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High school football: Valdosta parts ways with controversial head coach Rush Propst - OFFICIAL
High school football: Valdosta parts ways with controversial head coach Rush Propst
The Valdosta Daily Times was among those reporting Thursday that controversial high school football coach Rush Propst will not return to Valdosta (Ga.) next season. In February, he was the subject of a lengthy deposition that alleged he was involved in recruiting, mishandling money and even interfering in the hiring process that brought him to the program to begin with.

The deposition is part of a lawsuit brought on the City of Valdosta Board of Education by plaintiff Leah Rodemaker, wife of former Valdosta football coach Alan Rodemaker, who was let go after the 2019 season.

Propst owns a career record of 299-92 – including 7-5 in his lone season at Valdosta – and has won seven state titles during a high-profile, 30-year career. He garnered national attention while at Hoover (Ala.), which was featured on MTV's popular "Two-A-Days" reality show. He resigned there in 2007 mired in controversy over numerous in-house allegations, including grade-tampering and an admitted extra-marital affair.

He was dismissed at Colquitt County (Norman Park, Ga.) in 2019 after being charged with lack of compliance, improper conduct with students, dishonesty and misuse of public funds and property. Reports indicate he gave pills to students "on more than one occasion" and owed nearly $450,000 in delinquent federal and state taxes.

Michael Nelson, who has been involved with the Valdosta Touchdown Club booster organization for many years, said in his sworn deposition that Propst, among other things, paid for housing for two transfers, facilitated recruiting of players with the help of college coaches, asked for a "funny money" slush fund and meddled in his own hiring process.
Rush Propst looks on during a loss to rival Lowndes in October.
Photo by Gary McCullough
Rush Propst looks on during a loss to rival Lowndes in October.
OFFICIAL/AVCA Players of the Week for September 6, 2020 - OFFICIAL
MaxPreps/AVCA Players of the Week for September 6, 2020

MaxPreps/AVCA
HIGH SCHOOL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK


Alabama
Merritt Beason


Gardendale High School (Gardendale, AL), 5 - 4

6'3" Senior, OH

Week of August 31 – September 6, 2020: 9 Sets Played
Stats
Kills: 56
Kills/Game: 6.2
Digs: 16
Digs/Game: 1.8
Receptions: 42
Rcpt/Game: 4.7
Aces: 5
Blocks: 1

Arkansas
Brooke Wright

Mansfield High School (Mansfield, AR), 5 - 0

5'10" Senior, MB,RS

Week of August 31 – September 6, 2020: 10 Sets Played
Stats
Kills: 53
Kills/Game: 5.3
Digs: 9
Digs/Game: 0.9
Aces: 6
Blocks: 10

Florida

Bell High School (Bell, FL), 1 - 0
6'1" Senior, OH

Week of August 31 – September 6, 2020: 3 Sets Played
Stats
Kills: 17
Kills/Game: 5.7
Digs: 2
Digs/Game: 0.7
Aces: 1

Georgia
Lauren Haynes

Walker High School (Marietta, GA), 6 - 7

6'1" Junior, OH

Week of August 31 – September 6, 2020: 9 Sets Played
Stats
Kills: 60
Kills/Game: 6.7
Digs: 42
Digs/Game: 4.7
Receptions: 36
Rcpt/Game: 4
Aces: 7
Blocks: 2

Idaho
Kynlee Thornton

Lighthouse Christian High School (Twin Falls, ID), 2 - 1

5'10" Senior, MH,OH

Week of August 31 – September 6, 2020: 8 Sets Played
Stats
Kills: 32
Kills/Game: 4
Digs: 10
Digs/Game: 1.3
Receptions: 26
Rcpt/Game: 3.3
Aces: 2
Blocks: 8

Indiana
Taylor Cooney


Greensburg High School (Greensburg, IN), 11-0

5'9" Senior, S

Week of August 31 – September 6, 2020: 6 Sets Played
Stats:
Assists: 70
Assists/Game: 11.7
Team Hitting%: 0.247
Digs: 11
Digs/Game: 1.8
Blocks: 1

