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MaxPreps/AVCA Players of the Week
MaxPreps/AVCA High School Players of the Week
For the week of Nov. 16-22

Salpointe Catholic (Tucson, AZ)
6'2" | Senior | OPP/OH
11 Sets Played

Kills: 57
Kills/Game: 5.18
Digs: 28
Digs/Game: 2.54
Receptions: 20
Rcpt/Game: 1.82
Aces: 5
Blocks: 11

6'1" | Senior | OH
5 Sets Played

Kills: 46
Kills/Game: 9.2
Digs: 31
Digs/Game: 6.2
Receptions: 8
Rcpt/Game: 1.6
Aces: 1
Blocks: 2

5'5" | Senior | S
9 Sets Played
Assists: 69
Assists/Game: 7.67
Team Hitting%: 0.150
Digs: 23
Digs/Game: 2.56
Aces: 10
Blocks: 1

5'10" | Senior | OH/L
14 Sets Played

Kills: 56
Kills/Game: 4
Digs: 36
Digs/Game: 2.57
Receptions: 40
Rcpt/Game: 2.86
Aces: 9
Blocks: 7

North Carolina
5'10 | Senior | OH
7 Sets Played

Kills: 37
Kills/Game: 5.29
Digs: 20
Digs/Game: 2.86
Receptions: 16
Rcpt/Game: 2.29
Aces: 6
Blocks: 5

6'1 | Junior | OH/MB
5 Sets Played

Kills: 24
Kills/Game: 4.8
Digs: 11
Digs/Game: 2.2
Blocks: 5

5'5 | Senior | S
10 Sets Played
Assists: 116
Assists/Game: 11.6
Team Hitting%: 0.196
Digs: 34
Digs/Game: 3.4
Blocks: 2

South Dakota
5'10 | Senior | OH/MH
10 Sets Played

Kills: 32
Kills/Game: 3.2
Digs: 28
Digs/Game: 2.8
Aces: 1
Blocks: 7

5'7 | Junior | S
6 Sets Played

Assists: 80
Assists/Game: 13.3
Team Hitting%: 0.322
Digs: 21
Digs/Game: 3.5
Blocks: 2

5'5 Freshman, S
6 Sets Played

Assists: 39
Assists/Game: 6.5
Team Hitting%: 0.333
Digs: 4
Digs/Game: 0.67
Aces: 3
High School Baseball: Wild week ahead in Florida could provide major shakeup for HIGHSCORE Top 25 - HIGHSCORE
High School Baseball: Wild week ahead in Florida could provide major shakeup for MaxPreps Top 25
The MaxPreps Top 25 high school baseball rankings could drastically different next week thanks to a number of big games pitting some of the top teams in the nation, all of them from Florida.

No. 2 Jesuit (Tampa) has a tough slate as it takes on Calvary Christian (Clearwater, Fla.) and No. 6 IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.). The Ascenders, meanwhile, take on small-school powerhouse Canterbury prior to the Jesuit matchup. No. 4 Stoneman Douglas, meanwhile, tangles with No. 12 Calvary Christian Academy in one week.

Those matchups will have heavy influence on the rankings in the coming week, as will the final two matchups between No. 1 Buford (Ga.) and No. 25 Winder-Barrow. Although the Bulldogs lost the first game to the top-ranked Wolves, they will likely throw All-American Brady House in one of the final two games of the three-game series providing Buford's toughest test so far this season.

Dropped out: Sam Houston (Lake Charles, La.), Pioneer (Mission, Texas), Braddock (Miami, Fla.).

Game of the Week: Hamilton (Chandler, Ariz.) 6, Pinnacle, 5. The Huskies rallied from a 5-3 deficit with two runs in the top of the seventh and then scored the winning run in the top of the eighth on a sacrifice fly.

Player of the Week: Jay Dill, Baylor. Dill homered four times in five wins for Baylor and drove in 12 runs.

Recruit Watch: Braden Montgomery, Madison Central. The All-America candidate had a double, triple and home run in one game last week and also picked up a pitching win.

