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High school baseball rankings: Venice knocks Jesuit from top spot in MaxPreps Top 25
Venice knocked the Jesuit Tigers out of the No. 1 spot in the MaxPreps Top 25 high school baseball rankings, making room for another Florida team to rise to the top. Calvary Christian Academy (Fort Lauderdale) leapfrogged previous No. 2 Hamilton (Chandler, Ariz.) following Jesuit's loss.

Calvary Christian Academy continues to get strong pitching from Andrew Painter, who tossed a 1-hitter with 12 strikeouts. But the Eagles will be put to the test this week with a game against IMG Academy.

Jesuit didn't fall far. The Tigers avenged the loss to Venice on Saturday and dropped to No. 6 behind IMG Academy. Buford (Ga.) and Barbe (Lake Charles, La.) also moved ahead of Hamilton, which has yet to play a game this season. Buford and Barbe both are undefeated with double-digit win totals. Barbe was particularly impressive last week, winning four games by shutout.

Dropped out: Woodstock (Ga.), Vestavia Hills (Ala.), Houston County (Warner Robins, Ga.), John Carroll Catholic (Fort Pierce, Fla.), Heritage Hall (Oklahoma City), Charlotte Christian (N.C.)

Game of the Week: Venice 3, Jesuit 2. The Indians scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth to take a 3-1 lead over the former No. 1 team. Jesuit got a home run from Jake Kulikowski in the top of the seventh, but couldn't get the trying run on base to extend the threat.

Player of the Week: Andrew Painter, Calvary Christian Academy. In 11 innings this year, Painter is 2-0 with 27 strikeouts and three hits in leading the Eagles to a No. 1 ranking in the nation.

Recruit Watch: Braden Montgomery, Madison Central. One of the top outfielders in the nation, Montgomery has helped Madison Central start the season 6-0 by batting .500 (7-for-14) with six runs, nine RBI, two doubles, a triple and a home run.

Game to Watch: No. 1 Calvary Christian Academy takes on IMG Academy. Calvary will likely send Andrew Painter, the nation's No. 1 pitching prospect, against IMG, or the Ascenders might see Irving Carter, Florida's No. 2 pitching prospect.

Streaks: Jesuit saw its 21-game win streak come to an end against Venice. The Tigers' streak had dated back to the 2019 season.
Calvary Christian Academy takes over the top spot in the MaxPreps Top 25 baseball rankings.
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Calvary Christian Academy takes over the top spot in the MaxPreps Top 25 baseball rankings.
MaxPreps Top 25 high school baseball rankings

1. Calvary Christian Academy (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
Record:
7-0 | Last week: 3
Results: Def. Denmark 10-0; def. St. Anne-Pacelli, 10-0; def. Smith Station, 7-6
Stats: Erik Blair struck out nine against Denmark. Andrew Painter threw a five inning 1-hitter with 12 strikeouts against St. Anne-Pacelli. Nick Anello struck out 10 against Smith Station.
Next: Friday vs. Champagnat Catholic; Saturday vs. IMG Academy.

2. Buford (Ga.)
Record:
11-0 | Last week: 4
Results: Def. Thompson, 4-2; def. Hartselle, 2-0; def. Providence, 12-2; def. Spanish Fort, 7-6, def. Lanier, 7-0.
Stats: Dylan Lesko hit a home run against Thompson and struck out 13 to earn the win against Hartselle. Nathan Smith had a double and two triples against Providence.
Next: Wed. and Fri. vs. Lanier.

3. Barbe (Lake Charles, La.)
Record:
10-0 | Last week: 6
Results: Def. South Beauregard, 10-0; def. Central Private, 10-0; Live Oak, 3-0; Doyle, 4-3; Northshore, 13-0.
Stats: Kameron Edwards had a double, a home run and six RBI against Northshore.
Next: Wed. vs. St. Louis Catholic; Fri./Sat. vs. Catholic (Baton Rouge).

4. Hamilton (Chandler, Ariz.)
Record:
0-0 | Last week: 2
Next: Season opener Friday vs. Alhambra

5. IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)
Record:
9-1 | Last week: 5
Results: Def. Chelsea, 15-3; def. Florence, 2-0; def. Montverde Academy, 5-0; def. Cullman, 11-1.
Stats: Elijah Green had a home run and Mason Albright struck out 10 against Chelsea. Jackson Ferris gave up two hits and struck out 13 against Florence. James Wood hit a home run and Drew Gray struck out 13 against Cullman.
Next: Wed. vs. Montverde Academy, Sat. vs. Calvary Christian Academy.

