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MaxPreps Photos of the Month: March
MaxPreps is known for its outstanding freelance professional photographers that cover high school sporting events, and the stellar images they capture are highlighted in the pro galleries.

Here are nine of the best photos published in galleries during the month of March from our network of photographers across the nation.
Texline (Texas) head coach Coby Beckner celebrates on the court with his players (background) after winning the  UIL Class 1A state championship game at the Alamodome in San Antonio.
Photo by Tommy Hays
Texline (Texas) head coach Coby Beckner celebrates on the court with his players (background) after winning the UIL Class 1A state championship game at the Alamodome in San Antonio.
Walden Grove (Ariz.) goalkeeper Ethan Itule makes a diving save en route to a 3-0 victory over Prescott in an AIA 4A state semifinal game.
Photo by Chris Stanley
Walden Grove (Ariz.) goalkeeper Ethan Itule makes a diving save en route to a 3-0 victory over Prescott in an AIA 4A state semifinal game.
A female diver soars above the pool during the CHSAA 3A State Diving Championships in Colorado.
Photo by Brent Murphy
A female diver soars above the pool during the CHSAA 3A State Diving Championships in Colorado.
Curtis (Wash.) receiver Issac Emanuel (top) goes over the shoulder of Puyallup defensive back Jaden Kolowitz trying to make the reception.
Photo by Vince MIller
Curtis (Wash.) receiver Issac Emanuel (top) goes over the shoulder of Puyallup defensive back Jaden Kolowitz trying to make the reception.
A Dana Hills (Calif.) goalie eyes an incoming shot during a game against host Aliso Niguel.
Photo by Ming Chung Lin
A Dana Hills (Calif.) goalie eyes an incoming shot during a game against host Aliso Niguel.
Lee's Summit's (Mo.) Alex Benassi splits two Liberty defenders for a layup during a MSHSAA state quarterfinal game.
Photo by David Smith
Lee's Summit's (Mo.) Alex Benassi splits two Liberty defenders for a layup during a MSHSAA state quarterfinal game.
A Glendora (Calif.) defender covers the face of a St. Lucy's player looking to pass the ball.
Photo by Donn Parris
A Glendora (Calif.) defender covers the face of a St. Lucy's player looking to pass the ball.
Two Northwest Christian (Ariz.) players battle a Parker player (middle) for a header.
Photo by Mark Jones
Two Northwest Christian (Ariz.) players battle a Parker player (middle) for a header.
Canyon (Texas) players celebrate wildly as the final seconds countdown in their victory over Hardin-Jefferson in the UIL Class 4A state championship game at the Alamodome in San Antonio.
Photo by Robbie Rakestraw
Canyon (Texas) players celebrate wildly as the final seconds countdown in their victory over Hardin-Jefferson in the UIL Class 4A state championship game at the Alamodome in San Antonio.
California high school sports: Southern Section to hold spring playoffs - OFFICIAL
California high school sports: Southern Section to hold spring playoffs
California's largest section announced Monday it will hold spring sports playoffs. Now will the other nine sections follow?

The Southern Section, which boasts nearly 600 schools, said it will hold playoffs in baseball, basketball, lacrosse, soccer, softball, team tennis, boys volleyball and dual meet wrestling. It's also working with health officials to conduct individual championships in golf, swimming, tennis, along with track and field.

There is no plans to add playoffs for football, which concludes its six-week season on Saturday. The North Coast Section, one of the other nine in the state, voted last month not to hold playoffs in the spring. That would allow all teams to hold longer regular seasons and more games.

Southern Section commission Rob Wigod made the announcement Monday morning, citing changing California Department of Public Heath guidelines for youth sports.

"As I have stated many, many times over the last year or so, the only constant thing we have had in this ever-changing environment is that things continue to change," Wigod wrote. "Today is no exception, and as we navigate through these latest developments, I am committed to making sure you are informed.

"One of our most important goals was to provide full regular seasons and section championships for those who had lost those opportunities last year. ... We are not done yet in completing this task, but it is a credit to all of you who have remained steadfast in your ongoing efforts to make it all happen."
Baseball teams like Canyon and Valencia now have a chance to play in the postseason following Monday's announcement by the Southern Section.
Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea
Baseball teams like Canyon and Valencia now have a chance to play in the postseason following Monday's announcement by the Southern Section.