Game to Watch: Buford vs. Winder-Barrow. Although Buford defeated Winder-Barrow in their first matchup on Monday, the Bulldogs got to Wolves' starter Dylan Lesko for four runs on five hits. Winder-Barrow is likely to give No. 1 Buford its toughest test for the remainder of the regular season.
Eli Runyan, Carrollton
File photo by Alyson Boyer Rode
Eli Runyan, Carrollton
MaxPreps Top 25 high school baseball rankings

1. Buford (Ga.)
26-0 | Last week: 1
Results: Def. Brookwood, 8-1; def. Winder-Barrow, 8-4.
Stats: Dylan Lesko had three hits and Riley Stanford had a home run against Brookwood. Lesko also struck out seven to get the win over Winder-Barrow.
Next: Wed./Fri. vs. Winder-Barrow

2. Jesuit (Tampa, Fla.)
19-1 | Last week: 2
Results: Def. Tampa Catholic, 6-1; def. Lakeland, 8-0; def. Jefferson, 8-2.
Stats: Dominic Castellano struck out nine against Tampa Catholic. Jake Kulikowski and Bradke Lohry each homered against Jefferson.
Next: Fri. vs. Calvary Christian

3. Madison Central (Madison, Miss.)
22-0 | Last week: 3
Results: Def. Warren Central, 16-3, 13-2. def. Clinton, 11-3.
Stats: Braden Montgomery had a double, triple and home run and Hunter Hines added a home run in the first game. Montgomery also had a triple in the second game. Montgomery had three hits and got the win against Clinton.
Next: Fri./Sat. vs. Clinton

4. Stoneman Douglas (Parkland, Fla.)
20-1 | Last week: 4
Results: Def. Westminster Academy, 9-1, def. American Heritage, 11-1.
Stats: Roman Anthony had two home runs against Westminster and one against American Heritage.
Next: April 21 vs. Calvary Christian Academy.

5. Hamilton (Chandler, Ariz.)
9-1 | Last week: 5
Results: Def. Brophy College Prep, 14-7; def. Pinnacle, 6-5.
Stats: Roch Cholowsky and Gavin Turley each hit a double and a home run against Brophy College Prep. Josh Tiedemann had two doubles against Pinnacle and Brock Selvidge struck out 12.
Next: Wed. vs. Liberty (Peoria); Fri. vs. Desert Ridge (Mesa).

6. IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)
21-2 | Last week: 7
Results: Def. Central Pointe Christian Academy, 7-0; def. Inspiration Academy, 7-3.
Stats: Stone Russell hit a home run against Central Pointe. Jackson Ferris struck out seven in the win. Mason Albright struck out 12 against Inspiration.
Next: April 19 vs. Canterbury; April 20 vs. Jesuit.

7. Barbe (Lake Charles, La.)
28-2 | Last week: 8
Results: Def. Acadiana, 10-3; def. Comeaux, 6-0; def. Anacoco, 1-0; def. Comeaux, 6-0.
Stats: Gavin Guidry struck out eight against Acadiana.
Next: Thur./Sat. vs. Lafayette.

8. Lake Travis (Austin, Texas)
24-2-2 | Last week: 11
Results: Def. Del Valle, 4-0, 10-3; def. Bowie, 7-3.
Stats: Ethan Calder struck out 13 in the first game and he had a double in the second game. He also got the win with eight strikeouts against Bowie.
Next: Fri. vs. Bowie.

9. St. Mary Prep (Orchard Lake, Mich.)
8-0 | Last week: 13
Results: Def. Brother Rice, 15-1; def. University Liggett, 12-6
Stats: Ciaran Caughey had 10 strikeouts and Ike Irish hit a home run against Brother Rice. Irish also hit a home run against University and Nolan Schubart had a double and a home run.
Next: Wed. vs. Divine Child (DH).

