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Michel Ndayishimiye named 2020-21 HIGHSCORE Vermont High School Basketball Player of the Year - HIGHSCORE
Michel Ndayishimiye named 2020-21 MaxPreps Vermont 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.

Michel Ndayishimiye of Rice Memorial (South Burlington) is the 2020-21 MaxPreps Vermont High School Basketball Player of the Year. The 5-foot-10 senior guard helped the Green Knights go 10-0 en route to their second straight Division 1 state title.

Ndayishimiye averaged 30.8 points, 6.2 rebounds and 4.9 assists per contest and is the overwhelming favorite to repeat as Mr. Basketball in the Green Mountain State.

The talented guard surpassed the 1,000-point mark mid-way through his junior season, tallying 26.9 points, 6.9 rebounds and 4.9 assists per contest in 2019-20.

Ndayishimiye also averaged 19.5 points per contest in two state championship game victories.

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 Players of the Week
For the week of Apr. 19-25

Boys

Midwest Region
(Includes: Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan, West Virginia, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota)

Henry Kastner, St. Xavier (Cincinnati, Ohio)
6'2 | Senior | OH
15 Games Played
Kills: 75
Kills/Game: 5.00
Digs: 18
Digs/Game: 1.20
Receptions: 40
Rcpt/Game: 2.67
Aces: 1
Blocks: 8

Will Trussell, Wheaton North (Illinois)
6'4 | Junior | OH

7 Games Played
Kills: 30
Kills/Game: 4.29
Digs: 13
Digs/Game: 1.86
Receptions: 20
Rcpt/Game: 2.86
Aces: 4
Blocks: 2

Northeast Region
(Includes: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, Washington D.C.)

Stefan Bilc, Haverford (Havertown, Pennsylvania)
Sophomore | OH

7 Games Played
Kills: 27
Kills/Game: 3.86
Digs: 44
Digs/Game: 6.29
Receptions: 28
Rcpt/Game: 4.00
Aces: 6
Blocks: 4

Sean Stegmaier, Newington (Connecticut)
6'6 | Senior | MB
9 Games Played
Kills: 25
Kills/Game: 2.78
Digs: 7
Aces: 3
Blocks: 4

South Region
(Includes: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas)

Anthony Marin, St. Brendan (Miami, Florida)
6'3 | Senior | OH/MH

15 Games Played
Kills: 64
Kills/Game: 4.27
Digs: 36
Digs/Game: 2.40
Receptions: 90
Rcpt/Game: 6.00
Aces: 5
Blocks: 12

De'vonte Payton, Ransom Everglades (Miami, Florida)
Junior | OPP/MH

11 Games Played
Kills: 52
Kills/Game: 4.73
Digs: 25
Digs/Game: 2.27
Aces: 6
Blocks: 7

West Region
(Includes: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming)

Campbell Gerdeman, Sage Creek (Carlsbad, California)
Senior | OPP/OH

15 Games Played
Kills: 65
Kills/Game: 4.33
Digs: 36
Digs/Game: 2.40
Receptions: 2
Aces: 4
Blocks: 12

Aric Olsen, Green Valley (Henderson, Nevada)
Junior | OH

9 Games Played
Kills: 51
Kills/Game: 5.67
Digs: 2
Aces: 5
Blocks: 1

Girls

California
Kennedy Crane, Rocklin

6'2" | Senior | OH
10 Sets Played
Kills: 56
Kills/Game: 5.6
Digs: 23
Digs/Game: 2.3
Receptions: 57
Rcpt/Game: 5.7
Aces: 5

Colorado
Abi Nua, Columbine (Littleton)
Senior | OH

14 Sets Played
Kills: 85
Kills/Game: 6.07
Digs: 59
Digs/Game: 4.21
Receptions: 79
Rcpt/Game: 5.64
Aces: 12
Blocks: 3

Illinois
Tabytha Toelke, Dakota
6'0" | Senior | OH/S/MH

8 Sets Played
Kills: 63
Kills/Game: 7.88
Digs: 46
Digs/Game: 5.75
Receptions: 15
Rcpt/Game: 1.88
Aces: 5
Blocks: 3

Massachusetts
Kate Jiang, Winchester
Sophomore | S

10 Sets Played
Assists: 102
Assists/Game: 10.12
Team Hitting%: 0.180
Digs: 26
Digs/Game: 2.6
Aces: 8
Blocks: 3

New York
Alandra Hasbrouck, Pine Bush
5'7" | Junior | S

7 Sets Played
Assists: 75
Assists/Game: 10.71
Team Hitting%: 0.211
Digs: 42
Digs/Game: 6
Aces: 3
Blocks: 1

Virginia
Meah Coles, Rustburg
5'4" | Junior | S

7 Sets Played
Assists: 99
Assists/Game: 14.14
Team Hitting%: 0.362
Digs: 6
Digs/Game: 0.86
Aces: 7
High school basketball: No. 1 Montverde Academy survives GEICO Nationals upset bid with 51-49 win over AZ Compass Prep - HIGHSCORE
High school basketball: No. 1 Montverde Academy survives GEICO Nationals upset bid with 51-49 win over AZ Compass Prep
Five-star Michigan signee Caleb Houstan tipped in the game winner with 17 seconds left as top-ranked Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.) survived an upset scare Friday by No. 2 AZ Compass Prep (Chandler, Ariz.) in the GEICO Nationals semifinals. The Eagles' 51-49 win sets up a championship showdown at noon (ET) Saturday against No. 3 Sunrise Christian Academy, which has beaten the No. 1 team in the MaxPrep Top 25 once this season.

