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High school baseball: New Hampshire school's 89-game run leads list of longest winning streaks - HIGHSCORE
High school baseball: New Hampshire school's 89-game run leads list of longest winning streaks
In the spring of 2005, a pair of teams raced to claim the all-time longest high school baseball win streak from leader Archbishop Molloy (Queens, N.Y.), which had reportedly won 68 straight games from 1963 to 1966 under legendary coach Jack Curran.

And then in 2012, it happened all over again.

La Cueva (Albuquerque) was the first team to surpass Archbishop Molloy, doing so on April 2, 2005, with a doubleheader sweep of Highland that put La Cueva's win streak at 70. The Bears built their streak slowly, starting with the first victory in 2002 and stretching over four seasons. Rio Grande snapped La Cueva's streak with a rather convincing 17-8 win.

Homer (Mich.) took the quicker route to the national record. The Trojans went 38-0 in 2004 to win the Michigan Division III state championship and passed La Cueva on June 4, 2005, when it defeated Union City 14-3 in the district championships for win No. 71. Homer won four more games and advanced to the Division III state finals again before losing to Saginaw Nouvel.

The race between Portsmouth (N.H.) and Martensdale-St. Mary's (Martensdale, Iowa) in 2012 saw Portsmouth break the record twice and St. Mary's once. Portsmouth beat Pembroke Academy on May 12, it edged Homer for win No. 76 with a streak that started back in 2008. Portsmouth went on to win seven more games, another state championship and finished with 83 straight wins.

Like Homer, Martensdale-St. Mary's took a much quicker approach to the record. After setting a state record with a 43-0 record in 2010, the Blue Devils, who play in the summer, went 44-0 in 2012. They got the record with a 10-0 win over Twin Cedars on July 19, 2012 to put them at 84 in a row. Three more wins gave the Blue Devils a second straight state title.

But Portsmouth wasn't done. The Clippers won their first six games of the 2012 season to reclaim the national record at 89 before losing to St. Thomas Aquinas on April 30, 2012.

Martensdale-St. Mary's still had a chance to reclaim the record as well. But after winning their first game of the 2012 summer season, the Blue Devils fell  4-3 to Des Moines East on May 22 ending their streak at 88.

It turns out, however, that the original record Homer and La Cueva were chasing may have never actually existed. Archbishop Molloy, coached by Curran who won 1,708 baseball games in his 52-year coaching career, reportedly won 68 games between 1963 and 1966. However, there's reason to believe that those games were league games and they may have been a combination of fall and spring win streaks.
Calvary Christian ran a win streak to 60 games between 2016-18.
File photo by Marc Estrada
Calvary Christian ran a win streak to 60 games between 2016-18.
An article in the New York Daily News on June 19, 1966, stated that the 68 consecutive wins were "league" wins. Other reports about Curran's career in "The Beehive," a Molloy alumni newsletter, lists the 68 wins as league wins as well. Additionally, Al Harvin wrote about Curran in the New York Times in 1982, stating that he had only "one undefeated season, 36-0 in 1970," which doesn't make sense for a coach that was supposed to have won 68 games over a four-year span. Research by Barry Sollenberger of the National Sports News Service also indicated that the wins covered the fall and spring season.

So if Molloy didn't hold the record, Capitol Hill of Oklahoma City most certainly did. Capitol Hill won 66 in a row from 1952 to 1954, breaking the record of 65, set by Waxahachie (Texas) from 1924 to 1927.

One of the more improbable ends to a long streak came in 1985 in Tennessee. Unicoi County became the first team in the nation to hit over 100 home runs as a team, hitting 100 and 101 in the top of the seventh of the championship game to build a 5-0 lead. But in the bottom of the seventh, Chattanooga Central scored six runs, including a walk-off grand slam home run, to end the streak.

The win streaks are for spring seasons only and not for fall-to-spring win streaks. Cameron (Okla.) holds the longest win streak for fall-spring teams at 84 in a row. The Yellowjackets' streak stretched from the fall of 1988, to the spring of 1989, to the fall of 1989 to the spring of 1990. Roff (Okla.) could threaten that streak. The Tigers won 26 games in the fall of 2020 and went 33-0 in the spring of 2021 for a streak of 59 games in a row.

