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High school basketball: Sierra Canyon junior Amari Bailey scores 35 in 70-54 win over short-handed Windward - HIGHSCORE
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.
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Sierra Canyon's Bronny James motions to his teammates on the court.

North Carolina high school football: Schedule, scores for NCHSAA state championship games - HIGHSCORE
North Carolina high school football: Schedule, scores for NCHSAA state championship games
The North Carolina High School Athletic Association will host eight football state championship games featuring 10 undefeated teams beginning Thursday at the University of North Carolina and North Carolina State University.

Four title games — 1A, 2AA, 3A, 4AA — will be hosted at North Carolina State's Finley Stadium starting Thursday with the 2AA contest between Salisbury (8-2) and St. Pauls (8-0). It concludes Saturday with the 4AA tilt between Rolesville (9-0) and the state's No. 1 ranked team, Zebulon B. Vance (9-1).

The other four championship games — 1AA, 2A, 3AA, 4A — will be played at North Carolina's Kenan Stadium, starting Thursday with the 3AA contest between a pair of 10-0 squads, Mount Tabor and Cleveland. Two Saturday games finish off the championships, concluding with the 2A game between Mountain Heritage (7-1) and Reidsville (9-0).

In all, the 16 teams have combined for records of 140 wins and just eight defeats. All eight games with be broadcast on the NFHS Network.

The NCHSAA was one of 15 states to bypass traditional fall football due to the pandemic. Of the 11 states that played football in the spring, only three opted for playoffs and to crown state champions. Virginia did so last week and North Carolina and Rhode Island wrap up football championships for the 2020-21 season this week.

Among the many standouts in the championship games is Havelock senior running back Kamarro Edmonds, a 5-foot-11, 227 pound senior who has rushed for 916 yards and 15 touchdowns in eight games. He's ranked the No. 16 senior in the state by 247Sports and headed to North Carolina.

Also a basketball star who averaged over 30 points per game this year, Reidsville senior wide receiver Breon Pass is ranked the state No. 28 senior recruit overall after catching 83 passes for more than 1,400 yards and 27 touchdowns in his career heading into this season.
Havelock senior running back Kamarro Edmonds has signed to the University of North Carolina.
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Havelock senior running back Kamarro Edmonds has signed to the University of North Carolina.
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High school baseball rankings: Buford takes over No. 1 spot in HIGHSCORE Top 25 - HIGHSCORE
High school baseball rankings: Buford takes over No. 1 spot in MaxPreps Top 25
For the third straight week, there's a different team atop the MaxPreps Top 25 high school baseball rankings. This time, undefeated Buford (Ga.) replaces Calvary Christian Academy (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), which lost to IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) over the weekend.

Buford continues to get strong pitching as it jumps to a 14-0 start. Along with Dylan Lesko's 12 strikeouts against Lanier, Buford also got a no-hitter from Connor Sampers against Habersham Central.

Calvary Christian Academy, which sat at No. 1 spot for one week after preseason No. 1 Jesuit (Tampa, Fla.) had lost two weeks ago, was only able to get one hit off of IMG Academy's Jackson Ferris, who also struck out 10. IMG Academy handed All-America candidate Andrew Painter his first loss of the season.

Only two new teams entered the rankings this week. St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), with only a loss to Stoneman Douglas marring its record, joined the rankings at No. 15, while Baylor (Chattanooga, Tenn.) joins at No. 22.

Dropped out: Spruce Creek (Fla.), Marcus (Flower Mound, Texas).

Game of the Week: IMG Academy 2, Calvary Christian Academy 0. The Ascenders knocked off the No. 1 team in the country with a one-hitter by Jackson Ferris. Drake Varnado and Tommy White also hit home runs in the win. Andrew Painter of Calvary Christian Academy suffered his first loss of the season.

Player of the Week: Brady House, Winder-Barrow. The All-America candidate had three doubles and two home runs in leading the Bulldogs to four wins last week.

Recruit Watch: Vito Valincius, Baylor. The first baseman got his season off to a good start with two home runs in Baylor's season-opening win over Gordon Lee.

