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High school baseball: All-time career home run leaders - HIGHSCORE
High school baseball: All-time career home run leaders
Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa thrilled Major League Baseball fans in 1998 with their race to break Roger Maris's home run record. High school baseball has its own version of the McGwire-Sosa battle when Jeff Clement of Marshalltown (Iowa) and James Peterson of Winterset (Iowa) competed in 2002 to become the nation's all-time home run leader.

Clement entered his senior season with 59 career home runs, including 21 in both his freshman and sophomore season. Peterson, meanwhile, started his junior season 12 home runs behind Clement, but closed the gap to one, 59-58, after out homering Clement 28-17 during their junior seasons.

That set up a 2002 season in which Clement and Peterson both tried to slug their way to the national record of 70 career home runs, set by Drew Henson of Brighton (Mich.) from 1995-98. Clement jumped out to a fast start and tied Henson with No. 70 on July 1 (Iowa plays a summer baseball season). He moved past Henson six at-bats later on July 3. Peterson, meanwhile, had fallen off the pace and was at 68 career homers, including one on the same day that Clement broke the record.

However, while Clement hit just one more home run over the next 13 days while Peterson went on a tear, homering four times. He tied Clement at 72 on July 16. Clement regained the lead with his 73rd home run on July 18 and Peterson tied him again with his 73rd on July 19. The duo entered the state tournament on July 25 tied at 73. Clement played in the 4A tournament and Peterson competed in the 3A tournament.

That's where Peterson's good fortune ended and Clement's began. Clement hit home runs in his first two at-bats in the first game of the tournament for No. 74 and 75 while Peterson went homerless in Winterset's first-round loss. Marshalltown went on to win the 4A championship.

Clement remains the all-time high school home run king of the spring season, but the record has received some challengers over the past decade, including Taylor Hawkins of Carl Albert (Midwest City, Okla.) in 2012 with 72 career home runs and Christian Stewart of Providence Christian Academy (Lilburn, Ga.), who ended his career in 2012 with 69.

Another player who came close is Brendan McCurry of Roff (Okla.), who ended his spring career with 72. However, if spring and fall seasons are counted together, McCurry has an astounding 130 career home runs. Other spring-fall players with triple digit home run totals include Will Hunt of Asher (Okla.) with 106 and Kyle Wingfield of Rock Creek (Bokchito, Okla.) with 100.

MaxPreps has compiled a list of players with 50 or more career spring home runs. All but one player on the list reached the milestone prior to 2014. Slade Wilks of Columbia Academy (Miss.) reached 50 last year before COVID ended his season.

Butch Harris of Broken Bow (Okla.) reached 50 home runs first, finishing with 51 in 1986. Dan Ruff of Fairfield Christian Academy (Lancaster, Ohio) took the national lead with 53 in 1987 and Will Hunt of Asher (Okla.) moved to the top in 1989 with 62. Paul Morse of Danville (Ky.) took over first place with 65 home runs in 1992 and Henson claimed the all-time lead in 1998 with 70, setting up the race to the top between Clement and Peterson.

Sources include the NFHS record book, state association record books, Cal-Hi Sports Record Book by Mark and Nelson Tennis, Oklahoma Baseball Coaches Association record book, MaxPreps leaderboards and newspapers accessed via newspapers.com.

Joey Gallo, Bishop Gorman
File photo by Alyson Boyer Rode
Joey Gallo, Bishop Gorman
High school baseball all-time career home run leaders

