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Best high school baseball team from all 50 states
While the West Coast is beginning its football season and basketball is wrapping up in other portions of the country, high school baseball has also begun in a large section of the Deep South. And as winter turns to spring more and more states will begin action on the diamond.

As it did for football, boys and girls basketball, and volleyball, MaxPreps is identifying the top high school baseball team in each state as well as the District of Columbia.
Graphic by Ryan Escobar
Alabama
Vestavia Hills

Alabama looks to be very competitive this year with no team among the expected favorites off to a strong start. The Rebels reached the quarterfinals in 2019 and are off to a 6-1 start in 2021.

Alaska
Wasilla

The 2019 state champions return eight players from that team, including the state's top prospect in Clayton Boyett and 2019 tournament player of the game Eli Malave.

Arizona
Hamilton (Chandler)

The Huskies finished the 2020 season with an 8-0 record and the No. 1 ranking in the MaxPreps Top 25 when the season ended. Hamilton has won seven state titles under coach Mike Woods, including three in the past four seasons.

Arkansas
Bentonville

The Tigers return two of the state's top players in twins Keegan and Payton Allen. Both have committed to play at Big 12 schools next year with Keegan going to Oklahoma and Payton headed to Kansas.

California
JSerra Catholic (San Juan Capistrano)

A strong senior class that includes potential first-round draft pick Gage Jump along with shortstop Cody Schrier and pitcher Eric Silva put the Lions at No. 3 in the MaxPreps Top 25 preseason rankings. They finished 11-1 last year, but will have an extremely tough Trinity League to navigate in order to finish high in the national rankings.

Colorado
Fairview (Boulder)

The Knights won eight games in 2019, but they could have one of the top rosters in Colorado this year. Greysen Carter ranks as one of the state's top pitchers, according to Prep Baseball Report, while center fielder Adam Moser is one of the state's top outfielders.

Connecticut
Amity Regional (Woodbridge)

Amity has three players who saw substantial time on the varsity back in 2019, including first baseman Sebastian Holt and catcher Jacob Crow. The Spartans went 19-12 two years ago and didn't take the field in 2020.

Delaware
Sussex Tech (Georgetown)

Sussex lost in the second round of the playoffs to Appoquinimink in 2019 and didn't play in 2020. Catcher Jason Shockley returns as one of the top players in the state after making the all-state team as a sophomore.

District of Columbia
St. John's

The Cadets went 30-3 in 2019 while winning the Washington Catholic League championship. Unfortunately the team will be without standout James Triantos, who has transferred to Madison (Va.)

Florida
Jesuit (Tampa)

The Tigers were ranked No. 2 in the nation with a 9-0 record when COVID hit last March and begin the 2021 season as the No. 1 team in the nation in the MaxPreps Top 25 baseball rankings. While the team doesn't have any superstars, it is has plenty of depth with the likes of catcher Cole Russo, pitcher Alden Segui, pitcher Dominic Castellano and outfielder BJ Graham.

Georgia
Buford

An outstanding junior class, led by one of the top 2022 pitchers in the nation in Dylan Lesko, puts Buford at the top of the list in Georgia. Buford has nine players expected to play Division I ball at some point, led by Lesko who will play at Vanderbilt.

Hawaii
'Iolani (Honolulu)

The Raiders were 13-7 in 2019 and 2-2 in 2020 when their season ended. 'Iolani should have one of the top shortstops in the state in University of Hawaii commit Kody Watanabe.

Idaho
Eagle

Eagle went 16-13 in 2019, but it returns two of its top players from that team in Chase Hilde and Ben Ford. Both all-conference picks, Hilde batted .417 while Ford batted .378 with two home runs.

lllinois
Brother Rice (Chicago)

Although the team never took the field last year, Brother Rice returns 20 players from that squad, including outfielder Cameron Hill, who is ranked by Prep Baseball Report as one of the state's top players.

Indiana
Columbus East (Columbus)

During a 25-5 season in 2019, Columbus East had five sophomores finish among the team's top 11 hitters. Pitchers Kaden Wise and Clayton Wilder combined for 15 wins on the 2019 team as sophomores.

Iowa
Johnston

Johnston returns three all-district players from last summer's Class 4A state championship team. The top two include first team picks Gabe Swansen and Ben Wilmes.

Kansas
Blue Valley (Stilwell)

Blue Valley has four of the state's top eight ranked players by Prep Baseball Report. Leading the way is pitcher Cameron Liggett, shortstop Jackson Nicklaus, outfielder Chase Jans and first baseman Jack Tinberg.

Kentucky
Danville

The pitching staff should be outstanding this year with Ethan Wood and Christian Howe on the mound. Wood is a former MaxPreps Underclass All-America and earned all-state honors as a sophomore in 2019.

Louisiana
Barbe (Lake Charles)

The Buccaneers expect Jack Walker, an all-state pitcher as a sophomore to be fully recovered from an arm injury that would have kept him out of action for the entire 2020 season. Speed in the outfield could be Barbe's best attribute with Kameron Edwards, Ethan Medlin and Donovan LaSalle all returning.

