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High school girls basketball rankings: Four HIGHSCORE Top 25 teams comprise year-ending GEICO Nationals field - HIGHSCORE
High school girls basketball rankings: Four MaxPreps Top 25 teams comprise year-ending GEICO Nationals field
There's been so much written and said and broadcast about how different the past 12 months have been, but when it comes to basketball, the game is still the same.

And postseason is still postseason, with upsets, close games, controversy and, sometimes tears. Even the winners cry sometimes, but they also hang banners in the gym, and in the end, it doesn't matter if the banner was won during a COVID year or not. Players still had to perform, coaches still had to lead and fans still had to fret until the issue was no longer in doubt.

And in the same way, a spot in the MaxPreps Top 25 high school girls basketball rankings is something earned. Every team listed below earned its ranking on the court, playing the same game that teams ranked in the past did, and the same one that will be played next year and beyond.

Of course things might have been different without the pandemic, but "might" covers a lot of ground. What counts more is "achieved," and that's what all the teams in the MaxPreps Top 25 did – and there's no asterisk involved.

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]
Tanajah Hayes, Zebulon B. Vance
Photo by Matthew Plyler
Tanajah Hayes, Zebulon B. Vance
MaxPreps Top 25 Girls Basketball Rankings

Record: 19-0 | Last week: 1
The GEICO High School Nationals will be in Fort Myers, Fla., just three hours away through the middle of Florida — so will Lake Highland Prep have any sort of home-court advantage? Not really, but then again, the Highlanders may not need it.

2. Westlake (Atlanta)
Record:
21-0 | Last week: 2
The unbeaten season, the No. 2 ranking and invite to the GEICO High School Nationals all were looking a little shaky at halftime of the AAAAAA title game — but then Westlake asserted itself and pulled away for a 64-46 win over pesky Carrolton.

3. Mount Notre Dame (Cincinnati)
Record:
28-0 | Last week: 3
The 72nd straight win and eighth state title did not come easy, as it took double overtime for the Cougars to tame No. 12 Newark in the championship game. The final was 57-55, so it was a nail-biter until the last horn sounded.

4. Hopkins (Minnetonka, Minn.)
Record:
13-0 | Last week: 4
Hopkins disposed of 14-win Becker with no problem, and now prepares for the AAAA playoffs — which won't begin until Friday. There's still a long way to go, though, as the state title game isn't until April 9.

5. Edison Academy (Detroit)
Record:
10-0 | Last week: 5
The Pioneers found fifth gear, it seems, as they beat two of the better teams in state by 27 and 20 last week. Wayne Memorial, another quality team, shows up on the schedule Saturday.

6. Incarnate Word Academy (St. Louis)
Record:
27-0 | Last week: 6
The Red Knights were pushed before slipping past Rock Bridge 46-42 in the Class 6 playoffs. Now, Staley is up in the semifinals. Should Incarnate Word advance, the winner of Webster Grove and Kickapoo would be next — and note that Incarnate Word has already beaten both.

7. Norman (Okla.)
Record:
19-0 | Last week: 8
After getting national headlines when an announcer used a racial slur while Norman knelt during the National Anthem, Union joined Norman in the next game in the pregame silent statement. Norman then slipped past Union 53-50 and knocked off Bixby in the 6A final to finish the unbeaten season.

8. St. John-Vianney (Holmdel)
Record:
14-0 | Last week: 9
Season complete.

9. Paul VI (Chantilly, Va.)
Record:
10-0 | Last week: 10
The Panthers could rise higher with a strong showing at the GEICO Nationals. With the top two teams in the field, PVI could make a strong claim for No. 1 by beating both.

10. DeSoto (Texas)
Record:
28-2 | Last week: 11
The Eagles were down 11 in the second quarter to previous No. 9 Cypress Creek, which hadn't played a close game all season. This one wasn't close either, as DeSoto went on a 45-18 run and finished with a 53-37 win to claim its first state title.

