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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Texas’ Cedar Ridge took over the No. 1 spot in the USA TODAY Sports/NFCA High School Super 25 poll this week after Neshoba Central lost for the first time in 65 games.

The (25-0) Raiders jump up from the No. 3 spot, as the only unbeaten team in the top three, while Neshoba went to second after being no-hit by Nia Luckett (18 strikeouts) in Tuesday’s 2-0 home loss to Philadelphia. Despite their first defeat since May 2017, the Rockets stayed ahead of California’s Norco (25-1), who had their own win streak snapped at 33 games, with a 4-3 loss to Santiago in eight innings.

Neshoba had been the top team in the rankings for the past 14 weeks.

Four newcomers joined the poll this week: Florida’s Lakewood Ranch (19-0) at No. 13, Oregon’s Tualatin (12-0) at No. 14, Ohio’s Keystone (12-0) at 16th and Arizona’s Pinnacle (18-3) at 24th.

State rankings submitted by NFCA member coaches are used to compile the USA TODAY Sports/NFCA High School Super 25. Teams are chosen based on performance, roster quality and strength of schedule.

USA TODAY Sports/NFCA High School Super 25 Poll – April 18, 2019

Rank

Team

2019 Record

Previous

1

Cedar Ridge (Texas)

25-0

3

2

Neshoba Central (Miss.)

25-1

1

3

Norco (Calif.)

25-1

2

4

Shawnee Heights (Kan.)

9-0

5

5

New Palestine (Ind.)

7-0

8

6

Louisville Male (Ky.)

15-0

9

7

Foothill (Pleasanton, Calif.)

17-0

11

8

Winter Springs (Fla.)

21-0

12

9

James Madison (Va.)

9-1

4

10

Angleton (Texas)

27-1

6

11

Estero (Fla.)

20-2

7

12

Barbers Hill (Texas)

29-1

10

13

Lakewood Ranch (Fla.)

19-0

NR

14

Tualatin (Ore.)

12-0

NR

15

Apopka (Fla.)

17-1

15

16

Keystone (Ohio)

12-0

NR

17

Fairhope (Ala.)

29-3

16

18

Marist (Ill.)

12-2

17

19

Forney (Texas)

17-2

18

20

Keller (Texas)

25-3-1

19

21

Immaculate Heart Acad. (N.J.)

7-0

20

22

Donovan Catholic (N.J.)

6-1

22

23

Center Grove (Ind.)

8-2

21

24

Pinnacle (Ariz.)

18-3

NR

25

Los Alamitos (Calif.)

16-7

24

Dropped out: Estero (Fla.), South Granville (N.C.), Spain Park (Ala.) and Wachusett Regional (Mass.).

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