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HIGHSCORE/WBCA Players of the Week: January 25-31 - HIGHSCORE
MaxPreps/WBCA Players of the Week: January 25-31
The Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) has announced its High School Players of the Week presented by MaxPreps and Wilson Sporting Goods.

Player of the Week honors are awarded to a deserving student-athlete who demonstrated outstanding play in her respective region of the country. Head coaches submit nominations each week and the WBCA selects the individual based on stats that were submitted.

Here are this week's honorees:

Region 1:
3 Games Played
Points (per game): 15.0 Rebounds: 3.3 Steals: 7.0

Region 2:
3 Games Played
Points: 29.7 Rebounds: 18.3 Steals: 3.3

Region 3: 
2 Games Played
Points: 38.0 Rebounds: 16.5 Steals: 6.5

Region 4: 
3 Games Played:
Points: 33.0 Rebounds: 8.0 Steals: 8.6

Region 5: 
2 Games Played
Points: 32.0 Rebounds: 9.0 Steals: 2.5

Region 6: 
4 Games Played
Points: 25.8 Rebounds: 8.0 Steals: 2.5

Region 7: 
2 Games Played
Points: 27.0 Rebounds: 12.0 Steals: 2.5

Region 8:
1 Game Played
Points: 19.0 Rebounds: 5.0 Steals: 4.0

Region 9:
4 Games Played
Points: 34.8 Rebounds: 19.2 Steals: 3.0

To obtain a coach's login or for questions about our player of the week programs, please contact Aaron Hendricks (E-Mail: [email protected] Phone: (530)313-5158.
High school softball: Career strikeout leaders with 1,500 or more punchouts - HIGHSCORE
High school softball: Career strikeout leaders with 1,500 or more punchouts
When it comes to unbreakable records, Hillary Phillips of Ider (Ala.) and her 2,463 career strikeouts might be the toughest to top. With the 2010 move of the pitching rubber back from 40 feet to 43 feet, strikeouts have been harder to come by, thus making Phillips' total the Mount Everest of high school softball records.

The closest any pitcher has come to threatening Phillips' mark in the past decade is Annie Willis, who finished with 1,975 strikeouts in 2017. However, Willis played six years (same as Phillips) and still comes up nearly 500 strikeouts short. Consider that the highest strikeout total during the 2021 season was 420 strikeouts by Hannah Price of Rogers (Florence, Ala.).

Phillips tops MaxPreps list of high school softball pitchers with over 1,500 career strikeouts. And while Phillips' mark is certainly impressive, Alicia Hollowell's career total might be more so.

A four-year starter at Fairfield (Calif.), Hollowell averaged 582 strikeouts a season. She also averaged 15.7 strikeouts per game during a 131-17 career. Anna Thompson, No. 3 on the career strikeouts list, comes in next with 13.0 strikeouts per game during a 151-27 career.

Michele Granger of Valencia (Placentia, Calif.) was the first pitcher to notch more 1,500 career strikeouts (when not counting fall and spring/summer seasons combined). She finished her career in 1988 with 1,635 strikeouts - which was 511 strikeouts more than previous record holder Samantha Ford of Newhall (Hart), who had 1,124 from 1982-85.

Granger held the record until 1992 when Michelle Martin of Columbus (Columbus Junction, Iowa) finished in 1992 with 1,781 strikeouts over a five-year career. Paige Stamp of Lisbon (Iowa) took over the top spot in 1996 with 1,975 strikeouts and Jen Bice of Woodward-Granger (Iowa) took her place in 1999 with 2,175. Hollowell moved the bar to 2,328 in 2002 and Phillips claimed No. 1 in 2009.

