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High school softball: Vandebilt Catholic's incredible 112-game run tops list of longest winning streaks - HIGHSCORE
High school softball: Vandebilt Catholic's incredible 112-game run tops list of longest winning streaks
In 1978, Vandebilt Catholic (Houma, La.) athletic director Gerald Albert was having difficulty finding anyone to coach the school's relatively new softball program. So he decided to take the job himself.

According to a feature in the July 1, 2008 edition of the Houma Times, Albert had two choices, shut down the team or coach himself. "Whenever there was a coaching opening we couldn't fill, I would step in and coach that so we could continue to compete."

As a result of Albert's decision, Vandebilt Catholic survived extinction and instead made high school softball history. Behind the pitching of Michelle Broussard, the Lady Terriers won 112 straight games between 1980 and 1983. Broussard was the catalyst, winning 88 straight games and finishing her high school career 88-0. Unfortunately, her career strikeout and no-hitter totals have never been compiled.

Vandebilt Catholic's win streak highlights the MaxPreps list of high school softball teams with 50 or more wins in a row.

At the time of the streak, the National Federation of High Schools did not have a record for consecutive wins, Bruce Carnahan, the editor of the record book, told the Associated Press in 1983. The only school at the time believed to have as many as 50 wins was Righetti (Santa Maria, Calif.), which had a 50-game win streak from 1979 to 1981.

No team has topped the 112-game streak, but a team 180 miles away on the west side of Louisiana came close. Barbe (Lake Charles, Calif.), behind the pitching of Candice Carnahan, won 108 straight games, 107 in a row by Carnahan. During the streak, Carnahan also had 88 shutouts and 50 no-hitters. Barbe lost to West Monroe (also undefeated at the time at 30-0) in the state playoff quarterfinals in the final game of Carnahan's career.

Sherwood (Sandy Spring, Md.) is the only other school with over 100 wins, finishing with 105 straight before losing to Northwest (Germantown) 9-5 in the third game of the 2017 season. Sherwood went on to post a 32-game winning streak over the next two seasons for a run of 137-1.

There are two current streaks on the list. Papillion-LaVista has posted back-to-back 36-0 seasons during Nebraska's fall season and will take a 72-0 streak into the 2021 season. Scarborough (Maine), meanwhile, has a 63-game win streak dating back to 2017.

Sources for the list include the NFHS record book, state association record books, Cal-Hi Sports Record Book by Mark and Nelson Tennis, as well as research via the MaxPreps rankings and newspapers.com. Streaks do not include totals that occurred from a summer or spring season to a fall season.

Additions or corrections? Contact [email protected]
Alexander Central celebrates its 2013 title, part of a 95-game win streak for the Cougars.
File photo by Fabian Radulescu
Alexander Central celebrates its 2013 title, part of a 95-game win streak for the Cougars.
Softball teams with win streaks longer than 50 games

1.   112 — Vandebilt Catholic (Houma, La.), 1980-83
2.   108 — Barbe (Lake Charles, La.), 1988-91
3.   105 — Sherwood (Sandy Spring, Md.), 2012-17
4.     96 — Hillcrest (Simpsonville, S.C.), 2002-04
5.     95 — Alexander Central (Taylorsville, N.C.), 2013-15
6.     94 — Chase County (Cottonwood Falls, Kan.), 2012-15
7.     93 — East Anchorage (Anchorage, Alaska), 2012-16
8.     88 — Richmond (Maine), 2013-17
9.     85 — Leake Academy (Madden, Miss.), 2010-12
10.   84 — Salem (N.H.), 1990-93

11.   83 — Central Cabarrus (Concord, N.C.), 2004-06
12.   80 — Cabrini (Allen Park, Mich.), 2006-08
13.   78 — Moultonborough Academy (Moultonborough, N.H.), 1999-2003
13.   78 — Seymour (Conn.), 2005-07
15.   77 — Masuk (Monroe, Conn.), 2007-09
15.   77 — Northern (Owings, Md.), 2010-14
15.   77 — Southington (Conn.), 2013-16
15.   77 — Bishop Carroll (Wichita, Kan.), 2013-16
19.   76 — Fort Bend Elkins (Missouri City, Texas), 2003-04
19.   76 — Ferndale (Calif.), 2003-05

