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High school baseball: Greatest coach from every state
Some have been fixtures in the third base coaches box for more than 50 years. Many of them have won more than 1,000 games in their career. All of them are among the nation's greatest high school baseball coaches of all-time.

MaxPreps is identifying the Greatest Baseball Coach of All-Time in Each State and the list is an impressive one. John Stevenson of El Segundo, who coached MLB great George Brett; Mike Cameron of Archbishop Moeller, who mentored Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr.; and Rodger Fairless of Green Valley, who coached Hall of Fame pitcher Greg Maddux, are just some of the names found among the 50 Greats from 50 States.
Mike Woods, Hamilton baseball coach
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Mike Woods, Hamilton baseball coach
Greatest high school baseball coach from every state

Alabama
William Booth, Hartselle

He became the winningest coach in the state in 2006 when he won his 648th game, topping previous state record holder Sammy Dunn of Vestavia Hills. That was 15 years ago and Booth is still going strong. He's upped that win total to 1,095 (including the 2021 season) with 488 losses. He's won eight state championships at Hartselle.

Alaska
Ed Conway, Sitka

Conway led Sitka, a small school with an enrollment of under 400, to multiple large school championships, winning three in a row between 2005-07. After 20 years at Sitka, Conway won his final game, capturing the state championship with an 11-10 win over two-time defending state champion South (Anchorage).

Arizona
Mike Woods, Hamilton (Chandler)

The most successful coach in Arizona over the past quarter century, Woods is the only baseball coach the Huskies have ever had. He had a record of 504-197 entering the 2021 season and his teams have won seven state championships. Hamilton was also ranked No. 1 in the nation by MaxPreps when COVID ended the 2020 season. Hamilton is ranked No. 10 in the MaxPreps Top 25.

Arkansas
Billy Bock, Pine Bluff

He reportedly never had a losing season at the four schools where he coached. He sprinkled nine state championships between St. Anne's Academy, Sylvan Hills, Arkansas High and Pine Bluff. He set a state record with four straight state championships at the latter school (1983-86) coupled with the one at Arkansas (1982) to give him five in a row. He finished his career 641-121.

California
John Stevenson, El Segundo

No California coach has more wins than Stevenson, who coached El Segundo for 50 years and went 1,059-419. He won 30 league championships and seven Southern Section crowns. Among his top players were Hall of Fame third baseman George Brett, his brother Ken Brett and pitcher Scott McGregor.

Colorado
Jim Danley, Eaton

He oversaw one of the top small school teams in the nation, posting a record of 807-162-2 in 45 years as head coach. He led the Fightin' Reds to 29 Final Four appearances, 23 straight regional titles, 11 state championships and 36 league championships.

Connecticut
John Fontana, Southington

Fontana coached 41 years for the Blue Knights and produced a program that went 669-157 during his tenure for an .810 winning percentage. His teams won 24 conference championships and a pair of state titles. His 1999 team finished the season ranked No. 44 in the nation by Baseball America.

Delaware
Matt Smith, St. Mark's (Wilmington)

Although he's coached 22 seasons, Smith is closing in quickly on the all-time wins record in Delaware. He has 383 wins while the all-time record for the state is 496. Smith has also led St. Mark's to 10 of their 14 baseball state championships.

District of Columbia
Eddie Saah, Wilson

He established a District of Columbia dynasty at Wilson, winning 27 straight DCIAA championships. Saah coached 16 years, won 16 DCIAA championships and had a league record of 210-1.

Florida
Rich Hoffman, Westminster Christian (Miami), Westminster Academy (Fort Lauderdale)

Coaching at two different schools during the late 1990s, Hoffman led Westminster Christian to three straight state championships and a national title by Baseball America. He took the job at Westminster Academy and won two more state championships, for five in a row. The high school coach of Alex Rodriguez, Hoffman won 1,020 games in his career to go with 10 state titles. Two of his teams (1992 and 1996 Westminster Christian) have been named national champions.

