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MLB Draft: Top 10 high school pitching prospects
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With only five rounds in the Major League Baseball Draft this year, much fewer high school players are expected to be chosen in the early rounds compared to previous season, especially pitchers.

That being said, more high school pitchers will be chosen in this year's draft than any other position, with the bulk of those players being right-handed pitchers.

With only two days to go before the 2020 MLB Draft, here's a look at our final installment — pitchers. Previously, we've looked at corner infielders, middle infielders, outfielders and catchers.
Graphic by Ryan Escobar
Nick Bitsko, Central Bucks East (Doylestown, Pa.)
Scouts don't know a whole lot about Bitsko since he reclassified from the Class of 2021 and he didn't take the field during the 2020 spring. Thus he only played two seasons of high school baseball. Nevertheless, scouts don't need to know much when a pitcher is hitting 96 mph on his fastball. Bitsko, at 6-foot-4 and 225 pounds, also has the size to add more speed. He also has a solid enough curve and change to be considered the top right-handed prep prospect in the draft. Projection: Top 15 picks.

Jared Kelley, Refugio (Texas)
If not for Bitsko, Kelley would be the top prospect. The National Gatorade Player of the Year, Kelley did not allow a hit in three appearances, including a complete-game no-hitter. Kelley's fastball has hit 99 mph this spring and he also has a change that's considered a plus second pitch. Projection: Top 20 picks.

Mick Abel, Jesuit (Portland, Ore.)
Abel has a 94 mph fastball, but the slider is his premium pitch, which Baseball America ranks as the best in the 2020 draft. The Gatorade State Player of the Year in Oregon had an 18-3 career record with 213 career strikeouts. Projection: End of first round.

Jared Jones, La Mirada (Calif.)
Jones has command of an assortment of pitches and is also a possible everyday player based on his ability on offense. Jones is a possible second-round selection, but his signability is in question, considering he has committed to play at Texas — one of the top baseball programs in the nation. Projection: Second round.

Carson Montgomery, Windermere (Fla.)
Another pitcher who has a mid-90s fastball to go along with a plus change. Montgomery also has a curve in his repertoire making him a solid three-pitch candidate. Projection: Second round.

Justin Lange, Llano (Texas)
Lange is a new name among the top pitching prospects thanks to a spring season in which his fastball hit 99 mph. That type of velocity would normally make Lange a first-round prospect, but with a shortened spring, scouts appear willing to wait until the second round. Projection: Second round.

Nolan McLean, Garner Magnet (Garner, N.C.)
McLean is a two-way prospect after belting nine home runs and batting .373 as a junior to go along with 53 strikeouts in 28 innings pitched. A two-sport athlete, McLean also had 6,809 yards passing as a quarterback. McLean can hit 94 mph on his fastball. Projection: Third round.

Cam Brown, Flower Mound (Texas)
Brown had a very strong summer last year, which pushed him up the ranks of the top pitching prospects in the country. His fastball sits in the mid-90s and he has good command of a curve ball and change-up, however he is likely a third- or fourth-round selection. Projection: Third round.

Alex Santos, Mt. St. Michael Academy (Bronx, N.Y.)
Santos hits about 93 mph on his fastball, but scouts project Santos to add speed to the pitch as he adds strength at the next level. He also has a solid change-up and curve and appears to have plenty of potential. Projection: Fourth round.

Dax Fulton, Mustang (Okla.)
The only left-hander on the list, Fulton has a 96 mph fastball and he is one of the few lefties expected to be drafted during the five-round selection process. Fulton is ranked as a first-round prospect by some mock drafts, but he more than likely falls toward the end. Projection: Fifth round.
2020 HIGHSCORE High School Football Freshman All-America Team - HIGHSCORE
2020 MaxPreps High School Football Freshman All-America Team
Each year since 2006, MaxPreps has recognized the nation's top high school football players at the conclusion of the season. Past members of the MaxPreps High School Football Freshman All-America Team include Leonard Fournette (2010), Christian Kirk (2011), Nick Bosa (2012), Dylan Moses (2013), Trevor Lawrence (2014), JT Daniels (2015), Harrison Bailey (2016), Sam Huard (2017), Gunner Stockton (2018) and Arch Manning (2019).