10. Friendswood (Friendswood, Texas)
20-0 | Last week: 14
Results: Def. Lee (Baytown), 12-0.
Next: Fri. vs. Manvel.

11. Farragut (Knoxville, Tenn.)
19-1 | Last week: 15
Results: Def. West, 7-0, 7-1; def. Knoxville Catholic, 8-6. def. Lenoir City, 3-2.
Stats: Hudson Seiglar homered and Parker Evans had two doubles in the first game and Bryce Burkey went 3-for-4 with a double in the second game against West.
Next: Wed. vs. Heritage.

12. Calvary Christian Academy (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
16-3-1 | Last week: 6
Results: Tied Trinity Christian Academy, 4-4; lost to Doral Academy, 5-4; def. Braddock, 6-0.
Stats: Rene Lastres and Alex Ulloa each hit a home run in the 10-inning tie against Trinity Christian.
Next: Fri. vs. Bolles; Sat. vs. St.Johns Country Day.

13. Reagan (San Antonio, Texas)
24-3 | Last week: 16
Results: Def. MacArthur 11-0 and Madison, 11-1; def. Clark, 8-0.
Stats: Stayton Ankrom had a grand slam against Madison and Hogan Heller also homered. Jacob Burcham had a double and a home run against Clark.
Next: Fri. vs. Brandeis.

14. Thousand Oaks (Calif.)
8-0 | Last week: 17
Results: Did not play
Next: Thur. vs. Newbury Park.

15. Hewitt-Trussville (Trussville, Ala.)
25-2 | Last week: 18
Results: Def. Gadsden City, 5-1. def. Vestavia Hills, 9-1.
Next: Thur. vs. Vestavia Hills

16. Auburn (Ala.)
25-2 | Last week: 19
Results: Def. Carrollton, 11-1.
Stats: Ryan Austin and Riley Austin each hit a home run and Will Turner had two doubles against Carrollton.
Next: Wed./Thur. vs. Smiths Station.

17. Carrollton (Ga.)
25-2 | Last week: 9
Results: lost to Auburn, 11-1; def. Alexander, 12-1; def. Norcross, 10-3. def. Alexander, 8-3; def. East Paulding, 8-1.
Stats: Eli Runyan hit a home run against got the win against Alexander. He added a double and triple against Norcross. Colton Cosper and Samuel Simpson each hit home runs against Alexander.
Next: Fri. vs. East Paulding.

18. Bryant (Ark.)
16-1 | Last week: 21
Results: def. Conway, 6-4.
Stats: Ryan Riggs had a home run and three RBI in the win.
Next: Fri. vs. Northside.

19. Baylor (Chattanooga, Tenn.)
12-2 | Last week: 22
Results: Def. McMinn County, 9-0; def. Christian Academy of Knoxville, 3-0; def. Silverdale Academy, 8-2; def Chattanooga Christian, 13-0, 17-1.
Stats: Henry Godbout hit two home runs and Jay Dill had one against McMinn County. Daniel Corona had two doubles against CAK. Corona, Dill and Hunter Herndon all hit one out against Silverdale. Corona and Dill both hit a home run against Chattanooga Christian in the first game and Dill, Godbout and Carson Yates each hit one out in the second game.
Next: Thur. vs. Chattanooga Christian.

20. Rancho Bernardo (San Diego, Calif.)
11-0 | Last week: NR
Results: Def. LaJolla, 3-0; def. Torrey Pines, 12-0.
Stats: Trent Abel had three hits and a home run against Torrey Pines.
Next: Wed. vs. Carlsbad; Fri. vs. Sage Creek.

21. Orange Lutheran (Orange, Calif.)
9-1 | Last week: NR
Results: Def. Birmingham, 6-2; def. Damien, 10-1; def. Harvard-Westlake, 9-5.
Stats: Casey Borba had two doubles against Harvard-Westlake. 
Next: Wed. vs. Redondo Union

22. Fort Zumwalt West (O'Fallon, Mo.)
16-1 | Last week: NR
Results: Def. Fort Zumwalt South, 10-3; def. Vianney, 6-5; def. Troy Buchanan, 8-1.
Next: Wed. vs. Troy Buchanan.

