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Texas high school football: Defending 6A champ Austin Westlake releases 2021 schedule - HIGHSCORE
Texas high school football: Defending 6A champ Austin Westlake releases 2021 schedule
With the 2021 high school football season less than 100 days away, schools are beginning to release their schedules. Westlake (Austin, Texas), the defending 6A Division 1 state champs, are the latest to do so. Excitement is builds for the Chaps after a 14-0 season in which they grabbed their second straight state title.

They took out the two-time reigning 6A D1 state champs, North Shore (Houston), in the semifinals with a 24-21 win. Clemson-bound quarterback Cade Klubnik scored the game-winning touchdown on fourth down with just under two minutes remaining from 1-yard out.

The following week, Westlake beat Quinn Ewers and Southlake Carroll (Southlake) 52-34 to claim the state title in Texas' largest classification. That win propelled the Chaps to a spot at No. 3 in the final MaxPreps Top 25 high school football rankings and the top-ranked team from the Lone Star State.

Klubnik was named to the MaxPreps Junior All-America first team and four-star wide receiver Jaden Greathouse was a first-team selection on the MaxPreps Sophomore All-America squad. Legendary head coach Todd Dodge was named the 2020 Football Coach of the Year.

Dodge led Westlake to a 15-1 record in 2019, beating Guyer (Denton) 24-0 in the 6A Division 2 state championship and the Chaparrals begin the 2021 season riding a 24-game winning streak.

This upcoming season will be Dodge's eighth year as head coach for the Chaps and he has gone 88-11 during his tenure and expect the two-time state champs to be ranked in the Top 5 when we release our preseason MaxPreps Top 25 rankings on June 23.

After the two largest classifications in Texas (5A, 6A) pushed back the high school football season last year because of the pandemic, football returns to its normal fall start as most Texas schools in the middle spring practice gearing up for the 2021 season.

Earlier this week the Chaps announced their schedule with the first game Aug. 27 against Temple.

The marquee matchups include a Sept. 3 showdown with Ollie Gordon and Trinity (Euless), which went 11-2 last season and made it to the 6A Division 1 quarterfinals. The following week Westlake takes on Mansfield Summit (Arlington) as the Jaguars are coming off a 5A Division 1 semifinal appearance.

After a bye week, the Chaps face their first district foe — Del Valle, which made a huge offseason splash bringing in former IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) head coach Bobby Acosta. He led the Ascenders to an 8-0 season in his only year in Bradenton and they went wire-to-wire as the No. 1 team in the country.

The biggest game is at the end of the regular season against rival Lake Travis (Austin). The two didn't play last year as the Cavaliers had to cancel their final two regular-season games because of a positive coronavirus test in the program. Lake Travis is the last team to beat Westlake when Hudson Card led the Cavaliers to a 26-25 win on Oct. 11, 2019.
Cade Klubnik, Austin Westlake
File photo by Robbie Rakestraw
Cade Klubnik, Austin Westlake
2021 Austin Westlake football schedule

Aug. 27 — at Temple

Sept. 3 — vs. Trinity (Euless)

Sept. 10 — vs. Mansfield Summit (Arlington)
*At Mary Hardin-Baylor's Crusader Stadium (Belton)

Sept. 24 — at Del Valle

Oct. 1 — vs. San Marcos

Oct. 8 — vs. Bowie (Austin)

Oct. 14 — at Hays (Buda)

Oct. 22 — vs. Akins (Austin)

Oct. 29 — at Austin

Nov. 5 — vs. Lake Travis (Austin)
High school sports: Indiana's Carmel leads HIGHSCORE Cup standings after winter season - HIGHSCORE
High school sports: Indiana's Carmel leads MaxPreps Cup standings after winter season
Greyhounds are known as the champion of sprinters in the canine world, and that's proving to be the case for the Carmel (Ind.) Greyhounds as well. With three state championships in the winter, Carmel sprinted past the rest of the schools in the nation to take over the top spot in the latest MaxPreps Cup Winter Rankings.

The MaxPreps Cup is an effort to rank the top high school athletic programs in the country. Points are awarded for state championships, state runner-up finishes and national rankings. Points are awarded based on popularity of sport, based on participation numbers, the size of the state, the size of schools in a playoff division and the number of teams participating in that playoff division.

As is usually the case, Carmel won state championships in girls swimming and boys swimming. Indiana does not break down its state swimming championships by class and Carmel has dominated the event for decades. The girls team won its 35th straight state championship while the boys swim team won its seventh in a row.

Carmel added a boys basketball state championship as well and finished ranked in the MaxPreps Top 25 national rankings.

The Greyhounds, who were No. 8 in the fall, edged North Allegheny (Wexford, Pa.) for the No. 1 winter ranking. The Pennsylvania school was in second place following the fall sports season and added state titles in boys basketball, boys swimming and girls swimming. Bolles (Jacksonville, Fla.), the top school in the fall rankings, did not appear in a state championship game in the winter and dropped to No. 6.

