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Texas high school football championships: No. 4 Westlake takes down No. 10 Southlake Carroll as father beats son for 6A Division I title - HIGHSCORE
Texas high school football championships: No. 4 Westlake takes down No. 10 Southlake Carroll as father beats son for 6A Division I title
Saturday's Texas 6A Division I high school football championship game was a back-and-forth flurry for 18 minutes. After that, No. 4 Westlake (Austin) dominated, scoring 31 unanswered points en route to its second straight title and third overall with a 52-34 victory over No. 10 Southlake Carroll (Southlake, Texas) at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.

The game had it all in terms of storylines. It was the first Texas state championship game pitting father and son head coaches — Westlake's Todd Dodge and son Riley at Carroll. It also had a compelling quarterback matchup with junior Cade Klubnik of Westlake outdueling junior Ohio State pledge Quinn Ewers, the nation's No. 1 Class of 2022 prospect.

Klubnik, a fleet and poised 6-foot-3, 185-pounder, was nearly flawless, completing 18 of 20 passes for 220 yards while rushing for 97 more. He accounted for three touchdowns.
Westlake junior quarterback Cade Klubnik celebrates a first-half touchdown during his team's 52-34 victory over Southlake Carroll at AT&T Stadium.
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Westlake junior quarterback Cade Klubnik celebrates a first-half touchdown during his team's 52-34 victory over Southlake Carroll at AT&T Stadium.
Zane Minors (12 carries, 137 yards) set the tone with a 75-yard touchdown run on Westlake's first play from scrimmage. The Chaparrals never really slowed down from there, piling up 528 yards of offense – including 308 on the ground.

Grey Nakfoor added 74 yards rushing including touchdown runs of 39, 4 and 5 yards as the Chaps (14-0) flipped a 2006 championship game result versus the same Southlake Carroll program.

The Dragons won that 5A Division I title game 43-29 when Todd Dodge was the coach and Riley was his quarterback. It was Dodge's fourth championship as coach for the Dragons and after the game he went the college route before landing at Westlake in 2014. He's gone 84-12 since and is now 218-70 overall with six state crowns.

In his third season as head coach, Riley (38-4) was hoping to lead the Dragons (12-2) to their ninth state title and first since 2011. Instead he got a bear hug from his dad afterward and a second-place trophy in Texas' largest classification.

"I told him I loved him," Todd Dodge said in a postgame interview on Fox Southwest TV. "I told him I was so proud of him. I told him he had one heck of a football team. ... It was a slug-fest. Our defense answered the bell the second half. That was one for the ages right there."

It was especially tight and entertaining in the first 18 minutes with the game tied at 21-21.

But that's when the Chaps caught fire, scoring the game's next 31 points to go up 52-21 late in the third quarter, the last score on a 5-yard run by Nakfoor, his 20th of the season. It's just what Todd Dodge asked for at halftime, "to keep scoring," because of the Ohio State-bound Ewers and the Dragons' how powered offense.

The 57-year-old Dodge still feared Carroll would comeback and they did with a 10-yard touchdown pass from Ewers to R.J. Maryland, a recovered onside kick and a second short touchdown run by sophomore Owen Allen.
Westlake head coach Todd Dodge proudly hoists the state championship trophy amongst his players.
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Westlake head coach Todd Dodge proudly hoists the state championship trophy amongst his players.
But it was too little too late for the Dragons, who last week upset a Duncanville that had eliminated them the last two seasons in the playoffs. 

They simply couldn't match Westlake's power up front or the balance on offense, orchestrated beautifully by Klubnik, rated the seventh best pro-style quarterback in the country. Judging from his speed and elusiveness — Todd Dodge calls him "twitchy" — Klubnik looks more of a dual threat than strictly a pocket passer.

The Chaps averaged 7.9 yards per carry, compared to 2.1 for Carroll, plus Klubnick was precise on his passes. "That's the best game we've played offensively all year," Todd Dodge said.

The first four possessions of the game produced four touchdowns and it took less than nine minutes.

Allen capped a 75-yard, 10-play drive with a 3-yard touchdown to give Southlake Carroll a 7-0 lead. But it took just one play and 12 seconds for Westlake to respond as the speedy Minors zipped around right end 75 yards for a score to tie it at seven.

