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High school baseball rankings: Friendswood slides to No. 2 in HIGHSCORE Top 25 after St. Mary Prep's 41-game win streak snapped - HIGHSCORE
High school baseball rankings: Friendswood slides to No. 2 in MaxPreps Top 25 after St. Mary Prep's 41-game win streak snapped
St. Mary Prep's rise in the MaxPreps Top 25 high school baseball rankings took a slight detour last week after the Eaglets suffered their first loss of of the season, 2-1 to Saline.

The loss dropped St. Mary's Prep (Orchard Lake, Mich.) five spots to No. 7 and moved undefeated Friendswood (Texas) to No. 2. IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.), which has finished its season, is at No. 3 while Barbe (Lake Charles, La.) comes in at No. 4.

Buford (Ga.) maintained a firm hold on No. 1 with a first-round sweep of Alexander in the Georgia Class AAAAAA playoffs.

New teams to the rankings this week include Trinity (Louisville, Ky.), which defeated previous No. 22 Columbus North (Ind.), undefeated Puyallup (Wash.) and St. Christopher's (Richmond, Va.) and Orange Lutheran (Orange, Calif.)

Dropped out: Winter Park (Fla.); Rancho Bernardo (San Diego); Bryant (Ark.); Rocky Mountain (Meridan, Idaho).

Game of the Week: Baylor 5, Farragut 2. The Red Raiders claimed top team in Tennessee with a 5-2 win over Farragut. Cooper Kinney had a double and a home run to lead the win.

Player of the Week: Jack Walker, Barbe. The senior left-hander posted his second no-hitter of the season, only this time it came in the first round of the playoffs. The victory was also Walker's 12th of the year.

Recruit Watch: Roc Riggio, Thousand Oaks. One of the top outfielders in the Class of 2021, Riggio dominated last week with home runs against Oaks Christian and Westlake.

Game to Watch: Lakeland Christian vs. Calvary Christian. Lakeland Christian handed Calvary Christian its first loss of the season back in February with a 4-2 win. The win allowed Lakeland Christian to join the MaxPreps cifnsTop 25 rankings. The two meet again on Thursday in the Florida Class 3A state playoffs.

Streaks: St. Mary Prep (Orchard Lake, Mich.) raised its active win streak to 41 in a row before losing to Saline. The loss ended the streak, including an unbeaten streak of 50 games. The longest active win streak in the nation now reverts back to Webster (Wisc.), which held the longest active streak until last week when St. Mary's Prep took the lead. Webster, which hadn't played a game since June 13, 2019, opened its season on April 27 with an 18-0 win over Unity. Webster also defeated Clayton/Turtle Lake, 3-0, to raise its win streak to 39.
Gunnar Mansfield, Orange Lutheran
Photo by Alyson Boyer Rode
Gunnar Mansfield, Orange Lutheran
MaxPreps Top 25 high school baseball rankings

1. Buford (Ga.)
Record:
31-0 | Last week: 1
Results: Def. Alexander 10-0, 7-2.
Stats: Nathan Smith had a double and a home run in the first game while Dylan Lesko picked up his 10th win of the season. Jax Brockett struck out 11 in the second game for the win.
Next: Wed. vs. Pope.

2. Friendswood (Texas)
Record:
24-0 | Last week: 3
Results: Def. Texas City, 8-1.
Stats: Izaak Pacheco and Dylan Maxcey both went 2-for-4 with two RBI and a double against Texas City.
Next: Postseason TBD.

3. IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)
Record:
23-2 | Last week: 4
Results: Season over

4. Barbe (Lake Charles, La.)
Record:
35-2 | Last week: 5
Results: Def. Alexandria, 7-1, 10-0.
Stats: Gavin Guidry struck out 15 in the first game against Alexandria while Grant Comeaux had home run. Jack Walker tossed a no-hitter in the second game, striking out 10. Comeaux and Tyler Barrett each hit a home run.
Next: Fri. vs. Haughton.