Rounding out the top five are Marist (Atlanta), which was No. 6 in the fall, Century (Bismarck, N.D.), which stayed at No. 4, and Bentonville (Ark.), which moved up 40 spots to No. 5.
Graphic by Ryan Escobar

MaxPreps Cup Winter Standings

1. Carmel (Ind.), 1538
Fall state champions: Boys tennis, girls cross country
Fall state runners-up: Boys cross country
Winter state champions: Boys basketball, boys swimming, girls swimming

2. North Allegheny (Wexford, Pa.), 1525
Fall state champions: Boys cross country, girls volleyball, girls cross country
Fall state runners-up: Girls cross country
Winter state champions: Girls swimming, girls basketball

3. Marist (Atlanta), 1147
Fall state champions: Football, girls volleyball, girls cross country
Fall state runners-up: Boys cross country
Winter state champions: Boys swimming, girls swimming

4. Century (Bismarck, N.D.), 1052
Fall state champions: Boys soccer, boys cross country, girls swimming, girls volleyball, football
Winter state champions: Girls basketball

5. Bentonville (Ark.), 1038
Fall state champions: Boys cross country, girls cross country, boys golf
Winter state champions: Boys swimming, boys wrestling, girls swimming

6. Bolles (Jacksonville, Fla.), 1000
Fall state champions: Boys swimming, girls swimming, girls cross country
Fall state runners-up: Boys cross country, football

7. American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.), 996
Fall state champions: Football, girls golf
Fall state runners-up: boys golf
Winter state champions: Girls basketball

8. New Albany (Ohio), 965
Fall state champions: Girls golf
Fall state runners-up: Boys soccer
Winter state champions: Boys swimming, girls swimming

9. Signal Mountain (Tenn.), 951
Fall state champions: Boys golf, boys cross country, girls soccer, girls cross country
Winter state runners-up: Boys wrestling

10. Sacred Heart (Louisville, Ky.), 926
Fall state champions: Girls field hockey, girls soccer
Winter state champions: Girls basketball, girls swimming

11. Sioux Falls Christian (Sioux Falls, S.D.), 921
Fall state champions: Boys golf, boys soccer, boys cross country, girls volleyball
Fall state runners-up: Girls cross country
Winter state champions: Boys basketball

12. Waukee (Iowa), 919
Fall state champions: Boys golf
Winter state champions: Boys basketball, girls basketball, boys swimming
Winter state runners-up: Boys wrestling

13. Carl Albert (Midwest City, Okla.), 914
Fall state champions: Football
Fall state runners-up: Girls softball
Winter state champions: Girls swimming, boys basketball
Winter state runners-up: Boys swimming

14. La Salle Academy (Providence, R.I.), 907
Fall state champions: Boys cross country, girls soccer, girls tennis, girls cross country
Fall state runners-up: Girls field hockey
Winter state champions: Boys indoor track, girls gymnastics, girls indoor track

15. Billings Central Catholic (Billings, Mont.), 899
Fall state champions: Girls volleyball
Fall state runners-up: Football, boys golf
Winter state champions: Boys swimming, girls swimming, boys basketball
Winter state runners-up: Girls basketball

16. Bishop Miege (Shawnee Mission, Kan.), 893
Fall state champions: Boys soccer, girls volleyball
Fall state runners-up: Boys cross country
Winter state champions: Boys basketball

17. Boise (Idaho), 886
Fall state champions: Boys soccer, boys swimming, girls swimming, girls cross country
Fall state runners-up: Girls soccer, girls volleyball

18. Mountain Brook (Birmingham, Ala.), 881
Fall state champions: Girls volleyball
Fall state runners-up: Boys cross country, girls cross country
Winter state champions: Boys basketball
Winter state runners-up: Girls indoor track

19. Catholic-B.R. (Baton Rouge, La.), 858
Fall state champions: Boys swimming, boys cross country, football
Winter state champions: Boys soccer

20. E.D. White (Thibodaux, La.), 848
Fall state champions: Boys swimming, boys cross country, girls swimming, girls cross country
Winter state runners-up: Boys indoor track, boys soccer

21. Hoover (Ala.), 842
Fall state champions: Girls volleyball
Fall state runners-up: Girls cross country
Winter state champions: Girls basketball
Winter state runners-up: Girls indoor track, boys bowling

22. St. Thomas More (Lafayette, La.), 818
Fall state champions: Football
Fall state runners-up: Girls swimming, girls volleyball
Winter state champions: Boys basketball, girls soccer

23. Ponte Vedra (Fla.), 808
Fall state champions: Boys golf, girls volleyball
Winter state champions: Girls soccer

24. Greenwood (Ark.), 806
Fall state champions: Football, girls volleyball
Fall state runners-up: Girls cross country, girls golf
Winter state champions: Boys wrestling

25. Wakeland (Frisco, Texas), 801
Winter state champions: Boys soccer
Winter state runners-up: Girls soccer

26. Cherry Creek (Greenwood Village, Colo.), 796
Fall state champions: Boys tennis, football, girls cross country
Winter state champions: Girls swimming

27. Pioneer (Ann Arbor, Mich.), 795
Fall state champions: Girls swimming, girls cross country
Fall state runners-up: Boys tennis
Winter state champions: Boys swimming

28. Sugar-Salem (Sugar City, Idaho), 792
Fall state champions: Boys cross country, football, girls volleyball, girls cross country
Fall state runners-up: Girls soccer
Winter state runners-up: Girls basketeball

29. Cathedral Prep (Erie, Pa.), 785
Fall state champions: Boys golf
Fall state runners-up: Football
Winter state champions: Boys basketball

29. Aquinas (Overland Park, Kan.), 785
Fall state champions: Girls volleyball, boys cross country, boys soccer
Winter state champions: Girls basketball

