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High school baseball rankings: Former No. 1 Buford drops in OFFICIAL Top 25 following first loss, playoff elimination - OFFICIAL
High school baseball rankings: Former No. 1 Buford drops in MaxPreps Top 25 following first loss, playoff elimination
Pope (Marietta, Ga.) proved to be a giant killer last week, knocking off the top team in the MaxPreps Top 25 high school baseball rankings. The Greyhounds handled previously unbeaten Buford in three-game series during the second round of the Georgia AAAAAA baseball playoffs.

Buford won the first game, 8-1, but lost in the final inning of the other two games. Pope won 1-0 in the 10th inning of the second game, handing Buford its first loss of the season after 32 straight wins. Pope then scored two runs in the top of the seventh inning for a 5-3 win that ended Buford's season.

Winning big games is nothing new to Pope. The Greyhounds won back-to-back Class AAAAAA championships in 2017 and 2018. They enter the rankings at No. 13. Allatoona, a team that has defeated Pope twice this year, joins the rankings this week at No. 12. Buford fell to No. 14, one spot ahead of Baylor (Chattanooga, Tenn.). Buford has a win over Parkview (Lilburn, Ga.), a team that defeated Baylor in an interstate.

The loss allowed Friendswood (Texas) to move up to the No. 1 spot. The Mustangs are 26-0 and have the program's most wins since 2008 when they went 27-12.

Pope, Allatoona and Auburn (Ala.) were the only new teams this week. Pleasant Grove (Utah) dropped out after two losses to American Fork while Columbus North (Ind.) dropped out after a loss to Noblesville. Farragut (Knoxville, Tenn.) also fell out of the rankings for the first time this year after a loss to Hardin Valley.

Dropped out: Pleasant Grove (Utah); Columbus North (Columbus, Ind.), Farragut (Knoxville, Tenn.)

Game of the Week: Pope 5, Buford 3. One day after handing the No. 1 team in the nation its first loss of the season in a 10-inning, 1-0 win, Pope ended Buford's season with a pair of runs in the seventh for a 5-3 win. Two walks, a single and a fielder's choice loaded the bases for Riley Frost who hit a line drive to left field that scored two. Pope set down Buford in the bottom of the seventh to end the game.

Player of the Week: Malachi Lott, Gregory Portland. In picking up a playoff win over Veterans Memorial, Lott got the victory, striking out 9. He also went 4-for-4 with a triple, a home run and 5 RBI.

Recruit Watch: Max Muncy, Thousand Oaks. Muncy had a home run and a grand slam in Thousand Oaks' two wins over Westlake on Wednesday and Thursday. Muncy is batting .485 on the season with 29 RBI and 6 home runs.

Game to Watch: Barbe vs. Sam Houston. The two Lake Charles rivals meet in the Class 5A state semifinal on Thursday. The two teams split their two matchups earlier in the season with Barbe winning 8-2 and Sam Houston winning 6-4.

Milestones: Billy Jack Bowen of Silo became the nation's all-time winningest high school baseball coach, when including fall and spring seasons. Bowen, in his 35th year at Silo, passed Eddie Collins of Latta on April 19 in a doubleheader sweep of Howe. Collins, who didn't coach in the spring, had retired after the 2020 season with 2,122 career wins. Collins had taken the lead from Murl Bowen (2,115 wins), Billy Jack Bowen's uncle, mid-September of 2020. Bowen's Silo team won its regional championship, giving him 2,132 career wins and counting. Silo will play in the Oklahoma Class 2A state tournament this week.

Streaks: Webster (Wis.) upped its record to 6-0 on the season to give it 43 straight wins. Webster is one win ahead of Roff (Okla.), which finished the 2021 season undefeated (33-0) with an Oklahoma Class B state championship. Roff had won its last six games of the 2019 season and all three of the games it played in 2020 before COVID ended the season.
No. 19 Roff won the Oklahoma B state title with a 12-2 win over Red Oak.
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No. 19 Roff won the Oklahoma B state title with a 12-2 win over Red Oak.
MaxPreps Top 25 high school baseball rankings

1. Friendswood (Texas)
26-0 | Last week: 2
Results: Def. Nederland, 10-0, 5-0.
Stats: Jacob Rogers threw a two-hitter with seven strikeouts in the 5-0 win. Dylan Maxcey added a double with three RBI. Maxcey went 3-for-3 with a double, a grand slam and six RBI in the second game. Jaxson Burch tossed a one-hitter in the 10-0 win.
Next: Sat. vs. Fulshear

2. IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)
23-2 | Last week: 3
Next: Season over

3. Barbe (Lake Charles, La.)
37-2 | Last week: 4
Results: Def. Haughton, 4-3, 5-1.
Stats: Jack Walker upped his record to 13-0 with a 4-3 win over Haughton that included 11 strikeouts. Gavin Guidry got the win in the second game, striking out nine.
Next: Thur. vs. Sam Houston

4. Jesuit (Tampa, Fla.)
26-2 | Last week: 5
Results: Def. Brandon, 7-1.
Stats: Nick Rodriguez was 4-for-4 with a double and three RBI in the win.
Next: Tue. vs. Jefferson.

