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Girls high school basketball rankings: No. 12 Paul VI among four newcomers to this week's HIGHSCORE Top 25 rankings - HIGHSCORE
Girls high school basketball rankings: No. 12 Paul VI among four newcomers to this week's MaxPreps Top 25 rankings
As always, Washington, D.C., is loaded with talent — but the pandemic is keeping a lot of teams away from the court.

Sidwell Friends was ranked in the preseason MaxPreps Top 25 girls high school basketball rankings but will not play this season. Meanwhile St. John's, which was ranked last week, is down a four-game schedule. So neither is in this week's Top 25, because part of being a top team is testing the talent on the roster — and four games (or no games) simply doesn't ask enough of a team and a coach.

Yes, teams are ranked that have yet to play, but their schedules are expected to kick in soon, so unfortunately, Sidwell Friends and St. John's must join teams from California, Oregon and Washington on the rankings sidelines. (Teams from the last three states may actually play more than four games, but won't start — if they do start — until the spring.)

And further complicating the process is the lack of major tournaments and intersectional games, which are the best way to measure teams from different regions. As always, though, we are confident the following 25 teams are very good girls high school basketball teams — but this year, more than any other, there could easily be better teams that are not on the list or on the court.

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Jennah Isai, Valley Vista
Photo by Mark Jones
Jennah Isai, Valley Vista
MaxPreps Top 25 Girls High School Basketball Rankings

1. Lake Highland Prep (Orlando, Fla.)
Record: 12-0 | Last week: 1
District playoffs now begin for the Highlanders, but given the too-many divisions in Florida postseason, don't expect too much competition in the 4A bracket.

2. Westlake (Atlanta)
Record: 14-0 | Last week: 3
Westlake moves up to No. 2, and after a game Feb. 3, will begin postseason — and there are some pretty good teams standing between Westlake and a AAAAAA title.

3. Mount Notre Dame (Cincinnati)
Record: 19-0 | Last week: 6
Another team with just one game left before the playoffs begin, the Cougars are now No. 3 thanks to a tougher schedule than the schools ranked lower.

4. Hopkins (Minnetonka, Minn.)

Record: 5-0 | Last week: 4
There are about 53,000 people in Minnetonka, but a very surprising number of those people are very talented high school girls' basketball players. Hopkins has a lot of them, of course, but so does crosstown rival, Minnetonka, which lost to the Royals by one last week.

5. Edison Academy (Detroit)
Record: 0-0 | Last week: 5
Eventually, Edison will get to play, or so we're led to believe. Supposedly games can begin in Michigan on Thursday, but as is the case everywhere, you never know.

6. Incarnate Word Academy (St. Louis)
Record: 16-0 | Last week: 8
Incarnate Word's next opponent is 19-3 Whitfield, which lost to IWA by only 14 the first time around — this game, though, is in the friendly confines.

7. Cypress Creek (Houston)
Record: 23-0 | Last week: 10
Cypress Creek finishes up the regular season this week, and draws 20-1 Jersey Village on Friday. But that one Jersey Village loss was to Cypress Creek — by 61.

8. Norman (Okla.)
Record: 11-0 | Last week: 11
Classen SAS has a win over No. 13 DeSoto and only one loss all year, so the Feb. 11 game matching Norman and Classen SAS could shake up the MaxPreps Top 25.

9. St. John-Vianney (Holmdel, N.J.)
Record: 0-0 | Last week: 9
St. John-Vianney finally gets under way Feb. 3 — and with the addition of a game against talented Trenton Catholic to the schedule, we'll get to see if SJV is really a Top 10 team.

10. Ensworth (Nashville, Tenn.)
Record: 12-0 | Last week: 12
It's going to be a challenging weekend for Ensworth. First up, on Friday, is 14-6 Brentwood Academy, which lost to Ensworth by nine earlier this year, followed by 16-1 Bearden on Saturday afternoon.

11. Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.)
Record: 19-1 | Last week: 14
Montverde outlasted previously unbeaten Winter Haven 76-66 last week, and since Montverde doesn't participate in the Florida postseason, that could be it for the season.

12. Paul VI (Chantilly, Va.)
Record: 7-0 | Last week: NR
The Panthers hammered Elizabeth Seton 71-51, which matters because Seton turned around and beat previous No. 2 Bishop McNamara. And then, more to the point, PVI knocked off previous No. 17 New Hope Academy to earn a spot in the Top 25.

13. DeSoto (Texas)
Record: 20-1 | Last week: 15
DeSoto shouldn't have too much trouble in the final two regular season games, but the 6A playoffs that follow will be a much tougher test.

