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Dallan Hayden named 2020 HIGHSCORE Tennessee High School Football Player of the Year - HIGHSCORE
Dallan Hayden named 2020 MaxPreps Tennessee High School Football Player of the Year
Each year since 2006, MaxPreps has recognized outstanding performers in high school football. America's source for high school sports continues the tradition to close out the 2020 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.

Dallan Hayden of Christian Brothers (Memphis) is the 2020 MaxPreps Tennessee High School Football Player of the Year. The 5-foot-11, 195-pound junior running back ran for 2,010 yards and 24 touchdowns in just nine games this fall, helping the Purple Wave go 7-4.

Against Conway (Ark.) on Oct. 23, Hayden carried 41 times for 326 yards and four touchdowns. He topped the 200-yard mark in seven of nine games.

College programs like Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Tennessee and Texas A&M have already extended offers. 247Sports rates Hayden as a top 250 prospect in the Class of 2022.

Each state's MaxPreps Player of the Year will be considered for inclusion in the MaxPreps All-America Team, which will be released Jan. 29.
Dallas Hayden (1) prepares to take a hand-off from Christian Brothers quarterback Ashton Strothers during a game in October.
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Dallas Hayden (1) prepares to take a hand-off from Christian Brothers quarterback Ashton Strothers during a game in October.
Georgia high school girls basketball star Raven Johnson to play against the boys at Allen Iverson Roundball Classic - HIGHSCORE
Georgia high school girls basketball star Raven Johnson to play against the boys at Allen Iverson Roundball Classic
While other high school basketball all-star games have gone by the wayside this spring due to the ongoing pandemic, the Allen Iverson Roundball Classic is moving forward. The contest will be played May 8 at Bartlett High School just outside of Memphis, Tenn., with former NBA standouts Matt Barnes, Stephen Jackson, Rasheed Wallace and Bonzi Wells serving as coaches.

Among the storylines will be Atlanta girls basketball star Raven Johnson stepping on the floor to compete with the best boys players in the country. The 5-foot-8 point guard has led Westlake to back-to-back unbeaten state championship seasons and is headed to South Carolina to play for head coach Dawn Staley next year.

MaxPreps National Player of the Year candidates TyTy Washington and Chet Holmgren are among the other headliners expected to compete.

Complete rosters are included below. For more information and tickets, visit IversonClassic.com.

Team Loyalty
Paolo Banchero, F, O'Dea (Seattle, Wash.) – Headed to Duke
Matthew Cleveland, F, Pace Academy (Atlanta, Ga.) – Florida State
Jerddarian Davison, G, Calhoun (Letohatchee, Ala.) – Alabama
A.J. Griffin, F, Archbishop Stepinac (White Plains, N.Y.) – Duke
Tyrese Hunter, G, St. Catherine's (Racine, Wis.) – Iowa State
Raven Johnson, G, Westlake (Atlanta, Ga.) – South Carolina
Johnathan Lawson, F, Houston (Germantown, Tenn.) – Oregon
Bryce McGowens, G, Legacy Early College (Greenville, S.C.) – Nebraska
Hunter Sallis, G, Millard North (Omaha, Neb.) – Gonzaga
Terquavion Smith, G, Farmville Central (Farmville, N.C.) – North Carolina State
TyTy Washington, G, AZ Compass Prep (Chandler, Ariz.) – Undecided
Peyton Watson, F, Long Beach Poly (Long Beach, Calif.) – UCLA
Benny WilIiams, F, IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) – Syracuse

Team Honor
Jaden Akins, G, Sunrise Christian Academy (Bel Aire, Kan.) – Headed to Michigan State
Trey Alexander, G, Heritage Hall (Oklahoma City, Okla.) – Auburn
Kendall Brown, F, Sunrise Christian Academy – Baylor
Ahamed Bynum, G, Simeon (Chicago, Ill.) – DePaul
Kennedy Chandler, G, Sunrise Christian Academy – Tennessee
Daimion Collins, F, Atlanta (Texas) – Kentucky
Michael Foster Jr., F, Hillcrest Prep (Phoenix, Ariz.) – Undecided
Nolan Hickman, G, Wasatch Academy (Mt. Pleasant, Utah) – Kentucky
Chet Holmgren, C, Minnehaha Academy (Minneapolis, Minn.) – Undecided
Jordan Longino, G/F, Germantown Academy (Fort Washington, Pa.) – Villanova
Joshua Minott, F, Saint Andrew's (Boca Raton, Fla.) – Memphis
Kowacie Reeves Jr., G, Westside (Macon, Ga.) – Florida
Daeshun Ruffin, G, Callaway (Jackson, Miss.) – Mississippi
Ohio high school football in 2020: Individual water bottles, sideline social distancing and endless hand sanitizer - HIGHSCORE
Ohio high school football in 2020: Individual water bottles, sideline social distancing and endless hand sanitizer
As state associations and federations around the country wrestle with how to deal with football in the fall during a global pandemic, one organization in Ohio has unleashed an exhaustive, and detailed, 37-page guideline packet. The Ohio High School Football Coaches Association has done its homework with its document featuring an opening statement, table of contents, 28 diagrammed photos, eight colored graphics and 84 bullet points.

