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Where every 2021 MLB Opening Day starting pitcher went to high school - HIGHSCORE
Where every 2021 MLB Opening Day starting pitcher went to high school
With Opening Day of the 2021 MLB season set for Thursday, it's always fun to look back at where all of the starting pitchers went to high school. California has bragging rights this season as seven of the 30 projected starters finished their high school career playing in the Golden State.

In fact, three came from the same school, which is more than any state outside of California.

Jack Flaherty, Lucas Giolito and Max Fried all graduated from Harvard-Westlake. Giolito and Fried were both first-round selections in the 2012 MLB Draft while Flaherty was selected in the first round two years later.

Gerrit Cole, Kyle Hendricks, Shane Bieber and Tyler Glasnow are the other four Opening Day starters from California.

Colorado, Florida and Texas were the only other states with at least two pitchers featured.

In total, 15 states are represented along with the Dominican Republic, Japan, South Korea and Venezuela.
Graphic by Ryan Escobar
American League East

Baltimore Orioles — John Means, Gardner-Edgerton (Gardner, Kan.) | Class of 2011
Didn't have any Division 1 offers coming out of high school but was selected in the 46th round of the 2011 MLB draft. Means elected to go to Fort Scott Community College before transferring to West Virginia a year later. He played his junior and senior year of high school with the Kansas City Royals' Bubba Starling, who was selected fifth overall in the 2011 MLB Draft.

Boston Red Sox — Nathan Eovaldi, Alvin (Texas) | Class of 2008
After missing his junior season because of Tommy John surgery, he came back his senior year and went 12-1 with a 1.66 ERA. He added three saves and posted 72 strikeouts in 70.2 innings. Eovaldi was selected in the 11th round of the 2008 MLB Draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers and helped the Red Sox to a World Series championship in 2018.

New York Yankees — Gerrit Cole, Orange Lutheran (Orange, Calif.) | Class of 2008
Went 8-2 during his senior year posting a 0.47 ERA to go with 121 strikeouts in 75 innings. The Yankees selected Cole with the 28th overall pick in 2008 but he elected to go to UCLA and after a three-year career with the Bruins he was taken first overall in the 2011 MLB Draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Tampa Bay Rays — Tyler Glasnow, Hart (Newhall, Calif.) | Class of 2011
He became the seventh player to graduate from Hart that has played in the World Series joining Bob Walk, Kevin Millar, James Shields, Mike Montgomery, Todd Zeile and Trevor Bauer. He only had one offer coming out of high school and was selected in the fifth round of the 2011 MLB Draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Toronto Blue Jays — Hyun-jin Ryu, South Korea
A year before signing with the Hanwha Eagles of the Korean Baseball Organization in 2006 he played for his high school team in the Blue Dragon Open National Championship and did not allow a run throwing 22 consecutive scoreless innings and batted .389. After a seven-year career in the KBO, he has posted a 2.95 ERA in the Majors during his first eight seasons.

American League Central

Chicago White Sox — Lucas Giolito, Harvard-Westlake (Studio City, Calif.) | Class of 2012
The first of three Harvard-Westlake graduates featured who will be starting on Opening Day. He finished his high school career with a 12-2 record and 1.51 ERA and suffered an elbow injury during his senior year that resulted in Tommy John surgery. He struck out 106 batters in 97.2 innings. Giolito was selected 16th overall by the Washington Nationals in the 2012 MLB Draft.

Cleveland Indians — Shane Bieber, Laguna Hills (Calif.) | Class of 2013
The reigning American League Cy Young award winner went 8-4 during his senior year posting a 1.40 ERA. After a three-year career at UC Santa Barbara, he was selected in the fourth round of the 2016 draft by Cleveland.

Detroit Tigers — Matthew Boyd, Eastside Catholic (Sammamish, Wash.) | Class of 2009
Went 7-2 during his senior year striking out 91 batters in 58 innings while posting a 0.84 ERA. The season before he was 7-0 with a 0.71 ERA to go with 58 strikeouts in 39.2 innings.

