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High school basketball rankings: Reading enters this week's HIGHSCORE Top 25 after winning Pennsylvania 6A title - HIGHSCORE
High school basketball rankings: Reading enters this week's MaxPreps Top 25 after winning Pennsylvania 6A title
A season-defining week of high school basketball awaits as GEICO Nationals takes center stage this week. The 10-team, national field begins Wednesday featuring the top four teams in the MaxPreps Top 25 along with No. 7 Milton, No. 10 Wasatch Academy, No. 12 Prolific Prep, No. 15 Pace Academy and a pair of unranked event mainstays.

Top-ranked Montverde Academy has won an event-best four GEICO Nationals titles and are slight favorites over three teams the Eagles have already knocked off this season — No. 2 AZ Compass Prep (Chandler, Ariz.), No. 3 Sunrise Christian (Bel Aire, Kan.) and No. 4 IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.). Sunrise Christian is the only team to hand the Eagles a loss this season, but trails the season series 2-1.

The four-day national championship event culminates April 3 at Suncoast Arena on the campus of Florida SouthWestern State College in Fort Myers, Fla. All games will be shown on the ESPN family of networks.

Looking at last week's results, No. 25 Reading (Pa.) stunned previous No. 9 Archbishop Wood (Warminster, Pa.) 58-57 in a gritty 6A state championship game. The Red Knights battled back from an early 13-2 deficit to capture their first state title since 2017.

No. 9 Minnehaha Academy (Minneapolis) survived a scare over the weekend, erasing a 15-point, first-half deficit to beat Totino-Grace 73-60 in the Class 3A Section 4 title game. The Red Hawks take on Byron in Wednesday's state quarterfinals.
The Reading Red Knights react to winning the Pennsylvania 6A title game over Archbishop Wood.
Photo by Paul Burdick
The Reading Red Knights react to winning the Pennsylvania 6A title game over Archbishop Wood.
MaxPreps Top 25 basketball rankings

Record: 21-1 | Last week: 1
Eagles get Pace Academy-Oak Hill Academy winner to start GEICO Nationals.

Record: 27-1 | Last week: 2
Dragons face Wasatch Academy without without Top 50 senior DaRon Holmes, ruled ineligible for GEICO.

Record: 19-3 | Last week: 3
Prolific Prep-La Lumiere winner is first-round GEICO opponent.

Record: 20-2 | Last week: 4
Defending GEICO champions meets Milton on Thursday.

Record: 9-0 | Last week: 5
Regular season complete.

Record: 29-1 | Last week: 6
Regular season complete.

Record: 28-2 | Last week: 7
Eagles draw defending champion IMG Academy in first trip to GEICO Nationals.

Record: 13-0 | Last week: 8
Regular season complete.

Record: 17-1 | Last week: 10
Top-ranked senior Chet Holmgren went off for 24 points, 16 rebounds and seven assists to help the Red Hawks advance in postseason play.

Record: 18-6 | Last week: 11
Tigers are looking for breakout at GEICO Nationals behind senior Nolan Hickman.

Record: 3-0 | Last week: 12
The Crusaders knocked off Archbishop Stepinac (White Plains) twice last week, defeating them 47-46 on Tuesday before a 66-39 blowout victory the following night. Scheduling issues have remained an issue all season for the talented group from the Big Apple.

Record: 30-3 | Last week: 13
The Crew draw La Lumiere in a Wednesday play-in game at GEICO Nationals.

Record: 27-2 | Last week: 14
Regular season complete.

Record: 20-3 | Last week: 15
Regular season complete.

Record: 28-1 | Last week: 16
The Georgia AA champs earn first GEICO invite and face perennial powerhouse Oak Hill Academy in play-in game.

Record: 27-0 | Last week: 17
Regular season complete.

17. Combine Academy (Lincolnton, N.C.)
Record: 28-3 | Last week: 18
Regular season complete.

Record: 21-3 | Last week: 19
Regular season complete.