14. North Central (Indianapolis)
Record: 21-2 | Last week: 16
North Central is now in the 4A playoffs, but note that Bedford North Lawrence, which beat North Central earlier this season, will be the likely semifinal opponent.

15. Fremont (Plain City, Utah)
Record: 16-0 | Last week: 18
Fremont has one more tough league game left against a solid Syracuse team, but Herriman looks like the biggest threat when the 6A playoffs begin.

16. Newark (Ohio)
Record: 18-1 | Last week: 20
Newark beat its next two opponents by a combined score of 146-29 the first time around, so look for Newark to take another jump next week if teams ranked higher should falter.

17. Grandview (Aurora, Colo.)
Record: 2-0 | Last week: NR
Grandview appears in the rankings for the first time, and not coincidentally, Colorado just started playing. Plans call for a 14-game schedule plus postseason so Grandview will have a chance to prove it belongs.

18. Archbishop Wood (Warminster, Pa.)
Record: 1-0 | Last week: 22
Neumann-Goretti and Cardinal O'Hara are traditionally two of the strongest teams in Philadelphia, and those two just happen to be Archbishop Wood's next two opponents.

19. Rutgers Prep (Somerset, N.J.)
Record: 2-0 | Last week: 19
Rutgers Prep continues its abbreviated schedule but what appears to be a lack of quality opponents could be an issue for continued ranking.

20. Valley Vista (Surprise, Ariz.)
Record: 2-0 | Last week: 21
Valley Vista has one more game this week, and one the next. And then plays five games in six days.

21.Hazel Green (Ala.)
Record: 28-1 | Last week: 23
Hazel Green begins the 6A playoffs, but note that Hoover, considered the next strongest team in the state, will be in 7A. Which means there will be no rematch of the Jan. 23 win that put Hazel Green in the Top 25, and knocked Hoover out.

22. Anderson County (Lawrenceburg, Ky.)
Record: 12-0 | Last week: 24
Bethlehem has only one loss, on the road by one point to unbeaten Boyd County, so Thursday's opponent will be a test for Anderson County.

23. Ponchatoula (La.)
Record: 22-0 | Last week: 25
In the middle of a four-games-in-seven-day stretch, Ponchatoula must travel to 15-4 Mandeville and host 18-4 Mt. Carmel. So while last week's 31-28 win over Anchorage Christian was a big one, there's still work to do.

24. Johnston (Iowa)
Record: 10-0 | Last week: NR
Johnston jumps to the top of the Iowa list, and into the Top 25, but must deal with more experienced, and very talented, Waukee later this week. And it won't get easier, as there are a lot of strong teams in Iowa this year.

25. Upperman (Baxter, Tenn.)
Record: 23-0 | Last week: NR
Upperman joins the Volunteer State's Ensworth in the Top 25, but the two will not play in postseason. Ensworth is a 3A school and Upperman is 2A.

Dropped out: No. 2 Bishop McNamara (Forestville, Md.); No. 7 St. John's (Washington D.C.); No. 13 Union (Tulsa, Okla.); No. 17 New Hope Academy (Landover Hills, Md.).
Boys National Athlete of the Year: Terrelle Pryor - HIGHSCORE
Boys National Athlete of the Year: Terrelle Pryor

By Dave Krider

MaxPreps.com

 

Terrelle Pryor can thank his football coaches at Jeannette, Pa., for his selection as MaxPreps’ 2007-08 Boys National Athlete of the Year.

 

The 6-foot-6, 220-pound superstar always had pictured himself as a basketball player first, with football definitely in the background. The summer before his sophomore year, in fact, he was oh-so-close to leaving home to specialize in basketball at Jacksonville, Fla., powerhouse Arlington Country Day.

 

“I was probably a couple days from flying down,” Pryor told MaxPreps.

 

That’s when Jeannette head football coach Ray Reitz and quarterback coach Roy Hall came up with their best sales pitch. There was no pressure, but Reitz said simply, “We don’t care if you play basketball, but give yourself a chance in football.”

 

Pryor admits, “If they wouldn’t have said (talked to him), I probably wouldn’t be here now.”

 

Even though Pryor was convinced to stay and play both sports, he made a basketball commitment to the University of Pittsburgh midway through his sophomore year.

 

The rest is history as Reitz noted happily, “His junior year he exploded and his senior year was incredible.”

 

Last fall the brilliant quarterback was named the nation’s No. 1 offensive player by every major publication, including MaxPreps. His statistics were mind boggling. He ran 143 times for 1,899 yards (13.3 average) and 33 touchdowns. He completed 87-of-130 passes for 1,889 yards and 23 touchdowns. He also scored on one pass reception and one interception return of 100 yards. Roughly, he accounted for a touchdown once every four times he ran or completed a pass.

