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High school softball: Vandebilt Catholic's incredible 112-game run tops list of longest winning streaks - HIGHSCORE
High school softball: Vandebilt Catholic's incredible 112-game run tops list of longest winning streaks
In 1978, Vandebilt Catholic (Houma, La.) athletic director Gerald Albert was having difficulty finding anyone to coach the school's relatively new softball program. So he decided to take the job himself.

According to a feature in the July 1, 2008 edition of the Houma Times, Albert had two choices, shut down the team or coach himself. "Whenever there was a coaching opening we couldn't fill, I would step in and coach that so we could continue to compete."

As a result of Albert's decision, Vandebilt Catholic survived extinction and instead made high school softball history. Behind the pitching of Michelle Broussard, the Lady Terriers won 112 straight games between 1980 and 1983. Broussard was the catalyst, winning 88 straight games and finishing her high school career 88-0. Unfortunately, her career strikeout and no-hitter totals have never been compiled.

Vandebilt Catholic's win streak highlights the MaxPreps list of high school softball teams with 50 or more wins in a row.

At the time of the streak, the National Federation of High Schools did not have a record for consecutive wins, Bruce Carnahan, the editor of the record book, told the Associated Press in 1983. The only school at the time believed to have as many as 50 wins was Righetti (Santa Maria, Calif.), which had a 50-game win streak from 1979 to 1981.

No team has topped the 112-game streak, but a team 180 miles away on the west side of Louisiana came close. Barbe (Lake Charles, Calif.), behind the pitching of Candice Carnahan, won 108 straight games, 107 in a row by Carnahan. During the streak, Carnahan also had 88 shutouts and 50 no-hitters. Barbe lost to West Monroe (also undefeated at the time at 30-0) in the state playoff quarterfinals in the final game of Carnahan's career.

Sherwood (Sandy Spring, Md.) is the only other school with over 100 wins, finishing with 105 straight before losing to Northwest (Germantown) 9-5 in the third game of the 2017 season. Sherwood went on to post a 32-game winning streak over the next two seasons for a run of 137-1.

There are two current streaks on the list. Papillion-LaVista has posted back-to-back 36-0 seasons during Nebraska's fall season and will take a 72-0 streak into the 2021 season. Scarborough (Maine), meanwhile, has a 63-game win streak dating back to 2017.

Sources for the list include the NFHS record book, state association record books, Cal-Hi Sports Record Book by Mark and Nelson Tennis, as well as research via the MaxPreps rankings and newspapers.com. Streaks do not include totals that occurred from a summer or spring season to a fall season.

Additions or corrections? Contact [email protected]
Alexander Central celebrates its 2013 title, part of a 95-game win streak for the Cougars.
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Alexander Central celebrates its 2013 title, part of a 95-game win streak for the Cougars.
Softball teams with win streaks longer than 50 games

1.   112 — Vandebilt Catholic (Houma, La.), 1980-83
2.   108 — Barbe (Lake Charles, La.), 1988-91
3.   105 — Sherwood (Sandy Spring, Md.), 2012-17
4.     96 — Hillcrest (Simpsonville, S.C.), 2002-04
5.     95 — Alexander Central (Taylorsville, N.C.), 2013-15
6.     94 — Chase County (Cottonwood Falls, Kan.), 2012-15
7.     93 — East Anchorage (Anchorage, Alaska), 2012-16
8.     88 — Richmond (Maine), 2013-17
9.     85 — Leake Academy (Madden, Miss.), 2010-12
10.   84 — Salem (N.H.), 1990-93

11.   83 — Central Cabarrus (Concord, N.C.), 2004-06
12.   80 — Cabrini (Allen Park, Mich.), 2006-08
13.   78 — Moultonborough Academy (Moultonborough, N.H.), 1999-2003
13.   78 — Seymour (Conn.), 2005-07
15.   77 — Masuk (Monroe, Conn.), 2007-09
15.   77 — Northern (Owings, Md.), 2010-14
15.   77 — Southington (Conn.), 2013-16
15.   77 — Bishop Carroll (Wichita, Kan.), 2013-16
19.   76 — Fort Bend Elkins (Missouri City, Texas), 2003-04
19.   76 — Ferndale (Calif.), 2003-05

