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High School Baseball: Florida's Jesuit enters 2021 as top team in preseason MaxPreps Top 25 rankings
The coronavirus has affected high school sports for more than a year, but high school baseball first felt its effects when it brought an end to the season in mid-March. The cancellation left some teams with a season a little under half finished while other teams never took the field at all.

Compiling a national baseball preview involves combining the little information available from last season with the stats and records from the last completed season of 2019.

Fortunately in high school baseball, many of the top teams in the nation from two years ago are still the ones high on the list in 2021. The preseason MaxPreps Top 25 high school baseball rankings begins with Jesuit (Tampa, Fla.) at the top after the Tigers won a 2019 championship and were 9-0 with a No. 2 ranking when the season ended in 2020.
Jesuit head coach Miguel Menendez (center) has a wealth of talent including (left to right) Bradke Lohry, Dominic Castellano, Cole Russo, Alden Segui, Nick Rodriguez and BJ Graham.
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Jesuit head coach Miguel Menendez (center) has a wealth of talent including (left to right) Bradke Lohry, Dominic Castellano, Cole Russo, Alden Segui, Nick Rodriguez and BJ Graham.
Preseason MaxPreps Top 25 Baseball Rankings

1. Jesuit (Tampa, Fla.)
Miguel Menendez
2020 record: 9-0
2019 record: 27-5
Top Players: Cole Russo (C/3B .381); Alden Segui (RHP, 0-0, 7.00); Dominic Castellano (LHP, 2-0, 0.95); BJ Graham (OF, .296); Kris Sosnowski (RHP); Ryan Skelly (RHP); Jamie Arnold (LHP); Ryan Denison (RHP); AJ Nessler (3B); Nick Rodriguez (.385); Bradke Lohry.
Prognosis: The Tigers finished the 2020 season at 9-0 and had moved up to No. 2 in the nation in the MaxPreps Top 25 before COVID ended the season. Jesuit starts at No. 1 thanks to a deep returning pitching staff that allowed one run per game last year. Several of the top offensive players return from a team that averaged 11 runs per game.
Catcher Cole Russo
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Catcher Cole Russo
2. IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)
Kason Gabbard
2020 record: 8-2
2019 record: 26-1
Top Players: Tommy White (3B); James Wood (OF); Drew Gray (LHP/OF); Mason Albright (LHP); Stone Russell (SS); Sam Hunt (C ); Ben Fiedler (RHP); Elijah Green (OF); Jackson Ferris (LHP); Blaydon Plain (1B/RHP); Drake Varnado (SS/RHP); Davion Hickson (RHP); Brady Neal (C).
Prognosis: The Ascenders likely have the most talented lineup in the nation with players like Wood, ranked by Perfect Game as one of the top players in the Class of 2020, and Green, ranked as one of the top players in the Class of 2021. Green transferred from TNXL Academy while MaxPreps All-American White transferred from Calvary Christian (Clearwater, Fla.). IMG Academy does not play in the state playoffs in Florida, but it will face some of the nation's top teams, including Texas teams Southlake Carroll and Flower Mound and preseason No. 1 Jesuit on April 20.

3. JSerra Catholic (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.)
Brett Kay
2020 record: 11-1
2019 record: 19-13
Top Players: Cody Schrier (SS); Eric Silva (RHP); Colin Blanchard (C ); Gage Jump (LHP);  Luke Jewett (RHP);  Gabe D'Arcy (OF); Joshua Phillips (OF); Anthony Aleman (C ); David Horn (RHP); Ricky Rodenberg (3B); Owen Fuller (2B); Matthew Champion (3B/RHP)
Prognosis: Two years ago, Kay noted in a season preview e-mail to MaxPreps that he felt his Class of 2021 was, perhaps, the best in the country. JSerra Catholic was 11-1 when the 2020 season ended with a loss to Birmingham (Lake Balboa). The Lions play in the Trinity League, arguably the toughest league in the nation, and a strong showing there should propel JSerra Catholic to the top of the rankings. Kay returns three of his top pitchers from last year along with nearly the entire infield.

4. Hamilton (Chandler, Ariz.)
Mike Woods
2020 record: 8-0
2019 record: 26-7
Top Players: Brock Selvidge (LHP, 4 HR, 21 RBI); Prince Deboskie (OF); Luke Thiele (SS); Gavin Turley (OF); DJ Barrett (RHP); Logan Saloman (RHP, 5-1, 1.35 ERA); Roch Cholowsky (SS); Grant Degraffenried (1B); Kole Klecker (RHP); Josh Tiedermann (SS); Tre Spivey (SS); Will Shelor (OF); AJ Diaz (SS).
Prognosis: The Huskies pitching staff will be good with Selvidge and Saloman — two of the top pitchers in the nation in their respective classes — return along with junior Klecker. Hamilton ended the 2020 season as the No. 1 team in the nation by MaxPreps at 8-0. Hamilton has won seven state titles, including three of the past four seasons (not counting 2020).

