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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
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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
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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
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.
Chris Livingston named 2020-21 OFFICIAL Ohio High School Basketball Player of the Year - OFFICIAL
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 basketball: Lonzo Ball leads list of players with most triple-doubles since 2014 - OFFICIAL
High school basketball: Lonzo Ball leads list of players with most triple-doubles since 2014
Russell Westbrook set a NBA record Monday when he recorded a triple-double in a loss to Atlanta. The 182nd triple-double of his career, the Washington Wizards guard passed Oscar Robertson on the list for the most triple-doubles in NBA history.

Also on the floor last night was Daniel Gafford, a first-year center out of Arkansas who played high school basketball at El Dorado (Ark.). He finished the game with 2 points, 5 rebounds and 1 assist. Naturally, that leads to the question is, which of the two players – Westbrook or Gafford – had more triple-doubles their senior year of high school?

The answer, of course, is Gafford, who posted 11 triple-doubles in 2017 at El Dorado. All of his 11 triple-doubles were via points/rebounds/blocked shots. Westbrook, who averaged 25 points per game as a senior at Leuzinger (Lawndale, Calif.), reportedly had 14 double-doubles, but there is no mention of triple-doubles.

Gafford's 11 triple-doubles made our list of prep players who have accomplished the feat most often over the past eight years.

Westbrook's record prompted a check of the MaxPreps leaderboards to see what players have racked up the most triple-doubles. MaxPreps has tracked the stat (for those players who have complete stats on the site) since the 2013-14 season. While career triple-doubles are not necessarily available, the MaxPreps double-doubles tool allows fans to track players who have the most double-doubles, triple-doubles and quadruple-doubles in a season.
Lonzo Ball's 25 triple-doubles as a senior led Chino Hills to state and national titles.
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Lonzo Ball's 25 triple-doubles as a senior led Chino Hills to state and national titles.
Current New Orleans Pelican guard Lonzo Ball leads the list with 25 triple-doubles during Chino Hills' 2015-16 season when MaxPreps ranked the team No. 1 in the nation. Ball also had a quadruple-double during the season and finished with an average of 23.9 points, 11.3 rebounds, 11.5 assists per game. Ball's career triple-doubles are not available.

Like Gafford, five of the players make the list for double-figures in points, rebounds and blocked shots. A total of six players averaged a triple-double for the season and one player, Reece Beekman of Scotlandville (Baton Rouge, La.), makes the list twice.

Beekman, coming off a promising freshman campaign at the University of Virginia, is one of several players on the list who have gone on to excel at the next level. Tilquan Rucker led all junior college players in scoring at 31.9 points per game in 2020. Theo Akwuba was the Sun Belt Conference Defensive Player of the Year in 2021 while at the University of Louisiana.

In addition to Ball and Gafford, Mitchell Robinson of Chalmette (La.) is also in the NBA as a member of the New York Knicks. Travis Jay of Madison County (Madison, Fla.) has gone a different route. He is a member of the Florida State football team.

Unfortunately MaxPreps doesn't have statistics for some of the NBA's all-time triple-double standouts like Westbrook, Robertson, Magic Johnson and Jason Kidd.

Kidd averaged 25 points, 10 assists, 7 rebounds and 7 steals as a senior while leading St. Joseph's (Alameda, Calif.) to the second of back-to-back championships in 1992. He finished his career as the state's all-time leader in assists and steals, according to the Cal-Hi Sports Record Book. He is known to have close to a quadruple-double in a win over Bishop O'Dowd that year, getting 30 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists and 8 steals.

Robertson's rebound and assist totals are unavailable as scoring totals were usually the only numbers reported by the media in 1956. Johnson, meanwhile, averaged 25.8 points per game as a senior on an Everett (Lansing, Mich.) team that won the 1977 Michigan state championship. According to the Lansing State Journal, Johnson averaged 17 rebounds and 9 assists per game as a senior.

