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Texas high school football: Defending 6A champ Austin Westlake releases 2021 schedule
With the 2021 high school football season less than 100 days away, schools are beginning to release their schedules. Westlake (Austin, Texas), the defending 6A Division 1 state champs, are the latest to do so. Excitement is builds for the Chaps after a 14-0 season in which they grabbed their second straight state title.

They took out the two-time reigning 6A D1 state champs, North Shore (Houston), in the semifinals with a 24-21 win. Clemson-bound quarterback Cade Klubnik scored the game-winning touchdown on fourth down with just under two minutes remaining from 1-yard out.

The following week, Westlake beat Quinn Ewers and Southlake Carroll (Southlake) 52-34 to claim the state title in Texas' largest classification. That win propelled the Chaps to a spot at No. 3 in the final MaxPreps Top 25 high school football rankings and the top-ranked team from the Lone Star State.

Klubnik was named to the MaxPreps Junior All-America first team and four-star wide receiver Jaden Greathouse was a first-team selection on the MaxPreps Sophomore All-America squad. Legendary head coach Todd Dodge was named the 2020 Football Coach of the Year.

Dodge led Westlake to a 15-1 record in 2019, beating Guyer (Denton) 24-0 in the 6A Division 2 state championship and the Chaparrals begin the 2021 season riding a 24-game winning streak.

This upcoming season will be Dodge's eighth year as head coach for the Chaps and he has gone 88-11 during his tenure and expect the two-time state champs to be ranked in the Top 5 when we release our preseason MaxPreps Top 25 rankings on June 23.

After the two largest classifications in Texas (5A, 6A) pushed back the high school football season last year because of the pandemic, football returns to its normal fall start as most Texas schools in the middle spring practice gearing up for the 2021 season.

Earlier this week the Chaps announced their schedule with the first game Aug. 27 against Temple.

The marquee matchups include a Sept. 3 showdown with Ollie Gordon and Trinity (Euless), which went 11-2 last season and made it to the 6A Division 1 quarterfinals. The following week Westlake takes on Mansfield Summit (Arlington) as the Jaguars are coming off a 5A Division 1 semifinal appearance.

After a bye week, the Chaps face their first district foe — Del Valle, which made a huge offseason splash bringing in former IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) head coach Bobby Acosta. He led the Ascenders to an 8-0 season in his only year in Bradenton and they went wire-to-wire as the No. 1 team in the country.

The biggest game is at the end of the regular season against rival Lake Travis (Austin). The two didn't play last year as the Cavaliers had to cancel their final two regular-season games because of a positive coronavirus test in the program. Lake Travis is the last team to beat Westlake when Hudson Card led the Cavaliers to a 26-25 win on Oct. 11, 2019.
Cade Klubnik, Austin Westlake
File photo by Robbie Rakestraw
Cade Klubnik, Austin Westlake
2021 Austin Westlake football schedule

Aug. 27 — at Temple

Sept. 3 — vs. Trinity (Euless)

Sept. 10 — vs. Mansfield Summit (Arlington)
*At Mary Hardin-Baylor's Crusader Stadium (Belton)

Sept. 24 — at Del Valle

Oct. 1 — vs. San Marcos

Oct. 8 — vs. Bowie (Austin)

Oct. 14 — at Hays (Buda)

Oct. 22 — vs. Akins (Austin)

Oct. 29 — at Austin

Nov. 5 — vs. Lake Travis (Austin)
MaxPreps/AVCA Players of the Week
MaxPreps/AVCA High School Players of the Week
For the week of Oct. 5 - Oct. 11

5-foot-7 | Sophomore | S
10 Sets Played

Assists: 104
Assists/Game: 10.4
Team Hitting%: 0.254
Digs: 21
Digs/Game: 2.1
Aces: 2
Blocks: 2


5-8 | Senior | OH/MH
13 Sets Played
Kills: 63
Kills/Game: 4.85
Digs: 25
Digs/Game: 1.92
Receptions: 30
Rcpt/Game: 2.31
Aces: 7
Blocks: 7


