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2018 MaxPreps High School Freshman All-American Football Team
Georgia has been home to some of the most accomplished ninth-grade signal callers in recent years. From DeShaun Watson to Jake Fromm and Trevor Lawrence, the Peach State has led the way with quarterbacks making an instant impact as freshmen.

In 2018, Gunner Stockton showed that he was next in line.

The 6-foot-1, 195-pound quarterback emerged at Rabun County (Tiger, Ga.) in a major way this year.

Stockton, a top-ranked quarterback in the Class of 2022 according to scouting service Recruiting Brain, showed that, for as much promise his future holds, he was ready to make an instant impact. He completed 190-of-291 passes for 2,917 yards and 34 touchdowns.

His touchdown total (34) eclipsed the ninth grade production of Watson (17), Lawrence (26) and Fromm (8).

"He is a very special/rare player," said Rabun County quarterbacks coach Jaybo Shaw. There are not many Gunner Stockton's walking around."

Stockton highlights a talented and geographically diverse group of freshmen All-Americans that features players from all pockets of the country as well as a selection from American Somoa.

MaxPreps 2018 Freshmen All-American Team

First Team Offense

The Peach State's next great signal caller, Stockton threw for 2,917 yards and 34 touchdowns. He also rushed for 709 yards and 17 more scores.

Threw for 1,937 yards and 21 touchdowns while rushing 60 times for 312 yards and six scores, drawing comparisons to a young Cam Newton.

A physical specimen at 6-1, 185, Gibbs topped the 1,500-yard mark and scored 22 touchdowns.

One of the more exciting players in the Stockton-Modesto area, Brown reeled off 1,688 yards and scored 28 times. He added 31 catches for 741 yards.

"Bam Bam" battered opposing defenses, en route to district Newcomer of the Year honors.

With 48 catches for 1,191 yards and 13 touchdowns, Burden is the definition of a home-run threat. With the gridiron season finished, Burden heads to the hardwood, where he might be even more talented.

Notched 77 catches for 854 yard and six scores for Alemany. According 247Sports, he already has an offer from Oregon.

For one of Massachusetts' top programs, Zamor emerged as one of the top young talents in New England, lining up at numerous positions and earning a Michigan offer in the process.

Also an impressive basketball and baseball player, Oatis saw varsity action in the trenches as an eighth-grader, a testament to his incredible physical prowess. He has already landed offers from Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi and Mississippi State.

The ballyhooed middle-school phenom shed 80 pounds heading into ninth grade, making him a factor immediately on the Holy Cross varsity line.

Iuli was an absolute monster for state semifinalists Puyallup. Washington has produced numerous blue-chip lineman through the years, and Iuli has the chance to be every bit as good as any of them.

An all-district selection, Meadows helped Graham capture a Class 2 state title, the program's first since 1995.

Though his future is likely on the defensive side of the ball, Miles, who already holds offers from Michigan and North Carolina, was a key figure on the St. Peter's Prep offensive line.

Nickel was a key contributor to state champion Milton, where he also lined up at fullback.

For the storied Ohio program, Harrison stepped into the starting quarterback role and tossed for 1,649 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Graphic by Ryan Escobar
First Team Defense

At 6-3, 305 pounds, Neal is a mountain of a young man, and will be drawing double teams for years to come.

Accounted for 76 tackles and 15 sacks for a 14-1 Northeastern team.

Thomas knifed his way through opposing offensive lines to the tune of 13 sacks.

A massive presence up front for one of New Jersey's top teams, Booker had three tackles in Bergen Catholic's early season upset over Grayson (Loganville, Ga.).

For state champ Crusaders, Misa tallied 39 tackles and added a blocked punt.

The son of former NFL player (and current Kansas City Chiefs assistant) Deland McCullough, Dasan already towers over his dad and could be an FBS recruit at multiple positions.

The Black Knights have produced some blue-chip recruits and Smith, a 6-3, 221-pound specimen, seems to fit the mold.

In Alabama's ultra-competitive Class 7A, Alexander earned All-State honors, finishing with 74 tackles.

After leading the team in tackles as an eighth-grader, Martin delivered once more as a freshman.

A playmaker for Palmetto, he made big plays on both defense and special teams.

A breakthrough player in the secondary for the CIF Open Division state champs Mater Dei, he recorded two interceptions and three pass breakups.

A starter for one of the state's top programs, he also saw action at wide receiver and has now transitioned to the hardwood.

An all-region pick, he was responsible for 26 tackles, five interceptions and 12 pass breakups.

He's drawn comparisons to Chiefs' defensive tackle, and fellow "757" native Derrick Nnadi. The 6-4 300 pounder made 71 tackles and earned Second Team All-State.

Second Team Offense

It was a dominant season for the coach's son who carved up opposing defenses to the tune of 2,984 yards and 40 touchdowns.

The 6-5 gunslinger threw for 2,438 yards and 29 touchdowns against four interceptions, helping the Titans to a 9-3 finish.

Topped the 1,000-yard mark for the 9-3 Cougars, while adding six catches for 74 yards and another score.

Made a name for himself with 329 yards and four touchdowns against state power Lake Taylor (Norfolk). On the season, he accumulated 1,421 yards and 16 scores.

Coach's son found the end zone 22 times on 1,280 yards, while adding a pick-six on defense.

Taylor, simply put, is one of the fastest players in America. As Washington continues to become a recruiting hotspot, Taylor will carry the torch.

Turner-Gooden showed glimpses all over the field, lining up at wide receiver, defensive back, punt returner and kick returner.

The sky is the limit for the 6-3 Groves, who caught eight touchdowns and also spent time at running back.

After missing most of the season with a broken foot, Johnson, whose father Brad played quarterback and won a Super Bowl in the NFL, closed the season by catching a touchdown pass from brother Max, an LSU commit.

A starter out of the gate, Harris showed the promise that led to an early offer from Alabama.

Not only started for mighty Centennial, a high school power, he played the key position of left tackle for one of the country's best programs.

Worked his weigh into the starting lineup and more than held his own for Broward County power St. Thomas Aquinas.

Taylor was tasked with protecting the quarterback's blindside, using his 6-5 frame to line up at left tackle.