Georgia
Bobby Howard, Columbus

The state's all-time winningest coach with 1,008 wins (heading into the 2021 season), Howard spent 31 seasons at Columbus, where he led the Blue Devils to 12 state championships.

Hawaii
Erik Kadooka, Punahou (Honolulu)

Punahou dominated under the leadership of Kadooka in the early 2000s. He led the Buff ‘n Blue to seven straight state championships between 2004 to 2010.

Idaho
Dwight Church, Lewiston

Coached the high school and American Legion teams from 1954 to the 1970s. He led the high school team to seven state championships and had a career record of 673-231. As an American Legion coach, he won 23 state championships, including 12 in a row. His high school and legion record combined was 2,427-889.

Illinois
Percy Moore, Lane Tech (Chicago)

At the height of Lane Tech's dominance in the 1920s and 30s, Moore had as many as 733 players try out for the team. Moore coached 29 years at Lane Tech, winning 13 City League championships and losing only two section championships. His team also played in the New York-Chicago Inter-City championship four times between 1920 and 1926, winning twice.

Indiana
Dave Pishkur, Andrean (Merrillville)

The 2019 season was a big one for Pishkur as he won a state championship, won 35 straight games, went over 1,000 career wins and became the all-time winningest coach in state history. He began the 2021 season with a record of 1,014-284 in 40 years with seven state championships.

Iowa
Gene Schulz, Kee (Lansing)

Schulz is the all-time national leader in spring/summer baseball wins with 1,578 victories. He has 1,754 wins in summer and fall seasons combined with a winning percentage of .815 (1,754-398). He also won a total of 11 state championships, nine of them in the spring/summer, with his 1973 squad going 48-0.

Kansas
Mike Watt, St. Mary's-Colgan (Pittsburg)

The American Baseball Coaches Association national coach of the year in 2016 after winning his 16th state championship, Watt is also a member of the Kansas Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame. His team won seven straight state championships in the 2000s and added four straight between 2013-16. He has won over 600 career games.

Kentucky
Bill Miller, Pleasure Ridge Park (Louisville)

Guided his team to 1,144 career wins with 305 losses, giving him the most wins in state history when he passed away in the middle of the 2018 season. He won six state championships in Kentucky's one-division playoff system, including three in a row from 1994 to 1996. His 2008 team finished No. 7 in the final national rankings by Baseball America.

Louisiana
Glenn Cecchini, Barbe (Lake Charles)

Ranked as the top team in the state of Louisiana with a 35-2 record, Cecchini is closing in on 1,000 career wins. He has 971 as of last week's sweep of Alexandria in the state playoffs. Cecchini was the National Coach of the Year in 2020 and his team has won four state championships with a No. 1 national ranking in 2014.
Glenn Cecchini, Barbe baseball coach
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Glenn Cecchini, Barbe baseball coach
Maine
Bob Kelley, Bangor

No school has won more state baseball championships than Bangor, and Kelley is the main reason. He coached at the school for 32 seasons, winning 15 East championships and eight state championships.

Maryland
Bernie Walter, Arundel (Gambrills)

Walter won state championships in four different decades as he led the Wildcats to a state record 10 titles in his 37-year career. He ended his career with a record of 609-185.

Massachusetts
Emile Johnson Jr, Leominster

Led 42 of his 43 teams to the state tournament and never had a losing season for the Blue Devils. He set the state record for career wins with 725 and he won three state championships.

Michigan
Larry Tuttle, Blissfield

Earlier this month, Tuttle went over 1,300 career wins. He's closing in on the state's all-time leader, Pat O'Keefe, for the state record. Tuttle has a career mark of 1,312-426-5, as of Wednesday. According to the Daily Telegram, Tuttle has won 39 conference titles, 32 district championships, 23 regional crowns and seven state titles.

Minnesota
Bob Karn, St. Cloud Cathedral (St. Cloud)

He's coached for 50 years and late last month went over 800 career wins. He's already the winningest coach in state history. His teams have won nine state championships, including back-to-back titles in 2014-15. Cathedral had a 58-game win streak during that span and he was the National Coach of the Year by the American Baseball Coaches Association.

