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High school baseball rankings: Buford enters Georgia postseason undefeated and No. 1 in MaxPrep Top 25 - OFFICIAL
High school baseball rankings: Buford enters Georgia postseason undefeated and No. 1 in MaxPrep Top 25
With an 18-strikeout performance by Dylan Lesko, Buford ended the regular season with a 4-0 win over Grayson on Monday. The Wolves continue to sit atop the MaxPreps Top 25 high school baseball rankings heading into Georgia's postseason.

The Peach State's playoff system calls for a best-of-three series in each round of the playoffs, meaning the Wolves could lose a game in a series, yet move on to the next round. Thus Buford could win a state championship, yet drop in the rankings should it split any series games along the way.

Sitting in the wings waiting to pounce are Jesuit (Tampa, Fla.), Madison Central (Madison, Miss.) and Stoneman Douglas (Parkland, Fla.). Jesuit takes on IMG Academy on Tuesday, and a win over the Ascenders would be a signature victory for the Tigers in the 2021 season heading into the postseason. The Florida playoff system is a single-elimination format, meaning Jesuit would need to go undefeated the rest of the way in order to have a chance to surpass Buford.

Madison Central also plays a best-of-three postseason format, but the Jaguars have been simply dominant this year against Mississippi 6A competition. There's a chance Madison Central could jump over Buford and Jesuit (assuming losses by both teams) since it is currently undefeated.

Stoneman Douglas is also in the mix since it could potentially win a Florida state championship and it takes on No. 10 Calvary Christian Academy (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) in a non-district contest Wednesday.

The wildcard here is St. Mary Prep (Orchard Lake, Mich.), which has dominated after getting its seasons started earlier this month. The Eaglets have a ways to go and will still be playing while everyone else ahead of them has finished the season. That could allow St. Mary Prep to climb all the way to No. 1 should it have an impressive finish to its season.

Dropped out: Auburn (Ala.), Carrollton (Ga.), Orange Lutheran (Orange, Calif.); Winder-Barrow (Winder, Ga.)

Game of the Week: Friendswood 2, Manvel 1. Friendswood remained undefeated on the season with a walk-off double in the bottom of the eighth with two outs that scored Izaak Pacheco, who had reached on a walk.

Player of the Week: Henry Godbout, Baylor. Godbout finished the week hitting in eight straight at-bats over two games, including two doubles and a triple.

Recruit Watch: Jack Walker, Barbe. The Buccaneers senior missed all of last year due to injury, but he's making up for lost time. He had a no-hitter against Lafayette with eight strikeouts.

Game to Watch: IMG Academy vs. Jesuit. Both the Ascenders and the Tigers have a shot at finishing the season as the No. 1 team in the country. Since IMG does not play in the postseason in Florida, it can really use a win over Jesuit to give it an edge over the Tigers should Jesuit go on to win a state championship.

Streaks: Webster (Wis.), a team that has not played a game since June 13, 2019, still holds the longest active winning streak with 37 games in a row. Andrean (Merrillville, Ind.), raised its win streak to 37 in a row, before dropping its first game since the 2019 season. St. Mary's Prep (Orchard Lake, Mich.) is closing in on Webster with 14 straight wins this year to go with 20 straight wins to end the 2019 season. St. Mary's Prep did not play in 2020. The Eaglets are undefeated in 43 straight games (41-0-2).
Henry Godbout, Baylor
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Henry Godbout, Baylor
MaxPreps Top 25 high school baseball rankings

1. Buford (Ga.)
Record:
29-0 | Last week: 1
Results: Def. Winder-Barrow, 10-0, 3-0. Def. Grayson, 4-0.
Stats: Stan Zagrodnik had a home run and Riley Stanford had a double and a triple in the first game. Jackson Gaspard tossed a one-hitter with eight strikeouts. Jax Brockett had a two-hitter with 12 strikeouts in the 3-0 win. Dylan Lesko threw a two-hitter at Grayson, striking out 18.
Next: Playoffs TBA

2. Jesuit (Tampa, Fla.)
Record:
22-1 | Last week: 2
Results: Def. Calvary Christian, 10-1; def. Berkeley Prep, 10-0; def. Blake, 11-1.
Stats: Dominic Castellano struck out 15 in six innings against Calvary Christian. Cole Russo had two doubles and four RBI against Berkeley Prep. Bradke Lohry had two doubles against Blake.
Next: Tues. vs. IMG Academy; Fri. vs. Champagnat Catholic

3. Madison Central (Madison, Miss.)
Record:
24-0 | Last week: 3
Results: Def. Clinton, 10-0, 5-3.
Stats: Ross Highfill had a grand slam home run in the win over Clinton. Gatlin Sanders went 3-for-4 with a double in the second game.
Next: Fri. vs. Brandon.

