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High school baseball rankings: Alex Mooney powers No. 13 St. Mary Prep up MaxPreps Top 25
St. Mary's Prep (Orchard Lake, Mich.) is off to a late start, which is usually the case for teams in Michigan, but the Eaglets are making up for lost time. In building a 6-0 record, St. Mary's Prep has outscored opponents 90-4 in six games to move up to No. 13 in this week's MaxPreps Top 25 high school baseball rankings.

Alex Mooney has been the catalyst for the Eaglets. Ranked as one of the top infielders heading into the 2021 MLB Draft, Mooney is batting .611 with 17 RBI, four doubles, a triple and five home runs, including two grand slams. Three of his home runs came in one game. As a team, the Eaglets have hit a grand slam in four consecutive games.

Four teams joined the rankings this week with Hewitt-Trussville (Ala.) moving in after a win over previous No. 9 Auburn (Ala.) Undefeated Seymour (Tenn.), Pioneer (Mission, Texas) and Bryant (Ark.) also joined the list.

Dropped out: St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), De La Salle (Concord, Calif.), Tompkins (Katy, Texas), Jesuit (New Orleans).

Game of the Week: Hamilton (Chandler, Ariz.) 3, Brophy College Prep (Phoenix) 2. The Huskies pulled out the win behind the go-ahead home run by Gavin Turley in the top of the fifth that broke a 2-2 tie.

Player of the Week: Elijah Green, IMG Academy. The top-ranked player in the Class of 2022 by Perfect Game, Green had a double, a triple and two home runs in last week's action for the Ascenders.

Recruit Watch: Alex Mooney, St. Mary Prep. One of the top infielders in the senior class, Mooney had a huge doubleheader against Portage Northern. He went 6-for-9 with four home runs (three in one game), 13 RBI and two grand slams.

Game to Watch: Carrollton vs. Auburn. Carrollton replaced Auburn at No. 9 in this week's rankings after Auburn lost to Hewitt-Trussville and dropped to No. 19. The matchup is the only game this week matching ranked teams.
Andrew Painter, Cavalry Christian Academy
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Andrew Painter, Cavalry Christian Academy
MaxPreps Top 25 high school baseball rankings

1. Buford (Ga.)
24-0 | Last week: 1
Results: Def. Central Gwinnett, 11-1, 10-0; def. Brookwood, 5-1.
Stats: Treyton Rank fell a single short of the cycle in going 3-for-3 with a double, triple, home run and four RBI in the first game. Brett Rogers went 3-for-3 with a pair of doubles in the second game. Dylan Lesko struck out 13 against Brookwood.
Next: Thur. vs. Brookwood.

2. Jesuit (Tampa, Fla.)
16-1 | Last week: 2
Results: Def. Cardinal Mooney, 6-5; def. Hillsborough, 5-4.
Stats: Wes Mendes went 3-for-3 with a pair of doubles and three RBI. Jake Kulikowski had a double and a home run against Hillsborough.
Next: Fri. vs. Tampa Catholic; Sat. vs. Lakeland.

3. Madison Central (Madison, Miss.)
19-0 | Last week: 3
Results: Def. Murrah, 18-1, 23-0, 13-1; def. Warren Central, 6-0.
Stats: Ranard Grace struck out 11 in a one-hitter in the first game. Madison scored 23 runs in the first inning of the second game, which lasted two innings. Jackson Mize, Tom Lee and Sam Thoms each had three hits in the inning. Dillan Smith and Rashard Grace each had two doubles in the third game. Braden Montgomery struck out 16 against Warren Central.
Next: Fri./Sat. vs. Warren Central

4. Stoneman Douglas (Parkland, Fla.)
18-1 | Last week: 4
Results: Def. Nova, 16-6; def. Pembroke Pines Charter, 6-0.
Stats: Christian Rodriguez had a home run and Rolando Lujo had two doubles against Nova.
Next: Thur. vs. Westminster Academy.

5. Hamilton (Chandler, Ariz.)
7-1 | Last week: 6
Results: Def. Basha, 7-5; def. Brophy College Prep, 3-2.
Stats: Logan Saloman had two doubles and three RBI while Brock Selvidge was 3-for-4 with a double. Gavin Turley had a home run against Brophy College Prep.
Next: Fri. vs. Brophy College Prep.