5. Jesuit (Tampa, Fla.)
Record:
25-2 | Last week: 6
Results: Def. Clearwater, 9-0; def. Jefferson, 10-3
Stats: Tyler Corish had a double and a triple against Clearwater. Wes Mendes and Cole Russo each homered against Jefferson.
Next: Thur. vs. Brandon

6. Madison Central (Madison, Miss.)
Record:
26-1 | Last week: 7
Results: Def. Lafayette, 10-0.
Stats: Braden Montgomery had a double and two home runs and five RBI against Lafayette.
Next: Thur. vs. South Panola.

7. St. Mary Prep (Orchard Lake, Mich.)
Record:
23-1 | Last week: 2
Results: Def. University of Detroit, 15-0, 15-2; lost to Saline, 2-1; def. Divine Child, 20-8, 11-0.
Stats: Jake Dresselhouse and Ryan McKay each had a double and a home run in the 15-0 win. Dresselhouse also had a home run in the second game against University. Dresselhouse also had a double and home run in a 20-8 win over Divine Child. Thomas Allman had a no-hitter with 12 strikeouts in the 11-0 win.
Next: Wed. vs. Brother Rice (2)

8. Thousand Oaks (Calif.)
Record:
16-0 | Last week: 9
Results: Def. Oaks Christian, 18-1, 15-2; def. Westlake, 7-1.
Stats: Maxwell Muncy, Roc Riggio, Tyler Jackson and Dylan Jackson all homered in the 18-1 win. Muncy also had a grand slam and Dylan Jackson and Charlie Saum each homered in the 15-2 win. Riggio also homered against Westlake.
Next: Wed./Thur. vs. Westlake

9. Stoneman Douglas (Parkland, Fla.)
Record:
23-2 | Last week: 10
Results: Def. Coral Springs, 10-0; def. Monarch, 11-1.
Stats: Chris Arroyo tossed a two-hitter with 11 strikeouts against Coral Springs. Jake Clemente went 2-for-4 with a double and four RBI against Monarch.
Next: Fri. vs. Santaluces

10. Hamilton (Chandler, Ariz.)
Record:
17-2 | Last week: 11
Results: Def. Mountain Pointe, 8-4; def. Corona del Sol, 19-3; def. O'Connor, 12-8.
Stats: Ryan Kucherak had a home run five RBI against Corona del Sol. Josh Tiedemann drove in five runs and Cholowsky had two home runs against O'Connor
Next: Wed. vs. Mountain Ridge

11. Gregory-Portland (Portland, Texas)
Record:
29-2-1 | Last week: 14
Results: Def. Hebronville, 11-1; def. Ray, 6-3.
Stats: Walker Janek hit a grand slam and Robbie Spencer added a home run against Ray. Janek also doubled against Hebronville.
Next: Sat. vs. United (Laredo)

12. Lakeland Christian (Lakeland, Fla.)
Record:
25-1 | Last week: 15
Results: Def. Windermere Prep, 5-1; def. Tampa Prep, 10-0.
Stats: Hunter Laurell homered against Windermere Prep. Ty Evans had three doubles and Ryan Jenkins had a double and a triple against Tampa Prep.
Next: Thur. vs. Calvary Christian (Clearwater).

13. Baylor (Chattanooga, Tenn.)
Record:
21-3 | Last week: 19
Results: Def. McCallie, 8-2, 3-2; def. Farragut, 5-2.
Stats: Cooper Kinney had a double and a home run in the 8-2 win. He also had a double and a home run against Farragut.
Next: Tue. vs. Silverdale Academy

14. Lake Travis (Austin, Texas)
Record:
27-4-2 | Last week: 12
Results: Def. Westlake, 3-1, lost to Westlake, 2-1
Stats: Kaeden Kent was 2-for-4 with two RBI in the win.
Next: Fri./Sat. vs. Vista Ridge.

