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California high school softball: Rocklin takes over top spot in this week's OFFICIAL Top 25 Sac-Joaquin Section rankings - OFFICIAL
California high school softball: Rocklin takes over top spot in this week's MaxPreps Top 25 Sac-Joaquin Section rankings
Rocklin has not backed away from competition to start the season. The Thunder so far has knocked off fourth-ranked Elk Grove, No. 3 Sheldon (Sacramento), No. 15 Pleasant Grove (Elk Grove) and finished with a 10-0 win Friday over Lincoln (23).

Rocklin's success against a very tough strength of schedule has pushed the Thunder to No. 1 in this week's MaxPreps Top 25 Sac-Joaquin Section high school softball rankings. It doesn't get easier for them this week, starting Tuesday at home against No. 10 Roseville, before Sierra Foothill League play begins Wednesday at No. 6 Folsom and 22nd-ranked Granite Bay (22) on Friday.

Some small schools are making noise in the southern part of the section. Both Escalon and Atwater have yet to give up a run this season in eight games combined. Both teams join this week's rankings.

In a year that unfortunately will not conclude with postseason play, we can still get excited about so many big-time matchups.

Five more games to watch


Monday
No. 7 Vista del Lago (Folsom) at No. 8 St. Francis (Sacramento)
No. 19 Antelope at No. 22 Granite Bay

Tuesday

No. 16 Cosumnes Oaks (Elk Grove) at No. 15 Pleasant Grove (Elk Grove)

Wednesday
No. 12 Ponderosa (Shingle Springs) at No. 7 Vista del Lago (Folsom)

Thursday
No. 15 Pleasant Grove (Elk Grove) at No. 3 Sheldon (Sacramento)
Brooke Thompson, Rocklin
File photo by Curt Lerner
Brooke Thompson, Rocklin
MaxPreps Top 25 Sac-Joaquin Section softball rankings

1. Rocklin
Record: 5-0 | Last week: 3
UCLA signee Jayla Castro had seven hits last week, including two home runs.

2. Vanden (Fairfield)
Record:
5-0 | Last week: 1
Hazyl Gray threw a no hitter on Friday as the Vikings improved to 5-0.

3. Sheldon (Sacramento)
Record:
6-2 | Last week: 2
Juniors Reina Zermeno and Dakota Kennedy lead the section in total hits with 17 each.

4. Elk Grove
Record:
8-2 | Last week: 4
The Herd dropped its second game of the season to Folsom on Friday. They were without ace Aissa Silva.

5. Del Oro (Loomis)
Record:
2-2 | Last week: 5
Maddie Moore, Daniella Morillas and Jenna Birch all had three hits in an 8-6 win over Lincoln.

6. Folsom
Record:
2-1 | Last week: 10
Junior Emma Falen has yet to allow a run in 16 innings pitched.

7. Vista del Lago (Folsom)
Record:
2-0 | Last week: 6
Tayler Biehl, Lexi Holihan and Sammy Smith have combined for 13 hits in two games.

8. St. Francis (Sacramento)
Record:
3-1 | Last week: 7
Hope and Gracie Jenkins each have two home runs as the Troubadours have won three-straight.

9. Lincoln (Stockton)
Record:
6-0 | Last week: 9
Junior Tara Fornaciari is batting .562 with two home runs to help the Trojans remain perfect to start the season.

10. Roseville
Record:
1-2 | Last week: 8
The Tigers have a huge week coming up with games against Rocklin, Woodcreek and Antelope.

11. Oakmont (Roseville)
Record:
2-1 | Last week: 11
Lily Peterson, Lanie Blomquist, Hailey Roloff and Kennedie Magorian all hit home runs in a win over Oak Ridge.

12. Ponderosa (Shingle Springs)
Record:
1-1 | Last week: 12
The Bruins have a big test against seventh-ranked Vista del Lago on Wednesday.

13. Center (Antelope)
Record:
1-0 | Last week: 14
The Cougars are back in action this week with games against Rio Americano and Placer.

14. McClatchy (Sacramento)
Record:
1-0 | Last week: 15
Fullerton signee Ashleigh Dendas struck out 14 in 1-0 win Friday over Pleasant Grove.