The most recent streak on the list belongs to Calvary Christian (Clearwater, Fla.), which won 60 in a row over the 2017 and 2018 seasons.

Sources include the NFHS record book, state association record books, Iwasatthegame.com (Oklahoma records) and research using newspapers.com. Additions or corrections, [email protected]

Longest baseball win streaks

1.    89 — Portsmouth (N.H.), 2008-12
2.    88 — Martensdale-St. Mary's (Martensdale, Iowa), 2010-12
3.    75 — Homer (Mich.), 2004-05
4.    70 — La Cueva (Albuquerque), 2002-05
5.    68 — Archbishop Molloy (Queens, N.Y.), 1963-66
6.    67 — Sumrall (Miss.), 2008-10
7.    66 — Capitol Hill (Oklahoma City, Okla.), 1952-54
8.    65 — Waxahachie (Texas), 1924-27
9.    64 — St. Benedict's Prep (Newark, N.J.), 1946-50
9.    64 — Naugatuck (Conn.), 1969-73

9.    64 — Nekoosa (Wis.), 1980-83
9.    64 — Edwardsville (Ill.), 1990-91
9.    64 — Enterprise (Utah), 1992-95
14.  61 — Evans (Ga.), 1988-90
15.  60 — Eaton (Colo.), 2008-10
15.  60 — Calvary Christian (Clearwater, Fla.), 2016-18
17.  59 — Kee (Lansing, Iowa), 1991-92
17.  59 — Evansville Reitz (Ind.), 1978-79
19.  58 — Wilton (Iowa), 2005-06
19.  58 — St. Cloud Cathedral (St. Cloud, Minn.), 2014-16

21.  57 — West Perry (Elliottsburg, Pa.), 1979-81
21.  57 — Wayne (Bicknell, Utah), 2006-09
23.  56 — Grand Haven (Mich.), 1960-62
24.  55 — Muskegon (Mich.), 1941-45
24.  55 — Unicoi County (Erwin, Tenn.), 1984-85
26.  54 — South San Antonio (San Antonio), 1966-68
26.  54 — Bowie (Md.), 1981-83
26.  54 — Cottonwood (Ala.), 1985-88
29.  53 — Garber (Okla.), 1960-61
29.  53 — Amsterdam (N.Y.), 1972-75

29.  53 — Omaha Northwest (Neb.), 1982-85
32.  52 — White Oak (Jacksonville, N.C.), 1978-80
32.  52 — Shawnee (Okla.), 2016-18
34.  51 — Panguitch (Utah), 2011-13
34.  51 — New Hope (Miss.), 1997-98
36.  50 — Lockhart (S.C.), 1972-74 (no longer fields baseball team)
36.  50 — Enterprise (Utah), 1984-88

Best high school girls basketball team in all 50 states - HIGHSCORE
Best high school girls basketball team in all 50 states
Last week the initial MaxPreps Top 25 high school girls basketball rankings were released, highlighted by defending Florida Class 4A champion Lake Highland Prep (Orlando) at No. 1. Today, we expand our look at the nation's elite by highlighting the best team from all 50 states.

Uncertainty surrounds the season as coronavirus concerns are on the rise heading into the winter months, but optimism remains high we will see high school hardwood action in the near future.

From Alabama to Wyoming and every state in between, we searched coast-to-coast to find the best team from your state heading into the 2020-21 season.
Azzi Fudd, St. John's
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Azzi Fudd, St. John's
Alabama — Hoover
Sophomore Reniya Kelly and junior Aniya Hubbard are the major returning pieces for the Buccaneers, but they're not alone. This is a deep and talented team, which is likely to improve on last season's impressive 32-3 record.

Alaska — Anchorage Christian (Anchorage)
Even though the Lions are a 3A school (tops is 4A), three state titles in recent years is a strong statement. And with sophomore Sayvia Sellers and senior Mykaila Pickard both back, another championship might be in reach.

Arizona — Valley Vista (Surprise)
It's no surprise the Monsoon are the state's best, as the No. 21 preseason ranking in the MaxPreps Top 25 suggests. Six-foot wing Jennah Isai and 6-1 power forward Marisa Davis (a Washington commit) make the defending state champs a favorite to repeat.

