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High school football: After quarterbacking Texas team in the fall, Jayce Knapp returns home to Oregon and plays another season in the spring - HIGHSCORE
High school football: After quarterbacking Texas team in the fall, Jayce Knapp returns home to Oregon and plays another season in the spring
We've heard of many high school athletes playing two sports in one season during the pandemic. Jayce Knapp is the first we've heard of playing one sport in two different seasons during the same school year — in two different states.

In fact, the reason Knapp, a 6-foot-2, 185-pound senior quarterback, was able to manage this is because his family lived in two different states with different approaches to handling COVID-19.

Knapp played two varsity seasons for Wilsonville (Ore.), the second as a starter in 2019, when he threw for 1,676 yards, 20 touchdowns and just four interceptions for an 8-3 Wildcats team.

The following year, his dad's business led a family move to Texas, where Knapp played in five games at Del Valle. Again, Knapp put up some good numbers, throwing for more than 1,000 yards and 17 touchdowns (four interceptions). He piled up 336 yards and three touchdowns in the final games of the season, a 39-34 loss to Austin.
Jayce Knapp during his 336-yard passing performance for Del Valle in the fall against Austin.
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Jayce Knapp during his 336-yard passing performance for Del Valle in the fall against Austin.
Texas was one of 35 states to play a traditional fall season, though it did delay its top two divisions (6A and 5A) six weeks. Del Valle is an unincorporated part of Travis County, near Austin.

The family moved back to Wilsonville in the winter and because Oregon changed football to the spring, Knapp was able to strap on the pads and helmet one more time. 

He said he was content to just play the role as backup in the abbreviated six-week season, but an injury to starter Chase Hix thrust Knapp back to starring for his hometown school, leading the Wildcats to a 6-0 record.

Knapp threw just four passes in the first two games but by Week 5 he was at his best, completing 30 of 39 attempts for 395 yards and five touchdowns in a 37-14 win over Canby. He finished 70 of 103 for 1,001 yards and 10 touchdowns in the shortened season.

He told Jerry Ulmer of OSAAtoday.com that it was "heartbreaking" not being able to play for a state championship after most of the 19 seniors on Wilsonville were on a 5A quarterfinal team in 2018 as sophomores.

"I know we're a state championship-caliber team," he said. "I think we'd definitely make a run all the way to the state championship, and we'd have a good chance of winning it."

Knapp told Ulmer playing in Texas was a unique and expansive experience.  

"The speed down there is insane," he said. "The competition down there was crazy. It gave me the confidence to come here and play well. I lived, ate and breathed football for four months. But once it was over, I was like, 'This is my home.' I just couldn't live there anymore. I had to come back. ... Texas taught me a lot."
Jayce Knapp played in five games in Texas during the fall before returning home to play six games for his hometown Wilsonville squad in Oregon.
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Jayce Knapp played in five games in Texas during the fall before returning home to play six games for his hometown Wilsonville squad in Oregon.



High school girls basketball rankings: Four HIGHSCORE Top 25 teams comprise year-ending GEICO Nationals field - HIGHSCORE
High school girls basketball rankings: Four MaxPreps Top 25 teams comprise year-ending GEICO Nationals field
There's been so much written and said and broadcast about how different the past 12 months have been, but when it comes to basketball, the game is still the same.

And postseason is still postseason, with upsets, close games, controversy and, sometimes tears. Even the winners cry sometimes, but they also hang banners in the gym, and in the end, it doesn't matter if the banner was won during a COVID year or not. Players still had to perform, coaches still had to lead and fans still had to fret until the issue was no longer in doubt.

And in the same way, a spot in the MaxPreps Top 25 high school girls basketball rankings is something earned. Every team listed below earned its ranking on the court, playing the same game that teams ranked in the past did, and the same one that will be played next year and beyond.

Of course things might have been different without the pandemic, but "might" covers a lot of ground. What counts more is "achieved," and that's what all the teams in the MaxPreps Top 25 did – and there's no asterisk involved.