1.   75 — Jeff Clement, Marshalltown (Iowa), 1999-2002
2.   73 — James Peterson, Winterset (Iowa), 1999-2002
3.   72 — Brendan McCurry, Roff (Okla.), 2007-10
3.   72 — Taylor Hawkins, Carl Albert (Midwest City, Okla.), 2009-12
5.   70 — Drew Henson, Brighton (Mich.), 1995-98
6.   69 — Micah Owings, Gainesville (Ga.), 1999-2002
6.   69 — Christian Stewart, Providence Christian Academy (Lilburn, Ga.), 2009-12
8.   67 — Joey Gallo, Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas), 2009-12
9.   66 — Nick Masonia, Brooks (Killen, Ala.), 2007-11
9.   66 — Gavin LaValley, Carl Albert (Okla.), 2011-14
11.  65 — Paul Morse, Danville (Ky.), 1988-92
11.  65 — Kevin Bookout, Stroud (Okla.), 1999-2002
13.  63 — Mike Wilson, Central (Marlow, Okla.), 1993-96
13.  63 — Kyle Wingfield, Rock Creek (Bokchito, Okla.), 1996-99
13.  63 — Rich Witten, Danville (Ky.), 2003-07
13.  63 — Clint Frazier, Loganville (Ga.), 2010-13
17.  62 — Will Hunt, Asher (Okla.), 1986-89
17.  62 — Matt Robbins, Calhoun (Ga.), 1999-2002
19.  60 — Heath Graham, Stringer (Miss.), 1989-93
19.  60 — Steven Lerud, Galena (Reno, Nev.), 2000-03
19.  60 — Kevin Cron, Mountain Pointe (Phoenix, Ariz.), 2008-11
22.  58 — Jeremy Reed, Lookout Valley (Chattanooga, Tenn.), 1995-98
22.  58 — Matt Ames, Stanhope Elmore (Millbrook, Ala.), 1996-99
22.  58 — Brian Barnett, McQueen (Reno, Nev.), 2005-07
22.  58 — Blake Logan, Roff (Okla.), 2007-10
26.  57 — Jake Fields, Jefferson (Ga.), 2007-10
27.  55 — Jeff Francouer, Parkview (Lilburn, Ga.), 1999-2002
27.  55 — David Thompson, Westminster Christian (Miami, Fla.), 2009-12
29.  54 — Tyler Williams, Davenport North (Davenport, Iowa), 1986-89
29.  54 — Rod Walker, Morristown-Hamblen West (Morristown, Tenn.), 1986-89
29.  54 — Wade Miller, Long (Skipperville, Ala.), 1997-00
29.  54 — Jon Mark Owings, Gainesville (Ga.), 2001-04
33.  53 — Dan Ruff, Fairfield Christian Academy (Lancaster, Ohio), 1984-87
33.  53 — John Sanders, Tishomingo County (Iuka, Miss.), 1986-89
33.  53 — Dayne Parker, Roff (Okla.), 2007-10
33.  53 — Tim Barry, Oak Forest (Ill.), 2008-11
33.  53 — Jose Trevino, John Paul II (Corpus Christi, Texas), 2008-11
38.  52 — Shon Walker, Harrison County (Cynthiana, Ky.), 1989-92
38.  52 — Matt Daeges, Harlan (Iowa), 1996-2000
38.  52 — Taylor Harbin, Travelers Rest (S.C.), 1999-2004
38.  52 — Mike Moustakas, Chatsworth (Calif.), 2004-07
38.  52 — Jordan Adams, Newman Catholic (Mason City, Iowa), 2005-09
43.  51 — Butch Harris, Broken Bow (Okla.), 1983-86
43.  51 — Jared Martin, Riverton Parke (Montezuma, Ind.), 1998-01
43.  51 — Jake Goodwin, Parkers Chapel (El Dorado, Ark.), 1999-02
43.  51 — Justin Pickett, White House (Tenn.), 2001-04
43.  51 — Shane Dougherty, Rockwood (Tenn.), 2005-08
43.  51 — Justin O'Connor, Cowan (Muncie, Ind.), 2007-10
49.  50 — Brad Wilson, Towns County (Hiawassee, Ga.), 1986-89
49.  50 — Joe Little, Butner (Cromwell, Okla.), 1995-97
49.  50 — Jonathan Johnson, Unicoi County (Erwin, Tenn.), 1996-98
49.  50 — Drew Miller, Long (Skipperville, Ala.), 1995-98
49.  50 — Tommy Pearce, Marion (Ind.), 1995-98
49.  50 — Josh Gray, Rock Creek (Bokchito, Okla.), 1998-2000
49.  50 — Mike Breyman, Seneca East (Attica, Ohio), 1997-2000
49.  50 — Tyler Howe, Goose Lake (Iowa), 2000-04
49.  50 — Russ Henderson, Lexington (Tenn.), 2008-11
49.  50 — Slade Wilks, Columbia Academy (Columbia, Miss.), 2015-20
High school girls basketball rankings: No. 16 Anderson County survives upset bid, moves up two spots in HIGHSCORE Top 25 rankings - HIGHSCORE
High school girls basketball rankings: No. 16 Anderson County survives upset bid, moves up two spots in MaxPreps Top 25 rankings
Ponchatoula has played 30 games in Louisiana. Simeon, which was ranked in our preseason MaxPreps Top 25 high school girls basketball rankings, will play its first game in Illinois this week. Mater Dei and Archbishop Mitty, both from California and both given spots before the season, may not play at all.