Mississippi
Jerry Boatner, West Lauderdale (Collinsville)

Boatner coached baseball for 50 years in Mississippi, 45 of those years at West Lauderdale. He won 14 state championships and he had a record of 1,202-359, the most wins of any coach in the state.

Missouri
Tony Perkins, Howell (St. Charles)

In 22 seasons at Howell, Perkins has reached the state championship game seven times with titles in 2003, 2011, 2013 and 2016. He is 501-225 with 14 conference championships and 10 sectional crowns.

Nebraska
Bill Olson, Omaha Northwest (Omaha)

Northwest dominated Nebraska baseball in the 1980s, winning six state championships, including four in a row from 1982-85. His 1983 team was ranked No. 1 in the nation by Baseball America. He won over 1,500 games between high school and American Legion.

Nevada
Rodger Fairless, Green Valley (Henderson)

In 19 seasons at Green Valley and El Dorado, Fairless produced 12 state championship teams, including six in a row at Green Valley. He also developed future Hall of Fame pitcher Greg Maddux. He had a record of 493-80 at the two schools.

New Hampshire
Tom Underwood, Plymouth

Guided Plymouth for 43 seasons, retiring after the 2015 season. He led Plymouth to six state championships, including three in a row from 1980-82. He retired as the all-time winningest coach in the state with 518 wins.

New Jersey
Ken Frank, Toms River South (Toms River)

The all-time winningest coach in New Jersey, Frank is closing in on 900 wins and reportedly needs four more to hit the milestone. He's won five group championships, 10 sectional titles and 22 division crowns.

New Mexico
Jim Johns, Eldorado (Albuquerque)

Racked up 552 wins and 201 losses to finish third among the state's all-time wins leaders. He also won seven state championships including three straight from 1999 to 2001.

New York
Mike Turo, Monroe Campus (Bronx)

Prior to the 2021 season, Turo had won 35 borough championships in his 42 seasons at Monroe. He also has won six city championships and is 1,369-227.

North Carolina
Henry Jones, Cherryville

Jones's teams made the playoffs in 24 of his 28 seasons, winning six state championships all totaled. He set a Gaston County record with a career total of 542 career wins.

North Dakota
Pete Dobitz, Dickinson

Dobitz has coached at Dickinson since 2000 and led the Midgets to more state titles than any other school in the state, capturing five championships.

Ohio
Mike Cameron, Archbishop Moeller (Cincinnati)

Cameron coached a number of great players, including Hall of Fame players Ken Griffey Jr. and Barry Larkin, during his 39 years at Moeller. He finished his career with a record of 767-303 with four state championships.

Oklahoma
Murl Bowen, Asher

Bowen finished his career as the winningest coach in all of high school baseball when fall and spring seasons are complied. He had a record of 2,115-349 for an .858 winning percentage. He also went 1,063-216 in the spring with 22 state championships. He added 20 state titles in the fall for a total of 43.

Oregon
Dave Gasser, Lakeridge (Lake Oswego), Astoria

Gasser coached at four different schools and won one state title at Madison, two at Lakeridge and two at Astoria. His career record of 750-235 ranks No. 1 in wins in state history.

Pennsylvania
Bob Thomas, Chambersburg

Thomas retired as the state's all-time wins leader with 833 wins in 1,112 games over a 51-year career. He won 22 league championships and three state titles.

Rhode Island
Ed Holloway, Bishop Hendricken (Warwick)

In close to 25 years of coaching the Hawks, Holloway's teams have dominated Rhode Island baseball, winning 16 state championships including five in a row from 2012-2016.

South Carolina
David Horton, Bamberg-Ehrhardt (Bamberg)

The all-time winningest coach in state history, Horton's teams went 889-261 (.773) in his 44 seasons at the helm. Bamberg-Ehrhardt won 14 state championships under Horton, including eight in a row from 1974-1981, tying a national mark for consecutive state championships.