Sources for the list include the National Federation of High Schools Record Book, state association record books, MaxPreps leaderboards, Cal-Hi Sports Record Book by Mark and Nelson Tennis and research with newspapers.com.
Rachel Fox, Fort Bend Christian Academy
File photo by Michael Henderson
Rachel Fox, Fort Bend Christian Academy
All-Time high school softball strikeout career leaders

HiIlary Phillips
Career Total: 2,463
School: Ider (Ala.)
Years: 2004-09
Highest Single Season Total: 550 (2006)

Alicia Hollowell
Career Total: 2,328
School: Fairfield (Calif.)
Years: 1999-2002
Highest Single Season Total: 641 (2000), 636 (2001), 559 (2002)

Anna Thompson
Career Total: 2,322
School: Grissom (Huntsville, Ala.)
Years: 2003-06
Highest Single Season Total: 657 (2006), 613 (2004)

Sammy Snygg
Career Total:
2,208
School: North Polk (Alleman, Iowa)
Years: 2005-09
Highest Single Season Total: 472 (2009), 451 (2005), 450 (2007), 437 (2008),

Jen Bice
Career Total: 2,175
School: Woodward-Granger (Woodward, Iowa)
Years: 1996-99
Highest Single Season Total: 570 (1997)

Meagan Novotny
Career Total: 2,132
School: Turkey Valley (Jackson Junction, Iowa)
Years: 2004-08
Highest Single Season Total: 506 (2008)

LaTonya Coates
Career Total: 1,999
School: Bangor (Mich.)
Years: 1998-2001
Highest Single Season Total: 553 (1999)

Lauren Seibert
Career Total: 1,979
School: West Morgan (Trinity, Ala.)
Years: 2004-09
Highest Single Season Total: 580 (2008), 576 (2009)

Paige Stamp
Career Total: 1,975
School: Lisbon (Iowa)
Years: 1993-96
Highest Single Season Total: 590 (1996)

Annie Willis
Career Total: 1,975
School: Westminster Christian (Huntsville, Ala.)
Years: 2012-17
Highest Single Season Total: 583 (2016)

Montana Fouts
Career Total: 1,964
School: East Carter (Grayson, Ky.)
Years: 2012-18
Highest Single Season Total: 481 (2018), 479 (2016)

Cara Goodwin
Career Total: 1,929
School: Good Hope (Cullman, Ala.)
Years: 2009-13
Highest Single Season Total: 525 (2012)

Lindsey Fadnek
Career Total: 1,925
School: Coalfield (Tenn.)
Years: 2009-12
Highest Single Season Total: 567 (2012)

Alexis Silkwood
Career Total: 1,907
School: Marquette Catholic (Alton, Ill.)
Years: 2010-13
Highest Single Season Total: 501 (2011), 500 (2012), 463 (2010), 443 (2013)

Rachelle Fico

Career Total: 1,886
School: Masuk (Monroe, Conn.)
Years: 2006-09
Highest Single Season Total: 486 (2007, 2008), 482 (2009), 432 (2006)

Dallas Escobedo
Career Total: 1,882
School: St. Mary's (Phoenix)
Years: 2007-10
Highest Single Season Total: 510 (2010)

Kirsten Allen
Career Total: 1,865
School: Ryle (Union, Ky.)
Years: 2004-08
Highest Single Season Total: 478 (2008, 2006), 451 (2007)

Cara Law
Career Total: 1,843
School: Saks (Anniston, Ala.)
Years: 2005-09
Highest Single Season Total: 512 (2006)

Sarah Sigrest
Career Total: 1,816
School: Daphne (Ala.)
Years: 2004-08
Highest Single Season Total: 622 (2008)

Megan Rhodes
Career Total: 1,807
School: Lipscomb Academy (Nashville, Tenn.)
Years: 2001-04
Highest Single Season Total: 502 (2004)

Michelle Martin
Career Total: 1,781
School: Columbus (Columbus Junction, Iowa)
Years: 1988-92
Highest Single Season Total: 513 (1991)

Stacy Delaney
Career Total: 1,741
School: Freeland (Mich.)
Years: 2002-05
Highest Single Season Total: 558 (2005)

Chelsea Sundberg
Career Total: 1,736
School: Olivet (Mich.)
Years: 2007-10
Highest Single Season Total: 597 (2010)

Holly Currie
Career Total: 1,730
School: Pisgah (Ala.)
Years: 2000-03
Highest Single Season Total: 567 (2002)

Brittany Barnhill
Career Total: 1,715
School: Northwest (Justin, Texas)
Years: 2004-07
Highest Single Season Total: 485 (2007)

Leanna Johnson
Career Total: 1,714
School: Brantley (Ala.)
Years: 2013-18
Highest Single Season Total: 472 (2017)

