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While high school outfielders will be the most coveted preps in next week's Major League Baseball Draft, the same can not be said for middle infielders.

High school shortstops have often been the prize at the top of the MLB draft with seven prep shortstops going No. 1 overall since Chipper Jones was the top pick in 1990. Only 14 preps have gone No. 1 overall since 1990, meaning half of them were shortstops.

This year, however, very few shortstops make the cut with one likely to be chosen in the first round. Additionally, some of the top prospects have given strong commitments to college, meaning they will likely be bypassed in a draft that is only five rounds long in favor of a player who is ready to sign and play.

Since there will be far fewer draft selections this year, MaxPreps is providing a truncated look at the top high school selections for the MLB Draft, scheduled for June 10-11. Instead of the usual Top 10, MaxPreps looks at the Top 5 players at six different positions. We've previously presented corner infielders and outfielders.
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Ed Howard, Chicago Mt. Carmel (Chicago)
Easily the top high school shortstop prospect, Howard likely will stick at the position due to his strong and fluid fielding skills. Howard has also sported a solid bat after batting over .400 in one of the toughest leagues in the nation with 29 RBI and three home runs. Look for Howard to go somewhere in the middle of the first round. Projection: Top 15 pick.

Yohandy Morales, Braddock (Miami)
At 6-foot-4, Morales shows a lot of potential to be the type of big shortstop in the mold of an Alex Rodriguez or a Cal Ripkin Jr. His hitting skills have vastly improved, batting .321 with two home runs as a junior, but had boosted his totals to batting .500 with four home runs in nine games as a senior. Projection: Second round.

Drew Bowser, Harvard-Westlake (Studio City, Calif.)
Bowser showed his power this spring when he hit grand slams in back-to-back games. Scouts project Bowser to be a power-hitting infielder in the major leagues, which could mean a move to third base at some point. Bowser has committed to Stanford and reportedly will play in college. With a five-round draft, teams may not waste a pick on a player committed to play in college. Nevertheless, Bowser is at least a second-round talent. Projection: Second or third round.

Cade Horton, Norman (Okla.)
Horton likely will have a decision if he gets drafted. He's already committed to play both football and baseball at the University of Oklahoma, but selection in the MLB draft could be a game-changer. Horton threw for 3,084 yards and ran for 1,149 for Norman. In baseball, he was the Gatorade State Player of the Year with a career .420 batting average. Like Bowser, Horton likely won't be drafted if he is serious about playing football in college. Projection: Third round.

Milan Tolentino, Santa Margarita (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.)
The son of Jose Tolentino, a former MLB player and current MLB broadcaster, Milan Tolentino has been one of the top shortstops in Southern California for the past several years. He led his team to a Southern Section championship as a junior when he batted .391 and was named Southern Section Division 2 Player of the Year. He has signed to play at UCLA. Projection: Fourth round.
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MaxPreps High School Girls Basketball Player of the Year from each state
Each year since 2006, MaxPreps has recognized outstanding performers in high school athletics. America's source for high school sports continues the tradition to close out the 2020-21 basketball 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.

Nearly 40 states have completed their 2020-21 high school girls basketball seasons and MaxPreps has honored the top player in each over the past four weeks. Links to each player's story are included after their bio and list of accomplishments.

Each state's MaxPreps Player of the Year was be considered for inclusion in the MaxPreps All-America Team.
Raven Johnson, Westlake
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Raven Johnson, Westlake
Alabama — Sara Puckett, Muscle Shoals
Class: 2021 (Senior) | Status: Tennessee
The 6-foot-2 forward averaged 21.4 points, 10.4 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game despite being the focus of opposing defenses, helping the Trojans go 15-10. She's the 43rd best prospect in the Class of 2021 by ESPN Hoopgurlz, and shooting range and defensive versatility made her a tough matchup for other post players. Read more: Alabama Player of the Year

Class: 2021 (Senior) | Status: Portland State
The guard led the Tigers to a 17-0 mark and the 4A state title. She averaged 17.4 points, 7.1 steals, 5.6 assists and 4.9 rebounds per game while shooting 52 percent from the field. In Bartlett's 47-46 overtime win against Farmington in the state finals, she set up the go-ahead basket with an assist and then sealed the win with a pair of pressure free throws. Read more: Alaska Player of the Year

Class: 2021 (Senior) | Status: Washington
The 6-1 wing capped her career with a 6A title as the Monsoon went 17-0. Regarded as the No. 76 prospect in the Class of 2021 by ESPN Hoopgurlz, Davis averaged 17.9 points, 6.7 rebounds and 2.9 steals per game. She had 21 points and 12 rebounds in Valley Vista's 49-41 win over Hamilton in the title game. Read more: Arizona Player of the Year

