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MaxPreps final Top 25 national high school football rankings: Washington wins national title
Booker T. Washington celebrated a state title, and now, gets the chance to revel in a national one.
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Booker T. Washington celebrated a state title, and now, gets the chance to revel in a national one.
If there ever was a perfect year for a four-team national playoff in high school football, 2013 would have been the perfect one.

The country's top three teams all finished as undefeated state champions, and the No. 4-ranked team, Miami Central, lost only to rival Booker T. Washington.

Ultimately, it was Washington that rose above the rest to claim the No. 1 ranking and the MaxPreps Xcellent 25 national title. Washington narrowly held off strong bids from both Allen and St. John Bosco to hold on to the top spot it first claimed in September.

It knocked off Norcross, Miami Central and Bishop Gorman this season, three state champions that finished ranked in the Xcellent 25.

Allen stated its case with an impressive 63-28 thumping of Pearland for the Class 5A-I title, while St. John Bosco notched a statement win, 20-14, over De La Salle.

Final MaxPreps Xcellent 25 National Football Rankings presented by the Army National Guard



1. (1) Washington (Miami), 14-0
Season complete. Class 4A state champion. MaxPreps Xcellent 25 national champion.

2. (2) Allen (Texas), 16-0
Allen went the distance and capped off an unbeaten season with a 63-28 victory over Pearland. Story

3. (3) St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.), 16-0
In a game for the ages, St. John Bosco knocked off powerhouse De La Salle, 20-14. Story

4. (5) Central (Miami), 14-1
Season complete. Class 6A state champion.

5. (6) Northwestern (Rock Hill, S.C.), 15-0
Season complete. Class 4A-II state champion.
High school baseball rankings: Marcus climbs into HIGHSCORE Top 25 after upending No. 5 IMG Academy - HIGHSCORE
High school baseball rankings: Marcus climbs into MaxPreps Top 25 after upending No. 5 IMG Academy
For awhile, it looked like IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) was going to sweep through the state of Texas in impressive fashion, but then Marcus (Flower Mound) got in the way. The Mauraders jump into this week's MaxPreps Top 25 high school baseball rankings after their 6-5 win over the Ascenders, who fall three spots to No. 5.

IMG Academy had looked impressive beating two-time defending Texas state champion Southlake Carroll 11-0 and Flower Mound 16-0 before the loss. IMG Academy slides below Hamilton (Chandler, Ariz.), which was ranked No. 1 in 2020 when the season ended, Calvary Christian Academy (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) and Buford (Ga.), both of which are undefeated.

Jesuit (Tampa, Fla.) holds on to the top spot with a single win last week. The Tigers face a tough test this week when they take on Venice (Fla.)

Dropped out: No. 10 Jackson Prep (Jackson, Miss.); No. 14 North Paulding (Dallas, Ga.); No. 15 Venice (Fla.); No. 20 Prosper (Texas); No. 22 Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas).

Game of the Week: Marcus 6, IMG Academy 5. Jake Duer's RBI single in the top of the sixth scored Tyler Schott from second to break the tie with IMG Academy. Schott was 3-for-4 in the win while Duer was 2-for-3. The duo combined to score five of Marcus's six runs. IMG Academy got a home run from Sam Hunt, but managed four hits in the loss.

Player of the Week: Jackson Ferris, IMG Academy. Although Ferris tossed a four-inning perfect game in a dominant 16-0 win over Flower Mound. Ferris did not allow a ball to be put into play as he struck out all 12 he faced. A total of 44 of his 58 pitches were strikes. The closest he got to losing the perfect game was the first batter in the fourth inning when Ferris threw three straight balls to open the at-bat. However Ferris got the Flower Mound batter on three straight swinging strikes. The perfect game is the second no-hitter of the season for Ferris.

Recruit Watch: Dylan Lesko, Buford. Perhaps the top pitcher in the class of 2022, Lesko has not allowed a hit in nine innings pitched with only one batter reaching base on an error and another to reach on a walk. He struck out nine in both outings, including a 10-0 no-hitter against Shiloh.

Game to Watch: Jesuit (Tampa) vs. Venice. Jesuit is ranked No. 1, but could get a battle from Venice, the two-time defending state champions at the Class 6A level. Venice is off to a 3-2 start with losses to Braden River and Sarasota.

