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Debreasha Powe named 2020-21 OFFICIAL Mississippi High School Girls Basketball Player of the Year - OFFICIAL
Debreasha Powe named 2020-21 MaxPreps Mississippi High School Girls 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.

Debreasha Powe of Meridian is the 2020-21 MaxPreps Mississippi High School Girls Basketball Player of the Year. The 6-foot junior was the key player in the Wildcats' 16-4 season, which was capped by reaching the Class 6A final four. With all but one player returning next season, the program will look to take the next step in 2021-22.

Powe averaged 19.6 points, 10.2 rebounds, 4.2 steals and 2.2 blocks per game. Though she is a post player, she can also step out and hit 3-pointers.

Not surprisingly, she has already received serious interest at the college level from Mississippi State.

Each state's MaxPreps Player of the Year will be considered for inclusion in the MaxPreps All-America Team.
Daeshun Ruffin named 2020-21 OFFICIAL Mississippi High School Basketball Player of the Year - OFFICIAL
Daeshun Ruffin named 2020-21 MaxPreps Mississippi 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.

Daeshun Ruffin of Callaway (Jackson) is the 2020-21 Mississippi High School Basketball Player of the Year. The 5-foot-9, 160-pound senior led the Chargers to a 10-1 record and the Class 5A state quarterfinals.

Ruffin averaged 33.1 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.8 steals per contest this season, including a season-high 39 points in Callaway's double-overtime state quarterfinal loss to Lake Cormorant.

Ruffin tallied 2,337 career points over his four-year career, carrying a career average of 25.4 points per contest.

A Mississippi signee, Ruffin is regarded as the No. 47 prospect in the Class of 2021 overall according to 247Sports. He chose the Rebels over offers from SEC rivals Alabama, Auburn, LSU and Mississippi State among others. He earned a spot on the McDonald's All American Game roster last month, though the showcase will not be played this year due to the pandemic.

Each state's MaxPreps Player of the Year will be considered for inclusion in the MaxPreps All-America Team.
California high school football player collapses on sideline, later dies - OFFICIAL
California high school football player collapses on sideline, later dies
The night high school football largely returned to California was met with tragic news near the state Capitol on Friday.

According to the Sacramento Bee, Kennedy (Sacramento) senior lineman Emmanuel Antwi collapsed on the sideline in the fourth quarter of the team's season opener at home with Hiram Johnson. He later died.

The game was stopped in the fourth quarter and did not resume after Antwi received medical attention, including 10 minutes of CPR, before being taken to a local hospital, according to media reports.

A Sacramento City Unified School District press release on Saturday read: "Today we learned that Emmanuel Antwi, a John F. Kennedy senior athlete, died after a medical emergency during Friday night's football game. We do not have many details to share beyond this. Our hearts go out to Emmanuel's family and our school community during this difficult time. We ask all to give them privacy and time for healing and comfort as they grieve."

A gofundme.com page was set up to help with Antwi's funeral costs. Along with request came this from the organizer: "After waiting months due to COVID-19, the first football game of the season was finally here! He just told his football coach that he finally got his driver's license. He was so excited. Emmanuel "Manny" was loved by so many and he was a great young man and he definitely was too young to pass away."

The high school football season resumed March 12 in some parts of the state, a year after sports were put on pause throughout the country due to the coronavirus pandemic. Friday, however, was the opening date for the majority of the football teams in California, including Kennedy.

Citing a National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) annual study, the Bee reported there have been 34 football-related deaths the last 10 years among middle and high school-age kids. None were reported during the 2020 fall season, which football was played by 35 states.


California high school softball: Preseason All Sac-Joaquin Section players to watch - OFFICIAL
California high school softball: Preseason All Sac-Joaquin Section players to watch
Softball fans are thrilled that the 2021 season is happening, and although there are no playoffs in the Sac-Joaquin Section and throughout California, it's a celebration the players will be on the diamond this spring.

MaxPreps will name a postseason All-Section softball team as normal. We encourage all coaches to get your stats into MaxPreps. It will help in our selection process.

Below are players to watch heading into the 2021 Sac-Joaquin Section softball season. If we are missing a player we should watch throughout the season at any point, please email [email protected]
Graphic by Ryan Escobar
Class of 2021

IF — Laila Alves, Lincoln
Status: Signed with Syracuse
A four year starter batting a career .370 for the Fighting Zebras.

