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High school softball: Maci Bergeron, Baylea Brandon headline list of HIGHSCORE National Player of the Year candidates - HIGHSCORE
High school softball: Maci Bergeron, Baylea Brandon headline list of MaxPreps National Player of the Year candidates
The high school softball season is over in some states, deep into playoffs in others, or if you're in New York, you could be in game three of your season.

That makes identifying candidates for MaxPreps National Softball Player of the Year a bit tricky. It also means others will emerge and this list is just kicking off the discussion. If you feel a player deserves to be considered, email st[email protected] or follow on twitter @smontoyamp.

This initial list of 10 candidates includes a few recently-crowned state champions, a few who've completed their year, several in postseason play and one that still has nine more regular season games left to go.

Past MaxPreps National Player of the Year winners
2020 —  No award (Pandemic)
2019 — Sydney Supple, Oshkosh North (Oshkosh, Wis.)
2018 — Montana Fouts, East Carter (Grayson, Ky.)
2017 — Taylor Dockins, Norco (Calif.)
2016 — Caroline Hedgcock, Downers Grove South (Downers Grove, Ill.)
2015 — Tannon Snow, Chino Hills (Calif.)
2014 — Johanna Grauer, Amador Valley (Pleasanton, Calif.)
2013 — Casey Stangel, Lake City (Coeur d'Alene, Idaho)
2012 — Kenzie Conrad, Keystone (La Grange, Ohio)
2011 — Paige McDuffee, The Woodlands (Texas)
2010 — Kasey Fagan, Dunnellon (Fla.)
Graphic by Ryan Escobar
Softball Player of the Year Watch List

P Annika Litterio | Warren (San Antonio) | Sr.
The top pitcher for one of the best teams in the country has been dominant all season. The UTEP commit has a 0.23 ERA through 90 innings pitched. She's averaging just over two strikeouts per inning. The righty can also swing a bat with a .458 average with 27 RBI.

OF Baylea Brandon | Leander (Texas) | Sr.
If Brandon gets pitched to (29 walks), she is deadly with the bat. The LSU commit has 18 home runs and has two or more hits in 15 games this season. The powerful lefty is a major threat on the base paths as well as with 30 stolen bases.

P Emiley Kennedy | Lake Creek (Montgomery, Texas) | Sr.
The Texas A&M commit has not allowed an earned run this season in 84 innings pitched. The hard-throwing lefty has 168 strikeouts while allowing 18 hits in 299 batters faced. She's also hit 13 home runs.

UT Karissa Hamilton | Shelbyville (Shelbyville, Ind.) | Jr.
In 18 games, the Kentucky commit has 18 home runs while batting .719 with 45 RBI.

P Kylie Chung | Westlake (Westlake Village, Calif.) | Sr.
With the CIF Southern Section announcing spring playoffs will happen, the state of California will have a player up for Player of the Year consideration. Chung, a Stanford commit, is batting .471 with four home runs. She's also 8-0 in the circle with a 0.77 ERA.

C Maci Bergeron | Notre Dame (Crowley, La.) | Jr.
She led the Pioneers to another state title this season after smashing a nation-best 30 home runs. The LSU commit has hit 62 career bombs. She also drove in 70 runs and has 174 RBI in just two full seasons of play.

P Madi Ogden | Williamsburg (Ohio) | Sr.
The Morehead State University commit has thrown seven no-hitters this season, per Mike Dyer of WCPO in Cincinnati. The 18th-ranked Wildcats have yet to enter stats on MaxPreps.

OF Nyjah Fontenot | Barbe (Lake Charles, La.) | Sr.
Led her team to a Louisiana Class 5A state title. The Arkansas commit hit 11 home runs and batted .530 this season. Her junior teammate Halie Pappion is in the running as well after finishing 19-1 in the circle.

P Paige Kilgore | Houston (Miss.) | Sr.
The Southern Miss commit has been pitching at the varsity level since she was in seventh grade. She went 22-0 in the circle this season and struck 247 batters. She has 817 career strikeouts and a 95-6 overall record.

SJ Geurin | Leander (Texas) | Sr.
The Oklahoma commit is the ace for the top-ranked team in the country. In 81 innings pitched, Geurin has struck out 223 batters and has allowed 11 earned runs.
Marisa Davis named 2020-21 HIGHSCORE Arizona High School Girls Basketball Player of the Year - HIGHSCORE
Marisa Davis named 2020-21 MaxPreps Arizona 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.

Marisa Davis of Valley Vista (Surprise) is the 2020-21 MaxPreps Arizona High School Basketball Player of the Year. The 6-foot-1 senior wing led the Monsoon to a 17-1 record and the Class 6A state championship.

