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High school football: Start dates for all 50 states
High school football across the country concluded its unique 2020-21 season earlier this month with state championship games in North Carolina and Rhode Island.

With COVID-19 numbers improving throughout the country, the 2021 season will not need a hyphen. All states have indicated intent for a traditional fall season, starting with preparation and non-league and conference games starting in the summer, and conclusion by the end of the calendar year.

More than half of the states have already set complete calendars, with start practice, season and playoff points, as as well as championship dates. Some of those are still pending state association and federation approval. Thirteen states have set partial dates, with a dozen currently still ironing out specific plans for all 2021-22 sports.

The following is an ongoing updated list of those dates. Please notify us with further updates or corrections via e-mail at [email protected] or by Twitter @MitchMashMax. Note: States with asterisk pending final approval.

Alabama
First practice: Aug. 2 | First game: Aug. 19-20
Start of playoffs: Nov. 5 | Title games: Dec. 1-3

Alaska

First practice: July 28 | First game: Aug. 13
Playoffs: Oct. 9 | Title games: Oct. 16-22

Arizona
First practice: July 26/2/9 | First game: Aug. 18/25/Sept. 1
Playoffs: Oct. 22 | Title games: TBD

Arkansas
First practice: Aug. 4 | First game: Aug. 27
Playoffs: TBD | Title games: TBD

California
First practice: Aug. 2 | First game: Aug. 20
Playoffs: Nov. 5 (sections), Dec. 3-4 (regionals) | Title games: Dec. 10-11

Colorado
First practice: Aug. 9 | First game: Aug. 26
Playoffs: Nov. 6/13 | Title games: Nov. 27/Dec. 4

Connecticut
First practice: Aug. 16 | First game: Sept. 9
Playoffs: TBD | Title games: TBD

Delaware
First practice: TBD | First game: TBD
Playoffs: TBD | Title games: TBD

District of Columbia
First practice: TBD | First game: TBD
Playoffs: TBD | Title games: TBD

Florida
First practice: TBD | First game: Aug. 20
Playoffs: TBD | Title games: TBD

Georgia
First practice: Aug. 2 | First game: Aug. 20
Playoffs: Nov. 12 | Title games: Dec. 9-11
Lee County hopes to back to another 6A Georgia state title game after playing Buford in last season's finale.
File photo by Cecil Copeland
Lee County hopes to back to another 6A Georgia state title game after playing Buford in last season's finale.
Hawaii
First practice: TBD | First game: Aug. 6
Playoffs: TBD | Title games: TBD

Idaho
First practice: Aug. 9 | First game: Aug. 27
Playoffs: TBD | Title games: Nov. 19-20

Illinois
First practice: Aug. 9 | First game: Aug. 27
Playoffs: Oct. 29 | Title games: Nov. 26-27

Indiana
First practice: Aug. 5 | First game: Aug. 20
Playoffs: Oct. 22 | Title games: Nov. 26-27

Iowa
First practice: Aug. 9 | First game: Aug. 27
Playoffs: Oct. 29 | Title games: TBD

Kansas
First practice: Aug. 16 | First game: Sept. 3
Playoffs: Nov. 5 | Title games: Nov. 27

Kentucky
First practice: Aug. 1 | First game: Aug. 20
Playoffs: Nov. 5 | Title games: Dec. 3-4

Louisiana
First practice: Aug. 2 | First game: Aug. 27
Playoffs: TBD | Title games: TBD

Maine
First practice: TBD | First game: TBD
Playoffs: TBD | Title games: TBD

Maryland
First practice: TBD | First game: TBD
Playoffs: TBD | Title games: TBD

Massachusetts
First practice: Aug. 26 | First game: Sept. 9-10
Playoffs: TBD | Title games: TBD

Michigan

First practice: Aug. 9 | First game: Aug. 26
Playoffs: Oct. 29 | Title games: Nov. 19-27

Minnesota
First practice: Aug. 16 | First game: Sept. 2
Playoffs: Nov. 11-13 | Title games: Nov. 26-27

Mississippi

First practice: Aug. 9 | First game: Aug. 27
Playoffs: Nov. 5/12 | Title games: Dec. 3-4