Arkansas — Northside (Fort Smith)
As a 6-5 perimeter player, Arkansas commit Jersey Wolfenbarger is one of the best players in the country (18.8 points per game, 6.1 rebounds, 3.9 assists) but she's not alone: 6-2 power forward Tracey Bershers (Oklahoma State commit) is the real deal as well.

California — Mater Dei (Santa Ana)
The annual gauntlet that is Southern California basketball seldom leaves any record unblemished, but with Stanford-bound Brooke Demetre anchoring a deep roster, the Monarchs have the best chance to emerge as the top team in the Golden State.
Brooke Demetre, Mater Dei
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Brooke Demetre, Mater Dei
Colorado — Grandview (Aurora)
Lauren Betts is 6-7 and skilled, and Addison O'Grady is 6-3 and skilled — that's a frontline any college would like to have. As proof, the Betts tops the 2023 recruit list and O'Grady has committed to Iowa.

Connecticut — Notre Dame Catholic (Fairfield)
Like so many teams, the Lancers were denied a shot at a state title when the playoffs were canceled, but coach Maria Conlon — who won three NCAA titles in four years at UConn — has junior guard Aizhanique Mayo to lead a team that looks to be the best in the Constitution State.

Delaware — Conrad Science (Wilmington)

With UMass commit Stefanie Kulesza back to fire from long range, the Red Wolves are primed to claim the state title that COVID may have prevented.

District of Columbia — St. John's (Washington, D.C.)
UConn signee Azzi Fudd is back and fully healthy — she was recovering from a torn ACL through much of last season — and St. John's is both back in the national rankings and at the top of the list in Washington, D.C.

Florida — Lake Highland Prep (Orlando)
With eight players returning from the Florida 4A championship team — including top prospects Kayla Blackshear (a senior committed to Alabama) and junior Nyla Harris — the Highlanders are not only the preseason pick in Florida, but the entire country.

Georgia — Westlake (Atlanta)
The Lions may have dropped down a division this year, but the Atlanta school is still the state's best. In fact, led by South Carolina commit Raven Johnson, they're No. 7 in the country.

Hawaii — 'Iolani (Honolulu)
The Raiders return all but one player from a 23-2 team, including sisters Lily Lefotu Wahinekapu and Jovi Lefotu, who combined for nearly 29 points a game.

Idaho — Mountain View (Meridian)
Yes, senior Trinity Slocum (Hawaii commit) is the younger sister of NCAA star Destiny Slocum, but more relevant is that she and junior Naya Ojukwu are the one-two punch for this Mountain View team — which was 29-4 last year and might be better this time around.

Illinois — Simeon (Chicago)
Senior Aneesah Morrow, a DePaul commit, averaged 23.0 points, 12.1 rebounds and 3.6 assists last season, and will lead a senior-dominated team coming off a 35-2 season.

Indiana — North Central (Indianapolis)
As always, Indiana is a very competitive state, but the preseason rumblings indicate the Panthers, led by junior guard Tanyuel Welch and senior Meg Newman (Arizona State commit), are the best of a solid group.
Meg Newman, North Central
File photo by Julie Brown
Meg Newman, North Central
Iowa — Waukee
Without a senior on the roster, Waukee went 23-2 last year. Point guard Katie Dinnebier, who will play for Drake next year, is back to run the show again.

Kansas — Derby
The two top scorers for last year's 23-2 team were freshmen, so it's reasonable to assume that Maryn Archer and Addy Brown will be even better this time around — which makes it reasonable to assume the Panthers will be the best in the Sunflower State.

Kentucky — Anderson County (Lawrenceburg)
Not many 29-4 teams carry an eighth-grader on their roster, but Anderson also had a seventh-grader — emblematic of a very young team that lost only one senior to graduation. And top player Amiya Jenkins is just a junior.

Louisiana — Ponchatoula
The Green Wave are a perennial power in Louisiana girls' basketball, and return four starters from a team that lost in overtime in the state finals. LSU commit Amoura Graves is the big gun, averaging 23.5 points last season.

