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North Carolina high school football rankings: Zebulon B. Vance crowned 2020-21 HIGHSCORE Champion, finishes No. 1 - HIGHSCORE
North Carolina high school football rankings: Zebulon B. Vance crowned 2020-21 MaxPreps Champion, finishes No. 1
The high school football season in North Carolina has come to a close with eight teams claiming NCHSAA titles. Class 4AA champion Zebulon B. Vance was among the winners, defeating Rolesvile 35-14 in the final and finishing No. 1 in the final MaxPreps Top 25 state computer rankings.

That victory, coupled with its 10-1 record and tremendous play this season, makes Vance the 2020-21 MaxPreps Champion for the state of North Carolina.

Quarterback Austin Grier, voted the title game's MVP, threw for 200 yards and three touchdowns, two going to Asuani Allen in the third quarter to put the game away. It was the second straight 4AA championship for the Cougars, who piled up 531 total yards, including 331 on the ground. Jalen Swindell was named the game’s Most Outstanding Defensive Player by recording a sack and six tackles. His team gave up 67 total yards.

Sophomore Dylan Smothers rushed 12 times for 97 yards and a touchdown and teammate Joseph Morris added 86 yards rushing on 11 carries.

The Cougars, who finished the season outscoring opponents 435-125, repeated as champions for the first time in school history. It will be the last time the school is called Vance, changing its name to Julius Chambers, a civil rights leader, in the summer. As an inspiration throughout the season, the Cougars used the social media hashtag, #TheLastVance.

“We’re a humble team, but we’re a confident team,” Vance coach Glenwood Ferebee told the Charlotte Observer. “We feel like every time (we) go out and do what (we’re) supposed to do, we can win. Our biggest obstacle was us and it’s going to always be us. As long as we can take care of business, with talent we have and the coaching staff we have, I think we’ll be fine for next 2-3 years.”

Of the seven other teams crowned champions, Grimsley (10-0), Mount Tabor (11-0), Reidsville (10-0) and Tarboro (9-0) all finished unbeaten. It took great resolve to finish this first spring season after postponing the traditional fall season due to the pandemic.
Asuani Allen running the ball for Vance in its 4AA championship win over Rolesvile on Saturday at North Carolina State's Finley Stadium.
Photo by Tom Masters
Asuani Allen running the ball for Vance in its 4AA championship win over Rolesvile on Saturday at North Carolina State's Finley Stadium.
2020-21 NCHSAA state champions

Class 4AA — Zebulon B. Vance (Charlotte)
Class 4A — Grimsley (Greensboro)
Class 3AA — Mount Tabor (Winston-Salem)
Class 3A — Charlotte Catholic (Charlotte)
Class 2AA — Salisbury
Class 2A — Reidsville
Class 1AA — Tarboro
Class 1A — Murphy

Final North Carolina MaxPreps Top 25

# School Rec. Str. +/-
1ZBVHS (Charlotte)10-134.2--
2Grimsley (Greensboro)10-026.6--
3MTHS (Winston-Salem)11-026.1--
4Weddington (Matthews)6-129.0--
5CCHS (Charlotte)9-130.6+4
6Reidsville10-09.3+4
7Hough (Cornelius)8-129.7-2
8DWBHS (Matthews)8-225.3-1
9Cleveland (Clayton)10-119.6-1
10Havelock10-114.8-4
11Tarboro9-05.7+3
12CGHS (Raleigh)9-121.1-1
13Myers Park (Charlotte)9-125.1--
14Rolesville8-123.6-2
15Salisbury9-215.2+6
16Lake Norman (Mooresville)5-226.3-1
17Dudley (Greensboro)8-218.7--
18Monroe7-328.1+2
19CCHS (Charlotte)6-117.6-3
20Ardrey Kell (Charlotte)6-221.1-1
21West Forsyth (Clemmons)4-118.4-3
22EFHS (Kernersville)3-439.5+5
23Glenn (Kernersville)5-229.5+1
24Davie (Mocksville)5-224.4+2
25Mallard Creek (Charlotte)4-327.0-2
HIGHSCORE/AVCA Players of the Week - HIGHSCORE
MaxPreps/AVCA Players of the Week
MaxPreps/AVCA High School Players of the Week
For the week of Oct. 12 - Oct. 18

