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High school football: Valdosta board will reconsider firing of embattled coach Rush Propst - HIGHSCORE
High school football: Valdosta board will reconsider firing of embattled coach Rush Propst
Rush Propst, the well-traveled and embattled former high school football coach at Valdosta (Ga.), might get a second chance, media reports indicate. The Valdosta City Schools will revisit the coach's April 27 firing Monday after a board member who supported Propst motioned for the special meeting, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported Wednesday.

The school board voted 5-3 to dismiss the coach amid allegations of the coach illegally recruiting five players to Valdosta, including Californian Jake Garcia. However, Warren Lee, one of the three to back Propst, called for the board to reconsider the decision. An announcement post on the school board website read "Revisit non-renewal of head football coach at VHS - Mr. Warren Lee - action required."

That means the board could reinstate Propst, even after the Georgia High School Association upheld the $7,500 fine levied on the program in addition to forcing the school to forfeit seven wins in 2020 and banning the team from the 2021 playoffs.

In February, Propst was the subject of a lengthy deposition that alleged he was involved in recruiting, mishandling money and even interfering in the hiring process that brought him to the program to begin with. Michael Nelson, who has been involved with the Valdosta Touchdown Club booster organization for many years, said in his sworn deposition that Propst, among other things, paid for housing for two transfers, facilitated recruiting of players with the help of college coaches, asked for a "funny money" slush fund and meddled in his own hiring process.

Propst owns a career record of 299-92 – including 7-5 in his lone season at Valdosta – and has won seven state titles during a high-profile, 30-year career. He garnered national attention while at Hoover (Ala.), which was featured on MTV's popular "Two-A-Days" reality show. He resigned there in 2007 and was dismissed at Colquitt County (Norman Park, Ga.) in 2019 after being charged with lack of compliance, improper conduct with students, dishonesty and misuse of public funds and property.

The AJC reported Propst remains under investigation by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission, which can deny teaching certificates. The commission pulled Propst's credential after his Colquitt County dismissal, but regained in on appeal, leading to his hiring at Valdosta.
Former Valdosta coach Rush Propst
File photo by Gary McCullough
Former Valdosta coach Rush Propst
High school baseball: Every player with 20 or more home runs in a single season - HIGHSCORE
High school baseball: Every player with 20 or more home runs in a single season
Jordon Adell of Ballard (Louisville, Ky.) hit 25 home runs in 2017 and earned the MaxPreps National Player of the Year honor. And while his total ranks 16th all-time in the history of high school baseball, it may have been the greatest home-run hitting season ever.

Akin to Babe Ruth's 54-home run season of 1920, Adell's home run total is a complete outlier from the seasons that occurred prior to and after his big season. In the four years prior to 2017, no high school player hit more than 20 home runs (two hit exactly 20). While two of the high school seasons since Adell graduated have been affected by COVID, no player in the nation has hit 20 or more home runs since.

Yet Adell is not close to being the national single season home run record holder. Perhaps the reason is that he was born at the wrong time and perhaps the wrong place.

MaxPreps has compiled a list of every high school hitter who has bashed at least 20 home runs in a season, starting with Tracy Holt of Asher (Okla.), who is believed to be the first 20-home run hitter in 1979. One trend that becomes immediately apparent is that 20-home run seasons have been a bit of a roller coaster over the past 40 years with highs around the year 2000 and the year 2010. And there's a good reason for that.

In 2001, the National Federation of High Schools passed a rule that ordered all bats used in high school play to mirror the new NCAA ball exit speed rule (BESR).
Graphic by Ryan Escobar
"We need to stay vigilant to ways in which technology is having an impact," said NFHS President Dick Durost in January 2000. "The new rule will make the physical dimensions of non-wood bats more closely mirror those of wood bats."

The new bat rule had an immediate affect on the total number of 20-home run hitters. After a total of 12 players hit 20 or more home runs in 1998, 13 in 1999 and 11 in 2000 (including national records of 30 by Wade Miller of Alabama in 2000 and Josh Gray in 1999), the totals plummeted to five in 2002, three in 2003 and two in 2004.

But then the home run totals started to rise again. This was due to the creation of composite bats. According to cheapbats.com in 2013, composite bats worked the opposite of aluminum bats. While aluminum bats provided plenty of offensive pop while new, they deadened after extensive use. Composite bats were the opposite and actually became "hotter" after more use.

Thus by 2010, an all-time high of 15 players had hit 20 or more homers and in 2011 there were 13. The NFHS then instituted another rule for the 2012 season, specifying that all bats needed to match the Ball Batted Coefficient of Restitution (BBCOR) performance standard rather than the BESR standard.

Again 20-home run hitters nosedived to the point that only four accomplished the feat in 2012 and only four have done it in the nine years since, topped by Adell's 25 in 2017, which now becomes much more impressive in hindsight. Home run totals at the NCAA level also mirrors this high school phenomenon with peaks in 2000 and 2010.

