California high school football: Mater Dei schedule, players to watch - OFFICIAL
California high school football: Mater Dei schedule, players to watch
Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) has been one of the most successful high school football programs during Bruce Rollinson's tenure. Entering his 32nd year as Monarchs' head coach, Rollinson is 312-86-2.

Mater Dei has finished ranked No. 1 or No. 2 in the final MaxPreps Top 25 rankings in each of the last three years and was named national champs by USA Today in 1994 and 1996.

However, this year will be like no other for Coach Rollo. There will be no postseason. No out-of-state matchups or non-league games.

This season is just about the kids getting an opportunity to play the sport they grew up loving. Over a month ago it seemed a long shot for California football, but after the state announced new guidelines on Feb. 19 that allowed most counties an opportunity to play a shortened spring season.

It will be impossible for Mater Dei to replace Bryce Young under center. He was one of the best quarterbacks of all-time and expect junior Emmett Brown, sophomore Parker Awad and freshman Elijah Brown to all get playing time this spring.

Whoever is under center for the Monarchs will have a great offensive line and a bunch of talent at the skill positions.

Colorado State-bound George Miki-Han, BJ Tolo and San Diego State-bound Ross Maseuli give the Santa Ana power one of the best offensive lines in the state. A name to keep tabs on is freshman Leehanu Atuatasi after being named the 2024 MVP Lineman at the San Diego National Preps Showcase in February.

Former Edison (Stockton) standout Raleek Brown joins a loaded backfield that features Air Force-pledge Marceese Yetts and three-star Quincy Craig.

The Monarchs receiving corps is led by USC-bound Kyron Ware-Hudson, four-star junior CJ Williams and two-way standout Cooper Barkarte. Senior Josiah Zamora will be another impact player on offense. He had five touchdowns as a junior before suffering a season-ending injury in October.
Domani Jackson, Mater Dei
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Domani Jackson, Mater Dei
Defensively, they stack up with anyone in the country.

Navy-bound Tyler Narayan was a preseason MaxPreps All-State first-team selection squad and he will lead the way in the trenches on the defensive line.

The linebacker depth rivals any team in the country.

USC-bound Raesjon Davis was one of the rare seniors rated in the Top 50 overall in the Class of 2021 that elected to come back and play this spring. He's joined by four-star junior David Bailey, three-star junior Tanner Salisbury, former JSerra Catholic (San Juan Capistrano) standout Malaki Teo, three-star junior Eoghan Kerry and sophomore Leviticus Su'a. Raesjon's younger brother Ramere Davis is also a name to keep tabs on as the freshman already has offers from Florida State, Maryland, Michigan and Oregon.

Even with Jaylin Davies leaving early for Oregon, the Monarchs secondary is loaded with talent led by five-star USC commit Domani Jackson. He is the top-rated prospect in the state for the Class of 2022 and third-rated overall. Three-star juniors Josh Hunter and Cameron Sidney give the Monarchs one of the top secondaries in California. Expect former Northeast (Philadelphia) standout Shoes Brinkley to make an impact on defense playing multiple positions.

With no postseason in California, the April 17 meeting between Mater Dei and Trinity League rival St. John Bosco is a game to circle on the calendar.

2021 Schedule

March 19 — at JSerra Catholic (San Juan Capistrano)

March 26 —vs. Orange Lutheran (Orange)
*Santa Ana Stadium

April 3 — vs. Servite (Anaheim)
*Santa Ana Stadium

April 9 — vs. Santa Margarita (Rancho Santa Margarita)
*Santa Ana Stadium

April 17 — vs. St. John Bosco (Bellflower)
*Santa Ana Stadium
High school football: After fight with cancer, St. Frances Academy standout Aaron Wilson passes away at age 17 - OFFICIAL
High school football: After fight with cancer, St. Frances Academy standout Aaron Wilson passes away at age 17
Aaron Wilson of St. Frances Academy (Baltimore, Md.) has passed away at the age of 17, according to 247Sports recruiting analyst Brian Dohn. Rasheda Mayse, the mother of the promising defensive end prospect started a GoFundMe page in March when it was announced he had developed a high grade midline glioma. He underwent brain surgery to remove some of the mass and was undergoing radiation therapy on his spine.

