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High school basketball: DeMatha job open for just the second time in 65 years as Mike Jones departs for college job - HIGHSCORE
High school basketball: DeMatha job open for just the second time in 65 years as Mike Jones departs for college job
The Virginia Tech basketball program announced Monday that longtime DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.) head coach Mike Jones has accepted the associate head coach position with the program.

Jones coached DeMatha for the past 19 years and owns a record of 511-119 (.811 winning percentage) with eight Washington Catholic Athletic Conference championships. DeMatha finished 2020-21 ranked No. 4 in the MaxPreps Top 25 with a 9-0 record in an abbreviated campaign.

The 1991 DeMatha graduate took over the helm following the departure of legendary head coach Morgan Wootten, who led the Stags to a record of 1,274-192 from 1956-2002.
The school said via social media the search for Jones' replacement would begin in the coming weeks "but for now we celebrate with coach Jones this opportunity."

The next DeMatha coach will have massive shoes to fill after Wootten and Jones led the national powerhouse to 41 Washington Catholic Athletic Conference titles and won nearly 85 percent of their games over the past 65 seasons.
Mike Jones coached six players at DeMatha who went on to the NBA.
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Mike Jones coached six players at DeMatha who went on to the NBA.

HIGHSCORE High School Basketball Player of the Year from each state - HIGHSCORE
MaxPreps High School Basketball Player of the Year from each state
Each year since 2006, MaxPreps has recognized outstanding performers in high school athletics. America's source for high school sports continues the tradition to close out the 2020 basketball 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.

Forty-five states have completed their 2020-21 high school basketball seasons and MaxPreps has honored those athletes over the past four weeks. Now, we've gathered them together in one place. Links to each player's story are included after their bio and list of accomplishments.

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 13.
Colorado Player of the Year Baye Fall of Lutheran (Parker).
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Colorado Player of the Year Baye Fall of Lutheran (Parker).
MaxPreps Player of the Year in each state

Class: Senior (2021) | Status: Signed with Alabama
Regarded as the No. 9 prospect in the Class of 2021 overall, the 6-foot-3 guard averaged 32.4 points, 10.8 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 4.6 steals to lead the Tigers to the Class 2A state semifinals. Davison opened his senior campaign with a career-high 57 points. Read More: Alabama Player of the Year

Class: Senior (2021) | Status: Signed with Montana State
Two-time Class 4A Player of the Year averaged 27 points, 11 rebounds and two blocks per game while shooting 57 percent from the field to help Colony advance to the state semifinals. McMahon finished his career with over 1,700 points. Read More: Alaska Player of the Year

Class: Senior (2021) | Status: Uncommitted
Quickly rising Class of 2021 prospect averaged 24 points, seven assists and six rebounds to lead the Dragons to the No. 2 spot in this week's MaxPreps Top 25 and the program's first GEICO Nationals invitation. Read More: Arizona Player of the Year

Class: Junior (2022) | Status: Uncommitted
Top 30 Class of 2022 prospect averaged 25 points, five rebounds and three assists while shooting 60 percent from the field. The talented combo guard pumped in a season-high 44 points in an 82-72 victory Feb. 2 over Jacksonville and earned all-state honors for the third consecutive season. Read More: Arkansas Player of the Year

Class: Junior (2022) | Status: Uncommitted
Top 50 Class of 2020 prospect helped the Rams go 15-0 en route to the program's first Central Connecticut Conference championship since 2003. Clingan averaged 36 points and 26.3 rebounds in three CCC tournament games and averaged 27.3 points, 17.2 rebounds, 5.8 blocks and 3.1 assists on the season. Read More: Connecticut Player of the Year

Class: Sophomore (2023) | Status: Uncommitted
Regarded as the No. 9 prospect in the Class of 2023, the 6-11 center averaged 22.1 rebounds, 10.0 rebounds and 3.2 blocked shots to lead the Lion to the program's fourth state title. Read More: Colorado Player of the Year

Delaware — Nnanna Njoku, Sanford (Hockessin)
Class: Senior (2021) | Status: Signed with Villanova
The 6-9 center averaged 20.7 points, 8.8 rebounds and 1.8 blocks while shooting 71 percent from the field this season. The top 100 prospect tallied 24 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks while connecting on 8-of-9 attempts from the field and 8-of-10 free throws in Sanford's state title game victory. Read More: Delaware Player of the Year

