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Jabari Smith named 2020-21 OFFICIAL Georgia High School Basketball Player of the Year - OFFICIAL
Jabari Smith named 2020-21 MaxPreps Georgia 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.

Jabari Smith of Sandy Creek (Tyrone) is the 2020-21 MaxPreps Georgia High School Basketball Player of the Year. The 6-foot-10, 210-pound senior helped the Patriots go 28-5 en route to the Class AAA state championship game.

Smith averaged 23.4 points, 9.5 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 2.5 blocks per contest while shooting 56 percent from the field. He finished with over 1,900 career points.

In Sandy Creek's 57-49 state championship loss to Cross Creek, Smith tallied 19 points, 17 rebounds and four blocks.

Signed with Auburn, Smith is regarded as the No. 5 prospect in the Class of 2021 overall according to 247Sports. Alabama, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, North Carolina, Mississippi and Tennessee were among other college basketball programs to extend offers.

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.
California high school football: Behind sophomore Matayo Uiagalelei, St. John Bosco beats Servite 38-28 - OFFICIAL
California high school football: Behind sophomore Matayo Uiagalelei, St. John Bosco beats Servite 38-28
In one of the biggest high school football games of the spring season in California, 2019 MaxPreps national champion St. John Bosco (Bellflower) beat Servite (Anaheim) 38-28 Friday night. The first half was a defensive battle between the Trinity League rivals with Servite carrying a 7-3 lead into halftime.

Houston Thomas scored the only touchdown on a three-yard run with 10:04 left in the second quarter.

Both offenses got on track in the second half as Katin Houser led the Braves on a six-play, 62-yard drive to begin the third quarter capped by a 26-yard touchdown pass to four-star sophomore tight end Matayo Uiagalelei.

Bosco's defense forced a three-and-out on the Friars' opening possession of the third quarter and took momentum of the game on the following drive that began at its own one-yard line. Sophomore Pierce Clarkson came in under center for the next drive as head coach Jason Negro continued to alternate quarterbacks on each possession. The result was a 99-yard drive culminated with a three-yard touchdown pass to Chedon James.
Pierce Clarkson, St. John Bosco quarterback
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Pierce Clarkson, St. John Bosco quarterback
After only completing one pass in the first half, Servite's junior quarterback Noah Fifita started to find his rhythm and connected with five-star wide receiver Tetairoa McMillan four separate times on the ensuing drive after he was held without a catch in the first half.

Fifita scampered in from 11 yards out with 3:03 left in the third quarter to cut the Bosco lead to 17-14.

The Braves answered two plays later as three-star junior running back Jabari Bates took it 75 yards to the house to increase the lead to 24-14. He finished the night with 14 carries for 170 yards.

Fifita connected with McMillan on a 64-yard pass to get inside the red zone, then found the five-star receiver a couple of plays later for a three-yard score with 1:33 left in the third quarter to cut the lead to 24-21.

The biggest play of the game came on the following drive for St. John Bosco as it faced a fourth-and-eight on Servite's 12-yard line. Clarkson threw a perfect ball to the 6-foot-6, 265-pound Uiagalelei, who went up and snagged it for his second score of the night to take a 31-21 lead with 9:57 left.
Jabari Bates, St. John Bosco running back
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Jabari Bates, St. John Bosco running back
On the following Servite drive, Uiagalelei showed why he is being recruited as both a defensive end and tight end, pulling down Fifita with one arm for his first sack of the night.

After three-star junior linebacker Jalen Woods intercepted Fifita, Servite's defense forced a three-and-out and got the Friars the ball back inside Bosco territory. Fifita led them on a 35-yard drive capped with a three-yard touchdown run to cut the deficit to 31-28 with 5:18 left.

St. John Bosco responded with a 15-yard touchdown run by Michael Hayes with 1:54 left to take a commanding 38-28 lead.

The Braves improve to 3-0 with the win while the loss drops the Friars to 2-1.