23. Seymour (Tenn.)
22-1 | Last week: 20
Results: Def. William Blount, 9-4; lost to Maryville, 7-3; def. Heritage, 5-3; def. Roane County, 16-2; def. Tennessee, 4-3.
Stats: Adam Quincy went 3-for-4 with a double against William Blount. AJ Berry had two doubles against Roane County.
Next: Sat. at Grace Christian Academy

24. Gregory-Portland (Portland, Texas)
23-2-1 | Last week: 12
Results: Def. Moody, 4-2; lost to Carroll, 10-0. lost to Veterans Memorial, 2-0.
Stats: Malachi Lott had a double and got the pitching win against Moody.
Next: Fri. vs. Flour Bluff; Sat. vs. Victoria West.

25. Winder-Barrow (Winder, Ga.)
19-2 | Last week: 23
Results: Def. Mountain View, 8-3; lost to Buford, 8-4.
Stats: Brady House had a home run against Mountain View and two doubles against Buford.
Next: Wed./Fri. vs. Buford.
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 softball: Neshoba Central on the rise in this week's HIGHSCORE Top 25 rankings - HIGHSCORE
High school softball: Neshoba Central on the rise in this week's MaxPreps Top 25 rankings
The Class 7A bracket in Florida is arguably the toughest road to a high school softball state title. Four teams in the MaxPreps Top 25 high school softball rankings are in the 7A tournament and play in this week's Regional Semifinals this week.

On Tuesday, third-ranked Lakewood Ranch (Bradenton, Fla.) meets No. 11 Newsome (Lithia, Fla.) for the second time in 13 days. This one is win-or-go-home. In Round One, it was a pair of sophomores for the Mustangs that helped lift Lakewood Ranch to a 2-0 victory. Amanda Lee knocked in two runs and Olivia Laney pitched a complete-game six hitter. The winner plays Friday in the Regional Finals.

Neshoba Central (Philadelphia, Miss.) continues to climb up the rankings. The Rockets are 29-0 and play for a Mississippi 5A state title starting Wednesday. They have won 46 straight games.
Ella Coiner, Lakewood Ranch
Photo by Stacy White
Ella Coiner, Lakewood Ranch
MaxPreps Top 25 high school softball rankings

1. Leander (Texas)
32-0 | Last week: 1
Isabella Ruff and Marley Neises each had three hits in a 15-1 win over Southwest. The Lions take on Medina Valley in the Regional Quarterfinals starting Friday.

2. Barbers Hill (Mt. Belvieu, Texas)
33-2 | Last week: 2
The Eagles advanced and play Friendswood. These two met in early February — a 3-1 Barbers Hill win.

3. Lakewood Ranch (Bradenton, Fla.)
26-2 | Last week: 3
Taylor Shephard and Ella Coiner each had a home run in the Mustangs 15-8 playoff win over Steinbrenner.

4. Park Vista (Lake Worth, Fla.)
26-0 | Last week: 4
Sophomore Chloe Fariello pitched a complete game in a 3-0 win over Jupiter.

5. Marist (Chicago)
20-0 | Last week: 5
In 20 games, the RedHawks have scored 199 runs and allowed 14.

6. Norco (Calif.)
15-1 | Last week: 6
The Cougars have won 14 straight.

7. Hewitt-Trussville (Trussville, Ala.)
43-2-1 | Last week: 7
Anyce Harvey and Hannah Dorsett combined for nine hits as the Huskies defeated Vestavia 21-6 in the 7A Area 6 championship game.

8. Lake Creek (Montgomery, Texas)
36-0 | Last week: 9
The Lions combined for 33 hits and 28 runs in two Area play games last week.

9. University (Orange City, Fla.)
23-0 | Last week: 10
Sophomore Annalyn Duncan had three hits as the Titans advanced to the 7A Regional Semifinals.

10. Neshoba Central (Philadelphia, Miss.)
29-0 | Last week: 11
The seven-time defending Class 5A champs will play East Central.

11. Newsome (Lithia, Fla.)
25-1 | Last week: 12
Freshman Karley Shelton homered and doubled as the Wolves came from behind to beat Palm Harbor University 7-6.