 

The bottom line is that the 2007 Jayhawks won Pennsylvania’s Class AA state championship with a perfect 16-0 record and set an all-time state record with 860 points for a staggering 55.0 average. His very presence drew fans from far away and enabled Jeannette to sell out every home game at 8,000 capacity.

 

Pryor joined – and perhaps passed – such Western Pennsylvania legends as Tony Dorsett, Joe Namath, Dan Marino, Joe Montana and Tom Clements. He stands alone today as the only player in state history to run and pass for over 4,000 yards in a career – even though he sat out large chunks of many runaway games. He finished with 4,340 passing and 4,238 rushing. He accounted for 125 touchdowns as the Jayhawks went 38-4 during his final three campaigns.

 

Asked where Pryor ranks in state history, Reitz replied quickly, “Remember Frank Merriwell (legendary fictional hero)? He (Pryor) had a story-book career. The way he matured and became a leader was so special. Not only does he have the ability, but he puts the time in, too. The greatest thing is that he’s very unselfish and for the total team. He’s one of the best athletes ever to come out of Western Pennsylvania. I’m 52 and he’s the best I’ve seen.”

 

Reitz stresses that Pryor is a true quarterback – not just a great athlete playing quarterback. But he also used him at times at linebacker, defensive end, safety and receiver. He also could see him starring in track as a sprinter (he has run 40 yards in a blazing 4.35 seconds and ran 200 meters in 22.4 seconds as a freshman), high jumper, long jumper or triple jumper. Reitz added, “He could be a great volleyball player. I don’t think there’s any sport he couldn’t be great at.”

 

You can add baseball (where he used to hit long home runs in Little League) and golf (where he can drive the ball 280 yards with little practice).

 

Coach Reitz then paused and acted as if he had found a single flaw: “He might have trouble with bocce.” Asked what that is, he answered, “Italian bowling.”

 

Despite his huge success in football, Pryor continued to star in basketball. During his senior year, he averaged 21.9 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists as the Jayhawks posted a 25-4 record and won the Class AA state title. He finished his career with 2,285 points – No. 8 in Western Pennsylvania history – and helped Jeannette post a 98-18 record.

 

Basketball coach Jim Nesser told MaxPreps, “I call him a point forward. He handles the ball and passes like a guard, but rebounds like a forward. As a senior he really matured and did whatever it took to be successful. He became very well rounded. He never worried about his stats – only about winning. He is one of the most competitive people I ever have been around. He’s really smart and mentally sharp about athletics. He is one of the athletes who lived up to the hype and really surpassed it.

 

“He’s a legend performance-wise. He was like a rock star, man. The media. Fans. Autographs before games. We sold out most of our home games (capacity 1,500). One playoff game they turned away 1,000 people at Sharon. Some of them had pre-sold tickets.”

 

Asked if playing dual sports helped or hurt Pryor. Nesser replied, “I think it helped him. The weight room really helped him (he can bench press 320 pounds). It was a good 1-2 punch for him. Could he have been better (in basketball) if he had been in the gym 12 months a year? Sure.”

 

When he was asked the same question, Pryor said, “Of course, it can make you better if you play only one. But basketball helped my legs (for football) and football (competitiveness) helped me in basketball when we were down 10 points in the fourth quarter.”

 

Pryor’s amazing career has been chronicled closely by veteran Pittsburgh Post-Gazette sports writer Mike White, who started covering prep sports in 1979. He believes that Pryor’s all-around ability can best be compared to Tom Clements, who graduated from Pittsburgh Canevin in 1971. He chose Notre Dame football (quarterback) over University of North Carolina basketball (point guard). He also was a superb baseball shortstop.

 

There were other great multi-sport athletes, such as Dan Marino (Pittsburgh Central Catholic) and Lavar Arrington (Pittsburgh North Hills), but White is convinced that “From a high school standpoint, I’d put him (Pryor) No. 1. I talked to a Division I college coach and he said if he wanted to, he could play in the NBA. He has enough size, athletic ability and talent.

 

“He’s one of those guys who, when you go see them play, there are moments that you just go, “What?” And your jaw drops, both in football and basketball.”

 

White still is amazed by Pryor’s performance in the district championship against Beaver Falls when he exploded for 39 points, 24 rebounds and 10 blocks. He apparently plays his best on the big stage because he had over 400 yards in a wild 73-49 district semifinal football victory against Aliquippa.

