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May Manning adds own title to one of America's most famous sports families - OFFICIAL
May Manning adds own title to one of America's most famous sports families
It's been almost three weeks, but May Manning still has trouble piecing together the final, frantic yet joyous sequence of her last competitive high school volleyball match.

But she vividly recalls the feeling. And it hasn't left her.

"It happened so fast," she said. "I still get chills every time I watch that last point."

The fifth-year varsity player and third-year captain dove so hard to the Pontchartrain Center floor for a dig that she didn't hear the referee's final whistle. An opposing hitter had brushed the net. It was point, set and match, and triggered a wild, raucous celebration near midcourt.

The Academy of the Sacred Heart (New Orleans), a small all-girls Roman Catholic school founded in 1867, had won the Louisiana state Division IV girls volleyball championship in four sets Nov. 14 over favored Pope John Paul II.
May Manning played her fifth season as outside hitter and middle blocker in 2020 for the state-champion Cardinals.
Photo by Gregory Juan
May Manning played her fifth season as outside hitter and middle blocker in 2020 for the state-champion Cardinals.
May, the oldest grandchild of New Orleans Saints quarterback Archie Manning and niece of future NFL Hall of Famers Peyton and Eli, was awarded the game's Most Valuable Player plaque, thanks to 14 kills and some tenacious defense.

"I saw everyone on the dog pile," she said. "I was late to the celebration. I said (to her team), ‘It's over? It's over?' Of course everyone was crying and yelling and cheering. I was on Cloud Nine. I don't really remember all the details from there. I was so overcome with emotion and joy. There was so much happiness."

For so many reasons.

It was the Cardinals' first state crown since 2006, and 14th overall, and came against a squad that had won three titles in four years and downed Sacred Heart earlier in the season.

"We went into the playoffs thinking, 'Hey, we're the underdogs here. Let's take advantage of that and surprise some people,' " May said.

The Sacred Heart title came a season after a 2019 dud that ended below .500 and with an early playoff exit, followed by a year that was beaten and battered by COVID-19. Practice schedules and matches were altered or skipped; fans were required to largely stay home.

"We were just lucky to play this year," May said.

Especially fortunate for May who knew she wouldn't play after 2020. Her focus by next summer will be on college, academics and new surroundings. A game she's played year-round for Cajunland Volleyball since she was 9 would be in the rear view mirror.

"It feels funny that that was my last volleyball match ever," she said. "It's bittersweet that it's over. But that's the only way you want to end a career. With a state title."

Especially with all the family who had given her so much in attendance, all decked out in bright Cardinal reds and Sacred Heart swag.

Mom and May
Leading the charge was her mom Ellen, a 1987 Sacred Heart graduate and talented 5-9 middle hitter on the volleyball team. May's mother, then Ellen Heidingsfelder, and current assistant coach Betsy Laborde (then Becker) propelled the Cardinals to the school's first state title as seniors in 1986. 

Ellen, like May, was named the championship game's MVP of that title game, a fact she didn't reveal until after last month's match.
Ellen (left) and May Manning each led their Academy of the Sacred Heart teams to state titles.
Photo courtesy of the Manning family
Ellen (left) and May Manning each led their Academy of the Sacred Heart teams to state titles.
"I never told her because I didn't want to put that kind of pressure on her," Ellen said. "This was her deal, but when they announced (May) won the same award it was like ‘Oh yeah, our careers do kind of parallel.' … It's not like, ‘Whoa back in my day,' but we did go to the same school and our banner is up there on the wall. We have the first and May's team will go up soon as the most recent. That will be fun."

Being a Sacred Heart athlete is in May Manning's genes as her mother and late grandmother Dot both attended along with Ellen's two sisters. Ellen was recently inducted into the Sacred Heart Sports Hall of Fame, and the strong influence of women athletes on her mom's side makes May proud.

This Manning family isn't just an old boys' network. 

"I definitely think her accomplishments get forgotten because the Mannings are so much in the spotlight," May said. "The Mannings are great athletes but I get my volleyball talents and ability from my mom. She could really pop the ball from what I've heard."