Streaks: Andrean (Merrillville, Ind.). The Fighting 59ers have not lost since winning the Class 3A state championship in
2019. Coach Dave Pishkur, who is the all-time winningest coach in Indiana, has guided Andrean to 34 straight wins, which is the second best total in the nation heading into the 2021 season behind Webster (Wis.).
Camron Montz, Marcus
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Camron Montz, Marcus
MaxPreps Top 25 baseball rankings

1. Jesuit (Tampa, Fla.)
Record:
3-0 | Last week: 1
Results: Def. Tampa Catholic, 12-0
Stats: Alden Segui, Dominic Castellano and Ryan Denison each struck out four over five innings on a combined no-hitter against Tampa Catholic. Nick Rodriguez had a triple and a home run in the win.
Next: Tuesday vs. Hillsborough; Friday vs. Venice.

2. Hamilton (Chandler, Ariz.)
Record:
0-0 | Last week: 3
Next: Season opens March 12.

3. Calvary Christian Academy (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
Record:
4-0 | Last week: 4
Results: Def. Miami Christian, 7-0
Stats: Andrew Painter and Irving Carter each struck out nine batters and Rene Lastres hit a home run in the lone win of the week.
Next: Friday vs. Denmark (Ga.); Saturday vs. Pacelli (Ga.).

4. Buford (Ga.)
Record:
6-0 | Last week: 5
Results: Def. Shiloh 10-0, 13-0 and 9-0.
Stats: Dylan Lesko threw a five-inning, no-hitter with nine strikeouts in the 10-0 win while Jackson Gaspard struck out nine in the 9-0 victory.
Next: March 8 vs. Lanier

5. IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)
Record:
5-1 | Last week: 2
Results: Def. Southlake Carroll, 11-0; def. Flower Mound, 16-0; lost to Marcus, 6-5.
Stats: Mason Albright struck out seven against Southlake Carroll while Jackson Ferris threw a four-inning perfect game with 12 strikeouts against Flower Mound. Elijah Green and James Wood each added a home run. Drew Gray had eight strikeouts in the loss to Marcus while Sam Hunt had a home run.
Next: March 10 vs. Montverde Academy.

6. Barbe (Lake Charles, La.)
Record:
5-0 | Last week: 7
Results: Def. Sulphur 2-0; Glenmora 10-0; Tioga 6-0; Glenmora 15-2 and West Monroe 5-2.
Next: Tuesday vs. South Beauregard

7. St. Mary Prep (Orchard Lake, Mich.)
Record:
0-0 | Last week: 6
Next: State begins play March 24.

8. Lake Travis (Austin, Texas)
Record:
4-0-1 | Last week: 9
Results: Def. Flower Mound, 9-6; def. Southlake Carroll, 8-1; def. Prosper, 5-4; def. South Grand Prairie, 1-0; tied Flower Mound, 3-3.
Next: Tuesday vs. Hutto

9. Spruce Creek (Port Orange, Fla.)
Record:
5-0 | Last week: 12
Results: Def. Olympia, 9-1; def. Viera, 6-3; def. DeLand, 8-4.
Stats: Sebastian Iguaran had two doubles against Olympia.
Next: Tuesday vs. Flagler Palm Coast; Wednesday vs. Hagerty.

10. Carrollton (Ga.)
Record:
8-0 | Last week: 13
Results: Def. St. Pius X Catholic, 6-2; def. Ola, 8-1; def. Campbell, 3-0; def. Etowah, 3-2.
Stats: Eli Runyan struck out nine against Ola. Bear Madliak had a home run against Etowah.
Next: Thursday at Helena; Thurs at Daphne.

11. Marcus (Flower Mound, Texas)
Record:
4-1-1 | Last week: NR
Results: Def. Rockwall Heath, 11-4; def. Prosper, 2-1; def. Southlake Carroll, 5-1; lost to South Grand Prairie, 6-5; tied Lake Travis, 3-3; def. IMG Academy, 6-5.
Stats: Tyler Schott struck out eight against Southlake Carroll.
Next: Saturday vs. Centennial (Frisco).

