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High school girls basketball rankings: Four HIGHSCORE Top 25 teams competing for title at GEICO Nationals - HIGHSCORE
High school girls basketball rankings: Four MaxPreps Top 25 teams competing for title at GEICO Nationals
The goal of every major tournament is to get as many top teams together as possible. And with the GEICO High School Nationals there's even more pressure on to get the best on the same court.

This year, GEICO has achieved that goal. The GEICO Nationals not only has the top two teams in the MaxPreps Top 25 high school girls basketball rankings, its also features No. 9 and No. 11 — and none have lost a game. Simply put, the winner of the Saturday title game will assuredly be crowned the best team in the nation.

In most years, it doesn't play out that way. California teams (to mention just one state) have never participated in the GEICO, and even though Mount Notre Dame is unbeaten and No. 3, it won't affect the final rankings. After all, strength of schedule is one of the most important factors, and in a year when intersectional play was almost non-existent, the GEICO's ability to match teams from Florida, Georgia, Virginia and Utah is unique.

The first semifinal is 10:30 a.m. Friday (Eastern) and pits No. 1 Lake Highland Prep vs. No. 9 Paul VI. No. 2 Westlake takes on No. 11 Fremont at 12:30 p.m. Both games will be shown on ESPNU. The championship game is slated to tip-off at 10 a.m. (Eastern) Saturday.

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]
Damiya Hagemann, Edison Academy
Photo by Jeff Robertson
Damiya Hagemann, Edison Academy
MaxPreps Top 25 Girls Basketball Rankings

Record: 19-0 | Last week: 1
Lake Highland Prep may not have the depth of its first-round opponent at the GEICO Nationals, but Kayla Blackshear (a senior signed with Alabama), Nyla Harris (a junior committed to Louisville, Stefanie Ingram (junior, Central Florida) will be tough for No. 10 Paul VI to contain. If Ingram can get the ball to Harris and Blackshear in the paint, the Highlanders have a good chance to get to the Saturday's title game.

2. Westlake (Atlanta)
Record:
20-0 | Last week: 2
Guard play is always important, but even more so at the high school level — which means Westlake and its guard tandem of Raven Johnson (senior, McDonald's All-American, committed to South Carolina) and highly-rated junior Taniya Latson are in good position to win the GEICO High School Nationals. And too much focus on the guards will free up 6-2 senior Snoop Turnage (Virginia Tech) to do damage inside.

3. Mount Notre Dame (Cincinnati)
Record:
28-0 | Last week: 3
Season complete.

4. Hopkins (Minnetonka, Minn.)
Record:
14-0 | Last week: 4
The first meeting with No. 20 Chaska was canceled due to COVID, but hopefully the AAAA semifinal matchup set for April 7 will happen. And getting past Chaska doesn't mean the job is done — unbeaten Farmington is the likely opponent in the finals.

5. Edison Academy (Detroit)
Record:
10-0 | Last week: 5
The Pioneers' season came to an abrupt end as one of its players tested positive for COVID, and the team had to withdraw from the Michigan postseason. Edison was the odds-on favorite to win the Class 2 title and continue its 34-game winning streak, so its ranking is unaffected by a situation out of its control.

6. Incarnate Word Academy (St. Louis)
Record:
29-0 | Last week: 6
Season complete.

7. Norman (Okla.)
Record:
19-0 | Last week: 8
Season complete.

8. St. John-Vianney (Holmdel, N.J.)
Record:
14-0 | Last week: 9
Season complete.

9. Paul VI (Chantilly, Va.)
Record:
10-0 | Last week: 9
The Panthers may have played 10 games, but those contests included enough quality competition to get PVI into the GEICO Nationals and a shot at No. 1 Lake Highlands Prep on Friday. The Paul VI system — with its presses and traps — not only features seniors Bella Perkins and Duke-bound Lee Volker but plenty of depth that can wear down even the toughest opposition.

