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Joseph Himon named 2020 HIGHSCORE Arkansas High School Football Player of the Year - HIGHSCORE
Joseph Himon named 2020 MaxPreps Arkansas High School Football Player of the Year
Each year since 2006, MaxPreps has recognized outstanding performers in high school football. America's source for high school sports continues the tradition to close out the 2020 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.

Joseph Himon of Pulaski Academy (Little Rock) is the 2020 MaxPreps Arkansas High School Football Player of the Year. The 5-foot-9, 175-pound junior totaled 2,993 all-purpose yards to help the Bruins go 13-0 and win the Class 5A state championship.

Himon's remarkable yardage totals included 1,925 yards on the ground with 23 rushing touchdowns and another 1,068 receiving with nine scores.

In a 64-27 win over Little Rock Christian Academy in the title game, Himon ran 16 times for 76 yards and three touchdowns while catching six passes for 129 yards and another score.

Himon topped 300 all-purpose yards in three games – Sept. 25 against Watson Chapel (323), Oct. 23 in a regular season meeting against Little Rock Christian Academy (331) and Dec. 4 in the semifinals against Wynne (318). In another contest against Tyler Legacy of Texas, he reeled in 18 receptions for 175 yards.

According to 247Sports, Himon has already earned seven offers including Kansas, Louisville and Memphis.

Each state's MaxPreps Player of the Year will be considered for inclusion in the MaxPreps All-America Team, which will be released Jan. 29.
Joseph Himon evades a defender during a Sept. 11 game against Ravenwood.
Photo by Bryan Metz
Joseph Himon evades a defender during a Sept. 11 game against Ravenwood.
High school basketball: Five-star guard Jaden Hardy expected to sign with G-League - HIGHSCORE
High school basketball: Five-star guard Jaden Hardy expected to sign with G-League
Senior high school basketball star Jaden Hardy of Coronado (Henderson, Nev.) is expected to join the NBA G League Ignite team, according to a Saturday report from Shams Charania of The Athletic.

The 6-foot-4 guard is the No. 3 prospect in the Class of 2021 according to 247Sports. Hardy will be following in the footsteps of Class of 2020 prospects Jalen Green, Jonathan Kuminga and  Isaiah Todd among others in selecting the G League path over the traditional collegiate route.

Hardy missed his entire senior season after the Nevada Interscholastic Athletics Association canceled the 2020-21 winter sports season because of COVID-19.

In 2019-20, Hardy earned first team MaxPreps Junior All-America honors after averaging 30.4 points, 9.1 rebounds and 8.4 assists per game. His junior season was highlighted by a 62-point game in which he led his team back from a 21-point deficit. He also recorded 11 rebounds, six assists, five blocks and four steals in the comeback victory.

The McDonald's All-American selection chose the professional path over his final list of college options including Arizona, Arizona State, Kentucky and UCLA.

Hardy is considered one of the most lethal and versatile scorers in the Class of 2021 and is projected to be a lottery pick in the 2022 NBA Draft.
Coronado guard Jaden Hardy drives to the basket.
Photo by: Darin Sicurello
Coronado guard Jaden Hardy drives to the basket.
Girls high school basketball rankings: No. 21 Valley Vista returns to HIGHSCORE Top 25 after Arizona reverses course on season - HIGHSCORE
Girls high school basketball rankings: No. 21 Valley Vista returns to MaxPreps Top 25 after Arizona reverses course on season
There has never been a season like this one — and hopefully there never will be again.

Though some teams have been able to play a nearly full schedule, others have yet to start, and many key games have been canceled. The result? The Top 25, which always contains a fair amount of guesswork, is even more chancy than in the past. As always, we are sure the 25 we've listed are very good teams, and they deserve full respect for their achievements, but it must be noted that a lot of teams that might have been on this list aren't likely to play.

