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Top high school baseball player from all 50 states
After highlighting the best team in every state earlier this week, we shift to identifying the top high school baseball player in each state for 2021. Among the diamond stars are college signees, potential Major League Baseball draft picks as well as multi-sport athletes.

Many of these players missed their entire high school season in 2020. They are very familiar names with college and professional scouts, who have been watching them play all summer and fall during elite showcases and tournaments.

Read on to find out who earned the nod in your state.
Brock Selvidge, Hamilton
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Brock Selvidge, Hamilton
Top baseball player in all 50 states

Alabama
Maddux Bruns | UMS-Wright Prep (Mobile)
Got his junior season off to a strong start in 2020 as he struck out 15 in a win over defending 2019 state champion McGill-Toolen.

Alaska
Clayton Boyett | Wasilla
Pitched Warriors to a state championship in 2019 and is headed to play at the University of Oregon.

Arizona
Brock Selvidge | Hamilton (Chandler)
One of the nation's top two-way players, Selvidge was 4-2 on the mound as a sophomore and batted .311 with four home runs.

Arkansas
Braylon Bishop | Arkansas (Texarkana)
One of the state's top all-around athletes, Bishop batted .431 with 13 RBI as a sophomore.

California
Marcelo Mayer | Eastlake (Chula Vista)
In 2019, the Titans had a first-round draft pick in Keoni Cavaco and they could have another one in Mayer, one of the nation's top shortstops. He was batting .294 with three home runs last spring in seven games.

Colorado
Cale Lansville | ThunderRidge (Highlands Ranch)
Struck out 47 batters in 34 innings and batted .386 as a sophomore. He earned second team Class 5A all-state honors.

Connecticut
Gavin Greger | Bristol Central (Bristol)
Only a junior, the University of Connecticut commit had 46 strikeouts as a freshman on the varsity in 2019.

Delaware
Lorenzo Carrier | Appoquinimink (West Middletown)
Gatorade selected Carrier the state Player of the Year in 2020. As a sophomore, he led the team to a 22-0 record and a state championship. He batted .423 with 22 RBI.

District of Columbia
David Jefferson | St. John's
The Notre Dame commit is ranked as one of the top players in the Virginia/District of Columbia area by Prep Baseball Report.

Florida
Andrew Painter | Calvary Christian Academy (Fort Lauderdale)
He was 2-1 in three appearances last year with 27 strikeouts in just 12 innings pitched. He is ranked by Perfect Game as one of the nation's top pitching prospects.

Georgia
Brady House | Winder-Barrow (Winder)
At one time, he was considered the top prospect in the Class of 2021 by Perfect Game. He's still considered a potential high draft pick after hitting .653 with four home runs and 20 RBI last spring.

Hawaii
The catcher earned all-state honors as a sophomore and he has committed to play at the University of California-Berkeley.

Idaho
Chase Hilde | Eagle
As a sophomore, Hilde earned all-conference honors after batting .417. A two-sport standout, he was also a starting linebacker.

Illinois
Ben Hess | Charleston
The Indiana-bound Hess has grown into the No. 1 pitching prospect in Illinois. At 6-foot-5, 205 pounds, Hess has his fastball up to 95 mph.

Indiana
Colson Montgomery | Southridge (Huntingburg)
One of the top basketball players in Southern Indiana, Montgomery has also developed into the top baseball prospect in the state. Committed to Indiana, the shortstop could be selected in the first two days of the MLB Draft this summer.

Iowa
Ian Moller | Wahlert (Dubuque)
Considered the best player in Iowa, he doesn't actually play baseball at Wahlert. Because Iowa holds its season in the summer, Moller chooses to attend summer showcases and tournaments. He's expected to be a first-day draft pick.

Kansas
Ben Kudrna | Blue Valley Southwest (Overland Park)
Kudrna only saw a couple of starts as a sophomore, posting a 1-1 record with 16 strikeouts. He has developed into the state's top pitcher and is ranked as the state's top player by Prep Baseball Report.