12. Winder-Barrow (Winder, Ga.)
Record:
5-0 | Last week: 18
Results: Def. Archer, 10-6; def. Peachtree Ridge, 7-6.
Stats: Andreaus Lewis had two home runs, including a grand slam, against Archer.
Next: Tuesday vs. Peachtree Ridge

13. Woodstock (Ga.)
Record:
5-1 | Last week: NR
Results: Lost to Walton, 2-1; def. Lambert, 7-0; lost to Denmark, 10-4.
Next: Tuesday vs. Kell; Thursday vs. North Cobb.

14. Calvary Christian (Clearwater, Fla.)
Record:
4-1 | Last week: 8
Results: Def. Tarpon Springs, 10-0; lost to Lakeland Christian, 4-2.
Stats: Landen Maroudis had a home run against Tarpon Springs.
Next: Tuesday vs. Boca Ciega.

15. Palm Beach Gardens (Fla.)
Record:
4-0 | Last week: NR
Results: Def. Wellington, 6-1; def. Stoneman Douglas, 7-4
Next: Tues. vs. Cardinal Newman; Friday vs. Dwyer.

16. Stoneman Douglas (Parkland, Fla.)
Record:
5-1 | Last week: 11
Results: Def. Coral Reef, 12-2; def. Taravella, 7-3; lost to Palm Beach Gardens, 7-4.
Stats: Grant McDonald was 3-for-3 with two doubles against Coral Reef. Christian Rodriguez struck out nine against Taravella.
Next: Tuesday vs. Western; Thursday vs. Archbishop McCarthy.

17. Vestavia Hills (Ala.)
Record:
7-1 | Last week: 16
Results: Lost to Hillcrest, 5-4; def. Oak Mountain, 3-2.
Stats: Joseph Sullivan and Connor Witherington both doubled against Oak Mountain.
Next: March 9 vs. Hoover.

18. Houston County (Warner Robins, Ga.)
Record:
6-1 | Last week: 17
Results: Def. Veterans, 15-2; def. Hartselle, 4-3; def. Locust Grove, 10-1; lost to Hartselle, 3-2.
Stats: Drew Burress had a home run against Veterans and two doubles against Hartselle. Gage Harrelson had a triple against Locust Grove.
Next: March 9 vs. Veterans.

19. Reagan (San Antonio)
Record:
6-1 | Last week: 21
Results: Def. Lee, 27-0; def. Austin McNeil, 14-0; def. San Angelo Central, 6-0; lost to Round Rock, 3-1; def. Georgetown 5-4; def. Stony Point, 2-1. Billy Baehr threw a four-inning no-hitter against McNeil.
Next: Tuesday vs. MacArthur; Thursday vs. Eagle Pass.

20. Grayson (Loganville, Ga.)
Record:
5-0 | Last week: NR
Results: Def. Flowery Branch, 5-3; def. South Forsyth, 7-5; def. Lowndes, 6-4.
Next: Tue. vs. Mill Creek; Fri. vs. Hillgrove; Sat. vs. Wesleyan.

21. John Carroll Catholic (Fort Pierce, Fla.)
Record:
4-0 | Last week: NR
Results: Def. American Heritage (Delray), 11-1; def. Fort Pierce Westwood, 11-1; def. Sebastian River, 6-0.
Next: Tuesday vs. Central Pointe Christian; Sat. vs. Episcopal School.

22. De La Salle (Concord, Calif.)
Record:
0-0 | Last week: 19
Next: March 8 vs. Livermore.

23. Heritage Hall (Oklahoma City)
Record:
0-0 | Last week: 23
Next: Tuesday vs. Carl Albert; Thursday vs. Deer Creek.

24. Farragut (Knoxville, Tenn.)
Record:
0-0 | Last week: 24
Next: March 16-18 Grand Slam Tournament

25. Charlotte Christian (Charlotte, N.C.)
Record:
0-0 | Last week: 25
Next: March 4 vs. Combine Academy
HIGHSCORE/AVCA Players of the Week - HIGHSCORE
MaxPreps/AVCA Players of the Week
MaxPreps/AVCA High School Players of the Week
For the week of Sept. 13-20

