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High school baseball rankings: Alex Mooney powers No. 13 St. Mary Prep up OFFICIAL Top 25 - OFFICIAL
High school baseball rankings: Alex Mooney powers No. 13 St. Mary Prep up MaxPreps Top 25
St. Mary's Prep (Orchard Lake, Mich.) is off to a late start, which is usually the case for teams in Michigan, but the Eaglets are making up for lost time. In building a 6-0 record, St. Mary's Prep has outscored opponents 90-4 in six games to move up to No. 13 in this week's MaxPreps Top 25 high school baseball rankings.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

25. Braddock (Miami, Fla.)
17-1 | Last week: 23
Results: Lost to Belen Jesuit, 1-0; def. Somerset Academy Charter, 13-10.
Next: Wed. vs. American Heritage (Plantation).
High school volleyball rankings: In search of sixth consecutive state title, Nebraska's Skutt Catholic headlines preseason OFFICIAL Top 25 - OFFICIAL
High school volleyball rankings: In search of sixth consecutive state title, Nebraska's Skutt Catholic headlines preseason MaxPreps Top 25
While the 2020 high school volleyball season might look different on a national level, one thing remains: You've got to win the matches in front of you. More than two-thirds of the states are pushing forward with fall sports, though some have a delayed calendar, but the national landscape will nonetheless look different.

California opted for a spring volleyball schedule, while some of the national tournaments were either canceled or rebooted in a different format. Michigan, with several Top 25-worthy teams is still trying to figure out if it's pushing back or moving forward.

Still, there's a ton of individual talent already on the court and equal number of teams capable of putting together state and perhaps national title runs.

We've included teams that have started playing or will start in September. Coaches can play their part in formulating accurate rankings by updating schedules and scores via MaxPreps.
Mabrey Shaffmaster and New Castle (Ind.) check in at No. 9 in our preseason rankings. The Trojans are chasing their fourth straight Indiana title.
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Mabrey Shaffmaster and New Castle (Ind.) check in at No. 9 in our preseason rankings. The Trojans are chasing their fourth straight Indiana title.
Preseason MaxPreps Top 25

1. Skutt Catholic (Omaha, Neb.), 7-0
Notes: Won the Bellevue West Invite without dropping a set. Lindsay Krause has 84 kills in 15 sets, while Allie Gray has 188 assists.

2. Flower Mound (Texas), Opens Sept. 15
Notes: Finished 41-4 last season and return three All-Americans in Kaylee Cox, Angelique Cyr and Caroline Dykes.

3. Lovejoy (Lucas, Texas), Sept. 15
Notes: Defending 5A champions posted a 2019 mark of 48-5. All-Americans Averi Carlson and Cecily Bramschreiber look to repeat.

4. Hoover (Ala.), 14-1
Notes: Following a season-opening five-set loss to McGill-Toolen, the Bucs have reeled off 14 straight including a revenge win over the Yellowjackets and a three-set tourney win over Tennessee's Brentwood.

5. Mercy (Louisville, Ky.), Sept. 8
Notes: Kentucky runners-up open the season against 2019 champion Assumption in a battle of the titans.

6. Assumption (Louisville, Ky.), Sept. 8
Notes: See No. 5 Mercy.

7. Valley (West Des Moines, Iowa), Sept. 2
Notes: Tigers open 2020 against Fort Dodge after 38-5 runner-up season in 2019. All-American Hayden Kubik leads Valley.

8. Brentwood (Tenn.), 9-1
Notes: The Bruins started 9-0 before the loss to Hoover. All-American Shaye Eggleston has 150 kills to start the year.

9. New Castle ( Ind.), 1-0
Notes: The Trojans opened with a sweep of Center Grove as Mabrey Shaffmaster (21) and Laila Smith (16) combined for 37 kills.

10. Walton (Marietta, Ga.), 2-0
Notes: The Raiders opened with sweeps of North Cobb and Marietta.

11. Guyer (Denton, Texas), Sept. 15
Notes: The Wildcats went 35-9 before losing to 6A champion Byron Nelson in the state semis.