Missouri
First practice: TBD | First game: TBD
Playoffs: TBD | Title games: TBD

Montana
First practice: Aug. 13 | First game: Aug. 26
Playoffs: Oct. 29-30 | Title games: Nov. 19-20

Nebraska*

First practice: Aug. 9 | First game: Aug. 26
Playoffs: Oct. 29 | Title games: Nov. 19-23

Nevada*

First practice: Aug. 7 | First game: Aug. 19
Playoffs: Oct. 28-30 | Title games: Nov. 19-20

New Hampshire
First practice: TBD | First game: TBD
Playoffs: TBD | Title games: TBD

New Jersey
First practice: Aug. 9 | First game: Aug. 27-28
Playoffs: Nov. 5-6 | Title games: Nov. 26-27, Dec. 3-5

New Mexico
First practice: TBD | First game: TBD
Playoffs: TBD | Title games: TBD

New York

First practice: TBD | First game: TBD
Playoffs: TBD | Title games: Dec. 3-5

North Carolina

First practice: Aug. 2 | First game: Aug. 19-20
Playoffs: TBD | Title games: TBD

North Dakota
First practice: Aug. 5/9 | First game: Aug. 20/23
Playoffs: Oct. 16/23 | Title games: Nov. 12

Ohio

First practice: Aug. 1 | First game: Aug. 20
Playoffs: Oct. 29-30 | Title games: Dec. 2-5

Oklahoma
First practice: Aug. 5 | First game: Aug. 20
Playoffs: Nov. 12 | Title games: TBD

Oregon
First practice: Aug. 16 | First game: Sept. 2
Playoffs: Nov. 5-6 | Title games: Nov. 27/Dec. 4

Pennsylvania

First practice: Aug. 16 | First game: Aug. 27
Playoffs: Nov. 19 | Title games: Dec. 9-11

Rhode Island

First practice: TBD | First game: TBD
Playoffs: TBD | Title games: TBD

South Carolina

First practice: July 30 | First game: Aug. 27
Playoffs: Nov. 12-13 | Title games: Dec. 3-4

South Dakota
First practice: Aug. 5-6 | First game: Aug. 20
Playoffs: Oct. 21 | Title games: Nov. 11-13

Tennessee
First practice: July 26 | First game: Aug. 20
Playoffs: Nov. 5 | Title games: Dec. 2-4

Texas*
First practice: Aug. 7 | First game: Aug. 26-28
Playoffs: Nov. 11-13 | Title games: Dec. 15-18
Southlake Carroll highly-touted quarterback Quinn Ewers hopes to lead his team back to a 6A-1 state title game.
File photo by Freddie Beckwith
Southlake Carroll highly-touted quarterback Quinn Ewers hopes to lead his team back to a 6A-1 state title game.
Utah*
First practice: July 26 | First game: Aug. 13-14
Playoffs: Oct. 22-23 | Title games: Nov. 12-13

Vermont
First practice: TBD | First game: TBD
Playoffs: TBD | Title games: TBD

Virginia
First practice: TBD | First game: TBD
Playoffs: TBD | Title games: TBD

Washington
First practice: Aug. 18 | First game: TBD
Playoffs: TBD | Title games: Dec. 3-4

West Virginia

First practice: Aug. 6 | First game: Aug. 27
Playoffs: TBD | Title games: TBD

Wisconsin

First practice: Aug. 3 | First game: Aug. 19-20
Playoffs: Oct. 22-23 | Title games: Nov. 18-19

Wyoming
First practice: Aug. 12 | First game: Oct. 27-28
Playoffs: Oct. 29-30 | Title games: Nov. 12-13
NFL Draft: 10 players who could've been first-round picks out of high school - HIGHSCORE
NFL Draft: 10 players who could've been first-round picks out of high school
The NFL Draft is set for tonight in Cleveland, Ohio, with 32 NFL teams prepared to choose from among the nation's best college players. But what if they were able to choose high school players?

Baseball, hockey and basketball professional leagues have all drafted players right out of high school while the NFL requires a player to be three years removed from his graduating class. Opponents of drafting players out of high school into the NFL site maturity level, physical strength and quickness and knowledge of the game as reasons why prep players just aren't ready.