31. St. Andrew's Episcopal (Ridgeland, Miss.), 783
Fall state champions: Girls volleyball
Fall state runners-up: Girls cross country
Winter state champions: Boys basketball, boys soccer, girls soccer

32. Salpointe Catholic (Tucson, Ariz.), 774
Fall state champions: Boys cross country, girls cross country, girls volleyball
Winter state champions: Boys soccer, girls soccer
Winter state runners-up: Girls basketball

33. Southside Christian (Simpsonville, S.C.), 770
Fall state champions: Football, girls volleyball
Fall state runners-up: Boys cross country
Winter state champions: Boys basketball
Winter state runners-up: Girls basketball

34. Bedford (N.H.), 768
Fall state champions: Girls volleyball
Winter state champions: Boys skiing, boys swimming, girls basketball, girls skiing, girls swimming

35. Lone Peak (Highland, Utah), 767
Fall state champions: Boys golf, girls volleyball, girls cross country
Fall state runners-up: Football, girls tennis
Winter state champions: Girls swimming

36. Cardinal Gibbons (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), 755

Fall state champions: Football
Fall state runners-up: Girls volleyball
Winter state champions: Girls soccer

37. Southlake Carroll (Southlake, Texas), 754
Fall state champions: Boys cross country
Fall state runners-up: Football, girls cross country

38. Episcopal (Baton Rouge, La.), 751
Fall state champions: Girls cross country, boys cross country
Fall state runners-up: Girls swimming
Winter state champions: Boys indoor track
Winter state runners-up: Girls indoor track, boys soccer

39. Westminster (Atlanta), 742

Fall state champions: Boys cross country, girls volleyball, girls cross country
Winter state champions: Girls swimming

40. Valor Christian (Highlands Ranch, Colo.), 740
Fall state champions: Boys golf
Fall state runners-up: Football
Winter state champions: Girls basketball, boys ice hockey

41. Brentwood (Tenn.), 735
Fall state champions: Girls volleyball, girls cross country
Fall state runners-up: Football

42. Madison Central (Madison, Miss.), 733
Fall state champions: Boys soccer
Fall state runners-up: Girls soccer
Winter state champions: Boys swimming, girls swimming

43. Mount Notre Dame (Cincinnati), 727
Fall state champions: Girls volleyball
Winter state champions: Girls basketball

44. Plant (Tampa, Fla.), 717
Fall state champions: Girls cross country
Winter state champions: Girls basketball
Winter state runners-up: Boys soccer

44. Baylor (Chattanooga, Tenn.), 717
Fall state champions: Boys golf, girls golf
Fall state runners-up: Girls volleyball
Winter state champions: Boys wrestling

46. Jackson Hole (Jackson, Wyo.), 709
Fall state champions: Boys cross country, girls cross country
Fall state runners-up: Boys golf, football, girls golf
Winter state champions: Girls skiing, Boys skiing

47. Morgan (Utah), 707
Fall state champions: Boys golf, girls soccer, girls cross country
Fall state runners-up: Football, girls volleyball
Winter state champions: Girls basketball
Winter state runners-up: Boys wrestling

47. Bishop Kelley (Tulsa, Okla.), 707
Fall state champions: Girls volleyball, girls cross country
Winter state champions: Boys swimming
Winter state runners-up: Girls swimming

49. Southern Columbia Area (Catawissa, Pa.), 705
Fall state champions: Football, girls soccer
Winter state runners-up: Boys wrestling

50. Pace Academy (Atlanta), 703

Fall state champions: Girls volleyball, girls cross country
Fall state runners-up: Boys cross country
Winter state champions: Boys basketball

51. St. Xavier (Louisville, Ky.), 702
Fall state champions: Boys soccer, boys cross country
Winter state champions: Boys swimming

52. Laurel (Mont.), 699
Fall state champions: Football, girls golf, girls soccer, girls cross country
Winter state runners-up: Boys wrestling

53. Westlake (Austin, Texas), 671
Fall state champions: Football
Winter state runners-up: Boys basketball

54. Chaparral (Scottsdale, Ariz.), 667
Fall state champions: Boys swimming, football, girls swimming
Winter state runners-up: Girls soccer

55. Hilton Head (Hilton Head Island, S.C.), 664
Fall state champions: Girls volleyball
Fall state runners-up: Boys swimming, girls swimming, girls cross country
Winter state runners-up: Boys basketball

56. St. Joseph's Academy (Baton Rouge, La.), 657
Fall state champions: Girls swimming, girls cross country
Fall state runners-up: Girls volleyball
Winter state champions: Girls indoor track

57. Buford (Ga.), 655
Fall state champions: Football, girls volleyball
Winter state runners-up: Boys wrestling

58. Skutt Catholic (Omaha, Neb.), 651
Fall state champions: Boys cross country, girls softball, girls volleyball
Fall state runners-up: Boys tennis

58. Champlain Valley Union (Hinesburg, Vt.) 651
Fall state champions: Boys golf, boys cross country, girls cross country
Fall state runners-up: Girls field hockey girls golf, girls soccer

60. Auburn (Ala.), 647
Fall state champions: Girls cross country
Fall state runners-up: Boys cross country, football, boys swimming

61. St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), 646
Fall state champions: Football
Winter state champions: Girls basketball