21.   75 — Whippany Park (Whippany, N.J.), 1989-91
22.   73 — El Camino Real (Woodland Hills, Calif.), 1984-87
23.   72 — Papillion-LaVista (Papillion, Neb.), 2019-present
24.   71 — Madison (Vienna, Va.), 1987-89
25.   69 — Casey-Westfield (Casey, Ill.), 1997-98
26.   68 — Clay (Portsmouth, Ohio), 1980-82
27.   67 — Crescent (Iva, S.C.), 1991-93
27.   67 — Clifton (N.J.), 1997-99
27.   67 — Cornerstone Christian (Columbiana, Ala.), 2008-10
30.   66 — Shawnee Heights (Tecumseh, Kan.), 2017-19

31.   65 — Neshoba Central (Philadelphia, Miss.), 2017-19
32.   64 — Laconia (Rosendale, Wis.), 2015-18
33.   63 — Scarborough (Maine), 2017-present
34.   62 — Gibbs (Corryton, Tenn.), 1986-88
34.   62 — Keystone (La Grange, Ohio), 2017-19
36.   60 — Bald Knob (Ark.), 2015-16
37.   59 — Jefferson (Cedar Rapids, Iowa), 1990-91
37.   59 — Crestview (Convoy, Ohio), 2005-06
37.   59 — Mortimer Jordan (Kimberly, Ala.), 2009-10
37.   59 — David W. Butler (Matthews, N.C.), 2006-08

41.   58 — Casey-Westfield (Casey, Ill.), 1986-87
41.   58 — Wellsville (N.Y.), 1995-97
41.   58 — South Putnam (Greencastle, Ind.), 2011-13
41.   58 — John Curtis Christian (River Ridge, La.), 2011-13
41.   58 — Akron-Westfield (Akron, Iowa), 2013-15
46.   56 — Butte Central Catholic (Butte, Mont.), 1999-01
47.   55 — Waterford (Conn.), 2009-11
47.   55 — Assumption (Davenport, Iowa), 2017-18
49.   54 — Central Cabarrus (Concord, N.C.), 2000-01
49.   54 — Central Davidson (Lexington, N.C.), 2007-08

49.   54 — Poynette (Wis.), 2018-19
52.   53 — Amity Regional (Woodbridge, Conn.), 2002-04
52.   53 — Madison (Vienna, Va.), 2017-19
52.   53 — Strafford (Mo.), 2017-19
55.   52 — Portage Northern (Portage, Mich.), 2000-01
55.   52 — Hoover (North Canton, Ohio), 2013-14
55.   52 — East Coweta (Sharpsburg, Ga.), 2017-18
58.   51 — St. Bernard's (St. Paul, Minn.), 1989-91
58.   51 — Paramus Catholic (Paramus, N.J.), 1991-92
58.   51 — Stevens Point (Wis.), 2002-03

58.   51 — Volcano Vista (Albuquerque), 2011-12
58.   51 — Paraclete (Lancaster, Calif.), 2015-17
63.   50 — Righetti (Santa Maria, Calif.), 1979-81
63.   50 — Chugiak (Alaska), 2003-04
63.   50 — Akron-Westfield (Akron, Iowa), 2011-12

HIGHSCORE/AVCA Players of the Week - HIGHSCORE
MaxPreps/AVCA Players of the Week
MaxPreps/AVCA Players of the Week
For the week of April 12-18

Boys

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

Matt Cosgrove, Parkway West (Ballwin, Missouri)
6'6 | Senior | OH

10 Games Played
Kills: 39
Kills/Game: 3.90
Digs: 22
Digs/Game: 2.20
Receptions: 42
Rcpt/Game: 4.20
Aces: 10
Blocks: 4

Clayton Roark, St. Xavier (Louisville, Kentucky)
6'4 | Junior | OPP

11 Games Played
Kills: 37
Kills/Game: 3.36
Digs: 8
Receptions: 8
Blocks: 3

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

Junior | S
16 Games Played
Assists: 128
Assists/Game: 8
Team Hitting%: 0.128
Digs: 34
Digs/Game: 2.125
Aces: 13
Blocks: 3

