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MaxPreps/AVCA High School Player of the Week
For the week of Jan. 18-24

North Carolina
OH | Senior | 5-foot-8
5 Sets Played

Kills: 15
Kills/Game: 3
Digs: 9
Digs/Game: 1.8
Receptions: 15
Rcpt/Game: 3
Aces: 4
Blocks: 4

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High school baseball: Greatest team in all 50 states - HIGHSCORE
High school baseball: Greatest team in all 50 states
What do the 1996 Westminster Christian (Miami), the 2006 The Woodlands (Texas) and the 1958 Fresno high school baseball teams all have in common? They all have been selected by MaxPreps as the greatest high school baseball team of all-time from their respective states.

Westminster Christian was ranked No. 1 in the nation by several publications and had seven all-state players and two MLB draft picks. The Woodlands team had state Player of the Year Kyle Drabek on the mound and was also ranked No. 1 in the country. Fresno, meanwhile, shut out 15 opponents and has also been regarded by Cal-Hi Sports as the state's best team ever.

Those three teams highlight a list that includes teams from different eras, including the 1925 Lane Tech team from Illinois, the 1953 Capitol Hill team from Oklahoma and the 1948 Burlington team from Vermont. Recent selections include the 2018 Har-Ber squad from Arkansas, the 2015 Parkview team from Georgia and the 2014 Barbe team from Louisiana.

Teams were selected using a combination of past Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball Newspaper and MaxPreps national rankings as a starting point. Extra weight was given to national champions, undefeated teams and squads with multiple all-state players or MLB draft picks. For states not recognized in national rankings, state championships were used. Montana, Wyoming and South Dakota were not included since they do not play baseball as part of their state association.
Ryne Inman was part of Parkview's 2015 squad.
File photo by Steve Hampton
Ryne Inman was part of Parkview's 2015 squad.
Greatest high school baseball team from each state

Alabama
Team:
Russell County (Seale)
Year: 2005
Record: 38-1, Class 5A state champion.
Ranking: No. 1 by Collegiate Baseball Magazine and Baseball America
Best Players: Colby Rasmus (drafted No. 28 overall in MLB draft), OF, Class 5A state player of the year;  Kuyaunnis Miles (648 in 2007), Kasey Kiker, P, Jr, All-State Super 12 (drafted No. 12 in 2006); Cory Rasmus, Utility, Jr, Class 5A all-state (drafted No. 38 in 2006, played 4 years in MLB); Adam Coe, 3B-2B (drafted No. 220 in 2006), Danny Danielson, P (drafted No. 236 in 2007),

Alaska
Team:
South Anchorage (Anchorage)
Year: 2017
Record: 17-3, Division 1 state champion
Ranking: Not in Top 50 national rankings
Best Players: Jonny Homza, C-3B (138)

Arizona
Team:
Tucson High Magnet School (Tucson)
Year: 1972
Record: 25-0, Class AAA state champion
Ranking: No national rankings in 1972
Best Players: Ron Hassey, SS, .486 batting average, All-City player of the year, (drafted in 1976, played 14 years in MLB as catcher); Michael Odum, All-City, (No. 153); Frank Castro, P, 13-0, 0.68 ERA; Al Lopez, 1B, All-City, .340, 5 HR.

Arkansas
Team:
Har-Ber (Springdale)
Year: 2018
Record: 30-4, Class 7A state champion
Ranking: No. 2 in national rankings by Baseball America
Best Players: Blake Adams, Jr., P-IF, .411, 8 HR, 7-2 record, 89 Ks (plays at Arkansas), All-State, state player of the year in 2019; Hunter Wood, IF, All-State as junior.

California
Team:
Fresno
Year: 1958
Record: 30-1 (only loss to Fresno State freshman team). 15 wins by shutout.
Ranking: No national rankings in 1958
Best Players: Dick Ellsworth, P, 15-0; Lynn Rube, P, 7-1; Jim Maloney, SS (played in MLB with Reds); Pat Corrales, C (played in MLB).

Colorado
Team:
Cherry Creek (Greenwood Village)
Year: 1996
Record: 22-0, Class 5A state champion
Ranking: No. 2 in national rankings by Baseball America
Best Players: Josh Bard (No. 1,027, played with Dodgers); Darnell McDonald, Baseball America National Player of the Year in 1997, All-American in 1996. Tyler Johnson, team captain, played at Arizona State.

Connecticut
Team:
Southington
Year: 1999
Record: 19-1, Class LL state champion
Ranking: No. 44 in national rankings by Baseball America
Best Players: Bryan Rinehart (No. 1,276), All-American, hit home runs in five consecutive at-bats; Brian Mascaro, P, Connecticut-Massachusetts All-Star.

Delaware
Team:
St. Mark's (Wilmington)
Year: 2004
Record: 23-1, Division 1 state champion
Ranking: No. 47 in national rankings by Baseball America
Best Players: John Dischert, Jr., P, all-state; Mark Lemon, 3B, all-state; Shane Malkin, 2B, all-state second team; Dante LaPenta, OF, all-state honorable mention; Tim Smith, UT, all-state honorable mention. 

Florida
Team:
Westminster Christian (Miami)
Year: 1996
Record: 36-0-1, Class 2A state champion
Ranking: No. 1 in nation by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper and Baseball America
Best Players: K.O. Wiegandt (No. 1,121), all-state pitcher; Keith Brice, P, (No. 1,689), second team all-state; Jason Moore, IF, all-state; Mark Walker, OF, all-state; Manny Crespo, OF, all-state; Brad DuPree, P, second team all-state; Javier Miranda, IF, second team all-state.