Maine
Ellsworth

Ellsworth was the top team in Class B in 2019, going 19-1 with a win over Freeport in the championship game. A total of 10 players return from that squad, making Ellsworth one of the more experienced teams in the state.

Maryland
DeMatha (Hyattsville)

Although it doesn't play in the Maryland state playoffs, DeMatha is annually one of the top programs in the state. The Stags lost to St. John's in 2019 in the District of Columbia area playoffs.

Massachusetts
Phillips Academy (Andover)

Look for Phillips to have one of the top outfields in the Northeast with Duke commit Jonathan Santucci leading the way. The pitching staff should also be outstanding with one of the nation's top sophomores, Thomas White, anchoring a deep staff.

Michigan
St. Mary Prep (Orchard Lake)

The Eaglets have three of the state's top prospects in shortstop Alex Mooney, pitcher Brock Porter and outfielder Nolan Schubart. Mooney also ranks as one of the nation's top infielders and could go high in the 2021 MLB draft. St. Mary Prep went unbeaten in its final 29 games to win a state championship in 2019, but did not play at all in 2020.

Minnesota
Mounds View (Arden Hills)

Led by catcher Will Rogers, one of the top prospects in the Midwest, Mounds View went 16-9 in 2019 and won the consolation championship over Eden Prairie.

Mississippi
Jackson Prep (Jackson)

The Patriots have an All-America candidate in shortstop Riley Maddox and seven other starters are back from a team that was 12-4 when COVID hit. Jackson Prep won the MAIS state championship over Madison Ridgeland in 2019.

Missouri
Westminster Christian (St. Louis)

The Wildcats reached the state finals of the Class 4 playoffs in 2019 and they return three of the top players from that team in pitchers Zach Dantuono and Nick Moten and shortstop Adam Ebling.

Nebraska
Elkhorn

Drew Christo, possibly the state's top player, leads the way for Elkhorn on the mound, but he's not the team's only standout. Prep Baseball Report has three Elkhorn players ranked among the state's top eight players, including Kyler Randazzo at third base and Malakai Vetock at pitcher.

Nevada
Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas)

Two years ago the Gaels went 21-10 with six freshmen and sophomores seeing significant playing time. Those players, including catcher Gavin Mez, could put Bishop Gorman back in championship contention.

New Hampshire
Bedford

Bedford reached the finals of the 2019 Division 1 playoffs, falling to Londonderry 1-0 in the championship game. One of the top players from that team, pitcher Michael Pratte, returns after earning second team all-district honors as a sophomore.

New Jersey
Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey)

One of the top programs in New Jersey the past decade, the Ironmen didn't take the field in 2020 and went 14-11 in 2019. Don Bosco Prep expects to have a deep lineup in 2021 with nine players headed to the Division I level over the next few seasons.

New Mexico
La Cueva (Albuquerque)

The Bears have won 10 state championships since 2003 and were a favorite in 2020 with a 5-0 record to start the season. A total of seven lettermen return from last year's squad.

New York
Poly Prep Country Day (Brooklyn)

Poly Prep is one of the premier programs in New York with 42 Ivy Prep League championships and 10 NYSAIS crowns. It has also been ranked among the top 100 teams in the country six of the past eight seasons. Greg Becil is one of the top players, recently signing a letter of intent to play at Lehigh.

North Carolina
Ronald Reagan (Pfafftown)

The presence of Josh Hartle, a potential MLB first day draft pick, makes Ronald Reagan a strong contender against any opponent. Reagan was expected to be a state contender in 2020 despite having a junior-dominated lineup. Those juniors are now seniors.

North Dakota
Sheyenne (West Fargo)

The West Fargo team finished sixth in the 2019 Class A state playoffs, but Sheyenne is expected to be the favorite this year thanks to the return of Alex Urlaub, who was on the all-tournament team in 2019 as a sophomore.

Ohio
Walsh Jesuit (Cuyahoga Falls)

Walsh Jesuit always seems to be knocking on the door of a championship in Ohio and this could be the year. Led by Michigan-bound shortstop Henry Kaczmar, son of coach Chris Kaczmar, and 2019 All-Ohio middle infielder Jake Armsey, Walsh Jesuit should be strong up the middle.

Oklahoma
Heritage Hall (Oklahoma City)

With Jackson Jobe and Gray Thomas on the mound, Heritage Hall has perhaps the top 1-2 punch in the nation. Heritage Hall is a 4A school, but should be able to compete with 6A powerhouses like Owasso thanks to Jobe and Thomas, each of whom throw over 95 mph.

Oregon
Lakeridge (Lake Oswego)

The Pacers have two of the top players in the state in 2020 in Cam Clayton and Derek Seneker. Clayton was honorable mention all-state as a sophomore in 2019 and has signed to play at the University of Washington.

Pennsylvania
Malvern Prep (Malvern)

Always one of the top programs in Pennsylvania, Malvern Prep went 32-7 two years ago and won the Inter-Academic Conference. Outfielder Lonnie White, the No. 2 player in the state according to Prep Baseball Report, leads the way.