6. Calvary Christian Academy (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
15-2 | Last week: 7
Results: Def. Hialeah Education Academy, 16-0; def. Champagnat Catholic, 4-1.
Stats: Alex Ulloa had a grand slam and Kyle Tako hit a home run. Andrew Painter tossed a two-hitter with 10 strikeouts.
Next: Fri. vs. Trinity Christian Academy (Lake Worth)

7. IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)
20-2 | Last week: 8
Results: Def. Doral Academy, 13-3; def.  IMG Black, 15-0.
Stats: Elijah Green and Drake Varnado each hit a double and a home run and Brady Neal also had a home run. Green hit a triple and a home run against IMG Black while James Wood had a home run.
Next: Thur. vs. Montverde Academy; Sat. vs. Winter Haven.

8. Barbe (Lake Charles, La.)
24-2 | Last week: 5
Results: Def. Sulphur, 2-0; def. Southside, 10-0; lost to Southside, 5-4; def. Acadiana, 12-2.
Stats: Ethan Medlin hit a home run against Acadiana.
Next: Thur. vs. Acadiana.

9. Carrollton (Ga.)
21-1 | Last week: 10
Results: Def. Paulding County, 13-2, 12-3.
Stats: Ace Williamson was 3-for-5 with a double, a triple and five RBI in the first game while Eli Runyan had a home run. Colton Cosper had a double, a triple and picked up the win in the second game.
Next: Thur. vs. Auburn; Fri. vs. Alexander; Sat. vs. Norcross.

10. Sam Houston (Lake Charles, La.)
23-3 | Last week: 11
Results: Def. Lafayette, 2-1, 5-3; def. New Iberia, 8-4.
Stats: Andrew Glass had a home run in the second game. Ashton Fuselier hit a home run against New Iberia.
Next: Thur. vs. New Iberia.

11. Lake Travis (Austin, Texas)
21-2-2 | Last week: 12
Results: Def. Austin, 7-1.
Stats: Kyle Rader hit a home run with two RBI.
Next: Fri. vs. Del Valle.

12. Gregory-Portland (Portland, Texas)
22-0-1 | Last week: 14
Results: Def. Ray, 8-3.
Stats: Easton Dowell went 3-for-3 with two doubles.
Next: Fri. vs. Moody.

13. St. Mary Prep (Orchard Lake, Mich.)
6-0 | Last week: 15
Results: Def. Portage Northern 20-2, 17-2.
Stats: Alex Mooney had a grand slam and Brock Porter struck out 10 in the first game. Mooney then had a huge outing in the second game, going 4-for-4 with a double, three home runs, a grand slam and nine RBI.
Next: Wed. vs. Brother Rice; Thur. vs. Woodhaven, Fri. vs. University Liggett.

14. Friendswood (Texas)
19-0 | Last week: 19
Results: Def. Goose Creek Memorial, 12-0; def. LaPorte, 4-2.
Stats: Jaxson Burch and Griffin Kasemeyer combined for a no-hitter.
Next: April 13 vs. Lee.

15. Farragut (Knoxville, Tenn.)
15-1 | Last week: 17
Results: Defe. Hamilton Heights, 12-2; def. Science Hill, 9-1; dec. Upperman, 10-2; def. Rossford, 12-2; def. Mount Juliet, 6-2; def. Maryville, 6-2; lost to Hardin Valley Academy, 13-12.
Stats: Hudson Seiglar had a grand slam and Eli Evans, Tanner Kim and Angus Pence each hit home runs against Hamilton Ieights. Carson Mitchell struck out 11 against Science Hill. Kim added a double and a home run against Upperman. Kim and Pence also homered against Rossford. Pence also added a homer against Mount Juliet. Kim and Siegler each homered against Hardin Valley. Landis Davila and Hunter Merrick each hit home runs against Maryville.
Next: Mon. vs. Lenoir City.

16. Reagan (San Antonio)
21-3 | Last week: 20
Results: Def. Lee, 11-0.
Stats: Britton Moore went 3-for-3 with a double against Lee.
Next: Fri. vs. Madison.

17. Thousand Oaks (Calif.)
8-0 | Last week: 22
Results: Def. Calabasas, 6-1; def. Camarillo, 5-0.
Stats: Maxwell Muncy had a double against Calabasas and Easton Rulli had a double against Camarillo.
Next: April 15 vs. Newbury Park.