21.   75 — Whippany Park (Whippany, N.J.), 1989-91
22.   73 — El Camino Real (Woodland Hills, Calif.), 1984-87
23.   72 — Papillion-LaVista (Papillion, Neb.), 2019-present
24.   71 — Madison (Vienna, Va.), 1987-89
25.   69 — Casey-Westfield (Casey, Ill.), 1997-98
26.   68 — Clay (Portsmouth, Ohio), 1980-82
27.   67 — Crescent (Iva, S.C.), 1991-93
27.   67 — Clifton (N.J.), 1997-99
27.   67 — Cornerstone Christian (Columbiana, Ala.), 2008-10
30.   66 — Shawnee Heights (Tecumseh, Kan.), 2017-19

31.   65 — Neshoba Central (Philadelphia, Miss.), 2017-19
32.   64 — Laconia (Rosendale, Wis.), 2015-18
33.   63 — Scarborough (Maine), 2017-present
34.   62 — Gibbs (Corryton, Tenn.), 1986-88
34.   62 — Keystone (La Grange, Ohio), 2017-19
36.   60 — Bald Knob (Ark.), 2015-16
37.   59 — Jefferson (Cedar Rapids, Iowa), 1990-91
37.   59 — Crestview (Convoy, Ohio), 2005-06
37.   59 — Mortimer Jordan (Kimberly, Ala.), 2009-10
37.   59 — David W. Butler (Matthews, N.C.), 2006-08

41.   58 — Casey-Westfield (Casey, Ill.), 1986-87
41.   58 — Wellsville (N.Y.), 1995-97
41.   58 — South Putnam (Greencastle, Ind.), 2011-13
41.   58 — John Curtis Christian (River Ridge, La.), 2011-13
41.   58 — Akron-Westfield (Akron, Iowa), 2013-15
46.   56 — Butte Central Catholic (Butte, Mont.), 1999-01
47.   55 — Waterford (Conn.), 2009-11
47.   55 — Assumption (Davenport, Iowa), 2017-18
49.   54 — Central Cabarrus (Concord, N.C.), 2000-01
49.   54 — Central Davidson (Lexington, N.C.), 2007-08

49.   54 — Poynette (Wis.), 2018-19
52.   53 — Amity Regional (Woodbridge, Conn.), 2002-04
52.   53 — Madison (Vienna, Va.), 2017-19
52.   53 — Strafford (Mo.), 2017-19
55.   52 — Portage Northern (Portage, Mich.), 2000-01
55.   52 — Hoover (North Canton, Ohio), 2013-14
55.   52 — East Coweta (Sharpsburg, Ga.), 2017-18
58.   51 — St. Bernard's (St. Paul, Minn.), 1989-91
58.   51 — Paramus Catholic (Paramus, N.J.), 1991-92
58.   51 — Stevens Point (Wis.), 2002-03

58.   51 — Volcano Vista (Albuquerque), 2011-12
58.   51 — Paraclete (Lancaster, Calif.), 2015-17
63.   50 — Righetti (Santa Maria, Calif.), 1979-81
63.   50 — Chugiak (Alaska), 2003-04
63.   50 — Akron-Westfield (Akron, Iowa), 2011-12

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.

High school basketball: With COVID-19 guidelines limiting indoor activity, games in Washington's Pierce County being played in livestock arena - HIGHSCORE
High school basketball: With COVID-19 guidelines limiting indoor activity, games in Washington's Pierce County being played in livestock arena
With local guidelines restricting indoor activity amid the pandemic, athletic directors, coaches and local businesses got creative to save the high school basketball season in Washington's Pierce County.

Games finally got underway Wednesday on the grounds of the Washington State Fair in Puyallup in a venue typically reserved for equestrian activities, livestock shows, auctions and swap meets.

The arena has a roof but opens on both ends, allowing the basketball games to be played and skirting the limit on indoor gatherings. Puyallup-based Looker Asphalt paved the arena floor in recent days in order to make it possible to lay down courts.
Curtis (University Place) athletic director Suzanne Vick told KJR 950 on Wednesday that nearly 400 games are scheduled to be played on three courts featuring boys and girls teams from the South Puget Sound League and Pierce County League.

Spectators aren't permitted this week but Vick said she hopes two guests per uniformed player will be allowed in the near future.

