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2020 MLB Draft recap: High school players get late start, 11 chosen - OFFICIAL
2020 MLB Draft recap: High school players get late start, 11 chosen
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It took awhile for high school players to come off the board in the 2020 Major League Baseball draft, but they had a strong finish in the first round with a few surprises along the way. The draft's first day say 11 prep players chosen (with two more taken in the competitive-balance round).

The truncated MLB Draft continues on Thursday with Rounds 2-5.
Pete Crow-Armstrong, Harvard-Westlake
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Pete Crow-Armstrong, Harvard-Westlake
Robert Hassell III of Independence (Thompson's Station, Tenn.) was the first high school player chosen with the No. 8 overall pick by the San Diego Padres. The eighth-overall selection is the lowest the first high school player has been chosen in the 56 years of the MLB Draft.

The previous lowest selection was Clayton Kershaw of Highland Park (Dallas) at No. 7 overall in 2006. Three times, the first prep chosen was at No. 6, including 1992 when Derek Jeter of Kalamazoo Central (Mich.) was taken by the Yankees.

Overall, a high school player has been chosen with the No. 1 overall pick 25 times.

Outfielders Favorite Choice

The first three high school players chosen were all outfielders. After Hassell III went to San Diego at No. 8, Zac Veen of Spruce Creek (Port Orange, Fla.) went to the Rockies at No. 9.

Three picks later, the Reds chose Austin Hendrick of West Allegheny (Imperial, Pa.) at No. 12. Pete Crow-Armstrong of Harvard-Westlake (Studio City, Calif.) became the fourth prep outfielder chosen when the Mets picked him at No. 19.

Red Sox make surprise pick

Boston made the surprise pick of the first round when it chose second baseman Nick Yorke of Archbishop Mitty (San Jose, Calif.) at No. 17.

The selection was a shocker for several reasons. First, second basemen rarely come off the draft board in the first round. Second, Yorke was ranked by MLB as the No. 139 best player available in the draft. The second-lowest ranked prep player chosen in the first round was Carson Tucker, a shortstop from Mountain Pointe (Phoenix), who was ranked No. 52.

The Red Sox have had good luck with Northern California second basemen, however. Former league MVP Dustin Pedroia is originally from Woodland.

Few pitchers chosen

In the past, high school pitchers have been a popular first-round choice. Not so in 2020. Mick Abel of Jesuit (Portland, Ore.) went to the Phillies at No. 15 while Nick Bitsko of Central Bucks East (Doylestown, Pa.) went to the Rays at No. 24.

Among those pitchers not taken Wednesday included potential first round picks Jared Kelley of Refugio (Texas) and Carson Montgomery of Windermere (Fla.).

Only three prep pitchers were chosen in the first round last year with seven chosen in the 2018 draft.

Draft beats last year's numbers

The 2019 draft had one of the lowest total of high school players taken in over a decade with just 10 players chosen. The 2020 draft did one better with 11 players chosen. An additional two players were chosen in the competitive-balance round making 13 preps chosen out of 37 total picks on the draft's first day.

High school baseball: Top 10 active win streaks - OFFICIAL
High school baseball: Top 10 active win streaks
Many of the longest win streaks in 2021 are holdovers, trapped in time from the 2020 season. With COVID-19 wiping out the entire season for most states in the Midwest and northeast, many teams have still-active win streaks heading into the 2021 season.

MaxPreps lists the Top 10 active win streaks to start the 2021 season, along with the addition of Jesuit (Tampa, Fla.), which has already started its season and has moved up among the top 10 active win streaks.
MaxPreps No. 1 Jesuit also has a 20-game win streak, among active national leaders.
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MaxPreps No. 1 Jesuit also has a 20-game win streak, among active national leaders.
Top 10 active baseball win streaks

1. Webster (Wis.) — 37
Led by former MLB pitcher Jarrod Washburn, the Tigers have won back-to-back state championships, but haven't played since 2019. Webster won 30 games in 2019 and the last seven games of the 2018 season to build a 37-game win streak. Webster had the third-longest win streak entering last season behind Silo (40) and Blanchard (39), both of Oklahoma. Webster doesn't play until April, but it returns all-state selection Owen Washburn, the coach's son, who batted .561 as a sophomore in 2019.

2. Andrean (Merrillville, Ind.) — 35
The Fighting 59ers won the 3A championship in 2019, losing the second game of the season and then winning 35 in a row. Coach Dave Pishkur went over 1,000 career wins during the 2019 season and also became the all-time winningest coach in Indiana. Andrean doesn't open its season until late March.

3. Center Moriches (N.Y.) — 32
Like Webster, the Red Devils have a winning streak that extends into the 2018 season. They won their final five games of the 2018 season to win the Class B state championship. They then went 27-0 in the 2019 season to win the crown again. Center Moriches did not play in 2020.

