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MLB Draft: Top 5 high school middle infield prospects - HIGHSCORE
MLB Draft: Top 5 high school middle infield prospects
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While high school outfielders will be the most coveted preps in next week's Major League Baseball Draft, the same can not be said for middle infielders.

High school shortstops have often been the prize at the top of the MLB draft with seven prep shortstops going No. 1 overall since Chipper Jones was the top pick in 1990. Only 14 preps have gone No. 1 overall since 1990, meaning half of them were shortstops.

This year, however, very few shortstops make the cut with one likely to be chosen in the first round. Additionally, some of the top prospects have given strong commitments to college, meaning they will likely be bypassed in a draft that is only five rounds long in favor of a player who is ready to sign and play.

Since there will be far fewer draft selections this year, MaxPreps is providing a truncated look at the top high school selections for the MLB Draft, scheduled for June 10-11. Instead of the usual Top 10, MaxPreps looks at the Top 5 players at six different positions. We've previously presented corner infielders and outfielders.
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Ed Howard, Chicago Mt. Carmel (Chicago)
Easily the top high school shortstop prospect, Howard likely will stick at the position due to his strong and fluid fielding skills. Howard has also sported a solid bat after batting over .400 in one of the toughest leagues in the nation with 29 RBI and three home runs. Look for Howard to go somewhere in the middle of the first round. Projection: Top 15 pick.

Yohandy Morales, Braddock (Miami)
At 6-foot-4, Morales shows a lot of potential to be the type of big shortstop in the mold of an Alex Rodriguez or a Cal Ripkin Jr. His hitting skills have vastly improved, batting .321 with two home runs as a junior, but had boosted his totals to batting .500 with four home runs in nine games as a senior. Projection: Second round.

Drew Bowser, Harvard-Westlake (Studio City, Calif.)
Bowser showed his power this spring when he hit grand slams in back-to-back games. Scouts project Bowser to be a power-hitting infielder in the major leagues, which could mean a move to third base at some point. Bowser has committed to Stanford and reportedly will play in college. With a five-round draft, teams may not waste a pick on a player committed to play in college. Nevertheless, Bowser is at least a second-round talent. Projection: Second or third round.

Cade Horton, Norman (Okla.)
Horton likely will have a decision if he gets drafted. He's already committed to play both football and baseball at the University of Oklahoma, but selection in the MLB draft could be a game-changer. Horton threw for 3,084 yards and ran for 1,149 for Norman. In baseball, he was the Gatorade State Player of the Year with a career .420 batting average. Like Bowser, Horton likely won't be drafted if he is serious about playing football in college. Projection: Third round.

Milan Tolentino, Santa Margarita (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.)
The son of Jose Tolentino, a former MLB player and current MLB broadcaster, Milan Tolentino has been one of the top shortstops in Southern California for the past several years. He led his team to a Southern Section championship as a junior when he batted .391 and was named Southern Section Division 2 Player of the Year. He has signed to play at UCLA. Projection: Fourth round.
High school baseball: Greatest team in all 50 states - HIGHSCORE
High school baseball: Greatest team in all 50 states
What do the 1996 Westminster Christian (Miami), the 2006 The Woodlands (Texas) and the 1958 Fresno high school baseball teams all have in common? They all have been selected by MaxPreps as the greatest high school baseball team of all-time from their respective states.

Westminster Christian was ranked No. 1 in the nation by several publications and had seven all-state players and two MLB draft picks. The Woodlands team had state Player of the Year Kyle Drabek on the mound and was also ranked No. 1 in the country. Fresno, meanwhile, shut out 15 opponents and has also been regarded by Cal-Hi Sports as the state's best team ever.

Those three teams highlight a list that includes teams from different eras, including the 1925 Lane Tech team from Illinois, the 1953 Capitol Hill team from Oklahoma and the 1948 Burlington team from Vermont. Recent selections include the 2018 Har-Ber squad from Arkansas, the 2015 Parkview team from Georgia and the 2014 Barbe team from Louisiana.