National Freshman of the Year selection Ronnie Royal of Alexandria (Ala.) headlines the 2020 MaxPreps Freshman All-America Team. The 5-foot-11, 175-pound two-way standout announced Monday he will play for Gulf Shores next year but his one season at Alexandria will be fondly remembered. He piled up 2,853 all-purpose yards and 35 touchdowns while tallying 57 tackles and an interception defensively, helping the Valley Cubs go 12-2.

Selections are based on team success, individual production and local, regional state honors from the recently completed season. Potential at the college and professional level is not a primary consideration.
Graphic by Ryan Escobar
First Team Offense

Height: 6-0 | Weight: 180
Despite injury, high-ceiling signal caller flashed potential in six games in his second varsity season.

Height: 6-0 | Weight: 180
All-region pick was one of the nation's most productive ninth grade running backs, with 1,704 yards and 21 touchdowns in 10 games.

Height: 5-11 | Weight: 210
Bruising man-child averaged nearly 10 yards per carry for the runner-up in Class 3A.

Height: 6-1 | Weight: 180
Flashed the speed to be a downfield threat and the physicality to thrive across the middle.

Height: 6-0 | Weight: 140
Silky smooth route runner with DeVonta Smith-like build has elite agility.

Height: 6-5 | Weight: 215
Physical blocker and sure-handed receiver earned all-region honorable mention for South Georgia powerhouse.

Height: 6-2 | Weight: 285
Powerful interior linemen with great bloodlines stood out in shortened season.

Height: 6-2 | Weight: 275
Started at center for No. 2 team in the country.

Height: 6-6 | Weight: 275
"Big Cat" toyed with opposing defenders all season long.

Height: 6-5 | Weight: 310
Athletic big man played all over for the Class 5A finalist.

Height: 6-6 | Weight: 330
Has drawn comparisons to Michael Oher of "Blindside" fame.

Height: 5-9 | Weight: 175
Tough-running quarterback rumbled for 1,457 yards and 11 touchdowns on 141 carries.

First Team Defense

Height: 6-5 | Weight: 250
Perhaps the most gifted player athletically, regardless of position.

Height: 6-3 | Weight: 215
Made 64 tackles and 11 sacks for Miami-Dade power.

Height: 6-2 | Weight: 190
Explosive defensive end was Class 4A all-state selection.

Height: 6-4 | Weight: 210
The Class of 2024 in the Tampa area is deep, and Hayes is among the best.

Height: 6-2 | Weight: 180
Highly versatile athlete who also lined up at tight end, receiver and safety.

Height: 6-0 | Weight: 200
Sideline-to-sideline backer amassed 17 tackles in single game.

Height: 6-3 | Weight: 215
Could be the top recruit to emerge from Western Pennsylvania powerhouse in a long time.

Height: 5-11 | Weight: 175
National Freshman of the Year starred on both sides of the ball.

Height: 5-11 | Weight: 160
Shutdown corner helped the Hawks to an undefeated season and spot at No. 4 in final Top 25 rankings.

Height: 6-2 | Weight: 180
Basketball standout only turned 14 in August and flourished all over the field.

Height: 6-2 | Weight: 180
Rangy athlete saw reps on varsity for AAAAAA state champions.

Height: 5-10 | Weight: 160
Made 33 tackles, 18 pass breakups and four interceptions.

Second Team Offense

Height: 6-3 | Weight: 180
Tossed for nearly 1,400 yards for 6A Hughes, earning all-region honorable mention.

Height: 6-2 | Weight: 205
Also a star linebacker, Brown is a high-upside physical specimen.

Height: 5-11 | Weight: 190
Precocious phenom has thrived at every level, drawing lofty comparisons.

Height: 6-3 | Weight: 190
Could be the next great receiver to emerge from South Florida.

Height: 6-3 | Weight: 180
Proved he was the real deal after much youth football hype.

Height: 6-3 | Weight: 220
Old school tight end is punishing blocker and capable receiver, catching five touchdowns.

Height: 6-5 | Weight: 275
Showed great promise in the trenches for unbeaten Cherry Creek.

Height: 6-3 | Weight: 275
Freshman starter up front for Class 2A state champion.

Height: 6-3 | Weight: 275
First ninth-grader to play varsity for White Hall in more than two decades.

Height: 6-5 | Weight: 270
Mammoth tackle also played defense for the undefeated champs.

Height: 6-3 | Weight: 275
Fires off the ball from center and plays angry.

Height: 6-2 | Weight: 190
All-state pick threw for 1,198 yards and 22 touchdowns, becoming the first freshman to start on varsity for the program that produced former MaxPreps National Athlete of the Year, Terrelle Pryor.