Trailing 42-33 entering the fourth quarter, AZ Compass Prep responded with a 9-0 run to tie the game at 42 midway through the fourth quarter. The teams traded blows down the stretch before Creighton pledge Ryan Nembhard knocked down a 3-pointer at the end of the shot clock with 1:19 left to give the Eagles a 49-47 advantage.

MaxPreps National Player of the Year finalist TyTy Washington responded on the other end with a nice step-through layup to knot things up at 49. Houstan's game winning tip-in on the other end gave the Eagles the winning advantage, as Washington's last second 3-point attempt rimmed-out.

Jalen Duren, the No. 2 prospect in the Class of 2022, finished with a team-high 14 points and nine rebounds, while Nembhard added five points, nine assists and four rebounds for Montverde (23-1).
Jalen Duren had a team-high 14 points for Monverde Acadmey.
Photo by Pete Wright
Jalen Duren had a team-high 14 points for Monverde Acadmey.
Washington finished his impressive senior campaign with 15 points, five assists and four rebounds in the loss.

It was Montverde Academy's second win of the season over the 28-2 Dragons, who fell 76-65 in overtime on Jan. 28.

The Eagles seeks their fifth GEICO Nationals title in their first championship appearance since 2018. Montverde Academy leads the season series 2-1, beating the Buffaloes 61-57 three weeks ago.

GEICO Nationals championship

Friday's semifinal results
Montverde Academy 51, AZ Compass Prep 49
Sunrise Christian Academy 70, IMG Academy 63

Saturday, April 3
Game on ESPN
Noon (ET) — No. 3 Sunrise Christian Academy vs. No. 1 Montverde Academy
California high school football: Defending HIGHSCORE National Champion St. John Bosco doubles up Sierra Canyon in season opener - HIGHSCORE
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
Photo by Louis Lopez
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.

High school football: Unconventional Arkansas coach that never punts lands college head coaching gig - HIGHSCORE
High school football: Unconventional Arkansas coach that never punts lands college head coaching gig
Kevin Kelley approached and accomplished things on the high school football field few have ever done. The Pulaski Academy (Little Rock, Ark.) head football coach announced Thursday he was leaving his post to take the same job at NCAA FCS program Presbyterian College in Clinton, S.C.

The nine-time state champion has earned national attention for his statistical-driven, no-punt, high risk-high reward approach while piling up head-spinning numbers at the small (1,221 enrollment K-12), private, independent school in central Arkansas.

The 51-year-old's revolutionary offenses and methods were featured on segments of 60 Minutes, HBO's Real Sports and NFL Films and he once was a guest speaker at MIT. He was a pioneer of analytics in the high school game.

In 18 seasons, he boasted a record of 216-29-1 and was recently inducted into the Arkansas Hall of Fame.

His rise in fame coincided with the invention of numbers-driven MaxPreps.com and he quickly became the poster coach for entering team and individual statistics. His teams often ranked near or at the top of all offensive categories.
Kevin Kelley, Pulaski Academy
File photo by Rickey Miller
Kevin Kelley, Pulaski Academy
Among the Bruins' remarkable feats since 2004:

* Scoring more than 600 points 13 times and at least 700 seven times, topped out at 790 in 2019 and 789 in 2011.

* That 2011 squad was his only team to finish 15-0. Three other times the Bruins went unbeaten including his final season in 2020 (13-0), the only time they finished No. 1 in the MaxPreps Arkansas computer rankings. They finished ranked second in 2008, 2016 and 2019 and No. 3 in 2011.

* In all but one season (2009), they averaged more than 500 yards per game, while once clearing the 600-yard plateau in 2019. That year, they averaged a ridiculous 648 yards, 439 through the air and 209 on the ground.

* Average yards per game per year since 2010: 529, 537, 513, 556, 516, 581, 550, 571, 597, 648 and 579.

* Points per game since 2014: 50.2, 50.8, 47.8, 56.0, 50.2, 56.4 and 50.7.

* In a 2017 game, the Bruins pilled up what was then a national record 991 total yards during an 86-56 win over Little Rock Christian Academy. Layne Hatcher set a state record with 745 yards passing to go along with nine touchdown passes.

Hatcher is one of the most prolific passers the country has ever seen. He's the state leader with 15,483 career passing yards.  But Hatcher is not nearly alone among Kelley's pupils.

A 2020 story by MaxPreps senior writer and historian Kevin Askeland highlighted that Kelley has coached 12 of the top 100 single-season passing yardage marks in history.
Layne Hatcher, Pulaski Academy's record-setting quarterback in 2017.
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Layne Hatcher, Pulaski Academy's record-setting quarterback in 2017.