Alabama
6'3" | Senior | OH
6 Sets Played

Kills: 53
Kills/Game: 8.83
Digs: 15
Digs/Game: 2.5
Receptions: 18
Rcpt/Game: 3
Aces: 5

Arizona
5'8" | Junior | OH
8 Sets Played

Kills: 60
Kills/Game: 7.5
Digs: 17
Digs/Game: 2.125
Receptions: 24
Rcpt/Game: 3
Aces: 2
Blocks: 1

Arkansas
5'3" | Senior | L
13 Sets Played

Digs: 94
Digs/Game: 7.23
Aces: 10
Receptions: 86
Rcpt/Game: 6.62
Assists: 8

Connecticut
Senior | OH
8 Sets Played

Kills: 41
Kills/Game: 5.13
Digs: 23
Digs/Game: 2.878
Receptions: 23
Rcpt/Game: 2.88
Aces: 12
Blocks: 1

Florida
5'11" | Senior | OH
10 Sets Played

Kills: 70
Kills/Game: 7
Digs: 42
Digs/Game: 4.2
Receptions: 71
Rcpt/Game: 7.1
Aces: 6
Blocks: 2

Georgia
6'3" | Senior
9 Sets Played

Kills: 89
Kills/Game: 9.89
Digs: 30
Digs/Game: 3.33
Receptions: 23
Rcpt/Game: 2.56
Aces: 8
Blocks: 16

Idaho
Junior | S
7 Sets Played

Assists: 71
Assists/Game: 10.14
Team Hitting%: 0.486
Digs: 4
Digs/Game: 0.57
Aces: 7

Indiana
5'11" | Sophomore | OH
10 Sets Played

Kills: 60
Kills/Game: 6
Digs: 31
Digs/Game: 3.1
Aces: 2
Blocks: 2

Kansas
6'1" | Senior | OH/MH
12 Sets Played
Kills: 65
Kills/Game: 5.42
Digs: 36
Digs/Game: 3
Receptions: 60
Rcpt/Game: 5
Aces: 4
Blocks: 7

Kentucky
5'11" | Senior | OH/MB
7 Sets Played

Kills: 55
Kills/Game: 7.86
Digs: 6
Digs/Game: 0.86
Blocks: 4

Louisiana
5'5" | Senior | S
10 Sets Played

Assists: 114
Assists/Game: 11.4
Team Hitting%: 0.172
Digs: 24
Digs/Game: 2.4
Aces: 1

Maryland
Senior
7 Sets Played

Kills: 27
Kills/Game: 3.86
Digs: 15
Digs/Game: 2.14
Receptions: 22
Rcpt/Game: 3.14
Aces: 11
Blocks: 5

Massachusetts
Senior | OH
7 Sets Played

Kills: 14
Kills/Game: 2
Digs: 15
Digs/Game: 2.14
Receptions: 35
Rcpt/Game: 5
Aces: 8
Blocks: 1

Michigan
5'9" | Senior | OH
20 Sets Played
Kills: 105
Kills/Game: 5.25
Digs: 64
Digs/Game: 3.2
Receptions: 119
Rcpt/Game: 5.95
Aces: 9
Blocks: 9

Minnesota
5'9" | Sophomore | OH
7 Sets Played

Kills: 31
Kills/Game: 4.43
Digs: 26
Digs/Game: 3.71
Receptions: 43
Rcpt/Game: 6.14
Aces: 3
Blocks: 1

Mississippi
5'10" | Senior | OH
9 Sets Played

Kills: 49
Kills/Game: 5.44
Digs: 35
Digs/Game: 3.89
Receptions: 37
Rcpt/Game: 4.11
Aces: 4
Blocks: 2

Missouri
5'10" | Junior | S
8 Sets Played

Assists: 106
Assists/Game: 13.25
Team Hitting%: 0.277
Digs: 23
Digs/Game: 2.88
Aces: 6
Blocks: 6