18. Hewitt-Trussville (Trussville, Ala.)
23-2 | Last week: NR
Results: Def. Cherokee County, 17-7; def. Auburn, 4-3; def. Gadsden City, 6-1.
Next: Thur. vs. Gadsden City.

19. Auburn (Ala.)
24-2 | Last week: 9
Results: Def. Cherokee County, 11-1; lost to Hewitt-Trussville, 4-3; def. Northside, 7-0; def. Dothan, 12-2; def. Columbus, 7-5.
Stats: Brady Fuller had two doubles andfour RBI against Cherokee County. Todd Clay homered against Northside. Clay and Will Turner each hit two doubles against Columbus.
Next: Thur vs. Carrollton; Fri. vs. Helena.

20. Seymour (Tenn.)
18-0 | Last week: NR
Results: Def. South Doyle, 3-2, 4-3.
Next: Thur. at William Blount.

21. Bryant (Ark.)
15-1 | Last week: NR
Results: Def. Lake Hamilton, 12-2; def. Central (Little Rock), 7-2; def. Cabot, 7-2.
Stats: Turner Seelinger struck out 11 against Central.
Next: Fri. vs. North Little Rock.

22. Baylor (Chattanooga, Tenn.)
7-2 | Last week: 18
Results: Lost to Briarcrest Christian, 3-2; def. Briarcrest Christian, 6-2, 13-3.
Stats: Vito Valincius had a home run in the 13-3 win.
Next: Fri. vs. Christian Academy of Knoxville.

23. Winder-Barrow (Winder, Ga.)
18-2 | Last week: 16
Results: Def. Habersham Central, 7-0; lost to Peachtree Ridge, 6-4.
Stats: Pate Smith went 3-for-4 and Andrew Lewis went 2-for-4 with a double.
Next: Wed. vs. Mountain View

24. Pioneer (Mission, Texas)
21-1 | Last week: NR
Results: Def. Pharr-San Juan-Alamo Memorial, 16-0; def. McAllen Memorial, 9-5.
Stats: Juan Rivera had a double and a triple against Pharr. He also had a triple against Memorial.
Next: Fri. vs. McAllen.

25. Braddock (Miami, Fla.)
17-1 | Last week: 23
Results: Lost to Belen Jesuit, 1-0; def. Somerset Academy Charter, 13-10.
Next: Wed. vs. American Heritage (Plantation).
May Manning adds own title to one of America's most famous sports families - HIGHSCORE
May Manning adds own title to one of America's most famous sports families
It's been almost three weeks, but May Manning still has trouble piecing together the final, frantic yet joyous sequence of her last competitive high school volleyball match.

But she vividly recalls the feeling. And it hasn't left her.

"It happened so fast," she said. "I still get chills every time I watch that last point."

The fifth-year varsity player and third-year captain dove so hard to the Pontchartrain Center floor for a dig that she didn't hear the referee's final whistle. An opposing hitter had brushed the net. It was point, set and match, and triggered a wild, raucous celebration near midcourt.

The Academy of the Sacred Heart (New Orleans), a small all-girls Roman Catholic school founded in 1867, had won the Louisiana state Division IV girls volleyball championship in four sets Nov. 14 over favored Pope John Paul II.
May Manning played her fifth season as outside hitter and middle blocker in 2020 for the state-champion Cardinals.
Photo by Gregory Juan
May Manning played her fifth season as outside hitter and middle blocker in 2020 for the state-champion Cardinals.
May, the oldest grandchild of New Orleans Saints quarterback Archie Manning and niece of future NFL Hall of Famers Peyton and Eli, was awarded the game's Most Valuable Player plaque, thanks to 14 kills and some tenacious defense.

"I saw everyone on the dog pile," she said. "I was late to the celebration. I said (to her team), ‘It's over? It's over?' Of course everyone was crying and yelling and cheering. I was on Cloud Nine. I don't really remember all the details from there. I was so overcome with emotion and joy. There was so much happiness."

For so many reasons.

It was the Cardinals' first state crown since 2006, and 14th overall, and came against a squad that had won three titles in four years and downed Sacred Heart earlier in the season.

"We went into the playoffs thinking, 'Hey, we're the underdogs here. Let's take advantage of that and surprise some people,' " May said.