15. Reagan (San Antonio, Texas)
Record:
28-3 | Last week: 13
Results: Def. Calallen, 4-1.
Stats: Aidan Coleman was 2-for-3 with an RBI against Calallen.
Next: Postseason TBD

16. Pleasant Grove (Utah)
Record:
19-0 | Last week: 21
Results: Def. Corner Canyon, 19-3, 16-0, 3-2.
Stats: Jordan Pace and Ryker Schow both hit home runs in the 19-3 win. Tate Lewis had two doubles in the second win.
Next: Tues/Thur vs. American Fork

17. Parkview Baptist (Baton Rouge, La.)
Record:
30 -0 | Last week: 23
Results: Def. Haynes Academy, 13-1, 9-0.
Stats: Hunter Ponson had two home runs and five RBI while Caleb Stelly had a home run in the 13-1 win. Ryan Harland had a perfect game with 19 strikeouts in the 9-0 win.
Next: tt

18. Buchanan (Clovis, Calif.)
Record:
14-1 | Last week: 24
Results: Def. Clovis East, 15-1, 6-3, 15-1.
Stats: Austin Young went 3-for-4 with three RBI in the first 15-1 win.
Next: Tues. vs. Clovis

19. Roff (Okla.)
Record:
30-0 | Last week: 25
Results: Def. Cement, 20-0; def. Tipton, 10-0, 10-0.
Stats: Cade Baldridge and Trayson Miller each homered against Cement. Baldridge also had a grand slam against Tipton.
Next: Postseason TBD.

20. Farragut (Knoxville, Tenn.)
Record:
29-4 | Last week: 8
Results: Def. Maryville, 5-3; lost to Pigeon Forge 5-0, lost to Baylor, 5-2.
Stats: Hudson Seiglar had a double and 2 RBI against Maryville.
Next: Postseason TBD

21. Trinity (Louisville, Ky.)
Record:
19-1 | Last week: NR
Results: Def. Columbus North, 4-0; def. Jeffersonville, 7-4; def. Atherton, 17-0.
Stats: Matthew Klein had two doubles against Columbus North. Korbyn Dickerson had two triples against Jeffersonville and two home runs against Atherton. Daylen Lile also homered against Atherton.
Next: Thur. vs. Shelby County.

22. Columbus North (Columbus, Ind.)
Record:
17-1-1 | Last week: 22
Results: Def. Southport 10-3, def. Cathedral, 1-0; lost to Trinity (Louisville), 4-0.
Stats: Reese Harmon and Kyler McIntosh both had triples against Southport. Will Baker tossed a two-hitter with nine strikeouts against Cathedral.
Next: Tue. vs. Noblesville; Thur. vs. Greenwood.

23. Puyallup (Wash.)
Record:
16-0 | Last week: NR
Results: Def. South Kitsap, 13-1, 10-1, def. Olympia, 4-3.
Stats: Jacob Yang hit one out in the 13-1 win. Garrett Ringer had two doubles in the 10-1 win.
Next: Postseason TBD

24. St. Christopher's (Richmond, Va.)
Record:
15-0-1 | Last week: NR
Results: Def. Collegiate, 6-3, 13-1, Miller of Albemarle, 4-2.
Next: Tue. vs. Woodberry Forest.

25. Orange Lutheran (Orange, Calif.)
Record:
16-2 | Last week: NR
Results: Def. Servite, 5-1, 1-0, 9-4
Stats: Max Andeel went 3-for-5 in the 9-4 win.
Next: Tue./Wed. vs. Mater Dei.
HIGHSCORE/AVCA Players of the Week - HIGHSCORE
MaxPreps/AVCA Players of the Week
MaxPreps/AVCA Players of the Week
For the week of May 3-9

Boys Volleyball

Midwest Region
(Includes: Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan, West Virginia, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota)

Andrew Fedmasu, Plainfield North (Plainfield, Illinois)
Junior | RS/OH/MB

13 Games Played
Kills: 55
Kills/Game: 4.23
Digs: 32
Digs/Game: 2.46
Receptions: 46
Rcpt/Game: 3.54
Aces: 8
Blocks: 7

Brendan Louthain, Roncalli (Indianapolis, Indiana)
6'2 | Junior | OH

12 Games Played
Kills: 46
Kills/Game: 3.83
Digs: 30
Digs/Game: 2.50
Receptions: 52
Rcpt/Game: 4.33
Aces: 3
Blocks: 3

Northeast Region
(Includes: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, Washington D.C.)

