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For the week of Mar. 29 - Apr. 4

Boys

Midwest Region
(Includes: Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan, West Virginia, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota)

6'6 | Senior | MH
7 Games Played
Kills: 32
Kills/Game: 4.57
Digs: 18
Digs/Game: 2.57
Aces: 2
Blocks: 14

Junior | S
7 Games Played
Assists: 72
Assists/Game: 10.286
Team Hitting%: 0.144
Digs: 8
Digs/Game: 1.14
Aces: 4

Northeast Region
(Includes: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, Washington D.C.)

Senior | S
6 Games Played
Assists: 63
Assists/Game: 10.50
Team Hitting%: 0.402
Digs: 7
Digs/Game: 1.17
Aces: 1
Blocks: 4

6'1 | Senior | OH/MH
6 Games Played
Kills: 31
Kills/Game: 5.17
Digs: 16
Digs/Game: 2.67
Receptions: 26
Rcpt/Game: 4.33
Aces: 2
Blocks: 2

South Region
(Includes: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas)

Senior | S
7 Games Played
Assists: 73
Assists/Game: 10.43
Team Hitting%: 0.286
Digs: 16
Digs/Game: 2.29
Aces: 3
Blocks: 2

6'3 | Junior | MB
8 Games Played
Kills: 34
Kills/Game: 4.25
Digs: 2
Aces: 1
Blocks: 16

West Region
(Includes: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming)

Senior | S/OPP/OH
11 Games Played
Kills: 41
Kills/Game: 3.73
Digs: 22
Digs/Game: 2.00
Aces: 14
Blocks: 6

6'8 | Senior | RS
9 Games Played
Kills: 43
Kills/Game: 4.78
Digs: 21
Digs/Game: 2.33
Receptions: 1
Aces: 9
Blocks: 5
High School Baseball: Florida's Jesuit enters 2021 as top team in preseason HIGHSCORE Top 25 rankings - HIGHSCORE
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.
Photo by Marc Estrada
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.)
Coach:
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
Photo by Marc Estrada
Catcher Cole Russo
2. IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)
Coach:
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.)
Coach:
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.)
Coach:
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.)
Coach:
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.)
Coach:
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.)
Coach:
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.)
Coach:
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.)
Coach:
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.)
Coach:
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.)
Coach:
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.)
Coach:
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)
Coach:
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.)
Coach:
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.)
Coach:
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.)
Coach:
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.)
Coach:
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.)
Coach:
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)
Coach:
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)
Coach:
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)
Coach:
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)
Coach:
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.)
Coach:
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.)
Coach:
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.)
Coach:
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).
Prognosis:
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.
HIGHSCORE High School Girls Basketball Player of the Year from each state - HIGHSCORE
MaxPreps High School Girls Basketball Player of the Year from each state
Each year since 2006, MaxPreps has recognized outstanding performers in high school athletics. America's source for high school sports continues the tradition to close out the 2020-21 basketball 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.

Nearly 40 states have completed their 2020-21 high school girls basketball seasons and MaxPreps has honored the top player in each over the past four weeks. Links to each player's story are included after their bio and list of accomplishments.

Each state's MaxPreps Player of the Year was be considered for inclusion in the MaxPreps All-America Team.
Raven Johnson, Westlake
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Raven Johnson, Westlake
Alabama — Sara Puckett, Muscle Shoals
Class: 2021 (Senior) | Status: Tennessee
The 6-foot-2 forward averaged 21.4 points, 10.4 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game despite being the focus of opposing defenses, helping the Trojans go 15-10. She's the 43rd best prospect in the Class of 2021 by ESPN Hoopgurlz, and shooting range and defensive versatility made her a tough matchup for other post players. Read more: Alabama Player of the Year

