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California high school sports: State officials, CIF, coaches find common ground, talks to resume next week - HIGHSCORE
California high school sports: State officials, CIF, coaches find common ground, talks to resume next week
When seven people meet on a Zoom call for the first time, to largely make decisions concerning more than 3 million young athletes, it’s good to start with some commonality.

The seven who met Thursday afternoon to discuss the return of youth sports in California got to that space early in the 62-minute call, said Serra (San Mateo, Calif.) football coach Patrick Walsh, and it led to what he called a “progressive, positive and open” dialogue.

Walsh, one of three coaches, California Interscholastic Federation Executive Director Ron Nocetti, Let Them Play co-founder Brad Hensley, and two Gov. Gavin Newsom staffers — Dr. Mark Ghaly and Jim DeBoo — planned to meet again early next week to continue talks on how to return youth and high school sports back safely and swiftly.

“There were a lot of similarities between every man on that call,” said Walsh, the organizer of the 700-member Golden State High School Football Coaches Community. “All of us have kids, all of them play sports and all of us care about sports. How do we all get to the same point in an expeditious way? The phone call did not impede that conversation.

“I felt like the aura of the call was positive. The spirit of the kids were in that room and on the call. Hopefully we can advance the ball down the field knowing that we can’t do this forever because at some point we’re going to run out of time."
Patrick Walsh (right) leads his Serra Padres into the 2019 CIF State Division 1-AA championship game against Corona del Mar.
File photo by Ming Chung
Patrick Walsh (right) leads his Serra Padres into the 2019 CIF State Division 1-AA championship game against Corona del Mar.
Part of the positive feeling came from improving COVID-19 test results throughout the state.

That led Newsom to lift mandatory at-home orders on Jan. 25, which opened high school play this week for sports slotted in the purple tier: cross country, golf, tennis, swimming and diving and cross country.

Other contact or indoor sports, such as football, volleyball and basketball, are running out of time. Lifting or altering the current tier California system would go a long way to getting other sports started and finished by the end of the school year.

On Tuesday, the National Federation of State High School Associations, the national governing body of prep sports, revised its May guidance document on the risk of COVID-19 during high school athletics, highlighted by the elimination of tiers assigned to specific sports.

NFHS REVISES COVID-19 GUIDANCE: Complete NFHS guidance

"That was awesome timing for us," De La Salle (Concord) football coach Justin Alumbaugh said. "It's not like we were saying 'we told you so.' It just supports what we've been saying and what people have been telling us. To get that information confirmed from a major institution like the NFHS was awesome."

Discussions of the tiers were mentioned Thursday, but more details will come next week Walsh said. The coaches group, which also includes Ron Gladnick, of Torrey Pines (San Diego), had met twice earlier with DeBoo, Newsom's top aide, but this was the first time they had met Ghaly, the state's Secretary of Health.

"I really liked his demeanor," Walsh said. "He's very pleasant, very thoughtful. I enjoyed the opportunity to meet the man."

Alumbaugh and Walsh said Ghaly was very receptive to the data that the Golden State and Let Them Play groups have supplied over the last three weeks, and encouraged more. Ghaly and DeBoo asked many questions, according to Alumbaugh and Walsh.

"Dr. Ghaly is a very bright man, no doubt about that," Alumbaugh said. "He understands what's going on. He's definitely aware of all the dynamics — the science, the data, statistics. He's far more of an expert that we are.

"The meeting was cooperative. It was positive. We're just trying to push the dialogue forward and they are too. Let's get this done."

Said Walsh: "I think everyone would love to come out with an announcement right now, but I did not anticipate that happening today, particularly since it was the first time we've had the opportunity to talk with Dr. Ghaly. It was a very good dialogue and discussion both ways. We're excited about setting a pathway forward."

So is Nocetti.

"Since the COVID-19 numbers have been trending in a better direction we definitely have had more frequent meetings with the California Department of Public Health and the governor's office," he said. "We feel those meetings are progressing toward a pathway to return. And we're going to continue to have those meetings."

Nocetti heads the organization that governs high school sports in the state and serves more than 800,000 athletes annually. Until this week, all California high school sports had been paused since April 3 due to the pandemic. It is one of 17 states that didn't play football in the traditional fall season.

The CIF has maintained that football's end date this spring can go as late as May 1, though some of the state's 10 sections have adopted an April 17 end date in order to prepare for the 2021 fall football season.

An earlier end date means the pressure is on to get the season going sooner. Walsh and Alumbaugh are hoping sections will be more flexible.

"You go from the end date and work backwards," Walsh said. "If we can start sometime in early March that gives us 5-8 games. I think all reasonable players and coaches would be happy with that.

"It's important that both sides know the hard ends and realize that we don't have a lot of time. Do we have some time? Yes. Do we have a lot of time? No."

Thursday's meeting came a day after Newsom addressed youth sports during a press conference at the Oakland Coliseum.