Ellen downplays her own glory days. This was May's time and Sacred Heart's return to the top.

"It was so much fun because it was so unexpected," she said. "I think they surprised themselves. ... It was a fabulous way to end her volleyball career. She ended on a high note. It was icing on the cake. I'm still smiling about it."

Dad and May
May's dad Cooper is grinning also. He is the oldest of Archie and Olivia's three boys and by many accounts, the most athletic.

A quarterback-turned-receiver, Cooper likely would've been the first Manning son to reach the NFL if a serious back ailment (spinal stenosis) hadn't ended his football career as a freshman at the University of Mississippi. It was a cruel and tough setback for Cooper, the husband and father of three who landed squarely and softly on his feet in the real estate market and as a TV host on Fox's "The Manning Hour." He's done well as Principal and Senior Managing Director of Investor Relations for AJ Capital Partners. 

But he struck gold meeting Ellen, a licensed attorney, and the couple have been married 21 years. They also have raised two athletic boys, Arch Manning and Heid Manning, both members of the Newman (New Orleans) football squad. The Greenies (8-0), the top seed in the Division III playoffs, host Catholic (New Iberia) at 7 p.m. today in a quarterfinal game.

Arch is the nation's top-rated sophomore quarterback and Heid, a promising freshman offensive lineman.

"When Coop and I decided to have kids it was decided he'd be the breadwinner and I run the household," Ellen said. "It has worked out perfectly so we stuck with it."
May Manning with her father Cooper Manning.
Photo courtesy of the Manning family
May Manning with her father Cooper Manning.
Cooper didn't just spend time running the boys to ball fields. May played as many sports as the boys, maybe more, including swimming, gymnastics, soccer and tennis. Cooper, in fact, did most of the traveling with May to out-of-area volleyball tournaments. 

"We've had a lot of late Sunday night drives home and a lot of late airport layovers together," he said. "It's been a lot of fun; everything about it. It's been a terrific bonding experience with my daughter. She's always been a delight to be there for.

"Selfishly, it was neat to see it all come together for her last game of her career. A lot of girls playing and all their parents have been through the same journey. It was really sweet. May and all those girls put in a lot of work. It's been a rough year for a lot of seniors across the country in sports. I'm thrilled they got something to hang onto that was so positive."

He admitted getting pretty choked up when May got the MVP award.

"It was well deserved," Cooper said. "They had a lot of different girls all season that could have been MVP. But May never comes off the court. I would say she was their vocal leader."

The boys
There was plenty of hollering during May's championship match from her younger brothers, along with a group of other Newman football players behind the Pope John Paul II bench.

The Manning siblings are tight and all within four years in age. The boys would have made more volleyball matches this season, but COVID restrictions kept them away. Nothing restricted them on championship day. May noticed all the Greenies, dressed in Sacred Heart colors, and even volleyball practice jerseys.
The Manning family left-to-right: Arch, Heid, Ellen, May and Cooper.
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The Manning family left-to-right: Arch, Heid, Ellen, May and Cooper.
"They must have raided my closet," she said. "They took all the Sacred Heart gear they could find. It was great."

Roughly 300 fans were allowed into the title match and the football kids were perhaps the loudest. Their enthusiasm and excitement has barely simmered. 

"The boys were super proud of their sister," Ellen said. "Arch told me the following week, ‘Mom, I've been smiling all weekend about it.' People, he said, were congratulating him. It's just been a neat experience for all of us."

Sibling competition can sometime get complicated, especially in a spotlighted home like the Mannings.

Arch, for instance, was the 2019 MaxPreps national Freshman of the Year and recently he played and was featured on ESPNU. He's considered one of the most coveted recruits from any class and recognizable prep athletes in the country.

Cooper, with a unique perspective, said sibling rivalries don't exist in the household and he's rarely had to address it, if at all.

"They all support and love each other," he said. "Everyone is equally excited for others' successes. If I ever have to talk about it, I would simply say: ‘Look at me. I'm a guy who has two brothers that won Super Bowls and been on the highest level and I've been nothing but thrilled for them. Jealousy is a nasty thing, so let's never go there.' "

May jokes about Arch's sudden arc to stardom in the last year.