In fact, No. 24 Chiawana may drop out next week if Washington cancels its season, and California's governing body meets Jan. 25 to determine if the Golden State's teams will even be allowed to play in the spring. And yet, at the same time, No. 21 Valley Vista returned the rankings after the state of Arizona reversed course and allowed the basketball season to be played.

So who knows what's next? We don't, that's for sure, but all credit to the coaches, players and staff who've made it this far, whether they're in the Top 25 or not.

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MaxPreps Top 25 Girls High School Basketball Rankings

Record: 11-0 | Last week: 1
A key game against powerful Plant scheduled for Saturday has been canceled. The Highlanders have played one game in 2021. It's hoped the Jan. 29 matchup with Colonial will mark the No. 1 team's return to action.

Record: 0-0 | Last week: 2
Several Washington Catholic Athletic Conference teams have canceled their seasons, but the Mustanges are set to begin play Feb. 3 against Elizabeth Seton.

Record: 11-0 | Last week: 3
A big win Monday over strong Forest Park cements Lions' No. 3 ranking. Next up is a rematch Jan. 26 with a solid Langston Hughes team.

Record: 1-0 | Last week: 4
One of the most talented teams in the country, the Royals have begun league play. There may not be many tests the rest of the way, but at least Hopkins is playing again.

Record: 0-0 | Last week: 5
The Pioneers are set to begin play Jan. 27.

Record: 15-0 | Last week: 6
The Cougars finish the regular season with four games against teams it handled easily the first time around.

Record: 0-0 | Last week: 7
Though the Cadets have been playing as a club team, none of the results are official. It's anticipated St. John's will be able to play as a high school in the near future.

Record: 12-0 | Last week: 8
The Red Knights beat Westminster Christian by four the first time around, so Friday's rematch could be a serious test.

Record: 0-0 | Last week: 9
The Lancers get in the mix Jan. 21 against Raritan, but right now, the schedule calls for only 11 games.

Record: 19-0 | Last week: 10
The Cougars rolled over previously unbeaten Jersey Village 92-31 but Memorial and Cypress Ridge could be more of a challenge. Or not.

Record: 7-0 | Last week: 11
Oklahoma is loaded this year, but so far the Tigers look to the best. But Sooner State fans are already circling Feb. 11, when Classen SAS comes to Norman.

Record: 15-0 | Last week: NR
With wins over Wayne and Reynoldsburg — among others — the Wildcats jump into the Top 25 as Ohio's best. But Pickerington Central is the Jan. 20 opponent, so there's not much margin for error.

Record: 11-0 | Last week: 13
The Redskins play in a local tournament this weekend, and then draws 10-4 Bixby on Tuesday.

Record: 13-1 | Last week: 14
The Eagles get a serious test against 16-1 Plant on Friday, but there are only two more regular season games after that.

Record: 21-0 | Last week: 16
Hoover's game with perennial Georgia power St. Francis was canceled, but with 22-1 Hazel Green on the schedule Saturday, the Buccaneers have another chance to show just how good they are.

Record: 10-0 | Last week: 18
The Tigers have been on a break, but jump right in against 8-1 Father Ryan next Tuesday.

Record: 4-2 | Last week: 17
Next up for talented New Hope is Paul VI on Jan. 28, but it's possible coach Sam Caldwell will find some willing opponents before then.

Record: 12-0 | Last week: 20
The Silverwolves jump two spots, but 10-1 Syracuse, Friday's opponent, will show whether they deserved the bump.

Record: 0-0 | Last week: 19
The Argonauts begin the season Feb. 2

Record: 14-1| Last week: 21
The Eagles' ranking is a reflection of a very talented roster, but to keep it, a Saturday win over No. 23 Duncanville, at home, is mandatory.

Record: 0-0 | Last week: NR
Despite mounting COVID cases, Arizona's high school association reversed its decision to cancel winter sports — which means the Monsoon not only jump back into the rankings, but will play three games in the next week.

Record: 0-0 | Last week: 22
The Vikings plan to begin Jan. 29, and will face an "early" test Feb. 2 vs. Neumann-Goretti.

