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Jeriah Warren named 2020-21 HIGHSCORE Louisiana High School Girls Basketball Player of the Year - HIGHSCORE
Jeriah Warren named 2020-21 MaxPreps Louisiana 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.

Jeriah Warren of LaGrange (Lake Charles) is the 2020-21 MaxPreps Louisiana High School Girls Basketball Player of the Year. The 6-foot senior point guard helped the Gators win their second straight Class 4A state title.

Warren carried averages of around 17 points, 12 rebounds, six steals and three blocked shots into postseason play.

The University of Florida signee tallied 19 points, 14 boards rebounds, three blocked shots and two steals in a 49-42 win over Huntington in the state championship game earlier this month, earning MVP honors.

Warren helped LaGrange notch 13 postseason wins during her four years playing under head coach La'Keem Holmes. The Gators fell just short of the 2019 Class 5A final four before breaking through and winning the back-to-back 4A state titles. After averaging nearly 17 points a game as a junior, Warren earned first team Class 4A All-State honors by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association.

Each state's MaxPreps Player of the Year will be considered for inclusion in the MaxPreps All-America Team.
Tyrese Hunter named 2020-21 HIGHSCORE Wisconsin High School Basketball Player of the Year - HIGHSCORE
Tyrese Hunter named 2020-21 MaxPreps Wisconsin 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.

Tyrese Hunter of St. Catherine's (Racine) is the 2020-21 MaxPreps Wisconsin High School Basketball Player of the Year. The 6-foot-1, 175-pound senior helped the Angels go 28-1 en route to the Division 3 state championship.

Although Hunter was hampered by a nagging ankle injury throughout the Angels' title run, he led the team in scoring and assists averaging 18.9 points, 6.3 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 2.7 steals per game on the season.

Hunter was a four-year starter for St. Catherine's, compiling 1,589 points while leading the program to a record of 91-12. He posted career averages of 16.6 points, 5.2 rebounds and 3.5 assists per contest.

Signed with Iowa State, Hunter is regarded as the No. 36 prospect in the Class of 2021 overall according to 247Sports. Arizona State, Connecticut, Creighton, Florida, Louisville and Texas Tech were among the other college basketball programs to extend offers.

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.
HIGHSCORE/AVCA Players of the Week - HIGHSCORE
MaxPreps/AVCA Players of the Week
MaxPreps/AVCA High School Players of the Week
For the week of Nov. 2 - 8

Alaska
5'11 | Senior | OH,MH
12 Sets Played

Kills: 49
Kills/Game: 4.08
Digs: 18
Digs/Game: 1.50
Receptions: 20
Rcpt/Game: 1.67
Aces: 12
Blocks: 1

Arizona
Senior | OH/OPP
11 Sets Played
Kills: 62
Kills/Game: 5.64
Digs: 49
Digs/Game: 4.46
Receptions: 32
Rcpt/Game: 2.91
Aces: 1
Blocks: 2

Connecticut
5'8 | Senior | OH/DS
9 Sets Played

Kills: 32
Kills/Game: 3.56
Digs: 17
Digs/Game: 1.89
Receptions: 15
Rcpt/Game: 1.67
Aces: 8
Blocks: 1

Florida
5'10 | Senior | MH/OH
5 Sets Played
Kills: 27
Kills/Game: 5.40
Digs: 14
Digs/Game: 2.80
Receptions: 11
Rcpt/Game: 2.20
Aces: 2
Blocks: 3

Georgia
5'8 | Senior | OH
4 Sets Played

Kills: 22
Kills/Game: 5.50
Digs: 11
Digs/Game: 2.75
Receptions: 23
Rcpt/Game: 5.75
Blocks: 4

Indiana
5'8 | Sophomore | S/RS
4 Sets Played

Assists: 38
Assists/Game: 9.50
Team Hitting%: 0.201
Digs: 13
Digs/Game: 3.25
Blocks: 5

Iowa
6'1 | Senior | OH
10 Sets Played

Kills: 48
Kills/Game: 4.80
Digs: 34
Digs/Game: 3.40
Aces: 4
Blocks: 8

Kentucky
Senior
3 Sets Played

Kills: 11
Kills/Game: 3.67
Digs: 7
Digs/Game: 2.33
Receptions: 6
Rcpt/Game: 2.00
Aces: 2

