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High school basketball: NFHS opens door for states to adopt 35-second shot clock - OFFICIAL
High school basketball: NFHS opens door for states to adopt 35-second shot clock
Beginning with the 2022-23 season, states can decide to adopt and use a 35-second shot clock for high school basketball games. The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) approved the measure that leaves open the door for major change across the hardwood landscape in coming years.

Nine states use either a 30- or 35-second shot clock, but the adoption of Rule 2-14 says that each state association may adopt a shot clock beginning in the 2022-23 season — according to guidelines outlined in the Basketball Rules Book — to encourage standardization among states.

“We provided the committee with a lot of information regarding the shot clock, including responses to a 46-question survey sent to states currently using a shot clock,” said Theresia Wynns, NFHS director of sports and officials and liaison to the Basketball Rules Committee.

Prior to the 2020-21 season, the Georgia High School Association approved a phase-in of a 30-second shot clock for all varsity boys and girls basketball games, becoming the ninth state to adopt a shot clock.

The Peach State joined California, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Dakota and Washington as the only states to use a 30- or 35-second shot clock.

Guidelines approved by the NFHS include displaying two timepieces connected to a horn that is distinctive from the game-clock horn, and using an alternative timing device, such as a stopwatch at the scorer’s table, for a shot clock malfunction. The guidelines also allow for corrections to the shot clock only during the shot-clock period in which an error occurred and the officials have definite information relative to the mistake or malfunction.

Although a proposal for a national rule mandating a shot clock was not approved, the ruling is likely to bring momentum to the shot-clock movement across high school basketball.

According to the most recent NFHS High School Athletics Participation Survey, a total of 540,769 boys participated in basketball in 18,617 schools, and 399,067 girls participated in the sport in 18,210 schools across the country. It is the third-most popular sport for boys and girls.

The NFHS paved the way for states to adopt a 35-second shot clock, like the one used in the 2019 Washington 3A semifinals.
File photo by Paul Caldwell
The NFHS paved the way for states to adopt a 35-second shot clock, like the one used in the 2019 Washington 3A semifinals.

Watch: Nation's No. 1 high school football quarterback Sam Huard opens senior season with 495 yards, 7 touchdowns - OFFICIAL
Watch: Nation's No. 1 high school football quarterback Sam Huard opens senior season with 495 yards, 7 touchdowns
Sam Huard made up for lost time in a hurry. The five-star Kennedy Catholic (Burien, Wash.) senior quarterback threw for 495 yards and seven touchdowns in last week's 49-14 season-opening win over Tahoma.

According to the Tacoma Tribune, the University of Washington signee threw for 341 yards and five touchdowns in the first half alone before the Lancers pumped the brakes. Huard is 805 yards shy of breaking the state career passing record of 13,044 set by Brett Rypien of Shadle Park (Spokane) from 2011 to 2014.

Like most of the West Coast, Kennedy Catholic has been paused from football since the fall of 2019 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Lancers resumed play with a bang as a double pass found its way back to Huard on the game's first play on Friday. The 6-foot-2, 190-pound left-hander fired a 46-yard pass to Reed Shumpert, who four plays later caught a TD pass. Huard finished with 26 completions in 35 attempts.

He's thrown for 12,240 career yards and 139 touchdowns. The Lancers travel Friday to Decatur (Federal Way).

“I just wanted to take a moment and see all my teammates and my coaches and just be out here together,” Huard told the newspaper after Friday's games. “Just being able to play with these guys, it means the world to me. ... That’s the only thing that matters to me at the end of the day is just being out here playing the game that I love with my teammates.”

Huard is ranked the No. 11 player overall nationally in the Class of 2021 by 247Sports composite, and the No. 1 pro-style quarterback prospect. His father Damon and uncle Brock both played quarterback in the NFL.
Sam Huard, Kennedy Catholic
File photo by Glen Moffit
Sam Huard, Kennedy Catholic



High school football: DJ Uiagalelei, JT Daniels lead list of Top 10 players from Southern California rivals Mater Dei, St. John Bosco - OFFICIAL
High school football: DJ Uiagalelei, JT Daniels lead list of Top 10 players from Southern California rivals Mater Dei, St. John Bosco
Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) and St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.) hasn't just become the best high school football rivalry in California but has emerged as one of the best in the entire country. The Monarchs have finished ranked inside the Top 10 national rankings the last four years while the Braves have done it in five straight seasons.