Record: 19-1 | Last week: 23
The Panthers have already lost to DeSoto once, and now must try to deal with DeSoto's height and talent on the road.

Record: 0-0 | Last week: 24
Even if the Riverhawks are given permission to play, star Talia Von Oelhoffen graduated early so she could start playing at Oregon State — which will make it very hard for Chiawana to hang on to this spot even if Washington allows basketball.

Record: 10-0 | Last week: 25
The talented Wildcats have a fairly easy week ahead, though it's always tough to play three games in that span of time, as Mississippi's best must do.

Dropped out: No. 12 Reynoldsburg (Ohio), No. 15 Sidwell Friends (Washington D.C.) season canceled.
Virginia crowns first spring football champions in high school history - HIGHSCORE
Virginia crowns first spring football champions in high school history
Like any other year, the Virginia High School League crowned six state football champions Saturday afternoon in six different classifications. But these were clearly different.  From all records MaxPreps has researched, Virginia is the first state to ever award football championships in the spring.

The Riverhead Gladiators were officially the first ones crowned, with a 65-29 victory over the Galaxy Maroon Tide in the Class 1 title game. A 34-point second-point explosion led the Gladiators to their 10th straight win of the season. They outscored opponents 483-119 on the season. 

Perennial East power Oscar Smith (8-0) followed with a 62-21 Class 6 title win over South County, and Stone Bridge (8-0) took the Class 5 crown with a 13-10 overtime win over Highland Springs. (See all the champions below).

The VHSL was one of 15 states to move the traditional fall 2020 season to the spring due to COVID-19 pandemic. Of those states, 11 decided on abbreviated spring seasons, with just three opting for playoffs. North Carolina and Rhode Island have scheduled state championship games next week.

According to MaxPreps senior writer and historian Kevin Askeland, no states have ever held football championships in the spring, although one in California was scheduled in 1919. That title game was called off when Orange League champion Fullerton disbanded a month before the scheduled contest.
Oscar Smith turned around a loss in the 2019 VHSL Class 6 title game with a resounding 65-21 win over the Stallions on Saturday.
File photo by Fred Ingham
Oscar Smith turned around a loss in the 2019 VHSL Class 6 title game with a resounding 65-21 win over the Stallions on Saturday.
2021 Spring VHSL State Football Championships

Class 1Full bracket can be found here - 2020 Virginia High School Football Playoff Brackets: VHSL Class 1
High school baseball: Jesuit, IMG Academy, Buford among Florida, Georgia squads dominating HIGHSCORE Top 25 - HIGHSCORE
High school baseball: Jesuit, IMG Academy, Buford among Florida, Georgia squads dominating MaxPreps Top 25
The first national high school baseball rankings of the season find Florida and Georgia dominating the MaxPreps Top 25 as the Sunshine State logs seven teams, including three of the top four while the Peach State is next with five.

With a pair of season-opening wins Jesuit (Tampa, Fla.) holds on to the top spot while IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) started 3-0. The two teams are expected to meet April 20.

The Top 25 rankings only include teams that expect to begin play in the next month. As a result, several teams not expected to begin play until April have been dropped despite holding a spot in the preseason Top 25 rankings.

Dropped out: No. 3 JSerra Catholic (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.); No. 6 Baylor (Chattanooga, Tenn.); No. 10 Thousand Oaks (Calif.); No. 11 Parkview (Lilburn, Ga.); No. 14 Valley Christian (San Jose, Calif.); No. 18 American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.); Ronald Reagan (Pfafftown, N.C.).

Game of the Week: Buford 3, Parkview 0. In a game between Georgia's best, Buford pulled out the win over Parkview behind the pitching of MaxPreps Underclass All-American Dylan Lesko, who had nine strikeouts.

Player of the Week: Jackson Ferris, IMG Academy. Ferris tossed a five-inning no-hitter with 12 strikeouts against Palmetto.