Montana
6'4" | Senior | MH
8 Sets Played

Kills: 35
Kills/Game: 4.38
Digs: 18
Digs/Game: 2.25
Receptions: 24
Rcpt/Game: 3
Aces: 4
Blocks: 9

Nebraska
Senior
12 Sets Played
Kills: 86
Kills/Game: 7.17
Digs: 54
Digs/Game: 4.5
Receptions: 62
Rcpt/Game: 5.17
Aces: 6
Blocks: 3

New Hampshire
5'6 | Senior | OH/DS
6 Sets Played

Kills: 13
Kills/Game: 2.17
Digs: 21
Digs/Game: 3.5
Receptions: 23
Rcpt/Game: 3.83

North Carolina
Gaston Day High School (Gastonia, NC), 8 - 0
Junior
9 Sets Played

Kills: 51
Kills/Game: 5.67
Digs: 29
Digs/Game: 3.22
Receptions: 14
Rcpt/Game: 1.56
Aces: 10

North Dakota
Senior | MH/MB
12 Sets Played

Kills: 29
Kills/Game: 2.42
Digs: 10
Digs/Game: 0.83
Aces: 1
Blocks: 8

Ohio
Senior | OH
11 Sets Played

Kills: 63
Kills/Game: 5.73
Digs: 47
Digs/Game: 4.27
Receptions: 49
Rcpt/Game: 4.45
Aces: 5
Blocks: 5

Pennsylvania
5'6 | Senior | S
15 Sets Played

Assists: 154
Assists/Game: 10.27
Team Hitting%: 0.377
Digs: 21
Digs/Game: 1.4
Aces: 8
Blocks: 1

South Carolina
Cardinal Newman High School (Columbia, SC), 29 - 1
5'5 | Junior | S
21 Sets Played

Assists: 204
Assists/Game: 9.71
Team Hitting%: 0.297
Digs: 48
Digs/Game: 2.29
Aces: 19
Blocks: 1

South Dakota
5'6 | Senior | OH
18 Sets Played

Kills: 81
Kills/Game: 4.5
Digs: 134
Digs/Game: 7.44
Receptions:
Rcpt/Game:
Aces: 13
Blocks: 1

Tennessee
6'1 | Senior | OH,DS
9 Sets Played

Kills: 30
Kills/Game: 3.33
Digs: 16
Digs/Game: 1.78
Receptions: 9
Rcpt/Game: 1
Blocks: 3

Texas
5'8 | Junior | OH
9 Sets Played
Kills: 64
Kills/Game: 7.11
Digs: 28
Digs/Game: 3.11
Receptions: 48
Rcpt/Game: 5.33
Aces: 2

Utah
5'7 | Senior | OH
6 Sets Played

Kills: 29
Kills/Game: 4.83
Digs: 20
Digs/Game: 3.33
Receptions: 24
Rcpt/Game: 4
Aces: 2
Blocks: 2

Virginia
5'9 | Senior | OH/DS/MH
6 Sets Played

Kills: 20
Kills/Game: 3.33
Digs: 7
Digs/Game: 1.17
Receptions: 21
Rcpt/Game: 3.5
Aces: 10
Blocks: 1

West Virginia
Junior | S
14 Sets Played

Assists: 126
Assists/Game: 9
Team Hitting%: 0.390
Digs: 5
Digs/Game: 0.36
Aces: 15
Blocks: 1

Wisconsin
5'7 | Senior | OH
13 Sets Played

Kills: 65
Kills/Game: 5
Digs: 29
Digs/Game: 2.23
Receptions: 35
Rcpt/Game: 2.69
Aces: 5
Blocks: 2

Wyoming
Senior | RS
9 Sets Played

Kills: 30
Kills/Game: 3.33
Digs: 3
Digs/Game: 0.33
Blocks: 7

About the MaxPreps/AVCA High School Player of the Week Program
The MaxPreps/AVCA High School Player of the Week Program is a partnership between the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) and CBS MaxPreps, Inc. Each week MaxPreps and the AVCA recognize deserving student-athletes at the high school level who have demonstrated outstanding play on the court throughout the week of competition. Coaches must submit statistics to MaxPreps.com in order for their athletes to be considered for the program. To obtain your free access code to MaxPreps.com call (800) 329-7324 x1 or email [email protected] For more information on AVCA, check out the AVCA website at www.avca.org.
High school football: Start dates for all 50 states - HIGHSCORE
High school football: Start dates for all 50 states
High school football across the country concluded its unique 2020-21 season earlier this month with state championship games in North Carolina and Rhode Island.

