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2021 NFL Draft: Ranking the high school careers of top quarterback prospects - OFFICIAL
2021 NFL Draft: Ranking the high school careers of top quarterback prospects
Draft experts expect five quarterbacks to be taken in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft, which starts Thursday. And to no one's surprise, Trevor Lawrence is expected to go No. 1 to the Jacksonville Jaguars.

After all, from high high school football days at Cartersville (Ga.) to leading the Clemson Tigers to a 39-3 mark with a National Championship, Lawrence has stood above most other quarterbacks, including the other four QBs expected to go in the first round.

Lawrence was 53-3 as a four-year varsity starter at Cartersville, winning two state titles while posting nearly a 6-to-1 career touchdown-to-interception ratio.

His senior year, the projected top pick put an exclamation point on an impressive Hurricane career by passing for 3,290 yards and 41 touchdowns against one interception. He had a 69 percent completion rate as Cartersville went 11-1.

While Justin Fields missed the back half of his senior season due to injury, the elite dual-threat option rushed for over 2,000 yards and accounted for 69 total touchdowns in 19 career games.

BYU product Zach Wilson also showed off elite versatility during his senior year, passing for 298.6 yards per game adding 752 yards rushing and eight touchdowns on 119 carries.

Mac Jones and Trey Lance each won over 84 percent of their games over the course of their high school career, however, neither quarterback put up gaudy numbers throughout their prep careers.
Trevor Lawrence, Cartersville
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Trevor Lawrence, Cartersville
Ranking the high school careers of top quarterback prospects

Record: 53-3 (2 state championships)
Career stats: 13,902 yards, 121 touchdowns and 21 interceptions. Lawrence completed 63.4 percent of passes over 56 career games.

Record: 15-4
Career stats: 4,187 yards, 41 touchdowns and eight touchdowns. Field completed 65.8 percent of passes and rushed for 2,096 yards and 28 touchdowns on 300 carries.

Record: 16-7
Career stats: 5,842 yards, 45 touchdowns and 14 interceptions, Wilson's completion percentage was  61.9 percent and he added 1,310 yards rushing and 11 touchdowns on 211 carries.

Record: 22-4
Career stats: 3,911 yards, 55 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Jones completed 64.5 percent of his passes as a senior.

Record: 27-4
Career stats: 3,045 yards, 33 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Lance's completion percentage was 51 percent. He rushed for 1,212 yards and 20 touchdowns on 218 carries.
California high school sports: Indoor contests like basketball, volleyball back in play after legal settlement - OFFICIAL
California high school sports: Indoor contests like basketball, volleyball back in play after legal settlement
What works outdoors might just work indoors as well. Two weeks after California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a change to youth sports guidelines that paved the way for outdoor sports, including high school football, the door was opened Thursday for a return to indoor sports, namely basketball, volleyball and wrestling.

A legal settlement with the state on Thursday removes major restrictions to the indoor contests, namely placing the sports in the most restrictive yellow tier. It allows all high school sports to reopen using similar restrictions and protocols as professional and collegiate sports. The settlement came in response to a lawsuit filed last month from two San Diego high school football players and their attorney Stephen C. Grebing and managing partners Wingert Grebing of San Diego.

"This will open things open for youth sports — high school and youth leagues — around the state to resume play," said Scripps Ranch (San Diego) football coach Marlon Gardinera during a press conference. "And not just football, but indoor sports, too. So basketball, volleyball and wrestling athletes can have a season too."

Gardinera and his son were just two plaintiffs of several lawsuits filed up and down the  state over the last several weeks. All included high school athletes and their parents, citing "there is no medical evidence that competing in team sports is safe for college and/or professional athletes but not high school athletes."

The settlement requires counties to reach the same threshold as football (under 14 COVID new COVID cases per 100,000) — as of Tuesday, 54 of the state's 58 counties met that standard — and testing is mandatory. The state will pick up testing costs in three sports, rugby, water polo and football, but indoor sport athletes will have other options. Grebing and the Let Them Play CA offered free options that still need to be ironed out.

Newsom wouldn't comment on the settlement, but state Secretary for Health and Human Services Dr. Mark Ghaly confirmed new guidelines would be released in the next few days. California Interscholastic Federation Executive Director Ron Nocetti said he would "reserve comment until we see the agreement."

Each county, as always, can OK or reject the new guidelines, even if the state accepts them.

