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High school baseball rankings: Venice knocks Jesuit from top spot in MaxPreps Top 25
Venice knocked the Jesuit Tigers out of the No. 1 spot in the MaxPreps Top 25 high school baseball rankings, making room for another Florida team to rise to the top. Calvary Christian Academy (Fort Lauderdale) leapfrogged previous No. 2 Hamilton (Chandler, Ariz.) following Jesuit's loss.

Calvary Christian Academy continues to get strong pitching from Andrew Painter, who tossed a 1-hitter with 12 strikeouts. But the Eagles will be put to the test this week with a game against IMG Academy.

Jesuit didn't fall far. The Tigers avenged the loss to Venice on Saturday and dropped to No. 6 behind IMG Academy. Buford (Ga.) and Barbe (Lake Charles, La.) also moved ahead of Hamilton, which has yet to play a game this season. Buford and Barbe both are undefeated with double-digit win totals. Barbe was particularly impressive last week, winning four games by shutout.

Dropped out: Woodstock (Ga.), Vestavia Hills (Ala.), Houston County (Warner Robins, Ga.), John Carroll Catholic (Fort Pierce, Fla.), Heritage Hall (Oklahoma City), Charlotte Christian (N.C.)

Game of the Week: Venice 3, Jesuit 2. The Indians scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth to take a 3-1 lead over the former No. 1 team. Jesuit got a home run from Jake Kulikowski in the top of the seventh, but couldn't get the trying run on base to extend the threat.

Player of the Week: Andrew Painter, Calvary Christian Academy. In 11 innings this year, Painter is 2-0 with 27 strikeouts and three hits in leading the Eagles to a No. 1 ranking in the nation.

Recruit Watch: Braden Montgomery, Madison Central. One of the top outfielders in the nation, Montgomery has helped Madison Central start the season 6-0 by batting .500 (7-for-14) with six runs, nine RBI, two doubles, a triple and a home run.

Game to Watch: No. 1 Calvary Christian Academy takes on IMG Academy. Calvary will likely send Andrew Painter, the nation's No. 1 pitching prospect, against IMG, or the Ascenders might see Irving Carter, Florida's No. 2 pitching prospect.

Streaks: Jesuit saw its 21-game win streak come to an end against Venice. The Tigers' streak had dated back to the 2019 season.
Calvary Christian Academy takes over the top spot in the MaxPreps Top 25 baseball rankings.
Photo by Laura Martin
Calvary Christian Academy takes over the top spot in the MaxPreps Top 25 baseball rankings.
MaxPreps Top 25 high school baseball rankings

1. Calvary Christian Academy (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
Record:
7-0 | Last week: 3
Results: Def. Denmark 10-0; def. St. Anne-Pacelli, 10-0; def. Smith Station, 7-6
Stats: Erik Blair struck out nine against Denmark. Andrew Painter threw a five inning 1-hitter with 12 strikeouts against St. Anne-Pacelli. Nick Anello struck out 10 against Smith Station.
Next: Friday vs. Champagnat Catholic; Saturday vs. IMG Academy.

2. Buford (Ga.)
Record:
11-0 | Last week: 4
Results: Def. Thompson, 4-2; def. Hartselle, 2-0; def. Providence, 12-2; def. Spanish Fort, 7-6, def. Lanier, 7-0.
Stats: Dylan Lesko hit a home run against Thompson and struck out 13 to earn the win against Hartselle. Nathan Smith had a double and two triples against Providence.
Next: Wed. and Fri. vs. Lanier.

3. Barbe (Lake Charles, La.)
Record:
10-0 | Last week: 6
Results: Def. South Beauregard, 10-0; def. Central Private, 10-0; Live Oak, 3-0; Doyle, 4-3; Northshore, 13-0.
Stats: Kameron Edwards had a double, a home run and six RBI against Northshore.
Next: Wed. vs. St. Louis Catholic; Fri./Sat. vs. Catholic (Baton Rouge).