Kansas City Royals — Brad Keller, Flowery Branch (Ga.) | Class of 2013
Entered his senior year of high school with no offers or any interest from the Majors but in a regular season matchup against Clint Frazier and Loganville (Ga.) everything changed. He struck out Frazier during his first two at-bats and the interest picked up after that game from MLB scouts. Keller was selected in the eighth round of the 2013 draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Minnesota Twins — Kenta Maeda, Japan
Maeda was selected by the Hiroshima Toyo Carp's in the 2006 Nippon Professional Baseball league draft out of PL Gakuen Senior High School. He pitched in the NPB from 2008 until 2015 before signing with the Los Angeles Dodgers. He has gone 53-36 with a 3.75 ERA during his first five years in the Majors.

American League West

Houston Astros Zack Greinke, Apopka (Fla.) | Class of 2002
Named the 2002 Gatorade Player of the Year after going 9-2 during his senior year, posting a 0.55 earned run average to go with 118 strikeouts in 63 innings. The 2009 American League Cy Young winner finished his high school career with 31 home runs.

Los Angeles Angels Dylan Bundy, Owasso (Okla.) | Class of 2011
The only Opening Day starter to be named the Gatorade Athlete of the Year. He took home the award in 2011 and the only other two baseball players to claim this honor since 2003 are MacKenzie Gore (2017) and Bobby Witt Jr. (2019). During his senior year, he went 11-0 and had a 0.25 ERA to go with 158 strikeouts in 71 innings. Bundy was named the Oklahoma Gatorade Player of the Year in each of his final three years of high school and was selected fourth overall in the 2011 MLB Draft by the Baltimore Orioles.

Oakland Athletics Chris Bassitt, Genoa Area (Genoa, Ohio) | Class of 2007
Bassitt posted a 1.56 ERA during his senior year and struck out 65 batters in 56 innings. He was also a standout basketball player and was named to the all-league team in both sports.

Seattle Mariners Marco Gonzales, Rocky Mountain (Fort Collins, Colo.) | Class of 2010
Gonzales won a state title every year during his high school career. He went 11-0 during his senior season and posted a 2.20 ERA to go with 87 strikeouts in 54 innings. Named the Colorado Gatorade Player of the Year that season and also batted .486 to go with seven home runs and 36 RBI. 

Texas Rangers Kyle Gibson, Greenfield-Central (Greenfield, Ind.) | Class of 2006
Went 15-8 during his two years pitching for the Cougars while posting a 1.19 ERA to go with 251 strikeouts. He was selected in the 36th round of the 2006 draft by the Philadelphia Phillies but elected to go to the University of Missouri instead.

National League East

Atlanta Braves Max Fried, Harvard-Westlake (Studio City, Calif.) | Class of 2012
Only played his senior year at Harvard-Westlake after transferring from Montclair Prep (Van Nuys) after it shut down the baseball program. Fried went 8-2 with a 2.02 ERA to go with 105 strikeouts in 66 innings during his senior season and was selected seventh overall by the San Diego Padres in the 2012 MLB Draft.

Miami Marlins Sandy Alcantara, Dominican Republic
Pitched professionally in the Dominican Republic and was signed by the St. Louis Cardinals in 2013 as an international free agent.

In high school, one of the best pitchers currently in baseball was barely noticed. He attended a school that had roughly 400 students from kindergarten to 12th grade and went undrafted during the 2007 draft. Shortstop was his primary position and he might of been an even better basketball player in high school. Played third base and shortstop during his first two years of college at Stetson University before pitching in 17 games during his junior season. The Mets selected deGrom in the ninth round of the 2010 MLB Draft.

