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Girls high school basketball rankings: No. 21 Valley Vista returns to HIGHSCORE Top 25 after Arizona reverses course on season - HIGHSCORE
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.
Map: Where MLB Draft No. 1 picks since 2000 went to high school - HIGHSCORE
Map: Where MLB Draft No. 1 picks since 2000 went to high school
Video: High schools from movies
Famed campuses as seen via Google Earth.

California has been the undisputed epicenter of baseball when it comes to producing No. 1 draft picks since 2000.

High school players from the Golden State have accounted for nine of the 20 MLB Draft top overall picks in the 21st century. Between Stephen Strasburg in 2009 and Royce Lewis in 2017, California was home to six No. 1's in nine years.

With Tim Beckham in 2008 and Dansby Swanson in 2015, Georgia is the only other state to produce multiple top picks in the past 20 drafts.

See our geographical breakdown of No. 1 picks in the 2000s along with the full list below.
YearPlayer, Position, High School/College, Drafted By
2000 – Adrian Gonzalez, 1B, Eastlake (Chula Vista, Calif.), Marlins
2001 – Joe Mauer, C, Cretin-Derham Hall (St. Paul, Minn.), Twins
2002 – Bryan Bullington, RHP, Madison (Ind.)/Ball State, Pirates
2003 – Delmon Young, OF, Camarillo (Calif.), Rays
2004 – Matt Bush, SS/RHP, Mission Bay (San Diego, Calif.), Padres
2005 – Justin Upton, CF, Great Bridge (Chesapeake, Va.), Diamondbacks
2006 – Luke Hochevar, P, Fowler (Colo.)/Tennessee, Royals
2007 – David Price, P, Blackman (Murfreesboro, Tenn.)/Vanderbilt, Rays
2008 – Tim Beckham, SS, Griffin (Ga.), Rays
2009 – Stephen Strasburg, P, West Hills (Santee, Calif.)/San Diego State, Nationals
2010 – Bryce Harper, OF, Las Vegas (Nev.), Nationals
2011 – Gerrit Cole, RHP, Orange Lutheran (Orange, Calif.)/UCLA, Pirates
2012 – Carlos Correa, SS, Puerto Rico, Astros
2013 – Mark Appel, RHP, Monte Vista (Danville, Calif.)/Stanford, Astros
2014 – Brady Aiken, LHP, Cathedral Catholic (San Diego, Calif.), Astros
2015 – Dansby Swanson, SS, Marietta (Ga.)/Vanderbilt, Diamondbacks
2016 – Mickey Moniak, OF, La Costa Canyon (Carlsbad, Calif.), Phillies
2017 – Royce Lewis, SS, JSerra Catholic (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.), Twins
2018 – Casey Mize, RHP, Springville (Ala.)/Auburn, Tigers
2019 – Adley Rutschman, C, Sherwood (Ore.)/Oregon State, Orioles
Virginia crowns first spring football champions in high school history - HIGHSCORE
Virginia crowns first spring football champions in high school history
Like any other year, the Virginia High School League crowned six state football champions Saturday afternoon in six different classifications. But these were clearly different.  From all records MaxPreps has researched, Virginia is the first state to ever award football championships in the spring.

The Riverhead Gladiators were officially the first ones crowned, with a 65-29 victory over the Galaxy Maroon Tide in the Class 1 title game. A 34-point second-point explosion led the Gladiators to their 10th straight win of the season. They outscored opponents 483-119 on the season. 

Perennial East power Oscar Smith (8-0) followed with a 62-21 Class 6 title win over South County, and Stone Bridge (8-0) took the Class 5 crown with a 13-10 overtime win over Highland Springs. (See all the champions below).

The VHSL was one of 15 states to move the traditional fall 2020 season to the spring due to COVID-19 pandemic. Of those states, 11 decided on abbreviated spring seasons, with just three opting for playoffs. North Carolina and Rhode Island have scheduled state championship games next week.

According to MaxPreps senior writer and historian Kevin Askeland, no states have ever held football championships in the spring, although one in California was scheduled in 1919. That title game was called off when Orange League champion Fullerton disbanded a month before the scheduled contest.
Oscar Smith turned around a loss in the 2019 VHSL Class 6 title game with a resounding 65-21 win over the Stallions on Saturday.
File photo by Fred Ingham
Oscar Smith turned around a loss in the 2019 VHSL Class 6 title game with a resounding 65-21 win over the Stallions on Saturday.
2021 Spring VHSL State Football Championships

Class 1Full bracket can be found here - 2020 Virginia High School Football Playoff Brackets: VHSL Class 1
MLB Draft: Top 5 high school middle infield prospects - HIGHSCORE
MLB Draft: Top 5 high school middle infield prospects
Video: 10 Extreme high schools via Google Earth
See these campuses that run north to south and east to west.

While high school outfielders will be the most coveted preps in next week's Major League Baseball Draft, the same can not be said for middle infielders.

High school shortstops have often been the prize at the top of the MLB draft with seven prep shortstops going No. 1 overall since Chipper Jones was the top pick in 1990. Only 14 preps have gone No. 1 overall since 1990, meaning half of them were shortstops.

