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Watch: Nation's No. 1 high school football quarterback Sam Huard opens senior season with 495 yards, 7 touchdowns - HIGHSCORE
Watch: Nation's No. 1 high school football quarterback Sam Huard opens senior season with 495 yards, 7 touchdowns
Sam Huard made up for lost time in a hurry. The five-star Kennedy Catholic (Burien, Wash.) senior quarterback threw for 495 yards and seven touchdowns in last week's 49-14 season-opening win over Tahoma.

According to the Tacoma Tribune, the University of Washington signee threw for 341 yards and five touchdowns in the first half alone before the Lancers pumped the brakes. Huard is 805 yards shy of breaking the state career passing record of 13,044 set by Brett Rypien of Shadle Park (Spokane) from 2011 to 2014.

Like most of the West Coast, Kennedy Catholic has been paused from football since the fall of 2019 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Lancers resumed play with a bang as a double pass found its way back to Huard on the game's first play on Friday. The 6-foot-2, 190-pound left-hander fired a 46-yard pass to Reed Shumpert, who four plays later caught a TD pass. Huard finished with 26 completions in 35 attempts.

He's thrown for 12,240 career yards and 139 touchdowns. The Lancers travel Friday to Decatur (Federal Way).

“I just wanted to take a moment and see all my teammates and my coaches and just be out here together,” Huard told the newspaper after Friday's games. “Just being able to play with these guys, it means the world to me. ... That’s the only thing that matters to me at the end of the day is just being out here playing the game that I love with my teammates.”

Huard is ranked the No. 11 player overall nationally in the Class of 2021 by 247Sports composite, and the No. 1 pro-style quarterback prospect. His father Damon and uncle Brock both played quarterback in the NFL.
Sam Huard, Kennedy Catholic
File photo by Glen Moffit
Sam Huard, Kennedy Catholic

MLB Draft: Top 5 high school catcher prospects - HIGHSCORE
MLB Draft: Top 5 high school catcher prospects
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The Major League Baseball Draft is five rounds this year and the position that perhaps will suffer the brunt of the shortening is high school catcher.

Most mock drafts have one high school catcher going in the first round and mock drafts that project all five rounds show three prep catchers being drafted at all. Mock drafts predict that major league clubs will spend their picks on pitching during the five rounds.

There are at least five high school catchers who have a chance of being drafted, although several of them could move to different positions after they are drafted.

Since there will be far fewer draft selections this year, MaxPreps is providing a truncated look at the top high school selections for the MLB Draft, scheduled for June 10-11. Instead of the usual Top 10, MaxPreps looks at the Top 5 players at six different positions. We've previously presented corner infielders, middle infielders and outfielders.
Graphic by Ryan Escobar
Tyler Soderstrom, Turlock (Calif.)
Nearly every mock draft has Soderstrom going to the San Francisco Giants with the No. 13 overall pick. A catcher throughout his high school playing days, Soderstrom is a high draft pick based on his offensive skills. He showed promise last year when he batted .452 with 12 doubles and four home runs. Speculation is that he will likely end up at third base or in the outfield to maximize his offensive prowess. Projection: No. 13 overall to Giants.

Drew Romo, The Woodlands (Texas)
Romo has an outside shot at going in the first round, but is a likely second-round pick. A defensive standout with quick hands, Romo also has the ability to switch hit. Not necessarily a home run hitter, Romo is still an extra-base threat and is a good enough hitter to eventually switch positions. Projection: second round.

Kevin Parada, Loyola (Los Angeles)
Like Sodestrom, Parada is versatile enough to play another position at the big league level and thus might not stick at catcher. A solid defensive catcher with a strong arm, Parada may also be a candidate for one of the corner spots. He is also an offensive threat after batting around .450 the past two seasons with six home runs. Projection: third round.

Jack Bulger, DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.)
Bulger had a huge junior season, batting .545 with five home runs. His productivity earned him Gatorade State Player of the Year honors. In any other draft year, Bulger would likely be selected somewhere in the first 10 rounds. However with only five rounds this year, Bulger is right on the edge of getting drafted. With a pop time of around 1.9, Bulger has the skills to catch at the major league level. Projection: Fifth round/undrafted.

Daniel Susac, Jesuit (Carmichael, Calif.)
Brother Andrew is already in the Major Leagues and the younger brother will be there before too long. He has one of the best pop times at the high school level at 1.82 and he can hit for power. He had three home runs last year while batting .378. In a normal draft year, Susac probably goes somewhere in the first 10 rounds. Projection: Fifth round/undrafted.
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.
Most visited HIGHSCORE player pages during the 2019-20 school year - HIGHSCORE
Most visited MaxPreps player pages during the 2019-20 school year
Video: Bronny James highlights
Sierra Canyon freshman in action during 2019-20 season.

While powerhouse high school football teams and Friday nights in the fall generate major audience interest on, on an individual level it's all about the stars on the hardwood.

Basketball players occupy 20 of the 25 most visited player pages on MaxPreps from Aug. 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020.

Fans and site users are particularly interested in the Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth, Calif.) hoops team, which claims five of the Top 10 spots and seven of the Top 25. That means two players who came off the bench for the Southern California program are among the most recognizable names in high school sports.

Leading the way for Sierra Canyon is the freshman son of LeBron James — Bronny James, who piled up over twice as many player page visits as any other athlete on MaxPreps over the past 12 months. Teammates Zaire Wade, Harold Yu, Brandon Boston Jr. and Ziaire Williams also made the Top 10.