For some unexplained reason, playing in Oklahoma is also conducive to hitting lots of home runs. Of the 152 players who have hit 20 or more home runs in a single season, 46 (30 percent) are from the Sooner State. Alabama is second on the list with 15. Baseball powerhouse states Florida, California and Texas have 14 combined.

One reason that Oklahoma has so many on the list is that teams play a high number of games (as many as 50) in a season. However, so does Alabama, which has a third of the number of players on the list as Oklahoma.

Another reason might be that many of those players come from the smallest schools in the state and those players compete in the fall and the spring. Playing as many as 70-80 games in a school year allows those players to hone their skills through practice and repetition.

Additionally, those small schools regularly play much larger schools during the spring season. Case in point, Roff, one of the top small school teams in the state, has an enrollment of 90 and the town has a population of 700. Yet, Roff defeated Deer Creek (Edmond), enrollment 1,600. This year Red Oak, enrollment 81, defeated Union (Tulsa), enrollment 3,500, and Broken Arrow, 3,800. Tougher competition may sharpen the hitting skills of those small school players and better prepare them for the competition at their own level.

Whatever the reason, Oklahoma has a strong presence on MaxPreps single season home runs list. In fact, an Oklahoma player has held the national record 31 of the past 42 seasons.

Holt set the record in 1979, but Dave Clark of Shannon (Miss.) broke the record the following year with 23. Anthony Whitson of Unicoi County (Tenn.) upped the record to 24 in 1987 and Ricky Vanderburg of Bokchito (Okla.) raised it to 26 in 1989. Shon Walker of Harrison County (Ky.) put the record at 29 in 1992 and Chris Aguilla of McQueen (Reno, Nev.) tied the mark in 1997. Gray hit the current national record of 30 in the fall of 1999 and Miller tied the mark in the spring of 2000.

Gray, by the way, holds the record for most home runs in a calendar school year, hitting 26 in the spring of 1999 and 30 in the fall of 1999 for a total of 56 in the two seasons combined.

Notable professional players on the list include Bo Jackson of McAdory (Ala.) with 20 in 1980, Joey Gallo of Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas) with 25 in 2011, Mike Moustakas of Chatsworth (Calif.) with 24 in 2007 and Preston Wilson of Bamberg-Ehrhardt (S.C.) with 22 in 1992.

Sources for the list include the NFHS record book, state association record books, coaches association record books, Georgia Dugout Preview, Cal-Hi Sports Record Book by Mark and Nelson Tennis, MaxPreps leaderboards, and various newspapers accessed through newspapers.com.

Corrections or additions? E-mail Kevin Askeland at [email protected]
Jordon Adell, Ballard
File photo by Alyson Boyer Rode
Jordon Adell, Ballard
Single-season home run leaders

30 — Wade Miller, Long (Skipperville, Ala.), 2000
30 — Josh Gray, Rock Creek (Bokchito, Okla.), 1999
29 — Shon Walker, Harrison County (Cynthiana, Ky.), 1992
29 — Chris Aguilla, McQueen (Reno, Nev.), 1997
28 — James Peterson, Winterset (Iowa), 2000
28 — Jacob Realmuto, Carl Albert (Midwest City, Okla.), 2010
28 — Taylor Hawkins, Carl Albert (Midwest City, Okla.), 2012
27 — Brad Nelson, Bishop Garrigan (Algona, Iowa), 1999
27 — Trey Wingo, Rock Creek (Bokchito, Okla.), 2005
27 — Ethan Bennett, Farragut (Knoxville, Tenn.), 2010

27 — Kevin Cron, Mountain Pointe (Phoenix), 2011
26 — Ricky Vanderburg, Bokchito (Okla.), 1989
26 — Brendan McCurry, Roff (Roff, Okla.), 2010
26 — Christian Stewart, Providence Christian Academy (Lilburn, Ga.), 2012
26 — Hommy Rosado, Barbe (Lake Charles, La.), 2010
25 — Clayton Sander, Camanche (Iowa), 1988
25 — Will Hunt, Asher (Okla.), 1989
25 — Joe Little, Butner (Cromwell, Okla.), 1996
25 — Jason Stokes, Coppell (Texas), 2000
25 — Josh Peaslee, Carney (Okla.), 2000

25 — Micah Owings, Gainesville (Ga.), 2002
25 — Rich Witten, Danville (Ky.), 2006
25 — Brodie Pullen, Calhoun (Ga.), 2007
25 — Jose Trevino, John Paul II (Corpus Christi, Texas), 2011
25 — Joey Gallo, Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas), 2011
25 — Jordon Adell, Ballard (Louisville, Ky.), 2017
24 — Anthony Whitson, Unicoi County (Erwin, Tenn.) 1987
24 — Kyle Wingfield, Rock Creek (Bokchito, Okla.), 1998
24 — Josh Gray, Rock Creek (Bokchito, Okla.), 2000
24 — Dearth Parker, Roff (Okla.), 2005

