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Averaged 14.7 points, 5.1 assists, 4.2 rebounds and 3.1 steals per game, guiding the Buffaloes to the GEICO Nationals title game.
The arena has a roof but opens on both ends, allowing the basketball games to be played and skirting the limit on indoor gatherings. Puyallup-based Looker Asphalt paved the arena floor in recent days in order to make it possible to lay down courts.
Prior to the 2020-21 season, the Georgia High School Association approved a phase-in of a 30-second shot clock for all varsity boys and girls
basketball games, becoming the ninth state to adopt a shot clock.
The Peach State joined California, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Dakota and Washington as the only states to use a 30- or 35-second shot clock.
Guidelines approved by the NFHS include displaying two timepieces connected to a horn that is distinctive from the game-clock horn, and using an alternative timing device, such as a stopwatch at the scorer’s table, for a shot clock malfunction. The guidelines also allow for corrections to the shot clock only during the shot-clock period in which an error occurred and the officials have definite information relative to the mistake or malfunction.Although a proposal for a national rule mandating a shot clock was not approved, the ruling is likely to bring momentum to the shot-clock movement across high school basketball.
According to the most recent NFHS High School Athletics Participation Survey, a
total of 540,769 boys participated in basketball in 18,617 schools,
and 399,067 girls participated in the sport in 18,210 schools across the
country. It is the third-most popular sport for boys and girls.
IMG Academy had looked impressive beating two-time defending Texas state champion Southlake Carroll 11-0 and Flower Mound 16-0 before the loss. IMG Academy slides below Hamilton (Chandler, Ariz.), which was ranked No. 1 in 2020 when the season ended, Calvary Christian Academy (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) and Buford (Ga.), both of which are undefeated.
Jesuit (Tampa, Fla.) holds on to the top spot with a single win last week. The Tigers face a tough test this week when they take on Venice (Fla.)
Dropped out: No. 10 Jackson Prep (Jackson, Miss.); No. 14 North Paulding (Dallas, Ga.); No. 15 Venice (Fla.); No. 20 Prosper (Texas); No. 22 Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas).
Game of the Week: Marcus 6, IMG Academy 5. Jake Duer's RBI single in the top of the sixth scored Tyler Schott from second to break the tie with IMG Academy. Schott was 3-for-4 in the win while Duer was 2-for-3. The duo combined to score five of Marcus's six runs. IMG Academy got a home run from Sam Hunt, but managed four hits in the loss.
Player of the Week: Jackson Ferris, IMG Academy. Although Ferris tossed a four-inning perfect game in a dominant 16-0 win over Flower Mound. Ferris did not allow a ball to be put into play as he struck out all 12 he faced. A total of 44 of his 58 pitches were strikes. The closest he got to losing the perfect game was the first batter in the fourth inning when Ferris threw three straight balls to open the at-bat. However Ferris got the Flower Mound batter on three straight swinging strikes. The perfect game is the second no-hitter of the season for Ferris.
Recruit Watch: Dylan Lesko, Buford. Perhaps the top pitcher in the class of 2022, Lesko has not allowed a hit in nine innings pitched with only one batter reaching base on an error and another to reach on a walk. He struck out nine in both outings, including a 10-0 no-hitter against Shiloh.
Game to Watch: Jesuit (Tampa) vs. Venice. Jesuit is ranked No. 1, but could get a battle from Venice, the two-time defending state champions at the Class 6A level. Venice is off to a 3-2 start with losses to Braden River and Sarasota.
Streaks: Andrean (Merrillville, Ind.). The Fighting 59ers have not lost since winning the Class 3A state championship in
2019. Coach Dave Pishkur, who is the all-time winningest coach in Indiana, has guided Andrean to 34 straight wins, which is the second best total in the nation heading into the 2021 season behind Webster (Wis.).
1. Jesuit (Tampa, Fla.)
Record: 3-0 | Last week: 1
Results: Def. Tampa Catholic, 12-0
Stats: Alden Segui, Dominic Castellano and Ryan Denison each struck out four over five innings on a combined no-hitter against Tampa Catholic. Nick Rodriguez had a triple and a home run in the win.
Next: Tuesday vs. Hillsborough; Friday vs. Venice.