Among the topics included physical and mental health, the guidelines, football, data and even a lawsuit filed last week from two San Diego High School football players seeking an "immediate resumption of play."

In a stirring 32-minute press conference put on by the two advocacy groups on Friday, Gladnick had pleaded with Newsom to "help and engage with us," and to "work together."

Walsh said after hearing Newsom's remarks on Wednesday that he was more encouraged than ever that engagement is taking place. That was backed up with Thursday's meeting.

"I could tell he has put thought into youth sports in California and that's a great step in the right direction," Walsh said. "As we know, Gov. Newsom believes in sports and knows how much youth sports builds character, camaraderie, and self esteem.

"We are hopeful that the Governor will continue to look at the data and science presented to him and re-open the state for youth sports soon."

Here is what Newsom said Wednesday in its entirety about youth sports:

"Last week we made an announcement and that allowed for youth sports like track and field to take place. It's just the levels that we are and have provided a framework to allow certain youth sports to take shape in competition.

"That said, we have been in very direct conversations. Personally, I launched those conversations last week. My team is in constant contact, trying to work through these different tiers.

"The red tier, you'll start to see baseball. In subsequent tiers, we'll get to football. But I'll be honest with you, a lot of this is driven by football and folks wanting to get a football season in. And I am deeply sensitive to that.

"As I said, I not only have four kids who want to be educated, but they love sports. So I recognize all of the benefits — physical and mental — as well as the benefits to teachers and parents who have kids who are engaged in physical activities in terms of our responsibility to support those children as well. We want to see this happen.

"We want to do it safely and a lot of great data has been provided by the same groups that are suing us. If I was concerned about lawsuits, I would have collapsed a year ago. We receive dozens of them every week. And some of them are from folks who are very close to us. It's clarifying. It allows for focus. Some are specious, political. Others like this I think are quite legitimate in terms of what they ultimately want to achieve.

"I share that and we are processing that. I am very hopeful, very hopeful — I really mean this — I am very, very hopeful that we can find a compromise here and I believe that's possible as long as these case rates continue to move in the direction they're moving."
High school girls basketball rankings: No. 1 Lake Highland Prep, other HIGHSCORE Top 25 teams waiting for GEICO bids - HIGHSCORE
High school girls basketball rankings: No. 1 Lake Highland Prep, other MaxPreps Top 25 teams waiting for GEICO bids
Last week, California was cleared to begin play its high school girls basketball season , but since then nothing much has happened. Facilities must be prepared, protocols must be put in place and testing must be arranged. But if all goes well, play might begin in mid-April and last for six weeks.

Yes, that would mean basketball would finish its season on Memorial Day, but that's early compared to Oregon, which right now is planning to play its last game on June 27.

And though other states are still in the TBA category (like California), 16 have completed their seasons, and 13 more will do so by next Monday.

Oh, and Hawaii and Nevada are the only two that have officially canceled their seasons.

Confused? Join the club — but crashing this year's MaxPreps Top 25 is going to get more and more difficult as teams wrap up their postseasons. For those knocking on the door, the hope is always for that dramatic postseason upset, and it's possible, if not likely, that a couple will occur.

Lately, though, the MaxPreps Top 25 has been remarkably stable, even including the fact that No. 16 has dropped out in each of the last three weeks. Coincidence? New Hope Academy, this week's No. 16, sure hopes so.

NOTE: Coaches and team personnel are encouraged to update schedules and results on MaxPreps – especially those in the mix for MaxPreps Top 25 consideration. For assistance or questions, please reach out to [email protected]
Fremont captured the Utah 5A title and could receive an invitation to the GEICO High School Nationals.
Photo by Dave Argyle
Fremont captured the Utah 5A title and could receive an invitation to the GEICO High School Nationals.
MaxPreps Top 25 Girls Basketball Rankings

Record: 19-0 | Last week: 1
It's still unclear when and where the GEICO High School Nationals will be played, but from all reports the Highlanders will be one of the four girls' participants — and thus make the GEICO a de facto national championship tournament.

2. Westlake (Atlanta)
Record:
19-0 | Last week: 2
The Lions are on track to join Lake Highland Prep at the GEICO High School Nationals, but first must take care of business in Friday's AAAAAA title game. Carrolton is 30-1, and well-coached, so it's far from a gimme.

3. Mount Notre Dame (Cincinnati)
Record:
26-0 | Last week: 3
After handling a very strong Wayne team 49-33, the Cougars draw Notre Dame Academy on Friday, a team it has beaten. But then Saturday, the likely opponent in the Division I title game is No. 12 Newark.

4. Hopkins (Minnetonka, Minn.)
Record:
12-0 | Last week: 4
Barring another COVID crisis — which canceled the much anticipated game with No. 20 Chaska last week — Hopkins will travel to unbeaten Becker on Friday before beginning postseason March 16.

5. Edison Academy (Detroit)
Record:
7-0 | Last week: 5
Arbor Prep will be the latest to challenge Pioneers' long-running domination of Michigan, but Edison will host the Thursday game.