“Indoors, (the requirements are) going to be pretty rigid,” Grebing said. “But they’re going to be allowed to play.”
A settlement that paves the way for basketball and other indoors sports in California was reached on Thursday.
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A settlement that paves the way for basketball and other indoors sports in California was reached on Thursday.
That's all a number of athletes and coaches wanted to hear, including 16-year San Francisco prep coach Randy Bessolo. He and Miramonte (Orinda) boys basketball coach Chris Laviotis started the Bay Area Basketball Coaches Alliance three weeks after conferring with the Golden State High School Football Coaches Community, which led the charge to get outdoor sports off the ground two weeks ago.

"We just followed their model," Bessolo said.

That plus the monumental efforts of Moorpark boys basketball coach Ryan Moore and continued laborious work of the Let Them Play Ca group, led by founder Brad Hensley, helped get the settlement done.

"This is a major win for the youth of California," Bessolo said. "Playing youth sports has been proven to be safe and the risks of not playing are far greater than playing."

In a letter delivered Wednesday to Newsom's office, Let Them Play CA basketball leaders stated, "Now is the time. COVID-19 cases are drastically falling across the state. Vaccinations are nearing 10 million. People are dining indoors. Kids are going back to the classroom. Now is the time."

Thursday's news brought a lot of joy around the state.

"I haven't seen this many bright faces and happy smiles in a long time," Dublin boys basketball coach Tom Costello said.

Said Salesian College Preparatory (Richmond) coach Bill Mellis: "A month ago, I would have thought no way we're having a season. When outdoor sports were OK'd, there was a little light at the end of the tunnel, but I was still skeptical. Now? Today? Wow, things are moving so fast."

Bishop O'Dowd (Oakland) star center Jalen Lewis, one of the top sophomores in the country, said "I'm definitely excited to put an O'Dowd jersey on again. Hopefully nothing unexpected happens for the next few weeks, because I was really hoping to at least play a little bit of my sophomore season."
High school football: Hall of Famer Alan Faneca named head coach for Virginia program - OFFICIAL
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.
High school basketball: OFFICIAL National Player of the Year Chet Holmgren commits to Gonzaga - OFFICIAL
High school basketball: MaxPreps National Player of the Year Chet Holmgren commits to Gonzaga
MaxPreps National Player of the Year Chet Holmgren of Minnehaha Academy (Minneapolis) announced Monday he will attend Gonzaga University next season, as the versatile 7-foot center looks to help get the Bulldogs over the hump to capture the program's first state championship.

"The process was hard," Holmgren said on ESPN. "I had a lot to learn on the go. I had to lean on others and get their advice. My dad went through it, and coach Larry Suggs with Jalen. I kept getting consistent advice that I will get a feeling when I know. Not to over-analyze everything because everything sounds good. Nobody sells their weakness."
It's been a busy past two weeks for Holmgren, who led the Redhawks to their fourth consecutive state championship on April 10, tallying 18 points, 13 rebounds, seven assists and two blocks as Minnehaha crushed Alexandria 80-29.

Holmgren earned MaxPreps Minnesota Player of the Year honors last week, while adding MaxPreps National Player of the Year honors later in the week along with Minnesota Mr. Basketball honors.

MaxPreps All-America Teams: Overall | Junior | Sophomore | Freshman | Coach of the Year

The future Bulldog averaged 20.8 points, 12.6 rebounds, 4.7 blocks and 4.5 assists, connecting on 80 percent of his attempts from the field this season. Last season, Holmgren helped guide the Redhawks to their first MaxPreps Top 25 finish, while also being named a first team MaxPreps Junior All-American after averaging 14.6 points, 10 rebounds, 4.9 blocks and 2.4 assists.

The versatile 7-footer finished his prep career with 1,567 points, 964 rebounds and 456 blocked shots as Minnehaha Academy compiled a 128-15 record with four state titles.

Regarded as the top prospect in the Class of 2021 according to 247Sports, Holmgren chose Gonzaga over Georgetown, Memphis, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina and Ohio State.
Chet Holmgren was part of four state championship teams at Minnehaha Academy going back to his eighth grade year.
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Chet Holmgren was part of four state championship teams at Minnehaha Academy going back to his eighth grade year.


High school girls basketball rankings: No. 16 Anderson County survives upset bid, moves up two spots in OFFICIAL Top 25 rankings - OFFICIAL
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.

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Marya Hudgins, Grandview
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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.).