Max Jacobsen, Hall (West Hartford, Connecticut)
Senior | RS/MH

12 Games Played
Kills: 49
Kills/Game: 4.08
Digs: 17
Digs/Game: 1.42
Aces: 3
Blocks: 5

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

Gabriel Blandin, Cypress Bay (Weston, Florida)
6'2 | Senior

16 Games Played
Kills: 66
Kills/Game: 4.13
Digs: 35
Digs/Game: 2.19
Aces: 4
Blocks: 3

Ignacio Brito, Columbus (Miami, Florida)
6'3 | Sophomore | OH/RS

10 Games Played
Kills: 65
Kills/Game: 6.50
Digs: 21
Digs/Game: 2.10
Receptions: 51
Rcpt/Game: 5.10
Aces: 3
Blocks: 3

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

Trenton Moser, Gilbert (Arizona)
6'7 | Junior | OH

10 Games Played
Kills: 52
Kills/Game: 5.20
Digs: 26
Digs/Game: 2.60
Receptions: 60
Rcpt/Game: 6.00
Aces: 4
Blocks: 7

Max Pfeifer, Arbor View (Las Vegas, Nevada)
6'0 | Senior | OH/L

7 Games Played
Kills: 32
Kills/Game: 4.57
Digs: 5
Receptions: 13
Rcpt/Game: 1.86
Aces: 4
Blocks: 2

Girls

California
Ximena Cordero, Otay Ranch (Chula Vista)
5'10" | Freshman | OH
7 Sets Played
Kills: 43
Kills/Game: 6.14
Digs: 19
Digs/Game: 2.71
Receptions: 37
Rcpt/Game: 5.29
Aces: 6
Blocks: 1

Colorado
Tierney Barlow, Liberty (Colorado Springs)
6'2" | Junior | OH | MH

12 Sets Played
Kills: 77
Kills/Game: 6.42
Digs: 38
Digs/Game: 3.17
Receptions: 37
Rcpt/Game: 3.08
Aces: 2
Blocks: 6

Illinois
Juju Mize, Decatur Lutheran/Decatur Christian
5'2" | Sophomore | S

8 Sets Played
Assists: 108
Assists/Game: 13.5
Team Hitting%: 0.265
Digs: 40
Digs/Game: 5
Aces: 6

Massachusetts
Eva Haralabatos, Melrose
Senior | S

6 Sets Played
Assists: 70
Assists/Game: 11.67
Team Hitting%:
Digs: 6
Digs/Game: 1

New Jersey
Kasey Walsh, Summit
Senior | S | DS
5 Sets Played
Assists: 27
Assists/Game: 5.4
Team Hitting%: 0.186
Digs: 4
Digs/Game: 0.8
Aces: 3

New York
Jashawna Luke, Irondequoit (Rochester)
5'9" | Senior | OH

8 Sets Played
Kills: 49
Kills/Game: 6.13
Digs: 22
Digs/Game: 2.75
Receptions: 31
Rcpt/Game: 3.88
Aces: 5
Blocks: 4

Rhode Island
Ajeana Coleman, Woonsocket
Junior | OH

6 Sets Played
Kills: 15
Kills/Game: 2.5
Digs: 9
Digs/Game: 1.5
Receptions: 15
Rcpt/Game: 2.5
Aces: 13

Virginia
Ashley Stanley, Gate City
Junior | S/OH

9 Sets Played
Assists: 109
Assists/Game: 12.11
Team Hitting%: 0.395
Digs: 14
Digs/Game: 1.56
Aces: 7
Blocks: 3

Wisconsin
Molly Crneckiy, Royall (Elroy)
5'8" | Senior | S
12 Sets Played
Assists: 135
Assists/Game: 11.25
Team Hitting%: 0.162
Digs: 32
Digs/Game: 2.67
Aces: 2
Blocks: 2
Where every 2021 MLB Opening Day starting pitcher went to high school - HIGHSCORE
Where every 2021 MLB Opening Day starting pitcher went to high school
With Opening Day of the 2021 MLB season set for Thursday, it's always fun to look back at where all of the starting pitchers went to high school. California has bragging rights this season as seven of the 30 projected starters finished their high school career playing in the Golden State.

In fact, three came from the same school, which is more than any state outside of California.

Jack Flaherty, Lucas Giolito and Max Fried all graduated from Harvard-Westlake. Giolito and Fried were both first-round selections in the 2012 MLB Draft while Flaherty was selected in the first round two years later.

Gerrit Cole, Kyle Hendricks, Shane Bieber and Tyler Glasnow are the other four Opening Day starters from California.

Colorado, Florida and Texas were the only other states with at least two pitchers featured.