Such is the state of high school basketball in the season of COVID-19, which has only added to the challenge of putting together these rankings.

So should an unbeaten team with 10 games be ranked ahead of an unbeaten team that's played 30? After all, every game is a chance to lose, and the 10-game team clearly had fewer opportunities to pick up a loss. But then again, it's certainly not the fault of the teams that they've played fewer games than expected, or didn't have a chance to get that big intersectional win that would have put them on the map.

Which means that this year, more so than any other, the talent on the roster — as measured by individual rankings and recruiting interest — has an impact on where a team is placed. Edison has played four games, but sits at No. 5 thanks to a horde of top-shelf talent that was just as likely to be 24-0 as 4-0.

Is this the way we normally do it? Not at all, but a lot of things aren't normal in the 2020-21 girls basketball season — and like most of these teams you just have to play the hand you're dealt.

NOTE: Coaches and team personnel are encouraged to update schedules and results on MaxPreps – especially those in the mix for MaxPreps Top 25 consideration. For assistance or questions, please reach out to [email protected]
Marya Hudgins, Grandview
Photo by Steve Abeyta
Marya Hudgins, Grandview
MaxPreps Top 25 Girls Basketball Rankings

Record: 17-0 | Last week: 1
Note that there are two American Heritage high schools in Florida, and the one in the other 4A semifinal — the one Lake Highland Prep might have to face this weekend should it get by Bishop Kenny — is not the American Heritage that's ranked No. 24.

2. Westlake (Atlanta)
Record: 15-0 | Last week: 2
Westlake has waited nearly a month to play a game as opponents were hard to come by, but the AAAAAA postseason begins this week. The first serious test likely will come next week from 23-3 Kell in quarterfinals.

3. Mount Notre Dame (Cincinnati)
Record: 23-0 | Last week: 3
The Cougars won their first two Division 1 playoff games by an average score of 82-7 but it's possible, if not likely, that 21-2 Centerville — which only lost to host Mount Notre Dame by nine earlier this year — will be the semifinal opponent. We're guessing that game will be a lot closer than 82-7.

4. Hopkins (Minnetonka, Minn.)
Record: 10-0 | Last week: 4
Hopkins easily disposed of Minnetonka, which gave the defending state champs a tough game the first time around. So the next focus will be on the March 5 game at No. 20 Chaska.

5. Edison Academy (Detroit)
Record: 4-0 | Last week: 5
Edison downed perennial rival Renaissance 68-59 on Saturday.

6. Incarnate Word Academy (St. Louis)
Record: 18-0 | Last week: 6
There are two games left in regular season for the Show Me State's best, and neither should pose much of a challenge.

7. Cypress Creek (Houston)
Record: 28-0| Last week: 7
Cypress Creek will play 24-4 Heights on Wednesday, and that record is impressive. But Cypress Creek already played Heights and won by 31.

8. Norman (Okla.)
Record: 13-0 | Last week: 8
Norman has had a long break, but plays Thursday against Grant — and is expected to move on to the 6A Area playoffs, which begin March 4.

9. St. John-Vianney (Holmdel, N.J.)
Record: 9-0 | Last week: 9
St. John Vianney's comfortable home in the Top 10 will be threatened Friday by 8-0 Trenton Catholic — but luckily the game will be in the friendly confines of Holmdel.

10. Paul VI (Chantilly, Va.)
Record: 10-0 | Last week: 10
Season complete.

11. DeSoto (Texas)
Record: 22-2 | Last week: 12
DeSoto continues to advance in 6A District play, but down the road must deal with rival Duncanville and No. 7 Cypress Creek.

12. Newark (Ohio)
Record: 24-1 | Last week: 13
Hilliard Darby, Wednesday's opponent in the Division 1 playoffs, is the 25th seed — 16-2 Watkins Memorial, the likely Friday opponent, will be a tougher test.

13. Grandview (Aurora, Colo.)
Record: 9-0 | Last week: 14
There are some very good teams in Colorado, but Grandview won't face any of them until postseason, which begins the week of March 8.