Teams were selected using a combination of past Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball Newspaper and MaxPreps national rankings as a starting point. Extra weight was given to national champions, undefeated teams and squads with multiple all-state players or MLB draft picks. For states not recognized in national rankings, state championships were used. Montana, Wyoming and South Dakota were not included since they do not play baseball as part of their state association.
Ryne Inman was part of Parkview's 2015 squad.
File photo by Steve Hampton
Ryne Inman was part of Parkview's 2015 squad.
Greatest high school baseball team from each state

Alabama
Team:
Russell County (Seale)
Year: 2005
Record: 38-1, Class 5A state champion.
Ranking: No. 1 by Collegiate Baseball Magazine and Baseball America
Best Players: Colby Rasmus (drafted No. 28 overall in MLB draft), OF, Class 5A state player of the year;  Kuyaunnis Miles (648 in 2007), Kasey Kiker, P, Jr, All-State Super 12 (drafted No. 12 in 2006); Cory Rasmus, Utility, Jr, Class 5A all-state (drafted No. 38 in 2006, played 4 years in MLB); Adam Coe, 3B-2B (drafted No. 220 in 2006), Danny Danielson, P (drafted No. 236 in 2007),

Alaska
Team:
South Anchorage (Anchorage)
Year: 2017
Record: 17-3, Division 1 state champion
Ranking: Not in Top 50 national rankings
Best Players: Jonny Homza, C-3B (138)

Arizona
Team:
Tucson High Magnet School (Tucson)
Year: 1972
Record: 25-0, Class AAA state champion
Ranking: No national rankings in 1972
Best Players: Ron Hassey, SS, .486 batting average, All-City player of the year, (drafted in 1976, played 14 years in MLB as catcher); Michael Odum, All-City, (No. 153); Frank Castro, P, 13-0, 0.68 ERA; Al Lopez, 1B, All-City, .340, 5 HR.

Arkansas
Team:
Har-Ber (Springdale)
Year: 2018
Record: 30-4, Class 7A state champion
Ranking: No. 2 in national rankings by Baseball America
Best Players: Blake Adams, Jr., P-IF, .411, 8 HR, 7-2 record, 89 Ks (plays at Arkansas), All-State, state player of the year in 2019; Hunter Wood, IF, All-State as junior.

California
Team:
Fresno
Year: 1958
Record: 30-1 (only loss to Fresno State freshman team). 15 wins by shutout.
Ranking: No national rankings in 1958
Best Players: Dick Ellsworth, P, 15-0; Lynn Rube, P, 7-1; Jim Maloney, SS (played in MLB with Reds); Pat Corrales, C (played in MLB).

Colorado
Team:
Cherry Creek (Greenwood Village)
Year: 1996
Record: 22-0, Class 5A state champion
Ranking: No. 2 in national rankings by Baseball America
Best Players: Josh Bard (No. 1,027, played with Dodgers); Darnell McDonald, Baseball America National Player of the Year in 1997, All-American in 1996. Tyler Johnson, team captain, played at Arizona State.

Connecticut
Team:
Southington
Year: 1999
Record: 19-1, Class LL state champion
Ranking: No. 44 in national rankings by Baseball America
Best Players: Bryan Rinehart (No. 1,276), All-American, hit home runs in five consecutive at-bats; Brian Mascaro, P, Connecticut-Massachusetts All-Star.

Delaware
Team:
St. Mark's (Wilmington)
Year: 2004
Record: 23-1, Division 1 state champion
Ranking: No. 47 in national rankings by Baseball America
Best Players: John Dischert, Jr., P, all-state; Mark Lemon, 3B, all-state; Shane Malkin, 2B, all-state second team; Dante LaPenta, OF, all-state honorable mention; Tim Smith, UT, all-state honorable mention. 