Second Team Defense

Height: 6-4 | Weight: 225
Hybrid defender can stand up or play with his hand on the ground.

Height: 6-4 | Weight: 200
Son of Miami linebacker of the same name registered eight sacks along with five tackles-for-loss.

Height: 6-2 | Weight: 240
Made a living in the opposing backfield with nine sacks and eight tackles-for-loss.

Height: 6-2 | Weight: 215
Averaged 1.5 sacks per game en route to earning an offer from Ole Miss.

Height: 6-2 | Weight: 195
Made an instant impact after getting called up to varsity for Class 5A South Oak Cliff.

Height: 6-2 | Weight: 230
Imposed his will to the tune of 79 total tackles.

Height: 6-3 | Weight: 210
Powerful backer showed great promise in limited reps for perennial Texas talent factor.

Height: 6-1 | Weight: 170
Ball-hawking defensive back has good size and speed.

DB Kennedy Urlacher, Casteel (Queen Creek, Ariz.)
Height: 6-1 | Weight: 160
Son of former Bears great made 43 tackles and two interceptions.

Height: 5-11 | Weight: 160
Boasts blazing speed and earned second team all-district honors.

Height: 5-10 | Weight: 150
Shutdown corner helped lead Bearcats to 5A Division 2 state title.

Height: 5-10 | Weight: 180
With 53 tackles and three pass breakups, earned all-region honors.

Stephen Spiewak is national football editor emeritus at MaxPreps and has selected the MaxPreps Freshman All-America Team since 2010. He now works for leading independent ticket marketplace Vivid Seats.
2021 NFL Draft: State-by-state look at where all draftees played high school football - HIGHSCORE
2021 NFL Draft: State-by-state look at where all draftees played high school football
For the third time in four years, Florida had the most former high school football players selected in the NFL Draft. The Sunshine State had 37 players taken over seven rounds this year, while also grabbing the most in 2018 and 2019.

The Florida total was aided by record-breaking numbers from American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.) and IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.), both of which shattered the old mark of four players taken in one draft.

The Ascenders set the bar at seven selections while the Patriots finished with six.

Texas had 33 players selected, the same number as in 2020, which it led the draft for most picks.

Georgia (21), California (19), Louisiana (13) and North Carolina (10) were the only other states that had at least 10 players selected.

In total, 37 states had at least one player selected along with one from the District of Columbia and two from Canada.

In addition to American Heritage and IMG Academy, there were 14 other schools that had multiple selections.

The three from St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) gives the Raiders 26 alumni being selected in the draft since 2001, the most by any high school during that span.

Allen (Texas), Archbishop Wood (Warminster, Pa.), Bingham (South Jordan, Utah), Bishop O'Dowd (Oakland, Calif.), Episcopal (Bellaire, Texas), Lawrence Central (Indianapolis), Lincoln (Gahanna, Ohio), Northwestern (Miami), Parkway (Bossier City, La.), Oak Ridge (Conroe, Texas), Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.), Riverdale Baptist (Upper Marlboro, Md.) and Westlake (Austin, Texas) all had two selections. 
Graphic by Ryan Escobar
Alabama — 6
Deonte Brown — Austin (Decatur)
Kadarius Toney — Blount (Eight Mile)
Nico Collins — Clay-Chalkville (Pinson)
Evan McPherson — Fort Payne
K.J. Britt — Oxford
Seth Williams — Paul W. Bryant (Cottondale)

Arizona — 1
Roy Lopez — Mesquite (Gilbert)

Arkansas — 1
Tre Norwood — Northside (Fort Smith)

California — 19
Najee Harris — Antioch
Jevon Holland — Bishop O'Dowd (Oakland)
Alijah Vera-Tucker — Bishop O'Dowd (Oakland)
Camryn Bynum — Centennial (Corona)
Aaron Banks — El Cerrito
Demetric Felton — Great Oak (Temecula)
Nahshon Wright — James Logan (Union City)
Amon-Ra St. Brown — Mater Dei (Santa Ana)
Jermar Jefferson — Narbonne (Harbor City)
Drew Dalman — Palma (Salinas)
Darren Hall — Rancho Cucamonga
Thomas Graham Jr. — Rancho Cucamonga
Chris Wilcox — Roosevelt (Eastvale)
Deommodore Lenoir — Salesian (Los Angeles)
Keith Taylor — Servite (Anaheim)