14. Princess Anne (Virginia Beach, Va.)
Record:
10-0 | Last week: 17
Princess Anne completed its abbreviated unbeaten season by winning its eighth straight state title, and 12th overall.

15. Fremont (Plain City, Utah)
Record: 22-0 | Last week: 15
The 6A playoffs begin Thursday, but Fremont is the No. 2 seed, behind once-beaten Herriman, which did play a tougher schedule. We might find out how much that matters if both reach the March 6 finals.

16. Anderson County (Lawrenceburg, Ky.)
Record: 17-0 | Last week: 18
Sometimes it takes a little luck. Anderson County got a banked-in, 3-pointer with 3.2 seconds to left to take a 69-68 lead over Sacred Heart — and then had to watch as Sacred Heart's desperation heave spent some time on the rim before bouncing out.

17. Ponchatoula (La.)
Record: 30-0 | Last week: 22
Ponchatoula is three games away from an unbeaten season, a Top 20 ranking (or higher), and most important, a Louisiana 5A state title.

18. Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.)

Record: 21-2 | Last week: 11
Montverde lost by one in the first round of the Independent School National Championships, but bounced back to win its last two and retain a spot in the Top 25. The other loss was to No. 1 Lake Highland Prep, and Montverde has a handful of impressive wins over strong Florida opposition.

19. Rutgers Prep (Somerset, N.J.)

Record: 7-0 | Last week: 19
Rutgers Prep has two games left before a limited postseason, and a loss anywhere along the line would be considered a major upset.

20. Chaska (Minn.)
Record: 10-0 | Last week: 20
Chaska was on no one's radar in preseason — but now you can bet No. 4 Hopkins is already gathering intel for the March 5 matchup.

21. Hazel Green (Ala.)
Record: 32-1 | Last week: 21
Should Hazel Green get past Hartselle Wednesday — and Hazel Green won by 19 back in November — McGill-Toolen would be the 6A semifinals foe. Hazel Green beat McGill-Toolen by 25 in December.

22. New Hope Academy (Landover Hills, Md.)
Record: 10-3 | Last week: NR
New Hope returns to the rankings after winning the Independent School National Championship over a strong field. And if you think three losses are too many for a Top 25 team, think again — all three came against elite opposition.

23. Bearden (Knoxville, Tenn.)
Record: 25-1 | Last week: 23
Oak Ridge is 20-4 and the likely opponent in Monday's Class AAA Regional semifinals, but Bearden should be favored, if not heavily favored, until the state tournament starts March 10.

24. American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.)
Record: 23-2 | Last week: 24
It's not going to be easy for American Heritage to hold on to this ranking, as Florida is very strong this year, and the 5A Final Four is impressive. First up is 24-4 Clearwater, which hasn't lost since Dec. 11, and the other side of the bracket has 26-1 St. Augustine and a fully healthy, and very talented, 22-3 Palm Bay.

25. Pius X (Lincoln, Neb.)
Record:
20-0 | Last week: 25
Pius X must get past either 12-win Benson or 12-win Bellevue West on Thursday to get to the Class A state tournament, which starts next week. And it would be unwise to bet against the No. 25 team in the country.

Dropped out: No. 16 Archbishop Wood (Warminster, Pa.).
High school girls basketball: Terry English of Kansas state champion Bishop Miege is 2020-21 HIGHSCORE National Coach of the Year - HIGHSCORE
High school girls basketball: Terry English of Kansas state champion Bishop Miege is 2020-21 MaxPreps National Coach of the Year
Terry English had a .500 record at Bishop Miege (Shawnee Mission, Kan.) ... when it comes to state championships. Along with winning 910 games in a 44-year career that ended this season, English won 22 state titles, including another one in March. He has been named the 2020-21 MaxPreps Coach of the Year in girls basketball.

Despite that amazing record, English isn't as focused on wins, losses and banners on the gym wall as one might expect.

"I know I've done a good job if the kids are smiling at the end of the season," he said.

That said, they might not have been smiling all year, as English admits he's "an emotional guy. When I chew somebody out, I chew 'em out pretty good."
Graphic by Ryan Escobar
But players, even elite players, listen.

Payton Verhulst, a MaxPreps All-American who graduates from Bishop Miege this year, puts it simply.