5. Calvary Christian Academy (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
Gil Morales
2020 record: 2-5
2019 record: 25-5
Top Players: Andrew Painter (RHP); Irving Carter (RHP); Ty Hollandsworth (OF); Rene Lastres (C, Florida); Alex Ulloa (SS); Erik Blair (LHP); Kyle Tako (OF); Sean Ambrose (2B); Jonathan Xuereb (SS).
Prognosis: Two years after winning a state championship in 2018, the Eagles struggled in 2020 with a 2-5 record when the season ended. Those losses were against some tough teams, however, falling to Calvary Christian (Clearwater), Jesuit and Stoneman Douglas. The Eagles return two of the top pitchers in the country in Painter and Carter, both of whom could be taken on the first day of the MLB draft. Painter is a potential Top 15 pick, according to Jonathan Mayo.

6. Baylor (Chattanooga, Tenn.)
Greg Elie and Mike Kinney
2020 record: 1-0
2019 record: 27-6
Top Players: Cooper Kinney (2B); Daniel Corona (SS); Vito Valincius (1B); Jay Dill (3B); Nick Kurtz (1B); Henry Godbout (SS); Caleb Hampton (OF)
Prognosis: The Red Raiders might have the best infield in the nation as Prep Baseball Report ranks three players among the top eight in the state. First baseman Valincius is No. 3, shortstop Corona is No. 4 and second baseman Kinney comes in at No. 8. Baylor was coming off two straight Class AA Division 2 state championships in 2018 and 2019, but got one game played in 2020 before the season came to a halt. Baylor looms as the favorite again in Tennessee.

7. Buford (Ga.)
Stuart Chester
2020 record: 10-2
2019 record: 24-12
Top Players: Treyton Rank (RHP); Riley Stanford (OF); Brant Baughcum (SS); Jackson Gaspard (SS/RHP); Nathan Smith (C ); Connor Sampers (SS); Dylan Lesko (RHP); Stan Zagrodnik (OF); Cole Taylor (SS); Carson King (1B); Ethan Murray (SS).
Prognosis: Georgia Dugout Preview lists Buford as the top team in its Class 6A preseason rankings. The Wolves have as many as nine players set to play Division I baseball next year, including pitcher Lesko. One of the top-ranked pitchers in the Class of 2021, Lesko is headed to Vanderbilt. He is a former MaxPreps Underclass All-American. Buford was 9-2 when its season ended with losses to Mountain Brook and North Paulding. The pitching staff figures to be exceptional this year with Lesko, Rank and junior Gaspard grabbing the bulk of the innings.

8. St. Mary Prep (Orchard Lake, Mich.)
Matt Petry
2020 record: 0-0
2019 record: 34-9-2
Top Players: Alex Mooney (SS); Brock Porter (RHP); Nolan Schubart (OF/RHP); John Essig (LHP); Steve Essig (C ); Ike Irish (C ); Jake Dresselhouse (2B); Thomas Allman (RHP); Coleson Titus (C ); Jack Crichton (3B); Ciaran Caughey (SS); Jake Keaser (RHP); Jasen Oliver (SS); Ryan Mooney (OF).
Prognosis: St. Mary Prep never took the field in 2020, but it has three of the nation's top players in Mooney, Porter and Schubart. All three are set to play at a Division I program and all three are ranked among the top players in Michigan by Perfect Game. The Eaglets were 5-9 at one point in 2019, but caught fire and didn't lose the rest of the season to win a state championship. St. Mary Prep has a 29-game unbeaten streak heading into the 2021 season.

9. Barbe (Lake Charles, La.)
Glenn Cecchini
2020 record: 11-3
2019 record: 38-3
Top Players: Jack Walker (RHP); Kameron Edwards (OF); Kyle Debarge (SS, .388); Adam Guth (LHP, 5-0, 0.56 ERA, 44 Ks); Gavin Guidry (SS); Ethan Medlin (OF); Jon Cassidy Vanek (LHP); Donovan LaSalle (OF).
Prognosis: An outstanding outfield and two of the state's top pitchers lead one of the nation's top all-around programs. Walker returns after missing his junior season with an arm injury. He was all-state as a sophomore and has signed to play at Mississippi State. He'll join Guth, who was 5-0 as a sophomore in 2019.