Philadelphia Phillies Aaron Nola, Catholic (Baton Rouge, La.) | Class of 2011
Finished his high school career 21-2 and had 214 strikeouts in 152 innings. Nola posted a sub-1.85 ERA in each of his final three years and was named the Class 5A State Player of the Year by the Louisiana Sportswriters Association in 2011. He helped lead the Bears to a 5A state title during his junior season.

Washington Nationals Max Scherzer, Parkway Central (Chesterfield, Mo.) | Class of 2003
The three-time Cy Young award winner played baseball and basketball all four years of high school and started at quarterback as a freshman for the football team. During his final game as a high school pitcher he threw a five-inning no-hitter while striking out 13 batters. Scherzer was selected in the 43rd round of the 2003 draft by the St. Louis Cardinals but elected to go to the University of Missouri. After a three-year career with the Tigers, he was selected 11th overall in the 2006 MLB Draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks.

National League Central

Went 8-2 during his senior year and posted a 0.93 ERA while striking out 65 batters in 75 innings. The Angels selected Hendricks in the 39th round in 2008 but he elected to go Dartmouth and was taken by the Texas Rangers in the eighth round three years later.

Cincinnati Reds — Luis Castillo, Dominican Republic
Pitched professionally in the Dominican Republic and was signed by the San Francisco Giants in 2011 as an international free agent.

Milwaukee Brewers — Brandon Woodruff, Wheeler (Miss.) | Class of 2011
Led the Eagles with a .618 average and three home runs during his senior season and posted a 1.62 ERA en route to being an all-state selection. As a junior, he went 5-3 with a 2.98 ERA while striking out 100 batters in 49.1 innings to go with a .534 average and five home runs. As a sophomore, he had 46 strikeouts in 18 innings and posted a 1.20 ERA to go with a .565 batting average, nine home runs and 31 RBI.

Pittsburgh Pirates — Chad Kuhl, Middletown (Del.) | Class of 2010
He comes from the same high school as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Chris Godwin and was named the state's Player of the Year in 2010 by the Delaware Baseball Coaches Association after going 9-2 while posting a 1.47 ERA. He was also an all-state selection as a first baseman after batting .433 with eight home runs.

St. Louis Cardinals — Jack Flaherty, Harvard-Westlake (Studio City, Calif.) | Class of 2014
The year after Giolito and Fried graduated, Flaherty, then a junior, led the Wolverines to a CIF Southern Section Division 1 title. He pitched a complete-game shutout and drove in the lone run in a 1-0 win against Marina (Huntington Beach) at Dodger Stadium. Flaherty went 23-0 during his final two years of high school and posted a 0.63 ERA to go with 237 strikeouts in 167 innings. He was named the California Gatorade Player of the Year in 2014.

National League West

Arizona Diamondbacks — Madison Bumgarner, South Caldwell (Hudson, N.C.) | Class of 2007
The 2014 World Series MVP went 11-2 during his senior year and had a 1.05 ERA to go with 143 strikeouts in 86 innings. He hit .424 with 11 home runs and 38 RBI while leading the Spartans to a 4A state championship. Bumgarner was named the North Carolina Gatorade Player of the Year and was selected 10th overall in 2007 by the San Francisco Giants.

Colorado Rockies — German Marquez, Venezuela
Pitched professionally in Venezuela before signing an international deal with the Tampa Bay Rays in 2011. 

Los Angeles Dodgers — Clayton Kershaw, Highland Park (Dallas) | Class of 2006
The three-time National League Cy Young award winner went 13-0 and posted a 0.77 ERA during his senior season. He added 139 strikeouts in 64 innings and was selected seventh overall in the 2006 MLB Draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers. Kershaw was named the Gatorade National Player of the Year in 2006.

San Diego Padres — Yu Darvish, Japan
Darvish was 7-3 in his final year for Tohoku High School and despite being heavily scouted, chose to play professionally in Japan for the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters. After a seven-year career in Japan, he signed with the Texas Rangers in 2012 and has a career 3.47 ERA in nine seasons.