For Class 6A Atascocita, which finished 11-2, Dewberry saw significant time at tackle. He'll be one of the biggest recruits in the Lone Star State in coming years.

The 6-2 WR/FS saw action on special teams. As a receiver, he caught 10 touchdowns.

Second Team Defense

Record 19 tackles and swatted down three passes. He projects to be one of the more coveted recruits from the Hoosier State.

While he saw regular work at defensive end and played special teams, the best is yet to come for Finkley, who's already 6-2, 225.

A gifted edge-rushed and totaled six sacks and five tackles for loss.

In the season opener, Perry immediately established his presence, recording six tackles, a sack and a fumble recovery.

It's rare for any freshmen to contribute for Texas Class 6A powers like Coppell, especially at physically demanding positions like linebacker. Polk thrived, with a team high 116 tackles.

The team's leading tackler this fall, Murphy will be a sought-after recruit before his time is up.

Playing in the nation's premier league, Te'o more than held his own. He was responsible for 66 tackles and four quarterback hurries.

The 6-2, 210 pounder looks like a linebacker at the next level, but also saw action behind center for Simmons.

The rangy Barham took advantage of a growth spurt entering high school and saw varsity action for national power DeMatha.

With his size (6-1, 195), Clark thrived at safety before moving up to play linebacker. He hails from the same school as former blue-chip defensive back Antwine Perez.

The son of former NFL receiver Donald Driver, Cristian helped Liberty Christian to an 8-5 season and a berth in the state state semifinals.

DB – Oakie Salave'a, Leone (Pago Pago, American Samoa)
Salave'a, whose uncle Joseph spent more than a decade in the NFL as a defensive tackle, has the size (6-3, 180) and pedigree to be a big-time player from American Samoa. He already has an offer from Hawaii.

A member of the Crusaders' impressive young nucleus, Gould made 24 tackles and an interception.

An all-area honorable mention selection, Singletary had seven picks and six pass breakups for Class 7A Lee.

*Stephen Spiewak is national football editor emeritus at MaxPreps and has selected the MaxPreps Freshman All-American Team since 2010. Nowadays, he works at Vivid Seats, where he's written about the popularity of football across the United States.
2020 HIGHSCORE preseason high school volleyball All-America team - HIGHSCORE
2020 MaxPreps preseason high school volleyball All-America team
The 2020 high school volleyball season won't look like any we've ever experienced. Split seasons with some states forging ahead while others play in the spring or winter. Toss in masks for competitors, coaches and referees with no switching benches after sets and a whole bunch of hand sanitizer and 2020 definitely will be something different.

The one thing that won't be different is the talent. We're spotlighting some of that talent in our preseason All-America team. The list is filled with repeat recipients in addition to newcomers and state champions. We've already highlighted the top player in each state as well as the best team in each state. Next week, we will drop our first Top 25 rankings for teams playing in the fall.
Graphic by Ryan Escobar
First team

OH — Ally Batenhorst, Seven Lakes (Katy, Texas)
6-foot-4 | Sr. | Committed to Nebraska
One of a handful of future Cornhuskers on the All-American list, Batenhorst pounded 849 kills in 2019 (1,810 for her career) while adding 511 digs and 81 blocks for the 26-18 Spartans.

OH — Mele Corral-Blagojevich, Redondo Union (Redondo Beach, Calif.)
6-1 | So. | Undecided
A freshman as six-rotation player on a Top 10 team must truly be special. And she was. Corral-Blagojevich posted nearly 400 kills with 126 aces while playing all but 10 sets for the Sea Hawks. Coach Tommy Chaffins praised her ability to not only swing the hammer, but understand what the defense was giving and adjust on the fly.

OH — Parker Bracken, Jackson Academy (Jackson, Miss.)
5-10 | Sr. | LSU (beach)

Picking up where she left off, Bracken already has 120 kills on the season for the Raiders. Last year's Gatorade selection, she totaled 648 kills, 517 digs and 120 aces while leading her squad to the MidSouth Association of Independent Schools title. She was a Clarion Ledger first-team pick.

6-1 | Sr. | Missouri
The future Tiger led the 41-4 Jags in kills with 573 while adding 444 digs, 37 aces and 55 blocks. She enters her senior season with 1,097 kills and 1,043 digs.

OH — Angelique Cyr, Flower Mound (Texas)
5-10 | Sr. | Arizona State
Second to fellow senior Cox in kills for the Jaguars with 422, Cyr added 30 aces and 368 digs. A 6A title winner her junior year, Flower Mound fell to Byron Nelson in the regional semifinals.

OH — Shaye Eggleston, Brentwood (Brentwood)
6-1 | Sr. | Alabama

The Volunteer State Gatorade winner won her third Tennessee AAA title this season (the seventh straight for Brentwood) while recording eye-popping number: 856 kills, 444 digs, 80 blocks and 87 aces.

OH — Alexia Jones, Dawson (Pearland, Texas)
5-10 | Sr. | Houston Baptist
She finished with 446 kills, 336 digs and 53 blocks for the 43-5 Eagles, which lost in the 6A regional semifinals to state runner-up Ridge Point.

OH — Lindsay Krause, Skutt Catholic (Omaha, Neb.)
6-3 | Sr. | Nebraska

A MaxPreps All-American and state Gatorade recipient, Krause led the SkyHawks to a 34-5 mark and Class B title. She posted 360 kills, 152 digs and 28 blocks for Skutt Catholic. She also was part of the U18 gold medal team in Egypt last September while also landing on the Lincoln Journal Star Super-State first team and the Omaha World-Herald All-Nebraska first team.

OH — Charitie Luper, Byron Nelson (Trophy Club, Texas)
5-8 | Sr. | UCLA
One of two Bobcats on the All-American team, Luper hit 492 kills with 508 digs and 50 blocks while missing time with an elbow injury. The UCLA-commit totaled 1,321 kills in her career to go with 1,293 digs.

