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High school baseball: Teams with the most state championships - HIGHSCORE
High school baseball: Teams with the most state championships
It's been 34 seasons since Tucson won an Arizona state baseball championship, and the Badgers have won only won four since 1957. Yet, Tucson has heads MaxPreps list of teams with the most high school baseball championships.

The Badgers won their first state title in 1912, but the greatest stretch of sustained excellence for Tucson came between 1939 and 1956. During that 18-year period, Tucson won 15 state crowns, including eight in a row from 1939 to 1946. The greatest Tucson team, however, might be the 1972 team that went 25-0. Tucson has rebounded to appear in the Class 5A state finals in 2018 and 2019, finishing as the runner-up each time.

Woodrow Wilson (Washington, D.C.) is closing in on Tucson and might have tied the Badgers by now if not for COVID. Wilson has won every DCIAA championship since 1993 and it would have been the favorite in 2020 and 2021. Wilson plays in an association with just 15 schools.

Asher (Okla.) is one of three schools tied with 22 state championships. That total is actually a bit misleading since Asher has won a total of 45 baseball championships. However only 22 of them have come in the spring. With no football program, Asher also plays baseball in the fall and has racked up 23 championships during that season as well.

Other teams with 22 championships include Bishop Hendricken (Warwick, R.I.) and Jackson Prep (Miss.).

The championships listed are based on information found on state association websites. Not all state websites had complete lists of past champions. MaxPreps also included independent and private school championships, including TAPPS in Texas, the MAIS in Mississippi and the NCISAA in North Carolina.

Past champion lists were unavailable for AISA in Alabama, the SCISA in South Carolina and the VISAA in Virginia. California is not included because it does not hold state championships in baseball (although a few championships seasons were held in the 1920s.). The Inter-AC in Pennsylvania is also not included, although Penn Charter holds the record there with 46 championships dating back to the late 1800s. Corrections or additions, please contact Kevin Askeland at [email protected]
Bingham celebrates its 2013 Utah state title, one of 21 won by the school.
File photo by Christian Wininger
Bingham celebrates its 2013 Utah state title, one of 21 won by the school.
Schools with most baseball state titles

1.   29 — Tucson High Magnet School (Tucson, Ariz.)
2.   27 — Wilson (Washington, D.C.)
3.   22 — Asher (Okla.)
3.   22 — Bishop Hendricken (Warwick, R.I.)
3.   22 — Jackson Prep (Jackson, Miss.)
6.   21 — Bingham (South Jordan, Utah)
7.   20 — Gloucester Catholic (Gloucester City, N.J.)
7.   20 — Jesuit (New Orleans, La.)
7.   20 — Norway (Iowa), closed 1991, now Benton (Van Horne, Iowa)
10. 19 — DeSales (Walla Walla, Wash.)
10. 19 — St. Mary's-Colgan (Pittsburg, Kan.)
12. 17 — Eunice (N.M.)
12. 17 — Northfield (Vt.)
14. 16 — Long (Skipperville, Ala.)
14. 16 — St. David (Ariz.)
16. 15 — Bamberg-Ehrhardt (Bamberg, S.C.)
16. 15 — Charlotte Christian (Charlotte, N.C.)
16. 15 — Silver Lake (Kan.)
19. 14 — Bangor (Maine)
19. 14 — Farmington (N.M.)
19. 14 — Proctor (Vt.)
19. 14 — Punahou (Honolulu)
19. 14 — St. Mark's (Wilmington, Del.)
24. 13 — Christian Brothers (Memphis, Tenn.)
24. 13 — Hicks (Leesville, La.)
24. 13 — Owasso (Okla.)
24. 13 — West Lauderdale (Collinsville, Miss.)
24. 13 — Winooski (Vt.)

12 state championships
Assumption (Davenport, Iowa)
Burlington (Vt.)
Creighton Prep (Omaha, Neb.)
Deering (Portland, Maine)
Elder (Cincinnati)
Jefferson (Shenandoah Junction, W. Va.)
Lewiston (Idaho)
Nashua South (Nashua, N.H.)
Pitkin (La.)
Portsmouth (N.H.)

