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Rahsool Diggins named 2020-21 OFFICIAL Pennsylvania High School Basketball Player of the Year - OFFICIAL
Rahsool Diggins named 2020-21 MaxPreps Pennsylvania 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.

Rahsool Diggins of Archbishop Wood (Warminster) is the 2020-21 MaxPreps Pennsylvania High School Basketball Player of the Year. The 6-foot-3 senior guard helped the Vikings go 19-1 en route to the Class 6A state title game.

Diggins averaged 18.6 points, 6.5 assists and 3.5 steals per contest, becoming the program's all-time leading scorer in the process with over 1,400 points. He capped his career with a game-high 26 points in a heartbreaking state championship game loss to Reading.

Regarded as the No. 46 prospect in the Class of 2021 by 247Sports, Diggins committed to Connecticut over offers from Florida, Kansas, Miami, Seton Hall, Villanova and Virginia Tech among others.

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.
Rahsool Diggins will play for head coach Dan Hurley at Connecticut next season.
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Rahsool Diggins will play for head coach Dan Hurley at Connecticut next season.
California high school football: Defending OFFICIAL National Champion St. John Bosco doubles up Sierra Canyon in season opener - OFFICIAL
California high school football: Defending MaxPreps National Champion St. John Bosco doubles up Sierra Canyon in season opener
It had been 455 days since defending MaxPreps National Champion St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.) took the field in a high school football game that counted. No worries as the Braves cruised to a 42-21 win Saturday night over Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth, Calif.) to begin the 2021 spring season.

The Trailblazers scored on their opening drive as Daniel Duran found Virginia Tech signee DJ Harvey for a 26-yard score but the Braves would answer with three straight touchdowns to take a 21-7 lead. Rayshon Luke, Michael Hayes and sophomore quarterback Pierce Clarkson all rushed for a score in the first half.

Clarkson and junior Katin Houser alternated possessions under center and both played well. Replacing DJ Uiagalelei at quarterback is a steep hill, but both showed why FBS offers are starting to pile up.

Sierra Canyon cut the deficit to 21-14 in the final minutes of the opening half when Duran found tight end Henry Deakins from 19-yards out for his second scoring strike.
Pierce Clarkson, St. John Bosco quarterback
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Pierce Clarkson, St. John Bosco quarterback
Those would be the final points the Braves defense allowed outside of a late, fourth-quarter touchdown with the reserves playing.

St. John Bosco dominated the second half as Luke rushed for a 67-yard score on the opening possession after Clarkson found sophomore standout Matayo Uiagalelei on a third-down conversion. DJ's younger brother stood out on both sides of the ball and showed why he's the fifth-rated recruit in California from the Class of 2023.

Houser made a big-time play alluding pressure and rolling outside the pocket to find Chedon James for a 21-yard touchdown that increased the Braves lead to 35-14 with 4:28 left in the third quarter. The pair connected on a 41-yard touchdown late in the fourth.

Sierra Canyon freshman quarterback Alonzo Contreras connected with Jason Jones for the final score of the night with seven seconds remaining.

Jason Negro's squad dominated in the trenches. Four-star junior Earnest Greene, USC signee Maximus Gibbs and senior Edward Riley created huge holes for the running game while also allowing Houser and Clarkson plenty of time in the pocket.

The Brave's defense forced three turnovers and shined on all three levels.

The Braves next face Santa Margarita (Rancho Santa Margarita) on March 20 while Sierra Canyon looks to bounce back March 19 against St. Bernard (Playa del Rey).
Rayshon Luke, St. John Bosco running back
Photo by Louis Lopez
Rayshon Luke, St. John Bosco running back
Two St. John Bosco defenders smother a Sierra Canyon ballcarrier.
Photo by Louis Lopez
Two St. John Bosco defenders smother a Sierra Canyon ballcarrier.

What will high school football look like in the fall? - OFFICIAL
What will high school football look like in the fall?
North Carolina and Rhode Island conclude the highly unusual 2020-21 high school football season with championships this weekend. Once those states are a wrap, attention will shift to the fall with plenty of questions and speculation about what exactly that will look like across the country.

Without another major surge in COVID-19 numbers, prep football in the fall should look all but identical to pre-2020 according to most state associations and federations. How many fans will be in attendance is still very much up in the air.

"Assuming everything continues as is, we plan a full and regular school year of education-based athletics in 2021-22, including football," California Interscholastic Federation Executive Director Ron Nocetti said. "We'll know more about fan allowance as we get closer to our start dates."

