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High school football: Servite drops to No. 5, looks to rebound in HIGHSCORE Top 25 California rankings - HIGHSCORE
High school football: Servite drops to No. 5, looks to rebound in MaxPreps Top 25 California rankings
Maybe it's not fair to drop two spots after a competitive game with the defending national champions. But the Friars of Servite have a big chance to show they didn't deserve to drop at all.

Servite fell from third to fifth in the latest MaxPreps Top 25 California high school football rankings, after dropping a back-and-forth 38-28 game last week at No. 2 St. John Bosco. The Friars have no time to dwell upon it. They play No. 1 Mater Dei on Saturday in another Trinity League showdown at Santa Ana Stadium.

Big games from Jabari Bates (173 yards rushing, 75-yard touchdown) and 6-foot-5, 263-pound sophomore Matayo Uiagalelei (two touchdown catches) keyed Bosco's win, but the Friars were within a field goal, 31-28, with just over five minutes left. A 1-yard sneak by junior quarterback Noah Fifita accounted for one of his three touchdowns and closed the gap. A 15-yard touchdown run by Michael Hayes clinched the Bosco win with just under two minutes remaining.

But Servite, trying to be the first Southern California team St. John Bosco other than Mater Dei in six years, almost pulled it off. Now, the Friars face the Monarchs, who last year beat them 56-11. Servite no doubt remembers that game and score.

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Third-ranked Centennial (Corona), which has outscored two opponents 113-6, doesn't figure to get challenged like all those in the Trinity League. Fourth-ranked De Le Salle (Concord) extended its unbeaten streak against Northern California teams to 313 games following a 49-6 home win over San Ramon Valley (Danville) Saturday.

The Spartans, like Centennial, should roll in their all-league schedule. They piled up 577 yards including 390 on the ground during in the win and senior quarterback Dorian Hale, a Sacramento State commit, became just the third DLS player to go over the 4,000-yard passing plateau by completing 3-of-5 passes for 156 yards. Teammate Nico Torrez rushed seven times for 142 yards and two touchdowns.

Buchanan (Clovis) is one of three new teams in the rankings after defeating previous No. 19 Central (Fresno) 31-28. The Bears replaced Central at No. 19.

The other squads to move in were No. 22 Lincoln (San Diego) and defending state Division 2-AA champion Pacifica (Oxnard), at No. 25. In two weeks, Lincoln will take on No. 10 Cathedral Catholic (San Diego) for bragging rights of the San Diego Section.
Dorian Hale, De La Salle
File photo by Dennis Lee
Dorian Hale, De La Salle
MaxPreps Top 25 California Football Rankings

Record: 2-0 | Last week: 1
Result: Beat Orange Lutheran JSerra Catholic, 52-3
Next game: Saturday vs. Servite at Santa Ana Stadium

2. St. John Bosco (Bellflower)
Record: 3-0 | Last week: 2
Result: Beat Servite, 38-28
Next game: Saturday vs. JSerra (San Juan Capistrano)

3. Centennial (Corona)
Record: 2-0 | Last week: 4
Result: Beat Santiago (Corona), 53-6
Next game: Saturday at Norco

4. De La Salle (Concord)
Record: 3-0 | Last week: 5
Result: Beat San Ramon Valley (Danville), 49-6
Next game: Thursday vs. Jesuit (Carmichael)

5. Servite (Anaheim)
Record: 2-1 | Last week: 3
Result: Lost to St. John Bosco, 38-28
Next game: Saturday vs. Mater Dei at Santa Ana Stadium

6. Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth)
Record: 2-1 | Last week: 7
Result: Beat Oaks Christian, 42-0
Next game: Saturday at Garces (Bakersfield)

7. Mission Viejo
Record: 2-0 | Last week: 6
Result: Beat Upland, 38-14
Next game: Friday vs. Tesoro

8. Alemany (Mission Hills)
Record: 2-0 | Last week: 8
Result: Beat Bishop Amat 47-35
Next game: Saturday vs. Cathedral (Los Angeles)

9. Los Alamitos (Los Alamitos)
Record: 3-0 | Last week: 9
Result: Beat Edison, 27-20
Next game: Friday at Huntington Beach