6. Jesuit (Tampa, Fla.)
Record:
5-1 | Last week: 1
Results: Def. Hillsborough, 10-1; lost to Venice, 3-2; def. Venice, 3-2.
Stats: Cole Russo had a home run against Hillsborough. Jake Kulikowski had a double and home run in the loss to Venice while Russo had another home run in Saturday's win over Venice.
Next: Tues. vs. Jefferson; Thurs. vs. Sarasota.

7. Lake Travis (Austin, Texas)
Record:
10-1-1 | Last week: 8
Results: Def. Hutta, 6-0; def. Round Rock, 6-2; def. Vista Ridge, def. Round Rock Westwood, 8-3; lost to Round Rock Westwood, 4-3; def. McNeil, 4-3; Cedar Ridge, 5-0.
Next: Tue. vs. Cedar Park, Thurs. vs. Vista Ridge.

8. Spruce Creek (Port Orange, Fla.)
Record:
8-0 | Last week: 9
Results: Def. Flagler Palm Coast, 5-0; def. Hagerty, 6-1; def. New Smyrna Beach, 2-0.
Stats: Knute Rockey struck out seven against Flagler Palm Coast while Brandon Neely struck out 9 against Hagerty.
Next: Fri. vs. Deltona.

9. St. Mary Prep (Orchard Lake, Mich.)
Record:
0-0 | Last week: 7
Next: March 27 vs. Catholic Central

10. Calvary Christian (Clearwater, Fla.)
Record: 7-1 | Last week: 14
Results: Def. Boca Ciega, 10-0; def. Bishop McLaughlin, 3-2; def. Palmetto, 5-3
Next: Thur. vs. Clearwater Central Catholic, Fri. vs. Berkeley Prep.

11. Palm Beach Gardens (Fla.)
Record:
5-0 | Last week: 15
Results: Def. Cardinal Newman, 6-1.
Stats: Aiden Meola went 3-for-4 in the win.
Next: Wed. at Martin County; Thur. vs. Spanish River.

12. Stoneman Douglas (Parkland, Fla.)
Record: 7-1 | Last week: 16
Results: def. Western, 5-0; def. Archbishop McCarthy, 11-0.
Stats: Chris Arroyo struck out 8 against Western while Christian Rodriguez struck out 11 against Archbishop McCarthy.
Next: Fri. at Boca Raton.

13. Reagan (San Antonio)
Record:
12-1 | Last week: 19
Results: def. MacArthur, 11-1; def. Eagle Pass, 9-1; def. O'Connor, 5-4; def. Taft, 10-0; def. Tivy, 10-0; def. Smithson Valley, 5-1.
Next: at Leander Tournament.

14. Grayson (Loganville, Ga.)
Record:
9-0 | Last week: 20
Results: def. Mill Creek, 3-2; def. Hillgrove, 7-4; def. Wesleyan, 10-9, def. Archer, 7-4
Stats: Justin Bogard was 3-for-5 with a double against Wesleyan.
Next: March 15 vs. Parkview.

15. Sam Houston (Lake Charles, La.)
Record:
9-0 | Last week: NR
Results: Def. St. Louis Catholic, 6-2; def. Northshore, 8-1; def. Mandeville, 7-3; def. Zachary, 6-2; def. Central Private, 14-5.
Stats: Ashton Fuselier went 4-for-4 with two doubles.
Next: Tue. vs. Rosepine; Thurs. vs. Ouachita.

16. Madison Central (Madison, Miss.)
Record:
6-0 | Last week: NR
Results: Def. Taylorsville, 2-1; def. Columbia, 15-1; def. West Jones, 11-0.
Stats: Beau Bryans had 10 strikeouts against West Jones while Bryan Montgomery had a triple and a home run against Columbia.
Next: Tue. vs. Northwest Rankin; Fri. vs. Germantown.

17. Carrollton (Ga.)
Record:
12-1 | Last week: 10
Results: Def. Helena, 11-1; def. Daphne, 4-2; lost to Cullman, 12-3; def. Montverde Academy, 6-3, def. Wesleyan 4-2
Next: Fri. vs. Bremen.

18. Tompkins (Katy, Texas)
Record:
10-0-1 | Last week: NR
Results: Def. Santa Fe, 2-0; def. Magnolia, 8-2; def. Montgomery, 5-2; def. Stratford, 7-6; def. Santa Fe, 10-1.
Next: Tues. vs. Katy Taylor; Thur. vs. George Ranch.

