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OFFICIAL Photos of the Month: March - OFFICIAL
MaxPreps Photos of the Month: March
MaxPreps is known for its outstanding freelance professional photographers that cover high school sporting events, and the stellar images they capture are highlighted in the pro galleries.

Here are nine of the best photos published in galleries during the month of March from our network of photographers across the nation.
Texline (Texas) head coach Coby Beckner celebrates on the court with his players (background) after winning the  UIL Class 1A state championship game at the Alamodome in San Antonio.
Photo by Tommy Hays
Texline (Texas) head coach Coby Beckner celebrates on the court with his players (background) after winning the UIL Class 1A state championship game at the Alamodome in San Antonio.
Walden Grove (Ariz.) goalkeeper Ethan Itule makes a diving save en route to a 3-0 victory over Prescott in an AIA 4A state semifinal game.
Photo by Chris Stanley
Walden Grove (Ariz.) goalkeeper Ethan Itule makes a diving save en route to a 3-0 victory over Prescott in an AIA 4A state semifinal game.
A female diver soars above the pool during the CHSAA 3A State Diving Championships in Colorado.
Photo by Brent Murphy
A female diver soars above the pool during the CHSAA 3A State Diving Championships in Colorado.
Curtis (Wash.) receiver Issac Emanuel (top) goes over the shoulder of Puyallup defensive back Jaden Kolowitz trying to make the reception.
Photo by Vince MIller
Curtis (Wash.) receiver Issac Emanuel (top) goes over the shoulder of Puyallup defensive back Jaden Kolowitz trying to make the reception.
A Dana Hills (Calif.) goalie eyes an incoming shot during a game against host Aliso Niguel.
Photo by Ming Chung Lin
A Dana Hills (Calif.) goalie eyes an incoming shot during a game against host Aliso Niguel.
Lee's Summit's (Mo.) Alex Benassi splits two Liberty defenders for a layup during a MSHSAA state quarterfinal game.
Photo by David Smith
Lee's Summit's (Mo.) Alex Benassi splits two Liberty defenders for a layup during a MSHSAA state quarterfinal game.
A Glendora (Calif.) defender covers the face of a St. Lucy's player looking to pass the ball.
Photo by Donn Parris
A Glendora (Calif.) defender covers the face of a St. Lucy's player looking to pass the ball.
Two Northwest Christian (Ariz.) players battle a Parker player (middle) for a header.
Photo by Mark Jones
Two Northwest Christian (Ariz.) players battle a Parker player (middle) for a header.
Canyon (Texas) players celebrate wildly as the final seconds countdown in their victory over Hardin-Jefferson in the UIL Class 4A state championship game at the Alamodome in San Antonio.
Photo by Robbie Rakestraw
Canyon (Texas) players celebrate wildly as the final seconds countdown in their victory over Hardin-Jefferson in the UIL Class 4A state championship game at the Alamodome in San Antonio.
Aizhanique Mayo named 2020-21 OFFICIAL Connecticut High School Girls Basketball Player of the Year - OFFICIAL
Aizhanique Mayo named 2020-21 MaxPreps Connecticut 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.

Aizhanique Mayo of Notre Dame Catholic (Fairfield) is the 2020-21 MaxPreps Connecticut High School Girls Basketball Player of the Year. In a shortened season, the 5-foot-9 junior point guard led the Lancers to a 12-1 record and the school's second straight South-West Conference Tournament championship.

Mayo averaged 20.4 points, 7.0 assists, 6.8 rebounds and 5.0 steals per game while producing a 7:2 assist to turnover ratio. Head coach Maria Conlon's star shot 44 percent from the field, 47 percent from beyond the arc and 82 percent from the free throw line.

Notre Dame Catholic is 58-3 through the first three seasons of Mayo's career and outscored opponents by nearly 30 points per game on average in 2020-21. She was the South-West Conference championship game MVP and a first team All-Conference selection.

Mayo has already received around 30 offers from college programs.

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 20.
High school football: Mater Dei-St. John Bosco rivalry features impressive stats, rich history - OFFICIAL
High school football: Mater Dei-St. John Bosco rivalry features impressive stats, rich history
As vastly different as the 2020 California high school football season has been, the ending point is quite familiar. Even if it is in April 2021.

All eyes, computer screens, binoculars, smart phones and TV cameras will be focused on Santa Ana Stadium at 7 p.m. Saturday when Mater Dei (Santa Ana) and St. John Bosco (Bellflower) tangle to unofficially decide which is the best team not only in Southern California, but also the state and perhaps even the nation.