Georgia
Team:
Parkview (Lilburn)
Year: 2015
Record: 34-2, Class 7A state champion
Ranking: No. 1 in national rankings by Baseball America
Best Players: Ryne Inman, P, 11-1, (No. 455, in MLB with Mariners); Will Etheridge, Jr., P, 13-0, (in MLB with Rockies), Daino Deas (Auburn), .410.

Hawaii
Year: 1997
Record: 31-2, Division 1 state champion
Ranking: No. 6 in national rankings by Baseball America
Best Players: Keoni DeRenne, SS, state player of the year, .519; Gregg Omori, 2B, all-state, .549; Danny Kimura, UT, all-state, .534; Corin Korenaga, OF, all-state, .354.

Idaho
Team:
Lewiston
Year: 1972
Record: 33-1, invitational state tournament champion
Ranking: No national rankings in 1972
Best Players: Jeff Hill, OF (No. 97, drafted in 1973).

Illinois
Team:
Lane Tech (Chicago)
Year: 1925
Record: 30-1
Ranking: No national rankings in 1925, however, defeated Flushing (N.Y.) in front of 50,000 fans at Yankee Stadium for "Intercity" championship between Chicago and New York City.
Best Players: Alf Thorp, 14 strikeouts in win over Flushing.

Indiana
Team:
La Porte
Year: 1987
Record: 34-2, Class 3A state champion
Ranking: No. 1 in national rankings by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper
Best Players: Bob Gale, P, all-state, 15-1, 127 Ks;

Iowa
Team:
Johnston
Year: 2008
Record: 40-0, Class 4A state champion
Ranking: Not included in national rankings due to summer season
Best Players: Ryan Torgerson, P, 12-0, all-state; Troy DuBay, C, .421, all-state; Greg Larpenter, OF, .42, all-state.

Kansas
Team:
Southeast (Wichita)
Year: 1978
Record: 23-0, Class 5A state champion
Ranking: No. 1 in national rankings by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper
Best Players: Douglas Hoppock, P/OF (No. 564); Kevin Clinton, IF-P (No. 650)

Kentucky
Team:
Madison Central (Richmond)
Year: 1982
Record: 40-0 (13 shutouts), state champion
Ranking: No. 1 in national rankings by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper
Best Players: Ricky Congleton, P, 10-0; Jeff Cruse, P (drafted 1987, No. 1,098).

Louisiana
Team:
Barbe (Lake Charles)
Year: 2014
Record: 39-2, Class 5A state champion
Ranking: No. 1 in national rankings by Baseball America
Best Players: Kennon Fontenot, state MVP, .489; Beau Jordan, all-state; Bryce Jordan, all-state; Gunner Leger, P, 17-0; Adam Goree (frosh), 13-0.

Maine
Team:
Deering (Portland)
Year: 2004
Record: 17-0, Class A champion
Ranking: No. 41 in national rankings by Baseball America
Best Players: Ryan Flaherty 3B-SS, (drafted 2008, No. 41, 7 years in MLB); Andrew Giobbi, C, drafted in 2010, No. 972); Chris Burleson, SS, state MVP in 2005 (drafted in 2009, No. 1,079).

Maryland
Team:
Northeast (Pasadena)
Year: 1991
Record: 24-0, Class 3A state champion
Ranking: No. 1 in national rankings by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper
Best Players: Craig Everett, OF, All-Metro Player of the Year (No. 1,595); Charlie Buckheit, P, All-Metro second team; Donald Shump, 3B, All-Metro second team, (No. 1,554); Russ Curry, IF, All-Metro second team; Rich Spiegel, C-1B (drafted 1994 ,No. 622).

Massachusetts
Team:
Plymouth North (Plymouth)
Year: 2008
Record: 22-0, Division 2 champion
Ranking: No. 18 in national rankings by Baseball America
Best Players: Evan Martinson, All-Star; Tom MacInnes, All-Star; Jared Canney, All-Star; Joe Flynn, All-Star; Jordan Wylie, All-Star; Matt Walsh, All-Star; Corey Coleman, All-Star; Keegan Grabhorn, All-Star.

Michigan
Team:
Catholic Central (Novi)
Year: 1999
Record: 38-1, Division 1 state champion
Ranking: No. 8 in national rankings by Baseball America
Best Players: Casey Rogowski (No. 399), all-state Dream Team; Anthony Tomey (No. 707), all-state Dream Team; Bob Malek, all-state Dream Team.

Minnesota
Team:
Cretin-Derham Hall (St. Paul)
Year: 2001
Record: 25-1, state champion
Ranking: No. 10 in national rankings by Baseball America
Best Players: Joe Mauer (No. 1), USA Today Player of the Year; Tony Leseman, OF, all-metro, .530; Mark Dunnigan, OF, all-metro second team, .549; Sean Spencer, P, all-metro third team.

Mississippi
Team:
Sumrall
Year: 2010
Record: 36-1, Class 4A state champion
Ranking: No. 1 in national rankings by MaxPreps
Best Players: Chase Lewallen, Clarion Ledger all-state, .545; Jackson Posey, all-state, .523; Luke Lowery, P, 11-1, all-state second team; Conner Barron, IF, .514, all-state second team.

Missouri
Team:
Vianney (Kirkwood)
Year: 2018
Record: 36-2, Class 5 state champion
Ranking: No. 6 in national rankings by Baseball America
Best Players: Andrew Keck, C, all-state first team; CJ Cepicky, OF, all-state first team; Luke Mann, DH, all-state first team.

Nebraska
Team:
Omaha Northwest (Omaha)
Year: 1983
Record: 21-1, Class A state champion
Ranking: No. 1 in national rankings by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper
Best Players: Gregg Olson, P (27-0 career record, played with Orioles).