Davis averaged 17.9 points, 6.7 rebounds and 2.9 steals per game. She had 21 points and 12 rebounds in Valley Vista's 49-41 win over Hamilton in the title game.

Headed to Seattle to play for the Washington Huskies next season, Davis is regarded as the No. 76 prospect in the Class of 2021 by ESPN Hoopgurlz.

Each state's MaxPreps Player of the Year will be considered for inclusion in the MaxPreps All-America Team.
Marisa Davis (11) with teammates prior to the Class 6A state championship game.
Photo by Mark Jones
Marisa Davis (11) with teammates prior to the Class 6A state championship game.
High school girls basketball: Denver South's Timiya Guevara makes Colorado record 15 3-pointers - HIGHSCORE
High school girls basketball: Denver South's Timiya Guevara makes Colorado record 15 3-pointers
Timiya Guevara stands 5 feet, 3 inches, but she can put up some big numbers from long distance. According to Prep Hoops Colorado, the Denver South (Colo.) senior outdid herself Saturday, making a state-record 15 3-pointers while scoring 55 points during a 115-10 win over Lincoln.

The point total is the third most during a game in state history, according to the Colorado High School Activites Association record book. It trails only Abner Waner of ThunderRidge (61 in 2005) and Tracy Hill of Ridgway (59 in 1982).

Guevara's 15 treys shattered the state mark of 12, set in 2020 by Emily Lavier of Alamosa.

According to the NFHS record book, Guevara was two off the national record of 17 shared by Rebecca Greenwell of Owensboro Catholic (Kentucky) in 2013 and Alicia Reyes of Pueblo (Ariz.) in 2016. Guevara's 3-point mark is tied for fourth all-time with six others.

Denver South improved to 11-1 with the victory while Guevara upped her scoring averaging to 22.5. Two games ago, she scored a previous season-high of 30 in a 72-34 win over Thomas Jefferson.

An Arkansas-Pine Bluff commit, Guevara entered the game having made 25-of-53 3-pointers this season while averaging 7.5 assists, 5.0 rebounds and 5.2 steals.

In her three previous seasons, she averaged 19.5 points, 6.3 assists, 5.1 rebounds and 4.6 steals. Her previous career highs were 38 points and five 3-pointers.

Guevara was one of the top 20 players to watch by the Denver Post heading into the season.
California high school football player collapses on sideline, later dies - HIGHSCORE
California high school football player collapses on sideline, later dies
The night high school football largely returned to California was met with tragic news near the state Capitol on Friday.

According to the Sacramento Bee, Kennedy (Sacramento) senior lineman Emmanuel Antwi collapsed on the sideline in the fourth quarter of the team's season opener at home with Hiram Johnson. He later died.

The game was stopped in the fourth quarter and did not resume after Antwi received medical attention, including 10 minutes of CPR, before being taken to a local hospital, according to media reports.

A Sacramento City Unified School District press release on Saturday read: "Today we learned that Emmanuel Antwi, a John F. Kennedy senior athlete, died after a medical emergency during Friday night's football game. We do not have many details to share beyond this. Our hearts go out to Emmanuel's family and our school community during this difficult time. We ask all to give them privacy and time for healing and comfort as they grieve."

A gofundme.com page was set up to help with Antwi's funeral costs. Along with request came this from the organizer: "After waiting months due to COVID-19, the first football game of the season was finally here! He just told his football coach that he finally got his driver's license. He was so excited. Emmanuel "Manny" was loved by so many and he was a great young man and he definitely was too young to pass away."

The high school football season resumed March 12 in some parts of the state, a year after sports were put on pause throughout the country due to the coronavirus pandemic. Friday, however, was the opening date for the majority of the football teams in California, including Kennedy.

Citing a National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) annual study, the Bee reported there have been 34 football-related deaths the last 10 years among middle and high school-age kids. None were reported during the 2020 fall season, which football was played by 35 states.


HIGHSCORE/AVCA Players of the Week for September 13, 2020 - HIGHSCORE
MaxPreps/AVCA Players of the Week for September 13, 2020

MaxPreps/AVCA
HIGH SCHOOL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK


Alabama
Kamble Frenette


Spanish Fort High School (Spanish Fort, AL), 16 - 7

6'1" Senior, OH

Week of September 7 – September 13, 2020: 9 Sets Played
Stats
Kills: 55
Kills/Game: 6.11
Digs: 37
Digs/Game: 4.11
Receptions: 43
Rcpt/Game: 4.78
Aces: 5
Blocks: 3