The Sacred Heart title came a season after a 2019 dud that ended below .500 and with an early playoff exit, followed by a year that was beaten and battered by COVID-19. Practice schedules and matches were altered or skipped; fans were required to largely stay home.

"We were just lucky to play this year," May said.

Especially fortunate for May who knew she wouldn't play after 2020. Her focus by next summer will be on college, academics and new surroundings. A game she's played year-round for Cajunland Volleyball since she was 9 would be in the rear view mirror.

"It feels funny that that was my last volleyball match ever," she said. "It's bittersweet that it's over. But that's the only way you want to end a career. With a state title."

Especially with all the family who had given her so much in attendance, all decked out in bright Cardinal reds and Sacred Heart swag.

Mom and May
Leading the charge was her mom Ellen, a 1987 Sacred Heart graduate and talented 5-9 middle hitter on the volleyball team. May's mother, then Ellen Heidingsfelder, and current assistant coach Betsy Laborde (then Becker) propelled the Cardinals to the school's first state title as seniors in 1986. 

Ellen, like May, was named the championship game's MVP of that title game, a fact she didn't reveal until after last month's match.
Ellen (left) and May Manning each led their Academy of the Sacred Heart teams to state titles.
Photo courtesy of the Manning family
Ellen (left) and May Manning each led their Academy of the Sacred Heart teams to state titles.
"I never told her because I didn't want to put that kind of pressure on her," Ellen said. "This was her deal, but when they announced (May) won the same award it was like ‘Oh yeah, our careers do kind of parallel.' … It's not like, ‘Whoa back in my day,' but we did go to the same school and our banner is up there on the wall. We have the first and May's team will go up soon as the most recent. That will be fun."

Being a Sacred Heart athlete is in May Manning's genes as her mother and late grandmother Dot both attended along with Ellen's two sisters. Ellen was recently inducted into the Sacred Heart Sports Hall of Fame, and the strong influence of women athletes on her mom's side makes May proud.

This Manning family isn't just an old boys' network. 

"I definitely think her accomplishments get forgotten because the Mannings are so much in the spotlight," May said. "The Mannings are great athletes but I get my volleyball talents and ability from my mom. She could really pop the ball from what I've heard."

Ellen downplays her own glory days. This was May's time and Sacred Heart's return to the top.

"It was so much fun because it was so unexpected," she said. "I think they surprised themselves. ... It was a fabulous way to end her volleyball career. She ended on a high note. It was icing on the cake. I'm still smiling about it."

Dad and May
May's dad Cooper is grinning also. He is the oldest of Archie and Olivia's three boys and by many accounts, the most athletic.

A quarterback-turned-receiver, Cooper likely would've been the first Manning son to reach the NFL if a serious back ailment (spinal stenosis) hadn't ended his football career as a freshman at the University of Mississippi. It was a cruel and tough setback for Cooper, the husband and father of three who landed squarely and softly on his feet in the real estate market and as a TV host on Fox's "The Manning Hour." He's done well as Principal and Senior Managing Director of Investor Relations for AJ Capital Partners. 

But he struck gold meeting Ellen, a licensed attorney, and the couple have been married 21 years. They also have raised two athletic boys, Arch Manning and Heid Manning, both members of the Newman (New Orleans) football squad. The Greenies (8-0), the top seed in the Division III playoffs, host Catholic (New Iberia) at 7 p.m. today in a quarterfinal game.

Arch is the nation's top-rated sophomore quarterback and Heid, a promising freshman offensive lineman.

"When Coop and I decided to have kids it was decided he'd be the breadwinner and I run the household," Ellen said. "It has worked out perfectly so we stuck with it."
May Manning with her father Cooper Manning.
Photo courtesy of the Manning family
May Manning with her father Cooper Manning.
Cooper didn't just spend time running the boys to ball fields. May played as many sports as the boys, maybe more, including swimming, gymnastics, soccer and tennis. Cooper, in fact, did most of the traveling with May to out-of-area volleyball tournaments. 

"We've had a lot of late Sunday night drives home and a lot of late airport layovers together," he said. "It's been a lot of fun; everything about it. It's been a terrific bonding experience with my daughter. She's always been a delight to be there for.