"He knows just about everything about basketball," she said. "He's so wise, when he speaks, everyone listens."

"I tell the girls, 'Don't listen to how I'm saying it, listen to what I'm saying,' " English said. "I've mellowed in some ways, but as far as the way I am on the sidelines, I haven't changed."

And then he considers the passage of time.

"Well, I'm probably not as explosive as I was in my younger days."

But to simply classify English as one of those coaches who yells a lot would be a mistake, because there's a short shelf life for those who rely heavily on vocal volume. English can relate to his players and also to shifts in how the game is played.

"I've been able to change," he said. "Reluctantly at times. But I'm very open-minded — if a friend on the street gives me an inbounds play and it works, I'll run it."

One thing that hasn't changed at Bishop Miege is reliance on a full-court press.

"Pressing is something we're known for," he said, noting that when he started in 1977 not many girls teams employed a press in Kansas.

English, though, didn't care how girls were playing.

"My whole idea from the start was to tell my players, 'I want you to ignore the phrase girls basketball. We're going to play basketball.'"

And play they did, better than any team in Kansas and as good as any team in the nation. And though English will still help his son Jeff – Bishop Miege's new coach – an era in Kansas basketball has come to an end. English has no regrets.

"It's been a great experience," he said. "I wouldn't change it for anything."

Past MaxPreps National Coaches of the Year
2020 — No award given
2019 — Terri Bamford, La Jolla Country Day (La Jolla, Calif.)
2018 — Frank Orlando, Detroit Country Day (Beverly Hills, Mich.)
2017 — Joe Lombard, Canyon (Texas)   
2016 — Karen Weitz, Centennial (Las Vegas)
2015 — Tom Gonsalves, St. Mary's (Stockton, Calif.)
2014 — Dan Rolfes, Incarnate Word Academy (St. Louis)
High school girls basketball: Longest all-time winning streaks - HIGHSCORE
High school girls basketball: Longest all-time winning streaks
The past two seasons have seen the end of some of the more amazing winning streaks in girls high school basketball history. Yet, the most amazing part might be that none of them even came close to breaking the overall national record.

Central Plains (Claflin, Kan.) had its streak of 138 wins end last December while Martins Mill (Ben Wheeler, Texas) had a streak of 116 wins end last winter. Strafford (Mo.) had a streak of 123 wins end in 2019. However, none of them came within 80 wins of the all-time record of 218, set by Baskin (La.) between 1947 and 1953. Even more incredible, following the loss that ended its streak, Baskin won 71 more games. That's a mark of 289-1.

MaxPreps has put together a list of girls basketball win streaks of 50 or more games. While boys basketball has just seven streaks of 100 or more games, girls basketball has 34. The team with the longest current list is Hopkins (Minnetonka, Minn.), which stands at 74.

The list for consecutive wins includes all games, not just regular season or league wins. If there are any corrections or additions to the list, please e-mail Kevin Askeland at [email protected]

Sources for the list include the NFHS record book, luckyshow.org website by Paul Luchter, state association websites, Cal-Hi Sports Almanac by Mark and Nelson Tennis, MaxPreps team pages and research via newspapers.com.
Martins Mill had its 116-game win streak snapped last winter. The streak ranks 13th on the all-time list.
File photo by Kenneth Toso
Martins Mill had its 116-game win streak snapped last winter. The streak ranks 13th on the all-time list.
Top 50 girls basketball win streaks

