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Todd Dodge of Austin Westlake named OFFICIAL National High School Football Coach of the Year - OFFICIAL
Todd Dodge of Austin Westlake named MaxPreps National High School Football Coach of the Year
Todd Dodge is doing at Westlake (Austin, Texas) what he did from 2000-2006 at Southlake Carroll – turning a program into a dynasty. The architect of six Texas high school football championships, Dodge led the Chaparrals to their second consecutive state title in 2020, a 6A Division 1 crown one season after winning the 6A Division 2 bracket.

Dodge is the 2020 MaxPreps National High School Football Coach of the Year after leading the Chaps to an undefeated season and banner in the nation's toughest postseason tournament.

Prior to Dodge's 2014 hire, Westlake's only title came in 1996 with Drew Brees under center. In his sixth season at the Austin school, the Chaps went 15-1 and won the 6A Division 2 title before adding a 14-0 year in 2020 and No. 3 ranking in the final MaxPreps Top 25.

In this year's semifinals, Dodge guided Westlake to a 24-21 win over two-time defending 6A Division 1 champ North Shore. (Houston). The championship game provided another fascinating storyline as he faced his son Riley, who is now the head coach at Southlake Carroll.

Father taught son a lesson in that contest as Westlake rolled to a 52-34 victory.

Since taking over as at Westlake, Dodge's teams are 88-11 and the Chaparrals will ride a 24-game win streak into the 2021 season. Dodge is 218-72 overall, having won six state championships (2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2019 and 2020) with a playoff mark of 66-7.

Eric Kjar of Corner Canyon (Draper, Utah), Adam Carter of Grayson (Loganville, Ga.), Bobby Acosta of IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) and newly-retired Bob Beatty of Trinity (Louisville, Ky.) were among the other names considered for COY honors.

Past MaxPreps Coaches of the Year
2008 — Mike Alberghini, Grant (Sacramento, Calif.)
2009 — Mike Newsome, Butler (Matthews, N.C.)
2010 — Tony Heath, Pearland (Texas)
2011 — Hal Wasson, Southlake Carroll (Southlake, Texas)
2012 — Bob Ladouceur, De La Salle (Concord, Calif.)
2013 — Jason Negro, St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.)
2014 — Tom Westerberg, Allen (Texas)
2015 — Gary Joseph, Katy (Texas)
2016 — Kenny Sanchez, Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas)
2017 — Bruce Rollinson, Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.)
2018 — Jon Kay, North Shore (Houston, Texas)
2019 — Jason Negro, St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.)
Graphic by Ryan Escobar






High school basketball: With COVID-19 guidelines limiting indoor activity, games in Washington's Pierce County being played in livestock arena - OFFICIAL
High school basketball: With COVID-19 guidelines limiting indoor activity, games in Washington's Pierce County being played in livestock arena
With local guidelines restricting indoor activity amid the pandemic, athletic directors, coaches and local businesses got creative to save the high school basketball season in Washington's Pierce County.

Games finally got underway Wednesday on the grounds of the Washington State Fair in Puyallup in a venue typically reserved for equestrian activities, livestock shows, auctions and swap meets.

The arena has a roof but opens on both ends, allowing the basketball games to be played and skirting the limit on indoor gatherings. Puyallup-based Looker Asphalt paved the arena floor in recent days in order to make it possible to lay down courts.
Curtis (University Place) athletic director Suzanne Vick told KJR 950 on Wednesday that nearly 400 games are scheduled to be played on three courts featuring boys and girls teams from the South Puget Sound League and Pierce County League.

Spectators aren't permitted this week but Vick said she hopes two guests per uniformed player will be allowed in the near future.

