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California high school softball: No. 1 Sheldon tops OFFICIAL Top 25 Sac-Joaquin Section rankings after hot 3-0 start - OFFICIAL
California high school softball: No. 1 Sheldon tops MaxPreps Top 25 Sac-Joaquin Section rankings after hot 3-0 start
Sheldon (Sacramento) left no doubt out of the gate as to why it's the top-ranked high school softball team in the Sac-Joaquin Section. The Huskies outscored their opponents 39-4 in the season's first three games, including a 10-0 win over third-ranked Del Oro (Loomis).

Sheldon got two homers from juniors Reina Zermeno and Jazzy Fines and sophomore Jaylee Ojo. Dakota Kennedy and D'auna Johnson both have on-base averages above .700.

Sheldon will be tested this week as the Huskies hit the road Thursday to play sixth-ranked Vanden (Fairfield) and Saturday when they travel to fifth-ranked Roseville.

Five games to watch

Monday
No. 4 Rocklin (4) at No. 2 Elk Grove
No. 12 Oakmont (Roseville) at No. 5 Roseville

Tuesday
No. 13 Ponderosa (Shingle Springs) at No. 11 Folsom
No. 20 Vacaville at No. 15 Pleasant Grove (Elk Grove)

Friday
No. 10 Merced at No. 14 Oakdale
No. 1 Sheldon is off to a hot 3-0 start after scoring 39 runs.
Photo by Ralp Thompson
No. 1 Sheldon is off to a hot 3-0 start after scoring 39 runs.
MaxPreps Top 25 Sac-Joaquin Section softball rankings

1. Sheldon (Sacramento)
Record:
3-0 | Preseason ranking: 1
The Huskies are hitting .473 as a team with eight home runs and 35 hits in the three games. Big game with No. 6 Vanden on Thursday.

2. Elk Grove
Record:
3-0 | Preseason ranking: 2
Thundering Herd have three impressive wins to start the season, including a 2-0 victory over Del Oro.

3. Del Oro (Loomis)
Record:
1-2 | Preseason ranking: 3
The Golden Eagles losses are to Sheldon and Elk Grove. They bounced back with a 4-2 win over eighth-ranked St. Francis.

4. Rocklin
Record:
0-0 | Preseason ranking: 4
Season opens March 22.

Record: 0-0 | Preseason ranking: 5
Season opens March 22.

6. Vanden (Fairfield)
Record:
0-0 | Preseason ranking: 6
Season opens March 24.

7. Vista del Lago (Folsom)
Record:
0-0 | Preseason ranking: 7
Season opens March 29.

8. St. Francis (Sacramento)
Record:
0-1 | Preseason ranking: 8
The Troubadours lost a 4-2, nine-inning decision to Del Oro.

9. St. Mary's (Stockton)
Record:
0-0 | Preseason ranking: 9
Season opens March 25.

10. Merced
Record:
1-0 | Preseason ranking: 10
The Bears hit five home runs in a 21-0 win over Livingston to start the year.

11. Folsom
Record:
0-0 | Preseason ranking: 11
Season opens March 23

12. Oakmont (Roseville)
Record:
0-0 | Preseason ranking: 12
Season opens March 22.

13. Ponderosa (Shingle Springs)
Record:
0-0 | Preseason ranking: 13
Season opens March 23.

14. Oakdale
Record:
0-0 | Preseason ranking: 15
Season opens March 22.

15. Pleasant Grove (Elk Grove)
Record:
1-0 | Preseason ranking: 16
The Eagles had 19 hits in a 23-0 win over Galt.

16. Pitman (Turlock)
Record:
0-0 | Preseason ranking: 18
Schedule not updated on MaxPreps.

17. Antelope
Record:
0-0 | Preseason ranking: 19
Season opens March 25.

19. Center (Antelope)
Record:
0-0 | Preseason ranking: 20
Season opens March 24.

19. Lindhurst (Olivehurst)
Record:
0-0 | Preseason ranking: 21
Season opens March 26.

20. Vacaville
Record:
0-0 | Preseason ranking: 22
Season opens March 23.

21. Marysville
Record:
0-0 | Preseason ranking: 23
Season opens March 24.

22. McClatchy (Sacramento)
Record:
0-0 | Preseason ranking: 24
Season opens April 4.

23. Franklin (Elk Grove)
Record:
1-0 | Preseason ranking: 25
The Wildcats scored three late runs for a 4-2 win Friday over Granite Bay.

