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OFFICIAL Top 25 California high school football scores: No. 2 St. John Bosco beats No. 3 Servite - OFFICIAL
MaxPreps Top 25 California high school football scores: No. 2 St. John Bosco beats No. 3 Servite
In the biggest game of the week No. 2 St. John Bosco (Bellflower) beat No. 3 Servite (Anaheim) for the ninth consecutive time to improve to 3-0. Sophomore tight end/defensive end Matayo Uiagalelei dominated on both sides of the ball catching two touchdowns and recording a sack in the 38-28 victory.

The Braves outscored the Friars 35-21 in the second half.

Four other Top 25 matchups were featured this week.

No. 7 Sierra Canyon won its second consecutive game after losing its season opener against the Braves beating No. 11 Oaks Christian (Westlake Village) 42-0. Junior quarterback Daniel Duran threw for 283 yards and three scores while 2021 Virginia Tech signee DJ Harvey had 129 yards receiving and two touchdowns. 

The Trailblazers have outscored their last two opponents, 98-0.

No. 8 Alemany (Mission Hills) improved to 2-0 after beating No. 10 Bishop Amat (La Puente) 47-35. Junior quarterback Dylan Gebbia threw for 357 yards and accounted for four touchdowns while four-star wide receiver Kevin Green hauled in seven receptions for 174 yards and a score. Junior running back Floyd Chalk added 180 yards rushing and four touchdowns. 

Malachi Nelson and No. 9 Los Alamitos beat No. 21 Edison (Huntington Beach) 27-20 to improve to 3-0 and No. 17 Cathedral Catholic (San Diego) cruised past No. 23 St. Augustine (San Diego) 41-14 in the Holy Bowl.

No. 1 Mater Dei (Santa Ana) improved to 2-0 with a dominant 49-7 win against Orange Lutheran (Orange) and face Trinity League rival Servite next week on April 3.

Four-star USC signee Ceyair Wright and No. 15 Loyola (Los Angeles) held off up-and-coming St. Bernard (Playa del Rey) 28-24 after Brayden Zermeno connected with Peter Vanis from 23 yards out with :33 left to take a four-point lead. 

MaxPreps Top 25 California Scoreboard

No. 1 Mater Dei (Santa Ana) at Orange Lutheran (Orange)

Friday, 7 p.m.

No. 4 Centennial (Corona) vs. Santiago (Corona)
Thursday, 7 p.m.

No. 5 De La Salle (Concord) vs. San Ramon Valley (Danville)
Saturday, 7 p.m. - Watch live on NFHS Network

No. 6 Mission Viejo at Upland
Saturday, 7 p.m.

Friday, 7 p.m.


Friday, 7 p.m.

Idle
Next game: April 1 vs. Compton

No. 13 Folsom vs. Del Oro (Loomis)
Friday, 7:30 p.m. - Watch live on NFHS Network

No. 14 Santa Margarita (Rancho Santa Margarita) vs. JSerra Catholic (San Juan Capistrano)
Thursday, 7 p.m. at Santa Ana Stadium - Watch live on NFHS Network

No. 15 Loyola (Los Angeles) at St. Bernard (Playa del Rey)
Friday, 7 p.m.

No. 16 Serra (San Mateo) vs. Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep (San Francisco)
Saturday, 2:30 p.m. - Watch live on NFHS Network

Friday, 7 p.m.

No. 18 San Clemente vs. Aliso Niguel

No. 19 Central (Fresno) vs. Buchanan (Clovis)
Friday, 6:30 p.m.

No. 22 Rancho Verde (Moreno Valley) at Heritage (Menifee)
Saturday, 5 p.m. - Watch live on NFHS Network

No. 24 Serra (Gardena) at Cathedral (Los Angeles)

No. 25 Carlsbad at San Marcos
Friday, 7 p.m.
Patrick McMahon named 2020-21 OFFICIAL Alaska High School Basketball Player of the Year - OFFICIAL
Patrick McMahon named 2020-21 MaxPreps Alaska 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.

Patrick McMahon of Colony (Palmer) is the 2020-21 MaxPreps Alaska High School Basketball Player of the Year. The 6-foot-6 senior guard helped the Knights go 13-2 en route to the Class 4A state semifinals.

McMahon averaged 27 points, 11 rebounds and two blocks per game while shooting 57 percent from the field and 39 percent from beyond the arc.

Named Class 4A Player of the Year for the second consecutive season, McMahon finished his career with over 1,700 points.

McMahon will join a strong Montana State recruiting class that includes MaxPreps Wyoming Player of the Year Sam Lecholat, MaxPreps Montana Player of the Year Alex Germer, 7-3 center Jasper Reinalda and international prospect Great Osobor.