Record: 26-2 | Last week: 20
Regular season complete.

Record: 12-0 | Last week: 23
Northwestern pledge Julian Roper pumped in 21 points to help the Eaglets capture the District 6 title over Mott (Waterford) 76-60. The Eaglets advance to Tuesday's Regional semifinals against Clarkston.

Record: 30-2 | Last week: 21
Regular season complete.

Record: 25-3 | Last week: 22
Regular season complete.

Record: 26-2 | Last week: 24
Regular season complete.

Record: 7-4 | Last week: 25
Regular season complete.

Record: 26-2 | Last week: NR
Senior West Chester pledge Moro Osomanu led the way with 21 points and 13 rebounds in the Red Knights' upset victory over previously-ranked Archbishop Wood.
High school girls basketball rankings: No. 1 Lake Highland Prep, other HIGHSCORE Top 25 teams waiting for GEICO bids - HIGHSCORE
High school girls basketball rankings: No. 1 Lake Highland Prep, other MaxPreps Top 25 teams waiting for GEICO bids
Last week, California was cleared to begin play its high school girls basketball season , but since then nothing much has happened. Facilities must be prepared, protocols must be put in place and testing must be arranged. But if all goes well, play might begin in mid-April and last for six weeks.

Yes, that would mean basketball would finish its season on Memorial Day, but that's early compared to Oregon, which right now is planning to play its last game on June 27.

And though other states are still in the TBA category (like California), 16 have completed their seasons, and 13 more will do so by next Monday.

Oh, and Hawaii and Nevada are the only two that have officially canceled their seasons.

Confused? Join the club — but crashing this year's MaxPreps Top 25 is going to get more and more difficult as teams wrap up their postseasons. For those knocking on the door, the hope is always for that dramatic postseason upset, and it's possible, if not likely, that a couple will occur.

Lately, though, the MaxPreps Top 25 has been remarkably stable, even including the fact that No. 16 has dropped out in each of the last three weeks. Coincidence? New Hope Academy, this week's No. 16, sure hopes so.

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]
Fremont captured the Utah 5A title and could receive an invitation to the GEICO High School Nationals.
Photo by Dave Argyle
Fremont captured the Utah 5A title and could receive an invitation to the GEICO High School Nationals.
MaxPreps Top 25 Girls Basketball Rankings

Record: 19-0 | Last week: 1
It's still unclear when and where the GEICO High School Nationals will be played, but from all reports the Highlanders will be one of the four girls' participants — and thus make the GEICO a de facto national championship tournament.

2. Westlake (Atlanta)
Record:
19-0 | Last week: 2
The Lions are on track to join Lake Highland Prep at the GEICO High School Nationals, but first must take care of business in Friday's AAAAAA title game. Carrolton is 30-1, and well-coached, so it's far from a gimme.

3. Mount Notre Dame (Cincinnati)
Record:
26-0 | Last week: 3
After handling a very strong Wayne team 49-33, the Cougars draw Notre Dame Academy on Friday, a team it has beaten. But then Saturday, the likely opponent in the Division I title game is No. 12 Newark.

4. Hopkins (Minnetonka, Minn.)
Record:
12-0 | Last week: 4
Barring another COVID crisis — which canceled the much anticipated game with No. 20 Chaska last week — Hopkins will travel to unbeaten Becker on Friday before beginning postseason March 16.

5. Edison Academy (Detroit)
Record:
7-0 | Last week: 5
Arbor Prep will be the latest to challenge Pioneers' long-running domination of Michigan, but Edison will host the Thursday game.

6. Incarnate Word Academy (St. Louis)
Record:
24-0 | Last week: 6
There are two steps left in Red Knights' state title quest: First is Francis Howell Central on Wednesday, followed by the winner of 20-4 Rockbridge vs. 22-2 Holt in Saturday's championship game.