"Selfishly, it was neat to see it all come together for her last game of her career. A lot of girls playing and all their parents have been through the same journey. It was really sweet. May and all those girls put in a lot of work. It's been a rough year for a lot of seniors across the country in sports. I'm thrilled they got something to hang onto that was so positive."

He admitted getting pretty choked up when May got the MVP award.

"It was well deserved," Cooper said. "They had a lot of different girls all season that could have been MVP. But May never comes off the court. I would say she was their vocal leader."

The boys
There was plenty of hollering during May's championship match from her younger brothers, along with a group of other Newman football players behind the Pope John Paul II bench.

The Manning siblings are tight and all within four years in age. The boys would have made more volleyball matches this season, but COVID restrictions kept them away. Nothing restricted them on championship day. May noticed all the Greenies, dressed in Sacred Heart colors, and even volleyball practice jerseys.
The Manning family left-to-right: Arch, Heid, Ellen, May and Cooper.
Photo courtesy of the Manning family
The Manning family left-to-right: Arch, Heid, Ellen, May and Cooper.
"They must have raided my closet," she said. "They took all the Sacred Heart gear they could find. It was great."

Roughly 300 fans were allowed into the title match and the football kids were perhaps the loudest. Their enthusiasm and excitement has barely simmered. 

"The boys were super proud of their sister," Ellen said. "Arch told me the following week, ‘Mom, I've been smiling all weekend about it.' People, he said, were congratulating him. It's just been a neat experience for all of us."

Sibling competition can sometime get complicated, especially in a spotlighted home like the Mannings.

Arch, for instance, was the 2019 MaxPreps national Freshman of the Year and recently he played and was featured on ESPNU. He's considered one of the most coveted recruits from any class and recognizable prep athletes in the country.

Cooper, with a unique perspective, said sibling rivalries don't exist in the household and he's rarely had to address it, if at all.

"They all support and love each other," he said. "Everyone is equally excited for others' successes. If I ever have to talk about it, I would simply say: ‘Look at me. I'm a guy who has two brothers that won Super Bowls and been on the highest level and I've been nothing but thrilled for them. Jealousy is a nasty thing, so let's never go there.' "

May jokes about Arch's sudden arc to stardom in the last year.

"It's obviously weird when you see your little brother on national TV and 20 minutes later he's complaining about something or eating a bowl of Frosted Flakes at the kitchen table," she said. "It's like, ‘Wait, is this the same person?'

"As we've gotten older we've got closer. All our friends hang out together. But he'll always be my little brother. It will definitely be weird seeing him on TV in interviews or getting fan mail later. I don't think any of it right now affects him. He's oblivious to it sometimes. He doesn't realize that it's kind of a big deal. … Arch is probably one of the most humble people I've ever known."

Family matters
May's grandparents Archie and Olivia (Cooper's parents) and Charles Heidingsfelder (Ellen's father) also attended her championship match. They've been there every step of the way, May said. 

"They (Archie and Olivia) raised just boys playing football, basketball and baseball, so they'd never been to a swim meet, gymnastics events or girls basketball and soccer games, yet they were there for me," May said. "He (Heidingsfelder) told me after the match that between his daughters and other grandchildren he'd been going to matches for 40 years and that our match was his last. It was a great finish for him, too."
Front row (L-R): Heid Manning, Ellen Manning. Backrow (L-R): Charles Heidingsfelder, Jane Heidingsfelder, Archie Manning, May Manning, Olivia Manning, Arch Manning and Cooper Manning.
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Front row (L-R): Heid Manning, Ellen Manning. Backrow (L-R): Charles Heidingsfelder, Jane Heidingsfelder, Archie Manning, May Manning, Olivia Manning, Arch Manning and Cooper Manning.

Dot joined Charles at many of May's games before a long bout with Parkinson's disease and dementia was finally cut short in March by COVID-19. Dot was 77. 

"She went to all the games even when she wasn't her best," Ellen said. "I wear a little bracelet that says 'Mom' on it. (Before last month's title match) I said 'OK mom, let's go root on May.' She would have been thrilled."

That kind of support from family and friends has helped May thrive, she said, and live easy in The Big Easy — even as a Manning.

"I think my friends and Arch's friends make it all so normal, so comfortable," May said. "It's not as big a deal as it might seem. Obviously my grandfather played for the Saints, my uncles played in the NFL. Everyone in New Orleans knows the Mannings and is so used to it."