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.
Saniya Rivers named 2020-21 OFFICIAL North Carolina High School Girls Basketball Player of the Year - OFFICIAL
Saniya Rivers named 2020-21 MaxPreps North Carolina 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.

Saniya Rivers of Ashley (Wilmington) is the 2020-21 MaxPreps North Carolina High School Basketball Player of the Year. The 6-foot-1 senior was the driving force behind a 15-2 season, which culminated with a trip to the 4A state semifinals.

Rivers averaged 36.8 points per game – more than a point a minute – to go along with 11.5 rebounds, 5.3 steals and 5.1 assists per game.

Rivers is rated the No. 3 prospect in the Class of 2021 by ESPN Hoopgurlz. She will take her explosive athleticism and all-around game to Dawn Staley and South Carolina next year.

Each state's MaxPreps Player of the Year will be considered for inclusion in the MaxPreps All-America Team.
California high school football: OFFICIAL Top 25 Southern Section preseason rankings - OFFICIAL
California high school football: MaxPreps Top 25 Southern Section preseason rankings
It's undeniable. Everyone around California knows the big dog on the farm is the Southern Section, especially when it comes to high school football.

With 581 schools, the Southern Section is more than three times the size of the next largest of the 10 sections, the Sac-Joaquin Section with 174. Only eight states boast more schools.

But well beyond numbers, the Southern Section demonstrates yearly its quality in athletics, including football. Especially at the top. St. John Bosco is the defending MaxPreps National Champion with Mater Dei ranking No. 2 in 2019.

Those two programs have hovered around the nation's top for the past half-decade and have separated from the talent-rich Southern California pack. The two schools seem to produce approximately 10 FBS prospects per class.

Lately, it's been a case of which school is No. 3 in the section. For more than a decade, public school power Centennial (Corona) has battled for one of the top three spots, however in an abbreviated 2021, a new team has emerged as the No. 3 contender.

With so many athletes opting out of the two-month, five-to-six game season, picking a Top 25 is clearly unclear. No playoffs in section, regionals or state will be played. But here's our best shot.
DJ Harvey, Sierra Canyon
File photo by Larry Gasinski
DJ Harvey, Sierra Canyon
MaxPreps Top 25 Southern Section football rankings

1. Mater Dei (Santa Ana), 12-1 (2019 record)
Ranked No. 1 or 2 nationally the last three seasons, these Monarchs would have very likely made it season No. 4. And with all the highly ranked sophomore and juniors, 2021 and 2022 look more than promising as well. Ten Monarchs made Zack Poff's preseason All-State squad, including the top-rated running back, junior Raleek Brown, and linebacker, Raesjon Davis.

2. St. John Bosco (Bellflower), 13-1
There's no more DJ Uiagalelei, but his 6-5, 263-pound sophomore brother Matayo Uiagalelei is even bigger and plays tight end. The defending national champs and Mater Dei could be 1A and 1B every season it seems. Preposterous collection of FBS talent, including the state's top-ranked offensive (Earnest Greene) and defensive (Nathan Burrell) linemen.

3. Servite (Anaheim), 7-4

When you have the top ranked quarterback (Noah Fifita), wide receiver (Tetairoa McMillan) and tight end (Keyan Burnett) in the state, chances are you'll have a strong squad.

It's difficult for public schools to keep up with the privates, especially during a pandemic, but Centennial has with big rosters and one of the best coaches in the state, Matt Logan. They'll be without the nation's No. 1 recruit Korey Foreman, who opted out, but the Huskies should continue their 55-game win streak in league.

The Trailblazers have loads of talent, led by Virginia Tech-bound DJ Harvey, a superior all-around athlete, and four-star safety Kamari Ramsey.

The Diablos will be without Peter Costelli under center after he opted out of the spring season, but they return a lot of talent led by California-bound receiver Mavin Anderson and Oregon State-bound linebacker Easton Mascarenas.

Texas-bound quarterback Maalik Murphy takes over as the full time starter for Serra and the five-star recruit checks in as the fourth-rated pro style quarterback in the Class of 2022.

Defense is the strong point of these Warriors, with linebacker Niuafe Tuihalamaka, cornerback Ephesians Prysock and safety RJ Jones, all 4-star recruits.

USC-bound cornerback Ceyair Wright is one of the top at his position in the country. The Cubs have much more than Wright.

Back-to-back seasons of 9-2 and coach Steve Hagerty definitely feels like team is moving in the right direction.