In total, 15 states are represented along with the Dominican Republic, Japan, South Korea and Venezuela.
Graphic by Ryan Escobar
American League East

Baltimore Orioles — John Means, Gardner-Edgerton (Gardner, Kan.) | Class of 2011
Didn't have any Division 1 offers coming out of high school but was selected in the 46th round of the 2011 MLB draft. Means elected to go to Fort Scott Community College before transferring to West Virginia a year later. He played his junior and senior year of high school with the Kansas City Royals' Bubba Starling, who was selected fifth overall in the 2011 MLB Draft.

Boston Red Sox — Nathan Eovaldi, Alvin (Texas) | Class of 2008
After missing his junior season because of Tommy John surgery, he came back his senior year and went 12-1 with a 1.66 ERA. He added three saves and posted 72 strikeouts in 70.2 innings. Eovaldi was selected in the 11th round of the 2008 MLB Draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers and helped the Red Sox to a World Series championship in 2018.

New York Yankees — Gerrit Cole, Orange Lutheran (Orange, Calif.) | Class of 2008
Went 8-2 during his senior year posting a 0.47 ERA to go with 121 strikeouts in 75 innings. The Yankees selected Cole with the 28th overall pick in 2008 but he elected to go to UCLA and after a three-year career with the Bruins he was taken first overall in the 2011 MLB Draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Tampa Bay Rays — Tyler Glasnow, Hart (Newhall, Calif.) | Class of 2011
He became the seventh player to graduate from Hart that has played in the World Series joining Bob Walk, Kevin Millar, James Shields, Mike Montgomery, Todd Zeile and Trevor Bauer. He only had one offer coming out of high school and was selected in the fifth round of the 2011 MLB Draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Toronto Blue Jays — Hyun-jin Ryu, South Korea
A year before signing with the Hanwha Eagles of the Korean Baseball Organization in 2006 he played for his high school team in the Blue Dragon Open National Championship and did not allow a run throwing 22 consecutive scoreless innings and batted .389. After a seven-year career in the KBO, he has posted a 2.95 ERA in the Majors during his first eight seasons.

American League Central

Chicago White Sox — Lucas Giolito, Harvard-Westlake (Studio City, Calif.) | Class of 2012
The first of three Harvard-Westlake graduates featured who will be starting on Opening Day. He finished his high school career with a 12-2 record and 1.51 ERA and suffered an elbow injury during his senior year that resulted in Tommy John surgery. He struck out 106 batters in 97.2 innings. Giolito was selected 16th overall by the Washington Nationals in the 2012 MLB Draft.

Cleveland Indians — Shane Bieber, Laguna Hills (Calif.) | Class of 2013
The reigning American League Cy Young award winner went 8-4 during his senior year posting a 1.40 ERA. After a three-year career at UC Santa Barbara, he was selected in the fourth round of the 2016 draft by Cleveland.

Detroit Tigers — Matthew Boyd, Eastside Catholic (Sammamish, Wash.) | Class of 2009
Went 7-2 during his senior year striking out 91 batters in 58 innings while posting a 0.84 ERA. The season before he was 7-0 with a 0.71 ERA to go with 58 strikeouts in 39.2 innings.

Kansas City Royals — Brad Keller, Flowery Branch (Ga.) | Class of 2013
Entered his senior year of high school with no offers or any interest from the Majors but in a regular season matchup against Clint Frazier and Loganville (Ga.) everything changed. He struck out Frazier during his first two at-bats and the interest picked up after that game from MLB scouts. Keller was selected in the eighth round of the 2013 draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Minnesota Twins — Kenta Maeda, Japan
Maeda was selected by the Hiroshima Toyo Carp's in the 2006 Nippon Professional Baseball league draft out of PL Gakuen Senior High School. He pitched in the NPB from 2008 until 2015 before signing with the Los Angeles Dodgers. He has gone 53-36 with a 3.75 ERA during his first five years in the Majors.

American League West

Houston Astros Zack Greinke, Apopka (Fla.) | Class of 2002
Named the 2002 Gatorade Player of the Year after going 9-2 during his senior year, posting a 0.55 earned run average to go with 118 strikeouts in 63 innings. The 2009 American League Cy Young winner finished his high school career with 31 home runs.