Tennessee
Buster Kelso, Christian Brothers (Memphis)

The state's winningest coach, Kelso has spent 36 seasons at Christian Brothers and led them to nine state championships, including back-to-back titles in 2015-16 and 2000-01. He went over 1,100 wins this year and has 1,107 with 347 losses.

Texas
Steve Chapman, Calallen (Corpus Christi)

Chapman has won nearly 82 percent of his games in 45 seasons at the helm of Calallen. His 1,080 career wins rank second in state history, but is 35 wins behind all-time leader Bobby Moegle (1,115). Chapman has won three state titles and reached the state finals eight times. He also has won 28 district championships and gone to the playoffs 30 straight seasons.

Utah
Bailey Santiseven, Bingham (South Jordan)

Santiseven was a high school coaching pioneer in Utah, getting his start in 1930 and coaching at Bingham for 26 seasons before passing away in 1954. He led Bingham to a state record 12 baseball championships and also won four state titles in football.

Vermont
Orrie Jay, Burlington

The "Orrie Jay" trophy is awarded to the top team in the Metro League each year, in honor of the Burlington coach who led his team to eight state championships, seven runner-up finishes and 16 Northern League crowns in his 30 years of coaching at the school.

Virginia
Mack Shupe, JJ Kelly, now Central (Norton)

Shupe retired in 2009 after 40 years of coaching with a 631-173 record, the second highest total in Virginia history. No coach in the state has won more titles than Shupe, however, as he earned eight championships. He won all of his titles at J.J. Kelly, where he spent 33 of his 40 seasons.

Washington
Kim Cox, DeSales (Walla Walla)

Cox coached for 34 years at De Sales, racking up a record of 670-134 for an .833 winning percentage. He won a state record 19 state championships at the school and made the playoffs 30 years in a row.

West Virginia
John Lowery, Jefferson (Shenandoah Junction)

The only coach Jefferson has ever had, Lowery is in his 50th year at the school (not counting last year's COVID season) and has won 12 state championships. With a 9-0 season to start the 2021 season, Lowery has 1,341 wins and 352 losses and two ties.

Wisconsin
Bruce Erickson, Appleton West (Appleton)

With a record of 500 and 119 in 28 seasons at Appleton West (17) and Appleton North (11), Erickson compiled the highest winning percentage (.808) of any Wisconsin coach with more than 300 career wins. He won four state championships and 20 Fox Valley Conference titles.

Note: Coaches were not chosen for Montana, South Dakota and Wyoming because those states do not sanction high school baseball.
Poll: Who was better as a prep, Clayton Kershaw or Madison Bumgarner? - HIGHSCORE
Poll: Who was better as a prep, Clayton Kershaw or Madison Bumgarner?
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Many baseball fans will tune in to tonight's Dodgers vs. Giants game because, well, it's the Dodgers and Giants. It's one of the game's great rivalries - and one of the bes in all of sports.

What makes this late-April tilt so big is the pitchers: reigning two-time Cy Young Award winner and league MVP Clayton Kershaw vs. reigning World Series MVP Madison Bumgarner.

It is the first time in MLB history the reigning league and World Series MVPs have met on the mound.

So, we at MaxPreps — a place (relatively) divided between Giants and Dodgers fans — present the million-dollar question: Who was a better prep player, Kershaw or Bumgarner?

As a senior at Highland Park (Dallas) in 2006, Kershaw posted a 13-0 record with a 0.77 ERA and 139 strikeouts in 64 innings. He pitched a perfect game, striking out all 15 batters in a playoff win shortened due to the mercy rule. He was the Gatorade National Player of the Year his senior year.

Bumgarner was 23-4 over his last two seasons for South Caldwell (Hudson, N.C.), leading his team to state 4A title games both years and winning in 2007. He had a 1.00 ERA and struck out 263 in 170 innings in that span and capped his prep career with a walk-off two-run homer to win the state title. He hit .424 with 11 home runs and 38 RBIs in those two seasons and was the Gatorade North Carolina Player of the Year his senior year.

