High school baseball: Greatest team in all 50 states

Kevin Askeland | MaxPreps.com Friday, April 30, 2021 11:00am

Westminster Christian, The Woodlands, Fresno among those recognized as the best ever.

What do the 1996 Westminster Christian (Miami), the 2006 The Woodlands (Texas) and the 1958 Fresno high school baseball teams all have in common? They all have been selected by MaxPreps as the greatest high school baseball team of all-time from their respective states.

Westminster Christian was ranked No. 1 in the nation by several publications and had seven all-state players and two MLB draft picks. The Woodlands team had state Player of the Year Kyle Drabek on the mound and was also ranked No. 1 in the country. Fresno, meanwhile, shut out 15 opponents and has also been regarded by Cal-Hi Sports as the state's best team ever.

Those three teams highlight a list that includes teams from different eras, including the 1925 Lane Tech team from Illinois, the 1953 Capitol Hill team from Oklahoma and the 1948 Burlington team from Vermont. Recent selections include the 2018 Har-Ber squad from Arkansas, the 2015 Parkview team from Georgia and the 2014 Barbe team from Louisiana.

Teams were selected using a combination of past Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball Newspaper and MaxPreps national rankings as a starting point. Extra weight was given to national champions, undefeated teams and squads with multiple all-state players or MLB draft picks. For states not recognized in national rankings, state championships were used. Montana, Wyoming and South Dakota were not included since they do not play baseball as part of their state association.
Ryne Inman was part of Parkview's 2015 squad.
File photo by Steve Hampton
Ryne Inman was part of Parkview's 2015 squad.
Greatest high school baseball team from each state

Alabama
Team:
Russell County (Seale)
Year: 2005
Record: 38-1, Class 5A state champion.
Ranking: No. 1 by Collegiate Baseball Magazine and Baseball America
Best Players: Colby Rasmus (drafted No. 28 overall in MLB draft), OF, Class 5A state player of the year;  Kuyaunnis Miles (648 in 2007), Kasey Kiker, P, Jr, All-State Super 12 (drafted No. 12 in 2006); Cory Rasmus, Utility, Jr, Class 5A all-state (drafted No. 38 in 2006, played 4 years in MLB); Adam Coe, 3B-2B (drafted No. 220 in 2006), Danny Danielson, P (drafted No. 236 in 2007),



Alaska
Team:
South Anchorage (Anchorage)
Year: 2017
Record: 17-3, Division 1 state champion
Ranking: Not in Top 50 national rankings
Best Players: Jonny Homza, C-3B (138)

Arizona
Team:
Tucson High Magnet School (Tucson)
Year: 1972
Record: 25-0, Class AAA state champion
Ranking: No national rankings in 1972
Best Players: Ron Hassey, SS, .486 batting average, All-City player of the year, (drafted in 1976, played 14 years in MLB as catcher); Michael Odum, All-City, (No. 153); Frank Castro, P, 13-0, 0.68 ERA; Al Lopez, 1B, All-City, .340, 5 HR.

Arkansas
Team:
Har-Ber (Springdale)
Year: 2018
Record: 30-4, Class 7A state champion
Ranking: No. 2 in national rankings by Baseball America
Best Players: Blake Adams, Jr., P-IF, .411, 8 HR, 7-2 record, 89 Ks (plays at Arkansas), All-State, state player of the year in 2019; Hunter Wood, IF, All-State as junior.

California
Team:
Fresno
Year: 1958
Record: 30-1 (only loss to Fresno State freshman team). 15 wins by shutout.
Ranking: No national rankings in 1958
Best Players: Dick Ellsworth, P, 15-0; Lynn Rube, P, 7-1; Jim Maloney, SS (played in MLB with Reds); Pat Corrales, C (played in MLB).

Colorado
Team:
Cherry Creek (Greenwood Village)
Year: 1996
Record: 22-0, Class 5A state champion
Ranking: No. 2 in national rankings by Baseball America
Best Players: Josh Bard (No. 1,027, played with Dodgers); Darnell McDonald, Baseball America National Player of the Year in 1997, All-American in 1996. Tyler Johnson, team captain, played at Arizona State.

Connecticut
Team:
Southington
Year: 1999
Record: 19-1, Class LL state champion
Ranking: No. 44 in national rankings by Baseball America
Best Players: Bryan Rinehart (No. 1,276), All-American, hit home runs in five consecutive at-bats; Brian Mascaro, P, Connecticut-Massachusetts All-Star.