6-1 | Senior | MB
7 Sets Played

Kills: 26
Kills/Game: 3.71
Digs: 6
Digs/Game: 0.86
Receptions: 3
Rcpt/Game: 0.43
Aces: 5
Blocks: 7

Senior | OH
6 Sets Played

Kills: 30
Kills/Game: 5
Digs: 13
Digs/Game: 2.17
Receptions: 11
Rcpt/Game: 1.83
Aces: 5
Blocks: 2

6-1 | Senior | OH/MB/RS
10 Sets Played

Kills: 72
Kills/Game: 7.2
Digs: 25
Digs/Game: 2.5
Receptions: 47
Rcpt/Game: 4.7
Aces: 3
Blocks: 2

6-1 | Junior | OH
19 Sets Played
Kills: 95
Kills/Game: 5
Digs: 44
Digs/Game: 2.32
Receptions: 62
Rcpt/Game: 3.26
Aces: 4
Blocks: 2

5-10 | Senior | OPP/MB/OH
22 Sets Played
Kills: 69
Kills/Game: 3.14
Digs: 56
Digs/Game: 2.55
Receptions: 110
Rcpt/Game: 5
Aces: 12
Blocks: 9

6-3 | Freshman | OH/OPP/MB
24 Sets Played
Kills: 124
Kills/Game: 5.17
Digs: 44
Digs/Game: 1.83
Receptions: 73
Rcpt/Game: 3.04
Aces: 23
Blocks: 10

Junior | S
17 Sets Played

Assists: 159
Assists/Game: 9.35
Team Hitting%: 0.244
Digs: 45
Digs/Game: 2.65
Aces: 3
Blocks: 7

6-1 | Junior | OH/MB
16 Sets Played

Kills: 68
Kills/Game: 4.25
Digs: 61
Digs/Game: 3.81
Receptions: 65
Rcpt/Game: 4.06
Aces: 5
Blocks: 8

6-2 | Junior | MH
9 Sets Played

Kills: 51
Kills/Game: 5.67
Digs: 20
Digs/Game: 2.22
Receptions: 28
Rcpt/Game: 3.11
Aces: 3
Blocks: 9

Olivia Stant, Mt. Carmel (New Orleans)
6-0 | Junior | OH/RS
11 Sets Played
Kills: 59
Kills/Game: 5.36
Digs: 19
Digs/Game: 1.73
Receptions: 16
Rcpt/Game: 1.46
Blocks: 12

Ava Crane, Dartmouth (South Dartmouth)
5-7 | Sophomore | OH
7 Sets Played

Kills: 27
Kills/Game: 3.86
Digs: 8
Digs/Game: 1.14
Receptions: 33
Rcpt/Game: 4.71
Aces: 10
Blocks: 1

Olivia Kowalkowski, Notre Dame Prep (Pontiac)
5-4 | Senior | L
21 Sets Played

Digs: 162
Digs/Game: 7.71
Aces: 11
Assists: 6
Assists/Game: 0.29

Kira Fallert, Concordia Academy (Roseville)
6-0 | Senior | OH
6 Sets Played
Kills: 39
Kills/Game: 6.5
Digs: 7
Digs/Game: 1.17
Receptions: 15
Rcpt/Game: 2.5
Aces: 4
Blocks: 2

Kennedy Simmons, Lewisburg (Olive Branch)
Senior | S
11 Sets Played
Assists: 127
Assists/Game: 11.55
Team Hitting%: 0.265
Digs: 29
Digs/Game: 2.64
Aces: 3
Blocks: 1

Nyah Wilson, Advance
5-9 | Senior | MH
22 Sets Played

Kills: 113
Kills/Game: 5.14
Digs: 47
Digs/Game: 2.14
Receptions: 73
Rcpt/Game: 3.32
Aces: 6
Blocks: 18