5. Madison Central (Madison, Miss.)
26-1 | Last week: 6
Results: Def. South Panola, 26-5, 11-0.
Stats: Ross Highfill was 4-for-4 with a double and six RBI while Braden Montgomery was 3-for-4 with two doubles and three RBI in the 26-5 win. Highfill also had a home run and three RBI in the 11-0 win.
Next: Thur. vs. Starkville.

6. St. Mary Prep (Orchard Lake, Mich.)
27-1 | Last week: 7
Results: Def. Brother Rice, 11-0, 12-1; def. De La Salle Collegiate, 4-1, 10-0.
Stats: Alex Mooney hit his third grand slam of the season and Ryan McKay also homered in the 11-0 win over Brother Rice. Jake Dresselhouse homered in the second game. Dresselhouse and Mooney each hit a home run in the 10-0 win over De La Salle.
Next: Tue. vs. Grand Blanc; Wed. vs. Dexter.

7. Thousand Oaks (Calif.)
19-0 | Last week: 8
Results: Def. Westlake, 10-8, 8-2; def. Calabasas, 11-0.
Stats: Maxwell Muncy homered in the first game while Dylan Jackson went 4-for-4 with a double and three RBI. Muncy added a grand slam in the second game.
Next: Wed./Fri. vs. Calabasas.

8. Stoneman Douglas (Parkland, Fla.)
24-2 | Last week: 9
Results: Def. Santaluces, 9-0.
Stats: Santiago Ordonez had a double and two home runs in the win while Gavin Conticello had one home run.
Next: Wed. vs. Park Vista

9. Hamilton (Chandler, Ariz.)
19-2 | Last week: 10
Results: Def. Mountain Ridge, 3-2; 7-3.
Stats: Brock Selvidge got the 7-3 win, striking out 12. He also had a double and a home run and three RBI.
Next: Tue. vs. Basha

10. Gregory-Portland (Portland, Texas)
31-2-1 | Last week: 11
Results: Def. Veterans Memorial, 9-0, 11-3.
Stats: Robbie Spencer struck out 10 and also had a triple in the first game. Malachi Lott got the win in the second game, striking out nine. He also wet 4-for-4 with a triple, a home run and five RBI.
Next: Thur. vs. Sharyland

11. Lakeland Christian (Lakeland, Fla.)
26-1 | Last week: 12
Results: Def. Calvary Christian, 8-3.
Stats: Carson Byrd, Brody Donay and Hunter Laurell all hit home runs in the win.
Next: Tue. vs. Berkeley Prep

12. Allatoona (Acworth, Ga.)
29-5 | Last week: NR
Results: Def. Winder-Barrow, 7-6, 12-1.
Stats: William Mosley went 2-for-4 with three RBI in the 12-1 win while Aidan Jolley had a double and a home run in the 7-6 victory.
Next: Tue. vs. Glynn Academy

13. Pope (Marietta, Ga.)
27-9 | Last week: NR
Results: Lost to Buford, 8-1, def. Buford 1-0, 5-3.
Stats: Peyton Cariaco had 10 strikeouts in nine innings pitched in a 1-0 win. Riley Frost went 3-for-4 with two RBI in the 5-3 victory.
Next: Tue. vs. Glynn Academy

14. Buford (Ga.)
32-2 | Last week: 1
Results: Def. Pope 8-1, lost to Pope, 1-0, 5-3.
Stats: Jax Brockett had 13 strikeouts in 1-0 loss.
Next: Season over.

15. Baylor (Chattanooga, Tenn.)
22-4 | Last week: 13
Results: Lost to Combine Academy, 8-2; def. Combine Academy, 10-0.
Stats: Jay Dill and Cooper Kinney both hit home runs in the win over Combine Academy.
Next: Postseason TBD

16. Lake Travis (Austin, Texas)
29-4-2 | Last week: 14
Results: Def. Vista Ridge, 10-1, 3-1.
Stats: Luke Jackson struck out 11 in the 10-1 victory. Ethan Roark struck out 11 in the second game.
Next: Fri vs. Churchill

17. Reagan (San Antonio, Texas)
31-3 | Last week: 15
Results: Def. New Braunfels 7-0, 2-1.
Stats: Cohen Feser allowed three hits and struck out nine in the 7-0 win.
Next: Fri. vs. Cedar Ridge.