Single season triple-double leaders

Lonzo Ball
Total triple-doubles: 25
School: Chino Hills (Calif.)
Year: 2015-16
Per game averages: 23.9 points, 11.3 rebounds, 11.5 assists
Best game: vs. Seattle Prep, 33 points, 10 rebounds, 14 assists, 10 steals

Reece Beekman
Total triple-doubles: 18
School: Scotlandville (Baton Rouge, La.)
Year: 2018-19
Per game averages: 21.9 points, 10.2 rebounds, 10.2 assists
Best game: vs. East Ascension, 39 points, 12 rebounds, 15 assists

James Moore
Total triple-doubles: 15
School: South Creek (Robersonville, N.C.)
Year: 2015-16
Per game averages: 15.1 points, 15.7 rebounds, 10.6 blocked shots
Best game: vs. Columbia, 22 points, 22 rebounds, 13 blocked shots

Reece Beekman
Total triple-doubles: 15
School: Scotlandville
Year: 2019-20
Per game averages: 19.6 points, 10.0 rebounds, 9.2 assists
Best game: vs. Live Oak, 40 points, 12 rebounds, 10 assists

Tilquan Rucker
Total triple-doubles: 15
School: South Bronx Prep (Bronx, N.Y.)
Year: 2016-17
Per game averages: 36.0 points, 10.5 rebounds, 10.2 assists
Best game: vs. Bronx Early College Academy, 61 points, 14 rebounds, 10 assists

Mike Kozlowski
Total triple-doubles: 14
School: Redeemer Classical Christ (Kingsville, Md.)
Year: 2015-16
Per game averages: 25.2 points, 13.5 rebounds, 10.6 blocked shots
Best game: vs. Arlington Baptist, 29 points, 20 rebounds, 17 blocked shots

Theo Akwuba
Total triple-doubles: 14
School: Brewbaker Tech (Montgomery, Ala.)
Year: 2017-18
Per game averages: 11.7 points, 14.1 rebounds, 10.4 blocked shots
Best game: vs. Lee, 18 points, 17 rebounds, 22 blocked shots

Mitchell Robinson
Total triple-doubles: 11
School: Chalmette (La.)
Year: 2015-16
Per game averages: 16.7 points, 12.5 rebounds, 7.9 blocked shots
Best game: vs. Holy Cross, 20 points, 10 rebounds, 20 blocked shots

Daniel Gafford
Total triple-doubles: 11
School: El Dorado (Ark.)
Year: 2016-17
Per game averages: 17.4 points, 16.0 rebounds, 7.7 blocked shots
Best game: vs. Pine Bluff, 33 points, 18 rebounds, 15 blocked shots

Travis Jay
Total triple-doubles: 11
School: Madison County (Madison, Fla.)
Year: 2017-18
Per game averages: 13.5 points, 7.7 rebounds, 6.7 assists
Best game: vs. Lee, 25 points, 16 rebounds, 11 assists

North Carolina high school football: Schedule, scores for NCHSAA state championship games - OFFICIAL
North Carolina high school football: Schedule, scores for NCHSAA state championship games
The North Carolina High School Athletic Association will host eight football state championship games featuring 10 undefeated teams beginning Thursday at the University of North Carolina and North Carolina State University.

Four title games — 1A, 2AA, 3A, 4AA — will be hosted at North Carolina State's Finley Stadium starting Thursday with the 2AA contest between Salisbury (8-2) and St. Pauls (8-0). It concludes Saturday with the 4AA tilt between Rolesville (9-0) and the state's No. 1 ranked team, Zebulon B. Vance (9-1).

The other four championship games — 1AA, 2A, 3AA, 4A — will be played at North Carolina's Kenan Stadium, starting Thursday with the 3AA contest between a pair of 10-0 squads, Mount Tabor and Cleveland. Two Saturday games finish off the championships, concluding with the 2A game between Mountain Heritage (7-1) and Reidsville (9-0).

In all, the 16 teams have combined for records of 140 wins and just eight defeats. All eight games with be broadcast on the NFHS Network.

The NCHSAA was one of 15 states to bypass traditional fall football due to the pandemic. Of the 11 states that played football in the spring, only three opted for playoffs and to crown state champions. Virginia did so last week and North Carolina and Rhode Island wrap up football championships for the 2020-21 season this week.

Among the many standouts in the championship games is Havelock senior running back Kamarro Edmonds, a 5-foot-11, 227 pound senior who has rushed for 916 yards and 15 touchdowns in eight games. He's ranked the No. 16 senior in the state by 247Sports and headed to North Carolina.

Also a basketball star who averaged over 30 points per game this year, Reidsville senior wide receiver Breon Pass is ranked the state No. 28 senior recruit overall after catching 83 passes for more than 1,400 yards and 27 touchdowns in his career heading into this season.
Havelock senior running back Kamarro Edmonds has signed to the University of North Carolina.
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Havelock senior running back Kamarro Edmonds has signed to the University of North Carolina.
NCHSAA Football Championships

Full bracket can be found here - 2020-2021 Football Championships 1A