However, there are always those precocious players mature beyond their years who possess the size, strength and speed to compete at the professional level. The emergence of Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence as a "once-in-a-generation talent" leads those to wonder if Lawrence might have been a first-round pick right out of high school.

MaxPreps takes a look at 10 players, including Lawrence, who were "once-in-a-generation talents" in their own day. Not all of them succeeded in the NFL while others have gone on to be Hall of Famers. The argument here is that all 10 were phenoms coming out of high school and highly likely that some NFL general manager would have been willing to take a first-round gamble on their potential.
Jadeveon Clowney, South Pointe
File photo by Ron McCann
Jadeveon Clowney, South Pointe
10 NFL-ready players out of high school

Trevor Lawrence, Cartersville (Ga.), 2017
Resume:
The presumptive first pick in this year's draft has been the nation's most coveted quarterback since his freshman year at Cartersville. The No. 1 ranked quarterback in his class throughout his high school career, he's been labeled by some scouts as the greatest quarterback prospect of all-time, along with Hall of Famer John Elway. He became a starter early in his freshman season at Clemson and led the Tigers to a national championship.
Why he would be drafted: At 6-foot-6 and and 208 pounds, Lawrence definitely had the size that NFL scouts like to see in a quarterback. However, he also has arm strength, quickness, maneuverability in the pocket, and passing instincts that make him a once in a generation playcaller.

Herschel Walker, Johnson County (Wrightsville, Ga.), 1979
Resume:
He was the biggest thing to ever happen in Wrightsville (Ga.) in 1979. Colleges from all over the country came to the small town of 2,000 people to watch Walker practice. He rushed for 3,167 yards and 45 touchdowns as a senior, a rushing record that lasted for 21 years. He was a Heisman Trophy candidate as a true freshman after rushing for 1,616 yards. He left Georgia after his junior year to play football in the USFL and eventually played 12 seasons in the NFL.
Why would he be drafted: Very few running backs coming out of high school have ever had the total package that Walker presented. At 6-foot-2, 220 pounds, he was big for a halfback. However, he was also the fastest player on the field — he won the 100 and 200-yard dashes at the state meet — and one of the strongest, he was a state shot put champion as well.

Jadeveon Clowney, South Pointe (Rock Hill, S.C.), 2011
Resume:
The No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft, Clowney had strong credentials as a edge rusher coming out of high school. He had 69.5 sacks in his three years on the varsity, including 29.5 as a senior when he was regarded as the nation's No. 1 overall recruit regardless of position. He was a two-time All-American in college at South Carolina, starting as a freshman and essentially recognized as college football's best defensive player by his sophomore season. He's a three-time Pro Bowler in the NFL.
Why would he be drafted: Clowney was not only viewed as the top player in the class of 2014, but that he would have been the top player in many other classes as well. At 6-5, 250 pounds, he'd already developed into a player capable of playing at a much higher level.

Adrian Peterson, Palestine (Texas), 2003
Resume:
One of the more recent players who could have made the jump, Peterson was the national player of the year while running for 2,950 yards as a senior in 2003. The following year as a true freshman, Peterson finished second in the Heisman Trophy voting after rushing for 1,925 yards. He has since gone on to become the fifth all-time leading rusher in NFL history.
Why would he be drafted: Peterson has given several interviews to ESPN, noting that he felt he was capable of making the jump from high school to the pros. According to an article by Len Pasquarelli in 2007, Peterson is often named by talent evaluators as the player who most capable of making the jump.

Marcus Dupree, Philadelphia (Miss.), 1981
Resume:
The most prized high school prospect in the nation in 1981, Dupree scored on his very first possession as a freshman and finished his career with 87 touchdowns. When he arrived on campus at Oklahoma, head coach Barry Switzer reportedly said, "He was the best player on the field ... physically ready, as a true freshman, to be the best player on a great college team. Maybe even ready for the NFL at that age." Dupree came through as a freshman, rushing for 1,144 yards and earning second team All-America honors. However, he left Oklahoma after his freshman year and ended up playing the USFL at the age of 19. After a brief stint with the Los Angeles Rams, Dupree was out of the NFL due to injuries.
Why would he be drafted: Dupree was 210 pounds as a freshman in high school, eventually growing to 235 pounds. He also had sprinter speed, reportedly posting a 4.29 40-yard dash.