4. Hamilton (Chandler, Ariz.)
Record:
0-0 | Last week: 2
Next: Season opener Friday vs. Alhambra

5. IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)
Record:
9-1 | Last week: 5
Results: Def. Chelsea, 15-3; def. Florence, 2-0; def. Montverde Academy, 5-0; def. Cullman, 11-1.
Stats: Elijah Green had a home run and Mason Albright struck out 10 against Chelsea. Jackson Ferris gave up two hits and struck out 13 against Florence. James Wood hit a home run and Drew Gray struck out 13 against Cullman.
Next: Wed. vs. Montverde Academy, Sat. vs. Calvary Christian Academy.

6. Jesuit (Tampa, Fla.)
Record:
5-1 | Last week: 1
Results: Def. Hillsborough, 10-1; lost to Venice, 3-2; def. Venice, 3-2.
Stats: Cole Russo had a home run against Hillsborough. Jake Kulikowski had a double and home run in the loss to Venice while Russo had another home run in Saturday's win over Venice.
Next: Tues. vs. Jefferson; Thurs. vs. Sarasota.

7. Lake Travis (Austin, Texas)
Record:
10-1-1 | Last week: 8
Results: Def. Hutta, 6-0; def. Round Rock, 6-2; def. Vista Ridge, def. Round Rock Westwood, 8-3; lost to Round Rock Westwood, 4-3; def. McNeil, 4-3; Cedar Ridge, 5-0.
Next: Tue. vs. Cedar Park, Thurs. vs. Vista Ridge.

8. Spruce Creek (Port Orange, Fla.)
Record:
8-0 | Last week: 9
Results: Def. Flagler Palm Coast, 5-0; def. Hagerty, 6-1; def. New Smyrna Beach, 2-0.
Stats: Knute Rockey struck out seven against Flagler Palm Coast while Brandon Neely struck out 9 against Hagerty.
Next: Fri. vs. Deltona.

9. St. Mary Prep (Orchard Lake, Mich.)
Record:
0-0 | Last week: 7
Next: March 27 vs. Catholic Central

10. Calvary Christian (Clearwater, Fla.)
Record: 7-1 | Last week: 14
Results: Def. Boca Ciega, 10-0; def. Bishop McLaughlin, 3-2; def. Palmetto, 5-3
Next: Thur. vs. Clearwater Central Catholic, Fri. vs. Berkeley Prep.

11. Palm Beach Gardens (Fla.)
Record:
5-0 | Last week: 15
Results: Def. Cardinal Newman, 6-1.
Stats: Aiden Meola went 3-for-4 in the win.
Next: Wed. at Martin County; Thur. vs. Spanish River.

12. Stoneman Douglas (Parkland, Fla.)
Record: 7-1 | Last week: 16
Results: def. Western, 5-0; def. Archbishop McCarthy, 11-0.
Stats: Chris Arroyo struck out 8 against Western while Christian Rodriguez struck out 11 against Archbishop McCarthy.
Next: Fri. at Boca Raton.

13. Reagan (San Antonio)
Record:
12-1 | Last week: 19
Results: def. MacArthur, 11-1; def. Eagle Pass, 9-1; def. O'Connor, 5-4; def. Taft, 10-0; def. Tivy, 10-0; def. Smithson Valley, 5-1.
Next: at Leander Tournament.

14. Grayson (Loganville, Ga.)
Record:
9-0 | Last week: 20
Results: def. Mill Creek, 3-2; def. Hillgrove, 7-4; def. Wesleyan, 10-9, def. Archer, 7-4
Stats: Justin Bogard was 3-for-5 with a double against Wesleyan.
Next: March 15 vs. Parkview.

15. Sam Houston (Lake Charles, La.)
Record:
9-0 | Last week: NR
Results: Def. St. Louis Catholic, 6-2; def. Northshore, 8-1; def. Mandeville, 7-3; def. Zachary, 6-2; def. Central Private, 14-5.
Stats: Ashton Fuselier went 4-for-4 with two doubles.
Next: Tue. vs. Rosepine; Thurs. vs. Ouachita.