Andrea Palmer

Career Total: 1,704
School: Waterloo (Ala.)
Years: 2001-2005
Highest Single Season Total: 501 (2005)

Katie Brown
Career Total: 1,688
School: Spirit Lake (Iowa)
Years: 2003-06
Highest Single Season Total: 444 (2006)

Taylor West

Career Total: 1,664
School: Saks (Anniston, Ala.)
Years: 2008-13
Highest Single Season Total: 610 (2013)

Aspen Wesley
Career Total: 1,651
School: Neshoba Central (Philadelphia, Miss.)
Years: 2015-19
Highest Single Season Total: 349 (2017), 335 (2019)

Lindsey Dunlap

Career Total: 1,644
School: Hueytown (Ala.)
Years: 2004-08
Highest Single Season Total: 440 (2008)

Kayla English
Career Total: 1,642
School: Fort Worth Christian (North Richland Hills, Texas)
Years: 2008-11
Highest Single Season Total: 522 (2011)

Erica Strutz
Career Total: 1,637
School: Hartland (Mich.)
Years: 1993-96
Highest Single Season Total: 493 (1996)

Penny Cope
Career Total: 1,637
School: Carlisle (Iowa)
Years: 1994-97
Highest Single Season Total: 505 (1996)

Michele Granger
Career Total: 1,635
School: Valencia (Placentia, Calif.)
Years: 1985-88
Highest Single Season Total: 509 (1987)

Jenna Ignowski
Career Total: 1,625
School: Niles (Mich.)
Years: 2006-09
Highest Single Season Total: 498 (2009)

Kelly Schade
Career Total: 1,619
School: Clarke (Osceola, Iowa)
Years: 1991-95
Highest Single Season Total: 506 (1995)

Katie Bertelsen
Career Total: 1,619
School: Monmouth United (Monmouth, Ill.)
Years: 2008-11
Highest Single Season Total: 477 (2009)

Jordan Ingalls

Career Total: 1,603
School: Bolivar-Richburg (Bolivar, N.Y.)
Years: 2003-08
Highest Single Season Total: 361 (2006)

Samantha Hendrix
Career Total: 1,600
School: Madison Academy (Madison, Ala.)
Years: 2001-06
Highest Single Season Total: 377 (2006)

Meghan Harbuck
Career Total:
1,598
School: Baker (Mobile, Ala.)
Years: 2003-07
Highest Single Season Total: 542 (2007)

Rachel Fox
Career Total: 1,585
School: Fort Bend Christian Academy (Sugar Land, Texas)
Years: 2007-10
Highest Single Season Total: 438 (2010)

Anjelica Selden

Career Total: 1,552
School: Vanden (Fairfield, Calif.)
Years: 2001-04
Highest Single Season Total: 536 (2004)

Hilary Mavromat
Career Total: 1,551
School: Scottsboro (Ala.)
Years: 2006-10
Highest Single Season Total: 380 (2007)

Tammy Nielsen
Career Total: 1,548
School: Fremont (Neb.)
Years: 1997-2000
Highest Single Season Total: 463 (2000), 444 (1999)

Chelsea Wallace

Career Total: 1,548
School: Danville (Ky.)
Years: 2003-08
Highest Single Season Total: 404 (2008)

CheyAnne Gaskey
Career Total: 1,545
School: Butler County (Morgantown, Ky.)
Years: 2007-11
Highest Single Season Total: 434 (2010)

Kirsten Shortridge
Career Total: 1,544
School: Keller (Texas)
Years: 2003-06
Highest Single Season Total: 438 (2006)

Katie Layne
Career Total: 1,539
School: Hogan (Vallejo, Calif.)
Years: 1998-2001
Highest Single Season Total: 441 (1999)

Jessie Granger
Career Total: 1,536
School: Troy (Mich.)
Years: 2002-05
Highest Single Season Total: 449 (2005)

Becky Abner
Career Total: 1,533
School: North Laurel (London, Ky.)
Years: 2002-08
Highest Single Season Total: 365 (2000)

Erin Arevalo
Career Total: 1,518
School: East Union (Manteca, Calif.)
Years: 2005-08
Highest Single Season Total: 492 (2008)

Taran Alvelo
Career Total: 1,515
School: Bloom-Carroll (Carroll, Ohio)
Years: 2012-15
Highest Single Season Total: 368 (2012)