OH — Elia Rubin, Marymount (Los Angeles)
6-0 | Jr. | Undecided
There was no sophomore slump for the Sailors' standout, individually, earned Nike TOC MVP honors. Marymount finished 33-5, falling to CIF and National Champion Torrey Pines in the SoCal semis, while Rubin notched 420 kills and a 43 kill percentage. She also added 44 aces, 44 blocks, 241 digs and 391 serve receives.

OH — Mabrey Shaffmaster, New Castle (Ind.)
6-1 | Sr. | North Carolina

The younger sister of the Trojans' duo, Mabrey pounded out 670 kills with 120 aces, 39 blocks, 228 digs and 337 serve receives as New Castle won its third straight Indiana title (the first 4A crown after back-to-back 3A championships.)
Mabrey Shaffmaster, New Castle
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Mabrey Shaffmaster, New Castle
OH — Mckenna Wucherer, Brookfield Central (Brookfield, Wis.)
6-1 |  Jr. | Minnesota

The future Gopher notched 346 digs last season en route to being named the Greater Metro Conference Player of the Year. She also led the state with 592 kills and led the Lancers with 65 aces.

MB — Cecily Bramschreiber, Lovejoy (Lucas, Texas)
5-8 | Sr. | TCU
In 140 sets, the Horned Frog commit tallied 661 kills, 447 digs, 50 blocks and 52 aces. Bramschreiber had seven 20-plus kill matches during a junior campaign that saw the Leopards go 48-5, win a 5A state title and cap the season on a 20-match win streak. 

MB — Jenna Reitsma, Lowell (Mich.)
5-11 |  Sr. | Marquette

While leading the Red Arrows to a 55-4 mark and Division I runner-up finish, Reitsma hammered 873 kills along with 422 digs and 86 aces. She's a repeat MaxPreps All-American and edged out a deep field in Michigan as the top player in the state.

MB — Addie VanderWeide, Christian (Grand Rapids, Mich.)
5-11 | Sr. | Undecided
The Eagles standout tallied 558 kills in leading the Eagles to a No. 17 ranking, a 46-3 overall mark and a Michigan Division 2 title. VanderWeide hit at 32 percent and posted 373 digs in 126 sets for the Eagles. She enters her senior season with 1,518 career kills and 1,028 digs.

S — Clara Brower, The Woodlands (Texas)
5-9 | Sr. | Georgia
The future Bulldog led the Highlanders to a 47-5 mark, posting 1,551 assists overall and more than 10 per set in 146 sets played. She also added 410 digs, 182 kills and 52 aces in her junior campaign and has 3,352 overall assists, 938 digs and 316 kills.

S — Averi Carlson, Lovejoy (Lucas, Texas)
6-0 | Jr. | Baylor
The 2018 MaxPreps Freshman of the Year and 2019 All-American first-teamer guided the Leopards to a 48-5 mark and a 5A title. A year after posting 1,507 assists in a 5A runner-up finish as a freshman, Carlson tallied 1,327 assists (9.1 per set), 340 digs, 55 aces and 107 kills.

S — Payton Chamberlain Byron Nelson (Trophy Club, Texas)
6-0 | Sr. | Wyoming
The MaxPreps All-American already surpassed the 3,000 assist mark for the 6A champion Bobcats, including 1,944 last season. The 6-foot future Cowboy averaged more than 13 assists while chipping in 302 digs and 117 kills.

S — Kennedi Orr, Eagan (Minn.)
6-0 | Jr. | Nebraska

The Star Tribune Metro Player of the Year as well as the Gatorade selection, Orr's numbers across the board were noteworthy: 411 assists, 380 kills and 230 digs. She led the Wildcats to a 29-3 mark and a runner-up finish in the 3A championship. She already has more than 1,600 assists and 800 kills in two years.

L/DS — Eleanor Beavin, Mercy (Louisville, Ky.)
5-6 |  Sr. | Kentucky

The state Defensive Player of the Year and first-team All-State pick, Beavin had 555 digs and 505 serve receives last year (with nearly 1,200 of each in her career).

L/DS — Lexi Rodriguez, Sterling (Ill.)
5-5 | Sr. | Nebraska

The state Gatorade Player of the Year led the Warriors to a repeat 3A title. She had 415 digs, 232 assists and 32 aces while missing time with a gold medal stint at the FIVB U18 World Championships in Egypt.

AA — Allie Gray, Skutt Catholic (Omaha, Neb.)
5-11 | Sr. | Arizona State
Posting more than 12 assists per set (1,225 total), Gray joined with Krause to lead Skutt to a 34-5 mark and Class B title. She added 181 digs and 38 aces in 101 sets. She's notched 2,226 assists in her prep career.

AA — Kami Miner, Redondo Union (Redondo Beach, Calif.)
6-0 | S | Sr. | Stanford

While Elia Rubin and fellow Sea Hawk Mele Corral-Blagojevich are worthy candidates and might be tops in following years, Miner's leadership, pedigree and stats are undeniable. The future Cardinal and daughter of former NBA player Harold Miner was a MaxPreps first-team All American in addition to playing on the gold-medal winning Girls U18 World Championship team last September in Egypt.

AA — Sophia Powell, Lowell (Mich.)
5-9 | Sr. | Undecided
The set to Reitsma's spike, Powell tallied 1,571 assists last season for the 55-4 Red Arrows. With nearly 11 assists per set, she also added 44 aces and 297 digs for the Division I runner-up.

AA — Bergen Reilly, O'Gorman (Sioux Falls, S.D.)
6-1 | So. | Undecided

A state Player of the Year nominee as a freshman, Reilly dished up 503 assists while adding 265 digs, 225 kills and47 aces for the 26-5 Knights, who fell in the AA title match. In addition to her state accolades, Reilly was a Freshman of the Year candidate from PrepVolleyball.com and named as one of 36 athletes to train as part of the Girls Incoming Youth Holiday National Training Team.
Jessica Smith, Aliso Niguel
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Jessica Smith, Aliso Niguel
Second team

OH — Samantha Francis, La Jolla Country Day (La Jolla, Calif.)
6-6 | Sr. | Stanford
The Torreys' hitter crossed the 1,000-kill threshold as a junior, tallying 317 kills in 89 sets. She added 93 blocks as LJCD went 23-8 and fell in the SoCal playoffs to eventual D-I champion Vista Murrieta.