16. Madison Central (Madison, Miss.)
Record:
6-0 | Last week: NR
Results: Def. Taylorsville, 2-1; def. Columbia, 15-1; def. West Jones, 11-0.
Stats: Beau Bryans had 10 strikeouts against West Jones while Bryan Montgomery had a triple and a home run against Columbia.
Next: Tue. vs. Northwest Rankin; Fri. vs. Germantown.

17. Carrollton (Ga.)
Record:
12-1 | Last week: 10
Results: Def. Helena, 11-1; def. Daphne, 4-2; lost to Cullman, 12-3; def. Montverde Academy, 6-3, def. Wesleyan 4-2
Next: Fri. vs. Bremen.

18. Tompkins (Katy, Texas)
Record:
10-0-1 | Last week: NR
Results: Def. Santa Fe, 2-0; def. Magnolia, 8-2; def. Montgomery, 5-2; def. Stratford, 7-6; def. Santa Fe, 10-1.
Next: Tues. vs. Katy Taylor; Thur. vs. George Ranch.

19. Gregory-Portland (Portland, Texas)
Record:
11-0-1 | Last week: NR
Results: Def. Corpus Christi Carroll, 8-0; def. Calallen, 4-3; def. Sinton, 10-1; def. King, 24-2; def. Robstown, 4-3; def. Tuloso-Midway, 8-5.
Next: at Gregory-Portland tournament.

20. Auburn (Ala.)
Record:
9-1 | Last week: NR
Results: Def. Opelika 10-0 and 7-2.
Stats: Will Turner went 2-for-4 with a double and also struck out eight in the first game.
Next: Thur. vs. Tuscaloosa County; Friday vs. Baker.

21. Owasso (Okla.)
Record:
4-0 | Last week: NR
Results: Def. Sapulpa, 13-8; def. Greenwood, 3-1; def. Jenks, 3-0; def. Jenks, 13-5.
Stats: Braden Blundell and Solomon Skalnik both homered against Sapulpa.
Next: Tues. vs. Sapulpa, Fri. vs Enid.

22. De La Salle (Concord, Calif.)
Record:
0-0 | Last week: 22
Next: March 17 vs. Franklin

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

24. Marcus (Flower Mound, Texas)
Record:
8-3-1 | Last week: 11
Results: Def. Lovejoy, 5-0; lost to Prosper, 7-2; lost to Byron Nelson, 7-1; def. Allen, 9-2; def. Little Elm, 8-0; def. FRISCO Centennial, 8-0.
Stats: Michael Lindsey struck out nine against Centennial. Hunter Teplanszky had a home run against Allen.
Next: Wed./Fri. vs. Flower Mound.

25. Winder-Barrow (Winder, Ga.)
Record:
7-1 | Last week: 12
Results: Lost to Peachtree Ridge, 2-1; def. Greenbrier, 7-2, def. Dacula, 7-1.
Stats: Brady House was 2-for-3 with a double against Peachtree Ridge and 3-for-4 with a double against Greenbrier.
Next: Wed./Fri. vs. Dacua.
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 Mar. 22-28

Boys

Midwest Region
(Includes: Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan, West Virginia, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota)

9 Games Played
Kills: 41
Kills/Game: 4.56
Digs: 10
Digs/Game: 1.11
Receptions: 28
Rcpt/Game: 3.11
Aces: 3

6'2 | Senior | S
12 Games Played
Assists: 44
Assists/Game: 3.67
Team Hitting%: 0.106
Digs: 36
Digs/Game: 3.00
Aces: 3
Blocks: 11

Northeast Region

(Includes: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, Washington D.C.)