10. Thousand Oaks (Calif.)
Jack Wilson
2020 record: 8-0
2019 record: 24-6
Top Players: Maxwell Muncy (SS); Roc Riggio (2B/OF); Charlie Saum (C ); Michael Welikala (1B); Josh Melnick (C/OF); Justin Abercrombie (MIF); Myles Weiss (RHP); Collin Adams (LHP); Easton Rulli (SS).
Prognosis: Thousand Oaks was off to a strong start in 2020, winning its first eight games of the season. ESPN's Jonathan Mayo ranks two of the Lancers, shortstop Muncy and second baseman Riggio, as Top 100 draft picks for 2021. Muncy and Riggio combine to form one of the top double play combinations in the nation.

11. Parkview (Lilburn, Ga.)
Chan Brown
2020 record: 13-2
2019 record: 36-4
Top Players: Ryan Spikes (SS, .405), Landon Stripling (1B); Sam Smith (IF, .361); Jayden Talik (OF, Jr.); Dobbs Bowden (.400); Colin Houck (SS/P, So., 1-0, 0.00 ERA); Mason Brown (P, 3-0, 0.00 ERA).
Prognosis: The Panthers lost to North Gwinnett and Archbishop McCarthy (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) last year, but racked up 10 shutouts in its 13 wins last year. The pitching staff might not be as strong as last year when it featured all-state players like Xander Stephens and Miles Garrett. However, look for Brown, Spikes and Lowery to take over the bulk of the work on the mound. Parkview has averaged 30 wins a year over the past decade (not including 2020) and has won national championships in 2012, 2015 and 2018 and eight state championships since 1996.

12. Calvary Christian (Clearwater, Fla.)
Greg Olsen
2020 record: 10-2
2019 record: 26-4
Top Players: Tyler Dietz (RHP); Jack Cebert (RHP); Ethan Phillips (RHP); Miles Curley (3B); Charles Stevens (OF/LHP); Matt Rose (SS); Landen Maroudis (RHP/IF)
Prognosis: Olsen has fielded one of the top programs in the nation the past five seasons, winning a state crown in 2019 and 2017 and winning 60 straight games at one point. While the team's top player from last year, Tommy White, has transferred to IMG Academy, Calvary Christian still returns several players from the 2019 championship team, including Stevens, Dietz and Cebert.

13. Lake Travis (Austin, Texas)
Mike Rogers
2020 record: 14-2-1
2019 record: 37-5
Top Players: Alec Grossman (P); Ethan Roark (P)
Prognosis: The Cavaliers averaged over 30 wins a season since 2015 (not counting 2020) and came close to winning a state title, falling to Southlake Carroll in the semifinals in 2019. Rogers annually has one of the top teams in the country and the return of seven starters, including two all-district pitchers in Grossman and Roark, make the Cavaliers a team to contend with in Class 6A in Texas.

14. Valley Christian (San Jose, Calif.)
John Diatte
2020 record: 5-3
2019 record: 29-4
Top Players: Jonathan Cymrot (1B/P); Trevor Haskins (SS); Griffin Allen (P/1B); Jaxon Wall (C ); Jacob Hudson (So.,P/OF)
Prognosis: The Central Coast Section champions in 2019, the Warriors stumbled out of the blocks in 2020 with losses to Foothill (Santa Ana), Orange Lutheran and Archbishop Mitty. However, Valley Christian has two of the top returning seniors in the state in Cymrot and Haskins. Both batted over .300 as sophomores with Cymrot also posting an 8-1 mound record.

15. Jackson Prep (Jackson, Miss.)
Brent Heavener
2020 record: 12-4
2019 record: 29-7
Top Players: Riley Maddox (SS); Mason Nichols (RHP);  Thaxton Berch (SS); Jeffrey Ince (SS); Trey Bridges (OF); Rives Reynolds (OF); Will Gibbs (RHP); Eli Berch (C )
Prognosis: Eight of the top nine leading hitters from last year's squad return, including an All-America candidate Maddox. The Patriots will miss three-year starter Kelly Crumpton, an All-America candidate who transferred to Oxford.

16. Stoneman Douglas (Parkland, Fla.)
Todd Fitz-Gerald
2020 record: 6-2
2019 record: 20-6
Top Players: Gavin Conticello (3B); Roman Anthony (OF); Santiago Ordonez (C ); Jake Clement (RHP); Chris Arroyo (OF); Christian Rodriguez (OF); Rolando Lujo (SS/RHP); Derek Rodriguez (OF/RHP)
Prognosis: Fitz-Gerald feels he has a good one this year with the Eagles. The outfield looks outstanding with Arroyo, Rodriguez and Anthony. Conticello, at third base, figures to be a possible draft pick for the Eagles.