11. Grandview (Aurora, Colo.)
Record:
16-0 | Last week: 13
It's anticipated the Wolves, Valor Christian and Regis Jesuit will be three of the four teams in the 5A semifinals. Any of the three could easily wind up cutting down the nets. But it says here it's Grandview wielding the scissors.

12. Newark (Ohio)
Record:
28-2 | Last week: 12
You can't come much closer. The Wildcats came from four down in the last minutes to force the first overtime, scored at the buzzer to force the second, and then came up just one basket short after 40 minutes of play. Still, a great season, and a deserving No. 12 in the country.

13. Fremont (Plain City, Utah)
Record:
26-0 | Last week: 15
The Silverwolves got the call to make travel plans for Florida and the GEICO High School Nationals at the end of the month.

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

15. Cypress Creek (Houston)
Record:
32-1 | Last week: 7
The Cougars' 3-point touch evaporated at the worst possible time, and DeSoto's size took away points in the paint. The result? A disappointing 53-37 loss in the 6A finals.

16. New Hope Academy (Landover Hills, Md.)
Record:
13-3 | Last week: 16
New Hope finished on a high note, rolling over a good Westtown team, 86-53. And the head-to-head win over Montverde is why three losses is ranked ahead of two.

17. Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.)
Record:
21-2 | Last week: 17
Season complete.

18. Rutgers Prep (Somerset, N.J.)
Record:
13-0 | Last week: 18
Season complete.

19. American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.)
Record:
25-2 | Last week: 19
Season complete.

20. Chaska (Minn.)
Record:
12-0 | Last week: 20
For the Hawks to get that shot at No. 4 Hopkins — the regular season game was canceled because of a positive COVID test — the first step will be getting by 13-4 Minnetonka, which took Chaska to overtime earlier this year.

21. Hazel Green (Ala.)
Record:
36-1 | Last week: 21
Season complete.

22. Pius X (Lincoln, Neb.)
Record:
25-0 | Last week: 23
Season complete.

23. Crown Point (Ind.)
Record:
25-1 | Last week: 24
Season complete.

24. Zebulon B. Vance (Charlotte, N.C.)
Record:
12-0 | Last week: 25
Season complete.

25. Shawnee Mission Northwest (Shawnee Mission, Kan.)
Record:
23-0 | Last week: NR
Not only did the Cougars take care of 23-2 Topeka in the 6A playoffs for its first state title, the Jayhawk State's best also handed 4A champ and crosstown rival Bishop Miege its only loss.

Dropped out: No. 22 Bearden (Knoxville, Tenn.).
High School Baseball: Florida's Jesuit enters 2021 as top team in preseason HIGHSCORE Top 25 rankings - HIGHSCORE
High School Baseball: Florida's Jesuit enters 2021 as top team in preseason MaxPreps Top 25 rankings
The coronavirus has affected high school sports for more than a year, but high school baseball first felt its effects when it brought an end to the season in mid-March. The cancellation left some teams with a season a little under half finished while other teams never took the field at all.

Compiling a national baseball preview involves combining the little information available from last season with the stats and records from the last completed season of 2019.

Fortunately in high school baseball, many of the top teams in the nation from two years ago are still the ones high on the list in 2021. The preseason MaxPreps Top 25 high school baseball rankings begins with Jesuit (Tampa, Fla.) at the top after the Tigers won a 2019 championship and were 9-0 with a No. 2 ranking when the season ended in 2020.
Jesuit head coach Miguel Menendez (center) has a wealth of talent including (left to right) Bradke Lohry, Dominic Castellano, Cole Russo, Alden Segui, Nick Rodriguez and BJ Graham.
Photo by Marc Estrada
Jesuit head coach Miguel Menendez (center) has a wealth of talent including (left to right) Bradke Lohry, Dominic Castellano, Cole Russo, Alden Segui, Nick Rodriguez and BJ Graham.
Preseason MaxPreps Top 25 Baseball Rankings