10. Cathedral Catholic (San Diego)
Record: 3-0 | Last week: 17
Result: Beat St. Augustine, 41-14
Next game: April 9 vs. Lincoln (San Diego)

11. Long Beach Poly (Long Beach)
Record: 2-0 | Last week: 12
Result: Idle
Next game: Thursday vs. Compton

12. Folsom
Record: 3-0 | Last week: 13
Result: Beat Del Oro, 45-6
Next game: Friday at Whitney (Rocklin)

13. Bishop Amat (La Puente)
Record: 1-1 | Last week: 10
Result: Lost to Alemany, 47-35
Next game: Saturday at Chaminade (West Hills)

14. Santa Margarita (Rancho Santa Margarita)
Record: 2-1 | Last week: 14
Result: Beat JSerra Catholic, 42-0
Next game: April 9 at Mater Dei

15. Loyola (Los Angeles)
Record: 1-0 | Last week: 15
Result: Beat St. Bernard, 28-24
Next game: Saturday vs. St. Francis (La Canada)

16. Serra (San Mateo)
Record: 2-0 | Last week: 16
Result: Beat Sacred Heart Cathedral, 49-10
Next game: Saturday vs. St. Francis (Mountain View)

17. Oaks Christian (Westlake Village)
Record:
2-1 | Last week: 11
Result: Lost to  Sierra Canyon, 42-0
Next game: Saturday vs. Upland

18. San Clemente

Record: 2-0 | Last week: 18
Result: Beat Aliso Niguel, 42-7
Next game: Friday at San Juan Hills (San Juan Capistrano)

19. Buchanan (Clovis)
Record: 2-0 | Last week: NR
Result: Beat Central (Fresno), 31-28
Next game: Thursday vs. Clovis

20. Rancho Verde (Moreno Valley)
Record: 2-0 | Last week: 22
Result: Beat Heritage, 28-7
Next game: Saturday vs. Elsinore

21. Carlsbad
Record: 2-0 | Last week: 25
Result: Beat San Marcos, 49-9
Next game: Friday at Oceanside

22. Lincoln (San Diego)
Record: 2-0 | Last week: NR
Result: Beat Serra (San Diego, 36-0
Next game: Friday vs. Madison (San Diego)

23. Serra (Gardena)
Record: 2-1 | Last week: 24
Result: Beat Cathedral (Los Angeles), 15-14
Next game: Thursday at Notre Dame (Sherman Oaks)

24. Edison (Huntington Beach)
Record: 2-1 | Last week: 22
Result: Lost to Los Alamitos, 27-20
Next game: Friday at Fountain Valley

25. Pacifica (Oxnard)
Record: 2-0 | Last week: NR
Result: Beat Channel Islands, 46-7
Next game: Saturday at Ventura

MaxPreps National Football editor Zack Poff contributed to this report.
Madison Bumgarner offers sense of pride for South Caldwell High School - HIGHSCORE
Madison Bumgarner offers sense of pride for South Caldwell High School
Graphic by Social Recluse Graphx
South Caldwell (Hudson, N.C.) baseball coach and athletic director Jeff Parham melted into his cozy maroon leather chair Sunday and soaked it all in.

It was just as he does every time his prized pupil Madison Bumgarner pitches.

Madison Bumgarner went 11-2 with a 1.05 ERA his senior year at South Caldwell in 2007.
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Madison Bumgarner went 11-2 with a 1.05 ERA
his senior year at South Caldwell in 2007.
"I don't move from that chair," Parham said. "If I do, I pause the TV. I will scream and yell with excitement. I'm just so proud of him."

Parham was extra prideful — and loud — on Sunday.

Bumgarner, the San Francisco Giants rising superstar southpaw, threw the first individual shutout in World Series history since 2003 — a four-hit, eight-strikeout, no-walk gem in a 5-0 win over the Royals.

He became the first pitcher in World Series history to ever throw a shutout with eight or more strikeouts and no walks.

Gulp.

"Crazy," was Parham's quick one-word description.