1.   218 — Baskin (La.), 1947-53
2.   154 — Monetta (S.C.), 1933-40
2.   154 — Hanover (Mass.), 1965-75
4.   138 — Central Plains (Claflin, Kan.), 2015-2020
5.   134 — Duncanville (Texas), 1987-91
5.   134 — Taylor County (Butler, Ga.), 1968-72
7.   126 — Marked Tree (Marked Tree, Ark.), 1940s
8.   123 — Strafford (Mo.), 2016-2019
9.   122 — Lowndes (Valdosta, Ga.), 1976-81
10.  120 — Nashua North (Nashua, N.H.), 1984-89
10.  120 — Fairfield (Fairfield, Mont.), 2010-2015
12.  118 — Baxley (Ga.), 1946-48
13.  116 — Martins Mill (Ben Wheeler, Texas), 2017-20
14.  111 — Guardian Angels Central Catholic (West Point, Neb.), 2001-06
14.  111 — Roosevelt (Sioux Falls, S.D.), 1997-2001
16.  110 — Shelbyville Central (Shelbyville, Tenn.), 1988-91
17.  109 — Ayr (N.D.), 1938-43
18.  108 — West Holmes (Millersburg, Ohio), 1984-86
18.  108 — The Academy of the Holy Cross (Kensington, Md.), 1978-81
20.  107 — Williamstown (Williamstown, Vt.), 1947-56
20.  107 — Bailey (N.C.), 1957-64
20.  107 — Hoxie (Kan.), to 2016
23.  106 — MIdway (S.C.), 1952-59
23.  106 — Mountain View (Orem, Utah), 1997-2001
25.  105 — Summers County (Hinton, W. Va.), 2008-12
25.  105 — Duncanville (Texas), 2011-2014
25.  105 — Marion (S.C.), 1955-62
28.  104 — East Rutherford (NJ), 1926 to 1933
28.  104 — Seward (Neb.), 2008-12
30.  102 — Henderson Collegiate (Henderson, N.C.), to 1945
30.  102 — Marshfield (Mo.), 1987-90
32.  101 — Wakonda (SD), 1987-1991
32.  101 — Ribault (Jacksonville, Fla.), 2000-2003
34.  100 — Pillow Academy (Greenwood, Miss.), 1972-75
35.    99 — Middleton (Idaho), 2009-13
36.    98 — Byng (Ada, Okla.), 1936-39
37.    97 — China (Texas), 1942-45
38.    96 — Blackville-Hilda (Blackville, S.C.), 1985-89
38.    96 — Champlain Valley Union (Hinesburg, Vt.), 2012-16
40.    95 — Sandy Creek (Fairfield, Neb.), 1997-2000
41.    92 — Pius XI Catholic (Milwaukee), 1988-91
41.    92 — Hollywood (SC), 1947-49
43.    91 — Little River (Kan.), 1994-98
44.    90 — Charles D. Owen (Black Mountain, N.C.), 1965-69
44.    90 — Bradley Central (Cleveland, Tenn.), 1974-77
46.    87 — Chambers (Neb.), 1993-97
46.    87 — Bowman Academy (Bowman, S.C.), 1977-81
48.    86 — Van Buren (Van Buren, Ark.), 1942-46
48.    86 — Lauderdale County (Rogersville, Ala.), 2013-15
48.    86 — Reed (Sparks, Nev.), 1990-93

84 straight games
Trinity Heights (La.), to 1981
Poly (Riverside, Calif.) 1980-82
Millbrook (Winchester, Va.), 2010-13

83 straight games
Gentry (Indianola, Miss.), 2007-2008
Winnacunnet (Hampton, N.H.), to 2011

81 straight games
Cambridge (Cambridge, Neb.), 1992-96
Ben Davis (Indianapolis), 2008-11

80 straight games
Sacred Heart Prep (Atherton, Calif.), 1992-94

79 straight games
Joseph (Ore.), 1983
Colton (Wash.), 2013-16

78 straight games
McClave (Colo.), 2006-009
Carney-Nadeau (Carney, Mich.), 1989-91
Fosston (Minn.), 1999-2002
Northeast Nodaway (Ravenwood, Mo.), 1976-79
Haysi (Va.), 1947 to 1951

77 straight games
Kit Carson (Kit Carson, Colo.), 2016-2019
Eldorado (Albuquerque), 1985-88
Eagle Rock (Va.), 1955-59

76 straight games
Reno (RNev.), 1980-82
Poquoson (Va.), 1975-77
Pittsford (Mich.), 2015-18
Cuba City (Wis.), 2005-08
Shanley (Fargo, N.D.), 2014-17

75 straight games
Oregon City (Ore.), to 1997
Black Hawk (South Wayne, Wis.), 2018-21
Northern (Flint, Mich.), 1978-81
South Greene (Greeneville, Tenn.), 1990-93

74 straight games
Eldorado (Albuquerque), 1983-85
Point Loma (San Diego), 1985-88
Bishop Machebeuf (Denver), 1980-83
Aldie (Va.), 1924-28
Oxbow (Bradford, Vt.), 1984-87
Hopkins (Minnetonka, Minn.), 2018-present