12. Leon (Tallahassee, Fla.), Sept. 18
Notes: The Lions were 29-3 last season in winning the FHSAA 6A title and return assist leader Alexa Washington after dishing up 957 in 2019.

13. Papillion-LaVista South (Papillion, Neb.), 6-1
Notes: Sophomore Stella Adeyemi (46 kills) and freshman Lauren Medeck (39 kills) had helped the Titans to the 6-1 mark. Lone loss was to Skutt.

14. Hamilton Southeastern (Fishers, Ind.), 7-0
Notes: The Royals have been paced by Delaney Garner's 83 kills and while freshman Lauren Harden has added 74. Junior Emily Weber has 129 assists.

15. McGill-Toolen (Mobile, Ala.), 12-2
Notes: Senior Skyler Bumpers has 180 kills thus far as Yellowjackets' losses are to Hoover and Brentwood.

Notes: Ella Broadhead has 110 kills with senior Emily Buhl adding 87 as the Admirals' lone losses are to upper division opponents Hoover and McGill-Toolen.

17. O'Gorman (Sioux Falls, S.D.), 1-0
Notes: All-American Bergen Reilly opened her sophomore campaign with 16 kills in the sweep over Roosevelt.

18. Teurlings Catholic (Lafayette, La.), Sept. 9
Notes: The Rebels open the quest for their fourth straight DII title along with senior Gatorade winner Cicily Hidalgo.

19. Mount Notre Dame (Cincinnati), 2-0
Notes: Junior Carly Hendrickson posted 25 kills in three sets as the Cougars earned two sweeps to start the year.

20. Jenks (Okla.), 11-1
Notes: Mikiah Perdue, Sophie Bufogle and Savanna LaBiche all have more than 50 kills as the Trojans took the Broken Arrow Invitational.

21. Aquinas (Overland Park, Kan.), Sept. 2
Notes: The Saints open with St. James.

22. Briarcrest Christian (Eads, Tenn.), 4-0
Notes: Zykia Jones has 45 kills as the Saints have jumped to a 4-0 start without dropping a set.

23. Providence (Clarksville, Ind.), 5-1
Notes: Pioneers' lone loss to Hamilton Southeastern.

24. McIntosh (Peachtree City, Ga.), 7-0
Notes: Senior Ngozi Iloh has 85 kills and junior Alexa Markley added 77 kills as the Chiefs have dropped only two sets. Senior Claire Lewis has 172 assists.

25. Padua Franciscan (Parma, Ohio), 4-0

Notes: Senior Brooke Cirigliano leads the Bruins with 49 kills as Maria Futey has added 40. Amanda Leigh dished up 123 assists as Padua has swept all four matches.

The Next 25

26. Mountain Brook (Birmingham, Ala.), 9-2
27. Blessed Trinity (Roswell, Ga.), 7-1
28. Pope (Marietta, Ga.), 7-0
29. Klein (Texas), Sept. 11
30. Southside (Fort Smith, Ark.), 2-1
31. Dorman (Roebuck, S.C.), Sept. 10
32. Lake Highland Prep (Orlando, Fla.), Sept. 17
33. Washburn Rural (Topeka, Kan.), Sept. 3
34. Willard (Mo.), 6-0
35. Ursuline Academy (Cincinnati), 3-0
36. Plano West (Plano, Texas), Sept. 18
37. Pleasant Grove (Utah), 3-0
38. Byron Nelson (Trophy Club, Texas), Sept. 15
39. Elkhorn South (Omaha, Neb.) 2-0
40. Norman North (Norman, Okla.), 4-1
41. Parkland (Allentown, Pa.), Sept. 15
42. North Allegheny (Wexford, Pa.), Sept. 14
43. St. Francis Borgia (Washington, Mo.), Sept. 3
44. Brookfield Central (Brookfield, Wis.), Sept. 15
45. Prosper (Texas), Sept. 11
46. St. James Academy (Lenexa, Kan.), Sept. 8
47. St. Pius X Catholic (Atlanta), 8-0
48. Notre Dame Academy (Toledo, Ohio), 1-1
49. Reagan (San Antonio), Sept. 4
50. Appleton North (Appleton, Wis.), Sept. 18
Ohio releases 'Return to Play Recommendations' for Aug. 1 high school sports start - OFFICIAL
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.
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Ohio introduced "Return to Play Recommendations" on Thursday for fall sports.
High school basketball: Chet Holmgren, TyTy Washington among five finalists for OFFICIAL National Player of the Year - OFFICIAL
High school basketball: Chet Holmgren, TyTy Washington among five finalists for MaxPreps National Player of the Year
Kevin Love, Ben Simmons and Lonzo Ball are a few of the high school basketball stars to earn MaxPreps National Player of the Year since the award was instituted in 2006. The list of candidates for the 2020-21 honor has been narrowed to five based on team success and individual excellence throughout the season.