Alabama
Alex Oliver, Jasper
5-foot-10 | Senior | OH
22 sets played last week
Kills: 123
Kills/game: 5.59
Digs: 83
Digs/game: 3.77
Receptions: 118
Rcpt/game: 5.36
Aces: 15
Blocks: 10

Arkansas
Abby Johnson, Jonesboro
5-6 | Senior | S
7 sets played last week
Assists: 79
Assists/game: 11.29
Team hitting percentage: 0.281
Digs: 15
Digs/game: 2.14
Aces: 5
Blocks: 4
5-6 | Senior | OH/S
6 sets played last week
Kills: 38
Kills/game: 6.33
Digs: 23
Digs/Game: 3.83
Receptions: 12
Rcpt/game: 2.0
Aces: 8

Georgia
Jordan Christy, The Habersham School (Savannah)
5-10 | Senior | OH/S
10 sets played last week

Kills: 73
Kills/game: 7.3
Digs: 14
Digs/game: 1.4
Receptions: 32
Rcpt/game: 3.2
Aces: 18

Idaho
Naya Ojukwu, Mountain View (Meridian)
6-0 | Junior | OH
6 sets played last week

Kills: 23
Kills/game: 3.83
Digs: 7
Digs/game: 1.17
Receptions: 4
Rcpt/game: 0.67
Blocks: 4

Indiana
Macy Bruton, Crawfordsville
5-11 | Sophomore | OH/DS
10 sets played last week

Kills: 64
Kills/game: 6.4
Digs: 46
Digs/game: 4.6
Receptions: 30
Rcpt/game: 3
Aces: 12

Kansas
Addi Pelham, Maranatha Christian Academy (Shawnee)
6-1 | Senior | OH
6 sets played last week

Kills: 37
Kills/game: 6.17
Digs: 18
Digs/game: 3
Receptions: 15
Rcpt/game: 2.5
Aces: 4
Blocks: 1

Kentucky
Eleanor Beavin, Mercy (Louisville)
5-5 | Senior | L
11 sets played last week

Digs: 90
Digs/game: 8.18
Assists: 23
Assists/game: 2.09
Receptions: 75
Rcpt/game: 6.82

Louisiana
Ryley Boyne, Destrehan
5-11 | Junior | OH
7 sets played last week
Kills: 48
Kills/game: 6.86
Digs: 24
Digs/game: 3.43
Aces: 4
Blocks: 2

Michigan
Alyssa DeVries, Christian (Grand Rapids)
5-9 | Junior | S
14 sets played last week

Assists: 162
Assists/game: 11.58
Team hitting percentage: 0.310
Digs: 20
Digs/game: 1.43
Aces: 9

Mississippi
Lakin Laurendine, Clinton
6-2 | Sophomore | OH
7 sets played last week
Kills: 46
Kills/game: 6.57
Digs: 33
Digs/game: 4.71
Receptions: 15
Rcpt/game: 2.14
Aces: 2

Missouri
Sydney Golden, Nixa
5-7 | Junior | S/OH
17 sets played last week

Assists: 177
Assists/game: 10.41
Team hitting percentage: 0.244
Digs: 63
Digs/game: 3.71
Aces: 3
Blocks: 6

Montana
Madysen Hoerner, Columbia Falls
6-0 | Senior | MH
6 sets played last week

Kills: 30
Kills/game: 5
Digs: 13
Digs/game: 2.17
Receptions: 17
Rcpt/game: 2.83
Aces: 5
Blocks: 2

Nebraska
Kylie Weeks, Elkhorn South (Omaha)
5-7 | Junior | OH/L
11 sets played last week

Kills: 72
Kills/game: 6.54
Digs: 45
Digs/game: 4.09
Receptions: 73
Rcpt/game: 6.64
Aces: 5

North Carolina
Christina Phillips, Caldwell Academy (Greensboro)
5-11 | Senior | S
9 sets played last week

Assists: 90
Assists/game: 10
Team hitting percentage: 0.411
Digs: 9
Aces: 9

North Dakota
Julia Dusek, Grafton
6-0 | Senior | OH
8 sets played last week

Kills: 29
Kills/game: 3.63
Digs: 27
Digs/game: 3.38
Receptions: 48
Rcpt/game: 6
Aces: 4
Blocks: 5