62. Oviedo (Fla.), 645
Fall state champions: Boys swimming, girls bowling
Fall state runners-up: Girls swimming

62. Bishop Guertin (Nashua, N.H.), 645
Winter state champions: Boys wrestling, girls ice hockey, boys basketball
Winter state runners-up: Boys swimming, girls swimming, girls basketball

64. Archbishop Hoban (Akron, Ohio), 640

Fall state champions: Boys golf, football

65. Harding Academy (Memphis, Tenn.), 634
Fall state champions: Football
Fall state runners-up: Boys cross country, boys golf
Winter state champions: Boys basketball

66. Madison Prep Academy (Baton Rouge, La.), 632
Fall state champions: Football
Winter state champions: Boys basketball, girls basketball

66. Eastside (Taylors, S.C.), 632
Fall state champions: Boys swimming, boys cross country, girls swimming
Winter state champions: Boys wrestling

68. O'Gorman (Sioux Falls, S.D.), 627
Fall state champions: Boys soccer, girls volleyball, girls cross country
Winter state runners-up: Boys basketball

69. Jenks (Okla.), 624
Fall state champions: Football
Winter state champions: Boys swimming, girls swimming

70. Cody (Wyo.), 623
Fall state champions: Football, girls cross country
Fall state runners-up: Boys golf, girls swimming
Winter state runners-up: Girls basketball, boys skiing, girls skiing

71. Hamilton (Chandler, Ariz.), 620
Fall state champions: Boys golf, girls volleyball
Fall state runners-up: Football
Winter state runners-up: Girls basketball

72. Marietta (Ga.), 618
Fall state champions: Boys cross country, girls cross country
Winter state champions: Girls basketball

73. Manhattan Christian (Manhattan, Mont.), 617
Fall state champions: Boys cross country, football, girls cross country
Fall state runners-up: Girls volleyball

74. Newman (New Orleans), 614

Fall state runners-up: Girls swimming, girls cross country, boys swimming
Winter state champions: Girls soccer
Winter state runners-up: boys basketball

75. Flower Mound (Texas), 612
Fall state champions: Girls cross country
Winter state champions: Girls soccer

76. Sky View (Smithfield, Utah), 606
Fall state champions: Football
Winter state champions: Girls basketball
Winter state runners-up: Boys swimming, girls swimming

77. Whitfield (St. Louis, Mo.), 605
Fall state runners-up: Boys soccer
Winter state champions: Boys wrestling, girls basketball

78. Tuttle (Okla.), 604
Fall state champions: Girls softball
Winter state champions: Boys wrestling, girls basketball

79. Holy Innocents Episcopal (Atlanta), 603
Fall state champions: Girls volleyball
Fall state runners-up: Boys cross country, girls cross country
Winter state runners-up: Boys basketball

80. Stevens (Rapid City, S.D.), 602
Fall state runners-up: Boys soccer, boys cross country, girls tennis
Winter state runners-up: Boys wrestling, girls wrestling, girls basketball

81. Central (Cheyenne, Wyo.), 592
Fall state champions: girls tennis
Fall state runners-up: Girls swimming, boys cross country
Winter state champions: Boys basketball
Winter state runners-up: Boys indoor track, girls indoor track

82. Mountain Home (Ark.), 591

Fall state champions: Girls cross country
Fall state runners-up: Boys cross country
Winter state champions: Girls wrestling
Winter state runners-up: Boys swimming, boys wrestling

83. Unionville (Kennett Square, Pa.), 590
Fall state champions: Girls golf
Fall state runners-up: Boys golf, girls volleyball

83. MICDS (St. Louis), 590
Fall state champions: Boys soccer
Fall state runners-up: Boys swimming, football

85. Thompson (Alabaster, Ala.), 588
Fall state champions: Football
Winter state runners-up: Boys wrestling, girls bowling

86. Fremont (Neb.), 582
Fall state champions: Boys cross country
Fall state runners-up: Girls cross country
Winter state champions: Boys bowling
Winter state runners-up: Girls basketball

86. Cheyenne Mountain (Colorado Springs, Colo.), 582
Fall state champions: Boys golf
Fall state runners-up: Boys tennis, boys cross country
Winter state champions: Boys wrestling

88. Summertown (Tenn.), 579
Fall state champions: Girls golf, girls volleyball
Winter state runners-up: Girls basketball

89. Mason (Ohio), 575
Fall state runners-up: Girls golf
Winter state runners-up: Boys swimming, girls swimming

89. Ankeny (Iowa), 575
Fall state champions: Football, girls volleyball
Winter state runners-up: Boys swimming

91. Lassiter (Marietta, Ga.), 573
Fall state champions: Girls softball
Winter state champions: Girls swimming
Winter state runners-up: Boys swimming

92. Bozeman (Mont.), 571
Fall state champions: Girls golf, girls cross country
Fall state runners-up: Boys soccer
Winter state champions: Girls swimming

93. Oak Hall (Gainesville, Fla.), 570
Fall state champions: Girls cross country
Fall state runners-up: Boys cross country, football

93. Mars (Pa.), 570
Fall state champions: Boys soccer, girls soccer

95. McCallie (Chattanooga, Tenn.), 569
Fall state champions: Boys cross country, football
Fall state runners-up: Boys golf