10. DeSoto (Texas)
Record:
28-2 | Last week: 11
Season complete.

11. Fremont (Plain City, Utah)
Record:
26-0 | Last week: 11
Unlike the other three teams at the GEICO Nationals, Fremont relies on size. The inside play of 6-4 senior Emma Calvert (signed with BYU) and 6-5 sophomore Maggie Mendelson will create big problems for the other, smaller teams. But the key will be whether Fremont's guards can get the ball to Calvert and Mendelson to utilize their height and skill.

12. Newark (Ohio)
Record:
28-2 | Last week: 12
Season complete.

13. Valor Christian (Highlands Ranch, Colo.)
Record:
17-0 | Last week: 13
Season complete.

14. Princess Anne (Virginia Beach, Va.)
Record:
10-0 | Last week: 14
Season complete.

15. Cypress Creek (Houston)
Record:
32-1 | Last week: 7
Season complete.

16. New Hope Academy (Landover Hills, Md.)
Record: 13-3
| Last week: 16
Season complete.

17. Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.)
Record:
21-2 | Last week: 17
Season complete.

18. Rutgers Prep (Somerset, N.J.)
Record:
13-0 | Last week: 18
Season complete.

19. American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.)
Record:
25-2 | Last week: 19
Season complete.

20. Chaska (Minn.)
Record 15-0 | Last week: 20
In a state loaded with talent, Chaska and No. 4 Hopkins appear to be the cream of the crop — but "appear" is the operative word. The two are expected to meet April 7 at the Target Center in the AAAA semifinals, and the winner will be favored to win it all, but there are too many outstanding players and quality teams in Minnesota to set anything in stone.

21. Hazel Green (Ala.)
Record:
36-1 | Last week: 21
Season complete.

22. Pius X (Lincoln, Neb.)
Record:
25-0 | Last week: 23
Season complete.

23. Crown Point (Ind.)
Record:
25-1 | Last week: 24
Season complete.

24. Zebulon B. Vance (Charlotte, N.C.)
Record:
12-0 | Last week: 25
Season complete.

25. Shawnee Mission Northwest (Shawnee Mission, Kan.)
Record:
23-0 | Last week: NR
Season complete.

Dropped out: None.
Start dates for high school baseball/softball in all 50 states - HIGHSCORE
Start dates for high school baseball/softball in all 50 states
High school baseball and softball seasons have always had staggered start dates among the 50 states, but COVID-19 has made the differences even more pronounced.

States that have an early February start date, such as Alabama, Florida, Georgia and Texas, are business as usual and have already begun play. However, some states that normally get started in late March have postponed start dates until mid- to late-April. Maryland may have the most delayed start date as it won't start until April 29.

At least five states have yet to determine a start or finish date, including Hawaii and four other Northeastern states.

Following are the start and state tournament dates for baseball and softball in each state as released by the state associations.
IMG Academy and Marcus (Texas) battle over the weekend.
Photo by Tommy Hays
IMG Academy and Marcus (Texas) battle over the weekend.
Alabama
Baseball — Underway/May 17-22
Softball — Underway/May 18-22

Alaska
Baseball — March 30/June 3-5
Softball — March 30/June 3-5

Arizona
Baseball — March 12/TBA
Softball — March 12/TBA

Arkansas
Baseball — March 1/May 13
Softball — March 1/May 13

California
Baseball — March 19 /June 22, 24, 26
Softball — March 19/June 22, 24, 26

