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MaxPreps/AVCA Players of the Week for August 23, 2020

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HIGH SCHOOL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

Alabama

Skyler Bumpers


McGill-Toolen High School (Mobile, AL), 6 - 1

6'0 Senior, OH,OPP

Week of August 17 – August 23, 2020: 17 Sets Played
Stats
Kills: 81
Kills/Game: 4.77
Digs: 50
Digs/Game: 2.94
Receptions: 53
Rcpt/Game: 3.12
Aces: 8

Georgia
Kate Perryman


North Forsyth High School (Cumming, GA), 13 - 2

6'2 Senior, MB,OH

Week of August 17 – August 23, 2020: 15 Sets Played
Stats
Kills: 75
Kills/Game: 5
Digs: 10
Receptions: 40
Rcpt/Game: 2.67
Aces: 5
Blocks: 18

Indiana
Dara Milivojac


Indianapolis Lutheran High School (Indianapolis, IN), 3 - 1

Senior, OH

Week of August 17 – August 23, 2020: 11 Sets Played
Stats
Kills: 80
Kills/Game: 7.27
Digs: 38
Digs/Game: 3.46
Receptions: 90
Rcpt/Game: 8.18
Blocks: 3

Mississippi
Parker Bracken

Jackson Academy (Jackson, MS), 8 - 1

5'10 Senior, OH

Week of August 17 – August 23, 2020: 8 Sets Played
Stats
Kills: 37
Kills/Game: 4.63
Digs: 33
Digs/Game: 4.13
Receptions: 21
Rcpt/Game: 2.63
Aces: 12
Blocks: 1

Ohio
Paige Fisher


Williamsburg High School (Williamsburg, OH), 1 - 0

5'10 Senior, S,MH

Week of August 17 – August 23, 2020: 3 Sets Played
Stats
Kills: 24
Kills/Game: 8.00
Digs: 2
Receptions: 9
Rcpt/Game: 3.00
Aces: 3
Blocks: 1

Oklahoma
Grace Thompson


Westmoore High School (Oklahoma City, OK), 3 - 3

Senior,

Week of August 17 – August 23, 2020: 13 Sets Played
Stats
Kills: 41
Kills/Game: 3.15
Digs: 24
Digs/Game: 1.86
Receptions: 34
Rcpt/Game: 2.62
Aces: 4

Tennessee
Shaye Eggleston

Brentwood High School (Brentwood, TN), 2 - 0

6'0 Senior, OH

Week of August 17 – August 23, 2020: 7 Sets Played
Stats
Kills: 38
Kills/Game: 5.43
Digs: 23
Digs/Game: 3.29
Receptions: 25
Rcpt/Game: 3.57
Aces: 5
Blocks: 4

Texas
Graycee Mosley

Troy High School (Troy, TX), 5 - 1
5'9 Junior, OH,DS

Week of August 17 – August 23, 2020: 15 Sets Played
Stats
Kills: 79
Kills/Game: 5.27
Digs: 22
Digs/Game: 1.47
Receptions: 41
Rcpt/Game: 2.73
Aces: 14
Blocks: 2

Utah
Halle Hogan


Woods Cross High School (Woods Cross, UT), 6-1

5'8 Senior, S

Week of August 17 – August 23, 2020: 26 Sets Played
Stats:
Assists: 237
Assists/Game: 9.12
Team Hitting%: 0.220
Digs: 25
Aces: 23
Blocks: 6

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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.

Carlos Stewart named 2020-21 HIGHSCORE Louisiana High School Basketball Player of the Year - HIGHSCORE
Carlos Stewart named 2020-21 MaxPreps Louisiana High School 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.

Carlos Stewart of Dunham (Baton Rouge) is the 2020-21 MaxPreps Louisiana High School Basketball Player of the Year. The 6-foot-2, 185-pound senior helped the Tigers go 18-11 en route to the program's second consecutive state crown.

Stewart averaged 33 points, five rebounds and four assists per game while shooting 55 percent from the field and 44 percent from 3-point range.

In Dunham's 52-48 Division III state championship game victory over Newman (New Orleans), Stewart tallied 28 points and 10 rebounds, including nine of team's final 10 points to overcome a late deficit.