24. Enochs (Modesto)
Record:
0-0 | Preseason ranking: 14
Eagles have two games on their MaxPreps schedule.

25. Cosumnes Oaks (Elk Grove)
Record:
0-0 | Preseason ranking: NR
Junior Andrea Laine struck out eight in a 8-5 season-opening win over Whitney.
OFFICIAL/AVCA Players of the Week - OFFICIAL
MaxPreps/AVCA Players of the Week
MaxPreps/AVCA High School Players of the Week
For the week of Oct. 26-Nov. 1

Alabama
6'1" | Senior | OH/MH
8 Sets Played

Kills: 74
Kills/Game: 9.25
Digs: 17
Digs/Game: 2.125
Blocks: 14

Arizona
6'2" | Junior
13 Sets Played

Kills: 76
Kills/Game: 5.85
Digs: 72
Digs/Game: 5.54
Receptions: 75
Rcpt/Game: 5.77
Aces: 9
Blocks: 8

Arkansas
5'10"  | Senior | OH/MB
10 Sets Played

Kills: 45
Kills/Game: 4.5
Digs: 4
Digs/Game: 0.4
Receptions: 7
Rcpt/Game: 0.7
Aces:
Blocks: 8

Connecticut
Senior | OH
10 Sets Played

Kills: 42
Kills/Game: 4.2
Digs: 11
Digs/Game: 1.1
Receptions: 41
Rcpt/Game: 4.1
Aces: 3

Florida
6'2"  | Senior | MH/OH
9 Sets Played

Kills: 53
Kills/Game: 5.9
Digs: 29
Digs/Game: 3.22
Receptions: 39
Rcpt/Game: 4.33
Blocks: 5

Georgia
5'7" | Senior | S
6 Sets Played

Assists: 84
Assists/Game: 14
Team Hitting%: 0.405
Digs: 13
Digs/Game: 2.17
Aces: 7

Indiana
Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger (Fort Wayne, IN), 32 - 2
6'1"  | Junior | OH
3 Sets Played

Kills: 37
Kills/Game: 12.33
Digs: 21
Digs/Game: 7
Receptions: 18
Rcpt/Game: 6
Aces: 3
Blocks: 3

Kansas
6'1" | Freshman | OH
18 Sets Played

Kills: 95
Kills/Game: 5.28
Digs: 53
Digs/Game: 2.94
Receptions: 40
Rcpt/Game: 2.22
Aces: 10
Blocks: 4

Kentucky
6'0" | Senior | OH
9 Sets Played

Kills: 76
Kills/Game: 8.44
Digs: 23
Digs/Game: 2.56
Receptions: 11
Rcpt/Game: 1.22
Aces: 2
Blocks: 1

Louisiana
5'10" | Senior | OH
11 Sets Played

Kills: 53
Kills/Game: 4.818
Digs: 48
Digs/Game: 4.36
Receptions: 44
Rcpt/Game: 4
Aces: 4
Blocks: 3

Massachusetts
5'5" | Senior | OH/DS/L
9 Sets Played

Kills: 36
Kills/Game: 4
Digs: 40
Digs/Game: 4.44
Receptions: 69
Rcpt/Game: 7.67
Aces: 5
Blocks: 1

Michigan
5'10" | Senior | S
16 Sets Played

Assists: 170
Assists/Game: 10.63
Team Hitting%: 0.247
Digs: 48
Digs/Game: 3
Aces: 3
Blocks: 14

Minnesota
5'10" | Senior | OH
8 Sets Played

Kills: 36
Kills/Game: 4.5
Digs: 23
Digs/Game: 2.88
Receptions: 38
Rcpt/Game: 4.75
Aces: 4
Blocks: 2

Missouri
5'8" | Junior | OH
16 Sets Played

Kills: 106
Kills/Game: 6.63
Digs: 71
Digs/Game: 4.438
Receptions: 106
Rcpt/Game: 6.63
Aces: 4
Blocks: 7

Montana
5'8" | Junior | OH
19 Sets Played

Kills: 88
Kills/Game: 4.63
Digs: 44
Digs/Game: 2.32
Receptions: 28
Rcpt/Game: 1.47
Aces: 4
Blocks: 3