4. Colonel Richardson (Federalsburg, Md.) — 24
Last year was supposed to be another stellar season for the Colonels as they returned half of the starting lineup from a club that went 24-0 in 2019 and won the Maryland Class 1A state championship. They never took the field, leaving it up to the 2021 team to extend the nation's fourth-longest active win streak.

5. (tie) Elkhart (Kan.) — 22
The  Wildcats edged Marion 3-2 in the Kansas Class 2-1A state championship game. Elkhart finished the season 22-0, but it did not play in 2020. The Wildcats are scheduled to begin their season on March 29.

5. (tie) Appoquinimink (West Middletown, Del.) — 22
The Jaguars went 22-0 and captured the 2019 state championship. They were one of the favorites again in 2020 with Gatorade State Player of the Year Lorenzo Carrier leading the way at shortstop. He returns for his senior season 2021 to help the Jaguars extend their streak.

7. Jesuit (Tampa, Fla.) — 21
The Tigers won their final eight games of the 2019 season to a capture a Florida state championship. Jesuit started the 2020 season with a 9-0 record and is the only team on this list that played in 2020. The Tigers, ranked No. 1 in the nation by MaxPreps to start 2021, is off to a 4-0 start. The Tigers take on Venice, the team Jesuit beat to start the streak in 2019.

8. (tie) Lisbon (Lisbon Falls, Maine) — 20
The Greyhounds went undefeated in winning the Class C state championship in 2019. Lisbon did not take the field in 2020 and is not expected to play again until April.

8. (tie) Gateway Christian (Roswell, N.M.) — 20
The Warriors simply dominated in 2019, winning games by an average score of 14-1. Twice, Gateway scored over 30 runs in a game. The Warriors won the Class A state championship, but they did not play in 2020.

8. (tie) St. Mary Prep (Orchard Lake, Mich.) — 20
The Eaglets actually started the 2019 season with a 7-9 record, but they won 27 of their final 29 games with two ties. Thus St. Mary Prep has a 29-game unbeaten streak with 20 straight wins in a row. St. Mary Prep did not play in 2020, but is ranked by MaxPreps as the top team in Michigan for the 2021 season.

11. White River Valley (Royalton, Vt.) — 18
The Wildcats have the distinction of never having lost a baseball game in the school's history. That's because the school began play in 2019 and went 18-0 with a Division 3 state championship. White River Valley lost one starter from the 2019 team, but did not play in 2020.
Georgia high school football: An early look at the 2021 season - OFFICIAL
Georgia high school football: An early look at the 2021 season
The schedules are out for Georgia high school football's fall 2021 season. It's a slate that features important in- and out-of-state matchups, and puts some individuals on a big stage.

Here's an early look at some of the big matchups ahead this fall.

August
Mercedes-Benz Stadium will once again serve as a host for the Corky Kell Classic.
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Mercedes-Benz Stadium will once again serve as a host for the Corky Kell Classic.

The Corky Kell Classic is due to return to the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta after a year away due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Now in its 30th year, the kickoff event features 11 games across four days at five sites on opening weekend. The event culminates with five games at the home of the Atlanta Falcons on Saturday.

Included:

Cherokee (Canton) vs. Mays (Atlanta) at 5:30 p.m. on Aug. 18, at West Forsyth. It will open the 2021 Georgia football season.

• Returning Class 6A semifinalist Westlake (Atlanta) faces Archer (Lawrenceville) at Dacula on Aug. 19. And Lowndes (Valdosta), a 7A semifinalist a year ago, will play Walton (Marietta) on Aug. 21 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

Collins Hill (Suwanee), runner-up a year ago in 7A, opens its season again Brookwood (Snellville) at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Aug. 21.

North Gwinnett (Suwanee) heads to Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Aug. 21 after going 9-4 a season ago to play host to Hoover (Ala.), the out-of-state power when went 11-2 last season and reached Alabama's 7A semifinals.

Buford, winner of two straight championships, including the 2020 title in 6A, opens its season at North Cobb (Kennesaw) on Aug. 20.

Elsewhere in the opening week, Callaway (Hogansville), the defending Class AA champ, will hit the road to visit Opelika (Ala.) on Aug. 20. And Prince Avenue Christian (Athens) will face Calvary Day (Savannah) that same day in a matchup of 1A Private semifinalists from a year ago. Prince Avenue Christian is the defending champion.

The out-of-state flavor continues in Week 2 with Brookwood paying a visit to American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.), the defending champion in Florida's 5A division, on Aug. 28. (Collins Hill will also travel to American Heritage, on Sept 3.)

Also in Week 2:

Irwin County (Ocilla), the 1A Public champ, faces Fitzgerald.

Bainbridge was a 4A semifinalist last season. It will face 5A semifinalist Coffee (Douglas).

