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High school basketball: Social media post suggests Bronny James has been cleared to play...but will he? - HIGHSCORE
High school basketball: Social media post suggests Bronny James has been cleared to play...but will he?
Like father, like son. Bronny James, the national Top 25 sophomore boys basketball recruit and son of LeBron James, is recovered from injury and ready to go just before the playoffs, according to a report.

A Tik Tok post by WhosNextHS indicated the 6-foot-2, 165-pound shooting guard from Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth, Calif.) has been "cleared to start hoopin' " after suffering a torn meniscus in early February.

Sierra Canyon, which had won two straight California Interscholastic Federation Open Division championships before the pandemic ended its 2019-20 season one game short of a possible third consecutive crown, will open the Southern Section playoffs next week.

A text Friday morning to Sierra Canyon coach Andre Chevalier to confirm James' health status or his plans to play for the Trailblazers was not immediately returned.

Sierra Canyon (10-0) is expected to be a top seed in the Open Division, which begins May 28. If it advances, Sierra Canyon would play in the Southern Regional, which takes place June 15-19. For a second straight year, there will be no CIF state basketball championships.

Ranked the No. 25 prospect in the Class of 2023 according to 247Sports, James came off the bench for Sierra Canyon's Southern California championship team last season. He figured to be a starter on the 2020-21 squad, which like the rest of the state had its season delayed until the spring only.
Bronny James has missed Sierra Canyon's shortened 2020-21 spring season due to a knee injury.
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Bronny James has missed Sierra Canyon's shortened 2020-21 spring season due to a knee injury.
According to the Los Angeles Daily News, James was competing for a Sierra Canyon club team, California Basketball Club, when the injury occurred.

LeBron James returned to the Los Angeles Lakers Wednesday in a 103-100 win over the Golden State Warriors and delivered a triple-double along with making the game-winning 3-pointer. He had missed 25 of the team's final 30 games due to an ankle injury before Wednesday and is waiting for the Lakers' series opener Sunday with the Phoenix Suns.

Sierra Canyon has maintained an unbeaten record despite numerous other setbacks besides Bronny's. At the top of the list is four-star guard Chance Westry, a Pennsylvania native who returned home earlier this month due to personal reasons. The No. 34 overall prospect from the Class of 2022, Westry averaged 14.2 points per outing in five appearances this season.

Max Allen, a 6-foot-8 post player, left the team before the regular season officially got underway April 22 and 7-foot-3 center Harold Yu, who lives in China, also did not join the team.

MaxPreps national basketball editor Jordan Divens contributed to this report.
High school football: After fight with cancer, St. Frances Academy standout Aaron Wilson passes away at age 17 - HIGHSCORE
High school football: After fight with cancer, St. Frances Academy standout Aaron Wilson passes away at age 17
Aaron Wilson of St. Frances Academy (Baltimore, Md.) has passed away at the age of 17, according to 247Sports recruiting analyst Brian Dohn. Rasheda Mayse, the mother of the promising defensive end prospect started a GoFundMe page in March when it was announced he had developed a high grade midline glioma. He underwent brain surgery to remove some of the mass and was undergoing radiation therapy on his spine.

Wilson had a bright future in football and was regarded as great leader and teammate with a positive attitude.

A testament to his talent on the field, Wilson had 18 offers that included the likes of Florida, Georgia, Miami, Penn State, Tennessee and Texas, according to 247Sports.

During his sophomore season he had 43 tackles, 16 tackles for loss, 11 sacks and two forced fumbles while playing at Ocoee (Fla.). He transferred to the Baltimore power in the spring of 2020 and was selected to the MaxPreps Preseason Junior All-America team before Maryland announced the fall season would be canceled due to the ongoing pandemic.
Aaron Wilson (No. 4) chases down a ballcarrier during a game in September 2019.
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Aaron Wilson (No. 4) chases down a ballcarrier during a game in September 2019.

High school basketball: Top 50 Class of 2022 prospect Chance Westry leaves Sierra Canyon - HIGHSCORE
High school basketball: Top 50 Class of 2022 prospect Chance Westry leaves Sierra Canyon
Despite starting the high school basketball season in Southern California with a perfect 7-0 mark, national power Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth) has suffered a number of significant personnel losses. At the top of the list is four-star guard Chance Westry, a Pennsylvania native who is returning home and no longer with the program due to personal reasons, head coach Andre Chevalier told the Los Angeles Daily News.

Regarded as the No. 34 overall prospect in the Class of 2022, Westry averaged 14.2 points per outing in five appearances this season. He did not play in Sierra Canyon's previous two contests.

Max Allen, a 6-foot-8 post player, left the team before the regular season officially got underway April 22.

Bronny James is also unlikely to join the lineup this year after tearing his meniscus in February and 7-foot-3 center Harold Yu, who lives in China, also will not join the team.

