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  2. Gibbs names Ja’Vonta Trotter new head coach Gibbs ended its two-week search for a new head football coach on Tuesday when it announced Ja'Vonta Trotter would replace Antonio Knox. Trotter, 28, is a 2008 Boca Ciega grad who played wide receiver at Murray State. Most recently he was an assistant coach at Murray State last season before moving back to St. Petersburg.
  3. Three locals on FCS Walter Payton Award watch list The Walter Payton Award, considered the Heisman Trophy of the Football Championship Series (Division I-AA), released its preseason watch list of players in contention. The list had a local flavor with three former area standouts mentioned: Tyrie Adams (Dixie Hollins/Western Carolina), Bruce Anderson (Newsome/North Dakota State) and Brad Mayes (Berkeley Prep/Lehigh).
  4. Yeah they are... also, you have the urban/inner city schools that are ridiculous sometimes. California has a pretty good handle on it, but there are over 39 million people here so there are a ton of teams. Many in densely populated areas where the talent pool is rich. But there are portions of the state that are very rural and that's where the divisions do matter. Wouldn't want to see a school from Weed County playing against Crenshaw, that wouldn't be good at all. lol but they do have a decent handle on it.
  5. I see, the private school vs public school dilemma troubles many states. Seems like Cali has a decent handle on it
  6. Nah... they have like 12 or something crazy. I think 1AA, 1a, 2AA, 2A, 3AA,3A, 4AA, 4A...etc all the way to 6. and there is a lot of breakdown in there... some with school size, team success, etc... it's because private schools tend to be smaller but have better teams (being able to recruit and all) so they do a lot to level the playing field. and 2 open divisions... 14 total
  7. oh wow, now once they chose, can they transfer freely as well? That's an issue here as kids can now attend and transfer to any school within a county, Some schools get hit with recruiting violations. Its a touchy issue in baseball as some coaches double duty as travel ball coaches
  8. They don't worry...a club coach can take his whole team to a school - unintended consequences...
  9. Interesting, so California only has two divisions? I think in Florida we are rocking 8 classes at this point. We could do a division of champions if time would allow it.
  10. CIF really has its stuff together. The article is slightly incorrect, the open division actually started in 2008 but was changed to in 2013 to improve it. It was when they used a selection committee... before then there was some weird way of inviting teams... In terms of selection and lower classes... you pretty much know who's getting invited for the most part. You barely notice there is an open division though, I doesn't take anything away from the other state champions in other divisions. What's cool is you can have a D1A school play a D-2A school and that's cool. Normally D1 schools win the open but there have been years where smaller schools won. That said, it's easy to get wrong and in the beginning they likely will. Also, they have two open divisions Large and Small school.
  11. @Calibull The article says that this open division has been in use in California since 2013. Do you know how that has been going? Do programs see it as a honor to get selected or would they rather play and dominate a lower class?
  12. That no boundaries thing is interesting? Does that cause recruiting issues or that not something they worry about?
  13. Arizona is unique in that when a student is transitioning from 8th grade to high school, he/she can go to any high school in the state....no boundaries. This builds super power schools in different sports at different levels. If you are literally going to have open enrollment, an open division is not a stretch. The problem I see mostly in AZ with this open enrollment feature, still, is coaches not wanting to play at the top divisions. Many wish to stock a super team and just annihilate the rest in their division. The AIA, allows for schools to petition down frequently. I did not read the article yet, just telling you the current state. The AIA is not thought of as a very competent group. There is little confidence they can run a fair and legit high school sports program.
  14. full article Under new rules approved by the PIAA, beginning in August, student athletes who transfer schools their freshman year or later can play, but they’ll have to sit out the next year’s playoffs. Unless they can prove a hardship, like a family job transfer. That doesn’t include things like transfers for academic, developmental, spiritual or social reasons, or a change of residence because of a family separation, unless it’s court-approved.