Florida
Team:
Westminster Christian (Miami)
Year: 1996
Record: 36-0-1, Class 2A state champion
Ranking: No. 1 in nation by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper and Baseball America
Best Players: K.O. Wiegandt (No. 1,121), all-state pitcher; Keith Brice, P, (No. 1,689), second team all-state; Jason Moore, IF, all-state; Mark Walker, OF, all-state; Manny Crespo, OF, all-state; Brad DuPree, P, second team all-state; Javier Miranda, IF, second team all-state.

Georgia
Team:
Parkview (Lilburn)
Year: 2015
Record: 34-2, Class 7A state champion
Ranking: No. 1 in national rankings by Baseball America
Best Players: Ryne Inman, P, 11-1, (No. 455, in MLB with Mariners); Will Etheridge, Jr., P, 13-0, (in MLB with Rockies), Daino Deas (Auburn), .410.

Hawaii
Year: 1997
Record: 31-2, Division 1 state champion
Ranking: No. 6 in national rankings by Baseball America
Best Players: Keoni DeRenne, SS, state player of the year, .519; Gregg Omori, 2B, all-state, .549; Danny Kimura, UT, all-state, .534; Corin Korenaga, OF, all-state, .354.

Idaho
Team:
Lewiston
Year: 1972
Record: 33-1, invitational state tournament champion
Ranking: No national rankings in 1972
Best Players: Jeff Hill, OF (No. 97, drafted in 1973).

Illinois
Team:
Lane Tech (Chicago)
Year: 1925
Record: 30-1
Ranking: No national rankings in 1925, however, defeated Flushing (N.Y.) in front of 50,000 fans at Yankee Stadium for "Intercity" championship between Chicago and New York City.
Best Players: Alf Thorp, 14 strikeouts in win over Flushing.

Indiana
Team:
La Porte
Year: 1987
Record: 34-2, Class 3A state champion
Ranking: No. 1 in national rankings by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper
Best Players: Bob Gale, P, all-state, 15-1, 127 Ks;

Iowa
Team:
Johnston
Year: 2008
Record: 40-0, Class 4A state champion
Ranking: Not included in national rankings due to summer season
Best Players: Ryan Torgerson, P, 12-0, all-state; Troy DuBay, C, .421, all-state; Greg Larpenter, OF, .42, all-state.

Kansas
Team:
Southeast (Wichita)
Year: 1978
Record: 23-0, Class 5A state champion
Ranking: No. 1 in national rankings by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper
Best Players: Douglas Hoppock, P/OF (No. 564); Kevin Clinton, IF-P (No. 650)

Kentucky
Team:
Madison Central (Richmond)
Year: 1982
Record: 40-0 (13 shutouts), state champion
Ranking: No. 1 in national rankings by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper
Best Players: Ricky Congleton, P, 10-0; Jeff Cruse, P (drafted 1987, No. 1,098).

Louisiana
Team:
Barbe (Lake Charles)
Year: 2014
Record: 39-2, Class 5A state champion
Ranking: No. 1 in national rankings by Baseball America
Best Players: Kennon Fontenot, state MVP, .489; Beau Jordan, all-state; Bryce Jordan, all-state; Gunner Leger, P, 17-0; Adam Goree (frosh), 13-0.

Maine
Team:
Deering (Portland)
Year: 2004
Record: 17-0, Class A champion
Ranking: No. 41 in national rankings by Baseball America
Best Players: Ryan Flaherty 3B-SS, (drafted 2008, No. 41, 7 years in MLB); Andrew Giobbi, C, drafted in 2010, No. 972); Chris Burleson, SS, state MVP in 2005 (drafted in 2009, No. 1,079).