Class: 2021 (Senior) | Status: Arkansas
The Grizzlies went 26-2, winning the 6A title and the future Razorback was a big reason why. Her combination of size and perimeter skills set her apart as she averaged 19.0 points, 8.8 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.7 blocked shots per game. The McDonald's All-American is the No. 7 prospect in the Class of 2021 by ESPN Hoopgurlz. Read more: Arkansas Player of the Year
 
Colorado — Lauren Betts, Grandview (Aurora)
Class: 2022 (Junior) | Status: Stanford
The top-rated prospect in her class, led the Wolves to a 17-1 mark and a 5A semifinal appearance. The 6-7 post averaged 17.5 points, 11 rebounds, 2.6 blocks and nearly two assists while shooting 90 percent from the field. Betts had nine double-doubles and blocked five or more shots in four games. Read more: Colorado Player of the Year
Lauren Betts, Grandview
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Lauren Betts, Grandview
Connecticut — Aizhanique Mayo, Notre Dame Catholic (Fairfield)
Class: 2022 (Junior) | Status: Undecided
The 5-foot-9 junior point guard led the Lancers to a 12-1 record and the school's second straight South-West Conference Tournament championship. Mayo averaged 20.4 points, 7.0 assists, 6.8 rebounds and 5.0 steals per game while producing a 7:2 assist to turnover ratio. Notre Dame Catholic is 58-3 through the first three seasons of Mayo's career and outscored opponents by nearly 30 points per game on average in 2020-21. Read more: Connecticut Player of the Year

Class: 2022 (Junior) | Status: Undecided
A three-year starter, Johnston will head into her senior season needing just 106 points to reach 1,000 for her career. Johnston, who led the Buccaneers to a 10-5 mark and state semifinal appearance, averaged 20.0 points, 5.5 steals, 5.0 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game while connecting on 78 percent of her free throw attempts.  Read more: Delaware Player of the Year

Class: 2021 (Senior) | Status: Vanderbilt
The Panthers' post led her squad to a 26-3 mark and 7A title in her final season. Cheesman averaged 17.9 points and 9.7 rebounds per game, posting 10 double-doubles during the year. She also hit 43 percent of her 3-point attempts and 89 percent of her free throws. Read more: Florida Player of the Year

Class: 2021 (Senior) | Status: South Carolina
A McDonald's All-American and the No. 2 prospect in the Class of 2021 by ESPN Hoopgurlz, Johnson led the Lions to a MaxPreps National Championship with their win over Paul VI in the GEICO Nationals. Johnson played just 22 minutes a game this season as Westlake dominated many games but still averaged 15.1 points, 5.8 assists, 5.0 rebounds and 3.7 steals a game. She also had a 3.2 assist/turnover ratio as the point guard for one of the top teams in the country. Read more: Georgia Player of the Year

Class: 2022 (Junior) | Status: Undecided
The 6-2 post led the Mavericks to a 20-2 mark and 5A title. Ojukwu averaged 24.2 points and 10.0 rebounds per game while shooting 58 percent from the floor. She was named MVP of the Class 5A playoffs, breaking the postseason scoring record with 89 points in three games. Read more: Idaho Player of the Year

Illinois — Greta Kampschroeder, Naperville North (Naperville)
Class: 2021 (Senior) | Status: Oregon State
The shortened season saw the post lead the Huskies to a 12-1 record and the school's first regional title since 2005. Kampschroeder, a McDonald's All-American, averaged 17.8 points, 10.1 rebounds, 3.0 steals and 3.0 assists while shooting 89.7 percent from the free throw line. She is a four-time all-league selection, three-time all-stater and finished her career with 1,745 points. Read more: Illinois Player of the Year

Indiana — Jessica Carrothers, Crown Point
Class: 2022 (Junior) | Status: Undecided
The 5-7 guard led the Bulldogs to a 25-1 mark,a 4A title and a No. 24 ranking 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 scored in double figures in all 26 games for Crown Point this season and 33 straight going back to 2019-20. Read more: Indiana Player of the Year

Iowa — Katie Dinnebier, Waukee
Class: 2021 (Senior) | Status: Drake
The 5-8 guard has led Waukee to a 36-4 mark over the past two seasons while averaging 19.1 points, 4.0 assists and 3.5 steals a game. Waukee finished 13-1 record, earning the Class 5A title – avenging its only loss in the title game by rolling over Johnston 71-43. Read more: Iowa Player of the Year