Nevada
Team:
Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas)
Year: 2009
Record: 40-4, Class 4A state champion
Ranking: No. 1 in national rankings by Baseball America
Best Players: Jeffrey Malm (No. 169), 1B, national player of the year, RJ Santigate (No. 1,341), Joey Gallo, IF, MaxPreps Freshman All-American; Erik Van Meetren, C, MaxPreps Sophomore All-American; Johnny Field, IF, all-state; Joey Rickard, OF, all-state; Stephen Manthei, P, all-state.

New Hampshire
Team:
Portsmouth
Year: 2011
Record: 20-0 (part of 89-game win streak), Division II champion
Ranking: Not in top 50 national rankings
Best Players: Keegan Taylor, Division II player of the year, Aidan O'Leary, all-state; Quinn McCann, all-state; Connor McCauley, all-state.

New Jersey
Team:
Gloucester Catholic (Gloucester City)
Year: 2000
Record: 33-1, Non-Public champion
Ranking: No. 1 in national rankings by Baseball America
Best Players: Mark Michael, IF, (No. 612); Greg Burke (No. 1,262), P, all-state; Matt Ryan, OF, all-state; Mike Rucci, DH, all-state.

New Mexico
Team:
La Cueva (Albuquerque)
Year: 2004
Record: 28-0 (part of 70-game win streak), Class 6A state champion
Ranking: No. 6 in national rankings by Baseball America
Best Players: James Parr (No. 131), P-SS, all-state; Seth Johnson, OF, all-state; Jordan Pacheco, P, all-state; JJ Muse, OF, all-state second team.

New York
Team:
Washington (New York)
Year: 1997
Record: 44-2, PSAL champion
Ranking: No. 1 in national rankings by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper
Best Players: Vicente Rosario (No. 240), .623, 89 stolen bases, all-city; Emmanuel Ulloa (No. 643), P, 14-1, all-city; Manuel Olivera, P, 12-0, all-city.

North Carolina
Team:
White Oak (Jacksonville)
Year: 1979
Record: 22-0 (part of 45-game win streak), state champion
Ranking: No. 1 in national rankings by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper
Best Players: Mike Meadows, P, 29-0 career record.

North Dakota
Team:
Minot
Year: 2005
Record: 37-2, Class A state champion
Ranking: Not in Top 50 national rankings
Best Players: Andrew Gudmunson, all-state, P; Tyler Lundy, all-state P.

Ohio
Team:
Start (Toledo)
Year: 1994
Record: 31-0, Division 1 state champion
Ranking: No. 1 in national rankings by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper
Best Players: Matt King (No. 389), P, all-state; Dan Wardrop, 1B, all-state; Steve Luda, 3B, all-state.

Oklahoma
Team: Capitol Hill (Oklahoma City)
Year: 1953
Record: 27-0, state champion
Ranking: No national rankings in 1953
Best Players: Bob Burr, 1B, .433, all-state; Buzzy Cleveland, 3B, .396, all-state.

Oregon
Team:
Lakeridge (Lake Oswego)
Year: 1999
Record: 30-1, Class 4A state champion
Ranking: No. 34 in national rankings by Baseball America
Best Players: Rob Hayden, P, all-state; McKenzie Handley, P, all-state; Evan Zupancic, OF, all-state; Adam Bellows, OF, all-state.

Pennsylvania
Team:
Malvern Prep (Malvern)
Year: 2008
Record: 40-3, Inter AC champion
Ranking: No. 9 in national rankings by Baseball America
Best Players: Chris Gosik, OF, all-city; John Gentile, P, all-city; Chris Cowell, IF, all-city second team; Tim Cooney, P, all-city second team; Nick Busillo, OF, all-city third team; Mike Lubanski, C, all-city third team.

Rhode Island
Team:
Bishop Hendricken (Warwick)
Year: 2003
Record: 27-2, Div. 1 state champion
Ranking: No. 44 in national rankings by Baseball America
Best Players: Jay Rainville, P, (drafted 2004, No. 39).

South Carolina
Team: Riverside (Greer)
Year: 2004
Record: 30-2, Class AAA all-state team.
Ranking: No. 4 in national rankings by Baseball America
Best Players: Marc Young (No. 859), state player of the year; Drew Crisp (No. 1,039), all-state; Adam Crisp (No. 1,129).

Tennessee
Team: Germantown
Year: 1995
Record: 38-0, Class 3A state champion
Ranking: No. 1 in national rankings by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper and Baseball America
Best Players: Jay Hood (No. 100), All-American; Matt Hale, all-state; Chris Latterhos, all-state.

Texas
Team:
The Woodlands
Year: 2006
Record: 38-1, Class 5A state champion
Ranking: No. 1 in national rankings by Baseball America
Best Players: Kyle Drabek (No. 18), Class 5A state player of the year; Steven Maxwell, P, all-state; Mickey Armstrong, C, all-state honorable mention; Paul Goldschmidt (No. 1,453).

Utah
Team:
Spanish Fork
Year: 2011
Record: 29-3, Class 4A state champion
Ranking: No. 2 in national rankings by Baseball America
Best Players: Kayden Porter, Utah Mr. Baseball; Hayden Nielsen, P, Class 4A MVP; Jarrett Jarvis, C, all-state; Travis Still, OF, all-state.

Vermont
Team:
Burlington
Year: 1948
Record: 15-1 (42-4 during three straight state championship seasons)
Ranking: No national rankings in 1948
Best Players: Paul Letourneau, P; Johnny Bove, P.