San Francisco Giants — Kevin Gausman, Grandview (Aurora, Colo.) | Class of 2010
Went 5-3 with a 4.41 ERA and had 76 strikeouts in 52.1 innings and batted .371 during his senior season to go with three home runs and 27 RBI. The Los Angeles Dodgers selected him in the sixth round of the 2010 MLB Draft but elected to go to LSU and was taken fourth overall two years later by the Baltimore Orioles after going 12-2 with a 2.77 ERA during his sophomore season for the Tigers.
High school softball: Coaches with 1,000 or more wins - HIGHSCORE
High school softball: Coaches with 1,000 or more wins
The math is simple, yet staggering. Multiply 40 x 50 and you get 2,000. That's 40 wins a year times 50 years equals 2,000 wins. A high school school coach could accomplish that unimaginable feat and yet still come up 89 wins short of passing Jefferson (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) coaching legend Larry Niemeyer.

Niemeyer heads a list of high school softball coaches with 1,000 or more wins and his total is one of the more amazing feats in high school sports. With 2,089 career wins over 56 seasons, Niemeyer averaged 37 wins a year. By comparison, only about 30 high schools in the nation won 37 or more games during the 2019 season (the last full high school softball season). He also finished nearly 250 wins ahead of No. 2 Frank Huston, who retired in 2019 with 1,853.

In real estate, there's the old adage, "location, location, location." The same is true for high school softball coaches, and those three locations are Iowa, Michigan and Alabama. Of the 34 coaches on the list with over 1,000 wins, only four came from states other than those three. Iowa has 17 coaches on the list, including the top eight while Michigan has nine. Alabama has three while California, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Illinois have one each.

Sources for the list include the National Federation of High Schools record book, the Iowa Softball Coaches Association record book, state association record books and the Cal-Hi Sports Record Book by Mark and Nelson Tennis. Additions or corrections? [email protected]
Carlmont coach Jim Liggett has 1,009 wins.
File photo by Doug Stringer
Carlmont coach Jim Liggett has 1,009 wins.
High school softball coaches with 1,000-plus wins

1. Larry Niemeyer
Wins:
2,089
Schools: Jefferson (Cedar Rapids, Iowa)
Years: 1958-2013
Total Record: 2,089-429

2. Frank Huston
Wins:
1,853
Schools: Ottumwa (Iowa), Pekin (Packwood, Iowa), Gladbrook-Reinbeck (Iowa)
Years: 1967-2019
Total Record:1,853-508

3. Ed Coughenour
Wins:
1,444
Schools: Kingsley-Pierson (Kingsley, Iowa)
Years: 1956-2006
Total Record: 1,444-375

4. Gary Page
Wins:
1,400
Schools: Urbandale (Iowa)
Years: 1966-2000
Total Record: 1,400-462

5. Bill Hennessy
Wins:
1,374
Schools: Roland-Story (Story City, Iowa)
Years: 1955-2000
Total Record: 1,374-571

6. Steve Schlafke
Wins:
1,261
Schools: Garnavillo, Audubon (Iowa), A-D-M (Adel, Iowa), Dallas Center-Grimes (Iowa)
Years: 1976-present
Total Record: 1,261-628

7. Dennis Johnson
Wins:
1,249
Schools: North Scott (Eldridge, Iowa)
Years: 1975-2001, 2006-14
Total Record: 1,249-298-1

8. Bob Bunting
Wins:
1,217
Schools: Lisbon (Iowa)
Years: 1969-present
Total Record: 1,217-637

9. Diane Laffey
Wins:
1,212
Schools: Regina (Warren, Mich.)
Years: 1963-present
Total Record: 1,212-485-5

10. Brad Walraven
Wins:
1,195
Schools: All Saints Central (Bay City, Mich.), Frankenmuth (Mich.)
Years: 1980-present
Total Record: 1,195-356-3