Connecticut — 2
Ben Mason — Newtown
Jason Pinnock — Windsor

District of Columbia - 1
Jaylen Twyman — Woodson

Florida - 37
Khalil Herbert — American Heritage (Plantation)
Anthony Schwartz — American Heritage (Plantation)
Tedarrel Slaton — American Heritage (Plantation)
Pat Surtain II — American Heritage (Plantation)
Marco Wilson — American Heritage (Plantation)
Janarius Robinson — Bay (Panama City)
Chris Rumph II — Buchholz (Gainesville)
Gregory Rousseau — Champagnat Catholic (Hialeah)
Rashad Weaver — Cooper City
Aaron Robinson — Deerfield Beach
Andre Cisco — IMG Academy (Bradenton)
Thomas Fletcher — IMG Academy (Bradenton)
Robert Hainsey — IMG Academy (Bradenton)
Joshua Kaindoh — IMG Academy (Bradenton)
Tre' McKitty — IMG Academy (Bradenton)
Kellen Mond — IMG Academy (Bradenton)
Greg Newsome II — IMG Academy (Bradenton)
Jamien Sherwood — Jensen Beach
Shemar Jean-Charles — Miramar
Michael Carter — Navarre
Tutu Atwell — Northwestern (Miami)
Rachad Wildgoose — Northwestern (Miami)
James Wiggins — South Dade (Homestead)
Shawn Davis — Southridge (Miami)
Josh Palmer — St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale)
Asante Samuel Jr. — St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale)
Tyree Gillespie — Vanguard (Ocala)
Tre Nixon — Viera
Stone Forsythe — West Orange (Winter Garden)

Georgia — 21
Jaycee Horn — Alpharetta
Trevor Lawrence — Cartersville
Eric Stokes — Eastside (Covington)
D'Ante Smith — Grovetown
Justin Fields — Harrison (Kennesaw)
Richard LeCounte — Liberty County (Hinesville)
Jordan Smith — Lithonia
Jamin Davis — Long County (Ludowici)
Azeez Ojulari — Marietta
Tay Gowan — Newton (Covington)
Cameron Sample — Shiloh (Snellville)
Michael Carter II — South Paulding (Douglasville)
Trey Sermon — Sprayberry (Marietta)
Ben Cleveland — Stephens County (Toccoa)
Rashod Bateman — Tift County (Tifton)
Ernest Jones — Ware County (Waycross)
Tommy Tremble — Wesleyan (Norcross)

Idaho — 1
Tommy Togiai — Highland (Pocatello)

Illinois — 3
Royce Newman — Nashville
Kendrick Green — Peoria
Nick Niemann — Sycamore

Indiana — 6
Chris Evans — Ben Davis (Indianapolis)
D'Wayne Eskridge — Bluffton
Pete Werner — Cathedral (Indianapolis)
Ben Skowronek  — Homestead (Fort Wayne)
Cameron McGrone — Lawrence Central (Indianapolis)

Iowa — 1
Spencer Brown — Lenox

Kansas — 3
Wyatt Herbert — Shawnee Heights (Tecumseh)
Teven Jenkins — Topeka
Isaiahh Loudermilk — West Elk (Howard)

Kentucky — 4
Derrick Barnes — Holy Cross (Covington)
Landon Young — Lafayette (Lexington)
Nate Hobbs — Male (Louisville)
Rondale Moore — Trinity (Louisville)

Louisiana — 13
DeVonta Smith — Amite
Racey McMath — Edna Karr (New Orleans)
Elijah Mitchell — Erath
Robert Rochell — Fair Park (Shreveport)
Travis Etienne — Jennings
Marquez Stevenson — Northwood (Shreveport)
Tyler Shelvin — Notre Dame (Crowley)
Terrace Marshall Jr. — Parkway (Bossier City)
Israel Mukuamu — Parkway (Bossier City)
Kelvin Joseph — Scotlandville (Baton Rouge)

Maryland — 6
Victor Dimukeje — Boys Latin (Baltimore)
Jake Funk — Damascus
Quincy Roche — New Town (Owings Mills)
Christian Darrisaw — Riverdale Baptist (Upper Marlboro)
Zech McPhearson — Riverdale Baptist (Upper Marlboro)

Massachusetts — 5
Pat Freiermuth — Brooks (North Andover)
Ifeatu Melifonwu — Grafton
Noah Gray — Leominster
Larnel Coleman — St. Clement (Medford)