1. Jesuit (Tampa, Fla.)
Coach:
Miguel Menendez
2020 record: 9-0
2019 record: 27-5
Top Players: Cole Russo (C/3B .381); Alden Segui (RHP, 0-0, 7.00); Dominic Castellano (LHP, 2-0, 0.95); BJ Graham (OF, .296); Kris Sosnowski (RHP); Ryan Skelly (RHP); Jamie Arnold (LHP); Ryan Denison (RHP); AJ Nessler (3B); Nick Rodriguez (.385); Bradke Lohry.
Prognosis: The Tigers finished the 2020 season at 9-0 and had moved up to No. 2 in the nation in the MaxPreps Top 25 before COVID ended the season. Jesuit starts at No. 1 thanks to a deep returning pitching staff that allowed one run per game last year. Several of the top offensive players return from a team that averaged 11 runs per game.
Catcher Cole Russo
Photo by Marc Estrada
Catcher Cole Russo
2. IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)
Coach:
Kason Gabbard
2020 record: 8-2
2019 record: 26-1
Top Players: Tommy White (3B); James Wood (OF); Drew Gray (LHP/OF); Mason Albright (LHP); Stone Russell (SS); Sam Hunt (C ); Ben Fiedler (RHP); Elijah Green (OF); Jackson Ferris (LHP); Blaydon Plain (1B/RHP); Drake Varnado (SS/RHP); Davion Hickson (RHP); Brady Neal (C).
Prognosis: The Ascenders likely have the most talented lineup in the nation with players like Wood, ranked by Perfect Game as one of the top players in the Class of 2020, and Green, ranked as one of the top players in the Class of 2021. Green transferred from TNXL Academy while MaxPreps All-American White transferred from Calvary Christian (Clearwater, Fla.). IMG Academy does not play in the state playoffs in Florida, but it will face some of the nation's top teams, including Texas teams Southlake Carroll and Flower Mound and preseason No. 1 Jesuit on April 20.

3. JSerra Catholic (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.)
Coach:
Brett Kay
2020 record: 11-1
2019 record: 19-13
Top Players: Cody Schrier (SS); Eric Silva (RHP); Colin Blanchard (C ); Gage Jump (LHP);  Luke Jewett (RHP);  Gabe D'Arcy (OF); Joshua Phillips (OF); Anthony Aleman (C ); David Horn (RHP); Ricky Rodenberg (3B); Owen Fuller (2B); Matthew Champion (3B/RHP)
Prognosis: Two years ago, Kay noted in a season preview e-mail to MaxPreps that he felt his Class of 2021 was, perhaps, the best in the country. JSerra Catholic was 11-1 when the 2020 season ended with a loss to Birmingham (Lake Balboa). The Lions play in the Trinity League, arguably the toughest league in the nation, and a strong showing there should propel JSerra Catholic to the top of the rankings. Kay returns three of his top pitchers from last year along with nearly the entire infield.

4. Hamilton (Chandler, Ariz.)
Coach:
Mike Woods
2020 record: 8-0
2019 record: 26-7
Top Players: Brock Selvidge (LHP, 4 HR, 21 RBI); Prince Deboskie (OF); Luke Thiele (SS); Gavin Turley (OF); DJ Barrett (RHP); Logan Saloman (RHP, 5-1, 1.35 ERA); Roch Cholowsky (SS); Grant Degraffenried (1B); Kole Klecker (RHP); Josh Tiedermann (SS); Tre Spivey (SS); Will Shelor (OF); AJ Diaz (SS).
Prognosis: The Huskies pitching staff will be good with Selvidge and Saloman — two of the top pitchers in the nation in their respective classes — return along with junior Klecker. Hamilton ended the 2020 season as the No. 1 team in the nation by MaxPreps at 8-0. Hamilton has won seven state titles, including three of the past four seasons (not counting 2020).

