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LOUISVILLE, Ky. —Buford heads into today’s Georgia High School Association (GHSA) Elite Eight matchup against East Coweta as the No. 1 team in the NFCA Summer/Fall High School Top 25 Coaches Poll for a second consecutive week despite suffering its first loss of the season last Thursday.

After breezing past Norcross, 13-0, earlier in the day, the (29-1) Wolves fell 1-0 to Lambert in a state 7A playoff game, but then won four straight, including a 4-0 victory over Cherokee and two more one-run games versus Lambert (5-4 and 4-3 wins) on Friday, and a 9-1 triumph over Parkview on Wednesday. Buford, a 10-time state titlist, remains alive to win its first crown in its current classification.

Second-ranked Columbine (28-1) wrapped up its season on Saturday with a 7-3 victory over then-No. 14 Douglas County (26-3) in the Colorado state 5A final, and No. 3 Westfield School (28-0) capped an unbeaten season with a 6-5 win over then-No. 18 Tattnall Square Academy (29-7) in the Georgia Independent Athletic Association Class AAA championship.

Later today, No. 4 Pope (32-1) plays River Ridge in the GHSA Class 6A Elite Eight, while fifth-ranked Blue Springs South (31-2) returns to action against Marquette in the Missouri Class 5 state semis.

No. 7 Lutheran (28-1) beat then-No. 21 Holy Family, 3-0, last Saturday for the Colorado state Class 4A championship, and 12th-ranked Washington plays No. 17 Helias Catholic in today’s Missouri Class 4 state semis. Fourteenth-ranked Fatima (31-3) rolled past Seneca, 9-0, and faces Westminster Christian Academy in tomorrow’s Missouri Class 3 state semis.

Legend (22-6) gained one spot this week after its ranked loss to Douglas County in the state semis, while North Gwinnett stayed put at No. 23 after a 3-2 win over North Paulding advanced the (27-6) Bulldogs to the GHSA Class 7A Elite Eight.

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. 27, 2022

Rank

Team

2022 Record

Previous

1

Buford (Ga.)

29-1

1

2

Columbine (Colo.)

28-1

2

3

Westfield School (Ga.)

28-0

3

4

Pope (Ga.)

32-1

4

5

Blue Springs South (Mo.)

31-2

5

6

Marian (Neb.)

33-2

6

7

Lutheran (Colo.)

28-1

7

8

Gretna (Neb.)

37-2

8

9

Rock Bridge (Mo.)

37-2

9

10

Washington (Okla.)

38-3

10

11

Piedmont (Okla.)

40-3

11

12

Washington (Mo.)

33-3

12

13

Pocola (Okla.)

40-3

13

14

Fatima (Mo.)

31-3

15

15

Douglas County (Colo.)

26-3

14

16

Mount Vernon (Iowa)

36-4

16

17

Helias Catholic (Mo.)

27-6

17

18

Legend (Colo.)

22-6

19

19

Tattnall Square Academy (Ga.)

29-7

18

20

Winterset (Iowa)

37-4

20

21

Twin Cedars (Iowa)

29-3

22

22

Holy Family (Colo.)

24-5

21

23

North Gwinnett (Ga.)

27-6

23

24

Eureka (Mo.)

21-6

24

25

Papillion-LaVista (Neb.)

25-10

25

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.

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