Class: 2021 (Senior) | Status: Portland State
The guard led the Tigers to a 17-0 mark and the 4A state title. She averaged 17.4 points, 7.1 steals, 5.6 assists and 4.9 rebounds per game while shooting 52 percent from the field. In Bartlett's 47-46 overtime win against Farmington in the state finals, she set up the go-ahead basket with an assist and then sealed the win with a pair of pressure free throws. Read more: Alaska Player of the Year

Class: 2021 (Senior) | Status: Washington
The 6-1 wing capped her career with a 6A title as the Monsoon went 17-0. Regarded as the No. 76 prospect in the Class of 2021 by ESPN Hoopgurlz, Davis averaged 17.9 points, 6.7 rebounds and 2.9 steals per game. She had 21 points and 12 rebounds in Valley Vista's 49-41 win over Hamilton in the title game. Read more: Arizona Player of the Year

Class: 2021 (Senior) | Status: Arkansas
The Grizzlies went 26-2, winning the 6A title and the future Razorback was a big reason why. Her combination of size and perimeter skills set her apart as she averaged 19.0 points, 8.8 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.7 blocked shots per game. The McDonald's All-American is the No. 7 prospect in the Class of 2021 by ESPN Hoopgurlz. Read more: Arkansas Player of the Year
 
Colorado — Lauren Betts, Grandview (Aurora)
Class: 2022 (Junior) | Status: Stanford
The top-rated prospect in her class, led the Wolves to a 17-1 mark and a 5A semifinal appearance. The 6-7 post averaged 17.5 points, 11 rebounds, 2.6 blocks and nearly two assists while shooting 90 percent from the field. Betts had nine double-doubles and blocked five or more shots in four games. Read more: Colorado Player of the Year
Lauren Betts, Grandview
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Lauren Betts, Grandview
Connecticut — Aizhanique Mayo, Notre Dame Catholic (Fairfield)
Class: 2022 (Junior) | Status: Undecided
The 5-foot-9 junior point guard led the Lancers to a 12-1 record and the school's second straight South-West Conference Tournament championship. Mayo averaged 20.4 points, 7.0 assists, 6.8 rebounds and 5.0 steals per game while producing a 7:2 assist to turnover ratio. Notre Dame Catholic is 58-3 through the first three seasons of Mayo's career and outscored opponents by nearly 30 points per game on average in 2020-21. Read more: Connecticut Player of the Year

Class: 2022 (Junior) | Status: Undecided
A three-year starter, Johnston will head into her senior season needing just 106 points to reach 1,000 for her career. Johnston, who led the Buccaneers to a 10-5 mark and state semifinal appearance, averaged 20.0 points, 5.5 steals, 5.0 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game while connecting on 78 percent of her free throw attempts.  Read more: Delaware Player of the Year

Class: 2021 (Senior) | Status: Vanderbilt
The Panthers' post led her squad to a 26-3 mark and 7A title in her final season. Cheesman averaged 17.9 points and 9.7 rebounds per game, posting 10 double-doubles during the year. She also hit 43 percent of her 3-point attempts and 89 percent of her free throws. Read more: Florida Player of the Year

Class: 2021 (Senior) | Status: South Carolina
A McDonald's All-American and the No. 2 prospect in the Class of 2021 by ESPN Hoopgurlz, Johnson led the Lions to a MaxPreps National Championship with their win over Paul VI in the GEICO Nationals. Johnson played just 22 minutes a game this season as Westlake dominated many games but still averaged 15.1 points, 5.8 assists, 5.0 rebounds and 3.7 steals a game. She also had a 3.2 assist/turnover ratio as the point guard for one of the top teams in the country. Read more: Georgia Player of the Year

Class: 2022 (Junior) | Status: Undecided
The 6-2 post led the Mavericks to a 20-2 mark and 5A title. Ojukwu averaged 24.2 points and 10.0 rebounds per game while shooting 58 percent from the floor. She was named MVP of the Class 5A playoffs, breaking the postseason scoring record with 89 points in three games. Read more: Idaho Player of the Year