Up next for St. John Bosco is JSerra Catholic (San Juan Capistrano) on April 3. Servite will look to bounce back against state No. 1 Mater Dei (Santa Ana).
Houston Thomas, Servite running back
Photo by Louis Lopez
Houston Thomas, Servite running back
Noah Fifita, Servite quarterback
Photo by Louis Lopez
Noah Fifita, Servite quarterback

High school baseball: New Hampshire school's 89-game run leads list of longest winning streaks - OFFICIAL
High school baseball: New Hampshire school's 89-game run leads list of longest winning streaks
In the spring of 2005, a pair of teams raced to claim the all-time longest high school baseball win streak from leader Archbishop Molloy (Queens, N.Y.), which had reportedly won 68 straight games from 1963 to 1966 under legendary coach Jack Curran.

And then in 2012, it happened all over again.

La Cueva (Albuquerque) was the first team to surpass Archbishop Molloy, doing so on April 2, 2005, with a doubleheader sweep of Highland that put La Cueva's win streak at 70. The Bears built their streak slowly, starting with the first victory in 2002 and stretching over four seasons. Rio Grande snapped La Cueva's streak with a rather convincing 17-8 win.

Homer (Mich.) took the quicker route to the national record. The Trojans went 38-0 in 2004 to win the Michigan Division III state championship and passed La Cueva on June 4, 2005, when it defeated Union City 14-3 in the district championships for win No. 71. Homer won four more games and advanced to the Division III state finals again before losing to Saginaw Nouvel.

The race between Portsmouth (N.H.) and Martensdale-St. Mary's (Martensdale, Iowa) in 2012 saw Portsmouth break the record twice and St. Mary's once. Portsmouth beat Pembroke Academy on May 12, it edged Homer for win No. 76 with a streak that started back in 2008. Portsmouth went on to win seven more games, another state championship and finished with 83 straight wins.

Like Homer, Martensdale-St. Mary's took a much quicker approach to the record. After setting a state record with a 43-0 record in 2010, the Blue Devils, who play in the summer, went 44-0 in 2012. They got the record with a 10-0 win over Twin Cedars on July 19, 2012 to put them at 84 in a row. Three more wins gave the Blue Devils a second straight state title.

But Portsmouth wasn't done. The Clippers won their first six games of the 2012 season to reclaim the national record at 89 before losing to St. Thomas Aquinas on April 30, 2012.

Martensdale-St. Mary's still had a chance to reclaim the record as well. But after winning their first game of the 2012 summer season, the Blue Devils fell  4-3 to Des Moines East on May 22 ending their streak at 88.

It turns out, however, that the original record Homer and La Cueva were chasing may have never actually existed. Archbishop Molloy, coached by Curran who won 1,708 baseball games in his 52-year coaching career, reportedly won 68 games between 1963 and 1966. However, there's reason to believe that those games were league games and they may have been a combination of fall and spring win streaks.
Calvary Christian ran a win streak to 60 games between 2016-18.
File photo by Marc Estrada
Calvary Christian ran a win streak to 60 games between 2016-18.
An article in the New York Daily News on June 19, 1966, stated that the 68 consecutive wins were "league" wins. Other reports about Curran's career in "The Beehive," a Molloy alumni newsletter, lists the 68 wins as league wins as well. Additionally, Al Harvin wrote about Curran in the New York Times in 1982, stating that he had only "one undefeated season, 36-0 in 1970," which doesn't make sense for a coach that was supposed to have won 68 games over a four-year span. Research by Barry Sollenberger of the National Sports News Service also indicated that the wins covered the fall and spring season.

So if Molloy didn't hold the record, Capitol Hill of Oklahoma City most certainly did. Capitol Hill won 66 in a row from 1952 to 1954, breaking the record of 65, set by Waxahachie (Texas) from 1924 to 1927.

One of the more improbable ends to a long streak came in 1985 in Tennessee. Unicoi County became the first team in the nation to hit over 100 home runs as a team, hitting 100 and 101 in the top of the seventh of the championship game to build a 5-0 lead. But in the bottom of the seventh, Chattanooga Central scored six runs, including a walk-off grand slam home run, to end the streak.