OH — Ali Hornung, Providence (Clarksville, Ind.)
5-9 | Sr. | Purdue
The Pioneers standout enters 2020 looking to go over 1,000 kills and digs for her career, sitting at 1,288 and 916, respectively. The future Boilermaker posted 392 kills and 266 digs in 100 sets for the 4A quarterfinalists. The 29-2 Pioneers only losses were to Center Grove in the quarters and a regular-season defeat by 4A champs New Castle.

OH — Devin Kahahawai, Kamehameha Kapalama (Honolulu)
6-0 | Jr. | Undecided

Led the DI state champion Warriors in kills with 381, while pouring in 33 aces, 51 blocks, 247 digs and 163 serve receives. Kahahawai was on the Honolulu Star-Advertiser's Fab 15 team.

OH — Hayden Kubik, Valley (West Des Moines, Iowa)
6-2 | Jr. | Nebraska

The Hawkeye State's No. 1 Class of 2022 recruit according to prepdig.com, Kubik had 491 kills, 228 digs65 aces and 28 blocks for the 5A runners-up.

OH — Evoni Lemons, Alpharetta (Ga.)
5-8 | Sr. | Undecided

The 42-7 Raiders were paced by Lemons' 667 kills, hitting at a 45 percent rate. She added 454 digs, 45 blocks and 29 aces as Alpharetta was ranked in the MaxPreps Top 25 during the 2019 season.

OH — Claire Little, Vista Murrieta (Murrieta, Calif.)
6-2 | So. | BYU
She stormed on to the scene with 461 kills while leading the Broncos to the CIF Division I state crown as a No. 5 seed. She posted 30 kills in the title match (a record for a freshman) and hit at 31 percent in 106 sets and added 247 digs, as well as 35 aces and blocks.

OH — Carlie Rzeszotarski, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake (Burnt Hills, N.Y.)
6-0 | Jr. | Undecided

Blasting 523 kills — the second highest single-season total in school history — as a sophomore and led the Spartans to a 44-6 mark and Class A state crown. She added 278 digs and 52 aces and should pass the 1,000 career kill mark this season.

OH — Norah Sis, Papillion-LaVista (Papillion, Neb.)
6-1 | Sr. | Creighton
She hit at 32 percent with 479 kills (1,383 in three seasons), 311 digs and 49 blocks in 100 sets as the Monarchs went 36-2, falling only to rival Papillion-LaVista South and Millard North in the Class A quarterfinals.

OH — Jessica Smith, Aliso Niguel (Calif.)
6-0 | Sr. | UCLA (beach)
Led the Wolverines to a 21-6 mark and CIF Division I quarterfinal finish. She tallied 424 kills while adding 242 digs and 93 aces. Smith enters her senior season looking to get over the century mark in kills with 807.

OH — Anjelina Starck, Rampart (Colorado Springs, Colo.)
6-2 | Sr. | Penn State
Led the 26-4 Rams with 430 kills while adding a second-best 353 digs. The Bishop Gorman transfer got better as the season went along, posting double-digit kill totals in Rampart's final 16 matches before falling to eventual 5A champion Valor Christian in the quarters.

OH — Paris Thompson, Fort Myers (Fla.)
6-1 | Sr. | Notre Dame

The Fort Myers News-Press chose her as its Player of the Decade. In 2019, she set a school record with 446 kills, including a single-game mark of 31. A three-year standout, Thompson is approaching 1,000 career kills.

MB — Ngozi Iloh, McIntosh (Peachtree City, Ga.)
6-1 | Sr. | Undecided
Was second on the AAAAA champions with 301 kills while adding 64 blocks and 37 aces for the 36-1 Chiefs, who were ranked for a portion of the season. She's off to a hot start already as the Chiefs are 5-0 and Iloh has 46 kills in 10 sets.

MB — Rylie Kadel, Legend (Parker, Colo.)
6-1 | Sr. | Duke

A first-team All-State pick for the Titans, Kadel blasted a team-high 428 kills with 71 blocks, 50 aces and 70 digs.

MB — Marianna Singletary, Porter-Gaud (Charleston, S.C.)
6-4 | Jr. | Undecided

In each of her first two seasons, Singletary has posted at least 500 kills, notching 539 (second-best in the state) last season for the Cyclones. She also had 93 blocks.

S — Caroline Dykes, Flower Mound (Texas)
5-10 | Sr. | East Tennessee State
The Jags setter tossed up nearly eight assists per set while notching 936 total for the season. She added 269 digs and 42 aces in 127 sets as Flower Mound went 41-4. A 6A title winner her junior year, Flower Mound fell to Byron Nelson in the regional semifinals.

S — Alyssa Eaton, Assumption (Louisville, Ky.)
5-8 | Sr. | Undecided
She dished up 820 assists (9.3 per set) and added 159 digs for the Rockets, which added a 22nd state title in 28 years last season. Eaton looks to cap her prep career winning a state crown in all four years as one of the leaders of Ron Kordes' squad.

S — Rachel Muisenga, Benet Academy (Lisle, Ill.)
6-0 | Sr. | Penn State
The future Nittany Lion switched from hitter to setter last season and put up impressive state: 718 assists, 67 kills and 49 digs for the 41-1 Redwings, who won the 4A crown. As a sophomore hitter, Muisenga blasted 180 kills with 149 assists and 116 digs.

S — Elena Scott, Mercy (Louisville, Ky.)
5-8 | Sr. | Louisville
A Durango all-tourney team pick for the Kentucky runner-up Jaguars, Scott notched 800 assists, 326 digs and 160 kills as Mercy went 36-7. The Louisville commit enters her final season with 2,339 assists, 753 digs and 358 kills.

L/DS — Caroline Bien, Aquinas (Overland Park, Kan.)
5-11 | Sr. | Kansas
Named to the Kansas 5A All-Tournament team, the 5-11 Bien had 349 kills, 319 digs and 513 serve receives for the Saints as they went 34-7 and earned the 5A title.

