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High school baseball: All-time career home run leaders - HIGHSCORE
High school baseball: All-time career home run leaders
Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa thrilled Major League Baseball fans in 1998 with their race to break Roger Maris's home run record. High school baseball has its own version of the McGwire-Sosa battle when Jeff Clement of Marshalltown (Iowa) and James Peterson of Winterset (Iowa) competed in 2002 to become the nation's all-time home run leader.

Clement entered his senior season with 59 career home runs, including 21 in both his freshman and sophomore season. Peterson, meanwhile, started his junior season 12 home runs behind Clement, but closed the gap to one, 59-58, after out homering Clement 28-17 during their junior seasons.

That set up a 2002 season in which Clement and Peterson both tried to slug their way to the national record of 70 career home runs, set by Drew Henson of Brighton (Mich.) from 1995-98. Clement jumped out to a fast start and tied Henson with No. 70 on July 1 (Iowa plays a summer baseball season). He moved past Henson six at-bats later on July 3. Peterson, meanwhile, had fallen off the pace and was at 68 career homers, including one on the same day that Clement broke the record.

However, while Clement hit just one more home run over the next 13 days while Peterson went on a tear, homering four times. He tied Clement at 72 on July 16. Clement regained the lead with his 73rd home run on July 18 and Peterson tied him again with his 73rd on July 19. The duo entered the state tournament on July 25 tied at 73. Clement played in the 4A tournament and Peterson competed in the 3A tournament.

That's where Peterson's good fortune ended and Clement's began. Clement hit home runs in his first two at-bats in the first game of the tournament for No. 74 and 75 while Peterson went homerless in Winterset's first-round loss. Marshalltown went on to win the 4A championship.

Clement remains the all-time high school home run king of the spring season, but the record has received some challengers over the past decade, including Taylor Hawkins of Carl Albert (Midwest City, Okla.) in 2012 with 72 career home runs and Christian Stewart of Providence Christian Academy (Lilburn, Ga.), who ended his career in 2012 with 69.

Another player who came close is Brendan McCurry of Roff (Okla.), who ended his spring career with 72. However, if spring and fall seasons are counted together, McCurry has an astounding 130 career home runs. Other spring-fall players with triple digit home run totals include Will Hunt of Asher (Okla.) with 106 and Kyle Wingfield of Rock Creek (Bokchito, Okla.) with 100.

MaxPreps has compiled a list of players with 50 or more career spring home runs. All but one player on the list reached the milestone prior to 2014. Slade Wilks of Columbia Academy (Miss.) reached 50 last year before COVID ended his season.

Butch Harris of Broken Bow (Okla.) reached 50 home runs first, finishing with 51 in 1986. Dan Ruff of Fairfield Christian Academy (Lancaster, Ohio) took the national lead with 53 in 1987 and Will Hunt of Asher (Okla.) moved to the top in 1989 with 62. Paul Morse of Danville (Ky.) took over first place with 65 home runs in 1992 and Henson claimed the all-time lead in 1998 with 70, setting up the race to the top between Clement and Peterson.

Sources include the NFHS record book, state association record books, Cal-Hi Sports Record Book by Mark and Nelson Tennis, Oklahoma Baseball Coaches Association record book, MaxPreps leaderboards and newspapers accessed via newspapers.com.

Joey Gallo, Bishop Gorman
File photo by Alyson Boyer Rode
Joey Gallo, Bishop Gorman
High school baseball all-time career home run leaders