Madeline Gilder, Corvallis
5-11 | Junior | OH
8 Sets Played

Kills: 39
Kills/Game: 4.88
Digs: 11
Digs/Game: 1.38
Receptions: 19
Rcpt/Game: 2.38
Aces: 6
Blocks: 3

Whitney Lauenstein, Waverly
6-1 | Senior | OH/MH
15 Sets Played

Kills: 98
Kills/Game: 6.53
Digs: 60
Digs/Game: 4
Receptions: 108
Rcpt/Game: 7.2
Aces: 6
Blocks: 4

New Hampshire
Tory Vitko, Dover
Freshman | S
6 Sets Played

Assists: 44
Assists/Game: 7.33
Team Hitting%: 0.193
Digs: 7
Digs/Game: 1.167
Aces: 8
Blocks: 4

North Carolina
Gerren Tomlin, Davidson Day (Davidson)
Junior | OH
10 Sets Played

Kills: 62
Kills/Game: 6.2
Digs: 35
Digs/Game: 3.5
Aces: 3
Blocks: 2

North Dakota
McKenzie Moser, Bismarck
Senior | OH
10 Sets Played

Kills: 32
Kills/Game: 3.2
Digs: 50
Digs/Game: 5
Aces: 8
Blocks: 2

Makayla Osborn, Heartland Christian (Columbiana)
5-10 | Senior | OH/RS
13 Sets Played

Kills: 104
Kills/Game: 8
Digs: 70
Digs/Game: 5.38
Receptions: 86
Rcpt/Game: 6.62
Aces: 3

Sara Freeman, Moore
5-11 | Sophomore | OH/DS
9 Sets Played

Kills: 22
Kills/Game: 2.44
Digs: 37
Digs/Game: 4.11
Receptions: 44
Rcpt/Game: 4.89
Aces: 4
Blocks: 5

Allie Hueckman, Burns
5-10 | Freshman | OH
8 Sets Played
Kills: 31
Kills/Game: 3.88
Digs: 31
Digs/Game: 3.88
Receptions: 32
Rcpt/Game: 4
Aces: 5
Blocks: 3


Aly Daley, Everett
Senior | MH
11 Sets Played

Kills: 70
Kills/Game: 6.36
Digs: 12
Digs/Game: 1.09
Receptions: 15
Rcpt/Game: 1.36
Aces: 3
Blocks: 16

South Carolina
Emily Normand, St. Joseph's Catholic (Greenville)
22 Sets Played

Kills: 101
Kills/Game: 4.59
Digs: 28
Digs/Game: 1.27
Receptions: 48
Rcpt/Game: 2.18
Aces: 3
Blocks: 4

South Dakota
Olivia Kieffer, Rapid City Christian (Rapid City)
6 Sets Played

Kills: 26
Kills/Game: 4.33
Digs: 22
Digs/Game: 3.67
Receptions: 51
Rcpt/Game: 8.5
Aces: 3

Amanda Mack, Maryville
6-1 | Freshman | OH
11 Sets Played

Kills: 48
Kills/Game: 4.36
Digs: 30
Digs/Game: 2.73
Receptions: 50
Rcpt/Game: 4.54
Aces: 5
Blocks: 4

Blakely Montgomery, Clear Falls (League City)
5-9 | Senior | S
10 Sets Played

Assists: 101
Assists/Game: 10.1
Team Hitting%: 0.294
Digs: 27
Digs/Game: 2.7
Aces: 9
Blocks: 4

Marci Richins, North Summit (Coalville)
5-9 | Junior | MH/MB
26 Sets Played

Kills: 132
Kills/Game: 5.08
Digs: 78
Digs/Game: 3
Receptions: 79
Rcpt/Game: 3.04
Aces: 11
Blocks: 33

Drew Williams, StoneBridge (Chesapeake)
5-6 | Junior | OH
9 Sets Played

Kills: 28
Kills/Game: 3.11
Digs: 12
Digs/Game: 1.33
Receptions: 18
Rcpt/Game: 2
Aces: 16