L/DS — Emery Dupes, Walton (Marietta, Ga.)
5-5 | Sr. | Florida State
The glue for the 32-8 Raiders and AAAAAAA champions, Dupes had 238 digs, 408 serve receives and 65 aces in her junior campaign. She's seeking to complete the career state title sweep having won crowns in 2017 and 2018 as well.

AA — Riley Buckley, North Raleigh Christian Academy (Raleigh, N.C.)
6-0 | Jr. | Missouri

Playing on a nationally ranked team, Buckley dished up 451 assists, 262 digs, 260 kills (while hitting .421) and 46 aces for a 31-4 team that also snagged the NCISAA state crown.

AA — Gracie Lynn Butler, Hazel Green (Ala.)
6-1 | Sr. | Samford

The All-State and al.com Hunstville All-Region Player of the Year smashed 23 kills and dug 19 balls in the Trojans' four-set loss in the 6A title game. She posted 771 kills, 135 blocks, 243 digs and 63 aces for 58-9 Hazel Green.

AA — Caroline Edgeworth, Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas)
5-9 | Jr. | Undecided

As a sophomore, she broke single-season state records for assists (1,474 at 13.3 per set) an aces (122) last fall. She added 294 digs, 63 kills and 32 blocks and sits at 2,097 assist with two years in her prep career.

6-0 | Sr. | Colorado
The rising senior filled the stat sheet with 175 digs, 952 assists, 80 aces and 185 kills for the 36-4 Trailblazers, who fell to eventual D-I champion Vista Murrieta in the SoCal finals. Simpson has 3,127 assists, 535 digs and 342 kills for her career.

AA — Kendra Wait, Gardner-Edgerton (Gardner, Kan.)
5-10 | Sr. | Creighton

In addition to being a first-team 6A All-State pick, Wait also was the state Gatorade Player of the Year as a junior. She notched 944 assists, 417 digs, 143 kills and 52 aces for the 6A consolation winners.
Emery Dupes, Walton
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Emery Dupes, Walton
High school softball: Career strikeout leaders with 1,500 or more punchouts - HIGHSCORE
High school softball: Career strikeout leaders with 1,500 or more punchouts
When it comes to unbreakable records, Hillary Phillips of Ider (Ala.) and her 2,463 career strikeouts might be the toughest to top. With the 2010 move of the pitching rubber back from 40 feet to 43 feet, strikeouts have been harder to come by, thus making Phillips' total the Mount Everest of high school softball records.

The closest any pitcher has come to threatening Phillips' mark in the past decade is Annie Willis, who finished with 1,975 strikeouts in 2017. However, Willis played six years (same as Phillips) and still comes up nearly 500 strikeouts short. Consider that the highest strikeout total during the 2021 season was 420 strikeouts by Hannah Price of Rogers (Florence, Ala.).

Phillips tops MaxPreps list of high school softball pitchers with over 1,500 career strikeouts. And while Phillips' mark is certainly impressive, Alicia Hollowell's career total might be more so.

A four-year starter at Fairfield (Calif.), Hollowell averaged 582 strikeouts a season. She also averaged 15.7 strikeouts per game during a 131-17 career. Anna Thompson, No. 3 on the career strikeouts list, comes in next with 13.0 strikeouts per game during a 151-27 career.

Michele Granger of Valencia (Placentia, Calif.) was the first pitcher to notch more 1,500 career strikeouts (when not counting fall and spring/summer seasons combined). She finished her career in 1988 with 1,635 strikeouts - which was 511 strikeouts more than previous record holder Samantha Ford of Newhall (Hart), who had 1,124 from 1982-85.

Granger held the record until 1992 when Michelle Martin of Columbus (Columbus Junction, Iowa) finished in 1992 with 1,781 strikeouts over a five-year career. Paige Stamp of Lisbon (Iowa) took over the top spot in 1996 with 1,975 strikeouts and Jen Bice of Woodward-Granger (Iowa) took her place in 1999 with 2,175. Hollowell moved the bar to 2,328 in 2002 and Phillips claimed No. 1 in 2009.

Sources for the list include the National Federation of High Schools Record Book, state association record books, MaxPreps leaderboards, Cal-Hi Sports Record Book by Mark and Nelson Tennis and research with newspapers.com.
Rachel Fox, Fort Bend Christian Academy
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Rachel Fox, Fort Bend Christian Academy
All-Time high school softball strikeout career leaders

HiIlary Phillips
Career Total: 2,463
School: Ider (Ala.)
Years: 2004-09
Highest Single Season Total: 550 (2006)

Alicia Hollowell
Career Total: 2,328
School: Fairfield (Calif.)
Years: 1999-2002
Highest Single Season Total: 641 (2000), 636 (2001), 559 (2002)

Anna Thompson
Career Total: 2,322
School: Grissom (Huntsville, Ala.)
Years: 2003-06
Highest Single Season Total: 657 (2006), 613 (2004)

Sammy Snygg
Career Total:
2,208
School: North Polk (Alleman, Iowa)
Years: 2005-09
Highest Single Season Total: 472 (2009), 451 (2005), 450 (2007), 437 (2008),

Jen Bice
Career Total: 2,175
School: Woodward-Granger (Woodward, Iowa)
Years: 1996-99
Highest Single Season Total: 570 (1997)

Meagan Novotny
Career Total: 2,132
School: Turkey Valley (Jackson Junction, Iowa)
Years: 2004-08
Highest Single Season Total: 506 (2008)

LaTonya Coates
Career Total: 1,999
School: Bangor (Mich.)
Years: 1998-2001
Highest Single Season Total: 553 (1999)

Lauren Seibert
Career Total: 1,979
School: West Morgan (Trinity, Ala.)
Years: 2004-09
Highest Single Season Total: 580 (2008), 576 (2009)

Paige Stamp
Career Total: 1,975
School: Lisbon (Iowa)
Years: 1993-96
Highest Single Season Total: 590 (1996)

Annie Willis
Career Total: 1,975
School: Westminster Christian (Huntsville, Ala.)
Years: 2012-17
Highest Single Season Total: 583 (2016)

Montana Fouts
Career Total: 1,964
School: East Carter (Grayson, Ky.)
Years: 2012-18
Highest Single Season Total: 481 (2018), 479 (2016)