Michigan — 8
Ambry Thomas — King (Detroit)
Dez Fitzpatrick — Mott (Waterford)
Daelin Hayes — Skyline (Ann Arbor)
Adetokunbo Ogundeji — Walled Lake Central (Walled Lake)

Minnesota — 4
Dillon Radunz— Becker
Tommy Doyle — Edina
Trey Lance — Marshall

Mississippi — 4
Kylin Hill — Columbus
Marquiss Spencer — Greenwood
Brandin Echols — Southaven
Kenneth Gainwell — Yazoo County (Yazoo City)

Missouri — 4
William Bradley-King — Hogan Prep Charter (Kansas City)
Ronnie Perkins — Lutheran North (St. Louis)
Zach Davidson — Webb City

Nevada — 3
Brevin Jordan — Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas)
Rhamondre Stevenson — Centennial (Las Vegas)
Tony Fields II — Desert Pines (Las Vegas)

New Jersey — 4
Will Fries — Cranford
Frank Darby — Lincoln (Jersey City)
Ihmir Smith-Marsette — Weequahic (Newark)

New York — 2
Isaiah McDuffie — Bennett (Buffalo)

North Carolina — 10
Hamsah Nasirildeen — Concord
Chazz Surratt — East Lincoln (Denver)
Cornell Powell — J.H. Rose (Greenville)
Caleb Farley — Maiden
Larry Rountree III — Millbrook (Raleigh)
Divine Deablo — Mount Tabor (Winston-Salem)
Alim McNeill — Sanderson (Raleigh)
Landon Dickerson — South Caldwell (Hudson)
Javonte Williams — Wallace-Rose Hill (Teachey)

Ohio — 9
Jackson Carman — Fairfield
Camaron Cheeseman — Lincoln (Gahanna)
Jonathon Cooper — Lincoln (Gahanna)
Josh Myers — Miamisburg
Luke Farrell — Perry
Liam Eichenberg — St. Ignatius (Cleveland)
Darrick Forrest — Walnut Ridge (Columbus)
Phil Hoskins — Whitmer (Toledo)

Oklahoma — 3
Zaven Collins — Hominy
Creed Humphrey — Shawnee
Tre Brown — Union (Tulsa)

Oregon - 6
Marlon Tuipulotu — Central (Independence)
Talanoa Hufanga — Crescent Valley (Corvallis)
Osa Odighizuwa — David Douglas (Portland)
John Bates — Lebanon
Elijah Molden — West Linn

Pennsylvania — 8
Mark Webb — Archbishop Wood (Warminster)
Michal Menet — Exeter Township (Reading)
Micah Parsons — Harrisburg
Jimmy Morrissey — La Salle College (Wyndmoor)
Christian Barmore — Neumann-Goretti (Philadelphia)

Rhode Island — 1

South Carolina — 3
Tarron Jackson — Silver Bluff (Aiken)
Pressley Harvin III — Sumter
Shi Smith — Union County (Union)

South Dakota — 1
Matt Farniok — Washington (Sioux Falls)

Tennessee — 5
Quinton Bohanna — Cordova
Patrick Johnson — Notre Dame (Chattanooga)
JaCoby Stevens — Oakland (Murfreesboro)

Texas — 33
Levi Onwuzurike — Allen
William Sherman — Allen
Samuel Cosmi — Atascocita (Humble)
Milton Williams — Crowley
Joshuah Bledsoe — Dekaney (Houston)
Jaelon Darden — Eisenhower (Houston)
Walker Little — Episcopal (Bellaire)
Jaylen Waddle — Episcopal (Bellaire)
Jack Anderson — Frisco
Kene Nwangwu — Heritage (Frisco)
Baron Browning — Kennedale
Buddy Johnson — Kimball (Dallas)
Brenden Jaimes — Lake Travis (Austin)
Bobby Brown III — Lamar (Arlington)
Nick Bolton — Lone Star (Frisco)
Paulson Adebo — Mansfield
Kyle Trask — Manvel
Joseph Ossai — Oak Ridge (Conroe)
Grant Stuard — Oak Ridge (Conroe)
Brandon Stephens — Plano
Dayo Odeyingbo — Ranchview (Irving)
Earnest Brown IV — Ryan (Denton)
Jonathan Marshall — Shepherd
Tylan Wallace — South Hills (Fort Worth)
Caden Sterns — Steele (Cibolo)
Ta'Quon Graham — Temple
Dan Moore Jr. — West Brook (Beaumont)
Sam Ehlinger — Westlake (Austin)
Kylen Granson — Westlake (Austin)
Payton Turner — Westside (Houston)