15. Pleasant Grove (Elk Grove)
Record:
3-2 | Last week: 13
The Eagles dropped two close games to Rocklin and McClatchy last week. Next up is 16th-ranked Cosumnes Oaks on Tuesday.

16. Cosumnes Oaks (Elk Grove)
Record:
3-0 | Last week: 16
Bella Robinson was named Player of the Game in a 17-7 win over Vacaville. The junior had four hits and three RBI.

17. Central Catholic (Modesto)
Record:
3-0 | Last week: 17
The Raiders next game is April 14.

18. Marysville
Record:
2-0 | Last week: 18
Junior Maya Larsen had three hits in a 15-5 win over Wheatland.

19. Antelope
Record:
1-0 | Last week: 19
The Titans have four games this upcoming week, including Granite Bay and Roseville.

20. Tracy
Record:
5-3 | Last week: 20
Senior Maddie McElley went 4-for-4 with two home runs in a 15-5 win over West.

21. Oakdale
Record:
3-1 | Last week: 21
Sophomore Delainey Everett has seven hits in her last three games.

22. Granite Bay
Record:
3-2 | Last week: 24
Senior Hailey Seva is batting .500 with three home runs as the Grizzlies have a big week ahead.

23. Lincoln
Record:
3-5 | Last week: 25
The Fighting Zebras have five losses, but all against ranked teams.

24. Escalon
Record:
4-0 | Last week: NR
The Cougars have yet to allow a run in four games.

25. Atwater
Record:
4-0 | Last week: NR
Amelie Valdez has not allowed a run in 24 innings pitched. She also has struck out 54 batters.
2020 OFFICIAL High School Football Sophomore All-America Team - OFFICIAL
2020 MaxPreps High School Football Sophomore All-America Team
Each year since 2006, MaxPreps has recognized the nation's top high school football players at the conclusion of the season. Past members of the MaxPreps High School Football Sophomore All-America Team include Arik Armstead (2009), Derrick Henry (2010), Deshaun Watson (2011), Christian Kirk (2012), Devin White (2013), Tee Higgins (2014) and Trevor Lawrence (2015).

Sophomore of the Year selection Lebbeus Overton of Milton (Ga.) highlights this year's team Sophomore All-America Team. The 6-foot-5, 245-pound defensive end led the state of Georgia in sacks with 21.5 to go along with 70 tackles and 38 tackles for loss.

Overton helped Milton go 11-1 and reach the AAAAAAA quarterfinals. He's also a contributor for the school's nationally-ranked basketball team.

Selections are based on team success, individual production and local, regional state honors from the recently completed season. Potential at the college and professional level is not a primary consideration.
Graphic by Ryan Escobar
First Team Offense

Height: 6-2 | Weight: 190
Threw for over 3,300 yards and 27 touchdowns while completing over 70 percent of his passes for one of the top teams in Georgia. Added over 300 yards rushing and five more scores for the AAAAAA semifinalist.

Height: 5-10 | Weight: 180
Rushed for over 2,000 yards and 28 touchdowns to lead the Dragons to their first state championship appearance since 2011.

Height: 5-10 | Weight: 185
Finished his sophomore year with 1,790 yards rushing and 25 touchdowns in nine games.

Height: 6-2 | Weight: 205
Helped the Chaparrals to a 6A Division 1 state championship racking up over 1,100 yards receiving and 13 touchdowns.

Height: 5-11 | Weight: 180
The top-rated wide receiver in the Class of 2023 accounted for nearly 1,000 total yards and 10 touchdowns playing against Florida's best.

Height: 6-6 | Weight: 210
The matchup nightmare for opposing defenses is also a standout basketball and baseball player.

Height: 6-3 | Weight: 305
Made a huge impact on the offensive line for the nation's No. 1 team.

Height: 6-4 | Weight: 300
Dominated opposing defensive linemen during his sophomore campaign.

Height: 6-5 | Weight: 275
The top-rated offensive lineman in New Jersey from the Class of 2023 stood out on both sides of the ball playing.

Height: 6-7 | Weight: 315
Had an impressive sophomore season and already has over 35 FBS offers.

Height: 6-7 | Weight: 300
Recently landed an offer from Ohio State and is one of the most athletic and physical offensive linemen in the country.