Junior | S
6 Games Played
Assists: 51
Assists/Game: 8.50
Team Hitting%: 0.247
Digs: 8
Digs/Game: 1.33
Aces: 3
Blocks: 1

6'2 | Senior | MH/OH
4 Games Played
Kills: 21
Kills/Game: 5.25
Digs: 1
Receptions: 19
Rcpt/Game: 4.75
Aces: 1
Blocks: 1

South Region

(Includes: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas)

6'1 | Junior | OPP/S
6 Games Played
Kills: 34
Kills/Game: 5.67
Digs: 20
Digs/Game: 3.33
Aces: 3
Blocks: 4

6'1 | Senior | OH
7 Games Played
Kills: 37
Kills/Game: 5.29
Digs: 27
Digs/Game: 3.86
Receptions: 29
Rcpt/Game: 4.14
Aces: 7
Blocks: 1

West Region

(Includes: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming)

6'2 | Junior | MB/OH
8 Games Played
Kills: 46
Kills/Game: 5.75
Digs: 38
Digs/Game: 4.75
Receptions: 29
Rcpt/Game: 3.63
Aces: 3
Blocks: 5

6'1 | Senior | OH
11 Games Played
Kills: 50
Kills/Game: 4.55
Digs: 23
Digs/Game: 2.09
Receptions: 44
Rcpt/Game: 4.00
Aces: 7
Blocks: 5

Girls

California
5'10" | Junior | OH
8 Sets Played
Kills: 35
Kills/Game: 4.375
Digs: 25
Digs/Game: 3.13
Receptions: 25
Rcpt/Game: 3.13
Aces: 6
Blocks: 1

Colorado
Sophomore
7 Sets Played
Kills: 54
Kills/Game: 7.71
Digs: 32
Digs/Game: 4.57
Receptions: 26
Rcpt/Game: 3.71
Aces: 9
Blocks: 5

Illinois

5'9" | Senior | OH/MH
9 Sets Played
Kills: 57
Kills/Game: 6.33
Digs: 31
Digs/Game: 3.44
Receptions: 40
Rcpt/Game: 4.44
Aces: 2
Blocks: 14

Maryland
5'10" | Junior | S
5 Sets Played
Assists: 44
Assists/Game: 8.8
Team Hitting%: 0.216
Digs: 15
Digs/Game: 3
Aces: 3
Blocks: 2

Massachusetts

Junior | OH
5 Sets Played
Kills: 27
Kills/Game: 5.4
Digs: 16
Digs/Game: 3.2
Receptions: 16
Rcpt/Game: 3.2
Aces: 5
Blocks: 1

Nevada
Junior | S
13 Sets Played
Assists: 77
Assists/Game: 5.92
Team Hitting%: .049
Digs: 4
Digs/Game: 0.31
Aces: 5

New Jersey

5'7" | Senior | OH
9 Sets Played
Kills: 31
Kills/Game: 3.44
Digs: 36
Digs/Game: 4
Aces: 7
Blocks: 2

New Mexico
5'9" | Senior | S
15 Sets Played
Assists: 162
Assists/Game: 10.8
Team Hitting%: 0.290
Digs: 46
Digs/Game: 3.07
Aces: 8
Blocks: 14

New York
6'1" | Junior | OH
12 Sets Played
Kills: 61
Kills/Game: 5.08
Digs: 31
Digs/Game: 2.58
Receptions: 20
Rcpt/Game: 1.67
Aces: 11
Blocks: 2

Oregon
5'11" | Junior | S/RS
4 Sets Played
Assists: 43
Assists/Game: 10.75
Team Hitting%: 0.206
Digs: 5
Digs/Game: 1.25
Aces: 1

Rhode Island

5'7" | Junior | OH/RS
7 Sets Played
Kills: 21
Kills/Game: 3
Digs: 19
Digs/Game: 2.71
Receptions: 16
Rcpt/Game: 2.29
Aces: 15

Virginia

5'9" | Junior | OH/S
12 Sets Played
Kills: 66
Kills/Game: 5.5
Digs: 32
Digs/Game: 2.67
Receptions: 32
Rcpt/Game: 2.67
Aces: 9
Blocks: 3

Washington

6'2" | Senior | OH/MH/MH
6 Sets Played
Kills: 29
Kills/Game: 4.83
Digs: 21
Digs/Game: 3.5
Receptions: 38
Rcpt/Game: 6.33
Aces: 4
Blocks: 1

Wisconsin
5'9" | Senior | OH/DS
6 Sets Played
Kills: 35
Kills/Game: 5.83
Digs: 19
Digs/Game: 3.17
Receptions: 18
Rcpt/Game: 3
Aces: 4
Blocks: 3

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Jordan Hawkins named 2020-21 HIGHSCORE Maryland High School Basketball Player of the Year - HIGHSCORE
Jordan Hawkins named 2020-21 MaxPreps Maryland 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.