6. Incarnate Word Academy (St. Louis)
Record:
24-0 | Last week: 6
There are two steps left in Red Knights' state title quest: First is Francis Howell Central on Wednesday, followed by the winner of 20-4 Rockbridge vs. 22-2 Holt in Saturday's championship game.

7. Cypress Creek (Houston)
Record:
32-0 | Last week: 7
The Cougars have played three games decided by fewer than 20 points all year, and none with a final margin in single digits. Thursday's 6A final at the Alamodome against No. 11 DeSoto promises to be much more competitive — and one has to wonder how CyCreek would respond in the final minutes of a close game.

8. Norman (Okla.)
Record:
16-0 | Last week: 8
The Tigers got past Putnam North, 41-39, and should the team get past Midwest City on Thursday. Either Union or Edmond North will be a serious obstacle to both a state title and an unbeaten season.

9. St. John-Vianney (Holmdel, N.J.)
Record:
14-0 | Last week: 9
The Lancers finished the season on a high note, rolling over talented Red Bank Catholic 61-34. That's it though, and we'll never know what might have happened if they'd met No. 19 Rutgers in the New Jersey postseason.

10. Paul VI (Chantilly, Va.)
Record:
10-0 | Last week: 10
We thought the Panthers' season was done, but it now appears there's a good chance PVI will play in the GEICO High School Nationals — and if so, it will be a great opportunity to stake a claim to the national title.

11. DeSoto (Texas)
Record:
26-2 | Last week: 11
The Eagles survived a grudge match with archrival Duncanville, 52-39, and then got past perennially strong South Grand Prairie 63-52. Now all that's left is unbeaten No. 7 Cypress Creek, which has not faced the same kind of tests DeSoto has this season.

12. Newark (Ohio)
Record:
27-1 | Last week: 12
After slipping past Dublin Coffman 75-73, only 19-3 Archbishop Hoben stands in the way of a dream Division 1 final against No. 3 Mount Notre Dame on Saturday.

13. Grandview (Aurora, Colo.)
Record:
14-0 | Last week: 13
Despite this ranking, the Wolves are the third seed in the Colorado 5A state playoffs, with unbeaten Valor Christian No. 1 and once-beaten Regis Jesuit (by Valor Christian) No. 2. It will all be settled on the floor come March 16.

14. Princess Anne (Virginia Beach, Va.)
Record:
10-0 | Last week: 14
Season complete.

15. Fremont (Plain City, Utah)
Record:
25-0 | Last week: 15
The Silverwolves are reported to be the Western representative to the GEICO High School Nationals after blowing open a close game in the second half of the 5A championship against Herriman. Though Fremont will be considered the underdog, don't forget that unheralded Central Valley from Washington state stunned the favorites a few years ago.

16. New Hope Academy (Landover Hills, Md.)
Record:
12-3 | Last week: 17
New Hope's truncated season will very likely end with a game against very strong Westtown this Friday. There's a remote chance an invite to the GEICO High School Nationals will be forthcoming, but only if New Hope can find a way to win against Westtown.

17. Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.)
Record:
21-2 | Last week: 18
Season complete.

18. Rutgers Prep (Somerset, N.J.)
Record:
13-0 | Last week: 19
Saddle River Day was supposed to give the Argonauts their toughest test, but the final was 81-54 – and Rutgers Prep's season will end on that high note.

19. American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.)
Record:
25-2 | Last week: 22
Given the strength of Florida this year, and the Patriots' tough schedule, the jump into the Top 20 seems completely justified.

20. Chaska (Minn.)
Record:
12-0 | Last week: 20
With the Hopkins game canceled, Chaska must now wait until postseason for a shot at the No. 4 team in the nation — but Minnesota is loaded this year, so there's no guarantee the two will survive to face each other.

21. Hazel Green (Ala.)
Record:
36-1 | Last week: 21
The Trojans cruised to the 6A title, cementing a spot in the Top 25.

22. Bearden (Knoxville, Tenn.)
Record:
29-1| Last week: 23
The Bulldogs begins the AAA playoffs Thursday with 20-2 Hardin County with 27-1 Bradley Central is the favorite in the other quarterfinal. And it takes wins over two teams of that caliber to get to Saturday's final.

23. Pius X (Lincoln, Neb.)
Record:
25-0 | Last week: 24
It's difficult to beat a good team twice, but the third game is exponentially more difficult. Players, rightly, believe they've already proved they're better and even coaches can fall prey to overconfidence. It wasn't easy, but the Thunderbolts avoided that trap in the Class A title game, downing Fremont for the third time this year, 56-52.

24. Crown Point (Ind.)
Record:
24-1 | Last week: 25
Season complete.

25. Zebulon B. Vance (Charlotte, N.C.)
Record: 12-0 | Last week: NR
If there was any doubt that to North Carolina's best — and given the abbreviated schedule, some doubt might have been justified — Vance terminated it with extreme prejudice by hammering an unbeaten team, 74-38, to win the 4A championship.