Height: 5-11 | Weight: 190
One of the best running backs in the country regardless of class rushed for over 1,500 yards and 22 touchdowns. Also made an impact on defense and is one of the top receiving backs in the country.

Height: 6-0 | Weight: 190
Connected on 7-of-9 field goals, including a clutch 51-yarder to send a game against Forney to triple overtime earlier in the season.

First Team Defense

Height: 6-3.5 | Weight: 245
The National Sophomore of the Year led the Peach State with 21.5 sacks. Added 70 tackles and 38 tackles for loss.

Height: 6-4 | Weight: 255
Helped lead the Demons to a AAAAA state title and racked up 59 tackles, 22 tackles for loss and 11 sacks.

Height: 6-3 | Weight: 240
Dominated against the best competition in New Jersey finishing his sophomore year with 15 tackles for loss and 10.5 sacks in a shortened season.

Height: 6-3 | Weight: 245
Posted 85 tackles, 25.5 tackles for loss, 13.5 sacks and forced four fumbles playing in Georgia's largest classification.

LB Malik Bryant, IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)
Height: 6-3 | Weight: 220
The Ascenders are loaded with the top talent and you could make a strong case the sophomore linebacker was the best in IMG's corps.

Height: 6-2 | Weight: 220
Helped the Raiders to their first state title since 2002 and made a huge impact on defense for the No. 8 team in the country.

Height: 6-1 | Weight: 220
An impact player for the three-time defending 6A state champs and No. 4 team in high school football.

Height: 6-2 | Weight: 180
The top-rated cornerback in the Class of 2023 racked up 80 tackles and four interceptions for the No. 6 team in the country and back-to-back 7A champs.

Height: 5-10 | Weight: 175
Stood out on defense and special teams playing against Arizona's best.

Height: 5-11 | Weight: 180
One of the top prospects from the Class of 2023 finished his sophomore season with 60-plus tackles and four interceptions.

Height: 6-0 | Weight: 175
Was targeted a lot during his sophomore year because of five-star Denver Harris on the other side of the field and held his own.

Height: 6-0 | Weight: 190
The top-rated outside linebacker in the Class of 2023 dominated on both sides of the ball.

P Alex Davis, Timber Creek (Orlando)
Height: 6-1  | Weight: 190
Finished his sophomore year averaging 43.9 yards per punt and also connected on all four field goal attempts.

Second Team Offense

Height: 6-3.5 | Weight: 200
Last year's National Freshman of the Year took on more of a leadership role during his sophomore season and accounted for nearly 2,000 yards of total offense and 27 touchdowns.

Height: 6-1 | Weight: 185
Rushed for over 1,400 yards and 11 touchdowns while leading the Patriots to a 5A championship and spot at No. 21 in the MaxPreps Top 25.

Height: 5-8 | Weight: 180
Finished with 2,700-plus yards rushing and 44 touchdowns for the Class 3A runners-up.

Height: 6-0 | Weight: 170
Accounted for over 700 total yards and 11 touchdowns for one of the premier programs in Texas.

Height: 5-10 | Weight: 170
The 2023 Vanderbilt baseball commit was named to the 7A all-state first team by the Alabama Sports Writer Association after hauling in 53 receptions for 1,063 yards and nine scores.

Height: 6-7 | Weight: 220
A standout player on both sides of the ball checks in as the top-rated prospect in the state and No. 16 overall on 247Sports.

Height: 6-5 | Weight: 315
Held his own as a sophomore playing against the best competition in the country.

Height: 6-6 | Weight: 280
Did not allow a sack and already has offers from Baylor, Oklahoma State and Texas.

Height: 6-7 | Weight: 270
A first team selection by the Atlanta Journal Constitution on the 6A squad after a dominant sophomore campaign.

Height: 6-4 | Weight: 305
The only sophomore to be selected on the 6A Alabama Sports Writer Association first team already has over 15 FBS offers.

OL Kolt De La Torre, Ryan (Denton, Texas)
Height: 6-2 | Weight: 265
Started at center for one of the top teams in the country and played a major role for the 5A Division 1 champs.

Height: 6-4 | Weight: 225
The top-rated player in Minnesota from the Class of 2023 impacts the game at a high level on both sides of the football.

Height: 5-9 | Weight: 160
Connected on 7-of-11 field goals, including a season long of 52.