24 — Colby Rasmus, Russell County (Seale, Ala.), 2005
24 — Mike Moustakas, Chatsworth (Calif.), 2007
24 — BJ Hermsen, West Delaware (Manchester, Iowa), 2008
24 — Zach Fish, Gull Lake (Richland, Mich.), 2011
24 — Clint Frazier, Loganville (Ga.), 2012
23 — Dave Clark, Shannon (Miss.), 1980
23 — Paul Morse, Danville (Ky.), 1992
23 — Joe Crede, Fatima (Westphalia, Mo.), 1996
23 — Drew Henson, Brighton (Mich.), 1997
23 — Jim Willison, Morley Stanwood (Morley, Mich.), 1998

23 — Kyle Wingfield, Rock Creek (Bokchito, Okla.), 1998
23 — Scott Riley, Pittsfield (Ill.), 1999
23 — K.W. Sexton, East Carter (Grayson, Ky.), 1999
23 — Cody Ehlers, Stillwater (Okla.), 2000
23 — Brian Barnett, McQueen (Reno, Nev.), 2007
23 — Kevin O'Leary, Wesleyan (Norcross, Ga.), 2010
22 — Marvin Moore, Roff (Okla.), 1984
22 — Patrick Ollis, Unicoi County (Erwin, Tenn.), 1986
22 — Mike McQuain, Depew (Okla.), 1986
22 — Mike Miller, Centerville (Iowa), 1988

22 — Preston Wilson, Bamberg-Ehrhardt (Bamberg, S.C.), 1992
22 — Jesse Eyre, Climax-Scotts (Climax, Mich.), 1998
22 — Drew Henson, Brighton (Mich.), 1998
22 — Corey Patterson, Harrison (Kennesaw, Ga.), 1998
22 — Jeremy Reed, Lookout Valley (Chattanooga, Tenn.), 1998
22 — Matt Ames, Stanhope Elmore (Millbrook, Ala.), 1999
22 — Alex Cadena, Alexander (Laredo, Texas), 1999
22 — Kyle Moyer, Mohawk (Sycamore, Ohio), 1999
22 — Matt Cooper, Ripley (Okla.), 2000
22 — Kevin Bookout, Stroud (Okla.), 2001

22 — Brandon Lowe, Vidalia (Ga.), 2003
22 — Jarrett Warren, Henry County (McDonough, Ga.), 2003
22 — Mitchell Trimmer, Roff (Okla.), 2004
22 — Del Howell, Tuscaloosa County (Northport, Ala.), 2006
22 — Adam Coe, Russell County (Seale, Ala.), 2006
22 — Jordan Swagerty, Prestonwood Christian (Plano, Texas), 2007
22 — Henry Castaigne, Lakehill Prep (Dallas), 2007
22 — Kris Bryant, Bonanza (Las Vegas), 2010
22 — Aaron Cornell, Roff (Okla.), 2010
22 — Kevin Cron, Mountain Pointe (Phoenix), 2010

22 — Ben Moore, Cullman (Cullman, Ala.), 2011
22 — Matthew Goodson, Oxford (Ala.), 2011
22 — Javier Baez, Arlington Country Day (Jacksonville, Fla.), 2011
22 — Ben Moore, Cullman (Ala.), 2011
22 — Kyle Carter, Columbus (Ga.), 2011
21 — David King, Asher (Okla.), 1983
21 — Brad Wilson, Towns County (Hiawassee, Ga.), 1988
21 — David Laffoon, Odin (Ill.), 1990
21 — Josh Gregson, Dale (Okla.), 1992
21 — Dion Newby, Harrison County (Cynthiana, Ky.), 1992

21 — Brad Allison, Harrison County (Cynthiana, Ky.), 1992
21 — Mike Wilson, Central (Marlow, Okla.), 1994
21 — Mike Wilson, Central (Marlow, Okla.), 1996
21 — Robby Williams, Doss (Louisville, Ky.), 1997
21 — Tommy Pearce, Marion (Ind.), 1998
21 — Corey Hart, Greenwood (Bowling Green, Ky.), 1999
21 — Billy Austin, Salina (Okla.), 1999
21 — Jeff Clement, Marshalltown (Iowa), 1999
21 — Justin Bowen, Rock Creek (Bokchito, Okla.), 2000
21 — Jeff Clement, Marshalltown (Iowa), 2000

21 — Joe Hooft, Galena (Reno, Nev.), 2001
21 — Justin Colbert, Allen (Okla.), 2001
21 — Bobby Glover, Caney (Okla.), 2001
21 — Chris Walston, El Capitan (Lakeside, Calif.), 2002
21 — Steven Lerud, Galena (Reno, Nev.), 2003
21 — Will Gaff, Streator (Ill.), 2005
21 — Brendan McCurry, Tupelo (Okla.), 2008
21 — Matt Hobgood, Norco (Calif.), 2009
21 — Randal Grichuk, Lamar Consolidated (Rosenberg, Texas), 2009
21 — Lance Jarreld, Goodpasture Christian (Madison, Tenn.), 2010