1.   75 — Jeff Clement, Marshalltown (Iowa), 1999-2002
2.   73 — James Peterson, Winterset (Iowa), 1999-2002
3.   72 — Brendan McCurry, Roff (Okla.), 2007-10
3.   72 — Taylor Hawkins, Carl Albert (Midwest City, Okla.), 2009-12
5.   70 — Drew Henson, Brighton (Mich.), 1995-98
6.   69 — Micah Owings, Gainesville (Ga.), 1999-2002
6.   69 — Christian Stewart, Providence Christian Academy (Lilburn, Ga.), 2009-12
8.   67 — Joey Gallo, Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas), 2009-12
9.   66 — Nick Masonia, Brooks (Killen, Ala.), 2007-11
9.   66 — Gavin LaValley, Carl Albert (Okla.), 2011-14
11.  65 — Paul Morse, Danville (Ky.), 1988-92
11.  65 — Kevin Bookout, Stroud (Okla.), 1999-2002
13.  63 — Mike Wilson, Central (Marlow, Okla.), 1993-96
13.  63 — Kyle Wingfield, Rock Creek (Bokchito, Okla.), 1996-99
13.  63 — Rich Witten, Danville (Ky.), 2003-07
13.  63 — Clint Frazier, Loganville (Ga.), 2010-13
17.  62 — Will Hunt, Asher (Okla.), 1986-89
17.  62 — Matt Robbins, Calhoun (Ga.), 1999-2002
19.  60 — Heath Graham, Stringer (Miss.), 1989-93
19.  60 — Steven Lerud, Galena (Reno, Nev.), 2000-03
19.  60 — Kevin Cron, Mountain Pointe (Phoenix, Ariz.), 2008-11
22.  58 — Jeremy Reed, Lookout Valley (Chattanooga, Tenn.), 1995-98
22.  58 — Matt Ames, Stanhope Elmore (Millbrook, Ala.), 1996-99
22.  58 — Brian Barnett, McQueen (Reno, Nev.), 2005-07
22.  58 — Blake Logan, Roff (Okla.), 2007-10
26.  57 — Jake Fields, Jefferson (Ga.), 2007-10
27.  55 — Jeff Francouer, Parkview (Lilburn, Ga.), 1999-2002
27.  55 — David Thompson, Westminster Christian (Miami, Fla.), 2009-12
29.  54 — Tyler Williams, Davenport North (Davenport, Iowa), 1986-89
29.  54 — Rod Walker, Morristown-Hamblen West (Morristown, Tenn.), 1986-89
29.  54 — Wade Miller, Long (Skipperville, Ala.), 1997-00
29.  54 — Jon Mark Owings, Gainesville (Ga.), 2001-04
33.  53 — Dan Ruff, Fairfield Christian Academy (Lancaster, Ohio), 1984-87
33.  53 — John Sanders, Tishomingo County (Iuka, Miss.), 1986-89
33.  53 — Dayne Parker, Roff (Okla.), 2007-10
33.  53 — Tim Barry, Oak Forest (Ill.), 2008-11
33.  53 — Jose Trevino, John Paul II (Corpus Christi, Texas), 2008-11
38.  52 — Shon Walker, Harrison County (Cynthiana, Ky.), 1989-92
38.  52 — Matt Daeges, Harlan (Iowa), 1996-2000
38.  52 — Taylor Harbin, Travelers Rest (S.C.), 1999-2004
38.  52 — Mike Moustakas, Chatsworth (Calif.), 2004-07
38.  52 — Jordan Adams, Newman Catholic (Mason City, Iowa), 2005-09
43.  51 — Butch Harris, Broken Bow (Okla.), 1983-86
43.  51 — Jared Martin, Riverton Parke (Montezuma, Ind.), 1998-01
43.  51 — Jake Goodwin, Parkers Chapel (El Dorado, Ark.), 1999-02
43.  51 — Justin Pickett, White House (Tenn.), 2001-04
43.  51 — Shane Dougherty, Rockwood (Tenn.), 2005-08
43.  51 — Justin O'Connor, Cowan (Muncie, Ind.), 2007-10
49.  50 — Brad Wilson, Towns County (Hiawassee, Ga.), 1986-89
49.  50 — Joe Little, Butner (Cromwell, Okla.), 1995-97
49.  50 — Jonathan Johnson, Unicoi County (Erwin, Tenn.), 1996-98
49.  50 — Drew Miller, Long (Skipperville, Ala.), 1995-98
49.  50 — Tommy Pearce, Marion (Ind.), 1995-98
49.  50 — Josh Gray, Rock Creek (Bokchito, Okla.), 1998-2000
49.  50 — Mike Breyman, Seneca East (Attica, Ohio), 1997-2000
49.  50 — Tyler Howe, Goose Lake (Iowa), 2000-04
49.  50 — Russ Henderson, Lexington (Tenn.), 2008-11
49.  50 — Slade Wilks, Columbia Academy (Columbia, Miss.), 2015-20
High school basketball: Chet Holmgren named 2020-21 HIGHSCORE National Player of the Year - HIGHSCORE
High school basketball: Chet Holmgren named 2020-21 MaxPreps National Player of the Year
Chet Holmgren of Minnehaha Academy (Minneapolis) is the 2020-21 MaxPreps National Player of the Year, joining a list of recent winners that includes R.J. Barrett (2018), Cade Cunningham (2020) and Ben Simmons (2015). The top-ranked prospect in the Class of 2021 left no doubt over the weekend after leading his team to the Class AAA state championship in Minnesota.