Colorado
Baseball — May 3/June 25-26
Softball — Fall season

Connecticut
Baseball — April 10/TBD
Softball — April 10/TBD

Delaware
Baseball — March 22/TBD
Softball — March 22/TBD

Florida
Baseball — Underway/May 19-22
Softball — Underway/May 18-22

Georgia
Baseball — Underway/May 21-24
Softball — Fall season

Hawaii
Baseball — TBD/TBD
Softball — TBD/TBD

Idaho
Baseball — March 10/May 21
Softball — March 10/May 21

Illinois
Baseball — April 5/June 19
Softball — April 5/June 19

Indiana
Baseball — March 29/June 18-19
Softball — March 22/June 11-12

Kansas
Baseball — March 28/June 25
Softball — March 28/June 25

Kentucky
Baseball — March 29/June 16-19
Softball — March 29/June 17-20

Louisiana
Baseball — Underway/May 13/14/15
Softball — Underway/May 1

Maine
Baseball — TBD/TBD
Softball — TBD/TBD

Maryland
Baseball — April 29/May 22
Softball — April 29/May 22

Massachusetts
Baseball — Third week of March/Third week of June
Softball — Third week of March/Third week of June

Michigan
Baseball — March 26/June 19
Softball — March 26/June 19

Minnesota
Baseball — April 8/June 19
Softball — April 8/June 19
Claire Davidson, Lakewood Ranch
Photo by Stacy White
Claire Davidson, Lakewood Ranch
Mississippi
Baseball — Underway/May 25-29
Softball — Underway/May 13-15

Missouri
Baseball — TBD/TBD
Softball — Fall season

Montana
Softball — March 20/May 21-23

Nebraska
Baseball — March 18/May 15, 17-20
Softball — Fall season

Nevada
Baseball — April 16/TBA
Softball — April 16/TBA

New Hampshire
Baseball — April 12/TBA
Softball — April 12/TBA

New Jersey
Baseball — April 19/June 1-20
Softball — April 19/June 1-20

New Mexico
Baseball — April 10/June 21-26
Softball — April 10/June 21-26

New York
Baseball — TBD/TBD
Softball — TBD/TBD

North Carolina
Baseball — April 26/June 25-26
Softball — March 15/May 14-15

North Dakota
Baseball — April 2/June 3-5
Softball — April 2/June 3-5

Ohio
Baseball — March 27/June 10-12
Softball — March 27/June 3-5

Oklahoma
Baseball — Underway/May 13-15
Softball — Fall season

Oregon
Baseball — April 12/TBD
Softball — April 12/TBD

Pennsylvania
Baseball — March 26/June 17-18
Softball — March 26/June 17-18

Rhode Island
Baseball — TBD
Softball — TBD

South Carolina
Baseball — March 15/June 1-5
Softball — March 15/June 1-5

South Dakota
Baseball — March 18/May 31-June 1
Softball — Fall season

Tennessee
Baseball — March 15/May 25
Softball — March 15/May 25

Texas
Baseball — Underway/June 9-12
Softball — Underway/June 2-5

Utah
Baseball — Underway/May 28-29
Softball — Underway/May 24-28

Vermont
Baseball — TBD
Softball — TBD

Virginia
Baseball — April 26/June 26-27
Softball — April 26/June 26-27

Washington
Baseball — March 1/May 29
Softball — March 1/May 29

West Virginia
Baseball — March 17/June 3-5
Softball — March 17/ May 26-27

Wisconsin
Baseball — April 27/June 29-30 July 1
Softball — April 27/June 28-30

Wyoming
Softball — TBD/May 20-22
High school football: Recruiting, payments to players and mishandling money alleged in Rush Propst controversy at Valdosta - HIGHSCORE
High school football: Recruiting, payments to players and mishandling money alleged in Rush Propst controversy at Valdosta
Rush Propst is in trouble again. The Valdosta (Ga.) football coach, who has faced controversial departures at two other stops, is alleged to have paid rent for a potential recruit, tampered with a search for his own current job and misused school booster club money.

A 64-page court deposition obtained and reported on by television station WALB News details the allegations against the well-traveled coach. The deposition is part of a lawsuit brought on the City of Valdosta Board of Education by plaintiff Leah Rodemaker, wife of former Valdosta football coach Alan Rodemaker, who was let go after the 2019 season.