21 — Casey Kicklighter, Wayne County (Jesup, Ga.), 2010
21 — Aaron Chalk, Caney (Okla.), 2010
21 — Ajay Snow, Leroy (Ala.), 2011
21 — Joey Curletta, Mountain Pointe (Phoenix), 2011
21 — Joey Gallo, Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas), 2012
20 — Tracy Holt, Asher (Okla.), 1979
20 — Bo Jackson, McAdory (McCalla, Ala.), 1982
20 — Will Edwards, Unicoi County (Erwin, Tenn.), 1985
20 — Butch Harris, Broken Bow (Okla.), 1986
20 — Clifton McKenzie, Depew (Okla.), 1986

20 — Paul Brannon, Kings Mountain (N.C.), 1989
20 — Rod Walker, Morristown-Hamblen West (Morristown, Tenn.), 1989
20 — Heath Graham, Stringer (Miss.), 1993
20 — Russ Gload, East Hampton (N.Y.), 1994
20 — Ben Fjelland, North Polk (Alleman, Iowa), 1996
20 — Andy Baxter, Unicoi County (Erwin, Tenn.), 1997
20 — Jonathan Johnson, Unicoi County (Erwin, Tenn.), 1998
20 — Chris Martinez, Chaminade (West Hills, Calif.), 1998
20 — Kevin Bills, Reno (Nev.), 1998
20 — Brant Huff, Oktaha (Okla.), 1998
20 — Travis Loudermilk, Coalgate (Okla.), 1998

20 — Allen Clay, Rattan (Okla.), 1998
20 — Albert Concepcion, El Segundo (Calif.), 1999
20 — Russ Reyes, Assumption (Davenport, Iowa), 1999
20 — Justin Bowen, Rock Creek (Bokchito, Okla.), 1999
20 — Kyle Wingfield, Rock Creek (Bokchito, Okla.), 1999
20 — Jim Duffy, Airport (Carleton, Mich.), 2000
20 — Kyle Wingfield, Rock Creek (Bokchito, Okla.), 2000
20 — Jake Goodwin, Parkers Chapel (El Dorado, Ark.), 2001
20 — Timmy Sullivan, Leedey (Okla.), 2002
20 — Chance Douglass, Randall (Amarillo, Texas), 2002

20 — Reece Creswell, Perryton (Texas), 2004
20 — Ryan Pease, Hydro-Eakly (Hydro, Okla.), 2005
20 — Jake Smith, Hueytown (Hueytown, Ala.), 2005
20 — Jake Smith, Hueytown (Ala.), 2006
20 — Kyle Burke, Ooltewah (Tenn.), 2006
20 — David Kindred, American Christian Academy (Tuscaloosa, Ala.), 2006
20 — Derek Trent, Dobyns-Bennett (Kingsport, Tenn.), 2007
20 — Nathan Ramier, Western Dubuque (Epworth, Iowa), 2007
20 — Luke Bole, Hartselle (Ala.), 2009
20 — Brendan McCurry, Roff (Okla.), 2009

20 — Trevor Begley, Tushka (Atoka, Okla.), 2009
20 — Blake Logan, Roff (Okla.), 2009
20 — Dayne Parker, Roff (Okla.), 2010
20 — Kyle Gibson, Henderson County (Henderson, Ky.), 2010
20 — Matt Beaty, Dresden (Tenn.), 2010
20 — Hunter Renfroe, Copiah Academy (Gallman, Miss.), 2010
20 — Brad Warren, Donelson Christian Academy (Nashville, Tenn.), 2010
20 — Nick Masonia, Brooks (Killen, Ala.), 2011
20 — Evan Anderson, Dale (Okla.), 2011
20 — Gavin Lavalley, Carl Albert (Midwest City, Okla.), 2013

20 — Jacob Harrison, Grace Christian (Alexandria, La.), 2014
20 — Cody Muncy, Red Oak (Okla.), 2017

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 Oct. 12 - Oct. 18

Alabama
6'3" | Senior | OH
6 Sets Played

Kills: 53
Kills/Game: 8.83
Digs: 15
Digs/Game: 2.5
Receptions: 18
Rcpt/Game: 3
Aces: 5

Arizona
5'8" | Junior | OH
8 Sets Played

Kills: 60
Kills/Game: 7.5
Digs: 17
Digs/Game: 2.125
Receptions: 24
Rcpt/Game: 3
Aces: 2
Blocks: 1