OK fans, please vote below for who was a better as a prep. A friendly lunch wager is on the line.
Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers
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Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers



2020 HIGHSCORE High School Football Sophomore All-America Team - HIGHSCORE
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.
High school girls basketball rankings: Crown Point cracks HIGHSCORE Top 25 after winning Indiana Class 4A state title - HIGHSCORE
High school girls basketball rankings: Crown Point cracks MaxPreps Top 25 after winning Indiana Class 4A state title
A weird season may soon get weirder.

Just as some teams are celebrating their state titles and planning postseason banquets, California's 1,300 high schools may finally be ready to start playing.

Lawsuits across the state had been filed, urging the California Interscholastic Federation and state officials to allow basketball to be played despite county health department objections. The suits were based on the fact that football has been permitted – the first games will be Friday – so basketball should proceed as well.

According to one lawyer who filed a suit, state officials have agreed to allow basketball to move forward, though nothing has been signed yet. But even if the state doesn't agree, a court decision set for Friday could open the doors to gyms regardless.

Though this move might not mean every school in California will start playing but expect the top teams and bigger schools to be back in action sooner rather than later. There will be no state championships or major tournaments.

Practice could conceivably begin March 15 with the first games in early April and the schedule running through June – though all of that could easily change. Still, California coaches and players, who a few weeks ago had pretty much resigned themselves to a lost season, may be back on the court, as opposed to back in court, in a couple weeks.

And who knows? Maybe back in the national rankings before all is said and done.

NOTE: Coaches and team personnel are encouraged to update schedules and results on MaxPreps – especially those in the mix for MaxPreps Top 25 consideration. For assistance or questions, please reach out to [email protected]
Rori Harmon and No. 7 Cypress Creek have made short work of opponents thus far in the Texas Class 6A state tournament.
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Rori Harmon and No. 7 Cypress Creek have made short work of opponents thus far in the Texas Class 6A state tournament.
MaxPreps Top 25 Girls Basketball Rankings

Record: 19-0 | Last week: 1
As befits the No. 1 team in the country, Lake Highland Prep rolled to a Class 4A state championship, winning the title game 84-30 with a running clock in the second half. GEICO Nationals may be next for Prep.

2. Westlake (Atlanta, Ga.)
Record: 17-0 | Last week: 2
The next game in the AAAAAA state tournament will likely be against 26-0 Buford, which obviously will come into the game confident and ready to prove itself against the No. 2 team in the country.

3. Mount Notre Dame (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Record: 24-0 | Last week: 3
In early January, Centerville came to Mount Notre Dame and lost by nine. Wednesday, the two teams meet again in a regional semifinal on a neutral court. Since then, Centerville avenged its only other loss with a 22-point win, so this will be far from a walkover for the No. 3 team in the country.

4. Hopkins (Minnetonka, Minn.)
Record: 11-0 | Last week: 4
More than a few quality teams have circled the Hopkins game on their calendars with hopes to break the Minnetonka team's stranglehold on the state. The next to try will be No. 20 Chaska on Thursday – but note that the last 74 teams that have played Hopkins have lost.

5. Edison Academy (Detroit, Mich.)
Record: 6-0 | Last week: 5
Faces another challenge when once-beaten Arbor Prep comes to Detroit on March 11. Until then, though, it should be smooth sailing.

6. Incarnate Word Academy (St. Louis, Mo.)
Record: 24-0 | Last week: 6
Heavy favorite to win the District 5 and Class 6 championships. The biggest challenge should come from Kickapoo, which lost to IWA by five back in December.

7. Cypress Creek (Houston, Texas)
Record: 31-0 | Last week: 7
The Cougars have pasted their first four playoff opponents by an average margin of 42.5 points. But the state 6A semifinals, which start this weekend, will not be so easy.

8. Norman (Okla.)
Record: 15-0 | Last week: 8
Tulsa Union, which has lost just once, looks to be the biggest barrier on the way to a 6A title.