West Virginia
Leia Harper, Spring Mills (Martinsburg)
Senior| OH
10 Sets Played
Kills: 50
Kills/Game: 5
Digs: 20
Digs/Game: 2
Receptions: 29
Rcpt/Game: 2.9
Aces: 3
Blocks: 8

Gianna Vollrath, Fall Creek
6-1 | Junior | MB/OH
14 Sets Played

Kills: 75
Kills/Game: 5.36
Digs: 28
Digs/Game: 2
Receptions: 48
Rcpt/Game: 3.43
Aces: 9
Blocks: 19

Tara Maddock, Shoshoni
7 Sets Played

Assists: 82
Assists/Game: 11.71
Team Hitting%: 0.221
Digs: 16
Digs/Game: 2.29
Aces: 2
Blocks: 1

About the MaxPreps/AVCA High School Player of the Week Program
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High school football: La Salle's schedule release includes games against national power IMG Academy - HIGHSCORE
High school football: La Salle's schedule release includes games against national power IMG Academy
The National Football League is set to release its 2021 schedule Wednesday and were about 100 days from the start of the high school football fall season. Some teams, like La Salle (Cincinnati), are taking a cue from the NFL and releasing their schedule.

The Lancers play in the Greater Catholic League-South, one of the toughest in Ohio, and also face a difficult non-league schedule headlined by a showdown against 2020 MaxPreps National Champion, IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.).

"We want our kids to play the best teams. So, here we go," La Salle head coach Pat McLaughlin said.

McLaughlin and the Lancers face three teams ranked in the final MaxPreps Top 25. La Salle hosts the Ascenders on Sept. 3 at Lancer Stadium. IMG went wire-to-wire as the No. 1 team in the country last fall.

The Lancers travel to Kentucky to face Trinity (Louisville) on Sept. 10. The Shamrocks won their eighth state title since 2010 and finished 10th nationally last fall, going 10-0 while outscoring the opposition 429-48.

Three weeks later, on Oct. 1, La Salle hosts Indiana 5A champion Cathedral (Indianapolis). The Fighting Irish finished at No. 19 in the MaxPreps Top 25 after going 13-1.

La Salle was 8-3 last season, falling 14-10 to Washington (Massillon) in the Ohio Division II semifinals. The Lancers won a state title in 2019, their fourth since 2014. The 2021 schedule they've compiled should prepare the Lancers for all-comers in the postseason.

MaxPreps starts releasing its preseason high school football content with the preseason MaxPreps Top 25 on June 23. Expect to see the Lancers featured in our Top 10 toughest schedules dropping later in July.
La Salle coach Pat McLaughlin, seen in 2019, has a tough schedule prepared for the Lancers this season, facing reigning MaxPreps National Champion IMG Academy as well as Trinity and Cathedral.
File photo by Jeff Harwell
La Salle coach Pat McLaughlin, seen in 2019, has a tough schedule prepared for the Lancers this season, facing reigning MaxPreps National Champion IMG Academy as well as Trinity and Cathedral.
2021 La Salle football schedule

Aug. 20 — vs. Colerain (Cincinnati)

Aug. 27 — vs. Winton Woods (Cincinnati)

Sept. 3 — vs. IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)

Sept. 10 — at Trinity (Louisville)

Sept. 17 — vs. DuPont Manual (Louisville)

*Sept. 24 — at Archbishop Moeller (Cincinnati)

Oct. 1 — vs. Cathedral (Indianapolis)

*Oct. 8 — at St. Xavier (Cincinnati)

Oct. 15 — at Trotwood-Madison (Trotwood)

*Oct. 22 — vs. Elder (Cincinnati)

*Indicates league game
Girls high school basketball rankings: No. 21 Valley Vista returns to HIGHSCORE Top 25 after Arizona reverses course on season - HIGHSCORE
Girls high school basketball rankings: No. 21 Valley Vista returns to MaxPreps Top 25 after Arizona reverses course on season
There has never been a season like this one — and hopefully there never will be again.