Class: Junior (2022) | Status: Uncommitted
In 13 games of National Interscholastic Basketball Conference (NIBC) play this season, Duren averaged 15.5 points, 10.6 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per contest while shooting an efficient 63 percent from the field. The 6-10 post helped the top-ranked Eagles to a 21-1 record. Read More: Florida Player of the Year

Class: Senior (2021) | Status: Signed with Auburn
Regarded as the No. 5 prospect in the Class of 2021, the 6-10 forward averaged 23.4 points, 9.5 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 2.5 blocks while shooting 56 percent from the field to help the Patriots to the Class AAA state title game. Smith tallied over 1,900 career points. Read More: Georgia Player of the Year

Class: Senior (2021) | Status: Uncommitted
The 6-10 center helped the Warriors go 20-1 en route to the program's first state title in 29 years. Rowbury led the highest scoring offense in Class 5A in points (17.0), rebounds (8.9) and field goal percentage (60.4). Read More: Idaho Player of the Year

Class: Senior (2021) | Status: Signed with Kentucky
Top 30 senior prospect averaged 25 points and 13 rebounds and was named Chicago Catholic League Player of the Year for the second consecutive season. He helped the Friars go 13-3 overall and 11-1 in Chicago Catholic League play. Read More: Illinois Player of the Year
Illinois Player of the Year Bryce Hopkins of Fenwick (Oak Park)
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Illinois Player of the Year Bryce Hopkins of Fenwick (Oak Park)
Indiana — Caleb Furst, Fort Wayne Blackhawk Christian (Fort Wayne)
Class: Senior (2021) | Status: Signed with Purdue
The 6-10 forward averaged 21.5 points, 14.4 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.1 blocks per contest to guide the Braves to their second consecutive state title. Furst finished his four-year run as the program's all-time leading scorer with 2,087 career points. Read More: Indiana Player of the Year

Class: Senior (2021) | Status: Committed to Drake
Averaged 18.5 points, 6.6 rebounds, 5.6 assists and 2.9 steals while shooting 53 percent from the field to lead Waukee to the program's first championship. DeVries is regarded as a top 100 prospect in the Class of 2021. Read More: Iowa Player of the Year

Class: Senior (2021) | Status: Signed with Tennessee
In 13 games of National Interscholastic Basketball Conference (NIBC) play this season, the five-star guard averaged 14.8 points, 6.4 assists, 4.2 rebounds and 3.3 steals while shooting 57 percent from the field, 50 percent from beyond the arc and 94 percent from the free throw line. Read More: Kansas Player of the Year

Class: Senior (2021) | Status: Signed with Northern Kentucky
Named state tournament MVP after averaging 23.3 points, 7.8 rebounds and 5.5 assists per game in four KHSAA Sweet 16 games. He tallied 20 points, 14 rebounds and five assists in a 79-60 state title game triumph over Elizabethtown. Read More: Kentucky Player of the Year

Class: Senior (2021) | Status: Signed with Santa Clara
The under-the-radar guard averaged 33 points, five rebounds and four assists per game while shooting 55 percent from the field and 44 percent from 3-point range to guide the Tigers to their second consecutive state crown. Read More: Louisiana Player of the Year

Class: Senior (2021) | Status: Attending Kimball Union Academy (Prep School)
The 6-1 guard averaged 26 points, seven rebounds, seven assists and five steals per contest to help the Black Bears go 15-0 en route to the Class A/B championship game of the central Maine tournament. Read More: Maine Player of the Year

Massachusetts —  Ademide Badmus, Lynn English (Lynn)
Class: Senior (2021) | Status: Uncommitted
Over the course of his four year career, the 6-7 forward amassed 1,000 points to go along with 984 rebounds. Badmus averaged 22 points and 13 rebounds per game this season. Read More: Massachusetts Player of the Year

Class: Senior (2021) | Status: Signed with Connecticut
Top 50 Class of 2021 prospect averaged 18.8 points, 11.4 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 2.1 steals and 1.9 blocked shots to lead the Stags to the No. 5 spot in this week's MaxPreps Top 25. Read More: Maryland Player of the Year

Class: Senior (2021) | Status: Signed with Michigan State
Top 75 prospect averaged 33.4 points, 11.2 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 2.3 steals per outing as a senior, finishing his prep career with 1,973 points and leading the Hurricanes to their first state title. Read More: Michigan Player of the Year

Class: Senior (2021) | Status: Uncommitted
MaxPreps National Player of the Year averaged 20.8 points, 12.6 rebounds, 4.7 blocks and 4.5 assists per game, connecting on 80 percent of his attempts from the field to guide the Redhawks to their fourth consecutive state championship. Read More: Minnesota Player of the Year