Maryland
Team:
Northeast (Pasadena)
Year: 1991
Record: 24-0, Class 3A state champion
Ranking: No. 1 in national rankings by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper
Best Players: Craig Everett, OF, All-Metro Player of the Year (No. 1,595); Charlie Buckheit, P, All-Metro second team; Donald Shump, 3B, All-Metro second team, (No. 1,554); Russ Curry, IF, All-Metro second team; Rich Spiegel, C-1B (drafted 1994 ,No. 622).

Massachusetts
Team:
Plymouth North (Plymouth)
Year: 2008
Record: 22-0, Division 2 champion
Ranking: No. 18 in national rankings by Baseball America
Best Players: Evan Martinson, All-Star; Tom MacInnes, All-Star; Jared Canney, All-Star; Joe Flynn, All-Star; Jordan Wylie, All-Star; Matt Walsh, All-Star; Corey Coleman, All-Star; Keegan Grabhorn, All-Star.

Michigan
Team:
Catholic Central (Novi)
Year: 1999
Record: 38-1, Division 1 state champion
Ranking: No. 8 in national rankings by Baseball America
Best Players: Casey Rogowski (No. 399), all-state Dream Team; Anthony Tomey (No. 707), all-state Dream Team; Bob Malek, all-state Dream Team.

Minnesota
Team:
Cretin-Derham Hall (St. Paul)
Year: 2001
Record: 25-1, state champion
Ranking: No. 10 in national rankings by Baseball America
Best Players: Joe Mauer (No. 1), USA Today Player of the Year; Tony Leseman, OF, all-metro, .530; Mark Dunnigan, OF, all-metro second team, .549; Sean Spencer, P, all-metro third team.

Mississippi
Team:
Sumrall
Year: 2010
Record: 36-1, Class 4A state champion
Ranking: No. 1 in national rankings by MaxPreps
Best Players: Chase Lewallen, Clarion Ledger all-state, .545; Jackson Posey, all-state, .523; Luke Lowery, P, 11-1, all-state second team; Conner Barron, IF, .514, all-state second team.

Missouri
Team:
Vianney (Kirkwood)
Year: 2018
Record: 36-2, Class 5 state champion
Ranking: No. 6 in national rankings by Baseball America
Best Players: Andrew Keck, C, all-state first team; CJ Cepicky, OF, all-state first team; Luke Mann, DH, all-state first team.

Nebraska
Team:
Omaha Northwest (Omaha)
Year: 1983
Record: 21-1, Class A state champion
Ranking: No. 1 in national rankings by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper
Best Players: Gregg Olson, P (27-0 career record, played with Orioles).

Nevada
Team:
Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas)
Year: 2009
Record: 40-4, Class 4A state champion
Ranking: No. 1 in national rankings by Baseball America
Best Players: Jeffrey Malm (No. 169), 1B, national player of the year, RJ Santigate (No. 1,341), Joey Gallo, IF, MaxPreps Freshman All-American; Erik Van Meetren, C, MaxPreps Sophomore All-American; Johnny Field, IF, all-state; Joey Rickard, OF, all-state; Stephen Manthei, P, all-state.

New Hampshire
Team:
Portsmouth
Year: 2011
Record: 20-0 (part of 89-game win streak), Division II champion
Ranking: Not in top 50 national rankings
Best Players: Keegan Taylor, Division II player of the year, Aidan O'Leary, all-state; Quinn McCann, all-state; Connor McCauley, all-state.

New Jersey
Team:
Gloucester Catholic (Gloucester City)
Year: 2000
Record: 33-1, Non-Public champion
Ranking: No. 1 in national rankings by Baseball America
Best Players: Mark Michael, IF, (No. 612); Greg Burke (No. 1,262), P, all-state; Matt Ryan, OF, all-state; Mike Rucci, DH, all-state.

New Mexico
Team:
La Cueva (Albuquerque)
Year: 2004
Record: 28-0 (part of 70-game win streak), Class 6A state champion
Ranking: No. 6 in national rankings by Baseball America
Best Players: James Parr (No. 131), P-SS, all-state; Seth Johnson, OF, all-state; Jordan Pacheco, P, all-state; JJ Muse, OF, all-state second team.