Just like it's been the last five years. Only no one is Christmas shopping.

The two national elites have been sparring, jabbing and throwing haymakers since 2016 to officially decide the Southern Section's Division I champion, which has parlayed into national ramifications, rankings and even championships.

St. John Bosco was crowned 2019 MaxPreps National Champion, while Mater Dei won it in 2017 and was second in 2018 and 2019. Heading into the fall of 2020, MaxPreps football editor Zack Poff had the Monarchs ranked No. 2 in the country and the Braves No. 3.
St. John Bosco takes the field before its season opener with Sierra Canyon.
File photo by Louis Lopez
St. John Bosco takes the field before its season opener with Sierra Canyon.
But California was one of 15 states to move football to 2021 due to the pandemic, erasing both programs from national-title consideration. Evaporation of the entire season in the state also seemed a distinct possibility, but politicians, health officials, coaching organizations, youth sports advocates and the California Interscholastic Federation finally were able to agree on a six-week campaign with no playoffs. 

Nothing in the short spring sample of nine games — five from Bosco and four by Mater Dei — has lessened their reputation nationally, according to Poff. IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.), Grayson (Loganville, Ga.) and Westlake (Austin, Texas) finished 1-2-3 in the final fall rankings.

"They (Mater Dei and Bosco) would both be right there in the mix no doubt," Poff said. "And with so many top young players on both sides, whoever wins Saturday has a real good shot to open the fall as preseason No. 1."

Which team will it be?

That's almost impossible to pick, just like it has been for the last 10 meetings since 2014, a year after Bosco, with quarterback Josh Rosen leading the charge, won its first state Open Division title.
Josiah Zamora (13) greets Cooper Barkarte (18) after a big catch.
File photo by Heston Quan
Josiah Zamora (13) greets Cooper Barkarte (18) after a big catch.
The teams have split the past 10 games, with the cumulative score being St. John Bosco 295, Mater Dei 287.
 
Since 2016, they've faced off twice each season with the Monarchs winning five of eight games total, but splitting the four section crowns — Bosco winning in 2016 and 2019 and Mater Dei claiming 2017 and 2018 titles. Each year those Southern Section champs went on to beat De La Salle (Concord) in the state Open Division title game.

Since 2004, Mater Dei has won 11 of the 20 meetings, but since Jason Negro took over Bosco in 2010, the Braves own a 9-6 edge. Mater Dei won six straight meetings starting in 2004 and the Braves won six straight starting in 2011.

History is simply a point of interest. Here are some more pertinent facts for the current season and Saturday's game.

• Bosco has outscored its opponents 266-91 (average score 53-18), Mater Dei's margin is 174-40 (44-10).

• Bosco averages 503 yards of offense per game (290 rushing, 213 passing), Mater Dei averages 418 (210 rushing, 208 passing).

• The teams have played four common Trinity League opponents with Mater Dei beating JSerra Catholic (San Juan Capistrano), 52-3, Orange Lutheran, 49-7, Servite (Anaheim), 24-17 and Santa Margarita (Rancho Santa Margarita), 49-13. Bosco beat the same opponents in order: 66-14, 55-0, 38-28 and 65-28.

• After graduating generational quarterbacks in 2020 — MaxPreps 2019 co-National Players of the Year in Bosco's DJ Uiagalelei (now at Clemson) and Mater Dei's Bryce Young (Alabama) — both teams are led by remarkably young, but polished signal-callers.

The Monarchs start freshman Elijah Brown, who has completed 60-of-84 passes for 770 yards, 11 touchdowns and one interception. Bosco has split time between sophomore Pierce Clarkson and junior Katin Houser with almost identical numbers, combining on 50-of-73 completions for 838 yards, 12 touchdowns and no interceptions. Both can run if nobody is open, combining for 258 yards and two scores.
St. John Bosco sophomore quarterback Pierce Clarkson has thrown for more than 400 yards and six touchdowns without an interception.
File photo by Louis Lopez
St. John Bosco sophomore quarterback Pierce Clarkson has thrown for more than 400 yards and six touchdowns without an interception.
• Top rushers: St. John Bosco — Jabari Bates (324 yards, 8.5 average, four TDs) and Rayshon Luke (267, 14.8, 4). Mater Dei — Raleek Brown (301, 7.2, 5) and Marceese Yetts (276, 6.6, 2).