Class: Senior (2021) | Status: Signed with Mississippi
The 5-9 guard averaged 33.1 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.8 steals per contest to lead the Chargers to the state quarterfinals. Ruffin tallied 2,337 career points over his four-year career, carrying a career average of 25.4 points per contest. Read More: Mississippi Player of the Year

Class: Senior (2021) | Status: Committed to Georgetown
The five-star guard averaged 23.3 points, 10.0 rebounds and 3.1 assists while shooting 52 percent from the field. Mohammed spent his final three seasons at Greenwood, setting the all-time Springfield area record with 2,709 career points. Read More: Missouri Player of the Year

Class: Senior (2021) | Status: Signed with Montana State
The 6-7 guard averaged 24.1 points and 6.3 rebounds per contest, helping the Spartans to the state semifinals. Germer eclipsed the 1,000-point mark for his career in an 88-62 victory over Big Sky (Missoula), finishing a special night with 51 points and breaking the Class AA record with 13 3-pointers. Read More: Montana Player of the Year

Class: Senior (2021) | Status: Uncommitted
The under-the-radar prospect averaged 21.2 points, 7.9 rebounds and 5.2 assists per contest while shooting 57 percent from the field and 45 percent from three. Thomas helped guide the Mustangs go 27-2 en route to the program's first state championship. Read More: Nebraska Player of the Year

Class: Senior (2021) | Status: Uncommitted
Scored 1,056 points in his career and was named the state's Mr. Basketball by the New Hampshire Basketball Coaches Organization. He put up a season-high 33 in a January game against Oyster River. Read More: New Hampshire Player of the Year

New Jersey — D.J. Wagner, Camden
Class: Sophomore (2023) | Status: Uncommitted
Top ranked Class of 2023 prospect averaged 22.0 points, 3.7 assists and 3.3 rebounds per game. He scored 20 or more points in 11 of 13 games and was the catalyst for the No. 8 ranked team in this week's MaxPreps Top 25. Read More: New Jersey Player of the Year

Class: Junior (2022) | Status: Uncommitted
Averaged 27.1 points, 5.7 rebounds and 5.5 assists per game while shooting 50 percent from the field and 87 percent from the free throw line, helping the Bulldawgs reach the Class 5A state title game. Read More: New Mexico Player of the Year

Class: Junior (2022) | Status: Uncommitted
Three-star prospect averaged 19 points, seven assists, four rebounds and two steals per contest while shooting 39 percent from 3-point range and 44 percent from the field overall. The 6-3 guard helped the Falcons go 21-11 en route to the Grind Session tournament quarterfinals. Read More: New York Player of the Year

Class: Senior (2021) | Status: Signed with North Carolina State
Top 100 senior prospect averaged nearly 30 points per game this season, including a career-high 50 against Trinity Academy in early February. Farmville Central went 76-2 during his final three seasons with three consecutive state titles. Read More: North Carolina Player of the Year

North Dakota — Joe Hurlburt, Enderlin
Class: Junior (2022) | Status: Uncommitted
Top 100 junior prospect averaged 22.6 points, 14.3 rebounds and 4.9 assists per contest while shooting 57 percent from the field. Playing alongside brother Gus on the varsity team since seventh grade, Hurlburt has amassed 1,609 points and 1,134 rebounds in 97 career games. Read More: North Dakota Player of the Year

Class: Junior (2022) | Status: Uncommitted
The No. 4 prospect in the Class of 2022, Livingston averaged 31.1 points, 15.8 rebounds, 6.1 assists, 4.7 steals and 4.0 steals per game while shooting 71 percent from the field to guide Buchtel to the program's second district championship in the past three seasons. Read More: Ohio Player of the Year

Oklahoma — Bijan Cortes, Kingfisher
Class: Senior (2021) | Status: Signed with Oklahoma
Scored 23 of his team's points in a 48-40 win over Heritage Hall in the state championship game. Cortes poured in 13 in the second half after Kingfisher fell behind by eight points in the third quarter en route to its 20th straight win. The Yellowjackets went 107-4 during his time with the program. Read More: Oklahoma Player of the Year

Class: Senior (2021) | Status: Committed to Connecticut
Top 50 prospect averaged 18.6 points, 6.5 assists and 3.5 steals per contest, becoming the program's all-time leading scorer in the process with over 1,400 points. Diggins helped the Vikings go 19-1 en route to the Class 6A state title game. Read More: Pennsylvania Player of the Year