Kansas — Payton Verhulst, Bishop Miege (Shawnee Mission)
Class: 2021 (Senior) | Status: Louisville
The 6-foot-1 senior wing led the Stags to a 23-1 record and the 4A state championship. Verhulst is a McDonald's All-American and regarded as the No. 12 prospect in the Class of 2021 by ESPN Hoopgurlz. She averaged 20.0 points, 7.5 rebounds, 3.8 steals, 3.6 assists and 3.5 blocks per game, and is also an outstanding volleyball player. Read more: Kansas Player of the Year

Class: 2022 (Junior) | Status: Undecided
The 5-foot-11 junior guard led the Bearcats to a 28-3 record and the Kentucky Sweet 16 semifinals. She averaged 16.5 points, 5.3 rebounds, 3.4 steals and 2.9 assists per contest while shooting 54.1 percent from the field. Stepping up her game in the postseason, Jenkins earned Eighth Region MVP honors and was named to the Sweet 16 All-Tournament team. Read more: Kentucky Player of the Year

Class: 2021 (Senior) | Status: Florida
The 6-foot point helped the Gators win their second straight Class 4A state title. She tallied 19 points, 14 boards rebounds, three blocked shots and two steals in a 49-42 win over Huntington in the state championship game earlier this month, earning MVP honors. Read more: Louisiana Player of the Year

Maine — Camille Clement, Greely (Cumberland Center)
Class: 2021 (Senior) | Status: Northeastern University
The Rangers' shooting guard averaged 22.5 points per night in an 11-1 season. Clement shot 46 percent from the field, made over 42 percent of her shots from beyond the arc and knocked down 85 percent of her free throw attempts. For her career, Clement scored 1,416 points in 67 games and averaged 5.5 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.3 steals per contest. Read more: Maine Player of the Year

Class: 2022 (Junior) | Status: Georgetown
The future Hoya averaged 16.4 points, 4.5 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 3.8 steals per game while shooting 38.3 percent from 3-point distance. She also had an impressive 4.3 assist/turnover ratio in helping New Hope to a 13-3 mark and a No. 17 rank in the MaxPreps Top 25. Read more: Maryland Player of the Year

Massachusetts — Kenzie Matulonis, Bridgewater-Raynham (Bridgewater)
Class: 2021 (Senior) | Status: New Hampshire
The 5-7 guard led the Trojans to a 12-0 mark and Southeast Conference championship in the state's shortened season. She averaged 16.1 points, 5.9 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 4.6 steals per game and had a 2.9 assist/turnover ratio. In the title game against New Bedford, Matulonis had 21 points and 11 rebounds in a 49-36 win. Read more: Massachusetts Player of the Year

Michigan Damiya Hagemann, Edison Academy (Detroit)
Class:
2021 (Senior) | Status: Michigan State
The 5-foot-7 senior guard led the Pioneers to a 10-0 record and the No. 5 ranking in the MaxPreps Top 25 before COVID canceled the team's season. Hagemann averaged 17.4 points, 5.2 rebounds and 3.7 steals a game, which are all impressive numbers, but her 9.9 assists per game is simply dazzling. Read more: Michigan Player of the Year
Damiya Hagemann, Edison Academy
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Damiya Hagemann, Edison Academy
Minnesota Mallory Heyer, Chaska
Class: 2022 (Junior) | Status: Minnesota
The 6-1 forward averaged 21.4 points and 9.5 rebounds per game while shooting 61.4 percent overall and 45.4 percent from beyond the arc as the Hawks won the AAAA title, had an unbeaten season at 17-0 and finished No. 6 nationally in the MaxPreps Top 25. Heyer was the key to the Hawks' upset of Hopkins in the AAAA semifinals, scoring 24 points and grabbing 13 boards. Read more: Minnesota Player of the Year

Mississippi — Debreasha Powe, Meridian
Class: 2022 (Junior) | Status: Undecided
She averaged 19.6 points, 10.2 rebounds, 4.2 steals and 2.2 blocks per game. Though she is a post player, she can also step out and hit 3-pointers. She led the Wildcats to a 16-4 mark and the Class 6A final four. Read more: Mississippi Player of the Year

Missouri — Natalie Potts, Incarnate Word Academy (St. Louis)
Class: 2023 (Sophomore) | Status: Undecided
The 6-foot-1 sophomore post led the Red Knights to a 29-0 record, the state Class 6 championship and the No. 6 national ranking in the MaxPreps Top 25. Potts averaged 21.1 points, 9.2 rebounds, 2.5 steals and 1.4 blocked shots per game while shooting 59 percent from the field. Read more: Missouri Player of the Year

