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MaxPreps High School All-Decade Baseball Team

When Scott Kazmir of the Tampa Bay Rays and Cole Hamels of the Philadelphia Phillies matched up in the first game of the 2008 World Series, the duel pitted not only two of the best pitchers in the Major Leagues, but also two of the top high school pitchers from the class of 2002.

Kazmir was a first team All-American by USA Today in 2002 while Hamels was a second team pick. Both have gone on to solid careers in the Major Leagues and are rising stars among the group of high school grads from the 21st century.

Matt Hobgood was selected the 2009 MaxPreps Player of the Year.
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Matt Hobgood was selected the 2009 MaxPreps Player of the Year.

The end of the 2009 high school baseball season marked the end of the first decade of the 21st century and MaxPreps is celebrating that first 10 years with a National High School All-Decade Team. Players were chosen based on their performance at the high school level as well as their accomplishments at the pro level (although some exceptions were made for the most recent high school grads). Among the 30 players chosen to the team are Kazmir and Hamels along with other former national players of the year, No. 1 draft picks and All-Americans.

MaxPreps 2000-09 All-Decade Baseball Team

Pitchers

Dontrelle Willis
, Encinal (Calif.), 2000 – Willis was an all-state selection and was honorable mention All-American by USA Today. He made a quick rise through the Minor Leagues and was the Rookie of the Year in 2003 with the Florida Marlins. Two years later he won 22 games and finished second in the Cy Young voting. A two-time All-Star, Willis is currently with the Detroit Tigers and has a 69-60 career record.

Zack Greinke, Apopka (Fla.), 2002 – The Gatorade National Player of the Year in 2002 and a USA Today All-American, Greinke was 9-2 his senior year at Apopka with 118 strikeouts in 60 innings. He also had 10 home runs and batted .500 with 45 RBI. Greinke strugged his first two years in the majors (leading the AL in losses with 17), but he emerged as a pitching sensation at the start of the 2009 season and is among the league leaders in ERA at 2.12. Career record of 44-50 with the Royals.

Scott Kazmir, Cypress Falls (Texas), 2002 – The Baseball America player of the year, Kazmir was 12-2 with a 0.27 ERA and 181 strikeouts in 78 innings pitched as a senior. An All-Star in 2008, Kazmir led the American League in strikeouts in 2007 with 239. Has a career record of 51-42 with the Rays.

Cole Hamels, Rancho Bernardo (Calif.), 2002 – An all-state performer and a USA Today All-American second team pick, Hamels helped the Phillies win the 2008 World Series. Hamels was the World Series and NLCS MVP. In high school, Hamels was 10-0 with a 0.39 ERA his senior year.

Chad Billingsley, Defiance (Ohio), 2003 – A USA Today second team All-American choice, Billingsley was a first round pick by the Dodgers and has developed into one of the top young pitchers in the National League. An All-Star in 2009, Billingsley is 44-23 as a pro. In high school, Billingsley was 7-2 with a 1.21 ERA as a senior.
Tim Lincecum in 2009
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Tim Lincecum in 2009

Tim Lincecum, Renton Liberty (Wash.), 2003 – The Gatorade State Player of the Year in Washington as a senior, Lincecum led his team to a state championship, going 12-1 with a 0.70 ERA and 183 strikeouts in 91 innings pitched. Lincecum excelled in the Pac-10 at Washington before being drafted by the Giants in 2006. Made his debut in 2007 and won the Cy Young Award in 2008. Started the All-Star Game in 2009. Has a 35-12 overall mark with the Giants.

Clayton Kershaw, Highland Park (Texas), 2006 – The Gatorade and USA Today National Player of the Year, Kershaw was 13-0 with a 0.77 ERA and 139 strikeouts in 64 innings pitched for Highland Park. He quickly moved up the ranks for the Dodgers and made his debut in 2008. He is 13-10 in his two seasons at the big league level.

Rick Porcello, Seton Hall Prep (N.J.), 2007 – Like Kershaw, Porcello was the national player of the year by both USA Today and Gatorade. He was 10-0 with 112 strikeouts, a 1.18 ERA and just 15 walks in 71 innings pitched for Seton Hall Prep. He was 20-1 in his high school career. Porcello made his debut this year and is 8-6 with the Detroit Tigers.