Cara Goodwin
Career Total: 1,929
School: Good Hope (Cullman, Ala.)
Years: 2009-13
Highest Single Season Total: 525 (2012)

Lindsey Fadnek
Career Total: 1,925
School: Coalfield (Tenn.)
Years: 2009-12
Highest Single Season Total: 567 (2012)

Alexis Silkwood
Career Total: 1,907
School: Marquette Catholic (Alton, Ill.)
Years: 2010-13
Highest Single Season Total: 501 (2011), 500 (2012), 463 (2010), 443 (2013)

Rachelle Fico

Career Total: 1,886
School: Masuk (Monroe, Conn.)
Years: 2006-09
Highest Single Season Total: 486 (2007, 2008), 482 (2009), 432 (2006)

Dallas Escobedo
Career Total: 1,882
School: St. Mary's (Phoenix)
Years: 2007-10
Highest Single Season Total: 510 (2010)

Kirsten Allen
Career Total: 1,865
School: Ryle (Union, Ky.)
Years: 2004-08
Highest Single Season Total: 478 (2008, 2006), 451 (2007)

Cara Law
Career Total: 1,843
School: Saks (Anniston, Ala.)
Years: 2005-09
Highest Single Season Total: 512 (2006)

Sarah Sigrest
Career Total: 1,816
School: Daphne (Ala.)
Years: 2004-08
Highest Single Season Total: 622 (2008)

Megan Rhodes
Career Total: 1,807
School: Lipscomb Academy (Nashville, Tenn.)
Years: 2001-04
Highest Single Season Total: 502 (2004)

Michelle Martin
Career Total: 1,781
School: Columbus (Columbus Junction, Iowa)
Years: 1988-92
Highest Single Season Total: 513 (1991)

Stacy Delaney
Career Total: 1,741
School: Freeland (Mich.)
Years: 2002-05
Highest Single Season Total: 558 (2005)

Chelsea Sundberg
Career Total: 1,736
School: Olivet (Mich.)
Years: 2007-10
Highest Single Season Total: 597 (2010)

Holly Currie
Career Total: 1,730
School: Pisgah (Ala.)
Years: 2000-03
Highest Single Season Total: 567 (2002)

Brittany Barnhill
Career Total: 1,715
School: Northwest (Justin, Texas)
Years: 2004-07
Highest Single Season Total: 485 (2007)

Leanna Johnson
Career Total: 1,714
School: Brantley (Ala.)
Years: 2013-18
Highest Single Season Total: 472 (2017)

Andrea Palmer

Career Total: 1,704
School: Waterloo (Ala.)
Years: 2001-2005
Highest Single Season Total: 501 (2005)

Katie Brown
Career Total: 1,688
School: Spirit Lake (Iowa)
Years: 2003-06
Highest Single Season Total: 444 (2006)

Taylor West

Career Total: 1,664
School: Saks (Anniston, Ala.)
Years: 2008-13
Highest Single Season Total: 610 (2013)

Aspen Wesley
Career Total: 1,651
School: Neshoba Central (Philadelphia, Miss.)
Years: 2015-19
Highest Single Season Total: 349 (2017), 335 (2019)

Lindsey Dunlap

Career Total: 1,644
School: Hueytown (Ala.)
Years: 2004-08
Highest Single Season Total: 440 (2008)

Kayla English
Career Total: 1,642
School: Fort Worth Christian (North Richland Hills, Texas)
Years: 2008-11
Highest Single Season Total: 522 (2011)

Erica Strutz
Career Total: 1,637
School: Hartland (Mich.)
Years: 1993-96
Highest Single Season Total: 493 (1996)

Penny Cope
Career Total: 1,637
School: Carlisle (Iowa)
Years: 1994-97
Highest Single Season Total: 505 (1996)

Michele Granger
Career Total: 1,635
School: Valencia (Placentia, Calif.)
Years: 1985-88
Highest Single Season Total: 509 (1987)

Jenna Ignowski
Career Total: 1,625
School: Niles (Mich.)
Years: 2006-09
Highest Single Season Total: 498 (2009)

Kelly Schade
Career Total: 1,619
School: Clarke (Osceola, Iowa)
Years: 1991-95
Highest Single Season Total: 506 (1995)

Katie Bertelsen
Career Total: 1,619
School: Monmouth United (Monmouth, Ill.)
Years: 2008-11
Highest Single Season Total: 477 (2009)

Jordan Ingalls

Career Total: 1,603
School: Bolivar-Richburg (Bolivar, N.Y.)
Years: 2003-08
Highest Single Season Total: 361 (2006)

Samantha Hendrix
Career Total: 1,600
School: Madison Academy (Madison, Ala.)
Years: 2001-06
Highest Single Season Total: 377 (2006)

Meghan Harbuck
Career Total:
1,598
School: Baker (Mobile, Ala.)
Years: 2003-07
Highest Single Season Total: 542 (2007)

Rachel Fox
Career Total: 1,585
School: Fort Bend Christian Academy (Sugar Land, Texas)
Years: 2007-10
Highest Single Season Total: 438 (2010)

Anjelica Selden

Career Total: 1,552
School: Vanden (Fairfield, Calif.)
Years: 2001-04
Highest Single Season Total: 536 (2004)

Hilary Mavromat
Career Total: 1,551
School: Scottsboro (Ala.)
Years: 2006-10
Highest Single Season Total: 380 (2007)

Tammy Nielsen
Career Total: 1,548
School: Fremont (Neb.)
Years: 1997-2000
Highest Single Season Total: 463 (2000), 444 (1999)

Chelsea Wallace

Career Total: 1,548
School: Danville (Ky.)
Years: 2003-08
Highest Single Season Total: 404 (2008)

CheyAnne Gaskey
Career Total: 1,545
School: Butler County (Morgantown, Ky.)
Years: 2007-11
Highest Single Season Total: 434 (2010)

Kirsten Shortridge
Career Total: 1,544
School: Keller (Texas)
Years: 2003-06
Highest Single Season Total: 438 (2006)

Katie Layne
Career Total: 1,539
School: Hogan (Vallejo, Calif.)
Years: 1998-2001
Highest Single Season Total: 441 (1999)

