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High school softball rankings: Leander sits atop OFFICIAL Top 25 preparing for Texas playoffs after unbeaten regular season - OFFICIAL
High school softball rankings: Leander sits atop MaxPreps Top 25 preparing for Texas playoffs after unbeaten regular season
Postseason play is right around the corner or already here for states throughout the country. Louisiana opened its Bi-Disctrict play on Monday. State titles will be on the line in late April and into early May in the Pelican State.

In Texas, regular season play wraps up for some this week. For  Leander (Texas), the No. 1 team in this week's MaxPreps Top 25 high school softball rankings, Part One of the to-do list is done. The Lions' real season begins later this month. But we do have to mention what an incredible run it was for the Lions. The team outscored their opponents 223-38 and hit 40 home runs. LSU commit Baylea Brandon clubbed 18 home runs and had 18 games where she had two or more hits. Her junior teammate SJ Geurin was 17-0 in the circle. The Oklahoma commit finished with a 0.69 ERA and struck out 218 batters. So now we will see if they can finish Part Two and finish with a state title.

Five new teams join this week's MaxPreps Top 25, including Doral Academy (Doral, Fla.). The Firebirds are showing they have what it takes to be considered Florida's top-ranked team. Kassandra Machado has 15 home runs as they have rolled off 11-straight wins.
Baylea Brandon, Leander
Photo by Paul Knight
Baylea Brandon, Leander
MaxPreps Top 25 high school softball rankings

1. Leander (Texas)
Record:
29-0 | Last week: 1
The Lions roll into postseason play unbeaten.

2. Barbers Hill (Mt. Belvieu, Texas)
Record:
29-2 | Last week: 5
It has been over a month since any team has scored against the Eagles.

3. Lakewood Ranch (Bradenton, Fla.)
Record:
20-2 | Last week: 2
The Mustangs finish up regular season play this week.

4. Los Alamitos (Calif.)
Record:
9-0 | Last week: 4
The Griffins are averaging over 10 runs per game.

5. Park Vista (Lake Worth, Fla.)
Record:
20-0 | Last week: 5
Tyrina Jones, Chloe Fariello and the rest of the Cobras look to close out the regular season with a flawless record.

6. Marist (Chicago)
Record:
5-0 | Last week: 6
The RedHawks have jumped out to a hot start after four games last week.

7. Norco (Calif.)
Record:
8-1 | Last week: 7
After an early season loss to fourth-ranked Los Alamitos, the Cougars have won seven straight.

8. Hewitt-Trussville (Trussville, Ala.)
Record:
32-2-1 | Last week: 10
Big week of district play coming up for the Huskies, starting Tuesday against Vestavia Hills.

9. Westlake (Westlake Village, Calif.)
Record:
6-0 | Last week: 11
Stanford signee Kylie Chung pitched nine innings and struck out 13 in a 2-1 win over Oaks Christian on Monday.

10. Warren (San Antonio)
Record:
21-0 | Last week: 12
The Warriors wrap up district play on Thursday before postseason play.

11. Newsome (Lithia, Fla.)
Record:
21-0 | Last week: 13
Big game on Tuesday for the Wolves as they hit the road to play 22-2 Steinbrenner.

12. Lake Creek (Montgomery, Texas)
Record:
29-0 | Last week: 15
The Lions are hitting .469 as a team with 40 total home runs.

13. University (Orange City, Fla.)
Record:
19-0 | Last week: 16
Junior Aminah Vega has a hit in all but two games this season. She is batting .604 with 11 home runs.

14. Bob Jones (Madison, Ala.)
Record:
24-2 | Last week: 17
Auburn commit Emmah Rolfe struck out 12 in the circle and went 4-4 at the plate on Monday.

15. Neshoba Central (Philadelphia, Miss.)
Record:
22-0 | Last week: 18
Elleigh Willis hit a home run and pitched a complete game on Friday to help the Rockets stay unbeaten.

16. Crescenta Valley (La Crescenta, Calif.)
Record:
2-0 | Last week: 21
The Falcons will meet No. 9 Westlake on Saturday.

17. Spring-Ford (Royersford, Pa.)
Record:
5-0 | Last week: 22
The Rams are up and running scoring nine or more runs in all but one game.

18. Fairhope (Ala.)
Record:
25-2 | Last week: 24
Alea Johnson threw a no hitter on Monday in a 9-0 win over Foley. The LSU commit struck out 20.

19. Villa Park (Calif.)
Record:
9-0 | Last week: 25
The Spartans have outscored its opponents 61-8 to start the season

20. Doral Academy (Doral, Fla.)
Record:
20-2 | Last week: NR
Junior Alyssa Zabala is 13-2 in the circle with a 1.01 ERA.

21. Lake Central (St. John, Ind.)
Record:
11-0 | Last week: NR
Loyola University Chicago commit Peyton Pepkowski is 6-0 in the circle with 71 strikeouts in 38 innings pitched.

