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High school volleyball rankings: In search of sixth consecutive state title, Nebraska's Skutt Catholic headlines preseason OFFICIAL Top 25 - OFFICIAL
High school volleyball rankings: In search of sixth consecutive state title, Nebraska's Skutt Catholic headlines preseason MaxPreps Top 25
While the 2020 high school volleyball season might look different on a national level, one thing remains: You've got to win the matches in front of you. More than two-thirds of the states are pushing forward with fall sports, though some have a delayed calendar, but the national landscape will nonetheless look different.

California opted for a spring volleyball schedule, while some of the national tournaments were either canceled or rebooted in a different format. Michigan, with several Top 25-worthy teams is still trying to figure out if it's pushing back or moving forward.

Still, there's a ton of individual talent already on the court and equal number of teams capable of putting together state and perhaps national title runs.

We've included teams that have started playing or will start in September. Coaches can play their part in formulating accurate rankings by updating schedules and scores via MaxPreps.
Mabrey Shaffmaster and New Castle (Ind.) check in at No. 9 in our preseason rankings. The Trojans are chasing their fourth straight Indiana title.
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Mabrey Shaffmaster and New Castle (Ind.) check in at No. 9 in our preseason rankings. The Trojans are chasing their fourth straight Indiana title.
Preseason MaxPreps Top 25

1. Skutt Catholic (Omaha, Neb.), 7-0
Notes: Won the Bellevue West Invite without dropping a set. Lindsay Krause has 84 kills in 15 sets, while Allie Gray has 188 assists.

2. Flower Mound (Texas), Opens Sept. 15
Notes: Finished 41-4 last season and return three All-Americans in Kaylee Cox, Angelique Cyr and Caroline Dykes.

3. Lovejoy (Lucas, Texas), Sept. 15
Notes: Defending 5A champions posted a 2019 mark of 48-5. All-Americans Averi Carlson and Cecily Bramschreiber look to repeat.

4. Hoover (Ala.), 14-1
Notes: Following a season-opening five-set loss to McGill-Toolen, the Bucs have reeled off 14 straight including a revenge win over the Yellowjackets and a three-set tourney win over Tennessee's Brentwood.

5. Mercy (Louisville, Ky.), Sept. 8
Notes: Kentucky runners-up open the season against 2019 champion Assumption in a battle of the titans.

6. Assumption (Louisville, Ky.), Sept. 8
Notes: See No. 5 Mercy.

7. Valley (West Des Moines, Iowa), Sept. 2
Notes: Tigers open 2020 against Fort Dodge after 38-5 runner-up season in 2019. All-American Hayden Kubik leads Valley.

8. Brentwood (Tenn.), 9-1
Notes: The Bruins started 9-0 before the loss to Hoover. All-American Shaye Eggleston has 150 kills to start the year.

9. New Castle ( Ind.), 1-0
Notes: The Trojans opened with a sweep of Center Grove as Mabrey Shaffmaster (21) and Laila Smith (16) combined for 37 kills.

10. Walton (Marietta, Ga.), 2-0
Notes: The Raiders opened with sweeps of North Cobb and Marietta.

11. Guyer (Denton, Texas), Sept. 15
Notes: The Wildcats went 35-9 before losing to 6A champion Byron Nelson in the state semis.

12. Leon (Tallahassee, Fla.), Sept. 18
Notes: The Lions were 29-3 last season in winning the FHSAA 6A title and return assist leader Alexa Washington after dishing up 957 in 2019.

13. Papillion-LaVista South (Papillion, Neb.), 6-1
Notes: Sophomore Stella Adeyemi (46 kills) and freshman Lauren Medeck (39 kills) had helped the Titans to the 6-1 mark. Lone loss was to Skutt.

14. Hamilton Southeastern (Fishers, Ind.), 7-0
Notes: The Royals have been paced by Delaney Garner's 83 kills and while freshman Lauren Harden has added 74. Junior Emily Weber has 129 assists.

15. McGill-Toolen (Mobile, Ala.), 12-2
Notes: Senior Skyler Bumpers has 180 kills thus far as Yellowjackets' losses are to Hoover and Brentwood.