The longtime organization with more than 3,000 members included such topics as practice and travel plans, COVID responses, fan protocols, and courses of action.

The OHSFCA is not an official governing body like the Ohio High School Athletic Association, but its recommendations are heard and often followed. 

Its opening statement cites a growing concern in the behavioral and mental health of players due to social distancing because of COVID-19. The organization is on a "mission to promote (football) by recommending the use of the safest, most medically sound and best practices in teaching skills to athletes. It is our belief that the mental health of young (athletes) who play football can be negatively affected by eliminating football for 2020." So to get it going, here are some of its more interesting findings and bullet-point proposals, which includes endless references to sanitizing and social-distance protocols.

• An 80-yard sideline — 10-yard-line to 10-yard-line — for each team to give more social distancing.

• Single practice sessions will not exceed three hours during the preseason.

• No practice to exceed 2 hours, 15 minutes during the season.

• Prior to the game, each player must have his own water bottle, which is to filled from a central location. Trainer or designee will be responsible for water bottle refills.

• Pregame, during, and after the game, all team personnel shall refrain from sharing towels, water, apparel or equipment.

• During coin toss, limit attendees to the referee, umpire and one designated representative from each team.

• For games, players should bring four T-shirts — plastic bags should be provided for the player to put shirts in when changed — one for pregame, first half, second half and post game.

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•  Only team members can be in the team box. Everyone that is a team member and not in a uniform must have a team box pass. Injured player with jersey only will count as uniform.

•  Team personnel will be responsible for sanitizing footballs per sideline. Footballs will be rotated and sanitized as often as possible during the game.

•  Every six minutes of game clock time there will be a two-minute break to help eliminate continuous contact for 15 minutes. Players will sanitize their hands during timeouts.

•  Opposing teams should avoid use of the locker room when possible and used only for restroom breaks and hazardous weather.

•  No handshakes after the game.

•  For fans, the temperature of each will be taken as they enter the game. They must exit following the game with no congregating at any point.

•  Under general rules,  Before, during and after the contest, players, coaches, game officials, team personnel
and game administration officials should wash and sanitize their hands as often as possible.

•  No touch rule — players should refrain from high fives and other physical contact with teammates, opposing players, coaches, officials, and fans.

On a final note, the OHSFCA made a case that football isn't as much a contact sport as most consider.

"An average play lasts 4-to-6 seconds," it wrote. "Based on this study, an offensive lineman whose contact ratio is 100 percent every play, will average a little over five minutes of continuous contact per game if they play every play on the offensive side of the ball. Likewise, a defensive lineman, whose contact ratio is 100 percent per play, will also average a little over five minutes of continuous contact per game if they play every play on the defensive side of the ball. Based on these averages, no player on either football team will incur over 11 minutes of continuous contact, which is under the CDC guidelines of no more than 15 minutes of continuous contact."
There likely won't be a lot of closely gathered team charges before any 2020 games in Ohio.
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There likely won't be a lot of closely gathered team charges before any 2020 games in Ohio.
High school football: Valdosta program hit with $7,500 fine, postseason ban for using ineligible players - HIGHSCORE
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
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Rush Propst, Valdosta

High school baseball rankings: Marcus climbs into HIGHSCORE Top 25 after upending No. 5 IMG Academy - HIGHSCORE
High school baseball rankings: Marcus climbs into MaxPreps Top 25 after upending No. 5 IMG Academy
For awhile, it looked like IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) was going to sweep through the state of Texas in impressive fashion, but then Marcus (Flower Mound) got in the way. The Mauraders jump into this week's MaxPreps Top 25 high school baseball rankings after their 6-5 win over the Ascenders, who fall three spots to No. 5.

IMG Academy had looked impressive beating two-time defending Texas state champion Southlake Carroll 11-0 and Flower Mound 16-0 before the loss. IMG Academy slides below Hamilton (Chandler, Ariz.), which was ranked No. 1 in 2020 when the season ended, Calvary Christian Academy (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) and Buford (Ga.), both of which are undefeated.

Jesuit (Tampa, Fla.) holds on to the top spot with a single win last week. The Tigers face a tough test this week when they take on Venice (Fla.)

Dropped out: No. 10 Jackson Prep (Jackson, Miss.); No. 14 North Paulding (Dallas, Ga.); No. 15 Venice (Fla.); No. 20 Prosper (Texas); No. 22 Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas).