Kentucky
Daylen Lile | Trinity (Louisville)
As a sophomore, Lile earned all-state honors by the coaches association after batting .518 with 41 RBI, 17 doubles and three home runs.

Louisiana
Peyton Stovall
| Haughton
A football standout at quarterback, Stovall was on a roll when COVID stopped play in March as he had four home runs in four straight games.

Maine
Brady Afthim
| Windham
Afthim has committed to play at the University of Connecticut. The catcher/shortstop was an all-conference pick as a sophomore in 2019.

Maryland
Peter Heubeck
| Gilman (Baltimore)
Sporting a fastball that hits in the low 90s, Heubeck earned second team All-Metro honors by the Baltimore Sun as a sophomore.

Massachusetts
Josh Baez
| Dexter Southfield (Brookline)
Although he didn't play an inning last year, Baez was named the Gatorade State Player of the Year in 2020. He has become one of the top two-way players in the New England complete with long home runs and 90-mph fastballs.

Michigan
Alex Mooney
| St. Mary Prep (Orchard Lake)
The infielder made the state coaches association all-state team as a sophomore after hitting .444 with 15 doubles and seven home runs.

Minnesota
Will Rogers
| Mounds View (Arden Hills)
Rogers has signed to play with Arizona State, but he could go high in the MLB draft. Rogers, a catcher/pitcher, participated in the Perfect Game National Showcase in September.

Mississippi
Braden Montgomery
| Madison Central (Madison)
The Stanford-bound outfielder has developed into one of the top players in the country. He played in the Perfect Game All-American Classic.

Missouri
Carter Jensen
| Park Hill (Kansas City)
As a sophomore, Jensen batted .405 with 13 RBI and six doubles. Jensen can play multiple positions as he is listed as a catcher, corner infielder and outfielder.

Nebraska
Drew Christo
| Elkhorn
A strong summer has moved Christo to the top of the Nebraska prospect rankings by Perfect Game. He has committed to Nebraska and has developed a 95 mph fastball.

Nevada
Tommy DiLandri
| Palo Verde (Las Vegas)
He saw the field for only five games last spring for Palo Verde, but he batted .545 with seven runs and a home run. He batted .450 as a freshman at Bishop Gorman before transferring to Palo Verde.

New Hampshire
Ryan Minckler
| Portsmouth
Earned all-state first team honors as a sophomore in 2019 and had a no-hitter with 12 strikeouts in his second start of the season.

New Jersey
Chase Petty
| Mainland Regional (Linwood)
He might have the best fastball of any player in the Class of 2021 as he hit 100 mph during a summer Perfect Game showcase in Georgia.

New Mexico
Jacob Kmatz
| Sandia (Albuquerque, N.M.)
One of the top pitchers in the Southwest, Kmatz has consistently hit in the low 90s with his fastball. He's committed to play at Oregon State.

New York
Joe Mack
| Williamsville East (East Amherst)
Considered one of the top catchers in the nation, Mack did not play last year, but earned All-Western New York honors while batting .462 with four home runs as a sophomore.

North Carolina
Kahlil Watson
| Wake Forest
A football and baseball standout, Watson dominated as a sophomore by batting .578 with six home runs and 23 RBI. He ranks as one of the nation's top shortstops.

North Dakota
Alex Urlaub
| Sheyenne (West Fargo)
Earned all-tournament honors as a sophomore in 2019. His return helps make Sheyenne the favorite in North Dakota in 2021.

Ohio
Gavin Bruni
| Alliance
Bruni has risen to become one of the top two-way players in the state. He went 6-2 as a sophomore with 81 strikeouts and just 17 walks. He also batted .484 with 28 RBI and eight doubles.

Oklahoma
Jackson Jobe
| Heritage Hall (Oklahoma City)
Seen as a five-tool player who can throw 96 mph off the mound, he's also regarded as a prospect at shortstop. After his performance at the Perfect Game All-American Classic, Jobe will likely be drafted as a pitcher.