Dropped out:
No. 16 Ponchatoula (La.)
Map: Where MLB Draft No. 1 picks since 2000 went to high school - HIGHSCORE
Map: Where MLB Draft No. 1 picks since 2000 went to high school
Video: High schools from movies
Famed campuses as seen via Google Earth.

California has been the undisputed epicenter of baseball when it comes to producing No. 1 draft picks since 2000.

High school players from the Golden State have accounted for nine of the 20 MLB Draft top overall picks in the 21st century. Between Stephen Strasburg in 2009 and Royce Lewis in 2017, California was home to six No. 1's in nine years.

With Tim Beckham in 2008 and Dansby Swanson in 2015, Georgia is the only other state to produce multiple top picks in the past 20 drafts.

See our geographical breakdown of No. 1 picks in the 2000s along with the full list below.
YearPlayer, Position, High School/College, Drafted By
2000 – Adrian Gonzalez, 1B, Eastlake (Chula Vista, Calif.), Marlins
2001 – Joe Mauer, C, Cretin-Derham Hall (St. Paul, Minn.), Twins
2002 – Bryan Bullington, RHP, Madison (Ind.)/Ball State, Pirates
2003 – Delmon Young, OF, Camarillo (Calif.), Rays
2004 – Matt Bush, SS/RHP, Mission Bay (San Diego, Calif.), Padres
2005 – Justin Upton, CF, Great Bridge (Chesapeake, Va.), Diamondbacks
2006 – Luke Hochevar, P, Fowler (Colo.)/Tennessee, Royals
2007 – David Price, P, Blackman (Murfreesboro, Tenn.)/Vanderbilt, Rays
2008 – Tim Beckham, SS, Griffin (Ga.), Rays
2009 – Stephen Strasburg, P, West Hills (Santee, Calif.)/San Diego State, Nationals
2010 – Bryce Harper, OF, Las Vegas (Nev.), Nationals
2011 – Gerrit Cole, RHP, Orange Lutheran (Orange, Calif.)/UCLA, Pirates
2012 – Carlos Correa, SS, Puerto Rico, Astros
2013 – Mark Appel, RHP, Monte Vista (Danville, Calif.)/Stanford, Astros
2014 – Brady Aiken, LHP, Cathedral Catholic (San Diego, Calif.), Astros
2015 – Dansby Swanson, SS, Marietta (Ga.)/Vanderbilt, Diamondbacks
2016 – Mickey Moniak, OF, La Costa Canyon (Carlsbad, Calif.), Phillies
2017 – Royce Lewis, SS, JSerra Catholic (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.), Twins
2018 – Casey Mize, RHP, Springville (Ala.)/Auburn, Tigers
2019 – Adley Rutschman, C, Sherwood (Ore.)/Oregon State, Orioles
High school baseball: 109-0 blowout tops list of highest scoring games - HIGHSCORE
High school baseball: 109-0 blowout tops list of highest scoring games
The highest scoring baseball game in high school history was played April 25, 1928 when Atlantic (Iowa) defeated nearby Griswold (Iowa), 109-0, but that's only part of the story. The rest of the story involves a girl, money and bad blood that produced an avalanche of national records and possibly the most lopsided score in all of sports history.

The story begins on March 29, 1928, in Griswold, a small town in eastern Iowa, when baseball coach Phil Morrison decided to go with Alice Buckman as his starting right fielder. The selection of Buckman, "a 15-year old red-headed girl," over nine other boys caused quite a stir across the entire country as the Associated Press carried the story and it appeared in newspapers from the Los Angeles Times to the New York Daily News and all points in between.

Griswold games then became a madhouse with fans coming from far and wide to watch Buckman play. She didn't disappoint, either, getting several hits and fielding her position flawlessly aside from one dropped, wind-blown popup.

Griswold games became a main attraction. Movie crews filmed Buckman's every move. Newspaper articles on Griswold games focused only on Buckman's exploits. Opinion columns across the country praised Buckman's accomplishment. The gate at the first Griswold baseball home game was $75 — that's nearly $1,200 in earnings today. She was asked to throw out the first pitch at a minor league ballgame and she was given a trophy for her "Triumph" at the Elliott Track Relays. She was even given a full-page feature in the St. Louis Post Dispatch.

At Atlantic, coach P.G. Russell sought to get a game with Griswold on his home field. In an agreement with Morrison, the two teams would play in Atlantic on April 25 and split the gate 50-50 (one report says the agreement was made the previous fall). Russell anticipated a big crowd and even set up an extra train to run from Griswold to Atlantic to handle the overflow crowd.

Atlantic, it should be noted, was an outstanding team. Undefeated to start the season, Atlantic featured a pitcher, Don King, who had earned all-state honors in the winter while leading Atlantic to a third-place finish in the state basketball tournament. King would play heavily in the matchup against Griswold.