Arkansas
5'3" | Senior | L
13 Sets Played

Digs: 94
Digs/Game: 7.23
Aces: 10
Receptions: 86
Rcpt/Game: 6.62
Assists: 8

Connecticut
Senior | OH
8 Sets Played

Kills: 41
Kills/Game: 5.13
Digs: 23
Digs/Game: 2.878
Receptions: 23
Rcpt/Game: 2.88
Aces: 12
Blocks: 1

Florida
5'11" | Senior | OH
10 Sets Played

Kills: 70
Kills/Game: 7
Digs: 42
Digs/Game: 4.2
Receptions: 71
Rcpt/Game: 7.1
Aces: 6
Blocks: 2

Georgia
6'3" | Senior
9 Sets Played

Kills: 89
Kills/Game: 9.89
Digs: 30
Digs/Game: 3.33
Receptions: 23
Rcpt/Game: 2.56
Aces: 8
Blocks: 16

Idaho
Junior | S
7 Sets Played

Assists: 71
Assists/Game: 10.14
Team Hitting%: 0.486
Digs: 4
Digs/Game: 0.57
Aces: 7

Indiana
5'11" | Sophomore | OH
10 Sets Played

Kills: 60
Kills/Game: 6
Digs: 31
Digs/Game: 3.1
Aces: 2
Blocks: 2

Kansas
6'1" | Senior | OH/MH
12 Sets Played
Kills: 65
Kills/Game: 5.42
Digs: 36
Digs/Game: 3
Receptions: 60
Rcpt/Game: 5
Aces: 4
Blocks: 7

Kentucky
5'11" | Senior | OH/MB
7 Sets Played

Kills: 55
Kills/Game: 7.86
Digs: 6
Digs/Game: 0.86
Blocks: 4

Louisiana
5'5" | Senior | S
10 Sets Played

Assists: 114
Assists/Game: 11.4
Team Hitting%: 0.172
Digs: 24
Digs/Game: 2.4
Aces: 1

Maryland
Senior
7 Sets Played

Kills: 27
Kills/Game: 3.86
Digs: 15
Digs/Game: 2.14
Receptions: 22
Rcpt/Game: 3.14
Aces: 11
Blocks: 5

Massachusetts
Senior | OH
7 Sets Played

Kills: 14
Kills/Game: 2
Digs: 15
Digs/Game: 2.14
Receptions: 35
Rcpt/Game: 5
Aces: 8
Blocks: 1

Michigan
5'9" | Senior | OH
20 Sets Played
Kills: 105
Kills/Game: 5.25
Digs: 64
Digs/Game: 3.2
Receptions: 119
Rcpt/Game: 5.95
Aces: 9
Blocks: 9

Minnesota
5'9" | Sophomore | OH
7 Sets Played

Kills: 31
Kills/Game: 4.43
Digs: 26
Digs/Game: 3.71
Receptions: 43
Rcpt/Game: 6.14
Aces: 3
Blocks: 1

Mississippi
5'10" | Senior | OH
9 Sets Played

Kills: 49
Kills/Game: 5.44
Digs: 35
Digs/Game: 3.89
Receptions: 37
Rcpt/Game: 4.11
Aces: 4
Blocks: 2

Missouri
5'10" | Junior | S
8 Sets Played

Assists: 106
Assists/Game: 13.25
Team Hitting%: 0.277
Digs: 23
Digs/Game: 2.88
Aces: 6
Blocks: 6

Montana
6'4" | Senior | MH
8 Sets Played

Kills: 35
Kills/Game: 4.38
Digs: 18
Digs/Game: 2.25
Receptions: 24
Rcpt/Game: 3
Aces: 4
Blocks: 9

Nebraska
Senior
12 Sets Played
Kills: 86
Kills/Game: 7.17
Digs: 54
Digs/Game: 4.5
Receptions: 62
Rcpt/Game: 5.17
Aces: 6
Blocks: 3

New Hampshire
5'6 | Senior | OH/DS
6 Sets Played

Kills: 13
Kills/Game: 2.17
Digs: 21
Digs/Game: 3.5
Receptions: 23
Rcpt/Game: 3.83

North Carolina
Gaston Day High School (Gastonia, NC), 8 - 0
Junior
9 Sets Played

Kills: 51
Kills/Game: 5.67
Digs: 29
Digs/Game: 3.22
Receptions: 14
Rcpt/Game: 1.56
Aces: 10

North Dakota
Senior | MH/MB
12 Sets Played

Kills: 29
Kills/Game: 2.42
Digs: 10
Digs/Game: 0.83
Aces: 1
Blocks: 8

Ohio
Senior | OH
11 Sets Played

Kills: 63
Kills/Game: 5.73
Digs: 47
Digs/Game: 4.27
Receptions: 49
Rcpt/Game: 4.45
Aces: 5
Blocks: 5

Pennsylvania
5'6 | Senior | S
15 Sets Played

Assists: 154
Assists/Game: 10.27
Team Hitting%: 0.377
Digs: 21
Digs/Game: 1.4
Aces: 8
Blocks: 1

