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High school basketball: David Peavy of Texas state champion Duncanville is 2020-21 HIGHSCORE National Coach of the Year - HIGHSCORE
High school basketball: David Peavy of Texas state champion Duncanville is 2020-21 MaxPreps National Coach of the Year
David Peavy led Duncanville to a second straight Texas Class 6A state championship and the No. 6 spot in the final MaxPreps Top 25 high school basketball rankings. In his three seasons at the Dallas-area school, the Panthers are 90-13 and haven't lost a playoff game. For his efforts, Peavy has been recognized as the 2020-21 MaxPreps National Coach of the Year.

Without an elite senior recruit, the Panthers used balance and stellar defense to finish 29-1 while winning by an average margin of nearly 25 points per game.

Duncanville avenged its only blemish of the season — an 88-85 home overtime loss to Waxahachie on Jan. 9 — with a 70-65 road win over the top seed in the regional final. The Panthers then knocked off Richardson 68-49 in the semis and beat Westlake (Austin) 66-53 for the title. 

If not for the 2020 state tournament being canceled due to the pandemic, Peavy's program could have been bidding for a three-peat. Duncanville was the top-ranked team in the state at the time the season was called off with a 29-5 record.
Duncanville coach David Peavy gives direction to talented sophomore Ronald Holland.
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Duncanville coach David Peavy gives direction to talented sophomore Ronald Holland.
The former Dekaney (Houston) coach made quite a debut for Duncanville in 2018-19, directing them to a 32-7 mark and 6A crown.

Those two teams had elite talent with the likes of Jahmi'us Ramsey, currently with the Sacramento Kings, and Peavy's son Micah Peavey, who just transferred from Texas Tech to TCU.

This year's Panthers relied on 6-foot-4 senior guard and Sam Houston State pledge Damon Nicholas Jr., SMU signee Zhuric Phelps (15.2 points per game), 6-8 sophomore forward Ronald Holland (13.8 points, 10.1 rebounds per game) and 6-3 senior guard and Alabama State commit Juan Reyna (13.4 points per game).

Peavy has coached at the high school or college level for 25 years.

Past MaxPreps National Coaches of the Year
2020 – No award given
2019 – Mike Thompson, McEachern (Powder Springs, Ga.)
2018 – Kevin Boyle, Montverde Academy
2017 – Wes Swift, Jonesboro (Ark.)
2016 – Pat Donnelly, U-D Jesuit (Detroit, Mich.)
2015 – Sam Duane Jr., Corona del Sol (Tempe, Ariz.)
2014 – Gary McKnight, Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.)
2013 – Quincy Lewis, Lone Peak (Highland, Utah)
2012 – Danny Henderson, Marcus (Flower Mound, Texas)
2011 – Bob Hurley, St. Anthony (Jersey City, N.J.)
2010 – Ed Azzam, Westchester (Los Angeles)
Peavy's Panthers celebrate the program's fifth state title following a 66-53 win over Westlake.
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Peavy's Panthers celebrate the program's fifth state title following a 66-53 win over Westlake.

2021 NFL Draft: IMG Academy breaks high school record with seven former players selected - HIGHSCORE
2021 NFL Draft: IMG Academy breaks high school record with seven former players selected
Coming off a 2020 national championship crowned by MaxPreps, IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) added another impressive feat once the 2021 NFL Draft concluded in Cleveland. They had seven players selected breaking the record for most picks by a high school in a single draft. 

The selection of tight end Tre' McKitty by the Los Angeles Chargers late the third round gave IMG Academy its fifth former player, breaking the previous mark of four.

The Ascenders had two more players selected during the final day of the draft when the Kansas City Chiefs selected defensive end Joshua Kaindoh with the last pick of the fourth round at No. 144. Long snapper Thomas Fletcher was taken by the Carolina Panthers in the sixth round with the 222nd pick.

The previous record was four set by the same Ascenders (in 2020) and St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) in 2014.

Cornerback Greg Newsome II started IMG's run on Thursday with his selection by the Cleveland Browns in the first round (26th pick overall). The rest of the Ascenders went in the third round on Friday. 

The Jacksonville Jaguars selected defensive back Andre Cisco with the first pick at No. 65 and Minnesota promptly went after quarterback Kellen Mond at No. 66. Defending Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay chose offensive guard Robert Hainsey at No. 95 and McKitty finished things off Friday for the Ascenders at No. 97.
Quarterback Kellen Mond was one of four former IMG Academy players selected during the second day of the 2021 NFL Draft on Friday.
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Quarterback Kellen Mond was one of four former IMG Academy players selected during the second day of the 2021 NFL Draft on Friday.
Cisco, Fletcher, Hainsey, Kaindoh, McKitty and Mond all played on IMG Academy's 2016 team that went 11-0 and finished No. 3 in the MaxPreps national Top 25. The Ascenders had notable wins that season against Grayson (Loganville, Ga.), Long Beach Poly (Calif.), St. Frances Academy (Baltimore) and St. John's (Washington, D.C.), but their biggest victory came in California, 50-49, against Centennial (Corona) in one of the best high school football games over the last decade.

