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High school softball: Kentucky pitcher Madison McIntosh strikes out all 21 in perfect game masterpiece - HIGHSCORE
High school softball: Kentucky pitcher Madison McIntosh strikes out all 21 in perfect game masterpiece
Madison McIntosh should pitch with a sore arm more often. The 5-foot-8 senior from Rockcastle County (Mt. Vernon, Ky.) recorded a perfect perfect game Tuesday, striking out all 21 batters she faced on just 77 pitches in a 3-0 win over Lincoln County.

Having pitched five games in the previous four days, McIntosh told MaxPreps said she entered Tuesday's game "a little sore," so she "just wanted to make sure that my fundamentals were correct and not try to overdue anything."

Instead, she overwhelmed Lincoln County, teammates and herself while becoming just the fourth pitcher in Kentucky High School Athletics Association history to post 21 strikeouts in a seven-inning game. She was the first to do so since Whitney Valentine pulled it off in 2003 for Elizabethtown versus Green County.

The last perfect perfect softball game — 21 batters, 21 strikeouts — MaxPreps could confirm was by Shannon Becker of Mahopac in 2019, the first ever in New York. Before that, Cedar Grove (N.J.) hurler Mia Faieta pulled off the feat in a 2017 playoff game.
According to the NFHS Record Book, more than 40 pitchers have struck out 21 batters or more in a 7-inning game. The record is 24 by Kelly Holmes of Plymouth Canton (Mich.) who sat down 24 against Walled Lake Western in 1992. There is no available list of perfect 21 K games, but clearly it is rare.

McIntosh, who will pitch next fall at Division III Berea College in Kentucky, has pitched multiple no-hitters but never a perfect game. Her previous strikeout high was 18.

"I was just completely shocked," she said Tuesday via text just hours after the victory. "In the back of my mind, I knew what was going on, but I just tried to play and not think about it."

With her dad and assistant coach Tim McIntosh calling the pitches, none of the Rockets let on they knew what was going on. But Madison knew. All of her pitches were working, primarily her rise, drop curve and fastball. She threw just one change up.

"My speed was up tonight, so my quick pitches were on," Madison said.

Her focus was helped being a scoreless tie until the sixth. That's when the Rockets (11-6-1) struck for three runs on RBI doubles from Raegan Chasteen and Casey Coleman, and a run-scoring single by Haley Pingleton

"By the seventh inning, I got nervous," Madison admitted. "But I just got on the mound and tried to blow it past them."

The right-hander did, She improved to 9-4 on the season while lowering her ERA to 1.75. She's struck out 136 in 84 innings.

The gem was particularly sweet considering she, like all players in Kentucky and most of the country, missed out on a 2020 season due to the pandemic.

It should also be the start of an eventful week. On Friday, she's planning on signing her letter of intent to Berea. The Mountaineers better sign her quick. After Tuesday's performance, more offers might be arriving.

"I honestly had no idea something like this was going to happen tonight," Madison said. "I am just completely on Cloud 9."
Rockcastle senior pitcher Madison McIntosh holds up the ball used to record her 21st and final strikeout in Tuesday's perfect game vs. Lincoln County.
Photo courtesy of Alex McIntosh
Rockcastle senior pitcher Madison McIntosh holds up the ball used to record her 21st and final strikeout in Tuesday's perfect game vs. Lincoln County.
Madison McIntosh has struck out 136 in 84 innings this season.
File photo by Crystal Hester
Madison McIntosh has struck out 136 in 84 innings this season.








2020 Georgia HIGHSCORE All-State high school football team - HIGHSCORE
2020 Georgia MaxPreps All-State high school football team
Grayson went wire-to-wire as the top-ranked team in the Peach State and the Rams are well represented on the 2020 Georgia MaxPreps All-State high school football team. They beat Collins Hill 38-14 in the AAAAAAA championship to finish 14-0 and grab the school's first state title since 2016.

The Rams are No. 3 in the MaxPreps Top 25 and lead the Peach State with six All-State selections, including Clemson-bound running back Phil Mafah, wideout Jamal Haynes and defensive lineman Victoine Brown.

