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Best high school baseball team from all 50 states
While the West Coast is beginning its football season and basketball is wrapping up in other portions of the country, high school baseball has also begun in a large section of the Deep South. And as winter turns to spring more and more states will begin action on the diamond.

As it did for football, boys and girls basketball, and volleyball, MaxPreps is identifying the top high school baseball team in each state as well as the District of Columbia.
Graphic by Ryan Escobar
Alabama
Vestavia Hills

Alabama looks to be very competitive this year with no team among the expected favorites off to a strong start. The Rebels reached the quarterfinals in 2019 and are off to a 6-1 start in 2021.

Alaska
Wasilla

The 2019 state champions return eight players from that team, including the state's top prospect in Clayton Boyett and 2019 tournament player of the game Eli Malave.

Arizona
Hamilton (Chandler)

The Huskies finished the 2020 season with an 8-0 record and the No. 1 ranking in the MaxPreps Top 25 when the season ended. Hamilton has won seven state titles under coach Mike Woods, including three in the past four seasons.

Arkansas
Bentonville

The Tigers return two of the state's top players in twins Keegan and Payton Allen. Both have committed to play at Big 12 schools next year with Keegan going to Oklahoma and Payton headed to Kansas.

California
JSerra Catholic (San Juan Capistrano)

A strong senior class that includes potential first-round draft pick Gage Jump along with shortstop Cody Schrier and pitcher Eric Silva put the Lions at No. 3 in the MaxPreps Top 25 preseason rankings. They finished 11-1 last year, but will have an extremely tough Trinity League to navigate in order to finish high in the national rankings.

Colorado
Fairview (Boulder)

The Knights won eight games in 2019, but they could have one of the top rosters in Colorado this year. Greysen Carter ranks as one of the state's top pitchers, according to Prep Baseball Report, while center fielder Adam Moser is one of the state's top outfielders.

Connecticut
Amity Regional (Woodbridge)

Amity has three players who saw substantial time on the varsity back in 2019, including first baseman Sebastian Holt and catcher Jacob Crow. The Spartans went 19-12 two years ago and didn't take the field in 2020.

Delaware
Sussex Tech (Georgetown)

Sussex lost in the second round of the playoffs to Appoquinimink in 2019 and didn't play in 2020. Catcher Jason Shockley returns as one of the top players in the state after making the all-state team as a sophomore.

District of Columbia
St. John's

The Cadets went 30-3 in 2019 while winning the Washington Catholic League championship. Unfortunately the team will be without standout James Triantos, who has transferred to Madison (Va.)

Florida
Jesuit (Tampa)

The Tigers were ranked No. 2 in the nation with a 9-0 record when COVID hit last March and begin the 2021 season as the No. 1 team in the nation in the MaxPreps Top 25 baseball rankings. While the team doesn't have any superstars, it is has plenty of depth with the likes of catcher Cole Russo, pitcher Alden Segui, pitcher Dominic Castellano and outfielder BJ Graham.

Georgia
Buford

An outstanding junior class, led by one of the top 2022 pitchers in the nation in Dylan Lesko, puts Buford at the top of the list in Georgia. Buford has nine players expected to play Division I ball at some point, led by Lesko who will play at Vanderbilt.

Hawaii
'Iolani (Honolulu)

The Raiders were 13-7 in 2019 and 2-2 in 2020 when their season ended. 'Iolani should have one of the top shortstops in the state in University of Hawaii commit Kody Watanabe.

Idaho
Eagle

Eagle went 16-13 in 2019, but it returns two of its top players from that team in Chase Hilde and Ben Ford. Both all-conference picks, Hilde batted .417 while Ford batted .378 with two home runs.

lllinois
Brother Rice (Chicago)

Although the team never took the field last year, Brother Rice returns 20 players from that squad, including outfielder Cameron Hill, who is ranked by Prep Baseball Report as one of the state's top players.

Indiana
Columbus East (Columbus)

During a 25-5 season in 2019, Columbus East had five sophomores finish among the team's top 11 hitters. Pitchers Kaden Wise and Clayton Wilder combined for 15 wins on the 2019 team as sophomores.

Iowa
Johnston

Johnston returns three all-district players from last summer's Class 4A state championship team. The top two include first team picks Gabe Swansen and Ben Wilmes.