Class: 2022 (Junior) | Status: Montana
The 5-foot-8 junior guard led the Rams to an 18-2 record and an appearance in the Class A state championship game. Hansen averaged 17.4 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game per game, shooting 52 percent from the field, 50 percent from beyond the arc and 90 percent from the free throw line. She's tallied 1,096 points, 285 rebounds, 145 assists and 133 steals. Read more: Montana Player of the Year

Nebraska — Alexis Markowski, Pius X (Lincoln)
Class: 2021 (Senior) | Status: Nebraska
The 6-foot-3 senior led the Thunderbolts to a 25-0 record, the Class A state championship and a No. 22 national rank in the MaxPreps Top 25. Markowski averaged 23.3 points, 13.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game while shooting 60 percent from the field. In the title game versus Fremont, Markowski had 27 points and 19 rebounds in the 56-52 victory. Read more: Nebraska Player of the Year

New Hampshire — Isabella King, Bedford
Class: 2021 (Senior) | Status: Bucknell
She averaged 20.1 points, 8.5 steals, 3.0 assists and 3.0 steals per game this season for the 14-2 Division I champions, earning first team Division I All-State and Miss Basketball honors. The future Bison owns school records at Bedford for points in a game, season and career, topping the 1,000-point mark as a senior. Read more: New Hampshire Player of the Year

New Jersey — Madison St. Rose, St. John-Vianney (Holmdel, N.J.)
Class: 2022 (Junior) | Status: Princeton
The 5-foot-10 junior led the perennial power to a 14-0 record in an abbreviated season and the No. 9 ranking in the MaxPreps Top 25. St. Rose averaged 19.4 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.9 steals per game and is the the No. 46 player in the ESPN Hoopgurlz 2022 rankings. Read more: New Jersey Player of the Year
 
New York — Sonia Citron, Ursuline (New Rochelle)
Class: 2021 (Senior) | Status: Notre Dame
The McDonald's All-American led the Koalas to a 14-0 mark and Section 1 title. Citron averaged 26.5 points, 11.2 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 3.5 steals per game, helping Ursuline extend a win streak that dates back to last season to 38 games. The USA Basketball gold medalist finished her career with 2,243 points and 1,192 rebounds and is the No. 16 prospect in the Class of 2021. Read more: New York Player of the Year

North Carolina — Saniya Rivers, Ashley (Wilmington)
Class: 2021 (Senior) | Status: South Carolina
The No. 3 prospect in the Class of 2021 by ESPN Hoopgurlz averaged 36.8 points per game – more than a point a minute – to go along with 11.5 rebounds, 5.3 steals and 5.1 assists per game. The 6-foot-1 senior was the driving force behind a 15-2 season, which culminated with a trip to the 4A state semifinals. Read more: North Carolina Player of the Year

North Dakota — Logan Nissley, Century (Bismarck)
Class: 2023 (Sophomore) | Status: Undecided
She broke single-season school records for points (556), points per game (21.4), 3-point shooting percentage (46.4), assists (100), steals (93) and steals per game (3.6). The Patriots went 26-0 and won their third Class A title in four seasons. Through the first 50 games of her career, Nissley has been credited with 880 points, 360 rebounds, 158 assists, 139 steals, and 91 blocked shots. Read more: North Dakota Player of the Year

Ohio — K.K. Bransford, Mount Notre Dame (Cincinnati)
Class: 2022 (Junior) | Status: Undecided
The No. 27 prospect in her class, Bransford helped the Cougars to a Division 1 championship and a perfect 28-0 season. She powered her way to 21.4 points, 6.4 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 3.0 steals per game while shooting 41 percent from 3-point distance and posting a 2.7 assist/turnover ratio as MND finished No. 2 in the MaxPreps Top 25. Read more: Ohio Player of the Year

Oklahoma — Aaliyah Moore, Moore
Class: 2021 (Senior) | Status: Texas
The McDonald's All-American is the No. 6 prospect in her class according to ESPN. Moore led the Lions to a 16-9 mark and the 6A west regionals. Moore averaged 25.9 points and 10.9 rebounds per game as a senior for head coach Brent Hodges. Over her four-year career, she tallied 1,803 points, 882 rebounds and posted 71 double-doubles. Read more: Oklahoma Player of the Year