Utah — 7
Jay Tufele — Bingham (South Jordan)
Brady Christensen — Bountiful
Zach Wilson — Corner Canyon (Draper)
Penei Sewell — Desert Hills (St. George)
Khyiris Tonga — Granger (West Valley City)

Virginia — 6
Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah — Bethel (Hampton)
Patrick Jones II — Grassfield (Chesapeake)
Dazz Newsome — Hampton
Carlos Basham Jr. — Northside (Roanoke)
Josh Ball — Stafford (Falmouth)

Washington — 1
Joe Tryon — Hazen (Renton)

Wisconsin — 4
Cole Van Lanen — Bay Port (Green Bay)
Quinn Meinerz — Hartford
Daviyon Nixon — Indian Trail (Kenosha)

Canada - 2
Chuba Hubbard — Bev Facey (Alberta)
Benjamin St-Juste — Cegep du Vieux Montreal (Quebec)
Marco Wilson (1) was one of six NFL Draft picks from American Heritage.
File photo by Ivan Sebborn
Marco Wilson (1) was one of six NFL Draft picks from American Heritage.
Ohio releases 'Return to Play Recommendations' for Aug. 1 high school sports start - HIGHSCORE
Ohio releases 'Return to Play Recommendations' for Aug. 1 high school sports start
Hours after Gov. Mike DeWine on Wednesday mandated masks in all 88 counties, the Ohio High School Athletic Association sent a 22-page "Return to Play Recommendations" memo to member schools with additional sport-specific suggestions to combat the COVID-19 pandemic for the fall calendar. Practices for the Ohio fall sports season start Aug. 1.

"The OHSAA fully intends to support its member schools and the student-athletes who desire to compete in interscholastic athletics and will continue to assess all areas as more information becomes available," OHSAA interim executive director Bob Goldring said.

The guidelines — created via input from a myriad of state agencies and the National Federation of State High School Associations — won't supplant orders, mandates or requirements imposed by DeWine or the Ohio Department of Health.

The memo, which comes a day after the Ohio High School Football Coaches Association released a 38-page safety protocol proposal to its membership, includes plans for pre-participation screening, positive tests and travel considerations. It also features details on game-day operations including officials, event staff, spectators, bands, cheerleaders and concessions.

General guidelines for all sports include maintaining social distancing when not on the field or court, using face coverings while not competing, and dialing back or cutting unnecessary travel. It also recommends reducing or eliminating sharing of common equipment, and limiting contact frequency with student-athletes from schools and non-interscholastic programs outside of each school's league, conference or normal competition sphere.

Specific recommendations for football include extending the team box on both sides of the field to the 10-yard lines and having offensive players take the ball back to the huddle between snaps while officials would mark the line of scrimmage with a bean bag.

Staggered start times in cross country and nullifying switching benches between sets in volleyball were suggested.

Postgame handshakes in all sports will be eliminated.

"The OHSAA understands that the physical and mental benefits of participation in education-based interscholastic athletics are numerous and are heightened even more during this pandemic," Goldring said. "There is no doubt that the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic has already resulted in thousands of our students missing out on these life-shaping educational experiences over the past several months, and we certainly hope we can return to some type of normalcy as it relates to interscholastic athletics soon."

Three of the OHSAA's fall sports have been acknowledged as low contact, including boys and girls golf, girls tennis and volleyball. Those sports can have competitions between schools.

Competitions between schools in football, boys and girls soccer, boys and girls cross country, and field hockey have not yet been approved.

"We just don't know yet," DeWine said. "Our ability to play sports and go back to school depends on what we do in the next few weeks."
Ohio introduced "Return to Play Recommendations" on Thursday for fall sports.
File photo by Jeff Harwell
Ohio introduced "Return to Play Recommendations" on Thursday for fall sports.
MaxPreps/AVCA Players of the Week
MaxPreps/AVCA High School Players of the Week
For the week of Oct. 5 - Oct. 11

5-foot-7 | Sophomore | S
10 Sets Played

Assists: 104
Assists/Game: 10.4
Team Hitting%: 0.254
Digs: 21
Digs/Game: 2.1
Aces: 2
Blocks: 2