Maine — Portland
Cousins Gemima Motema and Amanda Kabantu are refugees from the Congo who found a home on the basketball court in Maine — and they lead a roster that returns a lot of firepower from a 19-4 team.

Maryland — Bishop McNamara (Forestville)
Not surprisingly, the No. 2 team in the country is the No. 1 team in Maryland, as Bishop McNamara, loaded with talent, is expected to dominate most of its in-state opposition. Things will be tougher in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference, however.

Massachusetts — Bridgewater-Raynham (Bridgewater)
Led by 6-3 junior Shay Bollin, a verbal commit to Duke, the Trojans look to build off a 21-4 season and claim a first state title since 1990.

Michigan — Edison Academy (Detroit)
It's possible the Pioneers will drop off a little after going 23-0 last year — it's also possible, led by junior Ruby Whitehorn and senior Damiya Hagemann (committed to Michigan State), that they will be even better.

Minnesota — Hopkins (Minnetonka)
The wheels keep turning for the Royals, even though coach Brian Cosgriff retired and star Paige Bueckers moved on to UConn. There's still a boatload of talent in the Land of 10,000 Lakes, and smooth sailing ahead.

Mississippi — Meridian
Even though five seniors graduated from a 29-2 team, with junior Debreasha Powe leading the way, Meridian is expected to be the Magnolia State's best.

Missouri — Incarnate Word Academy (St. Louis)
Let's see, the Red Knights were 27-4 last year and return three major contributors: 5-11 senior Jaiden Bryant, 5-6 junior point guard Saniah Tyler and 6-2 sophomore Natalie Potts. To put it another way, IWA will be really good again.

Montana — Capital (Helena)
Twins Dani Bartsch and Paige Bartsch are 6-1 and 6-3, respectively, and will carry much of the load for a team that was 20-1 last year. Capital was denied a shot at the AA title due to COVID, but could well get another chance this year.

Nebraska — Pius X (Lincoln)
The defending state champs bring back 6-3 Nebraska signee Alexis Markowski and point guard Jillian Aschoff, so a changing of the guard is unlikely.

Nevada — Centennial (Las Vegas)
When the Bulldogs wins another state championship, a bunch of seniors graduate and everyone thinks the reign is over. They probably think that way this year, too.
Taylor Bigby, Centennial
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Taylor Bigby, Centennial
New Hampshire — Bishop Guertin (Nashua)
The Cardinals haven't lost to a New Hampshire team since January 2018 — and with 6-0 sophomore Meghan Stack topping a young and talented roster, there's no reason to expect that 45-game winning streak to end.

New Jersey — St. John-Vianney (Holmdel)
New Jersey, as always, is loaded with talent, but the Lancers' combination of solid coaching, a deep roster (headed by Madison St. Rose) and a tradition of excellence looks to be the best of a very good group.

New Mexico — Hobbs
The Eagles went 29-1 and won the 5A championship last year, and with sophomore Wisdom Anthony and senior Elise Turrubiates returning, a repeat would not be a surprise.

New York — Christ the King (Middle Village)
It was definitely a down year for perennial power Christ the King, but in 2020-21, a young roster will be boosted by newly eligible transfers and the Royals are expected to begin a climb back to the glory days.

North Carolina — Southeast Raleigh (Raleigh)
After a 27-1 season and a state title, graduation took a toll on Southeast Raleigh, but with junior Bobbi Smith topping a deep roster, the Bulldogs look like the best in the Tar Heel State once more.

North Dakota — Century (Bismarck)
Though Century didn't finish the season as well as expected, the Patriots were still 21-4 – and with sophomore guard Logan Nissley back, they could be better this year.

Ohio — Reynoldsburg
The Raiders were 18-8 last year in a state known for strong girls basketball. But a pair of transfers — Alexia Mobley (bound for Louisville) and Imarianah Russell — will add enough to an already solid roster to make them the preseason favorite.

Oklahoma — Norman
All of the firepower is back from a 24-1 team, including Texas Tech commit Chantae Embry, a power forward who controls the paint, and sharpshooter Kelbie Washington (42 percent from three-point distance).

Oregon — West Linn
With 6-4 Aaronette Vonleh inside and Audrey Roden on the perimeter, the Lions have the foundation for a top-notch offense — but they also have everyone back from a 21-6 team and that makes them a clear preseason favorite.