Rhode Island
Bishop Hendricken (Warwick)

The last time the Hawks walked off the field they were the Division 1 champions, posting a 22-2 record in 2019. After not playing at all in 2020, Bishop Hendricken returns five players from the 2019 championship team.

South Carolina
Summerville

Summerville has had one of the top baseball programs in the state over the past half-decade and this year they sport one of the state's best power hitters in catcher Cole Messina. He batted .434 with 12 home runs as a sophomore in 2019.

South Dakota
O'Gorman (Sioux Falls)

The Knights won the state championship in 2019 and they return one of the ace pitchers from that squad in all-state pick Reece Arbogast.

Tennessee
Baylor (Chattanooga)

The Red Raiders played one game last year before their season ended. Baylor sports one of the best infields in the nation in first baseman Vito Valincias, second baseman Cooper Kinney and shortstop Daniel Corona. Baylor had won two straight state championships prior to the incomplete 2020 season.

Texas
Lake Travis (Austin)

The Cavaliers have been a constant threat for the Class 6A championship for the past five seasons, winning over 30 games each season (except 2020). Lake Travis reached the semifinals in 2019 before falling to eventual champion Southlake Carroll. Coach Mike Rogers is one of the winningest coach in state history with over 700 wins. He has a pair of strong pitchers returning in Alec Grossman and Ethan Roark.

Utah
Maple Mountain (Spanish Fork)

The Golden Eagles field two of the top 5A pitchers in Tyler Nelson, an all-state pick as a sophomore, and Wally Averett, an honorable mention selection.

Vermont
Champlain Valley Union (Hinesburg)

The Redhawks went 25-1 in 2019, winning a Division I state championship. Champlain Valley is 41-3 since the 2018 season. The Redhawks had nine players make the all-league team in 2019.

Virginia
Hanover (Mechanicsville)

Hanover went 22-3 in 2019, losing to Great Bridge in the playoffs. Hanover has been one of the more successful teams in Virginia the past five seasons, going 21-3 in 2017 as well.

Washington
Bainbridge (Bainbridge Island)

Bainbridge got an invite to play in the National High School Invitational this year, but COVID has nixed the event for a second straight season. The Spartans have three pitchers throwing over 90 mph in seniors Nathan Deschryver and Kai Francis and junior Ian Ritchie Jr.

West Virginia
Jefferson (Shenandoah Junction)

Led by one of the winningest coaches in the nation in John Lowery, Jefferson won back-to-back state titles as recently as 2015-16. Lowery has won 12 state titles and was expected to coach his 50th season last year before COVID kept him from fielding a team. He'll take to the field this year for his 50th season that includes 1,313 career wins.

Wisconsin
Sun Prairie

The left side of the infield may be unequaled in the state with Carson Shepard at shortstop and Liam Moreno at third base. Sun Prairie came within a run of winning a state title in 2019 and it returns all-state pick Josh Caron at catcher.
High school teammates who went on to star in separate sports - OFFICIAL
High school teammates who went on to star in separate sports
High school teammates who go on to star in the same sport are plentiful at the professional level, with Alex Smith and Reggie Bush of Helix (Calif.), Eddie Murray and Ozzie Smith of Locke (Los Angeles) and Eddie Johnson and Mark Aguirre of Westinghouse (Chicago) among the more famous duos across the NFL, MLB and NBA.

However there are also a number of high school teammates who take different paths to stardom. MaxPreps presents a list of 25 sets of teammates who played together at the prep level before making their mark in other pro sports.
Trayce Thompson, far left, and brother Klay Thompson, far right, wait for introductions in the 2007-08 CIF state championship game. The Thompsons are among a group of 25 who played prep sports together but starred in different pro sports.
File photo by Dennis Lee
Trayce Thompson, far left, and brother Klay Thompson, far right, wait for introductions in the 2007-08 CIF state championship game. The Thompsons are among a group of 25 who played prep sports together but starred in different pro sports.
Prep teammates who played different pro sports

Clayton Kershaw and Matt Stafford
School:
Highland Park (Dallas)
Years: 2005-06
Kershaw career: In 13 seasons with the Dodgers, Kershaw is an eight-time All-Star, a three-time Cy Young Award winner and led Los Angeles to a World Series championship in 2020.
Stafford career: The No. 1 overall pick in the 2009 NFL draft, Stafford has made one Pro Bowl and has thrown for 43,901 yards.
Together: Kershaw and Stafford both pitched for Highland Park as sophomores in 2004. Stafford did not play baseball the following two seasons while Kershaw was third team all-state as a junior and the Class 4A state Player of the Year as a senior. Stafford was a two-time all-state quarterback and he was the state football Player of the Year as a senior.