The win streaks are for spring seasons only and not for fall-to-spring win streaks. Cameron (Okla.) holds the longest win streak for fall-spring teams at 84 in a row. The Yellowjackets' streak stretched from the fall of 1988, to the spring of 1989, to the fall of 1989 to the spring of 1990. Roff (Okla.) could threaten that streak. The Tigers won 26 games in the fall of 2020 and went 33-0 in the spring of 2021 for a streak of 59 games in a row.

The most recent streak on the list belongs to Calvary Christian (Clearwater, Fla.), which won 60 in a row over the 2017 and 2018 seasons.

Sources include the NFHS record book, state association record books, Iwasatthegame.com (Oklahoma records) and research using newspapers.com. Additions or corrections, [email protected]

Longest baseball win streaks

1.    89 — Portsmouth (N.H.), 2008-12
2.    88 — Martensdale-St. Mary's (Martensdale, Iowa), 2010-12
3.    75 — Homer (Mich.), 2004-05
4.    70 — La Cueva (Albuquerque), 2002-05
5.    68 — Archbishop Molloy (Queens, N.Y.), 1963-66
6.    67 — Sumrall (Miss.), 2008-10
7.    66 — Capitol Hill (Oklahoma City, Okla.), 1952-54
8.    65 — Waxahachie (Texas), 1924-27
9.    64 — St. Benedict's Prep (Newark, N.J.), 1946-50
9.    64 — Naugatuck (Conn.), 1969-73

9.    64 — Nekoosa (Wis.), 1980-83
9.    64 — Edwardsville (Ill.), 1990-91
9.    64 — Enterprise (Utah), 1992-95
14.  61 — Evans (Ga.), 1988-90
15.  60 — Eaton (Colo.), 2008-10
15.  60 — Calvary Christian (Clearwater, Fla.), 2016-18
17.  59 — Kee (Lansing, Iowa), 1991-92
17.  59 — Evansville Reitz (Ind.), 1978-79
19.  58 — Wilton (Iowa), 2005-06
19.  58 — St. Cloud Cathedral (St. Cloud, Minn.), 2014-16

21.  57 — West Perry (Elliottsburg, Pa.), 1979-81
21.  57 — Wayne (Bicknell, Utah), 2006-09
23.  56 — Grand Haven (Mich.), 1960-62
24.  55 — Muskegon (Mich.), 1941-45
24.  55 — Unicoi County (Erwin, Tenn.), 1984-85
26.  54 — South San Antonio (San Antonio), 1966-68
26.  54 — Bowie (Md.), 1981-83
26.  54 — Cottonwood (Ala.), 1985-88
29.  53 — Garber (Okla.), 1960-61
29.  53 — Amsterdam (N.Y.), 1972-75

29.  53 — Omaha Northwest (Neb.), 1982-85
32.  52 — White Oak (Jacksonville, N.C.), 1978-80
32.  52 — Shawnee (Okla.), 2016-18
34.  51 — Panguitch (Utah), 2011-13
34.  51 — New Hope (Miss.), 1997-98
36.  50 — Lockhart (S.C.), 1972-74 (no longer fields baseball team)
36.  50 — Enterprise (Utah), 1984-88

High school basketball: Sierra Canyon junior Amari Bailey scores 35 in 70-54 win over short-handed Windward - OFFICIAL
High school basketball: Sierra Canyon junior Amari Bailey scores 35 in 70-54 win over short-handed Windward
Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth) extended its league win streak to 58 games Tuesday night, defeating Windward (Los Angeles) 70-54 in a battle of short-handed California powers. Multiple scratches put a damper on the anticipated conference battle as Chance Westry and Shy Odom joined an injured Bronny James on the bench while Windward was without star duo Dylan Andrews and Kijani Wright.

UCLA commit Amari Bailey made up for the missing pieces in a big way, finishing with a game-high 35 in the lopsided victory that saw eight player suit up for Sierra Canyon (6-0).