Thankfully, the area's unpredictable spring weather is doing its part to cooperate. Temperatures are expected to remain in the 70s through the weekend.
Two junior varsity girls games were the first to be played on the newly installed courts Wednesday afternoon.
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Two junior varsity girls games were the first to be played on the newly installed courts Wednesday afternoon.
Photo by Vince Miller
A Rogers player takes a shot during one of the two junior varsity girls games.
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A Rogers player takes a shot during one of the two junior varsity girls games.
Photo by Vince Miller
Dane Looker (right) of Looker Asphalt and Greg Barrett work to finish installing the courts in time for the first games that were held Wednesday afternoon.
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Dane Looker (right) of Looker Asphalt and Greg Barrett work to finish installing the courts in time for the first games that were held Wednesday afternoon.
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High school football: Valdosta board will reconsider firing of embattled coach Rush Propst - HIGHSCORE
High school football: Valdosta board will reconsider firing of embattled coach Rush Propst
Rush Propst, the well-traveled and embattled former high school football coach at Valdosta (Ga.), might get a second chance, media reports indicate. The Valdosta City Schools will revisit the coach's April 27 firing Monday after a board member who supported Propst motioned for the special meeting, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported Wednesday.

The school board voted 5-3 to dismiss the coach amid allegations of the coach illegally recruiting five players to Valdosta, including Californian Jake Garcia. However, Warren Lee, one of the three to back Propst, called for the board to reconsider the decision. An announcement post on the school board website read "Revisit non-renewal of head football coach at VHS - Mr. Warren Lee - action required."

That means the board could reinstate Propst, even after the Georgia High School Association upheld the $7,500 fine levied on the program in addition to forcing the school to forfeit seven wins in 2020 and banning the team from the 2021 playoffs.

In February, Propst was the subject of a lengthy deposition that alleged he was involved in recruiting, mishandling money and even interfering in the hiring process that brought him to the program to begin with. Michael Nelson, who has been involved with the Valdosta Touchdown Club booster organization for many years, said in his sworn deposition that Propst, among other things, paid for housing for two transfers, facilitated recruiting of players with the help of college coaches, asked for a "funny money" slush fund and meddled in his own hiring process.

Propst owns a career record of 299-92 – including 7-5 in his lone season at Valdosta – and has won seven state titles during a high-profile, 30-year career. He garnered national attention while at Hoover (Ala.), which was featured on MTV's popular "Two-A-Days" reality show. He resigned there in 2007 and was dismissed at Colquitt County (Norman Park, Ga.) in 2019 after being charged with lack of compliance, improper conduct with students, dishonesty and misuse of public funds and property.

The AJC reported Propst remains under investigation by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission, which can deny teaching certificates. The commission pulled Propst's credential after his Colquitt County dismissal, but regained in on appeal, leading to his hiring at Valdosta.
Former Valdosta coach Rush Propst
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Former Valdosta coach Rush Propst
High school football: Hall of Famer Alan Faneca named head coach for Virginia program - HIGHSCORE
High school football: Hall of Famer Alan Faneca named head coach for Virginia program
Not many high school football players can say their coach is a Hall of Famer. Players at Cox (Virginia Beach, Va.) now can after former Pittsburgh Steelers great Alan Faneca was named head coach Monday.

The 13-year NFL veteran is part of the 2021 Pro Football Hall of Fame class and will be inducted Aug. 8 along with Peyton Manning, Charles Woodson, Tom Flores, Calvin Johnson, Bill Nunn, John Lynch and Drew Pearson.

After the induction ceremony, however, it's back to preparing the Falcons for the 2021 season. Cox went 5-1 in the recently completed spring season in Virginia.

Faneca helped the Steelers to a Super Bowl XL win over Seattle in 2006. He served as the offensive line coach at Cox for the past two seasons under Bill Stachelski, the school's winningest coach who is stepping aside to coach golf.

Stachelski compiled an 88-47 record and guided the Falcons to their first playoff victory in 2015.

"I’m not selling any fantasies," Faneca told the Virginian-Pilot in February. "I’m going out there and coaching football and getting the kids developed as football players and people. That’s how I was taught when I was in school."

Cox is 35-17 over the past five seasons.

Faneca was an All-American out of LSU before being drafted in 1998 in the first round by the Steelers. He played 13 seasons in the NFL with Pittsburgh, the New York Jets and Arizona Cardinals before retiring in 2011. He was named to the NFL's All-Decade Team of the 2000s.

Faneca's wife, Julie Kuchtka, is from Virginia Beach and their daughter attends Cox.