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High school football: Hall of Famer Alan Faneca named head coach for Virginia program - HIGHSCORE
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.
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
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Sam Huard, Kennedy Catholic

Georgia high school football: An early look at the 2021 season - HIGHSCORE
Georgia high school football: An early look at the 2021 season
The schedules are out for Georgia high school football's fall 2021 season. It's a slate that features important in- and out-of-state matchups, and puts some individuals on a big stage.

Here's an early look at some of the big matchups ahead this fall.

Mercedes-Benz Stadium will once again serve as a host for the Corky Kell Classic.
File photo by Cecil Copeland
Mercedes-Benz Stadium will once again serve as a host for the Corky Kell Classic.

The Corky Kell Classic is due to return to the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta after a year away due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Now in its 30th year, the kickoff event features 11 games across four days at five sites on opening weekend. The event culminates with five games at the home of the Atlanta Falcons on Saturday.


Cherokee (Canton) vs. Mays (Atlanta) at 5:30 p.m. on Aug. 18, at West Forsyth. It will open the 2021 Georgia football season.

• Returning Class 6A semifinalist Westlake (Atlanta) faces Archer (Lawrenceville) at Dacula on Aug. 19. And Lowndes (Valdosta), a 7A semifinalist a year ago, will play Walton (Marietta) on Aug. 21 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

Collins Hill (Suwanee), runner-up a year ago in 7A, opens its season again Brookwood (Snellville) at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Aug. 21.

North Gwinnett (Suwanee) heads to Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Aug. 21 after going 9-4 a season ago to play host to Hoover (Ala.), the out-of-state power when went 11-2 last season and reached Alabama's 7A semifinals.

Buford, winner of two straight championships, including the 2020 title in 6A, opens its season at North Cobb (Kennesaw) on Aug. 20.

Elsewhere in the opening week, Callaway (Hogansville), the defending Class AA champ, will hit the road to visit Opelika (Ala.) on Aug. 20. And Prince Avenue Christian (Athens) will face Calvary Day (Savannah) that same day in a matchup of 1A Private semifinalists from a year ago. Prince Avenue Christian is the defending champion.

The out-of-state flavor continues in Week 2 with Brookwood paying a visit to American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.), the defending champion in Florida's 5A division, on Aug. 28. (Collins Hill will also travel to American Heritage, on Sept 3.)

Also in Week 2:

Irwin County (Ocilla), the 1A Public champ, faces Fitzgerald.

Bainbridge was a 4A semifinalist last season. It will face 5A semifinalist Coffee (Douglas).

Warner Robins won last season's 5A championship.
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Warner Robins won last season's 5A championship.
Buford's tough early schedule will continue with out-of-state matchups against Myers Park (Charlotte, N.C.) and Chaminade-Madonna (Hollywood, Fla.). The game against Myers Park, a semifinalists in North Carolina's 4AA last year, is Sept. 10. The following week, they'll play Chaminade-Madonna, which was runner-up in Florida's 3A in 2020.

Milton, a quarterfinalist in 7A last season, has an out-of-state contest against St. Joseph's Prep (Philadelphia, Pa.), the reigning 6A champion in Pennsylvania. That game is on Sept. 11.

Wesleyan (Norcross) and Prince Avenue Christian have a rematch of their semifinal game from last season on Sept. 17.

On Sept. 24, defending 5A champ Warner Robins plays 6A runner-up Lee County (Leesburg). Also that day, defending 3A champ Pierce County (Blackshear) faces off with Fitzgerald.

Grayson is the defending champ in 7A.
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Grayson is the defending champ in 7A.

Marist (Atlanta) won last season's 4A title, and gets a big challenge when it plays Florida's 4A runner-up Bolles (Jacksonville, Fla.) on Oct. 8.

The defending 7A champion Grayson (Loganville) plays Parkview (Lilburn), a team that reached the quarterfinals on Oct. 15.

Warner Robins and Coffee meet on Oct. 29. That day will also feature Irwin County and Clinch County (Homerville) in a matchup of 1A Public semifinals from a season ago.

November and December

The regular season in Georgia concludes on Nov. 5. From there, the playoffs begin on Nov. 12 and 13. Championship games are slated for Dec. 9 through Dec. 11.
California high school football: Behind sophomore Matayo Uiagalelei, St. John Bosco beats Servite 38-28 - HIGHSCORE
California high school football: Behind sophomore Matayo Uiagalelei, St. John Bosco beats Servite 38-28
In one of the biggest high school football games of the spring season in California, 2019 MaxPreps national champion St. John Bosco (Bellflower) beat Servite (Anaheim) 38-28 Friday night. The first half was a defensive battle between the Trinity League rivals with Servite carrying a 7-3 lead into halftime.