Crazier considering what a late-season roll the 2007 South Caldwell graduate has been on. His 1.13 ERA through six postseason starts this season is fifth best in major league history. He has a 4-1 record in those starts with a 0.67 WHIP in 47.2 innings.

Craziest, add scoreless starts in 2010 and 2012 World Series starts, his 0.29 ERA over 31 career innings is the best of all-time of those who have pitched 30 or more innings.

Better than Bob Gibson. Better than Sandy Koufax. Better than Tom Seaver, Catfish Hunter and Curt Schilling.

This lumbering country boy from rural Granite Falls, N.C. (approximately 5,000 population), an hour West of Charlotte, has been better than all of them.

Parham, who graduated from South Caldwell in 1983 and has coached there 15 seasons, said Bumgarner was always a fearless big-game pitcher.

Madison's Bumgarner's final swing in high school, a walk-off, inside-the-park home run to win the state 4A title.
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Madison's Bumgarner's final swing in high
school, a walk-off, inside-the-park home
run to win the state 4A title.
The 6-foot-5 left-hander, the No. 10 overall pick in the 2007 Major League Baseball Draft (by the Giants), led South Caldwell to 2006 and 2007 4A State Championship title series, winning in 2007. Fittingly, Bumgarner ended his final prep game with a walk-off two-run title-clinching home run.

"I tell people all the time that Madison wants the ball — or the bat — in a big game situation," Parham said. "The bigger the stage the better. He never shied away from it. He loved it. He just wants to win. That's inside of him. That's just part of his DNA."

But on baseball's biggest stage, certainly the Royals have guys who share similar DNA. Just like the Tigers had competitive sorts in 2012 and the Rangers did in 2010.

That's why Parham said he welled up, watching the lad they nicknamed "The Carolina Peach" for going 23-4 with a near 1.00 ERA and 263 strikeouts in 170 innings his final two seasons for the Spartans.

"I'm sitting there in my favorite chair getting choked up thinking about this accomplished, humble 25-year-old young man and how far he has come and how hard he worked and where he came from, our little South Caldwell High School community," Parham said. "It just brought back so many fond memories."

Story Time

It didn't take a crowbar — barely a query — to get Parham to rattle off some of his favorites.

Like the first time Parham saw Bumgarner compete:

"It was a sixth-grade summer baseball camp," he said. "At 12, he was a lot taller than all the kids so he stood out for that reason. He was lanky too. More than that, it was the way he threw. Catchers at the camp had a tough time catching him. He was very special then. He could swing the bat pretty well too."

Madison Bumgarner, South Caldwell
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Madison Bumgarner, South Caldwell
Or when Bumgarner was a freshman at South Caldwell and the lights went out in a showdown against the state's No. 1 team Alexander Central (Taylorsville, N.C.), which was 23-0 at the time:

"We're up 1-0 heading into the bottom of the seventh and the lights go out," Parham said. "Madison was pitching great but it's going to take at least 30 minutes for the lights to come back on. I was considering taking him out but he kept saying, ‘Coach, I'll be fine. I want to finish. Trust me coach. Trust me.'

"He went out and struck out the side. Pretty impressive stuff for a 14-year-old."

Or Christmas Day during his junior season:

"I get a phone call a little after lunch and it's Madison. He was the only kid to call me on Christmas and I thought it was awfully nice. But then he tells me he wants to lift — that day. What am I going to say? I mean, the kid wanted to get bigger and stronger. I knew right then he had the dedication to make it all the way. He was already throwing harder than anyone. But soon he would be a man among boys."

Or the time as a senior when in an elimination playoff series with Alexander Central, Bumgarner had pitched a shutout in the first game on a Tuesday night, but in a high-scoring Friday game Parham had chewed up most of his pitchers. The bases were loaded and the Spartans were holding a one-run lead:

"All of a sudden, I hear the mitt popping in the bullpen and it's Madison throwing. I go down to ask what's going on and he says, ‘Coach, I can get the last out. I feel good. Coach I can do it.'

"I think about it a few seconds, I go out to the mound and bring Madison in. Three pitches and it was done."