Game to Watch:IMG Academy vs. Calvary Christian Academy. The Eagles get a rematch with the Ascenders on Friday. This time IMG Academy is No. 3 and Calvary Christian Academy is No. 5 in the country.
Dylan Lesko, Buford
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Dylan Lesko, Buford
MaxPreps Top 25 high school baseball rankings

1. Buford (Ga.)
Record:
14-0 | Last week: 2
Results: Def. Lanier 8-0, 8-1, def. Habersham Central, 15-0.
Stats: Jax Brockett struck out 10 in the 8-0 win and Stan Zagrodnik added a double and a triple. Dylan Lesko struck out 12 in six innings for the 8-1 win. He also had a triple while Ayden Digiacomo had a home run. Connor Sampers threw a 4-inning no-hitter with 5 strikeouts against Habersham Central.
Next: Wed./Fri. vs. Habersham Central.

2. Barbe (Lake Charles, La.)
Record:
14-0 | Last week: 3
Results: Def. St. Louis Catholic, 2-1; Catholic-B.R. (Baton Rouge), 9-1, 5-3, 1-0.
Stats: Jack Walker struck out 11 in a 9-1 win over Catholic. Adam Guth struck out eight in a 5-3 win while Landon Victorian struck out 8 in the 1-0 win.
Next: Tue. vs. St. Louis Catholic (Lake Charles), Thur. vs. Zachary.

3. IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)
Record:
11-1 | Last week: 5
Results: Def. Montverde Academy, 16-0; def. Calvary Christian Academy, 2-0.
Stats: Drake Varnado had two home runs and Elijah Green and Tommy White had one each against Montverde. Varnado and White each hit home runs against Calvary Christian Academy as well. Jackson Ferris threw a one-hitter with 10 strikeouts.
Next: Fri. vs. Calvary Christian Academy

4. Hamilton (Chandler, Ariz.)
Record:
0-0 | Last week: 4
Next: Tue. vs. Chaparral

5. Calvary Christian Academy (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
Record:
7-1 | Last week: 1
Results: Lost to IMG Academy, 2-0
Stats: Andrew Painter took the loss, giving up two runs on two hits with four strikeouts.
Next: Tues. vs. North Broward Prep; Fri. vs. IMG Academy.

6. Jesuit (Tampa, Fla.)
Record:
10-1 | Last week: 6
Results: Def. Jefferson 3-0, 7-2, def. Sarasota, 3-0, def. Sickles, 14-4; def. Wharton, 6-5.
Stats: Wes Mendes (6) and Kris Sosnowski (7) combined for 13 strikeouts in the 3-0 win over Jefferson. Mendes also had a double and a grand slam in the 7-2 win over Jefferson with Jake Kulikowski adding a home run. Dominic Castellano threw a 7-inning no-hitter with 8 strikeouts against Sarasota. 
Next: Wed. at Saladino Tournament.

7. Grayson (Loganville, Ga.)
Record:
10-0 | Last week: 14
Results: Def. Parkview, 9-2
Stats: DeYon Cannon was 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI in the win.
Next: Wed./Fri. vs. Parkview

8. Sam Houston (Lake Charles, La.)
Record:
16-0 | Last week: 15
Results: Def. Rosepine, 3-2; def. Ouachita, 11-7; def. Alexandria, 10-7; def. Tioga, 4-2; def. Jena, 11-0, def. Pineville, 3-2.
Stats: Dylan Thompson had a double and home run against Alexandria. Dallas Rhodes had two doubles against Ouachita.
Next: Thur. vs. Airline.

9. Madison Central (Madison, Miss.)
Record:
10-0 | Last week: 16
Results: def. Northwest Rankin, 20-2; def. Germantown, 16-0; def. Neshoba Central, 6-0; def. Ridgeland, 8-1.
Stats: Hunter Hines had a home run against Northwest Rankin. Braden Montgomery threw three, no-hit innings with eight strikeouts against Germantown. Beau Bryans and Brendon Minor combined for a no-hitter against Neshoba Central.
Next: Wed. vs. New Hope, Thur. vs. North Pike.

10. Calvary Christian (Clearwater, Fla.)
Record:
11-1 | Last week: 10
Results: def. Dunedin, 8-2; def. Clearwater Central Catholic, 6-0; def. Berkeley Prep, 10-0, def. Seminole, 3-2.
Stats: Tyler Dietz struck out 10 against Central Catholic and Jack Cebert threw a five-inning no-hitter with eight strikeouts against Berkeley Prep.
Next: Thur. vs. Clearwater Central Catholic.

11. Stoneman Douglas (Parkland, Fla.)
Record:
10-1 | Last week: 12
Results: Def. Hialeah, 5-4; def. Boca Raton, 2-0, def. Cardinal Gibbons, 11-10.
Stats: Rolando Lujo had a home run against Hialeah. Chris Arroyo struck out 6 against Boca Raton.
Next: Thur. vs. Monsignor Pace.