Delaware
Team:
St. Mark's (Wilmington)
Year: 2004
Record: 23-1, Division 1 state champion
Ranking: No. 47 in national rankings by Baseball America
Best Players: John Dischert, Jr., P, all-state; Mark Lemon, 3B, all-state; Shane Malkin, 2B, all-state second team; Dante LaPenta, OF, all-state honorable mention; Tim Smith, UT, all-state honorable mention. 

Florida
Team:
Westminster Christian (Miami)
Year: 1996
Record: 36-0-1, Class 2A state champion
Ranking: No. 1 in nation by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper and Baseball America
Best Players: K.O. Wiegandt (No. 1,121), all-state pitcher; Keith Brice, P, (No. 1,689), second team all-state; Jason Moore, IF, all-state; Mark Walker, OF, all-state; Manny Crespo, OF, all-state; Brad DuPree, P, second team all-state; Javier Miranda, IF, second team all-state.

Georgia
Team:
Parkview (Lilburn)
Year: 2015
Record: 34-2, Class 7A state champion
Ranking: No. 1 in national rankings by Baseball America
Best Players: Ryne Inman, P, 11-1, (No. 455, in MLB with Mariners); Will Etheridge, Jr., P, 13-0, (in MLB with Rockies), Daino Deas (Auburn), .410.

Hawaii
Year: 1997
Record: 31-2, Division 1 state champion
Ranking: No. 6 in national rankings by Baseball America
Best Players: Keoni DeRenne, SS, state player of the year, .519; Gregg Omori, 2B, all-state, .549; Danny Kimura, UT, all-state, .534; Corin Korenaga, OF, all-state, .354.

Idaho
Team:
Lewiston
Year: 1972
Record: 33-1, invitational state tournament champion
Ranking: No national rankings in 1972
Best Players: Jeff Hill, OF (No. 97, drafted in 1973).

Illinois
Team:
Lane Tech (Chicago)
Year: 1925
Record: 30-1
Ranking: No national rankings in 1925, however, defeated Flushing (N.Y.) in front of 50,000 fans at Yankee Stadium for "Intercity" championship between Chicago and New York City.
Best Players: Alf Thorp, 14 strikeouts in win over Flushing.



Indiana
Team:
La Porte
Year: 1987
Record: 34-2, Class 3A state champion
Ranking: No. 1 in national rankings by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper
Best Players: Bob Gale, P, all-state, 15-1, 127 Ks;

Iowa
Team:
Johnston
Year: 2008
Record: 40-0, Class 4A state champion
Ranking: Not included in national rankings due to summer season
Best Players: Ryan Torgerson, P, 12-0, all-state; Troy DuBay, C, .421, all-state; Greg Larpenter, OF, .42, all-state.

Kansas
Team:
Southeast (Wichita)
Year: 1978
Record: 23-0, Class 5A state champion
Ranking: No. 1 in national rankings by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper
Best Players: Douglas Hoppock, P/OF (No. 564); Kevin Clinton, IF-P (No. 650)

Kentucky
Team:
Madison Central (Richmond)
Year: 1982
Record: 40-0 (13 shutouts), state champion
Ranking: No. 1 in national rankings by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper
Best Players: Ricky Congleton, P, 10-0; Jeff Cruse, P (drafted 1987, No. 1,098).

Louisiana
Team:
Barbe (Lake Charles)
Year: 2014
Record: 39-2, Class 5A state champion
Ranking: No. 1 in national rankings by Baseball America
Best Players: Kennon Fontenot, state MVP, .489; Beau Jordan, all-state; Bryce Jordan, all-state; Gunner Leger, P, 17-0; Adam Goree (frosh), 13-0.

Maine
Team:
Deering (Portland)
Year: 2004
Record: 17-0, Class A champion
Ranking: No. 41 in national rankings by Baseball America
Best Players: Ryan Flaherty 3B-SS, (drafted 2008, No. 41, 7 years in MLB); Andrew Giobbi, C, drafted in 2010, No. 972); Chris Burleson, SS, state MVP in 2005 (drafted in 2009, No. 1,079).



Maryland
Team:
Northeast (Pasadena)
Year: 1991
Record: 24-0, Class 3A state champion
Ranking: No. 1 in national rankings by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper
Best Players: Craig Everett, OF, All-Metro Player of the Year (No. 1,595); Charlie Buckheit, P, All-Metro second team; Donald Shump, 3B, All-Metro second team, (No. 1,554); Russ Curry, IF, All-Metro second team; Rich Spiegel, C-1B (drafted 1994 ,No. 622).