Cisco and Newsome were part of the 2017 IMG team that went 9-0 and finished No. 2 in the nation. Over the last three drafts, 13 former Ascenders have had their names called at the draft, including Grant Delpit, KJ Hamler, K.J. Osborne and Cesar Ruiz, all in 2020, after Hjalte Froholdt and Isaac Nauta were picked in 2019.

American Heritage (Plantation) finished the draft with the second most selections of all-time with six.

Patrick Surtain II was the first player selected from Florida at No. 9 overall by the Denver Broncos. Tyson Campbell went to Jacksonville at No. 33 and Cleveland selected Anthony Schwartz at No. 91. Marco Wilson became the third defensive back from the Patriots selected in the fourth round by the Arizona Cardinals at No. 136. Tedarrell Slaton was selected in the fifth round and Khalil Herbert went in round six.

National power St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) was the only other school with at least three players selected. Elijah Moore and Asante Samuel Jr. were both taken in the second round while Josh Palmer went in round three. The Raiders entered the 2020 season with most high school alums on NFL rosters with 11. 

High school baseball: All-time career home run leaders - HIGHSCORE
High school baseball: All-time career home run leaders
Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa thrilled Major League Baseball fans in 1998 with their race to break Roger Maris's home run record. High school baseball has its own version of the McGwire-Sosa battle when Jeff Clement of Marshalltown (Iowa) and James Peterson of Winterset (Iowa) competed in 2002 to become the nation's all-time home run leader.

Clement entered his senior season with 59 career home runs, including 21 in both his freshman and sophomore season. Peterson, meanwhile, started his junior season 12 home runs behind Clement, but closed the gap to one, 59-58, after out homering Clement 28-17 during their junior seasons.

That set up a 2002 season in which Clement and Peterson both tried to slug their way to the national record of 70 career home runs, set by Drew Henson of Brighton (Mich.) from 1995-98. Clement jumped out to a fast start and tied Henson with No. 70 on July 1 (Iowa plays a summer baseball season). He moved past Henson six at-bats later on July 3. Peterson, meanwhile, had fallen off the pace and was at 68 career homers, including one on the same day that Clement broke the record.

However, while Clement hit just one more home run over the next 13 days while Peterson went on a tear, homering four times. He tied Clement at 72 on July 16. Clement regained the lead with his 73rd home run on July 18 and Peterson tied him again with his 73rd on July 19. The duo entered the state tournament on July 25 tied at 73. Clement played in the 4A tournament and Peterson competed in the 3A tournament.

That's where Peterson's good fortune ended and Clement's began. Clement hit home runs in his first two at-bats in the first game of the tournament for No. 74 and 75 while Peterson went homerless in Winterset's first-round loss. Marshalltown went on to win the 4A championship.

Clement remains the all-time high school home run king of the spring season, but the record has received some challengers over the past decade, including Taylor Hawkins of Carl Albert (Midwest City, Okla.) in 2012 with 72 career home runs and Christian Stewart of Providence Christian Academy (Lilburn, Ga.), who ended his career in 2012 with 69.

Another player who came close is Brendan McCurry of Roff (Okla.), who ended his spring career with 72. However, if spring and fall seasons are counted together, McCurry has an astounding 130 career home runs. Other spring-fall players with triple digit home run totals include Will Hunt of Asher (Okla.) with 106 and Kyle Wingfield of Rock Creek (Bokchito, Okla.) with 100.

MaxPreps has compiled a list of players with 50 or more career spring home runs. All but one player on the list reached the milestone prior to 2014. Slade Wilks of Columbia Academy (Miss.) reached 50 last year before COVID ended his season.

Butch Harris of Broken Bow (Okla.) reached 50 home runs first, finishing with 51 in 1986. Dan Ruff of Fairfield Christian Academy (Lancaster, Ohio) took the national lead with 53 in 1987 and Will Hunt of Asher (Okla.) moved to the top in 1989 with 62. Paul Morse of Danville (Ky.) took over first place with 65 home runs in 1992 and Henson claimed the all-time lead in 1998 with 70, setting up the race to the top between Clement and Peterson.

Sources include the NFHS record book, state association record books, Cal-Hi Sports Record Book by Mark and Nelson Tennis, Oklahoma Baseball Coaches Association record book, MaxPreps leaderboards and newspapers accessed via newspapers.com.