Stewart is a Santa Clara commit. He also received offers from Coastal Carolina, Louisiana, New Orleans, TCU, Tulane and UAB.

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.
2018 HIGHSCORE High School Freshman All-American Football Team - HIGHSCORE
2018 MaxPreps High School Freshman All-American Football Team
Georgia has been home to some of the most accomplished ninth-grade signal callers in recent years. From DeShaun Watson to Jake Fromm and Trevor Lawrence, the Peach State has led the way with quarterbacks making an instant impact as freshmen.

In 2018, Gunner Stockton showed that he was next in line.

The 6-foot-1, 195-pound quarterback emerged at Rabun County (Tiger, Ga.) in a major way this year.

Stockton, a top-ranked quarterback in the Class of 2022 according to scouting service Recruiting Brain, showed that, for as much promise his future holds, he was ready to make an instant impact. He completed 190-of-291 passes for 2,917 yards and 34 touchdowns.

His touchdown total (34) eclipsed the ninth grade production of Watson (17), Lawrence (26) and Fromm (8).

"He is a very special/rare player," said Rabun County quarterbacks coach Jaybo Shaw. There are not many Gunner Stockton's walking around."

Stockton highlights a talented and geographically diverse group of freshmen All-Americans that features players from all pockets of the country as well as a selection from American Somoa.

MaxPreps 2018 Freshmen All-American Team

First Team Offense

The Peach State's next great signal caller, Stockton threw for 2,917 yards and 34 touchdowns. He also rushed for 709 yards and 17 more scores.

Threw for 1,937 yards and 21 touchdowns while rushing 60 times for 312 yards and six scores, drawing comparisons to a young Cam Newton.

A physical specimen at 6-1, 185, Gibbs topped the 1,500-yard mark and scored 22 touchdowns.

One of the more exciting players in the Stockton-Modesto area, Brown reeled off 1,688 yards and scored 28 times. He added 31 catches for 741 yards.

"Bam Bam" battered opposing defenses, en route to district Newcomer of the Year honors.

With 48 catches for 1,191 yards and 13 touchdowns, Burden is the definition of a home-run threat. With the gridiron season finished, Burden heads to the hardwood, where he might be even more talented.

Notched 77 catches for 854 yard and six scores for Alemany. According 247Sports, he already has an offer from Oregon.

For one of Massachusetts' top programs, Zamor emerged as one of the top young talents in New England, lining up at numerous positions and earning a Michigan offer in the process.

Also an impressive basketball and baseball player, Oatis saw varsity action in the trenches as an eighth-grader, a testament to his incredible physical prowess. He has already landed offers from Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi and Mississippi State.

The ballyhooed middle-school phenom shed 80 pounds heading into ninth grade, making him a factor immediately on the Holy Cross varsity line.

Iuli was an absolute monster for state semifinalists Puyallup. Washington has produced numerous blue-chip lineman through the years, and Iuli has the chance to be every bit as good as any of them.

An all-district selection, Meadows helped Graham capture a Class 2 state title, the program's first since 1995.

Though his future is likely on the defensive side of the ball, Miles, who already holds offers from Michigan and North Carolina, was a key figure on the St. Peter's Prep offensive line.

Nickel was a key contributor to state champion Milton, where he also lined up at fullback.

For the storied Ohio program, Harrison stepped into the starting quarterback role and tossed for 1,649 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Graphic by Ryan Escobar
First Team Defense

At 6-3, 305 pounds, Neal is a mountain of a young man, and will be drawing double teams for years to come.

Accounted for 76 tackles and 15 sacks for a 14-1 Northeastern team.

Thomas knifed his way through opposing offensive lines to the tune of 13 sacks.

A massive presence up front for one of New Jersey's top teams, Booker had three tackles in Bergen Catholic's early season upset over Grayson (Loganville, Ga.).

For state champ Crusaders, Misa tallied 39 tackles and added a blocked punt.

The son of former NFL player (and current Kansas City Chiefs assistant) Deland McCullough, Dasan already towers over his dad and could be an FBS recruit at multiple positions.