The next man up at Clemson, DJ Uiagalelei, led St. John Bosco to a 2019 MaxPreps National Championship after leading the Braves to a wild 39-34 win over the Monarchs in the CIF Southern Section Division 1 title game. Bosco knocked off De La Salle (Concord) two weeks later in the CIF Open Division championship to win the school's third state title since 2013.

Two years prior, JT Daniels led the Monarchs to a wire-to-wire finish as the No. 1 team in high school football and they never trailed in any game en route to a perfect 15-0 season.

These two programs have produced some of the best talent in the country and especially as of late.

Alabama's Tommy Brown, Oregon's Jaylin Davies, former UCLA tight end Thomas Duarte, Oregon's Mase Funa, Michigan's Darion Green-Warren, former USC star Khaled Holmes, UCLA's Mike Martinez, Washington's Myles Murao, Oklahoma's Chris Murray, California's Nikko Remigio and USC's Solomon Tuliaupupu are just some of the notable former Mater Dei Monarchs who were left off the Top 10 alumni list.

Former California defensive back Traveon Beck, Washington's Terrell Bynum, Clemson's Beaux Collins, former Colorado star Shay Fields, Boise State's George Holani, Oregon's Kris Hutson, Washington's Trent McDuffie, former NFL cornerback Leon McFadden, Stanford's Drake Metcalf, former Notre Dame and UConn linebacker D.J. Morgan and UCLA's JonJon Vaughns are some of the former St. John Bosco Braves that just missed the cut.

The following is the top 10 alumni (in alphabetical order) from the two schools in a lead-up to Saturday's 7 p.m. showdown at Santa Ana Stadium.
Graphic by Ryan Escobar
Mater Dei

Matt Barkley | QB | Class of 2009
Finished his high school career throwing for 9,471 yards and 79 touchdowns. Barkley was the top-rated player from the Class of 2009 and became the first non-senior to be named the Gatorade Football Player of the Year and Athlete of the Year during his junior season.

JT Daniels | QB | Class of 2018
The Monarchs all-time leader in career passing yards (12,014) and passing touchdowns (152) was named the MaxPreps Player of the Year and Gatorade Player of the Year after leading Mater Dei to a wire-to-wire finish as the No. 1 ranked team in the country during the 2017 season.

Matt Grootegoed | LB | Class of 2000
Dominated on both sides of the ball during his Monarchs career. Grootegoed had 268 tackles, nine interceptions and eight forced fumbles on defense during his final two seasons, while rushing for over 2,500 yards and 35 touchdowns on offense. Grootegoed was a five-star recruit and second-rated outside linebacker in the Class of 2000, according to 247Sports composite rankings.

John Huarte | QB | Class of 1961
The first of two players in school history that has won the Heisman Trophy. The former Notre Dame star won the award in 1964 and beat out the likes of Jerry Rhome, Dick Butkus and Bob Timberlake.

Matt Leinart | QB | Class of 2001
Joined Huarte in 2004 as the only other player in Mater Dei history to win the Heisman Trophy. Named the California Gatorade Football Player of the Year during his senior season after throwing for over 2,800 yards and 28 touchdowns. Leinart was the fourth-rated pro-style quarterback in the Class of 2001 and went on to lead USC to a BCS National Championship in 2004 and was selected 10th overall by the Arizona Cardinals in the 2006 NFL draft.

Todd Marinovich | QB | Class of 1988
Spent his first two years of high school at Mater Dei before transferring to Capistrano Valley (Mission Viejo, Calif.) and was the first freshman to start under center for Bruce Rollinson. He threw for 4,358 yards and 34 touchdowns in two seasons as the starter for the Monarchs and finished his high school career with over 9,900 yards passing. Marinovich was selected 24th overall in the 1991 NFL draft by the Los Angeles Raiders.