Kansas
Blue Valley (Stilwell)

Blue Valley has four of the state's top eight ranked players by Prep Baseball Report. Leading the way is pitcher Cameron Liggett, shortstop Jackson Nicklaus, outfielder Chase Jans and first baseman Jack Tinberg.

Kentucky
Danville

The pitching staff should be outstanding this year with Ethan Wood and Christian Howe on the mound. Wood is a former MaxPreps Underclass All-America and earned all-state honors as a sophomore in 2019.

Louisiana
Barbe (Lake Charles)

The Buccaneers expect Jack Walker, an all-state pitcher as a sophomore to be fully recovered from an arm injury that would have kept him out of action for the entire 2020 season. Speed in the outfield could be Barbe's best attribute with Kameron Edwards, Ethan Medlin and Donovan LaSalle all returning.

Maine
Ellsworth

Ellsworth was the top team in Class B in 2019, going 19-1 with a win over Freeport in the championship game. A total of 10 players return from that squad, making Ellsworth one of the more experienced teams in the state.

Maryland
DeMatha (Hyattsville)

Although it doesn't play in the Maryland state playoffs, DeMatha is annually one of the top programs in the state. The Stags lost to St. John's in 2019 in the District of Columbia area playoffs.

Massachusetts
Phillips Academy (Andover)

Look for Phillips to have one of the top outfields in the Northeast with Duke commit Jonathan Santucci leading the way. The pitching staff should also be outstanding with one of the nation's top sophomores, Thomas White, anchoring a deep staff.

Michigan
St. Mary Prep (Orchard Lake)

The Eaglets have three of the state's top prospects in shortstop Alex Mooney, pitcher Brock Porter and outfielder Nolan Schubart. Mooney also ranks as one of the nation's top infielders and could go high in the 2021 MLB draft. St. Mary Prep went unbeaten in its final 29 games to win a state championship in 2019, but did not play at all in 2020.

Minnesota
Mounds View (Arden Hills)

Led by catcher Will Rogers, one of the top prospects in the Midwest, Mounds View went 16-9 in 2019 and won the consolation championship over Eden Prairie.

Mississippi
Jackson Prep (Jackson)

The Patriots have an All-America candidate in shortstop Riley Maddox and seven other starters are back from a team that was 12-4 when COVID hit. Jackson Prep won the MAIS state championship over Madison Ridgeland in 2019.

Missouri
Westminster Christian (St. Louis)

The Wildcats reached the state finals of the Class 4 playoffs in 2019 and they return three of the top players from that team in pitchers Zach Dantuono and Nick Moten and shortstop Adam Ebling.

Nebraska
Elkhorn

Drew Christo, possibly the state's top player, leads the way for Elkhorn on the mound, but he's not the team's only standout. Prep Baseball Report has three Elkhorn players ranked among the state's top eight players, including Kyler Randazzo at third base and Malakai Vetock at pitcher.

Nevada
Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas)

Two years ago the Gaels went 21-10 with six freshmen and sophomores seeing significant playing time. Those players, including catcher Gavin Mez, could put Bishop Gorman back in championship contention.

New Hampshire
Bedford

Bedford reached the finals of the 2019 Division 1 playoffs, falling to Londonderry 1-0 in the championship game. One of the top players from that team, pitcher Michael Pratte, returns after earning second team all-district honors as a sophomore.

New Jersey
Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey)

One of the top programs in New Jersey the past decade, the Ironmen didn't take the field in 2020 and went 14-11 in 2019. Don Bosco Prep expects to have a deep lineup in 2021 with nine players headed to the Division I level over the next few seasons.

New Mexico
La Cueva (Albuquerque)

The Bears have won 10 state championships since 2003 and were a favorite in 2020 with a 5-0 record to start the season. A total of seven lettermen return from last year's squad.

New York
Poly Prep Country Day (Brooklyn)

Poly Prep is one of the premier programs in New York with 42 Ivy Prep League championships and 10 NYSAIS crowns. It has also been ranked among the top 100 teams in the country six of the past eight seasons. Greg Becil is one of the top players, recently signing a letter of intent to play at Lehigh.

North Carolina
Ronald Reagan (Pfafftown)

The presence of Josh Hartle, a potential MLB first day draft pick, makes Ronald Reagan a strong contender against any opponent. Reagan was expected to be a state contender in 2020 despite having a junior-dominated lineup. Those juniors are now seniors.