Andy Katzenmoyer, Westerville South (Westerville, Ohio), 1995
Resume:
A 6-foot-5, 240-pound linebacker in high school, Katzenmoyer devastated opponents with his speed and instincts. He was named the best player, not just linebacker, in the Detroit Free Press's Best in the Midwest rankings. USA Today named him National Defensive Player of the Year. He was Mr. Football in Ohio. He was also the top linebacker on the Parade Magazine All-America team. As a true freshman at Ohio State, he beat out a Butkus Award finalist from the year before, Greg Bellisari, at middle linebacker and set school records for sacks and tackles for loss while earning All-Big Ten honors. Ohio State had the nation's top passing defense with Katzenmoyer leading the way.
Why would he be drafted: Speed, instinct and tackling ability were Katzenmoyer's trademarks (his coach at Westerville South held him out of tackling drills to prevent other players from getting hurt, according to the Detroit Free Press). A neck injury as a rookie brought a premature end to his career.

Cookie Gilchrist, Har-Brack (Natrona Heights, Pa.), 1953
Resume:
Gilchrist was the top player in Pennsylvania in 1953. Just a junior, Gilchrist was one of the leading scorers in the state with 184 points on 24 touchdowns and 42 extra points. He earned all-state honors, receiving the most votes on the team. The problem for Gilchrist, however, is that he was ineligible to play as a senior. WPIAL rules prevented any senior who turned 19 prior to Sept. 1 from playing. Gilchrist turned 19 in May of his junior year. Fortune found Gilchrist in the form of Cleveland Browns coach Paul Brown, who signed Gilchrist to a contract. However a disagreement led to Gilchrist leaving the Browns. He did play in the Ontario Rugby Union (a precursor to the Canadian Football League) as a 19-year-old. He later played in the AFL and was the AFL MVP in 1962.
Why would he be drafted: Obviously talented enough to gain the attention of Paul Brown, who had coached the Browns to an 11-1 record and a runner-up finish to Detroit in the NFL championship game.

Orlando Pace, Sandusky (Ohio), 1993
Resume:
Pace was bigger than most professional offensive linemen when he was still in high school. At 6-foot-8, 320 pounds, Pace was the state lineman of the year as a senior while also earning All-America honors. He became one of just two Buckeyes to ever start as a true freshmen. He is the only two-time winner of the Lombardi Award, winning it as a 20-year old sophomore. He's in the NFL and College Halls of Fame.
Why would he be drafted: Size alone would have made Pace a tempting pick. He's one of the largest players ever selected to the Hall of Fame. However, he was also characterized as being very athletic for a player his size. It was those attributes that made him the No. 1 overall pick in the 1997 NFL Draft.

Bill Fralic, Penn Hills (Pittsburgh, Pa.), 1980
Resume:
A four-year starter at Penn Hills, Fralic helped his team win three WPIAL championships. As a senior, he earned the Dial National Athlete of the Year Award, which had been given the previous year to Herschel Walker. A two-way lineman, Fralic had 15 sacks as a senior, but he found his way into the starting lineup at Pittsburgh as a college freshman. He eventually earned consensus All-America honors twice and was twice a top 10 finisher in the Heisman Trophy voting. He was a four-time Pro Bowl player in the NFL with the Falcons.
Why would he be drafted: Fralic's versatility would have been a huge bonus as he was able to play on both the offensive and defensive lines as well as tight end. He dominated high school opponents with his quickness and strength.

Bronko Nagurski, Bemidji (Minn.), 1926
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More legendary stories have been told about Nagurski than probably any NFL player in history. Noted for his incredible strength, speed and agility, Nagurski was a powerful runner on offense, but also strong enough to play offensive tackle. He ran the 100-yard dash in 10.2 seconds and reportedly had a 19.5 inch ring size — the largest of any NFL Hall of Fame member. He reportedly could have played any position on the field during the 1930s, including quarterback. He threw several touchdown passes in leading the Bears to two world championships.
Why would he be drafted: At 6-2, 220 pounds, Nagurski was bigger than over half of the linemen on the Chicago Bears when he joined them. His natural strength made him such a valuable player at the University of Minnesota and later with the Bears.
High school girls basketball rankings: No. 16 Anderson County survives upset bid, moves up two spots in HIGHSCORE Top 25 rankings - HIGHSCORE
High school girls basketball rankings: No. 16 Anderson County survives upset bid, moves up two spots in MaxPreps Top 25 rankings
Ponchatoula has played 30 games in Louisiana. Simeon, which was ranked in our preseason MaxPreps Top 25 high school girls basketball rankings, will play its first game in Illinois this week. Mater Dei and Archbishop Mitty, both from California and both given spots before the season, may not play at all.