New York
Team:
Washington (New York)
Year: 1997
Record: 44-2, PSAL champion
Ranking: No. 1 in national rankings by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper
Best Players: Vicente Rosario (No. 240), .623, 89 stolen bases, all-city; Emmanuel Ulloa (No. 643), P, 14-1, all-city; Manuel Olivera, P, 12-0, all-city.

North Carolina
Team:
White Oak (Jacksonville)
Year: 1979
Record: 22-0 (part of 45-game win streak), state champion
Ranking: No. 1 in national rankings by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper
Best Players: Mike Meadows, P, 29-0 career record.

North Dakota
Team:
Minot
Year: 2005
Record: 37-2, Class A state champion
Ranking: Not in Top 50 national rankings
Best Players: Andrew Gudmunson, all-state, P; Tyler Lundy, all-state P.

Ohio
Team:
Start (Toledo)
Year: 1994
Record: 31-0, Division 1 state champion
Ranking: No. 1 in national rankings by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper
Best Players: Matt King (No. 389), P, all-state; Dan Wardrop, 1B, all-state; Steve Luda, 3B, all-state.

Oklahoma
Team: Capitol Hill (Oklahoma City)
Year: 1953
Record: 27-0, state champion
Ranking: No national rankings in 1953
Best Players: Bob Burr, 1B, .433, all-state; Buzzy Cleveland, 3B, .396, all-state.

Oregon
Team:
Lakeridge (Lake Oswego)
Year: 1999
Record: 30-1, Class 4A state champion
Ranking: No. 34 in national rankings by Baseball America
Best Players: Rob Hayden, P, all-state; McKenzie Handley, P, all-state; Evan Zupancic, OF, all-state; Adam Bellows, OF, all-state.

Pennsylvania
Team:
Malvern Prep (Malvern)
Year: 2008
Record: 40-3, Inter AC champion
Ranking: No. 9 in national rankings by Baseball America
Best Players: Chris Gosik, OF, all-city; John Gentile, P, all-city; Chris Cowell, IF, all-city second team; Tim Cooney, P, all-city second team; Nick Busillo, OF, all-city third team; Mike Lubanski, C, all-city third team.

Rhode Island
Team:
Bishop Hendricken (Warwick)
Year: 2003
Record: 27-2, Div. 1 state champion
Ranking: No. 44 in national rankings by Baseball America
Best Players: Jay Rainville, P, (drafted 2004, No. 39).

South Carolina
Team: Riverside (Greer)
Year: 2004
Record: 30-2, Class AAA all-state team.
Ranking: No. 4 in national rankings by Baseball America
Best Players: Marc Young (No. 859), state player of the year; Drew Crisp (No. 1,039), all-state; Adam Crisp (No. 1,129).

Tennessee
Team: Germantown
Year: 1995
Record: 38-0, Class 3A state champion
Ranking: No. 1 in national rankings by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper and Baseball America
Best Players: Jay Hood (No. 100), All-American; Matt Hale, all-state; Chris Latterhos, all-state.

Texas
Team:
The Woodlands
Year: 2006
Record: 38-1, Class 5A state champion
Ranking: No. 1 in national rankings by Baseball America
Best Players: Kyle Drabek (No. 18), Class 5A state player of the year; Steven Maxwell, P, all-state; Mickey Armstrong, C, all-state honorable mention; Paul Goldschmidt (No. 1,453).

Utah
Team:
Spanish Fork
Year: 2011
Record: 29-3, Class 4A state champion
Ranking: No. 2 in national rankings by Baseball America
Best Players: Kayden Porter, Utah Mr. Baseball; Hayden Nielsen, P, Class 4A MVP; Jarrett Jarvis, C, all-state; Travis Still, OF, all-state.