17. De La Salle (Concord, Calif.)
David Jeans
2020 record: 3-1
2019 record: 29-1
Top Players: Joey Donnelly (C/1B, .286); Zeke Berry (Jr., OF, .250); Blake Burke (P/OF, .395, 4 HR); Anthony Martinez (Jr., C/1B)
Prognosis: The Spartans have been one of the top programs in California, winning four straight North Coast Section from 2016 to 2019. They've annually had the top player in the Bay Area and they have another candidate this year in outfielder Burke, who earned MaxPreps Underclass All-American honors as a freshman.

18. American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.)
Bruce Aven
2020 record: 10-0
2019 record: 19-6
Top Players: Devin Futrell (LHP); Juhlien Gonzalez (3B); Justin Quintana (OF); Justin Webster (RHP); Anthony Nelson (LHP); Brandon Barriera (LHP); Evan Dobias (RHP); Brandon Gonsalves (1B); Spencer Butt (SS); Mateo Serna (C)
Prognosis: The Patriots rose to No. 4 in 2020 with a 10-0 record. Pitching should be the key in 2021 as five Patriot hurlers figure to play at the Division I level. Leading the way is Futrell, who has been one of the Patriots' top players since his freshman year.

19. Prosper (Texas)
Shaun Stanton
2020 record: 11-2
2019 record: 32-8
Top Players: Easton Carmichael (Jr., C); Chase Pendley (SS)
Prognosis: Texas High School Baseball ranks Prosper at the top of the Class 6A rankings thanks to the return of 10 starters from last year. Leading the way is junior catcher Carmichael, who batted .487 last year, along with  Pendley, who batted .437.

20. Reagan (San Antonio)
Chans Chapman
2020 record: 13-2-1
2019 record: 33-8
Top Players: Cohen Feser (RHP); Stayton Ankrom (SS); Hogan Heller ( C); Ryan Beaird (RHP).
Prognosis: The Rattlers have been the top team out of San Antonio over the past half decade and are ranked fourth in Class 6A to start the season by Texas High School Baseball. A total of seven starters return, including TCU-bound pitcher Feser.

21. Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas)
Gino DiMaria
2020 record: 0-0
2019 record: 21-10
Top Players: Tyler Whitaker (3B); Justin Crawford (OF); Santino Panaro (OF); Gavin Mez (C);  Billy Ham (3B); Julian Molto-Herrera (2B); Demitri Diamant (3B/RHP); Tai Nguyen (1B); Tyler Avery (RHP); Raffael Chiarella (LHP); Easton Shelton (3B); Kamdyn Perry (RHP); Anthony Marnell IV (C); Aiden Pollock (OF)
Prognosis: After winning eight of 10 state championships, the Gaels haven't won a state title since 2015. That could change in 2020 as Bishop Gorman returns six players who have committed to play at the Division I level. As many as six players saw significant playing time as sophomores or freshmen two years ago when the Gaels last took the field. Included among those players are Avery (4-2 as a freshman pitcher) and catcher Mez (.366 as a sophomore).

22. Heritage Hall (Oklahoma City)
Jordan Semore
2020 record: 1-0
2019 record: 17-15
Top Players: Jackson Jobe; Gray Thomas (RHP).
Prognosis: The Chargers play at the 4A level, but have two of the state's top players in pitchers Jobe and Thomas. Job has committed to Ole Miss while Thomas will play at TCU. The tandem both throw around 95 mph and were selected to play in the Perfect Game All-American Classic in September.

23. Ronald Reagan (Pfafftown, N.C.)
Gary Nail
2020 record: 3-0
2019 record: 21-7
Top Players: Carter Boyd (Jr., OF); Tommy Hawke (SS); Austin Hawke (SS); Josh Hartle (LHP); Jack Mullane (OF/RHP); Chase Humphrey (3B/RHP); Colby Welborn (C)
Prognosis: The Raiders figured to be a favorite to win the Class 4A state championship last year, but saw the season end after three games. Four players should play Division I baseball next year while Hartle, a left-handed pitcher, could go one the second day of the 2021 MLB draft.

24. Farragut (Knoxville, Tenn.)
Matt Buckner
2020 record: 2-1
2019 record: 42-3
Top Players: Angus Pence (SS); Hunter Merrick (LHP/OF); Bryce Burkey (OF).
Prognosis: Two years after finishing with one of the highest win totals in the nation to go with a Tennessee state title, the Admirals could be in the running for another state crown in 2021. Hunter Merrick figures to lead the pitching staff and an outstanding outfield lineup. In Pence, the Admirals have one of the state's top shortstops.