Pennsylvania — Destiney McPhaul, West Catholic (Philadelphia)
Class: 2021 (Senior) | Status: Virginia Tech
The 5-foot-8 senior guard led the Burrs to a 12-4 record and the Class AAA state championship. McPhaul averaged 20.9 points, 8.9 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 2.4 blocks per game. She had a double-double – 16 points and 10 rebounds -- in the 67-56 championship game win over Mohawk. She competed in the Who's Next All-American Game. Read more: Pennsylvania Player of the Year

Rhode Island — Amaya Dowdy, St. Raphael Academy (Pawtucket)
Class: 2021 (Senior) | Status: UMass-Lowell
The 6-foot senior sparked the Saints to an unbeaten season and the school's first Division 1 title since 2000. Dowdy averaged 17.3 points, 10.6 rebounds and 3.6 blocks for St. Raphael. She scored 19 points and had 16 rebounds in the state championship win over Barrington. She helped St. Raphael to a 54-5 mark over the past three seasons. Read more: Rhode Island Player of the Year

South Carolina — Milaysia Fulwiley, Keenan (Columbia)
Class: 2023 (Sophomore) | Status: Undecided
She averaged 25.9 points, 6.9 assists, 5.7 rebounds and 5.2 steals per game as the Raiders won the 4A title. She also shot 42 percent from 3-point distance. Fulwiley joined the Keenan varsity as a seventh grader and as an eighth grader played a key role on a state championship team. Her all-around talents and precocious ability led to a No. 3 ranking in the Class of 2023 by ESPN Hoopgurlz. Read more: South Carolina Player of the Year

South Dakota — Haleigh Timmer, More (Rapid City)
Class: 2021 (Senior) | Status: South Dakota State
A big reason why the Cavaliers went 22-3 and finished fourth in the Class A state tournament, Timmer averaged 20.7 points, 6.6 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 2.7 steals as a senior. The three-time all-league selection shot 59.6 percent from the field, 51.9 percent from beyond the arc and 70.5 percent from the free throw line. Prospect Nation lists Timmer, who scored 1,754 career points, as the No. 107 prospect in the Class of 2021. Read more: South Dakota Player of the Year

Tennessee — Lashae Dwyer, The Webb School (Bell Buckle)
Class: 2021 (Senior) | Status: Miami (Fla.)
The 5-foot-7 senior wing sparked a spectacular turnaround after transferring into the program, going from 4-17 in 2019-20 to 28-2 and winning the Division II-A state title this season. Dwyer averaged 22.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, 6.0 assists and 3.6 steals per game. She had 23 points, 12 rebounds and six assists. She's the No. 79 prospect in her class by ESPN Hoopgurlz. Read more: Tennessee Player of the Year

Texas — Rori Harmon, Cypress Creek (Houston)
Class: 2021 (Senior) | Status: Texas
The McDonald's All-American led the Cougars to a 32-1 record, a trip to the Class 6A championship game and the No. 15 ranking in the country. Harmon averaged 18.0 points, 5.8 rebounds, 5.8 assists and 5.2 steals per game this season. She hit 37 percent of her 3-pointers and had a 3.2 assist/turnover ratio. Read more: Texas Player of the Year

Utah — Emma Calvert, Fremont (Plain City)
Class: 2021 (Senior) | Status: BYU
The 6-foot-4 senior center/power forward helped lead the Silverwolves to a 26-0 record and the Class 6A state championship and appearance at the GEICO Nationals. The state tournament MVP averaged 17.3 points and 7.4 rebounds per game this season. Calvert converted on over 70 percent of her field goals attempts, shot just over 40 percent from beyond the arc and made more than 76 percent of her free throws. Read more: Utah Player of the Year
Emma Calvert, Fremont
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Emma Calvert, Fremont
Vermont — Catherine Gilwee, Champlain Valley Union (Hinesburg)
Class: 2021 (Senior) | Status: Vermont
In a shortened season, the 5-foot-8 senior point guard led the Redhawks to a perfect 9-0 record. Gilwee averaged 12.1 points, 5.6 assists, 3.4 rebounds and 3.1 steals per game. She owns the school record for assists in a game with 13 and managed 2.1 assists to turnover ratio this season. Read more: Vermont Player of the Year

Virginia — Aziaha James, Princess Anne (Virginia Beach)
Class: 2021 (Senior) | Status: North Carolina State
In a shortened season, the No. 36 prospect in her class led the Cavaliers to a perfect 10-0 record, the Division 5 championship and a No. 14 national ranking. James averaged 22.2 points per game to go along with 5.3 rebounds and a 3.7 assist/turnover ratio. She scored 32 points in the state title game and had 26 points and 10 steals in the semifinal. Read more: Virginia Player of the Year