Notes: Ella Broadhead has 110 kills with senior Emily Buhl adding 87 as the Admirals' lone losses are to upper division opponents Hoover and McGill-Toolen.

17. O'Gorman (Sioux Falls, S.D.), 1-0
Notes: All-American Bergen Reilly opened her sophomore campaign with 16 kills in the sweep over Roosevelt.

18. Teurlings Catholic (Lafayette, La.), Sept. 9
Notes: The Rebels open the quest for their fourth straight DII title along with senior Gatorade winner Cicily Hidalgo.

19. Mount Notre Dame (Cincinnati), 2-0
Notes: Junior Carly Hendrickson posted 25 kills in three sets as the Cougars earned two sweeps to start the year.

20. Jenks (Okla.), 11-1
Notes: Mikiah Perdue, Sophie Bufogle and Savanna LaBiche all have more than 50 kills as the Trojans took the Broken Arrow Invitational.

21. Aquinas (Overland Park, Kan.), Sept. 2
Notes: The Saints open with St. James.

22. Briarcrest Christian (Eads, Tenn.), 4-0
Notes: Zykia Jones has 45 kills as the Saints have jumped to a 4-0 start without dropping a set.

23. Providence (Clarksville, Ind.), 5-1
Notes: Pioneers' lone loss to Hamilton Southeastern.

24. McIntosh (Peachtree City, Ga.), 7-0
Notes: Senior Ngozi Iloh has 85 kills and junior Alexa Markley added 77 kills as the Chiefs have dropped only two sets. Senior Claire Lewis has 172 assists.

25. Padua Franciscan (Parma, Ohio), 4-0

Notes: Senior Brooke Cirigliano leads the Bruins with 49 kills as Maria Futey has added 40. Amanda Leigh dished up 123 assists as Padua has swept all four matches.

The Next 25

26. Mountain Brook (Birmingham, Ala.), 9-2
27. Blessed Trinity (Roswell, Ga.), 7-1
28. Pope (Marietta, Ga.), 7-0
29. Klein (Texas), Sept. 11
30. Southside (Fort Smith, Ark.), 2-1
31. Dorman (Roebuck, S.C.), Sept. 10
32. Lake Highland Prep (Orlando, Fla.), Sept. 17
33. Washburn Rural (Topeka, Kan.), Sept. 3
34. Willard (Mo.), 6-0
35. Ursuline Academy (Cincinnati), 3-0
36. Plano West (Plano, Texas), Sept. 18
37. Pleasant Grove (Utah), 3-0
38. Byron Nelson (Trophy Club, Texas), Sept. 15
39. Elkhorn South (Omaha, Neb.) 2-0
40. Norman North (Norman, Okla.), 4-1
41. Parkland (Allentown, Pa.), Sept. 15
42. North Allegheny (Wexford, Pa.), Sept. 14
43. St. Francis Borgia (Washington, Mo.), Sept. 3
44. Brookfield Central (Brookfield, Wis.), Sept. 15
45. Prosper (Texas), Sept. 11
46. St. James Academy (Lenexa, Kan.), Sept. 8
47. St. Pius X Catholic (Atlanta), 8-0
48. Notre Dame Academy (Toledo, Ohio), 1-1
49. Reagan (San Antonio), Sept. 4
50. Appleton North (Appleton, Wis.), Sept. 18
High school basketball: OFFICIAL National Player of the Year Chet Holmgren commits to Gonzaga - OFFICIAL
High school basketball: MaxPreps National Player of the Year Chet Holmgren commits to Gonzaga
MaxPreps National Player of the Year Chet Holmgren of Minnehaha Academy (Minneapolis) announced Monday he will attend Gonzaga University next season, as the versatile 7-foot center looks to help get the Bulldogs over the hump to capture the program's first state championship.