Virginia
Team:
Madison (Vienna)
Year: 2002
Record: 29-0, Group 6 champion
Ranking: No. 14 in national rankings by Baseball America
Best Players: JJ Hollenbeck, All-Met Player of the Year, 8-0, 0.89 ERA; Matt Foley, C, All-Met, .550; Pat Brown, All-Met second team; Allan Wimmer, OF, All-Met second team.

Washington
Team:
Jackson (Mill Creek)
Year: 2006
Record: 27-0, Class 4A state champion
Ranking: No. 2 in national rankings by Baseball America
Best Players: Travis Snider (No. 14), Class 4A state player of the year; Cameron Nobles (No. 561), P, all-state; Joey Lind, IF, all-state.

West Virginia
Team:
Jefferson (Shenandoah Junction)
Year: 2015
Record: 37-2, Class 3A state champion
Ranking: No. 21 in national rankings by Baseball America
Best Players: Andy Disque, P, all-state; Paul Witt, IF, all-state; Andrew King, IF, all-state second team; Charlie Barnholt, Utility, all-state second team.

Wisconsin
Team:
Sun Prairie
Year: 2005
Record: 26-0, Division 1 state champion
Ranking: Not in Top 50 national rankings
Best Players: Kevyn Feiner (No. 542), IF, all-state; Travis Kerr, OF, all-state; Garrett Granitz, P, all-state.
Best high school volleyball team in all 50 states - HIGHSCORE
Best high school volleyball team in all 50 states
While not every state has returned to action on the court, the high school volleyball season is in full swing in a majority of states. And those championship dreams are taking hold despite social distancing, masks and ensuring equipment is sanitized.

Last week, MaxPreps took at look at the top high school volleyball player in each state and today we continue out cross-country look with the top team in each state.

There are state champions looking to add another banner to the gym, runners-ups looking to avenge last season's defeat, and teams who gained experienced last season and now look to put it all together. Sprinkled throughout the list of top teams are All-Americans, state Gatorade winners and a slew of All-State selections.
Graphic by Ryan Escobar
Alabama — Bayside Academy (Daphne)
Last year: 62-12, 4A champion
The Admirals are loaded with talent in a quest for a 19th straight state title. Senior setter Brelynn Dailey returns with 963 assists, and hitters Ella Broadhead (440 kills), Emily Buhl (424 kills) and Colton Thompson (255 kills, 629 assists) have enough to overcome the loss of the 587 kills from Jacque Martin, lost to graduation.

Last year: 58-10-3, 4A champion
The Wolverines lost three senior swingers, but have plenty waiting in the wings as they look for back-to-back state titles. Senior Cami Houser brings back 319 kills, while juniors Hanna Henrie and Kensey Schilke combined for nearly 400 more in 2019. Rising senior Emma McMillian dished up 536 assists for South.

Last year: 31-11, 5A quarterfinalist
The Huskies look to move further in 2020 as sophomore Kendal Murphy pounded 359 kills and tallied a team-leading 517 assists, while junior Kaden Young added 203 kills and 468 assists last year. Juniors Eden Driescher (198 kills), Taylor Johnson (197 kills) and Phoebe Stebner (459 assists) add depth to what was a young roster in 2019.

Last year: 31-6, 6A runner-up
A 3-1 finals' loss to Bentonville will no doubt fuel the Mavericks. Senior Hanna Hogue was five assists shy of the 1,000 mark last season and Avery Fitzgerald posted 414 kills. Junior Toree Tiffee (258 kills) and senior Aleigha Johnson (190) provide extra firepower.

California — Marymount (Los Angeles)
Last year: 33-5, Southern California Open Division semifinalist
Along with Texas, the Golden State is chock full of talent so picking one team is never easy. Cases could be made for Redondo Union (Redondo Beach), Aliso Niguel (Aliso Viejo) and perennial power Archbishop Mitty (San Jose) — all young teams last season. But the Sailors have the talent and experience to perhaps put a state-title run together with junior hitters Elia Rubin (420 kills) and Kerry Keefe (265 kills). Junior setter Kelly Belardi's 825 assists shows she can put it where hitters like. Caroline Altergott and Kathryn Kilroy add depth.

Colorado — Sterling
Last year: 29-0, 3A champion
The Tigers return every piece of the unbeaten title team save for Jade Feather (587 digs). Juniors Sydney Henry (388 kills, 418 digs) and Kaylee Johnson (298 kills, 142 digs) look to add to the win streak along with senior Valarie Allen (163 kills) and junior Emerie Rios (123 kills). Senior setter Allie Schumacher dished up 907 assists.

Connecticut — Greenwich
Last year: 19-3, LL quarterfinalist
The Cardinals got 244 kills, 189 digs and 49 aces from senior Lilly Saleeby while senior Cornelia Roach added 103 kills and 36 blocks. Junior Adele Sotgiu pitched in 241 digs and 257 receives.

Last year: 18-3, Division I champion
In addition to the state's top player, senior middle blocker Mackenzie Sobczyk, the Pandas also return junior setter, Audrey Lyons and senior defensive specialist/libero Colleen McClintock.

District of Columbia — St. John's (Washington, D.C.)
Last year: 33-3, DCSAA champion
The Cadets look for a three-peat with returning state Gatorade winner Rachel Richardson in the fold. The senior pounded 465 kills and added 253 digs for the WCAC champions. Junior Addie Gaskins looks to fill the void left by Maya Boykin. Sophomore Pamela McCune is a 6-0 middle hitter who tallied 151 kills and 63 blocks as a freshman. Samiha Foster brings her 160 kills back as well.