Illinois — Greta Kampschroeder, Naperville North (Naperville)
Class: 2021 (Senior) | Status: Oregon State
The shortened season saw the post lead the Huskies to a 12-1 record and the school's first regional title since 2005. Kampschroeder, a McDonald's All-American, averaged 17.8 points, 10.1 rebounds, 3.0 steals and 3.0 assists while shooting 89.7 percent from the free throw line. She is a four-time all-league selection, three-time all-stater and finished her career with 1,745 points. Read more: Illinois Player of the Year

Indiana — Jessica Carrothers, Crown Point
Class: 2022 (Junior) | Status: Undecided
The 5-7 guard led the Bulldogs to a 25-1 mark,a 4A title and a No. 24 ranking in the MaxPreps Top 25. Carrothers averaged 23.3 points and 5.4 rebounds per game. She also hit 43 percent of her 3-point attempts and had a 2.0 assist/turnover ratio. She scored in double figures in all 26 games for Crown Point this season and 33 straight going back to 2019-20. Read more: Indiana Player of the Year

Iowa — Katie Dinnebier, Waukee
Class: 2021 (Senior) | Status: Drake
The 5-8 guard has led Waukee to a 36-4 mark over the past two seasons while averaging 19.1 points, 4.0 assists and 3.5 steals a game. Waukee finished 13-1 record, earning the Class 5A title – avenging its only loss in the title game by rolling over Johnston 71-43. Read more: Iowa Player of the Year

Kansas — Payton Verhulst, Bishop Miege (Shawnee Mission)
Class: 2021 (Senior) | Status: Louisville
The 6-foot-1 senior wing led the Stags to a 23-1 record and the 4A state championship. Verhulst is a McDonald's All-American and regarded as the No. 12 prospect in the Class of 2021 by ESPN Hoopgurlz. She averaged 20.0 points, 7.5 rebounds, 3.8 steals, 3.6 assists and 3.5 blocks per game, and is also an outstanding volleyball player. Read more: Kansas Player of the Year

Class: 2022 (Junior) | Status: Undecided
The 5-foot-11 junior guard led the Bearcats to a 28-3 record and the Kentucky Sweet 16 semifinals. She averaged 16.5 points, 5.3 rebounds, 3.4 steals and 2.9 assists per contest while shooting 54.1 percent from the field. Stepping up her game in the postseason, Jenkins earned Eighth Region MVP honors and was named to the Sweet 16 All-Tournament team. Read more: Kentucky Player of the Year

Class: 2021 (Senior) | Status: Florida
The 6-foot point helped the Gators win their second straight Class 4A state title. She tallied 19 points, 14 boards rebounds, three blocked shots and two steals in a 49-42 win over Huntington in the state championship game earlier this month, earning MVP honors. Read more: Louisiana Player of the Year

Maine — Camille Clement, Greely (Cumberland Center)
Class: 2021 (Senior) | Status: Northeastern University
The Rangers' shooting guard averaged 22.5 points per night in an 11-1 season. Clement shot 46 percent from the field, made over 42 percent of her shots from beyond the arc and knocked down 85 percent of her free throw attempts. For her career, Clement scored 1,416 points in 67 games and averaged 5.5 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.3 steals per contest. Read more: Maine Player of the Year

Class: 2022 (Junior) | Status: Georgetown
The future Hoya averaged 16.4 points, 4.5 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 3.8 steals per game while shooting 38.3 percent from 3-point distance. She also had an impressive 4.3 assist/turnover ratio in helping New Hope to a 13-3 mark and a No. 17 rank in the MaxPreps Top 25. Read more: Maryland Player of the Year

Massachusetts — Kenzie Matulonis, Bridgewater-Raynham (Bridgewater)
Class: 2021 (Senior) | Status: New Hampshire
The 5-7 guard led the Trojans to a 12-0 mark and Southeast Conference championship in the state's shortened season. She averaged 16.1 points, 5.9 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 4.6 steals per game and had a 2.9 assist/turnover ratio. In the title game against New Bedford, Matulonis had 21 points and 11 rebounds in a 49-36 win. Read more: Massachusetts Player of the Year