Game of the Week: Marcus 6, IMG Academy 5. Jake Duer's RBI single in the top of the sixth scored Tyler Schott from second to break the tie with IMG Academy. Schott was 3-for-4 in the win while Duer was 2-for-3. The duo combined to score five of Marcus's six runs. IMG Academy got a home run from Sam Hunt, but managed four hits in the loss.

Player of the Week: Jackson Ferris, IMG Academy. Although Ferris tossed a four-inning perfect game in a dominant 16-0 win over Flower Mound. Ferris did not allow a ball to be put into play as he struck out all 12 he faced. A total of 44 of his 58 pitches were strikes. The closest he got to losing the perfect game was the first batter in the fourth inning when Ferris threw three straight balls to open the at-bat. However Ferris got the Flower Mound batter on three straight swinging strikes. The perfect game is the second no-hitter of the season for Ferris.

Recruit Watch: Dylan Lesko, Buford. Perhaps the top pitcher in the class of 2022, Lesko has not allowed a hit in nine innings pitched with only one batter reaching base on an error and another to reach on a walk. He struck out nine in both outings, including a 10-0 no-hitter against Shiloh.

Game to Watch: Jesuit (Tampa) vs. Venice. Jesuit is ranked No. 1, but could get a battle from Venice, the two-time defending state champions at the Class 6A level. Venice is off to a 3-2 start with losses to Braden River and Sarasota.

Streaks: Andrean (Merrillville, Ind.). The Fighting 59ers have not lost since winning the Class 3A state championship in
2019. Coach Dave Pishkur, who is the all-time winningest coach in Indiana, has guided Andrean to 34 straight wins, which is the second best total in the nation heading into the 2021 season behind Webster (Wis.).
Camron Montz, Marcus
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Camron Montz, Marcus
MaxPreps Top 25 baseball rankings

1. Jesuit (Tampa, Fla.)
Record:
3-0 | Last week: 1
Results: Def. Tampa Catholic, 12-0
Stats: Alden Segui, Dominic Castellano and Ryan Denison each struck out four over five innings on a combined no-hitter against Tampa Catholic. Nick Rodriguez had a triple and a home run in the win.
Next: Tuesday vs. Hillsborough; Friday vs. Venice.

2. Hamilton (Chandler, Ariz.)
Record:
0-0 | Last week: 3
Next: Season opens March 12.

3. Calvary Christian Academy (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
Record:
4-0 | Last week: 4
Results: Def. Miami Christian, 7-0
Stats: Andrew Painter and Irving Carter each struck out nine batters and Rene Lastres hit a home run in the lone win of the week.
Next: Friday vs. Denmark (Ga.); Saturday vs. Pacelli (Ga.).

4. Buford (Ga.)
Record:
6-0 | Last week: 5
Results: Def. Shiloh 10-0, 13-0 and 9-0.
Stats: Dylan Lesko threw a five-inning, no-hitter with nine strikeouts in the 10-0 win while Jackson Gaspard struck out nine in the 9-0 victory.
Next: March 8 vs. Lanier

5. IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)
Record:
5-1 | Last week: 2
Results: Def. Southlake Carroll, 11-0; def. Flower Mound, 16-0; lost to Marcus, 6-5.
Stats: Mason Albright struck out seven against Southlake Carroll while Jackson Ferris threw a four-inning perfect game with 12 strikeouts against Flower Mound. Elijah Green and James Wood each added a home run. Drew Gray had eight strikeouts in the loss to Marcus while Sam Hunt had a home run.
Next: March 10 vs. Montverde Academy.

6. Barbe (Lake Charles, La.)
Record:
5-0 | Last week: 7
Results: Def. Sulphur 2-0; Glenmora 10-0; Tioga 6-0; Glenmora 15-2 and West Monroe 5-2.
Next: Tuesday vs. South Beauregard

7. St. Mary Prep (Orchard Lake, Mich.)
Record:
0-0 | Last week: 6
Next: State begins play March 24.

8. Lake Travis (Austin, Texas)
Record:
4-0-1 | Last week: 9
Results: Def. Flower Mound, 9-6; def. Southlake Carroll, 8-1; def. Prosper, 5-4; def. South Grand Prairie, 1-0; tied Flower Mound, 3-3.
Next: Tuesday vs. Hutto

9. Spruce Creek (Port Orange, Fla.)
Record:
5-0 | Last week: 12
Results: Def. Olympia, 9-1; def. Viera, 6-3; def. DeLand, 8-4.
Stats: Sebastian Iguaran had two doubles against Olympia.
Next: Tuesday vs. Flagler Palm Coast; Wednesday vs. Hagerty.

