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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Nebraska’s Gretna High School won two state tournament games to stay perfect and No. 1 in the NFCA Summer/Fall High School Top 25 Coaches Poll for an eighth straight week.

The (36-0) Dragons flew past both Papillion-LaVista South and Lincoln East in the Class A playoffs by a combined 20-1 score on Wednesday at the Bill Smith Complex in Hastings, and tuned up for those games with a similarly-impressive 12-0 triumph over North Star last Thursday.

Gretna plays Marian tonight in a matchup of top-10 teams in the state semifinals. The No. 8 (31-2) Crusaders advanced to the semis with victories over Lincoln Southwest and Papillion-LaVista on Wednesday, and have lost twice to Gretna this season — 2-1 in eight innings in their season opener on Aug. 18, and 9-1 on Sept. 12.

Meanwhile, new No. 10 Washington (38-3) is the only change in last week’s first 10 teams, following the Warriors’ run to an Oklahoma state 3A title. Washington defeated Morris, 6-0 last Thursday, then blanked Lindsay, 9-0 last Friday, before shutting out Tishomingo, 2-0 in the championship game.

Pocola (40-3), who held that No. 10 spot last week, dropped three places to 13th, after a 2-0 loss to Morrison on Saturday in the Oklahoma state 2A final.

No. 25 Elkhorn South (20-9), which plays an elimination game in the state tournament later today, replaces fellow Nebraska school Millard North (23-9), who had been ranked 19th, but lost three straight games.

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 Summer/Fall High School Top 25 Coaches Poll – Oct. 13, 2022

Rank

Team

2022 Record

Previous

1

Gretna (Neb.)

36-0

1

2

Buford (Ga.)

23-0

2

3

Rock Bridge (Mo.)

36-1

3

4

Columbine (Colo.)

22-1

4

5

Westfield School (Ga.)

22-0

5

6

Pope (Ga.)

27-1

6

7

Blue Springs South (Mo.)

28-2

7

8

Marian (Neb.)

31-2

8

9

Lutheran (Colo.)

22-1

9

10

Washington (Okla.)

38-3

11

11

Piedmont (Okla.)

37-3

12

12

Washington (Mo.)

30-3

13

13

Pocola (Okla.)

40-3

10

14

Douglas County (Colo.)

21-2

14

15

Valor Christian (Colo.)

18-4

15

16

Mount Vernon (Iowa)

36-4

16

17

Helias Catholic (Mo.)

24-6

20

18

Tattnall Square Academy (Ga.)

24-5

18

19

North Gwinnett (Ga.)

24-6

17

20

Legend (Colo.)

18-5

21

21

Winterset (Iowa)

37-4

22

22

Twin Cedars (Iowa)

29-3

23

23

Eureka (Mo.)

20-5

25

24

Creekview (Ga.)

20-4

24

25

Elkhorn South (Neb.)

20-9

NR

Dropped out: Millard North (Neb.).

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.

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