  15. full article Not everybody will be on board with this, but with so many routs, so many teams loading up with annual transfers, staying on top of the state in their sports, the Arizona Interscholastic Association should at least explore the possibility of adding an Open Division. Schools would play the season in their respective conferences, then a selection committee would place the very best teams, no matter the enrollment and conference, teams into a four- or eight-team Open Division bracket. Any insight on how the coaches are feeling about this @Brad? Would florida benefit from this type of system? who would be the 8?
  16. Argyle (Texas) There is no debate over which team will start the 2019 season at No. 1. Argyle won 37 straight games and captured the Texas Class 4A state championship in fairly easy fashion. MaxPreps National Coach of the Year Ricky Griffin returns eight starters from that squad, including the entire infield and outfield. Over 20 pitching wins also return. All-American candidates Brendan Dixon at shortstop and Preston King at second base return, while Austin King is back at catcher. The outfield is strong with the return of MaxPreps All-American Hayden Clearman and Dillon Carter. The pitching staff also returns Dallas News All-Area pick Sean Bolinalong with junior Tate Van Poppel, the son of former MLB pitcher Todd Van Poppel.American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.) The 2018 season had to be a disappointing one for the Patriots, who began ranked No. 1 in the nation and were eliminated from the postseason by Merritt Island in the regional playoffs. Despite losing two MLB draft picks in Tristan Casas and Cory Acton, American Heritage still figures to be one of the top teams in the country. The Patriots have a multitude of Division I-committed players, including junior outfielder Enrique Bradfield, junior first baseman Gavin Casas and sophomore pitcher Devin Futrell — all committed to Vanderbilt. Throw in pitcher Ryan Cabarcas, a rising senior headed to Florida, and the Patriots have another stellar cast ready to make a run at a Florida state championship and possible national title.Blessed Trinity (Roswell, Ga.) Ranked among the top teams in the nation all season, the Titans fell to eventual state champion Jefferson in the Class 4A state semifinals. Blessed Trinity will be strong in the field, particularly up the middle, with MaxPreps Junior All-American CJ Abrams at shortstop and All-State pick Steele Chambers in the outfield. The pitching staff boasts one of the top sophomore pitchers in the nation in right-hander DJ Radtke. Full Article Video
  17. Max preps preseason top 100 Earlier this week we released our Top 25 Early Contenders and now it's time to dig even further and check out the Top 100. Four states — California, Texas, Florida and Georgia — claim over half the field. The Golden State leads the way with 16 teams, a slim edge over the Lone Star State's 15 teams. The Sunshine State has the third most with 12 and the Peach State has 10 teams represented. Alabama and Ohio are the only other two states to have at least five teams selected. Twenty-four states are represented overall, 25 counting Washington, D.C., with 17 of them having multiple teams selected. Thirty-seven of the 100 teams won state titles in 2017 and will have a chance to repeat this season. 1. St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif)The Braves check in as the No. 1 team entering the 2018 season. They are looking to win their third state title since 2013 and are led by 5-star quarterback DJ Uiagalelei and 4-star cornerback and 2019 USC commit Chris Steele. One of the Braves' biggest strengths this year is in the trenches. The top two teams in the nation both come from the Trinity League. 2. Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.)The defending National Champions have to replace a lot of key players, but still bring in one of the most complete teams into 2018. Bryce Young replaces JT Daniels under center and expect big seasons from Bru McCoy, Mike Martinez, Braedin Huffman-Dixon, Shakobe Harper and Sean Dollars on offense. The Monarchs secondary might be the best in the country led by 5-star Elias Ricks, 2020 Oklahoma commit Darion Green-Warren, 2019 Oregon commit Jeremiah Criddell and 3-star William Nimmo.3. IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)Year in, year out IMG Academy has one of the most talented teams in the country and this year's squad is no exception. The Ascenders loaded with Division I prospects led by 5-star Trey Sanders, the No. 1 running back in the Class of 2019, and 2019 Georgia commit Nolan Smith, who checks in as the top rated player overall on 247sports. Video
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