Recalling his roots

Parham said he would be surprised if Bumgarner doesn't volunteer his services late if the Giants are forced to a Game 7. If the Giants win the series, he's almost assured to garner MVP honors, as he did in the NLCS against the Cardinals.

On MadBum Day last week, coach Jeff Parham (R) with wife Mandi Parham (middle) and coach  Karen Isbell.
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On MadBum Day last week, coach Jeff Parham (R)
with wife Mandi Parham (middle) and coach
Karen Isbell.
Before the World Series, the South Caldwell student body and staff, a couple hundred strong, clad in black and orange and sporting signs and cut-out Bumgarner faces, gathered in the school's gym. It was part of the school's "MadBum Day."

They produced a short "good luck" video and Parham and his wife Mandi, who also works at the school, texted it to him.

Shortly after winning the first game 7-1, Bumgarner texted Parham back.

"He wrote how much he appreciated it and will never forget where he came from," Parham said.

Bumgarner never forgot the many exchanges at the mound with Parham, especially in tight circumstances. "I'd always try to challenge him by asking him the same thing: ‘Is that all you got?' and he'd always reply, ‘No sir.'"

So after he shutout Pittsburgh 8-0 in the National League wild-card game two weeks ago with 10 strikeouts and no walks, Parham texted Bumgarner the following:

"Is that all you got?"

To which Bumgarner texted back: "Coach, I believe that's all I got. Haha."

Judging by what he's done since, Bumgarner was indeed joking.

Madison Bumgarner can be a little intimidating on the mound in the majors, but nothing like he was here as a high school senior.
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Madison Bumgarner can be a little intimidating on the mound in the majors, but nothing like he was here as a high school senior.
The student body and staff enjoy MadBum Day 2014.
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The student body and staff enjoy MadBum Day 2014.
Madison Bumgarner crosses home plate to complete an illustrious high school career at South Caldwell. His No. 5 has not been worn since he graduated in 2007.
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Madison Bumgarner crosses home plate to complete an illustrious high school career at South Caldwell. His No. 5 has not been worn since he graduated in 2007.

High school football championship updates in all 50 states - HIGHSCORE
High school football championship updates in all 50 states
Michigan finished the 2020 fall high school football season Saturday in style and resolution. The Great Lakes State crowned eight champions at Ford Field, tying a bow on a trying and turbulent national campaign that started in the middle of August in Utah and ended 23 weeks later in Detroit.

In all 35 states completed the season, persevering through the COVID-19 pandemic. All but four states completed seasons as planned, with forms of state championships. Alaska, Minnesota, West Virginia and Wisconsin were forced to end playoffs early because of surging virus cases. Vermont did not play 11-man tackle football, but completed a 7-on-7 one-hand touch season.

Michigan personified the resilience, taking a 42-day pause starting Nov. 20 after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer postponed all sports — professional, college and high school — for three weeks due to a rapid spike in COVID-19 cases. Regional finals for 11-man teams and semifinals in 8-man action was supposed to resume in December, but more spikes paused the return until January.

Others states paused football tournaments this fall due to COVID, but none more than two weeks. Despite frigid weather and snow, the Michigan High School Athletic Association, its teams, players and coaches truly persevered.

Now, 11 states plus the District of Columbia hope to complete football seasons sometime in 2021. Connecticut, Hawaii Maine, Vermont and Nevada have already announced it will not play 11-person tackle football in the winter or spring. 

Here is a state-by-state update:

Season complete

Alaska
Playoffs ended: Oct. 23
Notes: The title games, scheduled for Oct. 30, were canceled due to growing COVID-19 numbers. According to the Alaska School Activities Association, some teams played additional regional games.
Graphic by Ryan Escobar
North Dakota
Playoffs ended: Nov. 14
Notes: Five teams were crowned champions, including Century (Bismarck), which finished No. 1 in the state.

South Dakota
Playoffs ended: Nov. 14
Notes: Seven teams were crowned champions, including Brandon Valley (Brandon), which finished No. 1 in the state.

Wyoming
Playoffs ended: Nov. 14
Notes: Five teams were crowned champions, including Cody, which finished No. 1 in the state.