Such is the state of high school basketball in the season of COVID-19, which has only added to the challenge of putting together these rankings.

So should an unbeaten team with 10 games be ranked ahead of an unbeaten team that's played 30? After all, every game is a chance to lose, and the 10-game team clearly had fewer opportunities to pick up a loss. But then again, it's certainly not the fault of the teams that they've played fewer games than expected, or didn't have a chance to get that big intersectional win that would have put them on the map.

Which means that this year, more so than any other, the talent on the roster — as measured by individual rankings and recruiting interest — has an impact on where a team is placed. Edison has played four games, but sits at No. 5 thanks to a horde of top-shelf talent that was just as likely to be 24-0 as 4-0.

Is this the way we normally do it? Not at all, but a lot of things aren't normal in the 2020-21 girls basketball season — and like most of these teams you just have to play the hand you're dealt.

NOTE: Coaches and team personnel are encouraged to update schedules and results on MaxPreps – especially those in the mix for MaxPreps Top 25 consideration. For assistance or questions, please reach out to [email protected]
Marya Hudgins, Grandview
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Marya Hudgins, Grandview
MaxPreps Top 25 Girls Basketball Rankings

Record: 17-0 | Last week: 1
Note that there are two American Heritage high schools in Florida, and the one in the other 4A semifinal — the one Lake Highland Prep might have to face this weekend should it get by Bishop Kenny — is not the American Heritage that's ranked No. 24.

2. Westlake (Atlanta)
Record: 15-0 | Last week: 2
Westlake has waited nearly a month to play a game as opponents were hard to come by, but the AAAAAA postseason begins this week. The first serious test likely will come next week from 23-3 Kell in quarterfinals.

3. Mount Notre Dame (Cincinnati)
Record: 23-0 | Last week: 3
The Cougars won their first two Division 1 playoff games by an average score of 82-7 but it's possible, if not likely, that 21-2 Centerville — which only lost to host Mount Notre Dame by nine earlier this year — will be the semifinal opponent. We're guessing that game will be a lot closer than 82-7.

4. Hopkins (Minnetonka, Minn.)
Record: 10-0 | Last week: 4
Hopkins easily disposed of Minnetonka, which gave the defending state champs a tough game the first time around. So the next focus will be on the March 5 game at No. 20 Chaska.

5. Edison Academy (Detroit)
Record: 4-0 | Last week: 5
Edison downed perennial rival Renaissance 68-59 on Saturday.

6. Incarnate Word Academy (St. Louis)
Record: 18-0 | Last week: 6
There are two games left in regular season for the Show Me State's best, and neither should pose much of a challenge.

7. Cypress Creek (Houston)
Record: 28-0| Last week: 7
Cypress Creek will play 24-4 Heights on Wednesday, and that record is impressive. But Cypress Creek already played Heights and won by 31.

8. Norman (Okla.)
Record: 13-0 | Last week: 8
Norman has had a long break, but plays Thursday against Grant — and is expected to move on to the 6A Area playoffs, which begin March 4.

9. St. John-Vianney (Holmdel, N.J.)
Record: 9-0 | Last week: 9
St. John Vianney's comfortable home in the Top 10 will be threatened Friday by 8-0 Trenton Catholic — but luckily the game will be in the friendly confines of Holmdel.

10. Paul VI (Chantilly, Va.)
Record: 10-0 | Last week: 10
Season complete.

11. DeSoto (Texas)
Record: 22-2 | Last week: 12
DeSoto continues to advance in 6A District play, but down the road must deal with rival Duncanville and No. 7 Cypress Creek.