Bru McCoy | ATH | Class of 2019
Named the MaxPreps Player of the Year after leading the Monarchs to their second consecutive CIF Open Division state title during his senior season. He finished the 2018 season with 78 receptions for nearly 1,500 yards and 18 touchdowns while racking up five sacks on defense. McCoy was a five-star recruit and was the ninth-rated player overall in the Class of 2019, according to 247Sports composite rankings.

Amon-Ra St. Brown | WR | Class of 2018
He was Daniels' favorite target during his final two years and had 113 receptions for 2,549 yards and 41 touchdowns. St. Brown was a five-star recruit and was the second-rated wide receiver in the Class of 2018, according to 247Sports composite rankings.

Elias Ricks | CB | Class of 2020
Had 14 interceptions during his sophomore and junior season. He had three pick-sixes in the first half in a 48-14 win over Centennial (Corona, Calif.) in the CIF Southern Section Division 1 semifinals. Ricks transferred to IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) for his senior season and the five-star recruit was the second-rated cornerback in the Class of 2020, according to 247Sports composite rankings.

Bryce Young | QB | Class of 2020
Named the MaxPreps Co-Junior of the Year with Zach Evans in 2018 and followed that up being named the Co-Player of the Year with DJ Uiagalelei in 2019. Transferred to Mater Dei before his junior season and accounted for over 9,000 yards of total offense and 111 touchdowns during his two years as the starter. Young was the top-rated player overall in the Class of 2020, according to 247Sports.

St. John Bosco

Wyatt Davis | OL | Class of 2017
Helped the Braves to a CIF Open Division state championship during his senior season and was the top-rated offensive guard in the Class of 2017, according to 247Sports composite rankings.

Todd Husak | QB | Class of 1996
The only player featured that did not play for current head coach Jason Negro. Husak threw for over 1,700 yards and 15 touchdowns during his senior season before going on to play for Stanford. He led the Cardinal to their first Rose Bowl appearance in 28 years and was selected in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL draft by the Washington Redskins.

Damien Mama | OL | Class of 2014
Was the leader in the trenches for the Braves when they won the school's first CIF state championship during his senior season in 2013. Mama was the top-rated offensive guard in the Class of 2014, according to 247Sports composite rankings.

Sean McGrew | RB | Class of 2016
Rushed for 1,800-plus yards in each of his final three seasons and played a major role as a sophomore when the Braves won the CIF Open Division state championship. In a 70-49 win over Centennial (Corona, Calif.) in the CIF Southern California Open Division championship game he accounted for 448 total yards and seven touchdowns. Finished his high school career with 5,762 yards rushing and 76 touchdowns to go with 745 yards receiving and nine scores.

Josh Rosen | QB | Class of 2015
The top-rated quarterback from the Class of 2015 finished his high school career throwing for 8,743 yards and 90 touchdowns to go with 1,139 yards rushing and 14 scores. During his junior season, he led the Braves to a CIF Open Division state title snapping De La Salle's (Concord) 40-game winning streak in a 20-14 victory.

Chris Steele | CB | Class of 2019
Locked down the top wide receivers in the country during his final three years at Bosco and helped lead the Braves to a CIF Open Division state championship during his sophomore season. Named to the MaxPreps All-American first team in 2018 along with Ricks, Derek Stingley and DeMarcco Hellams. Steele was the fifth-rated cornerback in the Class of 2019, according to 247Sports composite rankings.

DJ Uiagalelei | QB | Class of 2020
Named the MaxPreps Co-Player of the Year with Young during his senior season after leading the Braves to a national championship. Finished his high school career as Bosco's all-time leader in passing yards (10,496) and passing touchdowns (127). Uiagalelei was the second-rated player overall in the Class of 2020, according to 247Sports.

Jaleel Wadood | ATH | Class of 2014
One of the best all-around football players to ever wear a St. John Bosco jersey. During his senior year, he played a huge role on defense, offense and special teams leading the Braves to their first state championship. He finished that season with 115 tackles and four interceptions on defense and had 78 receptions for 1,293 yards and 21 touchdowns on offense. Wadood still owns the record for most receiving touchdowns in a single-season and finished his final three years of high school with 288 tackles and 10 interceptions.