Ryan Barringer, Masuk (Monroe, Connecticut)
6'3 | Junior | MH/OH

12 Games Played
Kills: 38
Kills/Game: 3.17
Digs: 4
Receptions: 1
Aces: 2
Blocks: 14

Blake Wagner, Manheim Central (Manheim, Pennsylvania)
6'1 | Senior | OH/MH

8 Games Played
Kills: 46
Kills/Game: 5.75
Digs: 18
Digs/Game: 2.25
Receptions: 28
Rcpt/Game: 3.50
Aces: 4
Blocks: 2

South Region
(Includes: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas)

Andre Aguilar, Freedom (Orlando, Florida)
6'4 | Junior | S/OH

9 Games Played
Kills: 35
Kills/Game: 3.89
Digs: 20
Digs/Game: 2.22
Receptions: 12
Rcpt/Game: 1.33
Blocks: 5

Brayden Green, Park Vista (Lake Worth, Florida)
6'4 | Junior | S/OPP

6 Games Played
Kills: 34
Kills/Game: 5.67
Digs: 23
Digs/Game: 3.83
Receptions: 14
Rcpt/Game: 2.33
Aces: 2
Blocks: 6

West Region
(Includes: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming)

Cole Hauser, Madison (San Diego, California)
6'2 | Junior | OH/MB/OPP

8 Games Played
Kills: 63
Kills/Game: 7.88
Digs: 26
Digs/Game: 3.25
Receptions: 39
Rcpt/Game: 4.88
Aces: 4
Blocks: 3

Jordan Shinaut, Sunrise Mountain (Peoria, Arizona)
6'6 | Senior | OH
12 Games Played
Kills: 46
Kills/Game: 3.83
Digs: 4
Receptions: 18
Rcpt/Game: 1.50
Blocks: 4

Girls Volleyball

California
Mikela Labno, Hilmar
6'2" | Senior | OH

7 Sets Played
Kills: 35
Kills/Game: 5
Digs: 19
Digs/Game: 2.71
Aces: 4
Blocks: 3

Massachusetts
Sally Butler, Old Rochester Regional (Mattapoisett)
6'1" | Junior | MB/OPP

6 Sets Played
Kills: 18
Kills/Game: 3
Digs: 3
Digs/Game: 0.5
Aces: 2
Blocks: 8

New York
Emily Sclabach, Clarence
5'5" | Sophomore | S

15 Sets Played
Assists: 133
Assists/Game: 8.87
Team Hitting%: 0.305
Digs: 10
Digs/Game: 0.67
Aces: 6
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
High school sports: Southern California regionals announced; No NorCal regionals, state track and field meet - HIGHSCORE
High school sports: Southern California regionals announced; No NorCal regionals, state track and field meet
The California Interscholastic Federation announced Wednesday its plan to hold one-week Southern California regional playoffs in seven sports, including basketball, baseball and softball, starting June 5 and ending June 26. The other sports include soccer, tennis, boys volleyball and golf.

Because only two of six Northern California sections — Central Coast and Oakland — are even holding playoffs, there will be no Northern California regionals. That also means for a second straight year there will be no state track and field or state swimming and diving championships.

The 2021 state track and field meet, scheduled for Buchanan High school in Clovis, would have been the 102nd in history. 

The CIF, which only takes over playoffs at the regional and state level, had no choice. The organization's hands were tied. Section champions feed into the regional playoffs and with no champs to advance, regionals were impossible. 

"Ultimately with only CCS and Oakland offering playoffs, regional playoffs in the North weren't feasible," CIF Executive Director Ron Nocetti said. "We wanted to wait as long as possible to make sure there were no update or changes (with the sections)."

Though disappointed that his athletes can't move on, CCS commissioner Dave Grissom said he's heard no complaints.

"This pandemic has been absolutely life changing and life altering for so many families," he said. "In the big scheme of things, for there not to be Northern California championships is OK. It's completely OK. It's just one of those things. It was impossible to pull off. I haven't heard one coach, athletic director or school be upset about it."
San Diego Section powers Mater Dei Catholic and Cathedral Catholic figure to reach the Southern California championships, which conclude June 26. Mater Dei Catholic is ranked 19th nationally by MaxPreps.
File photo by Rudy Schmoke
San Diego Section powers Mater Dei Catholic and Cathedral Catholic figure to reach the Southern California championships, which conclude June 26. Mater Dei Catholic is ranked 19th nationally by MaxPreps.
All four Southern California sections — the Southern, San Diego, Los Angeles and Central — will finish up their playoffs in late May or early June and then enter a one-week regional playoff.