4. Stoneman Douglas (Parkland, Fla.)
Record:
20-1 | Last week: 4
Results: Did not play
Next: Wed. vs. Calvary Christian Academy; Thur. vs. Westminster Christian.

5. IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)
Record:
21-2 | Last week: 6
Results: Did not play
Next: Tue. vs. Jesuit.

6. Barbe (Lake Charles, La.)
Record:
29-2 | Last week: 7
Results: Def. Lafayette, 10-0.
Stats: Jack Walker pitched a six-inning no-hitter with eight strikeouts against Lafayette. Kyle Debarge went 4-for-4.
Next: Tue./Thur vs. New Iberia.

7. St. Mary Prep (Orchard Lake, Mich.)
Record:
14-0 | Last week: 9
Results: Def. Divine Child 14-0, 8-0; def. Chelsea, 5-3; def. Brother Rice, 15-0, 11-1; def. Detroit Country Day, 14-4.
Stats: Jake Dresselhouse had a grand slam against Divine Child, his third of the season. Jack Crighton had two doubles against Chelsea. Ike Irish, Brock Porter and Nolan Schubart all homered against Brother Rice in the first game with Schubart also hitting one in the second game. Dresselhouse, along with Ryan McKay, hit home runs against Detroit Country Day.
Next: Wed. vs. De La Salle Collegiate (DH).

8. Friendswood (Texas)
Record:
21-0 | Last week: 10
Results: Def. Manvel, 2-1.
Stats: Dylan Maxcey hit a walk-off double to beat Manvel.
Next: Tue. vs. Sterling; Fri vs. Santa Fe.

9. Farragut (Knoxville, Tenn.)
Record:
24-2 | Last week: 11
Results: Def. Heritage, 15-6; lost to Combine Academy, 13-3; def. White County, 10-0; def. Walker Valley, 7-6; def. Cleveland, 6-3; def. Bearden, 4-1.
Stats: Parker Evans had a double, a home run and six RBI against Heritage. Jaxson Pease struck out nine against Bearden. Garett Brewer and Tanner Kim each homered against Greenville.
Next: Tue. vs. Lenoir City; Wed. vs. William Blount.

10. Calvary Christian Academy (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
Record:
16-3-1 | Last week: 12
Results: Did not play
Next: Wed. vs. Stoneman Douglas

11. Thousand Oaks (Calif.)
Record:
10-0 | Last week: 14
Results: Def. Newbury Park, 10-7; def. Agoura, 10-0.
Stats: Roc Riggio went 2-for-3 with two RBI and Maxwell Muncy went 3-for-4 with three RBI against Newbury Park. Riggio and Charlie Saum each homered against Agoura with Saum adding a double.
Next: Wed/Thur vs. Agoura

12. Bryant (Ark.)
Record:
17-1 | Last week: 18
Results: Def. Northside, 12-2
Stats: Turner Seelinger hit a double and a home run in the win.
Next: Tue vs. Catholic; Thur vs. North Little Rock.

13. Baylor (Chattanooga, Tenn.)
Record:
14-2 | Last week: 19
Results: Def. Chattanooga Christian, 17-0; def. Ooltewah, 14-3.
Stats: Daniel Corona homered against Chattanooga Christian while Henry Godbout had a double among four hits and Cooper Kinney had two doubles and five RBI. Godbout also went 4-for-4 with a double and a triple against Ooltewah.
Next: Tue vs. Knoxville Catholic; Sat. vs. Parkview.

14. Rancho Bernardo (San Diego)
Record:
14-0 | Last week: 20
Results: Def. Carlsbad, 4-1; def. Sage Creek, 14-4; def. Santa Fe Christian, 22-5.
Stats: Peyton Schulze went 3-for-5 with a double, a home run and four RBI against Sage Creek. Kevin Takeuchi led a 19-hit attack against Santa Fe Christian with a home run.
Next: Wed vs. La Costa Canyon.

15. Hamilton (Chandler, Ariz.)
Record:
10-2 | Last week: 5
Results: Lost to Liberty, 9-2; def. Desert Ridge, 4-0.
Stats: Brock Selvidge went 2-for-3 and drove in three runs against Desert Ridge.
Next: Wed. vs. Horizon; Fri. vs. Perry.