North Dakota
Sheyenne (West Fargo)

The West Fargo team finished sixth in the 2019 Class A state playoffs, but Sheyenne is expected to be the favorite this year thanks to the return of Alex Urlaub, who was on the all-tournament team in 2019 as a sophomore.

Ohio
Walsh Jesuit (Cuyahoga Falls)

Walsh Jesuit always seems to be knocking on the door of a championship in Ohio and this could be the year. Led by Michigan-bound shortstop Henry Kaczmar, son of coach Chris Kaczmar, and 2019 All-Ohio middle infielder Jake Armsey, Walsh Jesuit should be strong up the middle.

Oklahoma
Heritage Hall (Oklahoma City)

With Jackson Jobe and Gray Thomas on the mound, Heritage Hall has perhaps the top 1-2 punch in the nation. Heritage Hall is a 4A school, but should be able to compete with 6A powerhouses like Owasso thanks to Jobe and Thomas, each of whom throw over 95 mph.

Oregon
Lakeridge (Lake Oswego)

The Pacers have two of the top players in the state in 2020 in Cam Clayton and Derek Seneker. Clayton was honorable mention all-state as a sophomore in 2019 and has signed to play at the University of Washington.

Pennsylvania
Malvern Prep (Malvern)

Always one of the top programs in Pennsylvania, Malvern Prep went 32-7 two years ago and won the Inter-Academic Conference. Outfielder Lonnie White, the No. 2 player in the state according to Prep Baseball Report, leads the way.

Rhode Island
Bishop Hendricken (Warwick)

The last time the Hawks walked off the field they were the Division 1 champions, posting a 22-2 record in 2019. After not playing at all in 2020, Bishop Hendricken returns five players from the 2019 championship team.

South Carolina
Summerville

Summerville has had one of the top baseball programs in the state over the past half-decade and this year they sport one of the state's best power hitters in catcher Cole Messina. He batted .434 with 12 home runs as a sophomore in 2019.

South Dakota
O'Gorman (Sioux Falls)

The Knights won the state championship in 2019 and they return one of the ace pitchers from that squad in all-state pick Reece Arbogast.

Tennessee
Baylor (Chattanooga)

The Red Raiders played one game last year before their season ended. Baylor sports one of the best infields in the nation in first baseman Vito Valincias, second baseman Cooper Kinney and shortstop Daniel Corona. Baylor had won two straight state championships prior to the incomplete 2020 season.

Texas
Lake Travis (Austin)

The Cavaliers have been a constant threat for the Class 6A championship for the past five seasons, winning over 30 games each season (except 2020). Lake Travis reached the semifinals in 2019 before falling to eventual champion Southlake Carroll. Coach Mike Rogers is one of the winningest coach in state history with over 700 wins. He has a pair of strong pitchers returning in Alec Grossman and Ethan Roark.

Utah
Maple Mountain (Spanish Fork)

The Golden Eagles field two of the top 5A pitchers in Tyler Nelson, an all-state pick as a sophomore, and Wally Averett, an honorable mention selection.

Vermont
Champlain Valley Union (Hinesburg)

The Redhawks went 25-1 in 2019, winning a Division I state championship. Champlain Valley is 41-3 since the 2018 season. The Redhawks had nine players make the all-league team in 2019.

Virginia
Hanover (Mechanicsville)

Hanover went 22-3 in 2019, losing to Great Bridge in the playoffs. Hanover has been one of the more successful teams in Virginia the past five seasons, going 21-3 in 2017 as well.

Washington
Bainbridge (Bainbridge Island)

Bainbridge got an invite to play in the National High School Invitational this year, but COVID has nixed the event for a second straight season. The Spartans have three pitchers throwing over 90 mph in seniors Nathan Deschryver and Kai Francis and junior Ian Ritchie Jr.

West Virginia
Jefferson (Shenandoah Junction)

Led by one of the winningest coaches in the nation in John Lowery, Jefferson won back-to-back state titles as recently as 2015-16. Lowery has won 12 state titles and was expected to coach his 50th season last year before COVID kept him from fielding a team. He'll take to the field this year for his 50th season that includes 1,313 career wins.