South Carolina
Cardinal Newman High School (Columbia, SC), 29 - 1
5'5 | Junior | S
21 Sets Played

Assists: 204
Assists/Game: 9.71
Team Hitting%: 0.297
Digs: 48
Digs/Game: 2.29
Aces: 19
Blocks: 1

South Dakota
5'6 | Senior | OH
18 Sets Played

Kills: 81
Kills/Game: 4.5
Digs: 134
Digs/Game: 7.44
Receptions:
Rcpt/Game:
Aces: 13
Blocks: 1

Tennessee
6'1 | Senior | OH,DS
9 Sets Played

Kills: 30
Kills/Game: 3.33
Digs: 16
Digs/Game: 1.78
Receptions: 9
Rcpt/Game: 1
Blocks: 3

Texas
5'8 | Junior | OH
9 Sets Played
Kills: 64
Kills/Game: 7.11
Digs: 28
Digs/Game: 3.11
Receptions: 48
Rcpt/Game: 5.33
Aces: 2

Utah
5'7 | Senior | OH
6 Sets Played

Kills: 29
Kills/Game: 4.83
Digs: 20
Digs/Game: 3.33
Receptions: 24
Rcpt/Game: 4
Aces: 2
Blocks: 2

Virginia
5'9 | Senior | OH/DS/MH
6 Sets Played

Kills: 20
Kills/Game: 3.33
Digs: 7
Digs/Game: 1.17
Receptions: 21
Rcpt/Game: 3.5
Aces: 10
Blocks: 1

West Virginia
Junior | S
14 Sets Played

Assists: 126
Assists/Game: 9
Team Hitting%: 0.390
Digs: 5
Digs/Game: 0.36
Aces: 15
Blocks: 1

Wisconsin
5'7 | Senior | OH
13 Sets Played

Kills: 65
Kills/Game: 5
Digs: 29
Digs/Game: 2.23
Receptions: 35
Rcpt/Game: 2.69
Aces: 5
Blocks: 2

Wyoming
Senior | RS
9 Sets Played

Kills: 30
Kills/Game: 3.33
Digs: 3
Digs/Game: 0.33
Blocks: 7

About the MaxPreps/AVCA High School Player of the Week Program
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High school baseball rankings: Venice knocks Jesuit from top spot in HIGHSCORE Top 25 - HIGHSCORE
High school baseball rankings: Venice knocks Jesuit from top spot in MaxPreps Top 25
Venice knocked the Jesuit Tigers out of the No. 1 spot in the MaxPreps Top 25 high school baseball rankings, making room for another Florida team to rise to the top. Calvary Christian Academy (Fort Lauderdale) leapfrogged previous No. 2 Hamilton (Chandler, Ariz.) following Jesuit's loss.

Calvary Christian Academy continues to get strong pitching from Andrew Painter, who tossed a 1-hitter with 12 strikeouts. But the Eagles will be put to the test this week with a game against IMG Academy.

Jesuit didn't fall far. The Tigers avenged the loss to Venice on Saturday and dropped to No. 6 behind IMG Academy. Buford (Ga.) and Barbe (Lake Charles, La.) also moved ahead of Hamilton, which has yet to play a game this season. Buford and Barbe both are undefeated with double-digit win totals. Barbe was particularly impressive last week, winning four games by shutout.

Dropped out: Woodstock (Ga.), Vestavia Hills (Ala.), Houston County (Warner Robins, Ga.), John Carroll Catholic (Fort Pierce, Fla.), Heritage Hall (Oklahoma City), Charlotte Christian (N.C.)

Game of the Week: Venice 3, Jesuit 2. The Indians scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth to take a 3-1 lead over the former No. 1 team. Jesuit got a home run from Jake Kulikowski in the top of the seventh, but couldn't get the trying run on base to extend the threat.

Player of the Week: Andrew Painter, Calvary Christian Academy. In 11 innings this year, Painter is 2-0 with 27 strikeouts and three hits in leading the Eagles to a No. 1 ranking in the nation.

Recruit Watch: Braden Montgomery, Madison Central. One of the top outfielders in the nation, Montgomery has helped Madison Central start the season 6-0 by batting .500 (7-for-14) with six runs, nine RBI, two doubles, a triple and a home run.

Game to Watch: No. 1 Calvary Christian Academy takes on IMG Academy. Calvary will likely send Andrew Painter, the nation's No. 1 pitching prospect, against IMG, or the Ascenders might see Irving Carter, Florida's No. 2 pitching prospect.