7. Cypress Creek (Houston)
Record:
32-0 | Last week: 7
The Cougars have played three games decided by fewer than 20 points all year, and none with a final margin in single digits. Thursday's 6A final at the Alamodome against No. 11 DeSoto promises to be much more competitive — and one has to wonder how CyCreek would respond in the final minutes of a close game.

8. Norman (Okla.)
Record:
16-0 | Last week: 8
The Tigers got past Putnam North, 41-39, and should the team get past Midwest City on Thursday. Either Union or Edmond North will be a serious obstacle to both a state title and an unbeaten season.

9. St. John-Vianney (Holmdel, N.J.)
Record:
14-0 | Last week: 9
The Lancers finished the season on a high note, rolling over talented Red Bank Catholic 61-34. That's it though, and we'll never know what might have happened if they'd met No. 19 Rutgers in the New Jersey postseason.

10. Paul VI (Chantilly, Va.)
Record:
10-0 | Last week: 10
We thought the Panthers' season was done, but it now appears there's a good chance PVI will play in the GEICO High School Nationals — and if so, it will be a great opportunity to stake a claim to the national title.

11. DeSoto (Texas)
Record:
26-2 | Last week: 11
The Eagles survived a grudge match with archrival Duncanville, 52-39, and then got past perennially strong South Grand Prairie 63-52. Now all that's left is unbeaten No. 7 Cypress Creek, which has not faced the same kind of tests DeSoto has this season.

12. Newark (Ohio)
Record:
27-1 | Last week: 12
After slipping past Dublin Coffman 75-73, only 19-3 Archbishop Hoben stands in the way of a dream Division 1 final against No. 3 Mount Notre Dame on Saturday.

13. Grandview (Aurora, Colo.)
Record:
14-0 | Last week: 13
Despite this ranking, the Wolves are the third seed in the Colorado 5A state playoffs, with unbeaten Valor Christian No. 1 and once-beaten Regis Jesuit (by Valor Christian) No. 2. It will all be settled on the floor come March 16.

14. Princess Anne (Virginia Beach, Va.)
Record:
10-0 | Last week: 14
Season complete.

15. Fremont (Plain City, Utah)
Record:
25-0 | Last week: 15
The Silverwolves are reported to be the Western representative to the GEICO High School Nationals after blowing open a close game in the second half of the 5A championship against Herriman. Though Fremont will be considered the underdog, don't forget that unheralded Central Valley from Washington state stunned the favorites a few years ago.

16. New Hope Academy (Landover Hills, Md.)
Record:
12-3 | Last week: 17
New Hope's truncated season will very likely end with a game against very strong Westtown this Friday. There's a remote chance an invite to the GEICO High School Nationals will be forthcoming, but only if New Hope can find a way to win against Westtown.

17. Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.)
Record:
21-2 | Last week: 18
Season complete.

18. Rutgers Prep (Somerset, N.J.)
Record:
13-0 | Last week: 19
Saddle River Day was supposed to give the Argonauts their toughest test, but the final was 81-54 – and Rutgers Prep's season will end on that high note.

19. American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.)
Record:
25-2 | Last week: 22
Given the strength of Florida this year, and the Patriots' tough schedule, the jump into the Top 20 seems completely justified.

20. Chaska (Minn.)
Record:
12-0 | Last week: 20
With the Hopkins game canceled, Chaska must now wait until postseason for a shot at the No. 4 team in the nation — but Minnesota is loaded this year, so there's no guarantee the two will survive to face each other.

21. Hazel Green (Ala.)
Record:
36-1 | Last week: 21
The Trojans cruised to the 6A title, cementing a spot in the Top 25.

22. Bearden (Knoxville, Tenn.)
Record:
29-1| Last week: 23
The Bulldogs begins the AAA playoffs Thursday with 20-2 Hardin County with 27-1 Bradley Central is the favorite in the other quarterfinal. And it takes wins over two teams of that caliber to get to Saturday's final.