Wisconsin
Started playoffs: Nov. 13-14
Playoffs ended: Nov. 20
Notes: Regional champions were crowned throughout six divisions including Muskego (Division 1), which finished No. 1 in the state.

Iowa
Playoffs ended: Nov. 20
Notes: Six teams were crowned champions, including Ankeny, which finished No. 1 in the state

Idaho
Playoffs ended: Nov. 21
Notes: Six teams were crowned champions, including Rocky Mountain (Meridian), which finished No. 1 in the state.

Montana
Started playoffs: Oct. 30-31
Playoffs ended: Nov. 21
Notes: Five teams were crowned champions, including Laurel, which finished No. 1 in the state.

New Hampshire
Playoffs ended: Nov. 21
Notes: Four teams were crowned champions, including Nashua North, which finished No. 1 in the state.

Ohio
Playoffs ended: Nov. 21
Notes: Seven teams were crowned champions, including Archbishop Hoban (Akron), which finished No. 1 in the state.

Utah
Playoffs ended: Nov. 21
Notes: Five teams were crowned champions, including Corner Canyon (Draper), which finished No. 1 in the state.
Corner Canyon celebrates its third straight state championship and 40th consecutive victory overall.
Photo by Jay Drowns
Corner Canyon celebrates its third straight state championship and 40th consecutive victory overall.
Nebraska
Playoffs ended: Nov. 20
Notes: Seven teams were crowned champions, including Omaha Westside (Omaha), which finished No. 1 in the state.

Minnesota
Started playoffs: Nov. 13-14
Playoffs ended: Nov. 27
Notes: Emergency executive order from governor's office canceled playoffs one week in. Thirty-six teams were crowned section champions, including Eden Prairie, which finished No. 1 in the state.

Indiana
Started playoffs: Oct. 23-24
Playoffs ended: Nov. 28
Notes: Six teams were crowned champions, including Center Grove (Greenwood), which finished No. 1 in the state.

Kansas
Playoffs ended: Nov. 28
Notes: Nine teams were crowned champions, including Mill Valley (Shawnee), which finished No. 1 in the state.

New Jersey
Playoffs started: Nov. 20
Playoffs ended: Nov. 28
Notes: The standard 13 classification playoff format was replaced in a COVID-shortened season with postseason groupings and four-team pods. One team that made the most of the season-ending games was Bergen Catholic (Oradell), which closed the year with a 22-15 victory over St. Peter's Prep. The Marauders finished No. 1 in the state.

Pennsylvania
Playoffs started: Nov. 6
Playoffs ended: Nov. 28
Notes: Six teams were crowned champions, including St. Joseph's Prep (Philadelphia), which finished No. 1 in the state.

West Virginia
Started playoffs: Nov. 13-14
Playoffs ended: Nov. 28
Notes: Three of six semifinal games in three divisions were canceled due to COVID-19 cases ending the season just short, according to the West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission (WVSSAC).

Alabama
Playoffs ended: Dec. 4
Notes: Seven champions were crowned, including Thompson (Alabaster) which finished No. 1 in the state.

Colorado
Playoffs ended: Dec. 5
Notes: Seven champions were crowned, including Cherry Creek (Greenwood Village.) which finished No. 1 in the state.

Mississippi
Playoffs ended: Dec. 5
Notes: Six champions were crowned, including Oak Grove (Hattiesburg) which finished No. 1 in the state.

Missouri
Started playoffs: Oct. 30-31
Playoffs ended: Dec. 5
Notes: Seven champions were crowned, including Jackson which finished No. 1 in the state.

Tennessee
Playoffs ended: Dec. 5
Notes: Nine champions were crowned, including Oakland (Murfreesboro) which finished No. 1 in the state.

Arizona
Playoffs ended: Dec. 12
Notes: Seven champions were crowned, including Chandler which finished No. 1 in the state.
Mesquite holds up the Arizona 4A state championship trophy.
Photo by Steven Davis
Mesquite holds up the Arizona 4A state championship trophy.
Arkansas
Playoffs ended: Dec. 19
Notes: Six champions were crowned, including Pulaski Academy (Little Rock) which finished No. 1 in the state.