Streaks: Jesuit saw its 21-game win streak come to an end against Venice. The Tigers' streak had dated back to the 2019 season.
Calvary Christian Academy takes over the top spot in the MaxPreps Top 25 baseball rankings.
Photo by Laura Martin
Calvary Christian Academy takes over the top spot in the MaxPreps Top 25 baseball rankings.
MaxPreps Top 25 high school baseball rankings

1. Calvary Christian Academy (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
Record:
7-0 | Last week: 3
Results: Def. Denmark 10-0; def. St. Anne-Pacelli, 10-0; def. Smith Station, 7-6
Stats: Erik Blair struck out nine against Denmark. Andrew Painter threw a five inning 1-hitter with 12 strikeouts against St. Anne-Pacelli. Nick Anello struck out 10 against Smith Station.
Next: Friday vs. Champagnat Catholic; Saturday vs. IMG Academy.

2. Buford (Ga.)
Record:
11-0 | Last week: 4
Results: Def. Thompson, 4-2; def. Hartselle, 2-0; def. Providence, 12-2; def. Spanish Fort, 7-6, def. Lanier, 7-0.
Stats: Dylan Lesko hit a home run against Thompson and struck out 13 to earn the win against Hartselle. Nathan Smith had a double and two triples against Providence.
Next: Wed. and Fri. vs. Lanier.

3. Barbe (Lake Charles, La.)
Record:
10-0 | Last week: 6
Results: Def. South Beauregard, 10-0; def. Central Private, 10-0; Live Oak, 3-0; Doyle, 4-3; Northshore, 13-0.
Stats: Kameron Edwards had a double, a home run and six RBI against Northshore.
Next: Wed. vs. St. Louis Catholic; Fri./Sat. vs. Catholic (Baton Rouge).

4. Hamilton (Chandler, Ariz.)
Record:
0-0 | Last week: 2
Next: Season opener Friday vs. Alhambra

5. IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)
Record:
9-1 | Last week: 5
Results: Def. Chelsea, 15-3; def. Florence, 2-0; def. Montverde Academy, 5-0; def. Cullman, 11-1.
Stats: Elijah Green had a home run and Mason Albright struck out 10 against Chelsea. Jackson Ferris gave up two hits and struck out 13 against Florence. James Wood hit a home run and Drew Gray struck out 13 against Cullman.
Next: Wed. vs. Montverde Academy, Sat. vs. Calvary Christian Academy.

6. Jesuit (Tampa, Fla.)
Record:
5-1 | Last week: 1
Results: Def. Hillsborough, 10-1; lost to Venice, 3-2; def. Venice, 3-2.
Stats: Cole Russo had a home run against Hillsborough. Jake Kulikowski had a double and home run in the loss to Venice while Russo had another home run in Saturday's win over Venice.
Next: Tues. vs. Jefferson; Thurs. vs. Sarasota.

7. Lake Travis (Austin, Texas)
Record:
10-1-1 | Last week: 8
Results: Def. Hutta, 6-0; def. Round Rock, 6-2; def. Vista Ridge, def. Round Rock Westwood, 8-3; lost to Round Rock Westwood, 4-3; def. McNeil, 4-3; Cedar Ridge, 5-0.
Next: Tue. vs. Cedar Park, Thurs. vs. Vista Ridge.

8. Spruce Creek (Port Orange, Fla.)
Record:
8-0 | Last week: 9
Results: Def. Flagler Palm Coast, 5-0; def. Hagerty, 6-1; def. New Smyrna Beach, 2-0.
Stats: Knute Rockey struck out seven against Flagler Palm Coast while Brandon Neely struck out 9 against Hagerty.
Next: Fri. vs. Deltona.

9. St. Mary Prep (Orchard Lake, Mich.)
Record:
0-0 | Last week: 7
Next: March 27 vs. Catholic Central

10. Calvary Christian (Clearwater, Fla.)
Record: 7-1 | Last week: 14
Results: Def. Boca Ciega, 10-0; def. Bishop McLaughlin, 3-2; def. Palmetto, 5-3
Next: Thur. vs. Clearwater Central Catholic, Fri. vs. Berkeley Prep.

11. Palm Beach Gardens (Fla.)
Record:
5-0 | Last week: 15
Results: Def. Cardinal Newman, 6-1.
Stats: Aiden Meola went 3-for-4 in the win.
Next: Wed. at Martin County; Thur. vs. Spanish River.

12. Stoneman Douglas (Parkland, Fla.)
Record: 7-1 | Last week: 16
Results: def. Western, 5-0; def. Archbishop McCarthy, 11-0.
Stats: Chris Arroyo struck out 8 against Western while Christian Rodriguez struck out 11 against Archbishop McCarthy.
Next: Fri. at Boca Raton.

13. Reagan (San Antonio)
Record:
12-1 | Last week: 19
Results: def. MacArthur, 11-1; def. Eagle Pass, 9-1; def. O'Connor, 5-4; def. Taft, 10-0; def. Tivy, 10-0; def. Smithson Valley, 5-1.
Next: at Leander Tournament.