IF — Acacia Anders, Vacaville
Status: Signed with Boise State
A career .536 batting average and seven home runs with the Bulldogs.

IF — Kristin Blake, Ponderosa (Shingle Springs)
Status: Committed to Sierra College
Had a base hit in all eight games played last season. Class of 2021 teammate Tegan Oas is another player to watch.

2B — Lauren Bryson, Pioneer (Woodland)
Status: Committed to Santa Clara
Hit seven home runs and batted .444 as a sophomore.

C — Jayla Castro, Rocklin
Status: Signed with UCLA
A big bat who is a rock behind the plate; can also play outfield and third base.

Status: Committed to South Carolina State
Career .466 on-base percentage and a solid glove at shortstop.

IF — Karli DalBianco, Liberty Ranch (Galt)
Status: Signed with Stanislaus State
A career .568 batting average with 52 RBI.

MIF — Angelina Deleon, Calaveras (San Andreas)
Status: Signed with University of Mississippi
A .507 batting average as a sophomore with 27 RBI.

P — Gabby De Leon, Pitman (Turlock)
Status: Signed with Menlo-Atherton
Was off to a perfect 6-0 start before season was called off last year.

P — Ashleigh Dendas, McClatchy (Sacramento)
Status: Signed with Cal State Fullerton
Struck out 437 batters in 211 innings for the Lions.

P — Ashley Goard, Pleasant Grove (Elk Grove)
Status: Signed with San Jose State
Does it all as a pitcher/first baseman and dominant hitter for the Eagles

P — Lexi Holihan, Vista del Lago (Folsom)
Status: Committed to San Francisco State
A force in both the circle and at the plate as a three year starter for the Eagles.

P — Kaylee Hunter, Ponderosa (Shingle Springs)
Status: Committed to Marymount
Struck out 62 batters in 35 innings in the shortened season.

C — Grace Kilday, Oak Ridge (El Dorado Hills)
Status: Committed to UC Davis
A solid catcher who has 42 hits so far as a Trojan.

P — Kennedie Magorian, Oakmont (Roseville)
Status: Signed with Grand Canyon University
Was off to a 3-0 start in 2020 in the circle and continues to get better each season.

IF — Claudia Medina, River City (West Sacramento)
Status: Signed with Utah State
In addition to softball, Medina also averaged over 12 points per game on the hardwood.

IF — Maddie Moore, Del Oro (Loomis)
Status: Signed with Clemson
The Golden Eagle senior hit .429 with six home runs and had a .429 OBP as a sophomore.

P — Hannah Ortega, Linden
Status: Signed with Bethune-Cookman
The lefty has struck out 453 batters at the same small school that produced Yankee slugger Aaron Judge.

MIF — Sydney Peterson, Franklin (Stockton)
Status: Signed with LSU
Batted over .600 with four home runs as a freshman for the Yellowjackets.

C — Brooklynn Pettis , Elk Grove
Status: Signed with Boise State
A career .414 hitter and 11 home runs for the Thundering Herd.

P — Kaleihavi Railback, Alpha Charter (Elverta)
Status: Uncommitted
She has struck out 266 batters in 148 innings.

UTIL — Hailey Seva, Granite Bay
Status: Signed with Chico State
A strong start to 2020 included two home runs and .600 average.

 IF — Johnna Schroeder, Lodi
Status: Signed with Stanford
Was batting .524 with a .600 OBP before the season was canceled in 2020.

Status: Committed to Mississippi Valley State
Was off to a hot start in 2020 with a .600 average and two home runs. She joins a talented group of seniors including Lauren Van Der Kamp.

P — Brook Thompson, Rocklin
Status: Signed with Boise State
Pitching in one of the toughest leagues in the section, Thompson has struck out 105 batters in 91 innings.

OF — Tai Wilson, Vanden (Fairfield)
Status: Signed with Seattle University
A career .564 batting average to go with 48 stolen bases and 16 doubles.

IF — Chloe Wong, Enochs (Modesto)
Status: Signed with Dayton
She was off to an incredible start in 2020 batting .720 with three home runs.