Houston Thomas scored the only touchdown on a three-yard run with 10:04 left in the second quarter.

Both offenses got on track in the second half as Katin Houser led the Braves on a six-play, 62-yard drive to begin the third quarter capped by a 26-yard touchdown pass to four-star sophomore tight end Matayo Uiagalelei.

Bosco's defense forced a three-and-out on the Friars' opening possession of the third quarter and took momentum of the game on the following drive that began at its own one-yard line. Sophomore Pierce Clarkson came in under center for the next drive as head coach Jason Negro continued to alternate quarterbacks on each possession. The result was a 99-yard drive culminated with a three-yard touchdown pass to Chedon James.
Pierce Clarkson, St. John Bosco quarterback
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Pierce Clarkson, St. John Bosco quarterback
After only completing one pass in the first half, Servite's junior quarterback Noah Fifita started to find his rhythm and connected with five-star wide receiver Tetairoa McMillan four separate times on the ensuing drive after he was held without a catch in the first half.

Fifita scampered in from 11 yards out with 3:03 left in the third quarter to cut the Bosco lead to 17-14.

The Braves answered two plays later as three-star junior running back Jabari Bates took it 75 yards to the house to increase the lead to 24-14. He finished the night with 14 carries for 170 yards.

Fifita connected with McMillan on a 64-yard pass to get inside the red zone, then found the five-star receiver a couple of plays later for a three-yard score with 1:33 left in the third quarter to cut the lead to 24-21.

The biggest play of the game came on the following drive for St. John Bosco as it faced a fourth-and-eight on Servite's 12-yard line. Clarkson threw a perfect ball to the 6-foot-6, 265-pound Uiagalelei, who went up and snagged it for his second score of the night to take a 31-21 lead with 9:57 left.
Jabari Bates, St. John Bosco running back
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Jabari Bates, St. John Bosco running back
On the following Servite drive, Uiagalelei showed why he is being recruited as both a defensive end and tight end, pulling down Fifita with one arm for his first sack of the night.

After three-star junior linebacker Jalen Woods intercepted Fifita, Servite's defense forced a three-and-out and got the Friars the ball back inside Bosco territory. Fifita led them on a 35-yard drive capped with a three-yard touchdown run to cut the deficit to 31-28 with 5:18 left.

St. John Bosco responded with a 15-yard touchdown run by Michael Hayes with 1:54 left to take a commanding 38-28 lead.

The Braves improve to 3-0 with the win while the loss drops the Friars to 2-1.

Up next for St. John Bosco is JSerra Catholic (San Juan Capistrano) on April 3. Servite will look to bounce back against state No. 1 Mater Dei (Santa Ana).
Houston Thomas, Servite running back
Photo by Louis Lopez
Houston Thomas, Servite running back
Noah Fifita, Servite quarterback
Photo by Louis Lopez
Noah Fifita, Servite quarterback

Greatest female high school coaches from all 50 states - HIGHSCORE
Greatest female high school coaches from all 50 states
March is Women's History Month and MaxPreps is recognizing the top female high school coaches of all-time in every state.

Many of the coaches, such as Leta Andrews, Julie Gordon and Jodi Manore, rank among the all-time winningest coaches in the nation, in their sport or in their state.
Sister Lynn Winsor (back left) poses with her Xavier College Prep golf team in 2015. She has more than 500 career wins in her career.
File photo by Mark Jones
Sister Lynn Winsor (back left) poses with her Xavier College Prep golf team in 2015. She has more than 500 career wins in her career.
Julie Gordon | Montgomery Academy (Montgomery) | volleyball

With over 2,100 career wins in four sports, Gordon ranks as the winningest female coach of all-time. She has 1,454 career wins in volleyball and ranks as the state's all-time leader in that sport.

Donna Dooley | Dimond (Anchorage) | volleyball

A member of the Alaska Hall of Fame, Dooley ignited the Lynx volleyball dynasty as she won three state championships and led them to five straight state championship finals.

Sister Lynn Winsor | Xavier College Prep (Phoenix) | golf

She has over 500 career wins, 25 losses and 37 state championships in nearly 45 years as the Gators' coach.

Barbara Gilliam | Drew Central (Monticello) | girls basketball

Ranks as the state's winningest female basketball coach with a record of 730-274 in 32 seasons with the Pirates.

Daelea Aldrich | Mira Costa (Manhattan Beach) | volleyball

One of the greatest winning percentages in volleyball history with a record of 668-76 and six state championships during her 25-year career.

Laurice Hunter
| Evergreen | volleyball
Won nine state volleyball championships at Evergreen and compiled a record of 483-72. She also had a team that won 184 straight matches.

Jean Hunt
| Farmington | girls basketball
A coaching pioneer in Connecticut, getting her start in the 1970s. She led teams in three different sports to a total of 10 undefeated seasons and a total of 500 career wins.