19. Gregory-Portland (Portland, Texas)
Record:
11-0-1 | Last week: NR
Results: Def. Corpus Christi Carroll, 8-0; def. Calallen, 4-3; def. Sinton, 10-1; def. King, 24-2; def. Robstown, 4-3; def. Tuloso-Midway, 8-5.
Next: at Gregory-Portland tournament.

20. Auburn (Ala.)
Record:
9-1 | Last week: NR
Results: Def. Opelika 10-0 and 7-2.
Stats: Will Turner went 2-for-4 with a double and also struck out eight in the first game.
Next: Thur. vs. Tuscaloosa County; Friday vs. Baker.

21. Owasso (Okla.)
Record:
4-0 | Last week: NR
Results: Def. Sapulpa, 13-8; def. Greenwood, 3-1; def. Jenks, 3-0; def. Jenks, 13-5.
Stats: Braden Blundell and Solomon Skalnik both homered against Sapulpa.
Next: Tues. vs. Sapulpa, Fri. vs Enid.

22. De La Salle (Concord, Calif.)
Record:
0-0 | Last week: 22
Next: March 17 vs. Franklin

23. Farragut (Knoxville, Tenn.)
Record:
0-0 | Last week: 24
Next: March 16-18 Grand Slam Tournament

24. Marcus (Flower Mound, Texas)
Record:
8-3-1 | Last week: 11
Results: Def. Lovejoy, 5-0; lost to Prosper, 7-2; lost to Byron Nelson, 7-1; def. Allen, 9-2; def. Little Elm, 8-0; def. FRISCO Centennial, 8-0.
Stats: Michael Lindsey struck out nine against Centennial. Hunter Teplanszky had a home run against Allen.
Next: Wed./Fri. vs. Flower Mound.

25. Winder-Barrow (Winder, Ga.)
Record:
7-1 | Last week: 12
Results: Lost to Peachtree Ridge, 2-1; def. Greenbrier, 7-2, def. Dacula, 7-1.
Stats: Brady House was 2-for-3 with a double against Peachtree Ridge and 3-for-4 with a double against Greenbrier.
Next: Wed./Fri. vs. Dacua.
High school football: Hall of Famer Alan Faneca named head coach for Virginia program - OFFICIAL
High school football: Hall of Famer Alan Faneca named head coach for Virginia program
Not many high school football players can say their coach is a Hall of Famer. Players at Cox (Virginia Beach, Va.) now can after former Pittsburgh Steelers great Alan Faneca was named head coach Monday.

The 13-year NFL veteran is part of the 2021 Pro Football Hall of Fame class and will be inducted Aug. 8 along with Peyton Manning, Charles Woodson, Tom Flores, Calvin Johnson, Bill Nunn, John Lynch and Drew Pearson.

After the induction ceremony, however, it's back to preparing the Falcons for the 2021 season. Cox went 5-1 in the recently completed spring season in Virginia.

Faneca helped the Steelers to a Super Bowl XL win over Seattle in 2006. He served as the offensive line coach at Cox for the past two seasons under Bill Stachelski, the school's winningest coach who is stepping aside to coach golf.

Stachelski compiled an 88-47 record and guided the Falcons to their first playoff victory in 2015.

"I’m not selling any fantasies," Faneca told the Virginian-Pilot in February. "I’m going out there and coaching football and getting the kids developed as football players and people. That’s how I was taught when I was in school."

Cox is 35-17 over the past five seasons.

Faneca was an All-American out of LSU before being drafted in 1998 in the first round by the Steelers. He played 13 seasons in the NFL with Pittsburgh, the New York Jets and Arizona Cardinals before retiring in 2011. He was named to the NFL's All-Decade Team of the 2000s.

Faneca's wife, Julie Kuchtka, is from Virginia Beach and their daughter attends Cox.
NFHS names 23 high school Coaches of the Year for 2020 - OFFICIAL
NFHS names 23 high school Coaches of the Year for 2020
Michael Bowler, Mary Beth Bourgoin and Anne Ellett were three of 23 high school coaches honored Monday for their excellence by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Coaches Association.

Bowler, a lacrosse coach at Rocky Point (N.Y.), was selected in the "other" category for boys sports, and Bourgoin, a field hockey coach at Winslow (Maine), was chosen in the "other" category for girls sports.

Ellett of Centennial (Gresham, Ore.) was the National Coach of the Year Award for spirit. She's been the school's dance coach since 1966 and is one of the longest-tenured coaches in any sport in state history.