September
Warner Robins won last season's 5A championship.
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Warner Robins won last season's 5A championship.
Buford's tough early schedule will continue with out-of-state matchups against Myers Park (Charlotte, N.C.) and Chaminade-Madonna (Hollywood, Fla.). The game against Myers Park, a semifinalists in North Carolina's 4AA last year, is Sept. 10. The following week, they'll play Chaminade-Madonna, which was runner-up in Florida's 3A in 2020.

Milton, a quarterfinalist in 7A last season, has an out-of-state contest against St. Joseph's Prep (Philadelphia, Pa.), the reigning 6A champion in Pennsylvania. That game is on Sept. 11.

Wesleyan (Norcross) and Prince Avenue Christian have a rematch of their semifinal game from last season on Sept. 17.

On Sept. 24, defending 5A champ Warner Robins plays 6A runner-up Lee County (Leesburg). Also that day, defending 3A champ Pierce County (Blackshear) faces off with Fitzgerald.

October
Grayson is the defending champ in 7A.
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Grayson is the defending champ in 7A.

Marist (Atlanta) won last season's 4A title, and gets a big challenge when it plays Florida's 4A runner-up Bolles (Jacksonville, Fla.) on Oct. 8.

The defending 7A champion Grayson (Loganville) plays Parkview (Lilburn), a team that reached the quarterfinals on Oct. 15.

Warner Robins and Coffee meet on Oct. 29. That day will also feature Irwin County and Clinch County (Homerville) in a matchup of 1A Public semifinals from a season ago.

November and December

The regular season in Georgia concludes on Nov. 5. From there, the playoffs begin on Nov. 12 and 13. Championship games are slated for Dec. 9 through Dec. 11.
High school football: Top 10 quarterback-wide receiver tandems - OFFICIAL
High school football: Top 10 quarterback-wide receiver tandems
Over the past five years, we've seen some big-time quarterback-wide receiver duos at the high school level. Lake Travis' (Austin, Texas) Hudson Card and Garrett Wilson, Marietta's (Ga.) Harrison Bailey and Arik Gilbert, Mater Dei's (Santa Ana, Calif.) JT Daniels and Amon-Ra St. Brown, North Shore's (Houston) Dematrius Davis and Shadrach Banks, and St. John Bosco's (Bellflower, Calif.) DJ Uiagalelei and Kris Hutston are just some of the pairs that have made a splash at the prep ranks and beyond.

The next crop of quarterback/wide receiver combos on the same trajectory of these past greats are just as exciting and will be on display in what we hope is a normal football season in the fall.

Expect to see a handful of these teams featured in our Preseason MaxPreps Top 25 high school football rankings that will be released later this summer.
Sam Horn, Collins Hill
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Sam Horn, Collins Hill
Top 10 Quarterback-Wide Receiver tandems

QB — Robert "Pops" Battle | 5-11 | 170 | Class of 2024
WR — Luther Burden III | 6-2 | 195 | Class of 2022
The pair showed how dangerous they can be after a dominant six-game spring campaign. Battle, a freshman, stepped in at quarterback when Tyler Macon enrolled early at Missouri and accounted for nearly 1,800 yards of total offense and 19 touchdowns. Burden, the top-rated wide receiver on 247Sports composite rankings and five-star Oklahoma commit, had 33 receptions for 734 yards and seven touchdowns. He also played in the fall for Cardinal Ritter College Prep (St. Louis) and was selected to the Junior All-American first team.

QB Malachi Nelson | 6-3 | 180 | Class of 2023
WR Makai Lemon | 6-0 | 180 | Class of 2023
They check in as the top-two prospects in California from the Class of 2023 and led the Griffins to a 6-0 spring season. Nelson threw for 1,513 yards and 23 touchdowns while completing over 73 percent of his passes and Lemon hauled in 43 receptions for 756 yards and nine touchdowns. The five-star athlete also had four interceptions on defense.

QB AJ Duffy | 6-2 | 205 | Class of 2022
WR Carnell Tate | 6-2 | 185 | Class of 2023
Duffy and Tate both transferred to the defending national champs and will be a big-time combo next fall. The four-star quarterback threw for over 5,500 yards and 66 touchdowns during his two years at Rancho Verde (Moreno Valley, Calif.). Tate is a Top 50 prospect overall in the Class of 2023 and was a midseason call-up on the Marist (Chicago) varsity team during his freshman year and had 28 receptions for 444 yards and five touchdowns.

QB Elijah Brown | 6-2 | 180 | Class of 2024
WR CJ Williams | 6-2 | 195 | Class of 2022
Brown became the fourth quarterback in Mater Dei history to start as a freshman this spring and he threw for nearly 1,000 yards and 15 touchdowns while completing nearly 70 percent of his passes in six games. Williams is the ninth-rated receiver in the Class of 2022 on 247Sports composite rankings and expect a huge senior campaign for the four-star playmaker next fall.