Going to Sacred Heart has also helped with the spotlight or possible scrutiny, she said.

"To be honest, I've never felt pressure to succeed or play sports or anything," she said. "Not from my family, my friends or people in New Orleans. I really think going to an all-girls school helped with that.

"I'm sorta trying to start my own legacy. It is more May vs. May Manning which has been a blessing. If I do feel pressure, it's me putting pressure on myself, not anyone else. I'm lucky for that."

Ultimately, her healthy perspective comes back to a balanced, enthusiastic family who shows its true color, whether at championship matches or practice or school.

"I think it's everybody — my parents, my grandparents, my brothers," she said. "It's just having such a huge support system that's so separate from football.

"From the beginning my parents made it clear: ‘You like sports, play sports. If you don't like sports, you don't have to do it.' I do it for me because I love to compete and I love my teams."

For the first time, she's attempting four sports this school year, including basketball currently, and golf and tennis in the spring. She's been on the tennis team since the sixth grade.

She said the best way to cap her senior season would be if her brothers dive in and grab Newman's first football state title. 

"Arch told me how cool it was to watch us win the state title and I told him 'I hope y'all win one too,' " May said. "It's the best feeling ever."
May Manning helped lead Academy of the Sacred Heart to its 14th state title but first since 2006 last month.
Photo by Gregory Juan
May Manning helped lead Academy of the Sacred Heart to its 14th state title but first since 2006 last month.
Ellen Manning (Heidingsfelder) sits in the middle front row right behind the 1986 Academy of the Sacred Heart state title trophy. To her left is Betsy Laborde (Becker) who was an assistant coach for the Cardinals in 2020.
Photo courtesy of the Manning family
Ellen Manning (Heidingsfelder) sits in the middle front row right behind the 1986 Academy of the Sacred Heart state title trophy. To her left is Betsy Laborde (Becker) who was an assistant coach for the Cardinals in 2020.
Newman football players pose with state champion May Manning.
Photo courtesy of the Manning family
Newman football players pose with state champion May Manning.

10 unique high schools as seen via Google Earth - HIGHSCORE
10 unique high schools as seen via Google Earth
Video: 10 unique high schools from Google Earth
Aerial views of distinctive campuses across the country.

Sometimes to really appreciate something, you need to change your perspective.

Renowned French novelist Marcel Proust once said, "the real voyage of discovery comes not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes."

MaxPreps provides "new eyes" to help discover 10 of the coolest high school campuses in the nation via Google Earth. Time to begin your real voyage of discovery.

Here is a snapshot of the 10 schools featured in the video:

Allen (Texas): The school already has a multi-million dollar football stadium, but it also has an impressive array of baseball and softball fields and an extra football field.
Bentonville (Ark.): A two-time MaxPreps Cup champion, Bentonville has a campus that stretches almost 10 city blocks.
Stevenson (Pebble Beach, Calif.): It's easy to see why Stevenson ranks as one of the top golf programs in the state. It's near the famed Pebble Beach golf course.
Westminster (Atlanta, Ga.): Winner of nearly 300 state championships, Westminster sits in a picturesque setting where the athletic fields are carved out of a heavily wooded area in Atlanta.
Parkland (Allentown, Pa.): From outer space, the Parkland campus looks like something from another world. The campus has a unique Millennium Falcon shape.
Punahou (Honolulu, Hawaii): The Buff 'N Blue have won over 500 state championships and are located just a few miles from Waikiki Beach.
Bolles (Jacksonville, Fla.): The Bulldogs have one of the top swimming programs in the nation, as evidenced by the Olympic-size pool that's just beyond the school's front doors.
Baylor (Chattanooga, Tenn.): Built along the Tennessee River, Baylor School overlooks the water with the athletic fields in among the woods lining the waterway.
Valley Christian (San Jose, Calif.): Sitting atop a ridge in South San Jose, Valley Christian stretches the length of the rise with the football field at one end and the baseball field at the other.
IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.): Just a short distance from the Gulf of Mexico, IMG Academy hosts 16 soccer fields, a dozen tennis courts, three football fields and nine baseball fields, not to mention a small golf course and an Olympic-size pool.
High school girls basketball rankings: No. 16 Anderson County survives upset bid, moves up two spots in HIGHSCORE Top 25 rankings - HIGHSCORE
High school girls basketball rankings: No. 16 Anderson County survives upset bid, moves up two spots in MaxPreps Top 25 rankings
Ponchatoula has played 30 games in Louisiana. Simeon, which was ranked in our preseason MaxPreps Top 25 high school girls basketball rankings, will play its first game in Illinois this week. Mater Dei and Archbishop Mitty, both from California and both given spots before the season, may not play at all.