 

Because White wrote so much about the Jeannette superstar, he became closely linked to him from a public perception. “It became a zoo at the end of this year,” he described. “I never saw a recruiting saga quite like his. It got so ridiculous that everywhere I went, people would come up and ask, ‘Where’s Pryor going?’ My own personal opinion: it was Ohio State for a long time. I think his dad just wanted him to look at some things.”

 

Pryor’s maturity is quite evident. He admitted, “I didn’t really work hard except last year and this year. I just woke up, went out and played (on pure athletic ability).”

 

So, Terrelle Pryor – who will play no more basketball – studies the Ohio State playbook and views film of future Buckeye opponents every week. “The plays aren’t really hard,” he feels. “There are 13 offensive concepts in passing. I’ve got that down pretty well. But I look at the defenses a lot more. I’m watching a lot of film.”

 

Asked if he’ll ever see another Terrelle Pryor, coach Reitz quipped, “Maybe if I live to be 150. I hope I don’t have to coach against someone like him.”

 

Coach Nesser, who is going to miss those electric dunks the most, predicted, “I don’t think in my lifetime there will be an all-around athlete like him. I’ll be honest – he hasn’t reached his full potential yet. It’s going to be scary.”

HIGHSCORE/AVCA Players of the Week - HIGHSCORE
MaxPreps/AVCA Players of the Week
MaxPreps/AVCA High School Players of the Week
For the week of Oct. 12 - Oct. 18

Alabama
6'3" | Senior | OH
6 Sets Played

Kills: 53
Kills/Game: 8.83
Digs: 15
Digs/Game: 2.5
Receptions: 18
Rcpt/Game: 3
Aces: 5

Arizona
5'8" | Junior | OH
8 Sets Played

Kills: 60
Kills/Game: 7.5
Digs: 17
Digs/Game: 2.125
Receptions: 24
Rcpt/Game: 3
Aces: 2
Blocks: 1

Arkansas
5'3" | Senior | L
13 Sets Played

Digs: 94
Digs/Game: 7.23
Aces: 10
Receptions: 86
Rcpt/Game: 6.62
Assists: 8

Connecticut
Senior | OH
8 Sets Played

Kills: 41
Kills/Game: 5.13
Digs: 23
Digs/Game: 2.878
Receptions: 23
Rcpt/Game: 2.88
Aces: 12
Blocks: 1

Florida
5'11" | Senior | OH
10 Sets Played

Kills: 70
Kills/Game: 7
Digs: 42
Digs/Game: 4.2
Receptions: 71
Rcpt/Game: 7.1
Aces: 6
Blocks: 2

Georgia
6'3" | Senior
9 Sets Played

Kills: 89
Kills/Game: 9.89
Digs: 30
Digs/Game: 3.33
Receptions: 23
Rcpt/Game: 2.56
Aces: 8
Blocks: 16

Idaho
Junior | S
7 Sets Played

Assists: 71
Assists/Game: 10.14
Team Hitting%: 0.486
Digs: 4
Digs/Game: 0.57
Aces: 7

Indiana
5'11" | Sophomore | OH
10 Sets Played

Kills: 60
Kills/Game: 6
Digs: 31
Digs/Game: 3.1
Aces: 2
Blocks: 2

Kansas
6'1" | Senior | OH/MH
12 Sets Played
Kills: 65
Kills/Game: 5.42
Digs: 36
Digs/Game: 3
Receptions: 60
Rcpt/Game: 5
Aces: 4
Blocks: 7

Kentucky
5'11" | Senior | OH/MB
7 Sets Played

Kills: 55
Kills/Game: 7.86
Digs: 6
Digs/Game: 0.86
Blocks: 4

Louisiana
5'5" | Senior | S
10 Sets Played

Assists: 114
Assists/Game: 11.4
Team Hitting%: 0.172
Digs: 24
Digs/Game: 2.4
Aces: 1

Maryland
Senior
7 Sets Played

Kills: 27
Kills/Game: 3.86
Digs: 15
Digs/Game: 2.14
Receptions: 22
Rcpt/Game: 3.14
Aces: 11
Blocks: 5

Massachusetts
Senior | OH
7 Sets Played

Kills: 14
Kills/Game: 2
Digs: 15
Digs/Game: 2.14
Receptions: 35
Rcpt/Game: 5
Aces: 8
Blocks: 1

Michigan
5'9" | Senior | OH
20 Sets Played
Kills: 105
Kills/Game: 5.25
Digs: 64
Digs/Game: 3.2
Receptions: 119
Rcpt/Game: 5.95
Aces: 9
Blocks: 9

