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Girls high school basketball rankings: No. 21 Valley Vista returns to OFFICIAL Top 25 after Arizona reverses course on season - OFFICIAL
Girls high school basketball rankings: No. 21 Valley Vista returns to MaxPreps Top 25 after Arizona reverses course on season
There has never been a season like this one — and hopefully there never will be again.

Though some teams have been able to play a nearly full schedule, others have yet to start, and many key games have been canceled. The result? The Top 25, which always contains a fair amount of guesswork, is even more chancy than in the past. As always, we are sure the 25 we've listed are very good teams, and they deserve full respect for their achievements, but it must be noted that a lot of teams that might have been on this list aren't likely to play.

In fact, No. 24 Chiawana may drop out next week if Washington cancels its season, and California's governing body meets Jan. 25 to determine if the Golden State's teams will even be allowed to play in the spring. And yet, at the same time, No. 21 Valley Vista returned the rankings after the state of Arizona reversed course and allowed the basketball season to be played.

So who knows what's next? We don't, that's for sure, but all credit to the coaches, players and staff who've made it this far, whether they're in the Top 25 or not.

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MaxPreps Top 25 Girls High School Basketball Rankings

Record: 11-0 | Last week: 1
A key game against powerful Plant scheduled for Saturday has been canceled. The Highlanders have played one game in 2021. It's hoped the Jan. 29 matchup with Colonial will mark the No. 1 team's return to action.

Record: 0-0 | Last week: 2
Several Washington Catholic Athletic Conference teams have canceled their seasons, but the Mustanges are set to begin play Feb. 3 against Elizabeth Seton.

Record: 11-0 | Last week: 3
A big win Monday over strong Forest Park cements Lions' No. 3 ranking. Next up is a rematch Jan. 26 with a solid Langston Hughes team.

Record: 1-0 | Last week: 4
One of the most talented teams in the country, the Royals have begun league play. There may not be many tests the rest of the way, but at least Hopkins is playing again.

Record: 0-0 | Last week: 5
The Pioneers are set to begin play Jan. 27.

Record: 15-0 | Last week: 6
The Cougars finish the regular season with four games against teams it handled easily the first time around.

Record: 0-0 | Last week: 7
Though the Cadets have been playing as a club team, none of the results are official. It's anticipated St. John's will be able to play as a high school in the near future.

Record: 12-0 | Last week: 8
The Red Knights beat Westminster Christian by four the first time around, so Friday's rematch could be a serious test.

Record: 0-0 | Last week: 9
The Lancers get in the mix Jan. 21 against Raritan, but right now, the schedule calls for only 11 games.

Record: 19-0 | Last week: 10
The Cougars rolled over previously unbeaten Jersey Village 92-31 but Memorial and Cypress Ridge could be more of a challenge. Or not.

Record: 7-0 | Last week: 11
Oklahoma is loaded this year, but so far the Tigers look to the best. But Sooner State fans are already circling Feb. 11, when Classen SAS comes to Norman.

Record: 15-0 | Last week: NR
With wins over Wayne and Reynoldsburg — among others — the Wildcats jump into the Top 25 as Ohio's best. But Pickerington Central is the Jan. 20 opponent, so there's not much margin for error.

Record: 11-0 | Last week: 13
The Redskins play in a local tournament this weekend, and then draws 10-4 Bixby on Tuesday.

Record: 13-1 | Last week: 14
The Eagles get a serious test against 16-1 Plant on Friday, but there are only two more regular season games after that.

Record: 21-0 | Last week: 16
Hoover's game with perennial Georgia power St. Francis was canceled, but with 22-1 Hazel Green on the schedule Saturday, the Buccaneers have another chance to show just how good they are.

Record: 10-0 | Last week: 18
The Tigers have been on a break, but jump right in against 8-1 Father Ryan next Tuesday.

Record: 4-2 | Last week: 17
Next up for talented New Hope is Paul VI on Jan. 28, but it's possible coach Sam Caldwell will find some willing opponents before then.

Record: 12-0 | Last week: 20
The Silverwolves jump two spots, but 10-1 Syracuse, Friday's opponent, will show whether they deserved the bump.

Record: 0-0 | Last week: 19
The Argonauts begin the season Feb. 2

Record: 14-1| Last week: 21
The Eagles' ranking is a reflection of a very talented roster, but to keep it, a Saturday win over No. 23 Duncanville, at home, is mandatory.

Record: 0-0 | Last week: NR
Despite mounting COVID cases, Arizona's high school association reversed its decision to cancel winter sports — which means the Monsoon not only jump back into the rankings, but will play three games in the next week.

Record: 0-0 | Last week: 22
The Vikings plan to begin Jan. 29, and will face an "early" test Feb. 2 vs. Neumann-Goretti.

Record: 19-1 | Last week: 23
The Panthers have already lost to DeSoto once, and now must try to deal with DeSoto's height and talent on the road.

Record: 0-0 | Last week: 24
Even if the Riverhawks are given permission to play, star Talia Von Oelhoffen graduated early so she could start playing at Oregon State — which will make it very hard for Chiawana to hang on to this spot even if Washington allows basketball.

Record: 10-0 | Last week: 25
The talented Wildcats have a fairly easy week ahead, though it's always tough to play three games in that span of time, as Mississippi's best must do.

Dropped out: No. 12 Reynoldsburg (Ohio), No. 15 Sidwell Friends (Washington D.C.) season canceled.
Travis Hunter of Collins Hill named OFFICIAL National Junior of the Year - OFFICIAL
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

High school girls basketball: 2020-21 state champions - OFFICIAL
High school girls basketball: 2020-21 state champions
MaxPreps is your home for high school girls basketball state playoff coverage.

After seeing most of the state tournaments canceled last season due to the emerging COVID-19 pandemic, most states were able to get back in the gym and complete their seasons — even though some were abbreviated.

