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High school sports: Southern California regionals announced; No NorCal regionals, state track and field meet - OFFICIAL
High school sports: Southern California regionals announced; No NorCal regionals, state track and field meet
The California Interscholastic Federation announced Wednesday its plan to hold one-week Southern California regional playoffs in seven sports, including basketball, baseball and softball, starting June 5 and ending June 26. The other sports include soccer, tennis, boys volleyball and golf.

Because only two of six Northern California sections — Central Coast and Oakland — are even holding playoffs, there will be no Northern California regionals. That also means for a second straight year there will be no state track and field or state swimming and diving championships.

The 2021 state track and field meet, scheduled for Buchanan High school in Clovis, would have been the 102nd in history. 

The CIF, which only takes over playoffs at the regional and state level, had no choice. The organization's hands were tied. Section champions feed into the regional playoffs and with no champs to advance, regionals were impossible. 

"Ultimately with only CCS and Oakland offering playoffs, regional playoffs in the North weren't feasible," CIF Executive Director Ron Nocetti said. "We wanted to wait as long as possible to make sure there were no update or changes (with the sections)."

Though disappointed that his athletes can't move on, CCS commissioner Dave Grissom said he's heard no complaints.

"This pandemic has been absolutely life changing and life altering for so many families," he said. "In the big scheme of things, for there not to be Northern California championships is OK. It's completely OK. It's just one of those things. It was impossible to pull off. I haven't heard one coach, athletic director or school be upset about it."
San Diego Section powers Mater Dei Catholic and Cathedral Catholic figure to reach the Southern California championships, which conclude June 26. Mater Dei Catholic is ranked 19th nationally by MaxPreps.
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San Diego Section powers Mater Dei Catholic and Cathedral Catholic figure to reach the Southern California championships, which conclude June 26. Mater Dei Catholic is ranked 19th nationally by MaxPreps.
All four Southern California sections — the Southern, San Diego, Los Angeles and Central — will finish up their playoffs in late May or early June and then enter a one-week regional playoff.

The section playoffs must be completed by the following dates in these respective sports: boys and girls soccer (May 29), boys and girls team tennis (May 29), boys volleyball (June 5), boys and girls golf (June 12), boys and girls basketball (June 12), baseball (June 19) and softball (June 19).

The last date for regional championships for each sport: boys and girls soccer (June 5), boys and girls team tennis (June 5), boys volleyball (June 12), boys and girls golf (June 15), boys and girls basketball (June 19), baseball (June 26) and softball (June 26).

With just one week to complete tournaments, each bracket will be no more than eight teams. That will create many more brackets than normally, especially in basketball.

Teams and student athletes will likely be faced with many conflicts, concerning both graduation and club teams. Nocetti is hoping for flexibility in all cases.

"We understand that section championships are top priority," Nocetti said. "But we hope those teams communicate as soon as possible their plans on participation at regionals."

The Southern California baseball and softball regionals should be very interest. Currently, three SoCal teams are in the MaxPreps Top 25 national baseball rankings and four SoCal softball squads are among the nation's 25 best.
CIF's announcement and schedule released Wednesday about Southern and Northern California playoffs.
CIF's announcement and schedule released Wednesday about Southern and Northern California playoffs.


How to watch: Allen Iverson Roundball Classic featuring OFFICIAL National Players of the Year Chet Holmgren and Raven Johnson - OFFICIAL
How to watch: Allen Iverson Roundball Classic featuring MaxPreps National Players of the Year Chet Holmgren and Raven Johnson
The Allen Iverson Roundball Classic takes place Saturday in Tennessee as the only true high school basketball postseason showcase on the slate after the McDonald's All-American Game, Jordan Brand Classic and Nike Hoops Summit were called off due to the pandemic for a second consecutive year.

Among the storylines will be girls basketball MaxPreps National Player of the Year Raven Johnson stepping on the floor to compete with the best boys players in the country. The 5-foot-8 point guard led Westlake (Atlanta) to back-to-back unbeaten state championship seasons.

The game will also feature the boys MaxPreps National Player of the Year in Chet Holmgren, who just led Minnehaha Academy to a fourth consecutive state championship in Minnesota and will play at Gonzaga next season.

How to watch

Date: Saturday, May 8 | Time: 6 p.m. local time
Location: Bartlett High School (Bartlett, Tenn.)
Live stream: SUVtv

Holmgren will be matched up against top-ranked senior forward Paolo Banchero, who missed his senior season of high school and instead competed for club team BFL Prep. A strong performance for Banchero head-to-head against Holmgren could leave the door open for the Duke bound forward to supplant the 7-foot center for top spot in the Class of 2021.