23. Pius X (Lincoln, Neb.)
Record:
25-0 | Last week: 24
It's difficult to beat a good team twice, but the third game is exponentially more difficult. Players, rightly, believe they've already proved they're better and even coaches can fall prey to overconfidence. It wasn't easy, but the Thunderbolts avoided that trap in the Class A title game, downing Fremont for the third time this year, 56-52.

24. Crown Point (Ind.)
Record:
24-1 | Last week: 25
Season complete.

25. Zebulon B. Vance (Charlotte, N.C.)
Record: 12-0 | Last week: NR
If there was any doubt that to North Carolina's best — and given the abbreviated schedule, some doubt might have been justified — Vance terminated it with extreme prejudice by hammering an unbeaten team, 74-38, to win the 4A championship.

Dropped out:
No. 16 Ponchatoula (La.)
Poll: Who was better as a prep, Clayton Kershaw or Madison Bumgarner? - HIGHSCORE
Poll: Who was better as a prep, Clayton Kershaw or Madison Bumgarner?
Graphic by Social Recluse Graphx
Many baseball fans will tune in to tonight's Dodgers vs. Giants game because, well, it's the Dodgers and Giants. It's one of the game's great rivalries - and one of the bes in all of sports.

What makes this late-April tilt so big is the pitchers: reigning two-time Cy Young Award winner and league MVP Clayton Kershaw vs. reigning World Series MVP Madison Bumgarner.

It is the first time in MLB history the reigning league and World Series MVPs have met on the mound.

So, we at MaxPreps — a place (relatively) divided between Giants and Dodgers fans — present the million-dollar question: Who was a better prep player, Kershaw or Bumgarner?

As a senior at Highland Park (Dallas) in 2006, Kershaw posted a 13-0 record with a 0.77 ERA and 139 strikeouts in 64 innings. He pitched a perfect game, striking out all 15 batters in a playoff win shortened due to the mercy rule. He was the Gatorade National Player of the Year his senior year.

Bumgarner was 23-4 over his last two seasons for South Caldwell (Hudson, N.C.), leading his team to state 4A title games both years and winning in 2007. He had a 1.00 ERA and struck out 263 in 170 innings in that span and capped his prep career with a walk-off two-run homer to win the state title. He hit .424 with 11 home runs and 38 RBIs in those two seasons and was the Gatorade North Carolina Player of the Year his senior year.

OK fans, please vote below for who was a better as a prep. A friendly lunch wager is on the line.
Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers
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Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers



High school sports: Timeline, impacts of a global pandemic one year later - HIGHSCORE
High school sports: Timeline, impacts of a global pandemic one year later
Billy Durkin walked slowly to midcourt and laid down his gym bag. He sat beside it and stared into the rolled up bleachers. Still proudly dressed in his Hinsdale South (Darien, Ill.) basketball jersey, Durkin had hoped to hear 3,000 fans in the sold out gym cheer on the 30-3 Hornets to a section semifinal playoff victory en route a first state championship.

However, 30 minutes earlier, Durkin and his teammates were told the coronavirus pandemic had hit the United State full force and the Hornets' storybook season, like many others to come, was over. Instead of jubilant celebrations and raucous ovations, Durkin heard the stark silence of an empty gym along with his own somber and bittersweet thoughts.

"So many memories," Durkin said. "The fans. The friendships. And just how far we had come. It was a little overwhelming. It wasn't supposed to end like that."

That was March 12, 2020.

The vision of Durkin's heartbreaking, solitary reaction was captured on a NFHS video stream and a screenshot shared on social media for all the world to see and sigh. The photo represented what many high school athletes and coaches felt that day, ultimately proving Durkin wasn't so alone after all.

Over the next 365 days, hundreds of thousands of student-athletes and their coaches have shared in that isolation, frustration and void, but ultimately similar numbers have returned from the sidelines and empty gyms to return to play.