Karen Kohn
| DuPont (Wilmington) | field hockey/girls basketball
Excelled as a field hockey and girls basketball coach for nearly three decades. She had a record of 227-86 in basketball with a state championship and a record of 202-69 with two state championships in field hockey.

Louise Crocco
| Cardinal Gibbons (Fort Lauderdale) | volleyball
The all-time leader in volleyball wins in Florida with 1,132 and just 113 losses. She also coached girls basketball and softball and had 1,452 career wins in the three sports.

Marcia Ward
| Westminster (Atlanta) | volleyball
Ranks among the state's all-time wins leaders in volleyball with 844 to go with just 180 losses. Her teams won a total of five state championships.

Doris Hakman
| Punahou (Honolulu) | girls tennis
A part of the Punahou girls tennis dynasty, Hakman helped the Buff'n Blue win eight straight state championships between 1966 and 1972.

Launa Moser
| Preston | volleyball
Coached 41 seasons and led her teams to 19 state volleyball tournaments with a total of five state championships. She compiled a career winning percentage of .830.

Dorothy Gaters
| Chicago Marshall | girls basketball
Has a record of 1,133 wins and 206 losses in her 44-year career at Marshall. Her teams have won 10 state championships and she is a member of the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame.

Jean Kesterson
| Cathedral (Indianapolis) | volleyball
A member of the American Volleyball Coaches Hall of Fame and the Indiana Coaches Hall of Fame, Kesterson won eight state championships with Cathedral.

Eavon Woodin
| Waverly-Shell Rock (Waverly) | volleyball
No one has won more games as a volleyball coach in Iowa than Woodin, who won 1,069 games in her career. She has a career record of 1,069-294-49.

Gwen Pike
| Bishop Miege (Shawnee Mission) | volleyball
Set the state record for career coaching wins in volleyball at 1,224-239. She's led her team to 21 state championships.

Donna Moir
| Sacred Heart (Louisville) | girls basketball
Named the national Coach of the Year by the NFHS in 2020, Moir ranks fifth all-time in Kentucky in wins with 683. She has also won three state championships from 2002 to 2004.

Edna Tarbutton
| Baskin | girls basketball
Tarbutton led Baskin to 218 straight wins during the 1940s — the longest win streak in high school girls basketball history. She also led Baskin on a 71-game win streak to give the team a record of 289-1. She finished her career with 654-236 with nine state championships, including eight in a row.

Meredith Messer
| Camden Hills (Rockport) | girls soccer
In 24 seasons, Messer led the Windjammers to 263 wins, including 69 in a row at one point. She was named the National Soccer Coach of the Year in 2019 by the NFHS.

Lillian Shelton
| Severna Park (Md.) | field hockey
Ranks as one of the winningest field hockey coaches of all-time. She posted a record of 544-60-10 over the course of 40 years. She led the Falcons to 20 state championships.

Vi Goodnow
| Frontier Regional (South Deerfield) | field hockey/girls basketball
Coached for 44 seasons and over 1,500 career games, winning 84 percent of them. She won 633 games in basketball and 478 in field hockey. The Western Massachusetts award to the top girls basketball Player of the Year is named in her honor.

Jodi Manore
| Bedford (Temperance) | volleyball
No coach has won more games in one sport than Manore, who has 2,099 victories in close to 40 years at Bedford.

Wendy Kohler
| Alexandria | girls basketball
Spent over 33 years with the Cardinals and is a member of the Minnesota Girls Coaches Hall of Fame. She won 579 games as a basketball coach, the most ever by a female coach in the state.

Lucy Seaberry
| East Side (Cleveland, Miss.) | girls basketball
One of the few coaches with over 800 wins in Mississippi history, she had 809 between 1968 and 2001. She was the state coach of the year in 1995 when she won a state championship with a 35-2 record.

Lori Hanaway
| Lee's Summit | volleyball
The second-winningest coach in Missouri volleyball history, Hanaway had 749 wins with eight state championships through 27 seasons when she was inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame.

Vicki Brown
| Hellgate (Missoula) | girls basketball/volleyball
A Hall of Fame coach in Montana where she guided the Knights' girls volleyball and basketball teams for over 20 years. She won a state title in volleyball and was twice named state Coach of theYear.

Sharon Zavala
| Grand Island Central Catholic (Grand Island) | volleyball
The all-time winningest volleyball coach in Nebraska, Zavala had 921 victories in her 40-year career. Her teams won nine state championships and finished second eight times.

Karen Weitz
| Centennial (Las Vegas) | girls basketball
Weitz has produced one of the top programs on the West Coast as Centennial has won 12 state championships and posted a 673-84 record during her 25 seasons at the helm.