Nebraska
5'11 | Sophomore | OH
10 Sets Played

Kills: 52
Kills/Game: 5.2
Digs: 38
Digs/Game: 3.8
Receptions: 22
Rcpt/Game: 2.2
Aces: 2
Blocks: 4

New Hampshire
Junior | OH/DS
12 Sets Played
Kills: 38
Kills/Game: 3.17
Digs: 40
Digs/Game: 3.33
Aces: 12
Blocks: 2

North Carolina
Senior | OH
6 Sets Played

Kills: 24
Kills/Game: 4
Digs: 13
Digs/Game: 2.17
Receptions: 31
Rcpt/Game: 5.17
Aces: 5

North Dakota
5'8 | Senior | MH
10 Sets Played

Kills: 37
Kills/Game: 3.7
Digs: 33
Digs/Game: 3.3
Receptions: 6
Rcpt/Game: 0.6
Aces: 3
Blocks: 2

Ohio
Sophomore
8 Sets Played

Assists: 112
Assists/Game: 14
Team Hitting%: 0.263
Digs: 13
Digs/Game: 1.63
Aces: 3

Pennsylvania
5'5 | Senior | S/DS
11 Sets Played

Assists: 129
Assists/Game: 11.73
Team Hitting%: 0.279
Digs: 17
Digs/Game: 1.54
Aces: 7
Blocks: 2

South Carolina
6'1 | Senior | OH
7 Sets Played
Kills: 44
Kills/Game: 6.29
Digs: 25
Digs/Game: 3.5
Receptions: 39
Rcpt/Game: 5.57
Aces: 1
Blocks: 2

South Dakota
Warner High School (Warner, SD), 19 - 1
5'7 | Junior | OH
8 Sets Played

Kills: 42
Kills/Game: 5.25
Digs: 4
Digs/Game: 0.5
Receptions: 3
Rcpt/Game: 0.38

Texas
6'2 | Senior | MH
10 Sets Played
Kills: 58
Kills/Game: 5.8
Digs: 13
Digs/Game: 1.3
Receptions: 2
Rcpt/Game: 0.2
Aces: 1
Blocks: 3

Utah
Senior | OH
12 Sets Played
Kills: 67
Kills/Game: 5.58
Digs: 49
Digs/Game: 4.08
Receptions: 52
Rcpt/Game: 4.3

Virginia
Sophomore | OH/DS
12 Sets Played
Kills: 59
Kills/Game: 4.917
Digs: 75
Digs/Game: 6.25
Receptions: 35
Rcpt/Game: 2.92
Aces: 10
Blocks: 1

West Virginia
Senior | OH/DS/OPP
12 Sets Played

Kills: 45
Kills/Game: 3.75
Digs: 26
Digs/Game: 2.1669999999999998
Receptions: 51
Rcpt/Game: 4.25
Aces: 7
Blocks: 2

Wisconsin
5'8 | Senior | OH
8 Sets Played

Kills: 38
Kills/Game: 4.75
Digs: 31
Digs/Game: 3.88
Receptions: 51
Rcpt/Game: 6.38
Aces: 2
Blocks: 5

Wyoming
5'11 Junior, OH
14 Sets Played

Kills: 65
Kills/Game: 4.64
Digs: 54
Digs/Game: 3.86
Receptions: 42
Rcpt/Game: 3
Aces: 4
Blocks: 3

About the MaxPreps/AVCA High School Player of the Week Program
The MaxPreps/AVCA High School Player of the Week Program is a partnership between the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) and CBS MaxPreps, Inc. Each week MaxPreps and the AVCA recognize deserving student-athletes at the high school level who have demonstrated outstanding play on the court throughout the week of competition. Coaches must submit statistics to MaxPreps.com in order for their athletes to be considered for the program. To obtain your free access code to MaxPreps.com call (800) 329-7324 x1 or email [email protected] For more information on AVCA, check out the AVCA website at www.avca.org.
2021 NFL Draft: Trey Lance leads Top 10 under-the-radar high school players selected - OFFICIAL
2021 NFL Draft: Trey Lance leads Top 10 under-the-radar high school players selected
Dozens of high school football players every year miss the attention of experts and recruiters and eventually go on to productive college careers. But those surprise kids or late bloomers making it all the way the the NFL are extremely rare.

Here are 10 of the biggest surprise under-the-radar recruits who were selected in last week's 2021 NFL Draft.