Donovan McNabb and Antoine Walker
School:
Chicago Mt. Carmel (Chicago)
Years: 1993-94
McNabb career: Played 13 seasons in the NFL, made six Pro Bowls and threw for 37,276 yards.
Walker career: Played 13 seasons in the NBA with five different teams. He was a three-time All-Star and won a championship with the Heat.
Together: Mt. Carmel reached the sectional finals two years in a row, losing on a last-second shot both times. In 1994, Walker and McNabb's final season, Brother Rice defeated Mt. Carmel 69-66, leaving the Caravan with a 25-4 record. The next day, Walker committed to play at Kentucky. McNabb had already committed in January to play football at Syracuse. McNabb averaged in double figures as a starter while Walker earned Parade All-American first team honors.

Frank Robinson and Bill Russell
School:
McClymonds (Oakland, Calif.)
Years: 1951-52
Robinson career: A 14-time All-Star, he was MVP in both the National League and the American League, won the Triple Crown, and is in the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Russell career: Russell won 11 NBA championships and was a 12-time All-Star. Russell is a member of the Basketball and College Basketball halls of fame.
Together: Two of the greatest all-time players in their respective sports were not even among the top three players on the McClymonds team that won the 1952 Northern California TOC. Russell didn't mature until his senior year and he only played 12 games before graduating early at the end of January. Russell was the third-leading scorer on the team when he graduated. Robinson was a starter for McClymonds in the TOC, but wasn't one of the three Warriors to make the all-tournament team (for the record, they were Willie Rock, Ray Goodwin and Robert Hodges).

Andre Rison — Glen Rice
School:
Northwestern (Flint, Mich.)
Years: 1984-85
Rison career: Played 12 seasons in the NFL and was a five-time Pro Bowl selection. He won a Super Bowl with the Green Bay Packers.
Rice career: An NBA champion with the Lakers in 2000, Rice played 15 seasons in the league and was a three-time All-Star.
Together: Rice was Mr. Basketball in Michigan on a Flint Northwestern team that won the Class A state championship and was considered one of the greatest teams in state history. Rison was the starting point guard on the team and earned second team all-state honors by the Detroit Free Press. Rison was also an all-state receiver in football.

Jason Williams and Randy Moss
School:
DuPont (Belle, W.Va.) (now closed)
Years: 1993-94
Williams career: A member of the NBA champion Heat in 2006, Williams played 12 seasons in the NBA.
Moss career: A Hall of Fame receiver, Moss made the Pro Bowl six times and had 156 career touchdown receptions.
Together: Moss and Williams teamed up in basketball and reached the state finals in 1994. Williams was Mr. Basketball in West Virginia in 1994 while Moss was the state Player of the Year in football and basketball during the 1994-95 school year.

Anthony Bennett and Amir Garrett
School: Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.)
Years: 2010-11
Bennett career: After one season at UNLV, Bennett was the No. 1 overall pick in the NBA draft in 2013. He played four season in the NBA.
Garrett career: Although he did not play baseball at Findlay Prep, Garrett did play at two other high schools. He has played for the Cincinnati Reds for four seasons as a relief pitcher.
Together: Bennett and Garrett played one year together at Findlay Prep, helping the team post a 28-4 record.

Alex Groza and Lou Groza
School:
Martins Ferry (Ohio)
Years: 1942
Alex's career: Alex led Kentucky to a pair of NCAA championships and was the Final Four Most Outstanding Player twice. The No. 2 overall pick in the 1949 NBA draft, Groza was a two-time NBA first team All-Pro before he was banned due to his involvement in a college point-shaving scandal.
Lou's career: An offensive lineman and kicker, he played 21 seasons in the NFL. He made the Pro Bowl nine times and is in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Together: Martins Ferry was the state Class A champion in 1941 when Lou was a junior and made the all-tournament team. Alex played varsity as a sophomore in 1942 during Lou's senior season. The team started the year 16-0 with Lou averaging 14 points and Alex averaging 12 points per game. Martins Ferry didn't win the state title that year, but Lou made the all-state second team. Alex made the all-state first team two years later as a senior while leading Martins Ferry to the semifinals.

Steve Garvey and Chip Glass
School:
Chamberlain (Tampa, Fla.)
Years: 1963-64
Garvey's career: One of the premier first basemen in Major League Baseball during the 1970s and 80s, Garvey was a 10-time All-Star and a National League MVP during a 19-year career.
Glass career: Glass played tight end in the NFL, including five seasons with the Browns and one with the Giants.
Together: Garvey was the quarterback at Chamberlain and Glass was his main receiver. Glass earned All-City first team honors by the Tampa Tribune while Garvey was honorable mention. Garvey finished as Chamberlain's leading scorer with 48 points on the season.

Tim Stoddard and Junior Bridgeman
School:
East Chicago Washington (Ind.) (closed in 1986)
Years: 1970-71
Stoddard career: In college, Stoddard played in a Final Four in basketball and the College World Series in baseball. He played 15 MLB seasons as a closer, including seven seasons with the Orioles when he won a World Series.
Bridgeman career: Considered one of the top "Sixth Men" in NBA history, Bridgeman played 12 seasons in the league including 10 with the Milwaukee Bucks.
Together: The 1970-71 East Chicago Washington team is considered one of the greatest teams in Indiana high school history after going 29-0 and finishing the season ranked No. 1 in the nation by the National Sports News Service. Bridgeman and Stoddard were both on the state tournament's all-tourney first team along with teammate Pete Trgovich, a future UCLA Bruin. Ironically, Bridgeman was honorable mention all-state while Stoddard made second team and Trgovich made first team.