Second Team Defense

Height: 6-5 | Weight: 245
Helped the Cardinals to the Division 1 semifinals and has already made a name for himself in Ohio in two seasons.

Height: 6-3 | Weight: 250
Made a huge impact on defense for the back-to-back 6A state champs.

Height: 6-3 | Weight: 270
The top-rated defensive tackle in the Class of 2023 dominated in the trenches during his sophomore year.

Height: 6-4 | Weight: 225
Selected on the 7A Alabama Sports Writer Association first team after racking up 20 tackles for loss and 11.5 sacks.

LB Jordan Hall, IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)
Height: 6-3 | Weight: 225
Shined on defense in his first season at IMG Academy.

LB David Vadala, American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.)
Height: 5-10 | Weight: 205
Led one of the best defenses in the country in tackles (78) and tackles for loss (23). Added 11 sacks, good for second-most for the 5A champs.

Height: 6-1 | Weight: 240
Racked up 100-plus tackles, 38 tackles for loss, 12 sacks, forced five fumbles and had an interception.

Height: 5-11 | Weight: 165
Helped the Tigers to the 4A semifinals and finished with four interceptions.

Height: 6-0 | Weight: 170
Finished with eight interceptions and has landed over 20 FBS offers.

Height: 6-1 | Weight: 175
Helped Mustangs to a runner-up finish in 6A and is one of the best all-around defensive backs in the Class of 2023.

Height: 6-0 | Weight: 175
Played a major role on defense for the No. 2 team in the country and AAAAAAA champs.

Height: 6-1 | Weight: 190
The top-rated prospect in Mississippi made a huge impact on both sides of the ball.

Height: 6-0 | Weight: 155
One of the top punters in the Class of 2023 had nearly half of his punts land inside the opponent's 20-yard line.
Jessica Carrothers named 2020-21 OFFICIAL Indiana High School Girls Basketball Player of the Year - OFFICIAL
Jessica Carrothers named 2020-21 MaxPreps Indiana High School Girls Basketball Player of the Year
Each year since 2006, MaxPreps has recognized outstanding performers in high school basketball. America's source for high school sports continues the tradition to close out the 2020-21 season by naming the top player in each state. Selections are based on team success and individual excellence, in addition to local and state accolades.

Jessica Carrothers of Crown Point is the 2020-21 MaxPreps Indiana High School Girls Basketball Player of the Year. The 5-foot-7 junior guard led the Bulldogs to a 25-1 record and the Class 4A championship. The Bulldogs are ranked No. 24 nationally in the MaxPreps Top 25.

Carrothers averaged 23.3 points and 5.4 rebounds per game. She also hit 43 percent of her 3-point attempts and had a 2.0 assist/turnover ratio. She tallied 25 points, seven rebounds and five steals against Brownsburg in the state title game.

Carrothers scored in double figures in all 26 games for Crown Point this season and 33 straight going back to 2019-20.

Each state's MaxPreps Player of the Year will be considered for inclusion in the MaxPreps All-America Team.
High school baseball: Regis Jesuit blasts 13 home runs, sets Colorado record in 21-2 victory - OFFICIAL
High school baseball: Regis Jesuit blasts 13 home runs, sets Colorado record in 21-2 victory
The 2019 Colorado 5A champion Regis Jesuit (Aurora, Colo.) baseball team evidently hit the weight room during time off from the pandemic. Friday, in the Raiders' second game of the 2021 season, they blasted 13 home runs during a 21-2 win at Dakota Ridge.

The baker's dozen is the most in state history and the second highest total in a high school game. Only Atlantic (Iowa) hit more homers in a high school game — 16 — and that was in 1928, almost a century ago.

Oregon State commit Dallas Macias, along with Max Valdez and Charlie Doubet each clubbed three home runs and Regis hit four consecutive round-trippers in the second inning as the team moved to 2-0 on the young season.

More impressive: The game was stopped after five innings due to the state's mercy rule. Ten of the 13 blasts were solo homers.
Charlie Doubet (25) with one of three home runs he hit Friday against Dakota Ridge.
Photo by Clemy Dalfonso
Charlie Doubet (25) with one of three home runs he hit Friday against Dakota Ridge.
"It was a really good day to hit and the wind was blowing out," Regis Jesuit coach Matt Darr told the Denver Post. "I have always felt like we would be a really good hitting team this year and that hitting is contagious. But honestly, I have never seen something like that before."

