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Nolan Hickman named 2020-21 HIGHSCORE Utah High School Basketball Player of the Year - HIGHSCORE
Nolan Hickman named 2020-21 MaxPreps Utah 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.

Nolan Hickman of Wasatch Academy (Mt. Pleasant) is the 2020-21 Utah High School Basketball Player of the Year. The 6-foot-3, 185-pound senior helped the Tigers go 18-6 against a rugged national schedule. Wasatch Academy – ranked No. 12 in this week's MaxPreps Top 25 – is expected to earn an invitation to GEICO Nationals thanks in part to his contributions.

After spending his first three years of high school at Eastside Catholic (Sammamish, Wash.), Hickman averaged 16.0 points, 3.3 assists and 2.5 rebounds per game during his lone season at Wasatch Academy.

Signed with Kentucky, Hickman is regarded as the No. 31 prospect in the Class of 2021 overall according to 247Sports. He was announced as a McDonald's All-American last month and also entertained offers from Arizona, Kansas, Oklahoma, UCLA and Washington.

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.
Nolan Hickman in action during a February game against Oak Hill Academy.
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Nolan Hickman in action during a February game against Oak Hill Academy.

Isabella King named 2020-21 HIGHSCORE New Hampshire High School Girls Basketball Player of the Year - HIGHSCORE
Isabella King named 2020-21 MaxPreps New Hampshire High School Girls 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.

Isabella King of Bedford is the 2020-21 MaxPreps New Hampshire High School Girls Basketball Player of the Year. In a shortened season, the 6-foot-1 senior wing led the Bulldogs to a 14-2 record and the New Hampshire Division I state championship.

King averaged 20.1 points, 8.5 steals, 3.0 assists and 3.0 steals per game this season, earning first team Division I All-State and Miss Basketball honors.

The Bucknell signee owns schools records at Bedford for points in a game, season and career, topping the 1,000-point mark as a senior.

Each state's MaxPreps Player of the Year will be considered for inclusion in the MaxPreps All-America Team.
High school softball rankings: Barbe joins this week's HIGHSCORE Top 25 after winning Louisiana 5A title - HIGHSCORE
High school softball rankings: Barbe joins this week's MaxPreps Top 25 after winning Louisiana 5A title
Barbe (Lake Charles) finished the season with eight straight wins, including a 3-1 Louisiana Class 5A state title over Airline on Saturday. A two-run home run by Madison Chretien and strong pitching by Halie Pappion propelled the tournament third seed to its first state title since 1997. Barbe enters this week's MaxPreps Top 25 high school softball rankings at No. 19.

Top-ranked Leander (Texas) opened postseason play by scoring 34 runs over two games while Lauren Tetreault and SJ Geurin each pitched complete-game shutouts. The Lions are back in action on Saturday against Southwest in Area play.

Lakewood Ranch (Bradenton) won the District 12 Championship in Florida beating 12th-ranked Newsome (Lithia) 2-0 on Thursday. The Mustangs host Steinbrenner on Thursday in 7A Regional Quarterfinal play. Newsome is not out. If the Wolves win Thursday, they could face Lakewood Ranch once again on May 11.
Alyssa Aguilar, Salpointe Catholic
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Alyssa Aguilar, Salpointe Catholic
MaxPreps Top 25 high school softball rankings

1. Leander (Texas)
Record:
31-0 | Last week: 1
Marley Neises drove in seven runs and belted a grand slam during the Lions first two playoff wins.

2. Barbers Hill (Mt. Belvieu, Texas)
Record:
33-2 | Last week: 2
The Eagles play 23-5 Angleton (Texas) in area play on Saturday.

3. Lakewood Ranch (Bradenton, Fla.)
Record:
25-2 | Last week: 3
Sophomore Olivia Laney threw a complete game in 2-0 win over Newsome.

4. Park Vista (Lake Worth, Fla.)
Record:
25-0 | Last week: 4
The 7A state state title might be one of the toughest brackets in all of the country to win. The Cobras play Jupiter on Thursday.

5. Marist (Chicago)
Record:
16-0 | Last week: 5
The Redhawks have held 13 of their first 16 opponents scoreless.

6. Norco (Calif.)
Record:
12-1 | Last week: 6
The Cougars have won 11 straight after a three-game sweep of Santiago.

7. Hewitt-Trussville (Trussville, Ala.)
Record:
40-2-1 | Last week: 7
The Huskies open 7A postseason play on Wednesday against Vestavia Hills.

8. Warren (San Antonio)
Record:
24-0 | Last week: 8
After two playoff shutout wins, the Warriors play Los Fresnos starting Friday.

9. Lake Creek (Montgomery, Texas)
Record:
34-0 | Last week: 10
Emiley Kennedy struck out 12 in a playoff win over Magnolia. The senior has now struck out 168 batters in 84 innings.