96. Highlands (Fort Thomas, Ky.), 566
Fall state runners-up: Girls cross country
Winter state champions: Boys basketball
Winter state runners-up: Boys swimming

96. Huntsville (Ala.), 566

Fall state champions: Boys cross country, girls swimming, boys swimming

98. Marquette (Mich.), 565

Fall state champions: Boys soccer
Fall state runners-up: Boys volleyball, boys cross country
Winter state champions: Boys swimming
Winter state runners-up: Girls swimming, girls skiing

98. Greensburg Central Catholic (Greensburg, Pa.), 565
Fall state runners-up: Boys soccer, girls soccer, girls golf

98. Cranbrook Kingswood (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.), 565
Fall state champions: Boys tennis, girls swimming
High school baseball: No-hit king Nolan Ryan among pitchers with at least 500 career strikeouts - HIGHSCORE
High school baseball: No-hit king Nolan Ryan among pitchers with at least 500 career strikeouts
David Clyde of Westchester (Houston) was a high school legend in the early 1970s and his resume includes a multitude of records in the National Federation of High Schools record book, including the mark for career strikeouts with 842. Except that depending on how you determine career strikeouts, Clyde is not Nos. 1 or 2 or even third or fourth.

In fact Clyde comes in behind Mississippi hurler Ronnie Richardson, a pair of Iowa pitchers in Bill Varner and Mike Boddicker, and Oklahoma leader Mark Turner. They are among the pitchers featured in the MaxPreps list of pitchers with over 500 career strikeouts.

To be fair, Clyde does hold the record for a four-year career, which is what the National Federation of High Schools recognizes. However, if a fifth year is included, Richardson moves into the top spot with 856 strikeouts.

Then, if you include pitchers from the schools in Iowa and Oklahoma that play both a summer and fall season (and in some cases a spring and summer season), then you have to include Varner, Turner and Boddicker.

Under these circumstances, Varner set the national record with 1,042 strikeouts in his four years at Decorah, graduating in 1970. He played three spring seasons to go with four summer seasons. Turner had 917 strikeouts in three fall and four spring seasons for Vanoss in Oklahoma from 1989-92.

Boddicker topped Varner for the all-time lead in Iowa, and the nation, with 1,122 strikeouts from 1972-75 while at Norway. Boddicker played three fall seasons to go with four spring seasons. The MLB All-Star also holds the record for most all-time wins with 79 (with all seasons considered). Boddicker went on to earn American League Conference Series MVP honors in 1983 en route to helping the Baltimore Orioles win the World Series.

Clyde also played professionally after being selected by the Texas Rangers with the first overall pick in 1973. Twenty days after pitching his final high school game, Clyde started for the Rangers and won his first MLB outing. Injuries marred his career, however, and he finished with 18 wins and 33 losses.

The first player to record 500 career strikeouts during a spring-only career is believed to be Francis Vidrine, who had exactly 500 while at Seligman (Ariz.) from 1955 to 1958. None other than MLB all-time strikeout leader Nolan Ryan of Alvin (Texas) became the all-time leader in 1965 with 510 strikeouts. Future California Angels teammate Lloyd Allen of Selma (Calif.) topped Ryan with 588 strikeouts upon graduation in 1968. Gene Carfrey of Westfall (Williamsport, Ohio) raised the record to 649 strikeouts in 1969 and then Clyde raised it to 842 in 1973. Richardson has held the spring record ever since 1987.

Another Mississippi pitcher, Randolph Salters of Mooreville, might have broken Clyde's records in the mid-1980s, but his career numbers are unavailable. According to former coach Rex Berryman, in an e-mail to MaxPreps, all of his records and scorebooks were inadvertently destroyed by contractors when Mooreville moved from the old gym to the new gym in 1988.

Salters holds the national record for single season strikeouts, although that total is up for dispute. Three different stories by the Clarion Ledger list Salters with 344 strikeouts, 366 strikeouts and 381 strikeouts during a 25-4 season. The 381 total is the most likely total since the Clarion Ledger ran a story about Salters on May 23, 1985, listing him with 366 and he then pitched in the championship game on May 25, striking out 15.

Salters struck out somewhere in the neighborhood of 140 batters as a junior, but exact totals are unavailable. His sophomore and freshman season are also unknown and he finished his career with a record of 53-9.

With new rules restricting the amount of batters a pitcher can face in a week (Salters once pitched 27 innings in four days in the state tournament), it's unlikely anyone will top the totals amassed by Clyde, Richardson, Varner, Turner and Boddicker. The most recent addition to the list is Bubba Gomez of Fremont Christian (Fremont, Calif.), who had 569 strikeouts between 2016 and 2019. That's still nearly 300 strikeouts away from the spring record.