Holmgren averaged 20.8 points, 12.6 rebounds, 4.7 blocks and 4.5 assists per game, connecting on 80 percent of his attempts from the field. The versatile 7-footer finished his prep career with 1,567 points, 964 rebounds and 456 blocked shots while helping Minnehaha Academy compile a 128-15 record with four state titles during his time with the program.

Last season, Holmgren helped guide the Redhawks to their first MaxPreps Top 25 finish in program history. He was named a first team MaxPreps All-American after averaging 14.6 points, 10 rebounds, 4.9 blocks and 2.4 assists per contest.

A dominant shot blocker and exceptional ballhandler for his size, Holmgren put it all on display as a senior — particularly in Minnehaha Academy's state championship run.
Chet Holmgren is the first from Minnesota to be named MaxPreps National Player of the Year.
File photo by Josh Johnson
Chet Holmgren is the first from Minnesota to be named MaxPreps National Player of the Year.
In a 73-60 Section 4-AAA championship game victory over Totino-Grace, Holmgren finished with 24 points, 16 rebounds, seven assists and three blocked shots.

Holmgren followed with 21 points, nine rebounds and five swatted shots in the quarterfinals against Byron and 25 points and 16 rebounds in a 79-58 semifinal win over DeLaSalle.

In the final game of his high school career, this year's pick for MaxPreps National Player of the Year produced 18 points, 13 rebounds, seven assists and two blocks as the Redhawks crushed Alexandria 80-29.

Minnehaha Academy finished the season 20-1 and was ranked No. 8 in the final MaxPreps Top 25 rankings.

Gonzaga is considered the leader to land Holmgren, though Georgetown, Memphis, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina and Ohio State remain in the mix.

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)
HIGHSCORE/AVCA Players of the Week - HIGHSCORE
MaxPreps/AVCA Players of the Week
MaxPreps/AVCA High School Players of the Week
For the week of Sept. 21-27

Alabama
Makenna Long, Long (Skipperville)
5-foot-6 | Junior | S
7 Sets played last week

Assists: 84
Assists/Game: 12
Team Hitting%: 0.323
Digs: 11
Digs/Game: 1.57
Aces: 5
Blocks: 1


Arizona
6-0 | Junior | OH/MB
8 Sets played last week

Kills: 46
Kills/Game: 5.75
Digs: 32
Digs/Game: 4
Receptions: 27
Rcpt/Game: 3.38
Aces: 2
Blocks: 6


Arkansas
Maddie Trusty, Lakeside (Hot Springs)
5-9 | Senior | OH/S
9 Sets played last week
Kills: 46
Kills/Game: 5.11
Digs: 43
Digs/Game: 4.78
Receptions: 32
Rcpt/Game: 3.56
Aces: 7

Florida
Kylie Stroehlein, Sickles (Tampa)
5-10 | Senior | OH
21 Sets played last week

Kills: 113
Kills/Game: 5.38
Digs: 87
Digs/Game: 4.14
Receptions: 65
Rcpt/Game: 3.1
Aces: 23
Blocks: 5

Georgia

Senior | MH
9 Sets played last week

Kills: 46
Kills/Game: 5.11
Digs: 11
Digs/Game: 1.22
Receptions: 4
Rcpt/Game: 0.44
Aces: 4
Blocks: 2


Idaho

Kaylie Kofe, Bonneville (Idaho Falls)
5-6 | Freshman | S/OH/OPP
7 Sets played last week

Assists: 62
Assists/Game: 8.86
Team Hitting%: 0.326
Digs: 14
Digs/Game: 2
Aces: 14
Blocks: 3


Indiana

5-8 | Senior | OH
11 Sets played last week

Kills: 77
Kills/Game: 7
Digs: 29
Digs/Game: 2.64
Receptions: 40
Rcpt/Game: 3.64
Aces: 5
Blocks: 1


Kansas

Senior | S
17 Sets played last week

Assists: 188
Assists/Game: 11.06
Team Hitting%: 0.201
Digs: 32
Digs/Game: 1.88
Aces: 11
Blocks: 2


Kentucky

Junior | S
17 Sets played last week
Assists: 200
Assists/Game: 11.77
Team Hitting%: 0.293
Digs: 24
Digs/Game: 1.41
Aces: 4
Blocks: 8