During the week prior to the game, Russell accused Morrison of reneging on their contract, suggesting that Morrison wanted a 60-40 split for Griswold instead of the agreed upon 50-50 cut. Morrison denied the switch, and that's when things began to go downhill. Cries of "commercialization" appeared in newspapers from as far as New Jersey with Morrison denying he was trying to make money off his now nationally famous right fielder.

Morrison then announced the day before the game that Buckman would be unable to play due to an injured finger sustained against Cumberland the game before. Suggesting that he wanted his team to focus on a game the following day against Adair, Morrison pulled his starters, including Buckman, and sent his freshman squad to take on Atlantic.

The results were not pretty. While Atlantic scored only four runs in the first inning, it put 30 across in the second. It scored 12 runs in the third, six runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings, 27 in the seventh and 18 in the eighth.

According to Steve Baier, a Cass County Supervisor who has done research on the game, the game was played at Sunnyside Park, which did not have a fence. A rope was utilized to hold back the fans, who formed the outer boundary of the field.

"Griswold's usual left fielder, Johnny Gustin, threw every pitch," said Baier in an e-mail to MaxPreps. "By the eighth inning, Griswold had only seven players on the field. The (nine-inning) game ended in the eighth due to darkness."

The game was an offensive bonanza for Atlantic. Besides bashing out 92 base hits, Atlantic had 16 home runs, five by Ronald Rapp, 26 doubles and seven triples. Atlantic also blazed on the base paths, swiping 113 bases. Griswold, meanwhile, committed 22 errors.

King was the feature player of the game, however. Besides throwing a no-hitter and striking out 16 (other reports say 13), he also led the Atlantic offensive with 15 hits, two home runs, two doubles and 19 stolen bases.

Obviously the game provided a plethora of national records, but only a handful of them are recognized by the National Federation of High Schools Record Book and the Iowa High Schools Athletic Association record book produced by Bud Legg. While most of the team records are listed, none of the individual marks have found their way into the record books.

Chris Boone of the National Federation reported in an e-mail to MaxPreps that the absence of individual records is likely due to the absence of any boxscores to prove the record-breaking marks.

MaxPreps has included two box scores for the game with this story (pictured below). One is from April 27 in the Des Moines Register and includes all of the stolen base and extra base hit totals, but does not including run totals. An accompanying box score from the April 26 Atlantic News Telegraph shows the run totals, but does not include extra base hits.

Some of the statistics were never reported. Game reports do not list any of the players, other than King, who hit doubles. RBI totals are also not available along with any reports of players who might have scored multiple runs or had multiple hits in an inning.

The two teams met later in the season and the score proved to be much closer. With Griswold's starters, including Buckman, on the field, Atlantic posted a 2-1 win.
Boxes scores from the 1928 game show just how lopsided the game between Atlantic and Griswold was.
Graphic by Ryan Escobar
Boxes scores from the 1928 game show just how lopsided the game between Atlantic and Griswold was.
Here are the records for the game that are included in the National Federation of High Schools Record Book:

Most Runs in a Game: Atlantic, 109
Most Runs in a Game, Both Teams: 109 (Atlantic 109, Griswold 0)
Most Doubles in a Game One Team: Atlantic, 26
Most Hits in a Game, Both Teams: 92 (Atlantic 92, Griswold 0)
Most Home Runs in a Game, Both Teams: 16 (Atlantic 16, Griswold 0)
Most Home Runs in a Game: Atlantic, 16
Most Triples in a Game: Atlantic, 7 (ranks No. 2)

However that list doesn't not include at least two other team marks:

Most Stolen Bases in a Game: Atlantic, 113 (current record is 45 by Salome, Ariz.).
Most Runs in an Inning: Atlantic 30 (ranks 9th best all-time according to NFHS)

There are multiple individual records and listmakers from Atlantic that should be included in the record book. Here are the individual record holders according to the NFHS record book and the totals of the players from Atlantic:

Most Individual Hits in a Game: NFHS Record — 10 by L. Townsend, Hanson (Buxton, Maine), 1931. Atlantic stats: Don King, 15 hits; Laine Rose, 11 hits; Leon Pine, 11 hits; Wynn Rentz, 11 hits; Dale Heath, 11 hits; Ronald Rapp, 10 hits.

Most Individual Home Runs in a Game: NFHS Record — 5, done by 8 players, last by John Biggs, Arlington Heights (Fort Worth, Texas), 2009. Atlantic stats: Ronald Rapp, 5 home runs.

Most Individual Runs Scored in a Game: NFHS Record — 10 by Jim Bushkuhl, Dufur (Ore.), 1977. Atlantic stats: Russell Hoffman, 15 runs; Don King, 14 runs; Laine Rose, 14 runs; Leon Pine, 14 runs; Wynn Rentz, 14 runs; Dale Heath, 13 runs; Ronald Rapp, 10 runs; Clyde Hill, 10 runs.