2. Hamilton (Chandler, Ariz.)
Record: 0-0 | Last week: 3
Next: Season opens March 12.
3. Calvary Christian Academy (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
Record: 4-0 | Last week: 4
Results: Def. Miami Christian, 7-0
Stats: Andrew Painter and Irving Carter each struck out nine batters and Rene Lastres hit a home run in the lone win of the week.
Next: Friday vs. Denmark (Ga.); Saturday vs. Pacelli (Ga.).
4. Buford (Ga.)
Record: 6-0 | Last week: 5
Results: Def. Shiloh 10-0, 13-0 and 9-0.
Stats: Dylan Lesko threw a five-inning, no-hitter with nine strikeouts in the 10-0 win while Jackson Gaspard struck out nine in the 9-0 victory.
Next: March 8 vs. Lanier
5. IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)
Record: 5-1 | Last week: 2
Results: Def. Southlake Carroll, 11-0; def. Flower Mound, 16-0; lost to Marcus, 6-5.
Stats: Mason Albright struck out seven against Southlake Carroll while Jackson Ferris threw a four-inning perfect game with 12 strikeouts against Flower Mound. Elijah Green and James Wood each added a home run. Drew Gray had eight strikeouts in the loss to Marcus while Sam Hunt had a home run.
Next: March 10 vs. Montverde Academy.
6. Barbe (Lake Charles, La.)
Record: 5-0 | Last week: 7
Results: Def. Sulphur 2-0; Glenmora 10-0; Tioga 6-0; Glenmora 15-2 and West Monroe 5-2.
Next: Tuesday vs. South Beauregard
7. St. Mary Prep (Orchard Lake, Mich.)
Record: 0-0 | Last week: 6
Next: State begins play March 24.
8. Lake Travis (Austin, Texas)
Record: 4-0-1 | Last week: 9
Results: Def. Flower Mound, 9-6; def. Southlake Carroll, 8-1; def. Prosper, 5-4; def. South Grand Prairie, 1-0; tied Flower Mound, 3-3.
Next: Tuesday vs. Hutto
9. Spruce Creek (Port Orange, Fla.)
Record: 5-0 | Last week: 12
Results: Def. Olympia, 9-1; def. Viera, 6-3; def. DeLand, 8-4.
Stats: Sebastian Iguaran had two doubles against Olympia.
Next: Tuesday vs. Flagler Palm Coast; Wednesday vs. Hagerty.
10. Carrollton (Ga.)
Record: 8-0 | Last week: 13
Results: Def. St. Pius X Catholic, 6-2; def. Ola, 8-1; def. Campbell, 3-0; def. Etowah, 3-2.
Stats: Eli Runyan struck out nine against Ola. Bear Madliak had a home run against Etowah.
Next: Thursday at Helena; Thurs at Daphne.
11. Marcus (Flower Mound, Texas)
Record: 4-1-1 | Last week: NR
Results: Def. Rockwall Heath, 11-4; def. Prosper, 2-1; def. Southlake Carroll, 5-1; lost to South Grand Prairie, 6-5; tied Lake Travis, 3-3; def. IMG Academy, 6-5.
Stats: Tyler Schott struck out eight against Southlake Carroll.
Next: Saturday vs. Centennial (Frisco).
12. Winder-Barrow (Winder, Ga.)
Record: 5-0 | Last week: 18
Results: Def. Archer, 10-6; def. Peachtree Ridge, 7-6.
Stats: Andreaus Lewis had two home runs, including a grand slam, against Archer.
Next: Tuesday vs. Peachtree Ridge
13. Woodstock (Ga.)
Record: 5-1 | Last week: NR
Results: Lost to Walton, 2-1; def. Lambert, 7-0; lost to Denmark, 10-4.
Next: Tuesday vs. Kell; Thursday vs. North Cobb.
14. Calvary Christian (Clearwater, Fla.)
Record: 4-1 | Last week: 8
Results: Def. Tarpon Springs, 10-0; lost to Lakeland Christian, 4-2.
Stats: Landen Maroudis had a home run against Tarpon Springs.
Next: Tuesday vs. Boca Ciega.
