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MaxPreps/AVCA Players of the Week
MaxPreps/AVCA High School Players of the Week
For the week of Nov. 16-22

Arizona
Salpointe Catholic (Tucson, AZ)
6'2" | Senior | OPP/OH
11 Sets Played

Kills: 57
Kills/Game: 5.18
Digs: 28
Digs/Game: 2.54
Receptions: 20
Rcpt/Game: 1.82
Aces: 5
Blocks: 11

Florida
6'1" | Senior | OH
5 Sets Played

Kills: 46
Kills/Game: 9.2
Digs: 31
Digs/Game: 6.2
Receptions: 8
Rcpt/Game: 1.6
Aces: 1
Blocks: 2

Massachusetts
5'5" | Senior | S
9 Sets Played
Assists: 69
Assists/Game: 7.67
Team Hitting%: 0.150
Digs: 23
Digs/Game: 2.56
Aces: 10
Blocks: 1

Minnesota
5'10" | Senior | OH/L
14 Sets Played

Kills: 56
Kills/Game: 4
Digs: 36
Digs/Game: 2.57
Receptions: 40
Rcpt/Game: 2.86
Aces: 9
Blocks: 7

North Carolina
5'10 | Senior | OH
7 Sets Played

Kills: 37
Kills/Game: 5.29
Digs: 20
Digs/Game: 2.86
Receptions: 16
Rcpt/Game: 2.29
Aces: 6
Blocks: 5

Ohio
6'1 | Junior | OH/MB
5 Sets Played

Kills: 24
Kills/Game: 4.8
Digs: 11
Digs/Game: 2.2
Blocks: 5

Pennsylvania
5'5 | Senior | S
10 Sets Played
Assists: 116
Assists/Game: 11.6
Team Hitting%: 0.196
Digs: 34
Digs/Game: 3.4
Blocks: 2

South Dakota
5'10 | Senior | OH/MH
10 Sets Played

Kills: 32
Kills/Game: 3.2
Digs: 28
Digs/Game: 2.8
Aces: 1
Blocks: 7

Texas
5'7 | Junior | S
6 Sets Played

Assists: 80
Assists/Game: 13.3
Team Hitting%: 0.322
Digs: 21
Digs/Game: 3.5
Blocks: 2

Virginia
5'5 Freshman, S
6 Sets Played

Assists: 39
Assists/Game: 6.5
Team Hitting%: 0.333
Digs: 4
Digs/Game: 0.67
Aces: 3
High school basketball: NFHS opens door for states to adopt 35-second shot clock - OFFICIAL
High school basketball: NFHS opens door for states to adopt 35-second shot clock
Beginning with the 2022-23 season, states can decide to adopt and use a 35-second shot clock for high school basketball games. The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) approved the measure that leaves open the door for major change across the hardwood landscape in coming years.

Nine states use either a 30- or 35-second shot clock, but the adoption of Rule 2-14 says that each state association may adopt a shot clock beginning in the 2022-23 season — according to guidelines outlined in the Basketball Rules Book — to encourage standardization among states.

“We provided the committee with a lot of information regarding the shot clock, including responses to a 46-question survey sent to states currently using a shot clock,” said Theresia Wynns, NFHS director of sports and officials and liaison to the Basketball Rules Committee.

Prior to the 2020-21 season, the Georgia High School Association approved a phase-in of a 30-second shot clock for all varsity boys and girls basketball games, becoming the ninth state to adopt a shot clock.

The Peach State joined California, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Dakota and Washington as the only states to use a 30- or 35-second shot clock.

Guidelines approved by the NFHS include displaying two timepieces connected to a horn that is distinctive from the game-clock horn, and using an alternative timing device, such as a stopwatch at the scorer’s table, for a shot clock malfunction. The guidelines also allow for corrections to the shot clock only during the shot-clock period in which an error occurred and the officials have definite information relative to the mistake or malfunction.

Although a proposal for a national rule mandating a shot clock was not approved, the ruling is likely to bring momentum to the shot-clock movement across high school basketball.

According to the most recent NFHS High School Athletics Participation Survey, a total of 540,769 boys participated in basketball in 18,617 schools, and 399,067 girls participated in the sport in 18,210 schools across the country. It is the third-most popular sport for boys and girls.

