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High school basketball: Social media post suggests Bronny James has been cleared to play...but will he? - HIGHSCORE
High school basketball: Social media post suggests Bronny James has been cleared to play...but will he?
Like father, like son. Bronny James, the national Top 25 sophomore boys basketball recruit and son of LeBron James, is recovered from injury and ready to go just before the playoffs, according to a report.

A Tik Tok post by WhosNextHS indicated the 6-foot-2, 165-pound shooting guard from Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth, Calif.) has been "cleared to start hoopin' " after suffering a torn meniscus in early February.

Sierra Canyon, which had won two straight California Interscholastic Federation Open Division championships before the pandemic ended its 2019-20 season one game short of a possible third consecutive crown, will open the Southern Section playoffs next week.

A text Friday morning to Sierra Canyon coach Andre Chevalier to confirm James' health status or his plans to play for the Trailblazers was not immediately returned.

Sierra Canyon (10-0) is expected to be a top seed in the Open Division, which begins May 28. If it advances, Sierra Canyon would play in the Southern Regional, which takes place June 15-19. For a second straight year, there will be no CIF state basketball championships.

Ranked the No. 25 prospect in the Class of 2023 according to 247Sports, James came off the bench for Sierra Canyon's Southern California championship team last season. He figured to be a starter on the 2020-21 squad, which like the rest of the state had its season delayed until the spring only.
Bronny James has missed Sierra Canyon's shortened 2020-21 spring season due to a knee injury.
File photo by Scott Reed
Bronny James has missed Sierra Canyon's shortened 2020-21 spring season due to a knee injury.
According to the Los Angeles Daily News, James was competing for a Sierra Canyon club team, California Basketball Club, when the injury occurred.

LeBron James returned to the Los Angeles Lakers Wednesday in a 103-100 win over the Golden State Warriors and delivered a triple-double along with making the game-winning 3-pointer. He had missed 25 of the team's final 30 games due to an ankle injury before Wednesday and is waiting for the Lakers' series opener Sunday with the Phoenix Suns.

Sierra Canyon has maintained an unbeaten record despite numerous other setbacks besides Bronny's. At the top of the list is four-star guard Chance Westry, a Pennsylvania native who returned home earlier this month due to personal reasons. The No. 34 overall prospect from the Class of 2022, Westry averaged 14.2 points per outing in five appearances this season.

Max Allen, a 6-foot-8 post player, left the team before the regular season officially got underway April 22 and 7-foot-3 center Harold Yu, who lives in China, also did not join the team.

MaxPreps national basketball editor Jordan Divens contributed to this report.
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


HIGHSCORE/WBCA Players of the Week: February 8-14 - HIGHSCORE
MaxPreps/WBCA Players of the Week: February 8-14
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:
2 Games Played
Points: 21.0 Rebounds: 7.5 Steals: 4.5

Region 2:
4 Games Played
Points: 26.5 Rebounds: 14.0  Steals: 2.5

Region 3:
3 Games Played
Points: 36.0 Rebounds: 8.6  Steals: 8.0

Region 4:
3 Games Played
Points: 28.3 Rebounds: 4.3 Steals: 3.3

Region 5:
3 Games Played
Points: 21.0 Rebounds: 4.0 Steals: 4.0

Region 6:
2 Games Played
Points: 41.5 Rebounds: 16.0 Steals: 2.0

Region 7:
3 Games Played
Points: 21.7 Rebounds: 5.0  Steals: 4.6

Region 8:
2 Games Played
Points: 17.5 Rebounds: 5.5 Steals: 8.0

Region 9:
3 Games Played
Points: 37.7 Rebounds: 13.0 Steals: 3.3

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.
High school girls basketball: Terry English of Kansas state champion Bishop Miege is 2020-21 HIGHSCORE National Coach of the Year - HIGHSCORE
High school girls basketball: Terry English of Kansas state champion Bishop Miege is 2020-21 MaxPreps National Coach of the Year
Terry English had a .500 record at Bishop Miege (Shawnee Mission, Kan.) ... when it comes to state championships. Along with winning 910 games in a 44-year career that ended this season, English won 22 state titles, including another one in March. He has been named the 2020-21 MaxPreps Coach of the Year in girls basketball.