Michigan Damiya Hagemann, Edison Academy (Detroit)
Class:
2021 (Senior) | Status: Michigan State
The 5-foot-7 senior guard led the Pioneers to a 10-0 record and the No. 5 ranking in the MaxPreps Top 25 before COVID canceled the team's season. Hagemann averaged 17.4 points, 5.2 rebounds and 3.7 steals a game, which are all impressive numbers, but her 9.9 assists per game is simply dazzling. Read more: Michigan Player of the Year
Damiya Hagemann, Edison Academy
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Damiya Hagemann, Edison Academy
Minnesota Mallory Heyer, Chaska
Class: 2022 (Junior) | Status: Minnesota
The 6-1 forward averaged 21.4 points and 9.5 rebounds per game while shooting 61.4 percent overall and 45.4 percent from beyond the arc as the Hawks won the AAAA title, had an unbeaten season at 17-0 and finished No. 6 nationally in the MaxPreps Top 25. Heyer was the key to the Hawks' upset of Hopkins in the AAAA semifinals, scoring 24 points and grabbing 13 boards. Read more: Minnesota Player of the Year

Mississippi — Debreasha Powe, Meridian
Class: 2022 (Junior) | Status: Undecided
She averaged 19.6 points, 10.2 rebounds, 4.2 steals and 2.2 blocks per game. Though she is a post player, she can also step out and hit 3-pointers. She led the Wildcats to a 16-4 mark and the Class 6A final four. Read more: Mississippi Player of the Year

Missouri — Natalie Potts, Incarnate Word Academy (St. Louis)
Class: 2023 (Sophomore) | Status: Undecided
The 6-foot-1 sophomore post led the Red Knights to a 29-0 record, the state Class 6 championship and the No. 6 national ranking in the MaxPreps Top 25. Potts averaged 21.1 points, 9.2 rebounds, 2.5 steals and 1.4 blocked shots per game while shooting 59 percent from the field. Read more: Missouri Player of the Year

Class: 2022 (Junior) | Status: Montana
The 5-foot-8 junior guard led the Rams to an 18-2 record and an appearance in the Class A state championship game. Hansen averaged 17.4 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game per game, shooting 52 percent from the field, 50 percent from beyond the arc and 90 percent from the free throw line. She's tallied 1,096 points, 285 rebounds, 145 assists and 133 steals. Read more: Montana Player of the Year

Nebraska — Alexis Markowski, Pius X (Lincoln)
Class: 2021 (Senior) | Status: Nebraska
The 6-foot-3 senior led the Thunderbolts to a 25-0 record, the Class A state championship and a No. 22 national rank in the MaxPreps Top 25. Markowski averaged 23.3 points, 13.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game while shooting 60 percent from the field. In the title game versus Fremont, Markowski had 27 points and 19 rebounds in the 56-52 victory. Read more: Nebraska Player of the Year

New Hampshire — Isabella King, Bedford
Class: 2021 (Senior) | Status: Bucknell
She averaged 20.1 points, 8.5 steals, 3.0 assists and 3.0 steals per game this season for the 14-2 Division I champions, earning first team Division I All-State and Miss Basketball honors. The future Bison owns school records at Bedford for points in a game, season and career, topping the 1,000-point mark as a senior. Read more: New Hampshire Player of the Year

New Jersey — Madison St. Rose, St. John-Vianney (Holmdel, N.J.)
Class: 2022 (Junior) | Status: Princeton
The 5-foot-10 junior led the perennial power to a 14-0 record in an abbreviated season and the No. 9 ranking in the MaxPreps Top 25. St. Rose averaged 19.4 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.9 steals per game and is the the No. 46 player in the ESPN Hoopgurlz 2022 rankings. Read more: New Jersey Player of the Year
 