Iowa
Ellie Bobinet

Osage High School (Osage, IA), 3-0

5'9" Senior, S

Week of August 31 – September 6, 2020: 6 Sets Played
Stats:
Assists: 60
Assists/Game: 10
Team Hitting%: 0.365
Digs: 13
Digs/Game: 2.2
Aces: 3

Kansas

Riverton High School (Riverton, KS), 3 - 0
5'11" Sophomore, MB,OH

Week of August 31 – September 6, 2020: 6 Sets Played
Stats
Kills: 33
Kills/Game: 5.5
Digs: 15
Digs/Game: 2.5
Receptions: 22
Rcpt/Game: 3.7
Aces: 6
Blocks: 9

Michigan
Jenna Reitsma

Lowell High School (Lowell, MI), 3 - 0
5'11" Senior, OH

Week of August 31 – September 6, 2020: 9 Sets Played
Stats
Kills: 60
Kills/Game: 6.7
Digs: 37
Digs/Game: 4.1
Receptions: 45
Rcpt/Game: 5
Aces: 4
Blocks: 2

Mississippi
Jill Sullivan


Hartfield Academy (Flowood, MS), 14 - 1

5'9" Senior, S

Week of August 31 – September 6, 2020: 6 Sets Played
Stats:
Assists: 62
Assists/Game: 10.3
Team Hitting%: 0.442
Digs: 6
Digs/Game: 1
Aces: 12
Blocks: 1

Missouri
Maggie McInerney


St. Teresa's Academy (Kansas City, MO), 1 - 1

6'1" Senior, OH

Week of August 31 – September 6, 2020: 5 Sets Played
Stats
Kills: 28
Kills/Game: 5.6
Digs: 19
Digs/Game: 3.8
Receptions: 13
Rcpt/Game: 2.6
Blocks: 3

Montana
Sophia Sulzbacher


Stillwater Christian High School (Kalispell, MT), 3 - 2

5'6" Junior, OH, S

Week of August 31 – September 6, 2020: 6 Sets Played
Stats
Kills: 22
Kills/Game: 3.7
Digs: 6
Digs/Game: 1
Receptions: 13
Rcpt/Game: 2.2
Aces: 14
Blocks: 1

Nebraska
Mya Larson


Wahoo High School (Wahoo, NE), 6 - 0
5'10 Junior, OH,DS

Week of August 31 – September 6, 2020: 9 Sets Played
Stats
Kills: 51
Kills/Game: 5.7
Digs: 51
Digs/Game: 5.7
Receptions: 32
Rcpt/Game: 3.6
Aces: 5
Blocks: 2

North Carolina
Caitlin McKenna

Liberty Christian Academy (Fayetteville, NC), 1 - 1

Junior, OPP,OH

Week of August 31 – September 6, 2020: 7 Sets Played
Stats
Kills: 17
Kills/Game: 2.4
Digs: 17
Digs/Game: 2.4
Receptions: 14
Rcpt/Game: 2
Aces: 3

North Dakota
Sophie Hackman

Velva High School (Velva, ND), 2 - 0

5'9 Senior, MH

Week of August 31 – September 6, 2020: 7 Sets Played
Stats
Kills: 19
Kills/Game: 2.7
Digs: 4
Digs/Game: 0.6
Blocks: 5

Ohio
Devyne Eisenhauer

Margaretta High School (Castalia, OH), 5 - 1

5'11 Junior, MH

Week of August 31 – September 6, 2020: 12 Sets Played
Stats
Kills: 74
Kills/Game: 6.2
Digs: 64
Digs/Game: 5.3
Receptions: 71
Rcpt/Game: 5.9
Aces: 1
Blocks: 5

Oklahoma
Audrey Buford

Bishop Kelley High School (Tulsa, OK), 8 - 3

Senior, S

Week of August 31 – September 6, 2020: 4 Sets Played
Stats
Kills: 17
Kills/Game: 4.3
Digs: 17
Digs/Game: 4.3
Receptions: 5
Rcpt/Game: 1.3
Aces: 2
Blocks: 2

