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Destiney McPhaul named 2020-21 OFFICIAL Pennsylvania High School Girls Basketball Player of the Year - OFFICIAL
Destiney McPhaul named 2020-21 MaxPreps Pennsylvania High School Girls 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.

Destiney McPhaul of West Catholic (Philadelphia) is the 2020-21 MaxPreps Pennsylvania High School Girls Basketball Player of the Year. The 5-foot-8 senior guard led the Burrs to a 12-4 record and the Class AAA state championship.

McPhaul averaged 20.9 points, 8.9 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 2.4 blocks per game. She had a double-double – 16 points and 10 rebounds -- in the 67-56 championship game win over Mohawk.

McPhaul will play in the Who's Next All-American Game at the George Gervin Center in San Antonio on April 2 and attend Virginia Tech next year.

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 20.
Destiney McPhaul in action during West Catholic's Class AAA state championship win over Mohawk.
Photo by Paul Burdick
Destiney McPhaul in action during West Catholic's Class AAA state championship win over Mohawk.
2021 NFL Draft: Trevor Lawrence one of six former Georgia high school players in first round - OFFICIAL
2021 NFL Draft: Trevor Lawrence one of six former Georgia high school players in first round
For more than a decade, Georgia's reputation as a high school football hot bed has been gaining on the big three of Florida, Texas and California. On Thursday night, the Peach State surpassed all three during the first night of the 2021 NFL Draft.

Six former Georgia prep standouts, including No. 1 overall selection, Trevor Lawrence, of Cartersville, were picked in the first round to lead all states.

Florida, which didn't have a selection until ninth pick in Patrick Surtain II, of American Heritage (Plantation), had the second most represented with five selections, followed by California, Texas and Louisiana, which each had three.

Utah had two of the first seven picks, headlined by No. 2 overall selection Zach Wilson, of Corner Canyon (Draper). Pennsylvania was the only other state with multiple picks.

Since the turn of the century, Georgia boasts 48 first-round picks and is right on the heels of California (49) for third place behind only Florida (81) and Texas (61).

Rhode Island, thanks to the Colts' No. 21 selection of defensive end Kwity Paye, of Bishop Hendricken (Warwick), was represented in the first round for the first time since at least 2000.

2021 NFL Draft First Round 

No. Player, Position, High School, Picked By

1. Trevor Lawrence, QB, Cartersville (Ga.), Jaguars
2. Zach Wilson, QB, Corner Canyon (Draper, Utah), Jets
3. Trey Lance, QB, Marshall (Minn.), 49ers
4. Kyle Pitts, TE, Archbishop Wood (Warminster, Pa.), Falcons
5. Ja'Marr Chase, WR, Archbishop Rummel (Metairie, La.), Bengals
6. Jaylen Waddle, WR, Episcopal (Bellaire, Texas), Dolphins
7. Penei Sewell, OT, Desert Hills (St. George, Utah), Lions
8. Jaycee Horn, CB, Alpharetta (Ga.), Panthers
9. Patrick Surtain II, CB, American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.), Broncos
10. Devonta Smith, WR, Amite (La.), Eagles
11. Justin Fields, QB, Harrison (Kennesaw, Ga.), Bears
12. Micah Parsons, LB, Harrisburg (Pa.), Cowboys
13. Rashawn Slater, OT, Fort Bend Clements (Sugar Land, Texas), Chargers
14. Alijah Vera-Tucker, OG, Bishop O'Dowd (Oakland, Calif.), Jets
15. Mac Jones, QB, Bolles (Jacksonville, Fla.), Patriots
16. Zaven Collins, LB, Hominy (Okla.), Cardinals
17. Alex Leatherwood, OT, Booker T. Washington (Pensacola, Fla.), Raiders
18. Jaelan Phillips, DE, Redlands East Valley (Redlands, Calif.), Dolphins
19. Jamin Davis, LB, Long County (Ludowici, Ga.), Washington Football Team
20. Kadarius Toney, WR, Blount (Eight Mile, Ala.), Giants
21. Kwity Paye, DE, Bishop Hendricken (Warwick, R.I.), Colts
22. Caleb Farley, CB, Maiden (N.C.), Titans
23. Christian Darrisaw, OT, Riverdale Baptist (Upper Marlboro, Md.), Vikings
24. Najee Harris, RB, Antioch (Calif.), Steelers
25. Travis Etienne, RB, Jennings (La.), Jaguars
26. Greg Newsome II, CB, IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.), Browns
27. Rashod Bateman, WR, Tift County (Tifton, Ga.), Ravens
28. Payton Turner, DE, Westside (Houston, Texas), Saints
29. Eric Stokes, CB, Eastside (Covington, Ga.), Packers
30. Gregory Rousseau, DE, Champagnat Catholic (Hialeah, Fla.), Bills
31. Jayson Oweh, DE, Blair Academy (Blairstown, N.J.), Ravens
32. Joe Tryon, DE, Hazen (Renton, Wash.), Buccaneers
High school girls basketball: Terry English of Kansas state champion Bishop Miege is 2020-21 OFFICIAL National Coach of the Year - OFFICIAL
High school girls basketball: Terry English of Kansas state champion Bishop Miege is 2020-21 MaxPreps National Coach of the Year
Terry English had a .500 record at Bishop Miege (Shawnee Mission, Kan.) ... when it comes to state championships. Along with winning 910 games in a 44-year career that ended this season, English won 22 state titles, including another one in March. He has been named the 2020-21 MaxPreps Coach of the Year in girls basketball.