5. Calvary Christian Academy (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
Coach:
Gil Morales
2020 record: 2-5
2019 record: 25-5
Top Players: Andrew Painter (RHP); Irving Carter (RHP); Ty Hollandsworth (OF); Rene Lastres (C, Florida); Alex Ulloa (SS); Erik Blair (LHP); Kyle Tako (OF); Sean Ambrose (2B); Jonathan Xuereb (SS).
Prognosis: Two years after winning a state championship in 2018, the Eagles struggled in 2020 with a 2-5 record when the season ended. Those losses were against some tough teams, however, falling to Calvary Christian (Clearwater), Jesuit and Stoneman Douglas. The Eagles return two of the top pitchers in the country in Painter and Carter, both of whom could be taken on the first day of the MLB draft. Painter is a potential Top 15 pick, according to Jonathan Mayo.

6. Baylor (Chattanooga, Tenn.)
Coach:
Greg Elie and Mike Kinney
2020 record: 1-0
2019 record: 27-6
Top Players: Cooper Kinney (2B); Daniel Corona (SS); Vito Valincius (1B); Jay Dill (3B); Nick Kurtz (1B); Henry Godbout (SS); Caleb Hampton (OF)
Prognosis: The Red Raiders might have the best infield in the nation as Prep Baseball Report ranks three players among the top eight in the state. First baseman Valincius is No. 3, shortstop Corona is No. 4 and second baseman Kinney comes in at No. 8. Baylor was coming off two straight Class AA Division 2 state championships in 2018 and 2019, but got one game played in 2020 before the season came to a halt. Baylor looms as the favorite again in Tennessee.

7. Buford (Ga.)
Coach:
Stuart Chester
2020 record: 10-2
2019 record: 24-12
Top Players: Treyton Rank (RHP); Riley Stanford (OF); Brant Baughcum (SS); Jackson Gaspard (SS/RHP); Nathan Smith (C ); Connor Sampers (SS); Dylan Lesko (RHP); Stan Zagrodnik (OF); Cole Taylor (SS); Carson King (1B); Ethan Murray (SS).
Prognosis: Georgia Dugout Preview lists Buford as the top team in its Class 6A preseason rankings. The Wolves have as many as nine players set to play Division I baseball next year, including pitcher Lesko. One of the top-ranked pitchers in the Class of 2021, Lesko is headed to Vanderbilt. He is a former MaxPreps Underclass All-American. Buford was 9-2 when its season ended with losses to Mountain Brook and North Paulding. The pitching staff figures to be exceptional this year with Lesko, Rank and junior Gaspard grabbing the bulk of the innings.

8. St. Mary Prep (Orchard Lake, Mich.)
Coach:
Matt Petry
2020 record: 0-0
2019 record: 34-9-2
Top Players: Alex Mooney (SS); Brock Porter (RHP); Nolan Schubart (OF/RHP); John Essig (LHP); Steve Essig (C ); Ike Irish (C ); Jake Dresselhouse (2B); Thomas Allman (RHP); Coleson Titus (C ); Jack Crichton (3B); Ciaran Caughey (SS); Jake Keaser (RHP); Jasen Oliver (SS); Ryan Mooney (OF).
Prognosis: St. Mary Prep never took the field in 2020, but it has three of the nation's top players in Mooney, Porter and Schubart. All three are set to play at a Division I program and all three are ranked among the top players in Michigan by Perfect Game. The Eaglets were 5-9 at one point in 2019, but caught fire and didn't lose the rest of the season to win a state championship. St. Mary Prep has a 29-game unbeaten streak heading into the 2021 season.

9. Barbe (Lake Charles, La.)
Coach:
Glenn Cecchini
2020 record: 11-3
2019 record: 38-3
Top Players: Jack Walker (RHP); Kameron Edwards (OF); Kyle Debarge (SS, .388); Adam Guth (LHP, 5-0, 0.56 ERA, 44 Ks); Gavin Guidry (SS); Ethan Medlin (OF); Jon Cassidy Vanek (LHP); Donovan LaSalle (OF).
Prognosis: An outstanding outfield and two of the state's top pitchers lead one of the nation's top all-around programs. Walker returns after missing his junior season with an arm injury. He was all-state as a sophomore and has signed to play at Mississippi State. He'll join Guth, who was 5-0 as a sophomore in 2019.