"It's obviously weird when you see your little brother on national TV and 20 minutes later he's complaining about something or eating a bowl of Frosted Flakes at the kitchen table," she said. "It's like, ‘Wait, is this the same person?'

"As we've gotten older we've got closer. All our friends hang out together. But he'll always be my little brother. It will definitely be weird seeing him on TV in interviews or getting fan mail later. I don't think any of it right now affects him. He's oblivious to it sometimes. He doesn't realize that it's kind of a big deal. … Arch is probably one of the most humble people I've ever known."

Family matters
May's grandparents Archie and Olivia (Cooper's parents) and Charles Heidingsfelder (Ellen's father) also attended her championship match. They've been there every step of the way, May said. 

"They (Archie and Olivia) raised just boys playing football, basketball and baseball, so they'd never been to a swim meet, gymnastics events or girls basketball and soccer games, yet they were there for me," May said. "He (Heidingsfelder) told me after the match that between his daughters and other grandchildren he'd been going to matches for 40 years and that our match was his last. It was a great finish for him, too."
Front row (L-R): Heid Manning, Ellen Manning. Backrow (L-R): Charles Heidingsfelder, Jane Heidingsfelder, Archie Manning, May Manning, Olivia Manning, Arch Manning and Cooper Manning.
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Front row (L-R): Heid Manning, Ellen Manning. Backrow (L-R): Charles Heidingsfelder, Jane Heidingsfelder, Archie Manning, May Manning, Olivia Manning, Arch Manning and Cooper Manning.

Dot joined Charles at many of May's games before a long bout with Parkinson's disease and dementia was finally cut short in March by COVID-19. Dot was 77. 

"She went to all the games even when she wasn't her best," Ellen said. "I wear a little bracelet that says 'Mom' on it. (Before last month's title match) I said 'OK mom, let's go root on May.' She would have been thrilled."

That kind of support from family and friends has helped May thrive, she said, and live easy in The Big Easy — even as a Manning.

"I think my friends and Arch's friends make it all so normal, so comfortable," May said. "It's not as big a deal as it might seem. Obviously my grandfather played for the Saints, my uncles played in the NFL. Everyone in New Orleans knows the Mannings and is so used to it."

Going to Sacred Heart has also helped with the spotlight or possible scrutiny, she said.

"To be honest, I've never felt pressure to succeed or play sports or anything," she said. "Not from my family, my friends or people in New Orleans. I really think going to an all-girls school helped with that.

"I'm sorta trying to start my own legacy. It is more May vs. May Manning which has been a blessing. If I do feel pressure, it's me putting pressure on myself, not anyone else. I'm lucky for that."

Ultimately, her healthy perspective comes back to a balanced, enthusiastic family who shows its true color, whether at championship matches or practice or school.

"I think it's everybody — my parents, my grandparents, my brothers," she said. "It's just having such a huge support system that's so separate from football.

"From the beginning my parents made it clear: ‘You like sports, play sports. If you don't like sports, you don't have to do it.' I do it for me because I love to compete and I love my teams."

For the first time, she's attempting four sports this school year, including basketball currently, and golf and tennis in the spring. She's been on the tennis team since the sixth grade.

She said the best way to cap her senior season would be if her brothers dive in and grab Newman's first football state title. 

"Arch told me how cool it was to watch us win the state title and I told him 'I hope y'all win one too,' " May said. "It's the best feeling ever."
May Manning helped lead Academy of the Sacred Heart to its 14th state title but first since 2006 last month.
Photo by Gregory Juan
May Manning helped lead Academy of the Sacred Heart to its 14th state title but first since 2006 last month.
Ellen Manning (Heidingsfelder) sits in the middle front row right behind the 1986 Academy of the Sacred Heart state title trophy. To her left is Betsy Laborde (Becker) who was an assistant coach for the Cardinals in 2020.
Photo courtesy of the Manning family
Ellen Manning (Heidingsfelder) sits in the middle front row right behind the 1986 Academy of the Sacred Heart state title trophy. To her left is Betsy Laborde (Becker) who was an assistant coach for the Cardinals in 2020.
Newman football players pose with state champion May Manning.
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Newman football players pose with state champion May Manning.