12. Spring-Ford (Royersford, Pa.)
14-0 | Last week: 13
Have outscored opponents 122-7.

13. Doral Academy (Doral, Fla.)
25-2 | Last week: 14
Since playoffs have begun, the Firebirds have outscored their first three opponents 47-0.

14. Judson (Converse, Texas)
29-1 | Last week: 16
The Rockets have now won 25 straight dating back to late February.

15. Mater Dei Catholic (Chula Vista, Calif.)
15-0 | Last week: 17
Gisselle Garcia knocked in the lone run in the 10th inning to beat Otay Ranch 1-0. She also pitched a complete game.

16. Williamsburg (Ohio)
22-0 | Last week: 18
Morehead State commit Madi Ogden has now struck out 273 batters in 113 innings pitched.

17. Barbe (Lake Charles, La.)
31-2 | Last week: 19
Louisiana 5A state champion. Season over.

18. Salpointe Catholic (Tucson, Ariz.)
21-0 | Last week: 20
Lancers advanced to the second round of the 4A playoffs after an 11-0 win over Apache Junction.

19. Bob Jones (Madison, Ala.)
29-3 | Last week: 21
The Patriots will play Hunstville on Friday in North Regional playoff action.

20. Saint Francis (Mountain View, Calif.)
15-0 | Last week: 22
Jessica Oakland hit two home runs on Friday. The Minnesota commit now has 11 on the season.

21. Villa Park (Calif.)
15-1 | Last week: 23
The Spartans went 2-0 last week.

22. South Gibson (Medina, Tenn.)
29-1 | Last week: 24
Erica Carpenter threw a complete game in a 4-1 win to start postseason play.

23. Westlake (Westlake Village, Calif.)
12-1 | Last week: 25
The lone loss on the season was to Newbury Park in late April. On Monday, the Warriors got revenge winning 14-1.

24. Lake Central (St. John, Ind.)
19-1 | Last week: 15
The Indians lost to Crown Point on Wednesday. The two have now split the series.

25. Rocklin (Calif.)
14-1 | Last week: NR
UCLA commit Jayla Castro has five home runs and is batting .542. The Thunder have five games remaining.

On the bubble: Baylor (Chattanooga, Tenn.), Crown Point (Ind.), Mahopac (N.Y.), Benson (Ariz.), Clear Springs (League City, Texas)
HIGHSCORE Sophomore All-Americans Matt and Ryan Bewley skip final two year of high school basketball to begin professional career - HIGHSCORE
MaxPreps Sophomore All-Americans Matt and Ryan Bewley skip final two year of high school basketball to begin professional career
Overtime Elite (OTE) signed its first high school players Friday, inking five-star West Oaks Academy (Orlando, Fla.) forwards Matthew Bewley and Ryan Bewley, per a report by Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. The elite Class of 2023 forwards will forgo their high school and college eligibility to join the startup league in September for contracts expected to pay out seven figures for each player over their two year contract.

Matt is regarded as the No. 2 prospect in the Class of 2023 according to 247Sports, while Ryan is ranked No. 16 in the class.
Both players were selected as MaxPreps Sophomore All-Americans last season. Matt Bewley earned first team honors after averaging 17 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks per contest while Ryan Bewley earned honorable mention after averaging 10 points, 10.3 rebounds and two blocks per game.

Overtime Elite, in the process of building a 100,000 square-foot arena and training facility in Atlanta, hired 13-year NBA veteran and national championship-winning coach Kevin Ollie to run the team.

The upstart professional league is offering players a guaranteed minimum of at least $100,000 per year, plus bonuses and shares of equity in Overtime. It also maintains players will participate in revenue from use of their name, image and likeness, including through sales of custom jerseys, trading cards, video games and NFTs.

Overtime has secured $80 million in financial backing from Jeff Bezos, Drake, Alexis Ohanian, Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant and others.
Matthew Bewley in action during his freshman year at Northeast.
Photo by Nicholas Koza
Matthew Bewley in action during his freshman year at Northeast.