Wilson had a bright future in football and was regarded as great leader and teammate with a positive attitude.

A testament to his talent on the field, Wilson had 18 offers that included the likes of Florida, Georgia, Miami, Penn State, Tennessee and Texas, according to 247Sports.

During his sophomore season he had 43 tackles, 16 tackles for loss, 11 sacks and two forced fumbles while playing at Ocoee (Fla.). He transferred to the Baltimore power in the spring of 2020 and was selected to the MaxPreps Preseason Junior All-America team before Maryland announced the fall season would be canceled due to the ongoing pandemic.
Aaron Wilson (No. 4) chases down a ballcarrier during a game in September 2019.
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Aaron Wilson (No. 4) chases down a ballcarrier during a game in September 2019.

High school basketball: Nearly 70,000 votes were cast to identify the best gym in Indiana – find out which storied facility won - OFFICIAL
High school basketball: Nearly 70,000 votes were cast to identify the best gym in Indiana – find out which storied facility won
Now that the NCAA Tournament – played entirely in the state of Indiana this year – has wrapped up, locals can go back to focusing on more important things. Mainly, debating who has the best high school basketball gym. set out to finally settle the matter in recent weeks, allowing readers to cast their vote to identify the premier prep hoops palace in the state.

A testament to the passion that remains for the high school game in Indiana, over 67,000 votes poured in. Ultimately, the Spartan Bowl in Connersville emerged as the winner, upending storied facilities like the New Castle Fieldhouse (featured in the video above).
According to readers, the Spartan Bowl is the state's premier high school basketball gym.
Courtesy of Connersville Athletics
According to readers, the Spartan Bowl is the state's premier high school basketball gym.
See's complete top 10 here.

The Spartan Bowl opened in 1958 and has a capacity of 5,134 fans. Matt Howard, who helped Butler reach the NCAA Tournament championship game in 2010 and 2011, is among the standouts that have taken the floor there for Connersville.

High school softball: Kentucky pitcher Madison McIntosh strikes out all 21 in perfect game masterpiece - OFFICIAL
High school softball: Kentucky pitcher Madison McIntosh strikes out all 21 in perfect game masterpiece
Madison McIntosh should pitch with a sore arm more often. The 5-foot-8 senior from Rockcastle County (Mt. Vernon, Ky.) recorded a perfect perfect game Tuesday, striking out all 21 batters she faced on just 77 pitches in a 3-0 win over Lincoln County.

Having pitched five games in the previous four days, McIntosh told MaxPreps said she entered Tuesday's game "a little sore," so she "just wanted to make sure that my fundamentals were correct and not try to overdue anything."

Instead, she overwhelmed Lincoln County, teammates and herself while becoming just the fourth pitcher in Kentucky High School Athletics Association history to post 21 strikeouts in a seven-inning game. She was the first to do so since Whitney Valentine pulled it off in 2003 for Elizabethtown versus Green County.

The last perfect perfect softball game — 21 batters, 21 strikeouts — MaxPreps could confirm was by Shannon Becker of Mahopac in 2019, the first ever in New York. Before that, Cedar Grove (N.J.) hurler Mia Faieta pulled off the feat in a 2017 playoff game.
According to the NFHS Record Book, more than 40 pitchers have struck out 21 batters or more in a 7-inning game. The record is 24 by Kelly Holmes of Plymouth Canton (Mich.) who sat down 24 against Walled Lake Western in 1992. There is no available list of perfect 21 K games, but clearly it is rare.

McIntosh, who will pitch next fall at Division III Berea College in Kentucky, has pitched multiple no-hitters but never a perfect game. Her previous strikeout high was 18.