Collins Hill (Suwanee), Carrollton, Lee County (Leesburg), Lowndes (Valdosta), Mill Creek (Hoschton), Warner Robins, West Forsyth (Cumming) and Westlake (Atlanta) all had multiple selections. In total, 38 different schools had at least one selection.

Thirty-four seniors were selected, 14 juniors and four sophomores represent the 52 players featured on the 2020 MaxPreps All-State high school football team.

Georgia Final Top 25 Rankings: Grayson crowned 2020 MaxPreps Champion
Graphic by Ryan Escobar
First Team Offense

Height: 6-3 | Weight: 205
Status: Signed with Georgia | Class: Senior (2021)
Led the state with 4,169 yards passing and 46 touchdowns. Added over 500 yards rushing and 17 scores while leading the Wolverines to their first state title.

Height: 6-1 | Weight: 215
Status: Signed with Clemson | Class: Senior (2021)
Accounted for 1,300 total yards and 20 touchdowns in 10 games playing against the best competition in Georgia.

Height: 6-0 | Weight: 215
Status: Signed with Tennessee | Class: Senior (2021)
Battled through injuries during his senior year and still rushed for over 1,500 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Height: 6-1 | Weight: 170
Status: Committed to Florida State | Class: Junior (2022)
One of the best all-around players in the country finished his junior season with 137 receptions for 1,746 yards and 24 touchdowns to go with 51 tackles and eight interceptions on defense.

WR Jamal Haynes, Grayson (Loganville)
Height: 5-9 | Weight: 175
Status: Signed with Georgia Tech | Class: Senior (2021)
Made big-time plays for the No. 3 team all season. In the Rams 38-14 title win over Collins Hill he hauled in six receptions for a game-high 114 yards and a touchdown.

Height: 6-5 | Weight: 210
Status: Uncommitted | Class: Junior (2022)
The top-rated tight end in the Class of 2022 had nearly 1,000 yards receiving and led the Warriors to AAA runner-up finish.

Height: 6-7 | Weight: 315
Status: Signed with Georgia | Class: Senior (2021)
Checks in as a Top 10 prospect overall and is one of the most dominant offensive lineman in the country.

Height: 6-4 | Weight: 315
Status: Signed with Georgia | Class: Senior (2021)
The 10th-rated offensive tackle in the Class of 2021 matched up against some of the best competition in Georgia and dominated.

Height: 6-4 | Weight: 300
Status: Signed with Alabama | Class: Senior (2021)
The second-rated offensive guard on 247Sports composite rankings will be a huge addition for the Crimson Tide.

Height: 6-5 | Weight: 300
Status: Signed with Georgia | Class: Senior (2021)
Helped lead the Wolverines to the AAAAAAA quarterfinals and is also a standout wrestler. Went 46-0 as a junior and won the Class 7A heavyweight state title.

Height: 6-5 | Weight: 305
Status: Uncommitted | Class: Junior (2022)
Checks in as a Top 100 prospect overall in the Class of 2022 and has 30 FBS offers that includes Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, Florida and Ohio State.

Height: 6-1 | Weight: 220
Status: Committed to South Carolina | Class: Junior (2022)
Put up video-game numbers during his junior year. Threw for 3,128 yards and 45 touchdowns to go with 1,581 yards rushing and 26 scores.

Height: 6-3 | Weight: 180
Status: Uncommitted | Class: Junior (2022)
Connected on 15-of-17 field goals and averaged over 41 yards per punt.

First Team Defense

Height: 6-3.5 | Weight: 245
Status: Uncommitted | Class: Sophomore (2023)
The top-rated player in the Class of 2023 finished his sophomore season as the state leader with 21.5 sacks.

DL Victoine Brown, Grayson (Loganville)
Height: 6-4 | Weight: 230
Status: Signed with Louisville | Class: Senior (2021)
The leader for one of the best defenses in the country dominated in the trenches.

Height: 6-4 | Weight: 255
Status: Signed with Georgia | Class: Senior (2021)
Racked up 10 sacks and 19 tackles-for-loss to close out his high school career.