South Carolina
Emmie Lancaster

Spartanburg Christian Academy (Spartanburg, SC), 3 - 1

5'10 Senior, OH

Week of August 31 – September 6, 2020: 11 Sets Played
Stats
Kills: 52
Kills/Game: 4.7
Digs: 26
Digs/Game: 2.4
Receptions: 36
Rcpt/Game: 3.3
Aces: 7
Blocks: 6

South Dakota
Brooklyn Kusler


Aberdeen Central High School (Aberdeen, SD), 4 - 0

5'11 Senior, OH

Week of August 31 – September 6, 2020: 6 Sets Played
Stats
Kills: 28
Kills/Game: 4.7
Digs: 14
Digs/Game: 2.3
Receptions: 13
Rcpt/Game: 2.2
Aces: 5
Blocks: 2

Tennessee
Jordan Allen


Tipton-Rosemark Academy (Millington, TN), 8 - 1

Senior,

Week of August 31 – September 6, 2020: 8 Sets Played
Stats
Kills: 38
Kills/Game: 4.8
Digs: 15
Digs/Game: 1.9
Receptions: 54
Rcpt/Game: 6.8
Aces: 3
Blocks: 5

Texas
Jada Hudson


Grandview High School (Grandview, TX), 6 - 4

5'10 Senior, OH,S

Week of August 31 – September 6, 2020: 9 Sets Played
Stats
Kills: 46
Kills/Game: 5.1
Digs: 46
Digs/Game: 5.1
Receptions: 51
Rcpt/Game: 5.7
Aces: 2
Blocks: 3

Utah
Ryen Bradshaw


Salem Hills High School (Salem, UT), 10 - 2

6'0 Senior, OH

Week of August 31 – September 6, 2020: 10 Sets Played
Stats
Kills: 41
Kills/Game: 4.1
Digs: 28
Digs/Game: 2.8
Receptions: 42
Rcpt/Game: 4.2
Aces: 1
Blocks: 5

West Virginia
Anna Umpleby


Parkersburg High School (Parkersburg, WV), 3 - 0

Senior, OH

Week of August 31 – September 6, 2020: 7 Sets Played
Stats
Kills: 38
Kills/Game: 5.4
Digs: 20
Digs/Game: 2.9
Receptions: 8
Rcpt/Game: 1.1
Aces: 1
Blocks: 2

Wyoming
Allyson Fertig

Douglas High School (Douglas, WY), 4 - 1

6'4 Senior, OH,MH

Week of August 31 – September 6, 2020: 7 Sets Played
Stats
Kills: 37
Kills/Game: 5.3
Digs: 27
Digs/Game: 3.9
Aces: 2
Blocks: 5

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High school basketball: Teams with most championships - OFFICIAL
High school basketball: Teams with most championships
DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.) leads our list of high school basketball programs with the most championships, although the Stags don't exactly play for a title at the state level. DeMatha is one of 13 West Catholic Athletic Conference members, traditionally one of the toughest leagues in the country. Despite playing against some of the top teams on the East Coast, DeMatha has managed to claim 41 WCAC championships and that type of success can't be overlooked.

The Stags have dominated WCAC play, winning 41 of the 60 conference championships including a string of 22 of 25 titles between 1961 and 1985 under legendary coach Morgan Wootten.

DeMatha leads Booker T. Washington (Tulsa, Okla.), which had 33 state championships over the course of two different eras. Playing in the segregation era, Booker T. Washington won 17 state championships in the Oklahoma Interscholastic Athletic Association. After integration, the Hornets won another 16 state titles in the Oklahoma Secondary Schools Athletic Association.

Tied for third are William Penn Charter (Philadelphia) and Madison-Ridgeland (Madison, Miss.). Like DeMatha, Penn Charter and MRA do not play for championships in the state association postseason tournaments. Penn Charter is a member of the Inter-Academic Conference in the Philadelphia area of Pennsylvania. Started in 1887, the Inter-AC is one of the oldest continuing conferences in the nation, but it does not play in the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Association.