Oregon
Cameron Clayton
| Lakeridge (Lake Oswego)
The Pacers could be the top team in Oregon this year and Clayton is a big reason. The shortstop ranks as one of the top middle infielders in the nation and is a preseason All-American by Collegiate Baseball.

Pennsylvania
Ben Montgomery
| Red Land (Lewisberry)
He didn't play last year, but he has consistently ranked among the Top 10 players heading into the 2021 MLB draft. He's regarded as the top overall outfielder in the nation by Perfect Game.

Rhode Island
Ben Brutti
| South Kingstown (Wakefield)
Brutti is ranked as one of the top prospects in New England in the Class of 2022 and the No. 6 overall prospect in the Class according to Prep Baseball Report.

South Carolina
Will Taylor
| Dutch Fork (Irmo)
A Clemson football prospect at quarterback, Taylor also ranks as the top baseball prospect in the state. The MaxPreps South Carolina Football Player of the Year is expected to play both sports at Clemson.

South Dakota
Chase Mason
| Harrisburg
Mason was expected to be one of the top baseball players in the state and a possible MLB draft pick this summer, however he suffered an ACL injury playing football in September.

Tennessee
Chase Burns
| Beech (Hendersonville)
Originally from Station Camp, Burns transferred to Beech last summer. He sported a 0.52 ERA in 40.2 innings pitched to rank among the top pitchers in the state in 2019.

Texas
Jordan Lawler
| Dallas Jesuit
Lawler has taken over as the top prospect in the Class of 2021 and is a potential Top 10 draft pick. As a sophomore, he batted .385 with 25 RBI and four home runs.

Utah
Cam Day
| Layton
As a sophomore, he posted a 1.97 ERA with 60 strikeouts in just 49.2 innings. He finished his sophomore season with back-to-back 10 strikeout efforts against Northridge.

Vermont
Owen Ellington
| U-32 (Montpelier)
Named the state player of the year as a sophomore, Ellington struck out 66 batters and had a 0.47 ERA while also batting .457. He has committed to play at UConn.

Virginia
Elijah Lambros
| Fredericksburg Christian
A multi-sport athlete, Lambros has been tabbed by Prep Baseball Report as the top baseball player in Virginia. He played at Stafford as a sophomore and batted .427 with 18 RBI while leading the team to a state championship.

Washington
Malakhi Knight
| Marysville Getchell (Marysville)
A two-sport star, Knight excelled on the hardcourt for the Chargers while also emerging as the state's top baseball prospect as an outfielder in the Class of 2021.

West Virginia
Grant Hussey
| Parkersburg South (Parkersburg)
The first baseman has committed to West Virginia. He batted .385 as a freshman and earned honorable mention all-state honors as a sophomore.

Wisconsin
Noah Miller
| Ozaukee (Fredonia)
Already signed by Alabama, Miller is tabbed as the top player in the state by Perfect Game and Prep Baseball Report. As a sophomore, he batted .500 with nine doubles and three home runs.
High school football rankings: IMG Academy finishes year at No. 1, earns HIGHSCORE National Champion honors - HIGHSCORE
High school football rankings: IMG Academy finishes year at No. 1, earns MaxPreps National Champion honors
IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) finishes the year where it began as the No. 1 team in the MaxPreps Top 25 high school football rankings. The Ascenders have been named the MaxPreps National Champion for the first time in the program's eight-year history.

The Ascenders earned the title under first-year coach Bobby Acosta, who took over in Bradenton for Kevin Wright. IMG Academy's previous best finish was No. 2 in 2017. The program has finished in the top 10 of the MaxPreps Top 25 for the sixth straight season, compiling a 56-2 record during that span.

IMG Academy went 8-0 in 2020, winning each contest by at least 27 points while notching victories against No. 16 Duncanville, No. 38 Northwestern (Miami), Edgewater (Orlando), Ravenwood (Brentwood, Tenn.) and TRU Prep Academy (Miami Gardens, Fla.).

