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Travis Hunter of Collins Hill named HIGHSCORE National Junior of the Year - HIGHSCORE
Travis Hunter of Collins Hill named MaxPreps National Junior of the Year
Deshaun Watson (2012), Sam Ehlinger (2015), Trevor Lawrence (2016) and JT Daniels (2017) are just some of the notable stars to be named National Junior of the Year.

Add five-star Travis Hunter of Collins Hill (Suwanee, Ga.) to the list.

The Florida State commit finished his junior season with 137 receptions for 1,746 yards and 24 touchdowns while recording 51 tackles and eight interceptions on defense playing against Georgia's best competition.

The Peach State's top-rated prospect in the Class of 2022 finished third in the nation in receiving yards.

He led the Eagles to their first state title game appearance and is a rare athletes who would be a five-star recruit either at cornerback or wide receiver. Expect Hunter, along with returning four-star quarterback Sam Horn, to have Collins Hill in contention again for the AAAAAAA state title next year.

Hunter committed to the Seminoles in March. He's the fourth-rated prospect overall, and No. 2 cornerback, on 247Sports composite rankings.

Past MaxPreps National Junior Players of the Year
2009 — Christian LeMay, QB, Butler (Matthews, N.C.)
2010 — Johnathan Gray, RB, Aledo (Texas)
2011 — Robert Nkemdiche, DL, Grayson (Loganville, Ga.)
2012 — Deshaun Watson, QB, Gainesville (Ga.)
2013 — Jake Browning, QB, Folsom (Calif.)
2014 — Tren'Davian Dickson, WR, Navasota (Texas)
2015 — Sam Ehlinger, QB, Westlake (Austin, Texas)
2016 — Trevor Lawrence, QB, Cartersville (Ga.)
2017 — JT Daniels, QB, Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.)
2018 — Bryce Young, QB, Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) / Zach Evans, RB, North Shore (Houston)
2019 — Emeka Egbuka, WR, Steilacoom (Wash.)
Graphic by Ryan Escobar

California high school football: Mater Dei starting freshman Elijah Brown at quarterback - HIGHSCORE
California high school football: Mater Dei starting freshman Elijah Brown at quarterback
Todd Marinovich, Matt Barkley and JT Daniels all started as freshman at quarterback for Bruce Rollinson and Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.).

Elijah Brown joins that exclusive list as the 6-foot-2, 178-pound 2024 quarterback will start for the Monarchs in Friday's season-opener against JSerra Catholic (San Juan Capistrano), according to Eric Sondheimer of the Los Angeles Times.

In addition to Barkley, Daniels and Marinovich other notable names to lead the Monarchs offense include Matt Leinart, Bryce Young, John Huarte, Colt Brennan and Max Wittek.

San Marcos transfer Emmett Brown is also expected to see time under center this year.

The three-star quarterback threw for over 1,800 yards and 14 touchdowns during his sophomore season and already has offers from Colorado, Florida Atlantic, New Mexico and Old Dominion.

Either Brown will have a cadre of weapons as well as one of the best offensive lines in the state.

USC signee Kyron Ware-Hudson, four-star junior CJ Williams, three-star junior Cooper Barkarte and senior Josiah Zamora fill out one of the most talented wide receiving corps in the game.

The running back position is loaded with playmakers led by Air Force signee Marceese Yetts, five-star Oklahoma commit Raleek Brown and three-star junior Quincy Craig. Expect all three to be factors in the passing game.

Colorado State-bound George Miki-Han, sophomore BJ Tolo, San Diego State-bound Ross Maseuli lead the way on the offensive line. And when the offense is resting, the defense is as good as it gets with USC-bound Raesjon Davis, five-star USC commit Domani Jackson, three-star junior cornerback Josh Hunter and Navy-bound Tyler Narayan.

The Monarchs are playing a five-game schedule that features only Trinity League opponents.

The two biggest games are April 3 against a loaded Servite (Anaheim) squad which won its season opener 42-6 against Damien (La Verne). The Monarchs close out the spring against the 2019 MaxPreps National Champions St. John Bosco (Bellflower) on April 17 at Santa Ana Stadium. The Braves beat a very talented Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth) team 42-21 in their season opener.
Kyron Ware-Hudson will be among the many weapons available Friday for Mater Dei freshman quarterback Elijah Brown, getting the start for the Monarchs.
File photo by Rashadeen Byrd
Kyron Ware-Hudson will be among the many weapons available Friday for Mater Dei freshman quarterback Elijah Brown, getting the start for the Monarchs.

HIGHSCORE/WBCA Players of the Week: January 25-31 - HIGHSCORE
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.
North Carolina high school football: Schedule, scores for NCHSAA state championship games - HIGHSCORE
North Carolina high school football: Schedule, scores for NCHSAA state championship games
The North Carolina High School Athletic Association will host eight football state championship games featuring 10 undefeated teams beginning Thursday at the University of North Carolina and North Carolina State University.

Four title games — 1A, 2AA, 3A, 4AA — will be hosted at North Carolina State's Finley Stadium starting Thursday with the 2AA contest between Salisbury (8-2) and St. Pauls (8-0). It concludes Saturday with the 4AA tilt between Rolesville (9-0) and the state's No. 1 ranked team, Zebulon B. Vance (9-1).

The other four championship games — 1AA, 2A, 3AA, 4A — will be played at North Carolina's Kenan Stadium, starting Thursday with the 3AA contest between a pair of 10-0 squads, Mount Tabor and Cleveland. Two Saturday games finish off the championships, concluding with the 2A game between Mountain Heritage (7-1) and Reidsville (9-0).