Minnesota
5'9" | Sophomore | OH
7 Sets Played

Kills: 31
Kills/Game: 4.43
Digs: 26
Digs/Game: 3.71
Receptions: 43
Rcpt/Game: 6.14
Aces: 3
Blocks: 1

Mississippi
5'10" | Senior | OH
9 Sets Played

Kills: 49
Kills/Game: 5.44
Digs: 35
Digs/Game: 3.89
Receptions: 37
Rcpt/Game: 4.11
Aces: 4
Blocks: 2

Missouri
5'10" | Junior | S
8 Sets Played

Assists: 106
Assists/Game: 13.25
Team Hitting%: 0.277
Digs: 23
Digs/Game: 2.88
Aces: 6
Blocks: 6

Montana
6'4" | Senior | MH
8 Sets Played

Kills: 35
Kills/Game: 4.38
Digs: 18
Digs/Game: 2.25
Receptions: 24
Rcpt/Game: 3
Aces: 4
Blocks: 9

Nebraska
Senior
12 Sets Played
Kills: 86
Kills/Game: 7.17
Digs: 54
Digs/Game: 4.5
Receptions: 62
Rcpt/Game: 5.17
Aces: 6
Blocks: 3

New Hampshire
5'6 | Senior | OH/DS
6 Sets Played

Kills: 13
Kills/Game: 2.17
Digs: 21
Digs/Game: 3.5
Receptions: 23
Rcpt/Game: 3.83

North Carolina
Gaston Day High School (Gastonia, NC), 8 - 0
Junior
9 Sets Played

Kills: 51
Kills/Game: 5.67
Digs: 29
Digs/Game: 3.22
Receptions: 14
Rcpt/Game: 1.56
Aces: 10

North Dakota
Senior | MH/MB
12 Sets Played

Kills: 29
Kills/Game: 2.42
Digs: 10
Digs/Game: 0.83
Aces: 1
Blocks: 8

Ohio
Senior | OH
11 Sets Played

Kills: 63
Kills/Game: 5.73
Digs: 47
Digs/Game: 4.27
Receptions: 49
Rcpt/Game: 4.45
Aces: 5
Blocks: 5

Pennsylvania
5'6 | Senior | S
15 Sets Played

Assists: 154
Assists/Game: 10.27
Team Hitting%: 0.377
Digs: 21
Digs/Game: 1.4
Aces: 8
Blocks: 1

South Carolina
Cardinal Newman High School (Columbia, SC), 29 - 1
5'5 | Junior | S
21 Sets Played

Assists: 204
Assists/Game: 9.71
Team Hitting%: 0.297
Digs: 48
Digs/Game: 2.29
Aces: 19
Blocks: 1

South Dakota
5'6 | Senior | OH
18 Sets Played

Kills: 81
Kills/Game: 4.5
Digs: 134
Digs/Game: 7.44
Receptions:
Rcpt/Game:
Aces: 13
Blocks: 1

Tennessee
6'1 | Senior | OH,DS
9 Sets Played

Kills: 30
Kills/Game: 3.33
Digs: 16
Digs/Game: 1.78
Receptions: 9
Rcpt/Game: 1
Blocks: 3

Texas
5'8 | Junior | OH
9 Sets Played
Kills: 64
Kills/Game: 7.11
Digs: 28
Digs/Game: 3.11
Receptions: 48
Rcpt/Game: 5.33
Aces: 2

Utah
5'7 | Senior | OH
6 Sets Played

Kills: 29
Kills/Game: 4.83
Digs: 20
Digs/Game: 3.33
Receptions: 24
Rcpt/Game: 4
Aces: 2
Blocks: 2

Virginia
5'9 | Senior | OH/DS/MH
6 Sets Played

Kills: 20
Kills/Game: 3.33
Digs: 7
Digs/Game: 1.17
Receptions: 21
Rcpt/Game: 3.5
Aces: 10
Blocks: 1

West Virginia
Junior | S
14 Sets Played

Assists: 126
Assists/Game: 9
Team Hitting%: 0.390
Digs: 5
Digs/Game: 0.36
Aces: 15
Blocks: 1

Wisconsin
5'7 | Senior | OH
13 Sets Played

Kills: 65
Kills/Game: 5
Digs: 29
Digs/Game: 2.23
Receptions: 35
Rcpt/Game: 2.69
Aces: 5
Blocks: 2

Wyoming
Senior | RS
9 Sets Played

Kills: 30
Kills/Game: 3.33
Digs: 3
Digs/Game: 0.33
Blocks: 7

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High school basketball: Top 50 Class of 2022 prospect Chance Westry leaves Sierra Canyon - HIGHSCORE
High school basketball: Top 50 Class of 2022 prospect Chance Westry leaves Sierra Canyon
Despite starting the high school basketball season in Southern California with a perfect 7-0 mark, national power Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth) has suffered a number of significant personnel losses. At the top of the list is four-star guard Chance Westry, a Pennsylvania native who is returning home and no longer with the program due to personal reasons, head coach Andre Chevalier told the Los Angeles Daily News.