Catchers

 

Joe Mauer, Cretin Derham Hall (Minn.), 2001 – The USA Today player of the year in both football and baseball, Mauer batted .605 with 14 home runs, 49 runs, and 53 RBI his senior year at Cretin-Derham Hall. Mauer has already led the American League in batting average twice and currently leads the AL in batting.

Brian McCann, Duluth (Ga.) 2002 – A USA Today second team All-American, McCann belted 42 career home runs for Duluth, including 12 his senior year. He’s been a four-time all-star with the Atlanta Braves.

Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Royal Palm Beach (Fla.), 2003 – Named to the USA Today All-American second team, Saltalamacchia has been a part time starter for the Texas Rangers the past three seasons. As a senior, he batted .432 with four home runs and 21 RBI.

First Base

Adrian Gonzalez, Eastlake (Calif.), 2000 – A first team USA Today All-American and the Baseball American National Player of the Year, Gonzalez hit 14 home runs and batted .624 as a senior at Eastlake. He was the No. 1 pick in the 2000 draft and has been a two-time All-Star.

Casey Kotchman, Seminole (Fla.), 2001 – Kotchman was the Gatorade National Player of the Year in 2001 after hitting .402 with five home runs, 41 runs scored and 29 RBI. He’s been a starter the past three seasons in the major leagues, first with the Angels and now with the Braves.

Prince Fielder at the 2009 Home Run Derby
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Prince Fielder at the 2009 Home Run Derby

Prince Fielder, Eau Gallie (Fla.), 2002 – The youngest major leaguer to ever hit 50 home runs in a season, Fielder was the No. 7 pick in the 2002 draft. The Brewer first baseman is a two-time all-star and hit 10 home runs with 41 RBI and a .524 average as a senior. A second team All-American by USA Today, Fielder had 42 career home runs.

Infielders

Aaron Hill, Redwood-Visalia (Calif.), 2000 – One of the rising young stars in the major leagues, Hill was originally drafted in the seventh round out of high school in 2007, but went to college instead. Played at LSU and was a first-round draft pick by the Toronto Blue Jays. Played in his first all-star game this year.

Ian Kinsler, Canyon Del Oro (Ariz.), 2000 – An all-state pick as a senior, Kinsler batted .504 with five home runs before heading to college. He’s become a two-time all-star since joining the Rangers.

B.J. Upton, Greenbrier Christian (Va.), 2002 – The National Player of the Year by USA Today, Upton batted .641 with 11 home runs, and 54 RBI. He had 24 career home runs and 109 RBI at Greenbrier Christian. He was the second overall pick in the draft and has been a starter for the Rays the past three seasons.

David Wright, Hickory (Va.), 2001 – A first team All-American by USA Today, Wright batted .544 with six home runs as a senior. In his fifth year as a starter for the Mets, Wright is a four-time all-star.

J.J. Hardy, Sabino (Ariz.), 2001 – Hardy has played for the Brewers for five seasons, earning all-star honors in 2007. As a senior at Sabino, he batted .455 with eight home runs, and 34 RBI and was a first team USA Today All-American.

Dustin Pedroia, Woodland (Calif.), 2001 – Pedroia earned all-state honors while at Woodland and then was an All-American at Arizona State. He was Rookie of the Year in 2007 and was the American League MVP in 2008.

Tim Beckham, Griffin (Ga.) 2008 – Beckham was the first player chosen in the 2008 draft after making first team All-American by USA Today while batting .482 with six home runs and 41 RBI for Griffin.

Outfielders

Rocco Baldelli, Bishop Hedricken (R.I.), 2000 – The first Rhode Island high school player ever chosen in the first round of the MLB draft, Baldelli was a USA Today first team All-American after batting .510 with six doubles, four triples and eight home runs. Started for two seasons for the Rays before injuries set him back the past three seasons. Now playing for the Red Sox.