12. Newark (Ohio)
Record: 24-1 | Last week: 13
Hilliard Darby, Wednesday's opponent in the Division 1 playoffs, is the 25th seed — 16-2 Watkins Memorial, the likely Friday opponent, will be a tougher test.

13. Grandview (Aurora, Colo.)
Record: 9-0 | Last week: 14
There are some very good teams in Colorado, but Grandview won't face any of them until postseason, which begins the week of March 8.

14. Princess Anne (Virginia Beach, Va.)
Record:
10-0 | Last week: 17
Princess Anne completed its abbreviated unbeaten season by winning its eighth straight state title, and 12th overall.

15. Fremont (Plain City, Utah)
Record: 22-0 | Last week: 15
The 6A playoffs begin Thursday, but Fremont is the No. 2 seed, behind once-beaten Herriman, which did play a tougher schedule. We might find out how much that matters if both reach the March 6 finals.

16. Anderson County (Lawrenceburg, Ky.)
Record: 17-0 | Last week: 18
Sometimes it takes a little luck. Anderson County got a banked-in, 3-pointer with 3.2 seconds to left to take a 69-68 lead over Sacred Heart — and then had to watch as Sacred Heart's desperation heave spent some time on the rim before bouncing out.

17. Ponchatoula (La.)
Record: 30-0 | Last week: 22
Ponchatoula is three games away from an unbeaten season, a Top 20 ranking (or higher), and most important, a Louisiana 5A state title.

18. Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.)

Record: 21-2 | Last week: 11
Montverde lost by one in the first round of the Independent School National Championships, but bounced back to win its last two and retain a spot in the Top 25. The other loss was to No. 1 Lake Highland Prep, and Montverde has a handful of impressive wins over strong Florida opposition.

19. Rutgers Prep (Somerset, N.J.)

Record: 7-0 | Last week: 19
Rutgers Prep has two games left before a limited postseason, and a loss anywhere along the line would be considered a major upset.

20. Chaska (Minn.)
Record: 10-0 | Last week: 20
Chaska was on no one's radar in preseason — but now you can bet No. 4 Hopkins is already gathering intel for the March 5 matchup.

21. Hazel Green (Ala.)
Record: 32-1 | Last week: 21
Should Hazel Green get past Hartselle Wednesday — and Hazel Green won by 19 back in November — McGill-Toolen would be the 6A semifinals foe. Hazel Green beat McGill-Toolen by 25 in December.

22. New Hope Academy (Landover Hills, Md.)
Record: 10-3 | Last week: NR
New Hope returns to the rankings after winning the Independent School National Championship over a strong field. And if you think three losses are too many for a Top 25 team, think again — all three came against elite opposition.

23. Bearden (Knoxville, Tenn.)
Record: 25-1 | Last week: 23
Oak Ridge is 20-4 and the likely opponent in Monday's Class AAA Regional semifinals, but Bearden should be favored, if not heavily favored, until the state tournament starts March 10.

24. American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.)
Record: 23-2 | Last week: 24
It's not going to be easy for American Heritage to hold on to this ranking, as Florida is very strong this year, and the 5A Final Four is impressive. First up is 24-4 Clearwater, which hasn't lost since Dec. 11, and the other side of the bracket has 26-1 St. Augustine and a fully healthy, and very talented, 22-3 Palm Bay.

25. Pius X (Lincoln, Neb.)
Record:
20-0 | Last week: 25
Pius X must get past either 12-win Benson or 12-win Bellevue West on Thursday to get to the Class A state tournament, which starts next week. And it would be unwise to bet against the No. 25 team in the country.

Dropped out: No. 16 Archbishop Wood (Warminster, Pa.).
High school football: Valdosta board will reconsider firing of embattled coach Rush Propst - HIGHSCORE
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
High school baseball: Jesuit, IMG Academy, Buford among Florida, Georgia squads dominating HIGHSCORE Top 25 - HIGHSCORE
High school baseball: Jesuit, IMG Academy, Buford among Florida, Georgia squads dominating MaxPreps Top 25
The first national high school baseball rankings of the season find Florida and Georgia dominating the MaxPreps Top 25 as the Sunshine State logs seven teams, including three of the top four while the Peach State is next with five.

With a pair of season-opening wins Jesuit (Tampa, Fla.) holds on to the top spot while IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) started 3-0. The two teams are expected to meet April 20.