Height: 6-3 | Weight: 250
Status: Signed with Liberty | Class: Senior (2021)
Finished his senior year with 21 sacks and racked up over 30 tackles-for-loss.

Height: 6-1 | Weight: 220
Status: Signed with Clemson | Class: Senior (2021)
Expect the five-star linebacker to make an immediate impact at Clemson after a standout career for the Bulldogs.

Height: 6-5 | Weight: 240
Status: Signed with Florida | Class: Senior (2021)
Flies around on defense and is one of the hardest-hitting linebackers in the country. Broke the school record racking up 163 tackles during his senior season.

LB Chaz Chambliss, Carrollton
Height: 6-2 | Weight: 240
Status: Signed with Georgia | Class: Senior (2021)
Filled the stat sheet once again during his senior year posting 83.5 tackles, 27.5 tackles-for-loss, 12.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and a pick-six.

Height: 6-2 | Weight: 185
Status: Signed with Georgia | Class: Senior (2021)
One of the best all-around players in Georgia can single-handedly shut down one side of the field.

Height: 6-1 | Weight: 180
Status: Signed with Georgia | Class: Senior (2021)
Lines up everywhere on the field and plays at a high level on both sides of the ball.

DB Jayvian Allen, Grayson (Loganville)
Height: 5-8 | Weight: 180
Status: Uncommitted | Class: Senior (2021)
One of the most underrated players in the Class of 2021 led the Rams in tackles (103) and interceptions (four). In Grayson's 38-14 win over Collins Hill he rushed for three scores and added an interception.

Height: 6-2 | Weight: 170
Status: Signed with Clemson | Class: Senior (2021)
Has the talent to play cornerback, safety or wide receiver at Clemson. Very skilled athlete who makes a huge impact at any position.

Height: 6-3 | Weight: 190
Status: Uncommitted | Class: Junior (2022)
Had nearly 1,000 yards receiving on offense and flies around on defense making big-time plays.

Height: 6-4 | Weight: 190
Status: Signed with Stanford | Class: Senior (2021)
The future Cardinal is the third-rated punter in the Class of 2021 and averaged 41.5 yards per punt during his senior season.

Second Team Offense

QB Sam Horn, Collins Hill (Suwanee)
Height: 6-4 | Weight: 190
Status: Uncommitted | Class: Junior (2022)
Led the Eagles to their first state title game appearance and finished his junior year with 3,910 yards passing and 41 touchdowns.

Height: 5-10 | Weight: 185
Status: Uncommitted | Class: Sophomore (2023)
The talented sophomore rushed for nearly 1,600 yards and 22 touchdowns.

Height: 5-8 | Weight: 180
Status: Signed with South Carolina | Class: Senior (2021)
Helped lead the Trojans to AAAAAA runner-up finish. Rushed for 1,350 yards and accounted for 32 total touchdowns.

WR Dacari Collins, Westlake (Atlanta)
Height: 6-3.5 | Weight: 200
Status: Signed with Clemson | Class: Senior (2021)
Finished his senior year with nearly 1,000 yards receiving and eight scores.

Height: 6-4 | Weight: 195
Status: Signed with Notre Dame | Class: Senior (2021)
A matchup nightmare for opposing defenses and should make an immediate impact for the Fighting Irish.

TE Oscar Delp, West Forsyth (Cumming)
Height: 6-5 | Weight: 220
Status: Uncommitted | Class: Junior (2022)
Recently added an offer from LSU to his list of many and finished his junior season with 730 yards receiving and nine touchdowns.

Height: 6-4 | Weight: 310
Status: Signed with Georgia Tech | Class: Senior (2021)
Will be a great addition for the Yellow Jackets and is good in both run and pass blocking.

OL Griffin Scroggs, Grayson (Loganville)
Height: 6-5 | Weight: 290
Status: Uncommitted | Class: Junior (2022)
Paved the way in the trenches for one of the best rushing attacks in the country.
Height: 6-6 | Weight: 280
Status: Uncommitted | Class: Junior (2022)
The second-rated offensive tackle in the state from the Class of 2022 dominated the opposition.