Ohio
Kenedi Goon, Crestview (Ashland)
6-2 | Senior | OH
10 sets played last week

Kills: 62
Kills/game: 6.2
Digs: 36
Digs/game: 3.6
Receptions: 49
Rcpt/game: 4.9
Aces: 2
Blocks: 7

Oklahoma
Chloe Ricke, Lincoln Christian (Tulsa)
N/A | Junior | S
3 sets played last week

Assists: 31
Assists/game: 10.33
Team hitting percentage: 0.292
Aces: 2
Blocks: 1

Pennsylvania
Sydnee Ashbrook, North Star (Boswell)
5-10 | Senior | MH
10 sets played last week

Kills: 53
Kills/game: 5.3
Receptions: 22
Rcpt/game: 2.2
Aces: 12
Blocks: 6

South Carolina
AC Yelton, Chesnee
5-9 | Senior | OH
6 sets played last week

Kills: 43
Kills/game: 7.17
Digs: 6
Receptions: 23
Rcpt/game: 3.83
Aces: 1
Blocks: 2

South Dakota
Kennedy Leiferman, Kimball/White Lake (Kimball)
5-11 | Senior | MH
10 sets played last week

Kills: 50
Kills/game: 5
Digs: 45
Digs/game: 4.5
Receptions: 45
Rcpt/game: 4.5
Aces: 2
Blocks: 6

Tennessee
Alexa Austin, King's Academy (Seymour)
5-11 | Senior | MH/OH
6 sets played last week

Kills: 32
Kills/game: 5.33
Digs: 14
Digs/game: 2.33
Receptions: 12
Rcpt/game: 2
Aces: 4
Blocks: 2

Texas
Ally Batenhorst, Seven Lakes (Katy)
6-4 | Senior | OH
8 sets played last week

Kills: 55
Kills/game: 6.88
Digs: 28
Digs/game: 3.5
Receptions: 46
Rcpt/game: 5.75
Aces: 1
Blocks: 5

Utah
Kennedi Knudsen, Gunnison Valley (Gunnison)
5-10 | Junior | OH
6 sets played last week

Kills: 41
Kills/game: 6.83
Digs: 25
Digs/game: 4.17
Receptions: 28
Rcpt/game: 4.67
Aces: 4
Blocks: 5

West Virginia
Madison Boswell, Greenbrier East (Lewisburg)
6-0 | Senior | OH
12 sets played last week

Kills: 56
Kills/game: 4.67
Digs: 14
Digs/game: 1.17
Receptions: 4
Rcpt/game: 0.33
Aces: 6
Blocks: 1

Wisconsin
McKenna Wucherer, Brookfield Central (Brookfield)
6-1 | Junior | OH
11 sets played last week

Kills: 72
Kills/game: 6.54
Digs: 42
Digs/game: 3.82
Receptions: 43
Rcpt/game: 3.91
Aces: 4
Blocks: 8

Wyoming
Michaela Moorehouse, Torrington
5-9 | Senior | OH/MB
7 sets played last week

Kills: 23
Kills/game: 3.29
Digs: 17
Digs/game: 2.43
Receptions: 34
Rcpt/game: 4.86
Aces: 3
Blocks: 2

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High school volleyball rankings: In search of sixth consecutive state title, Nebraska's Skutt Catholic headlines preseason HIGHSCORE Top 25 - HIGHSCORE
High school volleyball rankings: In search of sixth consecutive state title, Nebraska's Skutt Catholic headlines preseason MaxPreps Top 25
While the 2020 high school volleyball season might look different on a national level, one thing remains: You've got to win the matches in front of you. More than two-thirds of the states are pushing forward with fall sports, though some have a delayed calendar, but the national landscape will nonetheless look different.

California opted for a spring volleyball schedule, while some of the national tournaments were either canceled or rebooted in a different format. Michigan, with several Top 25-worthy teams is still trying to figure out if it's pushing back or moving forward.

Still, there's a ton of individual talent already on the court and equal number of teams capable of putting together state and perhaps national title runs.