• Top receivers: St. John Bosco — Jode McDuffie (12 catches, 267 yards, 4 TDs) and Chedon James (11, 211, 4); Mater Dei — Josiah Zamora (14, 157, 3) and CJ Williams (13, 184, 3).

• Top tacklers: St. John Bosco — Sione Hala (25 tackles), Andrew Simpson (20) and freshman Kyngstonn Viliamu-Asa (20). Mater Dei — Shoes Brinkley (15), Leviticus Su'a (12) and Sione Moa (12).

• Of all the numbers, none is more remarkable than this: 59.

That is the total number of players in Saturday's game who either have three-star recruiting rankings by 247Sports, or who have received an FBS scholarship offer. Of those, 31 belong to Bosco and 28 to Mater Dei. Only 14 of them are seniors.

3-STAR RANKING OR FBS OFFER: SEE ALL 59

When legendary Mater Dei coach Bruce Rollinson (314 wins, 85 losses, two ties according to Cal-Hi Sports record book) was asked this week to take in all that talent and how Saturday's game would shake out, he told Eric Sondheimer of the Los Angeles Times:

"It's their big men against my big men and their skills against my skills. … I think it's going to be like any other St. John Bosco-Mater Dei game in recent years. It's going to be a great high school football game."
Mater Dei's Elijah Brown is the fourth freshman to start at quarterback for the Monarchs, joining Todd Marinovich, Matt Barkley and JT Daniels.
File photo by Heston Quan
Mater Dei's Elijah Brown is the fourth freshman to start at quarterback for the Monarchs, joining Todd Marinovich, Matt Barkley and JT Daniels.
High school basketball: OFFICIAL All-American Scoot Henderson set to skip senior year for NBA G League - OFFICIAL
High school basketball: MaxPreps All-American Scoot Henderson set to skip senior year for NBA G League
Five-star Class of 2022 high school basketball star Scoot Henderson of Kell (Marietta, Ga.) announced Friday on social media he will his senior year and join the NBA G League Ignite team.

Henderson is the first high school player to forgo his senior year to play in the G League. He won't be eligible for the 2022 NBA Draft because of age restrictions, meaning he must spend two years with the Ignite program.
The 6-foot-3 guard is the No. 9 prospect in the Class of 2022 according to 247Sports. He is expected to join Jaden Hardy, Michael Foster Jr. and international prospect Fanbo Zeng on the Ignite team next season.

Henderson was a first team MaxPreps Junior All-American selection this season, averaging 32 points, seven rebounds and six assists per contest to help the Longhorns reach the Georgia AAAAAA state title game. The explosive point guard showed rapid development over the course of his high school career and has the potential to be a lottery pick in the 2023 NBA Draft.

A year ago, Class of 2020 prospects Jalen Green, Jonathan Kuminga, Daishen Nix and Isaiah Todd selected the G League path over the traditional collegiate route.
Scoot Henderson in action during a December game against McEachern.
Photo by Ed Turlington
Scoot Henderson in action during a December game against McEachern.

California high school softball: No. 5 Del Oro shows it's for real in the OFFICIAL Sac-Joaquin Section Top 25 - OFFICIAL
California high school softball: No. 5 Del Oro shows it's for real in the MaxPreps Sac-Joaquin Section Top 25
Never count out Del Oro (Loomis). The Golden Eagles had one of the most impressive weeks of this high school softball season, beating three ranked teams.

On Wednesday, Clemson commit Maddie Moore hit two home runs and drove in three as D.O. knocked off top-ranked Rocklin 4-2. These two rivals have played 37 times since 2005, Del Oro holds a 22-15 lead. They play at least twice more this year and whoever wins the series could determine the top spot in the final MaxPreps Top 25 Sac-Joaquin Section softball rankings.

Inderkum (Sacramento) is a team on the rise. The Tigers lone loss was to No. 6 St. Francis (Sacramento). Sophomore Samantha Stoll has a 1.75 ERA and 54 strikeouts in 36 innings pitched. She is also batting .400 at the plate.

It's another big week of softball starting on Monday. In a battle of schools just over three miles apart, Folsom takes the long journey over to Vista del Lago (Folsom) to see who is the top softball team in the city of Folsom.

Five more games to watch

Monday
No. 4 Elk Grove at No. 19 Roseville
No. 10 Oakdale at No. 11 Escalon

Tuesday
No. 6 St. Francis (Sacramento) at No. 3 Sheldon (Sacramento)

Wednesday
No. 8 Central Catholic (Modesto) at No. 11 Escalon

Friday
No. 7 Folsom at No. 1 Rocklin
Samantha Stoll, Inderkum
Photo by David Steutel
Samantha Stoll, Inderkum
MaxPreps Top 25 Sac-Joaquin Section softball rankings

1. Rocklin
Record:
9-1 | Last week: 1
The Thunder bounced back beating Oak Ridge 6-0. Freshman Sydney Barker hit her second home run of the season.