Height: 6-3 | Weight: 290
Status: Committed to Army | Class: Senior (2021)
Played a major role for the AAAAAA state champs. 

Height: 6-4 | Weight: 280
Status: Signed with Tennessee | Class: Senior (2021)
Made a huge impact on both sides of the ball for the Lions as they made the playoffs for the first time since 2016.

Height: 6-4 | Weight: 205
Status: Uncommitted | Class: Junior (2022)
Threw for over 1,500 yards and 14 touchdowns while adding another 1,100-plus yards rushing and 16 scores.

Height: 6-2 | Weight: 170
Status: Uncommitted | Class: Senior (2021)
Made 13 field goals and averaged 39.5 yards per punt.

Second Team Defense

DL James Smith, Collins Hill (Suwanee)
Height: 6-2 | Weight: 245
Status: Uncommitted | Class: Senior (2021)
One of the most underrated prospects in the Class of 2021 finished his senior year with 17 sacks and 61 tackles-for-loss.

DL Thomas Davis, Lowndes (Valdosta)
Height: 6-0.5 | Weight: 235
Status: Signed with Miami | Class: Senior (2021)
Impacts the game on the defensive line and linebacker at a high level.

Height: 6-4 | Weight: 255
Status: Uncommitted | Class: Sophomore (2023)
Finished with double-digit sacks and 20-plus tackles-for-loss while leading the Demons to their first state title since 2004.

Height: 6-5 | Weight: 255
Status: Uncommitted | Class: Junior (2022)
The fourth-rated defensive tackle in his class racked up 17 sacks and 19 tackles-for-loss.

Height: 6-0 | Weight: 200
Status: Committed to Houston | Class: Senior (2021)
Finished his senior year with 142 tackles, 28 tackles-for-loss, six sacks and forced five fumbles.

LB Baron Hopson, Lee County (Leesburg)
Height: 5-10 | Weight: 220
Status: Uncommitted | Class: Senior (2021)
Has been starting on defense since his freshman year and had at least 124 tackles in each of the last three seasons.

LB Ahmad Walker, Warner Robins
Height: 6-0 | Weight: 215
Status: Signed with Liberty | Class: Senior (2021)
Four-year starter and the leader on defense for the AAAAA champs.

Height: 5-10 | Weight: 185
Status: Committed to Kent State | Class: Senior (2021)
Led one of the best defenses in the state with five interceptions and also had 38 tackles, a forced fumble, blocked two punts and a field goal.
Height: 5-11 | Weight: 180
Status: Uncommitted | Class: Sophomore (2023)
One of the best prospects from the Class of 2023 finished his sophomore season with 60-plus tackles and four interceptions.

DB Josh Moore, Marist (Atlanta)
Height: 6-2 | Weight: 195
Status: Signed with UCLA | Class: Senior (2021)
Gets it done at a high level on both sides of the ball while leading War Eagles to AAAA state title.

DB Mumu Bin-Wahad, Grayson (Loganville)
Height: 6-0 | Weight: 180
Status: Committed to Cincinnati | Class: Junior (2022)
Finished with three interceptions and is one of the best shutdown cornerbacks in the Class of 2022.

Height: 6-1 | Weight: 195
Status: Uncommitted | Class: Junior (2022)
Makes an impact on both sides of the ball at a high level. Rushed for over 1,500 yards and 24 touchdowns while racking up over 40 tackles and two interceptions on defense.

P Brock Pellegrino, Mill Creek (Hoschton)
Height: 5-8 | Weight: 170
Status: Uncommitted | Class: Senior (2021)
Averaged nearly 40 yards per punt and connected on 14 field goals during his senior year.
Kamorea Arnold named 2020-21 HIGHSCORE Wisconsin High School Girls Basketball Player of the Year - HIGHSCORE
Kamorea Arnold named 2020-21 MaxPreps Wisconsin 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.

Kamorea Arnold of Germantown is the 2020-21 MaxPreps Wisconsin High School Basketball Player of the Year. The 5-foot-9 sophomore guard led the Warhawks to a 29-1 record and the Division 1 state championship.