Below, we chart a timeline of some of the more important dates and happenings surrounding high school sports and the pandemic.
The shot that went viral: Billy Durkin alone with his thoughts at midcourt after Hinsdale South's season ended due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Photo courtesy of Billy Durkin
The shot that went viral: Billy Durkin alone with his thoughts at midcourt after Hinsdale South's season ended due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Preps and the pandemic

March 11, 2020: NBA halts season, prompting sports organizations at all levels to re-evaluate competition going forward.

March 12, 2020: Texas (UIL) suspends state basketball tournament in progress, ultimately cancels.

March 12, 2020: The Central Plains (Claflin, Kan.) girls basketball team, riding a 136-game win streak, wins quarterfinal game but later learns season is over and career ends for Kansas Player of the Year Emily Ryan.

March 12, 2020: California cancels state championship games for first time, halting chances of a three-peat for the nationally-ranked boys team from Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth).

March 12, 2020: In Minnesota, MaxPreps girls basketball Player of the Year Paige Bueckers also has illustrious career unceremoniously unplugged one wins shy of a perfect 31-0 season for Hopkins (Minnetonka).

March 21, 2020: The Jordan Brand Classic, McDonald's All-American Games, Nike Hoop Summit and GEICO Nationals all are canceled. Top-ranked and 25-0 Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.) misses out on winning a fifth GEICO title in eight years, and with it, a final chance to make case as one of greatest high school boys teams ever.   

April 3, 2020: California becomes 10th state to cancel spring season, joining Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Virginia. By the end of the month, all 50 would join.

June 15, 2020: The scheduled national football showdown between De La Salle (Concord, Calif.) at two-time defending Texas 6A champion North Shore (Houston) is canceled.

June 15, 2020: Baseball, softball fans enjoy action as competition begins in Iowa.

July 20, 2020: California announces fall season moved to 2021, one of 15 to eventually do so.

July 21, 2020: Texas announces six-week delay of two largest football divisions, 6A and 5A.

Aug. 1, 2020: Iowa state baseball tournament comes to an end, drawing nearly 30,000 socially-distanced fans at Principal Park in Des Moines over a week of games.

Aug. 11, 2020: High school associations largely align with Big Ten and Pac-12 conferences, which announce postponement of football season.

Aug. 13, 2020: Football season kicks off in Utah.

Aug. 14, 2020: Michigan becomes 15th state to move football to 2021.

Aug. 21, 2020: American Fork (Utah) athletic director Jeremy Lewis tells football crowd at halftime to practice social distancing or game would halt. Game finishes without pause.

Sept. 3, 2020: Michigan the first of many to reverse course, moves season back from 2021 to 2020.

Oct. 14, 2020: Alaska is first of five states to cancel football postseason due to rising COVID cases.

Nov. 5, 2020: Alabama and Mississippi become first states to tip off basketball seasons.

Nov. 13-14, 2020: North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming become the first states to hold football state championships.

Nov. 20, 2020: Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer pauses all football playoffs due to rising COVID-19 cases.

Dec. 18, 2020: California pauses Jan. 8 start date indefinitely.

Jan. 9, 2021: Michigan continues playoffs, finishes one week later.

Jan. 16, 2021: Texas finishes 6A and 5A football playoffs at AT&T Stadium, one of 35 states to complete fall football seasons.

Feb. 13, 2021: Washington is first state to begin 2020 football season in 2021.

Feb. 17, 2021: Nevada OKs sports, but Clark County (Las Vegas) remains sidelined.

Feb. 19, 2021: After three-week negotiation between football coaches and advocacy groups with governor's office, California changes guideline to renew contact outdoor sports.