Back came Ewers, firing a 49-yard touchdown bomb to Minnesota-bound wideout Brady Boyd, making it 14-7. Undaunted, the Chaps drove 79 yards, finished off with a 39-yard touchdown run by Nakfoor, tying the score at 14-14 with 3:07 left in the first quarter.

Westlake finally got a stop and then took its first lead, when impressive 6-foot-3, 210-pound sophomore receiver Jaden Greathouse (five catches, 103 yards) hauled in a 15-yard touchdown pass from Klubnik, making it 21-14 with 10:51 left in the half.
Southlake Carroll quarterback Quinn Ewers threw for 350 yards and three touchdowns.
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Southlake Carroll quarterback Quinn Ewers threw for 350 yards and three touchdowns.
Figuring stops were at a premium, Riley Dodge went for it on a 4th-and-1 call from his own 34 and Ewers delivered with a 26-yard completion to tight end Maryland. That set up Ewers' second TD connection with Boyd (12 catches, 189 yards), this one from 28 yards, tying the game at 21-21 with 6:44 left in the second quarter.

Ewers finished 23 of 39 for 350 yards and three touchdowns. He also threw a pair of picks, both by the defensive Player of the Game, Michael Taaffe. One led to a touchdown, the other prevented one.

Klubnik and Chaps showed some determination on their next drive, fighting off three key penalties, one nullifying a touchdown, to take a 28-21 halftime lead on a 75-yard scoring drive. Klubnik finished it off with a 1-yard keeper with 1:12 left in the second.

Ewers was intercepted by Taaffe right before halftime to keep Westlake in front. By that time, Westlake had piled up 298 total yards, including 171 on the ground. Carroll had 250 yards.

Westlake struck twice quick in the third quarter.
Zane Minors, Westlake running back
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Zane Minors, Westlake running back
Nakfoor finished off a 75-yard drive with his second touchdown, a 4-yard run, making it 35-21. A 44-yard scamper by Klubnik keyed the drive.

Klubnik rushed for his second touchdown less than three minutes later on a 4-yard run, giving the Chaps a 42-21 lead. That score was set up by Taafee's second interception, a tremendous, leaping one-handed grab, that gave Westlake the ball at the Carroll 24. Four plays later the Chaps had a three-touchdown edge with 6:48 left in the third quarter. They were on their way from there.

Taafee said the Chaps won it for their coach, but said "He tells us to do it for each other. I wish I could put into words how much we put into this."

They had to put in even more after the Dragons piled up 250 of their 399 total yards in the first half.

"That quarterback they have is one hell of a player and frankly I was a little nervous," Taafee said. "They kicked us in the mouth with those first couple drives. We had to ask ourselves 'do we want them to keep it up or our we going to stop them?' We did a better job the second half."

Said Todd Dodge: "We had to will our way to this win. We survived a shootout early."

The game was the last of 12 state championship contests in Texas, which delayed its season for large schools by six weeks due to the pandemic. Riley Dodge missed his team's 34-27 semifinal victory over Duncanville after a positive test for the virus.

"Obviously we're super disappointed in the outcome tonight," Riley Dodge told the Dallas Morning News after the game. "I'm proud of the way our kids fought, they never gave up. I thought our kids had great character tonight."

Before the game, Elizabeth Dodge, Todd's wife and Riley's mom told Fox Southwest, "This is the most awesome moment of my life. It's overwhelming really. I just want both teams to play well."

Clearly, the Chaparrals played a little better, though they were flagged 13 times for 117 yards. Three of those penalties nullified three touchdowns, including a scintillating 62-yard touchdown run down the left sideline by Klubnik in the third quarter.

Westlake shook off the penalties and persevered when it needed to most. Much like when it dethroned two-time defending 6A-1 champion North Shore (Houston) 24-21 last week. North Shore took its first lead of that game with 4:30 remaining — Westlake's first deficit of the entire season — only for the Chaps to drive 69 yards for the game-winning touchdown three minutes later on a touchdown run by Klubnik.