Grady Sizemore, Cascade (Wash.), 2000 – Sizemore was a three-sport athlete in Washington and was honorable mention All-American in baseball. Drafted in the third round, Sizemore began his career with the Expos before playing the past five seasons with the Indians.

Jeremy Hermida, Wheeler (Ga.), 2001 – At Wheeler, Hermida batted .485 with nine doubles and seven home runs while earning USA Today first team All-American honors. Joined the Marlins in 2005 and became one of only two players in MLB history to hit a grand slam for their first career hit.
Jeff Francoeur in 2009
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Jeff Francoeur in 2009

Jeff Francoeur, Parkview (Ga.), 2002 – All-American by USA Today in both football and baseball, Francoeur batted .487 with 16 home runs, 49 RBI and 51 runs scored. Played his first four season with the Braves before being traded this year to the Mets.

Delmon Young, Camarillo (Calif.), 2003 - Minnesota Twins – Young twice made the USA Today All-American team and was named the National Player of the Year as a senior. He hit 17 home runs and 56 RBI as a junior and batted .523 with seven home runs as a senior. The No. 1 overall pick in the draft by the Rays, Young now plays for the Twins.

Jay Bruce, West Brook (Texas), 2005 – A USA Today All-American, Bruce batted .500 with 31 RBI and 36 runs scored at West Brook. He was taken 12th overall in the draft and debuted with the Reds last year.

Utility

Justin Upton, Great Bridge (Va.), 2004 – The Gatorade and USA Today National Player of the Year, Upton batted .508 with 12 home runs and 33 RBI at Great Bridge. Taken No. 1 overall by the Diamondbacks, he made it to the Major Leagues by the age of 19 and was an all-star in 2009.

Alex Gordon, Lincoln Southeast (Neb.), 2002 – A two-time Gatorade state player of the year in Nebraska, Gordon batted .483 with 25 home runs in his career at Southeast. He was named the Minor League Player of the Year before joining the Royals in 2007.

Matt Hobgood, Norco (Calif), 2009 – The Gatorade, MaxPreps and USA Today National Player of the Year, Hobgood was taken with the fifth pick of the 2009 draft by the Orioles. He led the nation in home runs with 21 and was also 11-1 as a pitcher.

Micah Owings, Gainesville (Ga.), 2002 – Finished his high school career with 69 home runs, the fourth most in national history. Earned second team All-American honors and eventually debuted with the Diamondbacks in 2007. He currently pitches for the Cincinnati Reds.

Team selected by MaxPreps' Matt Smith and Kevin Askeland.

NFHS Network offers free Pixellot units to live stream high school sporting events - HIGHSCORE
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The NFHS Network, the leader in streaming live and on-demand high school sports, is offering two free Pixellot automated-production units for schools.

The Tuesday announcement is in response to the fallout from COVID-19 and the fact fans might not be allowed to attend many live high school sporting events in the 2020-21 season.

"We recognize that the next several years will be challenging for our high schools and state associations," said Mark Koski, CEO of the NFHS Network. "Many are facing budget cuts and reduced resources, and attendance at athletic and other school events may be restricted.

"From the NFHS Network's inception seven years ago, we have been driven by the goal to create a platform that showcases every high school event across every sport and every level of competition. Consistent with this goal, we want the High School Support Program to demonstrate our continued commitment to help our partner schools manage through the inevitable complications created by COVID-19."

See the complete release here.
Georgia's top-ranked team from 2019 Marietta takes the field for a big game.
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Kennedy Chandler named 2020-21 HIGHSCORE Kansas High School Basketball Player of the Year - HIGHSCORE
Kennedy Chandler named 2020-21 MaxPreps Kansas High School Basketball Player of the Year
Each year since 2006, MaxPreps has recognized outstanding performers in high school basketball. America's source for high school sports continues the tradition to close out the 2020-21 season by naming the top player in each state. Selections are based on team success and individual excellence, in addition to local and state accolades.

Kennedy Chandler of Sunrise Christian Academy (Bel Aire) is the 2020-21 MaxPreps Kansas High School Basketball Player of the Year. The 6-foot-1, 165-pound senior guard helped the Buffaloes finish the regular season with a 19-3 record and the No. 3 national ranking in this week's MaxPreps Top 25.