This year, however, very few shortstops make the cut with one likely to be chosen in the first round. Additionally, some of the top prospects have given strong commitments to college, meaning they will likely be bypassed in a draft that is only five rounds long in favor of a player who is ready to sign and play.

Since there will be far fewer draft selections this year, MaxPreps is providing a truncated look at the top high school selections for the MLB Draft, scheduled for June 10-11. Instead of the usual Top 10, MaxPreps looks at the Top 5 players at six different positions. We've previously presented corner infielders and outfielders.
Graphic by Ryan Escobar
Ed Howard, Chicago Mt. Carmel (Chicago)
Easily the top high school shortstop prospect, Howard likely will stick at the position due to his strong and fluid fielding skills. Howard has also sported a solid bat after batting over .400 in one of the toughest leagues in the nation with 29 RBI and three home runs. Look for Howard to go somewhere in the middle of the first round. Projection: Top 15 pick.

Yohandy Morales, Braddock (Miami)
At 6-foot-4, Morales shows a lot of potential to be the type of big shortstop in the mold of an Alex Rodriguez or a Cal Ripkin Jr. His hitting skills have vastly improved, batting .321 with two home runs as a junior, but had boosted his totals to batting .500 with four home runs in nine games as a senior. Projection: Second round.

Drew Bowser, Harvard-Westlake (Studio City, Calif.)
Bowser showed his power this spring when he hit grand slams in back-to-back games. Scouts project Bowser to be a power-hitting infielder in the major leagues, which could mean a move to third base at some point. Bowser has committed to Stanford and reportedly will play in college. With a five-round draft, teams may not waste a pick on a player committed to play in college. Nevertheless, Bowser is at least a second-round talent. Projection: Second or third round.

Cade Horton, Norman (Okla.)
Horton likely will have a decision if he gets drafted. He's already committed to play both football and baseball at the University of Oklahoma, but selection in the MLB draft could be a game-changer. Horton threw for 3,084 yards and ran for 1,149 for Norman. In baseball, he was the Gatorade State Player of the Year with a career .420 batting average. Like Bowser, Horton likely won't be drafted if he is serious about playing football in college. Projection: Third round.

Milan Tolentino, Santa Margarita (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.)
The son of Jose Tolentino, a former MLB player and current MLB broadcaster, Milan Tolentino has been one of the top shortstops in Southern California for the past several years. He led his team to a Southern Section championship as a junior when he batted .391 and was named Southern Section Division 2 Player of the Year. He has signed to play at UCLA. Projection: Fourth round.
HIGHSCORE/AVCA Players of the Week - HIGHSCORE
MaxPreps/AVCA Players of the Week
MaxPreps/AVCA High School Players of the Week
For the week of Sept. 21-27

Alabama
Makenna Long, Long (Skipperville)
5-foot-6 | Junior | S
7 Sets played last week

Assists: 84
Assists/Game: 12
Team Hitting%: 0.323
Digs: 11
Digs/Game: 1.57
Aces: 5
Blocks: 1


Arizona
6-0 | Junior | OH/MB
8 Sets played last week

Kills: 46
Kills/Game: 5.75
Digs: 32
Digs/Game: 4
Receptions: 27
Rcpt/Game: 3.38
Aces: 2
Blocks: 6


Arkansas
Maddie Trusty, Lakeside (Hot Springs)
5-9 | Senior | OH/S
9 Sets played last week
Kills: 46
Kills/Game: 5.11
Digs: 43
Digs/Game: 4.78
Receptions: 32
Rcpt/Game: 3.56
Aces: 7

Florida
Kylie Stroehlein, Sickles (Tampa)
5-10 | Senior | OH
21 Sets played last week

Kills: 113
Kills/Game: 5.38
Digs: 87
Digs/Game: 4.14
Receptions: 65
Rcpt/Game: 3.1
Aces: 23
Blocks: 5

Georgia

Senior | MH
9 Sets played last week

Kills: 46
Kills/Game: 5.11
Digs: 11
Digs/Game: 1.22
Receptions: 4
Rcpt/Game: 0.44
Aces: 4
Blocks: 2


Idaho

Kaylie Kofe, Bonneville (Idaho Falls)
5-6 | Freshman | S/OH/OPP
7 Sets played last week

Assists: 62
Assists/Game: 8.86
Team Hitting%: 0.326
Digs: 14
Digs/Game: 2
Aces: 14
Blocks: 3


Indiana

5-8 | Senior | OH
11 Sets played last week

Kills: 77
Kills/Game: 7
Digs: 29
Digs/Game: 2.64
Receptions: 40
Rcpt/Game: 3.64
Aces: 5
Blocks: 1


Kansas

Senior | S
17 Sets played last week

Assists: 188
Assists/Game: 11.06
Team Hitting%: 0.201
Digs: 32
Digs/Game: 1.88
Aces: 11
Blocks: 2


Kentucky

Junior | S
17 Sets played last week
Assists: 200
Assists/Game: 11.77
Team Hitting%: 0.293
Digs: 24
Digs/Game: 1.41
Aces: 4
Blocks: 8