A good number of states already — 35 of the 50 — powered through with football last fall (Vermont played touch and not tackle) and all but four of those states held state championships. Alaska, Minnesota, West Virginia and Wisconsin stopped short of championship games due to the pandemic.

To get to the fall finish line took much resolve. That may have been exemplified best by Michigan, which first moved football to the spring, then back to the fall only to delay the season 42 days starting in November due to surging COVID-19 numbers. The state eventually crowned 10 champions by Jan. 23.

The states that completed fall seasons are ready and eager to go, just tweaking pandemic protocols which will likely be loosened significantly from 2020.

"Hopefully we're getting closer and closer to normal as possible," De La Salle (Concord, Calif.) coach Justin Alumbaugh said. "We'd be naive to think it's going back completely to old times. We still need to address locker room issues. And testing needs to be more streamlined and easier. There surely is a lot more administrative work on coaches than there used to be."

California is one of the 11 states that played its 2020 season in the spring of 2021. Of those states, only three played for state titles. All spring teams have trickier off-seasons than normal with summer conditioning only a few weeks away.

Of the four states that didn't play a down of tackle football in 2020-21, Hawaii is the only one to hold spring scrimmages, including one last week between perennial state powers St. Louis (Honolulu) and Punahou (Honolulu). It took three days for St. Louis to complete 150 COVID-19 tests, all which came back negative, according to its coach. 

"We got to see all the young guys play and seniors got to play and wrap up their year," St. Louis coach Ron Lee told Paul Honda of Hawaii Prep World. "Kids are so happy we had this. I feel sorry for other schools that didn't have what we did, being out there with their friends. They were having fun. They've learned how to handle disappointment."

St. Louis will meet Kamehameha Kapalama (Honolulu) this week in another scrimmage, which indicates a green light for an Aug. 6 start date for the fall season. That would put Hawaii in the leadoff spot, like normal, for the 2021 fall season.

Utah took those reins last season, kicking off the 2020 season on Aug. 13. The season went largely unscathed, finishing off with five state championship games in late November. With its entire schedule planned for 2021, including another Aug. 13 opening, Utah once again has its foot firmly on the floor board.
Crimson Cliffs helped Utah kick off the 2020 season with an opening game against Manti.
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Crimson Cliffs helped Utah kick off the 2020 season with an opening game against Manti.
Like many states, Utah is seeing significant realignment, including the re-addition of 1A football, giving it six classifications. It's also seeing a larger-than-normal turnover at the top with 16 new head coaches in the state, according to the Utah Desert News.

That national trend is likely residue of burnout from navigating through the pandemic, coaches say.

"It seems like (2020) never really started or really ended," said Alumbaugh, whose six-game season ended April 17.

Said Nocetti: "So much more is being put on the plate of these coaches. I would hope that communities would be even more supportive and appreciative of high school coaches during this time. They need it. That's the only way they will continue to stay longer."

The passion for football is never going away in Texas.

Spring football is back in the Lone Star State after being canceled in 2020. The University Interscholastic League allows 18 spring training practices over 34 days, giving teams the opportunity for scrimmages or even a spring game. Programs still must follow the UIL's own risk mitigation guidelines, but things may be loosening in areas concerning specific mask mandates and dressing room policies.

Some of the larger schools, which had regular seasons moved back a month, moved back their spring workouts. Others, like defending Class 5A-I champion Ryan (Denton), opted out of spring ball completely. All of that points to the fall season starting right on time and looking back to normal.

On Wednesday, the UIL also sent a release that summer marching band and strength and conditioning activities may begin immediately following the end of the 2020-21 school year.
Westlake quarterback Cade Klubnik will help his team defend a Texas 6A-I championship in 2021.
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Westlake quarterback Cade Klubnik will help his team defend a Texas 6A-I championship in 2021.
Other state updates:

* Georgia started with a few hiccups to start 2020, but primarily proceeded as normal. The 2021 season is aligned as previous years: Teams are allowed one spring and one fall scrimmage (or two in the fall), acclimation period begins July 26 and first day of practice in pads is Aug. 2, first games are Aug. 20 and playoffs begin Nov. 12.

* In Florida, beyond massive new districts, regions and reclassifications for 2021, the state's football season should look much like 2019 and prior. The playoff system returns to district play for teams in Class 5A through 8A.

