Boys Lacrosse: SSN National Public HS Rankings – 5-15-17 – In a meeting between two of the top high school lacrosse programs in the state of Colorado, Cherry Creek beat Kent Denver 11-3 at the Stutler Bowl.


(5-15-17) Darien continues to control the top spot in this week’s SSN National Public High School Boys Lacrosse Rankings.  #2 this week is Severna Park who moves up a spot and continues to build on their 32 game winning streak.  Slipping to #5 this week is The Woodlands who lost to Episcopal School of Dallas 11-8 in the semi-finals of the Texas Lacrosse D I State Championships.

Grayslake North suffered it’s first loss of the season losing to private school power house Loyola Academy 12-4 and drops from #7 to #10.

The rest of the Top 10 all moved up one spot from the week before.

SSN National Public HS Rankings

May 15th

  1. – (1) Darien (Conn) 15-0
  2.  – (3) Severna Park (Md) 16-0
  3. – (4) Weddington (NC) 17-1
  4. – (5) Cherry Creek (Colo.) 16-1
  5. – (2) The Woodlands (Texas) 23-1 – lost to Episcopal School of Dallas 11 Woodlands 8
  6. – (6) West Linn (Ore) 18-0
  7. – (8) Wakefield Memorial (Mass) 14-0
  8. – (9) Cold Spring Harbor (NY) 15-0
  9. – (10) Atlee (Va) 12-1
  10. – (7) Grayslake North (Ill) 15-1 – lost to Loyola Academy (12-7) 12-4

Dropped out– NONE


Shawnee Wins 2017 SSN National Public HS Baseball Championship

Shawnee Celebration after winning State Title

(5-14-17) Shawnee is the 2017 SSN National Public High School Baseball Rankings Champion. The Wolves finished a perfect season(40-0) picking up their third consecutive 5A Oklahoma State Baseball Championship this weekend beating Claremore 12-7.

Shawnee Head Coach Todd Boyer told after the championship:

“If you had told me at the beginning of the season that we would win 40 straight, I’d have told you that you were crazy… There’s so many variables that can happen throughout the ballgame with high school kids. It’s just an incredible feat.”

North Gwinnett continues to win and is still ranked #2.

#3 La Cueva, who started the season with a loss, reeled off 28 straight wins and beat Cleveland 10-4 this weekend for the New Mexico 6A State Championship. The title is La Cueva’s fifth in the last ten years.

La Cueva’s Senior center fielder Ryan Phillips told the Albuquerque Journal after the state final game:

“We stand as a team. The past 28 games has been a fun ride.”

Two teams,  Huntington Beach and Owasso, dropped out of the rankings this week after both picked up their fourth loss of the season.

Earlier this year, Neuqua Valley baseball coach Robin Renner was inducted to the Illinois High School Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame and the “skipper” gives his thoughts on the award.

Two northern schools take their place for the first time this season, Neuqua Valley (28-1-1) and Saline 22-1.

Three schools moved up to #4, #5 and #6 after this past week, Massillon Jackson, Spring Hill and Rancho Bernardo.

SSN National Public High School Baseball Rankings
May 15th

  1. – (1) Shawnee (Okla), 40-0
  2. – (2) North Gwinnett (Suwanee, Ga.), 34-2
  3. – (3) La Cueva (NM), 28-1
  4. – (7) Massillon Jackson (Ohio), 24-1
  5. – (9) Spring Hill (Tenn), 33-2
  6. – (10) Rancho Bernardo (San Diego, Calif), 27-3
  7. – (4) Buchanan (Clovis, Calif), 26-3 – lost to Clovis North 3-2
  8. – (8) West Monroe, (La), 38-3 lost to Baton Rouge Central (30-13) 4-2
  9. – (NR) Neuqua Valley (Illinois) 28-1-1
  10. – (NR) Saline, (Mich) 22-1

Dropped Out—
– (5) Huntington Beach (Calif), 25-4 – lost to Newport Harbor (13-16) 17-2
– (6) Owasso (Okla), 31-4 – lost to Mustang 3-0



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Who’s #1 in the SSN National Baseball Public High School Rankings


(3-27-17) Clovis Buchanan hangs on to the #1 spot in the SSN National Baseball Public High School rankings. Still on a target for a record breaking  season is North Gwinnett who is ranked again at #2 with an 18-0 record.

One new school enters this week’s rankings, Owasso, the Rams enter at #10 with a 14-0 record. South Hills moves into the to top 5 from #6.

Dropping out of the rankings this week Lake Brantley, they lost 9-0 to Spruce Creek who is just 8-6 on the season.

Barbe drops from #8 to #11, while Oxford falls to #12 from the 10th spot after both suffered losses. Barbe currently has the most lost of any teams in the rankings at three.