10. Thousand Oaks (Calif.)
Coach:
Jack Wilson
2020 record: 8-0
2019 record: 24-6
Top Players: Maxwell Muncy (SS); Roc Riggio (2B/OF); Charlie Saum (C ); Michael Welikala (1B); Josh Melnick (C/OF); Justin Abercrombie (MIF); Myles Weiss (RHP); Collin Adams (LHP); Easton Rulli (SS).
Prognosis: Thousand Oaks was off to a strong start in 2020, winning its first eight games of the season. ESPN's Jonathan Mayo ranks two of the Lancers, shortstop Muncy and second baseman Riggio, as Top 100 draft picks for 2021. Muncy and Riggio combine to form one of the top double play combinations in the nation.

11. Parkview (Lilburn, Ga.)
Coach:
Chan Brown
2020 record: 13-2
2019 record: 36-4
Top Players: Ryan Spikes (SS, .405), Landon Stripling (1B); Sam Smith (IF, .361); Jayden Talik (OF, Jr.); Dobbs Bowden (.400); Colin Houck (SS/P, So., 1-0, 0.00 ERA); Mason Brown (P, 3-0, 0.00 ERA).
Prognosis: The Panthers lost to North Gwinnett and Archbishop McCarthy (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) last year, but racked up 10 shutouts in its 13 wins last year. The pitching staff might not be as strong as last year when it featured all-state players like Xander Stephens and Miles Garrett. However, look for Brown, Spikes and Lowery to take over the bulk of the work on the mound. Parkview has averaged 30 wins a year over the past decade (not including 2020) and has won national championships in 2012, 2015 and 2018 and eight state championships since 1996.

12. Calvary Christian (Clearwater, Fla.)
Coach:
Greg Olsen
2020 record: 10-2
2019 record: 26-4
Top Players: Tyler Dietz (RHP); Jack Cebert (RHP); Ethan Phillips (RHP); Miles Curley (3B); Charles Stevens (OF/LHP); Matt Rose (SS); Landen Maroudis (RHP/IF)
Prognosis: Olsen has fielded one of the top programs in the nation the past five seasons, winning a state crown in 2019 and 2017 and winning 60 straight games at one point. While the team's top player from last year, Tommy White, has transferred to IMG Academy, Calvary Christian still returns several players from the 2019 championship team, including Stevens, Dietz and Cebert.

13. Lake Travis (Austin, Texas)
Coach:
Mike Rogers
2020 record: 14-2-1
2019 record: 37-5
Top Players: Alec Grossman (P); Ethan Roark (P)
Prognosis: The Cavaliers averaged over 30 wins a season since 2015 (not counting 2020) and came close to winning a state title, falling to Southlake Carroll in the semifinals in 2019. Rogers annually has one of the top teams in the country and the return of seven starters, including two all-district pitchers in Grossman and Roark, make the Cavaliers a team to contend with in Class 6A in Texas.

14. Valley Christian (San Jose, Calif.)
Coach:
John Diatte
2020 record: 5-3
2019 record: 29-4
Top Players: Jonathan Cymrot (1B/P); Trevor Haskins (SS); Griffin Allen (P/1B); Jaxon Wall (C ); Jacob Hudson (So.,P/OF)
Prognosis: The Central Coast Section champions in 2019, the Warriors stumbled out of the blocks in 2020 with losses to Foothill (Santa Ana), Orange Lutheran and Archbishop Mitty. However, Valley Christian has two of the top returning seniors in the state in Cymrot and Haskins. Both batted over .300 as sophomores with Cymrot also posting an 8-1 mound record.

15. Jackson Prep (Jackson, Miss.)
Coach:
Brent Heavener
2020 record: 12-4
2019 record: 29-7
Top Players: Riley Maddox (SS); Mason Nichols (RHP);  Thaxton Berch (SS); Jeffrey Ince (SS); Trey Bridges (OF); Rives Reynolds (OF); Will Gibbs (RHP); Eli Berch (C )
Prognosis: Eight of the top nine leading hitters from last year's squad return, including an All-America candidate Maddox. The Patriots will miss three-year starter Kelly Crumpton, an All-America candidate who transferred to Oxford.