Delaware
Playoffs ended: Dec. 19
Notes: Two champions were crowned, including Howard (Wilmington) which finished No. 1 in the state.

Florida
Playoffs ended: Dec. 19
Notes: Eight champions were crowned, including St. Thomas Aquinas which claimed its record 12th state title with a tough 7A championship. Independent IMG Academy (Bradenton) finished No. 1 in the state.

Kentucky
Started playoffs: Nov. 19-21
Playoffs ended: Dec. 19
Notes: Six champions were crowned, including Trinity (Louisville) which finished No. 1 in the state.

Oklahoma
Started playoffs: Nov. 13-14
Playoffs ended: Dec. 19
Notes: Nine champions were crowned, including Bixby which finished No. 1 in the state.

South Carolina
Playoffs ended: Dec. 18
Notes: Five champions were crowned, including Dutch Fork (Irmo) which finished No. 1 in the state.

Texas (Divisions 1A-4A)
Started playoffs: Nov. 12-14
Playoffs ended:
Dec. 18
Notes: Eight champions were crowned with three title games decided by one point. The 1A-2 title game was postponed due to COVID.

Louisiana
Playoffs ended: Dec. 28
Notes: Nine champions were crowned, including St. Thomas More (Lafayette), which finished No. 1 in the state.

Georgia
Started playoffs: Nov. 27-28
Playoffs ended: Dec. 30
Notes: Eight champions were crowned, including Grayson (Loganville), which finished No. 1 in the state.
Grayson completed an undefeated season while winning the Georgia AAAAAAA state championship.
Photo by Cecil Copeland
Grayson completed an undefeated season while winning the Georgia AAAAAAA state championship.
Texas (Division 5A-6A)
Started playoffs: Dec. 10-12
Playoffs ended: Jan. 16
Notes: Twelve champions were crowned, including Westlake (Austin), which finished No. 1 in the state.

Michigan
Playoffs ended: Jan. 23
Notes: Ten champions were crowned, including West Bloomfield, which finished No. 1 in the state.

2021 seasons
(tentative championship or end dates)


California (TBD)
Connecticut (cancelled season on Jan. 14)
District of Columbia (May 1)
Hawaii (cancelled season on Jan. 6)
Illinois (April 24)
Maine (cancelled season on Feb. 3)
Maryland (April 17)
Massachusetts (April 25)
Nevada (cancelled season on Jan. 22)
New Mexico (April 3)
New York (TBD)
North Carolina (April 9)
Oregon (TBD)
Rhode Island
Virginia
Washington


High school volleyball: Sizing up HIGHSCORE National Player of the Year candidates - HIGHSCORE
High school volleyball: Sizing up MaxPreps National Player of the Year candidates
While some states are well into their high school volleyball seasons, others are just warming up. Schools in the Midwest and South have eyes on the postseason while some programs in Texas are inching into double-digit contests.

States forging ahead with a traditional calendar, coupled with COVID-19 delays and later starts have made tracking players and teams a unique challenge.

We've assembled a list of 25 players who are into their seasons — some deep — while realizing those who've played longer will have the more appealing numbers. We'll update this list several more times throughout the school year and plan to add those schools with spring starts as well.
Averi Carlson, Lovejoy
Photo by Michael Horbovetz
Averi Carlson, Lovejoy
MaxPreps National Player of the Year watch list

Ally Batenhorst | Sr. | OH | Seven Lakes (Katy, Texas)
The Spartans are off to a 9-0 start and the Nebraska commit is a big reason why. She's posted 200 kills (6.5 per set) in 31 sets this season. She's added 144 digs and 10 aces as large school volleyball in Texas is ramping up.

Eleanor Beavin | Sr. | L | Mercy (Louisville, Ky.)
With 301 digs (8 per set) and 222 serve receives in an 11-2 start for the Jaguars, the Kentucky commit is leading the way for Matt Thomerson's squad. Beavin is closing in on 1,500 digs for her career at Mercy.

