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High school football: Valdosta program hit with $7,500 fine, postseason ban for using ineligible players - HIGHSCORE
High school football: Valdosta program hit with $7,500 fine, postseason ban for using ineligible players
Valdosta (Ga.), the winningest high school football program in history, was hit with a historic punishment this week by the Georgia High School Association over alleged recruiting violations and lack of institutional control, according to media reports.

The school was fined $7,500 and the football team banned from the 2021 postseason as five players from the 2020 team were deemed ineligible. Valdosta finished 7-5 last season and reached the AAAAAA semifinals. The school's 939 wins are the most in prep history, though victories with ineligible players become forfeits.

Valdosta coach Rush Propst remains on administrative leave last month after allegedly asking former booster club director Mike Nelson for "funny money" to help recruits and their families with rent and other expenses.

GHSA Executive Director Robin Hines announced the fines as $1,000 for each of the five ineligible players as well as $2,500 for "lack of institutional control."

"The evidence is clear that this is not an isolated instance (of recruiting) and that Coach Probst (sic) and members of the Valdosta Touchdown Club have on other occasions contacted other student athletes or their families and provided gifts of money, payment of utilities and housing incentives in an attempt to persuade those student athletes to transfer to Valdosta High School," Hines told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Among the ineligible players was Jake Garcia, who transferred to Valdosta from California. He played one game for Wildcats before being declared ineligible and transferring to Grayson, where he helped the Rams to a AAAAAAA title. Garcia is now enrolled at the University of Miami.

Propst owns a career record of 299-92 and has won seven state titles during a high-profile, 30-year, seven-school career that included an eight-year stint at Hoover (Ala.), which was featured on MTV's popular "Two-A-Days" reality show. He resigned there in 2007 mired in controversy, and was dismissed from Colquitt County (Moultrie, Ga.) in 2019 after more alleged impropriety.

The school has seven days to appeal to the GHSA.

Propst declined comment on any allegation or GHSA's ruling, but told the AJC, "We've got to let the (appeals) process play out, and we respect that process, and hopefully we'll get to the bottom of this."
Rush Propst, Valdosta
File photo by Gary McCullough
Rush Propst, Valdosta

Texas high school football: Allen hires former Arkansas coach Chad Morris - HIGHSCORE
Texas high school football: Allen hires former Arkansas coach Chad Morris
Allen (Texas), one of the most prominent high school football programs in the nation, found its next head coach, announcing Wednesday that former Arkansas coach Chad Morris will lead the Eagles. The hire comes two weeks after Terry Gambill announced his retirement following a five-year tenure that saw the Eagles go 65-4 with a 2017 6A Division 1 state title.

"I am honored to join Allen ISD and the Allen Eagles football program," Morris said in a statement. "My roots run deep in Texas high school football, and I am excited for the opportunity to get back to coaching young student-athletes and making an impression on their lives."

Morris was Auburn's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach last year and was the head coach at Arkansas from 2018-19. He was 4-18 as Razorbacks coach. He last coached in Texas from 2015-17 as the head coach at SMU. He went 14-22 in three years with the Mustangs. He also was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for Clemson under Dabo Swinney from 2011-14 and spent a year at Tulsa the year prior.

Before his college coaching career started in 2010, Morris was one of the best high school football coaches in the Lone Star State.

He spent two years at Texas power Lake Travis (Austin) as the head coach from 2008-09 and led the Cavaliers to back-to-back 4A Division 1 state titles going 32-0 in his two years. Garrett Gilbert was his quarterback during the 2008 season when he was named the Gatorade Athlete of the Year after throwing for 4,851 yards and 55 touchdowns.

Morris is 169-38 during his 16 years high school level and also had previous stops at Stephenville (Texas), Bay City (Texas), Elysian Fields (Texas) and Eustace (Texas).

This was one of the most sought-after coaching jobs in the nation. The Eagles have won five state titles since 2008, led by a three-peat with Kyler Murray under center from 2012-14. Allen has the largest enrollment in the state and a $60 million stadium in which they've never lost.

The Texas high school football power has won at least 10 games in 15 consecutive seasons and return a lot of talent next fall led by three-star offensive lineman Neto Umeozulu, junior running back Jaylen Jenkins and 2022 Harvard commit Jackson Newville.
Chad Morris was announced Wednesday as Allen's new football coach. Prior to coaching at the University of Arkansas and other collegiate stops, Morris was Lake Travis' head coach for two seasons.
File photo by Jim Redman
Chad Morris was announced Wednesday as Allen's new football coach. Prior to coaching at the University of Arkansas and other collegiate stops, Morris was Lake Travis' head coach for two seasons.

Sports with fans in attendance take place Monday as high school baseball gets underway in Iowa - HIGHSCORE
Sports with fans in attendance take place Monday as high school baseball gets underway in Iowa
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Campuses made famous on big screen as seen via Google Earth.