Most Individual Stolen Bases Game: NFHS Record — 12 by Silento Sayles, Port Gibson, Miss., 2013. Atlantic stats: Don King, 19 stolen bases; Dale Heath, 16 stolen bases; Laine Rose, 15 stolen bases; Leon Pine, 14 stolen bases; Clyde Hill, 13 stolen bases; Wynn Rentz, 13 stolen bases.

Most Triples in a Game: NFHS Record — 4 by six players, last by Gehrig Chambless of Legacy Charter (Fla.) in 2016. Atlantic stats: Wynn Rentz, 4 triples.

And finally, a look at the top 10 highest scoring high school baseball games.

10 highest scoring high school baseball games

1. 109 — Atlantic (Iowa) vs. Griswold (Iowa), April 25, 1928

2. 67 — Athens (Ga.) vs. Royston (Ga.), April 23, 1948
Nate Williams hit for the cycle twice, including two singles, two doubles, two triples and three home runs. He also drove in 17 runs against the boyhood home of Ty Cobb. Athens is now Clarke Central (Athens, Ga.)

3. 65Licking Heights (Pataskala, Ohio) vs. Harvest Prep (Canal Winchester, Ohio), April 15, 2013
This game lasted only three innings before it was called due to darkness.

3. 65Grant Union (John Day, Ore.) vs. Prairie City (Ore.), May 23, 2014
In a playoff game, Grant Union scored 20 runs and had 20 hits in one inning in the 65-0 win.

5. 63Dufur (Ore.) vs. Cascade Locks (Ore.), May 17, 1977
Dufur had a state record 38 hits in the game with Scott Kramer knocking in a state record 12 runs and Jim Buskuhl scoring a state record 10 runs.

5. 63 — Hanson (Buxton, Maine) vs. Old Orchard Beach (Maine), April 25, 1931
L. Townsend had 10 base hits, recognized as the national record by the NFHS record book. Hanson closed in 2011.

7. 60Evans (Ga.) vs. Laney (Augusta, Ga.), April 14, 1999
Evans had 42 hits in the game and led 25-0 after the first and 45-0 after the second inning.

8. 58Anderson County (Lawrenceburg, Ky.) vs. Eminence (Ky.), April 7, 2008
Anderson County scored 32 runs in the first inning and finished the game with 44 hits.

9. 57Myrtle (Miss.) vs. Blue Mountain (Miss.), March 26, 2004
Myrtle had 37 hits in the game and scored 28 runs in the third inning.

10. 56Faith Baptist (Canoga Park, Calif.) vs. Pilgrim (Los Angeles), May 11, 1999
Chrisitan Hariot, a freshman, had nine hits, including four home runs and 12 RBI. Julio Bautista had 13 RBI, four doubles and two home runs. Faith Baptist had 50 hits and scored 28 runs in one inning.

Sources for the story include the NFHS record book, various Iowa newspapers, including the Atlantic News Telegraph and the Des Moines Register.
2020 HIGHSCORE High School Volleyball All-America Team - HIGHSCORE
2020 MaxPreps High School Volleyball All-America Team
Each year since 2006, MaxPreps has recognized excellence in high school sports. This year's MaxPreps High School Volleyball All-America Team is a collection of 46 of the game's best.

Most are state champions, many are repeat All-America selections and all exemplify the drive and determination to be the best at their craft on the court.

The choices on the first and second teams all navigated an unprecedented season and all look to play at the next level. Given that some states are either gearing up to play in the spring or deciding if a season is safe, this list will feature additional players at the end of those seasons.
Graphic by Ryan Escobar
First Team

Hitters

Ally Batenhorst | Seven Lakes (Katy, Texas) | Sr.
The 6-foot-4 Nebraska-bound hitter pounded 574 kills while adding 371 digs and 548 serve receives, 33 blocks and 32 aces as the Spartans went 25-1 and captured the Texas 6A title.

Parker Bracken | Jackson Academy (Jackson, Miss.) | Sr.
Headed to LSU for beach volleyball, the state's all-time kills leader notched 473 this season with 330 digs and 324 receives. The 5-10 Bracken added 107 aces and 33 blocks as the Raiders captured the MAIS title.

Cecily Bramschreiber | Lovejoy (Lucas, Texas) | Sr.
The Dallas Morning News Player of the Year led the Leopards to a 26-0 mark en route to the Texas 5A title. The TCU-bound hitter posted 257 kills with 235 digs with 30 blocks and 21 aces.

Atlantis Clendenin | Parke Heritage (Rockville, Ind.) | Sr.
Added 688 kills to her 2,256 career total in a 24-7 season for the Wolves. Headed to IUPUI, she added 295 digs, 159 aces and 21 blocks.

Kaylee Cox | Flower Mound (Texas) | Sr.
Headed to Missouri, Cox led the Jaguars with 366 kills on the way to earning Dallas Morning News Hitter of the Year honors. She added 344 digs, 41 aces and 30 blocks for 23-2 Flower Mound. Cox helped the Jags to a 107-13 mark from her sophomore season on.