High school football: Valdosta board will reconsider firing of embattled coach Rush Propst - OFFICIAL
High school football: Valdosta board will reconsider firing of embattled coach Rush Propst
Rush Propst, the well-traveled and embattled former high school football coach at Valdosta (Ga.), might get a second chance, media reports indicate. The Valdosta City Schools will revisit the coach's April 27 firing Monday after a board member who supported Propst motioned for the special meeting, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported Wednesday.

The school board voted 5-3 to dismiss the coach amid allegations of the coach illegally recruiting five players to Valdosta, including Californian Jake Garcia. However, Warren Lee, one of the three to back Propst, called for the board to reconsider the decision. An announcement post on the school board website read "Revisit non-renewal of head football coach at VHS - Mr. Warren Lee - action required."

That means the board could reinstate Propst, even after the Georgia High School Association upheld the $7,500 fine levied on the program in addition to forcing the school to forfeit seven wins in 2020 and banning the team from the 2021 playoffs.

In February, Propst was the subject of a lengthy deposition that alleged he was involved in recruiting, mishandling money and even interfering in the hiring process that brought him to the program to begin with. Michael Nelson, who has been involved with the Valdosta Touchdown Club booster organization for many years, said in his sworn deposition that Propst, among other things, paid for housing for two transfers, facilitated recruiting of players with the help of college coaches, asked for a "funny money" slush fund and meddled in his own hiring process.

Propst owns a career record of 299-92 – including 7-5 in his lone season at Valdosta – and has won seven state titles during a high-profile, 30-year career. He garnered national attention while at Hoover (Ala.), which was featured on MTV's popular "Two-A-Days" reality show. He resigned there in 2007 and was dismissed at Colquitt County (Norman Park, Ga.) in 2019 after being charged with lack of compliance, improper conduct with students, dishonesty and misuse of public funds and property.

The AJC reported Propst remains under investigation by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission, which can deny teaching certificates. The commission pulled Propst's credential after his Colquitt County dismissal, but regained in on appeal, leading to his hiring at Valdosta.
Former Valdosta coach Rush Propst
File photo by Gary McCullough
Former Valdosta coach Rush Propst
10 high school football stadiums named after NFL players as seen via Google Earth - OFFICIAL
10 high school football stadiums named after NFL players as seen via Google Earth
Video: Stadiums named after NFL players
See the view from above via Google Earth.

Athens (The Plains, Ohio) didn't waste any time in honoring its greatest athlete. It named the school's football stadium after Joe Burrow before he even took a professional snap from center.

According to Sports Illustrated, the Athens School District decided to rename the stadium after Burrow's heartfelt Heisman Trophy acceptance speech in which he named the school district.

Burrow's star continued to rise following the renaming as he led LSU to the national championship in January and was selected No. 1 in the NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals in April.

Joe Burrow Stadium is one of 10 stadiums and football fields featured in our Google Earth series, which takes a new view of gridirons named after NFL players. See the full list below.