Class: Senior (2021) | Status: Uncommitted
Recorded a double-double in every game during his two years at Pilgrim, averaging 20.4 points, 17.4 rebounds and five blocked shots per outing this season en route to the state semifinals. He surpassed the 1,000-point milestone in the final game of the season. Read More: Rhode Island Player of the Year

Class: Senior (2021) | Status: Signed with Nebraska
The five-star guard averaged 21.6 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.8 assists per contest this season and was the leading scorer at the St. James NIBC Invitational, posting 20.9 points per contest in seven appearances at the loaded event. McGowens finished his four-year high school career with more than 2,300 points. Read More: South Carolina Player of the Year

South Dakota — Matthew Mors, Yankton
Class: Senior (2021) | Status: Signed with Wisconsin
Three-star forward averaged 25 points, eight rebounds and three assists per contest while leading Yankton to its first 20-win season since 1975-76. Playing on the varsity team since seventh grade, Mors finished third on the state's all-time scoring list with over 2,700 career points. Read More: South Dakota Player of the Year

Class: Junior (2022) | Status: Uncommitted
The 6-foot-3 guard helped the Fighting Irish go 21-4 with a state semifinals appearance. He averaged 20 points, seven rebounds and six assists per contest and was the first Knoxville Catholic player to be named TSSAA Mr. Basketball in Division II-AA. Read More: Tennessee Player of the Year

Class: Senior (2021) | Status: Signed with Kentucky
Regarded as the No. 11 prospect in the Class of 2021, the 6-9 forward averaged 35.2 points, 14.4 rebounds, 7.0 assists and 6.2 blocks per game to help the Rabbits go 19-5. Read More: Texas Player of the Year

Class: Senior (2021) | Status: Signed with Kentucky
After spending his first three years of high school at Eastside Catholic (Sammamish, Wash.), Hickman averaged 16.0 points, 3.3 assists and 2.5 rebounds per game during his lone season at Wasatch Academy. He helped No. 11 ranked Wasatch Academy finish the regular season 18-6 en route to a bid to GEICO Nationals. Read More: Utah Player of the Year

Class: Senior (2021) | Status: Uncommitted
The 5-10 guard averaged 30.8 points, 6.2 rebounds and 4.9 assists per contest to help the Green Knights go 10-0 en route to their second straight Division 1 state title. Ndayishimiye is the overwhelming favorite to repeat as Mr. Basketball in the Green Mountain State. Read More: Vermont Player of the Year

Class: Senior (2021) | Status: Uncommitted
In a shortened season, Keels averaged 28.7 points, 9.1 rebounds, 7.2 assists and 3.8 steals per contest while recording six triple-doubles. He finished his prep career with 1,803 points. Read More: Virginia Player of the Year

West Virginia — Isaac McKneely, Poca
Back-to-back Gazette-Mail All-Kanawha Valley co-Player of the Year averaged 22.8 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game while shooting 49 percent from the field, 41.7 percent from three-point range and 82.7 percent from the free-throw line in 15 regular season games. Read More: West Virginia Player of the Year

Class: Senior (2021) | Status: Signed with Iowa State
Top 50 senior prospect led the team in scoring and assists averaging 18.9 points, 6.3 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 2.7 steals per game on the season for the Division 3 state champions. Hunter was a four-year starter for St. Catherine's, compiling 1,589 points while leading the program to a record of 91-12. Read More: Wisconsin Player of the Year

Wyoming — Sam Lecholat, Sheridan
Class: Senior (2021) | Status: Signed with Montana State
The 6-6 wing averaged 17.7 points, 10.9 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.9 blocks per game while shooting 52 percent from the field to guide the Broncs to the Class 4A state semifinals. Read More: Wyoming Player of the Year
High school baseball: New Hampshire school's 89-game run leads list of longest winning streaks - HIGHSCORE
High school baseball: New Hampshire school's 89-game run leads list of longest winning streaks
In the spring of 2005, a pair of teams raced to claim the all-time longest high school baseball win streak from leader Archbishop Molloy (Queens, N.Y.), which had reportedly won 68 straight games from 1963 to 1966 under legendary coach Jack Curran.

And then in 2012, it happened all over again.

La Cueva (Albuquerque) was the first team to surpass Archbishop Molloy, doing so on April 2, 2005, with a doubleheader sweep of Highland that put La Cueva's win streak at 70. The Bears built their streak slowly, starting with the first victory in 2002 and stretching over four seasons. Rio Grande snapped La Cueva's streak with a rather convincing 17-8 win.