Other players to watch include MaxPreps All-Americans Kendall Brown, Kennedy Chandler, Matthew Cleveland, Daimion Collins, Jerddarian Davison, Nolan Hickman, Hunter Sallis, Terquavion Smith and TyTy Washington.

Complete rosters are included below. For more information and tickets, visit IversonClassic.com.

Team Loyalty
Paolo Banchero, F, O'Dea (Seattle, Wash.) – Duke
Matthew Cleveland, F, Pace Academy (Atlanta, Ga.) – Florida State
Jerddarian Davison, G, Calhoun (Letohatchee, Ala.) – Alabama
A.J. Griffin, F, Archbishop Stepinac (White Plains, N.Y.) – Duke
Tyrese Hunter, G, St. Catherine's (Racine, Wis.) – Iowa State
Raven Johnson, G, Westlake (Atlanta, Ga.) – South Carolina
Johnathan Lawson, F, Houston (Germantown, Tenn.) – Oregon
Bryce McGowens, G, Legacy Early College (Greenville, S.C.) – Nebraska
Hunter Sallis, G, Millard North (Omaha, Neb.) – Gonzaga
Terquavion Smith, G, Farmville Central (Farmville, N.C.) – North Carolina State
TyTy Washington, G, AZ Compass Prep (Chandler, Ariz.) – Undecided
Peyton Watson, F, Long Beach Poly (Long Beach, Calif.) – UCLA
Benny WilIiams, F, IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) – Syracuse

Team Honor
Jaden Akins, G, Sunrise Christian Academy (Bel Aire, Kan.) – Michigan State
Trey Alexander, G, Heritage Hall (Oklahoma City, Okla.) – Auburn
Kendall Brown, F, Sunrise Christian Academy – Baylor
Ahamed Bynum, G, Simeon (Chicago, Ill.) – DePaul
Kennedy Chandler, G, Sunrise Christian Academy – Tennessee
Daimion Collins, F, Atlanta (Texas) – Kentucky
Michael Foster Jr., F, Hillcrest Prep (Phoenix, Ariz.) – Undecided
Nolan Hickman, G, Wasatch Academy (Mt. Pleasant, Utah) – Kentucky
Chet Holmgren, C, Minnehaha Academy (Minneapolis, Minn.) – Gonzaga
Jordan Longino, G/F, Germantown Academy (Fort Washington, Pa.) – Villanova
Joshua Minott, F, Saint Andrew's (Boca Raton, Fla.) – Memphis
Kowacie Reeves Jr., G, Westside (Macon, Ga.) – Florida
Daeshun Ruffin, G, Callaway (Jackson, Miss.) – Mississippi
Raven Johnson will take the floor for the Allen Iverson Roundball Classic on Saturday.
Photo by Pete Wright
Raven Johnson will take the floor for the Allen Iverson Roundball Classic on Saturday.
High school baseball: Top 10 MLB Draft prospects - OFFICIAL
High school baseball: Top 10 MLB Draft prospects
The Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft has been a June fixture for 55 years, since it was first held in 1965. However due to COVID-19, Major League Baseball has moved the three-day selection process to July 11, 12 and 13. The high school baseball season is expected to last, in some states, until the third or fourth week of June.

MaxPreps has identified the Top 10 members of the Class of 2021 who figure to be chosen on the draft's first day. Based on mock drafts and rankings by recruiting services like Prep Baseball Report and Perfect Game, the Class of 2021 is particularly strong at shortstop with three expected to go among the top three high school players chosen. At least three pitchers are also among the top 10, however a high school player is not expected to be chosen with the No. 1 overall pick.
Marcelo Mayer, Eastlake
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Marcelo Mayer, Eastlake
Top 10 high school MLB Draft prospects for 2021

Jordan Lawler, Dallas Jesuit (Dallas), SS
All signs point to Lawler, a five-tool shortstop, as the first high school player chosen in the draft. Along with the potential to develop into a 15-20 home runs a year slugger, Lawler also has tremendous speed and the ability to stick as a shortstop at the professional level. After a fast start to the 2021 season, Lawler has slowed to a .303 batting average with 13 runs, six RBI and five doubles.

Marcelo Mayer, Eastlake (Chula Vista, Calif.), SS
Like Lawler, Mayer is seen as a player who has a chance to stick at shortstop in the Bigs. Scouts regard Mayer as the best pure hitter in the draft, however, he's also a superior defensive player. The combination of hitting and fielding could push Mayer ahead of Lawler in the draft.