Class of 2022

C/IF — Lauren Asia, Bear Creek (Stockton)
Status: Uncommitted
Batted .323 as a freshman. She drove in 26 runs as well

IF — Tayler Biehl, Vista del Lago (Folsom)
Status: Committed to Arizona
A career .612 batting average in 116 at bats.

IF/P — Jenna Birch, Del Oro (Loomis)
Status: Committed to Oregon State
A pure athlete that can can play infield, pitch and even dominate on the basketball court.

Status: Uncommitted
The Mustang was batting .500 in 18 at bats before the season ended in 2020.

P — Ava Domenici, Lincoln
Status: Uncommitted
Will be the ace for a talented Zebra squad.

P — Emma Falen, Folsom
Status: Uncommitted
As a freshman she struck out 108 batters.

Status: Uncommitted
Started 2021 with a bang, already has two home runs in first two games.

P — Hazyl Gray, Vanden (Fairfield)
College: Uncommitted
Already 20-3 in the circle. Plus, she has a .412 batting average.

Status: Uncommitted
She has a tremendous glove and will be a four-year starter for the Falcons.

OF — Dakota Kennedy, Sheldon (Sacramento)
Status: Committed to Arizona
One of the top players in the country in the Class of 2022.

P — Hope Jenkins, St. Francis (Sacramento)
Status: Committed to UConn
Powerful right-handed pitcher who has been the Troubadours ace for the past two seasons.

C — Gracie Jenkins, St. Francis (Sacramento)
Status: Committed to UConn
A career .337 hitter with 17 total walks.

IF — D'auna Johnson, Sheldon (Sacramento)
Status: Committed to Cal
Originally committed to Oregon, Johnson is a player who can do it all with her glove and bat.

P — Malaya Johnson, Roseville
Status: Committed to Santa Barbara
She has a 0.87 ERA in 129 innings pitched.

IF — Grace Metej, Vista del Lago (Folsom)
Status: Committed to Utah State
Another one of the Eagles young talented players.

P/1B — Trisha McCleskey, Merced
Status: Committed to Cal State Fullerton
Has struck out 151 batters as a freshman with the Bears.

Status: Committed to Oregon State
Emerging as one of the top players in the Class of 2022.

Status: Committed to Santa Barbara
A career .443 batting average and one of many stars for the Tigers.

C/1B — Lily Peterson, Oakmont (Roseville)
Status: Committed to Chico State
Hit .385 with three home runs as a freshman.

UTIL — Kya Pratt, Lincoln
Status: Committed to Utah State
A career .347 hitter so far with the Zebras.

IF — Madison Redinger Oakmont (Roseville)
Status: Uncommitted
Hit .431 with eight home runs as a freshman. Also a stud on the basketball court.

UTIL — Rebecca Wetteland, Rocklin
Status: Committed to Boise State
The left-handed hitter can play all over the field for the Thunder.

P/1B — Brielle Wright, Rocklin
Status: Committed to Princeton University
Was off to a great start in 2020 with a .417 average at the plate and a 1.62 ERA in the circle.

C/UTIL —Reina Zermeno, Sheldon (Sacramento)
Status: Committed to San Jose State
Another big bat and great glove playing for the Huskies

Class of 2023

A big talent playing at a small school. She's a solid catcher who can smash the ball.

OF — Gracie Carpenter, Folsom
The Bulldogs got in three games in 2020, but Carpenter and fellow 2023 and travel teammate Isra Rauf are ones to watch.

UTIL — Tori Ceasri, Oak Ridge (El Dorado Hills)
The Trojans only got in two games last season, but Ceasri, Gracie Hopkins and Maddie Rivas are several 2023 players to keep an eye on.

P — Jenissa Conway, Marysville
The lefty can swing a good bat and be dominant in the circle.

P — Danni Farris, Lindhurst (Olivehurst)
Struck out 77 batters in 52 innings of work as a freshman. She also hit four home runs.

Harvell is one of the players who can do it all on the field.

IF — Jenna Joyce, Ponderosa (Shingle Springs)
Joyce joins Tatum Silva, Ana Niles and Whitney Montoya as a solid group of 2023 players looking to make an impact.

IF — Nailyn Marshall, Franklin (Elk Grove)
Marshall has all the tools. Her travel team teammate Kealani Nitta is another Wildcat to keep an eye on.