Likewise, Madison-Ridgeland is not a member of the Mississippi High Schools Activities Association, but instead plays in the MidSouth Association of Independent Schools (MAIS), which was formed in 1968. The Patriots have won 32 class championships in the MAIS and 13 overall titles. The overall championship is determined by a tournament involving all of the class tournament finalists. Longtime coach Richard Duease, the winningest coach in Mississippi history, has led the Patriots to all their state titles.

The No. 5 team on the list is St. Anthony (Jersey City, N.J.), which won 27 state championships, 26 of them under longtime coach Bob Hurley.

The following list includes a Top 25 along with a listing of all other teams known to have won at least 10 championships. Aside from state associations, independent school associations are also included. Champions lists for all independent schools association were not available. Any additions or corrects, contact Kevin Askeland at [email protected] Sources for the list include the NFHS record book, state association record books.
DeMatha has won the most boys basketball titles, grabbing 41 WCAC crowns. The 2015-16 team was one squad that helped that total.
File photo by Patrick Kane
DeMatha has won the most boys basketball titles, grabbing 41 WCAC crowns. The 2015-16 team was one squad that helped that total.
Programs with 10-plus championships

1.   41 — DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.)
2.   33 — Booker T. Washington (Tulsa, Okla.)
2.   33 — Wheeling Central Catholic (Wheeling, W. Va.)*
4.   32 — William Penn Charter (Philadelphia)
4.   32 — Madison-Ridgeland Academy (Madison, Miss.)
6.   30 — Benedictine (Richmond, Va.)*
7.   27 — St. Anthony (Jersey City, N.J.)
8.   26 — Central (Cheyenne, Wyo.)
9.   24 — Hillhouse (New Haven, Conn.)
9.   24 — Germantown Academy (Fort Washington, Pa.)
11.   22 — Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas)
12. 21 — Bishop Hendricken (Warwick, R.I.)
12. 21 — Portsmouth (N.H.)
12. 21 — Burlington (Vt.)
15. 20 — Wyandotte (Kansas City, Kan.)
16. 19 — Manchester Central (Manchester, N.H.)
16. 19 — Jackson Prep (Jackson, Miss.)
18. 18 — Clinton (N.Y.)
18. 18 — Scott County Central (Sikeston, Mo.)
18. 18 — Miami (Fla.)
18. 18 — Proctor (Vt.)
18. 18 — Minot (N.D.)
23. 17 — Haverford School (Haverford, Pa.)
23. 17 — Lanier (Jackson, Miss.)
23. 17 — Provo (Utah)
23. 17 — Hobbs (N.M.)
23. 17 — Virginia City (Nev.)
23. 17 — Central (Little Rock, Ark.)
23. 17 — Wheatley (Houston)

16 championships
Campbell County (Gillette, Wyo.)
Dunbar (Baltimore)
East Anchorage (Anchorage, Alaska)
Hope Christian (Albuquerque)
Lanier (Sugar Hill, Ga.)
Malvern Prep (Malvern, Pa.)
Mitchell (S.D.)
Phoenix Union (Ariz.)
Rice Memorial (South Burlington, Vt.)
Westbury Christian (Houston)
Woodrow Wilson (Beckley, W. Va.)

15 championships
Episcopal Academy (Newtown Square, Pa.)
Garfield (Seattle)
Lincoln High (Neb.)
Martinsville (Va.)
Millwood (Oklahoma City)
Southern Lab (Baton Rouge, La.)
Zwolle (La.)

14 championships
Allegany (Cumberland, Md.)
Boys & Girls (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
Douglass (Oklahoma City)
Malone (Fla.)
Mesa (Ariz.)
Natrona County (Casper, Wyo.)
New Hanover (Wilmington, N.C.)
Pahranagat Valley (Alamo, Nev.)
Patrick School (Hillside, N.J.)
River Rouge (Mich.)
Seton Hall Prep (West Orange, N.J.)
Virgin Valley (Mesquite, Nev.)
Westerly (R.I.)
Wilbur Cross (New Haven, Conn.)

