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HIGHSCORE/AVCA Players of the Week - HIGHSCORE
MaxPreps/AVCA Players of the Week
MaxPreps/AVCA High School Players of the Week
For the week of March 15-21.

Boys

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

Junior | OH
7 Games Played
Kills: 27
Kills/Game: 3.86
Digs: 17
Digs/Game: 2.43
Receptions: 9
Rcpt/Game: 1.29
Aces: 7
Blocks: 2

Junior | S
8 Games Played
Assists: 62
Assists/Game: 7.75
Team Hitting%: 0.324
Digs: 14
Digs/Game: 1.75
Aces: 3
Blocks: 2

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

6'3 | Junior | OH
10 Games Played
Kills: 43
Kills/Game: 4.30
Digs: 13
Digs/Game: 1.30
Receptions: 36
Rcpt/Game: 3.60
Aces: 4

Senior | RS
9 Games Played
Kills: 31
Kills/Game: 3.444
Digs: 15
Digs/Game: 1.67
Aces: 4
Blocks: 2

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

Senior | OH
9 Games Played
Kills: 40
Kills/Game: 4.444
Digs: 37
Digs/Game: 4.11
Receptions: 33
Rcpt/Game: 3.67
Aces: 2
Blocks: 4

Senior | S
13 Games Played
Assists: 133
Assists/Game: 10.231
Team Hitting%: 0.291
Digs: 34
Digs/Game: 2.62
Aces: 5
Blocks: 6

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

Senior | S
9 Games Played
Assists: 86
Assists/Game: 9.56
Team Hitting%: 0.197
Digs: 7
Aces: 2
Blocks: 2

Senior | OH
9 Games Played
Kills: 32
Kills/Game: 3.56
Digs: 31
Digs/Game: 3.44
Receptions: 58
Rcpt/Game: 6.44
Aces: 4
Blocks: 4

Girls

Maryland
Senior | OH
10 Sets Played
Kills: 32
Kills/Game: 3.2
Digs: 30
Digs/Game: 3
Receptions: 44
Rcpt/Game: 4.4
Aces: 8
Blocks: 1

Nevada
6'0 | Senior | OH
7 Sets Played
Kills: 22
Kills/Game: 3.14
Digs: 10
Digs/Game: 1.43
Receptions: 44
Rcpt/Game: 6.29
Aces: 2
Blocks: 3

New Mexico
6'2" | Senior | MB
12 Sets Played
Kills: 59
Kills/Game: 4.92
Digs: 23
Digs/Game: 1.92
Receptions: 23
Rcpt/Game: 1.92
Aces: 11
Blocks: 18

Oregon
5'10" | Junior | OH
12 Sets Played
Kills: 48
Kills/Game: 4
Digs: 40
Digs/Game: 3.33
Receptions: 31
Rcpt/Game: 2.58
Aces: 5
Blocks: 10

Virginia
5'11" | Senior
11 Sets Played
Kills: 60
Kills/Game: 5.5
Digs: 10
Digs/Game: 0.91
Receptions: 33
Rcpt/Game: 3
Aces: 4
Blocks: 6

Washington
5'9" | Senior | OH
10 Sets Played
Kills: 66
Kills/Game: 6.6
Digs: 51
Digs/Game: 5.10
Receptions: 59
Rcpt/Game: 5.9
Aces: 4
Blocks: 3

Wisconsin
5'5" | Senior | OH/DS
9 Sets Played
Kills: 44
Kills/Game: 4.89
Digs: 43
Digs/Game: 4.78
Receptions: 29
Rcpt/Game: 3.22
Aces: 6

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.
Payton Verhulst named 2020-21 HIGHSCORE Kansas High School Girls Basketball Player of the Year - HIGHSCORE
Payton Verhulst named 2020-21 MaxPreps Kansas 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.

Payton Verhulst of Bishop Miege (Shawnee Mission) is the 2020-21 MaxPreps Kansas High School Girls Basketball Player of the Year. The 6-foot-1 senior wing led the Stags to a 23-1 record and the 4A state championship.

Verhulst averaged 20.0 points, 7.5 rebounds, 3.8 steals, 3.6 assists and 3.5 blocks per game. She is also an outstanding volleyball player.

Headed to Louisville next season, Verhulst is a McDonald's All-American and regarded as the No. 12 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.
High school basketball: First-team HIGHSCORE All-American TyTy Washington commits to Kentucky - HIGHSCORE
High school basketball: First-team MaxPreps All-American TyTy Washington commits to Kentucky
MaxPreps first team All-America selection and Arizona Player of the Year TyTy Washington of AZ Compass Prep (Chandler, Ariz.) announced Wednesday he will attend the University of Kentucky next season. The rapidly rising 6-foot-3 guard looks to help the Wildcats after a 9-16 finish last season.