Kahlil Watson, Wake Forest (N.C.), SS
Yet another high school shortstop who has the defensive skills necessary to continue playing the position at the next level, Watson came on strong during the summer. Watson batted just .235 during a five-game season last year, but as a sophomore he hit .578 with 12 doubles and six home runs. Watson is likely to go somewhere in the middle of the first round and could be the fourth or fifth high school player selected.

Harry Ford, North Cobb (Kennesaw, Ga.), C
The highest-rated high school catcher, there are mixed results on whether Ford will go in the first round or not. However, no other high school catcher has been tabbed to go ahead of Ford. He's one of the quickest and most athletic high school catchers in the draft, which leads to the possibility that Ford could move to the field at some point. He's noted for his bat speed and he already has three home runs and two triples in 2021 while batting .290 with 14 RBI in 11 games.

Brady House, Winder-Barrow (Winder, Ga.), 3B
A shortstop for much of his high school career, House likely will end up at third base. He has one of the top bats in the draft. He's shown that early in the season for the Bulldogs, batting .542 with 17 runs scored, three doubles and three home runs.

Ben Montgomery, Red Land (Lewisberry, Pa.), OF
Montgomery could be the top high school outfielder in the draft thanks to a strong arm and ability to hit for power. He hasn't seen any action against high school competition since the 2019 season. Scouts see Montgomery going toward the end of the first round of the draft.

Chase Petty, Mainland Regional (Linwood, N.J.), P
Perry caught everyone's attention when he hit 100 mph over the summer. A possible end-of-first-round pick, Petty also reportedly has an above average slider. Low projection could sour some teams allowing Petty to drop out of the first round.

Jackson Jobe, Heritage Hall (Oklahoma City, Okla.), P
A hitting and fielding prospect prior the 2020 summer season, Jobe has developed into one of the top pitching prospects in the draft. With a fastball that hits 96 mph, Jobe also has a deadly curve. He had eight strikeouts in his first four innings pitched this season.

Andrew Painter, Calvary Christian Academy (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), P
Painter could be the first high school pitcher taken in the draft and he's expected to be the third or fourth overall high school player selected. At 6-foot-7, he's got the mid-90s fastball, but he is also adept at three other pitches. He has 27 strikeouts in 11 innings pitched this season.

James Woods, IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.), OF
Teams looking for powerhitting outfielders will likely look long and hard at Woods. Along with Montgomery, he's among the top prep outfielders in the draft. He has two home runs this season in IMG's 10 games. He could go toward the end of the first round.
Sam Vinson named 2020-21 OFFICIAL Kentucky High School Basketball Player of the Year - OFFICIAL
Sam Vinson named 2020-21 MaxPreps Kentucky 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.

Sam Vinson of Highlands (Fort Thomas) is the 2020-21 MaxPreps Kentucky High School Basketball Player of the Year. The 6-foot-4 senior guard helped the Bluebirds go 30-4 en route to the programs' first state title.

Vinson averaged 22.2 points and 9.7 rebounds per contest during the regular season, becoming the first player in program history to eclipse 1,500 points, 500 rebounds and 300 assists in a career.

The Northern Kentucky signee was named state tournament MVP after averaging 23.3 points, 7.8 rebounds and 5.5 assists per game in four KHSAA Sweet 16 games. He tallied 20 points, 14 rebounds and five assists in a 79-60 state title game triumph over Elizabethtown.

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.
Sam Vinson celebrates a win over St. Henry in the Ninth Region semifinals.
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Sam Vinson celebrates a win over St. Henry in the Ninth Region semifinals.
Girls high school basketball rankings: Indiana's North Central leads four new teams in OFFICIAL Top 25 - OFFICIAL
Girls high school basketball rankings: Indiana's North Central leads four new teams in MaxPreps Top 25
The No. 1 girls high school basketball team in the country hasn't played for three weeks. The No. 2 team hasn't played at all. The preseason favorite in Alaska hasn't met an in-state opponent this season, but instead is playing a series of games in Mississippi right now. That's right – Mississippi.

Of course it's hardly a news flash that these are strange days, so in a way, all of this is sort of "normal." And so the MaxPreps Top 25 girls high school basketball rankings are about as "normal" as we can make it, absent big tournaments, intersectional matchups and, in many states, regular season or postseason play.

And Lake Highland Prep, the No. 1 team, mentioned above, is back in action Friday, and No. 2 Bishop McNamara will start Saturday. As the saying goes, every journey begins with but a single step.
Sydney Steward, Hazel Green
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Sydney Steward, Hazel Green
MaxPreps Top 25 Girls High School Basketball Rankings

Record: 11-0 | Last week: 1
The Highlanders' last game was Jan. 6 against No. 14 Montverde. The next one is Friday against 13-7 Colonial, which wraps up the regular season — but since Florida is planning to have its state playoffs, at least there are more to come.