Michigan-bound quarterback J.J. McCarthy finished with nearly 1,500 yards passing and 16 touchdowns without an interception. Alabama-bound J.C. Latham, Michigan signee Greg Crippen and four-star junior offensive tackle Tyler Booker led the way in the trenches for the nation's best offensive line.

The defense, which never allowed more than 14 points in a game, was led by sophomore linebacker Malik Bryant, five-star safety Kamari Wilson, Kansas signee O.J. Burroughs and Ole Miss signee Markevious Brown.
Final MaxPreps Top 25 High School Football Rankings

Record: 8-0

Record: 14-0

Record: 14-0

Record: 6-0

Record: 10-0

Record: 14-0

Record: 14-1

Record: 15-0

Record: 14-0

Record: 10-0

Record: 11-0

Record: 14-0

Record: 10-0

Record: 8-1

Record: 12-2

Record: 10-2

Record: 13-1

Record: 8-1

Record: 13-1

Record: 10-2

Record: 11-2

Record: 8-1

Record: 15-0

Record: 10-0

Record: 11-0

Past MaxPreps National Champions

2008 – St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
2009 – Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.)
2010 – South Panola (Batesville, Miss.)
2011 – Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.)
2012 – John Curtis Christian (River Ridge, La.)
2013 – Booker T. Washington (Miami, Fla.)
2014 – Allen (Texas)
2015 – Katy (Texas)
2016 – Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, Nev.)
2017 – Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.)
2018 – North Shore (Houston, Texas)
2019 – St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.)


High school basketball rankings: Montverde Academy holds at No. 1 in Way-Too-Early 2021-22 HIGHSCORE Top 25 - HIGHSCORE
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.
High school football: Nation's No. 1-ranked quarterback, Washington signee Sam Huard breaks state record - HIGHSCORE
High school football: Nation's No. 1-ranked quarterback, Washington signee Sam Huard breaks state record
High school football's top senior quarterback prospect Sam Huard of Kennedy Catholic (Burien) broke the Washington state record for career passing yards Saturday late in the second quarter of a 60-17 home victory over  Kentwood (Covington). The 6-foot-2, 190-pound left-hander entered the game needing 341 yards to break the mark of 13,044 set by current Denver Broncos backup Brett Rypien of Shadle Park (Spokane) from 2011 to 2014.

Huard reached that with a 12-yard completion to Leland Ward just before halftime as Lancers (2-0) took a 34-3 lead at intermission. By then, Huard was 30 of 38 for 384 yards and five touchdowns.

He left the game with 4 minutes, 25 seconds left having completed 40 of 56 passes for 514 yards and eight scores, upping his career totals 13,226 passing yards and 153 touchdowns. The fourth-year starter and Washington signee told his team after the game it would be his last as a Lancer. He starts classes at Washington on Monday. 

"I've said it before and I'll say it now, coaching Sam Huard is what I imagined it would be like to coach Peyton Manning," Kennedy Catholic coach Sheldon Cross told MaxPreps Friday after the team's practice. "He wants to be so great. He does everything right. He's a great person, a great teammate and the players love him.
Kennedy Catholic quarterback Sam Huard broke the state record for career yardage during his team's home game on Saturday against Kentwood.
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Kennedy Catholic quarterback Sam Huard broke the state record for career yardage during his team's home game on Saturday against Kentwood.
"Sam being on top of the list of great Washington quarterbacks is just where he belongs."

Huard is ranked the No. 11 player in the Class of 2021 nationally by 247Sports Composite and his father Damon and uncle Brock both played quarterback in the NFL.

He's carved up opponents throughout his brilliant career, entering the pandemic-shorted 2021 spring season with 11,745 passing yards and 132 touchdowns in just 32 games. He was the MaxPreps Freshman of the Year in 2017.

