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High school basketball: Woodrow Wilson to play in West Virginia's Class AAAA quarterfinals four days after shooting death of teammate Dwayne Richardson Jr. - OFFICIAL
High school basketball: Woodrow Wilson to play in West Virginia's Class AAAA quarterfinals four days after shooting death of teammate Dwayne Richardson Jr.
Six games below .500 following a loss to Greenbrier East on April 6, the Woodrow Wilson (Beckley, W.Va.) boys basketball team needed a spark. Dwayne Richardson Jr. supplied it.

A junior starter, Richardson accepted the team's sixth man role. The Fighting Eagles (10-11) have won six of seven since and find themselves in this week's West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission state tournament. No. 8 seed Woodrow Wilson plays No. 1 Morgantown (16-1) in Thursday's Class AAAA quarterfinals (5:30 p.m.) at the Charleston Coliseum.

The Eagles earned the berth by beating South Charleston 49-43 in last week's Region 3 co-final. That victory avenged a 52-42 loss to the same team in the regular season. Behind a team-high 18 points from Richardson, Woodrow Wilson beat Greenbrier East 66-57 to earn the chance at state and the program's state-record 81st sectional title.

A team photo on Twitter shows Richardson, wearing jersey No. 12, flashing a wide smile and No. 1 sign with teammates after the regional final.
"He was kind of buying into everything we were saying about Beckley basketball," Woodrow Wilson coach Ron Kidd told The Register-Herald. "He was realizing that what we were saying was starting to happen. I think he was kind of the difference in the way our season turned around in those two weeks. And I thought he was happy in those two weeks."

Sunday night shortly after 9:15 p.m. in East Beckley, Richardson was shot. He was hit once in the chest.

Police and paramedics responding to reports of the shooting intercepted a group of individuals driving Richardson to the hospital in a private vehicle. EMS transported Richardson the remainder of the route to Raleigh General Hospital. He was flown to Charleston Area Medical Center where he succumbed to his injuries. Richardson was 18 years old.

A motive for the incident remains uncertain. Authorities have a person of interest but have not released the name. No arrests have been made but multiple could be coming.

"We are processing evidence that we collected," Lt. Dave Allard (Beckley Police Department) told wvmetronews.com. "We are serving search warrants. We do have some things to go on. We're still trying to determine what led to this incident."

Cash rewards will be paid for information leading to an arrest. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers of WV via their free app or Detective Cpl. Joe Stewart at (304) 256-1708.

"The message is just keep our heads up," senior teammate Ben Gilliam told The Register-Herald. "Let's play for (Dwayne). Let's win this for him. Let's just do it all for him, because we need to show him that he didn't do all that for nothing."

Richardson averaged 8.6 points, 3.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 3.0 steals for the Eagles, who have snapped a two-year absence from the state tournament. Woodrow Wilson owns a West Virginia-record 16 state titles. Morgantown is trying to reach its third state final. The Mohigans beat the Eagles 77-55 on April 3.

A moment of silence in Richardson's honor was held Tuesday morning before the start of the first WVSSAC state tournament quarterfinal game. Tears will be shed before Thursday's tip.

"He gave everything the last couple of weeks," Gilliam said. "It just hurts, because he was most excited to go to states.

"We just have to take his excitement and his intensity and his love and go out and play."
High school basketball: What's next for Emoni Bates after decommitment from Michigan State? - OFFICIAL
High school basketball: What's next for Emoni Bates after decommitment from Michigan State?
Emoni Bates, the No. 1 prospect in high school basketball's Class of 2022, announced Friday via Instagram that he is no longer committed to Michigan State and considering options at the college and pro level.

Bates was a MaxPreps All-American this year despite an abbreviated season at Ypsi Prep Academy (Ypsilanti, Mich.) and has long been considered the top player in the rising senior class according to 247Sports.


As a sophomore, the 6-foot-8 wing led Lincoln (Ypsilanti) to a 19-3 record, averaging 32.4 points, 9.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.2 steals per contest.

Bates appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated at just 15 years old after leading Lincoln to its first state title in program history as a freshman, averaging 28.5 points and 10.2 rebounds per contest.

In 2019-20, Bates became the first sophomore to win Gatorade National Boys Basketball Player of the Year honors. He was also named a first team MaxPreps All-American after earning fourth team MaxPreps All-American honors as a freshman.

So what's next for Bates?

A jump to the professional level seems to be the most likely move. Multiple paths for high school prospects to bypass college have emerged, including the NBA G League, which showcased straight-out-of-high-school talents Jalen Green, Jonathan Kuminga and Isaiah Todd this year.