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]
Tanajah Hayes, Zebulon B. Vance
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Tanajah Hayes, Zebulon B. Vance
MaxPreps Top 25 Girls Basketball Rankings

Record: 19-0 | Last week: 1
The GEICO High School Nationals will be in Fort Myers, Fla., just three hours away through the middle of Florida — so will Lake Highland Prep have any sort of home-court advantage? Not really, but then again, the Highlanders may not need it.

2. Westlake (Atlanta)
Record:
21-0 | Last week: 2
The unbeaten season, the No. 2 ranking and invite to the GEICO High School Nationals all were looking a little shaky at halftime of the AAAAAA title game — but then Westlake asserted itself and pulled away for a 64-46 win over pesky Carrolton.

3. Mount Notre Dame (Cincinnati)
Record:
28-0 | Last week: 3
The 72nd straight win and eighth state title did not come easy, as it took double overtime for the Cougars to tame No. 12 Newark in the championship game. The final was 57-55, so it was a nail-biter until the last horn sounded.

4. Hopkins (Minnetonka, Minn.)
Record:
13-0 | Last week: 4
Hopkins disposed of 14-win Becker with no problem, and now prepares for the AAAA playoffs — which won't begin until Friday. There's still a long way to go, though, as the state title game isn't until April 9.

5. Edison Academy (Detroit)
Record:
10-0 | Last week: 5
The Pioneers found fifth gear, it seems, as they beat two of the better teams in state by 27 and 20 last week. Wayne Memorial, another quality team, shows up on the schedule Saturday.

6. Incarnate Word Academy (St. Louis)
Record:
27-0 | Last week: 6
The Red Knights were pushed before slipping past Rock Bridge 46-42 in the Class 6 playoffs. Now, Staley is up in the semifinals. Should Incarnate Word advance, the winner of Webster Grove and Kickapoo would be next — and note that Incarnate Word has already beaten both.

7. Norman (Okla.)
Record:
19-0 | Last week: 8
After getting national headlines when an announcer used a racial slur while Norman knelt during the National Anthem, Union joined Norman in the next game in the pregame silent statement. Norman then slipped past Union 53-50 and knocked off Bixby in the 6A final to finish the unbeaten season.

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

9. Paul VI (Chantilly, Va.)
Record:
10-0 | Last week: 10
The Panthers could rise higher with a strong showing at the GEICO Nationals. With the top two teams in the field, PVI could make a strong claim for No. 1 by beating both.

10. DeSoto (Texas)
Record:
28-2 | Last week: 11
The Eagles were down 11 in the second quarter to previous No. 9 Cypress Creek, which hadn't played a close game all season. This one wasn't close either, as DeSoto went on a 45-18 run and finished with a 53-37 win to claim its first state title.

11. Grandview (Aurora, Colo.)
Record:
16-0 | Last week: 13
It's anticipated the Wolves, Valor Christian and Regis Jesuit will be three of the four teams in the 5A semifinals. Any of the three could easily wind up cutting down the nets. But it says here it's Grandview wielding the scissors.

12. Newark (Ohio)
Record:
28-2 | Last week: 12
You can't come much closer. The Wildcats came from four down in the last minutes to force the first overtime, scored at the buzzer to force the second, and then came up just one basket short after 40 minutes of play. Still, a great season, and a deserving No. 12 in the country.

13. Fremont (Plain City, Utah)
Record:
26-0 | Last week: 15
The Silverwolves got the call to make travel plans for Florida and the GEICO High School Nationals at the end of the month.

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

15. Cypress Creek (Houston)
Record:
32-1 | Last week: 7
The Cougars' 3-point touch evaporated at the worst possible time, and DeSoto's size took away points in the paint. The result? A disappointing 53-37 loss in the 6A finals.