SSN National Public High School Baseball Rankings
March 28th

  1. – (1)    Buchanan (Clovis, Calif.), 13-0
  2. – (2)     North Gwinnett (Suwanee, Ga.) 18-0
  3. – (3)    Huntington Beach (Calif.), 9-0
  4. – (4)    Shawnee (Okla.), 12-0
  5. – (6)    South Hills (West Covina, Calif.), 9-1
  6. – (7)    Rancho Bernardo (San Diego, CA) 8-1
  7. – (9)    Horizon (Scottsdale, Ariz.), 16-1-1
  8. -(11)   Decatur (Alabama) 17-1
  9. -(12)   Baldwin (Hawaii) 11-0
  10. -(NR)   Owasso (Okla) 14-0
  11. – (8)    Barbe (Lake Charles, La.), 19-3
  12. -(10)    Oxford (Miss.), 15-2


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2017 SSN National All Public HS Basketball Team Named, LaMelo Ball Named Player of the Year

(3-18-17) The youngest of the famous Ball brothers, LaMelo, is the SSN’s National Public High School Player of the Year. The sophomore has been the most entertaining player in the USA, averaging 27 points a game, which included a 173 3-pointers. He scored 92 points in a 146-123 win over Los Osos, he was 37 of 61 shots from the field,  30 of 39 from 2-point range and was 11 for 14 from the free-throw line.  He has already committed to UCLA, his oldest brother Lonzo is already a Bruin , and brother LiAngelo will play at UCLA next season.

  • LaMelo Ball – Chino Hills -Player of the Year- 5’10 Sophomore

  • Clayton Southwick – Palmer  (Alaska) -6’7 Junior

  • Samuta Avea – Kahuku (Hawaii)- 6’6 Senior

  • Keion Brooks Jr.- Ft. Wayne (Indiana) North Side – 6’8 – Sophomore

  • Jason Whitens – Powers (Michigan) North Central – 6’5 Senior

Clayton Southwick , Palmer  (Alaska), the Junior had a great season for the Palmer Moose, he was named to the Alaskan Class 4A All State 1st team and was named the Region III Player of the Year

Southwick already has over 1,200 points in his career, 500 rebounds and 200 assists with still his Senior year to play.

Palmer Head Coach Chuck Martin told the Frontiersman

“I’ve been privileged to coach a lot of good basketball players, but Clayton is probably the most gifted of them all because of his size and what he can do with his size. He wants to be really good. I love him because he’s so competitive.”


Samuta Avea, Kahuku (Hawaii),  led the Red Raiders to the school’s first ever Hawaii High School Athletic Association Division I State Title beating Punahou 70-55. The 6’6 Senior had 20 points, 11 rebounds and four blocked shots in the tile game and was named the tournament’s MVP.

Avea will attend the University of Hawaii next year. His four-year high school career has been quite an adventure, he played two seasons (Freshman and Sophomore) at
Kahuku before moving to Utah for his junior season to hopefully get added exposure. While living with his Aunt he helped Bingham (Utah) to a Utah 5A Championship.
After signing with Hawaii before his Senior season he decided to move back home and play his final year back home at Kahuku.

Keion Brooks Jr., Ft. Wayne (Indiana) North Side, the sophomore has helped the Legends gain National attention this year and they are favored to win the Class 4A State title, after knocking off Carmel in the Regional finals and will play this weekend in a state semifinal game.

He’s considered a 5-star recruit and continues to get numerous D1 major college  offers.

He was a 1st All Conference Selection and will most likely gain all-state honors as well.

Jason Whitens, plays for Powers North Central and is one of the smallest schools in the State of Michigan, but don’t let that fool you,  he is one of six finalist for Michigan’s Mr. Basketball.

He led the Jets to their 80th straight game win, and they will play Hillman  in a Class D quarterfinal game Tuesday night in Sault Ste. Marie in search of a third consecutive State title.

Whitens is  a three-time all-state selection and has lost only one game in his four year career  (104-1). This past week he led the Jets to their fifth consecutive Class D Regional Championship. He was the Class D player of the year as a junior and has won the Wendy’s Heisman Award as scholar athlete.

This season he  averages a double-double with 24 points and 12 rebounds a game, plus 6 assists and 3 assists a game.

The All-SSN team is made-up of two Seniors, one Junior and two Sophomores. Although a young group, they are some of the best representatives of high school boys basketball players participating at a Public High School.

SSN National Public High School Baseball Rankings

No. 1 Buchanan defeated No. 3 Clovis 3-1 in the championship game of the Coca Cola Classic on Monday, March 6, 2017

(3-7-17) The first SSN National Public High School Baseball Rankings since the the preseason was released today.

Clovis Buchanan hangs on to the #1 ranking. 11 teams are ranked this week, include three California schools and two from Florida and Arizona.

North Gwinnett is off to an 11 win start and is ranked #11 this week.

Most midwest, northern and eastern schools have not yet started their season.

SSN National Public High School Baseball Rankings
March 7th

  1. Buchanan (Clovis, Calif.), 6-0
  2. Stoneman Douglas (Parkland, Fla.), 4-0
  3. South Hills (West Covina, Calif.), 3-0
  4. Barbe (Lake Charles, La.), 8-1
  5. Huntington Beach (Calif.), 4-0
  6. Hamilton (Chandler, Ariz.), 6-1
  7. Steinbrenner (Lutz, Fla.), 5-0
  8. Shawnee (Okla.), 3-0
  9. Horizon (Scottsdale, Ariz.), 8-0
  10. Oxford (Miss.), 5-0
  11. North Gwinnett (Suwanee, Ga.)    11-0

North Gwinnett’s LJ Fisher’s 8th inning walk off home run  vs. Johns Creek 3/4/17.
Video courtesy NGHS Dugout Club