New York — Sonia Citron, Ursuline (New Rochelle)
Class: 2021 (Senior) | Status: Notre Dame
The McDonald's All-American led the Koalas to a 14-0 mark and Section 1 title. Citron averaged 26.5 points, 11.2 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 3.5 steals per game, helping Ursuline extend a win streak that dates back to last season to 38 games. The USA Basketball gold medalist finished her career with 2,243 points and 1,192 rebounds and is the No. 16 prospect in the Class of 2021. Read more: New York Player of the Year

North Carolina — Saniya Rivers, Ashley (Wilmington)
Class: 2021 (Senior) | Status: South Carolina
The No. 3 prospect in the Class of 2021 by ESPN Hoopgurlz averaged 36.8 points per game – more than a point a minute – to go along with 11.5 rebounds, 5.3 steals and 5.1 assists per game. The 6-foot-1 senior was the driving force behind a 15-2 season, which culminated with a trip to the 4A state semifinals. Read more: North Carolina Player of the Year

North Dakota — Logan Nissley, Century (Bismarck)
Class: 2023 (Sophomore) | Status: Undecided
She broke single-season school records for points (556), points per game (21.4), 3-point shooting percentage (46.4), assists (100), steals (93) and steals per game (3.6). The Patriots went 26-0 and won their third Class A title in four seasons. Through the first 50 games of her career, Nissley has been credited with 880 points, 360 rebounds, 158 assists, 139 steals, and 91 blocked shots. Read more: North Dakota Player of the Year

Ohio — K.K. Bransford, Mount Notre Dame (Cincinnati)
Class: 2022 (Junior) | Status: Undecided
The No. 27 prospect in her class, Bransford helped the Cougars to a Division 1 championship and a perfect 28-0 season. She powered her way to 21.4 points, 6.4 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 3.0 steals per game while shooting 41 percent from 3-point distance and posting a 2.7 assist/turnover ratio as MND finished No. 2 in the MaxPreps Top 25. Read more: Ohio Player of the Year

Oklahoma — Aaliyah Moore, Moore
Class: 2021 (Senior) | Status: Texas
The McDonald's All-American is the No. 6 prospect in her class according to ESPN. Moore led the Lions to a 16-9 mark and the 6A west regionals. Moore averaged 25.9 points and 10.9 rebounds per game as a senior for head coach Brent Hodges. Over her four-year career, she tallied 1,803 points, 882 rebounds and posted 71 double-doubles. Read more: Oklahoma Player of the Year

Pennsylvania — Destiney McPhaul, West Catholic (Philadelphia)
Class: 2021 (Senior) | Status: Virginia Tech
The 5-foot-8 senior guard led the Burrs to a 12-4 record and the Class AAA state championship. McPhaul averaged 20.9 points, 8.9 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 2.4 blocks per game. She had a double-double – 16 points and 10 rebounds -- in the 67-56 championship game win over Mohawk. She competed in the Who's Next All-American Game. Read more: Pennsylvania Player of the Year

Rhode Island — Amaya Dowdy, St. Raphael Academy (Pawtucket)
Class: 2021 (Senior) | Status: UMass-Lowell
The 6-foot senior sparked the Saints to an unbeaten season and the school's first Division 1 title since 2000. Dowdy averaged 17.3 points, 10.6 rebounds and 3.6 blocks for St. Raphael. She scored 19 points and had 16 rebounds in the state championship win over Barrington. She helped St. Raphael to a 54-5 mark over the past three seasons. Read more: Rhode Island Player of the Year

South Carolina — Milaysia Fulwiley, Keenan (Columbia)
Class: 2023 (Sophomore) | Status: Undecided
She averaged 25.9 points, 6.9 assists, 5.7 rebounds and 5.2 steals per game as the Raiders won the 4A title. She also shot 42 percent from 3-point distance. Fulwiley joined the Keenan varsity as a seventh grader and as an eighth grader played a key role on a state championship team. Her all-around talents and precocious ability led to a No. 3 ranking in the Class of 2023 by ESPN Hoopgurlz. Read more: South Carolina Player of the Year