Arnold averaged 22.9 points, 6.3 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 3.8 steals a game. She scored 31 points on 12 of 18 shooting in a 63-48 win over Hudson in the Division 1 title game and also had seven assists.

Arnold is regarded as the No. 5 prospect in the Class of 2023 according to ESPN Hoopgurlz Class of 2023.

Each state's MaxPreps Player of the Year will be considered for inclusion in the MaxPreps All-America Team.
Daeshun Ruffin named 2020-21 HIGHSCORE Mississippi High School Basketball Player of the Year - HIGHSCORE
Daeshun Ruffin named 2020-21 MaxPreps Mississippi 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.

Daeshun Ruffin of Callaway (Jackson) is the 2020-21 Mississippi High School Basketball Player of the Year. The 5-foot-9, 160-pound senior led the Chargers to a 10-1 record and the Class 5A state quarterfinals.

Ruffin averaged 33.1 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.8 steals per contest this season, including a season-high 39 points in Callaway's double-overtime state quarterfinal loss to Lake Cormorant.

Ruffin tallied 2,337 career points over his four-year career, carrying a career average of 25.4 points per contest.

A Mississippi signee, Ruffin is regarded as the No. 47 prospect in the Class of 2021 overall according to 247Sports. He chose the Rebels over offers from SEC rivals Alabama, Auburn, LSU and Mississippi State among others. He earned a spot on the McDonald's All American Game roster last month, though the showcase will not be played this year due to the pandemic.

Each state's MaxPreps Player of the Year will be considered for inclusion in the MaxPreps All-America Team.
High school basketball: Social media post suggests Bronny James has been cleared to play...but will he? - HIGHSCORE
High school basketball: Social media post suggests Bronny James has been cleared to play...but will he?
Like father, like son. Bronny James, the national Top 25 sophomore boys basketball recruit and son of LeBron James, is recovered from injury and ready to go just before the playoffs, according to a report.

A Tik Tok post by WhosNextHS indicated the 6-foot-2, 165-pound shooting guard from Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth, Calif.) has been "cleared to start hoopin' " after suffering a torn meniscus in early February.

Sierra Canyon, which had won two straight California Interscholastic Federation Open Division championships before the pandemic ended its 2019-20 season one game short of a possible third consecutive crown, will open the Southern Section playoffs next week.

A text Friday morning to Sierra Canyon coach Andre Chevalier to confirm James' health status or his plans to play for the Trailblazers was not immediately returned.

Sierra Canyon (10-0) is expected to be a top seed in the Open Division, which begins May 28. If it advances, Sierra Canyon would play in the Southern Regional, which takes place June 15-19. For a second straight year, there will be no CIF state basketball championships.

Ranked the No. 25 prospect in the Class of 2023 according to 247Sports, James came off the bench for Sierra Canyon's Southern California championship team last season. He figured to be a starter on the 2020-21 squad, which like the rest of the state had its season delayed until the spring only.
Bronny James has missed Sierra Canyon's shortened 2020-21 spring season due to a knee injury.
File photo by Scott Reed
Bronny James has missed Sierra Canyon's shortened 2020-21 spring season due to a knee injury.
According to the Los Angeles Daily News, James was competing for a Sierra Canyon club team, California Basketball Club, when the injury occurred.

LeBron James returned to the Los Angeles Lakers Wednesday in a 103-100 win over the Golden State Warriors and delivered a triple-double along with making the game-winning 3-pointer. He had missed 25 of the team's final 30 games due to an ankle injury before Wednesday and is waiting for the Lakers' series opener Sunday with the Phoenix Suns.

Sierra Canyon has maintained an unbeaten record despite numerous other setbacks besides Bronny's. At the top of the list is four-star guard Chance Westry, a Pennsylvania native who returned home earlier this month due to personal reasons. The No. 34 overall prospect from the Class of 2022, Westry averaged 14.2 points per outing in five appearances this season.

Max Allen, a 6-foot-8 post player, left the team before the regular season officially got underway April 22 and 7-foot-3 center Harold Yu, who lives in China, also did not join the team.

MaxPreps national basketball editor Jordan Divens contributed to this report.