Vermont
Team:
Burlington
Year: 1948
Record: 15-1 (42-4 during three straight state championship seasons)
Ranking: No national rankings in 1948
Best Players: Paul Letourneau, P; Johnny Bove, P.

Virginia
Team:
Madison (Vienna)
Year: 2002
Record: 29-0, Group 6 champion
Ranking: No. 14 in national rankings by Baseball America
Best Players: JJ Hollenbeck, All-Met Player of the Year, 8-0, 0.89 ERA; Matt Foley, C, All-Met, .550; Pat Brown, All-Met second team; Allan Wimmer, OF, All-Met second team.

Washington
Team:
Jackson (Mill Creek)
Year: 2006
Record: 27-0, Class 4A state champion
Ranking: No. 2 in national rankings by Baseball America
Best Players: Travis Snider (No. 14), Class 4A state player of the year; Cameron Nobles (No. 561), P, all-state; Joey Lind, IF, all-state.

West Virginia
Team:
Jefferson (Shenandoah Junction)
Year: 2015
Record: 37-2, Class 3A state champion
Ranking: No. 21 in national rankings by Baseball America
Best Players: Andy Disque, P, all-state; Paul Witt, IF, all-state; Andrew King, IF, all-state second team; Charlie Barnholt, Utility, all-state second team.

Wisconsin
Team:
Sun Prairie
Year: 2005
Record: 26-0, Division 1 state champion
Ranking: Not in Top 50 national rankings
Best Players: Kevyn Feiner (No. 542), IF, all-state; Travis Kerr, OF, all-state; Garrett Granitz, P, all-state.
High school basketball: Social media post suggests Bronny James has been cleared to play...but will he? - HIGHSCORE
High school basketball: Social media post suggests Bronny James has been cleared to play...but will he?
Like father, like son. Bronny James, the national Top 25 sophomore boys basketball recruit and son of LeBron James, is recovered from injury and ready to go just before the playoffs, according to a report.

A Tik Tok post by WhosNextHS indicated the 6-foot-2, 165-pound shooting guard from Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth, Calif.) has been "cleared to start hoopin' " after suffering a torn meniscus in early February.

Sierra Canyon, which had won two straight California Interscholastic Federation Open Division championships before the pandemic ended its 2019-20 season one game short of a possible third consecutive crown, will open the Southern Section playoffs next week.

A text Friday morning to Sierra Canyon coach Andre Chevalier to confirm James' health status or his plans to play for the Trailblazers was not immediately returned.

Sierra Canyon (10-0) is expected to be a top seed in the Open Division, which begins May 28. If it advances, Sierra Canyon would play in the Southern Regional, which takes place June 15-19. For a second straight year, there will be no CIF state basketball championships.

Ranked the No. 25 prospect in the Class of 2023 according to 247Sports, James came off the bench for Sierra Canyon's Southern California championship team last season. He figured to be a starter on the 2020-21 squad, which like the rest of the state had its season delayed until the spring only.
Bronny James has missed Sierra Canyon's shortened 2020-21 spring season due to a knee injury.
File photo by Scott Reed
Bronny James has missed Sierra Canyon's shortened 2020-21 spring season due to a knee injury.
According to the Los Angeles Daily News, James was competing for a Sierra Canyon club team, California Basketball Club, when the injury occurred.

LeBron James returned to the Los Angeles Lakers Wednesday in a 103-100 win over the Golden State Warriors and delivered a triple-double along with making the game-winning 3-pointer. He had missed 25 of the team's final 30 games due to an ankle injury before Wednesday and is waiting for the Lakers' series opener Sunday with the Phoenix Suns.

Sierra Canyon has maintained an unbeaten record despite numerous other setbacks besides Bronny's. At the top of the list is four-star guard Chance Westry, a Pennsylvania native who returned home earlier this month due to personal reasons. The No. 34 overall prospect from the Class of 2022, Westry averaged 14.2 points per outing in five appearances this season.