25. Charlotte Christian (Charlotte, N.C.)
Greg Simmons
2020 record: 5-0
2019 record: 27-6
Top Players: Philip Abner (LHP); JD Suarez (SS); Will Farrell (3B); Calvert Clark (OF/RHP); Judd Utermark (3B); Everett Harris (RHP).
The Knights looked to be the state favorite last year with a mostly underclass lineup. That lineup went 5-0 last year and is now one of the top lineups in the nation. Five players have committed to play Division I next year while pitcher Abner is expected to go somewhere in the top five rounds of the 2021 MLB draft.
North Carolina high school football: Schedule, scores for NCHSAA state championship games - OFFICIAL
North Carolina high school football: Schedule, scores for NCHSAA state championship games
The North Carolina High School Athletic Association will host eight football state championship games featuring 10 undefeated teams beginning Thursday at the University of North Carolina and North Carolina State University.

Four title games — 1A, 2AA, 3A, 4AA — will be hosted at North Carolina State's Finley Stadium starting Thursday with the 2AA contest between Salisbury (8-2) and St. Pauls (8-0). It concludes Saturday with the 4AA tilt between Rolesville (9-0) and the state's No. 1 ranked team, Zebulon B. Vance (9-1).

The other four championship games — 1AA, 2A, 3AA, 4A — will be played at North Carolina's Kenan Stadium, starting Thursday with the 3AA contest between a pair of 10-0 squads, Mount Tabor and Cleveland. Two Saturday games finish off the championships, concluding with the 2A game between Mountain Heritage (7-1) and Reidsville (9-0).

In all, the 16 teams have combined for records of 140 wins and just eight defeats. All eight games with be broadcast on the NFHS Network.

The NCHSAA was one of 15 states to bypass traditional fall football due to the pandemic. Of the 11 states that played football in the spring, only three opted for playoffs and to crown state champions. Virginia did so last week and North Carolina and Rhode Island wrap up football championships for the 2020-21 season this week.

Among the many standouts in the championship games is Havelock senior running back Kamarro Edmonds, a 5-foot-11, 227 pound senior who has rushed for 916 yards and 15 touchdowns in eight games. He's ranked the No. 16 senior in the state by 247Sports and headed to North Carolina.

Also a basketball star who averaged over 30 points per game this year, Reidsville senior wide receiver Breon Pass is ranked the state No. 28 senior recruit overall after catching 83 passes for more than 1,400 yards and 27 touchdowns in his career heading into this season.
Havelock senior running back Kamarro Edmonds has signed to the University of North Carolina.
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Havelock senior running back Kamarro Edmonds has signed to the University of North Carolina.
NCHSAA Football Championships

Full bracket can be found here - 2020-2021 Football Championships 1A
Best high school girls basketball team in all 50 states - OFFICIAL
Best high school girls basketball team in all 50 states
Last week the initial MaxPreps Top 25 high school girls basketball rankings were released, highlighted by defending Florida Class 4A champion Lake Highland Prep (Orlando) at No. 1. Today, we expand our look at the nation's elite by highlighting the best team from all 50 states.

Uncertainty surrounds the season as coronavirus concerns are on the rise heading into the winter months, but optimism remains high we will see high school hardwood action in the near future.

From Alabama to Wyoming and every state in between, we searched coast-to-coast to find the best team from your state heading into the 2020-21 season.
Azzi Fudd, St. John's
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Azzi Fudd, St. John's
Alabama — Hoover
Sophomore Reniya Kelly and junior Aniya Hubbard are the major returning pieces for the Buccaneers, but they're not alone. This is a deep and talented team, which is likely to improve on last season's impressive 32-3 record.

Alaska — Anchorage Christian (Anchorage)
Even though the Lions are a 3A school (tops is 4A), three state titles in recent years is a strong statement. And with sophomore Sayvia Sellers and senior Mykaila Pickard both back, another championship might be in reach.

Arizona — Valley Vista (Surprise)
It's no surprise the Monsoon are the state's best, as the No. 21 preseason ranking in the MaxPreps Top 25 suggests. Six-foot wing Jennah Isai and 6-1 power forward Marisa Davis (a Washington commit) make the defending state champs a favorite to repeat.

Arkansas — Northside (Fort Smith)
As a 6-5 perimeter player, Arkansas commit Jersey Wolfenbarger is one of the best players in the country (18.8 points per game, 6.1 rebounds, 3.9 assists) but she's not alone: 6-2 power forward Tracey Bershers (Oklahoma State commit) is the real deal as well.