Los Angeles Angels Dylan Bundy, Owasso (Okla.) | Class of 2011
The only Opening Day starter to be named the Gatorade Athlete of the Year. He took home the award in 2011 and the only other two baseball players to claim this honor since 2003 are MacKenzie Gore (2017) and Bobby Witt Jr. (2019). During his senior year, he went 11-0 and had a 0.25 ERA to go with 158 strikeouts in 71 innings. Bundy was named the Oklahoma Gatorade Player of the Year in each of his final three years of high school and was selected fourth overall in the 2011 MLB Draft by the Baltimore Orioles.

Oakland Athletics Chris Bassitt, Genoa Area (Genoa, Ohio) | Class of 2007
Bassitt posted a 1.56 ERA during his senior year and struck out 65 batters in 56 innings. He was also a standout basketball player and was named to the all-league team in both sports.

Seattle Mariners Marco Gonzales, Rocky Mountain (Fort Collins, Colo.) | Class of 2010
Gonzales won a state title every year during his high school career. He went 11-0 during his senior season and posted a 2.20 ERA to go with 87 strikeouts in 54 innings. Named the Colorado Gatorade Player of the Year that season and also batted .486 to go with seven home runs and 36 RBI. 

Texas Rangers Kyle Gibson, Greenfield-Central (Greenfield, Ind.) | Class of 2006
Went 15-8 during his two years pitching for the Cougars while posting a 1.19 ERA to go with 251 strikeouts. He was selected in the 36th round of the 2006 draft by the Philadelphia Phillies but elected to go to the University of Missouri instead.

National League East

Atlanta Braves Max Fried, Harvard-Westlake (Studio City, Calif.) | Class of 2012
Only played his senior year at Harvard-Westlake after transferring from Montclair Prep (Van Nuys) after it shut down the baseball program. Fried went 8-2 with a 2.02 ERA to go with 105 strikeouts in 66 innings during his senior season and was selected seventh overall by the San Diego Padres in the 2012 MLB Draft.

Miami Marlins Sandy Alcantara, Dominican Republic
Pitched professionally in the Dominican Republic and was signed by the St. Louis Cardinals in 2013 as an international free agent.

In high school, one of the best pitchers currently in baseball was barely noticed. He attended a school that had roughly 400 students from kindergarten to 12th grade and went undrafted during the 2007 draft. Shortstop was his primary position and he might of been an even better basketball player in high school. Played third base and shortstop during his first two years of college at Stetson University before pitching in 17 games during his junior season. The Mets selected deGrom in the ninth round of the 2010 MLB Draft.

Philadelphia Phillies Aaron Nola, Catholic (Baton Rouge, La.) | Class of 2011
Finished his high school career 21-2 and had 214 strikeouts in 152 innings. Nola posted a sub-1.85 ERA in each of his final three years and was named the Class 5A State Player of the Year by the Louisiana Sportswriters Association in 2011. He helped lead the Bears to a 5A state title during his junior season.

Washington Nationals Max Scherzer, Parkway Central (Chesterfield, Mo.) | Class of 2003
The three-time Cy Young award winner played baseball and basketball all four years of high school and started at quarterback as a freshman for the football team. During his final game as a high school pitcher he threw a five-inning no-hitter while striking out 13 batters. Scherzer was selected in the 43rd round of the 2003 draft by the St. Louis Cardinals but elected to go to the University of Missouri. After a three-year career with the Tigers, he was selected 11th overall in the 2006 MLB Draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks.

National League Central

Went 8-2 during his senior year and posted a 0.93 ERA while striking out 65 batters in 75 innings. The Angels selected Hendricks in the 39th round in 2008 but he elected to go Dartmouth and was taken by the Texas Rangers in the eighth round three years later.

Cincinnati Reds — Luis Castillo, Dominican Republic
Pitched professionally in the Dominican Republic and was signed by the San Francisco Giants in 2011 as an international free agent.

Milwaukee Brewers — Brandon Woodruff, Wheeler (Miss.) | Class of 2011
Led the Eagles with a .618 average and three home runs during his senior season and posted a 1.62 ERA en route to being an all-state selection. As a junior, he went 5-3 with a 2.98 ERA while striking out 100 batters in 49.1 innings to go with a .534 average and five home runs. As a sophomore, he had 46 strikeouts in 18 innings and posted a 1.20 ERA to go with a .565 batting average, nine home runs and 31 RBI.