The future Wildcat averaged 24 points, seven assists and six rebounds and was among the leading candidates for MaxPreps National Player of the Year honors. Washington led AZ Compass Prep to a 28-2 record and No. 2 ranking in final MaxPreps Top 25 rankings, the first for the school.

Washington began the season as the 57th overall prospect in the Class of 2021, according 247Sports rankings. The elite guard prospect rose to five-star status and is regarded as the No. 16 prospect, according to 247Sports' most recent update.

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

Washington chose Kentucky over Arizona, Baylor, Kansas, LSU and Oregon. Washington most recently starred in the Iverson Classic, where he recorded a game-high 22 points against the nation's top high school players and won the 3-point shootout.

The guard should make an immediate impact in the SEC next season as the potential one-and-done prospect will likely be inserted into the starting rotation as a freshman.
TyTy Washington announced he'll play for the University of Kentucky next season.
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TyTy Washington announced he'll play for the University of Kentucky next season.

Sam Lecholat named 2020-21 HIGHSCORE Wyoming High School Basketball Player of the Year - HIGHSCORE
Sam Lecholat named 2020-21 MaxPreps Wyoming 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.

Sam Lecholat of Sheridan is the 2020-21 MaxPreps Wyoming High School Basketball Player of the Year. The 6-foot-6, 215-pound senior helped the Broncs go 20-4 en route to the Class 4A state semifinals.

Lecholat averaged 17.7 points, 10.9 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.9 blocks per game while shooting 52 percent from the field.

The reigning state Gatorade Player of the Year surpassed the career 1,000-point mark in a Jan. 29 win over Bishop Walsh.

Lecholat will join a strong 2021 recruiting class at Montana State, joining Montana Player of the Year Alex Germer, Alaska Player of the Year candidate Patrick McMahon and international prospect Great Osobor.

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 volleyball rankings: In search of sixth consecutive state title, Nebraska's Skutt Catholic headlines preseason HIGHSCORE Top 25 - HIGHSCORE
High school volleyball rankings: In search of sixth consecutive state title, Nebraska's Skutt Catholic headlines preseason MaxPreps Top 25
While the 2020 high school volleyball season might look different on a national level, one thing remains: You've got to win the matches in front of you. More than two-thirds of the states are pushing forward with fall sports, though some have a delayed calendar, but the national landscape will nonetheless look different.

California opted for a spring volleyball schedule, while some of the national tournaments were either canceled or rebooted in a different format. Michigan, with several Top 25-worthy teams is still trying to figure out if it's pushing back or moving forward.

Still, there's a ton of individual talent already on the court and equal number of teams capable of putting together state and perhaps national title runs.

We've included teams that have started playing or will start in September. Coaches can play their part in formulating accurate rankings by updating schedules and scores via MaxPreps.
Mabrey Shaffmaster and New Castle (Ind.) check in at No. 9 in our preseason rankings. The Trojans are chasing their fourth straight Indiana title.
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Mabrey Shaffmaster and New Castle (Ind.) check in at No. 9 in our preseason rankings. The Trojans are chasing their fourth straight Indiana title.
Preseason MaxPreps Top 25

1. Skutt Catholic (Omaha, Neb.), 7-0
Notes: Won the Bellevue West Invite without dropping a set. Lindsay Krause has 84 kills in 15 sets, while Allie Gray has 188 assists.

2. Flower Mound (Texas), Opens Sept. 15
Notes: Finished 41-4 last season and return three All-Americans in Kaylee Cox, Angelique Cyr and Caroline Dykes.

3. Lovejoy (Lucas, Texas), Sept. 15
Notes: Defending 5A champions posted a 2019 mark of 48-5. All-Americans Averi Carlson and Cecily Bramschreiber look to repeat.

4. Hoover (Ala.), 14-1
Notes: Following a season-opening five-set loss to McGill-Toolen, the Bucs have reeled off 14 straight including a revenge win over the Yellowjackets and a three-set tourney win over Tennessee's Brentwood.

5. Mercy (Louisville, Ky.), Sept. 8
Notes: Kentucky runners-up open the season against 2019 champion Assumption in a battle of the titans.

6. Assumption (Louisville, Ky.), Sept. 8
Notes: See No. 5 Mercy.

7. Valley (West Des Moines, Iowa), Sept. 2
Notes: Tigers open 2020 against Fort Dodge after 38-5 runner-up season in 2019. All-American Hayden Kubik leads Valley.

8. Brentwood (Tenn.), 9-1
Notes: The Bruins started 9-0 before the loss to Hoover. All-American Shaye Eggleston has 150 kills to start the year.