10. University (Orange City, Fla.)
Record:
22-0 | Last week: 11
The Titans are another powerhouse team in Florida's 7A bracket.

11. Neshoba Central (Philadelphia, Miss.)
Record:
27-0 | Last week: 13
The Rockets play Friday for a chance to berth in the Mississippi 5A state championship.

12. Newsome (Lithia, Fla.)
Record:
24-1 | Last week: 9
The Wolves host a 21-6 Palm Harbor University (Palm Harbor) squad Thursday in 7A playoff action.

13. Spring-Ford (Royersford, Pa.)
Record:
10-0 | Last week: 14
The Rams early season dominance continues, outscoring opponents 87-6.

14. Doral Academy (Doral, Fla.)
Record:
24-2 | Last week: 16
The Firebirds scored 15 runs in three innings to open Florida 6A postseason play.

15. Lake Central (St. John, Ind.)
Record:
19-0 | Last week: 17
Grace Renschen has a five-game hit streak going and is one of five players to  hit three or more home runs for the Indians.

16. Judson (Converse, Texas)
Record:
28-1 | Last week: 18
The Rockets carry a 23-game win streak heading deep into 6A Texas state playoffs.

17. Mater Dei Catholic (Chula Vista, Calif.)
Record:
13-0 | Last week: 19
Giselle Garcia struck out 15 and allowed two hits in a 6-2 win on Saturday.

18. Williamsburg (Ohio)
Record:
15-0 | Last week: 21
The Wildcats have allowed seven runs in 15 games.

19. Barbe (Lake Charles, La.)
Record:
31-2 | Last week: NR
Arkansas commit Nyjah Fontenot hit 11 home runs and batted .530 on the season.

20. Salpointe Catholic (Tucson, Ariz.)
Record:
18-0 | Last week: NR
Senior Alyssa Aguilar struck out 11 Friday as the Lancers beat Sabino 10-0.

21. Bob Jones (Madison, Ala.)
Record:
29-3 | Last week: 12
The Patriots open 7A postseason play Tuesday.

22. Saint Francis (Mountain View, Calif.)
Record:
13-0 | Last week: NR
Jessica Oakland has nine home runs and is batting .620 to start the season.

Record: 13-1 | Last week: 15
The Spartans fell for the first time, losing 8-1 to a Los Alamitos playing really good ball.

24. South Gibson (Medina, Tenn.)
Record:
28-1 | Last week: 24
Senior Brooke Puckett has at least two or more hits in 12 games this season.

25. Westlake (Westlake Village, Calif.)
Record:
9-1 | Last week: 22
Kylie Chung hit a home run and struck out 11 batters Monday as the Warriors knocked off Agoura.

On the bubble: Rocklin (Calif.); Baylor (Chattanooga, Tenn.); Crown Point (Ind.); Mahopac (N.Y.); Benson (Ariz.)
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.
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Chet Holmgren was part of four state championship teams at Minnehaha Academy going back to his eighth grade year.
High school baseball rankings: Alex Mooney powers No. 13 St. Mary Prep up HIGHSCORE Top 25 - HIGHSCORE
High school baseball rankings: Alex Mooney powers No. 13 St. Mary Prep up MaxPreps Top 25
St. Mary's Prep (Orchard Lake, Mich.) is off to a late start, which is usually the case for teams in Michigan, but the Eaglets are making up for lost time. In building a 6-0 record, St. Mary's Prep has outscored opponents 90-4 in six games to move up to No. 13 in this week's MaxPreps Top 25 high school baseball rankings.

Alex Mooney has been the catalyst for the Eaglets. Ranked as one of the top infielders heading into the 2021 MLB Draft, Mooney is batting .611 with 17 RBI, four doubles, a triple and five home runs, including two grand slams. Three of his home runs came in one game. As a team, the Eaglets have hit a grand slam in four consecutive games.

Four teams joined the rankings this week with Hewitt-Trussville (Ala.) moving in after a win over previous No. 9 Auburn (Ala.) Undefeated Seymour (Tenn.), Pioneer (Mission, Texas) and Bryant (Ark.) also joined the list.

Dropped out: St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), De La Salle (Concord, Calif.), Tompkins (Katy, Texas), Jesuit (New Orleans).

Game of the Week: Hamilton (Chandler, Ariz.) 3, Brophy College Prep (Phoenix) 2. The Huskies pulled out the win behind the go-ahead home run by Gavin Turley in the top of the fifth that broke a 2-2 tie.

Player of the Week: Elijah Green, IMG Academy. The top-ranked player in the Class of 2022 by Perfect Game, Green had a double, a triple and two home runs in last week's action for the Ascenders.

Recruit Watch: Alex Mooney, St. Mary Prep. One of the top infielders in the senior class, Mooney had a huge doubleheader against Portage Northern. He went 6-for-9 with four home runs (three in one game), 13 RBI and two grand slams.