10. Carrollton (Ga.)
Record:
8-0 | Last week: 13
Results: Def. St. Pius X Catholic, 6-2; def. Ola, 8-1; def. Campbell, 3-0; def. Etowah, 3-2.
Stats: Eli Runyan struck out nine against Ola. Bear Madliak had a home run against Etowah.
Next: Thursday at Helena; Thurs at Daphne.

11. Marcus (Flower Mound, Texas)
Record:
4-1-1 | Last week: NR
Results: Def. Rockwall Heath, 11-4; def. Prosper, 2-1; def. Southlake Carroll, 5-1; lost to South Grand Prairie, 6-5; tied Lake Travis, 3-3; def. IMG Academy, 6-5.
Stats: Tyler Schott struck out eight against Southlake Carroll.
Next: Saturday vs. Centennial (Frisco).

12. Winder-Barrow (Winder, Ga.)
Record:
5-0 | Last week: 18
Results: Def. Archer, 10-6; def. Peachtree Ridge, 7-6.
Stats: Andreaus Lewis had two home runs, including a grand slam, against Archer.
Next: Tuesday vs. Peachtree Ridge

13. Woodstock (Ga.)
Record:
5-1 | Last week: NR
Results: Lost to Walton, 2-1; def. Lambert, 7-0; lost to Denmark, 10-4.
Next: Tuesday vs. Kell; Thursday vs. North Cobb.

14. Calvary Christian (Clearwater, Fla.)
Record:
4-1 | Last week: 8
Results: Def. Tarpon Springs, 10-0; lost to Lakeland Christian, 4-2.
Stats: Landen Maroudis had a home run against Tarpon Springs.
Next: Tuesday vs. Boca Ciega.

15. Palm Beach Gardens (Fla.)
Record:
4-0 | Last week: NR
Results: Def. Wellington, 6-1; def. Stoneman Douglas, 7-4
Next: Tues. vs. Cardinal Newman; Friday vs. Dwyer.

16. Stoneman Douglas (Parkland, Fla.)
Record:
5-1 | Last week: 11
Results: Def. Coral Reef, 12-2; def. Taravella, 7-3; lost to Palm Beach Gardens, 7-4.
Stats: Grant McDonald was 3-for-3 with two doubles against Coral Reef. Christian Rodriguez struck out nine against Taravella.
Next: Tuesday vs. Western; Thursday vs. Archbishop McCarthy.

17. Vestavia Hills (Ala.)
Record:
7-1 | Last week: 16
Results: Lost to Hillcrest, 5-4; def. Oak Mountain, 3-2.
Stats: Joseph Sullivan and Connor Witherington both doubled against Oak Mountain.
Next: March 9 vs. Hoover.

18. Houston County (Warner Robins, Ga.)
Record:
6-1 | Last week: 17
Results: Def. Veterans, 15-2; def. Hartselle, 4-3; def. Locust Grove, 10-1; lost to Hartselle, 3-2.
Stats: Drew Burress had a home run against Veterans and two doubles against Hartselle. Gage Harrelson had a triple against Locust Grove.
Next: March 9 vs. Veterans.

19. Reagan (San Antonio)
Record:
6-1 | Last week: 21
Results: Def. Lee, 27-0; def. Austin McNeil, 14-0; def. San Angelo Central, 6-0; lost to Round Rock, 3-1; def. Georgetown 5-4; def. Stony Point, 2-1. Billy Baehr threw a four-inning no-hitter against McNeil.
Next: Tuesday vs. MacArthur; Thursday vs. Eagle Pass.

20. Grayson (Loganville, Ga.)
Record:
5-0 | Last week: NR
Results: Def. Flowery Branch, 5-3; def. South Forsyth, 7-5; def. Lowndes, 6-4.
Next: Tue. vs. Mill Creek; Fri. vs. Hillgrove; Sat. vs. Wesleyan.

21. John Carroll Catholic (Fort Pierce, Fla.)
Record:
4-0 | Last week: NR
Results: Def. American Heritage (Delray), 11-1; def. Fort Pierce Westwood, 11-1; def. Sebastian River, 6-0.
Next: Tuesday vs. Central Pointe Christian; Sat. vs. Episcopal School.

22. De La Salle (Concord, Calif.)
Record:
0-0 | Last week: 19
Next: March 8 vs. Livermore.

23. Heritage Hall (Oklahoma City)
Record:
0-0 | Last week: 23
Next: Tuesday vs. Carl Albert; Thursday vs. Deer Creek.

24. Farragut (Knoxville, Tenn.)
Record:
0-0 | Last week: 24
Next: March 16-18 Grand Slam Tournament

25. Charlotte Christian (Charlotte, N.C.)
Record:
0-0 | Last week: 25
Next: March 4 vs. Combine Academy