Pennsylvania — Archbishop Wood (Warminster)
The Vikings were once known as a classic Philly pass-the-ball-10-times team, but no more. Now the talent gets up and down the floor, and there's a lot of it on the roster — which makes them very tough to beat.

Rhode Island — South Kingstown (Wakefield)
Despite losing six seniors from a 20-2 team, the Rebels — led by 5-11 junior Jamisen Hill — are expected to reload and remain the best in state.

South Carolina — Cardinal Newman (Columbia)
The Cardinals finished the season on a 22-game winning streak, and with Ashlyn Watkins and Tanaja Kennedy both back, there's every reason to believe the train will keep rolling.

South Dakota — Washington (Sioux Falls)
With 6-5 senior Sydni Schetnan and 6-1 junior Ndjakalenga Mwenentanda, Washington has a one-two punch no other team in South Dakota can deal with — and maybe a lot of other states, too.

Tennessee — Ensworth (Nashville)
Though graduation hit 28-0 Ensworth hard, the Cambridge sisters — Jaloni Cambridge, who starred as an eighth-grader last year, and Kennedy Cambridge, now a junior — should keep the Tigers ahead of the pack in 2020-21.

Texas — Duncanville
The definition of "perennial power" has to include a reference to mighty Duncanville, which year in and year out, not only is one of the best in Texas, but is also one of the best in the nation. This year, sadly for Lone Star State rivals, will not change that perception.

Utah — Fremont (Plain City)
With senior Emma Calvert and junior Timea Gardiner back for another go-round, the Silverwolves are primed to improve on a 24-3 record from last season, erase the bitter taste of a postseason upset and claim a state title.
Timea Gardiner, Fremont
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Timea Gardiner, Fremont
Vermont — Rice Memorial (South Burlington)
Rice Memorial's young players were thrown into the fire last season, playing the toughest schedule in the state, and with some talented transfers, are expected to take a great leap forward in 2020-21.

Virginia — Paul VI (Chantilly)
The Panthers moved their campus from Fairfax to Chantilly but the school's rule over Virginia won't be affected. Led by Duke commit Lee Volker, deep and well-coached Paul VI will once again be the class of the Old Dominion.

Washington — Chiawana (Pasco)
The Riverhakws, as usual, are a state title threat, and with Oregon State-bound Talia Von Oelhoffen (26.2 ppg) leading the way, could claim that so-far elusive championship.

West Virginia — Huntington
The focus of West Virginia girls basketball fans will shift to Huntington this season, as transfers and a veteran roster should lift the Highlanders above the competition.

Wisconsin — Beaver Dam
Though Beaver Dam may have lost a little from its 25-3 team of 2019-20, there's lot of talent coming back — and little reason to expect much of a drop off. In short, look for Beaver Dam to be the Badger State's best once again.

Wyoming — Thunder Basin (Gillette)
Thunder Basin won the 4A state title in 2019 — in its second year of varsity play — and was on track for another championship in 2020 before COVID canceled the playoffs. So it's no surprise the Bolts are expected to the best in Wyoming again this season.
California high school football: Defending HIGHSCORE National Champion St. John Bosco doubles up Sierra Canyon in season opener - HIGHSCORE
California high school football: Defending MaxPreps National Champion St. John Bosco doubles up Sierra Canyon in season opener
It had been 455 days since defending MaxPreps National Champion St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.) took the field in a high school football game that counted. No worries as the Braves cruised to a 42-21 win Saturday night over Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth, Calif.) to begin the 2021 spring season.

The Trailblazers scored on their opening drive as Daniel Duran found Virginia Tech signee DJ Harvey for a 26-yard score but the Braves would answer with three straight touchdowns to take a 21-7 lead. Rayshon Luke, Michael Hayes and sophomore quarterback Pierce Clarkson all rushed for a score in the first half.

Clarkson and junior Katin Houser alternated possessions under center and both played well. Replacing DJ Uiagalelei at quarterback is a steep hill, but both showed why FBS offers are starting to pile up.

