Final 2017 OFFICIAL Top 25 high school football rankings - OFFICIAL
Final 2017 MaxPreps Top 25 high school football rankings
Video: Final Xcellent 25 High School Football Rankings
Mater Dei ends the season as mythical national champions.

See the video above for a complete breakdown of this week's Xcellent 25 high school football rankings presented by the Army National Guard.

Here's a look at the developments that shaped the final Top 25:

Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) started the year at No. 1 and ends the season at that same spot. The Monarchs had one of the toughest schedules in the country and they never trailed at any point in 2017. They capped off their perfect season winning the school's first section title since 1999 and beat De La Salle (Concord, Calif.) in the CIF Open Division championship game to claim its first state title. The 2017 Mater Dei team will go down as one of the best in recent history.

There were two big movers in the final release of our Top 25.

St. Frances Academy (Baltimore) and Chandler (Ariz.) both had impressive showings at the GEICO State Champions Bowl Series.

The Baltimore power moved into the Top 5 after handing Bingham (South Jordan, Utah) its first loss of the season in dominant fashion with a 41-3 win. The Panthers finished the year 14-0 and only allowed 61 points total. They only allowed one opponent to score 10 points or more this season and posted six shutouts in 2017.

Chandler scored 50 points or more for the eighth time this season after beating Northwestern (Miami) 55-20 in the night cap of the doubleheader. Jacob Conover finished his junior season throwing for nearly 400 yards and five scores as the Wolves won their 11th consecutive game. Watch the video above to see how far Chandler moved up in this week's Top 25.

Allen (Texas) moved up to No. 3 after winning one of the toughest postseason brackets in the nation — the UIL Texas 6A Division 1 state title. The Eagles beat the defending state champs Lake Travis (Austin, Texas) 35-33 to win their fifth state title in school history and first since 2014. Turnovers and a great performance from Brock Sturges were too much for Lake Travis to handle. The future Arizona State pledge rushed for 177 yards and three scores.

Rome (Ga.) is the only new team to join the final Top 25 rankings. The Georgia Class 5A state champs went a perfect 15-0 this year and won its second consecutive state title. They were one of the most dominant teams in recent Georgia history. They won their five playoff games by an average margin of 46.2 points per game. That is the largest margin of victory during five rounds in state history.
Graphic by Ryan Escobar

Map: Where MLB Draft No. 1 picks since 2000 went to high school - OFFICIAL
Map: Where MLB Draft No. 1 picks since 2000 went to high school
Video: High schools from movies
Famed campuses as seen via Google Earth.

California has been the undisputed epicenter of baseball when it comes to producing No. 1 draft picks since 2000.

High school players from the Golden State have accounted for nine of the 20 MLB Draft top overall picks in the 21st century. Between Stephen Strasburg in 2009 and Royce Lewis in 2017, California was home to six No. 1's in nine years.

With Tim Beckham in 2008 and Dansby Swanson in 2015, Georgia is the only other state to produce multiple top picks in the past 20 drafts.

See our geographical breakdown of No. 1 picks in the 2000s along with the full list below.
YearPlayer, Position, High School/College, Drafted By
2000 – Adrian Gonzalez, 1B, Eastlake (Chula Vista, Calif.), Marlins
2001 – Joe Mauer, C, Cretin-Derham Hall (St. Paul, Minn.), Twins
2002 – Bryan Bullington, RHP, Madison (Ind.)/Ball State, Pirates
2003 – Delmon Young, OF, Camarillo (Calif.), Rays
2004 – Matt Bush, SS/RHP, Mission Bay (San Diego, Calif.), Padres
2005 – Justin Upton, CF, Great Bridge (Chesapeake, Va.), Diamondbacks
2006 – Luke Hochevar, P, Fowler (Colo.)/Tennessee, Royals
2007 – David Price, P, Blackman (Murfreesboro, Tenn.)/Vanderbilt, Rays
2008 – Tim Beckham, SS, Griffin (Ga.), Rays
2009 – Stephen Strasburg, P, West Hills (Santee, Calif.)/San Diego State, Nationals
2010 – Bryce Harper, OF, Las Vegas (Nev.), Nationals
2011 – Gerrit Cole, RHP, Orange Lutheran (Orange, Calif.)/UCLA, Pirates
2012 – Carlos Correa, SS, Puerto Rico, Astros
2013 – Mark Appel, RHP, Monte Vista (Danville, Calif.)/Stanford, Astros
2014 – Brady Aiken, LHP, Cathedral Catholic (San Diego, Calif.), Astros
2015 – Dansby Swanson, SS, Marietta (Ga.)/Vanderbilt, Diamondbacks
2016 – Mickey Moniak, OF, La Costa Canyon (Carlsbad, Calif.), Phillies
2017 – Royce Lewis, SS, JSerra Catholic (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.), Twins
2018 – Casey Mize, RHP, Springville (Ala.)/Auburn, Tigers
2019 – Adley Rutschman, C, Sherwood (Ore.)/Oregon State, Orioles
Brody Rowbury named 2020-21 OFFICIAL Idaho High School Basketball Player of the Year - OFFICIAL
Brody Rowbury named 2020-21 MaxPreps Idaho High School Basketball Player of the Year
Each year since 2006, MaxPreps has recognized outstanding performers in high school basketball. America's source for high school sports continues the tradition to close out the 2020-21 season by naming the top player in each state. Selections are based on team success and individual excellence, in addition to local and state accolades.