We've included teams that have started playing or will start in September. Coaches can play their part in formulating accurate rankings by updating schedules and scores via MaxPreps.
Mabrey Shaffmaster and New Castle (Ind.) check in at No. 9 in our preseason rankings. The Trojans are chasing their fourth straight Indiana title.
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Mabrey Shaffmaster and New Castle (Ind.) check in at No. 9 in our preseason rankings. The Trojans are chasing their fourth straight Indiana title.
Preseason MaxPreps Top 25

1. Skutt Catholic (Omaha, Neb.), 7-0
Notes: Won the Bellevue West Invite without dropping a set. Lindsay Krause has 84 kills in 15 sets, while Allie Gray has 188 assists.

2. Flower Mound (Texas), Opens Sept. 15
Notes: Finished 41-4 last season and return three All-Americans in Kaylee Cox, Angelique Cyr and Caroline Dykes.

3. Lovejoy (Lucas, Texas), Sept. 15
Notes: Defending 5A champions posted a 2019 mark of 48-5. All-Americans Averi Carlson and Cecily Bramschreiber look to repeat.

4. Hoover (Ala.), 14-1
Notes: Following a season-opening five-set loss to McGill-Toolen, the Bucs have reeled off 14 straight including a revenge win over the Yellowjackets and a three-set tourney win over Tennessee's Brentwood.

5. Mercy (Louisville, Ky.), Sept. 8
Notes: Kentucky runners-up open the season against 2019 champion Assumption in a battle of the titans.

6. Assumption (Louisville, Ky.), Sept. 8
Notes: See No. 5 Mercy.

7. Valley (West Des Moines, Iowa), Sept. 2
Notes: Tigers open 2020 against Fort Dodge after 38-5 runner-up season in 2019. All-American Hayden Kubik leads Valley.

8. Brentwood (Tenn.), 9-1
Notes: The Bruins started 9-0 before the loss to Hoover. All-American Shaye Eggleston has 150 kills to start the year.

9. New Castle ( Ind.), 1-0
Notes: The Trojans opened with a sweep of Center Grove as Mabrey Shaffmaster (21) and Laila Smith (16) combined for 37 kills.

10. Walton (Marietta, Ga.), 2-0
Notes: The Raiders opened with sweeps of North Cobb and Marietta.

11. Guyer (Denton, Texas), Sept. 15
Notes: The Wildcats went 35-9 before losing to 6A champion Byron Nelson in the state semis.

12. Leon (Tallahassee, Fla.), Sept. 18
Notes: The Lions were 29-3 last season in winning the FHSAA 6A title and return assist leader Alexa Washington after dishing up 957 in 2019.

13. Papillion-LaVista South (Papillion, Neb.), 6-1
Notes: Sophomore Stella Adeyemi (46 kills) and freshman Lauren Medeck (39 kills) had helped the Titans to the 6-1 mark. Lone loss was to Skutt.

14. Hamilton Southeastern (Fishers, Ind.), 7-0
Notes: The Royals have been paced by Delaney Garner's 83 kills and while freshman Lauren Harden has added 74. Junior Emily Weber has 129 assists.

15. McGill-Toolen (Mobile, Ala.), 12-2
Notes: Senior Skyler Bumpers has 180 kills thus far as Yellowjackets' losses are to Hoover and Brentwood.

Notes: Ella Broadhead has 110 kills with senior Emily Buhl adding 87 as the Admirals' lone losses are to upper division opponents Hoover and McGill-Toolen.

17. O'Gorman (Sioux Falls, S.D.), 1-0
Notes: All-American Bergen Reilly opened her sophomore campaign with 16 kills in the sweep over Roosevelt.

18. Teurlings Catholic (Lafayette, La.), Sept. 9
Notes: The Rebels open the quest for their fourth straight DII title along with senior Gatorade winner Cicily Hidalgo.

19. Mount Notre Dame (Cincinnati), 2-0
Notes: Junior Carly Hendrickson posted 25 kills in three sets as the Cougars earned two sweeps to start the year.

20. Jenks (Okla.), 11-1
Notes: Mikiah Perdue, Sophie Bufogle and Savanna LaBiche all have more than 50 kills as the Trojans took the Broken Arrow Invitational.