Massachusetts
Team:
Plymouth North (Plymouth)
Year: 2008
Record: 22-0, Division 2 champion
Ranking: No. 18 in national rankings by Baseball America
Best Players: Evan Martinson, All-Star; Tom MacInnes, All-Star; Jared Canney, All-Star; Joe Flynn, All-Star; Jordan Wylie, All-Star; Matt Walsh, All-Star; Corey Coleman, All-Star; Keegan Grabhorn, All-Star.

Michigan
Team:
Catholic Central (Novi)
Year: 1999
Record: 38-1, Division 1 state champion
Ranking: No. 8 in national rankings by Baseball America
Best Players: Casey Rogowski (No. 399), all-state Dream Team; Anthony Tomey (No. 707), all-state Dream Team; Bob Malek, all-state Dream Team.

Minnesota
Team:
Cretin-Derham Hall (St. Paul)
Year: 2001
Record: 25-1, state champion
Ranking: No. 10 in national rankings by Baseball America
Best Players: Joe Mauer (No. 1), USA Today Player of the Year; Tony Leseman, OF, all-metro, .530; Mark Dunnigan, OF, all-metro second team, .549; Sean Spencer, P, all-metro third team.

Mississippi
Team:
Sumrall
Year: 2010
Record: 36-1, Class 4A state champion
Ranking: No. 1 in national rankings by MaxPreps
Best Players: Chase Lewallen, Clarion Ledger all-state, .545; Jackson Posey, all-state, .523; Luke Lowery, P, 11-1, all-state second team; Conner Barron, IF, .514, all-state second team.

Missouri
Team:
Vianney (Kirkwood)
Year: 2018
Record: 36-2, Class 5 state champion
Ranking: No. 6 in national rankings by Baseball America
Best Players: Andrew Keck, C, all-state first team; CJ Cepicky, OF, all-state first team; Luke Mann, DH, all-state first team.



Nebraska
Team:
Omaha Northwest (Omaha)
Year: 1983
Record: 21-1, Class A state champion
Ranking: No. 1 in national rankings by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper
Best Players: Gregg Olson, P (27-0 career record, played with Orioles).

Nevada
Team:
Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas)
Year: 2009
Record: 40-4, Class 4A state champion
Ranking: No. 1 in national rankings by Baseball America
Best Players: Jeffrey Malm (No. 169), 1B, national player of the year, RJ Santigate (No. 1,341), Joey Gallo, IF, MaxPreps Freshman All-American; Erik Van Meetren, C, MaxPreps Sophomore All-American; Johnny Field, IF, all-state; Joey Rickard, OF, all-state; Stephen Manthei, P, all-state.

New Hampshire
Team:
Portsmouth
Year: 2011
Record: 20-0 (part of 89-game win streak), Division II champion
Ranking: Not in top 50 national rankings
Best Players: Keegan Taylor, Division II player of the year, Aidan O'Leary, all-state; Quinn McCann, all-state; Connor McCauley, all-state.

New Jersey
Team:
Gloucester Catholic (Gloucester City)
Year: 2000
Record: 33-1, Non-Public champion
Ranking: No. 1 in national rankings by Baseball America
Best Players: Mark Michael, IF, (No. 612); Greg Burke (No. 1,262), P, all-state; Matt Ryan, OF, all-state; Mike Rucci, DH, all-state.

New Mexico
Team:
La Cueva (Albuquerque)
Year: 2004
Record: 28-0 (part of 70-game win streak), Class 6A state champion
Ranking: No. 6 in national rankings by Baseball America
Best Players: James Parr (No. 131), P-SS, all-state; Seth Johnson, OF, all-state; Jordan Pacheco, P, all-state; JJ Muse, OF, all-state second team.

New York
Team:
Washington (New York)
Year: 1997
Record: 44-2, PSAL champion
Ranking: No. 1 in national rankings by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper
Best Players: Vicente Rosario (No. 240), .623, 89 stolen bases, all-city; Emmanuel Ulloa (No. 643), P, 14-1, all-city; Manuel Olivera, P, 12-0, all-city.



North Carolina
Team:
White Oak (Jacksonville)
Year: 1979
Record: 22-0 (part of 45-game win streak), state champion
Ranking: No. 1 in national rankings by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper
Best Players: Mike Meadows, P, 29-0 career record.

North Dakota
Team:
Minot
Year: 2005
Record: 37-2, Class A state champion
Ranking: Not in Top 50 national rankings
Best Players: Andrew Gudmunson, all-state, P; Tyler Lundy, all-state P.