Brody Rowbury of Meridian is the 2020-21 MaxPreps Idaho High School Basketball Player of the Year. The 6-foot-10 senior center helped the Warriors go 20-1 en route to the program's first state title in 29 years.

Rowbury led the highest scoring offense in Class 5A in points (17.0), rebounds (8.9) and field goal percentage (60.4).

In Meridian's state semifinal victory over Madison (Rexburg), Rowbury finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds. He followed with 13 in a 68-54 win over Lake City (Coeur d'Alene) in the state championship game.

Each state's MaxPreps Player of the Year will be considered for inclusion in the MaxPreps All-America Team, which is scheduled to be released April 13.
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.
High school baseball: New Hampshire school's 89-game run leads list of longest winning streaks - OFFICIAL
High school baseball: New Hampshire school's 89-game run leads list of longest winning streaks
In the spring of 2005, a pair of teams raced to claim the all-time longest high school baseball win streak from leader Archbishop Molloy (Queens, N.Y.), which had reportedly won 68 straight games from 1963 to 1966 under legendary coach Jack Curran.

And then in 2012, it happened all over again.

La Cueva (Albuquerque) was the first team to surpass Archbishop Molloy, doing so on April 2, 2005, with a doubleheader sweep of Highland that put La Cueva's win streak at 70. The Bears built their streak slowly, starting with the first victory in 2002 and stretching over four seasons. Rio Grande snapped La Cueva's streak with a rather convincing 17-8 win.

Homer (Mich.) took the quicker route to the national record. The Trojans went 38-0 in 2004 to win the Michigan Division III state championship and passed La Cueva on June 4, 2005, when it defeated Union City 14-3 in the district championships for win No. 71. Homer won four more games and advanced to the Division III state finals again before losing to Saginaw Nouvel.

The race between Portsmouth (N.H.) and Martensdale-St. Mary's (Martensdale, Iowa) in 2012 saw Portsmouth break the record twice and St. Mary's once. Portsmouth beat Pembroke Academy on May 12, it edged Homer for win No. 76 with a streak that started back in 2008. Portsmouth went on to win seven more games, another state championship and finished with 83 straight wins.

Like Homer, Martensdale-St. Mary's took a much quicker approach to the record. After setting a state record with a 43-0 record in 2010, the Blue Devils, who play in the summer, went 44-0 in 2012. They got the record with a 10-0 win over Twin Cedars on July 19, 2012 to put them at 84 in a row. Three more wins gave the Blue Devils a second straight state title.

But Portsmouth wasn't done. The Clippers won their first six games of the 2012 season to reclaim the national record at 89 before losing to St. Thomas Aquinas on April 30, 2012.

Martensdale-St. Mary's still had a chance to reclaim the record as well. But after winning their first game of the 2012 summer season, the Blue Devils fell  4-3 to Des Moines East on May 22 ending their streak at 88.