15. Palm Beach Gardens (Fla.)
Record: 4-0 | Last week: NR
Results: Def. Wellington, 6-1; def. Stoneman Douglas, 7-4
Next: Tues. vs. Cardinal Newman; Friday vs. Dwyer.
16. Stoneman Douglas (Parkland, Fla.)
Record: 5-1 | Last week: 11
Results: Def. Coral Reef, 12-2; def. Taravella, 7-3; lost to Palm Beach Gardens, 7-4.
Stats: Grant McDonald was 3-for-3 with two doubles against Coral Reef. Christian Rodriguez struck out nine against Taravella.
Next: Tuesday vs. Western; Thursday vs. Archbishop McCarthy.
17. Vestavia Hills (Ala.)
Record: 7-1 | Last week: 16
Results: Lost to Hillcrest, 5-4; def. Oak Mountain, 3-2.
Stats: Joseph Sullivan and Connor Witherington both doubled against Oak Mountain.
Next: March 9 vs. Hoover.
18. Houston County (Warner Robins, Ga.)
Record: 6-1 | Last week: 17
Results: Def. Veterans, 15-2; def. Hartselle, 4-3; def. Locust Grove, 10-1; lost to Hartselle, 3-2.
Stats: Drew Burress had a home run against Veterans and two doubles against Hartselle. Gage Harrelson had a triple against Locust Grove.
Next: March 9 vs. Veterans.
19. Reagan (San Antonio)
Record: 6-1 | Last week: 21
Results: Def. Lee, 27-0; def. Austin McNeil, 14-0; def. San Angelo Central, 6-0; lost to Round Rock, 3-1; def. Georgetown 5-4; def. Stony Point, 2-1. Billy Baehr threw a four-inning no-hitter against McNeil.
Next: Tuesday vs. MacArthur; Thursday vs. Eagle Pass.
20. Grayson (Loganville, Ga.)
Record: 5-0 | Last week: NR
Results: Def. Flowery Branch, 5-3; def. South Forsyth, 7-5; def. Lowndes, 6-4.
Next: Tue. vs. Mill Creek; Fri. vs. Hillgrove; Sat. vs. Wesleyan.
21. John Carroll Catholic (Fort Pierce, Fla.)
Record: 4-0 | Last week: NR
Results: Def. American Heritage (Delray), 11-1; def. Fort Pierce Westwood, 11-1; def. Sebastian River, 6-0.
Next: Tuesday vs. Central Pointe Christian; Sat. vs. Episcopal School.
22. De La Salle (Concord, Calif.)
Record: 0-0 | Last week: 19
Next: March 8 vs. Livermore.
23. Heritage Hall (Oklahoma City)
Record: 0-0 | Last week: 23
Next: Tuesday vs. Carl Albert; Thursday vs. Deer Creek.
24. Farragut (Knoxville, Tenn.)
Record: 0-0 | Last week: 24
Next: March 16-18 Grand Slam Tournament
25. Charlotte Christian (Charlotte, N.C.)
Record: 0-0 | Last week: 25
Next: March 4 vs. Combine Academy
Niemeyer heads a list of high school softball coaches with 1,000 or more wins and his total is one of the more amazing feats in high school sports. With 2,089 career wins over 56 seasons, Niemeyer averaged 37 wins a year. By comparison, only about 30 high schools in the nation won 37 or more games during the 2019 season (the last full high school softball season). He also finished nearly 250 wins ahead of No. 2 Frank Huston, who retired in 2019 with 1,853.
In real estate, there's the old adage, "location, location, location." The same is true for high school softball coaches, and those three locations are Iowa, Michigan and Alabama. Of the 34 coaches on the list with over 1,000 wins, only four came from states other than those three. Iowa has 17 coaches on the list, including the top eight while Michigan has nine. Alabama has three while California, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Illinois have one each.