California — Mater Dei (Santa Ana)
The annual gauntlet that is Southern California basketball seldom leaves any record unblemished, but with Stanford-bound Brooke Demetre anchoring a deep roster, the Monarchs have the best chance to emerge as the top team in the Golden State.
Brooke Demetre, Mater Dei
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Brooke Demetre, Mater Dei
Colorado — Grandview (Aurora)
Lauren Betts is 6-7 and skilled, and Addison O'Grady is 6-3 and skilled — that's a frontline any college would like to have. As proof, the Betts tops the 2023 recruit list and O'Grady has committed to Iowa.

Connecticut — Notre Dame Catholic (Fairfield)
Like so many teams, the Lancers were denied a shot at a state title when the playoffs were canceled, but coach Maria Conlon — who won three NCAA titles in four years at UConn — has junior guard Aizhanique Mayo to lead a team that looks to be the best in the Constitution State.

Delaware — Conrad Science (Wilmington)

With UMass commit Stefanie Kulesza back to fire from long range, the Red Wolves are primed to claim the state title that COVID may have prevented.

District of Columbia — St. John's (Washington, D.C.)
UConn signee Azzi Fudd is back and fully healthy — she was recovering from a torn ACL through much of last season — and St. John's is both back in the national rankings and at the top of the list in Washington, D.C.

Florida — Lake Highland Prep (Orlando)
With eight players returning from the Florida 4A championship team — including top prospects Kayla Blackshear (a senior committed to Alabama) and junior Nyla Harris — the Highlanders are not only the preseason pick in Florida, but the entire country.

Georgia — Westlake (Atlanta)
The Lions may have dropped down a division this year, but the Atlanta school is still the state's best. In fact, led by South Carolina commit Raven Johnson, they're No. 7 in the country.

Hawaii — 'Iolani (Honolulu)
The Raiders return all but one player from a 23-2 team, including sisters Lily Lefotu Wahinekapu and Jovi Lefotu, who combined for nearly 29 points a game.

Idaho — Mountain View (Meridian)
Yes, senior Trinity Slocum (Hawaii commit) is the younger sister of NCAA star Destiny Slocum, but more relevant is that she and junior Naya Ojukwu are the one-two punch for this Mountain View team — which was 29-4 last year and might be better this time around.

Illinois — Simeon (Chicago)
Senior Aneesah Morrow, a DePaul commit, averaged 23.0 points, 12.1 rebounds and 3.6 assists last season, and will lead a senior-dominated team coming off a 35-2 season.

Indiana — North Central (Indianapolis)
As always, Indiana is a very competitive state, but the preseason rumblings indicate the Panthers, led by junior guard Tanyuel Welch and senior Meg Newman (Arizona State commit), are the best of a solid group.
Meg Newman, North Central
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Meg Newman, North Central
Iowa — Waukee
Without a senior on the roster, Waukee went 23-2 last year. Point guard Katie Dinnebier, who will play for Drake next year, is back to run the show again.

Kansas — Derby
The two top scorers for last year's 23-2 team were freshmen, so it's reasonable to assume that Maryn Archer and Addy Brown will be even better this time around — which makes it reasonable to assume the Panthers will be the best in the Sunflower State.

Kentucky — Anderson County (Lawrenceburg)
Not many 29-4 teams carry an eighth-grader on their roster, but Anderson also had a seventh-grader — emblematic of a very young team that lost only one senior to graduation. And top player Amiya Jenkins is just a junior.

Louisiana — Ponchatoula
The Green Wave are a perennial power in Louisiana girls' basketball, and return four starters from a team that lost in overtime in the state finals. LSU commit Amoura Graves is the big gun, averaging 23.5 points last season.

Maine — Portland
Cousins Gemima Motema and Amanda Kabantu are refugees from the Congo who found a home on the basketball court in Maine — and they lead a roster that returns a lot of firepower from a 19-4 team.

Maryland — Bishop McNamara (Forestville)
Not surprisingly, the No. 2 team in the country is the No. 1 team in Maryland, as Bishop McNamara, loaded with talent, is expected to dominate most of its in-state opposition. Things will be tougher in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference, however.

Massachusetts — Bridgewater-Raynham (Bridgewater)
Led by 6-3 junior Shay Bollin, a verbal commit to Duke, the Trojans look to build off a 21-4 season and claim a first state title since 1990.

Michigan — Edison Academy (Detroit)
It's possible the Pioneers will drop off a little after going 23-0 last year — it's also possible, led by junior Ruby Whitehorn and senior Damiya Hagemann (committed to Michigan State), that they will be even better.

Minnesota — Hopkins (Minnetonka)
The wheels keep turning for the Royals, even though coach Brian Cosgriff retired and star Paige Bueckers moved on to UConn. There's still a boatload of talent in the Land of 10,000 Lakes, and smooth sailing ahead.