March 12, 2021: California scheduled to open its 2020-21 football season.
Ziaire Williams drills game-winning shot to send Sierra Canyon into the 2020 California Open Division finals. Two days later, the state championships were canceled due to the pandemic.
File photo by Louis Lopez
Ziaire Williams drills game-winning shot to send Sierra Canyon into the 2020 California Open Division finals. Two days later, the state championships were canceled due to the pandemic.

Top female high school athlete in each state - HIGHSCORE
Top female high school athlete in each state
Video: Te-Hina Paopao highlights
See the Oregon commit in action for La Jolla Country Day.

Paige Bueckers of Hopkins (Minnetonka, Minn.) was named the MaxPreps Female Athlete of the Year, but who are the top athletes in the other states?

From Maine to Hawaii and Alaska to Florida, the nation is chock full of amazing talents. All-state honorees, players of the year and record-setters dot the list as MaxPreps chooses the top athlete in every state in the country, along with the District of Columbia.
Graphic by Ryan Escobar
Alabama
Grace Carr, Mountain Brook (Birmingham)
The Class 7A state Player of the Year by the Alabama Sports Writers Association, Carr led her team to a state championship and finished with 713 kills and 583 digs on the season.

Alaska
Destiny Reimers, Anchorage Christian (Anchorage)
Reimers earned all-state honors three times in her career and led Anchorage Christian to a 23-1 record and a state championship.

Arizona
Alyssa Brown, Sahuaro (Tucson)
One of the leading scorers in the country, Brown averaged 31.4 points in leading Sahuaro to the state championship game and a 28-2 record.

Arkansas
Jersey Wolfenbarger, Northside (Fort Smith)
The MaxPreps state basketball Player of the Year is one of the top recruits in the Class of 2021. She led Northside to a 25-3 record while averaging 18.7 points per game.

California
Te-Hina Paopao, La Jolla Country Day (La Jolla)
A MaxPreps first team All-American, Paopao averaged 22.3 points and 7.8 rebounds in helping La Jolla Country Day to a No. 1 ranking in the nation.

Colorado
Julianna Dalton, Chaparral (Parker)
Dalton earned All-American honors by Under Armour after leading Chaparral to a Class 5A state championship. She had 313 kills and 289 digs and was the state's 5A state player of the year.

Connecticut
Sydney Masciarelli, Marianapolis Prep (Thompson)
The top distance runner in the state finished seventh at the Foot Locker championships and was second in the Foot Locker northeast regional.

Delaware
Allie Kubek, Sanford (Hockessin)
Kubek has been all-state three times and helped lead Sanford to an 18-2 record this year while averaging 20.2 points per game.

Washington, D.C.
Kiki Rice, Sidwell Friends
A Gatorade state Player of the Year in soccer and basketball, Rice averaged 26.8 points in leading her team to a 25-6 record this year.

Florida
O'Mariah Gordon, Braden River (Bradenton)
A two-time Gatorade State Player of the Year, Gordon was a fourth-team MaxPreps All-American while averaging 23.1 points per game.

Georgia
Savannah Bray, Etowah (Woodstock)
Named the Class 7A state Player of the Year, Bray led her team to the state semifinals. She posted 734 kills and 705 dogs and had a state record 2,304 kills, according to the Tribune Ledger.

Hawaii
Elena Oglivie, 'Iolani (Honolulu)
A three-time Gatorade State Player of the Year in volleyball, Oglivie played for Team USA during the World Championships and also had 259 kills for ‘Iolani during the fall season.

Idaho
Peyton McFarland, Boise
At 6-foot-4, McFarland ranks as one of the top post players in the Class of 2020. She averaged 16.2 points and 9.1 rebounds while leading her team to a 17-9 record.

Illinois
Katelynne Hart, Glenbard West (Glen Ellyn)
The state Class 3A champion in cross country for the fourth time, Hart finished fourth at the Foot Locker National Championships.

Indiana
Madison Layden, Northwestern (Kokomo)
Layden finished her career as one of the state's all-time leading scorers with 2,360 points. She earned all-state honors three times and averaged 25.6 points this year.