Louisiana
5'6 | Senior | OH
6 Sets Played

Kills: 27
Kills/Game: 4.50
Digs: 9
Digs/Game: 1.50
Aces: 4

Massachusetts
5'4 | Senior | OH/DS
12 Sets Played
Kills: 47
Kills/Game: 3.92
Digs: 19
Digs/Game: 1.58
Receptions: 61
Rcpt/Game: 5.08
Aces: 18

Michigan
5'11 | Senior | OH/S
10 Sets Played

Kills: 79
Kills/Game: 7.90
Digs: 52
Digs/Game: 5.20
Receptions: 25
Rcpt/Game: 2.50
Aces: 17
Blocks: 6

Minnesota
6'0 | Junior | MH/OH
8 Sets Played
Kills: 40
Kills/Game: 5.00
Digs: 24
Digs/Game: 3.00
Receptions: 25
Rcpt/Game: 3.13
Aces: 4
Blocks: 5

Missouri
5'11 | Freshman | OH
6 Sets Played

Kills: 33
Kills/Game: 5.50
Digs: 12
Digs/Game: 2.00
Receptions: 19
Rcpt/Game: 3.17
Aces: 3
Blocks: 3

Montana
6'0 | Senior | MH
11 Sets Played

Kills: 49
Kills/Game: 4.46
Digs: 12
Digs/Game: 1.09
Aces: 7
Blocks: 8

Nebraska
5'6 | Junior | S/D/S
11 Sets Played

Assists: 159
Assists/Game: 14.46
Team Hitting%: 0.278
Digs: 36
Digs/Game: 3.27
Aces: 1
Blocks: 7

North Carolina
6'4 | Senior | MH
6 Sets Played

Kills: 15
Kills/Game: 2.50
Digs: 3
Blocks: 10

North Dakota
5'4 | Senior | S
5 Sets Played

Assists: 38
Assists/Game: 7.60
Team Hitting%: 0.142
Digs: 14
Digs/Game: 2.80
Aces: 2

Ohio
6'0 | Senior | S
7 Sets Played

Assists: 84
Assists/Game: 12.00
Team Hitting%: 0.329
Digs: 16
Digs/Game: 2.29
Aces: 1
Blocks: 7

Pennsylvania
5'10 | Junior | OH
8 Sets Played

Kills: 36
Kills/Game: 4.50
Digs: 38
Digs/Game: 4.75
Receptions: 51
Rcpt/Game: 6.38
Blocks: 7

South Carolina
5'9 | Senior | OH/MH
8 Sets Played

Kills: 35
Kills/Game: 4.38
Digs: 27
Digs/Game: 3.38
Receptions: 39
Rcpt/Game: 4.88
Aces: 2
Blocks: 3

South Dakota
Freshman, S
5 Sets Played

Kills: 32
Kills/Game: 6.40
Digs: 13
Digs/Game: 2.60
Receptions: 12
Rcpt/Game: 2.40
Aces: 2
Blocks: 2

Texas
6'0 | Sophomore | OH
13 Sets Played

Kills: 71
Kills/Game: 5.46
Digs: 54
Digs/Game: 4.15
Receptions: 44
Rcpt/Game: 3.39
Aces: 1
Blocks: 2

Utah
Lehi High School (Lehi, UT), 16 - 10
Junior | OH/OPP
11 Sets Played

Kills: 55
Kills/Game: 5.00
Digs: 31
Digs/Game: 2.82
Receptions: 36
Rcpt/Game: 3.27
Aces: 10
Blocks: 4

Virginia
5'8 | Freshman | OH
6 Sets Played

Kills: 24
Kills/Game: 4.00
Digs: 10
Digs/Game: 1.67
Receptions: 8
Rcpt/Game: 1.33
Aces: 10
Blocks: 2

West Virginia
Junior
13 Sets Played

Kills: 54
Kills/Game: 4.15
Digs: 50
Digs/Game: 3.85
Receptions: 22
Rcpt/Game: 1.69
Aces: 12
Blocks: 10

Wisconsin
5'6 | Senior | S/DS
6 Sets Played
Assists: 64
Assists/Game: 10.67
Team Hitting%: 0.323
Digs: 12
Digs/Game: 2.00
Aces: 1
Blocks: 4

Wyoming
5'8 | Senior | OH
10 Sets Played

Kills: 39
Kills/Game: 3.90
Digs: 62
Digs/Game: 6.20
Receptions: 63
Rcpt/Game: 6.30
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.
MLB Draft: Top 10 high school pitching prospects - HIGHSCORE
MLB Draft: Top 10 high school pitching prospects
Video: 10 Extreme high schools via Google Earth
See these campuses that run north to south and east to west.