C/3B — Addie Mettler, Pitman (Turlock)
Had 14 hits in 22 at-bats to start to begin her varsity career.

P — Ariel Nava, St. Mary's (Stockton)
Started 6-0 with a 0.84 ERA to begin 2020.

P — Jaylee Ojo, Sheldon (Sacramento)
A tall and powerful pitcher for the top ranked Huskies.

IF — Alessandra Ramirez, Lincoln
The sophomore could be one of many talented Lincoln players.

IF — JJ Pena, River City (West Sacramento)
Off to hot start in 2020 hitting .692 with two home runs. Kayla Macias is another sophomore to watch for the Raiders.

UTIL — Abi Pikas, Pacheco (Los Banos)
Batted .613 in 21 at-bats for the Panthers.

P — Randi Roelling, Central Catholic (Modesto)
Hit three home runs in six games played in 2020 and also struck out 34 batters.

P — Aissa Silva , Elk Grove
The hard throwing left-handed pitcher could be one of the top pitchers in the section. Zoe Edwards is another talented sophomore on the Thundering Herd.

P — MaKayla Smith, El Camino (Sacramento)
Struck out 16 in 14 innings of work with a 1.00 ERA.

Was off to a great start to 2020 batting .571.

IF — Maddie Stephens, Casa Roble
Was pulled up to varsity last year and didn't disappoint, batting .600 with a home run.

P — Samantha Stoll, Inderkum (Sacramento)
Only allowed one hit in eight innings of work to begin her career.

IF — Morgan Sweet, Vista del Lago (Folsom)
Sweet, Olivia Manchester and Ally Morrissey are a few of the Eagles talented sophomores.

P — Rylei Trujillo, Center (Antelope)
In 27 innings pitched as a freshman, she struck out over half the batters she faced and had a 0.00 ERA. She is also joined by power-hitting sophomores Madyson Welch and Cheyenne Coldren.

UTIL — Maddie Ullensvang, Rio Americano (Sacramento)
Was off to a hot start in 2020 and will be a solid four year starter for the Raiders.

IF — Isabelle Vela, St. Francis (Sacramento)
Vela, Olivia McFarland and Jazzy Basquez all were up varsity as freshman.
Texas high school football: Klein Cain's four-star running back Jaydon Blue skipping senior season - OFFICIAL
Texas high school football: Klein Cain's four-star running back Jaydon Blue skipping senior season
Klein Cain's (Houston) four-star running back Jaydon Blue announced via Twitter on Thursday that he's forgoing his senior high school football season so he can focus on academics and the next level. The 2022 Texas commit was a first-team MaxPreps Junior All-America selection after rushing for 2,155 yards and 30 touchdowns in 11 games last fall.

He helped lead the Hurricanes to an 8-3 record and rushed for at least 200 yards in six games. Blue accounted for over 1,600 yards on the ground and 16 scores as sophomore.

"Football is a brutal sport, and the wear and tear associated with the RB position is undeniable... I plan to take this time to focus on my academics while enhancing my off-field training," Blue stated on Twitter. "This is an incremental step in hopes of one day fulfilling my NFL dream."

Blue showed during his high school career that he has a bright future ahead to potentially be a big-time running at the college and NFL level. He was the top-rated running back on 247Sports for the Class of 2022 and was the No. 31 overall prospect.

He leads a strong 2022 class at Texas and committed to the Longhorns a month after Steve Sarkisian was hired in January.

Other notable commits include Serra (Gardena, Calif.) four-star quarterback Maalik Murphy, Aledo (Texas) four-star safety Bryan Allen Jr., Lewisville (Texas) four-star wide receiver Armani Winfield, Memorial (Port Arthur, Texas) four-star cornerback Jaylon Guilbeau and North Shore (Houston) four-star defensive tackle Kristopher Ross.

Last season, some seniors opted out of playing because of the coronavirus pandemic and the uncertainty of what a season would look like. Additionally, some states moved the season to the spring and a lot of top-recruits enrolled in college early instead of playing their senior year.

It will be interesting to see if Blue starts a new trend in high school football with more top recruits electing to sit out their senior season to get ready for the next level and eliminate the chance of suffering a serious or career-ending injury.
Jaydon Blue, Klein Cain
Photo by Ken Murray
Jaydon Blue, Klein Cain