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USA TODAY Sports/NFCA High School Super 25 softball rankings: Week 11

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Stop us if you’ve heard this before: Neshoba Central advanced to the Class 5A state finals.
The seven-time reigning Mississippi state titlist and No. 1 team in the USA TODAY Sports/NFCA High School Super 25 will face East Central later today in the opener of the best-of-three championship series at the University of Southern Mississippi. Game two will be Friday, with a third game, if necessary, slated for Saturday

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Ally Batenhorst named 2020-21 Gatorade National Volleyball Player of the Year

Ally Batenhorst of Katy (Texas) Seven Lakes High School was named 2020-21 Gatorade National Volleyball Player of the Year on Wednesday.
The 6-foot-4 outside hitter led Seven Lakes to a 25-1 record and Texas Class 6A state championship this past season, totaling 574 kills, 371 digs, 33 blocks and 32 service aces. Batenhorst’s strong senior season earned her Class 6A Player of the Year and state tournament Most Valuable Player recognition, as well as other postseason accolades including Under Armour first-team All-American, VolleyballMag.com first-team All-American, MaxPreps first-team All-American and now, Gatorade National Player of the Year.
Batenhorst was virtually surprised with the Gatorade National Player of the Year award by Olympic Medalist and 1999-2000 Gatorade National Player of the Year April Ross

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Five-star PG TyTy Washington commits to Kentucky

Five-star AZ Compass Prep (Ariz.) point guard TyTy Washington wrapped up the second leg of his recruitment Wednesday night, committing to play for John Calipari and the Kentucky Wildcats.
Washington, a former Creighton signee, committed to Kentucky over Arizona, Baylor, Kansas, LSU and Oregon. Creighton released Washington from his National Letter of Intent earlier this year after racially insensitive remarks were made by head coach Greg McDermott.
“Coach Cal’s a straight-forward dude,” Washington recently told 247Sports

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Valdosta reportedly 'reconsidering' firing of head coach Rush Propst

Rush Propst might not be out as Valdosta High School’s football coach after all.
According to the Atlanta Constitution Journal, Valdosta is reportedly “reconsidering” its decision to fire Propst following allegations of the veteran head coach recruiting players and their families to Valdosta and then paying for their living expenses. The allegations first surfaced in February and Propst was placed on administrative leave shortly after.
Valdosta City Schools confirmed to the Atlanta Constitution Journal that it will meet next week to “revisit” Propst’s non-contract renewal after a 5-3 vote to remove him from his position earlier this month. Per the Atlanta Constitution Journal, next week’s board meeting agenda reads: “Revisit non-renewal of head football coach at VHS — Mr

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Top 5 recruit Patrick Baldwin Jr. commits to play for father at Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Five-star forward Patrick Baldwin Jr. has decided to take the path seldom traveled as he continues his basketball journey to the college ranks.
Instead of taking his talents to a blue blood program like Duke or Georgetown, a former powerhouse crawling its way out of the doldrums under program legend Patrick Ewing, Baldwin Jr. is staying home to play for a person near and dear to him. The 6-foot-9, 190-pound small forward committed to play for his father, Patrick Baldwin Sr

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Sierra Canyon basketball star Chance Westry leaves program

Sierra Canyon basketball star Chance Westry has left the program, according to the Los Angeles Daily News.
Westry, a Pennsylvania native and the No. 34 overall recruit in the class of 2022, is no longer with the program due to personal reasons, according to head coach Andre Chevalier. Westry averaged 14.2 points in five games for Sierra Canyon this season, but had not played in the team’s last two games

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Arch Manning schedules summer visits ahead of junior season

With the NCAA recruiting dead period nearing its end, highly-touted quarterback Arch Manning is set to get out on the road and visit schools across the nation.
According to 247Sports’ Steve Wiltfong, Manning, the top-ranked quarterback in the class of 2023 and the nephew of Eli and Peyton Manning, has June visits scheduled with Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, SMU and Texas. First up for Manning is a trip to camp at Clemson from June 8-9 before traveling to the Lone Star State for visits with SMU and Texas. He will then close the month with visits to Alabama and Georgia.
“You still want to work out with your teammates and not be gone every day, you want to have some semblance of normalcy,” Arch’s father, Cooper Manning, said

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New Jersey HS lacrosse coach fired after hitting rival player in on-field altercation

A New Jersey high school lacrosse coach has been fired after hitting a rival player in an on-field altercation on Saturday.
According to Mike Kinney of NJ Advance Media, an assistant coach at Don Bosco Prep, the top-ranked boys lacrosse program in New Jersey, has been relieved of his duties after an on-field altercation in which he shoved a player from rival St. Joseph Regional High School. The firing of the assistant coach was confirmed in a statement by Don Bosco Prep athletic director Marcin Szorc.
“Very unfortunate,” Szorc said

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High school basketball: Five-star center Efton Reid commits to LSU

IMG Academy (Fla.) center Efton Reid, one of the top remaining recruits in the class of 2021, brought an end to his recruitment on Mother’s Day, committing to LSU over Florida State, North Carolina and Pittsburgh.
Reid was originally supposed to announce his commitment during the week, but pushed his announcement to Sunday as he worked toward a final decision.

Before all else I wanna thank God for everything that he has done for me and all that he is going to do for me.I want to thank my Circle for giving me the support and guidance during this journey

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Arkansas HS football coach known for never punting takes college job

Kevin Kelley did not make many friends during his time at Pulaski Academy, took the program to new heights and parlayed that success into a college coaching gig.
Kelley, who won nine state titles at Pulaski and gained national notoriety for never punting, announced Thursday that he was leaving the high school ranks to become the head coach at FCS program Presbyterian College. In 18 seasons at Pulaski, Kelley went 216-29-1 and was recently inducted into the Arkansas Hall of Fame.
Kelley’s unorthodox and revolutionary style of coaching garnered national attention and segments on 60 Minutes, HBO’s Real Sports and NFL Films. Kelley is now considered a pioneer of using analytics in high school football and will likely look to achieve the same success using a similar approach at Presbyterian, which has not had a winning record since 2014