11 state championships
Bishop Ward (Kansas City, Kan.)
Byng (Ada, Okla.)
Carlsbad (N.M.)
Cretin-Derham Hall (St. Paul, Minn.)
Dale (Okla.)
Davenport Central (Davenport, Iowa)
Eaton (Colo.)
Enterprise (Utah)
Kee (Lansing, Iowa)
Key West (Fla.)
Oak Grove (Hattiesburg, Miss.)
Tottenville (Staten Island, N.Y.)
St. Pius X (Albuquerque)
Waterford (Conn.)
Westminster Christian (Miami)

10 state championships
Albuquerque (N.M.)
Arundel (Gambrills, Md.)
Barbe (Lake Charles, La.)
Bishop England (Charleston, S.C.)
Brattleboro (Vt.)
Cape Elizabeth (Maine)
Churchill County (Fallon, Nev.)
Farragut (Knoxville, Tenn.)
Gastonia (N.C.)
Lincoln County (Panaca, Nev.)
Parkview Baptist (Baton Rouge, La.)
Pine Bluff (Ark.)
Poly Prep Country Day (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
Revere (Ovid, Colo.)
St. Paul (Shiner, Texas)
Silo (Okla.)
Sweet Water (Ala.)
Taylorsville (Utah)
High school football: Hall of Famer Alan Faneca named head coach for Virginia program - HIGHSCORE
High school football: Hall of Famer Alan Faneca named head coach for Virginia program
Not many high school football players can say their coach is a Hall of Famer. Players at Cox (Virginia Beach, Va.) now can after former Pittsburgh Steelers great Alan Faneca was named head coach Monday.

The 13-year NFL veteran is part of the 2021 Pro Football Hall of Fame class and will be inducted Aug. 8 along with Peyton Manning, Charles Woodson, Tom Flores, Calvin Johnson, Bill Nunn, John Lynch and Drew Pearson.

After the induction ceremony, however, it's back to preparing the Falcons for the 2021 season. Cox went 5-1 in the recently completed spring season in Virginia.

Faneca helped the Steelers to a Super Bowl XL win over Seattle in 2006. He served as the offensive line coach at Cox for the past two seasons under Bill Stachelski, the school's winningest coach who is stepping aside to coach golf.

Stachelski compiled an 88-47 record and guided the Falcons to their first playoff victory in 2015.

"I’m not selling any fantasies," Faneca told the Virginian-Pilot in February. "I’m going out there and coaching football and getting the kids developed as football players and people. That’s how I was taught when I was in school."

Cox is 35-17 over the past five seasons.

Faneca was an All-American out of LSU before being drafted in 1998 in the first round by the Steelers. He played 13 seasons in the NFL with Pittsburgh, the New York Jets and Arizona Cardinals before retiring in 2011. He was named to the NFL's All-Decade Team of the 2000s.

Faneca's wife, Julie Kuchtka, is from Virginia Beach and their daughter attends Cox.
Natalie Potts named 2020-21 HIGHSCORE Missouri High School Girls Basketball Player of the Year - HIGHSCORE
Natalie Potts named 2020-21 MaxPreps Missouri High School Girls Basketball Player of the Year
Each year since 2006, MaxPreps has recognized outstanding performers in high school basketball. America's source for high school sports continues the tradition to close out the 2020-21 season by naming the top player in each state. Selections are based on team success and individual excellence, in addition to local and state accolades.

Natalie Potts of Incarnate Word Academy (St. Louis) is the 2020-21 MaxPreps Missouri High School Girls Basketball Player of the Year. The 6-foot-1 sophomore post led the Red Knights to a 29-0 record, the state Class 6 championship and the No. 6 national ranking in the MaxPreps Top 25.

Potts averaged 21.1 points, 9.2 rebounds, 2.5 steals and 1.4 blocked shots per game while shooting 59 percent from the field. She had 12 points and 11 rebounds in the 58-37 win over Webster Groves that earned Incarnate Word the state title.

Each state's MaxPreps Player of the Year will be considered for inclusion in the MaxPreps All-America Team.
2020-21 HIGHSCORE Junior All-America Team: Jalen Duren headlines high school basketball's best from the Class of 2022 - HIGHSCORE
2020-21 MaxPreps Junior All-America Team: Jalen Duren headlines high school basketball's best from the Class of 2022
Our look at high school basketball's best from the 2020-21 season continues with the MaxPreps Junior All-America Team, highlighted by National Junior of the Year Jalen Duren of Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.).