"I was just completely shocked," she said Tuesday via text just hours after the victory. "In the back of my mind, I knew what was going on, but I just tried to play and not think about it."

With her dad and assistant coach Tim McIntosh calling the pitches, none of the Rockets let on they knew what was going on. But Madison knew. All of her pitches were working, primarily her rise, drop curve and fastball. She threw just one change up.

"My speed was up tonight, so my quick pitches were on," Madison said.

Her focus was helped being a scoreless tie until the sixth. That's when the Rockets (11-6-1) struck for three runs on RBI doubles from Raegan Chasteen and Casey Coleman, and a run-scoring single by Haley Pingleton

"By the seventh inning, I got nervous," Madison admitted. "But I just got on the mound and tried to blow it past them."

The right-hander did, She improved to 9-4 on the season while lowering her ERA to 1.75. She's struck out 136 in 84 innings.

The gem was particularly sweet considering she, like all players in Kentucky and most of the country, missed out on a 2020 season due to the pandemic.

It should also be the start of an eventful week. On Friday, she's planning on signing her letter of intent to Berea. The Mountaineers better sign her quick. After Tuesday's performance, more offers might be arriving.

"I honestly had no idea something like this was going to happen tonight," Madison said. "I am just completely on Cloud 9."
Rockcastle senior pitcher Madison McIntosh holds up the ball used to record her 21st and final strikeout in Tuesday's perfect game vs. Lincoln County.
Photo courtesy of Alex McIntosh
Rockcastle senior pitcher Madison McIntosh holds up the ball used to record her 21st and final strikeout in Tuesday's perfect game vs. Lincoln County.
Madison McIntosh has struck out 136 in 84 innings this season.
File photo by Crystal Hester
Madison McIntosh has struck out 136 in 84 innings this season.

Best high school volleyball player in all 50 states - OFFICIAL
Best high school volleyball player in all 50 states
While football might have dominated the national headlines in terms of moving seasons due to the coronavirus, high school volleyball also has been affected across the country. We've spotlighted the best high school volleyball player in each state, regardless of whether the schedule is being played as regularly planned or an alternate calendar is in place.

From All-Americans to up-and-comers, players were identified based on last year's statistical data provided to MaxPreps, as well as local, state or national honors from multiple media outlets.

You could make the case that some, if not all, states could list out multiple players deserving of the honor. However, we've attempted to narrow it down to just one player per state set to serve, bump or spike it up this year.
Graphic by Ryan Escobar
6-foot-1 | OH | Sr. | Committed to Samford
The All-State and Hunstville All-Region Player of the Year smashed 23 kills and dug 19 balls in the Trojans' four-set loss in the 6A title game. She posted 771 kills, 135 blocks, 243 digs and 63 aces for 58-9 Hazel Green.

5-8 | OH | Sr. | Undecided
The Wolverines went 58-10-3 and won the 4A title thanks to Houser's 301 kills (second-best on the team), while she added 156 digs and 61 blocks.

Reagan Hope, Northwest Christian (Phoenix)
6-2 | MB | Sr. | Oregon

The future Duck enters this season with nearly 1,300 kills for the reigning 3A champions. In 2019, Hope pounded 509 kills along with 272 digs and 92 aces.

6-0 | OH | Sr. | Mississippi State
While Mavericks libero Hannah Hogue was in the mix, the numbers Fitzgerald posted in the 6A runner-up season are impressive: 414 kills, 117 aces, 82 blocks, 238 digs and 416 serve receives.

6-0 | S | Sr. | Stanford
While Elia Rubin and fellow Sea Hawk Mele Corral-Blagojevich are worthy candidates and might be tops in following years, Miner's leadership, pedigree and stats are undeniable. The future Cardinal and daughter of former NBA player Harold Miner was a MaxPreps first-team All American in addition to playing on the gold-medal winning Girls U18 World Championship team last September in Egypt.

6-1 | MB | Sr. | Duke
A first-team All-State pick for the Titans, Kadel blasted a team-high 428 kills with 71 blocks, 50 aces and 70 digs.