Regarded as the No. 34 overall prospect in the Class of 2022, Westry averaged 14.2 points per outing in five appearances this season. He did not play in Sierra Canyon's previous two contests.

Max Allen, a 6-foot-8 post player, left the team before the regular season officially got underway April 22.

Bronny James is also unlikely to join the lineup this year after tearing his meniscus in February and 7-foot-3 center Harold Yu, who lives in China, also will not join the team.

Top five Class of 2022 prospect Amari Bailey has carried the load offensively in recent games, scoring 35 points in a 70-54 victory over Windward last Tuesday before recording a triple-double with 32 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists in their most recent win over Crossroads on Friday.

Despite the voids in the lineup, the Trailblazers have now won 59 consecutive league games and remain a strong contenders to capture their third consecutive CIF Southern Section Open Division title. Playoffs begin May 28.
Amari Bailey drives to the basket during his 35-point performance against Windward.
Photo by Nick Koza
Amari Bailey drives to the basket during his 35-point performance against Windward.
High school baseball rankings: Former No. 1 Buford drops in HIGHSCORE Top 25 following first loss, playoff elimination - HIGHSCORE
High school baseball rankings: Former No. 1 Buford drops in MaxPreps Top 25 following first loss, playoff elimination
Pope (Marietta, Ga.) proved to be a giant killer last week, knocking off the top team in the MaxPreps Top 25 high school baseball rankings. The Greyhounds handled previously unbeaten Buford in three-game series during the second round of the Georgia AAAAAA baseball playoffs.

Buford won the first game, 8-1, but lost in the final inning of the other two games. Pope won 1-0 in the 10th inning of the second game, handing Buford its first loss of the season after 32 straight wins. Pope then scored two runs in the top of the seventh inning for a 5-3 win that ended Buford's season.

Winning big games is nothing new to Pope. The Greyhounds won back-to-back Class AAAAAA championships in 2017 and 2018. They enter the rankings at No. 13. Allatoona, a team that has defeated Pope twice this year, joins the rankings this week at No. 12. Buford fell to No. 14, one spot ahead of Baylor (Chattanooga, Tenn.). Buford has a win over Parkview (Lilburn, Ga.), a team that defeated Baylor in an interstate.

The loss allowed Friendswood (Texas) to move up to the No. 1 spot. The Mustangs are 26-0 and have the program's most wins since 2008 when they went 27-12.

Pope, Allatoona and Auburn (Ala.) were the only new teams this week. Pleasant Grove (Utah) dropped out after two losses to American Fork while Columbus North (Ind.) dropped out after a loss to Noblesville. Farragut (Knoxville, Tenn.) also fell out of the rankings for the first time this year after a loss to Hardin Valley.

Dropped out: Pleasant Grove (Utah); Columbus North (Columbus, Ind.), Farragut (Knoxville, Tenn.)

Game of the Week: Pope 5, Buford 3. One day after handing the No. 1 team in the nation its first loss of the season in a 10-inning, 1-0 win, Pope ended Buford's season with a pair of runs in the seventh for a 5-3 win. Two walks, a single and a fielder's choice loaded the bases for Riley Frost who hit a line drive to left field that scored two. Pope set down Buford in the bottom of the seventh to end the game.

Player of the Week: Malachi Lott, Gregory Portland. In picking up a playoff win over Veterans Memorial, Lott got the victory, striking out 9. He also went 4-for-4 with a triple, a home run and 5 RBI.

Recruit Watch: Max Muncy, Thousand Oaks. Muncy had a home run and a grand slam in Thousand Oaks' two wins over Westlake on Wednesday and Thursday. Muncy is batting .485 on the season with 29 RBI and 6 home runs.

Game to Watch: Barbe vs. Sam Houston. The two Lake Charles rivals meet in the Class 5A state semifinal on Thursday. The two teams split their two matchups earlier in the season with Barbe winning 8-2 and Sam Houston winning 6-4.