Mississippi — Meridian
Even though five seniors graduated from a 29-2 team, with junior Debreasha Powe leading the way, Meridian is expected to be the Magnolia State's best.

Missouri — Incarnate Word Academy (St. Louis)
Let's see, the Red Knights were 27-4 last year and return three major contributors: 5-11 senior Jaiden Bryant, 5-6 junior point guard Saniah Tyler and 6-2 sophomore Natalie Potts. To put it another way, IWA will be really good again.

Montana — Capital (Helena)
Twins Dani Bartsch and Paige Bartsch are 6-1 and 6-3, respectively, and will carry much of the load for a team that was 20-1 last year. Capital was denied a shot at the AA title due to COVID, but could well get another chance this year.

Nebraska — Pius X (Lincoln)
The defending state champs bring back 6-3 Nebraska signee Alexis Markowski and point guard Jillian Aschoff, so a changing of the guard is unlikely.

Nevada — Centennial (Las Vegas)
When the Bulldogs wins another state championship, a bunch of seniors graduate and everyone thinks the reign is over. They probably think that way this year, too.
Taylor Bigby, Centennial
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Taylor Bigby, Centennial
New Hampshire — Bishop Guertin (Nashua)
The Cardinals haven't lost to a New Hampshire team since January 2018 — and with 6-0 sophomore Meghan Stack topping a young and talented roster, there's no reason to expect that 45-game winning streak to end.

New Jersey — St. John-Vianney (Holmdel)
New Jersey, as always, is loaded with talent, but the Lancers' combination of solid coaching, a deep roster (headed by Madison St. Rose) and a tradition of excellence looks to be the best of a very good group.

New Mexico — Hobbs
The Eagles went 29-1 and won the 5A championship last year, and with sophomore Wisdom Anthony and senior Elise Turrubiates returning, a repeat would not be a surprise.

New York — Christ the King (Middle Village)
It was definitely a down year for perennial power Christ the King, but in 2020-21, a young roster will be boosted by newly eligible transfers and the Royals are expected to begin a climb back to the glory days.

North Carolina — Southeast Raleigh (Raleigh)
After a 27-1 season and a state title, graduation took a toll on Southeast Raleigh, but with junior Bobbi Smith topping a deep roster, the Bulldogs look like the best in the Tar Heel State once more.

North Dakota — Century (Bismarck)
Though Century didn't finish the season as well as expected, the Patriots were still 21-4 – and with sophomore guard Logan Nissley back, they could be better this year.

Ohio — Reynoldsburg
The Raiders were 18-8 last year in a state known for strong girls basketball. But a pair of transfers — Alexia Mobley (bound for Louisville) and Imarianah Russell — will add enough to an already solid roster to make them the preseason favorite.

Oklahoma — Norman
All of the firepower is back from a 24-1 team, including Texas Tech commit Chantae Embry, a power forward who controls the paint, and sharpshooter Kelbie Washington (42 percent from three-point distance).

Oregon — West Linn
With 6-4 Aaronette Vonleh inside and Audrey Roden on the perimeter, the Lions have the foundation for a top-notch offense — but they also have everyone back from a 21-6 team and that makes them a clear preseason favorite.

Pennsylvania — Archbishop Wood (Warminster)
The Vikings were once known as a classic Philly pass-the-ball-10-times team, but no more. Now the talent gets up and down the floor, and there's a lot of it on the roster — which makes them very tough to beat.

Rhode Island — South Kingstown (Wakefield)
Despite losing six seniors from a 20-2 team, the Rebels — led by 5-11 junior Jamisen Hill — are expected to reload and remain the best in state.

South Carolina — Cardinal Newman (Columbia)
The Cardinals finished the season on a 22-game winning streak, and with Ashlyn Watkins and Tanaja Kennedy both back, there's every reason to believe the train will keep rolling.

South Dakota — Washington (Sioux Falls)
With 6-5 senior Sydni Schetnan and 6-1 junior Ndjakalenga Mwenentanda, Washington has a one-two punch no other team in South Dakota can deal with — and maybe a lot of other states, too.

Tennessee — Ensworth (Nashville)
Though graduation hit 28-0 Ensworth hard, the Cambridge sisters — Jaloni Cambridge, who starred as an eighth-grader last year, and Kennedy Cambridge, now a junior — should keep the Tigers ahead of the pack in 2020-21.

Texas — Duncanville
The definition of "perennial power" has to include a reference to mighty Duncanville, which year in and year out, not only is one of the best in Texas, but is also one of the best in the nation. This year, sadly for Lone Star State rivals, will not change that perception.