Game to Watch: Carrollton vs. Auburn. Carrollton replaced Auburn at No. 9 in this week's rankings after Auburn lost to Hewitt-Trussville and dropped to No. 19. The matchup is the only game this week matching ranked teams.
Andrew Painter, Cavalry Christian Academy
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Andrew Painter, Cavalry Christian Academy
MaxPreps Top 25 high school baseball rankings

1. Buford (Ga.)
Record:
24-0 | Last week: 1
Results: Def. Central Gwinnett, 11-1, 10-0; def. Brookwood, 5-1.
Stats: Treyton Rank fell a single short of the cycle in going 3-for-3 with a double, triple, home run and four RBI in the first game. Brett Rogers went 3-for-3 with a pair of doubles in the second game. Dylan Lesko struck out 13 against Brookwood.
Next: Thur. vs. Brookwood.

2. Jesuit (Tampa, Fla.)
Record:
16-1 | Last week: 2
Results: Def. Cardinal Mooney, 6-5; def. Hillsborough, 5-4.
Stats: Wes Mendes went 3-for-3 with a pair of doubles and three RBI. Jake Kulikowski had a double and a home run against Hillsborough.
Next: Fri. vs. Tampa Catholic; Sat. vs. Lakeland.

3. Madison Central (Madison, Miss.)
Record:
19-0 | Last week: 3
Results: Def. Murrah, 18-1, 23-0, 13-1; def. Warren Central, 6-0.
Stats: Ranard Grace struck out 11 in a one-hitter in the first game. Madison scored 23 runs in the first inning of the second game, which lasted two innings. Jackson Mize, Tom Lee and Sam Thoms each had three hits in the inning. Dillan Smith and Rashard Grace each had two doubles in the third game. Braden Montgomery struck out 16 against Warren Central.
Next: Fri./Sat. vs. Warren Central

4. Stoneman Douglas (Parkland, Fla.)
Record:
18-1 | Last week: 4
Results: Def. Nova, 16-6; def. Pembroke Pines Charter, 6-0.
Stats: Christian Rodriguez had a home run and Rolando Lujo had two doubles against Nova.
Next: Thur. vs. Westminster Academy.

5. Hamilton (Chandler, Ariz.)
Record:
7-1 | Last week: 6
Results: Def. Basha, 7-5; def. Brophy College Prep, 3-2.
Stats: Logan Saloman had two doubles and three RBI while Brock Selvidge was 3-for-4 with a double. Gavin Turley had a home run against Brophy College Prep.
Next: Fri. vs. Brophy College Prep.

6. Calvary Christian Academy (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
Record:
15-2 | Last week: 7
Results: Def. Hialeah Education Academy, 16-0; def. Champagnat Catholic, 4-1.
Stats: Alex Ulloa had a grand slam and Kyle Tako hit a home run. Andrew Painter tossed a two-hitter with 10 strikeouts.
Next: Fri. vs. Trinity Christian Academy (Lake Worth)

7. IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)
Record:
20-2 | Last week: 8
Results: Def. Doral Academy, 13-3; def.  IMG Black, 15-0.
Stats: Elijah Green and Drake Varnado each hit a double and a home run and Brady Neal also had a home run. Green hit a triple and a home run against IMG Black while James Wood had a home run.
Next: Thur. vs. Montverde Academy; Sat. vs. Winter Haven.

8. Barbe (Lake Charles, La.)
Record:
24-2 | Last week: 5
Results: Def. Sulphur, 2-0; def. Southside, 10-0; lost to Southside, 5-4; def. Acadiana, 12-2.
Stats: Ethan Medlin hit a home run against Acadiana.
Next: Thur. vs. Acadiana.

9. Carrollton (Ga.)
Record:
21-1 | Last week: 10
Results: Def. Paulding County, 13-2, 12-3.
Stats: Ace Williamson was 3-for-5 with a double, a triple and five RBI in the first game while Eli Runyan had a home run. Colton Cosper had a double, a triple and picked up the win in the second game.
Next: Thur. vs. Auburn; Fri. vs. Alexander; Sat. vs. Norcross.

10. Sam Houston (Lake Charles, La.)
Record:
23-3 | Last week: 11
Results: Def. Lafayette, 2-1, 5-3; def. New Iberia, 8-4.
Stats: Andrew Glass had a home run in the second game. Ashton Fuselier hit a home run against New Iberia.
Next: Thur. vs. New Iberia.

11. Lake Travis (Austin, Texas)
Record:
21-2-2 | Last week: 12
Results: Def. Austin, 7-1.
Stats: Kyle Rader hit a home run with two RBI.
Next: Fri. vs. Del Valle.