Iowa
Caitlin Clark, Dowling Catholic (West Des Moines)
Clark twice earned Gatorade Player of the Year honors, including her senior year when she averaged 33.4 points. She scored 2,547 points in her four-year varsity career.

Kansas
Kendra Wait, Gardner-Edgerton (Gardner)
Wait posted 2,669 assists and 1,078 digs in her high school volleyball career, according to Gatorade. She was also the Kansas Gatorade State Player of the Year in track and field as a junior.

Kentucky
Anna DeBeer, Assumption (Louisville)
DeBeer helped lead Assumption to a state championship and earned MaxPreps first team All-America honors. She had 409 kills and 287 digs on the season.

Louisiana
Jerkaila Jordan, John Curtis Christian (River Ridge)
Jordan led the Patriots to a 27-4 record and a fourth straight Division I championship. She was also a four-time state championship game MVP. She finished the season averaging 21.7 points per game.

Maine
Emily Archibald, Kennebunk
A soccer and basketball standout, Archibald averaged 20 points and 13.5 rebounds for the basketball team and was named league player of the year for the second time.

Maryland
Mary Grace Goyena, Mount de Sales Academy (Catonsville)
Mount de Sales won the IAAM volleyball championship on the play of Goyena, who had 410 kills on the season.

Massachusetts
Francesca Frelick, Austin Prep (Reading)
The returning Division III Player of the Year in softball, Frelick was also a four-time CCL all-star in ice hockey.

Michigan
Jess Mruzik, Mercy (Farmington Hills)
A MaxPreps All-American, Mruzik led Mercy to a 59-1 record and a state championship. She had 495 kills and 209 digs on the season.
Jess Mruzik, Mercy
File photo by Kent Koller
Jess Mruzik, Mercy
Minnesota
Paige Bueckers, Hopkins (Minnetonka)
The MaxPreps National Athlete of the Year will play at UConn next year after averaging 21.4 points and 9.4 assists per game at Hopkins.

Mississippi
Jaccoria Bracey, Ruleville Central (Ruleville)
Averaging 35 points per game, Bracey was the MaxPreps state Player of the Year in 2020. She finished her career as one of the state's all-time leading scorers with 4,334 points.

Missouri
Birdie Hendrickson, Logan-Rogersville (Rogersville)
A two-time Gatorade State Player of the Year, Hendrickson led her team to the state finals and had 483 kills and 382 digs on the season.

Montana
Kyndall Keller , Havre
Keller earned all-state honors three years in a row and led her team to a 20-2 record in 2020. She averaged 18.7 points during the season.

Nebraska
Lindsay Krause, Skutt Catholic (Omaha)
A MaxPreps second team All-American, Krause led her team to a Class B state championship and had 360 kills and 143 digs on the year.

Nevada
Audrey Boch Collins, Clark (Las Vegas)
Boch Collins became the first girls tennis player to win the single state championship four years in a row. She is one of the top-ranked high school players in the country.

New Hampshire
Shauna Vadeboncoeur, Exeter
Just a sophomore, Vadeboncoeur was the Division I girls hockey Player of the Year after registering 42 goals with 17 assists.

New Jersey
Anna Morris, Immaculate Heart Academy (Washington Township)
A basketball and volleyball standout, Morris led her team to a Non-Public Tournament of Champions title in volleyball and had 413 kills for the season. She's headed to Northwestern on a basketball scholarship.

New Mexico
Viane Cumber, Sandia (Albuquerque)
Cumber, a junior, led her team to a 21-5 record and averaged 22.4 points and 10.6 rebounds.

New York
Katelyn Tuohy, North Rockland (Thiells)
The top distance runner in the country for three years in a row, Tuohy is a four-time Gatorade Player of the Year winner. She won the Nike Cross Nationals for the third straight year.