"Collectively this group loves football more than any team I've ever seen," Todd Dodge said. "Like every team in American, they've had so many things to overcome this season. I can't tell you how proud of them I am. That was one hell of a game tonight."
Brady Boyd, Carroll receiver
Photo by Robbie Rakestraw
Brady Boyd, Carroll receiver
Cade Klubnik, Westlake quarterback
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Cade Klubnik, Westlake quarterback
Westlake running back Greg Nakfoor leaps over a Southlake Carroll defender.
Photo by Robbie Rakestraw
Westlake running back Greg Nakfoor leaps over a Southlake Carroll defender.
Westlake cornerback Michael Taaffe was selected the game's defensive MVP after intercepting two passes and recording five tackles.
Photo by Robbie Rakestraw
Westlake cornerback Michael Taaffe was selected the game's defensive MVP after intercepting two passes and recording five tackles.
Westlake players celebrate winning their second consecutive state championship trophy.
Photo by Robbie Rakestraw
Westlake players celebrate winning their second consecutive state championship trophy.
Paige Bueckers: Yet another first for UConn freshman and 2019-20 HIGHSCORE National Player of the Year - HIGHSCORE
Paige Bueckers: Yet another first for UConn freshman and 2019-20 MaxPreps National Player of the Year
Paige Bueckers is making high school history still — even in college. The former Hopkins (Minnetonka, Minn.) star became the first MaxPreps National Player of the Year — male or female — to win the same award at the level as a freshman.

Bueckers became the first freshman ever to win Associated Press National Player of the Year in the women's game while leading UConn to the Final Four. She averaged 20.1 points, 5.9 assists and 4.8 rebounds during the regular season and has been even better in the postseason, averaging 22.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists in four victories.

Her Huskies play Arizona on Friday in one semifinal and the winner takes on the victor between Stanford and South Carolina.

Four previous female MaxPreps Players of the Year have gone on to win the collegiate award — Maya Moore (2007), Breanna Stewart (2012), A'ja Wilson (2014) and Sabrina Ionescu (2016) — but none in their freshman college seasons. Stewart won it as a sophomore, junior and senior at UConn.

Bueckers, who was also the MaxPreps overall 2019-20 Athlete of the Year, has a chance to win it four times.

"It’s amazing, surreal for people to think of me that highly and to be in that position as a freshman," Bueckers told reporters Wednesday. "To get this award, I’m extremely humbled and grateful."
As a senior at Hopkins (Minnetonka, Minn.) in 2019-20, Paige Bueckers was the MaxPreps National Player of the Year and Athlete of the Year.
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As a senior at Hopkins (Minnetonka, Minn.) in 2019-20, Paige Bueckers was the MaxPreps National Player of the Year and Athlete of the Year.
Here are five traits Paige Bueckers had at Hopkins that made Wednesday's announcement not so surprising.  

1. She's a winner
She finished at Hopkins on a 62-game win streak. The coronavirus pandemic was the only thing holding her back from winning back-to-back unbeaten state titles. Hopkins finished No. 4 team in the 2019-20 MaxPreps Top 25 national rankings.  

2. Versatility
As a senior, the 5-foot-10 point guard averaged 21.4 points, 9.4 assists, 5.4 steals and 5.0 rebounds and finished with 1,998 career points, 487 rebounds, 563 assists and 405 steals.

3. Showmanship
The NBA's Minnesota Timberwolves, including All-Star center Karl-Anthony Towns, often made special efforts to show up at Hopkins' games. Her future coach Geno Auriemma told the Hartfort Courant while watching Bueckers in high school: "There are kids who play basketball, and then there are basketball players. She is a basketball player. Born to be a basketball player. Everything she does. She's a natural. She just plays like 'This is my personal playground. When I get the ball, I can do whatever I want with it, and you can't stop me.' "

4. Combination of basketball IQ and competitive fire
"She sees the game two or three passes in advance," her high school coach Brian Cosgriff said. She told MaxPreps: "I always want to win. That's my main objective. Even in board games with my family, I hate losing. I always have to win."

5. Confidence
She told MaxPreps last spring: "I want to add to the (UConn) legacy. I'll have opportunities to win championships there. Everybody is saying the dynasty (at Connecticut) is over. Yeah, right. I guess we'll see."

Past MaxPreps National Girls Players of the Year
2020 — Paige Bueckers, Hopkins (Minnetonka, Minn.)
High school baseball: Teams with the most state championships - HIGHSCORE
High school baseball: Teams with the most state championships
It's been 34 seasons since Tucson won an Arizona state baseball championship, and the Badgers have won only won four since 1957. Yet, Tucson has heads MaxPreps list of teams with the most high school baseball championships.