Despite that amazing record, English isn't as focused on wins, losses and banners on the gym wall as one might expect.

"I know I've done a good job if the kids are smiling at the end of the season," he said.

That said, they might not have been smiling all year, as English admits he's "an emotional guy. When I chew somebody out, I chew 'em out pretty good."
Graphic by Ryan Escobar
But players, even elite players, listen.

Payton Verhulst, a MaxPreps All-American who graduates from Bishop Miege this year, puts it simply.

"He knows just about everything about basketball," she said. "He's so wise, when he speaks, everyone listens."

"I tell the girls, 'Don't listen to how I'm saying it, listen to what I'm saying,' " English said. "I've mellowed in some ways, but as far as the way I am on the sidelines, I haven't changed."

And then he considers the passage of time.

"Well, I'm probably not as explosive as I was in my younger days."

But to simply classify English as one of those coaches who yells a lot would be a mistake, because there's a short shelf life for those who rely heavily on vocal volume. English can relate to his players and also to shifts in how the game is played.

"I've been able to change," he said. "Reluctantly at times. But I'm very open-minded — if a friend on the street gives me an inbounds play and it works, I'll run it."

One thing that hasn't changed at Bishop Miege is reliance on a full-court press.

"Pressing is something we're known for," he said, noting that when he started in 1977 not many girls teams employed a press in Kansas.

English, though, didn't care how girls were playing.

"My whole idea from the start was to tell my players, 'I want you to ignore the phrase girls basketball. We're going to play basketball.'"

And play they did, better than any team in Kansas and as good as any team in the nation. And though English will still help his son Jeff – Bishop Miege's new coach – an era in Kansas basketball has come to an end. English has no regrets.

"It's been a great experience," he said. "I wouldn't change it for anything."

Past MaxPreps National Coaches of the Year
2020 — No award given
2019 — Terri Bamford, La Jolla Country Day (La Jolla, Calif.)
2018 — Frank Orlando, Detroit Country Day (Beverly Hills, Mich.)
2017 — Joe Lombard, Canyon (Texas)   
2016 — Karen Weitz, Centennial (Las Vegas)
2015 — Tom Gonsalves, St. Mary's (Stockton, Calif.)
2014 — Dan Rolfes, Incarnate Word Academy (St. Louis)
High school football: Hall of Famer Alan Faneca named head coach for Virginia program - HIGHSCORE
High school football: Hall of Famer Alan Faneca named head coach for Virginia program
Not many high school football players can say their coach is a Hall of Famer. Players at Cox (Virginia Beach, Va.) now can after former Pittsburgh Steelers great Alan Faneca was named head coach Monday.

The 13-year NFL veteran is part of the 2021 Pro Football Hall of Fame class and will be inducted Aug. 8 along with Peyton Manning, Charles Woodson, Tom Flores, Calvin Johnson, Bill Nunn, John Lynch and Drew Pearson.

After the induction ceremony, however, it's back to preparing the Falcons for the 2021 season. Cox went 5-1 in the recently completed spring season in Virginia.

Faneca helped the Steelers to a Super Bowl XL win over Seattle in 2006. He served as the offensive line coach at Cox for the past two seasons under Bill Stachelski, the school's winningest coach who is stepping aside to coach golf.

Stachelski compiled an 88-47 record and guided the Falcons to their first playoff victory in 2015.

"I’m not selling any fantasies," Faneca told the Virginian-Pilot in February. "I’m going out there and coaching football and getting the kids developed as football players and people. That’s how I was taught when I was in school."

Cox is 35-17 over the past five seasons.

Faneca was an All-American out of LSU before being drafted in 1998 in the first round by the Steelers. He played 13 seasons in the NFL with Pittsburgh, the New York Jets and Arizona Cardinals before retiring in 2011. He was named to the NFL's All-Decade Team of the 2000s.

Faneca's wife, Julie Kuchtka, is from Virginia Beach and their daughter attends Cox.