The section playoffs must be completed by the following dates in these respective sports: boys and girls soccer (May 29), boys and girls team tennis (May 29), boys volleyball (June 5), boys and girls golf (June 12), boys and girls basketball (June 12), baseball (June 19) and softball (June 19).

The last date for regional championships for each sport: boys and girls soccer (June 5), boys and girls team tennis (June 5), boys volleyball (June 12), boys and girls golf (June 15), boys and girls basketball (June 19), baseball (June 26) and softball (June 26).

With just one week to complete tournaments, each bracket will be no more than eight teams. That will create many more brackets than normally, especially in basketball.

Teams and student athletes will likely be faced with many conflicts, concerning both graduation and club teams. Nocetti is hoping for flexibility in all cases.

"We understand that section championships are top priority," Nocetti said. "But we hope those teams communicate as soon as possible their plans on participation at regionals."

The Southern California baseball and softball regionals should be very interest. Currently, three SoCal teams are in the MaxPreps Top 25 national baseball rankings and four SoCal softball squads are among the nation's 25 best.
CIF's announcement and schedule released Wednesday about Southern and Northern California playoffs.
CIF's announcement and schedule released Wednesday about Southern and Northern California playoffs.


High school girls basketball: Terry English of Kansas state champion Bishop Miege is 2020-21 HIGHSCORE National Coach of the Year - HIGHSCORE
High school girls basketball: Terry English of Kansas state champion Bishop Miege is 2020-21 MaxPreps National Coach of the Year
Terry English had a .500 record at Bishop Miege (Shawnee Mission, Kan.) ... when it comes to state championships. Along with winning 910 games in a 44-year career that ended this season, English won 22 state titles, including another one in March. He has been named the 2020-21 MaxPreps Coach of the Year in girls basketball.

Despite that amazing record, English isn't as focused on wins, losses and banners on the gym wall as one might expect.

"I know I've done a good job if the kids are smiling at the end of the season," he said.

That said, they might not have been smiling all year, as English admits he's "an emotional guy. When I chew somebody out, I chew 'em out pretty good."
Graphic by Ryan Escobar
But players, even elite players, listen.

Payton Verhulst, a MaxPreps All-American who graduates from Bishop Miege this year, puts it simply.

"He knows just about everything about basketball," she said. "He's so wise, when he speaks, everyone listens."

"I tell the girls, 'Don't listen to how I'm saying it, listen to what I'm saying,' " English said. "I've mellowed in some ways, but as far as the way I am on the sidelines, I haven't changed."

And then he considers the passage of time.

"Well, I'm probably not as explosive as I was in my younger days."

But to simply classify English as one of those coaches who yells a lot would be a mistake, because there's a short shelf life for those who rely heavily on vocal volume. English can relate to his players and also to shifts in how the game is played.

"I've been able to change," he said. "Reluctantly at times. But I'm very open-minded — if a friend on the street gives me an inbounds play and it works, I'll run it."

One thing that hasn't changed at Bishop Miege is reliance on a full-court press.

"Pressing is something we're known for," he said, noting that when he started in 1977 not many girls teams employed a press in Kansas.

English, though, didn't care how girls were playing.

"My whole idea from the start was to tell my players, 'I want you to ignore the phrase girls basketball. We're going to play basketball.'"

And play they did, better than any team in Kansas and as good as any team in the nation. And though English will still help his son Jeff – Bishop Miege's new coach – an era in Kansas basketball has come to an end. English has no regrets.

"It's been a great experience," he said. "I wouldn't change it for anything."

Past MaxPreps National Coaches of the Year
2020 — No award given
2019 — Terri Bamford, La Jolla Country Day (La Jolla, Calif.)
2018 — Frank Orlando, Detroit Country Day (Beverly Hills, Mich.)
2017 — Joe Lombard, Canyon (Texas)   
2016 — Karen Weitz, Centennial (Las Vegas)
2015 — Tom Gonsalves, St. Mary's (Stockton, Calif.)
2014 — Dan Rolfes, Incarnate Word Academy (St. Louis)