Homer (Mich.) took the quicker route to the national record. The Trojans went 38-0 in 2004 to win the Michigan Division III state championship and passed La Cueva on June 4, 2005, when it defeated Union City 14-3 in the district championships for win No. 71. Homer won four more games and advanced to the Division III state finals again before losing to Saginaw Nouvel.

The race between Portsmouth (N.H.) and Martensdale-St. Mary's (Martensdale, Iowa) in 2012 saw Portsmouth break the record twice and St. Mary's once. Portsmouth beat Pembroke Academy on May 12, it edged Homer for win No. 76 with a streak that started back in 2008. Portsmouth went on to win seven more games, another state championship and finished with 83 straight wins.

Like Homer, Martensdale-St. Mary's took a much quicker approach to the record. After setting a state record with a 43-0 record in 2010, the Blue Devils, who play in the summer, went 44-0 in 2012. They got the record with a 10-0 win over Twin Cedars on July 19, 2012 to put them at 84 in a row. Three more wins gave the Blue Devils a second straight state title.

But Portsmouth wasn't done. The Clippers won their first six games of the 2012 season to reclaim the national record at 89 before losing to St. Thomas Aquinas on April 30, 2012.

Martensdale-St. Mary's still had a chance to reclaim the record as well. But after winning their first game of the 2012 summer season, the Blue Devils fell  4-3 to Des Moines East on May 22 ending their streak at 88.

It turns out, however, that the original record Homer and La Cueva were chasing may have never actually existed. Archbishop Molloy, coached by Curran who won 1,708 baseball games in his 52-year coaching career, reportedly won 68 games between 1963 and 1966. However, there's reason to believe that those games were league games and they may have been a combination of fall and spring win streaks.
Calvary Christian ran a win streak to 60 games between 2016-18.
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Calvary Christian ran a win streak to 60 games between 2016-18.
An article in the New York Daily News on June 19, 1966, stated that the 68 consecutive wins were "league" wins. Other reports about Curran's career in "The Beehive," a Molloy alumni newsletter, lists the 68 wins as league wins as well. Additionally, Al Harvin wrote about Curran in the New York Times in 1982, stating that he had only "one undefeated season, 36-0 in 1970," which doesn't make sense for a coach that was supposed to have won 68 games over a four-year span. Research by Barry Sollenberger of the National Sports News Service also indicated that the wins covered the fall and spring season.

So if Molloy didn't hold the record, Capitol Hill of Oklahoma City most certainly did. Capitol Hill won 66 in a row from 1952 to 1954, breaking the record of 65, set by Waxahachie (Texas) from 1924 to 1927.

One of the more improbable ends to a long streak came in 1985 in Tennessee. Unicoi County became the first team in the nation to hit over 100 home runs as a team, hitting 100 and 101 in the top of the seventh of the championship game to build a 5-0 lead. But in the bottom of the seventh, Chattanooga Central scored six runs, including a walk-off grand slam home run, to end the streak.

The win streaks are for spring seasons only and not for fall-to-spring win streaks. Cameron (Okla.) holds the longest win streak for fall-spring teams at 84 in a row. The Yellowjackets' streak stretched from the fall of 1988, to the spring of 1989, to the fall of 1989 to the spring of 1990. Roff (Okla.) could threaten that streak. The Tigers won 26 games in the fall of 2020 and went 33-0 in the spring of 2021 for a streak of 59 games in a row.

The most recent streak on the list belongs to Calvary Christian (Clearwater, Fla.), which won 60 in a row over the 2017 and 2018 seasons.

Sources include the NFHS record book, state association record books, Iwasatthegame.com (Oklahoma records) and research using newspapers.com. Additions or corrections, [email protected]

Longest baseball win streaks

1.    89 — Portsmouth (N.H.), 2008-12
2.    88 — Martensdale-St. Mary's (Martensdale, Iowa), 2010-12
3.    75 — Homer (Mich.), 2004-05
4.    70 — La Cueva (Albuquerque), 2002-05
5.    68 — Archbishop Molloy (Queens, N.Y.), 1963-66
6.    67 — Sumrall (Miss.), 2008-10
7.    66 — Capitol Hill (Oklahoma City, Okla.), 1952-54
8.    65 — Waxahachie (Texas), 1924-27
9.    64 — St. Benedict's Prep (Newark, N.J.), 1946-50
9.    64 — Naugatuck (Conn.), 1969-73