13 championships
Bangor (Maine)
Bismarck (N.D.)
Borah (Boise, Idaho)
Creighton Prep (Omaha, Neb.)
Durham (N.C.)
Huntington (W. Va.)
Lincoln (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
McPherson (Kan.)
Newton (Kan.)
Parkview (Little Rock, Ark.)
Pine Bluff (Ark.)
Reno (Nev.)
Rock Springs (Wyo.)
Central (Tulsa, Okla.)
West Rutland (Vt.)

12 championships
Albuquerque (N.M.)
Boulder City (Nev.)
Central (Providence, R.I.)
Cliff (N.M.)
Conant (Jaffrey, N.H.)
DeLaSalle (Minneapolis)
Groveton (N.H.)
Las Vegas (Nev.)
Lehi (Utah)
Lincoln Northeast (Lincoln, Neb.)
Manual (Denver, Colo.)
Spaulding (Barre, Vt.)
Star Valley (Afton, Wyo.)
Vashon (St. Louis, Mo.)
Harding (Bridgeport, Conn.)
Winooski (Vt.)
Wyoming Indian (Ethete, Wyo.)

11 championships
Abraham Clark (Roselle, N.J.)
Burlington (Wyo.)
Camden (N.J.)
Charleston (Mo.)
Christ the King (Middle Village, N.Y.)
Denver East (Denver)
Sacred Heart (Falls City, Neb.)
Fort Thomas (Ariz.)
Greensboro Day School (Greensboro, N.C.)
Huron (S.D.)
Idaho Falls (Idaho)
Jonesboro (Ark.)
Juneau-Douglas (Juneau, Alaska)
Kinston (N.C.)
Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.)
Moscow (Idaho)
Nashua South (Nashua, N.H.)
Punahou (Honolulu)
Savannah (Ga.)
South Portland (Maine)
South Sevier (Monroe, Utah)
St. Joseph (Trumbull, Conn.)
St. Michael's (Santa Fe, N.M.)
Sunnyside Christian (Sunnyside, Wash.)
Wahoo (Neb.)

10 championships
Beaverhead County (Dillon, Mont.)
Bingham (South Jordan, Utah)
Buffalo (Wyo.)
Butte (Mont.)
Great Falls (Mont.)
Great Falls (S.C.)
Gwynn Park (Brandywine, Md.)
Hall (Little Rock, Ark.)
Helena (Mont.)
Hopkins (Minnetonka, Minn.)
'Iolani (Honolulu)
Jonesport-Beals (Jonesport, Maine)
Lapwai (Idaho)
Lowry (Winnemucca, Nev.)
Lynden (Wash.)
Newport News (Va.)
Northfork (W. Va.)
Omaha Central (Omaha, Neb.)
Pocatello (Idaho)
Portland (Maine)
Poultney (Vt.)
Preston (Idaho)
Randolph (Wis.)
Hatch (Uniontown, Ala.)
Redemptorist (Baton Rouge, La.)
Rigby (Idaho)
Sanford (Hockessin, Del.)
St. Jude Educational Institute (Montgomery, Ala.)
Pima (Ariz.)
Thatcher (Ariz.)
Washington (Sioux Falls, S.D.)
South (Wichita, Kan.)
Yankton (S.D.)
2020-21 OFFICIAL All-America Team: Chet Holmgren headlines high school basketball's best and most talented players - OFFICIAL
2020-21 MaxPreps All-America Team: Chet Holmgren headlines high school basketball's best and most talented players
Each year since 2006, MaxPreps has recognized the top high school basketball players in America. Past honorees include 2021 NBA All-Stars Bradley Beal (2011), Jaylen Brown (2015), Devin Booker (2014), Anthony Davis (2011), Kevin Durant (2008), James Harden (2007), Kyrie Irving (2010), Zach LaVine (2013), Julius Randle (2012 and 2013), Ben Simmons (2014 and 2015), Jayson Tatum (2014, 2015 and 2016) and Zion Williamson (2017 and 2018).

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

Highlighted by MaxPreps National Player of the Year selection Chet Holmgren of Minnehaha Academy (Minneapolis), we present the 2020-21 MaxPreps All-America Team.
Graphic By: Ryan Escobar
First Team

6-foot-1 | Senior (2021) | Guard | Tennessee
Averaged 14.7 points, 5.1 assists, 4.2 rebounds and 3.1 steals per game, guiding the Buffaloes to the GEICO Nationals title game.