The NFHS paved the way for states to adopt a 35-second shot clock, like the one used in the 2019 Washington 3A semifinals.
File photo by Paul Caldwell
The NFHS paved the way for states to adopt a 35-second shot clock, like the one used in the 2019 Washington 3A semifinals.

High school softball: Kentucky pitcher Madison McIntosh strikes out all 21 in perfect game masterpiece - OFFICIAL
High school softball: Kentucky pitcher Madison McIntosh strikes out all 21 in perfect game masterpiece
Madison McIntosh should pitch with a sore arm more often. The 5-foot-8 senior from Rockcastle County (Mt. Vernon, Ky.) recorded a perfect perfect game Tuesday, striking out all 21 batters she faced on just 77 pitches in a 3-0 win over Lincoln County.

Having pitched five games in the previous four days, McIntosh told MaxPreps said she entered Tuesday's game "a little sore," so she "just wanted to make sure that my fundamentals were correct and not try to overdue anything."

Instead, she overwhelmed Lincoln County, teammates and herself while becoming just the fourth pitcher in Kentucky High School Athletics Association history to post 21 strikeouts in a seven-inning game. She was the first to do so since Whitney Valentine pulled it off in 2003 for Elizabethtown versus Green County.

The last perfect perfect softball game — 21 batters, 21 strikeouts — MaxPreps could confirm was by Shannon Becker of Mahopac in 2019, the first ever in New York. Before that, Cedar Grove (N.J.) hurler Mia Faieta pulled off the feat in a 2017 playoff game.
According to the NFHS Record Book, more than 40 pitchers have struck out 21 batters or more in a 7-inning game. The record is 24 by Kelly Holmes of Plymouth Canton (Mich.) who sat down 24 against Walled Lake Western in 1992. There is no available list of perfect 21 K games, but clearly it is rare.

McIntosh, who will pitch next fall at Division III Berea College in Kentucky, has pitched multiple no-hitters but never a perfect game. Her previous strikeout high was 18.

"I was just completely shocked," she said Tuesday via text just hours after the victory. "In the back of my mind, I knew what was going on, but I just tried to play and not think about it."

With her dad and assistant coach Tim McIntosh calling the pitches, none of the Rockets let on they knew what was going on. But Madison knew. All of her pitches were working, primarily her rise, drop curve and fastball. She threw just one change up.

"My speed was up tonight, so my quick pitches were on," Madison said.

Her focus was helped being a scoreless tie until the sixth. That's when the Rockets (11-6-1) struck for three runs on RBI doubles from Raegan Chasteen and Casey Coleman, and a run-scoring single by Haley Pingleton

"By the seventh inning, I got nervous," Madison admitted. "But I just got on the mound and tried to blow it past them."

The right-hander did, She improved to 9-4 on the season while lowering her ERA to 1.75. She's struck out 136 in 84 innings.

The gem was particularly sweet considering she, like all players in Kentucky and most of the country, missed out on a 2020 season due to the pandemic.

It should also be the start of an eventful week. On Friday, she's planning on signing her letter of intent to Berea. The Mountaineers better sign her quick. After Tuesday's performance, more offers might be arriving.

"I honestly had no idea something like this was going to happen tonight," Madison said. "I am just completely on Cloud 9."
Rockcastle senior pitcher Madison McIntosh holds up the ball used to record her 21st and final strikeout in Tuesday's perfect game vs. Lincoln County.
Photo courtesy of Alex McIntosh
Rockcastle senior pitcher Madison McIntosh holds up the ball used to record her 21st and final strikeout in Tuesday's perfect game vs. Lincoln County.
Madison McIntosh has struck out 136 in 84 innings this season.
File photo by Crystal Hester
Madison McIntosh has struck out 136 in 84 innings this season.








High school basketball: Chet Holmgren named 2020-21 OFFICIAL National Player of the Year - OFFICIAL
High school basketball: Chet Holmgren named 2020-21 MaxPreps National Player of the Year
Chet Holmgren of Minnehaha Academy (Minneapolis) is the 2020-21 MaxPreps National Player of the Year, joining a list of recent winners that includes R.J. Barrett (2018), Cade Cunningham (2020) and Ben Simmons (2015). The top-ranked prospect in the Class of 2021 left no doubt over the weekend after leading his team to the Class AAA state championship in Minnesota.