Such is the state of high school basketball in the season of COVID-19, which has only added to the challenge of putting together these rankings.

So should an unbeaten team with 10 games be ranked ahead of an unbeaten team that's played 30? After all, every game is a chance to lose, and the 10-game team clearly had fewer opportunities to pick up a loss. But then again, it's certainly not the fault of the teams that they've played fewer games than expected, or didn't have a chance to get that big intersectional win that would have put them on the map.

Which means that this year, more so than any other, the talent on the roster — as measured by individual rankings and recruiting interest — has an impact on where a team is placed. Edison has played four games, but sits at No. 5 thanks to a horde of top-shelf talent that was just as likely to be 24-0 as 4-0.

Is this the way we normally do it? Not at all, but a lot of things aren't normal in the 2020-21 girls basketball season — and like most of these teams you just have to play the hand you're dealt.

NOTE: Coaches and team personnel are encouraged to update schedules and results on MaxPreps – especially those in the mix for MaxPreps Top 25 consideration. For assistance or questions, please reach out to [email protected]
Marya Hudgins, Grandview
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Marya Hudgins, Grandview
MaxPreps Top 25 Girls Basketball Rankings

Record: 17-0 | Last week: 1
Note that there are two American Heritage high schools in Florida, and the one in the other 4A semifinal — the one Lake Highland Prep might have to face this weekend should it get by Bishop Kenny — is not the American Heritage that's ranked No. 24.

2. Westlake (Atlanta)
Record: 15-0 | Last week: 2
Westlake has waited nearly a month to play a game as opponents were hard to come by, but the AAAAAA postseason begins this week. The first serious test likely will come next week from 23-3 Kell in quarterfinals.

3. Mount Notre Dame (Cincinnati)
Record: 23-0 | Last week: 3
The Cougars won their first two Division 1 playoff games by an average score of 82-7 but it's possible, if not likely, that 21-2 Centerville — which only lost to host Mount Notre Dame by nine earlier this year — will be the semifinal opponent. We're guessing that game will be a lot closer than 82-7.

4. Hopkins (Minnetonka, Minn.)
Record: 10-0 | Last week: 4
Hopkins easily disposed of Minnetonka, which gave the defending state champs a tough game the first time around. So the next focus will be on the March 5 game at No. 20 Chaska.

5. Edison Academy (Detroit)
Record: 4-0 | Last week: 5
Edison downed perennial rival Renaissance 68-59 on Saturday.

6. Incarnate Word Academy (St. Louis)
Record: 18-0 | Last week: 6
There are two games left in regular season for the Show Me State's best, and neither should pose much of a challenge.

7. Cypress Creek (Houston)
Record: 28-0| Last week: 7
Cypress Creek will play 24-4 Heights on Wednesday, and that record is impressive. But Cypress Creek already played Heights and won by 31.

8. Norman (Okla.)
Record: 13-0 | Last week: 8
Norman has had a long break, but plays Thursday against Grant — and is expected to move on to the 6A Area playoffs, which begin March 4.

9. St. John-Vianney (Holmdel, N.J.)
Record: 9-0 | Last week: 9
St. John Vianney's comfortable home in the Top 10 will be threatened Friday by 8-0 Trenton Catholic — but luckily the game will be in the friendly confines of Holmdel.

10. Paul VI (Chantilly, Va.)
Record: 10-0 | Last week: 10
Season complete.

11. DeSoto (Texas)
Record: 22-2 | Last week: 12
DeSoto continues to advance in 6A District play, but down the road must deal with rival Duncanville and No. 7 Cypress Creek.

12. Newark (Ohio)
Record: 24-1 | Last week: 13
Hilliard Darby, Wednesday's opponent in the Division 1 playoffs, is the 25th seed — 16-2 Watkins Memorial, the likely Friday opponent, will be a tougher test.

13. Grandview (Aurora, Colo.)
Record: 9-0 | Last week: 14
There are some very good teams in Colorado, but Grandview won't face any of them until postseason, which begins the week of March 8.