Joey Gallo, Bishop Gorman
File photo by Alyson Boyer Rode
Joey Gallo, Bishop Gorman
High school baseball all-time career home run leaders

1.   75 — Jeff Clement, Marshalltown (Iowa), 1999-2002
2.   73 — James Peterson, Winterset (Iowa), 1999-2002
3.   72 — Brendan McCurry, Roff (Okla.), 2007-10
3.   72 — Taylor Hawkins, Carl Albert (Midwest City, Okla.), 2009-12
5.   70 — Drew Henson, Brighton (Mich.), 1995-98
6.   69 — Micah Owings, Gainesville (Ga.), 1999-2002
6.   69 — Christian Stewart, Providence Christian Academy (Lilburn, Ga.), 2009-12
8.   67 — Joey Gallo, Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas), 2009-12
9.   66 — Nick Masonia, Brooks (Killen, Ala.), 2007-11
9.   66 — Gavin LaValley, Carl Albert (Okla.), 2011-14
11.  65 — Paul Morse, Danville (Ky.), 1988-92
11.  65 — Kevin Bookout, Stroud (Okla.), 1999-2002
13.  63 — Mike Wilson, Central (Marlow, Okla.), 1993-96
13.  63 — Kyle Wingfield, Rock Creek (Bokchito, Okla.), 1996-99
13.  63 — Rich Witten, Danville (Ky.), 2003-07
13.  63 — Clint Frazier, Loganville (Ga.), 2010-13
17.  62 — Will Hunt, Asher (Okla.), 1986-89
17.  62 — Matt Robbins, Calhoun (Ga.), 1999-2002
19.  60 — Heath Graham, Stringer (Miss.), 1989-93
19.  60 — Steven Lerud, Galena (Reno, Nev.), 2000-03
19.  60 — Kevin Cron, Mountain Pointe (Phoenix, Ariz.), 2008-11
22.  58 — Jeremy Reed, Lookout Valley (Chattanooga, Tenn.), 1995-98
22.  58 — Matt Ames, Stanhope Elmore (Millbrook, Ala.), 1996-99
22.  58 — Brian Barnett, McQueen (Reno, Nev.), 2005-07
22.  58 — Blake Logan, Roff (Okla.), 2007-10
26.  57 — Jake Fields, Jefferson (Ga.), 2007-10
27.  55 — Jeff Francouer, Parkview (Lilburn, Ga.), 1999-2002
27.  55 — David Thompson, Westminster Christian (Miami, Fla.), 2009-12
29.  54 — Tyler Williams, Davenport North (Davenport, Iowa), 1986-89
29.  54 — Rod Walker, Morristown-Hamblen West (Morristown, Tenn.), 1986-89
29.  54 — Wade Miller, Long (Skipperville, Ala.), 1997-00
29.  54 — Jon Mark Owings, Gainesville (Ga.), 2001-04
33.  53 — Dan Ruff, Fairfield Christian Academy (Lancaster, Ohio), 1984-87
33.  53 — John Sanders, Tishomingo County (Iuka, Miss.), 1986-89
33.  53 — Dayne Parker, Roff (Okla.), 2007-10
33.  53 — Tim Barry, Oak Forest (Ill.), 2008-11
33.  53 — Jose Trevino, John Paul II (Corpus Christi, Texas), 2008-11
38.  52 — Shon Walker, Harrison County (Cynthiana, Ky.), 1989-92
38.  52 — Matt Daeges, Harlan (Iowa), 1996-2000
38.  52 — Taylor Harbin, Travelers Rest (S.C.), 1999-2004
38.  52 — Mike Moustakas, Chatsworth (Calif.), 2004-07
38.  52 — Jordan Adams, Newman Catholic (Mason City, Iowa), 2005-09
43.  51 — Butch Harris, Broken Bow (Okla.), 1983-86
43.  51 — Jared Martin, Riverton Parke (Montezuma, Ind.), 1998-01
43.  51 — Jake Goodwin, Parkers Chapel (El Dorado, Ark.), 1999-02
43.  51 — Justin Pickett, White House (Tenn.), 2001-04
43.  51 — Shane Dougherty, Rockwood (Tenn.), 2005-08
43.  51 — Justin O'Connor, Cowan (Muncie, Ind.), 2007-10
49.  50 — Brad Wilson, Towns County (Hiawassee, Ga.), 1986-89
49.  50 — Joe Little, Butner (Cromwell, Okla.), 1995-97
49.  50 — Jonathan Johnson, Unicoi County (Erwin, Tenn.), 1996-98
49.  50 — Drew Miller, Long (Skipperville, Ala.), 1995-98
49.  50 — Tommy Pearce, Marion (Ind.), 1995-98
49.  50 — Josh Gray, Rock Creek (Bokchito, Okla.), 1998-2000
49.  50 — Mike Breyman, Seneca East (Attica, Ohio), 1997-2000
49.  50 — Tyler Howe, Goose Lake (Iowa), 2000-04
49.  50 — Russ Henderson, Lexington (Tenn.), 2008-11
49.  50 — Slade Wilks, Columbia Academy (Columbia, Miss.), 2015-20
Final HIGHSCORE Top 25 national high school football rankings: St. John Bosco finishes year at No. 1 - HIGHSCORE
Final MaxPreps Top 25 national high school football rankings: St. John Bosco finishes year at No. 1
Video: Top 25 high school football rankings
The final rankings of the 2019 season.