18. Buchanan (Clovis, Calif.)
17-1 | Last week: 18
Results: Def. Clovis, 10-5, 7-6, 12-1.
Stats: Drew Smith had four RBI in the first game, Corbin Ybarra went 3-for-3 with two doubles and three RBI in the second game and Temo Becerra had a double in all three games.
Next: Tue./Thur./Sat. vs. Central (Fresno).

19. Roff (Okla.)
33-0 | Last week: 19
Results: Won Oklahoma Class B championship with 12-2 win over Red Oak; def. Boswell, 15-0; def. Tupelo, 6-0.
Stats: Drew Sheppard hit a home run against Boswell. Trayson Miller had a double and a triple against Red Oak.
Next: Season over, Oklahoma Class B state champion.

20. Parkview Baptist (Baton Rouge, La.)
32-1 | Last week: 17
Results: Lost to E.D. White 3-2; def. E.D. White 5-2, 9-6.
Stats: Brennan Holt, Caleb Stelly and Ty Watson each hit home runs in the 9-6 win.
Next: Thur. vs. Teurlings Catholic

21. Trinity (Louisville, Ky.)
23-1 | Last week: 21
Results: Def. Shelby County, 9-1; Oldham County 5-1; Pleasure Ridge Park, 9-8; Somerset, 10-1.
Stats: Daylen Lile hit a double, triple and home run against Shelby County. Korbyn Dickerson had a home run against PRP and Somerset.
Next: Tue. vs. Silver Creek, Wed. vs. Bardstown, Thur. vs. Christian Academy of Louisville.

22. Puyallup (Wash.)
16-0 | Last week: 23
Results: Did not play
Next: Postseason TBD

23. St. Christopher's (Richmond, Va.)
17-0-1 | Last week: 24
Results: Def. Woodberry Forest, 22-0; def. Greenbrier Christian Academy, 10-4.
Stats: Griffin O'Ferrall had a grand slam against Woodberry Forest.
Next: Tue./Fri. vs. St. Anne's Belfield.

24. Orange Lutheran (Orange, Calif.)
19-2 | Last week: 25
Results: Def. Mater Dei, 1-0, 13-8, 5-1.
Stats: Justin DeCriscio went 3-for-4 in the 5-1 win. Ryan White had a home run and Max Andeel had a triple and four RBI in the 13-8 win.
Next: Tue./Wed./Sat. vs. Santa Margarita.

25. Auburn (Ala.)
32-6 | Last week: NR
Results: lost to Daphne 3-2, def. Daphne 9-2, 8-0.
Next: Fri. vs. Central (Phenix City)
California high school football: Behind sophomore Matayo Uiagalelei, St. John Bosco beats Servite 38-28 - OFFICIAL
California high school football: Behind sophomore Matayo Uiagalelei, St. John Bosco beats Servite 38-28
In one of the biggest high school football games of the spring season in California, 2019 MaxPreps national champion St. John Bosco (Bellflower) beat Servite (Anaheim) 38-28 Friday night. The first half was a defensive battle between the Trinity League rivals with Servite carrying a 7-3 lead into halftime.

Houston Thomas scored the only touchdown on a three-yard run with 10:04 left in the second quarter.

Both offenses got on track in the second half as Katin Houser led the Braves on a six-play, 62-yard drive to begin the third quarter capped by a 26-yard touchdown pass to four-star sophomore tight end Matayo Uiagalelei.

Bosco's defense forced a three-and-out on the Friars' opening possession of the third quarter and took momentum of the game on the following drive that began at its own one-yard line. Sophomore Pierce Clarkson came in under center for the next drive as head coach Jason Negro continued to alternate quarterbacks on each possession. The result was a 99-yard drive culminated with a three-yard touchdown pass to Chedon James.
Pierce Clarkson, St. John Bosco quarterback
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Pierce Clarkson, St. John Bosco quarterback
After only completing one pass in the first half, Servite's junior quarterback Noah Fifita started to find his rhythm and connected with five-star wide receiver Tetairoa McMillan four separate times on the ensuing drive after he was held without a catch in the first half.

Fifita scampered in from 11 yards out with 3:03 left in the third quarter to cut the Bosco lead to 17-14.