Hale Irwin and Dick Anderson
School: Boulder (Colo.)
Years: 1962-63
Irwin career: One of the top money winners on the PGA tour during the 1970s, Irwin has won three US Opens. He is the all-time wins leader on the PGA Champions Tour with 45 victories.
Anderson career: A three-time Pro Bowl selection, Anderson was the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 1973 and a member of the NFL's 1970s All-Decade Team.
Together: Irwin and Anderson were a deadly combination in football and basketball at Boulder. Irwin, a senior quarterback, was considered one of the top passers in the state and led Boulder to one of its best seasons in school history at 9-1. He earned All-Northern Colorado honors along with Anderson, a junior defensive back. Anderson and Irwin helped lead the basketball team to its best season in 14 years at 14-4. Anderson was the team's leading scorer while Irwin also started.

Ken Anderson and Dan Issel
School: Batavia (Ill.)
Years: 1965-66
Anderson career: Anderson made the Pro Bowl four times and was the NFL's Most Valuable Player in 1981. He led the NFL in completion percentage three times.
Issel career: Issel played 16 seasons in the NBA and was a seven-time All-Star. He is a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame.
Together: Issel was an All-American while leading Batavia to a sectional championship and a 26-3 record. He averaged 25.8 points per game and signed with Wisconsin. Anderson was a starter on the 1966 team and averaged 16 points per game on the 1967 team that went undefeated in league play.

Ryan Harris and Joe Mauer
School:
Cretin-Derham Hall (St. Paul, Minn.)
Years: 2000
Harris career: Harris played 10 seasons in the NFL as an offensive lineman and won a Super Bowl as a member of the Denver Broncos.
Mauer career: Mauer played 15 MLB seasons and was a six-time All-Star. He was also a three-time American League batting champion.
Together: Harris was a starting offensive tackle as a sophomore when Mauer was named the USA Today Player of the Year in 2000. Mauer led Cretin-Derham Hall to the state finals before falling to Eden Prairie. As a senior in 2002, Harris was considered one of the top linemen in the nation and the top prospect in Minnesota.

Aaron Pointer, Paul Silas and Wendell Hayes
School:
McClymonds (Oakland, Calif.)
Years: 1959-60
Pointer career: Played three seasons for the Houston Colt .45's. He eventually became an NFL referee and is the older brother of the four sisters who formed the musical group "The Pointer Sisters."
Silas career: Silas spent 17 seasons in the NBA, winning three NBA championships (Celtics, Sonics) and making two All-Star games.
Hayes career: Hayes played 12 seasons in the NFL and rushed for 3,758 yards in his career. He won a Super Bowl with the Chiefs.
Together: McClymonds won the Northern California TOC with a win over Acalanes and ended the year with a 46-game win streak. Silas and Pointer both made the all-tournament team along with teammate, and leading scorer, Charles McKinney. Hayes was the starting point guard on the team.

Artimus Parker and Jerry Royster
School:
Sacramento (Calif.)
Years: 1969-70
Parker career: Played four seasons in the NFL and had five interceptions. He was a consensus All-American at Southern California.
Royster career: Spent 16 seasons in the Major Leagues, batting .249 with 40 home runs and 352 RBI.
Together: Parker and Royster played both football, basketball and baseball together at Sacramento. Parker was the league Player of the Year as a senior and both Parker (WR) and Royster (DB) were named All-City by the Sacramento Bee. Royster also made all-conference in basketball and was one of the top baseball and track stars in the city during the spring.

Drew Barry and Amani Toomer
School: De La Salle (Concord, Calif.)
Years: 1990-91
Barry career: The son of Hall of Famer Rick Barry, Drew played five seasons in the NBA after an All-ACC career at Georgia Tech.
Toomer career: Toomer played 13 seasons in the NFL with the New York Giants, winning one Super Bowl. He had 668 career receptions for 9,497 yards.
Together: While Toomer was one of the top prep wide receivers in the nation, he was also a member of the De La Salle basketball team along with Barry. Toomer was an honorable mention All-Bay Area selection by the San Francisco Examiner while Barry made the second team.

Doug Williams and Barry Larkin
School:
Archbishop Moeller (Cincinnati)
Years: 1980
Williams career: A second-round pick out of Texas A&M, Williams, an offensive lineman, played six seasons in the NFL with the Oilers.
Larkin career: Larkin played 19 seasons with the Cincinnati Reds, making 12 All-Star games. He was the National League MVP in 1995 and is a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Together: In Gerry Faust's final season, Moeller went 13-0 and earned the No. 1 national ranking. Williams was an all-state offensive lineman and was named the state lineman of the year. Larkin was a junior defensive back on the team and earned all-state honors the following season.