Joe Burrow Stadium: The stadium is where Burrow threw for 11,416 yards in a career in which he earned all-state honors.
Tony Romo Field: The latest field to be renamed at Burlington (Wis.), Tony Romo Field is located at Don Dalton Stadium. Dalton was Romo's coach at Burlington during the 1996 and 1997 seasons.
Joe Montana Stadium: Before leading the San Francisco 49ers to four Super Bowl championships, Montana was an all-state quarterback at Ringgold (Monongahela, Pa.).
John Elway Stadium: Elway was an All-American during his final two seasons at Granada Hills Charter (Granada Hills, Calif.) after transferring from Washington. The stadium seats 4,000 people and is located in the San Fernando Valley.
Emmitt Smith Field: The NFL's all-time leading rusher got his start at Escambia (Pensacola, Fla.), where he rushed for 8,804 yards and was named All-American.
Ronnie Lott Stadium: A native of New Mexico, Lott moved to Rialto, Calif., at a young age and attended Eisenhower. The school renamed the stadium in honor of the Hall of Famer safety in 2009.
Walter Payton Field: While Walter Payton College Prep High School can be found in Chicago, where he played his entire NFL career, Walter Payton Field is found at his high school alma mater in Columbia (Miss.).
Tony Dorsett Stadium: The all-time leading rusher in NCAA history by the time he finished his college career at Pitt, Dorsett began his career at Hopewell (Aliquippa, Pa.), where he was one of the top recruits in the country in 1973.
Brian Piccolo Memorial Stadium: While many NFL players have come from St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), the stadium is named after a former Raider who was the subject of Emmy-winning movie "Brian's Song." Piccolo played for the Chicago Bears and died from cancer in 1970. Actor James Caan played the role of Piccolo in the 1971 TV movie.
Brady Family Stadium: The stadium at Serra (San Mateo, Calif.) is named not just for NFL quarterback Tom Brady, but for his family, as Brady requested. The stadium was renamed for the Brady family in 2012.
High school baseball rankings: Preseason No. 1 Jesuit climbs back up OFFICIAL Top 25 with 10-game win streak - OFFICIAL
High school baseball rankings: Preseason No. 1 Jesuit climbs back up MaxPreps Top 25 with 10-game win streak
Jesuit (Tampa, Fla.) began the season ranked No. 1 in the nation, but after a loss to Venice in early March, the Tigers dropped half a dozen spots in the MaxPreps Top 25 high school baseball rankings. After 10 straight wins, and losses by Barbe (Lake Charles, La.), Hamilton (Chandler, Ariz.), IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) and Calvary Christian Academy (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), Jesuit has moved back to No. 2 in the rankings behind top-ranked Buford (Ga.).

Hot on the heels of the Tigers is Madison Central. Led by All-American candidate Braden Montgomery, the Mississippi squad is undefeated at 15-0 and comes in at No. 3. Buford, however, has shown no signs of slowing down as All-American Dylan Lesko continues to shine and the rest of the pitching staff has sparkled as well in posting eight shutouts.

Dropped out: Lakeland Christian (Lakeland, Fla.), Calvary Christian (Clearwater, Fla.), Palm Beach Gardens (Fla.), Owasso (Okla.).

Game of the Week: IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) 2, Baylor (Chattanooga, Tenn.) 1. Baylor tied the game in the top of the seventh on a Jonathan Larrea RBI single, but IMG won the game in the bottom of the inning on a Nate Selmont walk-off home run.

Player of the Week:
Jake Dresselhouse, St. Mary's Prep (Orchard Lake, Mich.). In a doubleheader against Detroit Jesuit, Dresselhouse had two grand slams and drove in 12 runs.

Recruit Watch: Izaak Pacheco, Friendswood. One of the nation's top infielders, Pacheco had two triples and two home runs in last week's games for undefeated Friendswood.

Game to Watch: St. Thomas Aquinas vs. Archbishop McCarthy. Two of the top teams in Broward County meet this week. The Raiders are ranked No. 3 in the county by High School Baseball Network while Archbishop McCarthy is No. 8.
Jay Dill, Baylor
Photo by Alyson Boyer Rode
Jay Dill, Baylor
MaxPreps Top 25 high school baseball rankings

1. Buford (Ga.)
Record:
21-0 | Last week: 1
Results: Def. Dacula, 3-0; def. Central Gwinnett, 9--0.
Stats: Dylan Lesko picked up the win against Dacula, striking out six in five innings. Four pitchers combined for the shutout against Central Gwinnett, Buford's eighth shutout of the season.
Next: Wed./Fri. vs. Central Gwinnett.

2. Jesuit (Tampa, Fla.)
Record: 14-1 | Last week: 3
Results: Def. Bartow, 13-4; def. Sickles, 8-2. def. Palm Harbor University, 10-0.
Stats: Bradke Lohry hit a home run and BJ Graham went 3-for-5 with three RBI. Tyler Corish went 4-for-4 with two RBI against Sickles.
Next: Wed. vs. Cardinal Mooney.

3. Madison Central (Madison, Miss.)
Record:
15-0 | Last week: 4
Results: Def. St. Joseph Catholic, 9-1; St. Joseph Catholic
Stats: Braden Montgomery had a double and three RBI and also struck out seven for the win. Hunter Hines added three doubles.
Next: Thur./Fri. vs. Murrah.