California high school softball: No. 1 Sheldon tops OFFICIAL Top 25 Sac-Joaquin Section rankings after hot 3-0 start - OFFICIAL
California high school softball: No. 1 Sheldon tops MaxPreps Top 25 Sac-Joaquin Section rankings after hot 3-0 start
Sheldon (Sacramento) left no doubt out of the gate as to why it's the top-ranked high school softball team in the Sac-Joaquin Section. The Huskies outscored their opponents 39-4 in the season's first three games, including a 10-0 win over third-ranked Del Oro (Loomis).

Sheldon got two homers from juniors Reina Zermeno and Jazzy Fines and sophomore Jaylee Ojo. Dakota Kennedy and D'auna Johnson both have on-base averages above .700.

Sheldon will be tested this week as the Huskies hit the road Thursday to play sixth-ranked Vanden (Fairfield) and Saturday when they travel to fifth-ranked Roseville.

Five games to watch

Monday
No. 4 Rocklin (4) at No. 2 Elk Grove
No. 12 Oakmont (Roseville) at No. 5 Roseville

Tuesday
No. 13 Ponderosa (Shingle Springs) at No. 11 Folsom
No. 20 Vacaville at No. 15 Pleasant Grove (Elk Grove)

Friday
No. 10 Merced at No. 14 Oakdale
No. 1 Sheldon is off to a hot 3-0 start after scoring 39 runs.
Photo by Ralp Thompson
No. 1 Sheldon is off to a hot 3-0 start after scoring 39 runs.
MaxPreps Top 25 Sac-Joaquin Section softball rankings

1. Sheldon (Sacramento)
Record:
3-0 | Preseason ranking: 1
The Huskies are hitting .473 as a team with eight home runs and 35 hits in the three games. Big game with No. 6 Vanden on Thursday.

2. Elk Grove
Record:
3-0 | Preseason ranking: 2
Thundering Herd have three impressive wins to start the season, including a 2-0 victory over Del Oro.

3. Del Oro (Loomis)
Record:
1-2 | Preseason ranking: 3
The Golden Eagles losses are to Sheldon and Elk Grove. They bounced back with a 4-2 win over eighth-ranked St. Francis.

4. Rocklin
Record:
0-0 | Preseason ranking: 4
Season opens March 22.

Record: 0-0 | Preseason ranking: 5
Season opens March 22.

6. Vanden (Fairfield)
Record:
0-0 | Preseason ranking: 6
Season opens March 24.

7. Vista del Lago (Folsom)
Record:
0-0 | Preseason ranking: 7
Season opens March 29.

8. St. Francis (Sacramento)
Record:
0-1 | Preseason ranking: 8
The Troubadours lost a 4-2, nine-inning decision to Del Oro.

9. St. Mary's (Stockton)
Record:
0-0 | Preseason ranking: 9
Season opens March 25.

10. Merced
Record:
1-0 | Preseason ranking: 10
The Bears hit five home runs in a 21-0 win over Livingston to start the year.