Willie McGinest and Tyus Edney
School:
Long Beach Poly (Long Beach, Calif.)
Years: 1989-90
McGinest career: The No. 4 overall pick in the 1994 draft, McGinest won three Super Bowls with the Patriots and appeared in two Pro Bowls in 15 seasons in the NFL.
Edney career: Edney had a 15-year career — four seasons in the NBA and 11 overseas. He was the Euroleague Final Four MVP in 1999.
Together: One of the top football players in the country, McGinest was also a talented basketball player. He earned All-South Coast honors while averaging 13.8 points and 12.6 rebounds. Edney averaged 14 points per game in helping Poly go 28-3. He signed a year later to play basketball at UCLA.

Gene Washington and Mack Calvin
School:
Long Beach Poly
Years: 1964-65
Washington career: One of the NFL's top receivers during the early 1970s, making four Pro Bowls and four All-Pro teams. He had 385 receptions and 6,856 yards in his career.
Calvin career: A 13-year NBA/ABA veteran, Calvin was a five-time ABA All-Star and is a member of the All-time ABA team.
Together: Calvin and Washington were both members of Poly's 1965 CIF championship team and were named to the All-City team by the Independent Press-Telegram. Chuck Moore of Poly was the Player of the Year, but Calvin was a first-team member while averaging 15.6 points per game. Washington, a forward, was a second-team member and one of the team's top rebounders.

Joseph Forte, Keith Bogans and Brian Westbrook
School:
DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.)
Years: 1996-97
Forte career: A first-round pick of the Celtics in 2001, Forte played two seasons in the NBA and 12 seasons in Europe.
Bogans career: Played 11 seasons in the NBA with eight different teams.
Westbrook career: Westbrook played for nine seasons in the NFL and rushed for 6,335 yards while making two Pro Bowls.
Together: Westbrook was honorable mention all-state in football as a senior, but he also played on the DeMatha basketball team in 1997 with Forte and Bogans, both of whom were sophomores. Two years later, Forte and Bogans earned Parade Magazine first team All-American honors.

Dan Footman and Carl Everett
School:
Hillsborough (Tampa, Fla.)
Years: 1988-89
Footman career: A second-round pick in the 1993 NFL draft, he played six seasons in the NFL before an injury ended his career.
Everett career: A two-time MLB All-Star and a World Series champion with the Chicago White Sox, Everett played 14 professional seasons.
Together: Footman was one of the top athletes in the Hillsborough County his senior year while Everett was a junior running back. Footman went on to a solid career at Florida State while Everett was All-County honorable mention in football the following year.

Mike Hershberger and Jim Houston
School:
Washington (Massillon, Ohio)
Years: 1955-56
Hershberger career: In 11 seasons as a Major League Baseball outfielder, Hershberger batted .252 with 26 home runs and 344 RBI.
Houston career: A 13-year NFL veteran with the Cleveland Browns, Houston made four Pro Bowls. He's also a member of the College Football Hall of Fame as member of the Ohio State Buckeyes.
Together: After finishing No. 1 in the AP poll from 1948 to 1954, Washington (Massillon) finished behind Canton McKinley in 1955 and 1956. Hershberger (a junior) and Houston (a senior) were supposed to play together on the 1955 team, but Hershberger broke his leg early in the season. Houston earned all-state honors as a defensive end while Hershberger returned the following season and earned all-state honors as a defensive back.

Nick Williams and Mike Evans
School:
Ball (Galveston, Texas)
Years: 2011
Williams career: A second round draft pick by the Phillies, Williams played three seasons in Philadelphia as an outfielder, batting .254.
Evans career: A three-time Pro Bowl player with the Buccaneers, Evans has 507 catches for 7,823 yards in seven seasons.
Together: Despite having two future pro athletes on the team, Ball went just 1-9 in 2010 when both Evans and Williams were on the team. The two also played basketball, however, and led Ball to a 34-4 record with Evans averaging 19 points per game. Williams also played baseball in 2012 and hit 13 home runs.

Damien Richardson and McKay Christensen
School:
Clovis West (Fresno, Calif.)
Years: 1992-93
Richardson career: Played safety for seven seasons in the NFL with the Carolina Panthers.
Christensen career: Played four seasons in the Major Leagues as an outfielder, batting .250.
Together: Clovis West won the Central Section championship two seasons in a row with Christensen and Richardson leading the way. Christensen was an all-state running back while Richardson played defensive back. Both were named to the Shrine All-Star Game for the summer of 1994. Christensen went on to play baseball at Stanford while Richardson played football at Arizona State.

Trayce Thompson and Klay Thompson
School:
Santa Margarita (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.)
Years: 2007-08
Trayce's career: Trayce has played six seasons at the Major League level with six different teams. The outfielder has batted .206 with 22 home runs.
Klay's career: One of the NBA's top three-point shooters, Thompson is a five-time All-Star and a three-time NBA champion.
Together: Klay's 3-point shooting was on center stage in the 2008 CIF state championship when he hit seven 3s en-route to a 37-point effort in leading Santa Margarita to the championship over Sacramento. Trayce added eight points in the win, including two three-pointers. Klay was named the Division III state Player of the Year by Cal-Hi Sports.