Thankfully, the area's unpredictable spring weather is doing its part to cooperate. Temperatures are expected to remain in the 70s through the weekend.
Two junior varsity girls games were the first to be played on the newly installed courts Wednesday afternoon.
Photo by Vince Miller
Two junior varsity girls games were the first to be played on the newly installed courts Wednesday afternoon.
Photo by Vince Miller
A Rogers player takes a shot during one of the two junior varsity girls games.
Photo by Vince MIller
A Rogers player takes a shot during one of the two junior varsity girls games.
Photo by Vince Miller
Dane Looker (right) of Looker Asphalt and Greg Barrett work to finish installing the courts in time for the first games that were held Wednesday afternoon.
Photo by Vince Miller
Dane Looker (right) of Looker Asphalt and Greg Barrett work to finish installing the courts in time for the first games that were held Wednesday afternoon.
Photo by Vince MIller


OFFICIAL/AVCA Players of the Week - OFFICIAL
MaxPreps/AVCA Players of the Week
MaxPreps/AVCA High School Player of the Week
For the week of Jan. 11-17

Michigan
6-toot-1 | Junior | OH/OPP
11 Sets Played

Kills: 60
Kills/Game: 5.46
Digs: 48
Digs/Game: 4.36
Receptions: 39
Rcpt/Game: 3.54
Aces: 3
Blocks: 3


North Carolina
6-0 | Senior | OH
6 Sets Played

Kills: 43
Kills/Game: 7.17
Digs: 35
Digs/Game: 5.83
Receptions: 27
Rcpt/Game: 4.5
Aces: 11
Blocks: 5

About the MaxPreps/AVCA High School Player of the Week Program:
The MaxPreps/AVCA High School Player of the Week Program is a partnership between the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) and CBS MaxPreps, Inc. Each week MaxPreps and the AVCA recognize deserving student-athletes at the high school level who have demonstrated outstanding play on the court throughout the week of competition. Coaches must submit statistics to MaxPreps in order for their athletes to be considered for the program. To obtain your free access code to MaxPreps.com call (800) 329-7324 x1 or email [email protected] For more information on the AVCA, check out the AVCA website at www.avca.org
High school softball rankings: Barbe joins this week's OFFICIAL Top 25 after winning Louisiana 5A title - OFFICIAL
High school softball rankings: Barbe joins this week's MaxPreps Top 25 after winning Louisiana 5A title
Barbe (Lake Charles) finished the season with eight straight wins, including a 3-1 Louisiana Class 5A state title over Airline on Saturday. A two-run home run by Madison Chretien and strong pitching by Halie Pappion propelled the tournament third seed to its first state title since 1997. Barbe enters this week's MaxPreps Top 25 high school softball rankings at No. 19.

Top-ranked Leander (Texas) opened postseason play by scoring 34 runs over two games while Lauren Tetreault and SJ Geurin each pitched complete-game shutouts. The Lions are back in action on Saturday against Southwest in Area play.

Lakewood Ranch (Bradenton) won the District 12 Championship in Florida beating 12th-ranked Newsome (Lithia) 2-0 on Thursday. The Mustangs host Steinbrenner on Thursday in 7A Regional Quarterfinal play. Newsome is not out. If the Wolves win Thursday, they could face Lakewood Ranch once again on May 11.
Alyssa Aguilar, Salpointe Catholic
File photo by Mark Jones
Alyssa Aguilar, Salpointe Catholic
MaxPreps Top 25 high school softball rankings

1. Leander (Texas)
Record:
31-0 | Last week: 1
Marley Neises drove in seven runs and belted a grand slam during the Lions first two playoff wins.

2. Barbers Hill (Mt. Belvieu, Texas)
Record:
33-2 | Last week: 2
The Eagles play 23-5 Angleton (Texas) in area play on Saturday.

3. Lakewood Ranch (Bradenton, Fla.)
Record:
25-2 | Last week: 3
Sophomore Olivia Laney threw a complete game in 2-0 win over Newsome.

4. Park Vista (Lake Worth, Fla.)
Record:
25-0 | Last week: 4
The 7A state state title might be one of the toughest brackets in all of the country to win. The Cobras play Jupiter on Thursday.

5. Marist (Chicago)
Record:
16-0 | Last week: 5
The Redhawks have held 13 of their first 16 opponents scoreless.

6. Norco (Calif.)
Record:
12-1 | Last week: 6
The Cougars have won 11 straight after a three-game sweep of Santiago.

7. Hewitt-Trussville (Trussville, Ala.)
Record:
40-2-1 | Last week: 7
The Huskies open 7A postseason play on Wednesday against Vestavia Hills.