It turns out, however, that the original record Homer and La Cueva were chasing may have never actually existed. Archbishop Molloy, coached by Curran who won 1,708 baseball games in his 52-year coaching career, reportedly won 68 games between 1963 and 1966. However, there's reason to believe that those games were league games and they may have been a combination of fall and spring win streaks.
Calvary Christian ran a win streak to 60 games between 2016-18.
File photo by Marc Estrada
Calvary Christian ran a win streak to 60 games between 2016-18.
An article in the New York Daily News on June 19, 1966, stated that the 68 consecutive wins were "league" wins. Other reports about Curran's career in "The Beehive," a Molloy alumni newsletter, lists the 68 wins as league wins as well. Additionally, Al Harvin wrote about Curran in the New York Times in 1982, stating that he had only "one undefeated season, 36-0 in 1970," which doesn't make sense for a coach that was supposed to have won 68 games over a four-year span. Research by Barry Sollenberger of the National Sports News Service also indicated that the wins covered the fall and spring season.

So if Molloy didn't hold the record, Capitol Hill of Oklahoma City most certainly did. Capitol Hill won 66 in a row from 1952 to 1954, breaking the record of 65, set by Waxahachie (Texas) from 1924 to 1927.

One of the more improbable ends to a long streak came in 1985 in Tennessee. Unicoi County became the first team in the nation to hit over 100 home runs as a team, hitting 100 and 101 in the top of the seventh of the championship game to build a 5-0 lead. But in the bottom of the seventh, Chattanooga Central scored six runs, including a walk-off grand slam home run, to end the streak.

The win streaks are for spring seasons only and not for fall-to-spring win streaks. Cameron (Okla.) holds the longest win streak for fall-spring teams at 84 in a row. The Yellowjackets' streak stretched from the fall of 1988, to the spring of 1989, to the fall of 1989 to the spring of 1990. Roff (Okla.) could threaten that streak. The Tigers won 26 games in the fall of 2020 and went 33-0 in the spring of 2021 for a streak of 59 games in a row.

The most recent streak on the list belongs to Calvary Christian (Clearwater, Fla.), which won 60 in a row over the 2017 and 2018 seasons.

Sources include the NFHS record book, state association record books, (Oklahoma records) and research using Additions or corrections, [email protected]

Longest baseball win streaks

1.    89 — Portsmouth (N.H.), 2008-12
2.    88 — Martensdale-St. Mary's (Martensdale, Iowa), 2010-12
3.    75 — Homer (Mich.), 2004-05
4.    70 — La Cueva (Albuquerque), 2002-05
5.    68 — Archbishop Molloy (Queens, N.Y.), 1963-66
6.    67 — Sumrall (Miss.), 2008-10
7.    66 — Capitol Hill (Oklahoma City, Okla.), 1952-54
8.    65 — Waxahachie (Texas), 1924-27
9.    64 — St. Benedict's Prep (Newark, N.J.), 1946-50
9.    64 — Naugatuck (Conn.), 1969-73

9.    64 — Nekoosa (Wis.), 1980-83
9.    64 — Edwardsville (Ill.), 1990-91
9.    64 — Enterprise (Utah), 1992-95
14.  61 — Evans (Ga.), 1988-90
15.  60 — Eaton (Colo.), 2008-10
15.  60 — Calvary Christian (Clearwater, Fla.), 2016-18
17.  59 — Kee (Lansing, Iowa), 1991-92
17.  59 — Evansville Reitz (Ind.), 1978-79
19.  58 — Wilton (Iowa), 2005-06
19.  58 — St. Cloud Cathedral (St. Cloud, Minn.), 2014-16

21.  57 — West Perry (Elliottsburg, Pa.), 1979-81
21.  57 — Wayne (Bicknell, Utah), 2006-09
23.  56 — Grand Haven (Mich.), 1960-62
24.  55 — Muskegon (Mich.), 1941-45
24.  55 — Unicoi County (Erwin, Tenn.), 1984-85
26.  54 — South San Antonio (San Antonio), 1966-68
26.  54 — Bowie (Md.), 1981-83
26.  54 — Cottonwood (Ala.), 1985-88
29.  53 — Garber (Okla.), 1960-61
29.  53 — Amsterdam (N.Y.), 1972-75

29.  53 — Omaha Northwest (Neb.), 1982-85
32.  52 — White Oak (Jacksonville, N.C.), 1978-80
32.  52 — Shawnee (Okla.), 2016-18
34.  51 — Panguitch (Utah), 2011-13
34.  51 — New Hope (Miss.), 1997-98
36.  50 — Lockhart (S.C.), 1972-74 (no longer fields baseball team)
36.  50 — Enterprise (Utah), 1984-88