Last year: 24-8, 6A runner-up
Others such as Cardinal Mooney, Leon and Hagerty could also lay claim to the Sunshine State's top spot, but the Raiders are just plain deep. They have four hitters — juniors Carter Olivia Mogridge and Meredith Dixon along with senior Lilly Costigan and sophomore Zy'Aire Barr — who all posted more than 100 kills last season. Add Alyssa McBean (309 digs, 55 aces), Isabella Riquezes (190 digs), Erin Engel (524 assists) and Liah Perez (288 assists) and STA has talent across the board.

Last year: 36-1, AAAAA champion
The Chiefs enter 2020 already 5-0 on the young season and looking for their fourth straight Peach State title. Ngozi Iloh (301 kill and 64 blocks) joins rising junior Alexa Markley's 217 kills to offset the graduation loss of Erykah Lovett. The only thing McIntosh needs is to find a way to replace the 931 assists that graduated setter Jessie Doyal supplied.

Last year: 39-4, Division I champion
The Warriors graduated senior leaders Keonilei Akana, Bryanne Soares and Tara De Sa, but have the state's top player in Devin Kahahawai returning with her team-high 381 kills. Junior Maui Robins posted 228 kills, 70 blocks and 314 digs last season.

Last year: 34-14, 5A champion
The Titans, in their second year of existence, brought home a battle-tested state title. All five tournament games went at least four sets and Idaho's top player, Paige Clark steps into the limelight as the leading returning hitter with 236 kills, 207 digs and 729 assists.

Illinois — Sterling
Last year: 36-6, 3A champions
The Golden Warriors will rely on seniors Lexi Rodriguez and Breelyn Borum and Brooklyn Borum, plus sophomore Grace Egan. Egan had 360 kills in her freshman campaign and tied for the team lead with Brooklyn Borum. Bree Borum added 287 kills, while Rodriguez was all over the stat sheet in addition to leading the U18 US National team to a gold-medal performance in Egypt last September.

Indiana — New Castle
Last year: 35-1, 4A champion
The Trojans seeks a fourth state title — they own back-to-back 3A crowns before earning last year's 4A jewelry — and have leading hitter Mabrey Shaffmaster back in the fold. Older sister Melani graduated, but Laila Smith (340 kills), Bailey Cox (284 digs) and Nicole Wilkinson (117 kills) look to keep the Trojans rolling. Replacing Melani's 948 assists is first on the docket.
Laila Smith and Mabrey Shaffmaster lead New Castle in a quest for a fourth straight Indiana title.
File photo by Julie Brown
Laila Smith and Mabrey Shaffmaster lead New Castle in a quest for a fourth straight Indiana title.
Iowa — Valley (West Des Moines)
Last year: 38-5, 5A runner-up
Hayden Kubik had a monster sophomore campaign with 401 kills and 117 digs and looks to get help from senior Payton Lombardi (127 kills). The Tigers need to replace Olivia Curry's 537 assists.

Last year: 33-9, 5A playoffs
After an early exit in pool play, the Golden Eagles return with their top three hitters in Ella Larkin (341 kills), Riley Daugherty (236 kills) and Kenzie Dugan (139 kills). Daugherty posted 260 digs, while Larkin led the team with 290 digs and added  285 assists.

Kentucky — Mercy (Louisville)
Last year: 36-7, runner-up
Betting against perennial champion Assumption seems foolhardy, but the Jaguars return enough hitters in Fallan Lanham, Allison Holloway and Jaymison Summers to pair with setter Elana Scott (800 assists) and do-everything Eleanor Beavin (555 digs, 505 serve receives, 72 aces).

Last year: 20-4, Division II champion
The Rebels had little trouble winning their seventh straight crown, losing one set in the state tournament. Defending that title is now on the shoulders of Cicily Hidalgo — the state Gatorade Player of the Year recipient — in addition to senior libero Molly Webre and hitter Paige Guidry (497 kills, 438 digs).

Maine — Falmouth
Last year: 17-0, Class A champion
The Yachtsmen sailed to the unbeaten season and title behind the stellar play of two-time All-State Player of the Year and Gatorade selection Annika Hester, who posted 329 kills, 161 digs and 14 blocks. Senior Katie Phillips dished up 258 assists last year.

Last year: 23-3, IAAM A champion
Mary Grace Goyena, the state Gatorade Player of the Year and three-time All-IAAM first team selection posted 405 kills, 133 digs and 58 aces. Senior Chidinma Onukwugha and sophomore Kelenna Onukwugha supplied nearly 400 kills combined. The Sailor must replace Grace Wallace's 771 assists.

Massachusetts — Needham
Last year: 21-0, Division I champion
Rising seniors Karen Nie and Lila Carr combined for nearly 500 kills while Ellie Streeper had 251 digs in her sophomore campaign. The Rockets need to find a setter to replace Daly Johnson's 622 assists.

Michigan — Lowell
Last year: 55-4, Division I runner-up
A strong case could be made for both D-II champion Grand Rapids Christian and D-I champion Mercy, but the Red Arrows simply counter with Jenna Reitsma's 873 kills from last season along with 1,571 assists from Sophia Powell. Add in Emma Hall and sophomore Aubreigh Oswald and Lowell should be in position to challenge for the crown.

Minnesota — Eagan
Last year: 36-1, AAA runner-up
The Wildcats lost a five-set heartbreaking in the title game, after breezing through the schedule up to that point. They're led by Star Tribune and Gatorade state Player of the Year Kennedi Orr (170 kills and 269 assists), who is looking to avenge the title loss. The Nebraska commit will be joined by 6-2 middle hitter Abby Moe.