Running Cross' air raid offense to near perfection, Huard opened the season completing 28 of 37 for 515 yards and seven touchdowns in a 49-14 win over Tahoma. The following week he was 30 of 42 for 444 yards and six scores during a 53-6 win over Decatur.

On Saturday, he completed touchdown passes of 32 and 35 yards to his future Washington teammate Jabez Tinae, and 14- and 11-yard TDs to Arizona State signee Junior Alexander, making it 27-3.

After an interception, the Lancers took over deep in their own territory, zoomed up field before Huard found Ward on a short dump off pass for 12 yards just before halftime to break Rypien's record.
The game was halted briefly in the first half to mark Huard breaking the record.
Photo by Paul Caldwell
The game was halted briefly in the first half to mark Huard breaking the record.
Cross called timeout, a sparse crowd — due to COVID-19 protocols — cheered and he was presented with a giant banner of Huard with a photo of his image and the words "Most passing yards in Washington state history." 

A few plays later, Kennedy Catholic was back in the end zone, where Huard has led them throughout the last four seasons.

Cross said that Huard didn't return to play in order to break the record. He simply wanted to have one more experience with his teammates. By January, most believed there there wasn't going to be a season due to the pandemic. When Washington committed to the spring, Cross said Huard was one of the first to contact him. Huard had always planned to graduate in December after his senior season to attend Washington early. When COVID-19 wiped out the fall season, Cross thought Huard was done.

"He said, 'Coach I can't miss it, I have to play with my guys one more time,' " Cross said. "I wasn't planning on him coming back. He had absolutely nothing to prove. He had his dream school all ready assured. I was in awe that he wanted to come back. It's something I'll always cherish."

Huard led a student driven advocacy group — Student Athletes of Washington (SAW) — and met with Gov. Jay Inslee to help get prep sports back in play. On Friday, in his final academic assignment, he presented a senior project on the importance of high school athletics.

On Saturday, in his final prep athletic assignment, he finished on top of the heap as king of Washington quarterback. On Monday, he's off to college.

"He's obviously way more than just a great high school football player," Cross said. "He's going to do many more great things from here."
Huard leads his teammates onto the field before the game.
Photo by Paul Caldwell
Huard leads his teammates onto the field before the game.
Photo by Paul Caldwell
Photo by Paul Caldwell
Photo by Paul Caldwell
On Senior Day, Sam poses with his father, Damon, and mother, Julie.
Photo by Paul Caldwell
On Senior Day, Sam poses with his father, Damon, and mother, Julie.

 
California high school football: Freshman quarterback Elijah Brown leads Mater Dei past St. John Bosco - HIGHSCORE
California high school football: Freshman quarterback Elijah Brown leads Mater Dei past St. John Bosco
Mater Dei (Santa Ana) had to wait 504 days to gain a measure of revenge against its arch rival St. John Bosco (Bellflower) on Saturday night. It took a freshman quarterback in Elijah Brown, not even enrolled at the school the last time the teams met, to lead the way in a resounding 34-17 season-ending victory at Santa Ana Stadium. 

The 6-foot-2, 185-pound ninth-grader completed 14-of-23 passes for 202 yards and four touchdowns as the Monarchs led most of the way in one of the most anticipated games of the 2020-21 school year, fall, winter or spring.

St. John Bosco defeated Mater Dei 39-34 in the 2019 CIF Southern Section Division 1 championship game, and annually the two national powers meet to decide Trinity League and section crowns, that ultimately lead to possible state and national crowns. 

This one finished off a short six-week regular season with no playoffs planned due to the pandemic. Most saw it as the unofficial state championship. None of it seemed to phase Brown.

After the fall season was postponed until the spring, he was named the starter, becoming just the fourth freshman quarterback in school history to do so under legendary coach Bruce Rollinson. The others: JT Daniels, Matt Barkley and Todd Marinovich.