9. St. John-Vianney (Holmdel, N.J.)
Record: 11-0 | Last week: 9
A 62-55 win over a talented Trenton Catholic Academy team marks St. John-Vianney as the best in the Northeast. The season will conclude with a league tournament this weekend, but barring disaster, SJV has passed its biggest test.

10. Paul VI (Chantilly, Va.)
Record: 10-0 | Last week: 10
Season complete.

11. DeSoto (Texas)
Record: 25-2 | Last week: 11
DeSoto will have a chance to justify this ranking, despite those two losses, should it find its way to a 6A playoff game against unbeaten No. 7 Cypress Creek.

12. Newark (Ohio)
Record: 25-1 | Last week: 12
Set to play 21-1 Dublin Coffman or 18-3 Reynoldsburg on Friday with the winner advancing to the Division I final four. But Reynoldsburg has lost to Newark twice already this season and coaches will tell you beating a good team three times in a row is no easy task.

13. Grandview (Aurora, Colo.)
Record: 11-0 | Last week: 13
Two relatively easy regular season games remain before the 5A playoffs begin.

14. Princess Anne (Virginia Beach, Va.)
Record: 10-0 | Last week: 14
Season complete

15. Fremont (Plain City, Utah)
Record: 23-0 | Last week: 15
A state title run along with a spot in the MaxPreps Top 25 will likely have to go through once-beaten Herriman.

16. Ponchatoula (La.)
Record: 31-0 | Last week: 17
The Green Wave are two wins away from capturing the Class 5A state title.

17. New Hope Academy (Landover Hills, Md.)
Record: 12-3 | Last week: 22
An unforgiving schedule continues with unbeaten Westtown on the road Friday. A win there might just earn New Hope a trip to GEICO Nationals.

18. Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.)
Record: 21-2 | Last week: 18
Barring an unexpected GEICO Nationals invitation, the season is most likely complete.

19. Rutgers Prep (Somerset, N.J.)
Record: 10-0 | Last week: 19
Big test ahead Saturday against Saddle River Day.

20. Chaska (Minn.)
Record: 12-0 | Last week: 20
Maybe Chaska was looking ahead a little – the final score against Wayzata was just 61-59, but a win's a win. And the win sets up Thursday's home game against No. 4 Hopkins as one of the best in the country.

21. Hazel Green (Ala.)
Record: 35-1 | Last week: 21
Meets Carver Montgomery on Wednesday for the Class 6A title in a rematch of a game Hazel Green won by nine points earlier this season.

22. American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.)
Record: 25-2 | Last week: 24
Became the sixth team in Florida history to win four state titles in a row, and the 5A title didn't come easily. Palm Bay, like American Heritage, has plenty of Division I talent, and the 41-36 win was a battle from tip to horn.

23. Bearden (Knoxville, Tenn.)
Record: 27-1 | Last week: 23
In the strange world of Tennessee's postseason, Bearden and Maryville will play for the AAA Region 2 District 4 title Wednesday – but both the winner and loser will still move on.

24. Pius X (Lincoln, Neb.)
Record: 23-0 | Last week: 25
After disposing of Millard North on Tuesday, Pius X moves to the Class A semifinals. Look for Fremont and Millard South to be the toughest outs.

25. Crown Point (Ind.)
Record: 25-1 | Last week: NR
Jumps into the rankings thanks to winning the Indiana Class 4A title. The only loss of the season came at the hands of Silver Creek (Sellersburg), which just won the 3A championship.

Dropped out: No. 16 Anderson County (Lawrenceburg, Ky.)
2020-21 HIGHSCORE Freshman All-America Team: Derik Queen headlines high school basketball's best from the Class of 2024 - HIGHSCORE
2020-21 MaxPreps Freshman All-America Team: Derik Queen headlines high school basketball's best from the Class of 2024
Our look at high school basketball's best from the 2020-21 season continues with the MaxPreps Freshman All-America Team, highlighted by National Freshman of the Year Derik Queen of St. Frances Academy (Baltimore.).