14. Princess Anne (Virginia Beach, Va.)
10-0 | Last week: 17
Princess Anne completed its abbreviated unbeaten season by winning its eighth straight state title, and 12th overall.

15. Fremont (Plain City, Utah)
Record: 22-0 | Last week: 15
The 6A playoffs begin Thursday, but Fremont is the No. 2 seed, behind once-beaten Herriman, which did play a tougher schedule. We might find out how much that matters if both reach the March 6 finals.

16. Anderson County (Lawrenceburg, Ky.)
Record: 17-0 | Last week: 18
Sometimes it takes a little luck. Anderson County got a banked-in, 3-pointer with 3.2 seconds to left to take a 69-68 lead over Sacred Heart — and then had to watch as Sacred Heart's desperation heave spent some time on the rim before bouncing out.

17. Ponchatoula (La.)
Record: 30-0 | Last week: 22
Ponchatoula is three games away from an unbeaten season, a Top 20 ranking (or higher), and most important, a Louisiana 5A state title.

18. Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.)

Record: 21-2 | Last week: 11
Montverde lost by one in the first round of the Independent School National Championships, but bounced back to win its last two and retain a spot in the Top 25. The other loss was to No. 1 Lake Highland Prep, and Montverde has a handful of impressive wins over strong Florida opposition.

19. Rutgers Prep (Somerset, N.J.)

Record: 7-0 | Last week: 19
Rutgers Prep has two games left before a limited postseason, and a loss anywhere along the line would be considered a major upset.

20. Chaska (Minn.)
Record: 10-0 | Last week: 20
Chaska was on no one's radar in preseason — but now you can bet No. 4 Hopkins is already gathering intel for the March 5 matchup.

21. Hazel Green (Ala.)
Record: 32-1 | Last week: 21
Should Hazel Green get past Hartselle Wednesday — and Hazel Green won by 19 back in November — McGill-Toolen would be the 6A semifinals foe. Hazel Green beat McGill-Toolen by 25 in December.

22. New Hope Academy (Landover Hills, Md.)
Record: 10-3 | Last week: NR
New Hope returns to the rankings after winning the Independent School National Championship over a strong field. And if you think three losses are too many for a Top 25 team, think again — all three came against elite opposition.

23. Bearden (Knoxville, Tenn.)
Record: 25-1 | Last week: 23
Oak Ridge is 20-4 and the likely opponent in Monday's Class AAA Regional semifinals, but Bearden should be favored, if not heavily favored, until the state tournament starts March 10.

24. American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.)
Record: 23-2 | Last week: 24
It's not going to be easy for American Heritage to hold on to this ranking, as Florida is very strong this year, and the 5A Final Four is impressive. First up is 24-4 Clearwater, which hasn't lost since Dec. 11, and the other side of the bracket has 26-1 St. Augustine and a fully healthy, and very talented, 22-3 Palm Bay.

25. Pius X (Lincoln, Neb.)
20-0 | Last week: 25
Pius X must get past either 12-win Benson or 12-win Bellevue West on Thursday to get to the Class A state tournament, which starts next week. And it would be unwise to bet against the No. 25 team in the country.

Dropped out: No. 16 Archbishop Wood (Warminster, Pa.).
Lauren Betts named 2020-21 HIGHSCORE Colorado High School Girls Basketball Player of the Year - HIGHSCORE
Lauren Betts named 2020-21 MaxPreps Colorado 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.

Lauren Betts of Grandview (Aurora) is the 2020-21 MaxPreps Colorado High School Basketball Player of the Year. The 6-foot-7 junior post sparked the Wolves to a 17-1 record and the Class 5A state semifinals.

Betts averaged 17.5 points, 11.0 rebounds, 2.6 blocks and 1.9 assists a game while shooting an incredible 80 percent from the field. Betts had nine double-doubles on the season and had five or more blocked shots four different times.

Betts is the top-rated prospect in the Class of 2022 by ESPN Hoopgurlz and has committed to play at Stanford.

Each state's MaxPreps Player of the Year will be considered for inclusion in the MaxPreps All-America Team.
Lauren Betts in action during Colorado's Class 5A state tournament.
Photo by Steve Abeyta
Lauren Betts in action during Colorado's Class 5A state tournament.