South Dakota — Haleigh Timmer, More (Rapid City)
Class: 2021 (Senior) | Status: South Dakota State
A big reason why the Cavaliers went 22-3 and finished fourth in the Class A state tournament, Timmer averaged 20.7 points, 6.6 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 2.7 steals as a senior. The three-time all-league selection shot 59.6 percent from the field, 51.9 percent from beyond the arc and 70.5 percent from the free throw line. Prospect Nation lists Timmer, who scored 1,754 career points, as the No. 107 prospect in the Class of 2021. Read more: South Dakota Player of the Year

Tennessee — Lashae Dwyer, The Webb School (Bell Buckle)
Class: 2021 (Senior) | Status: Miami (Fla.)
The 5-foot-7 senior wing sparked a spectacular turnaround after transferring into the program, going from 4-17 in 2019-20 to 28-2 and winning the Division II-A state title this season. Dwyer averaged 22.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, 6.0 assists and 3.6 steals per game. She had 23 points, 12 rebounds and six assists. She's the No. 79 prospect in her class by ESPN Hoopgurlz. Read more: Tennessee Player of the Year

Texas — Rori Harmon, Cypress Creek (Houston)
Class: 2021 (Senior) | Status: Texas
The McDonald's All-American led the Cougars to a 32-1 record, a trip to the Class 6A championship game and the No. 15 ranking in the country. Harmon averaged 18.0 points, 5.8 rebounds, 5.8 assists and 5.2 steals per game this season. She hit 37 percent of her 3-pointers and had a 3.2 assist/turnover ratio. Read more: Texas Player of the Year

Utah — Emma Calvert, Fremont (Plain City)
Class: 2021 (Senior) | Status: BYU
The 6-foot-4 senior center/power forward helped lead the Silverwolves to a 26-0 record and the Class 6A state championship and appearance at the GEICO Nationals. The state tournament MVP averaged 17.3 points and 7.4 rebounds per game this season. Calvert converted on over 70 percent of her field goals attempts, shot just over 40 percent from beyond the arc and made more than 76 percent of her free throws. Read more: Utah Player of the Year
Emma Calvert, Fremont
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Emma Calvert, Fremont
Vermont — Catherine Gilwee, Champlain Valley Union (Hinesburg)
Class: 2021 (Senior) | Status: Vermont
In a shortened season, the 5-foot-8 senior point guard led the Redhawks to a perfect 9-0 record. Gilwee averaged 12.1 points, 5.6 assists, 3.4 rebounds and 3.1 steals per game. She owns the school record for assists in a game with 13 and managed 2.1 assists to turnover ratio this season. Read more: Vermont Player of the Year

Virginia — Aziaha James, Princess Anne (Virginia Beach)
Class: 2021 (Senior) | Status: North Carolina State
In a shortened season, the No. 36 prospect in her class led the Cavaliers to a perfect 10-0 record, the Division 5 championship and a No. 14 national ranking. James averaged 22.2 points per game to go along with 5.3 rebounds and a 3.7 assist/turnover ratio. She scored 32 points in the state title game and had 26 points and 10 steals in the semifinal. Read more: Virginia Player of the Year

Wisconsin — Kamorea Arnold, Germantown
Class: 2023 (Sophomore) | Status: Undecided
The No. 5 prospect in her class led the Warhawks to a 29-1 record and the Division 1 state championship. Arnold averaged 22.9 points, 6.3 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 3.8 steals a game. She scored 31 points on 12 of 18 shooting in a 63-48 win over Hudson in the Division 1 title game and also had seven assists. Read more: Wisconsin Player of the Year

Wyoming — Allyson Fertig, Douglas
Class: 2021 (Senior) | Status: Wyoming
The 6-foot-4 senior center led the Bearcats to a 24-0 record and the Class 3A state championship. Fertig averaged 23 points, 13 rebounds and five blocked shots this winter. She posted double-doubles in 18 of 24 contests. A four-time Wyoming Coaches Association All-State selection, Fertig led the Bearcats to a 101-2 record over the past four seasons, including 40 straight wins to conclude her career. Read more: Wyoming Player of the Year
10 extreme high schools as seen via Google Earth - HIGHSCORE
10 extreme high schools as seen via Google Earth
Video: 10 extreme high schools seen from Google Earth
These campuses are big and small and across the corners of the U.S.