In all, the 16 teams have combined for records of 140 wins and just eight defeats. All eight games with be broadcast on the NFHS Network.

The NCHSAA was one of 15 states to bypass traditional fall football due to the pandemic. Of the 11 states that played football in the spring, only three opted for playoffs and to crown state champions. Virginia did so last week and North Carolina and Rhode Island wrap up football championships for the 2020-21 season this week.

Among the many standouts in the championship games is Havelock senior running back Kamarro Edmonds, a 5-foot-11, 227 pound senior who has rushed for 916 yards and 15 touchdowns in eight games. He's ranked the No. 16 senior in the state by 247Sports and headed to North Carolina.

Also a basketball star who averaged over 30 points per game this year, Reidsville senior wide receiver Breon Pass is ranked the state No. 28 senior recruit overall after catching 83 passes for more than 1,400 yards and 27 touchdowns in his career heading into this season.
Havelock senior running back Kamarro Edmonds has signed to the University of North Carolina.
File photo by Carin-Goodall Gosnell
Havelock senior running back Kamarro Edmonds has signed to the University of North Carolina.
NCHSAA Football Championships

1A
Full bracket can be found here - 2020-2021 Football Championships 1A
High school basketball: Top four seeds advance to GEICO Nationals semifinals - HIGHSCORE
High school basketball: Top four seeds advance to GEICO Nationals semifinals
It was chalk in Thursday's GEICO Nationals quarterfinal action as each of the top four teams in high school basketball advanced to Friday's semifinals. No. 1 Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.), No. 2 AZ Compass Prep (Chandler, Ariz.), No. 3 Sunrise Christian Academy (Bel Aire, Kan.) and No. 4 IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) each took care of business during the tournament's second day.

IMG Academy takes on Sunrise Christian Academy at 2:30 p.m. (ET) Friday while Montverde Academy meets AZ Compass Prep at 4:30 p.m. with a trip to the finals on the line.

The Ascenders, the reigning event champion, fended off a late 22-7 run from No. 7 Milton (Ga.) to escape with a 73-68 victory in the opening contest. Although Milton (28-3) never led in the game, the scrappy public school battled from down 17 points in the second half to cut the deficit to one point with 1:25 remaining.

IMG Academy responded on its next possession with a corner 3 from junior Eric Dailey, followed by a critical defensive stop that resulted in a quick transition layup by five-star junior Jaden Bradley to stretch the lead to a comfortable six points with just 41 seconds remaining.

Bradley finished with a team-high 20 points to go along with six assists and four rebounds, while fellow five-star junior Jarace Walker chipped in 16 points, seven rebounds, four steals and three blocks off the bench for IMG Academy (21-2).

Ohio State pledge Bruce Thornton had 18 points, nine assists and six rebounds for Milton in the loss.

In the second quarterfinal contest, Sunrise Christian Academy (20-3) escaped with a 56-55 win against No. 12 Prolific Prep of Napa Christian (Napa, Calif.) as the Buffaloes finished the game on a 12-4 run to overcome their largest deficit of the game, a 51-44 deficit with 4:23 remaining.

A Kennedy Chandler steal and assist led to a Kendall Brown fast break dunk to give Sunrise Christian Academy a 54-53 advantage with 1:40 remaining, but Prolific Prep (31-4) responded with a pair of free-throws on the other end with 53 seconds remaining to give them the one-point edge.

On the other end, Kennedy Chandler penetrated the defense to draw a double team before kicking out to an open Zach Clemence, who attacked the closeout and finished with a game-winning reverse slam with 35 seconds remaining. A pair of defensive stops closed out the gritty win for the Buffaloes.

Brown, the Baylor signee, led all scorers with 21 points, while Tennessee-bound Chandler had 11 points, six steals, five assists and three rebounds.
Caleb Houstan, Montverde Academy
Photo by Annette Wilkerson
Caleb Houstan, Montverde Academy
A balanced attack led top-seed Montverde Academy (22-1) to a convincing 85-64 victory over Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.). The Eagles never trailed and held a comfortable lead throughout, leading by as many as 24 points early in the third period.

Michigan signee Caleb Houstan finished with a team-high 20 points, seven points and three rebounds, while No. 2 ranked junior center Jalen Duren had 15 points and nine rebounds.

Five-star junior MJ Rice scored 23 points and added four rebounds for the 20-9 Warriors.

AZ Compass Prep (28-1) overcame an abysmal first half to knock off No. 10 Wasatch Academy (Mt. Pleasant, Utah) 59-54 in the day's final contest.

After shooting just 5-of-23 from the field over the first two quarters, the Dragons responded with a second-half flurry, shooting 12-of-24 in the second half to outscore the Tigers 41-27.

MaxPreps National Player of the Year finalist TyTy Washington continued to bolster his impressive senior campaign, pumping in a game-high 22 points, 10 rebounds and five assists.

Fousseyni Traore finished with 20 points, four rebounds and three steals in the loss for Wasatch Academy (18-7).

GEICO Nationals schedule

Friday, April 2
Games on ESPN2 (Eastern time)
2:30 p.m. — Sunrise Christian Academy vs. IMG Academy
4:30 p.m. — Montverde Academy vs. AZ Compass Prep

Saturday, April 3

Game on ESPN
Noon — Championship