Sources for the list include the NFHS record book, state association record books, coaches association record books, Iwasatthegame.com, Mississippi Baseball Record Book by John Smillie, and the Cal-Hi Sports Record by Mark and Nelson Tennis.
Bubba Gomez, Fremont Christian
File photo by Jim Malone
Bubba Gomez, Fremont Christian
Pitchers with 500 or more career strikeouts (spring only)

1.   856 — Ronnie Richardson, Lee (Columbus, Miss.), now Columbus (Miss.), 1983-87
2.   842 — David Clyde, Westchester (Houston), now closed, 1970-73
3.   734 — Jerry Boldt, Woodlawn (Chicago), 1979-83
4.   729 — Allen Rath, Highland (Riverside, Iowa), 1983-86
5.   690 — Brad Howard, Oakdale (Tenn.), 1992-96
6.   680 — Kelly Owens, Junction City (Ark.), 1979-82
7.   662 — Jordan Ray, Hillcrest (Tuscaloosa, Ala.), 2005-08
8.   661 — Steve Fink, Kee (Lansing, Iowa), 1970-73
9.   658 — Jaime Sepeda, Sinton (Texas), 1986-89
10. 651 — Tyler Stovall, Hokes Bluff (Ala.), 2005-08

10. 651 — Paul Morse, Danville (Ky.), 1988-92
12. 649 — Gene Carfrey, Westfall (Williamsport, Ohio), 1966-69
13. 646 — Craig Van Hulzen, Apple Valley Christian (Apple Valley, Calif.), 1987-90
14. 644 — David Flattery, St. Edmond (Fort Dodge, Iowa), 1974-77
15. 640 — David Mabe, East Surry (Pilot Mountain, N.C.), 1981-84
16. 637 — Pat Underwood, Kokomo (Ind.), 1971-74
17. 626 — Brian DuBois, Reed-Custer (Braidwood, Ill.), 1982-85
18. 623 — Mike Wisniewski, Bangor (Mich.), 1991-94
19. 612 — Tyler Sander, Okoboji (Milford, Iowa), 2000-03
19. 612 — Jon Peters, Brenham (Texas), 1986-89

21. 606 — Todd Neibel, Waltonville (Ill.), 1980-83
21. 606 — Bert Neff, Mooresville (Ind.), 1990-93
23. 598 — Will Inman, Tunstall (Dry Fork, Va.), 2002-05
23. 598 — Manuel Mendez, Washington Union (Fresno, Calif.), 1990-92
25. 597 — Matt Tomso, Mt. Olive (Ill.), 1987-90
26. 593 — Steve DeRoos, Wheeler (Valparaiso, Ind.), 1984-87
27. 590 — Gunner Baker, Carlisle (Price, Texas), 2010-13
28. 589 — Larry Knight, Lookout Valley (Chattanooga, Tenn.), 1978-80
29. 588 — Lloyd Allen, Selma (Calif.), 1965-68
30. 587 — Schuyler Tripp, Davis County (Bloomfield, Iowa), 2002-05

31. 586 — Mike Mercer, Nishna Valley (Hastings, Iowa), 1980-84
32. 585 — Cody Reed, Ardmore (Ala.), 2011-14
33. 583 — Nate Wernette, Morley Stanwood (Morley, Mich.), 2000-03
34. 580 — Brennen Milby, Green County (Greensburg, Ky.), 2008-13
35. 578 — Ron Robinson, Woodlake (Calif.), 1977-80
36. 575 — Ryno Bethel, Willcox (Ariz.), 1998-2001
37. 572 — David Dinsmore, Reese (Mich.), 2000-03
38. 569 — Bubba Gomez, Fremont Christian (Fremont, Calif.), 2016-19
39. 568 — John Tolson, Decatur Central (Indianapolis), 1998-2001
40. 566 — TJ Prunty, St. Paul Academy (Minn.), 1996-2000

40. 566 — Bob Goodyear, Lutheran (Los Angeles, Calif.), 1971-73
42. 564 — Jake Forrester, Umpqua Valley Christian (Roseburg, Ore.), 2011-14
43. 555 — Todd Malone, Casa Roble (Orangevale, Calif.), 1986-88
44. 553 — Tom Underwood, Kokomo (Ind.), 1969-72
44. 553 — Kevin Waldrum, Millsap (Texas), 1996-97
44. 553 — Steve Streater, Sylva-Webster (N.C.), now Smoky Mountain (Sylva, N.C.) 1974-77
47. 552 — Will Jostock, Lapeer West (Lapeer, Mich.), 2001-04
48. 551 — Ben Van Ryn, East Noble (Kendallville, Ind.), 1987-90
49. 550 — RA Dickey, Montgomery Bell Academy (Nashville, Tenn.), 1990-93
50. 548 — Alec Carney, Webster Christian (Webster, N.Y.), 2002-06

50. 548 — Gregg Johnson, Moorehead (East Monona, Iowa), now West Harrison (Mondamin, Iowa) 1983-85
52. 547 — Richy Harrelson, Iuka (Miss.), now Tishomingo County (Iuka, Miss.), 1988-92
53. 546 �� Josh Collmenter, Homer (Mich.), 2001-04
54. 545 — Nick Stiles, Bath (Mich.), 2009-12
55. 542 — Able D'Loera, Grant (Oklahoma City, Okla.), 1998-2001
56. 541 — Del Howell, American Christian Academy (Tuscaloosa, Ala.), 2002-06
56. 541 — Chris Schoon, Anamosa (Iowa), 1974-77
58. 540 — Jerome Hammontree, Sperry (Okla.), 1987-90
59. 535 — Ryan Keaffaber, Northfield (Wabash, Ind.), 2010-13
59. 535 — Thomas Mitchell, Bladenboro (N.C.), 1997-2000