Find tournaments in your state here. Read on for a look at title game results from all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
Zebulon B. Vance won the North Carolina 4A title.
Photo by Matthew Plyler
Zebulon B. Vance won the North Carolina 4A title.
Girls basketball state champions

Alabama
7A — Hoover def. Hewitt-Trussville (Trussville), 61-37
6A — Hazel Green def. Carver Montgomery (Montgomery), 49-41
5A — Carver Birmingham (Birmingham) def. Mae Jemison (Huntsville), 78-69
4A — Rogers (Florence) def. Anniston, 48-37
3A — Prattville Christian Academy (Prattville) def. Sylvania, 62-55
2A — Pisgah def. Hatton (Town Creek), 64-38
1A — Skyline (Scottsboro) def. Marion County (Guin), 54-41
AISA AAA — Glenwood (Phenix City) def. Clarke Prep (Grove Hill), 40-27
AISA AA — Southern Academy (Greensboro) def. Lowndes Academy (Lowndesboro), 46-41
AISA A — Abbeville Christian Academy (Abbeville) def. Pickens Academy (Carrollton), 49-48

Alaska
4A — Bartlett (Anchorage) def. Lathrop (Fairbanks), 47-46
3A — Anchorage Christian (Anchorage) def. Sitka, 75-26
2A — Hooper Bay def. Susitna Valley (Talkeetna), 36-32
1A — Newhalen def. Shishmaref, 63-33

Arizona
6A — Valley Vista (Surprise) def. Hamilton (Chandler), 49-41
5A — Millennium (Goodyear) def. Flowing Wells (Tucson), 62-39
4A — Seton Catholic (Chandler, Ariz.) def. Salpointe Catholic (Tucson, Ariz.), 70-62
3A — Page def. Snowflake, 36-32
2A — Pima def. Red Rock (Sedona), 50-48
1A — Fort Thomas def. Mogollon (Heber), 56-29
AZCAA Div. 1 — Trinity Christian (Prescott) def. Ridgeline Academy (Phoenix), 57-40
AZCAA Div. 2 — Skyline - Gila River (Chandler) def. East Valley Athletes for Christ (Mesa), 52-46

Arkansas
6A — Northside (Fort Smith) def. Fayetteville, 52-51
5A — Jonesboro def. West Memphis, 47-39
4A — Harrison def. Farmington, 68-54
3A — Mayflower def. Centerpoint (Amity), 29-27
2A — Melbourne def. Salem, 55-34
1A — Rural Special (Fox) def. Norfork 48-40

California
Spring season

Colorado
5A — Valor Christian (Highlands Ranch) def. Regis Jesuit (Aurora), 67-42
4A — Mullen (Denver) def. Windsor, 67-44
3A — Platte Valley (Kersey) def. Lutheran (Parker), 51-44
2A — Limon def. Wray, 63-50
1A — Flatirons Academy (Westminster) def. Fleming, 64-52

Connecticut
No state playoffs

Delaware
Div. 1 — St. Elizabeth (Wilmington) def. Sanford (Hockessin), 47-45

District of Columbia
No season

Florida
7A — Plant (Tampa) def. Miami (Miami), 52-40
6A — St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale) def. Wekiva (Apopka), 62-60
5A — American Heritage (Plantation) def. Palm Bay (Melbourne), 41-36
4A — Lake Highland Prep (Orlando) def. Lincoln Park Academy (Fort Pierce), 84-30
3A — Miami Country Day (Miami) def. Cardinal Mooney (Sarasota), 59-34
2A — Miami Christian (Miami) def. Florida A&M (Tallahassee), 73-63
1A — Ponce De Leon def. Hawthorne, 40-37

Georgia
AAAAAAA — Marietta def. Woodstock, 52-47
AAAAAA — Westlake (Atlanta) def. Carrollton, 64-46
AAAAA — Woodward Academy (College Park) def. Forest Park, 62-59
AAAA — Carver (Columbus) def. Cairo, 70-54
AAA — Cross Creek (Augusta) def. Greater Atlanta Christian (Norcross), 55-44
AA — Josey (Augusta) def. Fannin County (Blue Ridge), 47-42
Private A — Hebron Christian Academy (Dacula) def. St. Francis (Alpharetta), 51-46
Public A — Calhoun County (Edison) def. Clinch County (Homerville), 49-45
GAPPS Div. 1-AA — Wilson Academy (Lithonia) def. Arlington Christian (Fairburn), 52-51
GAPPS Div. 1-AAA — Central Fellowship Christian Academy (Macon) def. Covenant Academy (Macon) 47-28
GAPPS Div. 2 — Konos Academy (Fayetteville) def. Fideles Christian (Cumming),
GISA A — LaGrange Academy (LaGrange) def. Thomas Jefferson Academy (Louisville), 45-43
GISA AA — Brentwood (Sandersville, Ga.) def. Westwood (Camilla), 46-33
GISA AAA — Southland Academy (Americus) def. Westfield School (Perry), 29-22

Hawaii
No season

Idaho
5A — Mountain View (Meridian) def. Thunder Ridge (Idaho Falls), 62-55
4A — Blackfoot def. Century (Pocatello), 50-46
3A — Timberlake (Spirit Lake) def. Sugar-Salem (Sugar City), 64-49
2A — Melba def. Bear Lake (Montpelier), 51-40
1A DI — Grace def. Prairie (Cottonwood), 46-37
1A DII — Tri-Valley (Cambridge, Idaho) def. Kendrick, 54-48

Illinois
No state playoffs

Indiana
4A — Crown Point def. Brownsburg, 44-34
3A — Silver Creek (Sellersburg) def. South Bend Washington (South Bend), 54-48
2A — Linton-Stockton (Linton) def. Tipton, 63-25
1A — Pioneer (Royal Center) def. Loogootee, 43-42

Iowa
5A — Waukee def. Johnston, 71-43
4A — Ballard (Huxley, Iowa) def. Glenwood, 47-45
3A — Unity Christian (Orange City) def. West Lyon (Inwood), 48-31
2A — Dike-New Hartford (Dike) def. Maquoketa Valley (Delhi), 47-42
1A — Newell-Fonda (Newell) def. Bishop Garrigan (Algona), 66-52

Kansas
6A — Shawnee Mission Northwest (Shawnee Mission) def. Topeka, 61-54
5A — Aquinas (Overland Park) def. Central (Andover), 52-44
4A — Bishop Miege (Shawnee Mission) def. McPherson, 51-36
3A — Cheney def. Sabetha, 60-54
2A — Sterling def. St. Mary's-Colgan (Pittsburg), 52-36
1A DI — Olpe def. Norwich, 46-25
1A DII — Central Plains (Claflin) def. Cunningham, 39-35

Kentucky
Sweet Sixteen — Sacred Heart (Louisville) def. Marshall County (Benton), 49-47
KCAA — Trinity Christian Academy (Lexington) def. Oak Ridge Christian Academy (Morgantown), 68-36