The view from Google Earth allows a different perspective - a bird's eye look. It allows you to search some of the most extreme locations in the world.

MaxPreps has already taken a look at 10 unique high schools in the U.S., as well as schools of players in the Michael Jordan documentary "The Last Dance," and 10 high school football stadiums named after NFL players.

The latest installment in the series dives into some of the extreme schools in the United States.

School at lowest elevation
West Shores Academy (Salton City, Calif.): In the 1960s, Salton City was a tourist attraction capable of housing 40,000 residents on 12,000 lots, according to Wikipedia. Most of those lots are now empty and the town has a population of about 4,000. It is located 125 feet below sea level.
School at highest elevation
Lake County (Leadville, Colo.): Believed to be the school at the highest elevation in the United States at 9,983 feet above sea level.
Westernmost school that plays football
Gold Beach (Ore.): With its football field bordering the beach and the Pacific Ocean, Gold Beach is the westernmost school in the contiguous United States that plays football.
Northernmost school in United States
Barrow (Alaska): At 300 miles north of the Arctic Circle, Barrow is the northernmost school in the United States. It gets approximately 20 hours of daylight the spring/summer months. It is located 5,642 miles from the southernmost school in the contiguous United States, Key West.
Southernmost school in contiguous United States
Key West (Fla.):
Located at the tip of the Florida Keys, Key West plays in a league with schools from Miami. Key West is actually closer to Havana, Cuba (106 miles) than it is to its league opponents (160 miles).
Southernmost school in 50 states
Ka'u (Pahala, Hawaii):
Located toward the southern end of the Big Island in Hawaii, Ka'u is about 50 miles south of Key West, the southernmost school in the contiguous United States.
School with largest enrollment
Brooklyn Tech (Brooklyn, N.Y.):
At nine stories tall, Brooklyn Tech houses the largest enrollment of any school in the nation with over 8,000 students. The athletic facilities are located several miles away with a gymnasium and football field.
Smallest School that plays Football
Banner County (Harrisburg, Neb.):
A school that plays 6-man football, Banner County is believed to be the smallest school in the nation that fields a football team. According to the Nebraska School Activities Association, Banner County has nine boys enrolled in the school.
Easternmost school
Shead Memorial (Eastport, Maine):
Located on an island in eastern Maine, Shead Memorial is just a few miles from the eastern border of the United States and Canada. Shead fields basketball, soccer and baseball teams.
Westernmost school
Unalaska (Alaska):
Located on the Aleutian Islands, Unalaska is close to the international dateline. It does not field a football team, but it does field basketball, soccer and volleyball teams. Unalaska is 5,737 miles, by land, from the easternmost school, Shead Memorial.

Sara Puckett named 2020-21 HIGHSCORE Alabama High School Girls Basketball Player of the Year - HIGHSCORE
Sara Puckett named 2020-21 MaxPreps Alabama High School Girls 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.

Sara Puckett of Muscle Shoals is the 2020-21 MaxPreps Alabama High School Basketball Player of the Year. The 6-foot-2 forward averaged 21.4 points, 10.4 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game despite being the focus of opposing defenses, helping the Trojans go 15-10.

Puckett's shooting range and defensive versatility made her a tough matchup for other post players, and her ability close to the basket at both ends of the floor made her even more difficult to contend with.

A Tennessee signee, Puckett is rated the 43rd best prospect in the Class of 2021 by ESPN Hoopgurlz.

Each state's MaxPreps Player of the Year will be considered for inclusion in the MaxPreps All-America Team.