Wisconsin — Kamorea Arnold, Germantown
Class: 2023 (Sophomore) | Status: Undecided
The No. 5 prospect in her class led the Warhawks to a 29-1 record and the Division 1 state championship. Arnold averaged 22.9 points, 6.3 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 3.8 steals a game. She scored 31 points on 12 of 18 shooting in a 63-48 win over Hudson in the Division 1 title game and also had seven assists. Read more: Wisconsin Player of the Year

Wyoming — Allyson Fertig, Douglas
Class: 2021 (Senior) | Status: Wyoming
The 6-foot-4 senior center led the Bearcats to a 24-0 record and the Class 3A state championship. Fertig averaged 23 points, 13 rebounds and five blocked shots this winter. She posted double-doubles in 18 of 24 contests. A four-time Wyoming Coaches Association All-State selection, Fertig led the Bearcats to a 101-2 record over the past four seasons, including 40 straight wins to conclude her career. Read more: Wyoming Player of the Year
High school softball rankings: Barbe joins this week's HIGHSCORE Top 25 after winning Louisiana 5A title - HIGHSCORE
High school softball rankings: Barbe joins this week's MaxPreps Top 25 after winning Louisiana 5A title
Barbe (Lake Charles) finished the season with eight straight wins, including a 3-1 Louisiana Class 5A state title over Airline on Saturday. A two-run home run by Madison Chretien and strong pitching by Halie Pappion propelled the tournament third seed to its first state title since 1997. Barbe enters this week's MaxPreps Top 25 high school softball rankings at No. 19.

Top-ranked Leander (Texas) opened postseason play by scoring 34 runs over two games while Lauren Tetreault and SJ Geurin each pitched complete-game shutouts. The Lions are back in action on Saturday against Southwest in Area play.

Lakewood Ranch (Bradenton) won the District 12 Championship in Florida beating 12th-ranked Newsome (Lithia) 2-0 on Thursday. The Mustangs host Steinbrenner on Thursday in 7A Regional Quarterfinal play. Newsome is not out. If the Wolves win Thursday, they could face Lakewood Ranch once again on May 11.
Alyssa Aguilar, Salpointe Catholic
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Alyssa Aguilar, Salpointe Catholic
MaxPreps Top 25 high school softball rankings

1. Leander (Texas)
Record:
31-0 | Last week: 1
Marley Neises drove in seven runs and belted a grand slam during the Lions first two playoff wins.

2. Barbers Hill (Mt. Belvieu, Texas)
Record:
33-2 | Last week: 2
The Eagles play 23-5 Angleton (Texas) in area play on Saturday.

3. Lakewood Ranch (Bradenton, Fla.)
Record:
25-2 | Last week: 3
Sophomore Olivia Laney threw a complete game in 2-0 win over Newsome.

4. Park Vista (Lake Worth, Fla.)
Record:
25-0 | Last week: 4
The 7A state state title might be one of the toughest brackets in all of the country to win. The Cobras play Jupiter on Thursday.

5. Marist (Chicago)
Record:
16-0 | Last week: 5
The Redhawks have held 13 of their first 16 opponents scoreless.

6. Norco (Calif.)
Record:
12-1 | Last week: 6
The Cougars have won 11 straight after a three-game sweep of Santiago.

7. Hewitt-Trussville (Trussville, Ala.)
Record:
40-2-1 | Last week: 7
The Huskies open 7A postseason play on Wednesday against Vestavia Hills.

8. Warren (San Antonio)
Record:
24-0 | Last week: 8
After two playoff shutout wins, the Warriors play Los Fresnos starting Friday.

9. Lake Creek (Montgomery, Texas)
Record:
34-0 | Last week: 10
Emiley Kennedy struck out 12 in a playoff win over Magnolia. The senior has now struck out 168 batters in 84 innings.

10. University (Orange City, Fla.)
Record:
22-0 | Last week: 11
The Titans are another powerhouse team in Florida's 7A bracket.

11. Neshoba Central (Philadelphia, Miss.)
Record:
27-0 | Last week: 13
The Rockets play Friday for a chance to berth in the Mississippi 5A state championship.

12. Newsome (Lithia, Fla.)
Record:
24-1 | Last week: 9
The Wolves host a 21-6 Palm Harbor University (Palm Harbor) squad Thursday in 7A playoff action.

13. Spring-Ford (Royersford, Pa.)
Record:
10-0 | Last week: 14
The Rams early season dominance continues, outscoring opponents 87-6.

14. Doral Academy (Doral, Fla.)
Record:
24-2 | Last week: 16
The Firebirds scored 15 runs in three innings to open Florida 6A postseason play.