61. 531 — Sam Traver, Potterville (Mich.), 2012-15
61. 531 — Bob Rossi, Corning West (N.Y.), 1969-72
63. 528 — Drew Henson, Brighton (Mich.), 1995-98
64. 526 — Jeff Granger, Orangefield (Texas), 1987-90
65. 525 — Mike Taylor, Iowa Falls (Iowa), 1973-76
65. 525 — Logan Ehlers, Nebraska City (Neb.), 2007-10
67. 524 — Guy Finch, Clarksville (Ind.), 1975-78
68. 523 — Keith Creel, Duncanville (Texas), 1974-77
68. 523 — Kirk Benda, Decorah-North Winneshiek (Decorah, Iowa), 1980-81
70. 521 — Aron Cornett, Concord (Ark.), 2002-04

70. 521 — Ty Henderson, Webber (Bluford, Ill.), 2010-13
70. 521 — Steven Rice, Crawfordsville (Ind.), 2007-10
73. 520 — Brian Bohanon, North Shore (Houston), 1984-87
74. 519 — Drew Tanner, Coffee (Douglas, Ga.), 1979-82
74. 519 — Justin Willoughby, Princeton (N.C.), 1993-96
76. 518 — Ryan Ellison, Isabella (Maplesville, Ala.), 2000-04
76. 518 — Lesley Piersall, Hutsonville (Ill.), 1995-98
76. 518 — Tom King, La Porte (Ind.), 1970-72
79. 517 — Tyler Howe, Northeast (Goose Lake, Iowa), 2000-04
80. 515 — Doug Bates, J.J. Kelly (Va.), 1980-83

81. 513 — Tony Watson, Dallas Center-Grimes (Dallas Center, Iowa), 2000-03
82. 512 — Chandler Shepherd, Lawrence County (Louisa, Ky.), 2006-11
82. 512 — Joe Goodman, Gilbert (Iowa), 2008-11
84. 511 — Scott Davidson, Redondo Union (Redondo Beach, Calif.), 1986-88
85. 510 — Jim Peterson, Sonora (La Habra, Calif.), 1971-73
85. 510 — Brian Barnes, Roanoke Rapids (N.C.), 1982-85
85. 510 — Kevin Mann, Jackson Center (Ohio), 2003-06
85. 510 — Nolan Ryan, Alvin (Texas), 1963-65
89. 506 — Jon Kirby, Estill County (Irvine, Ky.), 1999-2002
90. 505 — Tim Rogers, Bixby (Okla.), 1975-78

91. 502 — Chad Billingsley, Defiance (Ohio), 2000-03
92. 501 — Chase Reeves, Hamilton (Miss.), 2007-11
93. 500 — Francis Vidrine, Seligman (Ariz.), 1955-58
93. 500 — Harvey Marshall, Floyd County (Floyd, Va.), 1975-79

Top 10 Fall-Spring-Summer combo strikeout leaders
1. 1,122 — Mike Boddicker, Norway (Iowa), 1972-75
2. 1,042 — Bill Varner, Decorah (Iowa), 1967-70
3.    917 — Mark Turner, Vanoss (Ada, Okla.), 1989-92
4.    817 — Will Hunt, Asher (Okla.), 1986-89
5.    757 — Mario Enriquez, Davidson (Okla.), 1986-89
6.    743 — Cal Eldred, Urbana (Iowa), 1983-86
7.    735 — Brett Case, Preston (Okla.), 2000-03
8.    732 — Larry Frakes, Goldfield (Iowa), 1968-72
9.    723 — Kevin Lomon, Cameron (Okla.), 1987-90
10.  687 — Cale Elam, Oktaha (Okla.), 2006-10
Note: It's possible Boddicker and Varner would qualify for the "spring only" list, but their spring-only totals are unknown.
Nnanna Njoku named 2020-21 HIGHSCORE Delaware High School Basketball Player of the Year - HIGHSCORE
Nnanna Njoku named 2020-21 MaxPreps Delaware 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.

Nnanna Njoku of Sanford (Hockessin) is the 2020-21 MaxPreps Delaware High School Basketball Player of the Year. The 6-foot-9, 245-pound senior helped the Warriors go 16-2 en route to the program's 10th state championship.

Njoku averaged 20.7 points, 8.8 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per contest while shooting 71 percent from the field this season. He finished an impressive four-year career with 1,178 points.

In Sanford's 51-45 state championship game victory, Njoku tallied 24 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks while connecting on 8 of 9 attempt from the field and 8 of 10 from the free throw line.

Signed with Villanova, Njoku is regarded as the No. 84 prospect in the Class of 2021 overall according to 247Sports. Marquette, Miami, North Carolina State, Pittsburgh, Providence and Virginia Tech were among the other college basketball programs to extend offers.

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.
Nnanna Njoku gets a breather while playing with Sanford at the City of Palms Classic in December of 2019.
File photo by Jim Redman
Nnanna Njoku gets a breather while playing with Sanford at the City of Palms Classic in December of 2019.
Girls high school basketball rankings: HIGHSCORE Top 25 showdown set for Wednesday as No. 1 Lake Highland Prep meets No. 14 Montverde Academy - HIGHSCORE
Girls high school basketball rankings: MaxPreps Top 25 showdown set for Wednesday as No. 1 Lake Highland Prep meets No. 14 Montverde Academy
National rankings always include a lot of educated guesswork, as top teams often don't play each other and some have limited local schedules — but this year, obviously, is different. This year, some high school girls basketball teams may not play at all. This year, some states plan to play basketball in the spring. This year, some won't start their season until Feb. 1. This year, some have played their normal schedules.