Emma Appleman, Guilford
5-10 | OH/S | Sr. | Charleston
Her 400 kills as a junior inched close to the 1,000-kill mark. The runner-up Indians also benefited from Appleman's 551 digs and 165 aces.

5-10 | MB | Jr. | Undecided
In a 3-1 state finals win, she pounded out 19 kills with four blocks and seven digs. She was one of two juniors named to the DIVCA first-team All-State team.

District of Columbia
Rachel Richardson, St. John's (Washington, D.C.)
5-9 | OH | Sr. | Duke
Earning the District's Gatorade and Washington Catholic Athletic Conference Player of the Year honors, Richardson led the Cadets to a 33-3 mark while posting 465 kills, 253 digs and 44 aces. 

Paris Thompson, Fort Myers
6-1 | OH | Sr. | Notre Dame

The Fort Myers News-Press chose her as its Player of the Decade. In 2019, she set a school record with 446 kills, including a single-game mark of 31. A three-year standout, Thompson is approaching 1,000 career kills.
Paris Thompson, Fort Myers
File photo by Darin Sicurello
Paris Thompson, Fort Myers
Evoni Lemons, Alpharetta
5-8 | OH | Sr. | Undecided
The 42-7 Raiders were paced by Lemons' 667 kills, hitting at a 45 percent rate. She added 454 digs, 45 blocks and 29 aces as Alpharetta was ranked in the MaxPreps Top 25 during the 2019 season.

6-0 | OH | Jr. | Undecided
Led the DI state champion Warriors in kills with 381, while pouring in 33 aces, 51 blocks, 247 digs and 163 serve receives. Kahahawai was on the Honolulu Star-Advertiser's Fab 15 team.

6-1 | OH | Sr. | Undecided
She was nails for the 34-14 5A champions, dishing up 729 assists while adding 207 digs and 236 kills. Clark also added 40 aces for the Titans.

5-5 | L | Sr. | Nebraska
The state Gatorade Player of the Year led the Warriors to a repeat 3A title. She had 415 digs, 232 assists and 32 aces while missing time with a gold medal stint at the FIVB U18 World Championships in Egypt.

6-1 | OH | Sr. | North Carolina
The younger sister of the Trojans' duo, Mabrey pounded out 670 kills with 120 aces, 39 blocks, 228 digs and 337 serve receives as New Castle won its third straight Indiana title (the first 4A crown after back-to-back 3A championships.)

6-2 | OH | Jr. | Nebraska
The Hawkeye State's No. 1 Class of 2022 recruit according to, Kubik had 491 kills, 228 digs65 aces and 28 blocks for the 5A runners-up.

5-10 | S | Sr. | Creighton
In addition to being a first-team 6A All-State pick, Wait also was the state Gatorade Player of the Year as a junior. She notched 944 assists, 417 digs, 143 kills and 52 aces for the 6A consolation winners.

5-6 | L/DS | Sr. | Kentucky
The state Defensive Player of the Year and first-team All-State pick, Beavin had 555 digs and 505 serve receives last year (with nearly 1,200 of each in her career).

6-0 | OH | Sr. | Undecided
The state Gatorade Player of the Year led the Rebels to a third straight DII title and a 44-6 mark. She had 526 digs, 517 kills, 86 assists, 85 blocks and 32 service aces. Hidalgo was the D-II state tournament MVP and a first-team All-State choice.

6-3 | OH | Sr. | San Diego
A two-time All-State Player of the Year and Gatorade selection, Hester had 329 kills, 161 digs and 14 blocks as the Yachtsmen won the Class A title.

6-1 | OH | Sr. | Undecided
While leading the Sailors to s 23-3 mark and IAAM title, Goyena was named the state Gatorade Player of the Year while also picking up her third All-IAAM first team selection. She posted 405 kills, 133 digs and 58 aces.

