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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Nebraska’s Gretna High School won four more games to stay perfect and No. 1 for a fifth straight week in the NFCA Summer/Fall High School Top 25 Coaches Poll.

When the (24-0) Dragons beat Millard West, 9-2, on Tuesday, they allowed runs to an opponent for the first time in five games. Gretna had won the previous four games by a combined 40-0 margin. Next up on the schedule is Papillion-LaVista South later today.

Meanwhile, the reformulated top five includes Columbine (16-0) moving up one place to second and fellow unbeaten Buford (17-0) taking over the No. 3 spot. Rock Bridge (20-1), who beat last week’s No. 2 team Blue Springs South, 11-5, on Saturday in a matchup of top-five teams — and has now won 16 straight — climbed one place to fourth, while Pope (19-1) leapfrogged the (21-1) Jaguars into fifth. Blue Springs South has a third matchup with Rock Bridge (each team has won once) slated for next Wednesday.

Westmoore (25-5) made the biggest move in the rankings, dropping all the way from 10th to 25th off a 3-3 week. Helias Catholic (19-4) slipped six places to 17th after two losses.

State rankings submitted by the 2022 NFCA High School Steering Committee are used to compile the NFCA Summer/Fall High School Top 25 Coaches Poll. Teams are chosen based on performance, roster quality, strength of schedule, and active NFCA membership. Five states — Colorado, Georgia, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Missouri — play a fall fastpitch schedule, while Iowa recently completed its summer season.

NFCA Fall High School Top 25 Coaches Poll – Sept. 22, 2022

Rank

Team

2022 Record

Previous

1

Gretna (Neb.)

24-0

1

2

Columbine (Colo.)

16-0

3

3

Buford (Ga.)

17-0

7

4

Rock Bridge (Mo.)

20-1

5

5

Pope (Ga.)

19-1

4

6

Blue Springs South (Mo.)

21-1

2

7

Washington (Okla.)

30-2

6

8

Marian (Neb.)

20-2

8

9

Piedmont (Okla.)

29-2

9

10

Washington (Mo.)

22-2

12

11

Pocola (Okla.)

33-2

13

12

Lassiter (Ga.)

15-3

14

13

Millard North (Neb.)

20-4

15

14

Carl Albert (Okla.)

18-4

16

15

North Gwinnett (Ga.)

16-4

17

16

Chatfield (Colo.)

12-4

18

17

Helias Catholic (Mo.)

19-4

11

18

Mount Vernon (Iowa)

36-4

19

19

Douglas County (Colo.)

13-1

20

20

Legend (Colo.)

13-3

22

21

Horizon (Colo.)

13-3

23

22

Eureka (Mo.)

13-3

21

23

Winterset (Iowa)

37-4

24

24

Twin Cedars (Iowa)

29-3

25

25

Westmoore (Okla.)

25-5

10

Dropped out: None.

State rankings submitted by the 2022 NFCA High School Steering Committee are used to compile the NFCA Summer/Fall High School Top 25 Coaches Poll. Teams are chosen based on performance, roster quality, strength of schedule, and active NFCA membership. Five states — Colorado, Georgia, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Missouri — play a fall fastpitch schedule, while Iowa recently completed its summer season.

The NFCA (National Fastpitch Coaches Association) is the professional organization for fastpitch softball coaches. Known for its highly-regarded coaches polls and All-America awards, the NFCA also educates and supports softball coaches on a variety of different levels: from podcasts to awards, to in-person events and National Convention

 

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