Louisiana
5A — Captain Shreve (Shreveport) def. Benton, 50-39
4A — LaGrange (Lake Charles) def. Huntington (Shreveport), 49-42
3A — Madison Prep Academy (Baton Rouge) def. Northwest (Opelousas), 49-37
2A — Lake Arthur (Lake Arthur) def. Doyle (Livingston), 62-61
1A — East Iberville (St. Gabriel) def. Northwood (Lena), 50-46
B — Fairview (Grant) def. Hathaway (Jennings), 55-51
C — Hicks (Leesville) def. Reeves, 59-43
Div. 1 — John Curtis Christian (River Ridge) def. Mt. Carmel (New Orleans), 43-39
Div. 2 — St. Louis Catholic (Lake Charles) def. Liberty Magnet (Baton Rouge), 50-44
Div. 3 — Lafayette Christian Academy (Lafayette) def. St. Thomas Aquinas (Hammond), 47-39
Div. 4 — Ouachita Christian (Monroe) def. Highland Baptist Christian (New Iberia), 61-40
Div. 5 — University Academy (Alexandria) def. Claiborne Christian (West Monroe), 58-28

Maine
No state playoffs

Maryland
No state playoffs

Massachusetts
No state playoffs

Michigan
Div. 1 — Hudsonville def. Renaissance (Detroit), 65-61
Div. 2 — Portland def. Newaygo, 52-32
Div. 3 — Grass Lake def. Kent City, 52-50
Div. 4 — Fowler def. Bellaire, 54-20

Minnesota
AAAA — Chaska def. Rosemount, 45-43
AAA — Becker def. Marshall, 70-58
AA — Albany def. New London-Spicer (New London), 57-43
A — Minneota def. Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa (Belgrade), 48-45

Mississippi
6A — Olive Branch def. Germantown (Madison), 66-62
5A — Laurel def. Holmes County Central (Lexington), 39-36
4A — Pontotoc def. Choctaw Central (Philadelphia), 55-52
3A — Belmont def. Kossuth, 56-55
2A — New Site def. Calhoun City, 55-50
1A — Ingomar (New Albany) def. West Lowndes (Columbus), 55-51
MAIS A — Humphreys Academy (Belzoni) def. Desoto County Academy (Olive Branch), 51-39
MAIS AA — Manchester Academy (Yazoo City) def. Columbus Christian Academy (Steens), 52-38
MAIS AAA — Clinton Christian Academy (Clinton) def. Bowling Green, 44-36
MAIS AAAA — Leake Academy (Madden) def. Hartfield Academy (Flowood), 82-35
MAIS AAAAA — Jackson Academy (Jackson) def. Jackson Prep (Jackson), 35-34
MAIS Overall — Leake def. Hartfield Academy, 39-36

Missouri
Class 6 — Incarnate Word Academy (St. Louis) def. Webster Groves, 58-37
Class 5 — Whitfield (St. Louis) def. West Plains, 50-34
Class 4 — Boonville def. Mt. Vernon, 58-52
Class 3 — Lift for Life Academy (St. Louis) def. Skyline (Urbana), 56-52
Class 2 — Southern Reynolds (Ellington) def. Wellington-Napoleon (Wellington), 63-56
Class 1 — Jefferson (Conception Junction) def. Leeton, 56-44

Montana
AA — Capital (Helena) def. Hellgate (Missoula), 33-31
A — Havre def. Billings Central Catholic (Billings), def. 64-60
B — Sweet Grass County (Big Timber) def. Columbus, 46-26
C — Fort Benton def. Saco/Whitewater (Saco), 74-60

Nebraska
A — Pius X (Lincoln) def. Fremont, 56-52
B — Elkhorn North (Elkhorn) def. Norris (Firth), 46-33
C1 — North Bend Central (North Bend) def. St. Cecilia (Hastings), 51-49
C2 — Crofton def. Ponca, 46-42
D1 — Weeping Water def. Pleasanton, 40-39
D2 — St. Francis (Humphrey) def. Sacred Heart (Falls City), 57-48

Nevada
No season

New Hampshire
Div. 1 — Bedford def. Bishop Guertin (Nashua), 64-46
Div. 2 — Bishop Brady (Concord) def. Kennett (Conway), 52-50
Div. 3 — Conant (Jaffrey) def. Fall Mountain (Langdon), 59-43
Div. 4 — Hinsdale def. Colebrook Academy (Colebrook), 63-51

New Jersey
No state playoffs

New Mexico
Spring season
5A —
4A —
3A —
2A —
1A —

New York
No state playoffs

North Carolina
4A — Zebulon B. Vance (Charlotte) def. Garner Magnet (Garner), 74-38
3A — Jesse Carson (China Grove) def. Asheboro, 51-40
2A — Shelby def. Farmville Central (Farmville), 77-62
1A — Murphy def. Princeton, 76-36
NCISAA 1A — Victory Christian Center (Charlotte) def. Lee Christian (Sanford), 50-24
NCISAA 2A — Davidson Day (Davidson) def. The Burlington School (Burlington), 65-46
NCISAA 3A — Concord Academy (Concord) def. Asheville Christian Academy (Swannanoa), 58-57
NCISAA 4A — Cannon (Concord) def. North Raleigh Christian Academy (Raleigh), 53-39
NCCSA 2A — Wilson Christian Academy (Wilson) def. Union Grove Christian (Lexington), 44-36
NCCSA 1A — Shining Light Academy (Greensboro) def. Woodland Baptist Christian (Winston-Salem), 61-37

North Dakota
A — Century (Bismarck) def. Fargo Davies (Fargo), 58-47
B — Grafton def. Central Cass (Casselton), 64-50

Ohio
Div. 1 — Mount Notre Dame (Cincinnati) def. Newark, 57-55
Div. 2 — Napoleon def. Vinton County (McArthur), 76-44
Div. 3 — Hiland (Berlin) def. Ottawa-Glandorf (Ottawa), 45-25
Div. 4 — Fort Loramie (Fort Loramie) def. McDonald, 60-26

Oklahoma
6A — Norman def. Bixby, 48-37
5A — Sapulpa def. Tahlequah, 58-49
4A — Tuttle def. Fort Gibson, 53-38
3A — Jones def. Roland, 63-28
2A — Howe def. Silo, 71-57
1A — Hydro-Eakly def. Vanoss (Ada), 69-48
B — Lomega (Omega) def. Kiowa, 67-60