The 2020 National Coaches of the Year awards recognize current leaders who coached in the the 2019-20 school year. The NFHS has recognized coaches through an awards program since 1982 and honors the top 10 girls sports and top 10 boys sports (by participation numbers) in addition to three others.

Recipients of this year's national awards for boys sports are:

Ron Murphy, baseball, Rio Rancho (N.M.)
Jerry Petitgoue, basketball, Cuba City (Wis.)
Kevin Ryan, cross country, Bellingham (Wash.)
Gerry Pannoni, football, South County (Lorton, Va.)
Steve Kanner, golf, Hamilton (Chandler, Ariz.)
David Halligan, soccer, Falmouth (Maine)
Douglas Krecklow, swimming and diving, Omaha Westside (Omaha, Neb.)
Robert Palazzo, track and field, Classical (Providence, R.I.)
Douglas Hislop, wrestling, Imbler (Ore.)
Ron Murphy, Rio Rancho baseball
File photo by Jim Smith
Ron Murphy, Rio Rancho baseball
The recipients of the 2020 NFHS national awards for girls sports are:

Michael Rose, swimming and diving, Brookfield East (Brookfield, Wis.)
Willie Smith, track and field, Beachwood (Ohio)
Kevin Bordewick, volleyball, Washburn Rural (Topeka, Kan.)
Donna Moir, basketball, Sacred Heart (Louisville, Ky.)
William Clifton, cross country, Middletown South (Middletown, N.J.)
Tim Carey, lacrosse, Hoover (Fresno, Calif.)
Stephen Estelle, soccer, Gateway Regional (Huntington, Mass.)
Mary Truesdale, softball, Sheldon (Sacramento, Calif.)

The NFHS has a contact in each state responsible for selecting deserving coach award recipients.

This person often works with the state coaches' association in his or her respective state. He or she contacts the potential state award recipients to complete a coach profile form that requests information regarding the coach's record, membership in and affiliation with coaching and other professional organizations, involvement with other school and community activities and programs, and coaching philosophy.

To be approved as an award recipient and considered for sectional and national coach of the year consideration, this profile form must be completed by the coach or designee and then approved by the executive director (or designee) of the state athletic/activities association.

The NFHS Coaches Association has an advisory committee composed of a chair and eight sectional representatives. The sectional committee representatives evaluate the state award recipients from the states in their respective sections and select the best candidates for the sectional award in each sport category.

A total of 707 coaches will be recognized this year with state, sectional and national awards.
High school baseball: Oklahoma's Roff stakes claim to top of small school rankings - OFFICIAL
High school baseball: Oklahoma's Roff stakes claim to top of small school rankings
While the high school baseball season still has over a month to go in some parts of the nation, it will be difficult to knock Roff (Okla.) out of the top spot in MaxPreps Top 25 small school high school baseball rankings.

Roff recently captured the Oklahoma Class B state championships and the Tigers are ranked No. 13 nationally in the MaxPreps Top 25 baseball rankings.

Consider what Roff accomplished in Oklahoma. Despite playing in the smallest enrollment division, it had a win over Deer Creek, which plays in 6A, and wins over Class 2A state champion Silo, Class A Canute and Class B runner-up Red Oak. Deer Creek beat Class 6A champion Jenks and Class 4A champion Heritage Hall, while Silo bested Class 5A champion Carl Albert. Canute had a win over Class A champion Fort Cobb-Broxton and Red Oak had a win over Broken Arrow, which defeated Class 3A champion Holland Hall.

Thus, by the transitive property, Roff essentially had wins over the six other state champions in Oklahoma. The Tigers have also win 59 games in a row during the 2020-21 school year, if you count the fall and spring seasons. In the spring alone, Roff has won 42 in a row dating back to April 22, 2019.

Roff holds a slim lead over Mount Paran Christian (Kennesaw, Ga.), which is taking on No. 5 Wesleyan (Norcross, Ga.) for the Georgia Class 1A Private School championship this weekend. St. Johns Country Day (Orange Park, Fla.) is also close behind in No. 3. It will play in the Florida Class 2A semifinals Thursday.