The Top 25 rankings only include teams that expect to begin play in the next month. As a result, several teams not expected to begin play until April have been dropped despite holding a spot in the preseason Top 25 rankings.

Dropped out: No. 3 JSerra Catholic (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.); No. 6 Baylor (Chattanooga, Tenn.); No. 10 Thousand Oaks (Calif.); No. 11 Parkview (Lilburn, Ga.); No. 14 Valley Christian (San Jose, Calif.); No. 18 American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.); Ronald Reagan (Pfafftown, N.C.).

Game of the Week: Buford 3, Parkview 0. In a game between Georgia's best, Buford pulled out the win over Parkview behind the pitching of MaxPreps Underclass All-American Dylan Lesko, who had nine strikeouts.

Player of the Week: Jackson Ferris, IMG Academy. Ferris tossed a five-inning no-hitter with 12 strikeouts against Palmetto.

Recruit Watch: Brady House, Winder-Barrow. Considered one of the top 10 players in the nation, House opened his senior year with five RBI in his first three games to boost Winder-Barrow into the rankings.

Game to Watch: IMG Academy vs. Southlake Carroll. The Florida-based school is scheduled to head to Texas this week to take on the Dragons, who have won two Class 6A state championships over the past three years.

Streaks: Webster (Wisc.), led by former MLB pitcher Jarrod Washburn, did not get to play a single game last year, but it has the nation's longest active win streak at 37 games dating back to the 2018 season. Webster is not scheduled to begin play until April 18.
Jackson Ferris, IMG Academy
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Jackson Ferris, IMG Academy
MaxPreps Top 25 Baseball Rankings

1.  Jesuit (Tampa, Fla.)
Record: 2-0 | Last week: 1
Results: Def. Largo, 9-1; Def. Osceola, 10-3
Stats: Bradke Lohry was 3-for-4 with a double and a triple against Largo while Jake Kulikowski had a home run. Wade Woodaz homered against Osceola while BJ Graham was 3-for-4 with a double.
Next: Friday vs. Tampa Catholic.

Record: 3-0 | Last week: 2
Results: Def. Lakewood Ranch, 2-1; Palmetto, 10-0; and Lakeland, 7-0.
Stats: Jackson Ferris pitched a five-inning no-hitter with 12 strikeouts against Palmetto and Brady Neal had a home run. Drew Gray had 10 strikeouts against Lakeland.
Next: Thursday at Southlake Carroll (Texas), Friday at Flower Mound

Record: 0-0 | Last week: 4
Next: Season opens on March 12

4. Calvary Christian Academy (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
Record: 2-0 | Last week: 5
Results: Def. Flanagan (Pembroke Pines), 15-5; def. Chaminade-Madonna (Hollywood), 4-0.
Stats: Rene Lastres hit a home run against Flanagan while Irving Carter and Andrew Painter combined for a 1-hitter as each struck out six against Chaminade-Madonna.
Next: Saturday vs. Hialeah Educational Academy.

5. Buford (Ga.)
Record: 3-0 | Last week: 7
Results: Def. Parkview, 3-0; def. Lambert, 7-2; def. Mill Creek, 2-0.
Stats: Dylan Lesko got the win against Parkview, striking out nine. Treyton Rank struck out eight in the win over Mill Creek.
Next: Friday vs. Shiloh.

6. St. Mary Prep (Orchard Lake, Mich.)
Record: 0-0 | Last week: 8
Next: State begins play March 24

7. Barbe (Lake Charles, La.)
Record: 0-0 | Last week: 9
Next: Saturday vs. West Monroe

8. Calvary Christian (Clearwater, Fla.)
Record: 3-0 | Last week: 12
Results: Def. Fivay, 6-1; def. Brooks DeBartolo Collegiate, 10-0; def. River Ridge, 5-4.
Stats: Jack Cebert struck out 11 in the win over Fivay.
Next: Tues. vs. Tarpon Springs; Sat. vs. Lakeland Christian.