Record: 0-0 | Last week: 2
The Mustangs hope to squeeze in 10 to 15 games before the season ends, and it starts Saturday against Seton. The big one, though, is Feb. 3 against Paul VI.

Record: 12-0 | Last week: 3
The first time around, the Lions outscored their next two opponents 170-45, so the likelihood of an upset is not all that high. In fact, infinitesimal might be stretching it.

Record: 3-0 | Last week: 4
Wayzata still has talent, but the Royals hammered their rival, 102-52. Expect more of the same in the game this week.

Record: 0-0 | Last week: 5
The Pioneers begin Jan. 27, but the biggest test looks to be several weeks away: rival Renaissance on Feb. 20.

Record: 16-0 | Last week: 6
The Cougars have one game this week, and barring disaster, will be the heavy favorite the rest of the regular season.

Record: 0-0 | Last week: 7
The Cadets likely will play six regular season games (the first of which will be Feb. 6) but the presence of uber-talented Azzi Fudd may still have St. John's in line for the GEICO High School Nationals, should it be played.

Record: 14-0 | Last week: 8
The Red Knights beat Westminster Academy by four the first time around — it was 75-46 in the rematch. The two games this week will not be as challenging.

Record: 0-0 | Last week: 9
New Jersey is kicking into first gear, with the Lancers starting next Tuesday — but note that strong Red Bank Catholic is on the schedule Feb. 6.

Record: 21-0 | Last week: 10
The Cougars are having little trouble handling Houston competition and has already beat their next two opponent by a combined score of 158-21. Don't look for much to change.

Record: 7-0 | Last week: 11
The Tigers got past a quality Edmond North team 69-62, but won't have to work nearly as hard in their two games this week.

Record: 10-0 | Last week: 16
The Tigers have three games in the next seven days, and maybe fatigue will have an impact. If not, expect three wins.

Record: 13-0 | Last week: 13
The Redskins, like many members of the MaxPreps Top 25, should have little trouble navigating the upcoming local competition.

Record: 17-1 | Last week: 14
After taking care of 17-2 Plant 59-49 last week, the Eagles host unbeaten Winter Haven on Saturday in what could be the last competitive game of the season.

Record: 15-1 | Last week: 21
The Eagles jump six spots thanks to a second win over previous No. 23 Duncanville. The 69-60 victory was obviously a big one, but Mansfield on Jan. 27 could be another challenge.

Record: 20-2 | Last week: NR
The Panthers' two-point win over previous No. 12 Newark — on the road — vaults Indiana's best back into the MaxPreps Top 25. But there a lot of good teams in Indiana, so North Central will have to work to retain its spot.

Record: 5-2 | Last week: 17
New Hope has played the toughest seven-game schedule in the country, and it gets no easier with the trip to unbeaten Paul VI on Thursday.

Record: 13-0 | Last week: 18
Syracuse was considered the biggest threat to the Silverwolves in Utah, and that turned out to be no problem. The next hurdle? A trip to Davis next Tuesday.

Record: 0-0 | Last week: 19
The Argonauts finally take the court next Tuesday against Immaculata — and hopefully it will be the first of many games.

Record: 16-1 | Last week: 12
The Wildcats lost to new No. 16 North Central by two, and they've proved to be Ohio's best — so No. 20 seems about right.

Record: 1-0 | Last week: 21
Arizona is under way, and though the Monsoon starts slowly, the schedule will eventually call for five games in a single week — which is a test no matter how good you are.

Record: 0-0 | Last week: 22
The sharpshooting Vikings will play a 12-game, conference-only schedule, beginning this week — but that conference is the always tough Philadelphia Catholic League, so there will be challenges,

Record: 27-1 | Last week: NR
The Trojans jump into the rankings after a 65-45 hammering of Hoover last week — and the only loss was to No. 16 Ensworth, by three points.

Record: 9-0 | Last week: NR
The Bearcats join the Top 25 party, but draw 5-1 Spencer County on Thursday — and the schedule in competitive Kentucky will ramp up in the coming weeks.

Record: 20-0 | Last week: NR
The Green Wave washes into the MaxPreps Top 25, which is rare territory for Louisiana teams, but must face Anchorage Christian, which was 27-2 last season, on Thursday.

Dropped out: No. 15 Hoover (Ala.); No. 24 Chiawana (Pasco, Wash.), season postponed until spring; No. 23 Duncanville (Texas); No. 25 Meridian (Miss.).

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