Though some teams have been able to play a nearly full schedule, others have yet to start, and many key games have been canceled. The result? The Top 25, which always contains a fair amount of guesswork, is even more chancy than in the past. As always, we are sure the 25 we've listed are very good teams, and they deserve full respect for their achievements, but it must be noted that a lot of teams that might have been on this list aren't likely to play.

In fact, No. 24 Chiawana may drop out next week if Washington cancels its season, and California's governing body meets Jan. 25 to determine if the Golden State's teams will even be allowed to play in the spring. And yet, at the same time, No. 21 Valley Vista returned the rankings after the state of Arizona reversed course and allowed the basketball season to be played.

So who knows what's next? We don't, that's for sure, but all credit to the coaches, players and staff who've made it this far, whether they're in the Top 25 or not.

(NOTE: Please update schedules and results on MaxPreps. If there are issues, please reach out to [email protected] for assistance.)

MaxPreps Top 25 Girls High School Basketball Rankings

Record: 11-0 | Last week: 1
A key game against powerful Plant scheduled for Saturday has been canceled. The Highlanders have played one game in 2021. It's hoped the Jan. 29 matchup with Colonial will mark the No. 1 team's return to action.

Record: 0-0 | Last week: 2
Several Washington Catholic Athletic Conference teams have canceled their seasons, but the Mustanges are set to begin play Feb. 3 against Elizabeth Seton.

Record: 11-0 | Last week: 3
A big win Monday over strong Forest Park cements Lions' No. 3 ranking. Next up is a rematch Jan. 26 with a solid Langston Hughes team.

Record: 1-0 | Last week: 4
One of the most talented teams in the country, the Royals have begun league play. There may not be many tests the rest of the way, but at least Hopkins is playing again.

Record: 0-0 | Last week: 5
The Pioneers are set to begin play Jan. 27.

Record: 15-0 | Last week: 6
The Cougars finish the regular season with four games against teams it handled easily the first time around.

Record: 0-0 | Last week: 7
Though the Cadets have been playing as a club team, none of the results are official. It's anticipated St. John's will be able to play as a high school in the near future.

Record: 12-0 | Last week: 8
The Red Knights beat Westminster Christian by four the first time around, so Friday's rematch could be a serious test.

Record: 0-0 | Last week: 9
The Lancers get in the mix Jan. 21 against Raritan, but right now, the schedule calls for only 11 games.

Record: 19-0 | Last week: 10
The Cougars rolled over previously unbeaten Jersey Village 92-31 but Memorial and Cypress Ridge could be more of a challenge. Or not.

Record: 7-0 | Last week: 11
Oklahoma is loaded this year, but so far the Tigers look to the best. But Sooner State fans are already circling Feb. 11, when Classen SAS comes to Norman.

Record: 15-0 | Last week: NR
With wins over Wayne and Reynoldsburg — among others — the Wildcats jump into the Top 25 as Ohio's best. But Pickerington Central is the Jan. 20 opponent, so there's not much margin for error.

Record: 11-0 | Last week: 13
The Redskins play in a local tournament this weekend, and then draws 10-4 Bixby on Tuesday.

Record: 13-1 | Last week: 14
The Eagles get a serious test against 16-1 Plant on Friday, but there are only two more regular season games after that.

Record: 21-0 | Last week: 16
Hoover's game with perennial Georgia power St. Francis was canceled, but with 22-1 Hazel Green on the schedule Saturday, the Buccaneers have another chance to show just how good they are.

Record: 10-0 | Last week: 18
The Tigers have been on a break, but jump right in against 8-1 Father Ryan next Tuesday.

Record: 4-2 | Last week: 17
Next up for talented New Hope is Paul VI on Jan. 28, but it's possible coach Sam Caldwell will find some willing opponents before then.