Top five Class of 2022 prospect Amari Bailey has carried the load offensively in recent games, scoring 35 points in a 70-54 victory over Windward last Tuesday before recording a triple-double with 32 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists in their most recent win over Crossroads on Friday.

Despite the voids in the lineup, the Trailblazers have now won 59 consecutive league games and remain a strong contenders to capture their third consecutive CIF Southern Section Open Division title. Playoffs begin May 28.
Amari Bailey drives to the basket during his 35-point performance against Windward.
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Amari Bailey drives to the basket during his 35-point performance against Windward.
Virginia crowns first spring football champions in high school history - HIGHSCORE
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.
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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
High school baseball: Top 10 MLB Draft prospects - HIGHSCORE
High school baseball: Top 10 MLB Draft prospects
The Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft has been a June fixture for 55 years, since it was first held in 1965. However due to COVID-19, Major League Baseball has moved the three-day selection process to July 11, 12 and 13. The high school baseball season is expected to last, in some states, until the third or fourth week of June.

MaxPreps has identified the Top 10 members of the Class of 2021 who figure to be chosen on the draft's first day. Based on mock drafts and rankings by recruiting services like Prep Baseball Report and Perfect Game, the Class of 2021 is particularly strong at shortstop with three expected to go among the top three high school players chosen. At least three pitchers are also among the top 10, however a high school player is not expected to be chosen with the No. 1 overall pick.
Marcelo Mayer, Eastlake
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Marcelo Mayer, Eastlake
Top 10 high school MLB Draft prospects for 2021

Jordan Lawler, Dallas Jesuit (Dallas), SS
All signs point to Lawler, a five-tool shortstop, as the first high school player chosen in the draft. Along with the potential to develop into a 15-20 home runs a year slugger, Lawler also has tremendous speed and the ability to stick as a shortstop at the professional level. After a fast start to the 2021 season, Lawler has slowed to a .303 batting average with 13 runs, six RBI and five doubles.

Marcelo Mayer, Eastlake (Chula Vista, Calif.), SS
Like Lawler, Mayer is seen as a player who has a chance to stick at shortstop in the Bigs. Scouts regard Mayer as the best pure hitter in the draft, however, he's also a superior defensive player. The combination of hitting and fielding could push Mayer ahead of Lawler in the draft.

Kahlil Watson, Wake Forest (N.C.), SS
Yet another high school shortstop who has the defensive skills necessary to continue playing the position at the next level, Watson came on strong during the summer. Watson batted just .235 during a five-game season last year, but as a sophomore he hit .578 with 12 doubles and six home runs. Watson is likely to go somewhere in the middle of the first round and could be the fourth or fifth high school player selected.

Harry Ford, North Cobb (Kennesaw, Ga.), C
The highest-rated high school catcher, there are mixed results on whether Ford will go in the first round or not. However, no other high school catcher has been tabbed to go ahead of Ford. He's one of the quickest and most athletic high school catchers in the draft, which leads to the possibility that Ford could move to the field at some point. He's noted for his bat speed and he already has three home runs and two triples in 2021 while batting .290 with 14 RBI in 11 games.

Brady House, Winder-Barrow (Winder, Ga.), 3B
A shortstop for much of his high school career, House likely will end up at third base. He has one of the top bats in the draft. He's shown that early in the season for the Bulldogs, batting .542 with 17 runs scored, three doubles and three home runs.

Ben Montgomery, Red Land (Lewisberry, Pa.), OF
Montgomery could be the top high school outfielder in the draft thanks to a strong arm and ability to hit for power. He hasn't seen any action against high school competition since the 2019 season. Scouts see Montgomery going toward the end of the first round of the draft.

Chase Petty, Mainland Regional (Linwood, N.J.), P
Perry caught everyone's attention when he hit 100 mph over the summer. A possible end-of-first-round pick, Petty also reportedly has an above average slider. Low projection could sour some teams allowing Petty to drop out of the first round.

Jackson Jobe, Heritage Hall (Oklahoma City, Okla.), P
A hitting and fielding prospect prior the 2020 summer season, Jobe has developed into one of the top pitching prospects in the draft. With a fastball that hits 96 mph, Jobe also has a deadly curve. He had eight strikeouts in his first four innings pitched this season.

Andrew Painter, Calvary Christian Academy (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), P
Painter could be the first high school pitcher taken in the draft and he's expected to be the third or fourth overall high school player selected. At 6-foot-7, he's got the mid-90s fastball, but he is also adept at three other pitches. He has 27 strikeouts in 11 innings pitched this season.

James Woods, IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.), OF
Teams looking for powerhitting outfielders will likely look long and hard at Woods. Along with Montgomery, he's among the top prep outfielders in the draft. He has two home runs this season in IMG's 10 games. He could go toward the end of the first round.