16. Lake Travis (Austin, Texas)
Record:
24-3-2 | Last week: 8
Results: Lost to Bowie, 5-4.
Stats: Kyle Rader went 2-for-3 with a double in the loss.
Next: Tue/Fri vs. Akins.

17. Reagan (San Antonio)
Record:
25-3 | Last week: 13
Results: Def. Brandeis, 9-2.
Stats: Jacob Burcham went 3-for-4 with two RBI in the win.
Next: Tue. vs. Johnson; Fri. vs. Churchill

18. Seymour (Tenn.)
Record:
25-1 | Last week: 23
Results: Def. Knoxville Central, 11-1; def. Grace Christian Academy, 6-3. def. Morristown-Hamblen West, 27-0.
Stats: Adam Quincy had a double and a home run and Elijah Galyon had a home run against Knoxville Central. Alex Hutcherson had a grand slam and Galyon and Seth Shaw each homered against MHW.
Next: Tue vs. Morristown-Hamblen West

19. Fort Zumwalt West (O'Fallon, Mo.)
Record:
22-2 | Last week: 22
Results: Def. Rock Bridge, 8-1; lost to Staley, 5-0; def. Hickman, 1-0; def. Staley, 10-7; Def. Troy Buchanan, 8-1, 10-0.
Next: Tue. vs. Francis Howell

20. Gregory-Portland (Portland, Texas)
Record:
25-2-1 | Last week: 24
Results: Def. Flour Bluff, 6-0; def. Victoria West, 10-0.
Stats: Walker Janek and Christian Mayer combined for a no-hitter against Victoria West. Malachi Lott struck out 17 against Flour Bluff.
Next: Fri vs. Victoria East.

21. Hewitt-Trussville (Trussville, Ala.)
Record:
25-3 | Last week: 15
Results: Lost to Vestavia Hills, 6-2
Next: Tue/Thur vs. Spain Park.

22. Lakeland Christian (Lakeland, Fla.)
Record:
21-1 | Last week: NR
Results: Def. Bartow, 10-3.
Next: Tue. vs. IMG Academy White; Thur. vs. Lake Wales.

23. Winter Park (Fla.)
Record:
20-1 | Last week: NR
Results: Def. East Ridge, 5-3; def. Orangewood Christian, 6-0.
Next: Wed. vs. Olympia; Thur. vs. Freedom.

24. Trinity (Louisville, Ky.)
Record:
14-0 | Last week: NR
Results: Def. Highlands, 13-2; def. St. Henry, 8-0; def. Campbell County, 5-2.
Next: Sat. vs. Campbell County.

25. Vero Beach (Vero Beach, Fla.)
Record:
18-1 | Last week: NR
Results: Def. Bayside, 11-1.
Next: Wed. vs. Palm Bay; Thur. vs. Jensen Beach.
Patrick McMahon named 2020-21 OFFICIAL Alaska High School Basketball Player of the Year - OFFICIAL
Patrick McMahon named 2020-21 MaxPreps Alaska 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.

Patrick McMahon of Colony (Palmer) is the 2020-21 MaxPreps Alaska High School Basketball Player of the Year. The 6-foot-6 senior guard helped the Knights go 13-2 en route to the Class 4A state semifinals.

McMahon averaged 27 points, 11 rebounds and two blocks per game while shooting 57 percent from the field and 39 percent from beyond the arc.

Named Class 4A Player of the Year for the second consecutive season, McMahon finished his career with over 1,700 points.

McMahon will join a strong Montana State recruiting class that includes MaxPreps Wyoming Player of the Year Sam Lecholat, MaxPreps Montana Player of the Year Alex Germer, 7-3 center Jasper Reinalda and international prospect Great Osobor.

Each state's MaxPreps Player of the Year will be considered for inclusion in the MaxPreps All-America Team, which is scheduled to be released April 13.
Madison Bumgarner offers sense of pride for South Caldwell High School - OFFICIAL
Madison Bumgarner offers sense of pride for South Caldwell High School
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South Caldwell (Hudson, N.C.) baseball coach and athletic director Jeff Parham melted into his cozy maroon leather chair Sunday and soaked it all in.

It was just as he does every time his prized pupil Madison Bumgarner pitches.

Madison Bumgarner went 11-2 with a 1.05 ERA his senior year at South Caldwell in 2007.
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Madison Bumgarner went 11-2 with a 1.05 ERA
his senior year at South Caldwell in 2007.
"I don't move from that chair," Parham said. "If I do, I pause the TV. I will scream and yell with excitement. I'm just so proud of him."