Minnesota-bound Alec Willis, Xavier commit Isaac Wachsmann, Nate McHugh and Finn O'Connor also hit bombs for the Raiders. Regis Jesuit, which didn't play last season due to the pandemic, hit 25 home runs in 2019 en route to a 25-6 record and No. 1 spot in the final MaxPreps Top 25 Colorado rankings.

"It was just an extraordinary performance that I don't think I'll ever see again," Darr said.

The Raiders probably won't repeat the feat Monday when they return to action. Regis Jesuit faces the state's top college prospect in ThunderRidge (Highlands Ranch) pitcher Cale Lansville, an LSU commit.
Charlie Doubet (25) celebrates with Finn O'Connor (10) after another home run in Regis Jesuit's record-breaking performance on Friday.
Photo by Clemy Dalfonso
Charlie Doubet (25) celebrates with Finn O'Connor (10) after another home run in Regis Jesuit's record-breaking performance on Friday.

High school girls basketball: No. 2 Westlake grabs GEICO Nationals title with 70-50 win over Paul VI - OFFICIAL
High school girls basketball: No. 2 Westlake grabs GEICO Nationals title with 70-50 win over Paul VI
A day after Raven Johnson and Ta'Niya Latson dominated a semifinal win, the Westlake (Atlanta) girls basketball team added a third monumental performer on Saturday. The result was a first GEICO Nationals title for the second-ranked Lions with a thorough and complete 70-50 championship game victory over Paul VI (Chantilly, Va.) at Suncoast Credit Union Arena in Ft. Myers, Fla.

Latson, a 5-foot-9 junior guard coming off a 26-point performance Friday in a 64-54 win over Fremont (Plain City, Utah), had 31 points. South Carolina point guard Johnson added 17 points, eight assists and seven rebounds. She had 25 points 10 rebounds, nine assists and seven steals on Friday. 

But it was the performance of Brianna Turnage that turned this game into a rout. The 6-2 Virginia Tech-bound post had 11 points, 11 rebounds and seven blocks as the Lions, the four-time defending Georgia state champions, took command with a 17-4 in the second quarter to finish 22-0 on the season. They will undoubtedly be crowned MaxPreps National Champions.
Ta'Niya Latson supplied a game-high 31 points in Saturday's title game victory for Westlake.
Photo by Pete Wright
Ta'Niya Latson supplied a game-high 31 points in Saturday's title game victory for Westlake.
Paul VI, which got 17 points from Jaelyn Talley, 14 from Bella Perkins and 10 from Duke-bound Lee Volker, finished 11-1. The ninth-ranked Panthers, the 14-time defending Virginia state champions, barely had a season due to COVID-19 restrictions and entered the tournament having been off since Feb. 9. They played toe-toe-toe with Westlake during an entertaining first quarter and trailed 20-18.

But from there, the backcourt duo of Latson and Johnson took over on the offensive end, while Turnage was a huge force on defense. The Panthers, coming off a 52-49 overtime win over top-ranked Lake Highland Prep (Fla.), managed two baskets in the second frame as Westlake led 37-22 at halftime.

"Those three girls (Johnson, Latson and Turnage) have been our leaders all year so they just did what they've always done," Westlake coach Hilda Hankerson told ESPN2 at halftime. "We needed to make some serious defensive adjustments (in the second quarter) and that's what we did."
Raven Johnson of Westlake chases down a loose ball.
Photo by Pete Wright
Raven Johnson of Westlake chases down a loose ball.
Paul VI coach Scott Allen said at halftime his team simply needed to pick up its energy level, and told fans "to get their popcorn ready," for a second-half rally.


It never materialized, largely because the speed, quickness and shooting of Latson (9-of-16 from the field, 12-for-15 from the line) and Johnson. Turnage also made all five of her field goal tries. 

The four-team, 2021 GEICO nationals field was considered the best in the 12-year history of the event. The four teams entered a combined 75-0 and all ranked among the top 11 in the MaxPreps Top 25. Westlake is the first team from Georgia to win the tournament.
Westlake, 2021 GEICO Nationals champion
Photo by Pete Wright
Westlake, 2021 GEICO Nationals champion