Yuval Cohen, who scored 40 goals last season and won Gatorade State Player of the Year honors for Palo Verde, has had tryouts with MLS clubs and won’t play for the Panthers.
The Meadows’ Sean Gosse won state titles in basketball and baseball as a junior, but the loss in last year’s state championship football game still stings.
Just three years removed from playing eight-man football, The Meadows has the talent and experience to challenge for its first state championship since 2009.
Pahranagat Valley lost 11 seniors off last year’s team, which won its second straight Class 1A state football title, but hopes its young team grows up quickly.
Connor Fields, who went to Green Valley High School and UNLV, is the only American to win an Olympic gold medal in BMX.
Many high school football teams in the valley were more concerned about taking care of issues off the field instead of what they could accomplish on it Monday.
High school football practice throughout the valley begins Monday, with the first two days slated for heat acclimation and non-contact drills.
Right-hander Jaret Godman, a junior at Oklahoma, was drafted in the 19th round on Tuesday by the Boston Red Sox.
College of Southern Nevada pitcher Kris Bow, who also went to Centennial, was selected by the Yankees, and Basic outfielder Mason Neville was chosen by the Reds.
The Polynesian Football Classic will take place in the valley over two weekends, featuring three games and involving teams from Nevada, Arizona and Hawaii.