"The process was hard," Holmgren said on ESPN. "I had a lot to learn on the go. I had to lean on others and get their advice. My dad went through it, and coach Larry Suggs with Jalen. I kept getting consistent advice that I will get a feeling when I know. Not to over-analyze everything because everything sounds good. Nobody sells their weakness."
It's been a busy past two weeks for Holmgren, who led the Redhawks to their fourth consecutive state championship on April 10, tallying 18 points, 13 rebounds, seven assists and two blocks as Minnehaha crushed Alexandria 80-29.

Holmgren earned MaxPreps Minnesota Player of the Year honors last week, while adding MaxPreps National Player of the Year honors later in the week along with Minnesota Mr. Basketball honors.

MaxPreps All-America Teams: Overall | Junior | Sophomore | Freshman | Coach of the Year

The future Bulldog averaged 20.8 points, 12.6 rebounds, 4.7 blocks and 4.5 assists, connecting on 80 percent of his attempts from the field this season. Last season, Holmgren helped guide the Redhawks to their first MaxPreps Top 25 finish, while also being named a first team MaxPreps Junior All-American after averaging 14.6 points, 10 rebounds, 4.9 blocks and 2.4 assists.

The versatile 7-footer finished his prep career with 1,567 points, 964 rebounds and 456 blocked shots as Minnehaha Academy compiled a 128-15 record with four state titles.

Regarded as the top prospect in the Class of 2021 according to 247Sports, Holmgren chose Gonzaga over Georgetown, Memphis, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina and Ohio State.
Chet Holmgren was part of four state championship teams at Minnehaha Academy going back to his eighth grade year.
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Chet Holmgren was part of four state championship teams at Minnehaha Academy going back to his eighth grade year.


OFFICIAL/WBCA Players of the Week: February 1-7 - OFFICIAL
MaxPreps/WBCA Players of the Week: February 1-7
The Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) has announced its High School Players of the Week presented by MaxPreps and Wilson Sporting Goods.

Player of the Week honors are awarded to a deserving student-athlete who demonstrated outstanding play in her respective region of the country. Head coaches submit nominations each week and the WBCA selects the individual based on stats that were submitted.

Here are this week's honorees:

Region 1:
1 Game Played
Points: 20.0 Rebounds: 6.0 Steals: 4.0

Region 2:
3 Games Played
Points: 28.0 Rebounds: 17.3 Steals: 3.0

Region 3:
2 Games Played
Points: 44.5 Rebounds: 5.5 Steals: 8.0

Region 4:
4 Games Played
Points: 30.0 Rebounds: 10.0 Blocks: 4.0

Region 5:
3 Games Played
Points: 25.7 Rebounds: 2.0 Steals: 2.5

Region 6:
4 Games Played
Points: 23.3 Rebounds: 5.0 Steals: 4.2

Region 7:
2 Games Played
Points: 36.0 Rebounds: 12.0 Steals: 5.0

Region 8:
2 Games Played
Points: 22.5 Rebounds: 4.5 Steals: 2.5

Region 9:
3 Games Played
Points: 30.0 Rebounds: 8.6 Steals: 5.6

To obtain a coach's login or for questions about our player of the week programs, please contact Aaron Hendricks (E-Mail: [email protected] Phone: (530)313-5158.
2021 NFL Draft: IMG Academy breaks high school record with seven former players selected - OFFICIAL
2021 NFL Draft: IMG Academy breaks high school record with seven former players selected
Coming off a 2020 national championship crowned by MaxPreps, IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) added another impressive feat once the 2021 NFL Draft concluded in Cleveland. They had seven players selected breaking the record for most picks by a high school in a single draft. 

The selection of tight end Tre' McKitty by the Los Angeles Chargers late the third round gave IMG Academy its fifth former player, breaking the previous mark of four.

The Ascenders had two more players selected during the final day of the draft when the Kansas City Chiefs selected defensive end Joshua Kaindoh with the last pick of the fourth round at No. 144. Long snapper Thomas Fletcher was taken by the Carolina Panthers in the sixth round with the 222nd pick.

The previous record was four set by the same Ascenders (in 2020) and St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) in 2014.

Cornerback Greg Newsome II started IMG's run on Thursday with his selection by the Cleveland Browns in the first round (26th pick overall). The rest of the Ascenders went in the third round on Friday. 