The Black Knights have produced some blue-chip recruits and Smith, a 6-3, 221-pound specimen, seems to fit the mold.

In Alabama's ultra-competitive Class 7A, Alexander earned All-State honors, finishing with 74 tackles.

After leading the team in tackles as an eighth-grader, Martin delivered once more as a freshman.

A playmaker for Palmetto, he made big plays on both defense and special teams.

A breakthrough player in the secondary for the CIF Open Division state champs Mater Dei, he recorded two interceptions and three pass breakups.

A starter for one of the state's top programs, he also saw action at wide receiver and has now transitioned to the hardwood.

An all-region pick, he was responsible for 26 tackles, five interceptions and 12 pass breakups.

He's drawn comparisons to Chiefs' defensive tackle, and fellow "757" native Derrick Nnadi. The 6-4 300 pounder made 71 tackles and earned Second Team All-State.

Second Team Offense

It was a dominant season for the coach's son who carved up opposing defenses to the tune of 2,984 yards and 40 touchdowns.

The 6-5 gunslinger threw for 2,438 yards and 29 touchdowns against four interceptions, helping the Titans to a 9-3 finish.

Topped the 1,000-yard mark for the 9-3 Cougars, while adding six catches for 74 yards and another score.

Made a name for himself with 329 yards and four touchdowns against state power Lake Taylor (Norfolk). On the season, he accumulated 1,421 yards and 16 scores.

Coach's son found the end zone 22 times on 1,280 yards, while adding a pick-six on defense.

Taylor, simply put, is one of the fastest players in America. As Washington continues to become a recruiting hotspot, Taylor will carry the torch.

Turner-Gooden showed glimpses all over the field, lining up at wide receiver, defensive back, punt returner and kick returner.

The sky is the limit for the 6-3 Groves, who caught eight touchdowns and also spent time at running back.

After missing most of the season with a broken foot, Johnson, whose father Brad played quarterback and won a Super Bowl in the NFL, closed the season by catching a touchdown pass from brother Max, an LSU commit.

A starter out of the gate, Harris showed the promise that led to an early offer from Alabama.

Not only started for mighty Centennial, a high school power, he played the key position of left tackle for one of the country's best programs.

Worked his weigh into the starting lineup and more than held his own for Broward County power St. Thomas Aquinas.

Taylor was tasked with protecting the quarterback's blindside, using his 6-5 frame to line up at left tackle.

For Class 6A Atascocita, which finished 11-2, Dewberry saw significant time at tackle. He'll be one of the biggest recruits in the Lone Star State in coming years.

The 6-2 WR/FS saw action on special teams. As a receiver, he caught 10 touchdowns.

Second Team Defense

Record 19 tackles and swatted down three passes. He projects to be one of the more coveted recruits from the Hoosier State.

While he saw regular work at defensive end and played special teams, the best is yet to come for Finkley, who's already 6-2, 225.

A gifted edge-rushed and totaled six sacks and five tackles for loss.

In the season opener, Perry immediately established his presence, recording six tackles, a sack and a fumble recovery.

It's rare for any freshmen to contribute for Texas Class 6A powers like Coppell, especially at physically demanding positions like linebacker. Polk thrived, with a team high 116 tackles.

The team's leading tackler this fall, Murphy will be a sought-after recruit before his time is up.

Playing in the nation's premier league, Te'o more than held his own. He was responsible for 66 tackles and four quarterback hurries.

The 6-2, 210 pounder looks like a linebacker at the next level, but also saw action behind center for Simmons.

The rangy Barham took advantage of a growth spurt entering high school and saw varsity action for national power DeMatha.

With his size (6-1, 195), Clark thrived at safety before moving up to play linebacker. He hails from the same school as former blue-chip defensive back Antwine Perez.

The son of former NFL receiver Donald Driver, Cristian helped Liberty Christian to an 8-5 season and a berth in the state state semifinals.

DB – Oakie Salave'a, Leone (Pago Pago, American Samoa)
Salave'a, whose uncle Joseph spent more than a decade in the NFL as a defensive tackle, has the size (6-3, 180) and pedigree to be a big-time player from American Samoa. He already has an offer from Hawaii.

