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High school football: Valdosta program hit with $7,500 fine, postseason ban for using ineligible players - OFFICIAL
High school football: Valdosta program hit with $7,500 fine, postseason ban for using ineligible players
Valdosta (Ga.), the winningest high school football program in history, was hit with a historic punishment this week by the Georgia High School Association over alleged recruiting violations and lack of institutional control, according to media reports.

The school was fined $7,500 and the football team banned from the 2021 postseason as five players from the 2020 team were deemed ineligible. Valdosta finished 7-5 last season and reached the AAAAAA semifinals. The school's 939 wins are the most in prep history, though victories with ineligible players become forfeits.

Valdosta coach Rush Propst remains on administrative leave last month after allegedly asking former booster club director Mike Nelson for "funny money" to help recruits and their families with rent and other expenses.

GHSA Executive Director Robin Hines announced the fines as $1,000 for each of the five ineligible players as well as $2,500 for "lack of institutional control."

"The evidence is clear that this is not an isolated instance (of recruiting) and that Coach Probst (sic) and members of the Valdosta Touchdown Club have on other occasions contacted other student athletes or their families and provided gifts of money, payment of utilities and housing incentives in an attempt to persuade those student athletes to transfer to Valdosta High School," Hines told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Among the ineligible players was Jake Garcia, who transferred to Valdosta from California. He played one game for Wildcats before being declared ineligible and transferring to Grayson, where he helped the Rams to a AAAAAAA title. Garcia is now enrolled at the University of Miami.

Propst owns a career record of 299-92 and has won seven state titles during a high-profile, 30-year, seven-school career that included an eight-year stint at Hoover (Ala.), which was featured on MTV's popular "Two-A-Days" reality show. He resigned there in 2007 mired in controversy, and was dismissed from Colquitt County (Moultrie, Ga.) in 2019 after more alleged impropriety.

The school has seven days to appeal to the GHSA.

Propst declined comment on any allegation or GHSA's ruling, but told the AJC, "We've got to let the (appeals) process play out, and we respect that process, and hopefully we'll get to the bottom of this."
Rush Propst, Valdosta
File photo by Gary McCullough
Rush Propst, Valdosta

Alex Germer named 2020-21 OFFICIAL Montana High School Basketball Player of the Year - OFFICIAL
Alex Germer named 2020-21 MaxPreps Montana 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.

Alex Germer of Sentinel (Missoula) is the 2020-21 MaxPreps Montana High School Basketball Player of the Year. The 6-foot-7 senior helped the Spartans go 17-3 en route to the Class AA semifinals.

Germer averaged 24.1 points and 6.3 rebounds per contest while knocking down 44 percent of his 3-point shots.

Germer eclipsed the 1,000-point mark for his career in an 88-62 victory over Big Sky (Missoula), finishing a special night with 51 points and breaking the Class AA record with 13 3-pointers.

Committed to Montana State, Germer is regarded as one of the state's top prospects.

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.
OFFICIAL/WBCA Players of the Week: January 18-24 - OFFICIAL
MaxPreps/WBCA Players of the Week: January 18-24
The Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) has announced its High School Players of the Week presented by MaxPreps and Wilson Sporting Goods.

Player of the Week honors are awarded to a deserving student-athlete who demonstrated outstanding play in her respective region of the country. Head coaches submit nominations each week and the WBCA selects the individual based on stats that were submitted.

The WBCA leads, serves and unites coaches of women's basketball for the good of the game and those who play it.

Here are this week's honorees:

Region 1:
Avery Burns, Nauset Regional (North Eastham, Mass.)

Region 2:
Montana Paul, Halifax (Pa.)

Region 3:
Cate Carlson, Catholic (Virginia Beach, Va.)

Region 4:
Lilliann Frasure, North Judson-San Pierre (North Judson, Ind.)

Region 5:
Cady Pauley, Milan (Mo.)

Region 6:
Hayleigh Breland, Stone (Wiggins, Miss.)

Region 7:
Leslie Luna, Wendover (Utah)

Region 8:
Rhys Cannava, Soldotna (Alaska)

Region 9:
Bella Vinson, Coffee County Central (Manchester, Tenn.)