The Jacksonville Jaguars selected defensive back Andre Cisco with the first pick at No. 65 and Minnesota promptly went after quarterback Kellen Mond at No. 66. Defending Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay chose offensive guard Robert Hainsey at No. 95 and McKitty finished things off Friday for the Ascenders at No. 97.
Quarterback Kellen Mond was one of four former IMG Academy players selected during the second day of the 2021 NFL Draft on Friday.
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Quarterback Kellen Mond was one of four former IMG Academy players selected during the second day of the 2021 NFL Draft on Friday.
Cisco, Fletcher, Hainsey, Kaindoh, McKitty and Mond all played on IMG Academy's 2016 team that went 11-0 and finished No. 3 in the MaxPreps national Top 25. The Ascenders had notable wins that season against Grayson (Loganville, Ga.), Long Beach Poly (Calif.), St. Frances Academy (Baltimore) and St. John's (Washington, D.C.), but their biggest victory came in California, 50-49, against Centennial (Corona) in one of the best high school football games over the last decade.

Cisco and Newsome were part of the 2017 IMG team that went 9-0 and finished No. 2 in the nation. Over the last three drafts, 13 former Ascenders have had their names called at the draft, including Grant Delpit, KJ Hamler, K.J. Osborne and Cesar Ruiz, all in 2020, after Hjalte Froholdt and Isaac Nauta were picked in 2019.

American Heritage (Plantation) finished the draft with the second most selections of all-time with six.

Patrick Surtain II was the first player selected from Florida at No. 9 overall by the Denver Broncos. Tyson Campbell went to Jacksonville at No. 33 and Cleveland selected Anthony Schwartz at No. 91. Marco Wilson became the third defensive back from the Patriots selected in the fourth round by the Arizona Cardinals at No. 136. Tedarrell Slaton was selected in the fifth round and Khalil Herbert went in round six.

National power St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) was the only other school with at least three players selected. Elijah Moore and Asante Samuel Jr. were both taken in the second round while Josh Palmer went in round three. The Raiders entered the 2020 season with most high school alums on NFL rosters with 11. 

High school baseball rankings: Marcus climbs into OFFICIAL Top 25 after upending No. 5 IMG Academy - OFFICIAL
High school baseball rankings: Marcus climbs into MaxPreps Top 25 after upending No. 5 IMG Academy
For awhile, it looked like IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) was going to sweep through the state of Texas in impressive fashion, but then Marcus (Flower Mound) got in the way. The Mauraders jump into this week's MaxPreps Top 25 high school baseball rankings after their 6-5 win over the Ascenders, who fall three spots to No. 5.

IMG Academy had looked impressive beating two-time defending Texas state champion Southlake Carroll 11-0 and Flower Mound 16-0 before the loss. IMG Academy slides below Hamilton (Chandler, Ariz.), which was ranked No. 1 in 2020 when the season ended, Calvary Christian Academy (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) and Buford (Ga.), both of which are undefeated.

Jesuit (Tampa, Fla.) holds on to the top spot with a single win last week. The Tigers face a tough test this week when they take on Venice (Fla.)

Dropped out: No. 10 Jackson Prep (Jackson, Miss.); No. 14 North Paulding (Dallas, Ga.); No. 15 Venice (Fla.); No. 20 Prosper (Texas); No. 22 Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas).

Game of the Week: Marcus 6, IMG Academy 5. Jake Duer's RBI single in the top of the sixth scored Tyler Schott from second to break the tie with IMG Academy. Schott was 3-for-4 in the win while Duer was 2-for-3. The duo combined to score five of Marcus's six runs. IMG Academy got a home run from Sam Hunt, but managed four hits in the loss.

Player of the Week: Jackson Ferris, IMG Academy. Although Ferris tossed a four-inning perfect game in a dominant 16-0 win over Flower Mound. Ferris did not allow a ball to be put into play as he struck out all 12 he faced. A total of 44 of his 58 pitches were strikes. The closest he got to losing the perfect game was the first batter in the fourth inning when Ferris threw three straight balls to open the at-bat. However Ferris got the Flower Mound batter on three straight swinging strikes. The perfect game is the second no-hitter of the season for Ferris.