North Carolina
Saniya Rivers, Ashley (Wilmington)
Already a two-time Gatorade state Player of the Year, Rivers returns for her senior season next year as one of the top all-around players in the Class of 2021. She averaged 250 points and 11.8 rebounds at Ashley.

North Dakota
Abigail Duchscherer, Kindred
Only a sophomore, Duchscherer is already one of the top basketball players in the state as she has been named all-state three times and is closing in on 2,000 career points.

Ohio
Madeline Westbeld, Fairmont (Kettering)
A McDonald's All-Star Game participant, Westbeld helped her team to the regional finals and a 25-3 record. She averaged 18 points and 11.2 rebounds on the season.

Oklahoma
Aaliyah Moore, Moore
A MaxPreps All-American, Moore is one of the top players in the Class of 2021. She averaged 21.9 points and 10.9 rebounds this season.

Oregon
Fiona Max, Summit (Bend)
Finishing 10th at the Nike Cross Nationals, Max earned All-American honors. She is a two-time Gatorade State Player of the Year honoree and she led Summit to the Class 6A state championship this year.

Pennsylvania
Marlee Starliper, Northern York (Dillsburg)
One of the top cross country and track and field long distance runners in the nation, Starliper finished fifth at the Nike Cross Country Nationals and second at the Foot Locker Cross Country Championships.

Rhode Island
Keri Spitler, North Kingstown
Spitler led her team to a second straight state volleyball championship and a 19-0 record. She had 283 kills and 129 digs on the year.

South Carolina
Loyal McQueen, Wilson (Florence)
McQueen was one of the top scorers in the state with 27.3 points per game and over 2,000 in her career. She is a three-time all-state pick by the state coaches association and played five years on the varsity.

South Dakota
Kadye Fernholz, Miller
A second team All-American by the American Volleyball Coaches Association, Fernholz had 575 kills and 437 digs in leading Miller to a 34-3 record.

Tennessee
Alex Walsh, Harpeth Hall (Nashville)
The nation's No. 2 swimming recruit, Walsh set a national high school record in the 100 backstroke this year.

Texas
Paige Flickinger, Byron Nelson (Trophy Club)
The MaxPreps Volleyball Player of the Year, Flickinger led her team to a Class 6A state championship and had 797 kills and 813 digs on the season.

Utah
Kennady McQueen, North Summit (Coalville)
A two-sport star, McQueen averaged 20.7 points per game in basketball for a team that went 24-2. In volleyball, she had 215 kills and 222 digs.

Vermont
Kristyna Kaltounkova, Vermont Academy (Saxtons River)
A native of Czechoslovakia, Kaltounkova has been one of the top hockey players in New England for the past four seasons, recently committing to play at Colgate.

Virginia
Sydney Reed, Flint Hill (Oakton)
The VISAA Division I player of the year, Reed led Flint to a 31-1 record and a state title. She had 253 digs and 243 kills on the season.

Washington
Hailey Van Lith, Cashmere
Van Lith was rated as one of the top guards in the country this year and was the Seattle Times State Player of the Year. She ended her career as the state's all-time leading scorer with 2,994 points.

West Virginia
Skye Stokes, Oak Glen (New Cumberland)
Stokes led Oak Glen to a 38-0 record, a Class AA state championship and was named the state Player of the Year. She had 392 kills, 158 aces and 235 digs.

Wisconsin
Lexi Donarski, Aquinas (La Crosse)
A McDonald's All-Star Game selection, Donarski averaged 24 points per game and led her team to a 22-1 record. She is a three-time all-state pick.

Wyoming
Danilynn Schell, Kelly Walsh (Casper)
Schell is a four-time all-state pick and she led Kelly Walsh to a Class 4A state title and a 35-1 record. She also had 528 assists on the season. She was also one of the top players on the basketball team that won the Class 4A state championship.
Kennady McQueen, North Summit
File photo by Dave Argyle
Kennady McQueen, North Summit