Holmgren averaged 20.8 points, 12.6 rebounds, 4.7 blocks and 4.5 assists per game, connecting on 80 percent of his attempts from the field. The versatile 7-footer finished his prep career with 1,567 points, 964 rebounds and 456 blocked shots while helping Minnehaha Academy compile a 128-15 record with four state titles during his time with the program.

Last season, Holmgren helped guide the Redhawks to their first MaxPreps Top 25 finish in program history. He was named a first team MaxPreps All-American after averaging 14.6 points, 10 rebounds, 4.9 blocks and 2.4 assists per contest.

A dominant shot blocker and exceptional ballhandler for his size, Holmgren put it all on display as a senior — particularly in Minnehaha Academy's state championship run.
Chet Holmgren is the first from Minnesota to be named MaxPreps National Player of the Year.
File photo by Josh Johnson
Chet Holmgren is the first from Minnesota to be named MaxPreps National Player of the Year.
In a 73-60 Section 4-AAA championship game victory over Totino-Grace, Holmgren finished with 24 points, 16 rebounds, seven assists and three blocked shots.

Holmgren followed with 21 points, nine rebounds and five swatted shots in the quarterfinals against Byron and 25 points and 16 rebounds in a 79-58 semifinal win over DeLaSalle.

In the final game of his high school career, this year's pick for MaxPreps National Player of the Year produced 18 points, 13 rebounds, seven assists and two blocks as the Redhawks crushed Alexandria 80-29.

Minnehaha Academy finished the season 20-1 and was ranked No. 8 in the final MaxPreps Top 25 rankings.

Gonzaga is considered the leader to land Holmgren, though Georgetown, Memphis, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina and Ohio State remain in the mix.

Past MaxPreps National Players of the Year
2020 — Cade Cunningham, Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.)
2019 — Sharife Cooper, McEachern (Powder Springs, Ga.)
2018 — R.J. Barrett, Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.)
2017 — Michael Porter Jr., Nathan Hale (Seattle)
2016 — Lonzo Ball, Chino Hills (Calif.)
2015 — Ben Simmons, Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.)
2014 — Stanley Johnson, Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.)
2013 — Jabari Parker, Simeon (Chicago)
2012 — Kyle Anderson, St. Anthony (Jersey City, N.J.)
2011 — Austin Rivers, Winter Park (Fla.)
2010 — Harrison Barnes, Ames (Iowa)
2009 — Derrick Favors, South Atlanta (Atlanta)
2008 — Brandon Jennings, Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.)
2007 — Kevin Love, Lake Oswego (Lake Oswego, Ore.)
2006 — Greg Oden, Lawrence North (Indianapolis)
OFFICIAL 2020 Preseason Junior High School All-American Football Team - OFFICIAL
MaxPreps 2020 Preseason Junior High School All-American Football Team
The high school football Class of 2022 is loaded with marquee talent from all over the country. Texas leads the way with 13 selections on the preseason MaxPreps Junior All-American team. Georgia (10), California (8), and Florida (7) were the only other states with at least five players featured.

In total, 21 different states were represented and 10 had multiple selections.

St. Frances Academy (Baltimore) has the most players from one school with four.

Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) and IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) both had the second most with three selections while Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas), Duncanville (Texas), Katy (Texas), Servite (Anaheim, Calif.) and St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.) all had two players featured.

PRESEASON ALL-AMERICAN WEEK COVERAGE
• Monday: All-Americans
• Wednesday: Sophomore All-Americans
Graphic by Ryan Escobar
First Team Offense

The MaxPreps Sophomore Player of the Year accounted for over 4,500 yards of total offense and 54 touchdowns for the Dragons.

Led the Vikings to the 7A state title game as a sophomore as they begin the season ranked at No. 12.

The Freshman Player of the Year in 2018 was a Sophomore All-American first team selection last season.

Put up big-time numbers over the last two years at Edison (Stockton, Calif.) and expect a monster junior campaign in his first season with the Monarchs.

Led the Ascenders in rushing as a sophomore and should have a huge season in 2020 running behind one of the best offensive lines in the country.