Max Allen, a 6-foot-8 post player, left the team before the regular season officially got underway April 22 and 7-foot-3 center Harold Yu, who lives in China, also did not join the team.

MaxPreps national basketball editor Jordan Divens contributed to this report.
High school football: 100 days to kickoff, preseason HIGHSCORE Top 25 set to be released June 23 - HIGHSCORE
High school football: 100 days to kickoff, preseason MaxPreps Top 25 set to be released June 23
While adjusted spring seasons due to the pandemic are just wrapping up in some pockets of the country, high school football is expected to return to its normal time slot this fall. Here's to hopes that all the things that make prep football a community event on Friday nights can return along with it – bands, cheerleaders, student sections and of course fans.

Kickoff is 100 days away in many states and we will officially begin counting down to what may be the most highly-anticipated high school football season in history with the release of our preseason MaxPreps Top 25 on June 23.

A look at the nation's elite programs will be followed by breakdowns of the top team in every state, biggest games, toughest schedules and top players at every position. Our 2021 preview will conclude in late July with the release of our preseason All-America teams.

Most states have confirmed start dates for the 2021 season. The earliest scheduled thus far is Hawaii on Aug. 6, followed by Alaska and Utah the following week. The season will really pick up steam Aug. 20-21 with more than a dozen states kicking off that weekend.

Last year, Utah kicked off first Aug. 13 and was one of 35 states to complete seasons in the fall. Of those, 31 eventually crowned state champions.
High school football teams around the country can't wait to take the field again this fall.
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High school football teams around the country can't wait to take the field again this fall.
Previewing the 2021 football season

June 23: Preseason MaxPreps Top 25
June 29: Highlighting the nation's top 100 teams
July 1: Best team in all 50 states
July 5: Top 10 biggest games
July 7: Top 10 toughest schedules
July 9: Top 10 quarterbacks
July 12: Top 10 running backs
July 14: Top 10 wide receivers
July 16: Top 10 defensive linemen
July 19: Top 10 linebackers
July 21: Top 10 defensive backs
July 23: Top 10 players
July 26: Preseason Sophomore All-America Team
July 28: Preseason Junior All-America Team
July 30: Preseason All-America Team
Girls high school basketball rankings: No. 6 Mount Notre Dame lone HIGHSCORE Top 25 team with out-of-state MLK matchup - HIGHSCORE
Girls high school basketball rankings: No. 6 Mount Notre Dame lone MaxPreps Top 25 team with out-of-state MLK matchup
Usually, the Martin Luther King Jr. weekend is full of big games with lots of impact on the rankings — but right now, "usual" is a word that's conspicuous by its absence.

There is one team in the MaxPreps Top 25 girls high school basketball rankings playing a major event this weekend that will draw out-of-state competition — No. 6 Mount Notre Dame of Ohio vs. Compass Prep of Arizona. As for ranked teams from different areas of the country going head-to-head? Not likely this year.

Which means that making sense of the national rankings — always a difficult task — is even more complicated in 2021, especially with some states (such as California) not even playing in the winter and thus not included.

Still, we're confident every one of the teams in the list below is a very good. It's just unfortunate that we're unlikely to find out how good, as schools are wisely staying local as much as possible and doing all in their power to keep players, coaches, officials, fans and relatives safe.

(NOTE: Please update schedules and results on MaxPreps. If there are issues, please reach out to [email protected] for assistance.)

MaxPreps Top 25 Girls High School Basketball Rankings

Record: 11-0 | Last week: 1
The Highlanders took care of a major challenge last week by jumping on No. 14 Montverde early and rolling to a 57-47 win. DME Sports Academy, at 10-3, is Monday's test.

Record: 0-0 | Last week: 2
Still looking at a Feb. 1 start.

Record: 8-0 | Last week: 3
It won't be an easy week for Westlake, with 11-1 Langston Hughes on Friday and 8-2 Forest Park on Monday. Though Langston Hughes has the better record, note that Forest Park took No. 14 Montverde to overtime earlier this season.