New Hampshire
Marge Fisk
| Dover | girls basketball
Coaching girls basketball during the 1970s and early 1980s, Fisk became a Hall of Fame coach, winning multiple state championships during her tenure.

New Jersey
Danyle Heilig
| Eastern (Voorhees, N.J.) | field hockey
Heilig's field hockey teams dominated for 20 years posting a record of 527-16-10 with 21 state championships.

New Mexico
Flo Valdez
| Roswell | volleyball
Had a great career in two different states as she won a combined 1,100 matches as a volleyball coach at Roswell and in Texas at El Paso.

New York
Sally Kus
| Sweet Home (Amherst) | volleyball
Kus led the Panthers on one of the longest winning streaks in high school history with 292 wins over a 10-year period. Under Kus, Sweet Home was recognized by Volleyball Magazine as the nation's greatest high school program in the sports' first 100 years. Kus had a career record of 792 wins and 29 losses.

North Carolina
Ann Harris
| Jordan (Durham) | volleyball
With a career winning percentage of .940, Harris ranks as one of the most successful volleyball coaches in North Carolina history. Her Falcon teams won six state championships, including four in a row.

North Dakota
Kathy Aspaas
| Minot | swimming
During her 45 seasons as a swimming coach at Minot and later Century (Bismarck), Aspaas won a total of 28 state championships.

Mary Jo Huisman
| Mother of Mercy (Cincinnati) | girls basketball
Huisman spent most of her career at Mother of Mercy, but she got her 700th win in 2020 while at Talawanda. She ranks second in Ohio girls basketball history with 707 all-time wins.

Bertha Teague
| Byng | girls basketball
Finished her career as the nation's winningest girls basketball coach. In 43 years at Byng, Teague had a record of 1,157-115 with seven state championships.

Teresa Zimmerle
| Jesuit (Portland) | volleyball
No female volleyball coach has won more games than Zimmerle, who has 481 wins and 58 losses in 27 seasons at Jesuit. She's also won seven state titles including the last two in 2018 and 2019.

Sheron Watson
| Norwich | volleyball
Posted a winning percentage of .9683 with a record of 642-21 as one of the nation's best volleyball coaches. She led Norwich to 12 state championships and 13 straight WPIAL titles.

Rhode Island
Cindy Neal | Smithfield (Esmond) | girls basketball
Neal coached basketball and track for close to 30 years at Smithfield and was an athletic director for an additional 20 years. She is a member of the RIIL Hall of Fame and was the girls basketball director for the RIIL following her retirement.

South Carolina
Paula Kirkland | Dorman (Roebuck) | volleyball
Coaching for nearly 40 years, Kirkland has won more volleyball matches than any South Carolina coach. Following the 2020 season, Kirkland had a career record of 999-157-5 with 13 state championships.

South Dakota
Lolly Forseth
| Lincoln (Sioux Falls) | gymnastics
Involved in gymnastics for 40 years, Forseth was the first female inducted into the South Dakota High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame. She coached two different schools to a total of 11 state titles. Her teams had a record of 154-9.

Barbara Campbell
| Brentwood | volleyball
Campbell ranks No. 3 in career wins in high school volleyball with 1,765. Campbell, who recently announced her retirement, also won 16 state championships.

Leta Andrews
| Granbury | girls basketball
No basketball coach, male or female, has won more games than Andrews, with a 1,416-355 record. She reached the state Final Four tournament 16 times with a state championship in 1990.

Carol Benson
| Ogden | tennis
A Hall of Fame tennis coach, Benson led Ogden to 17 state championships between 1979 and 1998.

Mona Garone
| Bradford | girls basketball
Garone won over 500 games in her career at Bradford, making the Final Four 31 times and winning 10 state championships. She also won three state championships in field hockey while at Oxbow.

Marie Crump
| Powhatan | softball
A member of the Virginia High School Hall of Fame, Crump won five state championships in softball and is the state's career wins leader with over 700.

Nola Ayres
| Sehome (Bellingham) | gymnastics
Ayres' lost just one match in her coaching career, winning 26 league titles and 22 state championships with one of the nation's top gymnastics programs.

West Virginia
Shirley Brown
| Woodrow Wilson (Beckley) | volleyball
Brown is one of the winningest coaches in West Virginia history, capturing over 1,300 wins during her tenure with a pair of state championships.

Betty Lange
| Newman (Wausau) | volleyball
Lange has been one of the most successful volleyball coaches in the state over the past decade, winning four consecutive state Division 4 titles between 2013-16.

Wendy Schuler
| Evanston | girls basketball
A four-time state coach of the year, Schuler has a career .730 winning percentage in basketball while at Evanston. She coached 30 years, winning eight regional championships.