9. Lake Travis (Austin, Texas)
Record: 0-0 | Last week: 13
Next: Feb. 25 vs. Southlake Carroll and Flower Mound

10. Jackson Prep (Jackson, Miss.)
Record: 3-0 | Last week: 15
Results: Def. Starkville Academy, 1-0; def. Hartfield Academy; def. Heritage Academy, 3-0.
Stats: Will Gibbs struck out 7 against Starkville Academy while Mason Nichols struck out 8 against Hartfield Academy and 8 more against Heritage.
Next: Tues. vs. Starkville Academy; Thurs. vs. Canton Academy.

11. Stoneman Douglas (Parkland, Fla.)
Record: 3-0 | Last week: 16
Results: Def. Belen Jesuit, 7-1; def. American Heritage (Plantation), 1-0; def. St. Thomas Aquinas, 3-2
Stats: Jake Clemente homered against Belen Jesuit. Christian Rodriguez struck out 11 against American Heritage. Santiago Ordonez walked with the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh to beat St. Thomas Aquinas.
Next: Tues. vs. Coral Reef; Thurs. vs. Taravella.

12. Spruce Creek (Port Orange, Fla.)
Record: 2-0 | Last week: NR
Results: Def. Deltona 11-1, def. Seabreeze, 7-0.
Stats: Jarrett Maresco struck out 7 against Deltona while Preston Wetherell struck out six against Seabreeze.
Next: Tues. vs. Olympia; Wed. vs. Viera.

13. Carrollton (Ga.)
Record: 4-0 | Last week: NR
Results: Def. Woodland, 3-2; def. Locust Grove, 3-1; def. North Paulding, 8-4; def. Blessed Trinity, 1-0.
Stats: Bear Madliak had three RBI against North Paulding while Colton Cosper struck out six against Blessed Trinity.
Next: Wed. vs. St. Pius X Catholic; Sat. vs. Ola.

14. North Paulding (Dallas, Ga.)
Record: 3-1 | Last week: NR
Results: Def. Rome 5-1, def. Blessed Trinity, 8-2; def. Locust Grove, 11-2; lost to Carrollton, 8-4.
Stats: Mitchell Heer struck out 14 against Blessed Trinity.
Next: Friday vs. Cedartown, Saturday vs. Pope.

15. Venice (Fla.)
Record: 3-0 | Last week: NR
Results: Def. Palmetto, 1-0; def. Fort Myers, 13-4, 9-4.
Stats: Cole Schumaker had three hits in the 13-4 win over Fort Myers.
Next: Thurs. Vs. Braden River; Friday vs. Sarasota.

16. Vestavia Hills (Ala.)
Record: 6-0 | Last week: NR
Results: Def. Briarwood Christian, 8-2, 8-1; Def. Madison Academy, 7-3, 9-3
Stats: Grayson Dobbins had three RBI in the 8-2 win over Briarwood Christian while Christopher Johnston and Pierce Hanna each had three RBI against Madison Academy.
Next: Thurs. Vs. Oak Mountain, Sat. vs. Austin (Decatur), Sat. vs. Huntsville.

17. Houston County (Warner Robins, Ga.)
Record: 3-0 | Last week: NR
Results: Def. Walton, 17-3; def. North Cobb Christian, 5-2; def. East Paulding, 6-2.
Stats: Gage Harrelson had three hits and three RBI against Walton. Brodie Chestnutt struck out 10 against North Cobb Christian.
Next: Friday vs. Hartselle, Locust Grove

18. Winder-Barrow (Winder, Ga.)
Record: 03-0 | Last week: NR
Results: Def. Archer, 7-3; def. Evans, 6-4; def. Lakeside, 10-0.
Stats: All-America candidate Brady House had two RBI against Archer and three against Lakeside.
Next: Wed. vs. Peachtree Ridge

19. De La Salle (Concord, Calif.)
Record: 0-0 | Last week: 17
Next: March 8 vs. Livermore.

20. Prosper (Texas)
Record: 0-0 | Last week: 19
Next: Thurs. at Rangers National Showcase

21. Reagan (San Antonio)
Record: 0-0 | Last week: 20
Next: Tues. vs. Lee; Thurs. Round Rock Invitational.

22. Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas)
Record: 0-0 | Last week: 21
Next: Schedule TBA

23. Heritage Hall (Oklahoma City)
Record: 0-0 | Last week: 22
Next: Season opener March 2 vs. Carl Albert

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

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