9.    64 — Nekoosa (Wis.), 1980-83
9.    64 — Edwardsville (Ill.), 1990-91
9.    64 — Enterprise (Utah), 1992-95
14.  61 — Evans (Ga.), 1988-90
15.  60 — Eaton (Colo.), 2008-10
15.  60 — Calvary Christian (Clearwater, Fla.), 2016-18
17.  59 — Kee (Lansing, Iowa), 1991-92
17.  59 — Evansville Reitz (Ind.), 1978-79
19.  58 — Wilton (Iowa), 2005-06
19.  58 — St. Cloud Cathedral (St. Cloud, Minn.), 2014-16

21.  57 — West Perry (Elliottsburg, Pa.), 1979-81
21.  57 — Wayne (Bicknell, Utah), 2006-09
23.  56 — Grand Haven (Mich.), 1960-62
24.  55 — Muskegon (Mich.), 1941-45
24.  55 — Unicoi County (Erwin, Tenn.), 1984-85
26.  54 — South San Antonio (San Antonio), 1966-68
26.  54 — Bowie (Md.), 1981-83
26.  54 — Cottonwood (Ala.), 1985-88
29.  53 — Garber (Okla.), 1960-61
29.  53 — Amsterdam (N.Y.), 1972-75

29.  53 — Omaha Northwest (Neb.), 1982-85
32.  52 — White Oak (Jacksonville, N.C.), 1978-80
32.  52 — Shawnee (Okla.), 2016-18
34.  51 — Panguitch (Utah), 2011-13
34.  51 — New Hope (Miss.), 1997-98
36.  50 — Lockhart (S.C.), 1972-74 (no longer fields baseball team)
36.  50 — Enterprise (Utah), 1984-88

High school football: 100 days to kickoff, preseason HIGHSCORE Top 25 set to be released June 23 - HIGHSCORE
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.
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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
High school basketball: DeMatha coach Mike Jones returns to lead USA Men's U16's National Team - HIGHSCORE
High school basketball: DeMatha coach Mike Jones returns to lead USA Men's U16's National Team
USA basketball announced that Mike Jones of DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.) will return to lead the U16 men's National Team coaching staff along with assistant coaches Eric Flannery of St. Edward (Lakewood, Ohio) and Sharman White of Pace Academy (Atlanta).

The trio already helped USA Basketball men's U16 and U17 teams to a combined seven gold medals, including in 2019 when they led the USA U16 National team to a 6-0 record.

Team USA will compete in the 2021 FIBA Americas U16 Championship, where the top four finishers earn a berth into the 2022 FIBA U17 World Cup. The coaching selections were made by the USA Basketball Men's Developmental National Team Committee.

"The committee felt these three coaches were the right group to lead the USA U16 National Team in 2021," said Sean Ford, committee chair and USA Basketball Men's National Team director per the official press release. "More than the fact that they were not able to coach in 2020 as expected, Mike, Eric and Sharman have outstanding experience coaching with USA Basketball, and they will lead this U16 team by exemplifying and developing the values of the USA Basketball Junior National Team program that they have been a huge part of creating."

This is Jones' 22nd USA Basketball coaching assignment, including winning the 2019 U16 gold medal, serving as a lead coach at the 2019 USA Men's Junior National Team July minicamp and as a court coach at the 2019 USA Men's Junior National Team October minicamp. He also served as head coach of the USA Nike Hoop Summit Team in 2013, 2014 and 2018, and as a USA Hoop Summit assistant in 2012 and 2017.

"I am truly honored to represent our country and to work with such a great staff and tremendous young men," Jones said. "We know that we have a challenge ahead of us, and we will embrace it, prepare for it, and we look forward to competing with some of the best talent from the Americas. We are very excited and anxious to get back on the court and chase a gold medal."

Jones has coached DeMatha for 20 years where he owns an all-time record of 511-119 (.811 winning percentage). He led the Stags to their fourth consecutive MaxPreps Top 25 finish this past season, finishing No. 4 with a 9-0 record in an abbreviated 2020-21 campaign.

Flannery enters his 14th coaching role for USA basketball in 2021 after recently completing his 25th season with St. Edward where he's compiled a 483-132 overall record.

White will undertake his 10th USA basketball coaching assignment. White is 449-106 overall with nine state titles in 23 seasons as a high school basketball head coach.

The coaches will look to continue the tradition of the USA U16 men's basketball program that has compiled an all-time record of 31-0 in FIBA Americas Championship competition since its debut in 2009.
Mike Jones coaches up his DeMatha squad during a timeout.
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Mike Jones coaches up his DeMatha squad during a timeout.