The Badgers won their first state title in 1912, but the greatest stretch of sustained excellence for Tucson came between 1939 and 1956. During that 18-year period, Tucson won 15 state crowns, including eight in a row from 1939 to 1946. The greatest Tucson team, however, might be the 1972 team that went 25-0. Tucson has rebounded to appear in the Class 5A state finals in 2018 and 2019, finishing as the runner-up each time.

Woodrow Wilson (Washington, D.C.) is closing in on Tucson and might have tied the Badgers by now if not for COVID. Wilson has won every DCIAA championship since 1993 and it would have been the favorite in 2020 and 2021. Wilson plays in an association with just 15 schools.

Asher (Okla.) is one of three schools tied with 22 state championships. That total is actually a bit misleading since Asher has won a total of 45 baseball championships. However only 22 of them have come in the spring. With no football program, Asher also plays baseball in the fall and has racked up 23 championships during that season as well.

Other teams with 22 championships include Bishop Hendricken (Warwick, R.I.) and Jackson Prep (Miss.).

The championships listed are based on information found on state association websites. Not all state websites had complete lists of past champions. MaxPreps also included independent and private school championships, including TAPPS in Texas, the MAIS in Mississippi and the NCISAA in North Carolina.

Past champion lists were unavailable for AISA in Alabama, the SCISA in South Carolina and the VISAA in Virginia. California is not included because it does not hold state championships in baseball (although a few championships seasons were held in the 1920s.). The Inter-AC in Pennsylvania is also not included, although Penn Charter holds the record there with 46 championships dating back to the late 1800s. Corrections or additions, please contact Kevin Askeland at [email protected]
Bingham celebrates its 2013 Utah state title, one of 21 won by the school.
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Bingham celebrates its 2013 Utah state title, one of 21 won by the school.
Schools with most baseball state titles

1.   29 — Tucson High Magnet School (Tucson, Ariz.)
2.   27 — Wilson (Washington, D.C.)
3.   22 — Asher (Okla.)
3.   22 — Bishop Hendricken (Warwick, R.I.)
3.   22 — Jackson Prep (Jackson, Miss.)
6.   21 — Bingham (South Jordan, Utah)
7.   20 — Gloucester Catholic (Gloucester City, N.J.)
7.   20 — Jesuit (New Orleans, La.)
7.   20 — Norway (Iowa), closed 1991, now Benton (Van Horne, Iowa)
10. 19 — DeSales (Walla Walla, Wash.)
10. 19 — St. Mary's-Colgan (Pittsburg, Kan.)
12. 17 — Eunice (N.M.)
12. 17 — Northfield (Vt.)
14. 16 — Long (Skipperville, Ala.)
14. 16 — St. David (Ariz.)
16. 15 — Bamberg-Ehrhardt (Bamberg, S.C.)
16. 15 — Charlotte Christian (Charlotte, N.C.)
16. 15 — Silver Lake (Kan.)
19. 14 — Bangor (Maine)
19. 14 — Farmington (N.M.)
19. 14 — Proctor (Vt.)
19. 14 — Punahou (Honolulu)
19. 14 — St. Mark's (Wilmington, Del.)
24. 13 — Christian Brothers (Memphis, Tenn.)
24. 13 — Hicks (Leesville, La.)
24. 13 — Owasso (Okla.)
24. 13 — West Lauderdale (Collinsville, Miss.)
24. 13 — Winooski (Vt.)

12 state championships
Assumption (Davenport, Iowa)
Burlington (Vt.)
Creighton Prep (Omaha, Neb.)
Deering (Portland, Maine)
Elder (Cincinnati)
Jefferson (Shenandoah Junction, W. Va.)
Lewiston (Idaho)
Nashua South (Nashua, N.H.)
Pitkin (La.)
Portsmouth (N.H.)