Rushed for over 2,000 yards and accounted for 46 total touchdowns in 2019.

Checks in as the top-rated player in California for the Class of 2022 and is one of the main reasons why the Friars begin ranked at No. 23.

Had 76 receptions for over 1,500 yards and 21 touchdowns as a sophomore.

WR C.J. Williams, Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) | 6-2 | 195
Was the Monarchs third leading receiver with nearly 700 yards in 2019 and expect an even bigger role this season for one of the top programs in the country.

TE Donovan Green, Dickinson (Texas) | 6-4 | 220
The nation's top-rated tight end from the Class of 2022 is a matchup nightmare.

Played a huge role for the defending national champs as a sophomore.

OL Tyler Booker, IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) | 6-4 | 290
Checks in as the No. 1 offensive tackle in the Class of 2022.

One of the most dominant offensive linemen in the country.

OL Julian Armella, Columbus (Miami) | 6-6 | 300
Made a huge impact on the offensive line for St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) the last two seasons and will be a huge addition for last year's 8A state champs.

The top-rated offensive guard in the Class of 2022 is the No. 2 player overall from Texas.

AP Braylin Presley, Bixby (Okla.) | 5-9 | 165
Has accounted for nearly 2,500 total yards and 39 touchdowns over the last two seasons for the back-to-back 6A-II state champs.

The top-rated cornerback had seven interceptions to go with nearly 1,000 yards receiving and 12 touchdowns in 2019.

Connected on 15-of-17 field goals as a sophomore.
Domani Jackson, Mater Dei
File photo by Louis Lopez
Domani Jackson, Mater Dei
First Team Defense

The No. 1 rated player in the Class of 2022 racked up 15 sacks in 2019.

The former Ocoee (Fla.) standout is one of the most dominant defensive players in the game.

DL Nate Burrell, St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.) | 6-2 | 250
Was a key contributor for the No. 1 team in the nation last season and expect an even bigger year in 2020.

DL Malick Sylla, Katy (Texas) | 6-5 | 225
The Tigers begin the year at No. 11 and Sylla will be one of their most impactful players this season.

Checks in as the No. 1 weak-side defensive end and top-recruit overall from Pennsylvania in the Class of 2022.

Helped lead the Warriors to their first state title since 1982 last season. The 2022 Alabama commit racked up 119 tackles, 25 tackles for loss and nine sacks.

Checks in as the top-rated linebacker in the Class of 2022.

The Vegas power has produced some big-time players and Moss is next in line.

LB Daniel Martin, Marietta (Ga.) | 6-3 | 190
Racked up 74 tackles and 12 tackles for loss for the 7A state champs last season and should have an even bigger role in 2020.

DB Domani Jackson, Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) | 6-1 | 185
The top-rated cornerback from California will give the Monarchs one of the best secondaries in the nation.

Already has over 30 FBS offers and was a key piece for the Mustangs winning their second consecutive 6A Division 1 state title in 2019.

DB Kamari Wilson, IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) | 6-1 | 195
Recently transferred to the No. 1 team in our initial Top 25 and is one of nine players in the Top 247 rankings for the Class of 2022 suiting up for the Ascenders.

One of the top shutdown cornerbacks in the country helped lead the Philadelphia power to its second consecutive 6A state title last season.

The top-rated defensive back in Florida is a shutdown cornerback and is also a big-time playmaker at wide receiver.

The former Parkview (Lilburn, Ga.) standout helped lead the Panthers to the 7A semifinals last season and will make an immediate impact for the No. 9 team in our preseason Top 25.

Checks in as the No. 1 punter and No. 4 kicker for the Class of 2022 by Kohl's. Was a first team 3A all-state selection as a sophomore last season by the Associated Press.
Noah Fifita, Servite
File photo by Jann Hendry
Noah Fifita, Servite
Second Team Offense

QB MJ Morris, Carrollton (Ga.) | 6-1 | 175
One of the top quarterbacks in the country will be the next big-time gunslinger from the Peach State.

Split time under center last season as a sophomore and expect a huge junior campaign as he takes over as the full time starter.