12. Carrollton (Ga.)
Record:
14-1 | Last week: 17
Results: Def. Bremen, 6-5. def. South Paulding, 11-5.
Stats: Colton Cosper went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI against Bremen. Cosper also struck out 10 against South Paulding.
Next: Wed. vs. South Paulding; Thur. vs. Douglas County.

13. Lake Travis (Austin, Texas)
Record:
14-2-2 | Last week: 7
Results: Def. Cedar Park, 11-0; def. Vista Ridge, 4-1; Harker Heights, 10-0; tied College Station, 7-7; def. Reagan, 5-4; lost to Cedar Park, 3-1.
Next: Tue. vs. San Marcos.

14. Palm Beach Gardens (Fla.)
Record:
9-1 | Last week: 11
Results: Def. Santaluces, 12-0; def. Martin County, 2-0; def. Spanish River, 12-2, def. Boca Raton, 8-0; lost to Saint John Paul II, 4-1.
Stats: Tobin Moran threw a one-hitter with seven strikeouts against Santaluces. Dom Stagliano threw a seven-inning no-hitter with eight strikeouts against Martin County.
Next: March 22 vs. Cardinal Newman.

15. St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
Record:
10-1 | Last week: NR
Results: Def. Northeast, 16-1; def. McArthur, 7-1; def. Cypress Bay, 4-1.
Next: Wed. vs. Pembroke Pines Charter.

16. Gregory-Portland (Portland, Texas)
Record:
17-0-1 | Last week: 19
Results: Def. Veterans Memorial, 8-2; def. Floresville, 8-2; def. John Paul II, 7-2; def. Ingleside, 13-2; def. Bishop, 10-0; def. Robstown, 8-5.
Next: Tue. vs. Flour Bluff; Fri. vs. Victoria West.

17. St. Mary Prep (Orchard Lake, Mich.)
Record:
0-0 | Last week: 9
Next: March 27 vs. Catholic Central.

18. Reagan (San Antonio)
Record:
17-2 | Last week: 13
Results: Def. Madison, 10-3; def. Clark, 3-0; lost to Lake Travis, 5-4; def. McNeil, 6-1; def. Vandegrift, 13-0; def. Vista Ridge, 7-2.
Next: Tue. vs. Brandeis; Fri. Johnson.

19. Tompkins (Katy, Texas)
Record:
15-1-1 | Last week: 18
Results: Def. Katy Taylor, 4-3; lost to George Ranch, 3-0; def. Magnolia, 18-5; def. Tomball, 7-0; def. Cypress Ridge, 10-0; def. Tomball Memorial, 4-2.
Next: Tue. vs. Morton Ranch; Thur. vs. Seven Lakes.

20. Auburn (Ala.)
Record:
13-1 | Last week: 20
Results: Def. Tuscaloosa County, 4-3; def. Baker, 9-4; def. Sparkman, 5-3; def. Gulf Shores, 2-0.
Stats: Jack Tullier struck out eight against Gulf Shores. Ryan Austin had a home run against Baker.
Next: Tue. vs. Benjamin Russell. Fri. vs. Harris County.

21. Owasso (Okla.)
Record:
8-0 | Last week: 21
Results: Def. Sapulpa, 10-0; def. Oktaha, 7-1; def. Enid, 4-3; def. Choctaw, 2-1.
Stats: Braden Blundell had a double and a home run against Sapulpa. Brennan Phillips struck out 16 against Choctaw.
Next: at Catoosa/Verdigris tournament.

22. Baylor (Chattanooga, Tenn.)
Record:
1-0 | Last week: NR
Results: .Def. Gordon Lee, 6-2.
Stats: Vito Valincius had two home runs and three RBI in Baylor's opener while Henry Godbout had a solo shot.
Next: Wed. vs. Bradley Central; Thur. vs. Soddy Daisy.

23. Winder-Barrow (Winder, Ga.)
Record:
11-1 | Last week: 25
Results: Def. Dacula, 7-2, 7-4; def, Central Gwinnett, 13-0 and 21-0.
Stats: Brady House had a double and a home run in the 7-2 win. He also had a double in the 7-4 win. Andrew Lewis struck out 11 in a 5-inning no-hitter against Central Gwinnett. House had a double and a home run in the 13-0 win. Andreaus Lewis had a home run in the 21-0 win.
Next: Wed./Fri. vs. Central Gwinnett.