Recruit Watch: Dylan Lesko, Buford. Perhaps the top pitcher in the class of 2022, Lesko has not allowed a hit in nine innings pitched with only one batter reaching base on an error and another to reach on a walk. He struck out nine in both outings, including a 10-0 no-hitter against Shiloh.

Game to Watch: Jesuit (Tampa) vs. Venice. Jesuit is ranked No. 1, but could get a battle from Venice, the two-time defending state champions at the Class 6A level. Venice is off to a 3-2 start with losses to Braden River and Sarasota.

Streaks: Andrean (Merrillville, Ind.). The Fighting 59ers have not lost since winning the Class 3A state championship in
2019. Coach Dave Pishkur, who is the all-time winningest coach in Indiana, has guided Andrean to 34 straight wins, which is the second best total in the nation heading into the 2021 season behind Webster (Wis.).
Camron Montz, Marcus
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Camron Montz, Marcus
MaxPreps Top 25 baseball rankings

1. Jesuit (Tampa, Fla.)
Record:
3-0 | Last week: 1
Results: Def. Tampa Catholic, 12-0
Stats: Alden Segui, Dominic Castellano and Ryan Denison each struck out four over five innings on a combined no-hitter against Tampa Catholic. Nick Rodriguez had a triple and a home run in the win.
Next: Tuesday vs. Hillsborough; Friday vs. Venice.

2. Hamilton (Chandler, Ariz.)
Record:
0-0 | Last week: 3
Next: Season opens March 12.

3. Calvary Christian Academy (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
Record:
4-0 | Last week: 4
Results: Def. Miami Christian, 7-0
Stats: Andrew Painter and Irving Carter each struck out nine batters and Rene Lastres hit a home run in the lone win of the week.
Next: Friday vs. Denmark (Ga.); Saturday vs. Pacelli (Ga.).

4. Buford (Ga.)
Record:
6-0 | Last week: 5
Results: Def. Shiloh 10-0, 13-0 and 9-0.
Stats: Dylan Lesko threw a five-inning, no-hitter with nine strikeouts in the 10-0 win while Jackson Gaspard struck out nine in the 9-0 victory.
Next: March 8 vs. Lanier

5. IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)
Record:
5-1 | Last week: 2
Results: Def. Southlake Carroll, 11-0; def. Flower Mound, 16-0; lost to Marcus, 6-5.
Stats: Mason Albright struck out seven against Southlake Carroll while Jackson Ferris threw a four-inning perfect game with 12 strikeouts against Flower Mound. Elijah Green and James Wood each added a home run. Drew Gray had eight strikeouts in the loss to Marcus while Sam Hunt had a home run.
Next: March 10 vs. Montverde Academy.

6. Barbe (Lake Charles, La.)
Record:
5-0 | Last week: 7
Results: Def. Sulphur 2-0; Glenmora 10-0; Tioga 6-0; Glenmora 15-2 and West Monroe 5-2.
Next: Tuesday vs. South Beauregard

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

8. Lake Travis (Austin, Texas)
Record:
4-0-1 | Last week: 9
Results: Def. Flower Mound, 9-6; def. Southlake Carroll, 8-1; def. Prosper, 5-4; def. South Grand Prairie, 1-0; tied Flower Mound, 3-3.
Next: Tuesday vs. Hutto

9. Spruce Creek (Port Orange, Fla.)
Record:
5-0 | Last week: 12
Results: Def. Olympia, 9-1; def. Viera, 6-3; def. DeLand, 8-4.
Stats: Sebastian Iguaran had two doubles against Olympia.
Next: Tuesday vs. Flagler Palm Coast; Wednesday vs. Hagerty.

10. Carrollton (Ga.)
Record:
8-0 | Last week: 13
Results: Def. St. Pius X Catholic, 6-2; def. Ola, 8-1; def. Campbell, 3-0; def. Etowah, 3-2.
Stats: Eli Runyan struck out nine against Ola. Bear Madliak had a home run against Etowah.
Next: Thursday at Helena; Thurs at Daphne.