Duren, a 6-foot-10 post regarded as the No. 2 prospect in the Class of 2022 by 247Sports, averaged 14.3 points, 8.4 rebounds and 2.2 blocked shots per game for the MaxPreps National Champions. The Eagles are 49-1 in his two seasons with the program.

The Pennsylvania native joins a list of past winners that includes 2021 NBA All-Stars Ben Simmons, Jayson Tatum and Zion Williamson. See the full list of past MaxPreps Juniors of the Year below.

Selections are based on team success, individual production and local, regional and state honors from the recently-completed season. Potential at the college and professional level is not a primary consideration. Players in post-graduate or non-scholastic programs are not eligible for inclusion.
First Team

6-foot-8 | Wing | Uncommitted
Top-ranked prospect averaged 25.2 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2.5 assists in a shortened 10-game season for first-year program.

MAXPREPS NATIONAL JUNIOR OF THE YEAR
6-10 | Center | Uncommitted
Helped Montverde capture fifth national title since 2013, becoming second player from the program to earn MaxPreps JOY honors after Ben Simmons in 2014.

6-3 | Guard | Uncommitted
Atlanta Journal-Constitution Class 6A Player of the Year averaged 32 points, seven rebounds and six assists to guide the Longhorns to the state title game.

6-6 | Wing | Uncommitted
MaxPreps Ohio Player of the Year averaged 31.1 points, 15.8 rebounds, 6.1 assists, 4.7 steals and 4.0 steals per game while shooting 71 percent from the field to guide the Griffins to the state quarterfinals.

6-2 | Guard | Ohio State
Atlanta Journal-Constitution Class 7A Player of the Year averaged 17 points, nine assists and seven rebounds per contest to guide the Eagles to their first state title since 2012 and the program's first ever GEICO Nationals appearance.

Second Team

6-10 | Forward | Uncommitted
Quickly-developing international prospect averaged 13 points, eight rebounds and three blocked shots per game in his first season in the United States.
Catalyst for IMG tallied 10.1 points, 6.1 assists and 4.0 rebounds per game while shooting 55 percent from beyond the arc.

7-1 | Center | Uncommitted
MaxPreps Connecticut Player of the Year averaged 27.3 points, 17.2 rebounds, 5.8 blocks and 3.1 assists per contest to help the Rams go 15-0 en route to the program's first Central Connecticut Conference championship since 2003.

6-3 | Guard | Uncommitted
District 7-6A Co-MVP averaged 19.4 points, 8.4 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game to guide Richardson to the Class 6A state semifinals.

6-5 | Wing | Uncommitted
Breakout year for the No. 4-ranked Stags, averaging 19.3 points, 9.7 rebounds and 4.5 assists per contest while shooting 46 percent from 3-point range.

Third Team

Eric Dailey, IMG Academy
6-7 | Forward | Uncommitted
Versatile forward prospect was IMG's second-leading scorer, averaging 13.1 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists per contest while shooting 37 percent from beyond the arc.

6-4 | Guard | Uncommitted
Scoring guard averaged 23.2 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 2.1 steals per contest to guide the Cougars to a 17-11 record against a challenging national schedule.

6-4 | Guard | Uncommitted
Dallas Morning News Player of the Year averaged 23.1 points, 6.3 rebounds, 3.3 steals and 2.2 blocks per outing to lead the Knights to the Class 5A state title game.

6-5 | Wing | Uncommitted
Led Oak Hill Academy in scoring at 19.6 points per game to go along with 5.6 rebounds.

Dariq Whitehead, Montverde Academy
6-5 | Guard/Wing | Uncommitted
Key contributor on back-to-back national championship teams, averaged 10.4 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.9 assists per contest.

Honorable Mention

6-7 | Wing | Kansas
Produced 10.3 points and 3.9 rebounds per game for GEICO Nationals finalists.

6-3 | Guard | Uncommitted
MaxPreps Tennessee Player of the Year averaged 20 points, seven rebounds and six assists per contest while becoming the first Knoxville Catholic player to be named Mr. Basketball in Division II-AA.