11. Jim Brown
Wins:
1,186
Schools: Hoover (Ala.)
Years: 1991-2013
Total Record: 1,186-319-1

12. Tom Kennelly
Wins:
1,184
Schools: Swan Valley (Saginaw, Mich.)
Years: 1980-present
Total Record: 1,184-302-1

13. Steve Saladino
Wins:
1,179
Schools: Davenport West (Davenport, Iowa)
Years: 1979-present
Total Record: 1,179 wins

14. Rick Dillinger
Wins:
1,174
Schools: A-D-M (Adel, Iowa), North Polk (Alleman, Iowa), Danville (Iowa)
Years: 1976-2018
Total Record: 1,174-555

15. Denny Dock
Wins:
1,170
Schools: Dowagiac (Mich.), Lakeshore (Stevensville, Mich.)
Years: 1976-81, 1985-88, 1990-present
Total Record: 1,170-316-2

16. Dick Rasmussen
Wins:
1,165
Schools: Ankeny (Iowa), South Hamilton (Jewell, Iowa)
Years: 1965-1996
Total Record: 1,165-314

17. Jim Flaws
Wins:
1,142
Schools: Carlisle (Iowa), Dow City-Arion,
Years: 1983-present
Total Record: 1,142-227

18. Joe Gilbert
Wins:
1,140
Schools: Barnsdall (Okla.)
Years: 1954-2020
Total Record: 1,140 wins

19. Joe Alsup
Wins:
1,140
Schools: Waterford Township (Mich.); Mott (Waterford, Mich.); Kettering (Waterford, Mich.), Lakeland (White Lake, Mich.)
Years: 1975-94, 1998-2019
Total Record: 1,140-274

20. Mike Vint
Wins:
1,108
Schools: Marshalltown (Iowa), East Marshall (Le Grand, Iowa), Green Mountain
Years: 1971-2010
Total Record: 1,108-403

21. Ted McIntyre
Wins:
1,081
Schools: Mt. Pleasant (Mich.)
Years: 1975-2019
Total Record: 1,081-414

22. Larry Heath
Wins:
1,078
Schools: Burlington (Iowa)
Years: 1985-present
Total Record: 1,078-431

23. Tony Scarbrough
Wins:
1,071
Schools: Baker (Mobile, Ala.)
Years: 1970-present
Total Record: 1,071 wins

24. Jerry Newton
Wins:
1,068
Schools: Charles City (Iowa)
Years: 1967-1999
Total Record: 1,068-190

25. Dennis Schuur
Wins:
1,052
Schools: Muscatine (Iowa), Lake City (Iowa)
Years: 1989-2015
Total Record: 1,052-251

26. Ton Vruggink
Wins:
1,052
Schools: Hudsonville (Mich.)
Years: 1982-present
Total Record: 1,052-274

27. John Biedenbach
Wins:
1,050
Schools: Trenton (Mich.)
Years: 1975-present
Total Record: 1,050-500-6

28. Randy Wolken
Wins:
1,044
Schools: St. Joseph-Ogden (St. Joseph, Ill.)
Years: 1980-2018
Total Record: 1,044-242

29. Gary Adams
Wins:
1,043
Schools: Crescent (Iva, S.C.)
Years: 1977-2019
Total Record: 1,043-169

30. Howard Stuart
Wins:
1,043
Schools: Richmond (Mich.)
Years: 1979-present
Total Record: 1,043-308-1

31. Bob Bradfield
Wins:
1,041
Schools: Fairfield (Iowa)
Years: 1979-present
Total Record: 1,041-652

32. Howard Dorman
Wins:
1,019
Schools: Belmond-Klemme (Belmond, Iowa), Woden-Crystal Lake-Titonka (Crystal Lake, Iowa)
Years: 1960-2008
Total Record: 1,019-429

33. Dale Palmer,
Wins:
1,016
Schools: Sparkman (Harvest, Ala.)
Years: 1997-present
Total Record: 1,016 wins

34. Jim Liggett
Wins:
1,009
Schools: Carlmont (Belmont, Calif.)
Years: 1976-2016
Total Record: 1,009-216
TyTy Washington named 2020-21 HIGHSCORE Arizona High School Basketball Player of the Year - HIGHSCORE
TyTy Washington named 2020-21 MaxPreps Arizona High School Basketball Player of the Year
Each year since 2006, MaxPreps has recognized outstanding performers in high school basketball. America's source for high school sports continues the tradition to close out the 2020-21 season by naming the top player in each state. Selections are based on team success and individual excellence, in addition to local and state accolades.