Julia Bishop | Sr. | S | Mercy (Farmington Hills, Mich.)
The Michigan State commit has 593 assists (10.6 per game), 107 digs, 46 aces and 85 kills as the Marlins are 23-0 on the year. Bishop came into the season needing two assists to pass the 1,000-career mark and has now surpassed 1,500.

Clara Brower | Sr. | S | The Woodlands (Texas)
The Highlanders dropped their first match of the season on Tuesday, but the Georgia commit became the school's leading setter and now has 3,608 career assists. Brower has 256 assists (8.8 per set) on the season in 29 sets, while adding 97 digs and 37 kills. She also passed the 1,000-dig mark and sits at 1,035.

Riley Buckley | Jr. | MH | North Raleigh Christian Academy (Raleigh, N.C.)
The Knights are 11-1 as Buckley has posted 94 kills, 85 digs, 138 assists on the young season.

Averi Carlson | Jr. | S | Lovejoy (Lucas, Texas)
The Leopards are 3-0 after having to cancel the first two weeks of the season due to district COVID-19 policies. Now in action, the Baylor commit and MaxPreps Freshman of the Year two seasons ago is starting hot with 71 assists (7.9) thus far. She dished up 31 alone in the season-opening straight sets win over The Colony.

Payton Chamberlain | Sr. | S | Byron Nelson (Trophy Club, Texas)
Like her fellow Texans, the Bobcats are just beginning and have started 5-1. The Wyoming commit has posted 186 assists (8.9 per set) to go with 25 blocks and 53 digs.

Kaylee Cox | Sr. | OH | Flower Mound (Texas)
The Jags are off to an 8-0 start and the preseason All-American is one reason why. Cox has 56 kills and 37 digs in 10 sets on the young season. A few more reasons why Flower Mound might be the team to beat in Texas — setter Caroline Dykes and hitters Angelique Cyr and Izabella Ortiz.

Shaye Eggleston | Sr. | OH | Brentwood (Tenn.)

The Alabama commit is looking to win her fourth state title — and the school's eighth straight — as the Bruins are off to a 31-3 start. Eggleston has 364 kills, 172 digs, 28 aces and 26 blocks while hitting at 33 percent clip.

Ashlyn Goolsby | Sr. | S | Walton (Marietta, Ga.)
A freshman when the Raiders were named the 2017 MaxPreps National Champion, Goolsby has come into her own and leads the team with 408 assists (10.2 per set). She's also tallied 86 digs and 42 kills as fellow senior Emery Dupes also helps pace 16-1 Walton.

Rylee Gray | Sr. | MB | Elkhorn South (Omaha, Neb.)
Hitting at a 47 percent clip for the 22-1 Storm, the Nebraska commit has 262 kills, 29 aces and 71 blocks in what's turning out to be an ultra-competitive season in the Cornhusker State. Junior setter Madi Woodin is also shining with 726 assists on the season.

Lauren Harden | Fr. | OH | Hamilton Southeastern (Fishers, Ind.)
The lone freshman on the list, Harden is leading a quartet of hitters for the 20-0 Royals. She's notched 216 kills, 83 digs, 23 aces and 24 blocks in 59 sets. Harden has double-digit kills in 15 of 20 matches.
Lauren Harden, Hamilton Southeastern
Photo by Julie Brown
Lauren Harden, Hamilton Southeastern
Sydney Helmers | So. | OH | Assumption (Louisville, Ky.)
Another in the next line of standout hitters for Ron Kordes, the 6-3 sophomore leads the 9-1 Rockets with 118 kills (4.9 per set) on the young season.

Carly Hendrickson | Sr. | OH | Mount Notre Dame (Cincinnati)
Has 301 kills (7.0 per set) on the season for the 12-1 Cougars and it closing in on 1,000 career kills. The future Florida Gator has 10 matches this season with at least 19 kills and a high of 35 in a four-set win over Seton.

Ali Hornung | Sr. | L/OH | Providence (Clarksville, Ind.)
Leading a quartet of hitters with more than 100 kills for the 18-6 Pioneers, the Purdue commit has 341 kills (4.4), 280 digs and 378 receives. She's hitting at a 38 percent clip.