Milestones: Billy Jack Bowen of Silo became the nation's all-time winningest high school baseball coach, when including fall and spring seasons. Bowen, in his 35th year at Silo, passed Eddie Collins of Latta on April 19 in a doubleheader sweep of Howe. Collins, who didn't coach in the spring, had retired after the 2020 season with 2,122 career wins. Collins had taken the lead from Murl Bowen (2,115 wins), Billy Jack Bowen's uncle, mid-September of 2020. Bowen's Silo team won its regional championship, giving him 2,132 career wins and counting. Silo will play in the Oklahoma Class 2A state tournament this week.

Streaks: Webster (Wis.) upped its record to 6-0 on the season to give it 43 straight wins. Webster is one win ahead of Roff (Okla.), which finished the 2021 season undefeated (33-0) with an Oklahoma Class B state championship. Roff had won its last six games of the 2019 season and all three of the games it played in 2020 before COVID ended the season.
No. 19 Roff won the Oklahoma B state title with a 12-2 win over Red Oak.
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No. 19 Roff won the Oklahoma B state title with a 12-2 win over Red Oak.
MaxPreps Top 25 high school baseball rankings

1. Friendswood (Texas)
Record:
26-0 | Last week: 2
Results: Def. Nederland, 10-0, 5-0.
Stats: Jacob Rogers threw a two-hitter with seven strikeouts in the 5-0 win. Dylan Maxcey added a double with three RBI. Maxcey went 3-for-3 with a double, a grand slam and six RBI in the second game. Jaxson Burch tossed a one-hitter in the 10-0 win.
Next: Sat. vs. Fulshear

2. IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)
Record:
23-2 | Last week: 3
Next: Season over

3. Barbe (Lake Charles, La.)
Record:
37-2 | Last week: 4
Results: Def. Haughton, 4-3, 5-1.
Stats: Jack Walker upped his record to 13-0 with a 4-3 win over Haughton that included 11 strikeouts. Gavin Guidry got the win in the second game, striking out nine.
Next: Thur. vs. Sam Houston

4. Jesuit (Tampa, Fla.)
Record:
26-2 | Last week: 5
Results: Def. Brandon, 7-1.
Stats: Nick Rodriguez was 4-for-4 with a double and three RBI in the win.
Next: Tue. vs. Jefferson.

5. Madison Central (Madison, Miss.)
Record:
26-1 | Last week: 6
Results: Def. South Panola, 26-5, 11-0.
Stats: Ross Highfill was 4-for-4 with a double and six RBI while Braden Montgomery was 3-for-4 with two doubles and three RBI in the 26-5 win. Highfill also had a home run and three RBI in the 11-0 win.
Next: Thur. vs. Starkville.

6. St. Mary Prep (Orchard Lake, Mich.)
Record:
27-1 | Last week: 7
Results: Def. Brother Rice, 11-0, 12-1; def. De La Salle Collegiate, 4-1, 10-0.
Stats: Alex Mooney hit his third grand slam of the season and Ryan McKay also homered in the 11-0 win over Brother Rice. Jake Dresselhouse homered in the second game. Dresselhouse and Mooney each hit a home run in the 10-0 win over De La Salle.
Next: Tue. vs. Grand Blanc; Wed. vs. Dexter.

7. Thousand Oaks (Calif.)
Record:
19-0 | Last week: 8
Results: Def. Westlake, 10-8, 8-2; def. Calabasas, 11-0.
Stats: Maxwell Muncy homered in the first game while Dylan Jackson went 4-for-4 with a double and three RBI. Muncy added a grand slam in the second game.
Next: Wed./Fri. vs. Calabasas.

8. Stoneman Douglas (Parkland, Fla.)
Record:
24-2 | Last week: 9
Results: Def. Santaluces, 9-0.
Stats: Santiago Ordonez had a double and two home runs in the win while Gavin Conticello had one home run.
Next: Wed. vs. Park Vista

9. Hamilton (Chandler, Ariz.)
Record:
19-2 | Last week: 10
Results: Def. Mountain Ridge, 3-2; 7-3.
Stats: Brock Selvidge got the 7-3 win, striking out 12. He also had a double and a home run and three RBI.
Next: Tue. vs. Basha

10. Gregory-Portland (Portland, Texas)
Record:
31-2-1 | Last week: 11
Results: Def. Veterans Memorial, 9-0, 11-3.
Stats: Robbie Spencer struck out 10 and also had a triple in the first game. Malachi Lott got the win in the second game, striking out nine. He also wet 4-for-4 with a triple, a home run and five RBI.
Next: Thur. vs. Sharyland

11. Lakeland Christian (Lakeland, Fla.)
Record:
26-1 | Last week: 12
Results: Def. Calvary Christian, 8-3.
Stats: Carson Byrd, Brody Donay and Hunter Laurell all hit home runs in the win.
Next: Tue. vs. Berkeley Prep