4. Stoneman Douglas (Parkland, Fla.)
Record:
16-1 | Last week: 5
Results: Def. Somerset Academy, 12-0; def. West Broward, 8-3.
Stats: Chris Arroyo and Aiden Williams combined for a no-hitter against Somerset Academy while Roman Anthony had a home run.
Next: Thur. vs. Nova.

5. Barbe (Lake Charles, La.)
Record:
21-1 | Last week: 2
Results: Lost to Sam Houston, 6-4; def. Sulphur, 10-5.
Stats: Gavin Guidry struck out seven and went 2-for-3 in the 10-5 win over Sulphur.
Next: Thur./Sat. vs. Southside (Youngsville).

6. Hamilton (Chandler, Ariz.)
Record:
6-1 | Last week: 6
Results: Def. Chandler, 6-4; def. San Luis, 4-3, def. Basha, 7-5.
Stats: Tanner Holland and Roch Cholowsky each had a triple against San Luis. Josh Tiedemann had a double and a home run against Basha and also got the pitching win.
Next: Thur. vs. Basha.

7. Calvary Christian Academy (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
Record:
13-2 | Last week: 7
Results: Def. Western, 7-3; def. Westminster Academy, 6-0.
Stats: Kyle Tako had four doubles while Andrew Painter struck out nine against Western. Irving Carter had 10 strikeouts against Westminster Academy.
Next: Wed. vs. Hialeah Educational Academy

8. IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)
Record:
18-2 | Last week: 8
Results: Def. Bob Jones, 10-5; def. Baylor, 2-1; def. Allatoona, 8-3; def. Florence, 16-0; def. Champagnat Catholic, 11-1; def. St. John's Country Day, 6-1.
Stats: Evan Appelwick had a double and a triple against Bob Jones while Nate Selmont had a double and a home run against Baylor. Jackson Ferris also had eight strikeouts against Baylor. Tommy White and Elijah Green both had home runs against Allatoona; Drake Varnado had two home runs and Sam Hunt had a grand slam against Florence. Green also homered against Champagnat. Varnado also homered against St. John's.
Next: Wed/Thur. vs. IMG National Classic

9. Auburn (Ala.)
Record:
20-1 | Last week: 11
Results: Def. Cullman 9-3 and 4-1, def. Huntsville 6-4, def. Westminster Christian, 14-0.
Stats: Todd Clay and Riley Austin each hit home runs against Cullman in the first game while Patrick McGlon and Ryan Austin each had a home run in the second game. Ryan Austin also had a home run against Huntsville..
Next: Fri. vs. Cherokee County and Hewitt-Trussville

10. Carrollton (Ga.)
Record: 19-1 | Last week: 12
Results: Def. Rome, 3-2 and 13-0.
Stats: Colton Cosper got the win against Rome, striking out seven. He also went 2-for-3 with a double and five RBI in the 13-0 win.
Next: Wed./Fri. vs. Paulding County.

11. Sam Houston (Lake Charles, La.)
Record:
20-3 | Last week: 17
Results: Def. Barbe, 6-4; def. Comeaux, 8-1, 10-0.
Stats: Dallas Rhodes had a triple and got the pitching win against Barbe. He also went 2-for-4 in the first win over Comeaux. Dylan Thompson went 3-for-3 with two doubles and four RBI in the 10-0 win.
Next: Thur. vs. Lafayette.

12. Lake Travis (Austin, Texas)
Record:
20-2-2 | Last week: 13
Results: Def. Hays, 12-7; def. Austin, 6-1.
Stats: Cole Gibson had two doubles against Hays.
Next: Thur. vs. Austin

13. St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
Record:
12-1 | Last week: 15
Results: Def. Chaminade Madonna, 7-4.
Stats: Jack Clarke had a home run in the win.
Next: Mon. vs. Archbishop McCarthy.

14. Gregory-Portland (Portland, Texas)
Record:
21-0-1 | Last week: 16
Results: Def. Victoria East, 3-1.
Stats: Robbie Spencer went 2-for-3 with a home run and three RBI and also picked up the win, going six innings with nine strikeouts.
Next: Thur. vs. Ray.