Record: 12-0 | Last week: 20
The Silverwolves jump two spots, but 10-1 Syracuse, Friday's opponent, will show whether they deserved the bump.

Record: 0-0 | Last week: 19
The Argonauts begin the season Feb. 2

Record: 14-1| Last week: 21
The Eagles' ranking is a reflection of a very talented roster, but to keep it, a Saturday win over No. 23 Duncanville, at home, is mandatory.

Record: 0-0 | Last week: NR
Despite mounting COVID cases, Arizona's high school association reversed its decision to cancel winter sports — which means the Monsoon not only jump back into the rankings, but will play three games in the next week.

Record: 0-0 | Last week: 22
The Vikings plan to begin Jan. 29, and will face an "early" test Feb. 2 vs. Neumann-Goretti.

Record: 19-1 | Last week: 23
The Panthers have already lost to DeSoto once, and now must try to deal with DeSoto's height and talent on the road.

Record: 0-0 | Last week: 24
Even if the Riverhawks are given permission to play, star Talia Von Oelhoffen graduated early so she could start playing at Oregon State — which will make it very hard for Chiawana to hang on to this spot even if Washington allows basketball.

Record: 10-0 | Last week: 25
The talented Wildcats have a fairly easy week ahead, though it's always tough to play three games in that span of time, as Mississippi's best must do.

Dropped out: No. 12 Reynoldsburg (Ohio), No. 15 Sidwell Friends (Washington D.C.) season canceled.
Senior project: Memories from Class of 2020 high school athletes - HIGHSCORE
Senior project: Memories from Class of 2020 high school athletes
Video: Congratulations 2020 Seniors
A tribute to this year's resilient high school graduates.

Gabby Hansard anticipated an emotional finish, but not quite like this.

The senior at Live Oak Classical (Waco, Texas) helped her basketball team win on Senior Night and afterward the squad "shared very kind words," before presenting Hansard with a basketball signed by all her teammates. 

"Of course I began to cry during this extremely bittersweet moment," Hansard said. "And then all of my teammates wrapped me in a giant group hug. I think my coach may have even shed a tear."

She called it her favorite moment of a rich and memorable three-sport prep career.

Hansard was one of more than 400 student surveyed by MaxPreps to reveal their most cherished high school memory that was featured in the above video entitled "Congratulations 2020 Seniors."

MaxPreps video editor Michelle Gaudy produced a lively video that captured pictures, video and words supplied by the student athletes, many of whose senior seasons were cut short by the coronavirus pandemic.

But high school kids, especially prep athletes, are a resilient group. Life lessons they learned on the field can be applied immediately. Like never giving up or giving in.

Kenneth Munoz, a baseball player from Orange Vista (Perris, Calif.) said his life was forever changed with a memorable rally that was his favorite high school sports memory.

"We came back in the last inning with a nine-run rally with two out to walk it off right before sunset," he wrote.
Kenneth Munoz, Orange Vista
File photo by Tom Houston
Kenneth Munoz, Orange Vista
Here are other favorite moment responses broken down by categories:

Travel bonds

"Getting to travel with your teammates to different fields. It would bring everyone closer as a team, even our coaches. The only way you win is being one with your team." Adam Sanchez of Warren (San Antonio) baseball, tennis

"Being on all the late night bus rides heading home from games, laughing at the fun times we had during games and tournaments." Bryce Hamlin of Sands (Ackerly, Texas) football, basketball, track, tennis

"All the bus rides to games in basketball we would all sing and bond." Elbreha Drayden of York County Tech (York, Pa.) basketball, field hockey

Friday nights

"Our pep rallies in the afternoon and going on to our school bonfire behind our football stadium as the football team dances to the school band." Jose Jimenez of Nogales (Ariz.) football, track

"Pep rallies." Madison Blue of Van (Texas) soccer, basketball

"Friday Night Lights." Carson Baker of Skyline (Lehi, Utah) football

Game night

"The atmosphere on game days. I loved getting ready to go to battle with my brothers. No other feeling like it." Cade Lewis of Highland (Hardy, Ark.) basketball, basketball, cross country

