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MaxPreps/AVCA Player of the Week
MaxPreps/AVCA High School Player of the Week
For the week of Jan. 18-24

North Carolina
OH | Senior | 5-foot-8
5 Sets Played

Kills: 15
Kills/Game: 3
Digs: 9
Digs/Game: 1.8
Receptions: 15
Rcpt/Game: 3
Aces: 4
Blocks: 4

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 in order for their athletes to be considered for the program. To obtain your free access code to call (800) 329-7324 x1 or email [email protected] For more information on the AVCA, check out the AVCA website at
California high school football: Defending HIGHSCORE National Champion St. John Bosco doubles up Sierra Canyon in season opener - HIGHSCORE
California high school football: Defending MaxPreps National Champion St. John Bosco doubles up Sierra Canyon in season opener
It had been 455 days since defending MaxPreps National Champion St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.) took the field in a high school football game that counted. No worries as the Braves cruised to a 42-21 win Saturday night over Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth, Calif.) to begin the 2021 spring season.

The Trailblazers scored on their opening drive as Daniel Duran found Virginia Tech signee DJ Harvey for a 26-yard score but the Braves would answer with three straight touchdowns to take a 21-7 lead. Rayshon Luke, Michael Hayes and sophomore quarterback Pierce Clarkson all rushed for a score in the first half.

Clarkson and junior Katin Houser alternated possessions under center and both played well. Replacing DJ Uiagalelei at quarterback is a steep hill, but both showed why FBS offers are starting to pile up.

Sierra Canyon cut the deficit to 21-14 in the final minutes of the opening half when Duran found tight end Henry Deakins from 19-yards out for his second scoring strike.
Pierce Clarkson, St. John Bosco quarterback
Photo by Louis Lopez
Pierce Clarkson, St. John Bosco quarterback
Those would be the final points the Braves defense allowed outside of a late, fourth-quarter touchdown with the reserves playing.

St. John Bosco dominated the second half as Luke rushed for a 67-yard score on the opening possession after Clarkson found sophomore standout Matayo Uiagalelei on a third-down conversion. DJ's younger brother stood out on both sides of the ball and showed why he's the fifth-rated recruit in California from the Class of 2023.

Houser made a big-time play alluding pressure and rolling outside the pocket to find Chedon James for a 21-yard touchdown that increased the Braves lead to 35-14 with 4:28 left in the third quarter. The pair connected on a 41-yard touchdown late in the fourth.

Sierra Canyon freshman quarterback Alonzo Contreras connected with Jason Jones for the final score of the night with seven seconds remaining.

Jason Negro's squad dominated in the trenches. Four-star junior Earnest Greene, USC signee Maximus Gibbs and senior Edward Riley created huge holes for the running game while also allowing Houser and Clarkson plenty of time in the pocket.

The Brave's defense forced three turnovers and shined on all three levels.

The Braves next face Santa Margarita (Rancho Santa Margarita) on March 20 while Sierra Canyon looks to bounce back March 19 against St. Bernard (Playa del Rey).
Rayshon Luke, St. John Bosco running back
Photo by Louis Lopez
Rayshon Luke, St. John Bosco running back
Two St. John Bosco defenders smother a Sierra Canyon ballcarrier.
Photo by Louis Lopez
Two St. John Bosco defenders smother a Sierra Canyon ballcarrier.

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.
High school softball rankings: Florida, Texas postseason play heats up for 11 teams in HIGHSCORE Top 25 - HIGHSCORE
High school softball rankings: Florida, Texas postseason play heats up for 11 teams in MaxPreps Top 25
Florida is one off 11 states headed to the postseason this week while others are still in their season's infancy. Lakewood Ranch (Bradenton, Fla.), No. 3 in this week's MaxPreps Top 25 high school softball, landed the 7A District 12 two-seed, while the one seed went to No. 9 Newsome (Lithia, Fla.). The two could meet up Friday in the District final.

The top team in California keeps changing each week as Golden State action really starts to ramp up. With so much talent spread throughout the Golden State and the unlikelihood of any postseason, one or two losses could really impact where a team finishes in the rankings.

Stevie Hansen and Norco (Calif.) hold down the sixth-spot. The Oregon signee is one of the top pitchers and players in the country.
Cassidy McClellan, Lakewood Ranch
Photo by Stacy White
Cassidy McClellan, Lakewood Ranch
MaxPreps Top 25 high school softball rankings

1. Leander (Texas)
29-0 | Last week: 1
The top-ranked Lions prepare for postseason play starting Thursday.

2. Barbers Hill (Mt. Belvieu, Texas)
29-2 | Last week: 2
The Eagles ride a 26-game winning streak heading into the playoffs.