24. De La Salle (Concord, Calif.)
Record:
0-0 | Last week: 22
Results: Did not play
Next: Tue. vs. Franklin

25. Farragut (Knoxville, Tenn.)
Record:
0-0 | Last week: 23
Next: March 16-18 Grand Slam Tournament
High school football: Mater Dei-St. John Bosco rivalry features impressive stats, rich history - HIGHSCORE
High school football: Mater Dei-St. John Bosco rivalry features impressive stats, rich history
As vastly different as the 2020 California high school football season has been, the ending point is quite familiar. Even if it is in April 2021.

All eyes, computer screens, binoculars, smart phones and TV cameras will be focused on Santa Ana Stadium at 7 p.m. Saturday when Mater Dei (Santa Ana) and St. John Bosco (Bellflower) tangle to unofficially decide which is the best team not only in Southern California, but also the state and perhaps even the nation.

Just like it's been the last five years. Only no one is Christmas shopping.

The two national elites have been sparring, jabbing and throwing haymakers since 2016 to officially decide the Southern Section's Division I champion, which has parlayed into national ramifications, rankings and even championships.

St. John Bosco was crowned 2019 MaxPreps National Champion, while Mater Dei won it in 2017 and was second in 2018 and 2019. Heading into the fall of 2020, MaxPreps football editor Zack Poff had the Monarchs ranked No. 2 in the country and the Braves No. 3.
St. John Bosco takes the field before its season opener with Sierra Canyon.
File photo by Louis Lopez
St. John Bosco takes the field before its season opener with Sierra Canyon.
But California was one of 15 states to move football to 2021 due to the pandemic, erasing both programs from national-title consideration. Evaporation of the entire season in the state also seemed a distinct possibility, but politicians, health officials, coaching organizations, youth sports advocates and the California Interscholastic Federation finally were able to agree on a six-week campaign with no playoffs. 

Nothing in the short spring sample of nine games — five from Bosco and four by Mater Dei — has lessened their reputation nationally, according to Poff. IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.), Grayson (Loganville, Ga.) and Westlake (Austin, Texas) finished 1-2-3 in the final fall rankings.

"They (Mater Dei and Bosco) would both be right there in the mix no doubt," Poff said. "And with so many top young players on both sides, whoever wins Saturday has a real good shot to open the fall as preseason No. 1."

Which team will it be?

That's almost impossible to pick, just like it has been for the last 10 meetings since 2014, a year after Bosco, with quarterback Josh Rosen leading the charge, won its first state Open Division title.
Josiah Zamora (13) greets Cooper Barkarte (18) after a big catch.
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Josiah Zamora (13) greets Cooper Barkarte (18) after a big catch.
The teams have split the past 10 games, with the cumulative score being St. John Bosco 295, Mater Dei 287.
 
Since 2016, they've faced off twice each season with the Monarchs winning five of eight games total, but splitting the four section crowns — Bosco winning in 2016 and 2019 and Mater Dei claiming 2017 and 2018 titles. Each year those Southern Section champs went on to beat De La Salle (Concord) in the state Open Division title game.

Since 2004, Mater Dei has won 11 of the 20 meetings, but since Jason Negro took over Bosco in 2010, the Braves own a 9-6 edge. Mater Dei won six straight meetings starting in 2004 and the Braves won six straight starting in 2011.

History is simply a point of interest. Here are some more pertinent facts for the current season and Saturday's game.

• Bosco has outscored its opponents 266-91 (average score 53-18), Mater Dei's margin is 174-40 (44-10).

• Bosco averages 503 yards of offense per game (290 rushing, 213 passing), Mater Dei averages 418 (210 rushing, 208 passing).

• The teams have played four common Trinity League opponents with Mater Dei beating JSerra Catholic (San Juan Capistrano), 52-3, Orange Lutheran, 49-7, Servite (Anaheim), 24-17 and Santa Margarita (Rancho Santa Margarita), 49-13. Bosco beat the same opponents in order: 66-14, 55-0, 38-28 and 65-28.

• After graduating generational quarterbacks in 2020 — MaxPreps 2019 co-National Players of the Year in Bosco's DJ Uiagalelei (now at Clemson) and Mater Dei's Bryce Young (Alabama) — both teams are led by remarkably young, but polished signal-callers.