* In Tennessee, the TSSAA board voted to allow summer team camps and the return of 7-on-7 football, as long as COVID-19 protocols are in place. Those activities had been suspended since the pandemic began. The state's high school sports governing body also changed its state championship venue for two seasons to Chattanooga's Finley Stadium, which seats 22,000, Concerns over locker room space and use — with so many games — were addressed and dismissed.

* In Ohio, a positive was gleaned from adjustments to the pandemic — increasing its playoff format. Last fall, the OHSAA allowed every team to enter the playoffs due to the shortened season. It was met with overwhelmingly positive feedback, according to OHSAA executive director Doug Ute. Thus it expanded its playoff qualifiers in 2021, from pre-2020 season, to 16 schools per region.
High school football: Mater Dei, St. John Bosco head into showdown atop OFFICIAL Top 25 California rankings - OFFICIAL
High school football: Mater Dei, St. John Bosco head into showdown atop MaxPreps Top 25 California rankings
Like a Thanksgiving table, it's all arranged, neat and pretty, with all the fixings. Top-ranked Mater Dei and No. 2 St. John Bosco prevailed handily last week in tuneups and now meet Saturday for the unofficial 2021 spring California high school football championship.

The No. 1 Monarchs rolled a very good Santa Margarita team 49-13 on Friday behind 291 yards passing and four touchdowns from freshman quarterback Elijah Brown and two rushing scores by Raleek Brown. Elijah Brown fired TD passes to four different receivers.

Bosco led 48-0 at halftime en route to a 55-0 victory over Orange Lutheran. According to the Press-Telegram, sophomore quarterback Pierce Clarkson threw three touchdown passes on his first three attempts and the Braves scored six touchdowns on their first 22 plays while sharpening up for the Monarchs.

Bosco has outscored five opponents 266-91, while the Monarchs have a 174-40 margin over their four foes. The two national powers have split their last 10 meetings, including their last two to decide the Southern Section Division I title. The combined scores of those two games: St. John Bosco 52, Mater Dei 51.

Saturday's showdown is set for 7 p.m. at Santa Ana Stadium.

CALIFORNIA SPRING COMPUTER RANKINGS: Compare to human rankings below

The biggest movers in the rankings this week were No. 16 Serra (Gardena) and No. 21 Chaminade (West Hills).

Serra won its fourth straight, 38-17 over Bishop Amat, after a season-opening overtime loss to Long Beach Poly. Among those wins was a victory over Chaminade, which entered the rankings after beating previous No. 8 Alemany 34-27. Serra jumped seven spots this week.

Chaminade started 0-2 but has won three straight, getting a huge boost from starting quarterback Jaylen Henderson, who had planned to sit out the season. He returned in an overtime loss to Serra, but has since led his team to three straight wins.

In the win over Alemany, Henderson completed 15-of-20 for 244 yards and four touchdowns and rushed 11 times for 123 yards and another score. The highly-ranked dual threat has signed to Fresno State.

Another notable team performance last week was No. 8 Cathedral Catholic (San Diego), which moved up one spot after a 41-0 win over previous No. 23 Lincoln (San Diego). Lincoln had outscored its three previous opponents, 152-0. In Cathedral Catholic's win, Lucky Sutton rushed for 235 yards and three touchdowns and the defense allowed just 65 total yards and three first downs.
Jaylen Henderson, Chaminade
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Jaylen Henderson, Chaminade
MaxPreps Top 25 California Football Rankings

Record: 4-0 | Last week: 1
Result: Beat Santa Margarita, 49-13
Next game: Saturday vs. St. John Bosco at Santa Ana Stadium

2. St. John Bosco (Bellflower)
Record: 5-0 | Last week: 2
Result: Beat Orange Lutheran, 55-0
Next game: Saturday vs. St. John Bosco at Santa Ana Stadium

3. De La Salle (Concord)
Record: 5-0 | Last week: 3
Result: Beat California (San Ramon), 48-10
Next game: Saturday at Clayton Valley Charter (Concord)

4. Servite (Anaheim)
Record: 3-2 | Last week: 4
Result: Beat JSerra, 52-0
Next game: Thursday vs. Santa Margarita at Santa Ana Stadium

5. Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth)
Record: 4-1 | Last week: 5
Result: Beat Upland, 37-0
Next game: Friday vs. Paraclete