TyTy Washington of AZ Compass Prep (Chandler) is the 2020-21 MaxPreps Arizona High School Basketball Player of the Year. The 6-foot-3, 185-pound senior helped the Dragons go 27-1 en route to the program's first GEICO Nationals invite.

Washington averaged 24 points, seven assists and six rebounds per contest to lead AZ Compass Prep to the No. 2 spot in this week's MaxPreps Top 25.

A leading candidate for MaxPreps National Player of the Year honors, Washington put together a number of strong performances in big games, including averaging 18.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists per contest in three games at the Montverde Academy Invitational.

Regarded as the No. 30 prospect in the Class of 2021, Washington holds 34 college offers including Arizona, Illinois, Kansas, LSU, Oklahoma State, Oregon, Texas Tech, UCLA and USC among others.

Each state's MaxPreps Player of the Year will be considered for inclusion in the MaxPreps All-America Team, which is scheduled to be released April 13.
TyTy Washington in action against Prolific Prep during a February game.
Photo by Mark Jones
TyTy Washington in action against Prolific Prep during a February game.

High school basketball: Teams with most championships - HIGHSCORE
High school basketball: Teams with most championships
DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.) leads our list of high school basketball programs with the most championships, although the Stags don't exactly play for a title at the state level. DeMatha is one of 13 West Catholic Athletic Conference members, traditionally one of the toughest leagues in the country. Despite playing against some of the top teams on the East Coast, DeMatha has managed to claim 41 WCAC championships and that type of success can't be overlooked.

The Stags have dominated WCAC play, winning 41 of the 60 conference championships including a string of 22 of 25 titles between 1961 and 1985 under legendary coach Morgan Wootten.

DeMatha leads Booker T. Washington (Tulsa, Okla.), which had 33 state championships over the course of two different eras. Playing in the segregation era, Booker T. Washington won 17 state championships in the Oklahoma Interscholastic Athletic Association. After integration, the Hornets won another 16 state titles in the Oklahoma Secondary Schools Athletic Association.

Tied for third are William Penn Charter (Philadelphia) and Madison-Ridgeland (Madison, Miss.). Like DeMatha, Penn Charter and MRA do not play for championships in the state association postseason tournaments. Penn Charter is a member of the Inter-Academic Conference in the Philadelphia area of Pennsylvania. Started in 1887, the Inter-AC is one of the oldest continuing conferences in the nation, but it does not play in the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Association.

Likewise, Madison-Ridgeland is not a member of the Mississippi High Schools Activities Association, but instead plays in the MidSouth Association of Independent Schools (MAIS), which was formed in 1968. The Patriots have won 32 class championships in the MAIS and 13 overall titles. The overall championship is determined by a tournament involving all of the class tournament finalists. Longtime coach Richard Duease, the winningest coach in Mississippi history, has led the Patriots to all their state titles.

The No. 5 team on the list is St. Anthony (Jersey City, N.J.), which won 27 state championships, 26 of them under longtime coach Bob Hurley.