In addition to current prep stars, our list includes big names like Patrick Mahomes and Derrick Henry, who are still generating major interest on the site years after their respective high school careers came to an end.

See an expanded list of the high school athletes that are driving traffic below, along with a brief explanation of what made them compelling in 2019-20.
Graphic by Ryan Escobar
1. Bronny James, Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth, Calif.) basketball
His appeal isn't much of a mystery. He's the son of the world's most famous basketball player on one of the most high-profile teams at the prep level.

MaxPreps National Freshman of the Year moves the needle on social media and on the court, where he led San Ysidro to its first section title in school history.

Dwyane Wade's son was a key contributor for the Trailblazers, who finished the season ranked No. 15 nationally by MaxPreps.

Newman continued to draw attention thanks in part to the "Hello Newmans" web series produced by Overtime.

At 7-foot-3, the native of China stands out in a unique way even on a star-studded Sierra Canyon roster.

Headed to Kentucky, Boston transferred from Georgia to spend his senior season in SoCal.

A Stanford signee, the 6-8 forward hit a last-second shot in March that sent Sierra Canyon to California's Open Division state championship game.

8. Myzel Miller, Judson (Converse, Texas) football
"Friday Night Tykes" alum was a contributor at defensive back for a 12-2 Judson team last fall. Moving to Cornerstone Christian (San Antonio) next year.

Elite hoops prospect had a monster senior season and then elected to bypass college to play in the G-League.

10. Omar Cooper, Walker (Marietta, Ga.) basketball
Twin brother of 2018-19 MaxPreps National Player of the Year Sharife Cooper and a pretty good baller in his own right, averaging 13.1 points, 5.3 assists and 4.5 rebounds per game as a senior.

He's big on Instagram with nearly 415,000 followers. Played junior varsity basketball in 2019-20 for storied Seattle program.

12. Madison Prewett, Lee-Scott Academy (Auburn, Ala.) basketball
Part of three state championship teams at Lee-Scott Academy from 2011-13, Prewett is better known as a contestant on "The Bachelor" alongside Peter Weber.

13. Tommy Murr, Lindsay Lane Christian Academy (Athens, Ala.) basketball
Led the nation in scoring (according to statistics submitted to MaxPreps) at 44.3 points per game.

Promising kicker made a name for himself last month with his voice on "America's Got Talent."

Overachieving guard graduated in 2019 and spent last season playing post-grad ball before landing a scholarship at Cleveland State.

Headed for start-up Ypsi Prep Academy next year, the 6-8 forward is regarded as the top high school prospect regardless of class.

The 2019-20 MaxPreps National Player of the Year in girls hoops is headed to UConn.

18. Shy Odom, Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth, Calif.) basketball
Massachusetts native is a big time prospect in the Class of 2022.

Starred at Beverly Hills, the University of Oregon and in the NFL before producing "All American" on CW.

Top 10 Class of 2022 prospect is expected to be the go-to guy at Sierra Canyon next season.

Another "Friday Night Tykes" star that looks primed for big things over the next two seasons at East Central.

High school football's all-time leading rusher became a certified NFL star in 2019, rushing for over 1,500 yards and 16 touchdowns.

Small school Indiana star is on pace to challenge state's all-time scoring record.

Featured in the Netflix series "Basketball or Nothing" along with Chinle teammates, scored over 2,000 career points and is headed to Pima Community College in the fall.

One of the top freshman hoops prospects in the Buckeye State.

Next 25

44. Joseph Girard III, Glens Falls (N.Y.) football/basketball
47. Patrick Mahomes, Whitehouse (Texas) football/baseball/basketball
Virginia crowns first spring football champions in high school history - HIGHSCORE
Virginia crowns first spring football champions in high school history
Like any other year, the Virginia High School League crowned six state football champions Saturday afternoon in six different classifications. But these were clearly different.  From all records MaxPreps has researched, Virginia is the first state to ever award football championships in the spring.

The Riverhead Gladiators were officially the first ones crowned, with a 65-29 victory over the Galaxy Maroon Tide in the Class 1 title game. A 34-point second-point explosion led the Gladiators to their 10th straight win of the season. They outscored opponents 483-119 on the season. 

Perennial East power Oscar Smith (8-0) followed with a 62-21 Class 6 title win over South County, and Stone Bridge (8-0) took the Class 5 crown with a 13-10 overtime win over Highland Springs. (See all the champions below).

The VHSL was one of 15 states to move the traditional fall 2020 season to the spring due to COVID-19 pandemic. Of those states, 11 decided on abbreviated spring seasons, with just three opting for playoffs. North Carolina and Rhode Island have scheduled state championship games next week.

According to MaxPreps senior writer and historian Kevin Askeland, no states have ever held football championships in the spring, although one in California was scheduled in 1919. That title game was called off when Orange League champion Fullerton disbanded a month before the scheduled contest.
Oscar Smith turned around a loss in the 2019 VHSL Class 6 title game with a resounding 65-21 win over the Stallions on Saturday.
File photo by Fred Ingham
Oscar Smith turned around a loss in the 2019 VHSL Class 6 title game with a resounding 65-21 win over the Stallions on Saturday.
2021 Spring VHSL State Football Championships

Class 1Full bracket can be found here - 2020 Virginia High School Football Playoff Brackets: VHSL Class 1