16. Stoneman Douglas (Parkland, Fla.)
Coach:
Todd Fitz-Gerald
2020 record: 6-2
2019 record: 20-6
Top Players: Gavin Conticello (3B); Roman Anthony (OF); Santiago Ordonez (C ); Jake Clement (RHP); Chris Arroyo (OF); Christian Rodriguez (OF); Rolando Lujo (SS/RHP); Derek Rodriguez (OF/RHP)
Prognosis: Fitz-Gerald feels he has a good one this year with the Eagles. The outfield looks outstanding with Arroyo, Rodriguez and Anthony. Conticello, at third base, figures to be a possible draft pick for the Eagles.

17. De La Salle (Concord, Calif.)
Coach:
David Jeans
2020 record: 3-1
2019 record: 29-1
Top Players: Joey Donnelly (C/1B, .286); Zeke Berry (Jr., OF, .250); Blake Burke (P/OF, .395, 4 HR); Anthony Martinez (Jr., C/1B)
Prognosis: The Spartans have been one of the top programs in California, winning four straight North Coast Section from 2016 to 2019. They've annually had the top player in the Bay Area and they have another candidate this year in outfielder Burke, who earned MaxPreps Underclass All-American honors as a freshman.

18. American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.)
Coach:
Bruce Aven
2020 record: 10-0
2019 record: 19-6
Top Players: Devin Futrell (LHP); Juhlien Gonzalez (3B); Justin Quintana (OF); Justin Webster (RHP); Anthony Nelson (LHP); Brandon Barriera (LHP); Evan Dobias (RHP); Brandon Gonsalves (1B); Spencer Butt (SS); Mateo Serna (C)
Prognosis: The Patriots rose to No. 4 in 2020 with a 10-0 record. Pitching should be the key in 2021 as five Patriot hurlers figure to play at the Division I level. Leading the way is Futrell, who has been one of the Patriots' top players since his freshman year.

19. Prosper (Texas)
Coach:
Shaun Stanton
2020 record: 11-2
2019 record: 32-8
Top Players: Easton Carmichael (Jr., C); Chase Pendley (SS)
Prognosis: Texas High School Baseball ranks Prosper at the top of the Class 6A rankings thanks to the return of 10 starters from last year. Leading the way is junior catcher Carmichael, who batted .487 last year, along with  Pendley, who batted .437.

20. Reagan (San Antonio)
Coach:
Chans Chapman
2020 record: 13-2-1
2019 record: 33-8
Top Players: Cohen Feser (RHP); Stayton Ankrom (SS); Hogan Heller ( C); Ryan Beaird (RHP).
Prognosis: The Rattlers have been the top team out of San Antonio over the past half decade and are ranked fourth in Class 6A to start the season by Texas High School Baseball. A total of seven starters return, including TCU-bound pitcher Feser.

21. Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas)
Coach:
Gino DiMaria
2020 record: 0-0
2019 record: 21-10
Top Players: Tyler Whitaker (3B); Justin Crawford (OF); Santino Panaro (OF); Gavin Mez (C);  Billy Ham (3B); Julian Molto-Herrera (2B); Demitri Diamant (3B/RHP); Tai Nguyen (1B); Tyler Avery (RHP); Raffael Chiarella (LHP); Easton Shelton (3B); Kamdyn Perry (RHP); Anthony Marnell IV (C); Aiden Pollock (OF)
Prognosis: After winning eight of 10 state championships, the Gaels haven't won a state title since 2015. That could change in 2020 as Bishop Gorman returns six players who have committed to play at the Division I level. As many as six players saw significant playing time as sophomores or freshmen two years ago when the Gaels last took the field. Included among those players are Avery (4-2 as a freshman pitcher) and catcher Mez (.366 as a sophomore).