The following list includes a Top 25 along with a listing of all other teams known to have won at least 10 championships. Aside from state associations, independent school associations are also included. Champions lists for all independent schools association were not available. Any additions or corrects, contact Kevin Askeland at [email protected] Sources for the list include the NFHS record book, state association record books.
DeMatha has won the most boys basketball titles, grabbing 41 WCAC crowns. The 2015-16 team was one squad that helped that total.
File photo by Patrick Kane
DeMatha has won the most boys basketball titles, grabbing 41 WCAC crowns. The 2015-16 team was one squad that helped that total.
Programs with 10-plus championships

1.   41 — DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.)
2.   33 — Booker T. Washington (Tulsa, Okla.)
2.   33 — Wheeling Central Catholic (Wheeling, W. Va.)*
4.   32 — William Penn Charter (Philadelphia)
4.   32 — Madison-Ridgeland Academy (Madison, Miss.)
6.   30 — Benedictine (Richmond, Va.)*
7.   27 — St. Anthony (Jersey City, N.J.)
8.   26 — Central (Cheyenne, Wyo.)
9.   24 — Hillhouse (New Haven, Conn.)
9.   24 — Germantown Academy (Fort Washington, Pa.)
11.   22 — Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas)
12. 21 — Bishop Hendricken (Warwick, R.I.)
12. 21 — Portsmouth (N.H.)
12. 21 — Burlington (Vt.)
15. 20 — Wyandotte (Kansas City, Kan.)
16. 19 — Manchester Central (Manchester, N.H.)
16. 19 — Jackson Prep (Jackson, Miss.)
18. 18 — Clinton (N.Y.)
18. 18 — Scott County Central (Sikeston, Mo.)
18. 18 — Miami (Fla.)
18. 18 — Proctor (Vt.)
18. 18 — Minot (N.D.)
23. 17 — Haverford School (Haverford, Pa.)
23. 17 — Lanier (Jackson, Miss.)
23. 17 — Provo (Utah)
23. 17 — Hobbs (N.M.)
23. 17 — Virginia City (Nev.)
23. 17 — Central (Little Rock, Ark.)
23. 17 — Wheatley (Houston)

16 championships
Campbell County (Gillette, Wyo.)
Dunbar (Baltimore)
East Anchorage (Anchorage, Alaska)
Hope Christian (Albuquerque)
Lanier (Sugar Hill, Ga.)
Malvern Prep (Malvern, Pa.)
Mitchell (S.D.)
Phoenix Union (Ariz.)
Rice Memorial (South Burlington, Vt.)
Westbury Christian (Houston)
Woodrow Wilson (Beckley, W. Va.)

15 championships
Episcopal Academy (Newtown Square, Pa.)
Garfield (Seattle)
Lincoln High (Neb.)
Martinsville (Va.)
Millwood (Oklahoma City)
Southern Lab (Baton Rouge, La.)
Zwolle (La.)

14 championships
Allegany (Cumberland, Md.)
Boys & Girls (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
Douglass (Oklahoma City)
Malone (Fla.)
Mesa (Ariz.)
Natrona County (Casper, Wyo.)
New Hanover (Wilmington, N.C.)
Pahranagat Valley (Alamo, Nev.)
Patrick School (Hillside, N.J.)
River Rouge (Mich.)
Seton Hall Prep (West Orange, N.J.)
Virgin Valley (Mesquite, Nev.)
Westerly (R.I.)
Wilbur Cross (New Haven, Conn.)

13 championships
Bangor (Maine)
Bismarck (N.D.)
Borah (Boise, Idaho)
Creighton Prep (Omaha, Neb.)
Durham (N.C.)
Huntington (W. Va.)
Lincoln (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
McPherson (Kan.)
Newton (Kan.)
Parkview (Little Rock, Ark.)
Pine Bluff (Ark.)
Reno (Nev.)
Rock Springs (Wyo.)
Central (Tulsa, Okla.)
West Rutland (Vt.)