Mackenzie Stiles
Career Total: 1,507
School: Deposit (N.Y.)
Years: 2014-19
Highest Single Season Total: 362 (2019)

Lisa Fernandez
Career Total: 1,503
School: Saint Joseph (Lakewood, Calif.)
Years: 1986-89
Highest Single Season Total: 467 (1989)

Kelcie Matesa
Career Total: 1,501
School: Gillespie (Ill.)
Years: 2005-08
Highest Single Season Total: 443 (2005)

High school football: Valdosta parts ways with controversial head coach Rush Propst - HIGHSCORE
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.
High school baseball: New Hampshire school's 89-game run leads list of longest winning streaks - HIGHSCORE
High school baseball: New Hampshire school's 89-game run leads list of longest winning streaks
In the spring of 2005, a pair of teams raced to claim the all-time longest high school baseball win streak from leader Archbishop Molloy (Queens, N.Y.), which had reportedly won 68 straight games from 1963 to 1966 under legendary coach Jack Curran.

And then in 2012, it happened all over again.

La Cueva (Albuquerque) was the first team to surpass Archbishop Molloy, doing so on April 2, 2005, with a doubleheader sweep of Highland that put La Cueva's win streak at 70. The Bears built their streak slowly, starting with the first victory in 2002 and stretching over four seasons. Rio Grande snapped La Cueva's streak with a rather convincing 17-8 win.

Homer (Mich.) took the quicker route to the national record. The Trojans went 38-0 in 2004 to win the Michigan Division III state championship and passed La Cueva on June 4, 2005, when it defeated Union City 14-3 in the district championships for win No. 71. Homer won four more games and advanced to the Division III state finals again before losing to Saginaw Nouvel.

The race between Portsmouth (N.H.) and Martensdale-St. Mary's (Martensdale, Iowa) in 2012 saw Portsmouth break the record twice and St. Mary's once. Portsmouth beat Pembroke Academy on May 12, it edged Homer for win No. 76 with a streak that started back in 2008. Portsmouth went on to win seven more games, another state championship and finished with 83 straight wins.

Like Homer, Martensdale-St. Mary's took a much quicker approach to the record. After setting a state record with a 43-0 record in 2010, the Blue Devils, who play in the summer, went 44-0 in 2012. They got the record with a 10-0 win over Twin Cedars on July 19, 2012 to put them at 84 in a row. Three more wins gave the Blue Devils a second straight state title.

But Portsmouth wasn't done. The Clippers won their first six games of the 2012 season to reclaim the national record at 89 before losing to St. Thomas Aquinas on April 30, 2012.

Martensdale-St. Mary's still had a chance to reclaim the record as well. But after winning their first game of the 2012 summer season, the Blue Devils fell  4-3 to Des Moines East on May 22 ending their streak at 88.

It turns out, however, that the original record Homer and La Cueva were chasing may have never actually existed. Archbishop Molloy, coached by Curran who won 1,708 baseball games in his 52-year coaching career, reportedly won 68 games between 1963 and 1966. However, there's reason to believe that those games were league games and they may have been a combination of fall and spring win streaks.
Calvary Christian ran a win streak to 60 games between 2016-18.
File photo by Marc Estrada
Calvary Christian ran a win streak to 60 games between 2016-18.
An article in the New York Daily News on June 19, 1966, stated that the 68 consecutive wins were "league" wins. Other reports about Curran's career in "The Beehive," a Molloy alumni newsletter, lists the 68 wins as league wins as well. Additionally, Al Harvin wrote about Curran in the New York Times in 1982, stating that he had only "one undefeated season, 36-0 in 1970," which doesn't make sense for a coach that was supposed to have won 68 games over a four-year span. Research by Barry Sollenberger of the National Sports News Service also indicated that the wins covered the fall and spring season.

So if Molloy didn't hold the record, Capitol Hill of Oklahoma City most certainly did. Capitol Hill won 66 in a row from 1952 to 1954, breaking the record of 65, set by Waxahachie (Texas) from 1924 to 1927.