In 13 games of National Interscholastic Basketball Conference (NIBC) play this season, Chandler averaged 14.8 points, 6.4 assists, 4.2 rebounds and 3.3 steals per contest while shooting 57 percent from the field, 50 percent from beyond the arc and 94 percent from the free throw line.

A Tennessee native, Chandler transferred from Briarcrest Christian following the 2019-2020 season. He earned Mr. Basketball honors in the state as a sophomore and junior.

Signed with Rick Barnes and the Tennessee Volunteers, Chandler is regarded as the No. 13 prospect in the Class of 2022 overall according to 247Sports. The McDonald's All-American also entertained offers from Duke, Florida State, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan and North Carolina.

Each state's MaxPreps Player of the Year will be considered for inclusion in the MaxPreps All-America Team, which is scheduled to be released April 13.
Kennedy Chandler has led Sunrise Christian Academy to arguably its best season in program history.
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Kennedy Chandler has led Sunrise Christian Academy to arguably its best season in program history.
2012 Final HIGHSCORE Xcellent 25 National Football Rankings: John Curtis is the national champ - HIGHSCORE
2012 Final MaxPreps Xcellent 25 National Football Rankings: John Curtis is the national champ
Curtis has plenty of reason to celebrate: It finishes No. 1 the Xcellent 25.
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Curtis has plenty of reason to celebrate: It finishes No. 1 the Xcellent 25.
Lousiana power John Curtis finishes No. 1 in the 2012 MaxPreps Xcellent 25 National Football Rankings presented by the Army.

The Patriots dominated from start to finish and were remarkably consistent, especially in the playoffs. Curtis jumped on opponents early, scoring touchdowns on 36 of 41 first half possessions in the postseason.

While Curtis did not play the nation's most difficult schedule, it dismantled Florida's defending Class 8A champion Plant 33-3 in September and outscored opponents 677-60 on the season.

It was perhaps the finest team in J.T. Curtis' 43-year career, one that has seen the coaching giant amass 520 career wins, second only to John McKissick's total of 601.

Katy, which enjoyed a remarkable season punctuated by its seventh state title, finishes a close second with talent-laden Norcross, Georgia's undefeated AAAAAA state champion, checking in at No. 3.

Xcellent 25 National Football Rankings presented by the Army National Guard


1. (1) Curtis (River Ridge, La.), 14-0

Season complete. Class 2A champion.

2. (2) Katy (Texas), 16-0
Katy capped off a perfect season, winning its seventh state title in a 35-24 victory over Cedar Hill. Story

3. (3) Norcross (Ga.), 15-0
Season complete. Class AAAAA champion.

4. (4) De La Salle (Concord, Calif.), 15-0
Season complete. CIF Open Division Bowl champion.

5. (6) Allen (Texas), 14-1

Lamar put up a valiant effort, but Allen prevailed with a 35-21 victory. Story
Natalie Potts named 2020-21 HIGHSCORE Missouri High School Girls Basketball Player of the Year - HIGHSCORE
Natalie Potts named 2020-21 MaxPreps Missouri High School Girls Basketball Player of the Year
Each year since 2006, MaxPreps has recognized outstanding performers in high school basketball. America's source for high school sports continues the tradition to close out the 2020-21 season by naming the top player in each state. Selections are based on team success and individual excellence, in addition to local and state accolades.

Natalie Potts of Incarnate Word Academy (St. Louis) is the 2020-21 MaxPreps Missouri High School Girls Basketball Player of the Year. The 6-foot-1 sophomore post led the Red Knights to a 29-0 record, the state Class 6 championship and the No. 6 national ranking in the MaxPreps Top 25.

Potts averaged 21.1 points, 9.2 rebounds, 2.5 steals and 1.4 blocked shots per game while shooting 59 percent from the field. She had 12 points and 11 rebounds in the 58-37 win over Webster Groves that earned Incarnate Word the state title.

Each state's MaxPreps Player of the Year will be considered for inclusion in the MaxPreps All-America Team.