Queen, a 6-foot-8 forward regarded as one of the top prospects in the Class of 2024, averaged 16 points, 10 rebounds and four assists per game. He pumped in a season-high 56 points in a 99-55 victory over Annapolis Area Christian.

The promising Baltimore post player joins a list of past winners that includes Marvin Bagley III, LaMelo Ball and Onyeka Okongwu. See the full list of past MaxPreps Freshmen of the Year below.

Selections are based on team success, individual production and local, regional and state honors from the recently completed season. Potential at the college or professional level is not a primary consideration. Players in post-graduate or non-scholastic programs are not eligible for inclusion.
Second team selection Jahseem Felton has already received a handful of college offers, including Florida and Tennessee.
Photo by Tom Masters
Second team selection Jahseem Felton has already received a handful of college offers, including Florida and Tennessee.
First Team

6-foot-2 | Guard
Big North Conference All-United Division first team selection averaged 11.3 points, 4.6 rebounds and 4.2 assists contest.

6-6 | Forward
District 3-A first team selection averaged 16.5 points and 9.5 rebounds per contest to help the Blue Devils to a 22-5 mark.

6-6 | Wing
Highly-touted prospect averaged 12 points, 9 rebounds, two assists and 1.5 blocks per game while shooting 62 percent from the field.

6-0 | Guard
Philadelphia native averaged 11.8 points, 5.1 assists and 4.7 rebounds while shooting 54 percent from the field, 42 percent from the 3-point range and 92 percent from the line to help the Mustangs to their first state championship.

MAXPREPS NATIONAL FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
6-8 | Forward
Georgetown, LSU, Maryland and Virginia Tech have already extended offers to our pick as the nation's top frosh.

Second Team

6-6 | Wing
Key cog in Class 5A state quarterfinal run averaged 12.2 points and 7.2 rebounds per game while shooting 50 percent from the field.

6-6 | Wing
All-Skyland Conference honorable mention selection averaged 14.2 points and 6.8 rebounds per contest to help lead the Knights to a 7-4 mark.

6-4 | Guard
Elite guard prospect averaged 12 points and 3.5 assists to help the Knights advance to the NCISAA quarterfinals.

6-5 | Guard
Mid-Penn Commonwealth Conference first team selection averaged 12.1 points, 5.1 rebounds and 2.8 assists as the Rams advanced to the District III Class 6A semifinals.

6-5 | Forward
All-Shore Conference second team selection averaged 13.0 points and 9.3 rebounds per game.

Third Team

6-8 | Center
Elite post prospect averaged 10 points and eight rebounds per contest while shooting 60 percent from the field.

Curtis Givens, Memphis University
6-0 | Guard
Difference-making guard averaged nine points, four assists and three rebounds to help the Owls advance to the District II-AA state quarterfinals.

Dink Pate, Pinkston (Dallas)
6-6 | Guard
Dallas Morning News Newcomer of the Year averaged 17.7 points per contest.

6-2 | Guard
After making his varsity debut as a seventh-grader, already has 2,199 career points after averaging 27.1 points per game this season.

6-7 | Forward
Highly-regarded forward prospect was key in championship game run.

Past MaxPreps Freshmen of the Year
2020 — Mikey Williams, San Ysidro (San Diego)
2019 — Emoni Bates, Lincoln (Ypsilanti, Mich.)
2018 — Zion Harmon, Adair County (Columbia, Ky.)
2017 — Kyree Walker, Moreau Catholic (Hayward, Calif.)
2016 — LaMelo Ball/Onyeka Okongwu, Chino Hills (Calif.)
2015 — Marvin Bagley III, Corona del Sol (Tempe, Ariz.)
2014 — Cody Riley, Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth, Calif.)
2013 — Harry Giles, Wesleyan Christian Academy (High Point, N.C.)
2012 — Malik Newman, Callaway (Jackson, Miss.)
2011 — Trey Lyles, Arsenal Tech (Indianapolis)
2010 — Aquille Carr, Patterson (Baltimore)