Jessie Granger
Career Total: 1,536
School: Troy (Mich.)
Years: 2002-05
Highest Single Season Total: 449 (2005)

Becky Abner
Career Total: 1,533
School: North Laurel (London, Ky.)
Years: 2002-08
Highest Single Season Total: 365 (2000)

Erin Arevalo
Career Total: 1,518
School: East Union (Manteca, Calif.)
Years: 2005-08
Highest Single Season Total: 492 (2008)

Taran Alvelo
Career Total: 1,515
School: Bloom-Carroll (Carroll, Ohio)
Years: 2012-15
Highest Single Season Total: 368 (2012)

Mackenzie Stiles
Career Total: 1,507
School: Deposit (N.Y.)
Years: 2014-19
Highest Single Season Total: 362 (2019)

Lisa Fernandez
Career Total: 1,503
School: Saint Joseph (Lakewood, Calif.)
Years: 1986-89
Highest Single Season Total: 467 (1989)

Kelcie Matesa
Career Total: 1,501
School: Gillespie (Ill.)
Years: 2005-08
Highest Single Season Total: 443 (2005)

High school softball: Coaches with 1,000 or more wins - HIGHSCORE
High school softball: Coaches with 1,000 or more wins
The math is simple, yet staggering. Multiply 40 x 50 and you get 2,000. That's 40 wins a year times 50 years equals 2,000 wins. A high school school coach could accomplish that unimaginable feat and yet still come up 89 wins short of passing Jefferson (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) coaching legend Larry Niemeyer.

Niemeyer heads a list of high school softball coaches with 1,000 or more wins and his total is one of the more amazing feats in high school sports. With 2,089 career wins over 56 seasons, Niemeyer averaged 37 wins a year. By comparison, only about 30 high schools in the nation won 37 or more games during the 2019 season (the last full high school softball season). He also finished nearly 250 wins ahead of No. 2 Frank Huston, who retired in 2019 with 1,853.

In real estate, there's the old adage, "location, location, location." The same is true for high school softball coaches, and those three locations are Iowa, Michigan and Alabama. Of the 34 coaches on the list with over 1,000 wins, only four came from states other than those three. Iowa has 17 coaches on the list, including the top eight while Michigan has nine. Alabama has three while California, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Illinois have one each.

Sources for the list include the National Federation of High Schools record book, the Iowa Softball Coaches Association record book, state association record books and the Cal-Hi Sports Record Book by Mark and Nelson Tennis. Additions or corrections? [email protected]
Carlmont coach Jim Liggett has 1,009 wins.
File photo by Doug Stringer
Carlmont coach Jim Liggett has 1,009 wins.
High school softball coaches with 1,000-plus wins

1. Larry Niemeyer
Wins:
2,089
Schools: Jefferson (Cedar Rapids, Iowa)
Years: 1958-2013
Total Record: 2,089-429

2. Frank Huston
Wins:
1,853
Schools: Ottumwa (Iowa), Pekin (Packwood, Iowa), Gladbrook-Reinbeck (Iowa)
Years: 1967-2019
Total Record:1,853-508

3. Ed Coughenour
Wins:
1,444
Schools: Kingsley-Pierson (Kingsley, Iowa)
Years: 1956-2006
Total Record: 1,444-375

4. Gary Page
Wins:
1,400
Schools: Urbandale (Iowa)
Years: 1966-2000
Total Record: 1,400-462

5. Bill Hennessy
Wins:
1,374
Schools: Roland-Story (Story City, Iowa)
Years: 1955-2000
Total Record: 1,374-571

6. Steve Schlafke
Wins:
1,261
Schools: Garnavillo, Audubon (Iowa), A-D-M (Adel, Iowa), Dallas Center-Grimes (Iowa)
Years: 1976-present
Total Record: 1,261-628

7. Dennis Johnson
Wins:
1,249
Schools: North Scott (Eldridge, Iowa)
Years: 1975-2001, 2006-14
Total Record: 1,249-298-1

8. Bob Bunting
Wins:
1,217
Schools: Lisbon (Iowa)
Years: 1969-present
Total Record: 1,217-637

9. Diane Laffey
Wins:
1,212
Schools: Regina (Warren, Mich.)
Years: 1963-present
Total Record: 1,212-485-5

10. Brad Walraven
Wins:
1,195
Schools: All Saints Central (Bay City, Mich.), Frankenmuth (Mich.)
Years: 1980-present
Total Record: 1,195-356-3

11. Jim Brown
Wins:
1,186
Schools: Hoover (Ala.)
Years: 1991-2013
Total Record: 1,186-319-1

12. Tom Kennelly
Wins:
1,184
Schools: Swan Valley (Saginaw, Mich.)
Years: 1980-present
Total Record: 1,184-302-1

13. Steve Saladino
Wins:
1,179
Schools: Davenport West (Davenport, Iowa)
Years: 1979-present
Total Record: 1,179 wins

14. Rick Dillinger
Wins:
1,174
Schools: A-D-M (Adel, Iowa), North Polk (Alleman, Iowa), Danville (Iowa)
Years: 1976-2018
Total Record: 1,174-555

15. Denny Dock
Wins:
1,170
Schools: Dowagiac (Mich.), Lakeshore (Stevensville, Mich.)
Years: 1976-81, 1985-88, 1990-present
Total Record: 1,170-316-2

16. Dick Rasmussen
Wins:
1,165
Schools: Ankeny (Iowa), South Hamilton (Jewell, Iowa)
Years: 1965-1996
Total Record: 1,165-314

17. Jim Flaws
Wins:
1,142
Schools: Carlisle (Iowa), Dow City-Arion,
Years: 1983-present
Total Record: 1,142-227

18. Joe Gilbert
Wins:
1,140
Schools: Barnsdall (Okla.)
Years: 1954-2020
Total Record: 1,140 wins

19. Joe Alsup
Wins:
1,140
Schools: Waterford Township (Mich.); Mott (Waterford, Mich.); Kettering (Waterford, Mich.), Lakeland (White Lake, Mich.)
Years: 1975-94, 1998-2019
Total Record: 1,140-274