Pittsburgh Pirates — Chad Kuhl, Middletown (Del.) | Class of 2010
He comes from the same high school as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Chris Godwin and was named the state's Player of the Year in 2010 by the Delaware Baseball Coaches Association after going 9-2 while posting a 1.47 ERA. He was also an all-state selection as a first baseman after batting .433 with eight home runs.

St. Louis Cardinals — Jack Flaherty, Harvard-Westlake (Studio City, Calif.) | Class of 2014
The year after Giolito and Fried graduated, Flaherty, then a junior, led the Wolverines to a CIF Southern Section Division 1 title. He pitched a complete-game shutout and drove in the lone run in a 1-0 win against Marina (Huntington Beach) at Dodger Stadium. Flaherty went 23-0 during his final two years of high school and posted a 0.63 ERA to go with 237 strikeouts in 167 innings. He was named the California Gatorade Player of the Year in 2014.

National League West

Arizona Diamondbacks — Madison Bumgarner, South Caldwell (Hudson, N.C.) | Class of 2007
The 2014 World Series MVP went 11-2 during his senior year and had a 1.05 ERA to go with 143 strikeouts in 86 innings. He hit .424 with 11 home runs and 38 RBI while leading the Spartans to a 4A state championship. Bumgarner was named the North Carolina Gatorade Player of the Year and was selected 10th overall in 2007 by the San Francisco Giants.

Colorado Rockies — German Marquez, Venezuela
Pitched professionally in Venezuela before signing an international deal with the Tampa Bay Rays in 2011. 

Los Angeles Dodgers — Clayton Kershaw, Highland Park (Dallas) | Class of 2006
The three-time National League Cy Young award winner went 13-0 and posted a 0.77 ERA during his senior season. He added 139 strikeouts in 64 innings and was selected seventh overall in the 2006 MLB Draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers. Kershaw was named the Gatorade National Player of the Year in 2006.

San Diego Padres — Yu Darvish, Japan
Darvish was 7-3 in his final year for Tohoku High School and despite being heavily scouted, chose to play professionally in Japan for the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters. After a seven-year career in Japan, he signed with the Texas Rangers in 2012 and has a career 3.47 ERA in nine seasons.

San Francisco Giants — Kevin Gausman, Grandview (Aurora, Colo.) | Class of 2010
Went 5-3 with a 4.41 ERA and had 76 strikeouts in 52.1 innings and batted .371 during his senior season to go with three home runs and 27 RBI. The Los Angeles Dodgers selected him in the sixth round of the 2010 MLB Draft but elected to go to LSU and was taken fourth overall two years later by the Baltimore Orioles after going 12-2 with a 2.77 ERA during his sophomore season for the Tigers.
High school football: Nation's No. 1-ranked quarterback, Washington signee Sam Huard breaks state record - HIGHSCORE
High school football: Nation's No. 1-ranked quarterback, Washington signee Sam Huard breaks state record
High school football's top senior quarterback prospect Sam Huard of Kennedy Catholic (Burien) broke the Washington state record for career passing yards Saturday late in the second quarter of a 60-17 home victory over  Kentwood (Covington). The 6-foot-2, 190-pound left-hander entered the game needing 341 yards to break the mark of 13,044 set by current Denver Broncos backup Brett Rypien of Shadle Park (Spokane) from 2011 to 2014.

Huard reached that with a 12-yard completion to Leland Ward just before halftime as Lancers (2-0) took a 34-3 lead at intermission. By then, Huard was 30 of 38 for 384 yards and five touchdowns.

He left the game with 4 minutes, 25 seconds left having completed 40 of 56 passes for 514 yards and eight scores, upping his career totals 13,226 passing yards and 153 touchdowns. The fourth-year starter and Washington signee told his team after the game it would be his last as a Lancer. He starts classes at Washington on Monday. 

"I've said it before and I'll say it now, coaching Sam Huard is what I imagined it would be like to coach Peyton Manning," Kennedy Catholic coach Sheldon Cross told MaxPreps Friday after the team's practice. "He wants to be so great. He does everything right. He's a great person, a great teammate and the players love him.
Kennedy Catholic quarterback Sam Huard broke the state record for career yardage during his team's home game on Saturday against Kentwood.
Photo by Paul Caldwell
Kennedy Catholic quarterback Sam Huard broke the state record for career yardage during his team's home game on Saturday against Kentwood.
"Sam being on top of the list of great Washington quarterbacks is just where he belongs."