Record: 0-0 | Last week: 4
Wayzata isn't quite as strong as it was last year, when it was Hopkins' main Minnesota rival, but next Tuesday's game should still be a serious test for the No. 4 team in the country.

Record: 0-0 | Last week: 5
Another team still sitting in limbo.

Record: 12-0 | Last week: 6
If the Journey to the Tourney can be played this weekend, the Cougars take on Compass Prep of Arizona on Saturday and 11-3 Springboro on Sunday.

Record: 0-0 | Last week: 7
There was some concern the Cadets might not play at all this year, but it appears that games will be played and some sort of schedule will be announced soon.

Record: 3-0 | Last week: 8
After disposing of unbeaten Marquette 60-42, the Red Knights have only one game this week — against 1-3 Nerinx Hall.

Record: 0-0 | Last week: 9
The Lancers' first game should be played Jan. 21.

Record: 18-0 | Last week: 10
Jersey Village is 15-0 — and coming off a 69-0 win Saturday — so that Jan. 13 game might be a serious test. Then again, Jersey Village hasn't played anyone nearly as good as the Cougars.

Record: 6-0 | Last week: 13
If the Tigers hold on to this No. 13 ranking, it will have earned it: First up is powerful Moore on Friday, then rival Norman North on Saturday and finally young but talented Edmonds North on Tuesday. Oklahoma is awfully good this year.

Record: 5-0 | Last week: 12
We'll know a lot more very soon, as the Raiders play once-beaten traditional power Pickerington Central on Thursday, and then unbeaten Wayne on Saturday.

Record: 9-0 | Last week: NR
The Redskins are the first newcomer jumps into the rankings thanks to a big win over previous No. 11. Classen, which had beaten No. 21 DeSoto. But it's one thing to get into the rankings — it's another thing to stay there.

Record: 13-1 | Last week: 14
You can't really punish a team for losing to No. 1, but the Eagles needs to be ready for 12-3 Mekiva on Thursday. At this point, the margin for error is slim.

Record: 0-0 | Last week: 15
No word on when or if the Quakers will begin their season.

Record: 18-0 | Last week: 16
That perfect record will be tested by 12-4 Thompson on Friday and perennial power St. Francis of Georgia (now 8-1) Monday.

Record: 4-1 | Last week: 17
As a team that relied heavily on scheduling out-of-area games, New Hope's future slate is uncertain. What is certain is the level of talent on the roster.

Record: 7-0 | Last week: 19
After Friday's game against Harpeth Hall, the Tigers are off until Jan. 26.

Record: 0-0 | Last week: 20
The Argonauts are still searching for their first game — which may be harder to find than the golden fleece.

Record: 10-0 | Last week: 25
The Silverwolves have lots of talent in a smaller state, so the next challenge probably won't come until Jan. 22, when Syracuse shows up on the schedule.

Record: 14-1 | Last week: 18
The Eagles should have a relatively easy time of it, at least until Jan. 23. That's the date of the rematch with No. 23 Duncanville.

Record: 0-0 | Last week: 22
There's hope for games, but nothing confirmed yet — still, expect some schedule info soon.

Record: 18-1 | Last week: 23
There are three Texas teams in the Top 25 right now — likely there will be only two after the Panthers and DeSoto play Jan. 23.

Record: 0-0 | Last week: 24
It seems less and less likely the Riverhawks will play basketball this winter, but we won't know for sure until a Washington Interscholastic Activities Association meeting Jan. 19.

Record: 9-0 | Last week: NR
With a win over previously unbeaten Madison Central, the Wildcats jump into the Top 25 — which is unfamiliar territory for Mississippi schools.

Dropped out:
No. 11 Classen SAS (Oklahoma City), No. 21 Valley Vista (Surprise, Ariz.).