5-10 | OH | Sr. | Undecided
Blasting 290 kills along with 182 digs and 60 aces earned Amory the Dual County League All-Star pick.

5-11 | OH | Sr. | Marquette
While leading the Red Arrows to a 55-4 mark and Division I runner-up finish, Reitsma hammered 873 kills along with 422 digs and 86 aces. She was a MaxPreps All-American and her monstrous year notched her ahead of other standouts Addie VanderWeide and Evelyn Doezema.

6-0 | S | Jr. | Nebraska
The Star Tribune Metro Player of the Year as well as the Gatorade selection, Orr's numbers across the board were noteworthy: 411 assists, 380 kills and 230 digs. She led the Wildcats to a 29-3 mark and a runner-up finish in the 3A championship. She already has more than 1,600 assists and 800 kills in two years.

5-10 | OH | Sr. | LSU (beach)
Picking up where she left off, Bracken already has 120 kills on the season for the Raiders. Last year's Gatorade selection, she totaled 648 kills, 517 digs and 120 aces while leading her squad to the MidSouth Association of Independent Schools title. She was a Clarion Ledger first-team pick.

5-8 | S | Jr. | Undecided
The All-State pick racked up 1,059 assists (more than 11 per set) and 255 digs in her sophomore season for the 37-4-1 Eagles, which won the Class 4 title.

6-3 | MB | Sr. | Boise State
The Bruins went 33-0 en route to their second straight AA state title in 2019 and the state Gatorade winner was a big reason. She posted 293 kills with 127 digs, 90 aces and 86 blocks. Bartsch was the Western Conference AA Player of the Year and is a two-time first team All-State pick.
Lindsay Krause, Skutt Catholic (Omaha)
6-3 | OH | Sr. | Nebraska
A MaxPreps All-American and state Gatorade recipient, Krause led the SkyHawks to a 34-5 mark and Class B title. She posted 360 kills, 152 digs and 28 blocks for Skutt Catholic. She also was part of the U18 gold medal team in Egypt last September while also landing on the Lincoln Journal Star Super-State first team and the Omaha World-Herald All-Nebraska first team.

5-9 | S | Jr. | Undecided
As a sophomore, she broke single-season state records for assists (1,474 at 13.3 per set) an aces (122) last fall. She added 294 digs, 63 kills and 32 blocks and sits at 2,097 assist with two years in her prep career.
Caroline Edgeworth, Bishop Gorman
File photo by Jann Hendry
Caroline Edgeworth, Bishop Gorman
New Hampshire
S | Sr. | Undecided
The Red Raiders' setter led them to a quarterfinal appearance in the Division I state tournament while notching 507 assists, 187 digs, 27 kills and 34 aces.

New Jersey
5-10 | OH | Sr. | South Carolina (beach)
The lone junior to be named first team All-State by Wilcock pounded 434 kills for the Public Group 3 state champion Minutemen (19-7). She added 45 assists, 279 digs and 30 aces and led West Morris Mendham to the Tournament of Champions finals.

New Mexico
5-8 | OH | Sr. | New Mexico State
The two-time 5A All-State choice teamed with rising junior Erin Jones to lead the Bears to a 22-1 mark and stat title. McIntosh had 323 kills, 30 blocks and 71 digs

New York
6-0 | OH | Jr. | Undecided
Blasting 523 kills — the second highest single-season total in school history — as a sophomore and led the Spartans to a 44-6 mark and Class A state crown. She added 278 digs and 52 aces and should pass the 1,000 career kill mark this season.

North Carolina
6-0 | S | Jr. | Missouri
Playing on a nationally ranked team, Buckley dished up 451 assists, 262 digs, 260 kills (while hitting .421) and 46 aces for a 31-4 team that also snagged the NCISAA state crown.
North Dakota
Grace Solberg, Fargo Davies (Fargo)
5-10 | OH | Sr. | Undecided
The three-year started led 33-4 Eagles to their first state title, grabbing a 28-match win streak along the way. A stalwart all season, Solberg led the Eagles in the title tilt with 14 kills and three aces.