21. Aquinas (Overland Park, Kan.), Sept. 2
Notes: The Saints open with St. James.

22. Briarcrest Christian (Eads, Tenn.), 4-0
Notes: Zykia Jones has 45 kills as the Saints have jumped to a 4-0 start without dropping a set.

23. Providence (Clarksville, Ind.), 5-1
Notes: Pioneers' lone loss to Hamilton Southeastern.

24. McIntosh (Peachtree City, Ga.), 7-0
Notes: Senior Ngozi Iloh has 85 kills and junior Alexa Markley added 77 kills as the Chiefs have dropped only two sets. Senior Claire Lewis has 172 assists.

25. Padua Franciscan (Parma, Ohio), 4-0

Notes: Senior Brooke Cirigliano leads the Bruins with 49 kills as Maria Futey has added 40. Amanda Leigh dished up 123 assists as Padua has swept all four matches.

The Next 25

26. Mountain Brook (Birmingham, Ala.), 9-2
27. Blessed Trinity (Roswell, Ga.), 7-1
28. Pope (Marietta, Ga.), 7-0
29. Klein (Texas), Sept. 11
30. Southside (Fort Smith, Ark.), 2-1
31. Dorman (Roebuck, S.C.), Sept. 10
32. Lake Highland Prep (Orlando, Fla.), Sept. 17
33. Washburn Rural (Topeka, Kan.), Sept. 3
34. Willard (Mo.), 6-0
35. Ursuline Academy (Cincinnati), 3-0
36. Plano West (Plano, Texas), Sept. 18
37. Pleasant Grove (Utah), 3-0
38. Byron Nelson (Trophy Club, Texas), Sept. 15
39. Elkhorn South (Omaha, Neb.) 2-0
40. Norman North (Norman, Okla.), 4-1
41. Parkland (Allentown, Pa.), Sept. 15
42. North Allegheny (Wexford, Pa.), Sept. 14
43. St. Francis Borgia (Washington, Mo.), Sept. 3
44. Brookfield Central (Brookfield, Wis.), Sept. 15
45. Prosper (Texas), Sept. 11
46. St. James Academy (Lenexa, Kan.), Sept. 8
47. St. Pius X Catholic (Atlanta), 8-0
48. Notre Dame Academy (Toledo, Ohio), 1-1
49. Reagan (San Antonio), Sept. 4
50. Appleton North (Appleton, Wis.), Sept. 18
High school football: Valdosta parts ways with controversial head coach Rush Propst - HIGHSCORE
High school football: Valdosta parts ways with controversial head coach Rush Propst
The Valdosta Daily Times was among those reporting Thursday that controversial high school football coach Rush Propst will not return to Valdosta (Ga.) next season. In February, he was the subject of a lengthy deposition that alleged he was involved in recruiting, mishandling money and even interfering in the hiring process that brought him to the program to begin with.

The deposition is part of a lawsuit brought on the City of Valdosta Board of Education by plaintiff Leah Rodemaker, wife of former Valdosta football coach Alan Rodemaker, who was let go after the 2019 season.

Propst owns a career record of 299-92 – including 7-5 in his lone season at Valdosta – and has won seven state titles during a high-profile, 30-year career. He garnered national attention while at Hoover (Ala.), which was featured on MTV's popular "Two-A-Days" reality show. He resigned there in 2007 mired in controversy over numerous in-house allegations, including grade-tampering and an admitted extra-marital affair.

He was dismissed at Colquitt County (Norman Park, Ga.) in 2019 after being charged with lack of compliance, improper conduct with students, dishonesty and misuse of public funds and property. Reports indicate he gave pills to students "on more than one occasion" and owed nearly $450,000 in delinquent federal and state taxes.

Michael Nelson, who has been involved with the Valdosta Touchdown Club booster organization for many years, said in his sworn deposition that Propst, among other things, paid for housing for two transfers, facilitated recruiting of players with the help of college coaches, asked for a "funny money" slush fund and meddled in his own hiring process.
Rush Propst looks on during a loss to rival Lowndes in October.
Photo by Gary McCullough
Rush Propst looks on during a loss to rival Lowndes in October.