Jordan Hawkins of DeMatha (Hyattsville) is the 2020-21 MaxPreps Maryland High School Basketball Player of the Year. The 6-foot-5, 170-pound senior helped the Stags go 9-0 in an abbreviated campaign.

Hawkins averaged 18.8 points, 11.4 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 2.1 steals and 1.9 blocked shots per contest to lead DeMatha to the No. 5 spot in this week's MaxPreps Top 25.

In the final game of his high school career, Hawkins produced a team-high 29 points as the Stags outlasted rival Paul VI (Chantilly, Va.) 109-107 in overtime.

Committed to Connecticut, Hawkins is regarded as the No. 49 prospect in the Class of 2021 overall according to 247Sports. He received offers from Clemson, Louisville, Marquette, Maryland, Pittsburgh, Seton Hall and Xavier among others.

Each state's MaxPreps Player of the Year will be considered for inclusion in the MaxPreps All-America Team, which is scheduled to be released April 13.
High school baseball: Greatest coach from every state - HIGHSCORE
High school baseball: Greatest coach from every state
Some have been fixtures in the third base coaches box for more than 50 years. Many of them have won more than 1,000 games in their career. All of them are among the nation's greatest high school baseball coaches of all-time.

MaxPreps is identifying the Greatest Baseball Coach of All-Time in Each State and the list is an impressive one. John Stevenson of El Segundo, who coached MLB great George Brett; Mike Cameron of Archbishop Moeller, who mentored Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr.; and Rodger Fairless of Green Valley, who coached Hall of Fame pitcher Greg Maddux, are just some of the names found among the 50 Greats from 50 States.
Mike Woods, Hamilton baseball coach
File photo by Mark Jones
Mike Woods, Hamilton baseball coach
Greatest high school baseball coach from every state

Alabama
William Booth, Hartselle

He became the winningest coach in the state in 2006 when he won his 648th game, topping previous state record holder Sammy Dunn of Vestavia Hills. That was 15 years ago and Booth is still going strong. He's upped that win total to 1,095 (including the 2021 season) with 488 losses. He's won eight state championships at Hartselle.

Alaska
Ed Conway, Sitka

Conway led Sitka, a small school with an enrollment of under 400, to multiple large school championships, winning three in a row between 2005-07. After 20 years at Sitka, Conway won his final game, capturing the state championship with an 11-10 win over two-time defending state champion South (Anchorage).

Arizona
Mike Woods, Hamilton (Chandler)

The most successful coach in Arizona over the past quarter century, Woods is the only baseball coach the Huskies have ever had. He had a record of 504-197 entering the 2021 season and his teams have won seven state championships. Hamilton was also ranked No. 1 in the nation by MaxPreps when COVID ended the 2020 season. Hamilton is ranked No. 10 in the MaxPreps Top 25.

Arkansas
Billy Bock, Pine Bluff

He reportedly never had a losing season at the four schools where he coached. He sprinkled nine state championships between St. Anne's Academy, Sylvan Hills, Arkansas High and Pine Bluff. He set a state record with four straight state championships at the latter school (1983-86) coupled with the one at Arkansas (1982) to give him five in a row. He finished his career 641-121.

California
John Stevenson, El Segundo

No California coach has more wins than Stevenson, who coached El Segundo for 50 years and went 1,059-419. He won 30 league championships and seven Southern Section crowns. Among his top players were Hall of Fame third baseman George Brett, his brother Ken Brett and pitcher Scott McGregor.