Utah — Fremont (Plain City)
With senior Emma Calvert and junior Timea Gardiner back for another go-round, the Silverwolves are primed to improve on a 24-3 record from last season, erase the bitter taste of a postseason upset and claim a state title.
Timea Gardiner, Fremont
File photo by Terry Cullop
Timea Gardiner, Fremont
Vermont — Rice Memorial (South Burlington)
Rice Memorial's young players were thrown into the fire last season, playing the toughest schedule in the state, and with some talented transfers, are expected to take a great leap forward in 2020-21.

Virginia — Paul VI (Chantilly)
The Panthers moved their campus from Fairfax to Chantilly but the school's rule over Virginia won't be affected. Led by Duke commit Lee Volker, deep and well-coached Paul VI will once again be the class of the Old Dominion.

Washington — Chiawana (Pasco)
The Riverhakws, as usual, are a state title threat, and with Oregon State-bound Talia Von Oelhoffen (26.2 ppg) leading the way, could claim that so-far elusive championship.

West Virginia — Huntington
The focus of West Virginia girls basketball fans will shift to Huntington this season, as transfers and a veteran roster should lift the Highlanders above the competition.

Wisconsin — Beaver Dam
Though Beaver Dam may have lost a little from its 25-3 team of 2019-20, there's lot of talent coming back — and little reason to expect much of a drop off. In short, look for Beaver Dam to be the Badger State's best once again.

Wyoming — Thunder Basin (Gillette)
Thunder Basin won the 4A state title in 2019 — in its second year of varsity play — and was on track for another championship in 2020 before COVID canceled the playoffs. So it's no surprise the Bolts are expected to the best in Wyoming again this season.
OFFICIAL/AVCA Players of the Week - OFFICIAL
MaxPreps/AVCA Players of the Week
MaxPreps/AVCA High School Player of the Week
For the week of Jan. 11-17

6-toot-1 | Junior | OH/OPP
11 Sets Played

Kills: 60
Kills/Game: 5.46
Digs: 48
Digs/Game: 4.36
Receptions: 39
Rcpt/Game: 3.54
Aces: 3
Blocks: 3

North Carolina
6-0 | Senior | OH
6 Sets Played

Kills: 43
Kills/Game: 7.17
Digs: 35
Digs/Game: 5.83
Receptions: 27
Rcpt/Game: 4.5
Aces: 11
Blocks: 5

About the MaxPreps/AVCA High School Player of the Week Program:
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High school basketball: OFFICIAL National Player of the Year Chet Holmgren commits to Gonzaga - OFFICIAL
High school basketball: MaxPreps National Player of the Year Chet Holmgren commits to Gonzaga
MaxPreps National Player of the Year Chet Holmgren of Minnehaha Academy (Minneapolis) announced Monday he will attend Gonzaga University next season, as the versatile 7-foot center looks to help get the Bulldogs over the hump to capture the program's first state championship.

"The process was hard," Holmgren said on ESPN. "I had a lot to learn on the go. I had to lean on others and get their advice. My dad went through it, and coach Larry Suggs with Jalen. I kept getting consistent advice that I will get a feeling when I know. Not to over-analyze everything because everything sounds good. Nobody sells their weakness."
It's been a busy past two weeks for Holmgren, who led the Redhawks to their fourth consecutive state championship on April 10, tallying 18 points, 13 rebounds, seven assists and two blocks as Minnehaha crushed Alexandria 80-29.

Holmgren earned MaxPreps Minnesota Player of the Year honors last week, while adding MaxPreps National Player of the Year honors later in the week along with Minnesota Mr. Basketball honors.

MaxPreps All-America Teams: Overall | Junior | Sophomore | Freshman | Coach of the Year

The future Bulldog averaged 20.8 points, 12.6 rebounds, 4.7 blocks and 4.5 assists, connecting on 80 percent of his attempts from the field this season. Last season, Holmgren helped guide the Redhawks to their first MaxPreps Top 25 finish, while also being named a first team MaxPreps Junior All-American after averaging 14.6 points, 10 rebounds, 4.9 blocks and 2.4 assists.

The versatile 7-footer finished his prep career with 1,567 points, 964 rebounds and 456 blocked shots as Minnehaha Academy compiled a 128-15 record with four state titles.

Regarded as the top prospect in the Class of 2021 according to 247Sports, Holmgren chose Gonzaga over Georgetown, Memphis, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina and Ohio State.
Chet Holmgren was part of four state championship teams at Minnehaha Academy going back to his eighth grade year.
Photo by Josh Johnson
Chet Holmgren was part of four state championship teams at Minnehaha Academy going back to his eighth grade year.