Ohio
Team:
Start (Toledo)
Year: 1994
Record: 31-0, Division 1 state champion
Ranking: No. 1 in national rankings by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper
Best Players: Matt King (No. 389), P, all-state; Dan Wardrop, 1B, all-state; Steve Luda, 3B, all-state.

Oklahoma
Team: Capitol Hill (Oklahoma City)
Year: 1953
Record: 27-0, state champion
Ranking: No national rankings in 1953
Best Players: Bob Burr, 1B, .433, all-state; Buzzy Cleveland, 3B, .396, all-state.

Oregon
Team:
Lakeridge (Lake Oswego)
Year: 1999
Record: 30-1, Class 4A state champion
Ranking: No. 34 in national rankings by Baseball America
Best Players: Rob Hayden, P, all-state; McKenzie Handley, P, all-state; Evan Zupancic, OF, all-state; Adam Bellows, OF, all-state.

Pennsylvania
Team:
Malvern Prep (Malvern)
Year: 2008
Record: 40-3, Inter AC champion
Ranking: No. 9 in national rankings by Baseball America
Best Players: Chris Gosik, OF, all-city; John Gentile, P, all-city; Chris Cowell, IF, all-city second team; Tim Cooney, P, all-city second team; Nick Busillo, OF, all-city third team; Mike Lubanski, C, all-city third team.



Rhode Island
Team:
Bishop Hendricken (Warwick)
Year: 2003
Record: 27-2, Div. 1 state champion
Ranking: No. 44 in national rankings by Baseball America
Best Players: Jay Rainville, P, (drafted 2004, No. 39).

South Carolina
Team: Riverside (Greer)
Year: 2004
Record: 30-2, Class AAA all-state team.
Ranking: No. 4 in national rankings by Baseball America
Best Players: Marc Young (No. 859), state player of the year; Drew Crisp (No. 1,039), all-state; Adam Crisp (No. 1,129).

Tennessee
Team: Germantown
Year: 1995
Record: 38-0, Class 3A state champion
Ranking: No. 1 in national rankings by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper and Baseball America
Best Players: Jay Hood (No. 100), All-American; Matt Hale, all-state; Chris Latterhos, all-state.

Texas
Team:
The Woodlands
Year: 2006
Record: 38-1, Class 5A state champion
Ranking: No. 1 in national rankings by Baseball America
Best Players: Kyle Drabek (No. 18), Class 5A state player of the year; Steven Maxwell, P, all-state; Mickey Armstrong, C, all-state honorable mention; Paul Goldschmidt (No. 1,453).

Utah
Team:
Spanish Fork
Year: 2011
Record: 29-3, Class 4A state champion
Ranking: No. 2 in national rankings by Baseball America
Best Players: Kayden Porter, Utah Mr. Baseball; Hayden Nielsen, P, Class 4A MVP; Jarrett Jarvis, C, all-state; Travis Still, OF, all-state.

Vermont
Team:
Burlington
Year: 1948
Record: 15-1 (42-4 during three straight state championship seasons)
Ranking: No national rankings in 1948
Best Players: Paul Letourneau, P; Johnny Bove, P.



Virginia
Team:
Madison (Vienna)
Year: 2002
Record: 29-0, Group 6 champion
Ranking: No. 14 in national rankings by Baseball America
Best Players: JJ Hollenbeck, All-Met Player of the Year, 8-0, 0.89 ERA; Matt Foley, C, All-Met, .550; Pat Brown, All-Met second team; Allan Wimmer, OF, All-Met second team.

Washington
Team:
Jackson (Mill Creek)
Year: 2006
Record: 27-0, Class 4A state champion
Ranking: No. 2 in national rankings by Baseball America
Best Players: Travis Snider (No. 14), Class 4A state player of the year; Cameron Nobles (No. 561), P, all-state; Joey Lind, IF, all-state.

West Virginia
Team:
Jefferson (Shenandoah Junction)
Year: 2015
Record: 37-2, Class 3A state champion
Ranking: No. 21 in national rankings by Baseball America
Best Players: Andy Disque, P, all-state; Paul Witt, IF, all-state; Andrew King, IF, all-state second team; Charlie Barnholt, Utility, all-state second team.

Wisconsin
Team:
Sun Prairie
Year: 2005
Record: 26-0, Division 1 state champion
Ranking: Not in Top 50 national rankings
Best Players: Kevyn Feiner (No. 542), IF, all-state; Travis Kerr, OF, all-state; Garrett Granitz, P, all-state.