Colorado
Jim Danley, Eaton

He oversaw one of the top small school teams in the nation, posting a record of 807-162-2 in 45 years as head coach. He led the Fightin' Reds to 29 Final Four appearances, 23 straight regional titles, 11 state championships and 36 league championships.

Connecticut
John Fontana, Southington

Fontana coached 41 years for the Blue Knights and produced a program that went 669-157 during his tenure for an .810 winning percentage. His teams won 24 conference championships and a pair of state titles. His 1999 team finished the season ranked No. 44 in the nation by Baseball America.

Delaware
Matt Smith, St. Mark's (Wilmington)

Although he's coached 22 seasons, Smith is closing in quickly on the all-time wins record in Delaware. He has 383 wins while the all-time record for the state is 496. Smith has also led St. Mark's to 10 of their 14 baseball state championships.

District of Columbia
Eddie Saah, Wilson

He established a District of Columbia dynasty at Wilson, winning 27 straight DCIAA championships. Saah coached 16 years, won 16 DCIAA championships and had a league record of 210-1.

Florida
Rich Hoffman, Westminster Christian (Miami), Westminster Academy (Fort Lauderdale)

Coaching at two different schools during the late 1990s, Hoffman led Westminster Christian to three straight state championships and a national title by Baseball America. He took the job at Westminster Academy and won two more state championships, for five in a row. The high school coach of Alex Rodriguez, Hoffman won 1,020 games in his career to go with 10 state titles. Two of his teams (1992 and 1996 Westminster Christian) have been named national champions.

Georgia
Bobby Howard, Columbus

The state's all-time winningest coach with 1,008 wins (heading into the 2021 season), Howard spent 31 seasons at Columbus, where he led the Blue Devils to 12 state championships.

Hawaii
Erik Kadooka, Punahou (Honolulu)

Punahou dominated under the leadership of Kadooka in the early 2000s. He led the Buff ‘n Blue to seven straight state championships between 2004 to 2010.

Idaho
Dwight Church, Lewiston

Coached the high school and American Legion teams from 1954 to the 1970s. He led the high school team to seven state championships and had a career record of 673-231. As an American Legion coach, he won 23 state championships, including 12 in a row. His high school and legion record combined was 2,427-889.

Illinois
Percy Moore, Lane Tech (Chicago)

At the height of Lane Tech's dominance in the 1920s and 30s, Moore had as many as 733 players try out for the team. Moore coached 29 years at Lane Tech, winning 13 City League championships and losing only two section championships. His team also played in the New York-Chicago Inter-City championship four times between 1920 and 1926, winning twice.

Indiana
Dave Pishkur, Andrean (Merrillville)

The 2019 season was a big one for Pishkur as he won a state championship, won 35 straight games, went over 1,000 career wins and became the all-time winningest coach in state history. He began the 2021 season with a record of 1,014-284 in 40 years with seven state championships.

Iowa
Gene Schulz, Kee (Lansing)

Schulz is the all-time national leader in spring/summer baseball wins with 1,578 victories. He has 1,754 wins in summer and fall seasons combined with a winning percentage of .815 (1,754-398). He also won a total of 11 state championships, nine of them in the spring/summer, with his 1973 squad going 48-0.

Kansas
Mike Watt, St. Mary's-Colgan (Pittsburg)

The American Baseball Coaches Association national coach of the year in 2016 after winning his 16th state championship, Watt is also a member of the Kansas Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame. His team won seven straight state championships in the 2000s and added four straight between 2013-16. He has won over 600 career games.

Kentucky
Bill Miller, Pleasure Ridge Park (Louisville)

Guided his team to 1,144 career wins with 305 losses, giving him the most wins in state history when he passed away in the middle of the 2018 season. He won six state championships in Kentucky's one-division playoff system, including three in a row from 1994 to 1996. His 2008 team finished No. 7 in the final national rankings by Baseball America.