To obtain a coach's login or for questions about our player of the week programs, please contact Aaron Hendricks (E-Mail: [email protected] Phone: (530)313-5158)
OFFICIAL/AVCA Player of the Week - OFFICIAL
MaxPreps/AVCA Player of the Week
MaxPreps/AVCA High School Player of the Week
For the week of Feb. 8-14

Virginia
OH | Senior | 6'0
7 Sets Played

Kills: 23
Kills/Game: 3.29
Digs: 24
Digs/Game: 3.43
Receptions: 24
Rcpt/Game: 3.43
Aces: 3
Blocks: 2

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
OFFICIAL/AVCA Players of the Week - OFFICIAL
MaxPreps/AVCA Players of the Week
MaxPreps/AVCA High School Players of the Week
For the week of Nov. 9-15

Arizona
6'2" | Senior | OH/MH
6 Sets Played
Kills: 33
Kills/Game: 5.5
Digs: 14
Digs/Game: 2.333
Receptions: 17
Rcpt/Game: 2.83
Aces: 1
Blocks: 1

Connecticut
Senior | S
10 Sets Played

Assists: 80
Assists/Game: 8
Team Hitting%: 0.189
Digs: 43
Digs/Game: 4.3
Aces: 13
Blocks: 1

Florida
5'8" | Sophomore | S
3 Sets Played

Assists: 31
Assists/Game: 10.33
Team Hitting%: 0.213
Digs: 11
Digs/Game: 3.67
Aces: 1
Blocks: 1

Louisiana
5'8" | Junior | S
10 Sets Played
Assists: 76
Assists/Game: 7.6
Team Hitting%: 0.190
Digs: 28
Digs/Game: 2.8
Aces: 3
Blocks: 2

Massachusetts
Senior | S
14 Sets Played

Assists: 89
Assists/Game: 6.36
Team Hitting%: 0.129
Digs: 32
Digs/Game: 2.29
Aces: 10
Blocks: 0

Michigan
5'9" | Sophomore | OH
9 Sets Played

Kills: 50
Kills/Game: 5.56
Digs: 31
Digs/Game: 3.44
Receptions: 37
Rcpt/Game: 4.11
Aces: 3
Blocks: 2

Minnesota
6'3" | Junior | MH
14 Sets Played

Kills: 56
Kills/Game: 4
Digs: 31
Digs/Game: 2.21
Receptions: 33
Rcpt/Game: 2.36
Aces: 5
Blocks: 13

Montana
6'4" | Senior | MH
10 Sets Played

Kills: 49
Kills/Game: 4.9
Digs: 19
Digs/Game: 1.9
Receptions: 16
Rcpt/Game: 1.6
Aces: 1
Blocks: 13

North Dakota
5'9 | Senior | OH
6 Sets Played

Kills: 28
Kills/Game: 4.67
Digs: 9
Digs/Game: 1.5
Blocks: 1

Ohio
6'0 | Senior | OH/MH
8 Sets Played

Kills: 25
Kills/Game: 3.13
Digs: 11
Digs/Game: 1.38
Receptions: 25
Rcpt/Game: 3.13
Aces: 3
Blocks: 5

Pennsylvania
Senior | OH/DS
9 Sets Played

Kills: 36
Kills/Game: 4
Digs: 41
Digs/Game: 4.56
Aces: 5

South Dakota
Corsica/Stickney (Corsica High School, SD), 19 - 3
Sophomore | S/DS
5 Sets Played

Assists: 58
Assists/Game: 11.6
Team Hitting%: 0.136
Digs: 17
Digs/Game: 3.4
Blocks: 1

Texas
6'0 | Senior | MH
10 Sets Played

Kills: 60
Kills/Game: 6
Digs: 34
Digs/Game: 3.4
Receptions: 31
Rcpt/Game: 3.1
Aces: 6
Blocks: 6

Virginia
Junior
8 Sets Played

Kills: 16
Kills/Game: 2
Digs: 25
Digs/Game: 3.13
Receptions: 9
Rcpt/Game: 1.13
Aces: 9
Blocks: 1

West Virginia
Junior
9 Sets Played

Kills: 75
Kills/Game: 8.33
Digs: 41
Digs/Game: 4.56
Receptions: 35
Rcpt/Game: 3.89
Aces: 4
Blocks: 8