Parham was extra prideful — and loud — on Sunday.

Bumgarner, the San Francisco Giants rising superstar southpaw, threw the first individual shutout in World Series history since 2003 — a four-hit, eight-strikeout, no-walk gem in a 5-0 win over the Royals.

He became the first pitcher in World Series history to ever throw a shutout with eight or more strikeouts and no walks.

Gulp.

"Crazy," was Parham's quick one-word description.

Crazier considering what a late-season roll the 2007 South Caldwell graduate has been on. His 1.13 ERA through six postseason starts this season is fifth best in major league history. He has a 4-1 record in those starts with a 0.67 WHIP in 47.2 innings.

Craziest, add scoreless starts in 2010 and 2012 World Series starts, his 0.29 ERA over 31 career innings is the best of all-time of those who have pitched 30 or more innings.

Better than Bob Gibson. Better than Sandy Koufax. Better than Tom Seaver, Catfish Hunter and Curt Schilling.

This lumbering country boy from rural Granite Falls, N.C. (approximately 5,000 population), an hour West of Charlotte, has been better than all of them.

Parham, who graduated from South Caldwell in 1983 and has coached there 15 seasons, said Bumgarner was always a fearless big-game pitcher.

Madison's Bumgarner's final swing in high school, a walk-off, inside-the-park home run to win the state 4A title.
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Madison's Bumgarner's final swing in high
school, a walk-off, inside-the-park home
run to win the state 4A title.
The 6-foot-5 left-hander, the No. 10 overall pick in the 2007 Major League Baseball Draft (by the Giants), led South Caldwell to 2006 and 2007 4A State Championship title series, winning in 2007. Fittingly, Bumgarner ended his final prep game with a walk-off two-run title-clinching home run.

"I tell people all the time that Madison wants the ball — or the bat — in a big game situation," Parham said. "The bigger the stage the better. He never shied away from it. He loved it. He just wants to win. That's inside of him. That's just part of his DNA."

But on baseball's biggest stage, certainly the Royals have guys who share similar DNA. Just like the Tigers had competitive sorts in 2012 and the Rangers did in 2010.

That's why Parham said he welled up, watching the lad they nicknamed "The Carolina Peach" for going 23-4 with a near 1.00 ERA and 263 strikeouts in 170 innings his final two seasons for the Spartans.

"I'm sitting there in my favorite chair getting choked up thinking about this accomplished, humble 25-year-old young man and how far he has come and how hard he worked and where he came from, our little South Caldwell High School community," Parham said. "It just brought back so many fond memories."

Story Time

It didn't take a crowbar — barely a query — to get Parham to rattle off some of his favorites.

Like the first time Parham saw Bumgarner compete:

"It was a sixth-grade summer baseball camp," he said. "At 12, he was a lot taller than all the kids so he stood out for that reason. He was lanky too. More than that, it was the way he threw. Catchers at the camp had a tough time catching him. He was very special then. He could swing the bat pretty well too."

Madison Bumgarner, South Caldwell
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Madison Bumgarner, South Caldwell
Or when Bumgarner was a freshman at South Caldwell and the lights went out in a showdown against the state's No. 1 team Alexander Central (Taylorsville, N.C.), which was 23-0 at the time:

"We're up 1-0 heading into the bottom of the seventh and the lights go out," Parham said. "Madison was pitching great but it's going to take at least 30 minutes for the lights to come back on. I was considering taking him out but he kept saying, ‘Coach, I'll be fine. I want to finish. Trust me coach. Trust me.'

"He went out and struck out the side. Pretty impressive stuff for a 14-year-old."

Or Christmas Day during his junior season:

"I get a phone call a little after lunch and it's Madison. He was the only kid to call me on Christmas and I thought it was awfully nice. But then he tells me he wants to lift — that day. What am I going to say? I mean, the kid wanted to get bigger and stronger. I knew right then he had the dedication to make it all the way. He was already throwing harder than anyone. But soon he would be a man among boys."

Or the time as a senior when in an elimination playoff series with Alexander Central, Bumgarner had pitched a shutout in the first game on a Tuesday night, but in a high-scoring Friday game Parham had chewed up most of his pitchers. The bases were loaded and the Spartans were holding a one-run lead:

"All of a sudden, I hear the mitt popping in the bullpen and it's Madison throwing. I go down to ask what's going on and he says, ‘Coach, I can get the last out. I feel good. Coach I can do it.'