22. Heritage Hall (Oklahoma City)
Coach:
Jordan Semore
2020 record: 1-0
2019 record: 17-15
Top Players: Jackson Jobe; Gray Thomas (RHP).
Prognosis: The Chargers play at the 4A level, but have two of the state's top players in pitchers Jobe and Thomas. Job has committed to Ole Miss while Thomas will play at TCU. The tandem both throw around 95 mph and were selected to play in the Perfect Game All-American Classic in September.

23. Ronald Reagan (Pfafftown, N.C.)
Coach:
Gary Nail
2020 record: 3-0
2019 record: 21-7
Top Players: Carter Boyd (Jr., OF); Tommy Hawke (SS); Austin Hawke (SS); Josh Hartle (LHP); Jack Mullane (OF/RHP); Chase Humphrey (3B/RHP); Colby Welborn (C)
Prognosis: The Raiders figured to be a favorite to win the Class 4A state championship last year, but saw the season end after three games. Four players should play Division I baseball next year while Hartle, a left-handed pitcher, could go one the second day of the 2021 MLB draft.

24. Farragut (Knoxville, Tenn.)
Coach:
Matt Buckner
2020 record: 2-1
2019 record: 42-3
Top Players: Angus Pence (SS); Hunter Merrick (LHP/OF); Bryce Burkey (OF).
Prognosis: Two years after finishing with one of the highest win totals in the nation to go with a Tennessee state title, the Admirals could be in the running for another state crown in 2021. Hunter Merrick figures to lead the pitching staff and an outstanding outfield lineup. In Pence, the Admirals have one of the state's top shortstops.

25. Charlotte Christian (Charlotte, N.C.)
Coach:
Greg Simmons
2020 record: 5-0
2019 record: 27-6
Top Players: Philip Abner (LHP); JD Suarez (SS); Will Farrell (3B); Calvert Clark (OF/RHP); Judd Utermark (3B); Everett Harris (RHP).
Prognosis:
The Knights looked to be the state favorite last year with a mostly underclass lineup. That lineup went 5-0 last year and is now one of the top lineups in the nation. Five players have committed to play Division I next year while pitcher Abner is expected to go somewhere in the top five rounds of the 2021 MLB draft.
Travis Hunter of Collins Hill named HIGHSCORE National Junior of the Year - HIGHSCORE
Travis Hunter of Collins Hill named MaxPreps National Junior of the Year
Deshaun Watson (2012), Sam Ehlinger (2015), Trevor Lawrence (2016) and JT Daniels (2017) are just some of the notable stars to be named National Junior of the Year.

Add five-star Travis Hunter of Collins Hill (Suwanee, Ga.) to the list.

The Florida State commit finished his junior season with 137 receptions for 1,746 yards and 24 touchdowns while recording 51 tackles and eight interceptions on defense playing against Georgia's best competition.

The Peach State's top-rated prospect in the Class of 2022 finished third in the nation in receiving yards.

He led the Eagles to their first state title game appearance and is a rare athletes who would be a five-star recruit either at cornerback or wide receiver. Expect Hunter, along with returning four-star quarterback Sam Horn, to have Collins Hill in contention again for the AAAAAAA state title next year.

Hunter committed to the Seminoles in March. He's the fourth-rated prospect overall, and No. 2 cornerback, on 247Sports composite rankings.

Past MaxPreps National Junior Players of the Year
2009 — Christian LeMay, QB, Butler (Matthews, N.C.)
2010 — Johnathan Gray, RB, Aledo (Texas)
2011 — Robert Nkemdiche, DL, Grayson (Loganville, Ga.)
2012 — Deshaun Watson, QB, Gainesville (Ga.)
2013 — Jake Browning, QB, Folsom (Calif.)
2014 — Tren'Davian Dickson, WR, Navasota (Texas)
2015 — Sam Ehlinger, QB, Westlake (Austin, Texas)
2016 — Trevor Lawrence, QB, Cartersville (Ga.)
2017 — JT Daniels, QB, Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.)
2018 — Bryce Young, QB, Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) / Zach Evans, RB, North Shore (Houston)
2019 — Emeka Egbuka, WR, Steilacoom (Wash.)
Graphic by Ryan Escobar