Corey Floyd Jr., Roselle Catholic (Roselle, N.J.)
6-4 | Guard | Connecticut
NJ.com All-State first team selection averaged 16.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.7 assists to help the Lions finish 12-3.

6-2 | Guard | Uncommitted
District 24-5A MVP averaged 22.6 points, 5.0 assists, 4.3 rebounds to help the Hurricanes finish 17-3.

Jett Howard, IMG Academy
6-6 | Guard | Uncommitted
Son of Juwan Howard helped IMG reach GEICO Nationals semifinals, averaging 10.5 points and 2.5 assists per contest while shooting 46 percent from the field and 41 percent from 3-point range.

6-10 | Center | Colorado
MaxPreps North Dakota Player of the Year averaged 22.6 points, 14.3 rebounds and 4.9 assists per contest while shooting 57 percent from the field. Hurlburt has piled up 1,609 points and 1,134 rebounds in 97 career games.

6-3 | Guard | Uncommitted
Helped the Tigers finish No. 12 in final MaxPreps Top 25, averaging 14.1 points and 2.4 assists per contest while shooting 53 percent from the field and 44 percent from 3-point range.

6-4 | Guard | Purdue
Younger brother of Michigan State guard Foster Loyer averaged 24.4 points, 4.9 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game while shooting 53 percent from the field, 45 percent from the 3-point range and 90 percent from the free throw line.

6-1 | Guard | Uncommitted
Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association Division II first team selection averaged 28.2 points, 5.2 assists, 3.6 rebounds and 2.2 steals per contest.

6-7 | Wing | Uncommitted
Main Street Preps All-Midstate Player of the Year averaged 23.3 points, 8.4 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 2.6 blocks per game to guide the Ravens to the Division I Class AAA state title game.

6-8 | Wing | Uncommitted
Five-star prospect averaged 18.0 points and 6.7 rebounds per contest to lead the Stags to a state title.

6-2 | Guard | Uncommitted
NJ.com All-State first team selection averaged 18.8 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 2.3 steals per game to guide the Crusaders to a 7-2 record.

6-3 | Guard | Uncommitted
MaxPreps New York Player of the Year averaged 19 points, seven assists, four rebounds and two steals per contest while shooting 39 percent from 3-point range and 44 percent from the field overall.

6-4 | Guard | Uncommitted
MaxPreps Arkansas Player of the Year averaged 25 points, five rebounds and three assists per game while shooting 60 percent from the field. The talented combo guard pumped in a season-high 44 points in an 82-72 victory over Jacksonville on Feb. 2

Jarace Walker, IMG Academy
6-7 | Wing | Uncommitted
Top 10 prospect battled injuries most of the season but still managed to produce averaged 10.1 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists per contest while shooting 56 percent from the field.

Past MaxPreps Juniors of the Year
2020 — Paolo Banchero, O'Dea (Seattle)
2019 — Sharife Cooper, McEachern (Powder Springs, Ga.)
2018 — Vernon Carey Jr., University (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
2017 — Zion Williamson, Spartanburg Day (Spartanburg, S.C.)
2016 — Kevin Knox, Tampa Catholic (Tampa, Fla.)
2015 — Jayson Tatum, Chaminade (St. Louis)
2014 — Ben Simmons, Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.)
2013 — Stanley Johnson, Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.)
2012 — Jabari Parker, Simeon (Chicago)
2011 — Tony Parker, Miller Grove (Lithonia, Ga.)
2010 — Austin Rivers, Winter Park (Fla.)
Start dates for high school baseball/softball in all 50 states - HIGHSCORE
Start dates for high school baseball/softball in all 50 states
High school baseball and softball seasons have always had staggered start dates among the 50 states, but COVID-19 has made the differences even more pronounced.

States that have an early February start date, such as Alabama, Florida, Georgia and Texas, are business as usual and have already begun play. However, some states that normally get started in late March have postponed start dates until mid- to late-April. Maryland may have the most delayed start date as it won't start until April 29.

At least five states have yet to determine a start or finish date, including Hawaii and four other Northeastern states.