Oregon
Spring season
6A —
5A —
4A —
3A —
2A —
1A —

Pennsylvania
6A — North Allegheny (Wexford) def. Spring-Ford (Royersford), 55-40
5A — Cardinal O'Hara (Springfield) def. Chartiers Valley (Bridgeville), 51-27
4A — Archbishop Wood (Warminster) def. Villa Maria Academy (Erie), 44-34
3A — West Catholic (Philadelphia) def. Mohawk Area (Bessemer), 67-56
2A — Mount Carmel def. Neshannock (New Castle), 54-43
1A — Bishop Guilfoyle (Altoona) def. Jenkintown, 62-47

Rhode Island
Division 1 — St. Raphael Academy (Pawtucket) def. Barrington, 42-38
Division 2 — Ponaganset (North Scituate) def. Classical (Providence), 49-48
Division 3 — Mt. Pleasant (Providence) def. Mt. Hope (Bristol), 45-40

South Carolina
5A — Clover def. Sumter, 40-38
4A — Westside (Anderson) def. North Myrtle Beach (Little River), 44-30
3A — Keenan (Columbia) def. Bishop England (Charleston), 62-55
2A — Saluda def. Silver Bluff (Aiken), 61-41
1A — Military Magnet Academy (North Charleston) def. Southside Christian (Simpsonville), 54-49
SCISA AAA — Cardinal Newman (Columbia) def. Northwood Academy (Charleston), 53-43
SCISA AA — Hilton Head Christian Academy def. Palmetto Christian Academy (Mt. Pleasant), 48-32
SCISA A — Newberry Academy (Newberry) def. Patrick Henry Academy (Estill), 59-3

South Dakota
AA — Washington (Sioux Falls) def. Stevens (Rapid City), 43-26
A — Roncalli (Aberdeen, S.D.) def. Hamlin (Hayti), 48-31
B — White River def. Castlewood, 57-37

Tennessee
AAA — Blackman (Murfreesboro) def. Lebanon, 64-56
AA — Macon County (Lafayette) def. Grainger (Rutledge), 51-40
A — Loretto def. Summertown, 49-41
Division 2 AA — Hutchison (Memphis) def. Knoxville Catholic (Knoxville), 41-34
Division 2 A — Webb (Knoxville) def. Providence Christian Academy (Murfreesboro), 54-38

Texas
6A — DeSoto def. Cypress Creek (Houston), 53-37
5A — Cedar Park def. Liberty (Frisco), 46-39
4A — Canyon def. Hardin-Jefferson (Sour Lake), 56-55
3A — Brownfield def. Fairfield, 68-64
2A — Lipan def. Martins Mill (Ben Wheeler), 44-39
1A — Dodd City def. Nazareth, 30-21
TAPPS 6A — Bishop Lynch (Dallas) def. Village (Houston), 56-46
TAPPS 5A — Southwest Christian School (Fort Worth) def. Second Baptist (Houston), 54-40
TAPPS 4A — Lubbock Christian (Lubbock) def. Legacy Prep Christian Academy (Magnolia), 75-39
TAPPS 3A — Lutheran North (Houston) def. Cornerstone Christian (San Antonio), 62-34
TAPPS 2A — Southcrest Christian (Lubbock) def. St. Paul (Shiner), 58-33
TAPPS 1A — Cornerstone Christian (San Angelo) def. Christ Academy (Wichita Falls), 35-27
TCAF Div. 1 — Newman International Academy (Arlington) def. Newman International Academy (Cedar Hill) 48-45
TCAF Div. 2 — Community Christian (Orange) def. Victory Christian Academy (Decatur), 72-42
TCAL 2A — Cornerstone Christian Academy (Bryan) def. Poetry Community Christian (Poetry), 32-15
TCAL 1A — Annapolis Christian Academy (Corpus Christi) def. Trinity Christian Academy (Paris), 39-25

Utah
6A — Fremont (Plain City) def. Herriman (West Herriman), 63-43
5A — Springville def. Farmington, 39-38
4A — Sky View (Smithfield) def. Logan, 56-54
3A — Morgan def. Emery (Castle Dale), 51-47
2A — North Summit (Coalville) def. Kanab, 65-48
1A — Piute (Junction) def. Valley (Orderville), 44-40

Vermont
No state playoffs

Virginia
6A — Madison (Vienna) def. Osbourn Park (Manassas), 54-48
5A — Princess Anne (Virginia Beach) def. Patrick Henry (Roanoke), 56-41
4A — Louisa County (Mineral) def. Pulaski County (Dublin), 59-50
3A — Mason (Falls Church) def. Spotswood (Penn Laird), 65-49
2A — Luray def. Gate City, 61-56
1A — Honaker def. Riverheads (Staunton), 81-56
VISAA Div. 1 — Saint Gertrude (Richmond) def. Catholic (Virginia Beach), 56-36
VISAA Div. 2 — Steward (Richmond, Va.) def. Highland (Warrenton), 45-38
VISAA Div. 3 — Virginia Academy (Ashburn) def. New Covenant (Lynchburg), 64-27

Washington
Spring season
4A —
3A —
2A —
1A —
2B —
1B —

West Virginia
Spring season
AAA
AA —
A —

Wisconsin
Div. 1 — Germantown def. Hudson, 63-48
Div. 2 — Notre Dame Academy (Green Bay) def. Reedsburg, 68-56
Div. 3 — Lake Mills def. Aquinas (La Crosse), 78-67
Div. 4 — Mishicot def. Mineral Point, 70-66
Div. 5 — Assumption (Wisconsin Rapids) def. Three Lakes, 55-48

Wyoming
4A — East (Cheyenne) def. Cody, 52-37
3A — Douglas def. Lyman, 51-11
2A — Wyoming Indian (Ethete) def. Rocky Mountain (Cowley), 44-29
1A — Cokeville def. Upton, 62-48
High school baseball: 109-0 blowout tops list of highest scoring games - OFFICIAL
High school baseball: 109-0 blowout tops list of highest scoring games
The highest scoring baseball game in high school history was played April 25, 1928 when Atlantic (Iowa) defeated nearby Griswold (Iowa), 109-0, but that's only part of the story. The rest of the story involves a girl, money and bad blood that produced an avalanche of national records and possibly the most lopsided score in all of sports history.

