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Emma Calvert named 2020-21 OFFICIAL Utah High School Girls Basketball Player of the Year - OFFICIAL
Emma Calvert named 2020-21 MaxPreps Utah 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.

Emma Calvert of Fremont (Plain City) is the 2020-21 MaxPreps Utah High School Girls Basketball Player of the Year. The 6-foot-4 senior center/power forward helped lead the Silverwolves to a 26-0 record and the Class 6A state championship.

Fremont will carry a No. 11 national ranking in the MaxPreps Top 25 into next week's GEICO Nationals tournament in Florida.

The state tournament MVP averaged 17.3 points and 7.4 rebounds per game this season. Calvert converted on over 70 percent of her field goals attempts, shot just over 40 percent from beyond the arc and made more than 76 percent of her free throws.

During Calvert's four seasons, Fremont posted a 94-7 record overall and claimed two big school state titles in four years.

Headed to BYU next year, Calvert scored 1,641 points for her career as a four-year starter.

Each state's MaxPreps Player of the Year will be considered for inclusion in the MaxPreps All-America Team.
Fremont went 94-7 during Emma Calvert's four years in the program.
Photo by Dave Argyle
Fremont went 94-7 during Emma Calvert's four years in the program.
High school basketball: No. 1 Montverde Academy survives GEICO Nationals upset bid with 51-49 win over AZ Compass Prep - OFFICIAL
High school basketball: No. 1 Montverde Academy survives GEICO Nationals upset bid with 51-49 win over AZ Compass Prep
Five-star Michigan signee Caleb Houstan tipped in the game winner with 17 seconds left as top-ranked Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.) survived an upset scare Friday by No. 2 AZ Compass Prep (Chandler, Ariz.) in the GEICO Nationals semifinals. The Eagles' 51-49 win sets up a championship showdown at noon (ET) Saturday against No. 3 Sunrise Christian Academy, which has beaten the No. 1 team in the MaxPrep Top 25 once this season.

Trailing 42-33 entering the fourth quarter, AZ Compass Prep responded with a 9-0 run to tie the game at 42 midway through the fourth quarter. The teams traded blows down the stretch before Creighton pledge Ryan Nembhard knocked down a 3-pointer at the end of the shot clock with 1:19 left to give the Eagles a 49-47 advantage.

MaxPreps National Player of the Year finalist TyTy Washington responded on the other end with a nice step-through layup to knot things up at 49. Houstan's game winning tip-in on the other end gave the Eagles the winning advantage, as Washington's last second 3-point attempt rimmed-out.

Jalen Duren, the No. 2 prospect in the Class of 2022, finished with a team-high 14 points and nine rebounds, while Nembhard added five points, nine assists and four rebounds for Montverde (23-1).
Jalen Duren had a team-high 14 points for Monverde Acadmey.
Photo by Pete Wright
Jalen Duren had a team-high 14 points for Monverde Acadmey.
Washington finished his impressive senior campaign with 15 points, five assists and four rebounds in the loss.

It was Montverde Academy's second win of the season over the 28-2 Dragons, who fell 76-65 in overtime on Jan. 28.

The Eagles seeks their fifth GEICO Nationals title in their first championship appearance since 2018. Montverde Academy leads the season series 2-1, beating the Buffaloes 61-57 three weeks ago.

GEICO Nationals championship

Friday's semifinal results
Montverde Academy 51, AZ Compass Prep 49
Sunrise Christian Academy 70, IMG Academy 63

Saturday, April 3
Game on ESPN
Noon (ET) — No. 3 Sunrise Christian Academy vs. No. 1 Montverde Academy
OFFICIAL/AVCA Players of the Week - OFFICIAL
MaxPreps/AVCA Players of the Week
MaxPreps/AVCA High School Players of the Week
For the week of Oct. 5 - Oct. 11

Alabama
5-foot-7 | Sophomore | S
10 Sets Played

Assists: 104
Assists/Game: 10.4
Team Hitting%: 0.254
Digs: 21
Digs/Game: 2.1
Aces: 2
Blocks: 2