Should he elect to play in college, DePaul, Florida State, Kentucky and Michigan could be options since they were involved in his recruitment prior to committing to Michigan State.
Emoni Bates in action for Lincoln (Ypsilanti, Mich.) during a January 2020 game at Eastern Michigan University.
Photo by Scott Hasse
Emoni Bates in action for Lincoln (Ypsilanti, Mich.) during a January 2020 game at Eastern Michigan University.

High school basketball: Nearly 70,000 votes were cast to identify the best gym in Indiana – find out which storied facility won - OFFICIAL
High school basketball: Nearly 70,000 votes were cast to identify the best gym in Indiana – find out which storied facility won
Now that the NCAA Tournament – played entirely in the state of Indiana this year – has wrapped up, locals can go back to focusing on more important things. Mainly, debating who has the best high school basketball gym.

VisitIndiana.com set out to finally settle the matter in recent weeks, allowing readers to cast their vote to identify the premier prep hoops palace in the state.

A testament to the passion that remains for the high school game in Indiana, over 67,000 votes poured in. Ultimately, the Spartan Bowl in Connersville emerged as the winner, upending storied facilities like the New Castle Fieldhouse (featured in the video above).
According to VisitIndiana.com readers, the Spartan Bowl is the state's premier high school basketball gym.
Courtesy of Connersville Athletics
According to VisitIndiana.com readers, the Spartan Bowl is the state's premier high school basketball gym.
See VisitIndiana.com's complete top 10 here.

The Spartan Bowl opened in 1958 and has a capacity of 5,134 fans. Matt Howard, who helped Butler reach the NCAA Tournament championship game in 2010 and 2011, is among the standouts that have taken the floor there for Connersville.

High school basketball: Nearly 70,000 votes were cast to identify the best gym in Indiana – find out which storied facility won - OFFICIAL
High school basketball: Nearly 70,000 votes were cast to identify the best gym in Indiana – find out which storied facility won
Now that the NCAA Tournament – played entirely in the state of Indiana this year – has wrapped up, locals can go back to focusing on more important things. Mainly, debating who has the best high school basketball gym.

VisitIndiana.com set out to finally settle the matter in recent weeks, allowing readers to cast their vote to identify the premier prep hoops palace in the state.

A testament to the passion that remains for the high school game in Indiana, over 67,000 votes poured in. Ultimately, the Spartan Bowl in Connersville emerged as the winner, upending storied facilities like the New Castle Fieldhouse (featured in the video above).
According to VisitIndiana.com readers, the Spartan Bowl is the state's premier high school basketball gym.
Courtesy of Connersville Athletics
According to VisitIndiana.com readers, the Spartan Bowl is the state's premier high school basketball gym.
See VisitIndiana.com's complete top 10 here.

The Spartan Bowl opened in 1958 and has a capacity of 5,134 fans. Matt Howard, who helped Butler reach the NCAA Tournament championship game in 2010 and 2011, is among the standouts that have taken the floor there for Connersville.

Virginia crowns first spring football champions in high school history - OFFICIAL
Virginia crowns first spring football champions in high school history
Like any other year, the Virginia High School League crowned six state football champions Saturday afternoon in six different classifications. But these were clearly different.  From all records MaxPreps has researched, Virginia is the first state to ever award football championships in the spring.

The Riverhead Gladiators were officially the first ones crowned, with a 65-29 victory over the Galaxy Maroon Tide in the Class 1 title game. A 34-point second-point explosion led the Gladiators to their 10th straight win of the season. They outscored opponents 483-119 on the season. 

Perennial East power Oscar Smith (8-0) followed with a 62-21 Class 6 title win over South County, and Stone Bridge (8-0) took the Class 5 crown with a 13-10 overtime win over Highland Springs. (See all the champions below).

The VHSL was one of 15 states to move the traditional fall 2020 season to the spring due to COVID-19 pandemic. Of those states, 11 decided on abbreviated spring seasons, with just three opting for playoffs. North Carolina and Rhode Island have scheduled state championship games next week.

According to MaxPreps senior writer and historian Kevin Askeland, no states have ever held football championships in the spring, although one in California was scheduled in 1919. That title game was called off when Orange League champion Fullerton disbanded a month before the scheduled contest.
Oscar Smith turned around a loss in the 2019 VHSL Class 6 title game with a resounding 65-21 win over the Stallions on Saturday.
File photo by Fred Ingham
Oscar Smith turned around a loss in the 2019 VHSL Class 6 title game with a resounding 65-21 win over the Stallions on Saturday.
2021 Spring VHSL State Football Championships

Class 1Full bracket can be found here - 2020 Virginia High School Football Playoff Brackets: VHSL Class 1