The story begins on March 29, 1928, in Griswold, a small town in eastern Iowa, when baseball coach Phil Morrison decided to go with Alice Buckman as his starting right fielder. The selection of Buckman, "a 15-year old red-headed girl," over nine other boys caused quite a stir across the entire country as the Associated Press carried the story and it appeared in newspapers from the Los Angeles Times to the New York Daily News and all points in between.

Griswold games then became a madhouse with fans coming from far and wide to watch Buckman play. She didn't disappoint, either, getting several hits and fielding her position flawlessly aside from one dropped, wind-blown popup.

Griswold games became a main attraction. Movie crews filmed Buckman's every move. Newspaper articles on Griswold games focused only on Buckman's exploits. Opinion columns across the country praised Buckman's accomplishment. The gate at the first Griswold baseball home game was $75 — that's nearly $1,200 in earnings today. She was asked to throw out the first pitch at a minor league ballgame and she was given a trophy for her "Triumph" at the Elliott Track Relays. She was even given a full-page feature in the St. Louis Post Dispatch.

At Atlantic, coach P.G. Russell sought to get a game with Griswold on his home field. In an agreement with Morrison, the two teams would play in Atlantic on April 25 and split the gate 50-50 (one report says the agreement was made the previous fall). Russell anticipated a big crowd and even set up an extra train to run from Griswold to Atlantic to handle the overflow crowd.

Atlantic, it should be noted, was an outstanding team. Undefeated to start the season, Atlantic featured a pitcher, Don King, who had earned all-state honors in the winter while leading Atlantic to a third-place finish in the state basketball tournament. King would play heavily in the matchup against Griswold.

During the week prior to the game, Russell accused Morrison of reneging on their contract, suggesting that Morrison wanted a 60-40 split for Griswold instead of the agreed upon 50-50 cut. Morrison denied the switch, and that's when things began to go downhill. Cries of "commercialization" appeared in newspapers from as far as New Jersey with Morrison denying he was trying to make money off his now nationally famous right fielder.

Morrison then announced the day before the game that Buckman would be unable to play due to an injured finger sustained against Cumberland the game before. Suggesting that he wanted his team to focus on a game the following day against Adair, Morrison pulled his starters, including Buckman, and sent his freshman squad to take on Atlantic.

The results were not pretty. While Atlantic scored only four runs in the first inning, it put 30 across in the second. It scored 12 runs in the third, six runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings, 27 in the seventh and 18 in the eighth.

According to Steve Baier, a Cass County Supervisor who has done research on the game, the game was played at Sunnyside Park, which did not have a fence. A rope was utilized to hold back the fans, who formed the outer boundary of the field.

"Griswold's usual left fielder, Johnny Gustin, threw every pitch," said Baier in an e-mail to MaxPreps. "By the eighth inning, Griswold had only seven players on the field. The (nine-inning) game ended in the eighth due to darkness."

The game was an offensive bonanza for Atlantic. Besides bashing out 92 base hits, Atlantic had 16 home runs, five by Ronald Rapp, 26 doubles and seven triples. Atlantic also blazed on the base paths, swiping 113 bases. Griswold, meanwhile, committed 22 errors.

King was the feature player of the game, however. Besides throwing a no-hitter and striking out 16 (other reports say 13), he also led the Atlantic offensive with 15 hits, two home runs, two doubles and 19 stolen bases.

Obviously the game provided a plethora of national records, but only a handful of them are recognized by the National Federation of High Schools Record Book and the Iowa High Schools Athletic Association record book produced by Bud Legg. While most of the team records are listed, none of the individual marks have found their way into the record books.

Chris Boone of the National Federation reported in an e-mail to MaxPreps that the absence of individual records is likely due to the absence of any boxscores to prove the record-breaking marks.

MaxPreps has included two box scores for the game with this story (pictured below). One is from April 27 in the Des Moines Register and includes all of the stolen base and extra base hit totals, but does not including run totals. An accompanying box score from the April 26 Atlantic News Telegraph shows the run totals, but does not include extra base hits.

Some of the statistics were never reported. Game reports do not list any of the players, other than King, who hit doubles. RBI totals are also not available along with any reports of players who might have scored multiple runs or had multiple hits in an inning.

The two teams met later in the season and the score proved to be much closer. With Griswold's starters, including Buckman, on the field, Atlantic posted a 2-1 win.
Boxes scores from the 1928 game show just how lopsided the game between Atlantic and Griswold was.
Graphic by Ryan Escobar
Boxes scores from the 1928 game show just how lopsided the game between Atlantic and Griswold was.
Here are the records for the game that are included in the National Federation of High Schools Record Book:

Most Runs in a Game: Atlantic, 109
Most Runs in a Game, Both Teams: 109 (Atlantic 109, Griswold 0)
Most Doubles in a Game One Team: Atlantic, 26
Most Hits in a Game, Both Teams: 92 (Atlantic 92, Griswold 0)
Most Home Runs in a Game, Both Teams: 16 (Atlantic 16, Griswold 0)
Most Home Runs in a Game: Atlantic, 16
Most Triples in a Game: Atlantic, 7 (ranks No. 2)

However that list doesn't not include at least two other team marks:

Most Stolen Bases in a Game: Atlantic, 113 (current record is 45 by Salome, Ariz.).
Most Runs in an Inning: Atlantic 30 (ranks 9th best all-time according to NFHS)

There are multiple individual records and listmakers from Atlantic that should be included in the record book. Here are the individual record holders according to the NFHS record book and the totals of the players from Atlantic:

Most Individual Hits in a Game: NFHS Record — 10 by L. Townsend, Hanson (Buxton, Maine), 1931. Atlantic stats: Don King, 15 hits; Laine Rose, 11 hits; Leon Pine, 11 hits; Wynn Rentz, 11 hits; Dale Heath, 11 hits; Ronald Rapp, 10 hits.

Most Individual Home Runs in a Game: NFHS Record — 5, done by 8 players, last by John Biggs, Arlington Heights (Fort Worth, Texas), 2009. Atlantic stats: Ronald Rapp, 5 home runs.

Most Individual Runs Scored in a Game: NFHS Record — 10 by Jim Bushkuhl, Dufur (Ore.), 1977. Atlantic stats: Russell Hoffman, 15 runs; Don King, 14 runs; Laine Rose, 14 runs; Leon Pine, 14 runs; Wynn Rentz, 14 runs; Dale Heath, 13 runs; Ronald Rapp, 10 runs; Clyde Hill, 10 runs.