Arkansas
Jada Lawson

North Little Rock High School (North Little Rock, AR), 4 - 2

5'7" Senior, OH, S

Week of September 7 – September 13, 2020: 6 Sets Played
Stats
Kills: 29
Kills/Game: 4.83
Digs: 13
Digs/Game: 2.17
Receptions: 8
Rcpt/Game: 1.33
Aces: 2
Blocks: 1

Florida
Skylar English


Barron Collier High School (Naples, FL), 2 - 0

6'1" Senior, OH,RS,S

Week of September 7 – September 13, 2020: 7 Sets Played
Stats
Kills: 53
Kills/Game: 7.57
Digs: 23
Digs/Game: 3.29
Receptions: 36
Rcpt/Game: 5.14
Aces: 9
Blocks: 3

Georgia
Claire Lewis


McIntosh High School (Peachtree City, GA), 13 - 0

5'10" Senior, S

Week of September 7 – September 13, 2020: 3 Sets Played
Stats:
Assists: 44
Assists/Game: 14.67
Team Hitting%: 0.408
Digs: 8
Digs/Game: 2.67
Blocks: 1

Idaho
Piper Newton


Twin Falls High School (Twin Falls, ID), 12-5

5'7" Senior, S,OPP

Week of September 7 – September 13, 2020: 19 Sets Played
Stats:
Assists: 158
Assists/Game: 8.3
Team Hitting%: 0.180
Digs: 28
Digs/Game: 1.48
Aces: 15
Blocks: 2

Iowa
Jazlin De haan

MOC-Floyd Valley High School (Orange City, IA), 9 - 3

6'1" Senior, OH

Week of September 7 – September 13, 2020: 6 Sets Played
Stats
Kills: 24
Kills/Game: 4
Digs: 17
Digs/Game: 2.83
Blocks: 3

Indiana

Barr-Reeve High School (Montgomery, IN), 16 - 2

5'9" Senior, OH

Week of September 7 – September 13, 2020: 14 Sets Played
Stats
Kills: 97
Kills/Game: 6.93
Digs: 52
Digs/Game: 3.71
Receptions: 26
Rcpt/Game: 1.86
Aces: 3
Blocks: 3

Kansas
Keyana Cruse


Bonner Springs High School (Bonner Springs, KS), 6 - 1

6'1" Senior, OH

Week of September 7 – September 13, 2020: 15 Sets Played
Stats
Kills: 89
Kills/Game: 5.93
Digs: 59
Digs/Game: 3.93
Receptions: 31
Rcpt/Game: 2.07
Aces: 10
Blocks: 9

Kentucky
Tess Schrenger

Sacred Heart Academy (Louisville, KY), 3 - 2

5'10" Junior, OH

Week of September 7 – September 13, 2020: 13 Sets Played
Stats
Kills: 65
Kills/Game: 5
Digs: 48
Digs/Game: 3.67
Receptions: 60
Rcpt/Game: 4.62
Aces: 2
Blocks: 4

Louisiana
Rachel Hartmann

Pope John Paul II High School (Slidell, LA), 1 - 1

5'9" Senior, MB,OH

Week of September 7 – September 13, 2020: 8 Sets Played
Stats
Kills: 66
Kills/Game: 8.25
Digs: 33
Digs/Game: 4.125
Aces: 4
Blocks: 5

Michigan
Raegan Murphy


Montague High School (Montague, MI), 6-1

5'9" Senior, S

Week of September 7 – September 13, 2020: 9 Sets Played
Stats:
Assists: 102
Assists/Game: 11.3
Team Hitting%: 0.235
Digs: 17
Digs/Game: 1.89
Aces: 4
Blocks: 2

Mississippi
Alaijiah Rose

Lake Cormorant High School (Lake Cormorant, MS), 8 - 10

6'1" Senior, OH

Week of September 7 – September 13, 2020: 17 Sets Played
Stats
Kills: 80
Kills/Game: 4.71
Digs: 20
Digs/Game: 1.18
Receptions: 12
Rcpt/Game: 0.71
Aces: 17
Blocks: 12

Missouri

Eldon High School (Eldon, MO), 7 - 2
5'11" Junior, OH,OPP,MH

Week of September 7 – September 13, 2020: 20 Sets Played
Stats
Kills: 126
Kills/Game: 6.3
Digs: 67
Digs/Game: 3.35
Receptions: 13
Rcpt/Game: 0.65
Aces: 8
Blocks: 15

Montana
Audrey Hofer

Capital High School (Helena, MT), 2-0

5'8" Senior, S

Week of September 7 – September 13, 2020: 6 Sets Played
Stats:
Assists: 56
Assists/Game: 9.3
Team Hitting%: 0.226
Digs: 9
Digs/Game: 1.5
Aces: 0
Blocks: 4