3. Lakewood Ranch (Bradenton, Fla.)
23-2 | Last week: 3
The Mustangs open up 7A District 12 play on Tuesday.

4. Park Vista (Lake Worth, Fla.)
23-0 | Last week: 5
The Cobras have a bye and will host District play on Wednesday.

5. Marist (Chicago)
10-0 | Last week: 6
The RedHawks have outscored its opponents 89-12.

6. Norco (Calif.)
9-1 | Last week: 7
After an early season loss, the Cougars have rolled off nine impressive wins.

7. Hewitt-Trussville (Trussville, Ala.)
38-2-1 | Last week: 8
Kenleigh Cahalan, Riley Tyree and Anyce Harvey all knocked three hits in a 17-2 win over previously ranked Fairhope.

8. Warren (San Antonio)
22-0 | Last week: 10
The Warriors have scored 10 or more runs in 12 of 22 games this season.

9. Newsome (Lithia, Fla.)
23-0 | Last week: 11
The Wolves have a first-round bye in District play. They open up on Wednesday.

10. Lake Creek (Montgomery, Texas)
30-0 | Last week: 12
The Lions have shutout 22 of 30 opponents this season and have allowed 14 runs total.

11. University (Orange City, Fla.)
20-0 | Last week: 13
The Titans host a District semifinal game Wednesday after their a first-round bye.

12. Bob Jones (Madison, Ala.)
29-3 | Last week: 14
The Patriots have four more regular season games before playoffs begin in early May.

13. Neshoba Central (Philadelphia, Miss.)
24-0 | Last week: 15
The Rockets opened up playoffs Monday with a 12-1 win.

14. Spring-Ford (Royersford, Pa.)
7-0 | Last week: 17
The Rams won three close games this past week by a total of four runs.

15. Villa Park (Calif.)
11-0 | Last week: 19
Spartans making a case for top-ranked team in California as they have blanked their last four opponents.

16. Doral Academy (Doral, Fla.)
22-2 | Last week: 20
Firebirds host a District semifinal on Tuesday.

17. Lake Central (St. John, Ind.)
14-0 | Last week: 21
Sydney Doloszycki had three hits and a home run Monday to lead the Indians in a 9-0 win over Valparaiso.

18. Judson (Converse, Texas)
25-1 | Last week: 22
The Rockets begin playoffs Thursday at home against Clark.

19. Mater Dei Catholic (Chula Vista, Calif.)
11-0 | Last week: 23
Sophomore Ayanna Shaw had five hits last week including two home runs as the Crusaders remained perfect.

20. Crown Point (Ind.)
11-1 | Last week: 24
After a 4-2 loss to No. 19 Lake Central, the Bulldogs have won six-straight.

21. Williamsburg (Ohio)
12-0 | Last week: 25
The Wildcats have allowed just four runs in 12 games.

22. Westlake (Westlake Village, Calif.)
8-1 | Last week: 9
Daryn Siegel hit her fifth home run of the season. The Warriors have 22 long balls in nine games.

23. Sabino (Tucson, Ariz.)
15-0 | Last week: NR
Junior Riley Nielson is 12-0 in the circle with a 0.61 ERA. She is also batting .500 with three home runs at the plate.

24. South Gibson (Medina, Tenn.)
25-0 | Last week: NR
The first Tennessee squad to join the MaxPreps Top 25 this year. The team has scored over 200 runs while allowing 39.

25. Benson (Ariz.)
14-0 | Last week: NR
Emily Darwin and Celina Wilharm have 11 home runs combined and have led the Bobcats to a perfect start.

HIGHSCORE/WBCA Players of the Week: February 8-14 - HIGHSCORE
MaxPreps/WBCA Players of the Week: February 8-14
The Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) has announced its High School Players of the Week presented by MaxPreps and Wilson Sporting Goods.

Player of the Week honors are awarded to a deserving student-athlete who demonstrated outstanding play in her respective region of the country. Head coaches submit nominations each week and the WBCA selects the individual based on stats that were submitted.

Here are this week's honorees:

Region 1:
2 Games Played
Points: 21.0 Rebounds: 7.5 Steals: 4.5

Region 2:
4 Games Played
Points: 26.5 Rebounds: 14.0  Steals: 2.5

Region 3:
3 Games Played
Points: 36.0 Rebounds: 8.6  Steals: 8.0

Region 4:
3 Games Played
Points: 28.3 Rebounds: 4.3 Steals: 3.3

Region 5:
3 Games Played
Points: 21.0 Rebounds: 4.0 Steals: 4.0

Region 6:
2 Games Played
Points: 41.5 Rebounds: 16.0 Steals: 2.0

Region 7:
3 Games Played
Points: 21.7 Rebounds: 5.0  Steals: 4.6

Region 8:
2 Games Played
Points: 17.5 Rebounds: 5.5 Steals: 8.0

Region 9:
3 Games Played
Points: 37.7 Rebounds: 13.0 Steals: 3.3

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