Most Individual Stolen Bases Game: NFHS Record — 12 by Silento Sayles, Port Gibson, Miss., 2013. Atlantic stats: Don King, 19 stolen bases; Dale Heath, 16 stolen bases; Laine Rose, 15 stolen bases; Leon Pine, 14 stolen bases; Clyde Hill, 13 stolen bases; Wynn Rentz, 13 stolen bases.

Most Triples in a Game: NFHS Record — 4 by six players, last by Gehrig Chambless of Legacy Charter (Fla.) in 2016. Atlantic stats: Wynn Rentz, 4 triples.

And finally, a look at the top 10 highest scoring high school baseball games.

10 highest scoring high school baseball games

1. 109 — Atlantic (Iowa) vs. Griswold (Iowa), April 25, 1928

2. 67 — Athens (Ga.) vs. Royston (Ga.), April 23, 1948
Nate Williams hit for the cycle twice, including two singles, two doubles, two triples and three home runs. He also drove in 17 runs against the boyhood home of Ty Cobb. Athens is now Clarke Central (Athens, Ga.)

3. 65Licking Heights (Pataskala, Ohio) vs. Harvest Prep (Canal Winchester, Ohio), April 15, 2013
This game lasted only three innings before it was called due to darkness.

3. 65Grant Union (John Day, Ore.) vs. Prairie City (Ore.), May 23, 2014
In a playoff game, Grant Union scored 20 runs and had 20 hits in one inning in the 65-0 win.

5. 63Dufur (Ore.) vs. Cascade Locks (Ore.), May 17, 1977
Dufur had a state record 38 hits in the game with Scott Kramer knocking in a state record 12 runs and Jim Buskuhl scoring a state record 10 runs.

5. 63 — Hanson (Buxton, Maine) vs. Old Orchard Beach (Maine), April 25, 1931
L. Townsend had 10 base hits, recognized as the national record by the NFHS record book. Hanson closed in 2011.

7. 60Evans (Ga.) vs. Laney (Augusta, Ga.), April 14, 1999
Evans had 42 hits in the game and led 25-0 after the first and 45-0 after the second inning.

8. 58Anderson County (Lawrenceburg, Ky.) vs. Eminence (Ky.), April 7, 2008
Anderson County scored 32 runs in the first inning and finished the game with 44 hits.

9. 57Myrtle (Miss.) vs. Blue Mountain (Miss.), March 26, 2004
Myrtle had 37 hits in the game and scored 28 runs in the third inning.

10. 56Faith Baptist (Canoga Park, Calif.) vs. Pilgrim (Los Angeles), May 11, 1999
Chrisitan Hariot, a freshman, had nine hits, including four home runs and 12 RBI. Julio Bautista had 13 RBI, four doubles and two home runs. Faith Baptist had 50 hits and scored 28 runs in one inning.

Sources for the story include the NFHS record book, various Iowa newspapers, including the Atlantic News Telegraph and the Des Moines Register.
High school basketball rankings: Montverde Academy holds at No. 1 in Way-Too-Early 2021-22 OFFICIAL Top 25 - OFFICIAL
High school basketball rankings: Montverde Academy holds at No. 1 in Way-Too-Early 2021-22 MaxPreps Top 25
Looking into the crystal ball toward the next high school basketball season, two teams clearly sit above the rest: Montverde Academy and IMG Academy. The two-time defending national champion Eagles and 2018-19 national champion Asceenders each return elite talent to their rosters that should separate them from the pack to start the year.

Since Kevin Boyle's arrival prior to the 2011-12 season, Montverde has a 93.9 win percentage and produced NBA players R.J. Barrett, D'Angelo Russell and Ben Simmons as well as projected lottery picks Scottie Barnes of Florida State, Cade Cunningham of Oklahoma State and Moses Moody of Arkansas.

Montverde has won MaxPreps National Championships in 2013, 2015, 2018 and 2020, and the Eagles' dominance should continue past this season where they outscored opponents by an averaged of 25.8 points and finished 11-1 against MaxPreps Top 25 teams. The program has won 49 of its past 50 games has Top 10 finishes each year for the past decade.

The Eagles return MaxPreps National Junior of the Year Jalen Duren along with top 100 Class of 2022 prospects Jalen Hood-Schifino, Malik Reneau, Dariq Whitehead and Justice Williams. The formidable Eagles rotation is also certain to be bolstered with key additions in the offseason.

The second-ranked Ascenders are expected to return top 50 Class of 2022 prospects Jaden Bradley, Eric Dailey, Jett Howard and Jarace Walker, all MaxPreps Junior-All-Americans.

The elite high school basketball landscape is always tough to define as the offseason transfer season can dramatically shift fortunes quickly. Today, we take a look ahead anyway to get people thinking about what will, hopefully, be a return to a "normal" schedule across the country.

While plenty is certain to change over the summer, here's an early look at what the Way-Too-Early 2021-22 MaxPreps Top 25 high school basketball rankings.
Montverde Academy looks to start the 2021-22 season where it ended the recently finished year - at No. 1 in the MaxPreps Top 25 high school basketball rankings.
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Montverde Academy looks to start the 2021-22 season where it ended the recently finished year - at No. 1 in the MaxPreps Top 25 high school basketball rankings.
1. Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.)
Coach: Kevin Boyle
2020-21 resume: (25-0) No. 1 in final Top 25
Notable returners: Jalen Duren (6-10, Sr., C), Jalen Hood-Schifino (6-4, Sr., G), Malik Reneau (6-8, Sr., F), Dariq Whitehead (6-5, Sr., W/G), Justice Williams (6-3, Sr., G)
Outlook: Captured their second consecutive national championship and third in the past four seasons in 2020-21. The Eagles will again be strong contenders next season behind MaxPreps National Junior of the Year Duren and All-American Whitehead.

Coach: Sean McAloon
2020-21 resume: (21-3) No. 5 in final Top 25
Notable returners: Noah Batchelor (6-6, Sr., W), Jaden Bradley (6-2, Sr., G), Eric Dailey (6-7, Sr., F), Anthony Gilkes (6-6, So., G), Jett Howard (6-4, Sr., G), Jarace Walker (6-8, Sr., W), Gus Yalden (6-8, Jr., F/C).
Outlook: The Ascenders have all the pieces on paper to compete for their second national title in the past four years next season behind a strong returning core that includes Junior MaxPreps All-Americans Bradley, Dailey, Howard and Walker.