15. Lake Central (St. John, Ind.)
Record:
19-0 | Last week: 17
Grace Renschen has a five-game hit streak going and is one of five players to  hit three or more home runs for the Indians.

16. Judson (Converse, Texas)
Record:
28-1 | Last week: 18
The Rockets carry a 23-game win streak heading deep into 6A Texas state playoffs.

17. Mater Dei Catholic (Chula Vista, Calif.)
Record:
13-0 | Last week: 19
Giselle Garcia struck out 15 and allowed two hits in a 6-2 win on Saturday.

18. Williamsburg (Ohio)
Record:
15-0 | Last week: 21
The Wildcats have allowed seven runs in 15 games.

19. Barbe (Lake Charles, La.)
Record:
31-2 | Last week: NR
Arkansas commit Nyjah Fontenot hit 11 home runs and batted .530 on the season.

20. Salpointe Catholic (Tucson, Ariz.)
Record:
18-0 | Last week: NR
Senior Alyssa Aguilar struck out 11 Friday as the Lancers beat Sabino 10-0.

21. Bob Jones (Madison, Ala.)
Record:
29-3 | Last week: 12
The Patriots open 7A postseason play Tuesday.

22. Saint Francis (Mountain View, Calif.)
Record:
13-0 | Last week: NR
Jessica Oakland has nine home runs and is batting .620 to start the season.

Record: 13-1 | Last week: 15
The Spartans fell for the first time, losing 8-1 to a Los Alamitos playing really good ball.

24. South Gibson (Medina, Tenn.)
Record:
28-1 | Last week: 24
Senior Brooke Puckett has at least two or more hits in 12 games this season.

25. Westlake (Westlake Village, Calif.)
Record:
9-1 | Last week: 22
Kylie Chung hit a home run and struck out 11 batters Monday as the Warriors knocked off Agoura.

On the bubble: Rocklin (Calif.); Baylor (Chattanooga, Tenn.); Crown Point (Ind.); Mahopac (N.Y.); Benson (Ariz.)
High school softball: Neshoba Central on the rise in this week's HIGHSCORE Top 25 rankings - HIGHSCORE
High school softball: Neshoba Central on the rise in this week's MaxPreps Top 25 rankings
The Class 7A bracket in Florida is arguably the toughest road to a high school softball state title. Four teams in the MaxPreps Top 25 high school softball rankings are in the 7A tournament and play in this week's Regional Semifinals this week.

On Tuesday, third-ranked Lakewood Ranch (Bradenton, Fla.) meets No. 11 Newsome (Lithia, Fla.) for the second time in 13 days. This one is win-or-go-home. In Round One, it was a pair of sophomores for the Mustangs that helped lift Lakewood Ranch to a 2-0 victory. Amanda Lee knocked in two runs and Olivia Laney pitched a complete-game six hitter. The winner plays Friday in the Regional Finals.

Neshoba Central (Philadelphia, Miss.) continues to climb up the rankings. The Rockets are 29-0 and play for a Mississippi 5A state title starting Wednesday. They have won 46 straight games.
Ella Coiner, Lakewood Ranch
Photo by Stacy White
Ella Coiner, Lakewood Ranch
MaxPreps Top 25 high school softball rankings

1. Leander (Texas)
Record:
32-0 | Last week: 1
Isabella Ruff and Marley Neises each had three hits in a 15-1 win over Southwest. The Lions take on Medina Valley in the Regional Quarterfinals starting Friday.

2. Barbers Hill (Mt. Belvieu, Texas)
Record:
33-2 | Last week: 2
The Eagles advanced and play Friendswood. These two met in early February — a 3-1 Barbers Hill win.

3. Lakewood Ranch (Bradenton, Fla.)
Record:
26-2 | Last week: 3
Taylor Shephard and Ella Coiner each had a home run in the Mustangs 15-8 playoff win over Steinbrenner.

4. Park Vista (Lake Worth, Fla.)
Record:
26-0 | Last week: 4
Sophomore Chloe Fariello pitched a complete game in a 3-0 win over Jupiter.

5. Marist (Chicago)
Record:
20-0 | Last week: 5
In 20 games, the RedHawks have scored 199 runs and allowed 14.

6. Norco (Calif.)
Record:
15-1 | Last week: 6
The Cougars have won 14 straight.

7. Hewitt-Trussville (Trussville, Ala.)
Record:
43-2-1 | Last week: 7
Anyce Harvey and Hannah Dorsett combined for nine hits as the Huskies defeated Vestavia 21-6 in the 7A Area 6 championship game.