Kennedy Chandler of Sunrise Christian Academy (Bel Aire, Kan.), Daimion Collins of Atlanta (Texas), Jalen Duren of Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.), Chet Holmgren of Minnehaha Academy (Minnetonka, Minn.) and TyTy Washington of AZ Compass Prep (Chandler, Ariz.) are the five finalists for 2020-21 MaxPreps National Player of the Year.

Three of those players — Chandler, Duren and Washington — will be trying to lead their respective teams to a title this week at GEICO Nationals. Holmgren is in the hunt for a state title in Minnesota while Collins' season is already in the books in Texas.

MaxPreps National Player of the Year will be announced April 13 in conjunction with the release of the MaxPreps All-America Team.

Read on for a look at each candidate's resume this season.

MaxPreps National Player of the Year finalists

Height: 6-foot-1 | Class: Senior | Position: Guard | Status: Signed with Tennessee
Stats: 14.8 points, 6.4 assists, 4.2 rebounds and 3.3 steals per game in NIBC play
Team MaxPreps Top 25 ranking: No. 3
Chandler is shooting 57 percent from the field, 50 percent from beyond the arc and 94 percent from the free throw line. Along with his incredible efficiency, Chandler is the catalyst for the Buffaloes as the five-star guard has displayed his elite playmaking ability throughout the season. Chandler has an opportunity to put a bow on his senior season at GEICO Nationals.
Kennedy Chandler, Sunrise Christian Academy
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Kennedy Chandler, Sunrise Christian Academy
Daimion Collins, Atlanta (Texas)
Height: 6-9 | Class: Senior | Position: Forward | Status: Signed with Kentucky
Stats: 35.2 points, 14.4 rebounds, 7.0 assists and 6.2 blocked shots per game
Team MaxPreps Top 25 ranking: Not ranked
Regarded as the No. 11 prospect overall in the Class of 2021 by 247Sports, Collins is the only player among the finalists who will not have an opportunity to bolster his resume as Atlanta has already completed its season.
Daimion Collins, Atlanta
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Daimion Collins, Atlanta
Jalen Duren, Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.)
Height: 6-10 | Class: Junior | Position: Center | Status: Uncommitted
Stats: 15.5 points, 10.6 rebounds and 2.4 blocked shots per game in NIBC play
Team MaxPreps Top 25 ranking: No. 1
Regarded as the No. 2 prospect in the Class of 2022, Duren is shooting 63 percent from the field and helped Montverde Academy go 21-1 leading up to this week's GEICO Nationals.
Jalen Duren, Montverde Academy
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Jalen Duren, Montverde Academy
Chet Holmgren, Minnehaha Academy (Minneapolis, Minn.)
Height: 7-0 | Class: Senior | Position: Center | Status: Uncommitted
Stats: 20.7 points, 12.6 rebounds, 5.2 blocked shots and 4.5 assists per game
Team MaxPreps Top 25 ranking: No. 9
The top-ranked senior prospect continues to blossom offensively and is the most dominant shot blocker at this level in many years. Friday in a 73-60 playoff victory over Totino-Grace, Holmgren finished with 24 points, 16 rebounds, seven assists and three blocked shots.
Chet Holmgren, Minnehaha Academy
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Chet Holmgren, Minnehaha Academy
TyTy Washington , AZ Compass Prep (Chandler, Ariz.)
Height: 6-3 | Class: Senior | Position: Guard | Status: Uncommitted
Stats: 24.5 points, 6.2 rebounds, 5.6 assists and 2.3 steals per game