The Braves answered two plays later as three-star junior running back Jabari Bates took it 75 yards to the house to increase the lead to 24-14. He finished the night with 14 carries for 170 yards.

Fifita connected with McMillan on a 64-yard pass to get inside the red zone, then found the five-star receiver a couple of plays later for a three-yard score with 1:33 left in the third quarter to cut the lead to 24-21.

The biggest play of the game came on the following drive for St. John Bosco as it faced a fourth-and-eight on Servite's 12-yard line. Clarkson threw a perfect ball to the 6-foot-6, 265-pound Uiagalelei, who went up and snagged it for his second score of the night to take a 31-21 lead with 9:57 left.
Jabari Bates, St. John Bosco running back
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Jabari Bates, St. John Bosco running back
On the following Servite drive, Uiagalelei showed why he is being recruited as both a defensive end and tight end, pulling down Fifita with one arm for his first sack of the night.

After three-star junior linebacker Jalen Woods intercepted Fifita, Servite's defense forced a three-and-out and got the Friars the ball back inside Bosco territory. Fifita led them on a 35-yard drive capped with a three-yard touchdown run to cut the deficit to 31-28 with 5:18 left.

St. John Bosco responded with a 15-yard touchdown run by Michael Hayes with 1:54 left to take a commanding 38-28 lead.

The Braves improve to 3-0 with the win while the loss drops the Friars to 2-1.

Up next for St. John Bosco is JSerra Catholic (San Juan Capistrano) on April 3. Servite will look to bounce back against state No. 1 Mater Dei (Santa Ana).
Houston Thomas, Servite running back
Photo by Louis Lopez
Houston Thomas, Servite running back
Noah Fifita, Servite quarterback
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Noah Fifita, Servite quarterback

High school football: IMG Academy head coach Bobby Acosta leaving for Texas program - OFFICIAL
High school football: IMG Academy head coach Bobby Acosta leaving for Texas program
Earlier this week, one of the premier high school football programs in Texas made a high-profile hire as former SMU and Arkansas head coach Chad Morris was brought on board by Allen. Not to be outdone, Del Valle made a splashy hire of its own Friday.

After leading IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) to a national title last season, Bobby Acosta is leaving the Sunshine State after one year to take over at the Austin-area program, the school announced in a press release.

Under Acosta, IMG Academy went 8-0 in 2020 and was the wire-to-wire national No. 1. The Ascenders outscored opponents 381-82.

"I knew I found my new home after meeting with Athletic Director Tawni Angel and Superintendent Dr. Annette Tielle," Acosta said in a statement released by the school. "Del Valle has a culture of excellence and wants to infuse our students with the tools to be successful."

Acosta spent time coaching at the college level before taking over at IMG Academy. He was the offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach at Minnesota's College of St. Scholastica in 2019 and coached at Bucknell (2017-18), Cornell (2016) and Syracuse (2014-15) before that.

At Del Valle, Acosta replaces Charles Burton, who stepped down after last season. Burton went 29-51 and was the longest-tenured head coach in school history. Five-star wide receiver Caleb Burton announced he will not be playing his senior season for the Cardinals after his father stepped down.

IMG Academy instantly becomes one of the hottest jobs on the market for any head coach. Nine players expected to return are featured in 247Sports' look at the top prospects in the Class of 2023.

Former Rancho Verde (Moreno Valley, Calif.) quarterback A.J. Duffy takes over under center while Kamari Wilson (S), Kaytron Allen (RB), Tyler Booker (OT), Daylen Everette (CB) and Malik Bryant (OLB) are all four-star prospects expected to return.

Other highly-touted prospects transferring into the program this year include athlete Keon Sabb, offensive tackle Francis Mauigoa, offensive tackle Drew Shelton, tight end Jack Pederson, cornerback Malik Muhammad, athlete Joenel Aguero and defensive end Cameron Lenhardt.
Bobby Acosta is leaving IMG Academy after one year, setting off the program's second coaching search in as many years.
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Bobby Acosta is leaving IMG Academy after one year, setting off the program's second coaching search in as many years.

High school basketball: Where things stand with the 2020-21 season in all 50 states - OFFICIAL
High school basketball: Where things stand with the 2020-21 season in all 50 states
Many of the states across high school basketball have powered through their 2020-21 seasons as 45 states and the District of Columbia have kicked off their seasons (complete list below), while Virginia was the first state to complete state tournament play in late February.

Alabama and Mississippi were the first two states to begin on Nov. 5, while other states have still yet to begin their 2020-21 campaigns.