Louisiana
5-5 | Senior | S/L/DS
17 Sets played last week

Assists: 148
Assists/Game: 8.71
Team Hitting%: 0.218
Digs: 55
Digs/Game: 3.23
Aces: 5
Blocks: 4


Michigan
6-1 | Senior | OH
15 Sets played last week

Kills: 104
Kills/Game: 6.93
Digs: 43
Digs/Game: 2.87
Receptions: 59
Rcpt/Game: 3.93
Aces: 14
Blocks: 1


Mississippi
5-9 | Senior | S
10 Sets played last week

Assists: 105
Assists/Game: 10.5
Team Hitting%: 0.367
Digs: 16
Digs/Game: 1.6
Aces: 15
Blocks: 2


Missouri
5-10 | Senior | MH
9 Sets played last week

Kills: 76
Kills/Game: 8.44
Digs: 47
Digs/Game: 5.22
Receptions: 45
Rcpt/Game: 5
Aces: 5
Blocks: 10


Montana
5-10 | Junior | MH/OH
10 Sets played last week

Kills: 34
Kills/Game: 3.4
Digs: 30
Digs/Game: 3
Receptions: 24
Rcpt/Game: 2.4
Aces: 4


Nebraska
6-0 | Junior | OH
11 Sets played last week
Kills: 84
Kills/Game: 7.64
Digs: 62
Digs/Game: 5.64
Receptions: 53
Rcpt/Game: 4.82
Aces: 12
Blocks: 6

New Hampshire

Sophomore | MH
8 Sets played last week

Stats
Kills: 32
Kills/Game: 4
Digs: 18
Digs/Game: 2.25
Receptions: 14
Rcpt/Game: 1.75
Aces: 1
Blocks: 5


North Carolina

Junior | OH/DS/S
10 Sets played last week
Kills: 42
Kills/Game: 4.2
Digs: 26
Digs/Game: 2.6
Receptions: 47
Rcpt/Game: 4.7
Aces: 8
Blocks: 3


North Dakota
Sophomore | MH
7 Sets played last week

Kills: 20
Kills/Game: 2.86
Digs: 6
Digs/Game: 0.86
Receptions: 2
Aces: 5
Blocks: 6


Ohio

Taylor Baxter, Bellevue
5-11 | Senior | OH
11 Sets played last week

Kills: 73
Kills/Game: 6.64
Digs: 47
Digs/Game: 4.27
Receptions: 51
Rcpt/Game: 4.64
Aces: 5
Blocks: 4


Oklahoma
Junior | OH
6 Sets played last week
Kills: 15
Kills/Game: 2.5
Digs: 8
Digs/Game: 1.33
Receptions: 15
Rcpt/Game: 2.5
Aces: 3


Pennsylvania
5-5 | Senior | S
12 Sets played last week

Assists: 121
Assists/Game: 10.08
Digs: 10
Digs/Game: 0.83
Aces: 3
Blocks: 6


South Carolina
Marianna Singletary, Porter-Gaud (Charleston)
6-4 | Junior | MH
16 Sets played last week

Kills: 89
Kills/Game: 5.56
Digs: 46
Digs/Game: 2.88
Receptions: 72
Rcpt/Game: 4.5
Aces: 8


South Dakota
Sydney Schell, Northwestern Area (Mellette)
5-9 | Senior | OH
16 Sets played last week

Kills: 96
Kills/Game: 6
Digs: 48
Digs/Game: 3
Receptions: 63
Rcpt/Game: 3.94
Aces: 11
Blocks: 5


Tennessee
Jaida Clark, Siegel (Murfreesboro)
6-1 | Senior | MH
11 Sets played last week

Kills: 60
Kills/Game: 5.46
Digs: 11
Digs/Game: 1
Aces: 2
Blocks: 12


Texas
6-3 | Junior | OH/OPP
8 Sets played last week

Kills: 43
Kills/Game: 5.38
Digs: 0
Digs/Game: 0
Receptions: 27
Rcpt/Game: 3.38
Blocks: 4


Utah
Hailee Garcia, Syracuse
5-9 | Junior | S
25 Sets played last week

Assists: 242
Assists/Game: 9.68
Team Hitting%: 0.189
Digs: 50
Digs/Game: 2
Aces: 16
Blocks: 14


West Virginia
Hope Weber, Paden City
5-11 | Senior | OH/S
6 Sets played last week

Kills: 35
Kills/Game: 5.83
Digs: 7
Digs/Game: 1.17
Receptions: 5
Rcpt/Game: 0.83
Aces: 3


Wisconsin
Hanne Johnson, Grantsburg
5-11 | Junior | OH/S/RS
12 Sets played last week

Kills: 73
Kills/Game: 6.08
Digs: 52
Digs/Game: 4.33
Receptions: 75
Rcpt/Game: 6.25
Aces: 5
Blocks: 5


Wyoming
5-5 | Junior | S
10 Sets played last week

Assists: 88
Assists/Game: 8.8
Team Hitting%: 0.188
Digs: 25
Digs/Game: 2.5
Aces: 6
Blocks: 3

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