73 straight games
Gray-New Gloucester (Gray, Maine), 1947-50
Laurel County (London, Ky.), 1978-80
Miller (S.D.), 1990-93
Bergtraum (New York, N.Y.), 2006-09

72 straight games
Great Falls (Mont.), 1980-83
Athens (Ala.), 2001-03
St. Joseph's Academy (St. Louis), 1991-94

71 straight games
Baskin (La.), 1953-?
Northern (Flint, Mich.), 1994-96

70 straight games
Pius XI Catholic (Milwaukee), 1984-87
SouthWest Edgecombe (Pinetops, N.C.), 1981-82
Towson (Md.), 1983-85

69 straight games
Eldorado (Albuquerque), 1979-82
Yazoo County (Yazoo City, Miss.), 1998-2000
Richey (Mont.), 1999-02
Nazareth (Texas), 1983-85

68 straight games
Florien (La.), 1990-91
Milan (Tenn.), to March 1962
Deshler (Tuscumbia, Ala.), 2015-17
Sangre de Cristo (Mosca, Colo.), 1983-86
Lincoln (Warren, Mich.), 2011-13
Kingsley (Kingsley, Mich.), 1940-50

67 straight games
Jefferson (SD), 1978-80
Barneveld (Wis.), 1998-00
Leland (Mich.), 1980-82
Northwestern (Mendon, Mo.), 1954-57
Waterville (Maine), 2006-09

66 straight games
Canyon (Texas), 1977-78
St. Cecilia (Hastings, Neb.), 1977-79

65 straight games
Neptune (N.J.), to 1968
Brea Olinda (Brea, Calif.), 1993-94
Maine West (Des Plaines, Ill.), 1987-89

64 straight games
McIntosh (McIntosh, Ala.), 2006-08
Chartiers Valley (Bridgeville, Pa.), 2018-21
Panguitch (Utah), 2013-16

63 straight games
Richwoods (Peoria, Ill.), 1982-84
Bishop Ryan (Minot, N.D.), 2012-14
Bishop Miege (Shawnee Mission, Kan.), 2014-16

62 straight games
Bath (Lima, Ohio), 1972-76
Mathews (Vienna, Ohio), to 1987
T.R. Miller (Brewton, Ala.), 1994-96
Hartselle (Ala.), 1984-86
Seymour (Conn.), 1996-99
Westbrook (Conn.), 1984-86
Regina Dominican (Wilmette, Ill.), 1973-77
Durand (Wis.), 1985-87
Mendocino (Calif.), 1979-82
Point Loma (Calif.), 1983-85

61 straight games
Braintree (Mass.), 2014-16
New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva (New Richland, Minn.), 2012-14
Checotah (Okla.), 1946-48
Cuba City (Wis.), 2014-16
Gibbon (Gibbon, Neb.), 1987-90
Carson (Carson City, Nev.), 1988-90
Philomath (Ore.), 1985-87
York Catholic (York, Pa.), to 2008
Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory (San Francisco), 2007-08

60 straight games
Garnavillo (Iowa) to 1954
Lincoln (East St. Louis, Ill.), 1979-81
Jefferson (Conception Junction, Mo.), 1988-89
Sutherlin (Sutherlin, Ore.), 2014-16
North Hopkins (Sulphur Springs, Texas), 1959-1960 (possibly longer)

59 straight games
Kalida (Ohio), 1986-89
Orrum (N.C.), 1984-85
North Little Rock (Ark.), 2009-11

58 straight games
Dillard (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), 1981-83
Deshler (Tuscumbia, Ala.), 2006-07
Powers Catholic (Flint, Mich.), 2000-02
Omaha Central (Omaha, Neb.), 1981-84
Nativity BVM (Pottsville, Pa.), 1977-79
Norwich Free Academy (Norwich, Conn.), 1995-98
Newell-Fonda (Newell, Iowa), 2018-2020

57 straight games
Elko (Nev.), 1982-84
Grand Haven (Mich.), 2011-14
Crofton (Neb.), 2013-16
Cranberry Area (Seneca, Pa.), 1994-96
Thatcher (Ariz.), 2000-02
Christ the King (Middle Village, N.Y.), 2005-06
Fort Wayne Northrop (Fort Wayne, Ind.), 1985-87
Holy Cross (Waterbury, Conn.), 2006-08