Mississippi — Jackson Academy (Jackson)
Last year: 43-3, MAIS champion
The Raiders are off to an 8-1 start and led by reigning Gatorade recipient Parker Bracken (648 kills, 517 digs last season) and setter Natalie Derusso (1,287 assists).

Last year: 34-4-1, Class 3 champion
Five of the Knights' top six hitters return in Ella Brinkman, Lily Brown, Lynsey Batson, Kaitlyn Patke and Caroline Glastetter. Junior Annie Arand looks to slide into the setter's role of graduated senior Abby Lynn.

Montana — Capital (Helena)
Last year: 33-0, Class AA champion
Seniors Paige Bartsch and Dani Bartsch combined for nearly 600 kills last season and pair with setter Audrey Hofer, who dished up nearly 900 assists.

Last year: 34-5, Class B champion
In addition to All-American Lindsay Krause (360 kills), the SkyHawks are deep all around with three other hitters — Ava Heyne, Cameron Cartwright and Abby Schomers — who posted more than 100 kills. Additionally, senior setter Allie Gray (1,225 assists) knows how to find hitters and defensive specialist Bre Skala added 501 digs.

Nevada — Boulder City
Last year: 41-5, 3A champion
The Eagles return Kamry Bailey's 481 kills as well as Kate Prior's 291 kills. Zoey Robinson and Ava Wright each notched more than 100 aces while Wright had 1,180 assists.

New Hampshire — Inter-Lakes (Meredith)
Last year: 19-0, Division III champion
Emily Weeks brings back her 402 assists and Devyn Vaal adds 157 digs and 72 kills. Emma Richardson contributed 143 digs last year.

Last year: 35-4, Non-Public champion, Tournament of Champions winner
The Blue Eagles lost Anna Morris, but have hitters Gianna Grigaliunas and Brookelyn Talmadge waiting in the wings. Junior Olivia Coughlin runs the offense well, dishing up nearly 500 assists in 2019.

New Mexico — La Cueva (Albuquerque)
Last year: 22-1, 5A champion
The Bears enter 2020 on a 22-game win streak after falling in their first 2019 match before running the table. Sidney McIntosh returns after posting 323 kills in her junior season, while Maalese Wallace and Isabella Harrison combined for 300 kills. Junior Erin Jones leads the offense having dished up 808 assists last season.

Last year: 44-6, Class A champion
The Spartans had a breakout year from incoming junior Carlie Rzeszotarski, who posted 523 kills and 278 digs in 2019. Callie Chevalier and Claire Isaksen, who each notched more than 145 kills and Isaksen (more than 1,000 assists).

Last year: 31-4, NCISSA 4A champion
The Knights lost kills leader Skylar Buckley, but Riley Buckley looks to step into that go-to role along with Arica Davis, Imani Lester and Kayla Hawkins, who all combined for nearly 800 kills. In addition to her second-high kill total, Riley Buckley also paced NRCA with 451 assists.

North Dakota — Fargo Davies (Fargo)
Last year: 33-2, Class A champion
Outside hitter Grace Solberg is back for the Eagles as they look for back-to-back title. Libero Justice Thilges also returns.

Last year: 25-3, Division I semifinalist
The Cougars return leading hitter Carly Hendrickson (442 kills) and assist leader Megan Wielonski (958 assists). Seniors Anna Currin (189 digs) and Anna Christman (155 kills) join the fray for MND.

Oklahoma — Norman North (Norman)
Last year: 21-9, 6A quarterfinalist
The Timberwolves return Ali Woodrow and are off to a quick 2-0 start in 2020.

Oregon — Jesuit (Portland
Last year: 25-4, Class 6A champion
The Crusaders were young en route to their state championship. Flashing much more experience, they return their top three hitters in Maddy Dowdall (288 kills), Amanda Henry (194 kills) and Tess Masingale (188 kills). Alison Bucholz also is back after a 281 dig-765 assist season.

Pennsylvania — Parkland (Allentown)
Last year: 31-11-3, 4A semifinalist
Top hitter Brynn Dreisbach is back for the Trojans after notching 515 kills in 2019. Sydney Esquieres also returns more than 100 kills from last season and senior Jackie Malitzki averaged nearly 10 assists per set on her way to posting 1,169 for the season.

Rhode Island — North Kingstown
Last year: 25-0, Division I champion
The Skippers haven't lost since Nov. 19, 2016 and roll into 2020 looking for a fourth straight unbeaten season. Senior setter Ava Mattiucci, senior hitter Cadia Greene and senior libero Jaime Harrington lead the charge for a fourth straight title.

South Carolina — Dorman (Roebuck)
Last year: 34-7-2, 4A semifinalist
The Cavaliers return their four top hitters and setter after losing in 2019 to eventual champion Nation Ford. Grace Metcalf dished up 925 assists to the likes of juniors Lauren Mims (342 kills), Savannah Freeman (306 kills) and seniors Ally Eggert (193 kills) and Brantley Chipley (127 kills).

South Dakota — O'Gorman (Sioux Falls)
Last year: 26-5, Class AA runner-up
The Knights return most of last year's squad led by the state's top player in Bergen Reilly (503 assists, 225 kills and 47 aces). Sister Raegen Reilly also returns along with her 411 assists and 222 kills. Libero Emma McKay (327 digs) joins Grace Bengford as key returners.

Tennessee — Brentwood
Last year: 54-3, Class 3A champion
Shaye Eggleston, the Volunteer State Gatorade winner, returns as the Bruins seek their fourth straight AAA title. The Alabama commit recorded 856 kills, 444 digs, 80 blocks and 87 aces last year and is joined by Hollye Tate (267 kills). Brentwood must replace Piper Drazek's 1,746 assists.