Louisiana
5-5 | Senior | S/L/DS
17 Sets played last week

Assists: 148
Assists/Game: 8.71
Team Hitting%: 0.218
Digs: 55
Digs/Game: 3.23
Aces: 5
Blocks: 4


Michigan
6-1 | Senior | OH
15 Sets played last week

Kills: 104
Kills/Game: 6.93
Digs: 43
Digs/Game: 2.87
Receptions: 59
Rcpt/Game: 3.93
Aces: 14
Blocks: 1


Mississippi
5-9 | Senior | S
10 Sets played last week

Assists: 105
Assists/Game: 10.5
Team Hitting%: 0.367
Digs: 16
Digs/Game: 1.6
Aces: 15
Blocks: 2


Missouri
5-10 | Senior | MH
9 Sets played last week

Kills: 76
Kills/Game: 8.44
Digs: 47
Digs/Game: 5.22
Receptions: 45
Rcpt/Game: 5
Aces: 5
Blocks: 10


Montana
5-10 | Junior | MH/OH
10 Sets played last week

Kills: 34
Kills/Game: 3.4
Digs: 30
Digs/Game: 3
Receptions: 24
Rcpt/Game: 2.4
Aces: 4


Nebraska
6-0 | Junior | OH
11 Sets played last week
Kills: 84
Kills/Game: 7.64
Digs: 62
Digs/Game: 5.64
Receptions: 53
Rcpt/Game: 4.82
Aces: 12
Blocks: 6

New Hampshire

Sophomore | MH
8 Sets played last week

Stats
Kills: 32
Kills/Game: 4
Digs: 18
Digs/Game: 2.25
Receptions: 14
Rcpt/Game: 1.75
Aces: 1
Blocks: 5


North Carolina

Junior | OH/DS/S
10 Sets played last week
Kills: 42
Kills/Game: 4.2
Digs: 26
Digs/Game: 2.6
Receptions: 47
Rcpt/Game: 4.7
Aces: 8
Blocks: 3


North Dakota
Sophomore | MH
7 Sets played last week

Kills: 20
Kills/Game: 2.86
Digs: 6
Digs/Game: 0.86
Receptions: 2
Aces: 5
Blocks: 6


Ohio

Taylor Baxter, Bellevue
5-11 | Senior | OH
11 Sets played last week

Kills: 73
Kills/Game: 6.64
Digs: 47
Digs/Game: 4.27
Receptions: 51
Rcpt/Game: 4.64
Aces: 5
Blocks: 4


Oklahoma
Junior | OH
6 Sets played last week
Kills: 15
Kills/Game: 2.5
Digs: 8
Digs/Game: 1.33
Receptions: 15
Rcpt/Game: 2.5
Aces: 3


Pennsylvania
5-5 | Senior | S
12 Sets played last week

Assists: 121
Assists/Game: 10.08
Digs: 10
Digs/Game: 0.83
Aces: 3
Blocks: 6


South Carolina
Marianna Singletary, Porter-Gaud (Charleston)
6-4 | Junior | MH
16 Sets played last week

Kills: 89
Kills/Game: 5.56
Digs: 46
Digs/Game: 2.88
Receptions: 72
Rcpt/Game: 4.5
Aces: 8


South Dakota
Sydney Schell, Northwestern Area (Mellette)
5-9 | Senior | OH
16 Sets played last week

Kills: 96
Kills/Game: 6
Digs: 48
Digs/Game: 3
Receptions: 63
Rcpt/Game: 3.94
Aces: 11
Blocks: 5


Tennessee
Jaida Clark, Siegel (Murfreesboro)
6-1 | Senior | MH
11 Sets played last week

Kills: 60
Kills/Game: 5.46
Digs: 11
Digs/Game: 1
Aces: 2
Blocks: 12


Texas
6-3 | Junior | OH/OPP
8 Sets played last week

Kills: 43
Kills/Game: 5.38
Digs: 0
Digs/Game: 0
Receptions: 27
Rcpt/Game: 3.38
Blocks: 4


Utah
Hailee Garcia, Syracuse
5-9 | Junior | S
25 Sets played last week

Assists: 242
Assists/Game: 9.68
Team Hitting%: 0.189
Digs: 50
Digs/Game: 2
Aces: 16
Blocks: 14


West Virginia
Hope Weber, Paden City
5-11 | Senior | OH/S
6 Sets played last week

Kills: 35
Kills/Game: 5.83
Digs: 7
Digs/Game: 1.17
Receptions: 5
Rcpt/Game: 0.83
Aces: 3