11. Folsom
Record:
0-0 | Preseason ranking: 11
Season opens March 23

12. Oakmont (Roseville)
Record:
0-0 | Preseason ranking: 12
Season opens March 22.

13. Ponderosa (Shingle Springs)
Record:
0-0 | Preseason ranking: 13
Season opens March 23.

14. Oakdale
Record:
0-0 | Preseason ranking: 15
Season opens March 22.

15. Pleasant Grove (Elk Grove)
Record:
1-0 | Preseason ranking: 16
The Eagles had 19 hits in a 23-0 win over Galt.

16. Pitman (Turlock)
Record:
0-0 | Preseason ranking: 18
Schedule not updated on MaxPreps.

17. Antelope
Record:
0-0 | Preseason ranking: 19
Season opens March 25.

19. Center (Antelope)
Record:
0-0 | Preseason ranking: 20
Season opens March 24.

19. Lindhurst (Olivehurst)
Record:
0-0 | Preseason ranking: 21
Season opens March 26.

20. Vacaville
Record:
0-0 | Preseason ranking: 22
Season opens March 23.

21. Marysville
Record:
0-0 | Preseason ranking: 23
Season opens March 24.

22. McClatchy (Sacramento)
Record:
0-0 | Preseason ranking: 24
Season opens April 4.

23. Franklin (Elk Grove)
Record:
1-0 | Preseason ranking: 25
The Wildcats scored three late runs for a 4-2 win Friday over Granite Bay.

24. Enochs (Modesto)
Record:
0-0 | Preseason ranking: 14
Eagles have two games on their MaxPreps schedule.

25. Cosumnes Oaks (Elk Grove)
Record:
0-0 | Preseason ranking: NR
Junior Andrea Laine struck out eight in a 8-5 season-opening win over Whitney.
California high school football: St. John Bosco schedule, players to watch - OFFICIAL
California high school football: St. John Bosco schedule, players to watch
Jason Negro was hired as the St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.) head football coach before the 2010 season. He's turned the Braves into one of the best high school football programs in the country, earning MaxPreps National Champion honors in 2019 after the school's third CIF Open Division state championship with a 49-28 victory over De La Salle (Concord). The other two state titles came in 2013 and 2016.

Negro was the 2019 MaxPreps Coach of the Year after leading the Braves to a 13-1 record playing against the best competition in the country. Bosco had notable wins against Centennial (Corona), DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.), Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.), Good Counsel (Olney, Md.) and Servite (Anaheim) but the biggest came Nov. 30 against Trinity League rival Mater Dei (Santa Ana) in the CIF Southern Section Division 1 championship.

The Braves won 39-34, outscoring the Monarchs 27-6 in the second half in one of the best high school football games of all-time.

It will be 455 days since the Braves played a game that counted when the Southern California power takes the field Saturday against Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth).

They have to fill a lot of holes left by key players but none will be harder than former co-National Player of the Year DJ Uiagalelei at quarterback. One of the most special players to come out of California, Uiagalelei was the fourth-best high school quarterback over the last 20 years.
Rayshon Luke, St. John Bosco
File photo by Louis Lopez
Rayshon Luke, St. John Bosco
Expect three-star junior Katin Houser and sophomore standout Pierce Clarkson to both get reps this spring under center. They both played well in a March 6 scrimmage against Damien (La Verne).

Running back will be a key position for the Braves led by four-star junior Rayshon Luke. Three-star juniors Jabari Bates and Michael Hayes also will be impact players out of the backfield this spring.

Beaux Collins, Kris Hutson and Logan Loya are all gone from that 2019 team but expect Jode McDuffie to be a name that turns heads this spring. He had 30 receptions for 595 yards and nine touchdowns as a junior. Logan Booher should be a key player at receiver, too.

The Braves' offensive line stacks up with anyone's in high school football led by four-star junior Earnest Greene III, USC-bound Maximus Gibbs, UNLV-bound Anton Ambuehl and three-star senior Edward Riley.

Sophomore tight end Matayo Uiagalelei is a player many are excited to see this spring.

A matchup nightmare for opposing defenses in the red zone, DJ's younger brother will start on both sides of the ball. The 6-foot-6, 265-pounder checks in as the fifth-rated weak-side defensive end in the Class of 2023, according to 247Sports.

Four-star edge rusher Nathan Burrell, three-star defensive tackle Jairus Satele and Uiagalelei give the Braves a big-time defensive line. All were named to the preseason MaxPreps All-State team.

At linebacker, the Braves are led by Kansas-bound Andrew Simpson, three-star junior Jalen Woods and senior Benny Lockhart. A name to keep tabs on is freshman Kyngstonn Viliamu-Asa, with offers from Arizona, Michigan and UNLV already. Sophomore Deven Bryant was recently offered by Oregon and should also make an impact this spring.