Louisiana
Glenn Cecchini, Barbe (Lake Charles)

Ranked as the top team in the state of Louisiana with a 35-2 record, Cecchini is closing in on 1,000 career wins. He has 971 as of last week's sweep of Alexandria in the state playoffs. Cecchini was the National Coach of the Year in 2020 and his team has won four state championships with a No. 1 national ranking in 2014.
Glenn Cecchini, Barbe baseball coach
File photo by Roddy Johnson
Glenn Cecchini, Barbe baseball coach
Maine
Bob Kelley, Bangor

No school has won more state baseball championships than Bangor, and Kelley is the main reason. He coached at the school for 32 seasons, winning 15 East championships and eight state championships.

Maryland
Bernie Walter, Arundel (Gambrills)

Walter won state championships in four different decades as he led the Wildcats to a state record 10 titles in his 37-year career. He ended his career with a record of 609-185.

Massachusetts
Emile Johnson Jr, Leominster

Led 42 of his 43 teams to the state tournament and never had a losing season for the Blue Devils. He set the state record for career wins with 725 and he won three state championships.

Michigan
Larry Tuttle, Blissfield

Earlier this month, Tuttle went over 1,300 career wins. He's closing in on the state's all-time leader, Pat O'Keefe, for the state record. Tuttle has a career mark of 1,312-426-5, as of Wednesday. According to the Daily Telegram, Tuttle has won 39 conference titles, 32 district championships, 23 regional crowns and seven state titles.

Minnesota
Bob Karn, St. Cloud Cathedral (St. Cloud)

He's coached for 50 years and late last month went over 800 career wins. He's already the winningest coach in state history. His teams have won nine state championships, including back-to-back titles in 2014-15. Cathedral had a 58-game win streak during that span and he was the National Coach of the Year by the American Baseball Coaches Association.

Mississippi
Jerry Boatner, West Lauderdale (Collinsville)

Boatner coached baseball for 50 years in Mississippi, 45 of those years at West Lauderdale. He won 14 state championships and he had a record of 1,202-359, the most wins of any coach in the state.

Missouri
Tony Perkins, Howell (St. Charles)

In 22 seasons at Howell, Perkins has reached the state championship game seven times with titles in 2003, 2011, 2013 and 2016. He is 501-225 with 14 conference championships and 10 sectional crowns.

Nebraska
Bill Olson, Omaha Northwest (Omaha)

Northwest dominated Nebraska baseball in the 1980s, winning six state championships, including four in a row from 1982-85. His 1983 team was ranked No. 1 in the nation by Baseball America. He won over 1,500 games between high school and American Legion.

Nevada
Rodger Fairless, Green Valley (Henderson)

In 19 seasons at Green Valley and El Dorado, Fairless produced 12 state championship teams, including six in a row at Green Valley. He also developed future Hall of Fame pitcher Greg Maddux. He had a record of 493-80 at the two schools.

New Hampshire
Tom Underwood, Plymouth

Guided Plymouth for 43 seasons, retiring after the 2015 season. He led Plymouth to six state championships, including three in a row from 1980-82. He retired as the all-time winningest coach in the state with 518 wins.

New Jersey
Ken Frank, Toms River South (Toms River)

The all-time winningest coach in New Jersey, Frank is closing in on 900 wins and reportedly needs four more to hit the milestone. He's won five group championships, 10 sectional titles and 22 division crowns.

New Mexico
Jim Johns, Eldorado (Albuquerque)

Racked up 552 wins and 201 losses to finish third among the state's all-time wins leaders. He also won seven state championships including three straight from 1999 to 2001.

New York
Mike Turo, Monroe Campus (Bronx)

Prior to the 2021 season, Turo had won 35 borough championships in his 42 seasons at Monroe. He also has won six city championships and is 1,369-227.

North Carolina
Henry Jones, Cherryville

Jones's teams made the playoffs in 24 of his 28 seasons, winning six state championships all totaled. He set a Gaston County record with a career total of 542 career wins.

North Dakota
Pete Dobitz, Dickinson

Dobitz has coached at Dickinson since 2000 and led the Midgets to more state titles than any other school in the state, capturing five championships.

Ohio
Mike Cameron, Archbishop Moeller (Cincinnati)

Cameron coached a number of great players, including Hall of Fame players Ken Griffey Jr. and Barry Larkin, during his 39 years at Moeller. He finished his career with a record of 767-303 with four state championships.