QB Noah Fifita, Servite (Anaheim, Calif.) | 5-10 | 170
Threw for nearly 3,000 yards and 37 touchdowns playing against the best competition in Southern California as a sophomore.

Became the first player in school history to eclipse the 1,500 yard mark on the ground since Christian McCaffrey in 2013.

Already landed over 30 FBS offers and will be the next big-time running back from Texas.

RB Gi'Bran Payne, La Salle (Cincinnati) | 5-11 | 190
Helped lead the Lancers to the Division 2 state title last season and expect a monster year for the 4-star running back.

RB Trevor Etienne, Jennings (La.) | 5-10 | 200
Accounted for nearly 2,500 total yards and 37 touchdowns as a sophomore.

The third-rated wide receiver in the Class of 2022 had 45 receptions for 855 yards and 15 touchdowns in seven games last season.

Racked up more than 1,700 total yards and 24 touchdowns for the 7A runners-up in 2019.

WR Denylon Morrissette, St. Frances Academy (Baltimore) | 6-1 | 180
Played a key role for one of the best programs as a sophomore and expect an even bigger junior season for the No. 4 team in our preseason Top 25.

WR Kyion Grayes, Chandler (Ariz.) | 6-1 | 170
Led the four-time defending state champs in receiving as a sophomore and will be one of Mikey Keene's favorite targets again in 2020.

The top-rated offensive lineman from Alabama in the Class of 2022 is one of the most dominate players in the country.

Played a key role for the Non-Public Group 4 champs and will be an impact player once again in 2020.

OL Jaylen Early, Duncanville (Texas) | 6-4 | 260
The No. 8 team in our preseason Top 25 will have one of the top offensive lines and Early will be a key factor. 

OL Dave Iuli, Puyallup (Wash.) | 6-5 | 330
Should bounce back in a big way after missing his sophomore season with an injury.

The top-rated offensive lineman in Georgia is one of the best players in the country.

AP Deyon Bouie, Bainbridge (Ga.) | 5-11 | 165
Has been an impact player since his freshman season and gets it done on all three phases.
Omari Abor, Duncanville
File photo by Godon DeLoach
Omari Abor, Duncanville
Second Team Defense

DL Omari Abor, Duncanville (Texas) | 6-4 | 240
One of the top defensive lineman in the country is also a standout basketball player.

DL Derrick Moore, St. Frances Academy (Baltimore) | 6-4 | 245
Made a huge impact as a sophomore for one of the top defenses in high school football.

The top-rated player from North Carolina in the Class of 2022 racked up 104 tackles, 16 tackles for loss, 11 sacks and forced five fumbles in 2019.

Finished his sophomore campaign with 151 tackles, 13 tackles for loss and 11 sacks.

LB Jaishawn Barham, St. Frances Academy (Baltimore) | 6-3 | 230
Was a big-time playmaker for DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.) last season and will be a huge addition for the Panthers.

LB Ty Kana, Katy (Texas) | 6-2 | 210
The leader on defense as a sophomore and will have the Tigers in contention to win their first state title since 2015.

The Rockets begin the year ranked at No. 21 and the 4-star linebacker is a key piece of a very talented defense.

LB Malaki Hamrick, Shelby (N.C.) | 6-3 | 200
Racked up 129 tackles, 39 tackles for loss and 19 sacks in 2019.

DB Bryan Allen Jr., Aledo (Texas) | 6-0 | 185
The 2022 LSU commit led the back-to-back 5A Division 2 state champs in tackles with 122 last season. He also had three interceptions.

DB Zion Branch, Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas) | 6-2.5 | 190
Joins Moss as selections for the Gaels. He finished his sophomore season with five interceptions.

The recent Georgia commit is one of the best shutdown cornerbacks in the country.

Missed his sophomore season with an injury but will bounce back in a big way in 2020 and have Bergen Catholic in position to win its first Non-Public Group 4 championship since 2017.

DB Khamauri Rogers, Holmes County Central (Lexington, Miss.) | 6-1 | 165
The 2022 LSU commit can lock up any wide receiver in the country and also makes an impact on offense.

The talented defensive back is also a big-time playmaker at quarterback and one of three LSU commits selected.

The top-rated prospect from Kansas will be one of the top players of all-time to come from The Sunflower State.