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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Eight-time reigning Mississippi state Class 5A champion Neshoba Central won two games this past week to remain the top team in the 2022 USA TODAY Sports/NFCA High School Super 25 for an 13th straight week, dating to April 8, 2021.

The (6-0) Rockets beat East Webster, 8-5, last Thursday — which snapped their streak of five straight games with at least 16 runs scored — then returned to scoring form in a 13-1 rout of Leake Central last Friday. Neshoba plays one-loss Northwest Rankin (8-1) on Saturday.

The teams below them in an unchanged top five continued to win also, going a combined 11-0 since last week’s first ranking. No. 2 Lakewood Ranch (9-0) won twice, while No. 3 Lake Creek (19-0) added four victories, fourth-ranked West Monroe (12-0) had three, and No. 5 Clovis North (6-0) recorded two.

California’s unbeaten South (11-0) joins the poll at No. 6, while Park Vista (5-0), John Curtis (19-1), Byrnes (4-0) and Roncalli (0-0) round out the top 10.

No. 11 Riverton (7-0) and No. 25 Owosso (0-0) are the two other newcomers this week.

State rankings submitted by the 2022 NFCA High School Steering Committee are used to compile the USA TODAY Sports/NFCA High School Super 25. Teams are chosen based on performance, roster quality, strength of schedule, and active NFCA membership.

USA TODAY Sports/NFCA High School Super 25 Poll – March 17, 2022

Rank

Team

2022 Record

Previous

1

Neshoba Central (Miss.)

6-0

1

2

Lakewood Ranch (Fla.)

9-0

2

3

Lake Creek (Texas)

19-0

3

4

West Monroe (La.)

12-0

4

5

Clovis North (Calif.)

6-0

5

6

South (Calif.)

11-0

NR

7

Park Vista (Fla.)

5-0

8

8

John Curtis (La.)

19-1

6

9

Byrnes (S.C.)

4-0

11

10

Roncalli (Ind.)

0-0

12

11

Riverton (Utah)

7-0

NR

12

Deer Park (Texas)

22-2

14

13

Hewitt-Trussville (Ala.)

12-2-1

15

14

Xavier College Prep (Ariz.)

10-2

10

15

Willow Canyon (Ariz.)

13-2

13

16

New Palestine (Ind.)

0-0

16

17

Marist (Ill.)

0-0

17

18

Bentonville (Ark.)

4-0

18

19

South Caldwell (N.C.)

2-0

19

20

Lakota West (Ohio)

0-0

20

21

Alexander Central (N.C.)

7-0

22

22

Keystone (Ohio)

0-0

21

23

Donovan Catholic (N.J.)

0-0

23

24

Lexington (S.C.)

4-0

25

25

Owosso (Mich.)

0-0

NR

Dropped out: Beaumont (Calif.), Georgetown (Texas) and Southern Alamance (N.C.).

State rankings submitted by the 2022 NFCA High School Steering Committee are used to compile the USA TODAY Sports/NFCA High School Super 25. Teams are chosen based on performance, roster quality, strength of schedule, and active NFCA membership.

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