The five-star junior helped the Trailblazers overcome a slow start, scoring the first 14 points of the contest for Sierra Canyon, including all nine first-quarter points for his side.
Amari Bailey, Sierra Canyon
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Amari Bailey, Sierra Canyon
After trailing by one heading to the second quarter, Sierra Canyon methodically stretched out its advantage with a 17-4 second quarter and 24-15 third quarter to lead 50-29 heading into the final frame.

Sierra Canyon returns to action on Friday night as they travel to Crossroads (Santa Monica).

Windward (7-3), which was paced by a team-high 21 points from Brandon Richard, faces Brentwood School (Los Angeles) on Friday.
Brandon Richard, Windward
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Brandon Richard, Windward
Sierra Canyon's Bronny James motions to his teammates on the court.
Photo by Nick Koza
Sierra Canyon's Bronny James motions to his teammates on the court.

High school girls basketball rankings: Crown Point cracks OFFICIAL Top 25 after winning Indiana Class 4A state title - OFFICIAL
High school girls basketball rankings: Crown Point cracks MaxPreps Top 25 after winning Indiana Class 4A state title
A weird season may soon get weirder.

Just as some teams are celebrating their state titles and planning postseason banquets, California's 1,300 high schools may finally be ready to start playing.

Lawsuits across the state had been filed, urging the California Interscholastic Federation and state officials to allow basketball to be played despite county health department objections. The suits were based on the fact that football has been permitted – the first games will be Friday – so basketball should proceed as well.

According to one lawyer who filed a suit, state officials have agreed to allow basketball to move forward, though nothing has been signed yet. But even if the state doesn't agree, a court decision set for Friday could open the doors to gyms regardless.

Though this move might not mean every school in California will start playing but expect the top teams and bigger schools to be back in action sooner rather than later. There will be no state championships or major tournaments.

Practice could conceivably begin March 15 with the first games in early April and the schedule running through June – though all of that could easily change. Still, California coaches and players, who a few weeks ago had pretty much resigned themselves to a lost season, may be back on the court, as opposed to back in court, in a couple weeks.

And who knows? Maybe back in the national rankings before all is said and done.

NOTE: Coaches and team personnel are encouraged to update schedules and results on MaxPreps – especially those in the mix for MaxPreps Top 25 consideration. For assistance or questions, please reach out to [email protected]
Rori Harmon and No. 7 Cypress Creek have made short work of opponents thus far in the Texas Class 6A state tournament.
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Rori Harmon and No. 7 Cypress Creek have made short work of opponents thus far in the Texas Class 6A state tournament.
MaxPreps Top 25 Girls Basketball Rankings

Record: 19-0 | Last week: 1
As befits the No. 1 team in the country, Lake Highland Prep rolled to a Class 4A state championship, winning the title game 84-30 with a running clock in the second half. GEICO Nationals may be next for Prep.

2. Westlake (Atlanta, Ga.)
Record: 17-0 | Last week: 2
The next game in the AAAAAA state tournament will likely be against 26-0 Buford, which obviously will come into the game confident and ready to prove itself against the No. 2 team in the country.

3. Mount Notre Dame (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Record: 24-0 | Last week: 3
In early January, Centerville came to Mount Notre Dame and lost by nine. Wednesday, the two teams meet again in a regional semifinal on a neutral court. Since then, Centerville avenged its only other loss with a 22-point win, so this will be far from a walkover for the No. 3 team in the country.

4. Hopkins (Minnetonka, Minn.)
Record: 11-0 | Last week: 4
More than a few quality teams have circled the Hopkins game on their calendars with hopes to break the Minnetonka team's stranglehold on the state. The next to try will be No. 20 Chaska on Thursday – but note that the last 74 teams that have played Hopkins have lost.

5. Edison Academy (Detroit, Mich.)
Record: 6-0 | Last week: 5
Faces another challenge when once-beaten Arbor Prep comes to Detroit on March 11. Until then, though, it should be smooth sailing.

6. Incarnate Word Academy (St. Louis, Mo.)
Record: 24-0 | Last week: 6
Heavy favorite to win the District 5 and Class 6 championships. The biggest challenge should come from Kickapoo, which lost to IWA by five back in December.