With COVID-19 numbers improving throughout the country, the 2021 season will not need a hyphen. All states have indicated intent for a traditional fall season, starting with preparation and non-league and conference games starting in the summer, and conclusion by the end of the calendar year.

More than half of the states have already set complete calendars, with start practice, season and playoff points, as as well as championship dates. Some of those are still pending state association and federation approval. Thirteen states have set partial dates, with a dozen currently still ironing out specific plans for all 2021-22 sports.

The following is an ongoing updated list of those dates. Please notify us with further updates or corrections via e-mail at [email protected] or by Twitter @MitchMashMax. Note: States with asterisk pending final approval.

Alabama
First practice: Aug. 2 | First game: Aug. 19-20
Start of playoffs: Nov. 5 | Title games: Dec. 1-3

Alaska

First practice: July 28 | First game: Aug. 13
Playoffs: Oct. 9 | Title games: Oct. 16-22

Arizona
First practice: July 26/2/9 | First game: Aug. 18/25/Sept. 1
Playoffs: Oct. 22 | Title games: TBD

Arkansas
First practice: Aug. 4 | First game: Aug. 27
Playoffs: TBD | Title games: TBD

California
First practice: Aug. 2 | First game: Aug. 20
Playoffs: Nov. 5 (sections), Dec. 3-4 (regionals) | Title games: Dec. 10-11

Colorado
First practice: Aug. 9 | First game: Aug. 26
Playoffs: Nov. 6/13 | Title games: Nov. 27/Dec. 4

Connecticut
First practice: Aug. 16 | First game: Sept. 9
Playoffs: TBD | Title games: TBD

Delaware
First practice: TBD | First game: TBD
Playoffs: TBD | Title games: TBD

District of Columbia
First practice: TBD | First game: TBD
Playoffs: TBD | Title games: TBD

Florida
First practice: TBD | First game: Aug. 20
Playoffs: TBD | Title games: TBD

Georgia
First practice: Aug. 2 | First game: Aug. 20
Playoffs: Nov. 12 | Title games: Dec. 9-11
Lee County hopes to back to another 6A Georgia state title game after playing Buford in last season's finale.
File photo by Cecil Copeland
Lee County hopes to back to another 6A Georgia state title game after playing Buford in last season's finale.
Hawaii
First practice: TBD | First game: Aug. 6
Playoffs: TBD | Title games: TBD

Idaho
First practice: Aug. 9 | First game: Aug. 27
Playoffs: TBD | Title games: Nov. 19-20

Illinois
First practice: Aug. 9 | First game: Aug. 27
Playoffs: Oct. 29 | Title games: Nov. 26-27

Indiana
First practice: Aug. 5 | First game: Aug. 20
Playoffs: Oct. 22 | Title games: Nov. 26-27

Iowa
First practice: Aug. 9 | First game: Aug. 27
Playoffs: Oct. 29 | Title games: TBD

Kansas
First practice: Aug. 16 | First game: Sept. 3
Playoffs: Nov. 5 | Title games: Nov. 27

Kentucky
First practice: Aug. 1 | First game: Aug. 20
Playoffs: Nov. 5 | Title games: Dec. 3-4

Louisiana
First practice: Aug. 2 | First game: Aug. 27
Playoffs: TBD | Title games: TBD

Maine
First practice: TBD | First game: TBD
Playoffs: TBD | Title games: TBD

Maryland
First practice: TBD | First game: TBD
Playoffs: TBD | Title games: TBD

Massachusetts
First practice: Aug. 26 | First game: Sept. 9-10
Playoffs: TBD | Title games: TBD