Wisconsin
Sun Prairie

The left side of the infield may be unequaled in the state with Carson Shepard at shortstop and Liam Moreno at third base. Sun Prairie came within a run of winning a state title in 2019 and it returns all-state pick Josh Caron at catcher.
High school sports: Southern California regionals announced; No NorCal regionals, state track and field meet - OFFICIAL
High school sports: Southern California regionals announced; No NorCal regionals, state track and field meet
The California Interscholastic Federation announced Wednesday its plan to hold one-week Southern California regional playoffs in seven sports, including basketball, baseball and softball, starting June 5 and ending June 26. The other sports include soccer, tennis, boys volleyball and golf.

Because only two of six Northern California sections — Central Coast and Oakland — are even holding playoffs, there will be no Northern California regionals. That also means for a second straight year there will be no state track and field or state swimming and diving championships.

The 2021 state track and field meet, scheduled for Buchanan High school in Clovis, would have been the 102nd in history. 

The CIF, which only takes over playoffs at the regional and state level, had no choice. The organization's hands were tied. Section champions feed into the regional playoffs and with no champs to advance, regionals were impossible. 

"Ultimately with only CCS and Oakland offering playoffs, regional playoffs in the North weren't feasible," CIF Executive Director Ron Nocetti said. "We wanted to wait as long as possible to make sure there were no update or changes (with the sections)."

Though disappointed that his athletes can't move on, CCS commissioner Dave Grissom said he's heard no complaints.

"This pandemic has been absolutely life changing and life altering for so many families," he said. "In the big scheme of things, for there not to be Northern California championships is OK. It's completely OK. It's just one of those things. It was impossible to pull off. I haven't heard one coach, athletic director or school be upset about it."
San Diego Section powers Mater Dei Catholic and Cathedral Catholic figure to reach the Southern California championships, which conclude June 26. Mater Dei Catholic is ranked 19th nationally by MaxPreps.
File photo by Rudy Schmoke
San Diego Section powers Mater Dei Catholic and Cathedral Catholic figure to reach the Southern California championships, which conclude June 26. Mater Dei Catholic is ranked 19th nationally by MaxPreps.
All four Southern California sections — the Southern, San Diego, Los Angeles and Central — will finish up their playoffs in late May or early June and then enter a one-week regional playoff.

The section playoffs must be completed by the following dates in these respective sports: boys and girls soccer (May 29), boys and girls team tennis (May 29), boys volleyball (June 5), boys and girls golf (June 12), boys and girls basketball (June 12), baseball (June 19) and softball (June 19).

The last date for regional championships for each sport: boys and girls soccer (June 5), boys and girls team tennis (June 5), boys volleyball (June 12), boys and girls golf (June 15), boys and girls basketball (June 19), baseball (June 26) and softball (June 26).

With just one week to complete tournaments, each bracket will be no more than eight teams. That will create many more brackets than normally, especially in basketball.

Teams and student athletes will likely be faced with many conflicts, concerning both graduation and club teams. Nocetti is hoping for flexibility in all cases.

"We understand that section championships are top priority," Nocetti said. "But we hope those teams communicate as soon as possible their plans on participation at regionals."

The Southern California baseball and softball regionals should be very interest. Currently, three SoCal teams are in the MaxPreps Top 25 national baseball rankings and four SoCal softball squads are among the nation's 25 best.
CIF's announcement and schedule released Wednesday about Southern and Northern California playoffs.
CIF's announcement and schedule released Wednesday about Southern and Northern California playoffs.


Virginia crowns first spring football champions in high school history - OFFICIAL
Virginia crowns first spring football champions in high school history
Like any other year, the Virginia High School League crowned six state football champions Saturday afternoon in six different classifications. But these were clearly different.  From all records MaxPreps has researched, Virginia is the first state to ever award football championships in the spring.

The Riverhead Gladiators were officially the first ones crowned, with a 65-29 victory over the Galaxy Maroon Tide in the Class 1 title game. A 34-point second-point explosion led the Gladiators to their 10th straight win of the season. They outscored opponents 483-119 on the season. 

Perennial East power Oscar Smith (8-0) followed with a 62-21 Class 6 title win over South County, and Stone Bridge (8-0) took the Class 5 crown with a 13-10 overtime win over Highland Springs. (See all the champions below).