11 state championships
Bishop Ward (Kansas City, Kan.)
Byng (Ada, Okla.)
Carlsbad (N.M.)
Cretin-Derham Hall (St. Paul, Minn.)
Dale (Okla.)
Davenport Central (Davenport, Iowa)
Eaton (Colo.)
Enterprise (Utah)
Kee (Lansing, Iowa)
Key West (Fla.)
Oak Grove (Hattiesburg, Miss.)
Tottenville (Staten Island, N.Y.)
St. Pius X (Albuquerque)
Waterford (Conn.)
Westminster Christian (Miami)

10 state championships
Albuquerque (N.M.)
Arundel (Gambrills, Md.)
Barbe (Lake Charles, La.)
Bishop England (Charleston, S.C.)
Brattleboro (Vt.)
Cape Elizabeth (Maine)
Churchill County (Fallon, Nev.)
Farragut (Knoxville, Tenn.)
Gastonia (N.C.)
Lincoln County (Panaca, Nev.)
Parkview Baptist (Baton Rouge, La.)
Pine Bluff (Ark.)
Poly Prep Country Day (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
Revere (Ovid, Colo.)
St. Paul (Shiner, Texas)
Silo (Okla.)
Sweet Water (Ala.)
Taylorsville (Utah)
High school girls basketball rankings: Crown Point cracks HIGHSCORE Top 25 after winning Indiana Class 4A state title - HIGHSCORE
High school girls basketball rankings: Crown Point cracks MaxPreps Top 25 after winning Indiana Class 4A state title
A weird season may soon get weirder.

Just as some teams are celebrating their state titles and planning postseason banquets, California's 1,300 high schools may finally be ready to start playing.

Lawsuits across the state had been filed, urging the California Interscholastic Federation and state officials to allow basketball to be played despite county health department objections. The suits were based on the fact that football has been permitted – the first games will be Friday – so basketball should proceed as well.

According to one lawyer who filed a suit, state officials have agreed to allow basketball to move forward, though nothing has been signed yet. But even if the state doesn't agree, a court decision set for Friday could open the doors to gyms regardless.

Though this move might not mean every school in California will start playing but expect the top teams and bigger schools to be back in action sooner rather than later. There will be no state championships or major tournaments.

Practice could conceivably begin March 15 with the first games in early April and the schedule running through June – though all of that could easily change. Still, California coaches and players, who a few weeks ago had pretty much resigned themselves to a lost season, may be back on the court, as opposed to back in court, in a couple weeks.

And who knows? Maybe back in the national rankings before all is said and done.

NOTE: Coaches and team personnel are encouraged to update schedules and results on MaxPreps – especially those in the mix for MaxPreps Top 25 consideration. For assistance or questions, please reach out to [email protected]
Rori Harmon and No. 7 Cypress Creek have made short work of opponents thus far in the Texas Class 6A state tournament.
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Rori Harmon and No. 7 Cypress Creek have made short work of opponents thus far in the Texas Class 6A state tournament.
MaxPreps Top 25 Girls Basketball Rankings

Record: 19-0 | Last week: 1
As befits the No. 1 team in the country, Lake Highland Prep rolled to a Class 4A state championship, winning the title game 84-30 with a running clock in the second half. GEICO Nationals may be next for Prep.

2. Westlake (Atlanta, Ga.)
Record: 17-0 | Last week: 2
The next game in the AAAAAA state tournament will likely be against 26-0 Buford, which obviously will come into the game confident and ready to prove itself against the No. 2 team in the country.

3. Mount Notre Dame (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Record: 24-0 | Last week: 3
In early January, Centerville came to Mount Notre Dame and lost by nine. Wednesday, the two teams meet again in a regional semifinal on a neutral court. Since then, Centerville avenged its only other loss with a 22-point win, so this will be far from a walkover for the No. 3 team in the country.

4. Hopkins (Minnetonka, Minn.)
Record: 11-0 | Last week: 4
More than a few quality teams have circled the Hopkins game on their calendars with hopes to break the Minnetonka team's stranglehold on the state. The next to try will be No. 20 Chaska on Thursday – but note that the last 74 teams that have played Hopkins have lost.

5. Edison Academy (Detroit, Mich.)
Record: 6-0 | Last week: 5
Faces another challenge when once-beaten Arbor Prep comes to Detroit on March 11. Until then, though, it should be smooth sailing.

6. Incarnate Word Academy (St. Louis, Mo.)
Record: 24-0 | Last week: 6
Heavy favorite to win the District 5 and Class 6 championships. The biggest challenge should come from Kickapoo, which lost to IWA by five back in December.

7. Cypress Creek (Houston, Texas)
Record: 31-0 | Last week: 7
The Cougars have pasted their first four playoff opponents by an average margin of 42.5 points. But the state 6A semifinals, which start this weekend, will not be so easy.

8. Norman (Okla.)
Record: 15-0 | Last week: 8
Tulsa Union, which has lost just once, looks to be the biggest barrier on the way to a 6A title.