Teams are ranked based on their MaxPreps Computer ranking. Schools must play in a state enrollment division that consists of schools generally have fewer than 1,000 students. Schools are listed with their overall record and their MaxPreps computer rating.
Roff not only tops the MaxPreps Top 25 small school baseball rankings, but is No. 13 in the national rankings as well.
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Roff not only tops the MaxPreps Top 25 small school baseball rankings, but is No. 13 in the national rankings as well.
Small school baseball rankings

1. Roff (Okla.), 33-0, 27.9
Oklahoma Class B state champion.

2. Mount Paran Christian (Kennesaw, Ga.), 27-4, 27.0
Georgia Class 1A Private finalist (plays Wesleyan Saturday).

3. St. Johns Country Day (Orange Park, Fla.), 23-6, 26.7
Florida Class 2A semifinalist (Plays Mount Dora Christian on Thursday).

4. Sterlington (La.), 33-5, 26.3
Louisiana Class 3A state champion.

5. Wesleyan (Norcross, Ga.), 32-4, 25.5
Georgia Class 1A Private finalist (plays Mount Paran Christian Saturday).

6. Fort Cobb-Broxton (Fort Cobb, Okla.), 32-2, 24.9
Oklahoma Class A state champion.

7. Red Oak (Okla.), 35-5, 24.6
Oklahoma Class B state runner-up.

7. Sacred Heart-Griffin (Springfield, Ill.), 20-1, 24.6
Regular season play.

9. Troy (Texas), 32-1, 23.9
Texas Class 3A Region 3 quarterfinalist (plays series with Malakoff).

10. St. Anthony (Effingham, Ill.), 15-1, 23.7
Regular season play.

11. Normal University (Normal, Ill.), 19-1, 23.2
Regular season play.

11. Silo (Okla.), 38-2, 23.2
Oklahoma Class 2A state champion.

13. Tri-Cities Prep (Pasco, Wash.), 17-0, 23.0
Regular season play. Season over (no postseason).

14. Notre Dame (Crowley, La.), 30-8, 22.8

Louisiana Division III state champion.

15. Savannah Christian (Savannah, Ga.), 28-8, 22.7
Georgia Class 1A Private quarterfinalist (lost to Wesleyan).

15. Canute (Okla.), 23-4, 22.7
Lost first round of Oklahoma Class A state tournament.

17. Gordon Lee (Chickamauga, Ga.), 35-3, 22.5
Georgia Class 1A Public finalist (plays Metter on Saturday).

18. Rosepine (La.), 26-4, 22.2
Louisiana Class 2A state champion.

19. London (Corpus Christi, Texas), 19-4-1, 21.9
Texas Class 3A Region 4 quarterfinalist (plays series with Hebbronville).

20. Booneville (Miss.), 22-10, 21.8
Mississippi Class 3A semifinalist (plays Amory on Friday).

21. Ouachita Christian (Monroe, La.), 26-11, 21.6

Louisiana Division IV state champion.

22. St. Thomas Aquinas (Hammond, La.), 28-4, 21.4
Louisiana Division III semifinalist (lost to Notre Dame).

23. Canterbury (Fort Myers, Fla.), 24-5, 21.3

Florida Class 2A Regional Semifinalist (lost to Out-of-Door Academy).

23. Tattnall Square Academy (Macon, Ga.), 24-5, 21.3
Georgia Class 1A Private quarterfinalist (lost to Mount Paran Christian).

25. Metter (Ga.), 27-8, 21.2

Georgia Class 1A Public finalist (plays Gordon Lee on Saturday).
Dasan McCullough named 2020 OFFICIAL Kansas High School Football Player of the Year - OFFICIAL
Dasan McCullough named 2020 MaxPreps Kansas High School Football Player of the Year
Each year since 2006, MaxPreps has recognized outstanding performers in high school football. America's source for high school sports continues the tradition to close out the 2020 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.

Dasan McCullough of Blue Valley North (Overland Park) is the 2020 MaxPreps Kansas High School Football Player of the Year. The 6-foot-5, 225-pound junior contributed on both sides of the ball but dominated defensively for the Mustangs, who went 7-3 en route to the Class 6A state championship game.

The son of the Kansas City Chiefs running backs coach Deland McCullough, the Blue Valley North star finished the year with 75 tackles, six tackles for loss, four interceptions and four forced fumbles.

McCullough is one of the nation's top Class of 2022 prospects according to 247Sports. The top 100 recruit committed to Ohio State last August over a reported 42 other offers – including College Football Playoff participants Alabama, Clemson and Notre Dame.

Each state's MaxPreps Player of the Year will be considered for inclusion in the MaxPreps All-America Team, which will be released Jan. 29.
Dasan McCullough in action against Derby in the Class 6A state championship game.
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Dasan McCullough in action against Derby in the Class 6A state championship game.