14. Grayson (Loganville, Ga.)
Record:
9-0 | Last week: 20
Results: def. Mill Creek, 3-2; def. Hillgrove, 7-4; def. Wesleyan, 10-9, def. Archer, 7-4
Stats: Justin Bogard was 3-for-5 with a double against Wesleyan.
Next: March 15 vs. Parkview.

15. Sam Houston (Lake Charles, La.)
Record:
9-0 | Last week: NR
Results: Def. St. Louis Catholic, 6-2; def. Northshore, 8-1; def. Mandeville, 7-3; def. Zachary, 6-2; def. Central Private, 14-5.
Stats: Ashton Fuselier went 4-for-4 with two doubles.
Next: Tue. vs. Rosepine; Thurs. vs. Ouachita.

16. Madison Central (Madison, Miss.)
Record:
6-0 | Last week: NR
Results: Def. Taylorsville, 2-1; def. Columbia, 15-1; def. West Jones, 11-0.
Stats: Beau Bryans had 10 strikeouts against West Jones while Bryan Montgomery had a triple and a home run against Columbia.
Next: Tue. vs. Northwest Rankin; Fri. vs. Germantown.

17. Carrollton (Ga.)
Record:
12-1 | Last week: 10
Results: Def. Helena, 11-1; def. Daphne, 4-2; lost to Cullman, 12-3; def. Montverde Academy, 6-3, def. Wesleyan 4-2
Next: Fri. vs. Bremen.

18. Tompkins (Katy, Texas)
Record:
10-0-1 | Last week: NR
Results: Def. Santa Fe, 2-0; def. Magnolia, 8-2; def. Montgomery, 5-2; def. Stratford, 7-6; def. Santa Fe, 10-1.
Next: Tues. vs. Katy Taylor; Thur. vs. George Ranch.

19. Gregory-Portland (Portland, Texas)
Record:
11-0-1 | Last week: NR
Results: Def. Corpus Christi Carroll, 8-0; def. Calallen, 4-3; def. Sinton, 10-1; def. King, 24-2; def. Robstown, 4-3; def. Tuloso-Midway, 8-5.
Next: at Gregory-Portland tournament.

20. Auburn (Ala.)
Record:
9-1 | Last week: NR
Results: Def. Opelika 10-0 and 7-2.
Stats: Will Turner went 2-for-4 with a double and also struck out eight in the first game.
Next: Thur. vs. Tuscaloosa County; Friday vs. Baker.

21. Owasso (Okla.)
Record:
4-0 | Last week: NR
Results: Def. Sapulpa, 13-8; def. Greenwood, 3-1; def. Jenks, 3-0; def. Jenks, 13-5.
Stats: Braden Blundell and Solomon Skalnik both homered against Sapulpa.
Next: Tues. vs. Sapulpa, Fri. vs Enid.

22. De La Salle (Concord, Calif.)
Record:
0-0 | Last week: 22
Next: March 17 vs. Franklin

23. Farragut (Knoxville, Tenn.)
Record:
0-0 | Last week: 24
Next: March 16-18 Grand Slam Tournament

24. Marcus (Flower Mound, Texas)
Record:
8-3-1 | Last week: 11
Results: Def. Lovejoy, 5-0; lost to Prosper, 7-2; lost to Byron Nelson, 7-1; def. Allen, 9-2; def. Little Elm, 8-0; def. FRISCO Centennial, 8-0.
Stats: Michael Lindsey struck out nine against Centennial. Hunter Teplanszky had a home run against Allen.
Next: Wed./Fri. vs. Flower Mound.

25. Winder-Barrow (Winder, Ga.)
Record:
7-1 | Last week: 12
Results: Lost to Peachtree Ridge, 2-1; def. Greenbrier, 7-2, def. Dacula, 7-1.
Stats: Brady House was 2-for-3 with a double against Peachtree Ridge and 3-for-4 with a double against Greenbrier.
Next: Wed./Fri. vs. Dacua.
Chet Holmgren named 2020-21 HIGHSCORE Minnesota High School Basketball Player of the Year - HIGHSCORE
Chet Holmgren named 2020-21 MaxPreps Minnesota 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.

Chet Holmgren of Minnehaha Academy (Minneapolis) is the 2020-21 MaxPreps Minnesota High School Basketball Player of the Year. The 7-foot senior center helped the Redhawks go 20-1 en route to their fourth straight state title.

Holmgren averaged 20.8 points, 12.6 rebounds, 4.7 blocks and 4.5 assists per game while shooting 80 percent from the field.

The top-ranked senior prospect capped his prep career with 1,567 points, 964 rebounds and 456 blocked shots while Minnehaha Academy went 128-15 during his time with the program.

Gonzaga is considered the leader to land Holmgren, though Georgetown, Memphis, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina and Ohio State remain in the mix.

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.
Chet Holmgren was part of four state championship teams at Minnehaha Academy going back to his eighth grade year.
Photo by Josh Johnson
Chet Holmgren was part of four state championship teams at Minnehaha Academy going back to his eighth grade year.