5-8 | Senior | OH/MH
13 Sets Played
Kills: 63
Kills/Game: 4.85
Digs: 25
Digs/Game: 1.92
Receptions: 30
Rcpt/Game: 2.31
Aces: 7
Blocks: 7


6-1 | Senior | MB
7 Sets Played

Kills: 26
Kills/Game: 3.71
Digs: 6
Digs/Game: 0.86
Receptions: 3
Rcpt/Game: 0.43
Aces: 5
Blocks: 7

Senior | OH
6 Sets Played

Kills: 30
Kills/Game: 5
Digs: 13
Digs/Game: 2.17
Receptions: 11
Rcpt/Game: 1.83
Aces: 5
Blocks: 2

6-1 | Senior | OH/MB/RS
10 Sets Played

Kills: 72
Kills/Game: 7.2
Digs: 25
Digs/Game: 2.5
Receptions: 47
Rcpt/Game: 4.7
Aces: 3
Blocks: 2

6-1 | Junior | OH
19 Sets Played
Kills: 95
Kills/Game: 5
Digs: 44
Digs/Game: 2.32
Receptions: 62
Rcpt/Game: 3.26
Aces: 4
Blocks: 2

5-10 | Senior | OPP/MB/OH
22 Sets Played
Kills: 69
Kills/Game: 3.14
Digs: 56
Digs/Game: 2.55
Receptions: 110
Rcpt/Game: 5
Aces: 12
Blocks: 9

6-3 | Freshman | OH/OPP/MB
24 Sets Played
Kills: 124
Kills/Game: 5.17
Digs: 44
Digs/Game: 1.83
Receptions: 73
Rcpt/Game: 3.04
Aces: 23
Blocks: 10

Junior | S
17 Sets Played

Assists: 159
Assists/Game: 9.35
Team Hitting%: 0.244
Digs: 45
Digs/Game: 2.65
Aces: 3
Blocks: 7

6-1 | Junior | OH/MB
16 Sets Played

Kills: 68
Kills/Game: 4.25
Digs: 61
Digs/Game: 3.81
Receptions: 65
Rcpt/Game: 4.06
Aces: 5
Blocks: 8

6-2 | Junior | MH
9 Sets Played

Kills: 51
Kills/Game: 5.67
Digs: 20
Digs/Game: 2.22
Receptions: 28
Rcpt/Game: 3.11
Aces: 3
Blocks: 9

Olivia Stant, Mt. Carmel (New Orleans)
6-0 | Junior | OH/RS
11 Sets Played
Kills: 59
Kills/Game: 5.36
Digs: 19
Digs/Game: 1.73
Receptions: 16
Rcpt/Game: 1.46
Blocks: 12

Ava Crane, Dartmouth (South Dartmouth)
5-7 | Sophomore | OH
7 Sets Played

Kills: 27
Kills/Game: 3.86
Digs: 8
Digs/Game: 1.14
Receptions: 33
Rcpt/Game: 4.71
Aces: 10
Blocks: 1

Olivia Kowalkowski, Notre Dame Prep (Pontiac)
5-4 | Senior | L
21 Sets Played

Digs: 162
Digs/Game: 7.71
Aces: 11
Assists: 6
Assists/Game: 0.29

Kira Fallert, Concordia Academy (Roseville)
6-0 | Senior | OH
6 Sets Played
Kills: 39
Kills/Game: 6.5
Digs: 7
Digs/Game: 1.17
Receptions: 15
Rcpt/Game: 2.5
Aces: 4
Blocks: 2

Kennedy Simmons, Lewisburg (Olive Branch)
Senior | S
11 Sets Played
Assists: 127
Assists/Game: 11.55
Team Hitting%: 0.265
Digs: 29
Digs/Game: 2.64
Aces: 3
Blocks: 1

Nyah Wilson, Advance
5-9 | Senior | MH
22 Sets Played

Kills: 113
Kills/Game: 5.14
Digs: 47
Digs/Game: 2.14
Receptions: 73
Rcpt/Game: 3.32
Aces: 6
Blocks: 18

Madeline Gilder, Corvallis
5-11 | Junior | OH
8 Sets Played

Kills: 39
Kills/Game: 4.88
Digs: 11
Digs/Game: 1.38
Receptions: 19
Rcpt/Game: 2.38
Aces: 6
Blocks: 3