Eric Bieniemy, Mazio Royster, Troy Auzene and J.R. Philips
School:
Bishop Amat (La Puente, Calif.)
Years: 1985-86
Bieniemy career: After playing nine seasons in the NFL, Bieniemy has been an assistant coach in the NFL for the past 15 seasons.
Royster career: Played three seasons in the NFL with the Buccaneers.
Auzene career: Played five seasons in the NFL, mostly with the Chicago Bears.
Phillip career: Phillips played seven seasons at the Major League level with a .188 batting average and 23 home runs.
Together: Bieniemy had an All-American season in leading Bishop Amat to an 11-1 record and a No. 8 ranking by USA Today before falling to Eisenhower in the second round of the Southern Section playoffs. Bieniemy ran for 2,001 yards and 30 touchdowns while Philips was the quarterback and threw for 919 yards. Auzene was an all-area offensive lineman while Royster was a junior running back who rushed for 707 yards.
Sports with fans in attendance take place Monday as high school baseball gets underway in Iowa - OFFICIAL
Sports with fans in attendance take place Monday as high school baseball gets underway in Iowa
Video: Fictional high school movie locations
Campuses made famous on big screen as seen via Google Earth.

Christmas came early for high school sports fans in Iowa as baseball and softball players returned to the field Monday after a month-long delay due to the coronavirus.

Pleasant Valley defeated Assumption (Davenport) 3-2 in one of the first of 97 games scheduled on the opening day of the baseball season in Iowa and MaxPreps photographer Mandy McGlothlin was on hand for the action.
Pleasant Valley players take the field during the National Anthem.
Photos by Mandy McGlothlin
Pleasant Valley players take the field during the National Anthem.
Monday's contests mark the first games since the COVID-19 pandemic shuttered many state basketball tournaments and spring sports schedules. Fans in Iowa, and no doubt across the land, can rejoice at the return of high school athletics.

Iowa, which plays a summer baseball season that normally starts in late May, is the first state to resume athletic competition at the high school level since the coronavirus shut down all high school play in mid-March. At least a hundred games are scheduled each day throughout the state for the coming week with most teams playing doubleheaders.

The regular season is going to be a short one with Iowa expected to begin postseason play on July 9 at the 1A level, July 11 for Class 2A and July 17 for Class 4A and 3A. State championship games are scheduled for Aug. 1.
Fans were permitted to attend the game at Assumption High School in Davenport.
Fans were permitted to attend the game at Assumption High School in Davenport.
A Pleasant Valley player watches his hit.
A Pleasant Valley player watches his hit.
Two Pleasant Valley players celebrate the victory.
Two Pleasant Valley players celebrate the victory.

High school softball rankings: Three new Texas teams join this week's OFFICIAL Top 25 - OFFICIAL
High school softball rankings: Three new Texas teams join this week's MaxPreps Top 25
The Lone Star state brought three new additions to this week's MaxPreps Top 25 high school softball rankings. Leander (Texas) made the biggest leap, jumping all the way to the five spot in this week's poll. The Lions are 17-0 and have outscored opponents 122-9.

San Antonio Warren (Texas) lands at number 18. The 9-0 Warriors have shutouts in five of its first nine games.

It didn't take long for Barbers Hill (Mt. Belvieu, Texas) to make its way back in the rankings. After a 3-2 loss Feb. 26 to Dobie, the Eagles have scored 60 runs, allowed zero and won nine straight.
Annika Litterio, Warren
Photo by Kenneth Toso
Annika Litterio, Warren
MaxPreps Top 25 Softball Rankings

Record: 0-0 | Last week: 1
Season opens March 25

2. Lakewood Ranch (Bradenton, Fla.)
Record: 7-0 | Last week: 2
The Mustangs have 35 extra base hits in seven games to start the season.

3. Marist (Chicago)
Record: 0-0 | Last week: 3
Season opens April 5

4. Norco (Calif.)
Record: 0-0 | Last week: 4
Season opens March 19

5. Leander (Texas)
Record: 17-0 | Last week: NR
The Lions explode into the rankings after a hot start. Junior SJ Geurin is 9-0 in the circle with 132 strikeouts in 62 innings.

6. Park Vista (Lake Worth, Fla.)
Record: 8-0 | Last week: 14
Purdue signee Tyrina Jones is 5-0 in the circle and .619 at the plate.

7. Hewitt-Trussville (Trussville, Ala.)
Record: 12-1 | Last week: 5
The Huskies went 4-1 in the Hewitt Round Robin Tournament last week. The team has 14 home runs in 13 games.