16. New Hope Academy (Landover Hills, Md.)
Record:
13-3 | Last week: 16
New Hope finished on a high note, rolling over a good Westtown team, 86-53. And the head-to-head win over Montverde is why three losses is ranked ahead of two.

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:
12-0 | Last week: 20
For the Hawks to get that shot at No. 4 Hopkins — the regular season game was canceled because of a positive COVID test — the first step will be getting by 13-4 Minnetonka, which took Chaska to overtime earlier this year.

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
Not only did the Cougars take care of 23-2 Topeka in the 6A playoffs for its first state title, the Jayhawk State's best also handed 4A champ and crosstown rival Bishop Miege its only loss.

Dropped out: No. 22 Bearden (Knoxville, Tenn.).
High school volleyball: Sizing up HIGHSCORE National Player of the Year candidates - HIGHSCORE
High school volleyball: Sizing up MaxPreps National Player of the Year candidates
While some states are well into their high school volleyball seasons, others are just warming up. Schools in the Midwest and South have eyes on the postseason while some programs in Texas are inching into double-digit contests.

States forging ahead with a traditional calendar, coupled with COVID-19 delays and later starts have made tracking players and teams a unique challenge.

We've assembled a list of 25 players who are into their seasons — some deep — while realizing those who've played longer will have the more appealing numbers. We'll update this list several more times throughout the school year and plan to add those schools with spring starts as well.
Averi Carlson, Lovejoy
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Averi Carlson, Lovejoy
MaxPreps National Player of the Year watch list

Ally Batenhorst | Sr. | OH | Seven Lakes (Katy, Texas)
The Spartans are off to a 9-0 start and the Nebraska commit is a big reason why. She's posted 200 kills (6.5 per set) in 31 sets this season. She's added 144 digs and 10 aces as large school volleyball in Texas is ramping up.

Eleanor Beavin | Sr. | L | Mercy (Louisville, Ky.)
With 301 digs (8 per set) and 222 serve receives in an 11-2 start for the Jaguars, the Kentucky commit is leading the way for Matt Thomerson's squad. Beavin is closing in on 1,500 digs for her career at Mercy.

Julia Bishop | Sr. | S | Mercy (Farmington Hills, Mich.)
The Michigan State commit has 593 assists (10.6 per game), 107 digs, 46 aces and 85 kills as the Marlins are 23-0 on the year. Bishop came into the season needing two assists to pass the 1,000-career mark and has now surpassed 1,500.

Clara Brower | Sr. | S | The Woodlands (Texas)
The Highlanders dropped their first match of the season on Tuesday, but the Georgia commit became the school's leading setter and now has 3,608 career assists. Brower has 256 assists (8.8 per set) on the season in 29 sets, while adding 97 digs and 37 kills. She also passed the 1,000-dig mark and sits at 1,035.

Riley Buckley | Jr. | MH | North Raleigh Christian Academy (Raleigh, N.C.)
The Knights are 11-1 as Buckley has posted 94 kills, 85 digs, 138 assists on the young season.

Averi Carlson | Jr. | S | Lovejoy (Lucas, Texas)
The Leopards are 3-0 after having to cancel the first two weeks of the season due to district COVID-19 policies. Now in action, the Baylor commit and MaxPreps Freshman of the Year two seasons ago is starting hot with 71 assists (7.9) thus far. She dished up 31 alone in the season-opening straight sets win over The Colony.

Payton Chamberlain | Sr. | S | Byron Nelson (Trophy Club, Texas)
Like her fellow Texans, the Bobcats are just beginning and have started 5-1. The Wyoming commit has posted 186 assists (8.9 per set) to go with 25 blocks and 53 digs.

Kaylee Cox | Sr. | OH | Flower Mound (Texas)
The Jags are off to an 8-0 start and the preseason All-American is one reason why. Cox has 56 kills and 37 digs in 10 sets on the young season. A few more reasons why Flower Mound might be the team to beat in Texas — setter Caroline Dykes and hitters Angelique Cyr and Izabella Ortiz.