12. Gregory-Portland (Portland, Texas)
Record:
22-0-1 | Last week: 14
Results: Def. Ray, 8-3.
Stats: Easton Dowell went 3-for-3 with two doubles.
Next: Fri. vs. Moody.

13. St. Mary Prep (Orchard Lake, Mich.)
Record:
6-0 | Last week: 15
Results: Def. Portage Northern 20-2, 17-2.
Stats: Alex Mooney had a grand slam and Brock Porter struck out 10 in the first game. Mooney then had a huge outing in the second game, going 4-for-4 with a double, three home runs, a grand slam and nine RBI.
Next: Wed. vs. Brother Rice; Thur. vs. Woodhaven, Fri. vs. University Liggett.

14. Friendswood (Texas)
Record:
19-0 | Last week: 19
Results: Def. Goose Creek Memorial, 12-0; def. LaPorte, 4-2.
Stats: Jaxson Burch and Griffin Kasemeyer combined for a no-hitter.
Next: April 13 vs. Lee.

15. Farragut (Knoxville, Tenn.)
Record:
15-1 | Last week: 17
Results: Defe. Hamilton Heights, 12-2; def. Science Hill, 9-1; dec. Upperman, 10-2; def. Rossford, 12-2; def. Mount Juliet, 6-2; def. Maryville, 6-2; lost to Hardin Valley Academy, 13-12.
Stats: Hudson Seiglar had a grand slam and Eli Evans, Tanner Kim and Angus Pence each hit home runs against Hamilton Ieights. Carson Mitchell struck out 11 against Science Hill. Kim added a double and a home run against Upperman. Kim and Pence also homered against Rossford. Pence also added a homer against Mount Juliet. Kim and Siegler each homered against Hardin Valley. Landis Davila and Hunter Merrick each hit home runs against Maryville.
Next: Mon. vs. Lenoir City.

16. Reagan (San Antonio)
Record:
21-3 | Last week: 20
Results: Def. Lee, 11-0.
Stats: Britton Moore went 3-for-3 with a double against Lee.
Next: Fri. vs. Madison.

17. Thousand Oaks (Calif.)
Record:
8-0 | Last week: 22
Results: Def. Calabasas, 6-1; def. Camarillo, 5-0.
Stats: Maxwell Muncy had a double against Calabasas and Easton Rulli had a double against Camarillo.
Next: April 15 vs. Newbury Park.

18. Hewitt-Trussville (Trussville, Ala.)
Record:
23-2 | Last week: NR
Results: Def. Cherokee County, 17-7; def. Auburn, 4-3; def. Gadsden City, 6-1.
Next: Thur. vs. Gadsden City.

19. Auburn (Ala.)
Record:
24-2 | Last week: 9
Results: Def. Cherokee County, 11-1; lost to Hewitt-Trussville, 4-3; def. Northside, 7-0; def. Dothan, 12-2; def. Columbus, 7-5.
Stats: Brady Fuller had two doubles andfour RBI against Cherokee County. Todd Clay homered against Northside. Clay and Will Turner each hit two doubles against Columbus.
Next: Thur vs. Carrollton; Fri. vs. Helena.

20. Seymour (Tenn.)
Record:
18-0 | Last week: NR
Results: Def. South Doyle, 3-2, 4-3.
Next: Thur. at William Blount.

21. Bryant (Ark.)
Record:
15-1 | Last week: NR
Results: Def. Lake Hamilton, 12-2; def. Central (Little Rock), 7-2; def. Cabot, 7-2.
Stats: Turner Seelinger struck out 11 against Central.
Next: Fri. vs. North Little Rock.

22. Baylor (Chattanooga, Tenn.)
Record:
7-2 | Last week: 18
Results: Lost to Briarcrest Christian, 3-2; def. Briarcrest Christian, 6-2, 13-3.
Stats: Vito Valincius had a home run in the 13-3 win.
Next: Fri. vs. Christian Academy of Knoxville.

23. Winder-Barrow (Winder, Ga.)
Record:
18-2 | Last week: 16
Results: Def. Habersham Central, 7-0; lost to Peachtree Ridge, 6-4.
Stats: Pate Smith went 3-for-4 and Andrew Lewis went 2-for-4 with a double.
Next: Wed. vs. Mountain View

24. Pioneer (Mission, Texas)
Record:
21-1 | Last week: NR
Results: Def. Pharr-San Juan-Alamo Memorial, 16-0; def. McAllen Memorial, 9-5.
Stats: Juan Rivera had a double and a triple against Pharr. He also had a triple against Memorial.
Next: Fri. vs. McAllen.

25. Braddock (Miami, Fla.)
Record:
17-1 | Last week: 23
Results: Lost to Belen Jesuit, 1-0; def. Somerset Academy Charter, 13-10.
Next: Wed. vs. American Heritage (Plantation).