A member of the Crusaders' impressive young nucleus, Gould made 24 tackles and an interception.

An all-area honorable mention selection, Singletary had seven picks and six pass breakups for Class 7A Lee.

*Stephen Spiewak is national football editor emeritus at MaxPreps and has selected the MaxPreps Freshman All-American Team since 2010. Nowadays, he works at Vivid Seats, where he's written about the popularity of football across the United States.
High school girls basketball rankings: No. 16 Anderson County survives upset bid, moves up two spots in HIGHSCORE Top 25 rankings - HIGHSCORE
High school girls basketball rankings: No. 16 Anderson County survives upset bid, moves up two spots in MaxPreps Top 25 rankings
Ponchatoula has played 30 games in Louisiana. Simeon, which was ranked in our preseason MaxPreps Top 25 high school girls basketball rankings, will play its first game in Illinois this week. Mater Dei and Archbishop Mitty, both from California and both given spots before the season, may not play at all.

Such is the state of high school basketball in the season of COVID-19, which has only added to the challenge of putting together these rankings.

So should an unbeaten team with 10 games be ranked ahead of an unbeaten team that's played 30? After all, every game is a chance to lose, and the 10-game team clearly had fewer opportunities to pick up a loss. But then again, it's certainly not the fault of the teams that they've played fewer games than expected, or didn't have a chance to get that big intersectional win that would have put them on the map.

Which means that this year, more so than any other, the talent on the roster — as measured by individual rankings and recruiting interest — has an impact on where a team is placed. Edison has played four games, but sits at No. 5 thanks to a horde of top-shelf talent that was just as likely to be 24-0 as 4-0.

Is this the way we normally do it? Not at all, but a lot of things aren't normal in the 2020-21 girls basketball season — and like most of these teams you just have to play the hand you're dealt.

NOTE: Coaches and team personnel are encouraged to update schedules and results on MaxPreps – especially those in the mix for MaxPreps Top 25 consideration. For assistance or questions, please reach out to [email protected]
Marya Hudgins, Grandview
Photo by Steve Abeyta
Marya Hudgins, Grandview
MaxPreps Top 25 Girls Basketball Rankings

Record: 17-0 | Last week: 1
Note that there are two American Heritage high schools in Florida, and the one in the other 4A semifinal — the one Lake Highland Prep might have to face this weekend should it get by Bishop Kenny — is not the American Heritage that's ranked No. 24.

2. Westlake (Atlanta)
Record: 15-0 | Last week: 2
Westlake has waited nearly a month to play a game as opponents were hard to come by, but the AAAAAA postseason begins this week. The first serious test likely will come next week from 23-3 Kell in quarterfinals.

3. Mount Notre Dame (Cincinnati)
Record: 23-0 | Last week: 3
The Cougars won their first two Division 1 playoff games by an average score of 82-7 but it's possible, if not likely, that 21-2 Centerville — which only lost to host Mount Notre Dame by nine earlier this year — will be the semifinal opponent. We're guessing that game will be a lot closer than 82-7.

4. Hopkins (Minnetonka, Minn.)
Record: 10-0 | Last week: 4
Hopkins easily disposed of Minnetonka, which gave the defending state champs a tough game the first time around. So the next focus will be on the March 5 game at No. 20 Chaska.

5. Edison Academy (Detroit)
Record: 4-0 | Last week: 5
Edison downed perennial rival Renaissance 68-59 on Saturday.

6. Incarnate Word Academy (St. Louis)
Record: 18-0 | Last week: 6
There are two games left in regular season for the Show Me State's best, and neither should pose much of a challenge.

7. Cypress Creek (Houston)
Record: 28-0| Last week: 7
Cypress Creek will play 24-4 Heights on Wednesday, and that record is impressive. But Cypress Creek already played Heights and won by 31.

8. Norman (Okla.)
Record: 13-0 | Last week: 8
Norman has had a long break, but plays Thursday against Grant — and is expected to move on to the 6A Area playoffs, which begin March 4.