6-9 | Senior (2021) | Forward | Kentucky
MaxPreps Texas Player of the Year averaged 35.2 points, 14.4 rebounds, 7.0 assists and 6.2 blocks for the 19-5 Rabbits.

6-10 | Junior (2022) | Center | Uncommitted
No. 2-ranked junior prospect averaged 14.3 points, 8.4 rebounds and 2.2 blocks per contest to help the Eagles win a fifth national championship since 2013.

MAXPREPS NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE YEAR
7-0 | Senior (2021) | Center | Uncommitted
Averaged 20.8 points, 12.6 rebounds, 4.7 blocks and 4.5 assists while shooting 80 percent from the field. Holmgren was part of four state championship teams at Minnehaha Academy.

6-3 | Senior (2021) | Guard | Uncommitted
Helped put AZ Compass Prep on the national map this season, averaging 24 points, seven assists and six rebounds per game.

Second Team

Matthew Cleveland, Pace Academy (Atlanta)
6-7 | Senior (2021) | Wing | Florida State
Five-star prospect averaged 22.8 points, 10.6 rebounds, 3.3 steals and 2.6 assists, helping Knights to their second consecutive state title and first GEICO Nationals berth.

6-3 | Senior (2021) | Guard | Alabama
Tallied 32.4 points, 10.8 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 3.6 steals per game as the Tigers reached the state semifinals. Davison opened his senior campaign with a 57-point game and posted 14 double-doubles.
6-5 | Senior (2021) | Guard | Duke
Limited to just 11 games, future Blue Devil averaged 28.7 points, 9.1 rebounds, 7.2 assists and 3.8 steals while recording six triple-doubles. Piled up 1,803 career points.

6-10 | Senior (2021) | Forward | Auburn
Produced 23.4 points, 9.5 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 2.5 blocks per game to lead the Patriots to the state championship game. Finished career with just under 2,000 points.

6-7 | Senior (2021) | Wing | Loyola-Chicago
MaxPreps Nebraska Player of the Year averaged 21.2 points, 7.9 rebounds and 5.2 assists per game in leading Millard North to its first state title.

Third Team

6-10 | Senior (2021) | Forward | Michigan
Versatile five-star forward led fifth-ranked Ascenders in scoring and rebounding, averaging 14.1 points and 7.5 rebounds per outing while shooting 64 percent from the field.

6-3 | Junior (2022) | Guard | Uncommitted
Atlanta Journal Constitution Class 6A Player of the Year averaged 32 points, seven rebounds and six assists as Longhorns reached the state title game.

6-6 | Junior (2022) | Wing | Uncommitted
Poured in 31.1 points per game to go along with 15.8 rebounds, 6.1 assists and 4.7 steals while shooting 71 percent from the field for state quarterfinalists.

Hunter Sallis, Millard North
6-5 | Senior (2021) | Guard | Gonzaga
Top 10 prospect averaged 22.2 points, 5.6 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.4 steals. Sallis tallied 25 points, six rebounds and five assists in Mustangs' state-title game win.

6-2 | Junior (2021) | Guard | Ohio State
Atlanta Journal Constitution 7A Player of the Year averaged 17 points, nine assists and seven rebounds per contest. Led Eagles to their first state title since 2012 and the program's first GEICO Nationals appearance.

Honorable Mention

6-8 | Junior (2022) | Wing | Uncommitted
Top-ranked Class of 2022 prospect averaged 25.2 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2.5 assists in a shortened 10-game season for the first-year program.

6-11 | Senior (2021) | Center | Oregon
Oregon native averaged 17 points, eight rebounds and three blocks per game in lone season with the No. 10 Crew.

6-6 | Senior (2021) | Guard | Michigan State
Catalyst for the Hurricanes' first state championship, averaging 33.4 points, 11.2 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 2.3 steals.