8. Los Alamitos (Calif.)
Record: 0-0 | Last week: 6
Season opens March 19

9. Trenton (Fla.)
Record: 5-0 | Last week: 19
The Tigers have won 42 straight games dating back to 2018.

10. Eastern Alamance (Mebane, N.C.)
Record: 0-0 | Last week: 7
Season opens March 16

11. O'Connor (Phoenix)
Record: 0-0 | Last week: 9
Season opens March 29

12. Crown Point (Ind.)
Record: 0-0 | Last week: 10
Season opens April 3

13. Westlake (Westlake Village, Calif.)
Record: 0-0 | Last week: 11
Season opens March 20

14. Spring-Ford (Royersford, Pa.)
Record: 0-0 | Last week: 14
Season opens April 5

15. Gahr (Cerritos, Calif.)
Record: 0-0 | Last week: 13
Season opens March 27

16. Saugus (Calif.)
Record: 0-0 | Last week: 15
Season opens April 21

17. Cooper City (Fla.)
Record:
5-0 | Last week: 19
The Cowboys have outscored opponents 37-4 to begin the season.

18. Warren (San Antonio)
Record:
9-0 | Last week: NR
UTEP commit Annika Litterio is batting .647 to start the season. She is also 6-0 in the circle.

19. Barbers Hill (Mt. Belvieu, Texas)
Record:
14-2 | Last week: NR
The Eagles have stepped on the gas, winning nine straight games without allowing a run.

20. Glen Allen (Va.)
Record:
0-0 | Last week: 18
Season opens April 13

21. Crescenta Valley (La Crescenta, Calif.)
Record:
0-0 | Last week: 20
Season opens April 13

22. Williamsburg (Ohio)
Record:
0-0 | Last week: 21
Season opens March 27

23. Bob Jones (Madison, Ala.)
Record:
5-1 | Last week: 23
The Patriots started area play with a thrilling, nine-inning 6-5 win over Austin.

24. Notre Dame (Crowley, La.)
Record:
12-1 | Last week: 24
The Pioneers have hit 33 home runs in 13 games. Maci Bergeron has 15.

25. Mahopac (N.Y.)
Record: 0-0 | Last week: 25
Opening date TBD

High school basketball: National championship contender AZ Compass Prep emblematic of a changing game - OFFICIAL
High school basketball: National championship contender AZ Compass Prep emblematic of a changing game
The traditional high school basketball scene has changed dramatically in the last decade with academies, prep schools and other independent programs emerging and gobbling up a larger share of elite talent seemingly every winter. While some have come and gone like Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.), Huntington Prep (Huntington, W.Va.) and Prime Prep (Dallas, Texas), others have established themselves as mainstays on the national scene.

Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.), La Lumiere (La Porte, Ind.), Sunrise Christian Academy (Bel Aire, Kan.) and IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) are among those that have joined longtime national powerhouse Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.) as magnets for top players and ultimately too much to handle for most public and private schools tied to state governing bodies.

AZ Compass Prep (Chandler, Ariz.) is the latest to burst into the spotlight. The Dragons (19-1) are currently No. 2 in MaxPreps Top 25 after beginning the season unranked.

The program's 2020-21 resume includes pushing No. 1 Montverde Academy to the brink in a 76-65 overtime loss while beating No. 3 Sunrise Christian Academy and No. 16 Oak Hill Academy at the Montverde Academy Invitational in late January.

Another opportunity awaits Tuesday when the upstart Phoenix-area school faces No. 18 Prolific Prep (Napa, Calif.). A win there could put head coach Ed Gipson and AZ Compass Prep on track to earn its first GEICO Nationals berth.

Creighton pledge TyTy Washington has been the catalyst, averaging 21.5 points, 6.2 rebounds, 5.9 assists and 2.8 steals per contest. He is on the short list of MaxPreps National Player of the Year candidates.
Senior point guard TyTy Washington has helped put upstart AZ Compass Prep on the national map.
File photo by Greg Jungferman
Senior point guard TyTy Washington has helped put upstart AZ Compass Prep on the national map.
Dayton signee DaRon Holmes (9.3 points, 5.7 rebounds), Glenn Taylor (11.6 points, 3.5 rebounds) and Javon Small (11 points, 3.2 assists) have also had strong years for the Dragons as they approach the final games of the regular season.

The Dragons have done all of this without five-star junior prospect Sadraque Nganga, a 6-foot-9 native of Angola out with an injury. Junior 7-footer Adrame Diongue of Senegal has stepped up in his absence.

Located 15 minutes from the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, AZ Compass Prep is a public charter school with an enrollment of over 500 students K-12.

Program director Peter Kaffey, who spent time at Findlay Prep as an assistant coach and in player development, joined AZ Compass Prep five years ago with the mission of putting the program on the national map.

"We have been building up our basketball program for the past five years. The first year we just looked for kids who were tall or could play a little bit," Kaffey said. "The second year we had some really good players but a lot weren't on track to graduate and were fighting eligibility issues. The past two years, we have had some really good teams and last year our team averaged a GPA over 3.4, which we take pride in."
Similar to his days at Findlay Prep, Kaffey believes AZ Compass Prep is here to stay.

"With the money we are putting in our basketball program, we have 24 hour access to the gym, nutritionists and much more to give these kids the best opportunity to develop for the next level." Kaffey said. "We will be good for a long, long time with the recruits we have coming in next year to build off the success of the past few seasons."

Kaffey also stressed the importance of the school's educational mission.

"We are a real brick and mortar school and we put an emphasis on our academic curriculum," Kaffey said. "We have a principal, vice principal, teachers and classrooms just like any other school."