Propst owns a career record of 299-92 and has won seven state titles during a high-profile, 30-year, seven-school career that included an eight-year stint at Hoover (Ala.), which was featured on MTV's popular "Two-A-Days" reality show. He resigned there in 2007 mired in controversy over numerous in-house allegations, including grade-tampering and an admitted extra-marital affair.

He was dismissed at Colquitt County (Moultrie, Ga.) in 2019 after being charged with lack of compliance, improper conduct with students, dishonesty and misuse of public funds and property. Reports indicate he gave pills to students "on more than one occasion" and owed nearly $450,000 in delinquent federal and state taxes.

Michael Nelson, who has been involved with the Valdosta Touchdown Club booster organization for many years, said in his sworn deposition that Propst, among other things, paid for housing for two transfers, facilitated recruiting of players with the help of college coaches, asked for a "funny money" slush fund and meddled in his own hiring process.

Here are five key takeaways from the court document:
Rush Propst glances at his phone prior to a game in October against rival Lowndes.
Photo by Gary McCullough
Rush Propst glances at his phone prior to a game in October against rival Lowndes.
Meddling in the hiring process

Nelson said in the deposition that, "Somehow, Propst was able to find out who we were interviewing and was calling certain people here in Valdosta and getting word to these people that were going to be interviewed that this place had a racist (school) board and all of this going on with Rodemaker and just kind of poo-pooed on the whole thing and discouraged these people from coming here and interviewing. And eventually, Rush was the last one standing."

California  transfer Jake Garcia

When asked if Propst had anything to do with California transfer Jake Garcia's well-publicized move to Georgia, Nelson said, "Well, he facilitated it. ... Well, he asked me to come up with $2,500 a month for him for four months."

Nelson replied to investigators that Propst personally asked for the money for both Garcia as well as $850 for Amari Jones, a quarterback from Atlanta.

This is what Nelson said Propst called "funny money" and that it was used to pay rent for the families of the transfers.

Propst asked for "Funny Money"

Nelson said he was in Propst's office several weeks after he was hired at Valdosta and the new coach wanted to know about the Touchdown Club.

Shutting the door to his office, Nelson said the coach said, "Now, I don't know how you are going to feel about this, but I want to be truthful. We need some funny money."

When Nelson asked how much Propst was asking for, he said, "I don't know; 10, $15,000. I always need to keep at least $10,000 cash right here in my desk drawer."

Recruiting players

Nelson said in the deposition: "He's talking to as many as 15 people, 15 kids all over the country" to play at Valdosta.

When asked "trying to get them down here to play with the Wildcats?" Nelson said, "He's (Propst) got college recruiters helping him … All of them. All – they are from all over."

Nelson said Propst initially tried to discuss getting rent money for players and their families, but that after he raised concerns ... "we fell out over that."

Nelson said in the deposition he believed Propst was "trying to take down our Touchdown Club that's been here for over 70 years" and give Nelson's job to his wife, adding "I think it's … the end game for Rush Propst is to be able to get his hands on cold cash."

Mishandling money

In dealing with a local grocery store who advertised with the booster organization, Nelson alleged Propst told the company to "make the check out of him and gave him an address to mail it to." Nelson said he confirmed it was Propst's address in Moultrie. Nelson said he informed superintendent Todd Cason of the check and that the educator told him he was reporting it to the Professional Standards Commission.
2021 NFL Draft: Mapping out high school home of Trevor Lawrence and every No. 1 pick since 1990 - HIGHSCORE
2021 NFL Draft: Mapping out high school home of Trevor Lawrence and every No. 1 pick since 1990
Since 1990, there had been 19 quarterbacks selected as the No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft. On Thursday, Trevor Lawrence made 20. The 6-foot-6, 220-pound signal caller from Cartersville (Ga.) was just announced by commissioner Roger Goodell as the top pick by the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Lawrence was the fourth straight quarterback selected No. 1 overall. He is the second Georgia signal caller since 2011 to come off the board first, joining Cam Newton of Westlake (Atlanta).