22. Judson (Converse, Texas)
Record:
23-1 | Last week: NR
Junior Keely Williams has hit 11 home runs and is batting .680 as the Rockets have won 19-straight.

23. Mater Dei Catholic (Chula Vista, Calif.)
Record:
7-0 | Last week: NR
Giselle Garcia and Isabela Valdez have been a nice 1-2 punch in the circle for the Crusaders.

24. Crown Point (Ind.)
Record:
8-1 | Last week: 9
The Bulldogs dropped their first game of the year, falling 4-2 to No. 21 Lake Central on Wednesday.

25. Williamsburg (Ohio)
Record:
10-0 | Last week: NR
The Wildcats are back in the Top 25 after an impressive 10-0 start.

On the bubble: Rocklin (Calif.); Benson (Ariz.); Sabino (Tucson, Ariz.), Valencia (Calif.), Eastern Alamance (Mebane, N.C.)
Braylin Presley named 2020 OFFICIAL Oklahoma High School Football Player of the Year - OFFICIAL
Braylin Presley named 2020 MaxPreps Oklahoma High School Football Player of the Year
Each year since 2006, MaxPreps has recognized outstanding performers in high school football. America's source for high school sports continues the tradition to close out the 2020 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.

Braylin Presley of Bixby is the 2020 MaxPreps Oklahoma High School Football Player of the Year. The 5-foot-9, 165-pound junior running back piled up 2,767 all-purpose yards and 35 touchdowns to help the Spartans go 11-0 and win the Class 6A state championship.

Presley ran for 1,744 yards and 25 touchdowns, averaging 7.9 yards per carry. He ran for a season high 305 yards and six scores Oct. 2 against Carl Albert and help Bixby bring home the state crown by tallying 218 yards in a 17-14 win over Choctaw.

He was also a major factor in the passing game, making 57 catches for 727 yards and 10 scores. Presley tacked on nearly 300 more yards on returns.

247Sports reports that the Bixby star has already earned 13 college offers, including Baylor, Nebraska and Oklahoma State.

Each state's MaxPreps Player of the Year will be considered for inclusion in the MaxPreps All-America Team, which will be released Jan. 29.
Braylin Presley get into the open against Choctaw in the Class 6A title game.
Photo by David Stacy
Braylin Presley get into the open against Choctaw in the Class 6A title game.
Logan Nissley named 2020-21 OFFICIAL North Dakota High School Girls Basketball Player of the Year - OFFICIAL
Logan Nissley named 2020-21 MaxPreps North Dakota 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.

Logan Nissley of Century (Bismarck) is the 2020-21 MaxPreps North Dakota High School Girls Basketball Player of the Year. The 5-foot-10 sophomore led the Patriots to a perfect 26-0 record and their third Class A state championship in four years.

Nissley broke single-season school records for points (556), points per game (21.4), 3-point shooting percentage (46.4), assists (100), steals (93) and steals per game (3.6).

Through the first 50 games of her career, Nissley has been credited with 880 points, 360 rebounds, 158 assists, 139 steals, and 91 blocked shots.

Head coach Ron Metz star is getting plenty of attention from high major Division I schools. Nissley earned North Dakota Associated Press Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association first team All-State honors.

Each state's MaxPreps Player of the Year will be considered for inclusion in the MaxPreps All-America Team.
2021 NFL Draft: Ranking the high school careers of top quarterback prospects - OFFICIAL
2021 NFL Draft: Ranking the high school careers of top quarterback prospects
Draft experts expect five quarterbacks to be taken in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft, which starts Thursday. And to no one's surprise, Trevor Lawrence is expected to go No. 1 to the Jacksonville Jaguars.

After all, from high high school football days at Cartersville (Ga.) to leading the Clemson Tigers to a 39-3 mark with a National Championship, Lawrence has stood above most other quarterbacks, including the other four QBs expected to go in the first round.

Lawrence was 53-3 as a four-year varsity starter at Cartersville, winning two state titles while posting nearly a 6-to-1 career touchdown-to-interception ratio.

His senior year, the projected top pick put an exclamation point on an impressive Hurricane career by passing for 3,290 yards and 41 touchdowns against one interception. He had a 69 percent completion rate as Cartersville went 11-1.

While Justin Fields missed the back half of his senior season due to injury, the elite dual-threat option rushed for over 2,000 yards and accounted for 69 total touchdowns in 19 career games.

BYU product Zach Wilson also showed off elite versatility during his senior year, passing for 298.6 yards per game adding 752 yards rushing and eight touchdowns on 119 carries.

