs/Game: 2.29
Aces: 19
Blocks: 1

South Dakota
5'6 | Senior | OH
18 Sets Played

Kills: 81
Kills/Game: 4.5
Digs: 134
Digs/Game: 7.44
Receptions:
Rcpt/Game:
Aces: 13
Blocks: 1

Tennessee
6'1 | Senior | OH,DS
9 Sets Played

Kills: 30
Kills/Game: 3.33
Digs: 16
Digs/Game: 1.78
Receptions: 9
Rcpt/Game: 1
Blocks: 3

Texas
5'8 | Junior | OH
9 Sets Played
Kills: 64
Kills/Game: 7.11
Digs: 28
Digs/Game: 3.11
Receptions: 48
Rcpt/Game: 5.33
Aces: 2

Utah
5'7 | Senior | OH
6 Sets Played

Kills: 29
Kills/Game: 4.83
Digs: 20
Digs/Game: 3.33
Receptions: 24
Rcpt/Game: 4
Aces: 2
Blocks: 2

Virginia
5'9 | Senior | OH/DS/MH
6 Sets Played

Kills: 20
Kills/Game: 3.33
Digs: 7
Digs/Game: 1.17
Receptions: 21
Rcpt/Game: 3.5
Aces: 10
Blocks: 1

West Virginia
Junior | S
14 Sets Played

Assists: 126
Assists/Game: 9
Team Hitting%: 0.390
Digs: 5
Digs/Game: 0.36
Aces: 15
Blocks: 1

Wisconsin
5'7 | Senior | OH
13 Sets Played

Kills: 65
Kills/Game: 5
Digs: 29
Digs/Game: 2.23
Receptions: 35
Rcpt/Game: 2.69
Aces: 5
Blocks: 2

Wyoming
Senior | RS
9 Sets Played

Kills: 30
Kills/Game: 3.33
Digs: 3
Digs/Game: 0.33
Blocks: 7

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.com 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]s.com. For more information on AVCA, check out the AVCA website at www.avca.org.
High school basketball: Woodrow Wilson to play in West Virginia's Class AAAA quarterfinals four days after shooting death of teammate Dwayne Richardson Jr. - HIGHSCORE
High school basketball: Woodrow Wilson to play in West Virginia's Class AAAA quarterfinals four days after shooting death of teammate Dwayne Richardson Jr.
Six games below .500 following a loss to Greenbrier East on April 6, the Woodrow Wilson (Beckley, W.Va.) boys basketball team needed a spark. Dwayne Richardson Jr. supplied it.

A junior starter, Richardson accepted the team's sixth man role. The Fighting Eagles (10-11) have won six of seven since and find themselves in this week's West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission state tournament. No. 8 seed Woodrow Wilson plays No. 1 Morgantown (16-1) in Thursday's Class AAAA quarterfinals (5:30 p.m.) at the Charleston Coliseum.

The Eagles earned the berth by beating South Charleston 49-43 in last week's Region 3 co-final. That victory avenged a 52-42 loss to the same team in the regular season. Behind a team-high 18 points from Richardson, Woodrow Wilson beat Greenbrier East 66-57 to earn the chance at state and the program's state-record 81st sectional title.

A team photo on Twitter shows Richardson, wearing jersey No. 12, flashing a wide smile and No. 1 sign with teammates after the regional final.
"He was kind of buying into everything we were saying about Beckley basketball," Woodrow Wilson coach Ron Kidd told The Register-Herald. "He was realizing that what we were saying was starting to happen. I think he was kind of the difference in the way our season turned around in those two weeks. And I thought he was happy in those two weeks."

Sunday night shortly after 9:15 p.m. in East Beckley, Richardson was shot. He was hit once in the chest.

Police and paramedics responding to reports of the shooting intercepted a group of individuals driving Richardson to the hospital in a private vehicle. EMS transported Richardson the remainder of the route to Raleigh General Hospital. He was flown to Charleston Area Medical Center where he succumbed to his injuries. Richardson was 18 years old.

A motive for the incident remains uncertain. Authorities have a person of interest but have not released the name. No arrests have been made but multiple could be coming.

"We are processing evidence that we collected," Lt. Dave Allard (Beckley Police Department) told wvmetronews.com. "We are serving search warrants. We do have some things to go on. We're still trying to determine what led to this incident."

Cash rewards will be paid for information leading to an arrest. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers of WV via their free app or Detective Cpl. Joe Stewart at (304) 256-1708.

"The message is just keep our heads up," senior teammate Ben Gilliam told The Register-Herald. "Let's play for (Dwayne). Let's win this for him. Let's just do it all for him, because we need to show him that he didn't do all that for nothing."

Richardson averaged 8.6 points, 3.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 3.0 steals for the Eagles, who have snapped a two-year absence from the state tournament. Woodrow Wilson owns a West Virginia-record 16 state titles. Morgantown is trying to reach its third state final. The Mohigans beat the Eagles 77-55 on April 3.

A moment of silence in Richardson's honor was held Tuesday morning before the start of the first WVSSAC state tournament quarterfinal game. Tears will be shed before Thursday's tip.

"He gave everything the last couple of weeks," Gilliam said. "It just hurts, because he was most excited to go to states.

"We just have to take his excitement and his intensity and his love and go out and play."