12 championships
Albuquerque (N.M.)
Boulder City (Nev.)
Central (Providence, R.I.)
Cliff (N.M.)
Conant (Jaffrey, N.H.)
DeLaSalle (Minneapolis)
Groveton (N.H.)
Las Vegas (Nev.)
Lehi (Utah)
Lincoln Northeast (Lincoln, Neb.)
Manual (Denver, Colo.)
Spaulding (Barre, Vt.)
Star Valley (Afton, Wyo.)
Vashon (St. Louis, Mo.)
Harding (Bridgeport, Conn.)
Winooski (Vt.)
Wyoming Indian (Ethete, Wyo.)

11 championships
Abraham Clark (Roselle, N.J.)
Burlington (Wyo.)
Camden (N.J.)
Charleston (Mo.)
Christ the King (Middle Village, N.Y.)
Denver East (Denver)
Sacred Heart (Falls City, Neb.)
Fort Thomas (Ariz.)
Greensboro Day School (Greensboro, N.C.)
Huron (S.D.)
Idaho Falls (Idaho)
Jonesboro (Ark.)
Juneau-Douglas (Juneau, Alaska)
Kinston (N.C.)
Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.)
Moscow (Idaho)
Nashua South (Nashua, N.H.)
Punahou (Honolulu)
Savannah (Ga.)
South Portland (Maine)
South Sevier (Monroe, Utah)
St. Joseph (Trumbull, Conn.)
St. Michael's (Santa Fe, N.M.)
Sunnyside Christian (Sunnyside, Wash.)
Wahoo (Neb.)

10 championships
Beaverhead County (Dillon, Mont.)
Bingham (South Jordan, Utah)
Buffalo (Wyo.)
Butte (Mont.)
Great Falls (Mont.)
Great Falls (S.C.)
Gwynn Park (Brandywine, Md.)
Hall (Little Rock, Ark.)
Helena (Mont.)
Hopkins (Minnetonka, Minn.)
'Iolani (Honolulu)
Jonesport-Beals (Jonesport, Maine)
Lapwai (Idaho)
Lowry (Winnemucca, Nev.)
Lynden (Wash.)
Newport News (Va.)
Northfork (W. Va.)
Omaha Central (Omaha, Neb.)
Pocatello (Idaho)
Portland (Maine)
Poultney (Vt.)
Preston (Idaho)
Randolph (Wis.)
Hatch (Uniontown, Ala.)
Redemptorist (Baton Rouge, La.)
Rigby (Idaho)
Sanford (Hockessin, Del.)
St. Jude Educational Institute (Montgomery, Ala.)
Pima (Ariz.)
Thatcher (Ariz.)
Washington (Sioux Falls, S.D.)
South (Wichita, Kan.)
Yankton (S.D.)
Sam Vinson named 2020-21 HIGHSCORE Kentucky High School Basketball Player of the Year - HIGHSCORE
Sam Vinson named 2020-21 MaxPreps Kentucky High School Basketball Player of the Year
Each year since 2006, MaxPreps has recognized outstanding performers in high school basketball. America's source for high school sports continues the tradition to close out the 2020-21 season by naming the top player in each state. Selections are based on team success and individual excellence, in addition to local and state accolades.

Sam Vinson of Highlands (Fort Thomas) is the 2020-21 MaxPreps Kentucky High School Basketball Player of the Year. The 6-foot-4 senior guard helped the Bluebirds go 30-4 en route to the programs' first state title.

Vinson averaged 22.2 points and 9.7 rebounds per contest during the regular season, becoming the first player in program history to eclipse 1,500 points, 500 rebounds and 300 assists in a career.

The Northern Kentucky signee was named state tournament MVP after averaging 23.3 points, 7.8 rebounds and 5.5 assists per game in four KHSAA Sweet 16 games. He tallied 20 points, 14 rebounds and five assists in a 79-60 state title game triumph over Elizabethtown.

Each state's MaxPreps Player of the Year will be considered for inclusion in the MaxPreps All-America Team, which is scheduled to be released April 13.
Sam Vinson celebrates a win over St. Henry in the Ninth Region semifinals.
Photo by Wayne Litmer
Sam Vinson celebrates a win over St. Henry in the Ninth Region semifinals.