The VHSL was one of 15 states to move the traditional fall 2020 season to the spring due to COVID-19 pandemic. Of those states, 11 decided on abbreviated spring seasons, with just three opting for playoffs. North Carolina and Rhode Island have scheduled state championship games next week.

According to MaxPreps senior writer and historian Kevin Askeland, no states have ever held football championships in the spring, although one in California was scheduled in 1919. That title game was called off when Orange League champion Fullerton disbanded a month before the scheduled contest.
Oscar Smith turned around a loss in the 2019 VHSL Class 6 title game with a resounding 65-21 win over the Stallions on Saturday.
File photo by Fred Ingham
Oscar Smith turned around a loss in the 2019 VHSL Class 6 title game with a resounding 65-21 win over the Stallions on Saturday.
2021 Spring VHSL State Football Championships

Class 1Full bracket can be found here - 2020 Virginia High School Football Playoff Brackets: VHSL Class 1
Virginia crowns first spring football champions in high school history - OFFICIAL
Virginia crowns first spring football champions in high school history
Like any other year, the Virginia High School League crowned six state football champions Saturday afternoon in six different classifications. But these were clearly different.  From all records MaxPreps has researched, Virginia is the first state to ever award football championships in the spring.

The Riverhead Gladiators were officially the first ones crowned, with a 65-29 victory over the Galaxy Maroon Tide in the Class 1 title game. A 34-point second-point explosion led the Gladiators to their 10th straight win of the season. They outscored opponents 483-119 on the season. 

Perennial East power Oscar Smith (8-0) followed with a 62-21 Class 6 title win over South County, and Stone Bridge (8-0) took the Class 5 crown with a 13-10 overtime win over Highland Springs. (See all the champions below).

The VHSL was one of 15 states to move the traditional fall 2020 season to the spring due to COVID-19 pandemic. Of those states, 11 decided on abbreviated spring seasons, with just three opting for playoffs. North Carolina and Rhode Island have scheduled state championship games next week.

According to MaxPreps senior writer and historian Kevin Askeland, no states have ever held football championships in the spring, although one in California was scheduled in 1919. That title game was called off when Orange League champion Fullerton disbanded a month before the scheduled contest.
Oscar Smith turned around a loss in the 2019 VHSL Class 6 title game with a resounding 65-21 win over the Stallions on Saturday.
File photo by Fred Ingham
Oscar Smith turned around a loss in the 2019 VHSL Class 6 title game with a resounding 65-21 win over the Stallions on Saturday.
2021 Spring VHSL State Football Championships

Class 1Full bracket can be found here - 2020 Virginia High School Football Playoff Brackets: VHSL Class 1
Virginia crowns first spring football champions in high school history - OFFICIAL
Virginia crowns first spring football champions in high school history
Like any other year, the Virginia High School League crowned six state football champions Saturday afternoon in six different classifications. But these were clearly different.  From all records MaxPreps has researched, Virginia is the first state to ever award football championships in the spring.

The Riverhead Gladiators were officially the first ones crowned, with a 65-29 victory over the Galaxy Maroon Tide in the Class 1 title game. A 34-point second-point explosion led the Gladiators to their 10th straight win of the season. They outscored opponents 483-119 on the season. 

Perennial East power Oscar Smith (8-0) followed with a 62-21 Class 6 title win over South County, and Stone Bridge (8-0) took the Class 5 crown with a 13-10 overtime win over Highland Springs. (See all the champions below).

The VHSL was one of 15 states to move the traditional fall 2020 season to the spring due to COVID-19 pandemic. Of those states, 11 decided on abbreviated spring seasons, with just three opting for playoffs. North Carolina and Rhode Island have scheduled state championship games next week.

According to MaxPreps senior writer and historian Kevin Askeland, no states have ever held football championships in the spring, although one in California was scheduled in 1919. That title game was called off when Orange League champion Fullerton disbanded a month before the scheduled contest.
Oscar Smith turned around a loss in the 2019 VHSL Class 6 title game with a resounding 65-21 win over the Stallions on Saturday.
File photo by Fred Ingham
Oscar Smith turned around a loss in the 2019 VHSL Class 6 title game with a resounding 65-21 win over the Stallions on Saturday.
2021 Spring VHSL State Football Championships

Class 1Full bracket can be found here - 2020 Virginia High School Football Playoff Brackets: VHSL Class 1