So how to sort it all out? First, by conceding that this year's rankings will be even more problematic than most, as intersectional games and major events are few and far between. Second, by excluding schools from the rankings that do not begin play until April. Third, by relying more on perceived talent level than on game results — though that said, losses to in-state rivals that in the past could be offset by wins over other nationally-ranked teams will now be more critical when it comes to putting together the MaxPreps Top 25 high school girls basketball rankings.

Of course, no one knows how the season will play out, as state associations and local school districts are making decisions on a daily basis that will affect the teams mentioned below, so schools may appear and disappear from the rankings much more frequently than in previous seasons.
But regardless, here we go...
Maria Mykleburst, Montverde Academy
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Maria Mykleburst, Montverde Academy
MaxPreps Top 25 Girls High School Basketball Rankings

1. Lake Highland Prep (Orlando, Fla.)
Record:
10-0 | Last week: 1
Uneasy lies the crown. Point guard Sierra Godbolt tore her ACL and unbeaten No. 14 Montverde Academy is tonight's opponent. The Highlanders only managed 36 points against No. 17 New Hope in a three-point win Dec. 22.

2. Bishop McNamara (Forestville, Md.)
Record: 0-0 | Last week: 2
The first of many teams that has yet to play. An abbreviated season for this uber-talented group is expected to begin around Feb. 1.

3. Westlake (Atlanta)
Record: 6-0 | Last week: 7
A big win against a strong McEachern team was good news for Westlake in the early going, but several intersectional games were canceled over the holidays. The Peach State's best will resume play this week, however.

4. Hopkins (Minnetonka, Minn.)
Record:
0-0 | Last week: 4
Despite the graduation of Paige Bueckers, Hopkins still has one of the most talented rosters in the country. The Royals are expected to begin play this week.

Record: 0-0 | Last week: 5
A perennial fixture in the MaxPreps Top 25 should get under way in mid-January.

Record: 10-0 | Last week: NR
The first newcomer, Mount Notre Dame lands in the top 10 thanks to wins over previously-ranked North Central of Indianapolis and another strong Indiana team, Carmel. And unlike most teams this year, Mount Notre Dame also added another intersectional win, this one over Madison Academy of Alabama.

Record: 0-0 | Last week: 8
In the same league as No. 2 Bishop McNamara, St. John's and Azzi Fudd are still on hold. A February start is anticipated.

Record: 2-0 | Last week: 9
Incarnate Word played two games in early December, but has been shut down since then. An in-state schedule should resume Jan. 14.

Record: 0-0 | Last week: 1
New Jersey teams always start the season later than other states, but this year's Jan. 15 beginning actually is earlier than many.

Record: 16-0 | Last week: 18
Texas, as always, rolls on. After playing 42 games last year (losing one), Cypress Creek has played 16 games already this year. Of those 16 wins, the closest was by 12 points.

Record: 2-0 | Last week: NR
Classen SAS jumps into the rankings thanks to a 50-46 win over previous No. 11 DeSoto. Mark Feb. 11 on the calendar, as that's when a game against No. 13 Norman pops up on the schedule.

Record: 2-0 | Last week: 12
Reynoldsburg's ranking will be tested next week, as unbeaten Newark and once-beaten Pickerington Central (the loss was to Newark) are on tap.

Record: 5-0 | Last week: 13
Norman gets back in full swing with two games next week.

Record: 11-0 | Last week: 23
A big win over Compass Prep of Arizona was a major reason for the jump. An even bigger win is possible tonight against No. 1 Lake Highland Prep.

Record: 0-0 | Last week: 15
A Feb. 1 start is anticipated for a new kid on the MaxPreps Top 25 block.

Record: 18-0 | Last week: 16
Hoover handled unbeaten Hewitt-Trussville on Saturday, and with 18 wins already, is off to a very impressive start.

Record: 4-1 | Last week: 14
It's no disgrace to lose to No. 1 so New Hope drops only three spots this week.

Record: 12-1 | Last week: 11
The loss to No. 11 Classen SAS was balanced by a 62-55 win over previous No. 2 Duncanville — but note that the Duncanville-DeSoto rematch Jan. 23 could scramble the rankings again.

Record: 2-0 | Last week: 19
Some teams in Tennessee have played as many as 15 games; Ensworth has reported only two. Still, those two wins are enough to keep Ensworth in the MaxPreps Top 25.

Record: 0-0 | Last week: 20
Like St. John-Vianney, Rutgers Prep has yet to start play.

Record: 0-0 | Last week: 21
Valley Vista will begin an 18-game, in-state season Jan. 19.

Record: 0-0 | Last week: 22
Archbishop Wood is a bit of a mystery as no schedule has been posted — even though Pennsylvania is expected to begin play this week.

Record: 12-1 | Last week: 2
The loss to No. 18 DeSoto dropped the Panthers to No. 23, but the Jan. 23 rematch will be a shot at redemption – and a rise in the rankings.

Record: 0-0 | Last week: 24
Washington will meet this week to decide if the season will begin Feb. 1 or be postponed until spring (as is the case in California, among others). But for now, Chiawana stays at No. 24.

Record: 8-0 | Last week: NR
Fremont jumps into the rankings thanks to a hot start and a loaded roster. Davis, at 5-1, will be a test this Friday.

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