56 straight games
Nixyaawii Community (Pendleton, Ore.), 2016-18
Lourdes (Rochester, Minn.), 1989-91
North Catholic (Cranberry Township, Pa.), 1987-89
Lakeside (Seattle), 1991-92
Kamiakin (Wash.), 1999-2000
Central Valley (Spokane Valley, Wash.), 2000-01

55 straight games
Bedford North Lawrence (Bedford, Ind.), 1990-92
Lowell (Mass.), 1903-06
Lake Providence (La.), to 1962
Cheraw (Colo.), 1998-2000
Mountain View (Orem, Utah), 1995-97
Limon (Colo.), 2004-07
Annawan (Ill.), 2016-18
Kearney Catholic (Kearney, Neb.), 1984-86
Brea Olinda (Brea, Calif.), 1988-90
Chandler (Ariz.), 1981-83
Martinsville (Ind.), 1996-98

54 straight games
Celeste (Texas), 1991-92
Chicago Marshall (Chicago), to 1983
Southeast (Wichita, Kan.), 1986-88
Neillsville (Neillsville, Wis.), 2011-13
Reed Point/Rapelje (Reed Point, Mont.), 2004-06
Collins Hill (Suwanee, Ga.), 2005-07

53 straight games
Iota (La.), 2006-08
Valley (Pine Grove, W. Va.), 1953-59
Wilbur Cross (New Haven, Conn.), 1978-80
Luxemburg-Casco (Luxemburg, Wis.), 1991-93
Norwich Free Academy (Norwich, Conn.), 1998-2000
Storden-Jeffers (Minn.), 1988-90
North Branford (Conn.), 1986-88

52 straight games
Anchorage Christian (Anchorage, Alaska), 2018-2020
Lakeland (Minocqua, Wis.), 1991-93
Flambeau (Tony, Wis.), 1999-01
New Bloomfield (Mo.), 1987-88
Thomasville (N.C.), 2002-04
Pleasant Valley (Chico, Calif.), 1984-86
Riverdale (Murfreesboro, Tenn.), 2016-18
Plain Dealing Academy (La.), 1970s

51 straight games
Three Forks (Mont.), 1977-80
South Sioux City (Neb.), 1994-97
St. Francis (Humphrey, Neb.), 2005-07
Lower Richland (Hopkins, S.C.), 2008-09

50 straight games
Washington (Sioux Falls, S.D.), 1980-82
Sterling (Ill.), 1976-78
Reserve (N.M.), 1970-73
Dietrich (Idaho), 2011-13
Norland (Miami), 2008-10

2012 Final HIGHSCORE Xcellent 25 National Football Rankings: John Curtis is the national champ - HIGHSCORE
2012 Final MaxPreps Xcellent 25 National Football Rankings: John Curtis is the national champ
Curtis has plenty of reason to celebrate: It finishes No. 1 the Xcellent 25.
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Curtis has plenty of reason to celebrate: It finishes No. 1 the Xcellent 25.
Lousiana power John Curtis finishes No. 1 in the 2012 MaxPreps Xcellent 25 National Football Rankings presented by the Army.

The Patriots dominated from start to finish and were remarkably consistent, especially in the playoffs. Curtis jumped on opponents early, scoring touchdowns on 36 of 41 first half possessions in the postseason.

While Curtis did not play the nation's most difficult schedule, it dismantled Florida's defending Class 8A champion Plant 33-3 in September and outscored opponents 677-60 on the season.

It was perhaps the finest team in J.T. Curtis' 43-year career, one that has seen the coaching giant amass 520 career wins, second only to John McKissick's total of 601.

Katy, which enjoyed a remarkable season punctuated by its seventh state title, finishes a close second with talent-laden Norcross, Georgia's undefeated AAAAAA state champion, checking in at No. 3.

Xcellent 25 National Football Rankings presented by the Army National Guard


1. (1) Curtis (River Ridge, La.), 14-0

Season complete. Class 2A champion.

2. (2) Katy (Texas), 16-0
Katy capped off a perfect season, winning its seventh state title in a 35-24 victory over Cedar Hill. Story

3. (3) Norcross (Ga.), 15-0
Season complete. Class AAAAA champion.

4. (4) De La Salle (Concord, Calif.), 15-0
Season complete. CIF Open Division Bowl champion.

5. (6) Allen (Texas), 14-1

Lamar put up a valiant effort, but Allen prevailed with a 35-21 victory. Story