3. Milton (Ga.)
Coach: Allen Whitehart
2020-21 resume: (29-3) No. 7 in final Top 25
Notable losses: Broc Bidwell
Notable returners: Kendall Campbell (6-7, Sr., W/F), Kanaan Carlyle (6-2, Jr., G), Lebbeus Overton (6-5, Jr., F), Bruce Thornton (6-2, Sr., G), Cam Walker (6-3, Sr., W)
Outlook: After capturing their first state championship since 2012 and earning a first GEICO Nationals berth, the Eagles return virtually all significant pieces from 2020-21 headlined by Campbell, Carlyle and Ohio State commit Thornton.

Coach: Mike Jones
2020-21 resume: (9-0) No. 4 in final Top 25
Notable returners: Jacoi Hutchinson (6-2, Jr., G), Jason Moore (6-6, Jr., W), Rodney Rice Jr. (6-4, Sr., G), Jerrell Roberson (6-8, Sr., W/F) AJ Swinton (6-6, So., W/F), Tyrell Ward (6-5, Sr., W), Ben Woodward (6-3, Jr., G)
Outlook: The Stags secured their fourth consecutive Top 10 finish in the final MaxPreps Top 25 after completing an abbreviated season unbeaten. Although DeMatha loses MaxPreps Maryland Player of the Year Hawkins to graduation, second team MaxPreps Junior All-American Ward headlines a strong returning cast.

Coach: Mark Phelps
2020-21 Resume: (31-4) No. 10 in final Top 25
Notable losses: Nathan Bittle, Fallou Cisse
Notable returners: Adem Bona (6-10, F/C), Mouhamed Gueye (7-0, Sr., F/C), Kamari Lands (6-8, Sr., W), Stefan Todorovic (6-7, Sr., G), Milos Uzan (6-3, Sr., G)
Outlook: Coming off back-to-back top 10 finishes, the Crew are expected to return the majority of their rotation.

Coach: Rick Brunson
2020-21 resume: (13-0) No. 9 in final Top 25
Notable returners: Aaron Bradshaw (7-0, Jr., C), Rasheer Fleming (6-8, Sr., F), Desear Haskins (6-5, Jr. F/C), Cian Medley (5-10, Jr., G), Cornelius Robinson (6-1, Jr., G), D.J. Wagner (6-3, Jr., G)
Outlook: The Panthers have gone 42-1 over their past two seasons with consecutive Top 25 finishes. They havne't had an opportunity to cap their season with a Tournament of Champions title as postseason play has been canceled in each of the last two years. Next year, the public school will be favorites to win their first crown since 2000 behind top-ranked Class of 2023 prospect Wagner.

Coach: Steve Smith
2020-21 Resume: (20-9) No. 24 in final Top 25
Notable returners: Tybo Bailey (6-2, So., G), Xavier Brown (6-1, Sr., G), Caleb Foster (6-4, So., G), Justin McBride (6-7, So., W), Luke McEldon (6-9, So., F), Jalen Reed (6-8, Sr., F), M.J. Rice (6-5, Sr., W/G)
Outlook: Despite suffering the program's most losses since the 1978-79 season, the Warriors snuck into the final Top 25 with a play-in victory at GEICO Nationals. A strong returning core is expected to be led by MaxPreps Junior All-American selection Rice and Sophomore All-American Foster.

Coach: Kevin Lawson
2020-21 resume: (26-2) No. 20 in final Top 25
Notable returners: Rylan Griffen (6-5, Sr., G), Tre Howell (6-0, Sr., G), Cason Wallace (6-3, Sr., G)
Outlook: Following the program's first state semifinals appearance since 1987, the Eagles are early favorites to capture their first state title next season behind Co-District 7-6A MVP's Wallace and Griffen.

Coach: Patrick Holmes
2020-21 resume: (7-10) GEICO Nationals participant
Notable returners: Hunter Duncan (6-1, Jr., G), Jeremy Fears Jr. (6-1, Jr., G), Vincent Iwuchukwu (7-0, Sr., C), Kebba Njie (6-9, Sr., F), J.J. Starling (6-2, Sr., G), Chisom Okpara (6-7, Sr., W)
Outlook: A disappointing 2020-21 season saw the Lakers finish with a sub-.500 record, but a strong returning cast is expected to return this program to national prominence. Top returners include Top 60 Class of 2022 prospects Starling and Iwuchukwu along with MaxPreps Sophomore All-American Fears.

Coach: Andre Chevalier
2020-21 resume: Spring season in progress
Notable losses: Ryan Grande
Notable returners: Amari Bailey (6-4. Sr., G), Bronny James (6-3, Jr., G), Ramel Lloyd Jr. (6-6, Sr., G), Shy Odom (6-6, Sr., W/F) , Chance Westry (6-6, Sr., G)
Outlook: It is hard to predict how the Trailblazers current spring season will play out, but the high school basketball calendar should return to normal next season in the Golden State. Top 5 Class of 2022 prospect Bailey is expected to be the catalyst, while plenty of intrigue will surround James' return to the court after a knee injury.

Coach: Luke Barnwell
2020-21 resume: (21-4) No. 3 in final Top 25
Notable returners: Gradey Dick (6-7, Sr., W/F), Willie Lightfoot (6-0, Sr., G)
Outlook: Expect the Buffaloes to reload in the offseason after graduating four starters. The Sunflower State powerhouse has been a constant on the national prep scene in recent seasons and made their first GEICO Nationals title game appearance last season.

Coach: David Peavy
2020-21 resume: (29-1) No. 6 in final Top 25
Notable returners: Cameron Barnes (6-11, Jr., C), Aric Demings (6-0, Jr., G), C.J. Ford (6-1, Sr., G), Ronald Holland (6-8, Jr., F), Davion Sykes (6-5, Sr., G/W)
Outlook: The Panthers lose three of their top four scorers from last season, but MaxPreps 2020-21 National Coach of the Year Peavy has proven his ability to overcome those losses as the program has graduated its top scorer each of the previous two seasons.

Coach: Paul Peterson
2020-21 resume: (18-7) No. 12 in final Top 25
Notable returners: Roddy Gayle (6-5, Sr., G/W), Richard Isaacs (6-3, Sr., G), Keba Keita (6-9, Sr. C)
Outlook: The Tigers have some major holes to fill with the loss of three starters headlined by MaxPreps Utah Player of the Year Hickman. Top 50 Class of 2022 prospects Gayle and Isaacs are the cornerstones for Wasatch to retool its roster.