1. Trey Lance
Marshall (Minn.) | Quarterback
Third pick (first round) | San Francisco 49ers

Though clearly recognized as a top athlete, Lance was projected more of a running back or safety, or even basketball player, coming out of Marshall. He had a late growth spurt. He played in a run-oriented offense and once attempted more than 20 passes in a game. One Big Ten school even offered him a scholarship as a linebacker.

He was ranked the No. 49 dual-threat quarterback in the country as a senior by 247Sports composite after throwing for 3,026 career yards and 33 touchdowns, while rushing for 1,177 yards and 18 more scores. The then 6-foot-4, 195-pounder (he's now listed at 224) had seven college offers, the biggest one from Boise State, before signing at North Dakota State, which produced Carson Wentz and Easton Stick.

"We always thought he'd be a running back," Longtime Marshall coach Terry Bahlmann told CBS Sports. "But in terms of athletes I had over the years, he'll go right to the top. He played strong safety for us, returned punts, returned kicks. I remember his freshman year, I told my wife, Jan, he was a special athlete. I just didn't know what he was gonna do yet."

2. Zaven Collins
Hominy (Okla.) | Linebacker
16th pick (first round) | Cardinals

A three-star recruit, Collins had one college offer and took it at the University of Tulsa. From the Class of 2017, he ranked 2,142nd overall by 247Sports, and the 148th best athlete. He obviously leaped over many on the way to 16th overall selection.

3. Payton Turner

Westside (Houston) | Defensive end
28th pick (first round) | Saints

Like Collins, he had one offer and he took it at the University of Houston. A two-star recruit, Turner was ranked the 272nd best player out of Texas from the Class of 2017 and 117th best defensive end in the country. His overall national recruiting rank: 2,548.

4. Richie Grant
Choctawhatchee (Fort Walton Beach, Fla.) | Safety
40th pick (second round) | Falcons

Another player with one offer, the two-star recruit signed at the University of Central Florida where he arrived as a wide receiver. From the Class of 2016, Grant's 247Sports Composite rankings: Florida (352), national receiver (357) and overall national (2,520).

5. Dillon Radunz
Becker (Minn.) | Offensive tackle
53rd pick (second round) | Titans

Without an FBS offer, Radunz instead attended FCS power North Dakota State where he starred with Lance. Radunz earned a national recruiting ranking, but it was at 3,828 and No. 165 as a defensive end. He found his calling on offensive side, plus he put on 36 pounds of muscle from high school.

6. Spencer Brown
Lenox (Iowa) | Offensive tackle
93rd pick (third round) | Bills

One of at least two who played 8-man football in high school, Brown did it all at Lenox, where he racked up 24 catches for 388 yards and seven touchdowns as a receiver. He also lettered in basketball and baseball, earning first-team all-conference in all sports. He had no stars or no offers out of high school, but grew to 6-9, 311 pounds by his third season at Northern Iowa. He entered at 6-8, 238.

7. Quinn Meinerz

Hartford (Wis.)| Offensive line
98th pick (third round) | Broncos

No recruiting stars as a prep, Meinzerz found his way to Division III Wisconsin-Whitewater. In high school, he earned All-State honors honorable mention, while also competing in wrestling, and track and field. He was attracted to Wisconsin-Whitewater's business program and glad they had a football squad.

8. Elerson Smith
Minneapolis South (Minneapolis) | Defensive end
116th pick (fourth round) | Giants
A teammate of Brown in college, Smith was a no-star recruit out of high school and Northern Iowa was his only offer. He entered at 6-6, 205 and left at 6-7, 245. He hasn't played since 2019.

9. Robert Rochell
Fair Park (Shreveport, La.) | Cornerback
130th pick (fourth round) | Rams

Another recruit with no stars, Rochell signed at the only FCS school that offered, Arkansas State. At Fair Park, he earned All-District and All-Shreveport honors in 2016 when he rushed for 922 yards and had 25 catches for 465 yards, but no interceptions (three pass breakups). He had speed, however, finishing third in the state 100 meters (10.8 seconds).