Mac Jones and Trey Lance each won over 84 percent of their games over the course of their high school career, however, neither quarterback put up gaudy numbers throughout their prep careers.
Trevor Lawrence, Cartersville
File photo by Will Fagan
Trevor Lawrence, Cartersville
Ranking the high school careers of top quarterback prospects

Record: 53-3 (2 state championships)
Career stats: 13,902 yards, 121 touchdowns and 21 interceptions. Lawrence completed 63.4 percent of passes over 56 career games.

Record: 15-4
Career stats: 4,187 yards, 41 touchdowns and eight touchdowns. Field completed 65.8 percent of passes and rushed for 2,096 yards and 28 touchdowns on 300 carries.

Record: 16-7
Career stats: 5,842 yards, 45 touchdowns and 14 interceptions, Wilson's completion percentage was  61.9 percent and he added 1,310 yards rushing and 11 touchdowns on 211 carries.

Record: 22-4
Career stats: 3,911 yards, 55 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Jones completed 64.5 percent of his passes as a senior.

Record: 27-4
Career stats: 3,045 yards, 33 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Lance's completion percentage was 51 percent. He rushed for 1,212 yards and 20 touchdowns on 218 carries.
High school softball: Kentucky pitcher Madison McIntosh strikes out all 21 in perfect game masterpiece - OFFICIAL
High school softball: Kentucky pitcher Madison McIntosh strikes out all 21 in perfect game masterpiece
Madison McIntosh should pitch with a sore arm more often. The 5-foot-8 senior from Rockcastle County (Mt. Vernon, Ky.) recorded a perfect perfect game Tuesday, striking out all 21 batters she faced on just 77 pitches in a 3-0 win over Lincoln County.

Having pitched five games in the previous four days, McIntosh told MaxPreps said she entered Tuesday's game "a little sore," so she "just wanted to make sure that my fundamentals were correct and not try to overdue anything."

Instead, she overwhelmed Lincoln County, teammates and herself while becoming just the fourth pitcher in Kentucky High School Athletics Association history to post 21 strikeouts in a seven-inning game. She was the first to do so since Whitney Valentine pulled it off in 2003 for Elizabethtown versus Green County.

The last perfect perfect softball game — 21 batters, 21 strikeouts — MaxPreps could confirm was by Shannon Becker of Mahopac in 2019, the first ever in New York. Before that, Cedar Grove (N.J.) hurler Mia Faieta pulled off the feat in a 2017 playoff game.
According to the NFHS Record Book, more than 40 pitchers have struck out 21 batters or more in a 7-inning game. The record is 24 by Kelly Holmes of Plymouth Canton (Mich.) who sat down 24 against Walled Lake Western in 1992. There is no available list of perfect 21 K games, but clearly it is rare.

McIntosh, who will pitch next fall at Division III Berea College in Kentucky, has pitched multiple no-hitters but never a perfect game. Her previous strikeout high was 18.

"I was just completely shocked," she said Tuesday via text just hours after the victory. "In the back of my mind, I knew what was going on, but I just tried to play and not think about it."

With her dad and assistant coach Tim McIntosh calling the pitches, none of the Rockets let on they knew what was going on. But Madison knew. All of her pitches were working, primarily her rise, drop curve and fastball. She threw just one change up.

"My speed was up tonight, so my quick pitches were on," Madison said.

Her focus was helped being a scoreless tie until the sixth. That's when the Rockets (11-6-1) struck for three runs on RBI doubles from Raegan Chasteen and Casey Coleman, and a run-scoring single by Haley Pingleton

"By the seventh inning, I got nervous," Madison admitted. "But I just got on the mound and tried to blow it past them."

The right-hander did, She improved to 9-4 on the season while lowering her ERA to 1.75. She's struck out 136 in 84 innings.

The gem was particularly sweet considering she, like all players in Kentucky and most of the country, missed out on a 2020 season due to the pandemic.

It should also be the start of an eventful week. On Friday, she's planning on signing her letter of intent to Berea. The Mountaineers better sign her quick. After Tuesday's performance, more offers might be arriving.

"I honestly had no idea something like this was going to happen tonight," Madison said. "I am just completely on Cloud 9."
Rockcastle senior pitcher Madison McIntosh holds up the ball used to record her 21st and final strikeout in Tuesday's perfect game vs. Lincoln County.
Photo courtesy of Alex McIntosh
Rockcastle senior pitcher Madison McIntosh holds up the ball used to record her 21st and final strikeout in Tuesday's perfect game vs. Lincoln County.
Madison McIntosh has struck out 136 in 84 innings this season.
File photo by Crystal Hester
Madison McIntosh has struck out 136 in 84 innings this season.