11. Marcus (Flower Mound, Texas)
Record:
4-1-1 | Last week: NR
Results: Def. Rockwall Heath, 11-4; def. Prosper, 2-1; def. Southlake Carroll, 5-1; lost to South Grand Prairie, 6-5; tied Lake Travis, 3-3; def. IMG Academy, 6-5.
Stats: Tyler Schott struck out eight against Southlake Carroll.
Next: Saturday vs. Centennial (Frisco).

12. Winder-Barrow (Winder, Ga.)
Record:
5-0 | Last week: 18
Results: Def. Archer, 10-6; def. Peachtree Ridge, 7-6.
Stats: Andreaus Lewis had two home runs, including a grand slam, against Archer.
Next: Tuesday vs. Peachtree Ridge

13. Woodstock (Ga.)
Record:
5-1 | Last week: NR
Results: Lost to Walton, 2-1; def. Lambert, 7-0; lost to Denmark, 10-4.
Next: Tuesday vs. Kell; Thursday vs. North Cobb.

14. Calvary Christian (Clearwater, Fla.)
Record:
4-1 | Last week: 8
Results: Def. Tarpon Springs, 10-0; lost to Lakeland Christian, 4-2.
Stats: Landen Maroudis had a home run against Tarpon Springs.
Next: Tuesday vs. Boca Ciega.

15. Palm Beach Gardens (Fla.)
Record:
4-0 | Last week: NR
Results: Def. Wellington, 6-1; def. Stoneman Douglas, 7-4
Next: Tues. vs. Cardinal Newman; Friday vs. Dwyer.

16. Stoneman Douglas (Parkland, Fla.)
Record:
5-1 | Last week: 11
Results: Def. Coral Reef, 12-2; def. Taravella, 7-3; lost to Palm Beach Gardens, 7-4.
Stats: Grant McDonald was 3-for-3 with two doubles against Coral Reef. Christian Rodriguez struck out nine against Taravella.
Next: Tuesday vs. Western; Thursday vs. Archbishop McCarthy.

17. Vestavia Hills (Ala.)
Record:
7-1 | Last week: 16
Results: Lost to Hillcrest, 5-4; def. Oak Mountain, 3-2.
Stats: Joseph Sullivan and Connor Witherington both doubled against Oak Mountain.
Next: March 9 vs. Hoover.

18. Houston County (Warner Robins, Ga.)
Record:
6-1 | Last week: 17
Results: Def. Veterans, 15-2; def. Hartselle, 4-3; def. Locust Grove, 10-1; lost to Hartselle, 3-2.
Stats: Drew Burress had a home run against Veterans and two doubles against Hartselle. Gage Harrelson had a triple against Locust Grove.
Next: March 9 vs. Veterans.

19. Reagan (San Antonio)
Record:
6-1 | Last week: 21
Results: Def. Lee, 27-0; def. Austin McNeil, 14-0; def. San Angelo Central, 6-0; lost to Round Rock, 3-1; def. Georgetown 5-4; def. Stony Point, 2-1. Billy Baehr threw a four-inning no-hitter against McNeil.
Next: Tuesday vs. MacArthur; Thursday vs. Eagle Pass.

20. Grayson (Loganville, Ga.)
Record:
5-0 | Last week: NR
Results: Def. Flowery Branch, 5-3; def. South Forsyth, 7-5; def. Lowndes, 6-4.
Next: Tue. vs. Mill Creek; Fri. vs. Hillgrove; Sat. vs. Wesleyan.

21. John Carroll Catholic (Fort Pierce, Fla.)
Record:
4-0 | Last week: NR
Results: Def. American Heritage (Delray), 11-1; def. Fort Pierce Westwood, 11-1; def. Sebastian River, 6-0.
Next: Tuesday vs. Central Pointe Christian; Sat. vs. Episcopal School.

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

23. Heritage Hall (Oklahoma City)
Record:
0-0 | Last week: 23
Next: Tuesday vs. Carl Albert; Thursday vs. Deer Creek.

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

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