8. Lake Creek (Montgomery, Texas)
Record:
36-0 | Last week: 9
The Lions combined for 33 hits and 28 runs in two Area play games last week.

9. University (Orange City, Fla.)
Record:
23-0 | Last week: 10
Sophomore Annalyn Duncan had three hits as the Titans advanced to the 7A Regional Semifinals.

10. Neshoba Central (Philadelphia, Miss.)
Record:
29-0 | Last week: 11
The seven-time defending Class 5A champs will play East Central.

11. Newsome (Lithia, Fla.)
Record:
25-1 | Last week: 12
Freshman Karley Shelton homered and doubled as the Wolves came from behind to beat Palm Harbor University 7-6.

12. Spring-Ford (Royersford, Pa.)
Record:
14-0 | Last week: 13
Have outscored opponents 122-7.

13. Doral Academy (Doral, Fla.)
Record:
25-2 | Last week: 14
Since playoffs have begun, the Firebirds have outscored their first three opponents 47-0.

14. Judson (Converse, Texas)
Record:
29-1 | Last week: 16
The Rockets have now won 25 straight dating back to late February.

15. Mater Dei Catholic (Chula Vista, Calif.)
Record:
15-0 | Last week: 17
Gisselle Garcia knocked in the lone run in the 10th inning to beat Otay Ranch 1-0. She also pitched a complete game.

16. Williamsburg (Ohio)
Record:
22-0 | Last week: 18
Morehead State commit Madi Ogden has now struck out 273 batters in 113 innings pitched.

17. Barbe (Lake Charles, La.)
Record:
31-2 | Last week: 19
Louisiana 5A state champion. Season over.

18. Salpointe Catholic (Tucson, Ariz.)
Record:
21-0 | Last week: 20
Lancers advanced to the second round of the 4A playoffs after an 11-0 win over Apache Junction.

19. Bob Jones (Madison, Ala.)
Record:
29-3 | Last week: 21
The Patriots will play Hunstville on Friday in North Regional playoff action.

20. Saint Francis (Mountain View, Calif.)
Record:
15-0 | Last week: 22
Jessica Oakland hit two home runs on Friday. The Minnesota commit now has 11 on the season.

21. Villa Park (Calif.)
Record:
15-1 | Last week: 23
The Spartans went 2-0 last week.

22. South Gibson (Medina, Tenn.)
Record:
29-1 | Last week: 24
Erica Carpenter threw a complete game in a 4-1 win to start postseason play.

23. Westlake (Westlake Village, Calif.)
Record:
12-1 | Last week: 25
The lone loss on the season was to Newbury Park in late April. On Monday, the Warriors got revenge winning 14-1.

24. Lake Central (St. John, Ind.)
Record:
19-1 | Last week: 15
The Indians lost to Crown Point on Wednesday. The two have now split the series.

25. Rocklin (Calif.)
Record:
14-1 | Last week: NR
UCLA commit Jayla Castro has five home runs and is batting .542. The Thunder have five games remaining.

On the bubble: Baylor (Chattanooga, Tenn.), Crown Point (Ind.), Mahopac (N.Y.), Benson (Ariz.), Clear Springs (League City, Texas)
Florida junior varsity high school volleyball team wins district title after replacing quarantined varsity squad - HIGHSCORE
Florida junior varsity high school volleyball team wins district title after replacing quarantined varsity squad
We've seen a lot of unusual high school sports stories pop up due to the ongoing pandemic. But we haven't seen anything quite like what happened Thursday in Florida, where the junior varsity team at Steinbrenner (Lutz) was forced to replace the varsity in the Class 7A District 13 championship game Thursday – and won.

Sarah Hollenbeck of WFTS Tampa Bay reports that Steinbrenner's varsity team was placed in quarantine due to COVID-19 exposure. The Warriors had the option to forfeit or call up the junior varsity squad en masse to face Palm Harbor University.

Steinbrenner (16-7) elected to give it a go with the JV. The Warriors lost the first set 20-25, rallied to win the second 25-22 then fell again in the third 23-25. With its backs against the wall, the Tampa-area school prevailed 25-22 and 15-13 in the final two sets. Here's the dramatic final sequence:
Thanks to the efforts of the late replacements, Steinbrenner enters the Class 7A state tournament as the top seed from District 13 and is scheduled to face Sickles (Tampa) next Friday. According to Hollenbeck, the varsity team is expected to be available for that contest.

Palm Harbor University also advances and will meet Plant on Wednesday. There is an outside shot the two teams could meet again in the regional semifinals.