"I think about it a few seconds, I go out to the mound and bring Madison in. Three pitches and it was done."

Recalling his roots

Parham said he would be surprised if Bumgarner doesn't volunteer his services late if the Giants are forced to a Game 7. If the Giants win the series, he's almost assured to garner MVP honors, as he did in the NLCS against the Cardinals.

On MadBum Day last week, coach Jeff Parham (R) with wife Mandi Parham (middle) and coach  Karen Isbell.
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On MadBum Day last week, coach Jeff Parham (R)
with wife Mandi Parham (middle) and coach
Karen Isbell.
Before the World Series, the South Caldwell student body and staff, a couple hundred strong, clad in black and orange and sporting signs and cut-out Bumgarner faces, gathered in the school's gym. It was part of the school's "MadBum Day."

They produced a short "good luck" video and Parham and his wife Mandi, who also works at the school, texted it to him.

Shortly after winning the first game 7-1, Bumgarner texted Parham back.

"He wrote how much he appreciated it and will never forget where he came from," Parham said.

Bumgarner never forgot the many exchanges at the mound with Parham, especially in tight circumstances. "I'd always try to challenge him by asking him the same thing: ‘Is that all you got?' and he'd always reply, ‘No sir.'"

So after he shutout Pittsburgh 8-0 in the National League wild-card game two weeks ago with 10 strikeouts and no walks, Parham texted Bumgarner the following:

"Is that all you got?"

To which Bumgarner texted back: "Coach, I believe that's all I got. Haha."

Judging by what he's done since, Bumgarner was indeed joking.

Madison Bumgarner can be a little intimidating on the mound in the majors, but nothing like he was here as a high school senior.
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Madison Bumgarner can be a little intimidating on the mound in the majors, but nothing like he was here as a high school senior.
The student body and staff enjoy MadBum Day 2014.
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The student body and staff enjoy MadBum Day 2014.
Madison Bumgarner crosses home plate to complete an illustrious high school career at South Caldwell. His No. 5 has not been worn since he graduated in 2007.
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Madison Bumgarner crosses home plate to complete an illustrious high school career at South Caldwell. His No. 5 has not been worn since he graduated in 2007.

High school baseball: Dylan Lesko, Drake Varnado headline list of OFFICIAL National Player of the Year candidates - OFFICIAL
High school baseball: Dylan Lesko, Drake Varnado headline list of MaxPreps National Player of the Year candidates
The high school baseball season is in full swing in some parts of the country while others are just getting underway. States like Florida, Georgia and Louisiana jump into the postseason this week.

That makes identifying candidates for MaxPreps National Player of the Year honors a little bit of a tricky exercise but some standouts have emerged, including pitcher Dylan Lesko of No. 1-ranked Buford (Ga.).

Read on for a look at 10 of the top contenders for high school baseball's highest honor.

Past MaxPreps National Players of the Year
2020 — No award (Pandemic)
2019 — Bobby Witt Jr., Colleyville Heritage (Colleyville, Texas)
2018 — Nolan Gorman, O'Connor (Phoenix)
2017 — Jordan Adell, Ballard (Louisville, Ky.)
2016 — Kyle Muller, Dallas Jesuit (Dallas)
2015 — Joe DeMers, College Park (Pleasant Hill, Calif.)
2014 — Jack Flaherty, Harvard-Westlake (Studio City, Calif.)
2013 — Jack Flaherty, Harvard-Westlake
2012 — Joey Gallo, Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas)
2011 — Dylan Bundy, Owasso (Okla.)
2010 — Stetson Allie, St. Edward (Lakewood, Ohio)
2009 — Matt Hobgood, Norco (Calif.)
2008 — Jake Odorizzi, Highland (Ill.)
Drake Varnado, IMG Academy
Photo by Robbie Rakestraw
Drake Varnado, IMG Academy
Baseball Player of the Year Watch List

Chris Arroyo, Stoneman Douglas (Parkland, Fla.)
The ace of the Eagles staff is 9-0 on the season with a 0.97 ERA and 73 strikeouts in 43.1 innings pitched for the team that's reached No. 4 in the nation at one point this season. He threw six, no-hit innings with 13 strikeouts against Monsignor Pace and he threw a two-hitter with 11 strikeouts against Coral Springs.