Recruit Watch: Brady House, Winder-Barrow. Considered one of the top 10 players in the nation, House opened his senior year with five RBI in his first three games to boost Winder-Barrow into the rankings.

Game to Watch: IMG Academy vs. Southlake Carroll. The Florida-based school is scheduled to head to Texas this week to take on the Dragons, who have won two Class 6A state championships over the past three years.

Streaks: Webster (Wisc.), led by former MLB pitcher Jarrod Washburn, did not get to play a single game last year, but it has the nation's longest active win streak at 37 games dating back to the 2018 season. Webster is not scheduled to begin play until April 18.
Jackson Ferris, IMG Academy
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Jackson Ferris, IMG Academy
MaxPreps Top 25 Baseball Rankings

1.  Jesuit (Tampa, Fla.)
Record: 2-0 | Last week: 1
Results: Def. Largo, 9-1; Def. Osceola, 10-3
Stats: Bradke Lohry was 3-for-4 with a double and a triple against Largo while Jake Kulikowski had a home run. Wade Woodaz homered against Osceola while BJ Graham was 3-for-4 with a double.
Next: Friday vs. Tampa Catholic.

Record: 3-0 | Last week: 2
Results: Def. Lakewood Ranch, 2-1; Palmetto, 10-0; and Lakeland, 7-0.
Stats: Jackson Ferris pitched a five-inning no-hitter with 12 strikeouts against Palmetto and Brady Neal had a home run. Drew Gray had 10 strikeouts against Lakeland.
Next: Thursday at Southlake Carroll (Texas), Friday at Flower Mound

Record: 0-0 | Last week: 4
Next: Season opens on March 12

4. Calvary Christian Academy (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
Record: 2-0 | Last week: 5
Results: Def. Flanagan (Pembroke Pines), 15-5; def. Chaminade-Madonna (Hollywood), 4-0.
Stats: Rene Lastres hit a home run against Flanagan while Irving Carter and Andrew Painter combined for a 1-hitter as each struck out six against Chaminade-Madonna.
Next: Saturday vs. Hialeah Educational Academy.

5. Buford (Ga.)
Record: 3-0 | Last week: 7
Results: Def. Parkview, 3-0; def. Lambert, 7-2; def. Mill Creek, 2-0.
Stats: Dylan Lesko got the win against Parkview, striking out nine. Treyton Rank struck out eight in the win over Mill Creek.
Next: Friday vs. Shiloh.

6. St. Mary Prep (Orchard Lake, Mich.)
Record: 0-0 | Last week: 8
Next: State begins play March 24

7. Barbe (Lake Charles, La.)
Record: 0-0 | Last week: 9
Next: Saturday vs. West Monroe

8. Calvary Christian (Clearwater, Fla.)
Record: 3-0 | Last week: 12
Results: Def. Fivay, 6-1; def. Brooks DeBartolo Collegiate, 10-0; def. River Ridge, 5-4.
Stats: Jack Cebert struck out 11 in the win over Fivay.
Next: Tues. vs. Tarpon Springs; Sat. vs. Lakeland Christian.

9. Lake Travis (Austin, Texas)
Record: 0-0 | Last week: 13
Next: Feb. 25 vs. Southlake Carroll and Flower Mound

10. Jackson Prep (Jackson, Miss.)
Record: 3-0 | Last week: 15
Results: Def. Starkville Academy, 1-0; def. Hartfield Academy; def. Heritage Academy, 3-0.
Stats: Will Gibbs struck out 7 against Starkville Academy while Mason Nichols struck out 8 against Hartfield Academy and 8 more against Heritage.
Next: Tues. vs. Starkville Academy; Thurs. vs. Canton Academy.