Huard is ranked the No. 11 player in the Class of 2021 nationally by 247Sports Composite and his father Damon and uncle Brock both played quarterback in the NFL.

He's carved up opponents throughout his brilliant career, entering the pandemic-shorted 2021 spring season with 11,745 passing yards and 132 touchdowns in just 32 games. He was the MaxPreps Freshman of the Year in 2017.

Running Cross' air raid offense to near perfection, Huard opened the season completing 28 of 37 for 515 yards and seven touchdowns in a 49-14 win over Tahoma. The following week he was 30 of 42 for 444 yards and six scores during a 53-6 win over Decatur.

On Saturday, he completed touchdown passes of 32 and 35 yards to his future Washington teammate Jabez Tinae, and 14- and 11-yard TDs to Arizona State signee Junior Alexander, making it 27-3.

After an interception, the Lancers took over deep in their own territory, zoomed up field before Huard found Ward on a short dump off pass for 12 yards just before halftime to break Rypien's record.
The game was halted briefly in the first half to mark Huard breaking the record.
Photo by Paul Caldwell
The game was halted briefly in the first half to mark Huard breaking the record.
Cross called timeout, a sparse crowd — due to COVID-19 protocols — cheered and he was presented with a giant banner of Huard with a photo of his image and the words "Most passing yards in Washington state history." 

A few plays later, Kennedy Catholic was back in the end zone, where Huard has led them throughout the last four seasons.

Cross said that Huard didn't return to play in order to break the record. He simply wanted to have one more experience with his teammates. By January, most believed there there wasn't going to be a season due to the pandemic. When Washington committed to the spring, Cross said Huard was one of the first to contact him. Huard had always planned to graduate in December after his senior season to attend Washington early. When COVID-19 wiped out the fall season, Cross thought Huard was done.

"He said, 'Coach I can't miss it, I have to play with my guys one more time,' " Cross said. "I wasn't planning on him coming back. He had absolutely nothing to prove. He had his dream school all ready assured. I was in awe that he wanted to come back. It's something I'll always cherish."

Huard led a student driven advocacy group — Student Athletes of Washington (SAW) — and met with Gov. Jay Inslee to help get prep sports back in play. On Friday, in his final academic assignment, he presented a senior project on the importance of high school athletics.

On Saturday, in his final prep athletic assignment, he finished on top of the heap as king of Washington quarterback. On Monday, he's off to college.

"He's obviously way more than just a great high school football player," Cross said. "He's going to do many more great things from here."
Huard leads his teammates onto the field before the game.
Photo by Paul Caldwell
Huard leads his teammates onto the field before the game.
Photo by Paul Caldwell
Photo by Paul Caldwell
Photo by Paul Caldwell
On Senior Day, Sam poses with his father, Damon, and mother, Julie.
Photo by Paul Caldwell
On Senior Day, Sam poses with his father, Damon, and mother, Julie.

 
Jalen Duren named 2020-21 HIGHSCORE Florida High School Basketball Player of the Year - HIGHSCORE
Jalen Duren named 2020-21 MaxPreps Florida High School 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.

Jalen Duren of Montverde Academy (Montverde) is the 2020-21 MaxPreps Florida High School Basketball Player of the Year. The 6-foot-10, 230-pound junior post helped the Eagles finish the regular season with a 20-1 record and the No. 1 national ranking in this week's MaxPreps Top 25.

In 13 games of National Interscholastic Basketball Conference (NIBC) play this season, Duren averaged 15.5 points, 10.6 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per contest while shooting an efficient 63 percent from the field.

A Philadelphia native, Duren transferred from Roman Catholic prior to the 2019-2020 season. He was named first team MaxPreps Sophomore All-American last season.

Duren is regarded as the No. 2 prospect in the Class of 2022 overall according to 247Sports. Alabama, Kentucky, Michigan, UCLA and Villanova are among the college basketball powers that have extended offers.

Each state's MaxPreps Player of the Year will be considered for inclusion in the MaxPreps All-America Team, which is scheduled to be released April 13.
Jalen Duren throws down a dunk against Sunrise Christian Academy.
Photo by Annette Wilkerson
Jalen Duren throws down a dunk against Sunrise Christian Academy.