9. New Castle ( Ind.), 1-0
Notes: The Trojans opened with a sweep of Center Grove as Mabrey Shaffmaster (21) and Laila Smith (16) combined for 37 kills.

10. Walton (Marietta, Ga.), 2-0
Notes: The Raiders opened with sweeps of North Cobb and Marietta.

11. Guyer (Denton, Texas), Sept. 15
Notes: The Wildcats went 35-9 before losing to 6A champion Byron Nelson in the state semis.

12. Leon (Tallahassee, Fla.), Sept. 18
Notes: The Lions were 29-3 last season in winning the FHSAA 6A title and return assist leader Alexa Washington after dishing up 957 in 2019.

13. Papillion-LaVista South (Papillion, Neb.), 6-1
Notes: Sophomore Stella Adeyemi (46 kills) and freshman Lauren Medeck (39 kills) had helped the Titans to the 6-1 mark. Lone loss was to Skutt.

14. Hamilton Southeastern (Fishers, Ind.), 7-0
Notes: The Royals have been paced by Delaney Garner's 83 kills and while freshman Lauren Harden has added 74. Junior Emily Weber has 129 assists.

15. McGill-Toolen (Mobile, Ala.), 12-2
Notes: Senior Skyler Bumpers has 180 kills thus far as Yellowjackets' losses are to Hoover and Brentwood.

Notes: Ella Broadhead has 110 kills with senior Emily Buhl adding 87 as the Admirals' lone losses are to upper division opponents Hoover and McGill-Toolen.

17. O'Gorman (Sioux Falls, S.D.), 1-0
Notes: All-American Bergen Reilly opened her sophomore campaign with 16 kills in the sweep over Roosevelt.

18. Teurlings Catholic (Lafayette, La.), Sept. 9
Notes: The Rebels open the quest for their fourth straight DII title along with senior Gatorade winner Cicily Hidalgo.

19. Mount Notre Dame (Cincinnati), 2-0
Notes: Junior Carly Hendrickson posted 25 kills in three sets as the Cougars earned two sweeps to start the year.

20. Jenks (Okla.), 11-1
Notes: Mikiah Perdue, Sophie Bufogle and Savanna LaBiche all have more than 50 kills as the Trojans took the Broken Arrow Invitational.

21. Aquinas (Overland Park, Kan.), Sept. 2
Notes: The Saints open with St. James.

22. Briarcrest Christian (Eads, Tenn.), 4-0
Notes: Zykia Jones has 45 kills as the Saints have jumped to a 4-0 start without dropping a set.

23. Providence (Clarksville, Ind.), 5-1
Notes: Pioneers' lone loss to Hamilton Southeastern.

24. McIntosh (Peachtree City, Ga.), 7-0
Notes: Senior Ngozi Iloh has 85 kills and junior Alexa Markley added 77 kills as the Chiefs have dropped only two sets. Senior Claire Lewis has 172 assists.

25. Padua Franciscan (Parma, Ohio), 4-0

Notes: Senior Brooke Cirigliano leads the Bruins with 49 kills as Maria Futey has added 40. Amanda Leigh dished up 123 assists as Padua has swept all four matches.

The Next 25

26. Mountain Brook (Birmingham, Ala.), 9-2
27. Blessed Trinity (Roswell, Ga.), 7-1
28. Pope (Marietta, Ga.), 7-0
29. Klein (Texas), Sept. 11
30. Southside (Fort Smith, Ark.), 2-1
31. Dorman (Roebuck, S.C.), Sept. 10
32. Lake Highland Prep (Orlando, Fla.), Sept. 17
33. Washburn Rural (Topeka, Kan.), Sept. 3
34. Willard (Mo.), 6-0
35. Ursuline Academy (Cincinnati), 3-0
36. Plano West (Plano, Texas), Sept. 18
37. Pleasant Grove (Utah), 3-0
38. Byron Nelson (Trophy Club, Texas), Sept. 15
39. Elkhorn South (Omaha, Neb.) 2-0
40. Norman North (Norman, Okla.), 4-1
41. Parkland (Allentown, Pa.), Sept. 15
42. North Allegheny (Wexford, Pa.), Sept. 14
43. St. Francis Borgia (Washington, Mo.), Sept. 3
44. Brookfield Central (Brookfield, Wis.), Sept. 15
45. Prosper (Texas), Sept. 11
46. St. James Academy (Lenexa, Kan.), Sept. 8
47. St. Pius X Catholic (Atlanta), 8-0
48. Notre Dame Academy (Toledo, Ohio), 1-1
49. Reagan (San Antonio), Sept. 4
50. Appleton North (Appleton, Wis.), Sept. 18