Despite that amazing record, English isn't as focused on wins, losses and banners on the gym wall as one might expect.

"I know I've done a good job if the kids are smiling at the end of the season," he said.

That said, they might not have been smiling all year, as English admits he's "an emotional guy. When I chew somebody out, I chew 'em out pretty good."
Graphic by Ryan Escobar
But players, even elite players, listen.

Payton Verhulst, a MaxPreps All-American who graduates from Bishop Miege this year, puts it simply.

"He knows just about everything about basketball," she said. "He's so wise, when he speaks, everyone listens."

"I tell the girls, 'Don't listen to how I'm saying it, listen to what I'm saying,' " English said. "I've mellowed in some ways, but as far as the way I am on the sidelines, I haven't changed."

And then he considers the passage of time.

"Well, I'm probably not as explosive as I was in my younger days."

But to simply classify English as one of those coaches who yells a lot would be a mistake, because there's a short shelf life for those who rely heavily on vocal volume. English can relate to his players and also to shifts in how the game is played.

"I've been able to change," he said. "Reluctantly at times. But I'm very open-minded — if a friend on the street gives me an inbounds play and it works, I'll run it."

One thing that hasn't changed at Bishop Miege is reliance on a full-court press.

"Pressing is something we're known for," he said, noting that when he started in 1977 not many girls teams employed a press in Kansas.

English, though, didn't care how girls were playing.

"My whole idea from the start was to tell my players, 'I want you to ignore the phrase girls basketball. We're going to play basketball.'"

And play they did, better than any team in Kansas and as good as any team in the nation. And though English will still help his son Jeff – Bishop Miege's new coach – an era in Kansas basketball has come to an end. English has no regrets.

"It's been a great experience," he said. "I wouldn't change it for anything."

Past MaxPreps National Coaches of the Year
2020 — No award given
2019 — Terri Bamford, La Jolla Country Day (La Jolla, Calif.)
2018 — Frank Orlando, Detroit Country Day (Beverly Hills, Mich.)
2017 — Joe Lombard, Canyon (Texas)   
2016 — Karen Weitz, Centennial (Las Vegas)
2015 — Tom Gonsalves, St. Mary's (Stockton, Calif.)
2014 — Dan Rolfes, Incarnate Word Academy (St. Louis)
California high school softball: Three join this week's OFFICIAL Top 25 Sac-Joaquin Section rankings - OFFICIAL
California high school softball: Three join this week's MaxPreps Top 25 Sac-Joaquin Section rankings
Like the weather, high school softball league play is heating up throughout the Sac-Joaquin Section. The Delta League has six teams that have already been ranked in the MaxPreps Top 25 this season. No. 3 Sheldon (Sacramento) will be on the road Thursday as they take on fourth-ranked Elk Grove.

Another Delta standout, St. Francis (Sacramento) checks in at No. 6 this week. After a nine-inning loss to then No. 4 Del Oro (Loomis) to start the season, the Troubadours have rolled off six straight wins. Coach Warren's squad has scored at least 11 runs in each of those victories.

In the Tri-City Athlete League, Lincoln (Stockton) (8-0) looks to be the favorite, but teams like Tracy, Lodi and St. Mary's (Stockton) might have something to say about that.

Newcomer Cordova (Rancho Cordova) opened some eyes with impressive wins over Folsom and its 5-4 win over Ponderosa (Shingle Springs) on Thursday. Also new this week is Rosemont (Sacramento). The Wolverines most impressive game may have been a 6-4 loss to Elk Grove.

Five more games to watch

Monday
No. 22 Lincoln at No. 9 Center (Antelope)

Tuesday
No. 20 Vista del Lago (Folsom) at No. 10 Roseville
No. 15 Oakmont (Roseville) at No. 16 Ponderosa (Shingle Springs)

Wednesday
No. 5 Del Oro (Loomis) at No. 1 Rocklin

Friday
No. 8 Folsom at No. 5 Del Oro (Loomis)
Cassaundra Seifert and Cordova jump into this week's MaxPreps Top 25 Sac-Joaquin Section softball rankings.
Photo by Anthony Brunsman
Cassaundra Seifert and Cordova jump into this week's MaxPreps Top 25 Sac-Joaquin Section softball rankings.
MaxPreps Top 25 Sac-Joaquin Section softball rankings

1. Rocklin
Record:
8-0 | Last week: 1
Senior Kyra Gooler and Claudia Kirchner hit home runs against Granite Bay as the Thunder keep rolling.