Arizona

5-8 | Senior | OH/MH
13 Sets Played
Kills: 63
Kills/Game: 4.85
Digs: 25
Digs/Game: 1.92
Receptions: 30
Rcpt/Game: 2.31
Aces: 7
Blocks: 7

Arkansas

6-1 | Senior | MB
7 Sets Played

Kills: 26
Kills/Game: 3.71
Digs: 6
Digs/Game: 0.86
Receptions: 3
Rcpt/Game: 0.43
Aces: 5
Blocks: 7

Connecticut
Senior | OH
6 Sets Played

Kills: 30
Kills/Game: 5
Digs: 13
Digs/Game: 2.17
Receptions: 11
Rcpt/Game: 1.83
Aces: 5
Blocks: 2

Florida
6-1 | Senior | OH/MB/RS
10 Sets Played

Kills: 72
Kills/Game: 7.2
Digs: 25
Digs/Game: 2.5
Receptions: 47
Rcpt/Game: 4.7
Aces: 3
Blocks: 2

Georgia
6-1 | Junior | OH
19 Sets Played
Kills: 95
Kills/Game: 5
Digs: 44
Digs/Game: 2.32
Receptions: 62
Rcpt/Game: 3.26
Aces: 4
Blocks: 2

Idaho
5-10 | Senior | OPP/MB/OH
22 Sets Played
Kills: 69
Kills/Game: 3.14
Digs: 56
Digs/Game: 2.55
Receptions: 110
Rcpt/Game: 5
Aces: 12
Blocks: 9

Indiana
6-3 | Freshman | OH/OPP/MB
24 Sets Played
Kills: 124
Kills/Game: 5.17
Digs: 44
Digs/Game: 1.83
Receptions: 73
Rcpt/Game: 3.04
Aces: 23
Blocks: 10

Iowa
Junior | S
17 Sets Played

Assists: 159
Assists/Game: 9.35
Team Hitting%: 0.244
Digs: 45
Digs/Game: 2.65
Aces: 3
Blocks: 7

Kansas
6-1 | Junior | OH/MB
16 Sets Played

Kills: 68
Kills/Game: 4.25
Digs: 61
Digs/Game: 3.81
Receptions: 65
Rcpt/Game: 4.06
Aces: 5
Blocks: 8

Kentucky
6-2 | Junior | MH
9 Sets Played

Kills: 51
Kills/Game: 5.67
Digs: 20
Digs/Game: 2.22
Receptions: 28
Rcpt/Game: 3.11
Aces: 3
Blocks: 9

Louisiana
Olivia Stant, Mt. Carmel (New Orleans)
6-0 | Junior | OH/RS
11 Sets Played
Kills: 59
Kills/Game: 5.36
Digs: 19
Digs/Game: 1.73
Receptions: 16
Rcpt/Game: 1.46
Blocks: 12

Massachusetts
Ava Crane, Dartmouth (South Dartmouth)
5-7 | Sophomore | OH
7 Sets Played

Kills: 27
Kills/Game: 3.86
Digs: 8
Digs/Game: 1.14
Receptions: 33
Rcpt/Game: 4.71
Aces: 10
Blocks: 1

Michigan
Olivia Kowalkowski, Notre Dame Prep (Pontiac)
5-4 | Senior | L
21 Sets Played

Digs: 162
Digs/Game: 7.71
Aces: 11
Assists: 6
Assists/Game: 0.29

Minnesota
Kira Fallert, Concordia Academy (Roseville)
6-0 | Senior | OH
6 Sets Played
Kills: 39
Kills/Game: 6.5
Digs: 7
Digs/Game: 1.17
Receptions: 15
Rcpt/Game: 2.5
Aces: 4
Blocks: 2

Mississippi
Kennedy Simmons, Lewisburg (Olive Branch)
Senior | S
11 Sets Played
Assists: 127
Assists/Game: 11.55
Team Hitting%: 0.265
Digs: 29
Digs/Game: 2.64
Aces: 3
Blocks: 1