6. Mission Viejo
Record: 4-0 | Last week: 6
Result: Beat San Juan Hills, 49-14
Next game: Friday at San Clemente

7. Los Alamitos
Record: 5-0 | Last week: 9
Result: Beat Fountain Valley, 62-9
Next game: Friday vs. Newport Harbor

8. Cathedral Catholic (San Diego)
Record: 4-0 | Last week: 9
Result: Beat Lincoln (San Diego), 41-0
Next game: Friday vs. Madison (San Diego)

9. Norco
Record: 4-0 | Last week: NR
Result: Beat King Riverside, 42-0
Next game: Thursday at Roosevelt (Eastvale)

10. Centennial (Corona)
Record: 3-1 | Last week: 11
Result: Beat Roosevelt (Eastlake), 66-6
Next game: Thursday at Corona

11. Long Beach Poly
Record: 3-0 | Last week: 12
Result: Idle
Next game: Friday vs. Milliken (Long Beach) at Cabrillo (Long Beach)

12. Folsom
Record: 5-0 | Last week: 13
Result: Beat Lincoln, 41-14
Next game: Friday at Oak Ridge (El Dorado Hills)

13. Loyola (Los Angeles)
Record: 3-0 | Last week: 15
Result: Beat St. Paul, 31-0
Next game: Saturday vs. Crespi

14. Serra (San Mateo)
Record: 4-0 | Last week: 16
Result: Beat Riordan (San Francisco), 26-3
Next game: Saturday at St. Ignatius (San Francisco)

15. San Clemente
Record:
4-0 | Last week: 18
Result:
Beat Tesoro (Rancho Santa Margarita), 35-17
Next game:
Friday vs. Mission Viejo 

16. Serra (Gardena)
Record:
4-1 | Last week: 23
Result:
Beat Bishop Amat, 38-17
Next game:
Friday at Alemany

17. Oaks Christian (Westlake Village)
Record:
4-1 | Last week: 17
Result: Beat Calabasas, 69-0
Next game: Idle

18. Buchanan (Clovis)
Record: 4-0 | Last week: 19
Result: Beat Clovis North, 51-3
Next game: Friday vs. Clovis East

19. Rancho Verde (Moreno Valley)
Record: 4-0 | Last week: 20
Result: Beat San Jacinto, 42-0
Next game: Saturday vs. Heritage

20. La Habra
Record: 5-0 | Last week: 25
Result: Beat Troy, 41-0
Next game: Friday vs. Sunny Hills

21. Chaminade (West Hills)
Record: 3-2 | Last week: NR
Result: Beat Alemany, 34-27
Next game: Friday vs. Cathedral (Los Angeles)

22. Alemany (Mission Hills)
Record: 3-1 | Last week: 8
Result: Lost to Chaminade, 34-27
Next game: Friday vs. Serra (Gardena)

23. Santa Margarita (Rancho Santa Margarita)
Record: 2-2 | Last week: 14
Result: Los to Mater Dei, 49-13
Next game: Thursday vs. Servite at Santa Ana Stadium

24. Carlsbad
Record: 4-0 | Last week: 21
Result: Beat La Costa Canyon, 49-0
Next game: Friday vs. Granite Hills

25. Edison (Huntington Beach)
Record: 4-1 | Last week: 24
Result: Beat Corona del Mar, 44-41 (5 OTs)
Next game: Friday at Huntington Beach

Dropped out: Lincoln (San Diego)

MaxPreps National Football editor Zack Poff contributed to this report.
Lauren Betts named 2020-21 OFFICIAL Colorado High School Girls Basketball Player of the Year - OFFICIAL
Lauren Betts named 2020-21 MaxPreps Colorado 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.

Lauren Betts of Grandview (Aurora) is the 2020-21 MaxPreps Colorado High School Basketball Player of the Year. The 6-foot-7 junior post sparked the Wolves to a 17-1 record and the Class 5A state semifinals.

Betts averaged 17.5 points, 11.0 rebounds, 2.6 blocks and 1.9 assists a game while shooting an incredible 80 percent from the field. Betts had nine double-doubles on the season and had five or more blocked shots four different times.

Betts is the top-rated prospect in the Class of 2022 by ESPN Hoopgurlz and has committed to play at Stanford.

Each state's MaxPreps Player of the Year will be considered for inclusion in the MaxPreps All-America Team.
Lauren Betts in action during Colorado's Class 5A state tournament.
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Lauren Betts in action during Colorado's Class 5A state tournament.