12. Allatoona (Acworth, Ga.)
Record:
29-5 | Last week: NR
Results: Def. Winder-Barrow, 7-6, 12-1.
Stats: William Mosley went 2-for-4 with three RBI in the 12-1 win while Aidan Jolley had a double and a home run in the 7-6 victory.
Next: Tue. vs. Glynn Academy

13. Pope (Marietta, Ga.)
Record:
27-9 | Last week: NR
Results: Lost to Buford, 8-1, def. Buford 1-0, 5-3.
Stats: Peyton Cariaco had 10 strikeouts in nine innings pitched in a 1-0 win. Riley Frost went 3-for-4 with two RBI in the 5-3 victory.
Next: Tue. vs. Glynn Academy

14. Buford (Ga.)
Record:
32-2 | Last week: 1
Results: Def. Pope 8-1, lost to Pope, 1-0, 5-3.
Stats: Jax Brockett had 13 strikeouts in 1-0 loss.
Next: Season over.

15. Baylor (Chattanooga, Tenn.)
Record:
22-4 | Last week: 13
Results: Lost to Combine Academy, 8-2; def. Combine Academy, 10-0.
Stats: Jay Dill and Cooper Kinney both hit home runs in the win over Combine Academy.
Next: Postseason TBD

16. Lake Travis (Austin, Texas)
Record:
29-4-2 | Last week: 14
Results: Def. Vista Ridge, 10-1, 3-1.
Stats: Luke Jackson struck out 11 in the 10-1 victory. Ethan Roark struck out 11 in the second game.
Next: Fri vs. Churchill

17. Reagan (San Antonio, Texas)
Record:
31-3 | Last week: 15
Results: Def. New Braunfels 7-0, 2-1.
Stats: Cohen Feser allowed three hits and struck out nine in the 7-0 win.
Next: Fri. vs. Cedar Ridge.

18. Buchanan (Clovis, Calif.)
Record:
17-1 | Last week: 18
Results: Def. Clovis, 10-5, 7-6, 12-1.
Stats: Drew Smith had four RBI in the first game, Corbin Ybarra went 3-for-3 with two doubles and three RBI in the second game and Temo Becerra had a double in all three games.
Next: Tue./Thur./Sat. vs. Central (Fresno).

19. Roff (Okla.)
Record:
33-0 | Last week: 19
Results: Won Oklahoma Class B championship with 12-2 win over Red Oak; def. Boswell, 15-0; def. Tupelo, 6-0.
Stats: Drew Sheppard hit a home run against Boswell. Trayson Miller had a double and a triple against Red Oak.
Next: Season over, Oklahoma Class B state champion.

20. Parkview Baptist (Baton Rouge, La.)
Record:
32-1 | Last week: 17
Results: Lost to E.D. White 3-2; def. E.D. White 5-2, 9-6.
Stats: Brennan Holt, Caleb Stelly and Ty Watson each hit home runs in the 9-6 win.
Next: Thur. vs. Teurlings Catholic

21. Trinity (Louisville, Ky.)
Record:
23-1 | Last week: 21
Results: Def. Shelby County, 9-1; Oldham County 5-1; Pleasure Ridge Park, 9-8; Somerset, 10-1.
Stats: Daylen Lile hit a double, triple and home run against Shelby County. Korbyn Dickerson had a home run against PRP and Somerset.
Next: Tue. vs. Silver Creek, Wed. vs. Bardstown, Thur. vs. Christian Academy of Louisville.

22. Puyallup (Wash.)
Record:
16-0 | Last week: 23
Results: Did not play
Next: Postseason TBD

23. St. Christopher's (Richmond, Va.)
Record:
17-0-1 | Last week: 24
Results: Def. Woodberry Forest, 22-0; def. Greenbrier Christian Academy, 10-4.
Stats: Griffin O'Ferrall had a grand slam against Woodberry Forest.
Next: Tue./Fri. vs. St. Anne's Belfield.

24. Orange Lutheran (Orange, Calif.)
Record:
19-2 | Last week: 25
Results: Def. Mater Dei, 1-0, 13-8, 5-1.
Stats: Justin DeCriscio went 3-for-4 in the 5-1 win. Ryan White had a home run and Max Andeel had a triple and four RBI in the 13-8 win.
Next: Tue./Wed./Sat. vs. Santa Margarita.

25. Auburn (Ala.)
Record:
32-6 | Last week: NR
Results: lost to Daphne 3-2, def. Daphne 9-2, 8-0.
Next: Fri. vs. Central (Phenix City)