With only five rounds in the Major League Baseball Draft this year, much fewer high school players are expected to be chosen in the early rounds compared to previous season, especially pitchers.

That being said, more high school pitchers will be chosen in this year's draft than any other position, with the bulk of those players being right-handed pitchers.

With only two days to go before the 2020 MLB Draft, here's a look at our final installment — pitchers. Previously, we've looked at corner infielders, middle infielders, outfielders and catchers.
Graphic by Ryan Escobar
Nick Bitsko, Central Bucks East (Doylestown, Pa.)
Scouts don't know a whole lot about Bitsko since he reclassified from the Class of 2021 and he didn't take the field during the 2020 spring. Thus he only played two seasons of high school baseball. Nevertheless, scouts don't need to know much when a pitcher is hitting 96 mph on his fastball. Bitsko, at 6-foot-4 and 225 pounds, also has the size to add more speed. He also has a solid enough curve and change to be considered the top right-handed prep prospect in the draft. Projection: Top 15 picks.

Jared Kelley, Refugio (Texas)
If not for Bitsko, Kelley would be the top prospect. The National Gatorade Player of the Year, Kelley did not allow a hit in three appearances, including a complete-game no-hitter. Kelley's fastball has hit 99 mph this spring and he also has a change that's considered a plus second pitch. Projection: Top 20 picks.

Mick Abel, Jesuit (Portland, Ore.)
Abel has a 94 mph fastball, but the slider is his premium pitch, which Baseball America ranks as the best in the 2020 draft. The Gatorade State Player of the Year in Oregon had an 18-3 career record with 213 career strikeouts. Projection: End of first round.

Jared Jones, La Mirada (Calif.)
Jones has command of an assortment of pitches and is also a possible everyday player based on his ability on offense. Jones is a possible second-round selection, but his signability is in question, considering he has committed to play at Texas — one of the top baseball programs in the nation. Projection: Second round.

Carson Montgomery, Windermere (Fla.)
Another pitcher who has a mid-90s fastball to go along with a plus change. Montgomery also has a curve in his repertoire making him a solid three-pitch candidate. Projection: Second round.

Justin Lange, Llano (Texas)
Lange is a new name among the top pitching prospects thanks to a spring season in which his fastball hit 99 mph. That type of velocity would normally make Lange a first-round prospect, but with a shortened spring, scouts appear willing to wait until the second round. Projection: Second round.

Nolan McLean, Garner Magnet (Garner, N.C.)
McLean is a two-way prospect after belting nine home runs and batting .373 as a junior to go along with 53 strikeouts in 28 innings pitched. A two-sport athlete, McLean also had 6,809 yards passing as a quarterback. McLean can hit 94 mph on his fastball. Projection: Third round.

Cam Brown, Flower Mound (Texas)
Brown had a very strong summer last year, which pushed him up the ranks of the top pitching prospects in the country. His fastball sits in the mid-90s and he has good command of a curve ball and change-up, however he is likely a third- or fourth-round selection. Projection: Third round.

Alex Santos, Mt. St. Michael Academy (Bronx, N.Y.)
Santos hits about 93 mph on his fastball, but scouts project Santos to add speed to the pitch as he adds strength at the next level. He also has a solid change-up and curve and appears to have plenty of potential. Projection: Fourth round.

Dax Fulton, Mustang (Okla.)
The only left-hander on the list, Fulton has a 96 mph fastball and he is one of the few lefties expected to be drafted during the five-round selection process. Fulton is ranked as a first-round prospect by some mock drafts, but he more than likely falls toward the end. Projection: Fifth round.
High school sports: Timeline, impacts of a global pandemic one year later - HIGHSCORE
High school sports: Timeline, impacts of a global pandemic one year later
Billy Durkin walked slowly to midcourt and laid down his gym bag. He sat beside it and stared into the rolled up bleachers. Still proudly dressed in his Hinsdale South (Darien, Ill.) basketball jersey, Durkin had hoped to hear 3,000 fans in the sold out gym cheer on the 30-3 Hornets to a section semifinal playoff victory en route a first state championship.

However, 30 minutes earlier, Durkin and his teammates were told the coronavirus pandemic had hit the United State full force and the Hornets' storybook season, like many others to come, was over. Instead of jubilant celebrations and raucous ovations, Durkin heard the stark silence of an empty gym along with his own somber and bittersweet thoughts.

"So many memories," Durkin said. "The fans. The friendships. And just how far we had come. It was a little overwhelming. It wasn't supposed to end like that."