Missouri
Nyah Wilson, Advance
5-9 | Senior | MH
22 Sets Played

Kills: 113
Kills/Game: 5.14
Digs: 47
Digs/Game: 2.14
Receptions: 73
Rcpt/Game: 3.32
Aces: 6
Blocks: 18

Montana
Madeline Gilder, Corvallis
5-11 | Junior | OH
8 Sets Played

Kills: 39
Kills/Game: 4.88
Digs: 11
Digs/Game: 1.38
Receptions: 19
Rcpt/Game: 2.38
Aces: 6
Blocks: 3

Nebraska
Whitney Lauenstein, Waverly
6-1 | Senior | OH/MH
15 Sets Played

Kills: 98
Kills/Game: 6.53
Digs: 60
Digs/Game: 4
Receptions: 108
Rcpt/Game: 7.2
Aces: 6
Blocks: 4

New Hampshire
Tory Vitko, Dover
Freshman | S
6 Sets Played

Assists: 44
Assists/Game: 7.33
Team Hitting%: 0.193
Digs: 7
Digs/Game: 1.167
Aces: 8
Blocks: 4

North Carolina
Gerren Tomlin, Davidson Day (Davidson)
Junior | OH
10 Sets Played

Kills: 62
Kills/Game: 6.2
Digs: 35
Digs/Game: 3.5
Receptions:
Rcpt/Game:
Aces: 3
Blocks: 2

North Dakota
McKenzie Moser, Bismarck
Senior | OH
10 Sets Played

Kills: 32
Kills/Game: 3.2
Digs: 50
Digs/Game: 5
Receptions:
Rcpt/Game:
Aces: 8
Blocks: 2

Ohio
Makayla Osborn, Heartland Christian (Columbiana)
5-10 | Senior | OH/RS
13 Sets Played

Kills: 104
Kills/Game: 8
Digs: 70
Digs/Game: 5.38
Receptions: 86
Rcpt/Game: 6.62
Aces: 3

Oklahoma
Sara Freeman, Moore
5-11 | Sophomore | OH/DS
9 Sets Played

Kills: 22
Kills/Game: 2.44
Digs: 37
Digs/Game: 4.11
Receptions: 44
Rcpt/Game: 4.89
Aces: 4
Blocks: 5

Oregon
Allie Hueckman, Burns
5-10 | Freshman | OH
8 Sets Played
Kills: 31
Kills/Game: 3.88
Digs: 31
Digs/Game: 3.88
Receptions: 32
Rcpt/Game: 4
Aces: 5
Blocks: 3

Pennsylvania

Aly Daley, Everett
Senior | MH
11 Sets Played

Kills: 70
Kills/Game: 6.36
Digs: 12
Digs/Game: 1.09
Receptions: 15
Rcpt/Game: 1.36
Aces: 3
Blocks: 16

South Carolina
Emily Normand, St. Joseph's Catholic (Greenville)
22 Sets Played

Kills: 101
Kills/Game: 4.59
Digs: 28
Digs/Game: 1.27
Receptions: 48
Rcpt/Game: 2.18
Aces: 3
Blocks: 4

South Dakota
Olivia Kieffer, Rapid City Christian (Rapid City)
Sophomore
6 Sets Played

Kills: 26
Kills/Game: 4.33
Digs: 22
Digs/Game: 3.67
Receptions: 51
Rcpt/Game: 8.5
Aces: 3

Tennessee
Amanda Mack, Maryville
6-1 | Freshman | OH
11 Sets Played

Kills: 48
Kills/Game: 4.36
Digs: 30
Digs/Game: 2.73
Receptions: 50
Rcpt/Game: 4.54
Aces: 5
Blocks: 4

Texas
Blakely Montgomery, Clear Falls (League City)
5-9 | Senior | S
10 Sets Played

Assists: 101
Assists/Game: 10.1
Team Hitting%: 0.294
Digs: 27
Digs/Game: 2.7
Aces: 9
Blocks: 4