Texas — Flower Mound
Last year: 41-4, 6A quarterfinalist
The Lone Star State is overflowing with talent and Lovejoy, Byron Nelson, Guyer or Hebron could easily supplant the Jaguars for the No. 1 spot. But with Caroline Dykes, Kaylee Cox and Angelique Cyr all back, the senior leadership is undeniable. Cox and Cyr posted nearly 1,000 kills together, while Dykes added 936 assists and junior Megan Farris added 579 of her own. Flower Mound needs to have its big three fill the leadership void left by Sarah Martinez.

Utah — Lehi
Last year: 21-12, 5A runner-up
Avery Shewell (443 kills) leads a quartet of hitters returning for the Pioneers. Senior Macey Faddis (185 assists) must fill in the setter role vacated by Eliza Gibson. Libero Bailee Holland added 295 digs for Lehi last season.

Last year: 26-1, Division I runner-up
The Hornets' lone loss in 2019 came to Champlain Valley in the title match. Essex returns All-State picks Jessie Rose, Molly Ardren and Jazmin Munson, along with second-team pick Amanda Lyon and honorable mention selection Kayla Boutin.

Virginia — Flint Hill (Oakton)
Last year: 31-1, VISAA Division 1 champion
Seeking their fourth straight state title, the Huskies lose all-around player Sydney Reed, but return Elayna Duprey (264 kills) and sophomore Sydney Bryant (112 kills). Additionally, Zoe Huang is back for her senior season after putting up 542 assists (6.2 per game) last season. Flint Hill is a combined 98-2 over the last three seasons.

Washington — Graham-Kapowsin (Graham)
Last year: 19-6, 4A semifinalist
The Evergreen State is wide open and the Eagles look poised to step to the forefront with sophomore Hailey Brockway returning after a 472-kill freshman season. Senior Makenna Jackson added 150 kills and 300 digs last season and Madison Brockway contributed 401 digs. The setter position needs to be filled after losing Raedyn Goudreau's 646 assists to graduation.

Last year: 58-2-2, Class 3A champion
The Patriots are loaded with returning swingers as five of the top six from last year are back — Camryn Hughes (505 kills), Nyla Birch (369), Maya Harris (259), Molly Grimm (155) and Faith Smith (137). The biggest loss is Julia McClanahan's 1,563 assists.

Last year: 36-9, Division I section quarterfinalist
Mckenna Wucherer returns with her 592 kills, 346 digs and 46 blocks from last year, as does junior Morgan Daugherty (186 kills). Junior Tatum Kebisek will set up the hitters after posting 1,176 assists last season.

Wyoming — Rock Springs
Last year: 25-11, 4A quarterfinalist
Leading hitter Brenli Jenkins (286 kills, 258 digs) and Cali Pollastro (third-best 128 kills) both return for the Tigers. Rising junior Emily Taucher tallied 737 assists last year (8 per game).
Angelique Cyr, Flower Mound
File photo by Jim O
Angelique Cyr, Flower Mound


2020-21 HIGHSCORE Sophomore All-America Team: D.J. Wagner headlines high school basketball's best from the Class of 2023 - HIGHSCORE
2020-21 MaxPreps Sophomore All-America Team: D.J. Wagner headlines high school basketball's best from the Class of 2023
Our look at high school basketball's best from the 2020-21 season continues with the MaxPreps Sophomore All-America Team, highlighted by National Sophomore of the Year D.J. Wagner of Camden (N.J.).

Wagner, a 6-foot-3 guard regarded as the No. 1 prospect in the Class of 2023 by 247Sports, averaged 22.0 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game this season for Camden, which finished No. 9 in the MaxPreps Top 25. The Panthers have amassed a record of 42-1 in his two years with the program.

The son and grandson of former NBA players, Wagner joins a list of past winners that includes R.J. Barrett, Jayson Tatum and Andrew Wiggins. See the full list of past MaxPreps Juniors of the Year below.

Selections are based on team success, individual production and local, regional and state honors from the recently completed season. Potential at the college or professional level is not a primary consideration. Players in post-graduate or non-scholastic programs are not eligible for inclusion.
First Team

6-9 | Forward | Uncommitted
First team SIAA selection averaged 17 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks per contest to help the Flame to the Grind Session quarterfinals.

6-2 | Guard | Uncommitted
Scored 32 points in the Phenom Hoops Hoopstate championship game victory over Liberty Heights.

6-11 | Center | Uncommitted
MaxPreps Colorado Player of the Year averaged 22.1 points, 10.0 rebounds and 3.2 blocked shots per game while shooting better than 65 percent from the field to help the Lions win their fourth state championship.

6-8 | Wing | Uncommitted
Chicago Sun-Times All-Area selection averaged 28.3 points, 7.2 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 2.5 steals per outing to lead Broncos to 12-2 record.

MAXPREPS NATIONAL SOPHOMORE OF THE YEAR
6-3 | Guard | Uncommitted
A MaxPreps Freshman All-American a year ago, Garden State star scored 20 points or more points in 11 of 13 games in abbreviated season and is already closing in on 1,000 career points.

Second Team

6-0 | Guard | Uncommitted
Atlanta Journal-Constitution Class 6A honorable mention selection averaged 14 points, eight assists, six rebounds and three steals per contest to help lead the Wildcats to their second consecutive state title.

6-0 | Guard | Uncommitted
Tallied 18.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game as the Eagles won their first state title since 2012 and earned first GEICO Nationals berth.

6-4 | Guard | Uncommitted
Division III Southwest District Player of the Year averaged 23.5 points, 9.1 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 2.3 steals while shooting 54 percent from the field and 46 percent from 3-point range.