Dominic Castellano, Jesuit (Tampa, Fla.)
The Tigers' ace is 7-1 with a 1.40 ERA and 75 strikeouts in 45 innings pitched as the Florida squad has been among the best teams all season. He also threw a no-hitter and was one of three pitchers to combine for a second no-hitter. He threw a seven-inning no-hitter against Sarasota, winning 3-0 with  eight strikeouts.

Jake Dresselhouse, St. Mary Prep (Orchard Lake, Mich.)
The Eaglets' lead-off batter has been a heavy hitter this year. He's bashed seven home runs, including three grand slams, while leading St. Mary Prep to 21 straight wins to begin the season, and 41 in a row dating back to the 2019 season. He's batting .422 with 40 runs scored and 34 RBI.

Jackson Ferris, IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)
He opened the season with a no-hitter against Palmetto and followed that up with a perfect game against Flower Mound (Texas). He had double-digit strikeout totals in his first five games and didn't allow an earned run until his sixth outing. He's 8-0 record with a 0.55 ERA and 86 strikeouts in 50.2 innings pitched.

Cooper Kinney, Baylor (Chattanooga, Tenn.)
The Red Raiders picked up a big win last week, 5-2 over Farragut. Kinney had a double, a home run and three RBI in the win, a performance that has become typical for the Baylor infielder. Kinney is batting .468 with 26 runs, 37 RBI, 16 doubles and seven home runs.

Dylan Lesko, Buford (Ga.)
Lesko has been a force on the mound and at the plate for the No. 1 ranked Wolves. Ranked as the No. 2 junior in the nation by Perfect Game, Lesko is 10-0 on the mound with a 0.26 ERA and 102 strikeouts and 12 walks. His best outings include an 18 strikeout game and he's thrown one no-hitter. On offense, Lesko is batting .412 (35 for 85) with 16 runs, 25 RBI, 7 doubles, a triple and 3 home runs.

Braden Montgomery, Madison Central (Madison, Miss.)
The Jaguars got off to a 24-0 start to the season and rose all the way to No. 3 in the national rankings before falling back following a loss. Montgomery has been key in the Jags' success, batting .459 with 39 RBI, four doubles, five triples and five home runs. He has also been stellar on the mound with a 6-1 record, a 0.39 ERA, and 71 strikeouts. His best outing came against Warren Central when he pitched six, no-hit innings with 16 strikeouts.

Sal Stewart, Westminster Christian (Miami)
After hitting four homers as a freshman and no home runs in a shortened 2020 season, Stewart leads the nation in home runs with 16. A total of 29 of his 42 base hits have gone for extra bases with a 11 doubles and two triples. He's batting .560 with 35 RBI and 39 runs. He came up big in Westminster Christian's win over nationally-ranked Stoneman Douglas with a home run and a pair of RBI.

Drake Varnado, IMG Academy
On a team loaded with potential first-round MLB draft picks, Varnado has been the consistent threat for the Ascenders. He leads IMG starters in batting average (.434), runs (33), hits (36), and home runs (7). He had two home runs in wins over Florence and Montverde Academy.

Jack Walker, Barbe (Lake Charles, La.)
After sitting out his junior season with an arm injury, Walker has returned to form this year leading Barbe to a 35-2 record. He is 12-0 with a 0.44 ERA. In 63.2 innings pitched, has 97 strikeouts. Walker has thrown two no-hitters on the season, including one in the first round of the Class 5A state playoffs.
Tyrese Hunter named 2020-21 OFFICIAL Wisconsin High School Basketball Player of the Year - OFFICIAL
Tyrese Hunter named 2020-21 MaxPreps Wisconsin 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.

Tyrese Hunter of St. Catherine's (Racine) is the 2020-21 MaxPreps Wisconsin High School Basketball Player of the Year. The 6-foot-1, 175-pound senior helped the Angels go 28-1 en route to the Division 3 state championship.

Although Hunter was hampered by a nagging ankle injury throughout the Angels' title run, he led the team in scoring and assists averaging 18.9 points, 6.3 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 2.7 steals per game on the season.

Hunter was a four-year starter for St. Catherine's, compiling 1,589 points while leading the program to a record of 91-12. He posted career averages of 16.6 points, 5.2 rebounds and 3.5 assists per contest.

Signed with Iowa State, Hunter is regarded as the No. 36 prospect in the Class of 2021 overall according to 247Sports. Arizona State, Connecticut, Creighton, Florida, Louisville and Texas Tech were among the other college basketball programs to extend offers.

Each state's MaxPreps Player of the Year will be considered for inclusion in the MaxPreps All-America Team, which is scheduled to be released April 13.