Michigan

First practice: Aug. 9 | First game: Aug. 26
Playoffs: Oct. 29 | Title games: Nov. 19-27

Minnesota
First practice: Aug. 16 | First game: Sept. 2
Playoffs: Nov. 11-13 | Title games: Nov. 26-27

Mississippi

First practice: Aug. 9 | First game: Aug. 27
Playoffs: Nov. 5/12 | Title games: Dec. 3-4

Missouri
First practice: TBD | First game: TBD
Playoffs: TBD | Title games: TBD

Montana
First practice: Aug. 13 | First game: Aug. 26
Playoffs: Oct. 29-30 | Title games: Nov. 19-20

Nebraska*

First practice: Aug. 9 | First game: Aug. 26
Playoffs: Oct. 29 | Title games: Nov. 19-23

Nevada*

First practice: Aug. 7 | First game: Aug. 19
Playoffs: Oct. 28-30 | Title games: Nov. 19-20

New Hampshire
First practice: TBD | First game: TBD
Playoffs: TBD | Title games: TBD

New Jersey
First practice: Aug. 9 | First game: Aug. 27-28
Playoffs: Nov. 5-6 | Title games: Nov. 26-27, Dec. 3-5

New Mexico
First practice: TBD | First game: TBD
Playoffs: TBD | Title games: TBD

New York

First practice: TBD | First game: TBD
Playoffs: TBD | Title games: Dec. 3-5

North Carolina

First practice: Aug. 2 | First game: Aug. 19-20
Playoffs: TBD | Title games: TBD

North Dakota
First practice: Aug. 5/9 | First game: Aug. 20/23
Playoffs: Oct. 16/23 | Title games: Nov. 12

Ohio

First practice: Aug. 1 | First game: Aug. 20
Playoffs: Oct. 29-30 | Title games: Dec. 2-5

Oklahoma
First practice: Aug. 5 | First game: Aug. 20
Playoffs: Nov. 12 | Title games: TBD

Oregon
First practice: Aug. 16 | First game: Sept. 2
Playoffs: Nov. 5-6 | Title games: Nov. 27/Dec. 4

Pennsylvania

First practice: Aug. 16 | First game: Aug. 27
Playoffs: Nov. 19 | Title games: Dec. 9-11

Rhode Island

First practice: TBD | First game: TBD
Playoffs: TBD | Title games: TBD

South Carolina

First practice: July 30 | First game: Aug. 27
Playoffs: Nov. 12-13 | Title games: Dec. 3-4

South Dakota
First practice: Aug. 5-6 | First game: Aug. 20
Playoffs: Oct. 21 | Title games: Nov. 11-13

Tennessee
First practice: July 26 | First game: Aug. 20
Playoffs: Nov. 5 | Title games: Dec. 2-4

Texas*
First practice: Aug. 7 | First game: Aug. 26-28
Playoffs: Nov. 11-13 | Title games: Dec. 15-18
Southlake Carroll highly-touted quarterback Quinn Ewers hopes to lead his team back to a 6A-1 state title game.
File photo by Freddie Beckwith
Southlake Carroll highly-touted quarterback Quinn Ewers hopes to lead his team back to a 6A-1 state title game.
Utah*
First practice: July 26 | First game: Aug. 13-14
Playoffs: Oct. 22-23 | Title games: Nov. 12-13

Vermont
First practice: TBD | First game: TBD
Playoffs: TBD | Title games: TBD

Virginia
First practice: TBD | First game: TBD
Playoffs: TBD | Title games: TBD

Washington
First practice: Aug. 18 | First game: TBD
Playoffs: TBD | Title games: Dec. 3-4

West Virginia

First practice: Aug. 6 | First game: Aug. 27
Playoffs: TBD | Title games: TBD

Wisconsin

First practice: Aug. 3 | First game: Aug. 19-20
Playoffs: Oct. 22-23 | Title games: Nov. 18-19