The Clemson star was a slam dunk pick at No. 1 and has been viewed in that light since his high school days. He threw for 13,902 yards and 121 touchdowns in 56 career games (53 wins) at Cartersville and was the unanimous No. 1 recruit in the country. He hit the ground running at Clemson, leading the Tigers to a national championship as a freshman and going 39-3 during his career.

While Georgia's reputation as a high school football hotbed and pipeline to the pros continues to grow, California and Texas have produced a third of the top picks over the last three decades with five each. Of those 10 picks, eight were quarterbacks. Interestingly, though Florida leads all states in draft picks since 1990, none have gone No. 1.

Read on for a complete breakdown of top picks since 1990.
Graphic by Ryan Escobar
Alabama
JaMarcus Russell, QB, 2007, Williamson (Mobile)
Jameis Winston, QB, 2015, Hueytown

California
Keyshawn Johnson, WR, 1996, Dorsey (Los Angeles)
David Carr, QB, 2002, Stockdale (Bakersfield)
Carson Palmer, QB, 2003, Santa Margarita (Rancho Santa Margarita)
Alex Smith, QB, 2005, Helix (La Mesa)
Jared Goff, QB, 2016, Marin Catholic (Kentfield)

Georgia
Cam Newton, QB, 2011, Westlake (Atlanta)
Trevor Lawrence, QB, 2021, Cartersville

Illinois
Russell Maryland, DL, 1991, Whitney Young (Chicago)

Indiana
Jeff George, QB, 1990, Warren Central (Indianapolis)

Kentucky
Tim Couch, QB, 1999, Leslie County (Hyden)

Louisiana
Peyton Manning, QB, 1998, Newman (New Orleans)
Eli Manning, QB, 2004, Newman (New Orleans)

Michigan
Jake Long, OL, 2008, Lapeer East (Lapeer)
Eric Fisher, OL, 2013, Stoney Creek (Rochester Hills)

North Carolina
Mario Williams, DL, 2006, Richlands

Ohio
Dan Wilkinson, DL, 1994, Dunbar (Dayton)
Ki-Jana Carter, RB, 1995, Westerville South (Westerville)
Orlando Pace, OL, 1997, Sandusky
Joe Burrow, QB, 2000, Athens (The Plains)

Oklahoma
Sam Bradford, QB, 2010, Putnam City North (Oklahoma City)

South Carolina
Courtney Brown, DL, 2000, Macedonia (Closed)
Jadeveon Clowney, DL, 2014, South Pointe (Rock Hill)

Texas
Matthew Stafford, QB, 2009, Highland Park (Dallas)
Andrew Luck, QB, 2012, Stratford (Houston)
Myles Garrett, DE, 2017, Martin (Arlington)
Baker Mayfield, QB, 2018, Lake Travis (Austin)
Kyler Murray, QB, 2019, Allen (Texas)

Virginia
Michael Vick, QB, 2001, Warwick (Newport News)

Washington
Steve Emtman, DL, 1992, Cheney
Drew Bledsoe, QB, 1993, Walla Walla
Katie Dinnebier named 2020-21 HIGHSCORE Iowa High School Girls Basketball Player of the Year - HIGHSCORE
Katie Dinnebier named 2020-21 MaxPreps Iowa 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.

Katie Dinnebier of Waukee is the 2020-21 MaxPreps Iowa High School Basketball Player of the Year. The 5-foot-8 senior guard led Waukee to a 13-1 record and the Class 5A title – avenging its only loss in the title game by rolling over Johnston 71-43.

Dinnebier averaged 19.1 points, 4.0 assists and 3.5 steals a game while shooting 56.4 percent overall, 45.7 percent from 3-point distance and 83 percent from the free throw line.

Committed to Drake, Dinnebier led Waukee to a 36-4 record over the past two seasons.

Each state's MaxPreps Player of the Year will be considered for inclusion in the MaxPreps All-America Team.