10. Jacob Harris
Palm Harbor University (Fla.) | Wide receiver
141st pick (fourth round) | Rams

The Rams went for back-to-back longshots, and a soccer player to boot. Harris didn't play football until his senior year at Palm Harbor and was recruited as a soccer player. He had five goals in 14 games as a senior. On the gridiron, he rushed for 231 yards, had 46 tackles at safety and 215 more yards as a returner. With no recruiting stars or offers, Harris walked on at Western Kentucky before transferring to UCF, where he didn't see significant playing time until he was a senior.
High school girls basketball: Denver South's Timiya Guevara makes Colorado record 15 3-pointers - OFFICIAL
High school girls basketball: Denver South's Timiya Guevara makes Colorado record 15 3-pointers
Timiya Guevara stands 5 feet, 3 inches, but she can put up some big numbers from long distance. According to Prep Hoops Colorado, the Denver South (Colo.) senior outdid herself Saturday, making a state-record 15 3-pointers while scoring 55 points during a 115-10 win over Lincoln.

The point total is the third most during a game in state history, according to the Colorado High School Activites Association record book. It trails only Abner Waner of ThunderRidge (61 in 2005) and Tracy Hill of Ridgway (59 in 1982).

Guevara's 15 treys shattered the state mark of 12, set in 2020 by Emily Lavier of Alamosa.

According to the NFHS record book, Guevara was two off the national record of 17 shared by Rebecca Greenwell of Owensboro Catholic (Kentucky) in 2013 and Alicia Reyes of Pueblo (Ariz.) in 2016. Guevara's 3-point mark is tied for fourth all-time with six others.

Denver South improved to 11-1 with the victory while Guevara upped her scoring averaging to 22.5. Two games ago, she scored a previous season-high of 30 in a 72-34 win over Thomas Jefferson.

An Arkansas-Pine Bluff commit, Guevara entered the game having made 25-of-53 3-pointers this season while averaging 7.5 assists, 5.0 rebounds and 5.2 steals.

In her three previous seasons, she averaged 19.5 points, 6.3 assists, 5.1 rebounds and 4.6 steals. Her previous career highs were 38 points and five 3-pointers.

Guevara was one of the top 20 players to watch by the Denver Post heading into the season.
Texas high school football: Allen hires former Arkansas coach Chad Morris - OFFICIAL
Texas high school football: Allen hires former Arkansas coach Chad Morris
Allen (Texas), one of the most prominent high school football programs in the nation, found its next head coach, announcing Wednesday that former Arkansas coach Chad Morris will lead the Eagles. The hire comes two weeks after Terry Gambill announced his retirement following a five-year tenure that saw the Eagles go 65-4 with a 2017 6A Division 1 state title.

"I am honored to join Allen ISD and the Allen Eagles football program," Morris said in a statement. "My roots run deep in Texas high school football, and I am excited for the opportunity to get back to coaching young student-athletes and making an impression on their lives."

Morris was Auburn's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach last year and was the head coach at Arkansas from 2018-19. He was 4-18 as Razorbacks coach. He last coached in Texas from 2015-17 as the head coach at SMU. He went 14-22 in three years with the Mustangs. He also was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for Clemson under Dabo Swinney from 2011-14 and spent a year at Tulsa the year prior.

Before his college coaching career started in 2010, Morris was one of the best high school football coaches in the Lone Star State.

He spent two years at Texas power Lake Travis (Austin) as the head coach from 2008-09 and led the Cavaliers to back-to-back 4A Division 1 state titles going 32-0 in his two years. Garrett Gilbert was his quarterback during the 2008 season when he was named the Gatorade Athlete of the Year after throwing for 4,851 yards and 55 touchdowns.

Morris is 169-38 during his 16 years high school level and also had previous stops at Stephenville (Texas), Bay City (Texas), Elysian Fields (Texas) and Eustace (Texas).

This was one of the most sought-after coaching jobs in the nation. The Eagles have won five state titles since 2008, led by a three-peat with Kyler Murray under center from 2012-14. Allen has the largest enrollment in the state and a $60 million stadium in which they've never lost.

The Texas high school football power has won at least 10 games in 15 consecutive seasons and return a lot of talent next fall led by three-star offensive lineman Neto Umeozulu, junior running back Jaylen Jenkins and 2022 Harvard commit Jackson Newville.
Chad Morris was announced Wednesday as Allen's new football coach. Prior to coaching at the University of Arkansas and other collegiate stops, Morris was Lake Travis' head coach for two seasons.
File photo by Jim Redman
Chad Morris was announced Wednesday as Allen's new football coach. Prior to coaching at the University of Arkansas and other collegiate stops, Morris was Lake Travis' head coach for two seasons.