Nebraska
Natalie Siegel

Pleasanton High School (Pleasanton, NE), 8-0

5'5 Senior, S

Week of September 7 – September 13, 2020: 12 Sets Played
Stats:
Assists: 150
Assists/Game: 12.5
Team Hitting%: 0.329
Digs: 25
Digs/Game: 2.08
Aces: 4
Blocks: 5

North Carolina
Faith Hauser

Union Grove Christian High School (Lexington, NC), 5 - 0

5'5 Senior, OH,DS

Week of September 7 – September 13, 2020: 9 Sets Played
Stats
Kills: 19
Kills/Game: 2.1
Digs: 6
Digs/Game: 0.67
Receptions: 20
Rcpt/Game: 2.22
Aces: 15
Blocks: 4

North Dakota
Haley Huesers

Garrison/Max High School (Garrison, ND), 3 - 1

Senior, OH

Week of September 7 – September 13, 2020: 7 Sets Played
Stats
Kills: 24
Kills/Game: 3.43
Digs: 6
Digs/Game: 0.87
Receptions: 2
Rcpt/Game: 0.29
Aces: 7

Ohio
Kenzie McConnell

Circleville High School (Circleville, OH), 7 - 0

6'0 Senior, MH

Week of September 7 – September 13, 2020: 7 Sets Played
Stats
Kills: 43
Kills/Game: 6.14
Digs: 25
Digs/Game: 3.57
Receptions: 25
Rcpt/Game: 3.57
Aces: 4
Blocks: 6

Oklahoma
Emma Frette

Bishop Kelley High School (Tulsa, OK), 13 - 3

Senior, OH,S

Week of September 7 – September 13, 2020: 12 Sets Played
Stats
Kills: 32
Kills/Game: 2.67
Digs: 13
Digs/Game: 1.08
Receptions: 15
Rcpt/Game: 1.25
Aces: 3
Blocks: 10

South Carolina
Bella Easton

T.L. Hanna High School (Anderson, SC), 7-0

5'7 Senior, S

Week of September 7 – September 13, 2020: 18 Sets Played
Stats:
Assists: 198
Assists/Game: 11
Team Hitting%: 0.277
Digs: 42
Digs/Game: 2.3
Aces: 13
Blocks: 8

South Dakota
Ellie Brozik

Winner High School (Winner, SD), 5 - 0

5'8 Junior, OH

Week of September 7 – September 13, 2020: 7 Sets Played
Stats
Kills: 39
Kills/Game: 5.57
Digs: 15
Digs/Game: 2.14
Receptions: 10
Rcpt/Game: 1.43
Aces: 6
Blocks: 3

Tennessee
Maggie Rickert

Nolensville High School (Nolensville, TN), 15 - 3

6'0 Sophomore, OPP,OH

Week of September 7 – September 13, 2020: 23 Sets Played
Stats
Kills: 85
Kills/Game: 3.7
Digs: 35
Digs/Game: 1.52
Receptions: 48
Rcpt/Game: 2.09
Aces: 7
Blocks: 8

Texas
Brooklyn Jaeger

Fayetteville High School (Fayetteville, TX), 4 - 3

5'8 Sophomore, OH

Week of September 7 – September 13, 2020: 11 Sets Played
Stats
Kills: 58
Kills/Game: 5.27
Digs: 52
Digs/Game: 4.73
Receptions: 52
Rcpt/Game: 4.73
Aces: 5
Blocks: 4

Utah
Katie Langford

Snow Canyon High School (St. George, UT), 9 - 4

6'3 Senior, MH,OH

Week of September 7 – September 13, 2020: 30 Sets Played
Stats
Kills: 143
Kills/Game: 4.77
Digs: 56
Digs/Game: 1.87
Receptions: 74
Rcpt/Game: 2.47
Aces: 15
Blocks: 7

West Virginia
Alyssa Hill

Philip Barbour High School (Philippi, WV), 12 - 3

5'11" Junior, MH, OH

Week of September 7 – September 13, 2020: 18 Sets Played
Stats
Kills: 69
Kills/Game: 3.83
Digs: 70
Digs/Game: 3.89
Receptions: 49
Rcpt/Game: 2.72
Aces: 11
Blocks: 8

Wyoming
Alexis Stucky

Laramie High School (Laramie, WY), 6 - 0

6'2 Junior, S,RS

Week of September 7 – September 13, 2020: 7 Sets Played
Stats
Kills: 40
Kills/Game: 5.71
Digs: 31
Digs/Game: 4.43
Receptions: 33
Rcpt/Game: 4.71
Aces: 3
Blocks: 4

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