Malaki Branham, St. Vincent-St. Mary (Akron, Ohio)
6-4 | Senior (2021) | Guard | Ohio State
Ohio Mr. Basketball averaged 21.3 points, 5.1 rebounds and 2.7 assists per contest. Branham put an exclamation point on his senior year with 37 points in the Fighting Irish's title victory.

Kendall Brown, Sunrise Christian Academy
6-8 | Senior (2021) | Guard | Baylor
Five-star prospect averaged a team-high 16 points per game and shot 62 percent from the field to help third-ranked Buffaloes to their second consecutive top five finish in the national rankings.

6-6 | Senior (2021) | Guard | Michigan State
Chicago Sun-Times Player of the Year averaged 24 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and three steals to guide the Mustangs to a 15-0 record. Christie became the all-time leading scorer in Mid-Suburban League history, finishing with over 2,000 career points.

6-3 | Senior (2021) | Guard | Connecticut
MaxPreps Pennsylvania Player of the Year helped the Vikings reach state championship game, averaging 18.6 points, 6.5 assists and 3.5 steals per contest. He became the program's all-time leading scorer in the process with over 1,400 points.

6-10 | Senior (2021) | Forward | Purdue
MaxPreps Indiana Player of the Year averaged 21.5 points, 14.4 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.1 blocks to lead the Braves to their second consecutive state title. Furst finished an impressive four-year run as the program's all-time leading scorer with 2,087 career points.

6-5 | Senior (2021) | Guard | Connecticut
MaxPreps Maryland Player of the Year averaged 18.8 points, 11.4 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 2.1 steals and 1.9 blocked shots per contest as the Stags finished No. 4 in final MaxPreps Top 25.

6-3 | Senior (2021) | Guard | Kentucky
MaxPreps Utah Player of the Year averaged 16.0 points, 3.3 assists and 2.5 rebounds per game to help the Tigers finish No. 12 in final MaxPreps Top 25.

DaRon Holmes, AZ Compass Prep
6-8 | Senior (2021) | Forward | Dayton
Top 50 prospect transferred after the New Year and provided a strong second option for the Dragons, averaging 15 points, nine rebounds and three blocks per contest.

6-7 | Senior (2021) | Forward | Kentucky
MaxPreps Illinois Player of the Year averaged 24.4 points, 12.5 rebounds and three assists per game to lead the Friars to the Catholic League Blue championship.

Caleb Houstan, Montverde Academy
6-8 | Senior (2021) | Forward | Michigan
Top 10 prospect averaged 13.2 points and 4.6 rebounds per outing while shooting 53 percent from the field and 40 percent from 3-point range.

6-7 | Senior (2021) | Wing | Stanford
Five-star prospect averaged 23.5 points, 13.5 rebounds and 8.3 assists per outing in an abbreviated 7-2 season.

6-3 | Senior (2021) | Guard | North Carolina State
MaxPreps North Carolina Player of the Year averaged 25.6 points per game to lead the Jaguars to their third straight state championship, posting a 76-2 record during their dominant three-year run. Smith pumped in 33 points, 10 assists, nine rebounds and five steals in the state title game.
High school softball rankings: Florida, Texas postseason play heats up for 11 teams in OFFICIAL Top 25 - OFFICIAL
High school softball rankings: Florida, Texas postseason play heats up for 11 teams in MaxPreps Top 25
Florida is one off 11 states headed to the postseason this week while others are still in their season's infancy. Lakewood Ranch (Bradenton, Fla.), No. 3 in this week's MaxPreps Top 25 high school softball, landed the 7A District 12 two-seed, while the one seed went to No. 9 Newsome (Lithia, Fla.). The two could meet up Friday in the District final.

The top team in California keeps changing each week as Golden State action really starts to ramp up. With so much talent spread throughout the Golden State and the unlikelihood of any postseason, one or two losses could really impact where a team finishes in the rankings.

Stevie Hansen and Norco (Calif.) hold down the sixth-spot. The Oregon signee is one of the top pitchers and players in the country.
Cassidy McClellan, Lakewood Ranch
Photo by Stacy White
Cassidy McClellan, Lakewood Ranch
MaxPreps Top 25 high school softball rankings

1. Leander (Texas)
Record:
29-0 | Last week: 1
The top-ranked Lions prepare for postseason play starting Thursday.

2. Barbers Hill (Mt. Belvieu, Texas)
Record:
29-2 | Last week: 2
The Eagles ride a 26-game winning streak heading into the playoffs.