Sierra Canyon cut the deficit to 21-14 in the final minutes of the opening half when Duran found tight end Henry Deakins from 19-yards out for his second scoring strike.
Pierce Clarkson, St. John Bosco quarterback
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Pierce Clarkson, St. John Bosco quarterback
Those would be the final points the Braves defense allowed outside of a late, fourth-quarter touchdown with the reserves playing.

St. John Bosco dominated the second half as Luke rushed for a 67-yard score on the opening possession after Clarkson found sophomore standout Matayo Uiagalelei on a third-down conversion. DJ's younger brother stood out on both sides of the ball and showed why he's the fifth-rated recruit in California from the Class of 2023.

Houser made a big-time play alluding pressure and rolling outside the pocket to find Chedon James for a 21-yard touchdown that increased the Braves lead to 35-14 with 4:28 left in the third quarter. The pair connected on a 41-yard touchdown late in the fourth.

Sierra Canyon freshman quarterback Alonzo Contreras connected with Jason Jones for the final score of the night with seven seconds remaining.

Jason Negro's squad dominated in the trenches. Four-star junior Earnest Greene, USC signee Maximus Gibbs and senior Edward Riley created huge holes for the running game while also allowing Houser and Clarkson plenty of time in the pocket.

The Brave's defense forced three turnovers and shined on all three levels.

The Braves next face Santa Margarita (Rancho Santa Margarita) on March 20 while Sierra Canyon looks to bounce back March 19 against St. Bernard (Playa del Rey).
Rayshon Luke, St. John Bosco running back
Photo by Louis Lopez
Rayshon Luke, St. John Bosco running back
Two St. John Bosco defenders smother a Sierra Canyon ballcarrier.
Photo by Louis Lopez
Two St. John Bosco defenders smother a Sierra Canyon ballcarrier.

HIGHSCORE/WBCA Players of the Week: February 22-28 - HIGHSCORE
MaxPreps/WBCA Players of the Week: February 22-28
The Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) has announced its High School Players of the Week presented by MaxPreps and Wilson Sporting Goods.

Player of the Week honors are awarded to a deserving student-athlete who demonstrated outstanding play in her respective region of the country. Head coaches submit nominations each week and the WBCA selects the individual based on stats that were submitted.

Here are this week's honorees:

Region 1:
5 Games Played
Points: 20.0 Rebounds: 1.0 Steals: 3.4

Region 2:
4 Games Played
Points: 33.3 Rebounds: 12.5 Steals: 4.2

Region 3:
3 Games Played
Points: 42.0 Rebounds: 7.0 Steals: 3.0

Region 4:

3 Games Played
Points: 24.0 Rebounds: 4.3 Steals: 4.0

Region 5:

2 Games Played
Points: 28.0 Rebounds: 11.0 Steals: 5.0

Region 6:
3 Games Played
Points: 33.0 Rebounds: 8.0 Steals: 2.0

Region 7:
3 Games Played
Points: 27.3 Rebounds: 6.0 Steals: 3.0

Region 8:
2 Games Played
Points: 11.0 Rebounds: 4.5 Steals: 2.0

Region 9:
3 Games Played
Points: 38.7 Rebounds: 10.6 Steals: 3.0

To obtain a coach's login or for questions about our player of the week programs, please contact Aaron Hendricks (E-Mail: [email protected] Phone: (530)313-5158.
Chris Livingston named 2020-21 HIGHSCORE Ohio High School Basketball Player of the Year - HIGHSCORE
Chris Livingston named 2020-21 MaxPreps Ohio 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.

Chris Livingston of Buchtel (Akron) is the 2020-21 MaxPreps Ohio High School Basketball Player of the Year. The 6-foot-6, 190-pound junior helped the Griffins go 18-5 en route to the program's third district championship in the past three seasons.

Livingston averaged 31.1 points, 15.8 rebounds, 6.1 assists, 4.7 steals and 4.0 steals per game while shooting 71 percent from the field.

In January, Livingston produced a head-turning stat line in a win over East (Akron), going for 54 points, 12 rebounds, eight assists and eight steals. 

Livingston is regarded as the No. 4 prospect in the Class of 2022 according to 247Sports. He holds offers from Akron, Florida, LSU, Ohio State, Tennessee State and UAB.

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.