Christmas came early for high school sports fans in Iowa as baseball and softball players returned to the field Monday after a month-long delay due to the coronavirus.

Pleasant Valley defeated Assumption (Davenport) 3-2 in one of the first of 97 games scheduled on the opening day of the baseball season in Iowa and MaxPreps photographer Mandy McGlothlin was on hand for the action.
Pleasant Valley players take the field during the National Anthem.
Photos by Mandy McGlothlin
Pleasant Valley players take the field during the National Anthem.
Monday's contests mark the first games since the COVID-19 pandemic shuttered many state basketball tournaments and spring sports schedules. Fans in Iowa, and no doubt across the land, can rejoice at the return of high school athletics.

Iowa, which plays a summer baseball season that normally starts in late May, is the first state to resume athletic competition at the high school level since the coronavirus shut down all high school play in mid-March. At least a hundred games are scheduled each day throughout the state for the coming week with most teams playing doubleheaders.

The regular season is going to be a short one with Iowa expected to begin postseason play on July 9 at the 1A level, July 11 for Class 2A and July 17 for Class 4A and 3A. State championship games are scheduled for Aug. 1.
Fans were permitted to attend the game at Assumption High School in Davenport.
Fans were permitted to attend the game at Assumption High School in Davenport.
A Pleasant Valley player watches his hit.
A Pleasant Valley player watches his hit.
Two Pleasant Valley players celebrate the victory.
Two Pleasant Valley players celebrate the victory.

High school girls basketball rankings: Four HIGHSCORE Top 25 teams prepping for GEICO Nationals - HIGHSCORE
High school girls basketball rankings: Four MaxPreps Top 25 teams prepping for GEICO Nationals
GEICO Nationals gets underway in Fort Myers, Fla., next week with what may be the most significant field in the 12-year history of the event. All four teams headed to the Sunshine State are ranked in this week's MaxPreps Top 25 high school girls basketball rankings, including No. 1 Lake Highland Prep (Orlando, Fla.) and No. 2 Westlake (Atlanta).

ESPNU will air both semifinal contests Friday, beginning with Lake Highland Prep meeting No. 9 Paul VI (Chantilly, Va.) at 10:30 a.m. EST and followed by Westlake (who earned the top seed) taking on unbeaten Utah state champion No. 11 Fremont (Plain City) at 12:30 p.m. EST.

The combined record of the four teams in the field is 75-0 and it's likely winner take all in terms of the final No. 1 ranking and national championship.

Saturday's championship game is slated for 10 a.m. EST on ESPN2.

No. 4 Hopkins (Minnetonka, Minn.), No. 5 Edison Academy (Detroit) and No. 20 Chaska (Minn.) are the only other ranked teams with seasons still in progress.

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Valor Christian moves into the MaxPreps Top 25 after winning the Colorado 5A title.
Photo by Steve Abeyta
Valor Christian moves into the MaxPreps Top 25 after winning the Colorado 5A title.
MaxPreps Top 25 Girls Basketball Rankings

Record: 19-0 | Last week: 1
The Highlanders' last game was Feb. 27 and the last game closer than 10 points was Dec. 22, 2020, so getting ready for the opening game at GEICO Nationals isn't going to be an easy task.

2. Westlake (Atlanta)
Record:
20-0 | Last week: 2
A planned game against No. 1 Lake Highland Prep would have been one of the highlights of the year — but it was canceled for COVID reasons. There is a chance that game will finally be played, but only if Westlake beats Fremont and Lake Highland Prep beats Paul VI at GEICO Nationals.

3. Mount Notre Dame (Cincinnati)
Record:
28-0 | Last week: 3
Season complete.

4. Hopkins (Minnetonka, Minn.)
Record:
13-0 | Last week: 4
Off since March 12, the Royals jump into the Section 6 title game Thursday against Wayzata. Hopkins has beaten Wayzata by 50 and 27 in the previous two meetings.

5. Edison Academy (Detroit)
Record:
11-0 | Last week: 5
The Pioneers move to the finals of the Division 2 District 59 playoffs later this week, most likely against twice-beaten Detroit University Prep. Then it's on to the regionals with the state finals scheduled for April 9.

6. Incarnate Word Academy (St. Louis)
Record:
29-0 | Last week: 6
Beat Staley 77-40 in the Class 6 semifinals and Webster Groves 58-37 in the final. That's the 11th state championship for IWA and the 10th for coach Dan Rolfes. Almost everyone's back next year.

7. Norman (Okla.)
Record:
19-0 | Last week: 8
Season complete.

8. St. John-Vianney (Holmdel, N.J.)
Record:
14-0 | Last week: 9
Season complete.

9. Paul VI (Chantilly, Va.)
Record:
10-0 | Last week: 10
The Panther players, coaches and fans thought the season was over after a 68-66 rivalry win over St. John's on Feb. 9 — but GEICO Nationals stepped in, and PVI got a reprieve.