Following are the start and state tournament dates for baseball and softball in each state as released by the state associations.
IMG Academy and Marcus (Texas) battle over the weekend.
Photo by Tommy Hays
IMG Academy and Marcus (Texas) battle over the weekend.
Alabama
Baseball — Underway/May 17-22
Softball — Underway/May 18-22

Alaska
Baseball — March 30/June 3-5
Softball — March 30/June 3-5

Arizona
Baseball — March 12/TBA
Softball — March 12/TBA

Arkansas
Baseball — March 1/May 13
Softball — March 1/May 13

California
Baseball — March 19 /June 22, 24, 26
Softball — March 19/June 22, 24, 26

Colorado
Baseball — May 3/June 25-26
Softball — Fall season

Connecticut
Baseball — April 10/TBD
Softball — April 10/TBD

Delaware
Baseball — March 22/TBD
Softball — March 22/TBD

Florida
Baseball — Underway/May 19-22
Softball — Underway/May 18-22

Georgia
Baseball — Underway/May 21-24
Softball — Fall season

Hawaii
Baseball — TBD/TBD
Softball — TBD/TBD

Idaho
Baseball — March 10/May 21
Softball — March 10/May 21

Illinois
Baseball — April 5/June 19
Softball — April 5/June 19

Indiana
Baseball — March 29/June 18-19
Softball — March 22/June 11-12

Kansas
Baseball — March 28/June 25
Softball — March 28/June 25

Kentucky
Baseball — March 29/June 16-19
Softball — March 29/June 17-20

Louisiana
Baseball — Underway/May 13/14/15
Softball — Underway/May 1

Maine
Baseball — TBD/TBD
Softball — TBD/TBD

Maryland
Baseball — April 29/May 22
Softball — April 29/May 22

Massachusetts
Baseball — Third week of March/Third week of June
Softball — Third week of March/Third week of June

Michigan
Baseball — March 26/June 19
Softball — March 26/June 19

Minnesota
Baseball — April 8/June 19
Softball — April 8/June 19
Claire Davidson, Lakewood Ranch
Photo by Stacy White
Claire Davidson, Lakewood Ranch
Mississippi
Baseball — Underway/May 25-29
Softball — Underway/May 13-15

Missouri
Baseball — TBD/TBD
Softball — Fall season

Montana
Softball — March 20/May 21-23

Nebraska
Baseball — March 18/May 15, 17-20
Softball — Fall season

Nevada
Baseball — April 16/TBA
Softball — April 16/TBA

New Hampshire
Baseball — April 12/TBA
Softball — April 12/TBA

New Jersey
Baseball — April 19/June 1-20
Softball — April 19/June 1-20

New Mexico
Baseball — April 10/June 21-26
Softball — April 10/June 21-26

New York
Baseball — TBD/TBD
Softball — TBD/TBD

North Carolina
Baseball — April 26/June 25-26
Softball — March 15/May 14-15

North Dakota
Baseball — April 2/June 3-5
Softball — April 2/June 3-5

Ohio
Baseball — March 27/June 10-12
Softball — March 27/June 3-5

Oklahoma
Baseball — Underway/May 13-15
Softball — Fall season

Oregon
Baseball — April 12/TBD
Softball — April 12/TBD

Pennsylvania
Baseball — March 26/June 17-18
Softball — March 26/June 17-18

Rhode Island
Baseball — TBD
Softball — TBD

South Carolina
Baseball — March 15/June 1-5
Softball — March 15/June 1-5

South Dakota
Baseball — March 18/May 31-June 1
Softball — Fall season

Tennessee
Baseball — March 15/May 25
Softball — March 15/May 25

Texas
Baseball — Underway/June 9-12
Softball — Underway/June 2-5

Utah
Baseball — Underway/May 28-29
Softball — Underway/May 24-28

Vermont
Baseball — TBD
Softball — TBD

Virginia
Baseball — April 26/June 26-27
Softball — April 26/June 26-27

Washington
Baseball — March 1/May 29
Softball — March 1/May 29

West Virginia
Baseball — March 17/June 3-5
Softball — March 17/ May 26-27

Wisconsin
Baseball — April 27/June 29-30 July 1
Softball — April 27/June 28-30

Wyoming
Softball — TBD/May 20-22