That was March 12, 2020.

The vision of Durkin's heartbreaking, solitary reaction was captured on a NFHS video stream and a screenshot shared on social media for all the world to see and sigh. The photo represented what many high school athletes and coaches felt that day, ultimately proving Durkin wasn't so alone after all.

Over the next 365 days, hundreds of thousands of student-athletes and their coaches have shared in that isolation, frustration and void, but ultimately similar numbers have returned from the sidelines and empty gyms to return to play.

Below, we chart a timeline of some of the more important dates and happenings surrounding high school sports and the pandemic.
The shot that went viral: Billy Durkin alone with his thoughts at midcourt after Hinsdale South's season ended due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Photo courtesy of Billy Durkin
The shot that went viral: Billy Durkin alone with his thoughts at midcourt after Hinsdale South's season ended due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Preps and the pandemic

March 11, 2020: NBA halts season, prompting sports organizations at all levels to re-evaluate competition going forward.

March 12, 2020: Texas (UIL) suspends state basketball tournament in progress, ultimately cancels.

March 12, 2020: The Central Plains (Claflin, Kan.) girls basketball team, riding a 136-game win streak, wins quarterfinal game but later learns season is over and career ends for Kansas Player of the Year Emily Ryan.

March 12, 2020: California cancels state championship games for first time, halting chances of a three-peat for the nationally-ranked boys team from Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth).

March 12, 2020: In Minnesota, MaxPreps girls basketball Player of the Year Paige Bueckers also has illustrious career unceremoniously unplugged one wins shy of a perfect 31-0 season for Hopkins (Minnetonka).

March 21, 2020: The Jordan Brand Classic, McDonald's All-American Games, Nike Hoop Summit and GEICO Nationals all are canceled. Top-ranked and 25-0 Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.) misses out on winning a fifth GEICO title in eight years, and with it, a final chance to make case as one of greatest high school boys teams ever.   

April 3, 2020: California becomes 10th state to cancel spring season, joining Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Virginia. By the end of the month, all 50 would join.

June 15, 2020: The scheduled national football showdown between De La Salle (Concord, Calif.) at two-time defending Texas 6A champion North Shore (Houston) is canceled.

June 15, 2020: Baseball, softball fans enjoy action as competition begins in Iowa.

July 20, 2020: California announces fall season moved to 2021, one of 15 to eventually do so.

July 21, 2020: Texas announces six-week delay of two largest football divisions, 6A and 5A.

Aug. 1, 2020: Iowa state baseball tournament comes to an end, drawing nearly 30,000 socially-distanced fans at Principal Park in Des Moines over a week of games.

Aug. 11, 2020: High school associations largely align with Big Ten and Pac-12 conferences, which announce postponement of football season.

Aug. 13, 2020: Football season kicks off in Utah.

Aug. 14, 2020: Michigan becomes 15th state to move football to 2021.

Aug. 21, 2020: American Fork (Utah) athletic director Jeremy Lewis tells football crowd at halftime to practice social distancing or game would halt. Game finishes without pause.

Sept. 3, 2020: Michigan the first of many to reverse course, moves season back from 2021 to 2020.

Oct. 14, 2020: Alaska is first of five states to cancel football postseason due to rising COVID cases.

Nov. 5, 2020: Alabama and Mississippi become first states to tip off basketball seasons.

Nov. 13-14, 2020: North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming become the first states to hold football state championships.

Nov. 20, 2020: Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer pauses all football playoffs due to rising COVID-19 cases.

Dec. 18, 2020: California pauses Jan. 8 start date indefinitely.

Jan. 9, 2021: Michigan continues playoffs, finishes one week later.

Jan. 16, 2021: Texas finishes 6A and 5A football playoffs at AT&T Stadium, one of 35 states to complete fall football seasons.

Feb. 13, 2021: Washington is first state to begin 2020 football season in 2021.

Feb. 17, 2021: Nevada OKs sports, but Clark County (Las Vegas) remains sidelined.

Feb. 19, 2021: After three-week negotiation between football coaches and advocacy groups with governor's office, California changes guideline to renew contact outdoor sports.

March 12, 2021: California scheduled to open its 2020-21 football season.
Ziaire Williams drills game-winning shot to send Sierra Canyon into the 2020 California Open Division finals. Two days later, the state championships were canceled due to the pandemic.
File photo by Louis Lopez
Ziaire Williams drills game-winning shot to send Sierra Canyon into the 2020 California Open Division finals. Two days later, the state championships were canceled due to the pandemic.