Utah
Marci Richins, North Summit (Coalville)
5-9 | Junior | MH/MB
26 Sets Played

Kills: 132
Kills/Game: 5.08
Digs: 78
Digs/Game: 3
Receptions: 79
Rcpt/Game: 3.04
Aces: 11
Blocks: 33

Virginia
Drew Williams, StoneBridge (Chesapeake)
5-6 | Junior | OH
9 Sets Played

Kills: 28
Kills/Game: 3.11
Digs: 12
Digs/Game: 1.33
Receptions: 18
Rcpt/Game: 2
Aces: 16

West Virginia
Leia Harper, Spring Mills (Martinsburg)
Senior| OH
10 Sets Played
Kills: 50
Kills/Game: 5
Digs: 20
Digs/Game: 2
Receptions: 29
Rcpt/Game: 2.9
Aces: 3
Blocks: 8

Wisconsin
Gianna Vollrath, Fall Creek
6-1 | Junior | MB/OH
14 Sets Played

Kills: 75
Kills/Game: 5.36
Digs: 28
Digs/Game: 2
Receptions: 48
Rcpt/Game: 3.43
Aces: 9
Blocks: 19

Wyoming
Tara Maddock, Shoshoni
Senior
7 Sets Played

Assists: 82
Assists/Game: 11.71
Team Hitting%: 0.221
Digs: 16
Digs/Game: 2.29
Aces: 2
Blocks: 1

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.com 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 AVCA, check out the AVCA website at www.avca.org.
High school football: Hall of Famer Alan Faneca named head coach for Virginia program - OFFICIAL
High school football: Hall of Famer Alan Faneca named head coach for Virginia program
Not many high school football players can say their coach is a Hall of Famer. Players at Cox (Virginia Beach, Va.) now can after former Pittsburgh Steelers great Alan Faneca was named head coach Monday.

The 13-year NFL veteran is part of the 2021 Pro Football Hall of Fame class and will be inducted Aug. 8 along with Peyton Manning, Charles Woodson, Tom Flores, Calvin Johnson, Bill Nunn, John Lynch and Drew Pearson.

After the induction ceremony, however, it's back to preparing the Falcons for the 2021 season. Cox went 5-1 in the recently completed spring season in Virginia.

Faneca helped the Steelers to a Super Bowl XL win over Seattle in 2006. He served as the offensive line coach at Cox for the past two seasons under Bill Stachelski, the school's winningest coach who is stepping aside to coach golf.

Stachelski compiled an 88-47 record and guided the Falcons to their first playoff victory in 2015.

"I’m not selling any fantasies," Faneca told the Virginian-Pilot in February. "I’m going out there and coaching football and getting the kids developed as football players and people. That’s how I was taught when I was in school."

Cox is 35-17 over the past five seasons.

Faneca was an All-American out of LSU before being drafted in 1998 in the first round by the Steelers. He played 13 seasons in the NFL with Pittsburgh, the New York Jets and Arizona Cardinals before retiring in 2011. He was named to the NFL's All-Decade Team of the 2000s.

Faneca's wife, Julie Kuchtka, is from Virginia Beach and their daughter attends Cox.
Jessica Carrothers named 2020-21 OFFICIAL Indiana High School Girls Basketball Player of the Year - OFFICIAL
Jessica Carrothers named 2020-21 MaxPreps Indiana 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.

Jessica Carrothers of Crown Point is the 2020-21 MaxPreps Indiana High School Girls Basketball Player of the Year. The 5-foot-7 junior guard led the Bulldogs to a 25-1 record and the Class 4A championship. The Bulldogs are ranked No. 24 nationally in the MaxPreps Top 25.

Carrothers averaged 23.3 points and 5.4 rebounds per game. She also hit 43 percent of her 3-point attempts and had a 2.0 assist/turnover ratio. She tallied 25 points, seven rebounds and five steals against Brownsburg in the state title game.

Carrothers scored in double figures in all 26 games for Crown Point this season and 33 straight going back to 2019-20.

Each state's MaxPreps Player of the Year will be considered for inclusion in the MaxPreps All-America Team.