Delays and ongoing changes have been a common theme in high school basketball as many notable tournaments have been canceled, including the Bass Pro Tournament of Champions, City of Palms Classic, Chick-fil-A Classic, 'Iolani Classic, John Wall Holiday Invitational and Spalding Hoophall Classic.

The McDonald's All-American Game was also recently called off for the second consecutive year.

Although these cancellations created challenges for many programs who use these events as staples of their national-schedule, adjustments were made to make the best of the situation for many top-tier teams.

As the COVID-19 surge blankets the country and state associations continue to evaluate a safe path to resuming athletics, schedule changes continue to happen.

Some examples include California, New Mexico and Oregon delaying their seasons until the spring. Additionally, states continue to work to keep athletes and spectators safe as was evident in North Carolina instituting a mask mandate during practices and games.

Below is an updated list of when the high school basketball season is set to begin in all 50 states.
Graphic By: Ryan Escobar
States already underway

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming.

States with scheduled start dates

Washington – April 26
Oregon – May 17


Hawaii, Nevada

Notable tournaments/events canceled

Alhambra Invitational — Cumberland, Md.
Bass Pro Shops Tournament of Champions — Springfield, Mo.
Cancer Research Classic — Wheeling, W.Va.
City of Palms Classic — Fort Myers, Fla.
Chick-fil-A Classic — Columbia, S.C.
Chicago Elite Classic — Chicago
Flyin to the Hoop Classic — Dayton, OH
Hoop City Classic — Sioux Falls, S.D.
'Iolani Classic — Honolulu
John Wall Holiday Invitational — Raleigh, N.C.
Kevin Brown Memorial Tournament of Champions — Washington, Ill.
Kevin Durant National Hoopfest — Multiple sites
Les Schwab Invitational — Hillsboro, Ore.
Lighthouse Classic — Corinth, Miss.
Slam Dunk to the Beach — Lewes, Del.
Spalding Hoophall Classic — Springfield, Mass.

Notable tournaments/events rescheduled

The Classic at Damien — La Verne, Calif., April 3-10
Nike Extravaganza — Santa Ana, Calif., May 14-15
2021 NFL Draft: Ranking the high school careers of top quarterback prospects - OFFICIAL
2021 NFL Draft: Ranking the high school careers of top quarterback prospects
Draft experts expect five quarterbacks to be taken in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft, which starts Thursday. And to no one's surprise, Trevor Lawrence is expected to go No. 1 to the Jacksonville Jaguars.

After all, from high high school football days at Cartersville (Ga.) to leading the Clemson Tigers to a 39-3 mark with a National Championship, Lawrence has stood above most other quarterbacks, including the other four QBs expected to go in the first round.

Lawrence was 53-3 as a four-year varsity starter at Cartersville, winning two state titles while posting nearly a 6-to-1 career touchdown-to-interception ratio.

His senior year, the projected top pick put an exclamation point on an impressive Hurricane career by passing for 3,290 yards and 41 touchdowns against one interception. He had a 69 percent completion rate as Cartersville went 11-1.

While Justin Fields missed the back half of his senior season due to injury, the elite dual-threat option rushed for over 2,000 yards and accounted for 69 total touchdowns in 19 career games.

BYU product Zach Wilson also showed off elite versatility during his senior year, passing for 298.6 yards per game adding 752 yards rushing and eight touchdowns on 119 carries.

Mac Jones and Trey Lance each won over 84 percent of their games over the course of their high school career, however, neither quarterback put up gaudy numbers throughout their prep careers.
Trevor Lawrence, Cartersville
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Trevor Lawrence, Cartersville
Ranking the high school careers of top quarterback prospects

Record: 53-3 (2 state championships)
Career stats: 13,902 yards, 121 touchdowns and 21 interceptions. Lawrence completed 63.4 percent of passes over 56 career games.

Record: 15-4
Career stats: 4,187 yards, 41 touchdowns and eight touchdowns. Field completed 65.8 percent of passes and rushed for 2,096 yards and 28 touchdowns on 300 carries.

Record: 16-7
Career stats: 5,842 yards, 45 touchdowns and 14 interceptions, Wilson's completion percentage was  61.9 percent and he added 1,310 yards rushing and 11 touchdowns on 211 carries.

Record: 22-4
Career stats: 3,911 yards, 55 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Jones completed 64.5 percent of his passes as a senior.

Record: 27-4
Career stats: 3,045 yards, 33 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Lance's completion percentage was 51 percent. He rushed for 1,212 yards and 20 touchdowns on 218 carries.