"Every time I got on the court." Charles Ward of Fairdale (Ky.) basketball

Personal and triumphant

"Getting my first tackle of the season as a female football player" Vivian Harris of Mira Mesa (San Diego)

"Hitting a walk-off right after finishing my AP research exam presentation." Kyle Wu of Mercer Island (Wash.) baseball

"Scoring a winning goal with 34.5 seconds left." Mac Casper of Catholic Memorial (West Roxbury, Mass.) ice hockey, lacrosse

History lesson

"Kicking a 42-yard field goal in our first win against a rival school in 21 years . ... on my birthday." Rob Myrick of Pinellas Park (Largo, Fla.) football, soccer

"When our class won our first playoff game in 10 years and first one at home in nearly 20 years." Dom Oto of East Allegheny (North Versailles, Pa.) football

"Being the first girl on my high school football team to score a point in a game." Sawyer Mohney of Warren (Pa.) football, soccer, bowling

Short answers, wide scope

"Being part of a team." Zoie Harrison of Colonial Heights (Va.) basketball

"Meeting new people while playing basketball." — Lavon Moore of Samuell (Dallas, Texas) basketball

"Making my first varsity team." Daniel Patino of Mater Academy Charter (Hialeah Gardens, Fla.) soccer

"Playing soccer with my friends."Camryn Garcia of Corpus Christi Veterans Memorial (Corpus Christi, Texas) soccer

"Team dinners." Braden Zickuhr of Arroyo Grande (Calif.) baseball

"Making new friendships on and off the court." Neveah Fernandez of Venture Academy (Stockton, Calif.) basketball, softball, track

Long answers, family ties

"Being part of a football team because we were a real close brotherhood and it shaped me to not just be a great player, but also a respectful man." Hunter Adolph of Philo (Duncan Falls, Ohio), football

"Going through all loses and defeats together as a whole and bonding as a whole team, as brothers." Humberto Sanabria of Far Northeast Warriors (Denver) soccer

"An overall feeling of being a family. Being a part of the softball team was always fun since everything we did, we did tougher. I always felt part of something bigger than just a player on a field playing a game." Kennedy Michewicz of Northridge (Greeley, Colo.) softball

"All the practices that I never really wanted to go to because they all made me so much better and opened my eyes to the hard work that creates greatness."Daryn Batts of Skyline (Dallas) basketball, track
Daryn Batts, Skyline
File photo by Michael Horbovetz
Daryn Batts, Skyline
"I have had my best friends playing with me for our school team since the seventh grade." Abby Hornbuckle of Grissom (Huntsville, Ala.) softball

"Being able to play football and basketball all four years with teams I call my family no matter what." Isaiah Cardenas of Maxwell (Calif.) football

"Playing the game I love with friends that lasts a lifetime, and given the opportunity to represent my school and play in front of all my family and friends." Madisen Duryea of Bradshaw Mountain (Prescott Valley, Ariz.) softball

Saving best until last

"Pitching a perfect game in my last high school game." Northwood (Pittsboro, N.C.) baseball pitcher Tyler Johnson

"Hitting a home run in my last at-bat of my high school career before the pandemic canceled my season." Joseph Galindo of Quartz Hill (Calif.) baseball

"I'm a goalkeeper so I usually don't get to play the field or score, but during my final high school game I was able to do both. ... and I helped my team win. It was a good way to end my high school career." Andy Rapp of Clark (San Antonio, Texas) soccer

"Playing our last game and hearing all the fans cheering for us. It was super crazy and loud." Lauren Wilson of Terry Sanford (Fayetteville, N.C.) lacrosse

"My favorite high school memory was senior night for basketball. It was everything I was hoping it would be." Brandy Thompson-Ruiz of Moon Valley (Phoenix) basketball, softball