11. Stoneman Douglas (Parkland, Fla.)
Record: 3-0 | Last week: 16
Results: Def. Belen Jesuit, 7-1; def. American Heritage (Plantation), 1-0; def. St. Thomas Aquinas, 3-2
Stats: Jake Clemente homered against Belen Jesuit. Christian Rodriguez struck out 11 against American Heritage. Santiago Ordonez walked with the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh to beat St. Thomas Aquinas.
Next: Tues. vs. Coral Reef; Thurs. vs. Taravella.

12. Spruce Creek (Port Orange, Fla.)
Record: 2-0 | Last week: NR
Results: Def. Deltona 11-1, def. Seabreeze, 7-0.
Stats: Jarrett Maresco struck out 7 against Deltona while Preston Wetherell struck out six against Seabreeze.
Next: Tues. vs. Olympia; Wed. vs. Viera.

13. Carrollton (Ga.)
Record: 4-0 | Last week: NR
Results: Def. Woodland, 3-2; def. Locust Grove, 3-1; def. North Paulding, 8-4; def. Blessed Trinity, 1-0.
Stats: Bear Madliak had three RBI against North Paulding while Colton Cosper struck out six against Blessed Trinity.
Next: Wed. vs. St. Pius X Catholic; Sat. vs. Ola.

14. North Paulding (Dallas, Ga.)
Record: 3-1 | Last week: NR
Results: Def. Rome 5-1, def. Blessed Trinity, 8-2; def. Locust Grove, 11-2; lost to Carrollton, 8-4.
Stats: Mitchell Heer struck out 14 against Blessed Trinity.
Next: Friday vs. Cedartown, Saturday vs. Pope.

15. Venice (Fla.)
Record: 3-0 | Last week: NR
Results: Def. Palmetto, 1-0; def. Fort Myers, 13-4, 9-4.
Stats: Cole Schumaker had three hits in the 13-4 win over Fort Myers.
Next: Thurs. Vs. Braden River; Friday vs. Sarasota.

16. Vestavia Hills (Ala.)
Record: 6-0 | Last week: NR
Results: Def. Briarwood Christian, 8-2, 8-1; Def. Madison Academy, 7-3, 9-3
Stats: Grayson Dobbins had three RBI in the 8-2 win over Briarwood Christian while Christopher Johnston and Pierce Hanna each had three RBI against Madison Academy.
Next: Thurs. Vs. Oak Mountain, Sat. vs. Austin (Decatur), Sat. vs. Huntsville.

17. Houston County (Warner Robins, Ga.)
Record: 3-0 | Last week: NR
Results: Def. Walton, 17-3; def. North Cobb Christian, 5-2; def. East Paulding, 6-2.
Stats: Gage Harrelson had three hits and three RBI against Walton. Brodie Chestnutt struck out 10 against North Cobb Christian.
Next: Friday vs. Hartselle, Locust Grove

18. Winder-Barrow (Winder, Ga.)
Record: 03-0 | Last week: NR
Results: Def. Archer, 7-3; def. Evans, 6-4; def. Lakeside, 10-0.
Stats: All-America candidate Brady House had two RBI against Archer and three against Lakeside.
Next: Wed. vs. Peachtree Ridge

19. De La Salle (Concord, Calif.)
Record: 0-0 | Last week: 17
Next: March 8 vs. Livermore.

20. Prosper (Texas)
Record: 0-0 | Last week: 19
Next: Thurs. at Rangers National Showcase

21. Reagan (San Antonio)
Record: 0-0 | Last week: 20
Next: Tues. vs. Lee; Thurs. Round Rock Invitational.

22. Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas)
Record: 0-0 | Last week: 21
Next: Schedule TBA

23. Heritage Hall (Oklahoma City)
Record: 0-0 | Last week: 22
Next: Season opener March 2 vs. Carl Albert

24. Farragut (Knoxville, Tenn.)
Record: 0-0 | Last week: 24
Next: March 16-18 Grand Slam Tournament

25. (25) Charlotte Christian (Charlotte, N.C.), 0-0
Record: 0-0 | Last week: 25
Next: March 4 vs. Combine Academy