20. Mike Vint
Wins:
1,108
Schools: Marshalltown (Iowa), East Marshall (Le Grand, Iowa), Green Mountain
Years: 1971-2010
Total Record: 1,108-403

21. Ted McIntyre
Wins:
1,081
Schools: Mt. Pleasant (Mich.)
Years: 1975-2019
Total Record: 1,081-414

22. Larry Heath
Wins:
1,078
Schools: Burlington (Iowa)
Years: 1985-present
Total Record: 1,078-431

23. Tony Scarbrough
Wins:
1,071
Schools: Baker (Mobile, Ala.)
Years: 1970-present
Total Record: 1,071 wins

24. Jerry Newton
Wins:
1,068
Schools: Charles City (Iowa)
Years: 1967-1999
Total Record: 1,068-190

25. Dennis Schuur
Wins:
1,052
Schools: Muscatine (Iowa), Lake City (Iowa)
Years: 1989-2015
Total Record: 1,052-251

26. Ton Vruggink
Wins:
1,052
Schools: Hudsonville (Mich.)
Years: 1982-present
Total Record: 1,052-274

27. John Biedenbach
Wins:
1,050
Schools: Trenton (Mich.)
Years: 1975-present
Total Record: 1,050-500-6

28. Randy Wolken
Wins:
1,044
Schools: St. Joseph-Ogden (St. Joseph, Ill.)
Years: 1980-2018
Total Record: 1,044-242

29. Gary Adams
Wins:
1,043
Schools: Crescent (Iva, S.C.)
Years: 1977-2019
Total Record: 1,043-169

30. Howard Stuart
Wins:
1,043
Schools: Richmond (Mich.)
Years: 1979-present
Total Record: 1,043-308-1

31. Bob Bradfield
Wins:
1,041
Schools: Fairfield (Iowa)
Years: 1979-present
Total Record: 1,041-652

32. Howard Dorman
Wins:
1,019
Schools: Belmond-Klemme (Belmond, Iowa), Woden-Crystal Lake-Titonka (Crystal Lake, Iowa)
Years: 1960-2008
Total Record: 1,019-429

33. Dale Palmer,
Wins:
1,016
Schools: Sparkman (Harvest, Ala.)
Years: 1997-present
Total Record: 1,016 wins

34. Jim Liggett
Wins:
1,009
Schools: Carlmont (Belmont, Calif.)
Years: 1976-2016
Total Record: 1,009-216
High school sports amid the pandemic: 10 things that look different this fall - HIGHSCORE
High school sports amid the pandemic: 10 things that look different this fall
American Fork (Utah) athletic director Jeremy Lewis was thrilled that high school sports were back, but he had an obligation to make sure all new protocols were followed. So, in the middle of the first half of his football team's varsity game with Timpview (Provo) last week, he halted play, got on a loudspeaker and told the estimated 1,000 fans in the stands to wear masks, get back to their assigned seats and practice general social distancing guidelines laid out by state and local officials.

Otherwise, the game wouldn't go on.

We're still in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic, after all.

For the most part, fans obliged immediately, the game went on a few minutes later, American Fork prevailed 31-21 to move to 2-0 and high school sports continues throughout the state of Utah and in many other parts of the country.

Heading into the final weekend of August, 16 of the 50 states have decided to wait until 2021 to partake in high school sports due to COVID-19. The other 34 have committed to play in the fall with seven already having kicked things off and 10 more scheduled to do so by Friday. All have written up new safety guidelines that have led to many new rules and new looks in and around respective playing fields.

An athletic director stopping a game is one of those new looks. Here are nine others we've seen over the past two weeks:
A Skyridge (Lehi, Utah) player is flanked by a pair of masked teammates.
Photo by Shae Goodwin
A Skyridge (Lehi, Utah) player is flanked by a pair of masked teammates.
• Masked attackers — Tall, athletic front-row players on the volleyball court can be intimidating enough. But many players are choosing to don masks — they are not required but recommended in many states — giving an even more ominous look from the other side of the net.

New handshake line — Instead of lining up on either side of the 50-yard-line to shake in football, the COVID-19 acknowledgement is to line up on the hashes, raise a helmet and shout out appropriate sentiments, whatever those may be.

Check, and double check, that schedule — The calendar is subject to change. Contests have been and likely will continue to change, many at the last moment. In Indiana last week, Center Grove (Greenwood) had its opener put in jeopardy because Warren Central (Indianapolis) was under quarantine. Center Grove quickly rescheduled, beat Decatur Central (56-14) and now plays a cleared Warren Central squad on Friday.

Buy those tickets — With limited seating capacities due social distancing measures, football games are selling out quickly. Fremont (Provo, Utah) posted on Twitter today that tickets to its home game Friday with Roy were all gone.

Friday night stream — With fan restrictions and games selling out, fans — even parents — might be confined to their home computers, laptops or phones to watch the action. Same goes for reporters, too. Standout performers might be doing some of their post-game interviews via phone. The University Interscholastic League, the governing body of public schools in Texas, recently announced it will lift a ban temporarily on live telecasts and streaming of football games to allow fans to at least watch games.

Spreading out — The tight shoulder-to-shoulder, player-on-top-of-player mob look on football sideline now looks more like a pre-game exercise line. Mandates to keep players at a distance stretches now 80 yards from the 10-yard-line to the 10. It used to be a 50-yard team box, from the 25 to the 25.

One-sided — The days of switching sides after each volleyball set is now done. Teams are required to stay on one side of the court for the entire match.

Temperature checks — Ready, aim, thermometer. Not only are players constantly asked to remove their helmets to test for fevers with new digital thermometers, but fans allowed into games in many places must go through the same testing, too.

• Air celebrations — It's difficult, almost sad, to squelch teens from celebrating any triumph on the field or court, but guidelines highly recommend they are done without physical contact. So, young athletes of today are inventing new touchless celebrations that are both inspirational and, of course, creative.

Despite all the precautions, masking and social distancing, once the players are on the field and the competition commences, it all looks and feels pretty much like it did before COVID-19.

And that's a very appealing picture.
Some volleyball players are choosing to wear masks.
Photo by Joe Calomeni
Some volleyball players are choosing to wear masks.