9. St. John-Vianney (Holmdel, N.J.)
Record: 9-0 | Last week: 9
St. John Vianney's comfortable home in the Top 10 will be threatened Friday by 8-0 Trenton Catholic — but luckily the game will be in the friendly confines of Holmdel.

10. Paul VI (Chantilly, Va.)
Record: 10-0 | Last week: 10
Season complete.

11. DeSoto (Texas)
Record: 22-2 | Last week: 12
DeSoto continues to advance in 6A District play, but down the road must deal with rival Duncanville and No. 7 Cypress Creek.

12. Newark (Ohio)
Record: 24-1 | Last week: 13
Hilliard Darby, Wednesday's opponent in the Division 1 playoffs, is the 25th seed — 16-2 Watkins Memorial, the likely Friday opponent, will be a tougher test.

13. Grandview (Aurora, Colo.)
Record: 9-0 | Last week: 14
There are some very good teams in Colorado, but Grandview won't face any of them until postseason, which begins the week of March 8.

14. Princess Anne (Virginia Beach, Va.)
Record:
10-0 | Last week: 17
Princess Anne completed its abbreviated unbeaten season by winning its eighth straight state title, and 12th overall.

15. Fremont (Plain City, Utah)
Record: 22-0 | Last week: 15
The 6A playoffs begin Thursday, but Fremont is the No. 2 seed, behind once-beaten Herriman, which did play a tougher schedule. We might find out how much that matters if both reach the March 6 finals.

16. Anderson County (Lawrenceburg, Ky.)
Record: 17-0 | Last week: 18
Sometimes it takes a little luck. Anderson County got a banked-in, 3-pointer with 3.2 seconds to left to take a 69-68 lead over Sacred Heart — and then had to watch as Sacred Heart's desperation heave spent some time on the rim before bouncing out.

17. Ponchatoula (La.)
Record: 30-0 | Last week: 22
Ponchatoula is three games away from an unbeaten season, a Top 20 ranking (or higher), and most important, a Louisiana 5A state title.

18. Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.)

Record: 21-2 | Last week: 11
Montverde lost by one in the first round of the Independent School National Championships, but bounced back to win its last two and retain a spot in the Top 25. The other loss was to No. 1 Lake Highland Prep, and Montverde has a handful of impressive wins over strong Florida opposition.

19. Rutgers Prep (Somerset, N.J.)

Record: 7-0 | Last week: 19
Rutgers Prep has two games left before a limited postseason, and a loss anywhere along the line would be considered a major upset.

20. Chaska (Minn.)
Record: 10-0 | Last week: 20
Chaska was on no one's radar in preseason — but now you can bet No. 4 Hopkins is already gathering intel for the March 5 matchup.

21. Hazel Green (Ala.)
Record: 32-1 | Last week: 21
Should Hazel Green get past Hartselle Wednesday — and Hazel Green won by 19 back in November — McGill-Toolen would be the 6A semifinals foe. Hazel Green beat McGill-Toolen by 25 in December.

22. New Hope Academy (Landover Hills, Md.)
Record: 10-3 | Last week: NR
New Hope returns to the rankings after winning the Independent School National Championship over a strong field. And if you think three losses are too many for a Top 25 team, think again — all three came against elite opposition.

23. Bearden (Knoxville, Tenn.)
Record: 25-1 | Last week: 23
Oak Ridge is 20-4 and the likely opponent in Monday's Class AAA Regional semifinals, but Bearden should be favored, if not heavily favored, until the state tournament starts March 10.

24. American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.)
Record: 23-2 | Last week: 24
It's not going to be easy for American Heritage to hold on to this ranking, as Florida is very strong this year, and the 5A Final Four is impressive. First up is 24-4 Clearwater, which hasn't lost since Dec. 11, and the other side of the bracket has 26-1 St. Augustine and a fully healthy, and very talented, 22-3 Palm Bay.

25. Pius X (Lincoln, Neb.)
Record:
20-0 | Last week: 25
Pius X must get past either 12-win Benson or 12-win Bellevue West on Thursday to get to the Class A state tournament, which starts next week. And it would be unwise to bet against the No. 25 team in the country.

Dropped out: No. 16 Archbishop Wood (Warminster, Pa.).