2. Vanden (Fairfield)
Record:
7-0 | Last week: 2
Senior Destiny Harris had a double and a home run in a close 5-4 Monticello Empire League win over Vacaville on Friday.

3. Sheldon (Sacramento)
Record:
8-2 | Last week: 3
The Huskies scored 28 runs in two games last week. Junior Dakota Kennedy had four hits in a win over Pleasant Grove.

4. Elk Grove
Record:
10-2 | Last week: 4
Freshman Angelina Barros and Aissa Silva each homered in a 15-0 win over Christian Brothers.

5. Del Oro (Loomis)
Record:
4-2 | Last week: 5
Junior Caroline Grimes had four of the Golden Eagles' 14 hits in a 13-2 Sierra Foothill League win over Oak Ridge.

6. St. Francis (Sacramento)
Record:
6-1 | Last week: 8
Juniors Amy Abueg and Kayla Garber each had three hits as the Troubadours knocked off Vista del Lago 13-7 on Monday.

7. Lincoln (Stockton)
Record:
8-0 | Last week: 9
Senior Mikaela Pamplonal had a double and a triple has Isabella Holtz had four hits as the Trojans improved to 8-0 after 16-2 victory over Tokay.

8. Folsom
Record:
3-2 | Last week: 6
Senior Shelby Pfeiler had four hits as the Bulldogs knocked off Whitney 16-5.

9. Center (Antelope)
Record:
3-0 | Last week: 13
Junior Keierra Bowman hit a walk-off single to lift the Cougars to a 5-4 win over Rio Americano.

10. Roseville
Record:
3-3 | Last week: 10
Junior Malaya Johnson threw a pair of shutouts last week as the Tigers beat Woodcreek and Antelope.

11. McClatchy (Sacramento)
Record:
1-0 | Last week: 14
The Lions are back in action this week with three games.

12. Marysville
Record:
3-0 | Last week: 18
Sophomore Jenissa Conway homered in the Indians' 4-3 win over Yuba City.

13. Central Catholic (Modesto)
Record:
3-0 | Last week: 17
The Raiders are back at it this week starting Wednesday at Kimball.

14. Cordova (Rancho Cordova)
Record:
4-1 | Last week: NR
Freshman Kamara Norman hit a big home run in win over Ponderosa.

15. Oakmont (Roseville)
Record:
4-2 | Last week: 11
The Vikings went 2-1 last week but dropped a tough one on Friday 4-3 to Del Campo

16. Ponderosa (Shingle Springs)
Record:
2-2 | Last week: 12
Senior Kaylee Hunter tossed a complete game in a 6-3 win over Vista del Lago, but the Bruins fell 5-4 to Cordova on Thursday.

17. Oakdale
Record:
3-1 | Last week: 21
The Mustangs have games on Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday this week.

18. Escalon
Record:
4-0 | Last week: 24
The Cougars have three games this week starting Wednesday at Manteca.

19. Atwater
Record:
4-0 | Last week: 25
The Falcons have a busy week starting Monday at home against Hilmar.

20. Vista del Lago (Folsom)
Record:
3-2 | Last week: 7
The Eagles had tough losses last week to St. Francis and Ponderosa, but bounced back with a 16-3 win over Casa Roble.

21. Granite Bay
Record:
5-3 | Last week: 22
The Grizzlies went 2-1 last week with their lone loss to Rocklin.

22. Lincoln
Record:
5-5 | Last week: 23
The Zebras went 2-0 last week. Five players (Natali Martinez, Alessandra Ramirez, Kimber Johnston, Jazzy Smith and Laila Alves) all had three hits or more in win over Wheatland.

23. Rosemont (Sacramento)
Record:
6-2 | Last week: NR
The team is batting .435 as a whole. Senior captain Lauren Van Der Kamp is batting .522

24. Pleasant Grove (Elk Grove)
Record:
4-3 | Last week: 15
Senior Kaylin Brozaitis drove in four runs as the Eagles beat Cosumnes Oaks 13-5 on Tuesday.

25. Merced
Record:
5-1 | Last week: NR
The Bears are back after three-straight wins. Junior Ellie Alvarez has hit five home runs, which is tied for third in California.
OFFICIAL/AVCA Player of the Week - OFFICIAL
MaxPreps/AVCA Player of the Week
MaxPreps/AVCA High School Player of the Week
For the week of Feb. 15-21

Virginia

6'1" | Junior | OH/MH
9 Sets Played

Kills: 37
Kills/Game: 4.11
Digs: 22
Digs/Game: 2.44
Receptions: 27
Rcpt/Game: 3
Aces: 5
Blocks: 3

Washington
6'0" | Senior | MH/OH
8 Sets Played
Kills: 54
Kills/Game: 6.75
Digs: 37
Digs/Game: 4.63
Receptions: 17
Rcpt/Game: 2.13
Aces: 7
Blocks: 2

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 MaxPreps.com call (800) 329-7324 x1 or email [email protected] For more information on the AVCA, check out the AVCA website at www.avca.org