10. DeSoto (Texas)
Record:
28-2 | Last week: 11
Season complete.

11. Fremont (Plain City, Utah)
Record:
26-0 | Last week: 15
In 2018, an unheralded team from out west arrived at GEICO Nationals and was expected to be cannon fodder for the eastern powerhouses in attendance. Instead, Central Valley (Spokane Valley, Wash.) stunned its higher-ranked opponents, beat vaunted Hamilton Heights Christian Academy (Chattanooga, Tenn.) in the title game, and finished No. 1 in the nation. Fremont is hoping that same script plays out in 2021.

12. Newark (Ohio)
Record:
28-2 | Last week: 12
Season complete.

13. Valor Christian (Highlands Ranch, Colo.)
Record:
17-0 | Last week: NR
Colorado's Class 5A champion beat Regis Jesuit by 25 in the title game. The Eagles won all five state tournament games by 20 points or more.

14. Princess Anne (Virginia Beach, Va.)
Record:
10-0 | Last week: 14
Season complete.

15. Cypress Creek (Houston)
Record:
32-1 | Last week: 7
Season complete.

16. New Hope Academy (Landover Hills, Md.)
Record: 13-3
| Last week: 16
Season complete.

17. Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.)
Record:
21-2 | Last week: 17
Season complete.

18. Rutgers Prep (Somerset, N.J.)
Record:
13-0 | Last week: 18
Season complete.

19. American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.)
Record:
25-2 | Last week: 19
Season complete.

20. Chaska (Minn.)
Record:
14-0 | Last week: 20
The Hawks draw Minnetonka in the AAAA Section 2 finals Thursday. The first meeting between the two went to overtime before Chaska pulled it out, so don't expect the usual early-round blowout by the nationally-ranked team. In fact, if Chaska is at all looking ahead to a shot at No. 4 Hopkins, an upset is not only possible, but likely.

21. Hazel Green (Ala.)
Record:
36-1 | Last week: 21
Season complete.

22. Pius X (Lincoln, Neb.)
Record:
25-0 | Last week: 23
Season complete.

23. Crown Point (Ind.)
Record:
25-1 | Last week: 24
Season complete.

24. Zebulon B. Vance (Charlotte, N.C.)
Record:
12-0 | Last week: 25
Season complete.

25. Shawnee Mission Northwest (Shawnee Mission, Kan.)
Record:
23-0 | Last week: NR
Season complete.

Dropped out: No. 11 Grandview (Aurora, Colo.)
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. 16-22

Arizona
Salpointe Catholic (Tucson, AZ)
6'2" | Senior | OPP/OH
11 Sets Played

Kills: 57
Kills/Game: 5.18
Digs: 28
Digs/Game: 2.54
Receptions: 20
Rcpt/Game: 1.82
Aces: 5
Blocks: 11

Florida
6'1" | Senior | OH
5 Sets Played

Kills: 46
Kills/Game: 9.2
Digs: 31
Digs/Game: 6.2
Receptions: 8
Rcpt/Game: 1.6
Aces: 1
Blocks: 2

Massachusetts
5'5" | Senior | S
9 Sets Played
Assists: 69
Assists/Game: 7.67
Team Hitting%: 0.150
Digs: 23
Digs/Game: 2.56
Aces: 10
Blocks: 1

Minnesota
5'10" | Senior | OH/L
14 Sets Played

Kills: 56
Kills/Game: 4
Digs: 36
Digs/Game: 2.57
Receptions: 40
Rcpt/Game: 2.86
Aces: 9
Blocks: 7

North Carolina
5'10 | Senior | OH
7 Sets Played

Kills: 37
Kills/Game: 5.29
Digs: 20
Digs/Game: 2.86
Receptions: 16
Rcpt/Game: 2.29
Aces: 6
Blocks: 5

Ohio
6'1 | Junior | OH/MB
5 Sets Played

Kills: 24
Kills/Game: 4.8
Digs: 11
Digs/Game: 2.2
Blocks: 5

Pennsylvania
5'5 | Senior | S
10 Sets Played
Assists: 116
Assists/Game: 11.6
Team Hitting%: 0.196
Digs: 34
Digs/Game: 3.4
Blocks: 2

South Dakota
5'10 | Senior | OH/MH
10 Sets Played

Kills: 32
Kills/Game: 3.2
Digs: 28
Digs/Game: 2.8
Aces: 1
Blocks: 7

Texas
5'7 | Junior | S
6 Sets Played

Assists: 80
Assists/Game: 13.3
Team Hitting%: 0.322
Digs: 21
Digs/Game: 3.5
Blocks: 2

Virginia
5'5 Freshman, S
6 Sets Played

Assists: 39
Assists/Game: 6.5
Team Hitting%: 0.333
Digs: 4
Digs/Game: 0.67
Aces: 3