Whitney Lauenstein, Waverly
6-1 | Senior | OH/MH
15 Sets Played

Kills: 98
Kills/Game: 6.53
Digs: 60
Digs/Game: 4
Receptions: 108
Rcpt/Game: 7.2
Aces: 6
Blocks: 4

New Hampshire
Tory Vitko, Dover
Freshman | S
6 Sets Played

Assists: 44
Assists/Game: 7.33
Team Hitting%: 0.193
Digs: 7
Digs/Game: 1.167
Aces: 8
Blocks: 4

North Carolina
Gerren Tomlin, Davidson Day (Davidson)
Junior | OH
10 Sets Played

Kills: 62
Kills/Game: 6.2
Digs: 35
Digs/Game: 3.5
Aces: 3
Blocks: 2

North Dakota
McKenzie Moser, Bismarck
Senior | OH
10 Sets Played

Kills: 32
Kills/Game: 3.2
Digs: 50
Digs/Game: 5
Aces: 8
Blocks: 2

Makayla Osborn, Heartland Christian (Columbiana)
5-10 | Senior | OH/RS
13 Sets Played

Kills: 104
Kills/Game: 8
Digs: 70
Digs/Game: 5.38
Receptions: 86
Rcpt/Game: 6.62
Aces: 3

Sara Freeman, Moore
5-11 | Sophomore | OH/DS
9 Sets Played

Kills: 22
Kills/Game: 2.44
Digs: 37
Digs/Game: 4.11
Receptions: 44
Rcpt/Game: 4.89
Aces: 4
Blocks: 5

Allie Hueckman, Burns
5-10 | Freshman | OH
8 Sets Played
Kills: 31
Kills/Game: 3.88
Digs: 31
Digs/Game: 3.88
Receptions: 32
Rcpt/Game: 4
Aces: 5
Blocks: 3


Aly Daley, Everett
Senior | MH
11 Sets Played

Kills: 70
Kills/Game: 6.36
Digs: 12
Digs/Game: 1.09
Receptions: 15
Rcpt/Game: 1.36
Aces: 3
Blocks: 16

South Carolina
Emily Normand, St. Joseph's Catholic (Greenville)
22 Sets Played

Kills: 101
Kills/Game: 4.59
Digs: 28
Digs/Game: 1.27
Receptions: 48
Rcpt/Game: 2.18
Aces: 3
Blocks: 4

South Dakota
Olivia Kieffer, Rapid City Christian (Rapid City)
6 Sets Played

Kills: 26
Kills/Game: 4.33
Digs: 22
Digs/Game: 3.67
Receptions: 51
Rcpt/Game: 8.5
Aces: 3

Amanda Mack, Maryville
6-1 | Freshman | OH
11 Sets Played

Kills: 48
Kills/Game: 4.36
Digs: 30
Digs/Game: 2.73
Receptions: 50
Rcpt/Game: 4.54
Aces: 5
Blocks: 4

Blakely Montgomery, Clear Falls (League City)
5-9 | Senior | S
10 Sets Played

Assists: 101
Assists/Game: 10.1
Team Hitting%: 0.294
Digs: 27
Digs/Game: 2.7
Aces: 9
Blocks: 4

Marci Richins, North Summit (Coalville)
5-9 | Junior | MH/MB
26 Sets Played

Kills: 132
Kills/Game: 5.08
Digs: 78
Digs/Game: 3
Receptions: 79
Rcpt/Game: 3.04
Aces: 11
Blocks: 33

Drew Williams, StoneBridge (Chesapeake)
5-6 | Junior | OH
9 Sets Played

Kills: 28
Kills/Game: 3.11
Digs: 12
Digs/Game: 1.33
Receptions: 18
Rcpt/Game: 2
Aces: 16

West Virginia
Leia Harper, Spring Mills (Martinsburg)
Senior| OH
10 Sets Played
Kills: 50
Kills/Game: 5
Digs: 20
Digs/Game: 2
Receptions: 29
Rcpt/Game: 2.9
Aces: 3
Blocks: 8

Gianna Vollrath, Fall Creek
6-1 | Junior | MB/OH
14 Sets Played

Kills: 75
Kills/Game: 5.36
Digs: 28
Digs/Game: 2
Receptions: 48
Rcpt/Game: 3.43
Aces: 9
Blocks: 19

Tara Maddock, Shoshoni
7 Sets Played

Assists: 82
Assists/Game: 11.71
Team Hitting%: 0.221
Digs: 16
Digs/Game: 2.29
Aces: 2
Blocks: 1

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