The Monarchs start freshman Elijah Brown, who has completed 60-of-84 passes for 770 yards, 11 touchdowns and one interception. Bosco has split time between sophomore Pierce Clarkson and junior Katin Houser with almost identical numbers, combining on 50-of-73 completions for 838 yards, 12 touchdowns and no interceptions. Both can run if nobody is open, combining for 258 yards and two scores.
St. John Bosco sophomore quarterback Pierce Clarkson has thrown for more than 400 yards and six touchdowns without an interception.
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St. John Bosco sophomore quarterback Pierce Clarkson has thrown for more than 400 yards and six touchdowns without an interception.
• Top rushers: St. John Bosco — Jabari Bates (324 yards, 8.5 average, four TDs) and Rayshon Luke (267, 14.8, 4). Mater Dei — Raleek Brown (301, 7.2, 5) and Marceese Yetts (276, 6.6, 2).

• Top receivers: St. John Bosco — Jode McDuffie (12 catches, 267 yards, 4 TDs) and Chedon James (11, 211, 4); Mater Dei — Josiah Zamora (14, 157, 3) and CJ Williams (13, 184, 3).

• Top tacklers: St. John Bosco — Sione Hala (25 tackles), Andrew Simpson (20) and freshman Kyngstonn Viliamu-Asa (20). Mater Dei — Shoes Brinkley (15), Leviticus Su'a (12) and Sione Moa (12).

• Of all the numbers, none is more remarkable than this: 59.

That is the total number of players in Saturday's game who either have three-star recruiting rankings by 247Sports, or who have received an FBS scholarship offer. Of those, 31 belong to Bosco and 28 to Mater Dei. Only 14 of them are seniors.

3-STAR RANKING OR FBS OFFER: SEE ALL 59

When legendary Mater Dei coach Bruce Rollinson (314 wins, 85 losses, two ties according to Cal-Hi Sports record book) was asked this week to take in all that talent and how Saturday's game would shake out, he told Eric Sondheimer of the Los Angeles Times:

"It's their big men against my big men and their skills against my skills. … I think it's going to be like any other St. John Bosco-Mater Dei game in recent years. It's going to be a great high school football game."
Mater Dei's Elijah Brown is the fourth freshman to start at quarterback for the Monarchs, joining Todd Marinovich, Matt Barkley and JT Daniels.
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Mater Dei's Elijah Brown is the fourth freshman to start at quarterback for the Monarchs, joining Todd Marinovich, Matt Barkley and JT Daniels.
High school basketball: NFHS opens door for states to adopt 35-second shot clock - HIGHSCORE
High school basketball: NFHS opens door for states to adopt 35-second shot clock
Beginning with the 2022-23 season, states can decide to adopt and use a 35-second shot clock for high school basketball games. The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) approved the measure that leaves open the door for major change across the hardwood landscape in coming years.

Nine states use either a 30- or 35-second shot clock, but the adoption of Rule 2-14 says that each state association may adopt a shot clock beginning in the 2022-23 season — according to guidelines outlined in the Basketball Rules Book — to encourage standardization among states.

“We provided the committee with a lot of information regarding the shot clock, including responses to a 46-question survey sent to states currently using a shot clock,” said Theresia Wynns, NFHS director of sports and officials and liaison to the Basketball Rules Committee.

Prior to the 2020-21 season, the Georgia High School Association approved a phase-in of a 30-second shot clock for all varsity boys and girls basketball games, becoming the ninth state to adopt a shot clock.

The Peach State joined California, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Dakota and Washington as the only states to use a 30- or 35-second shot clock.

Guidelines approved by the NFHS include displaying two timepieces connected to a horn that is distinctive from the game-clock horn, and using an alternative timing device, such as a stopwatch at the scorer’s table, for a shot clock malfunction. The guidelines also allow for corrections to the shot clock only during the shot-clock period in which an error occurred and the officials have definite information relative to the mistake or malfunction.

Although a proposal for a national rule mandating a shot clock was not approved, the ruling is likely to bring momentum to the shot-clock movement across high school basketball.

According to the most recent NFHS High School Athletics Participation Survey, a total of 540,769 boys participated in basketball in 18,617 schools, and 399,067 girls participated in the sport in 18,210 schools across the country. It is the third-most popular sport for boys and girls.

The NFHS paved the way for states to adopt a 35-second shot clock, like the one used in the 2019 Washington 3A semifinals.
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The NFHS paved the way for states to adopt a 35-second shot clock, like the one used in the 2019 Washington 3A semifinals.