7. Cypress Creek (Houston, Texas)
Record: 31-0 | Last week: 7
The Cougars have pasted their first four playoff opponents by an average margin of 42.5 points. But the state 6A semifinals, which start this weekend, will not be so easy.

8. Norman (Okla.)
Record: 15-0 | Last week: 8
Tulsa Union, which has lost just once, looks to be the biggest barrier on the way to a 6A title.

9. St. John-Vianney (Holmdel, N.J.)
Record: 11-0 | Last week: 9
A 62-55 win over a talented Trenton Catholic Academy team marks St. John-Vianney as the best in the Northeast. The season will conclude with a league tournament this weekend, but barring disaster, SJV has passed its biggest test.

10. Paul VI (Chantilly, Va.)
Record: 10-0 | Last week: 10
Season complete.

11. DeSoto (Texas)
Record: 25-2 | Last week: 11
DeSoto will have a chance to justify this ranking, despite those two losses, should it find its way to a 6A playoff game against unbeaten No. 7 Cypress Creek.

12. Newark (Ohio)
Record: 25-1 | Last week: 12
Set to play 21-1 Dublin Coffman or 18-3 Reynoldsburg on Friday with the winner advancing to the Division I final four. But Reynoldsburg has lost to Newark twice already this season and coaches will tell you beating a good team three times in a row is no easy task.

13. Grandview (Aurora, Colo.)
Record: 11-0 | Last week: 13
Two relatively easy regular season games remain before the 5A playoffs begin.

14. Princess Anne (Virginia Beach, Va.)
Record: 10-0 | Last week: 14
Season complete

15. Fremont (Plain City, Utah)
Record: 23-0 | Last week: 15
A state title run along with a spot in the MaxPreps Top 25 will likely have to go through once-beaten Herriman.

16. Ponchatoula (La.)
Record: 31-0 | Last week: 17
The Green Wave are two wins away from capturing the Class 5A state title.

17. New Hope Academy (Landover Hills, Md.)
Record: 12-3 | Last week: 22
An unforgiving schedule continues with unbeaten Westtown on the road Friday. A win there might just earn New Hope a trip to GEICO Nationals.

18. Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.)
Record: 21-2 | Last week: 18
Barring an unexpected GEICO Nationals invitation, the season is most likely complete.

19. Rutgers Prep (Somerset, N.J.)
Record: 10-0 | Last week: 19
Big test ahead Saturday against Saddle River Day.

20. Chaska (Minn.)
Record: 12-0 | Last week: 20
Maybe Chaska was looking ahead a little – the final score against Wayzata was just 61-59, but a win's a win. And the win sets up Thursday's home game against No. 4 Hopkins as one of the best in the country.

21. Hazel Green (Ala.)
Record: 35-1 | Last week: 21
Meets Carver Montgomery on Wednesday for the Class 6A title in a rematch of a game Hazel Green won by nine points earlier this season.

22. American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.)
Record: 25-2 | Last week: 24
Became the sixth team in Florida history to win four state titles in a row, and the 5A title didn't come easily. Palm Bay, like American Heritage, has plenty of Division I talent, and the 41-36 win was a battle from tip to horn.

23. Bearden (Knoxville, Tenn.)
Record: 27-1 | Last week: 23
In the strange world of Tennessee's postseason, Bearden and Maryville will play for the AAA Region 2 District 4 title Wednesday – but both the winner and loser will still move on.

24. Pius X (Lincoln, Neb.)
Record: 23-0 | Last week: 25
After disposing of Millard North on Tuesday, Pius X moves to the Class A semifinals. Look for Fremont and Millard South to be the toughest outs.

25. Crown Point (Ind.)
Record: 25-1 | Last week: NR
Jumps into the rankings thanks to winning the Indiana Class 4A title. The only loss of the season came at the hands of Silver Creek (Sellersburg), which just won the 3A championship.

Dropped out: No. 16 Anderson County (Lawrenceburg, Ky.)