15. St. Mary Prep (Orchard Lake, Mich.)
Record:
4-0 | Last week: 19
Results: Def. Catholic Central 5-0, 16-0; def. University of Detroit Jesuit, 16-0, 16-0.
Stats: Brock Porter struck out 10 in the first game against Catholic Central while John Essig struck out 10 in the second game. Alex Mooney also added a double and a triple and Ryan McKay had three doubles. Jake Dresselhouse went 3-for-3 with a triple and a grand slam with eight RBI in the first game against Detroit Jesuit. Mooney and Porter also homered. Dresselhouse also hit a grand slam in the second game while Ike Irish hit a home run.
Next: April 6 vs. Portage Northern.

16. Winder-Barrow (Winder, Ga.)
Record:
17-1 | Last week: 21
Results: Def. Lanier, 8-1; def. Habersham Central, 11-0, 6-4.
Stats: Brady House went 3-for-3 with a double an Dre Lewis hit a home run in the 11-0 win. Caleb Gentry went 2-for-3 with a triple in the second game.
Next: Fri. vs. Habersham Central.

17. Farragut (Knoxville, Tenn.)
Record:
9-0 | Last week: 22
Results: Def. Dobyns-Bennett, 10-0; def. Science Hill, 9-3; def. William Blount, 5-4.
Stats: Carson Bennett tossed a no-hitter with eight strikeouts against Dobyns-Bennett.
Next: Wed. vs. Hardin Valley

18. Baylor (Chattanooga, Tenn.)
Record: 5-1 | Last week: 20
Results: Def. Florence, 4-2; lost to IMG Academy, 2-1; def. Bob Jones, 4-1.
Stats: Danny Corona had two doubles, Cooper Kinney had a double and a home run and Jay Dill had a home run against Florence.
Next: Thur./Fri. vs. Briarcrest Christian.

19. Friendswood (Texas)
Record: 17-0 | Last week: NR
Results: Def. Santa Fe, 8-2; def. Texas City, 4-1; def. Ball, 10-0.
Stats: Izaac Pacheco had a triple and a home run against Santa Fe. He also had a triple against Texas City and a home run against Ball.
Next: Thur. vs. Goose Creek Memorial.

20. Reagan (San Antonio)
Record:
20-3 | Last week: 24
Results: Def. Churchill, 15-1; def. Roosevelt, 5-0.
Stats: Cole Tabor was 2-for-4 with three RBI against Churchill while Ryan Beaird hit a double with three RBI against Roosevelt.
Next: Thur. vs. Lee.

21. De La Salle (Concord, Calif.)
Record:
2-0 | Last week: 25
Results: Def. Tracy, 13-2.
Stats: Caleb Chance had a double and a triple against Tracy.
Next: Wed. vs. Granada

22. Thousand Oaks (Calif.)
Record:
6-0 | Last week: NR
Results: Def. Oaks Christian, 10-1; def. Westlake, 14-9.
Stats: Roc Riggio, Charlie Saum and Josh Melnick each homered against Oaks Christian. Saum also hit two out against Westlake while Dylan Jackson and Easton Rulli also homered.
Next: Thur. vs. Calabasas.

23. Braddock (Miami, Fla.)
Record:
16-0 | Last week: NR
Results: Def. Southridge, 9-4; def. Archbishop McCarthy, 7-0; def. Archbishop Carroll, 8-5.
Stats: Victor Davila homered against Southridge and also went 3-for-5 with four RBI against Archbishop McCarthy.
Next: Wed. vs. Belen Jesuit

24. Tompkins (Katy, Texas)
Record:
20-1-1 | Last week: 18
Results: Def. Cinco Ranch, 10-5; def. Langham Creek, 11-6, lost to Katy, 4-3.
Stats: Jace LaViolette had a double and a triple against Cinco Ranch. He also went 2-for-5 with three RBI.
Next: Thur. vs. Katy Taylor.

25. Jesuit (New Orleans)
Record:
21-1 | Last week: NR
Results: Def. Archbishop Hannan, 6-3; def. De La Salle, 12-1; def. Newman, 4-0.
Stats: Ryan Porche had 10 strikeouts against Newman.
Next: Thur. Vs. Archbishop Shaw.