6-2 | OH | Jr. | Florida
The future Gator pasted 442 kills (5.39 per set) while hitting .287. She added 40 blocks and 29 digs for the Cougars as they went 25-3 and reached the state semifinals.

5-3 | L/DS | Jr. | Undecided
A four-year starter as Oklahoma has started playing this fall, Cramer helped the Huskies to their second 6A title, capping a 29-5 year with a four-set title win over Broken Arrow. Last year, Cramer posted 505 digs for Edmond North.

6-0 | OH | Sr. | Undecided
She blasted 288 kills with 39 blocks as the Crusaders rose up and took an epic five-set 6A title win over Central Catholic. In the title match, Dowdall blasted 19 kills as Jesuit returns two other players from the championship team.

5-10 | OH | Jr. | Undecided
She ended 2019 with a team-best 515 kills along with 342 digs, 37 aces and 29 blocks. She also had a team-high 509 serve receptions.

Rhode Island
5-8 | MB | Sr. | Undecided
With a lot of junior talent sprinkled on the All-State teams, Monroe stood out down the stretch for the Skippers on their way to an undefeated year and state title.

South Carolina
6-4 | MH | Jr. | Undecided
In each of her first two seasons, Singletary has posted at least 500 kills, notching 539 (second-best in the state) last season for the Cyclones. She also had 93 blocks.

South Dakota
6-1 | S | So. | Undecided
A state Player of the Year nominee as a freshman, Reilly dished up 503 assists while adding 265 digs, 225 kills and47 aces for the 26-5 Knights, who fell in the AA title match. In addition to her state accolades, Reilly was a Freshman of the Year candidate from and named as one of 36 athletes to train as part of the Girls Incoming Youth Holiday National Training Team.

6-1 | OH | Sr. | Alabama
The Volunteer State Gatorade winner won her third Tennessee AAA title this season (the seventh straight for Brentwood) while recording eye-popping number: 856 kills, 444 digs, 80 blocks and 87 aces.

6-0 | S | Sr. | Wyoming
The MaxPreps All-American already surpassed the 3,000 assist mark for the 6A champion Bobcats, including 1,944 last season. The 6-foot future Cowboy averaged more than 13 assists while chipping in 302 digs and 117 kills. The Lone Star State also has a handful of standouts who could've been on the list, including Charitie Luper, Ally Batenhorst, Cecily Bramschreiber and Averi Carlson.

6-1 | OH | Jr. | Undecided
A Deseret News first team selection, Shewell finished her fall campaign with a state-best 443 kills (4.6 per set) with 138 digs and 42 blocks.

5-2 | L | Sr. | Undecided
The state Gatorade selection had 111 digs, 93 aces and 42 assists while adding 22 kills for the 14-4 Cougars, who made the Division I semifinals.

5-11 | MB | Sr. | undecided
The Huskies' middle had 16 kills in the VISAA D1 state title match and earned first-team All-State honors. She blasted 265 kills, 46 assists, 69 blocks and 51 digs on the season.

6-0 | OH/MB | So. | Undecided
The 4A SPSL as well as the News Tribune Player of the Year burst on to the scene in her freshman campaign, hitting 472 kills while adding 195 digs and 40 blocks for the Eagles, who took third in the 4A state tournament.

West Virginia
5-9 | OH | Sr. | Tusculum
The rising senior pasted 505 kills along with 87 aces and 40 blocks as the Patriots went 58-2-2 and took the AAA title.

Mckenna Wucherer, Brookfield Central (Brookfield)
6-1 | OH | Jr. | Minnesota
The future Gopher notched 346 digs last season en route to being named the Greater Metro Conference Player of the Year. She also led the state with 592 kills and led the Lancers with 65 aces.

6-2 | S | Jr. | Florida
Despite missing time with a broken thumb, the future Gator was the state 4A East Player of the Year. She totaled 315 kills, 271 assists and 315 digs for the Plainsmen.