Four-star cornerback Tayvion Beasley, four-star safety Sione Hala, three-star safety Jaxon Harley and sophomore Jahlil McClain fill out the secondary. Keep an eye out for freshmen Marcelles Williams and Peyton Woodyard. They have already combined for 17 FBS offers. 

Ty Lee is another name to watch out for. The sophomore is the younger cousin of former National Player of the Year Bru McCoy and already has offers from Arizona State, Oregon and USC.

The biggest game of the year for the defending national champs will come April 17 to close out the season against Mater Dei (Santa Ana). With there being no postseason in California this game will most likely determine the best team in the Golden State.

2021 Schedule

March 13 — vs. Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth)
*Panish Family Stadium

March 20 — at Santa Margarita (Rancho Santa Margarita)
*Santa Ana Stadium

March 26 — vs. Servite (Anaheim)
*Panish Family Stadium

April 3 — vs. JSerra Catholic (San Juan Capistrano)
*Panish Family Stadium

April 9 — vs. Orange Lutheran (Orange)
*Panish Family Stadium

April 17 — at Mater Dei (Santa Ana)
*Santa Ana Stadium
High school basketball: Top-ranked Montverde Academy earns fifth GEICO Nationals title with 62-52 win over No. 3 Sunrise Christian Academy - OFFICIAL
High school basketball: Top-ranked Montverde Academy earns fifth GEICO Nationals title with 62-52 win over No. 3 Sunrise Christian Academy
No. 1 Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.) used a perfect third quarter to help capture its fifth GEICO Nationals title since 2013, defeating No. 3 Sunrise Christian Academy (Bel Aire, Kan.) 62-52 in Saturday's championship game. The Eagles executed their offense flawlessly after halftime, outscoring the Buffaloes 28-17 while shooting 12-of-12 from the field on 12 assists.

Trailing 51-38 entering the fourth quarter, the Buffaloes opened the period on a 9-2 run that cut the Eagles deficit to six points with 4:23 remaining. Kevin Boyle's team responded, however, with a 6-0 run of its own to close the door on a Sunrise comeback.

Montverde Academy (24-1) has won the most GEICO Nationals titles in event history, winning previously in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2018.
Langston Love of Montverde Academy is guarded by a Sunrise Christian Academy defender.
Photo by Pete Wright
Langston Love of Montverde Academy is guarded by a Sunrise Christian Academy defender.
The Eagles have won 49 of their previous 50 games dating back to the start of last season and finished the season series with a 3-1 edge over Sunrise Christian Academy.

Montverde was paced by a trio of double-digit scorers as Michigan signee Caleb Houstan had a game-high 16 points, Baylor signee Langston Love chipped in 13 points, seven assists and five assists, and Creighton pledge Ryan Nembhard finished with 12 points, seven assists and three rebounds.

Michigan State signee Jaden Akins had a team-high 14 points for Sunrise Christian Academy (21-4).

MaxPreps will crown its National Champion this week with the final MaxPreps Top 25 coming in two weeks.
Montverde Academy's Dariq Whitehead goes up to block a shot.
Photo by Pete Wright
Montverde Academy's Dariq Whitehead goes up to block a shot.
Jaden Akins had a team-high 14 points for Sunrise Christian Academy.
Photo by Pete Wright
Jaden Akins had a team-high 14 points for Sunrise Christian Academy.
Jalen Duren proudly hoist the championship trophy while celebrating with teammates.
Photo by Pete Wright
Jalen Duren proudly hoist the championship trophy while celebrating with teammates.
Montverde Academy, 2021 GEICO Nationals champion
Photo by Pete Wright
Montverde Academy, 2021 GEICO Nationals champion

Most visited OFFICIAL player pages during the 2019-20 school year - OFFICIAL
Most visited MaxPreps player pages during the 2019-20 school year
Video: Bronny James highlights
Sierra Canyon freshman in action during 2019-20 season.

While powerhouse high school football teams and Friday nights in the fall generate major audience interest on MaxPreps.com, on an individual level it's all about the stars on the hardwood.

Basketball players occupy 20 of the 25 most visited player pages on MaxPreps from Aug. 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020.