2. Vanden (Fairfield)
Record:
9-0 | Last week: 2
Freshman Mia Zabat had a three hit game against Fairfield last week as the Vikings moved to 9-0.

3. Sheldon (Sacramento)
Record:
4-8 | Last week: 3
Sheldon had to forfeit six wins because of a misstep involving the transfer of a student-athlete. The Huskies bounced back as junior Jazzy Fines had four hits in a 5-2 nine-inning win over Elk Grove.

4. Elk Grove
Record:
12-3 | Last week: 4
The Herd have three big games this week starting Monday at No. 19 Roseville.

5. Del Oro (Loomis)
Record:
8-1 | Last week: 5
The Golden Eagles have one the top lineups in the section and state. Junior Jenna Birch has four home runs and senior Maddie Moore has three.

6. St. Francis (Sacramento)
Record:
8-1 | Last week: 6
A monster week ahead for the Troubadours, as top of the Delta League will be on the line Tuesday at Sheldon.

7. Folsom
Record:
4-3 | Last week: 8
City of Folsom bragging right on the line as the Bulldogs play at No. 18 Vista del Lago on Monday.

8. Central Catholic (Modesto)
Record:
4-0 | Last week: 13
Sophomore Randi Roelling is 4-0 in the circle with a 0.32 ERA and 53 strikeouts.

9. Oakmont (Roseville)
Record:
7-2 | Last week: 11
The Vikings bounced back with big wins over Ponderosa and Cordova.

10. Oakdale
Record:
5-1 | Last week: 17
Avery Brown and Alexa Aguilar both had four hits in win over Gregori on Saturday.

11. Escalon
Record:
8-0 | Last week: 18
Senior Malia Babasa is hitting .560 with three home runs as the Cougars have huge games coming up.

12. Merced
Record:
5-1 | Last week: 25
Trisha McCleskey threw a complete game shutout as the Bears beat Atwater 10-0 on Wednesday.

13. Lincoln
Record:
8-4 | Last week: 22
The Zebras have shown they are a team to take seriously. Sophomore Alessandra Ramirez hit a grand slam in a 16-0 win over Placer.

14. Inderkum (Sacramento)
Record:
7-1 | Last week: NR
Senior Annelise Garcia has five home runs as the Tigers jump into the rankings after an impressive 7-1 start.

15. Rosemont (Sacramento)
Record:
8-2 | Last week: 23
Jyden Miles is batting .649 with three home runs. The Wolverines' two losses are against top 10 teams.

16. Cordova (Rancho Cordova)
Record:
4-2 | Last week: 14
The Lancers look to bounce back Monday against a tough Rio Americano team.

17. Ponderosa (Shingle Springs)
Record:
4-3 | Last week: 16
Freshman Chase Mueller hit a grand slam and had six total hits as the Bruins went 2-1 last week.

18. Vista del Lago (Folsom)
Record:
4-2 | Last week: 20
Tayler Biehl and Sammy Smith had two hits each as the Eagles beat Roseville 4-2 on Tuesday.

19. Roseville
Record:
6-3 | Last week: 10
The Tigers face two Top 25 teams this week, starting off with Elk Grove on Monday.

20. Linden
Record:
6-2 | Last week: NR
Senior Hannah Ortega has a 0.36 ERA and and 75 strikeouts in 39 innings pitched.

21. Lincoln (Stockton)
Record:
8-2 | Last week: 7
The Trojans dropped two games last week but still sit at top of a very tough Tri-City Athletic League.

22. McClatchy (Sacramento)
Record:
3-1 | Last week: 11
The Lions dropped after losing a 4-2 decision to Inderkum. There are still plenty of big games ahead.

23. Granite Bay
Record:
6-5 | Last week: 21
The Grizzlies are hard to read as shown by their record. There are no easy games in the Sierra Foothill League.

24. Franklin (Elk Grove)
Record:
4-5 | Preseason ranking: NR
All four of the Wildcats losses to teams within the Sac-Joaquin Section are to teams within the Top 20.

25. Pleasant Grove (Elk Grove)
Record:
6-5 | Last week: 24
The Eagles have been up and down but all five losses have been to teams ahead of them in the rankings.