Wyoming
First practice: Aug. 12 | First game: Oct. 27-28
Playoffs: Oct. 29-30 | Title games: Nov. 12-13
HIGHSCORE Sophomore All-Americans Matt and Ryan Bewley skip final two year of high school basketball to begin professional career - HIGHSCORE
MaxPreps Sophomore All-Americans Matt and Ryan Bewley skip final two year of high school basketball to begin professional career
Overtime Elite (OTE) signed its first high school players Friday, inking five-star West Oaks Academy (Orlando, Fla.) forwards Matthew Bewley and Ryan Bewley, per a report by Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. The elite Class of 2023 forwards will forgo their high school and college eligibility to join the startup league in September for contracts expected to pay out seven figures for each player over their two year contract.

Matt is regarded as the No. 2 prospect in the Class of 2023 according to 247Sports, while Ryan is ranked No. 16 in the class.
Both players were selected as MaxPreps Sophomore All-Americans last season. Matt Bewley earned first team honors after averaging 17 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks per contest while Ryan Bewley earned honorable mention after averaging 10 points, 10.3 rebounds and two blocks per game.

Overtime Elite, in the process of building a 100,000 square-foot arena and training facility in Atlanta, hired 13-year NBA veteran and national championship-winning coach Kevin Ollie to run the team.

The upstart professional league is offering players a guaranteed minimum of at least $100,000 per year, plus bonuses and shares of equity in Overtime. It also maintains players will participate in revenue from use of their name, image and likeness, including through sales of custom jerseys, trading cards, video games and NFTs.

Overtime has secured $80 million in financial backing from Jeff Bezos, Drake, Alexis Ohanian, Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant and others.
Matthew Bewley in action during his freshman year at Northeast.
Photo by Nicholas Koza
Matthew Bewley in action during his freshman year at Northeast.
High school baseball: Regis Jesuit blasts 13 home runs, sets Colorado record in 21-2 victory - HIGHSCORE
High school baseball: Regis Jesuit blasts 13 home runs, sets Colorado record in 21-2 victory
The 2019 Colorado 5A champion Regis Jesuit (Aurora, Colo.) baseball team evidently hit the weight room during time off from the pandemic. Friday, in the Raiders' second game of the 2021 season, they blasted 13 home runs during a 21-2 win at Dakota Ridge.

The baker's dozen is the most in state history and the second highest total in a high school game. Only Atlantic (Iowa) hit more homers in a high school game — 16 — and that was in 1928, almost a century ago.

Oregon State commit Dallas Macias, along with Max Valdez and Charlie Doubet each clubbed three home runs and Regis hit four consecutive round-trippers in the second inning as the team moved to 2-0 on the young season.

More impressive: The game was stopped after five innings due to the state's mercy rule. Ten of the 13 blasts were solo homers.
Charlie Doubet (25) with one of three home runs he hit Friday against Dakota Ridge.
Photo by Clemy Dalfonso
Charlie Doubet (25) with one of three home runs he hit Friday against Dakota Ridge.
"It was a really good day to hit and the wind was blowing out," Regis Jesuit coach Matt Darr told the Denver Post. "I have always felt like we would be a really good hitting team this year and that hitting is contagious. But honestly, I have never seen something like that before."

Minnesota-bound Alec Willis, Xavier commit Isaac Wachsmann, Nate McHugh and Finn O'Connor also hit bombs for the Raiders. Regis Jesuit, which didn't play last season due to the pandemic, hit 25 home runs in 2019 en route to a 25-6 record and No. 1 spot in the final MaxPreps Top 25 Colorado rankings.

"It was just an extraordinary performance that I don't think I'll ever see again," Darr said.

The Raiders probably won't repeat the feat Monday when they return to action. Regis Jesuit faces the state's top college prospect in ThunderRidge (Highlands Ranch) pitcher Cale Lansville, an LSU commit.
Charlie Doubet (25) celebrates with Finn O'Connor (10) after another home run in Regis Jesuit's record-breaking performance on Friday.
Photo by Clemy Dalfonso
Charlie Doubet (25) celebrates with Finn O'Connor (10) after another home run in Regis Jesuit's record-breaking performance on Friday.