Shaye Eggleston | Sr. | OH | Brentwood (Tenn.)

The Alabama commit is looking to win her fourth state title — and the school's eighth straight — as the Bruins are off to a 31-3 start. Eggleston has 364 kills, 172 digs, 28 aces and 26 blocks while hitting at 33 percent clip.

Ashlyn Goolsby | Sr. | S | Walton (Marietta, Ga.)
A freshman when the Raiders were named the 2017 MaxPreps National Champion, Goolsby has come into her own and leads the team with 408 assists (10.2 per set). She's also tallied 86 digs and 42 kills as fellow senior Emery Dupes also helps pace 16-1 Walton.

Rylee Gray | Sr. | MB | Elkhorn South (Omaha, Neb.)
Hitting at a 47 percent clip for the 22-1 Storm, the Nebraska commit has 262 kills, 29 aces and 71 blocks in what's turning out to be an ultra-competitive season in the Cornhusker State. Junior setter Madi Woodin is also shining with 726 assists on the season.

Lauren Harden | Fr. | OH | Hamilton Southeastern (Fishers, Ind.)
The lone freshman on the list, Harden is leading a quartet of hitters for the 20-0 Royals. She's notched 216 kills, 83 digs, 23 aces and 24 blocks in 59 sets. Harden has double-digit kills in 15 of 20 matches.
Lauren Harden, Hamilton Southeastern
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Lauren Harden, Hamilton Southeastern
Sydney Helmers | So. | OH | Assumption (Louisville, Ky.)
Another in the next line of standout hitters for Ron Kordes, the 6-3 sophomore leads the 9-1 Rockets with 118 kills (4.9 per set) on the young season.

Carly Hendrickson | Sr. | OH | Mount Notre Dame (Cincinnati)
Has 301 kills (7.0 per set) on the season for the 12-1 Cougars and it closing in on 1,000 career kills. The future Florida Gator has 10 matches this season with at least 19 kills and a high of 35 in a four-set win over Seton.

Ali Hornung | Sr. | L/OH | Providence (Clarksville, Ind.)
Leading a quartet of hitters with more than 100 kills for the 18-6 Pioneers, the Purdue commit has 341 kills (4.4), 280 digs and 378 receives. She's hitting at a 38 percent clip.

Ngozi Iloh | Sr. | MH | McIntosh (Peachtree City, Ga.)
The preseason All-American is getting it done for the 24-0 Raiders, pounding out 327 kills (5.9 per set), hitting at 45 percent. The Duke commit also has 32 blocks and 18 aces for Georgia's top-ranked squad.

Lindsay Krause | Sr. | MH/OH | Skutt Catholic (Omaha, Neb.)
The 6-3 Nebraska commit has 201 kills (5.4 per set) for the 15-1 Skyhawks. In 37 sets, Krause also has 41 aces and 116 digs while posting double-digit kills in all but two matches. Setter Allie Gray is also having a standout season thus far with 453 assists (12.2 per set).

Brooke Cirigliano | Sr. | MH | Padua Franciscan (Parma, Ohio)
The Miami (Ohio) commit leads the 15-0 Bruins with 163 kills (3.4 per set) while adding 71 blocks and 13 aces. Cirigliano is hitting nearly 50 percent and leads four senior hitters (Maria Futey, Kate Mihacevich and Jordan Chessar) with at least 100 kills.

Sophia Powell | Sr. | S | Lowell (Mich.)
One of two Red Arrows on the watch list, Powell has dished up 699 assists (10.1 per set) while also adding 94 kills and 165 digs for her 18-3 squad. Powell has tossed up double-digit assist in every match this season with highs of 51, 45 and 40.

Bergen Reilly | So. | S | O'Gorman (Sioux Falls, S.D.)
The Swiss Army knife has done a bit of everything for the 14-0 Knights this season. Reilly has 203 kills (5.2 per set), 20 aces, 37 blocks, 144 digs and 62 assists for the South Dakota squad. In 2238 sets for her young prep career, she has 1,114 assists, 586 digs and 457 kills.