9. St. John-Vianney (Holmdel, N.J.)
Record: 11-0 | Last week: 9
A 62-55 win over a talented Trenton Catholic Academy team marks St. John-Vianney as the best in the Northeast. The season will conclude with a league tournament this weekend, but barring disaster, SJV has passed its biggest test.

10. Paul VI (Chantilly, Va.)
Record: 10-0 | Last week: 10
Season complete.

11. DeSoto (Texas)
Record: 25-2 | Last week: 11
DeSoto will have a chance to justify this ranking, despite those two losses, should it find its way to a 6A playoff game against unbeaten No. 7 Cypress Creek.

12. Newark (Ohio)
Record: 25-1 | Last week: 12
Set to play 21-1 Dublin Coffman or 18-3 Reynoldsburg on Friday with the winner advancing to the Division I final four. But Reynoldsburg has lost to Newark twice already this season and coaches will tell you beating a good team three times in a row is no easy task.

13. Grandview (Aurora, Colo.)
Record: 11-0 | Last week: 13
Two relatively easy regular season games remain before the 5A playoffs begin.

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

15. Fremont (Plain City, Utah)
Record: 23-0 | Last week: 15
A state title run along with a spot in the MaxPreps Top 25 will likely have to go through once-beaten Herriman.

16. Ponchatoula (La.)
Record: 31-0 | Last week: 17
The Green Wave are two wins away from capturing the Class 5A state title.

17. New Hope Academy (Landover Hills, Md.)
Record: 12-3 | Last week: 22
An unforgiving schedule continues with unbeaten Westtown on the road Friday. A win there might just earn New Hope a trip to GEICO Nationals.

18. Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.)
Record: 21-2 | Last week: 18
Barring an unexpected GEICO Nationals invitation, the season is most likely complete.

19. Rutgers Prep (Somerset, N.J.)
Record: 10-0 | Last week: 19
Big test ahead Saturday against Saddle River Day.

20. Chaska (Minn.)
Record: 12-0 | Last week: 20
Maybe Chaska was looking ahead a little – the final score against Wayzata was just 61-59, but a win's a win. And the win sets up Thursday's home game against No. 4 Hopkins as one of the best in the country.

21. Hazel Green (Ala.)
Record: 35-1 | Last week: 21
Meets Carver Montgomery on Wednesday for the Class 6A title in a rematch of a game Hazel Green won by nine points earlier this season.

22. American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.)
Record: 25-2 | Last week: 24
Became the sixth team in Florida history to win four state titles in a row, and the 5A title didn't come easily. Palm Bay, like American Heritage, has plenty of Division I talent, and the 41-36 win was a battle from tip to horn.

23. Bearden (Knoxville, Tenn.)
Record: 27-1 | Last week: 23
In the strange world of Tennessee's postseason, Bearden and Maryville will play for the AAA Region 2 District 4 title Wednesday – but both the winner and loser will still move on.

24. Pius X (Lincoln, Neb.)
Record: 23-0 | Last week: 25
After disposing of Millard North on Tuesday, Pius X moves to the Class A semifinals. Look for Fremont and Millard South to be the toughest outs.

25. Crown Point (Ind.)
Record: 25-1 | Last week: NR
Jumps into the rankings thanks to winning the Indiana Class 4A title. The only loss of the season came at the hands of Silver Creek (Sellersburg), which just won the 3A championship.

Dropped out: No. 16 Anderson County (Lawrenceburg, Ky.)
Tyriek Weeks named 2020-21 HIGHSCORE Rhode Island High School Basketball Player of the Year - HIGHSCORE
Tyriek Weeks named 2020-21 MaxPreps Rhode Island 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.

Tyriek Weeks of Pilgrim (Warwick) is the 2020-21 Rhode Island High School Basketball Player of the Year. The 6-foot-5, 170-pound senior led the Patriots to a 8-2 record en route to the Division 2 state quarterfinals.

Weeks recorded a double-double in every game during his two years at Pilgrim, averaging 20.4 points, 17.4 rebounds and five blocked shots per outing this season.

He surpassed the 1,000-point milestone in the final game of the season, finishing with 23 points in a loss to Burrillville (Harrisville).

Weeks is regarded as the state's top prospect with offers from Massachusetts and Towson.

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.