8. Warren (San Antonio)
Record:
24-0 | Last week: 8
After two playoff shutout wins, the Warriors play Los Fresnos starting Friday.

9. Lake Creek (Montgomery, Texas)
Record:
34-0 | Last week: 10
Emiley Kennedy struck out 12 in a playoff win over Magnolia. The senior has now struck out 168 batters in 84 innings.

10. University (Orange City, Fla.)
Record:
22-0 | Last week: 11
The Titans are another powerhouse team in Florida's 7A bracket.

11. Neshoba Central (Philadelphia, Miss.)
Record:
27-0 | Last week: 13
The Rockets play Friday for a chance to berth in the Mississippi 5A state championship.

12. Newsome (Lithia, Fla.)
Record:
24-1 | Last week: 9
The Wolves host a 21-6 Palm Harbor University (Palm Harbor) squad Thursday in 7A playoff action.

13. Spring-Ford (Royersford, Pa.)
Record:
10-0 | Last week: 14
The Rams early season dominance continues, outscoring opponents 87-6.

14. Doral Academy (Doral, Fla.)
Record:
24-2 | Last week: 16
The Firebirds scored 15 runs in three innings to open Florida 6A postseason play.

15. Lake Central (St. John, Ind.)
Record:
19-0 | Last week: 17
Grace Renschen has a five-game hit streak going and is one of five players to  hit three or more home runs for the Indians.

16. Judson (Converse, Texas)
Record:
28-1 | Last week: 18
The Rockets carry a 23-game win streak heading deep into 6A Texas state playoffs.

17. Mater Dei Catholic (Chula Vista, Calif.)
Record:
13-0 | Last week: 19
Giselle Garcia struck out 15 and allowed two hits in a 6-2 win on Saturday.

18. Williamsburg (Ohio)
Record:
15-0 | Last week: 21
The Wildcats have allowed seven runs in 15 games.

19. Barbe (Lake Charles, La.)
Record:
31-2 | Last week: NR
Arkansas commit Nyjah Fontenot hit 11 home runs and batted .530 on the season.

20. Salpointe Catholic (Tucson, Ariz.)
Record:
18-0 | Last week: NR
Senior Alyssa Aguilar struck out 11 Friday as the Lancers beat Sabino 10-0.

21. Bob Jones (Madison, Ala.)
Record:
29-3 | Last week: 12
The Patriots open 7A postseason play Tuesday.

22. Saint Francis (Mountain View, Calif.)
Record:
13-0 | Last week: NR
Jessica Oakland has nine home runs and is batting .620 to start the season.

Record: 13-1 | Last week: 15
The Spartans fell for the first time, losing 8-1 to a Los Alamitos playing really good ball.

24. South Gibson (Medina, Tenn.)
Record:
28-1 | Last week: 24
Senior Brooke Puckett has at least two or more hits in 12 games this season.

25. Westlake (Westlake Village, Calif.)
Record:
9-1 | Last week: 22
Kylie Chung hit a home run and struck out 11 batters Monday as the Warriors knocked off Agoura.

On the bubble: Rocklin (Calif.); Baylor (Chattanooga, Tenn.); Crown Point (Ind.); Mahopac (N.Y.); Benson (Ariz.)
Start dates for high school baseball/softball in all 50 states - OFFICIAL
Start dates for high school baseball/softball in all 50 states
High school baseball and softball seasons have always had staggered start dates among the 50 states, but COVID-19 has made the differences even more pronounced.

States that have an early February start date, such as Alabama, Florida, Georgia and Texas, are business as usual and have already begun play. However, some states that normally get started in late March have postponed start dates until mid- to late-April. Maryland may have the most delayed start date as it won't start until April 29.

At least five states have yet to determine a start or finish date, including Hawaii and four other Northeastern states.