The moment wasn't too big, right from the start, as he directed the Monarchs on a 79-yard drive while completing 4-of-5 passes for 57 yards, including an 18-yard touchdown to four-star junior wide receiver CJ Williams, who made a sensational one-handed touchdown grab. That put Mater Dei up 7-0 with 6:46 left in the first quarter.
Quarterback Elijah Brown had four touchdown passes to lead Mater Dei.
Photo by Louis Lopez
Quarterback Elijah Brown had four touchdown passes to lead Mater Dei.
The Braves answered quickly as three-star running back Jabari Bates showed off his speed and took it to the house from 66 yards out to even the score, 7-7.

After three-star junior defensive tackle Jairus Satele recorded a sack on third down to force a punt, sophomore quarterback Pierce Clarkson led St. John Bosco on a six-play, 57-yard drive capped off by a great throw to tight end Matayo Uiagalelei. The four-star sophomore and brother of three-year starting Bosco QB DJ Uiagalelei (now at Clemson) made a tremendous 26-yard touchdown catch to give the Braves a 14-7 lead on the last play of the first quarter.

That was the last lead for the the 2019 MaxPreps national champions.

Brown connected with Williams for a second time, this one a 26-yard touchdown with 11:10 left in the 2nd quarter to tie it up at 14. Mater Dei got the ball right back and it took Brown one play to give the Monarchs the lead for good with his third touchdown, a 64-yard strike to USC signee Kyron Ware-Hudson.
Mater Dei receiver Kyron Ware-Hudson hauls in a 64-yard touchdown catch in the second quarter.
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Mater Dei receiver Kyron Ware-Hudson hauls in a 64-yard touchdown catch in the second quarter.
Chase Meyer connected on a 38-yard field goal with 2:04 left in the second quarter to put the Monarchs up 24-14 and three-star senior safety Shoes Brinkley intercepted Katin Houser in the end zone on the final play of the first half to keep Mater Dei up 10 at halftime. 

The Braves defense forced a three-and-out to start the second half Clarkson led the Braves down field, finished off with a 37-yard field goal by Andre Meono with 7:07 left in the third quarter to cut the deficit to 24-17.

On the next possession, St. John Bosco was called for three defensive pass interference penalties, one coming on fourth-and-two from the Braves 22. That set up Brown's fourth touchdown pass, a 13-yarder to Josiah Zamora to make it 31-17 with 2:58 left in the third.
Bosco's Jabari Bates rips off a 66-yard touchdown in the first quarter.
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Bosco's Jabari Bates rips off a 66-yard touchdown in the first quarter.
Houser led the Bosco down the field and on the first play of the fourth quarter it looked like he was going to run it in for a score. But Quincy Craig punched the ball out right before he crossed the goal line, Jacob Kongaika recovered in the end zone, giving the Monarchs the ball back at their own 20.

The turnover seemed to deflate the Braves as well.

Five-star USC commit Domani Jackson iced the game for Mater Dei with just over five minutes left as he intercepted Houser, setting up a 42-yard field goal by Meyer, making it 34-17 with 3:31 left.

The Monarchs finished spring a perfect 5-0 while outscoring opponents, 208-57. St. John Bosco (5-1) suffered its first loss since since Oct. 25, 2019.

Expect both teams to be ranked in the Top 5 when the MaxPreps Top 25 football rankings are released during the summer. With the win, the Monarchs own the inside track to start at No. 1. Mater Dei and the Braves had split their last 10 games, with Bosco holding a slim 295-287 cumulative score edge.
Mater Dei receiver CJ Williams makes one of his two touchdown catches.
Photo by Louis Lopez
Mater Dei receiver CJ Williams makes one of his two touchdown catches.
Three Mater Dei defenders stuff a Bosco ballcarrier.
Photo by Louis Lopez
Three Mater Dei defenders stuff a Bosco ballcarrier.
Mater Dei players celebrate their season-ending victory over St. John Bosco on Saturday night.
Photo by Louis Lopez
Mater Dei players celebrate their season-ending victory over St. John Bosco on Saturday night.