Team MaxPreps Top 25 ranking: No. 2
Has helped put AZ Compass Prep on the national map this year. The four-star senior put together a number of strong performances in big games, including averaging 18.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists per contest in three games at the Montverde Academy Invitational. The Dragons open play at GEICO Nationals on Thursday against No. 11 Wasatch Academy (Mt. Pleasant, Utah.).
TyTy Washington, AZ Compass Prep
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TyTy Washington, AZ Compass Prep
Past MaxPreps National Players of the Year
2020 — Cade Cunningham, Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.)
2019 — Sharife Cooper, McEachern (Powder Springs, Ga.)
2018 — R.J. Barrett, Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.)
2017 — Michael Porter Jr., Nathan Hale (Seattle)
2016 — Lonzo Ball, Chino Hills (Calif.)
2015 — Ben Simmons, Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.)
2014 — Stanley Johnson, Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.)
2013 — Jabari Parker, Simeon (Chicago)
2012 — Kyle Anderson, St. Anthony (Jersey City, N.J.)
2011 — Austin Rivers, Winter Park (Fla.)
2010 — Harrison Barnes, Ames (Iowa)
2009 — Derrick Favors, South Atlanta (Atlanta)
2008 — Brandon Jennings, Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.)
2007 — Kevin Love, Lake Oswego (Lake Oswego, Ore.)
2006 — Greg Oden, Lawrence North (Indianapolis)
High school softball: Conner beats Newport Central Catholic 42-26 in highest scoring game in Kentucky history - OFFICIAL
High school softball: Conner beats Newport Central Catholic 42-26 in highest scoring game in Kentucky history
A football score broke out at a Kentucky high school softball game Wednesday as visiting Conner (Hebron, Ky.) beat Newport Central Catholic (Newport) 42-26, smashing a state mark for runs scored.

Yes, the visiting Cougars won their first game of season after seven defeats by piling up 22 hits and receiving 17 walks during the 42-26 victory. The home team Thoroughbred broke loose for 26 runs on 10 hits — and lost by 16 runs.

According to the Cincinnati Enquirer quoting the Kentucky High School Athletic Association record book, the two teams broke the 2013 record of 66 runs scored when Western beat Iroquois, 34-32.

Conner (1-7), which got six RBI and seven runs scored by Emma Houston, tied for the second-most runs scored in state history, surpassed only by Evarts, which scored a 46-15 win over Barbourville in 2004.

Newport Central Catholic avoided the mercy rule stoppage after three innings (trailing by 15 or more runs), by scoring four runs to close to 18-7. A 12-run sixth actually tied the game for the Thoroughbreds at 25 before Conner exploded for 17 runs in the top of the seventh.

Avieri Lightner had four hits and five runs for the Cougars, while teammates Haley Kersker, Alex Cobble and Kayliegh Lamping all scored six runs. Kiera Holeman and Jordan Dell each drove in five runs. Mia Buemi had three hits and seven RBI for Newport Central (1-1), which opened the season with a 21-11 win over Bellevue.

With the victory, Conner turned around its early season troubles. It entered having been outscored 114-22.

It's just good playing softball again in 2021 after the two teams combined to just play one season in 2020 due to COVID-19. The teams have played five times, all Conner victories. The last time was in 2016, a tight 9-8 victory.