11. San Clemente, 0-12
The Tritons went 10-2 on the field and reached the Division 2 semifinals, but had to forfeit all 10 wins for using an ineligible player. Leading rusher James Bohls (6-3, 210) and tackler Cole Batson (6-4, 190) return from last season.

12. Grace Brethren (Simi Valley), 12-2
Mikey Zele (1,998 yards passing, 18 touchdowns, 4 interceptions, 531 yards rushing) is back at quarterback but will be without top rusher Julien Stokes (1,365 yards, 18 touchdowns) who opted out of the spring season and recently committed to Penn.
 

Semaj Freeman and Derek Boyd  combined to runs for almost 1,000 yards and 13 touchdowns and should be workhorses in 2021. Leading receiver Kaylin Moore (35 catches, 408 yards) also is back. The state's top-rated punter Brenden Segovia was selected to the 2021 All-American Bowl.

Junior quarterback Shea Kuykendall appears ready to take over the reigns. A pair of talented receivers in Keyonta Lanier and Kyren Racheal should be at the other end of those passes.

15. Los Alamitos, 4-7
With the state's third rated quarterback, sophomore Malachi Nelson, running the show, the program is in good shape. Another sophomore, Makai Lemon, is ranked the eighth-best sophomore in the state overall after hauling in 800 yards of passes and adding four interceptions as a freshman.

Former Narbonne (Harbor City) head coach Manuel Douglas starts first season and with Arizona State-bound Larry Turner-Gooden as a centerpiece, he's in good shape. Defensive lineman and UNLV signeee Nick Dimitris (6-4, 245) also transferred in.

A very young and promising squad brings back junior quarterback Logan Gonzalez. Another junior Malik Blackmon was the team's top receiver. Senior Ashton Logan is one of the best punters in the nation. He has scholarship to Colorado. 

California-bound defensive end Derek Wilkins will lead the way for a very talented defense.

One of the nation's top offensive lineman Mason Murphy (USC signee) anchors the team and sophomore quarterback Jaxon Potter is a name to keep tabs on from the Class of 2023.

With home grown kids, CDM brings in a new crop of kids who largely backed up a stellar senior group. Some of the key returners, however, are running back Jason Vicencio and top defenders Michael Wein and Kevin Ledezma.

21. Oxnard, 10-2
Quarterback Jaden Jones builds off a tremendous junior season when he threw for almost 2,000 yards, 22 touchdowns and just two interceptions. He also rushed for six touchdowns.  The team's two two tacklers Anthony Lopez (110) and Tytus Hutchison (91) also return.

Coach Dean Herrington hopes to get back to 2016 and 2017 when the Spirits won a combined 25 games and won a state crown in 2016.

Quarterback Brandon Rose completed almost 70 percent of his passes for 3,087 yards and 30 touchdowns and just four interceptions last season as a sophomore. DJ Watts had 656 yards rushing and seven scores last year as well and Kaden Damico led the team in tackles with 102. Sophomore wide receiver Tiger Bachmeier has already landed offers from Arizona State, Boise State and Pittsburgh.

Hudson Jones had a monster junior season with 207 completions in 291 attempts for 2,599 yards and 33 touchdowns with just five interceptions. Few other skill players return but receiver Cole Monach showed lots of promise in 2019. Billy Hester (84) is the most active returning tackler.

Starting quarterback Zachary Siskowic transferred to Crespi, but back is leading receiver Mason Cotton.

MaxPreps national football editor Zack Poff contributed to this report.
Brandon Rose, Murrieta Valley
File photo by Louis Lopez
Brandon Rose, Murrieta Valley
 
Ademide Badmus named 2020-21 OFFICIAL Massachusetts High School Basketball Player of the Year - OFFICIAL
Ademide Badmus named 2020-21 MaxPreps Massachusetts 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.

Ademide Badmus of Lynn English (Lynn) is the 2020-21 MaxPreps Massachusetts High School Basketball Player of the Year. The 6-foot-7 senior center helped the Bulldogs to a 7-0 record in an abbreviated season, capped by a 75-71 comeback win over Everett to claim the Greater Boston League Cup.

Badmus, a four-year starter, had 20 points and 16 rebounds in that game. Earlier in the season — another victory over Everett — he had 15 points and 16 rebounds to go over 1,000 points for his career to go along with 984 rebounds.

Undecided on his college plans, Badmus averaged 22 points and 13 rebounds per game this season.

During those four seasons, Badmus led the Bulldogs to an overall record of 74-7 with two state titles. He put up double-doubles regularly even as a freshman, showing off a nice natural touch around the hoop while also displaying a strong mid-range game.