Ngozi Iloh | Sr. | MH | McIntosh (Peachtree City, Ga.)
The preseason All-American is getting it done for the 24-0 Raiders, pounding out 327 kills (5.9 per set), hitting at 45 percent. The Duke commit also has 32 blocks and 18 aces for Georgia's top-ranked squad.

Lindsay Krause | Sr. | MH/OH | Skutt Catholic (Omaha, Neb.)
The 6-3 Nebraska commit has 201 kills (5.4 per set) for the 15-1 Skyhawks. In 37 sets, Krause also has 41 aces and 116 digs while posting double-digit kills in all but two matches. Setter Allie Gray is also having a standout season thus far with 453 assists (12.2 per set).

Brooke Cirigliano | Sr. | MH | Padua Franciscan (Parma, Ohio)
The Miami (Ohio) commit leads the 15-0 Bruins with 163 kills (3.4 per set) while adding 71 blocks and 13 aces. Cirigliano is hitting nearly 50 percent and leads four senior hitters (Maria Futey, Kate Mihacevich and Jordan Chessar) with at least 100 kills.

Sophia Powell | Sr. | S | Lowell (Mich.)
One of two Red Arrows on the watch list, Powell has dished up 699 assists (10.1 per set) while also adding 94 kills and 165 digs for her 18-3 squad. Powell has tossed up double-digit assist in every match this season with highs of 51, 45 and 40.

Bergen Reilly | So. | S | O'Gorman (Sioux Falls, S.D.)
The Swiss Army knife has done a bit of everything for the 14-0 Knights this season. Reilly has 203 kills (5.2 per set), 20 aces, 37 blocks, 144 digs and 62 assists for the South Dakota squad. In 2238 sets for her young prep career, she has 1,114 assists, 586 digs and 457 kills.

Jenna Reitsma | Sr. | OH | Lowell (Mich.)
The Marquette commit is leading the Red Arrows with 491 kills (7.1 per set), in addition to 243 digs and 36 aces. She's notched 30 kills in a match three times this season and has double-digit kills in all but one match.

Ellee Stinson | Sr. | OH/L | Yorktown (Ind.)
The Tigers are 20-0 and the 5-3 senior is a big reason. The Northwestern commit has 203 kills and 313 digs and provides a great 1-2 punch with 6-0 senior Jaylynn Dunsmore (212 kills, 44 blocks).

Paris Thompson | Sr. | OH | Fort Myers (Fla.)
Headed to Notre Dame, Thompson surpassed 1,000 kills in her career with a 19-kill performance Wednesday in a sweep of Port Charlotte. the 6-3 hitter has posted 288 kills (5.8 per set) this season with 140 digs, 30 aces and 16 blocks.

Mabrey Shaffmaster | Sr. | OH | New Castle (Ind.)
The North Carolina commit set the school record for kills on Sept. 30, passing the 2,000 mark with a 46-smash night (also a record). She's got 409 kills on the year (6.3 per set) to go with 47 aces, 26 blocks, 244 digs and 397 serve receives as the Trojans look for a fourth straight state title. For her career, Shaffmaster has 2,166 kills and 893 digs.

Addie VanderWeide | Sr. | OH | Christian (Grand Rapids, Mich.)
The Eagles are 16-0 and the 5-11 captain is a big reason why. She's posted 232 kills (5.3 per set), along with 165 digs and 19 aces. She's hit double-digit kills in 13 matches thus far with a high of 27 this week in a five-set win over Byron Center.
Mabrey Shaffmaster, New Castle
Photo by Julie Brown
Mabrey Shaffmaster, New Castle

High school baseball: New Hampshire school's 89-game run leads list of longest winning streaks - HIGHSCORE
High school baseball: New Hampshire school's 89-game run leads list of longest winning streaks
In the spring of 2005, a pair of teams raced to claim the all-time longest high school baseball win streak from leader Archbishop Molloy (Queens, N.Y.), which had reportedly won 68 straight games from 1963 to 1966 under legendary coach Jack Curran.

And then in 2012, it happened all over again.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Longest baseball win streaks

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

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

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

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