6-8 | Forward | Uncommitted
A key cog in the sixth-ranked Panthers' second straight state championship run, averaged 13.8 points and 10.1 rebounds per game.

6-5 | Guard | Uncommitted
TABC All-Region selection and District 5-6A MVP averaged 19.2 points, 6.2 rebounds and 2.5 assists to help the Lions to a 25-3 finish.

Third Team

6-3 | Guard | Uncommitted
District 1-5A Player of the Year averaged 24.8 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.5 steals and 4.0 assists as the Huskies reached the regional semifinals.

6-5 | Guard | Uncommitted
Class 2A first team selection averaged 18.6 points, 8.0 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 2.3 steals per game, guiding the Greenies to their first state title game appearance since 1993.

6-6 | Guard | Uncommitted
Sent the Scorpions to the Class 1A state semifinals, averaging 20.2 points, 10.3 rebounds and 5.5 assists per game.

6-9 | Forward | Uncommitted
Elite post presence averaged 16 points and 11 rebounds while shooting 82 percent from the free throw line.

Mikey Williams, Lake Norman Christian (Davidson, N.C.)
6-2 | Guard | Uncommitted
California native had a strong first season in the Tar Heel State, averaging around 20 points, four rebounds and three assists per contest.

Honorable Mention

6-4 | Guard | Uncommitted
Four-star guard sparked the Eagles' Class 3A championship run, averaging 13.5 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.0 assists.

7-0 | Center | Uncommitted
Rapidly-developing South Sudan native averaged 10.3 points, 8.5 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game in his second year of organized basketball.

Ryan Bewley, West Oaks Academy
6-9 | Forward | Uncommitted
Five-star prospect and twin brother of first teamer Matt Bewley regularly produced double-doubles against a challenging national schedule.

6-8 | Forward | Uncommitted
Top 10 prospect averaged 10.9 points, 7.8 rebounds and 3.1 blocks while shooting 64.3 percent from the field to help the Warriors go 16-2 en route to the program's first state championship.

6-4 | Guard | Uncommitted
Helped the Rams reach the 7A state quarterfinals, averaging 13.8 points, 5.2 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 2.3 steals per contest while shooting 41 percent from 3-point range.

6-3 | Guard | Uncommitted
Five-star prospect averaged 12.6 points per contest, helping the Eagles advance to the section 4-AAA title game.

Julius Clark, Mountain Brook (Birmingham, Ala.)
6-5 | Wing | Uncommitted
Versatile wing prospect was a key cog in the Spartans' Class 6A championship run, producing 14 points and 8 rebounds in the title game.

Jeremy Fears Jr. , La Lumiere (La Porte, Ind.)
6-1 | Guard | Uncommitted
Top 25 prospect averaged 8.0 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.8 assists per contest while handling primary ball-handling duties for the Lakers.

6-2 | Guard | Uncommitted
Averaged 13.6 points, 5.0 assists and 3.2 rebounds per contest while shooting 52.2 percent from the field and 46.9 percent from beyond the arc.

6-6 | Wing | Uncommitted
Sidelined for nearly a month midway through the season due to COVID-19 protocols, but still averaged 20.5 points and 12.6 rebounds per game for the 8-3 Bulldogs.

6-1 | Guard | Uncommitted
Holloway was a bright spot for the 8-11 Lions, averaging 21.9 points, 5.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 2.3 steals.

6-7 | Wing | Uncommitted
Four-star prospect averaged 11.1 points, 8.4 rebounds and 3.3 assists per contest to help Attucks go 18-7.

6-8 | Forward | Uncommitted
Top 20 prospect averaged 17.3 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists per contest to earn All-United Division first team honors.

6-1 | Guard | Uncommitted
Led the Cougars to their first state championship, averaging 16.4 points, 6.0 rebounds, 3.9 steals and 3.4 assists per outing while shooting 55.9 percent from the field.

6-4 | Guard | Uncommitted
Top 10 prospect took a significant step in his second year with the Lions, averaging 12.4 points, six assists and four rebounds per contest.

Past MaxPreps Sophomores of the Year
2020 — Emoni Bates, Lincoln (Ypsilanti, Mich.)
2019 — Jonathan Kuminga, Our Savior New American (Centereach, N.Y.)
2018 — Jalen Green, San Joaquin Memorial (Fresno, Calif.)
2017 — R.J. Barrett, Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.)
2016 — Romeo Langford, New Albany (Ind.)
2015 — M.J. Walker, Jonesboro (Ga.)
2014 — Joshua Jackson, Consortium College Prep (Detroit); Jayson Tatum, Chaminade (St. Louis)
2013 — Malik Newman, Callaway (Jackson, Miss.)
2012 — Andrew Wiggins, Huntington Prep (Huntington, W.Va.)
2011 — Aquille Carr, Patterson (Baltimore)
2010 — DaJuan Coleman, Jamesville-DeWitt (DeWitt, N.Y.)
Brody Rowbury named 2020-21 HIGHSCORE Idaho High School Basketball Player of the Year - HIGHSCORE
Brody Rowbury named 2020-21 MaxPreps Idaho 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.

Brody Rowbury of Meridian is the 2020-21 MaxPreps Idaho High School Basketball Player of the Year. The 6-foot-10 senior center helped the Warriors go 20-1 en route to the program's first state title in 29 years.

Rowbury led the highest scoring offense in Class 5A in points (17.0), rebounds (8.9) and field goal percentage (60.4).

In Meridian's state semifinal victory over Madison (Rexburg), Rowbury finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds. He followed with 13 in a 68-54 win over Lake City (Coeur d'Alene) in the state championship game.

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.