Fans and site users are particularly interested in the Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth, Calif.) hoops team, which claims five of the Top 10 spots and seven of the Top 25. That means two players who came off the bench for the Southern California program are among the most recognizable names in high school sports.

Leading the way for Sierra Canyon is the freshman son of LeBron James — Bronny James, who piled up over twice as many player page visits as any other athlete on MaxPreps over the past 12 months. Teammates Zaire Wade, Harold Yu, Brandon Boston Jr. and Ziaire Williams also made the Top 10.

In addition to current prep stars, our list includes big names like Patrick Mahomes and Derrick Henry, who are still generating major interest on the site years after their respective high school careers came to an end.

See an expanded list of the high school athletes that are driving traffic below, along with a brief explanation of what made them compelling in 2019-20.
Graphic by Ryan Escobar
1. Bronny James, Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth, Calif.) basketball
His appeal isn't much of a mystery. He's the son of the world's most famous basketball player on one of the most high-profile teams at the prep level.

MaxPreps National Freshman of the Year moves the needle on social media and on the court, where he led San Ysidro to its first section title in school history.

Dwyane Wade's son was a key contributor for the Trailblazers, who finished the season ranked No. 15 nationally by MaxPreps.

Newman continued to draw attention thanks in part to the "Hello Newmans" web series produced by Overtime.

At 7-foot-3, the native of China stands out in a unique way even on a star-studded Sierra Canyon roster.

Headed to Kentucky, Boston transferred from Georgia to spend his senior season in SoCal.

A Stanford signee, the 6-8 forward hit a last-second shot in March that sent Sierra Canyon to California's Open Division state championship game.

8. Myzel Miller, Judson (Converse, Texas) football
"Friday Night Tykes" alum was a contributor at defensive back for a 12-2 Judson team last fall. Moving to Cornerstone Christian (San Antonio) next year.

Elite hoops prospect had a monster senior season and then elected to bypass college to play in the G-League.

10. Omar Cooper, Walker (Marietta, Ga.) basketball
Twin brother of 2018-19 MaxPreps National Player of the Year Sharife Cooper and a pretty good baller in his own right, averaging 13.1 points, 5.3 assists and 4.5 rebounds per game as a senior.

He's big on Instagram with nearly 415,000 followers. Played junior varsity basketball in 2019-20 for storied Seattle program.

12. Madison Prewett, Lee-Scott Academy (Auburn, Ala.) basketball
Part of three state championship teams at Lee-Scott Academy from 2011-13, Prewett is better known as a contestant on "The Bachelor" alongside Peter Weber.

13. Tommy Murr, Lindsay Lane Christian Academy (Athens, Ala.) basketball
Led the nation in scoring (according to statistics submitted to MaxPreps) at 44.3 points per game.

Promising kicker made a name for himself last month with his voice on "America's Got Talent."

Overachieving guard graduated in 2019 and spent last season playing post-grad ball before landing a scholarship at Cleveland State.

Headed for start-up Ypsi Prep Academy next year, the 6-8 forward is regarded as the top high school prospect regardless of class.

The 2019-20 MaxPreps National Player of the Year in girls hoops is headed to UConn.

18. Shy Odom, Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth, Calif.) basketball
Massachusetts native is a big time prospect in the Class of 2022.

Starred at Beverly Hills, the University of Oregon and in the NFL before producing "All American" on CW.

Top 10 Class of 2022 prospect is expected to be the go-to guy at Sierra Canyon next season.

Another "Friday Night Tykes" star that looks primed for big things over the next two seasons at East Central.

High school football's all-time leading rusher became a certified NFL star in 2019, rushing for over 1,500 yards and 16 touchdowns.

Small school Indiana star is on pace to challenge state's all-time scoring record.

Featured in the Netflix series "Basketball or Nothing" along with Chinle teammates, scored over 2,000 career points and is headed to Pima Community College in the fall.

One of the top freshman hoops prospects in the Buckeye State.

Next 25

44. Joseph Girard III, Glens Falls (N.Y.) football/basketball
47. Patrick Mahomes, Whitehouse (Texas) football/baseball/basketball