Coach: Nicholas Myles
2020-21 resume: (15-1) Baltimore Catholic League finalist
Notable returners: Daquan Davis (6-1, So., G), Cortez Johnson (6-5, Sr., G), Jahnathan Lamothe (6-4, Jr., G), Derik Queen (6-7, So., F)
Outlook: Finished their 2020-21 campaign almost unbeatean, losing their perfect mark in the Baltimore Catholic League tournament championship game. MaxPreps National Freshman of the Year Queen headlines a talented returning core that includes Top 50 Class of 2023 prospect Lamothe.

Coach: Cilk McSweeney
2020-21 resume: (17-7) FHSAA Class 3A state champions
Notable losses: Dylan Canoville
Notable returners: Marvel Allen (6-5, Jr. G), Carl Cherenfant (6-5, Jr., G), Gregg Glenn (6-8, Sr., W/F), Taylor Hendricks (6-10, Sr., F/C), Tyler Hendricks (6-5, Sr., G/W)
Outlook: Reigning state champions return each of their top four scorers highlighted by MaxPreps Sophomore All-American Allen and talented post presences Glenn and Hendricks.

Coach: Jeff McInnis
2020-21 resume: (28-3) No. 15 in final Top 25
Notable returners: Robert Dillingham (6-1, Jr., G), Mekhi Grant (6-8, Jr., F), Antonio Hamlin (6-2, Sr., G), A.J Smith (6-3, Sr., G)
Outlook: The Goats look to build on their first national Top 25 finish behind top 10 Class of 2023 prospect Dillingham. Former NBA journeyman Jeff McInnis looks to continue to ascension of the Combine Academy basketball program.

Coach: David Green
2020-21 resume: (31-0) UIL Class 5A state champions
Notable losses: Kendris Henry
Notable returners: Terrance Arceneaux (6-7, So., W), Kayde Dotson (6-1, So., G), Clarence Payia (6-4, So., G/W), Trealyn Porchia (6-5, Jr., W), Wesley Yates III (6-4, Jr., G)
Outlook: This group loses one role player off its unbeaten state championship run. Leading scorer Arceneaux hit buzzer beaters at the end of regulation and overtime to help bring home the school's first high school basketball state championship last season.

 Coach: Tyrone Slaughter
2020-21 resume: (15-1)
Notable losses: Grant Newell, Jaehshon Thomas
Notable returners: Xavier Amos (6-8, Sr., F), A.J. Casey (6-8, Sr., F), Dalen Davis (5-11, Jr., G), Marcus Overstreet (6-7, Sr., F), Marcus Pigram (6-3, Sr., G), Jordan Streeter (6-5, Sr., W)
Outlook: The Dolphins have all the pieces to return to the national rankings for the first time since their 2013-14 campaign next season behind five-star Class of 2022 prospect Casey.

Coach: John Buck
2020-21 resume: (3-0)
Notable returners: Jaxon Koroll (6-11,Jr., C), Jayden Pierre (6-2, Sr., G), Jayden Reid (5-9, Sr., G)
Outlook: The Crusaders had one of the most abbreviated seasons playing three games, including two games against the same opponent. Looking ahead to next season, the Big Apple power looks to build around talented returning guards Pierre and Reid.

Coach: Glenn Farello
2020-21 resume: (7-4) No. 21 in final Top 25
Notable returners: Ben Hammond (5-11, So., G), Darren Harris (6-5, So., G/W), DeShawn Harris-Smith (6-4, Jr., G) Knasir McDaniel (6-0, Sr., G), Kris Mickens (6-5, Sr., G/W)
Outlook: Despite losing MaxPreps Virginia Player of the Year Keels to graduation, the Panthers return a strong group highlighted by top 100 Class of 2022 prospect McDaniel and top 50 Class of 2023 prospect Harris-Smith.

Coach: Rick Zych
2020-21 resume: (22-1) KSHSAA Class 4A state champions
Notable losses: Harrison Braudis
Notable returners: Christian Bowen-Webb (6-2, Sr., G), Xavier Hall (6-0, Sr., G), Taj Manning (6-6, Sr., F), Mark Mitchell (6-8, Sr., W/F), Aiden Wing (6-4, Jr., G)
Outlook: First team all-state performers Manning and Mitchell lead the heavy favorites to capture their fifth state title since 2015-16 next season.

Coach: Greg Phillips
2020-21 resume: (25-6) GHSA Class 7A state finalist
Notable losses: Ja'Ron Ford, Dara Olonade
Notable returnes: Malique Ewin (6-10, Sr., F/C), Jermahri Hill (6-4, Sr., G), Destin Logan (6-4, Sr., G), Jameel Rideout (6-2, Sr., G)
Outlook: After advancing to the state championship game last season, the Patriots are expected to be strong contenders to contend for their first state crown since 2001 next season behind a talented incoming senior classification.

Coach: Ed Gipson
2020-21 resume: (28-2) No. 2 in final Top 25
Notable returners: A.J. Storr (6-5, Sr., G), Sadraque Nganga (6-9, Sr., F)
Outlook: This program made a major statement last season, ascending to No. 2 in the national rankings and presenting national champion Montverde Academy with its stiffest test at GEICO Nationals. Despite losing the bulk of its production, AZ Compass Prep remains a budding prep powerhouse on the rise.

Coach: Corey Tucker
2020-21 resume: (9-3)
Notable losses: None
Notable returners: Marlon Barnes Jr. (6-6, Jr., G/W), Emoni Bates (6-9, Sr., W/F), Javaughn Hannah (6-4, Sr., G), Dillon Hunter (6-5, Sr., G), Shawn Phillips (6-10, Sr., C)
Outlook: Top-ranked Class of 2022 prospect Bates looks to lead a talented group of prospects into the national rankings next season after the Ball Boys struggled to field a significant schedule in 2020-21.

Coach: Mike Thomas
2020-21 resume: (14-2) Division I state champions
Notable returners: Amonte Allen-Johnson (6-1, Jr., G), Tae Boyd (6-3, Jr., G), Ty Rodgers (6-7, Sr., W), R.J. Taylor (6-0, Jr., G)
Outlook: The Bobcats made the most of their first state championship game appearance since 1952, capturing the school's first title with a 45-36 victory over previously unbeaten Huron. The return the majority of their rotation including four-star Class of 2022 prospect Rodgers and rising point guard prospect Taylor.