One of the more improbable ends to a long streak came in 1985 in Tennessee. Unicoi County became the first team in the nation to hit over 100 home runs as a team, hitting 100 and 101 in the top of the seventh of the championship game to build a 5-0 lead. But in the bottom of the seventh, Chattanooga Central scored six runs, including a walk-off grand slam home run, to end the streak.

The win streaks are for spring seasons only and not for fall-to-spring win streaks. Cameron (Okla.) holds the longest win streak for fall-spring teams at 84 in a row. The Yellowjackets' streak stretched from the fall of 1988, to the spring of 1989, to the fall of 1989 to the spring of 1990. Roff (Okla.) could threaten that streak. The Tigers won 26 games in the fall of 2020 and went 33-0 in the spring of 2021 for a streak of 59 games in a row.

The most recent streak on the list belongs to Calvary Christian (Clearwater, Fla.), which won 60 in a row over the 2017 and 2018 seasons.

Sources include the NFHS record book, state association record books, Iwasatthegame.com (Oklahoma records) and research using newspapers.com. Additions or corrections, [email protected]

Longest baseball win streaks

1.    89 — Portsmouth (N.H.), 2008-12
2.    88 — Martensdale-St. Mary's (Martensdale, Iowa), 2010-12
3.    75 — Homer (Mich.), 2004-05
4.    70 — La Cueva (Albuquerque), 2002-05
5.    68 — Archbishop Molloy (Queens, N.Y.), 1963-66
6.    67 — Sumrall (Miss.), 2008-10
7.    66 — Capitol Hill (Oklahoma City, Okla.), 1952-54
8.    65 — Waxahachie (Texas), 1924-27
9.    64 — St. Benedict's Prep (Newark, N.J.), 1946-50
9.    64 — Naugatuck (Conn.), 1969-73

9.    64 — Nekoosa (Wis.), 1980-83
9.    64 — Edwardsville (Ill.), 1990-91
9.    64 — Enterprise (Utah), 1992-95
14.  61 — Evans (Ga.), 1988-90
15.  60 — Eaton (Colo.), 2008-10
15.  60 — Calvary Christian (Clearwater, Fla.), 2016-18
17.  59 — Kee (Lansing, Iowa), 1991-92
17.  59 — Evansville Reitz (Ind.), 1978-79
19.  58 — Wilton (Iowa), 2005-06
19.  58 — St. Cloud Cathedral (St. Cloud, Minn.), 2014-16

21.  57 — West Perry (Elliottsburg, Pa.), 1979-81
21.  57 — Wayne (Bicknell, Utah), 2006-09
23.  56 — Grand Haven (Mich.), 1960-62
24.  55 — Muskegon (Mich.), 1941-45
24.  55 — Unicoi County (Erwin, Tenn.), 1984-85
26.  54 — South San Antonio (San Antonio), 1966-68
26.  54 — Bowie (Md.), 1981-83
26.  54 — Cottonwood (Ala.), 1985-88
29.  53 — Garber (Okla.), 1960-61
29.  53 — Amsterdam (N.Y.), 1972-75

29.  53 — Omaha Northwest (Neb.), 1982-85
32.  52 — White Oak (Jacksonville, N.C.), 1978-80
32.  52 — Shawnee (Okla.), 2016-18
34.  51 — Panguitch (Utah), 2011-13
34.  51 — New Hope (Miss.), 1997-98
36.  50 — Lockhart (S.C.), 1972-74 (no longer fields baseball team)
36.  50 — Enterprise (Utah), 1984-88

William Benjamin named 2020-21 HIGHSCORE New Mexico High School Basketball Player of the Year - HIGHSCORE
William Benjamin named 2020-21 MaxPreps New Mexico 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.

William "Deuce" Benjamin of Las Cruces (Las Cruces) is the 2020-21 MaxPreps New Mexico High School Basketball Player of the Year. The 6-foot-1 junior guard helped the Bulldawgs go 14-1 en route to the Class 5A state championship game.

Benjamin averaged 27.1 points, 5.7 rebounds and 5.5 assists per game while shooting 50 percent from the field and 87 percent from the free throw line.

Despite falling just shy of capturing their second consecutive state championship, Benjamin recorded 21 points, five rebounds and five assists in his team's state championship game loss.

"Deuce" is the son of Las Cruces head coach William Benjamin, who is 277-90 during his 12-year tenure with the program.