HIGHSCORE/AVCA Players of the Week - HIGHSCORE
MaxPreps/AVCA Players of the Week
MaxPreps/AVCA High School Players of the Week
For the week of Feb. 22-28

Virginia
Freshman | OH
6 Sets Played

Kills: 25
Kills/Game: 4.17
Digs: 4
Digs/Game: 0.67
Receptions: 11
Rcpt/Game: 1.83
Aces: 5
Blocks: 9

Washington
5'8" | Senior | S
7 Sets Played

Assists: 82
Assists/Game: 11.71
Team Hitting%: 0.168
Digs: 21
Digs/Game: 3
Aces: 3
Blocks: 5


About the MaxPreps/AVCA High School Player of the Week Program:
The MaxPreps/AVCA High School Player of the Week Program is a partnership between the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) and CBS MaxPreps, Inc. Each week MaxPreps and the AVCA recognize deserving student-athletes at the high school level who have demonstrated outstanding play on the court throughout the week of competition. Coaches must submit statistics to MaxPreps in order for their athletes to be considered for the program. To obtain your free access code to MaxPreps.com call (800) 329-7324 x1 or email [email protected] For more information on the AVCA, check out the AVCA website at www.avca.org
High school football: La Salle's schedule release includes games against national power IMG Academy - HIGHSCORE
High school football: La Salle's schedule release includes games against national power IMG Academy
The National Football League is set to release its 2021 schedule Wednesday and were about 100 days from the start of the high school football fall season. Some teams, like La Salle (Cincinnati), are taking a cue from the NFL and releasing their schedule.

The Lancers play in the Greater Catholic League-South, one of the toughest in Ohio, and also face a difficult non-league schedule headlined by a showdown against 2020 MaxPreps National Champion, IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.).

"We want our kids to play the best teams. So, here we go," La Salle head coach Pat McLaughlin said.

McLaughlin and the Lancers face three teams ranked in the final MaxPreps Top 25. La Salle hosts the Ascenders on Sept. 3 at Lancer Stadium. IMG went wire-to-wire as the No. 1 team in the country last fall.

The Lancers travel to Kentucky to face Trinity (Louisville) on Sept. 10. The Shamrocks won their eighth state title since 2010 and finished 10th nationally last fall, going 10-0 while outscoring the opposition 429-48.

Three weeks later, on Oct. 1, La Salle hosts Indiana 5A champion Cathedral (Indianapolis). The Fighting Irish finished at No. 19 in the MaxPreps Top 25 after going 13-1.

La Salle was 8-3 last season, falling 14-10 to Washington (Massillon) in the Ohio Division II semifinals. The Lancers won a state title in 2019, their fourth since 2014. The 2021 schedule they've compiled should prepare the Lancers for all-comers in the postseason.

MaxPreps starts releasing its preseason high school football content with the preseason MaxPreps Top 25 on June 23. Expect to see the Lancers featured in our Top 10 toughest schedules dropping later in July.
La Salle coach Pat McLaughlin, seen in 2019, has a tough schedule prepared for the Lancers this season, facing reigning MaxPreps National Champion IMG Academy as well as Trinity and Cathedral.
File photo by Jeff Harwell
La Salle coach Pat McLaughlin, seen in 2019, has a tough schedule prepared for the Lancers this season, facing reigning MaxPreps National Champion IMG Academy as well as Trinity and Cathedral.
2021 La Salle football schedule

Aug. 20 — vs. Colerain (Cincinnati)

Aug. 27 — vs. Winton Woods (Cincinnati)

Sept. 3 — vs. IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)

Sept. 10 — at Trinity (Louisville)

Sept. 17 — vs. DuPont Manual (Louisville)

*Sept. 24 — at Archbishop Moeller (Cincinnati)

Oct. 1 — vs. Cathedral (Indianapolis)

*Oct. 8 — at St. Xavier (Cincinnati)

Oct. 15 — at Trotwood-Madison (Trotwood)

*Oct. 22 — vs. Elder (Cincinnati)

*Indicates league game