3. Lakewood Ranch (Bradenton, Fla.)
Record:
23-2 | Last week: 3
The Mustangs open up 7A District 12 play on Tuesday.

4. Park Vista (Lake Worth, Fla.)
Record:
23-0 | Last week: 5
The Cobras have a bye and will host District play on Wednesday.

5. Marist (Chicago)
Record:
10-0 | Last week: 6
The RedHawks have outscored its opponents 89-12.

6. Norco (Calif.)
Record:
9-1 | Last week: 7
After an early season loss, the Cougars have rolled off nine impressive wins.

7. Hewitt-Trussville (Trussville, Ala.)
Record:
38-2-1 | Last week: 8
Kenleigh Cahalan, Riley Tyree and Anyce Harvey all knocked three hits in a 17-2 win over previously ranked Fairhope.

8. Warren (San Antonio)
Record:
22-0 | Last week: 10
The Warriors have scored 10 or more runs in 12 of 22 games this season.

9. Newsome (Lithia, Fla.)
Record:
23-0 | Last week: 11
The Wolves have a first-round bye in District play. They open up on Wednesday.

10. Lake Creek (Montgomery, Texas)
Record:
30-0 | Last week: 12
The Lions have shutout 22 of 30 opponents this season and have allowed 14 runs total.

11. University (Orange City, Fla.)
Record:
20-0 | Last week: 13
The Titans host a District semifinal game Wednesday after their a first-round bye.

12. Bob Jones (Madison, Ala.)
Record:
29-3 | Last week: 14
The Patriots have four more regular season games before playoffs begin in early May.

13. Neshoba Central (Philadelphia, Miss.)
Record:
24-0 | Last week: 15
The Rockets opened up playoffs Monday with a 12-1 win.

14. Spring-Ford (Royersford, Pa.)
Record:
7-0 | Last week: 17
The Rams won three close games this past week by a total of four runs.

15. Villa Park (Calif.)
Record:
11-0 | Last week: 19
Spartans making a case for top-ranked team in California as they have blanked their last four opponents.

16. Doral Academy (Doral, Fla.)
Record:
22-2 | Last week: 20
Firebirds host a District semifinal on Tuesday.

17. Lake Central (St. John, Ind.)
Record:
14-0 | Last week: 21
Sydney Doloszycki had three hits and a home run Monday to lead the Indians in a 9-0 win over Valparaiso.

18. Judson (Converse, Texas)
Record:
25-1 | Last week: 22
The Rockets begin playoffs Thursday at home against Clark.

19. Mater Dei Catholic (Chula Vista, Calif.)
Record:
11-0 | Last week: 23
Sophomore Ayanna Shaw had five hits last week including two home runs as the Crusaders remained perfect.

20. Crown Point (Ind.)
Record:
11-1 | Last week: 24
After a 4-2 loss to No. 19 Lake Central, the Bulldogs have won six-straight.

21. Williamsburg (Ohio)
Record:
12-0 | Last week: 25
The Wildcats have allowed just four runs in 12 games.

22. Westlake (Westlake Village, Calif.)
Record:
8-1 | Last week: 9
Daryn Siegel hit her fifth home run of the season. The Warriors have 22 long balls in nine games.

23. Sabino (Tucson, Ariz.)
Record:
15-0 | Last week: NR
Junior Riley Nielson is 12-0 in the circle with a 0.61 ERA. She is also batting .500 with three home runs at the plate.

24. South Gibson (Medina, Tenn.)
Record:
25-0 | Last week: NR
The first Tennessee squad to join the MaxPreps Top 25 this year. The team has scored over 200 runs while allowing 39.

25. Benson (Ariz.)
Record:
14-0 | Last week: NR
Emily Darwin and Celina Wilharm have 11 home runs combined and have led the Bobcats to a perfect start.