Jenna Reitsma | Sr. | OH | Lowell (Mich.)
The Marquette commit is leading the Red Arrows with 491 kills (7.1 per set), in addition to 243 digs and 36 aces. She's notched 30 kills in a match three times this season and has double-digit kills in all but one match.

Ellee Stinson | Sr. | OH/L | Yorktown (Ind.)
The Tigers are 20-0 and the 5-3 senior is a big reason. The Northwestern commit has 203 kills and 313 digs and provides a great 1-2 punch with 6-0 senior Jaylynn Dunsmore (212 kills, 44 blocks).

Paris Thompson | Sr. | OH | Fort Myers (Fla.)
Headed to Notre Dame, Thompson surpassed 1,000 kills in her career with a 19-kill performance Wednesday in a sweep of Port Charlotte. the 6-3 hitter has posted 288 kills (5.8 per set) this season with 140 digs, 30 aces and 16 blocks.

Mabrey Shaffmaster | Sr. | OH | New Castle (Ind.)
The North Carolina commit set the school record for kills on Sept. 30, passing the 2,000 mark with a 46-smash night (also a record). She's got 409 kills on the year (6.3 per set) to go with 47 aces, 26 blocks, 244 digs and 397 serve receives as the Trojans look for a fourth straight state title. For her career, Shaffmaster has 2,166 kills and 893 digs.

Addie VanderWeide | Sr. | OH | Christian (Grand Rapids, Mich.)
The Eagles are 16-0 and the 5-11 captain is a big reason why. She's posted 232 kills (5.3 per set), along with 165 digs and 19 aces. She's hit double-digit kills in 13 matches thus far with a high of 27 this week in a five-set win over Byron Center.
Mabrey Shaffmaster, New Castle
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Mabrey Shaffmaster, New Castle

Chris Livingston named 2020-21 HIGHSCORE Ohio High School Basketball Player of the Year - HIGHSCORE
Chris Livingston named 2020-21 MaxPreps Ohio High School 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.

Chris Livingston of Buchtel (Akron) is the 2020-21 MaxPreps Ohio High School Basketball Player of the Year. The 6-foot-6, 190-pound junior helped the Griffins go 18-5 en route to the program's third district championship in the past three seasons.

Livingston averaged 31.1 points, 15.8 rebounds, 6.1 assists, 4.7 steals and 4.0 steals per game while shooting 71 percent from the field.

In January, Livingston produced a head-turning stat line in a win over East (Akron), going for 54 points, 12 rebounds, eight assists and eight steals. 

Livingston is regarded as the No. 4 prospect in the Class of 2022 according to 247Sports. He holds offers from Akron, Florida, LSU, Ohio State, Tennessee State and UAB.

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 13.
Donovan Clingan named 2020-21 HIGHSCORE Connecticut High School Basketball Player of the Year - HIGHSCORE
Donovan Clingan named 2020-21 MaxPreps Connecticut High School 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.

Donovan Clingan of Bristol Central (Bristol) is the 2020-21 MaxPreps Connecticut High School Basketball Player of the Year. The 7-foot-1, 255-pound junior helped the Rams go 15-0 en route to the program's first Central Connecticut Conference championship since 2003.

Clingan averaged 27.3 points, 17.2 rebounds, 5.8 blocks and 3.1 assists per contest this season. He averaged 36 points and 26.3 rebounds in three CCC tournament games.

In Bristol Central's 69-68 overtime victory against East Catholic in the CCC title game, Clingan finished with 33 points, 26 rebounds, seven blocks and five assists. He capped that performance by knocking down the game-winning shot with four seconds remaining.

Regarded as the No. 45 prospect in the Class of 2022 by 247Sports, Clingan holds 18 college offers including Connecticut, Georgetown, Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State and Syracuse among others.

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 13.