LOUISVILLE, Ky. — California’s Norco kept rolling as the top team in the USA Today Sports/NFCA High School Super 25 poll.
The (29-0) Cougars picked up two more wins to complete another perfect week. They defeated Santiago for the second time this season, 5-3, last Thursday, then topped Centennial, 5-1, on Tuesday.
Norco has now scored 161 more runs than it has allowed — a 201-40 margin — winning 40 of its last 41 contests. The lone loss during that stretch was an 1-0 loss to Mater Dei in their 2016 finale — the CIF Southern Section playoffs. Next up is Roosevelt (11-14), which played the Cougars tough before falling 1-0 on April 25.
The top 10 teams in the rankings remained the same for the third straight week, while No. 11 South Granville (20-0) and No. 12 Westminster Christian (45-2-1) both won twice to leapfrog new No. 13 Oak Park-River Forest (22-1), which suffered its first loss of the season and dropped two positions.
Elsewhere, Donovan Catholic (20-0) had a 4-0 week to surge four spots to 14th, while No. 15 Hendrickson (27-1) and No. 16 Oakleaf (28-2) gained one spot apiece.
Unbeaten Maryland school Leonardtown (19-0) — which has only allowed six runs all season — joined the rankings this week at No. 21.
State rankings submitted by NFCA member coaches are used to compile the USA Today Sports/NFCA High School Super 25.
USA Today Sports/NFCA High School Super 25 Poll – May 11, 2017
|3||Cape Fear (N.C.)||23-0||3|
|4||Bishop O’Connell (Va.)||24-0||4|
|5||Coral Springs Charter (Fla.)||27-1||5|
|6||Los Alamitos (Calif.)||24-3||6|
|7||La Cueva (N.M.)||24-0||7|
|11||South Granville (N.C.)||20-0||12|
|12||Westminster Christian (Ala.)||45-2-1||13|
|13||Oak Park-River Forest (Ill.)||22-1||11|
|14||Donovan Catholic (N.J.)||20-0||18|
|18||Crown Point (Ind.)||21-1||15|
|22||Scott County (Ky.)||23-3||24|
|23||Oshkosh North (Wis.)||19-3||23|
Dropped out: Hurricane (W. Va.) and North Augusta (S.C.).