Wisconsin
Hanne Johnson, Grantsburg
5-11 | Junior | OH/S/RS
12 Sets played last week

Kills: 73
Kills/Game: 6.08
Digs: 52
Digs/Game: 4.33
Receptions: 75
Rcpt/Game: 6.25
Aces: 5
Blocks: 5


Wyoming
5-5 | Junior | S
10 Sets played last week

Assists: 88
Assists/Game: 8.8
Team Hitting%: 0.188
Digs: 25
Digs/Game: 2.5
Aces: 6
Blocks: 3

About the MaxPreps/AVCA High School Player of the Week Program
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High school football: Valdosta program hit with $7,500 fine, postseason ban for using ineligible players - HIGHSCORE
High school football: Valdosta program hit with $7,500 fine, postseason ban for using ineligible players
Valdosta (Ga.), the winningest high school football program in history, was hit with a historic punishment this week by the Georgia High School Association over alleged recruiting violations and lack of institutional control, according to media reports.

The school was fined $7,500 and the football team banned from the 2021 postseason as five players from the 2020 team were deemed ineligible. Valdosta finished 7-5 last season and reached the AAAAAA semifinals. The school's 939 wins are the most in prep history, though victories with ineligible players become forfeits.

Valdosta coach Rush Propst remains on administrative leave last month after allegedly asking former booster club director Mike Nelson for "funny money" to help recruits and their families with rent and other expenses.

GHSA Executive Director Robin Hines announced the fines as $1,000 for each of the five ineligible players as well as $2,500 for "lack of institutional control."

"The evidence is clear that this is not an isolated instance (of recruiting) and that Coach Probst (sic) and members of the Valdosta Touchdown Club have on other occasions contacted other student athletes or their families and provided gifts of money, payment of utilities and housing incentives in an attempt to persuade those student athletes to transfer to Valdosta High School," Hines told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Among the ineligible players was Jake Garcia, who transferred to Valdosta from California. He played one game for Wildcats before being declared ineligible and transferring to Grayson, where he helped the Rams to a AAAAAAA title. Garcia is now enrolled at the University of Miami.

Propst owns a career record of 299-92 and has won seven state titles during a high-profile, 30-year, seven-school career that included an eight-year stint at Hoover (Ala.), which was featured on MTV's popular "Two-A-Days" reality show. He resigned there in 2007 mired in controversy, and was dismissed from Colquitt County (Moultrie, Ga.) in 2019 after more alleged impropriety.

The school has seven days to appeal to the GHSA.

Propst declined comment on any allegation or GHSA's ruling, but told the AJC, "We've got to let the (appeals) process play out, and we respect that process, and hopefully we'll get to the bottom of this."
Rush Propst, Valdosta
File photo by Gary McCullough
Rush Propst, Valdosta

Virginia crowns first spring football champions in high school history - HIGHSCORE
Virginia crowns first spring football champions in high school history
Like any other year, the Virginia High School League crowned six state football champions Saturday afternoon in six different classifications. But these were clearly different.  From all records MaxPreps has researched, Virginia is the first state to ever award football championships in the spring.

The Riverhead Gladiators were officially the first ones crowned, with a 65-29 victory over the Galaxy Maroon Tide in the Class 1 title game. A 34-point second-point explosion led the Gladiators to their 10th straight win of the season. They outscored opponents 483-119 on the season. 

Perennial East power Oscar Smith (8-0) followed with a 62-21 Class 6 title win over South County, and Stone Bridge (8-0) took the Class 5 crown with a 13-10 overtime win over Highland Springs. (See all the champions below).

The VHSL was one of 15 states to move the traditional fall 2020 season to the spring due to COVID-19 pandemic. Of those states, 11 decided on abbreviated spring seasons, with just three opting for playoffs. North Carolina and Rhode Island have scheduled state championship games next week.

According to MaxPreps senior writer and historian Kevin Askeland, no states have ever held football championships in the spring, although one in California was scheduled in 1919. That title game was called off when Orange League champion Fullerton disbanded a month before the scheduled contest.
Oscar Smith turned around a loss in the 2019 VHSL Class 6 title game with a resounding 65-21 win over the Stallions on Saturday.
File photo by Fred Ingham
Oscar Smith turned around a loss in the 2019 VHSL Class 6 title game with a resounding 65-21 win over the Stallions on Saturday.
2021 Spring VHSL State Football Championships

Class 1Full bracket can be found here - 2020 Virginia High School Football Playoff Brackets: VHSL Class 1