Following are the start and state tournament dates for baseball and softball in each state as released by the state associations.
IMG Academy and Marcus (Texas) battle over the weekend.
Photo by Tommy Hays
IMG Academy and Marcus (Texas) battle over the weekend.
Alabama
Baseball — Underway/May 17-22
Softball — Underway/May 18-22

Alaska
Baseball — March 30/June 3-5
Softball — March 30/June 3-5

Arizona
Baseball — March 12/TBA
Softball — March 12/TBA

Arkansas
Baseball — March 1/May 13
Softball — March 1/May 13

California
Baseball — March 19 /June 22, 24, 26
Softball — March 19/June 22, 24, 26

Colorado
Baseball — May 3/June 25-26
Softball — Fall season

Connecticut
Baseball — April 10/TBD
Softball — April 10/TBD

Delaware
Baseball — March 22/TBD
Softball — March 22/TBD

Florida
Baseball — Underway/May 19-22
Softball — Underway/May 18-22

Georgia
Baseball — Underway/May 21-24
Softball — Fall season

Hawaii
Baseball — TBD/TBD
Softball — TBD/TBD

Idaho
Baseball — March 10/May 21
Softball — March 10/May 21

Illinois
Baseball — April 5/June 19
Softball — April 5/June 19

Indiana
Baseball — March 29/June 18-19
Softball — March 22/June 11-12

Kansas
Baseball — March 28/June 25
Softball — March 28/June 25

Kentucky
Baseball — March 29/June 16-19
Softball — March 29/June 17-20

Louisiana
Baseball — Underway/May 13/14/15
Softball — Underway/May 1

Maine
Baseball — TBD/TBD
Softball — TBD/TBD

Maryland
Baseball — April 29/May 22
Softball — April 29/May 22

Massachusetts
Baseball — Third week of March/Third week of June
Softball — Third week of March/Third week of June

Michigan
Baseball — March 26/June 19
Softball — March 26/June 19

Minnesota
Baseball — April 8/June 19
Softball — April 8/June 19
Claire Davidson, Lakewood Ranch
Photo by Stacy White
Claire Davidson, Lakewood Ranch
Mississippi
Baseball — Underway/May 25-29
Softball — Underway/May 13-15

Missouri
Baseball — TBD/TBD
Softball — Fall season

Montana
Softball — March 20/May 21-23

Nebraska
Baseball — March 18/May 15, 17-20
Softball — Fall season

Nevada
Baseball — April 16/TBA
Softball — April 16/TBA

New Hampshire
Baseball — April 12/TBA
Softball — April 12/TBA

New Jersey
Baseball — April 19/June 1-20
Softball — April 19/June 1-20

New Mexico
Baseball — April 10/June 21-26
Softball — April 10/June 21-26

New York
Baseball — TBD/TBD
Softball — TBD/TBD

North Carolina
Baseball — April 26/June 25-26
Softball — March 15/May 14-15

North Dakota
Baseball — April 2/June 3-5
Softball — April 2/June 3-5

Ohio
Baseball — March 27/June 10-12
Softball — March 27/June 3-5

Oklahoma
Baseball — Underway/May 13-15
Softball — Fall season

Oregon
Baseball — April 12/TBD
Softball — April 12/TBD

Pennsylvania
Baseball — March 26/June 17-18
Softball — March 26/June 17-18

Rhode Island
Baseball — TBD
Softball — TBD

South Carolina
Baseball — March 15/June 1-5
Softball — March 15/June 1-5

South Dakota
Baseball — March 18/May 31-June 1
Softball — Fall season

Tennessee
Baseball — March 15/May 25
Softball — March 15/May 25

Texas
Baseball — Underway/June 9-12
Softball — Underway/June 2-5

Utah
Baseball — Underway/May 28-29
Softball — Underway/May 24-28

Vermont
Baseball — TBD
Softball — TBD

Virginia
Baseball — April 26/June 26-27
Softball — April 26/June 26-27

Washington
Baseball — March 1/May 29
Softball — March 1/May 29

West Virginia
Baseball — March 17/June 3-5
Softball — March 17/ May 26-27

Wisconsin
Baseball — April 27/June 29-30 July 1
Softball — April 27/June 28-30

Wyoming
Softball — TBD/May 20-22