Carly Hendrickson | Mount Notre Dame (Cincinnati) | Jr.
The Florida commit helped the Cougars to an Ohio Division I title and 23-2 mark, posting 512 kills with 93 digs, 35 aces and 30 blocks.

Ali Hornung | Providence (Clarksville, Ind.) | Sr.
The six-rotation player did it all for the 23-7 Pioneers, dropping 446 kills with 368 digs. The Purdue-bound ended her Providence career with 1,734 kills.

Ngozi Iloh | McIntosh (Peachtree City, Ga.) | Sr.
The future Duke Blue Devil notched 5252 kills with 123 digs and 41 aces for the Chiefs. The 5A Player of the Year, Iloh helped McIntosh to a 33-1 mark in 2020 and its fourth straight state crown.

Lindsay Krause | Skutt Catholic (Omaha, Neb.) | Sr.
The six-rotation player will stay in state and play for a Cornhuskers team loaded with top recruits. In 2020, the state Player of the Year led the 35-1 Skyhawks to a Class B title with 432 kills while hitting nearly 48 percent. She added 243 digs, 260 receives and 88 aces.

Mya Larson | Wahoo (Neb.) | Jr.
Leading the 35-0 Warriors to a C1 state title, the two-time Super State selection hit at 41 percent with 532 kills and 400 digs. She added 51 aces and 30 blocks.

Rya McKinnon | Hoover (Ala.) | Sr.
The Louisville-bound hitter was AL.com's Player of the Year and pasted 599 kills. She added 281 digs and 51 aces as the Buccaneers went 52-1 on the road to a 7A title.

Jenna Reitsma | Lowell (Mich.) | Sr.
A Michigan Miss Volleyball finalist, the Marquette pledge posted an eye-popping 897 kills while hitting at 31 percent for the 35-5 Red Arrows. She added 429 digs, 63 aces and 43 blocks as Lowell finished runner-up in the Division 1 bracket.

Mabrey Shaffmaster | New Castle (Ind.) | Sr.
The 6-1 hitter is headed to North Carolina, but MaxPreps Freshman and Sophomore of the Year ended her prep career with 469 kills, 445 receives, 278 digs and 53 aces.

Setters

Julia Bishop | Mercy (Farmington Hills, Mich.) | Sr.
Michigan's Miss Volleyball averaged 10.4 assists per set, the Marlins' star dished up 1,013 in total. She added 120 kills, 192 digs and 68 aces as Mercy went 33-2. In four seasons, Bishop finished with 5, 575 assists, third-most in state history.

Clara Brower | The Woodlands (Texas) | Sr.
The Houston Chronicle Setter of the Year led the Highlanders to a 23-4 mark, dishing up 891 assists, 314 digs and added 135 kills. The Georgia-bound Brower also tallied 55 aces.

Allie Gray | Skutt Catholic | Sr.
Gray to Krause was a winning combination for the Skyhawks as the future Sun Devil setter served up more than 12 assists per set. She totaled 1,023 on the season and finished with 3,249 in her career. She added 173 digs and 41 kills for the state champions.

Sophia Powell | Lowell | Sr.
Powell found Red Arrow hitters to the tune of 10.2 assists per set. She added 289 digs, 142 kills and 32 aces.

Libero/Defensive Specialist

Caroline Bien | Aquinas (Overland Park, Kan.) | Sr.
With 285 receives, 257 digs and 242 kills, the future Jayhawk was named the 5A Player of the Year by the Kansas Volleyball Association. She led the Saints to a 29-2 mark and 5A crown.

Emery Dupes | Walton (Marietta, Ga.) | Sr.
She had 218 receives and 216 digs for the 21-2 Raiders. Dupes, who will play for Florida State, finished her career with more than 1,000 digs and serve receptions.

All-Around

Annie Antar | Klein (Texas) | Sr.
The Bearkats were paced by the North Florida commit, who tallied stats across the board. She posted 231 kills, 254 digs and 385 receives as Klein fell in the 6A championship to Seven Lakes.

Brooke Mosher | Waterloo (Wis.) | Sr.
The third player in her family to play Division I volleyball, she's headed to Illinois (her two sisters played at Marquette) after posting 463 kills, 254 digs and 385 receives for the 26-5 Pirates.

Ellee Stinson | Yorktown (Ind.) | Sr.
Leading the Tigers to a percent season, the Northwestern-bound Stinson had 453 digs, 308 kills while hitting at better than 26 percent and added 30 aces and 22 blocks for the 4A champions.

Madi Woodin | Elkhorn South (Omaha, Neb.) | Jr.
The Storm setter served up 1,104 assists with 256 digs and 47 kills as the South Dakota pledge led her squad to a 30-1 mark and Class A championship.

Second Team

Hitters

Callie Bauer | Hudson (Mich.) | Sr.
A future Hilltopper, she pounded 563 kills while hitting at 43 percent. She earned seven varsity letters with the Tigers and added 285 receives, 364 digs, 83 aces, 53 assists and 24 blocks this season on the volleyball court.