Kourt Williams | LB/S | Class of 2020
Williams did it all on defense for the Braves and was one of the most versatile players in Bosco history. He lined up everywhere and made a huge impact for the No. 1 team in the country during his senior season. Finished his final two years of high school with 135 tackles while leading the Braves to a 26-2 record during that span playing against the best competition in the nation.

Jaiden Woodbey | S | Class of 2018
Spent his final two years of high school at Bosco after transferring from Upland (Calif.). Woodbey helped the Braves win a CIF Open Division state title during his junior season and finished his final two seasons with 127 tackles, six interceptions and two forced fumbles. He was the 35th-rated prospect overall in the Class of 2018 and fourth-rated safety, according to 247Sports composite rankings.
High school sports: Southern California regionals announced; No NorCal regionals, state track and field meet - OFFICIAL
High school sports: Southern California regionals announced; No NorCal regionals, state track and field meet
The California Interscholastic Federation announced Wednesday its plan to hold one-week Southern California regional playoffs in seven sports, including basketball, baseball and softball, starting June 5 and ending June 26. The other sports include soccer, tennis, boys volleyball and golf.

Because only two of six Northern California sections — Central Coast and Oakland — are even holding playoffs, there will be no Northern California regionals. That also means for a second straight year there will be no state track and field or state swimming and diving championships.

The 2021 state track and field meet, scheduled for Buchanan High school in Clovis, would have been the 102nd in history. 

The CIF, which only takes over playoffs at the regional and state level, had no choice. The organization's hands were tied. Section champions feed into the regional playoffs and with no champs to advance, regionals were impossible. 

"Ultimately with only CCS and Oakland offering playoffs, regional playoffs in the North weren't feasible," CIF Executive Director Ron Nocetti said. "We wanted to wait as long as possible to make sure there were no update or changes (with the sections)."

Though disappointed that his athletes can't move on, CCS commissioner Dave Grissom said he's heard no complaints.

"This pandemic has been absolutely life changing and life altering for so many families," he said. "In the big scheme of things, for there not to be Northern California championships is OK. It's completely OK. It's just one of those things. It was impossible to pull off. I haven't heard one coach, athletic director or school be upset about it."
San Diego Section powers Mater Dei Catholic and Cathedral Catholic figure to reach the Southern California championships, which conclude June 26. Mater Dei Catholic is ranked 19th nationally by MaxPreps.
File photo by Rudy Schmoke
San Diego Section powers Mater Dei Catholic and Cathedral Catholic figure to reach the Southern California championships, which conclude June 26. Mater Dei Catholic is ranked 19th nationally by MaxPreps.
All four Southern California sections — the Southern, San Diego, Los Angeles and Central — will finish up their playoffs in late May or early June and then enter a one-week regional playoff.

The section playoffs must be completed by the following dates in these respective sports: boys and girls soccer (May 29), boys and girls team tennis (May 29), boys volleyball (June 5), boys and girls golf (June 12), boys and girls basketball (June 12), baseball (June 19) and softball (June 19).

The last date for regional championships for each sport: boys and girls soccer (June 5), boys and girls team tennis (June 5), boys volleyball (June 12), boys and girls golf (June 15), boys and girls basketball (June 19), baseball (June 26) and softball (June 26).

With just one week to complete tournaments, each bracket will be no more than eight teams. That will create many more brackets than normally, especially in basketball.

Teams and student athletes will likely be faced with many conflicts, concerning both graduation and club teams. Nocetti is hoping for flexibility in all cases.

"We understand that section championships are top priority," Nocetti said. "But we hope those teams communicate as soon as possible their plans on participation at regionals."

The Southern California baseball and softball regionals should be very interest. Currently, three SoCal teams are in the MaxPreps Top 25 national baseball rankings and four SoCal softball squads are among the nation's 25 best.
CIF's announcement and schedule released Wednesday about Southern and Northern California playoffs.
CIF's announcement and schedule released Wednesday about Southern and Northern California playoffs.


High school basketball: No. 1 Montverde Academy survives GEICO Nationals upset bid with 51-49 win over AZ Compass Prep - OFFICIAL
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