Oklahoma
Murl Bowen, Asher

Bowen finished his career as the winningest coach in all of high school baseball when fall and spring seasons are complied. He had a record of 2,115-349 for an .858 winning percentage. He also went 1,063-216 in the spring with 22 state championships. He added 20 state titles in the fall for a total of 43.

Oregon
Dave Gasser, Lakeridge (Lake Oswego), Astoria

Gasser coached at four different schools and won one state title at Madison, two at Lakeridge and two at Astoria. His career record of 750-235 ranks No. 1 in wins in state history.

Pennsylvania
Bob Thomas, Chambersburg

Thomas retired as the state's all-time wins leader with 833 wins in 1,112 games over a 51-year career. He won 22 league championships and three state titles.

Rhode Island
Ed Holloway, Bishop Hendricken (Warwick)

In close to 25 years of coaching the Hawks, Holloway's teams have dominated Rhode Island baseball, winning 16 state championships including five in a row from 2012-2016.

South Carolina
David Horton, Bamberg-Ehrhardt (Bamberg)

The all-time winningest coach in state history, Horton's teams went 889-261 (.773) in his 44 seasons at the helm. Bamberg-Ehrhardt won 14 state championships under Horton, including eight in a row from 1974-1981, tying a national mark for consecutive state championships.

Tennessee
Buster Kelso, Christian Brothers (Memphis)

The state's winningest coach, Kelso has spent 36 seasons at Christian Brothers and led them to nine state championships, including back-to-back titles in 2015-16 and 2000-01. He went over 1,100 wins this year and has 1,107 with 347 losses.

Texas
Steve Chapman, Calallen (Corpus Christi)

Chapman has won nearly 82 percent of his games in 45 seasons at the helm of Calallen. His 1,080 career wins rank second in state history, but is 35 wins behind all-time leader Bobby Moegle (1,115). Chapman has won three state titles and reached the state finals eight times. He also has won 28 district championships and gone to the playoffs 30 straight seasons.

Utah
Bailey Santiseven, Bingham (South Jordan)

Santiseven was a high school coaching pioneer in Utah, getting his start in 1930 and coaching at Bingham for 26 seasons before passing away in 1954. He led Bingham to a state record 12 baseball championships and also won four state titles in football.

Vermont
Orrie Jay, Burlington

The "Orrie Jay" trophy is awarded to the top team in the Metro League each year, in honor of the Burlington coach who led his team to eight state championships, seven runner-up finishes and 16 Northern League crowns in his 30 years of coaching at the school.

Virginia
Mack Shupe, JJ Kelly, now Central (Norton)

Shupe retired in 2009 after 40 years of coaching with a 631-173 record, the second highest total in Virginia history. No coach in the state has won more titles than Shupe, however, as he earned eight championships. He won all of his titles at J.J. Kelly, where he spent 33 of his 40 seasons.

Washington
Kim Cox, DeSales (Walla Walla)

Cox coached for 34 years at De Sales, racking up a record of 670-134 for an .833 winning percentage. He won a state record 19 state championships at the school and made the playoffs 30 years in a row.

West Virginia
John Lowery, Jefferson (Shenandoah Junction)

The only coach Jefferson has ever had, Lowery is in his 50th year at the school (not counting last year's COVID season) and has won 12 state championships. With a 9-0 season to start the 2021 season, Lowery has 1,341 wins and 352 losses and two ties.

Wisconsin
Bruce Erickson, Appleton West (Appleton)

With a record of 500 and 119 in 28 seasons at Appleton West (17) and Appleton North (11), Erickson compiled the highest winning percentage (.808) of any Wisconsin coach with more than 300 career wins. He won four state championships and 20 Fox Valley Conference titles.

Note: Coaches were not chosen for Montana, South Dakota and Wyoming because those states do not sanction high school baseball.
2020 MLB Draft recap: High school players get late start, 11 chosen - HIGHSCORE
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.