Sources for the list include the National Federation of High Schools record book, the Iowa Softball Coaches Association record book, state association record books and the Cal-Hi Sports Record Book by Mark and Nelson Tennis. Additions or corrections? [email protected]
1. Larry Niemeyer
Schools: Jefferson (Cedar Rapids, Iowa)
Total Record: 2,089-429
2. Frank Huston
Schools: Ottumwa (Iowa), Pekin (Packwood, Iowa), Gladbrook-Reinbeck (Iowa)
3. Ed Coughenour
Schools: Kingsley-Pierson (Kingsley, Iowa)
Total Record: 1,444-375
4. Gary Page
Schools: Urbandale (Iowa)
Total Record: 1,400-462
5. Bill Hennessy
Schools: Roland-Story (Story City, Iowa)
Total Record: 1,374-571
6. Steve Schlafke
Schools: Garnavillo, Audubon (Iowa), A-D-M (Adel, Iowa), Dallas Center-Grimes (Iowa)
Total Record: 1,261-628
7. Dennis Johnson
Schools: North Scott (Eldridge, Iowa)
Years: 1975-2001, 2006-14
Total Record: 1,249-298-1
8. Bob Bunting
Schools: Lisbon (Iowa)
Total Record: 1,217-637
9. Diane Laffey
Schools: Regina (Warren, Mich.)
Total Record: 1,212-485-5
10. Brad Walraven
Schools: All Saints Central (Bay City, Mich.), Frankenmuth (Mich.)
Total Record: 1,195-356-3
11. Jim Brown
Schools: Hoover (Ala.)
Total Record: 1,186-319-1
12. Tom Kennelly
Schools: Swan Valley (Saginaw, Mich.)
Total Record: 1,184-302-1
13. Steve Saladino
Schools: Davenport West (Davenport, Iowa)
Total Record: 1,179 wins
14. Rick Dillinger
Schools: A-D-M (Adel, Iowa), North Polk (Alleman, Iowa), Danville (Iowa)
Total Record: 1,174-555
15. Denny Dock
Schools: Dowagiac (Mich.), Lakeshore (Stevensville, Mich.)
Years: 1976-81, 1985-88, 1990-present
Total Record: 1,170-316-2
16. Dick Rasmussen
Schools: Ankeny (Iowa), South Hamilton (Jewell, Iowa)
Total Record: 1,165-314
17. Jim Flaws
Schools: Carlisle (Iowa), Dow City-Arion,
Total Record: 1,142-227
18. Joe Gilbert
Schools: Barnsdall (Okla.)
Total Record: 1,140 wins
19. Joe Alsup
Schools: Waterford Township (Mich.); Mott (Waterford, Mich.); Kettering (Waterford, Mich.), Lakeland (White Lake, Mich.)
Years: 1975-94, 1998-2019
Total Record: 1,140-274
20. Mike Vint
Schools: Marshalltown (Iowa), East Marshall (Le Grand, Iowa), Green Mountain
Total Record: 1,108-403
21. Ted McIntyre
Schools: Mt. Pleasant (Mich.)
Total Record: 1,081-414
22. Larry Heath
Schools: Burlington (Iowa)
Total Record: 1,078-431
23. Tony Scarbrough
Schools: Baker (Mobile, Ala.)
Total Record: 1,071 wins
24. Jerry Newton
Schools: Charles City (Iowa)
Total Record: 1,068-190
25. Dennis Schuur
Schools: Muscatine (Iowa), Lake City (Iowa)
Total Record: 1,052-251
26. Ton Vruggink
Schools: Hudsonville (Mich.)
Total Record: 1,052-274
27. John Biedenbach
Schools: Trenton (Mich.)
Total Record: 1,050-500-6
28. Randy Wolken
Schools: St. Joseph-Ogden (St. Joseph, Ill.)
Total Record: 1,044-242
29. Gary Adams
Schools: Crescent (Iva, S.C.)
Total Record: 1,043-169
30. Howard Stuart
Schools: Richmond (Mich.)
Total Record: 1,043-308-1
31. Bob Bradfield
Schools: Fairfield (Iowa)
Total Record: 1,041-652
32. Howard Dorman
Schools: Belmond-Klemme (Belmond, Iowa), Woden-Crystal Lake-Titonka (Crystal Lake, Iowa)
Total Record: 1,019-429
33. Dale Palmer,
Schools: Sparkman (Harvest, Ala.)
Total Record: 1,016 wins
34. Jim Liggett
Schools: Carlmont (Belmont, Calif.)
Total Record: 1,009-216