QB — Arch Manning | 6-3 | 200 | Class of 2023
WR — AJ Johnson | 6-4 | 205 | Class of 2022
Manning is the top-rated quarterback in the Class of 2023 and third-rated prospect overall. He was named our National Freshman of the Year in 2019 and has thrown for 4,360 yards and 55 touchdowns during his first two years at Newman while leading the Greenies to an 18-3 record. Johnson recently committed to LSU and after sitting out his sophomore year showed how dynamic of a playmaker he is during his junior campaign.

QB — Conner Harrell | 6-1 | 190 | Class of 2022
WR — Ryan Peppins | 5-9 | 170 | Class of 2022
This duo led the Warriors to a second consecutive 7A state championship and finished No. 6 in the final MaxPreps Top 25 rankings. Harrell, in his first year as the starting quarterback, threw for over 3,500 yards and 42 touchdowns while Peppins hauled in 74 receptions for nearly 1,200 yards and a team-high 14 touchdowns.

QB — Noah Fifita | 5-10 | 170 | Class of 2022
WR — Tetairoa McMillan | 6-3 | 185 | Class of 2022
The second Trinity League duo on the list has been making big plays for the last two years playing against some of the best competition in the country. Fifita committed to Arizona and McMillan checks in as the second-rated player in California and fourth-rated wide receiver from the Class of 2022, according to 247Sports.

QB — Cade Klubnik | 6-2 | 185 | Class of 2022
WR — Jaden Greathouse | 6-2 | 205 | Class of 2023
Klubnik took over as the full-time starter before last fall and helped lead the Chaps to their second consecutive state title and a spot at No. 3 in the final MaxPreps Top 25 rankings. The four-star Clemson commit was selected to the Junior All-America first team after throwing for 3,495 yards and 35 touchdowns while adding nearly 600 yards rushing and 15 more scores. Greathouse was named to our Sophomore All-America first team after hauling in 69 receptions for 1,145 yards and 13 touchdowns. He became the first freshman to start in Westlake history in 2019.

QB — Quinn Ewers | 6-3 | 205 | Class of 2022
WR — Landon Samson | 6-1 | 180 | Class of 2022
Ewers is the top-rated prospect overall in the Class of the 2022 and the five-star Ohio State commit helped the Dragons to a runner-up finish in Texas' largest classification last fall. He threw for 2,442 yards and 28 touchdowns in eight games while adding 133 yards rushing and three more scores. Samson finished his junior season with 74 receptions for 1,293 yards and 15 touchdowns. They both recently committed to play in the 2022 All-American Bowl.

QB — Sam Horn | 6-4 | 190 | Class of 2022
WR — Travis Hunter | 6-1 | 170 | Class of 2022
Hunter had one of the best single-seasons in Georgia high school football history and was named our National Junior Player of the Year. The five-star Florida State commit had 137 receptions for 1,746 yards and 24 touchdowns while racking up 51 tackles and eight interceptions on defense for the AAAAAAA runner-up. Horn threw for over 3,900 yards and 41 touchdowns and checks in as the No. 7 pro style quarterback in the Class of 2022. The four-star gunslinger committed to Missouri in late February.
Travis Hunter, Collins Hill
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Travis Hunter, Collins Hill

High school basketball: First-team OFFICIAL All-American TyTy Washington commits to Kentucky - OFFICIAL
High school basketball: First-team MaxPreps All-American TyTy Washington commits to Kentucky
MaxPreps first team All-America selection and Arizona Player of the Year TyTy Washington of AZ Compass Prep (Chandler, Ariz.) announced Wednesday he will attend the University of Kentucky next season. The rapidly rising 6-foot-3 guard looks to help the Wildcats after a 9-16 finish last season.

The future Wildcat averaged 24 points, seven assists and six rebounds and was among the leading candidates for MaxPreps National Player of the Year honors. Washington led AZ Compass Prep to a 28-2 record and No. 2 ranking in final MaxPreps Top 25 rankings, the first for the school.

Washington began the season as the 57th overall prospect in the Class of 2021, according 247Sports rankings. The elite guard prospect rose to five-star status and is regarded as the No. 16 prospect, according to 247Sports' most recent update.

MaxPreps All-America Teams: Overall | Junior | Sophomore | Freshman | Coach of the Year

Washington chose Kentucky over Arizona, Baylor, Kansas, LSU and Oregon. Washington most recently starred in the Iverson Classic, where he recorded a game-high 22 points against the nation's top high school players and won the 3-point shootout.

The guard should make an immediate impact in the SEC next season as the potential one-and-done prospect will likely be inserted into the starting rotation as a freshman.
TyTy Washington announced he'll play for the University of Kentucky next season.
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TyTy Washington announced he'll play for the University of Kentucky next season.