Merritt Beason | Gardendale (Ala.) | Sr.
The 6-3 hitter posted 693 kills at 35 percent hitting for the Rockets. The Florida-bound Beason was also named to the Al.com Super All-State team while adding 304 digs and 80 blocks.

Jacque Boney | St. Francis (Alpharetta, Ga.) | Sr.
While leading the Knights to a 26-4 mark, the Michigan pledge finished with 691 kills, 147 digs and 129 blocks. She finished with 1,975 career kills.

Alyssa Borellis | Notre Dame Prep (Pontiac, Mich.) | Jr.
The Mlive.com Division 2 first-team selection had 447 kills hitting better than 40 percent for the 37-10 Fighting Irish. The Ole Miss commit adding 239 digs and 51 blocks with 44 aces.

Gabrielle Essix | Hoover | Sr.
The 6-4 future Florida Gator joined McKinnon in leading the Bucs to a 52-1 mark and 7A title. Essix posted 429 kills while hitting close to 50 percent with 93 blocks.

Lauren Jardine | Lone Peak (Highland, Utah) | Sr.
The Deseret News' Ms. Volleyball, she notched nearly 500 kills with 276 digs and 49 aces for the 6A champion. She's headed to Wisconsin.

Charitie Luper | Byron Nelson (Trophy Club, Texas) | Sr.
Originally opting not to play this season for the Bobcats, the UCLA commit joined the team soon after the season started and recorded 275 kills with 284 digs. She finished her career with 1,614 kills and 1,593 digs.

Alexa Markley | McIntosh | Jr.
An all-state selection by the state coach's association, the future Nittany Lion had 405 kills for the 35-1 Chiefs.

Jordan Middleton | Hamilton (Chandler, Ariz.) | Jr.
The USC pledge led the Huskies to their first state volleyball title, posting 20 kills in the championship match. On the season, she had 286 kills with 141 digs, 27 aces and 33 blocks.

Norah Sis | Papillion-LaVista (Papillion, Neb.) | Sr.
Staying in state at Creighton, Sis had 527 kills with 397 digs and 47 blocks to repeat as an Omaha World All-State first-team selection.

Paris Thompson | Fort Myers (Fla.) | Sr.
The Green Wave went 19-3 and the Notre Dame-bound hitter and Florida Dairy Farmers Miss Volleyball notched 413 kills, 228 digs and 42 blocks.

Addie VanderWeide | Christian (Grand Rapids, Mich.) | Sr.
A Michigan Miss Volleyball finalist, she led the Eagles to a third-straight Division 2 title, posting 19 kills and 11 digs in the championship match. For the season, the 5-11 hitter had 592 kills, 390 digs and 43 aces.

McKenna Wucherer | Brookfield Central (Brookfield, Wis.) | Jr.
Headed to Minnesota, first team All-State pick posted 421 kills hitting better than 40 percent hitting. She added 201 digs and 29 aces as the Lancers finished 15-4.

Setter

Averi Carlson | Lovejoy | Jr.
The 2018 MaxPreps Freshman of the Year is a three-time All-American. She helped the Leopards to a 5A title and unbeaten mark with 679 assists. The Baylor commit added 165 digs and 48 kills.

Payton Chamberlain | Byron Nelson | Sr.
The Wyoming-bound setter rolled all sevens with 777 assists (10.4 per set) while chipping in 209 digs and 57 kills.

Elle Glock | Wahoo | Sr.
The USC commit led the Warriors with 1,018 assists, more than 11 per set. She added 218 digs and 65 kills for the state champions, finishing her career with 3.201 assists.

Claire Lewis | McIntosh | Sr.
Joining Markley as an all-state selection by the state coach's association, the Georgia State commit served up 1,012 assists with 262 digs and 75 kills.

Libero/Defensive Specialist

Eleanor Beavin | Mercy (Louisville, Ky.) | Sr.
Headed to home state Kentucky, the Kentucky Volleyball Coaches Association's Defensive Player of the Year had 371 receives, 508 digs and 77 assists for the state runners-up.

Bre Skala | Skutt Catholic | Sr.
The third Skyhawk to earn All-American honors, the Regis University commit posted 401 digs and 272 receives for the state champs.

All-Around

Whitney Lauenstein | Waverly (Neb.) | Sr.
Another get for the Huskers, the Viking standout hit at 34 percent while totaling 485 kills on the season. She added 330 digs, 30 aces and 34 blocks for 22-7 Waverly.

Bergen Reilly | O'Gorman (Sioux Falls, S.D.) | So.
Showed no signs of the sophomore slump, leading the 26-0 Knights with 400 kills, 260 digs and 131 assists.

Devan Taylor | Klein | Sr.
With 242 kills and 243 digs, the Clemson commit helped the Bearkats to a 27-1mark.

Kendra Wait | Gardner-Edgerton (Gardner, Kan.) | Sr.
Had 494 assists, 238 digs and 87 kills for her 15-7 squad. The 2019 state Gatorade Player of the Year is headed to Creighton.