The St. John Bosco Braves end the 2019 season as the MaxPreps National Champions.

They finished 13-1 and moved into the top spot after beating then No. 1 Mater Dei (Santa Ana) in the CIF Southern Section Division 1 championship. They followed that with a 49-28 win against No. 12 De La Salle (Concord) to win the school's first CIF Open Division state title since 2016.

Bosco's resume is one of the strongest in the country with other notable wins over DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.), Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.), Liberty (Henderson, Nev.), Our Lady of Good Counsel (Olney, Md.), Servite (Anaheim, Calif.), JSerra Catholic (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.), Calabasas (Calif.) and Corona Centennial (Calif.).

St. Thomas Aquinas (Fla.), North Shore (Houston) and Marietta (Ga.) all moved up in the final rankings.

The Raiders went from five to three after snapping a 38-game winning streak by St. Louis (Honolulu). They won 35-19 Saturday in the GEICO State Champions Bowl Series in Las Vegas. They wrapped up their first undefeated season since 2010, finishing 15-0, but St. Thomas Aquinas' resume didn't stack up with the Braves or Monarchs.

The Mustangs moved up to No. 4 after repeating as 6A Division 1 Texas state champs. They handed Duncanvilles its first loss of the season with a 31-17 win. Dematrius Davis Jr. was named Offensive MVP for the second consecutive year.

After the Blue Devils won their first Georgia state title since 1967 they answered that with a one-sided 53-14 win over Eastside Catholic (Sammamish, Wash.) in the opener of the GEICO State Champions Bowl Series. 2020 Tennessee signee Harrison Bailey threw for 410 yards and six touchdowns without playing a minute in the second half. He finished his senior season throwing for 4,671 yards and 50 scores.

The only new team to join the rankings was the Kentucky 5A champs Covington Catholic (Park Hills). They went 15-0 and jumped into the Top 25 after No. 23 Denton Guyer (Texas) lost in the 6A Division 2 championship.
Graphic by Ryan Escobar
Final MaxPreps Top 25 national high school football rankings

Record: 13-1

Record: 12-1

Record: 15-0
Last week: Beat St. Louis (Honolulu) 35-19

Record: 15-1
Last week: Beat Duncanville (Texas) 31-17

Record: 11-1

Record: 15-1
Last week: Lost to North Shore (Houston) 31-17

Record: 14-2
Last week: Beat Eastside Catholic (Sammamish, Wash.) 53-14

Record: 9-1

Record: 14-0-1

Record: 13-0

Record: 14-1

Record: 12-2

Record: 14-1

Record: 12-1
Last week: Lost to St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) 35-19

15. (15) Katy (Texas)
Record: 12-1

Record: 12-2

Record: 14-0

Record: 9-3

Record: 13-0

Record: 13-1

21. (21) Mentor (Ohio)
Record: 12-1

Record: 13-2

Record: 11-1

Record: 12-1

Record: 15-0

Next Five

Record: 16-0
Last week: Beat Ryan (Denton) 28-22

Record: 13-2

Record: 15-1
Last week: Beat Guyer (Denton) 24-0

Record: 13-0

Record: 13-2
Aminu Mohammed named 2020-21 HIGHSCORE Missouri High School Basketball Player of the Year - HIGHSCORE
Aminu Mohammed named 2020-21 MaxPreps Missouri 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.

Aminu Mohammed of Greenwood (Springfield) is the 2020-21 MaxPreps Missouri High School Basketball Player of the Year. The 6-foot-5, 190-pound senior helped the Blue Jays go 20-6 en route to the state quarterfinals.

Mohammed averaged 23.3 points, 10.0 rebounds and 3.1 assists per contest while shooting 52 percent from the field.

After transferring from Washington, D.C., Mohammed spent his final three seasons at Greenwood, setting the all-time Springfield area record with 2,709 career points. He finished No. 13 on the all-time scoring list in state history.

Committed to Georgetown, Mohammed is regarded as the No. 19 prospect in the Class of 2021 overall according to 247Sports. The five-star guard also received offers from Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas State, Louisville, Maryland and Oklahoma State 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.
Aminu Mohammed in action at the Bass Pro Shops Tournament of Champions during his junior season.
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Aminu Mohammed in action at the Bass Pro Shops Tournament of Champions during his junior season.