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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Nebraska state champion Papillion-LaVista finished No. 1 in the NFCA Fall High School Top 25 Coaches Poll.

The (36-0) Monarchs ascended to the throne last week, ending East Coweta’s run of nine straight weeks at the No. 1 spot. Papillion-LaVista captured its second Nebraska Class A championship in the last three years three weeks ago. It was also the Monarchs’ fifth consecutive appearance in the state final.

East Coweta (33-2), meanwhile, was also idle this week after closing its season with an 8-2 loss to Peachtree Ridge on Oct. 25. The Indians were stunned by eventual Class 7A titlist Mountain View, 1-0 in eight innings, the previous day. Despite the disappointing finish, though, the Indians were a remarkable 101-4 over the last three seasons with two state championships during that span.

Meanwhile, in the only state yet to wrap up its fall season, Blue Springs South (20-6) captured its second-straight Missouri state Class 4 championship, replacing the team it defeated, Raymore-Peculiar, in the rankings to return to the Top 25 for the first time in nearly a month.

Louisiana commit Addie Lightner, this week’s MaxPreps/NFCA High School Player of the Week, tossed a five-hitter in the Jaguars’ 10-0 rout of Raymore-Peculiar in Saturday’s final after retiring the final 15 batters and hitting a two-run double in a 3-2 victory over Rock Bridge in the semifinals. It was Blue Springs South’s fourth straight trip to the state championship game.

State rankings submitted by NFCA member coaches are used to compile the NFCA Fall High School Top 25 Coaches Poll. Teams are chosen based on performance, roster quality and strength of schedule. 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 – Nov. 7, 2019

Rank

Team

2019 Record

Previous

1

Papillion-LaVista (Neb.)

36-0

1

2

East Coweta (Ga.)

33-2

2

3

Collins-Maxwell (Iowa)

27-1

3

4

Wesleyan (Ga.)

31-2

4

5

Columbine (Colo.)

25-2

5

6

Westfield (Ga.)

24-2

6

7

Assumption (Iowa)

41-2

7

8

Broken Arrow (Okla.)

37-2

8

9

Rock Canyon (Colo.)

22-2

9

10

Holy Family (Colo.)

25-2

10

11

Sequoyah (Tahlequah, Okla.)

42-3

11

12

Elkhorn (Neb.)

30-5

12

13

Silo (Okla.)

38-3

13

14

Golden (Colo.)

24-3

14

15

Loveland (Colo.)

22-3

15

16

Grand Junction Central (Colo.)

22-4

16

17

Binger-Oney (Okla.)

30-3

17

18

North Gwinnett (Ga.)

27-3

18

19

Banks County (Ga.)

31-3

19

20

Kiowa (Okla.)

40-4

20

21

Erie (Colo.)

16-7

21

22

Chatfield (Colo.)

19-4

22

23

Prairie View (Colo.)

19-6

23

24

Beatrice (Neb.)

32-6

24

25

Blue Springs South (Mo.)

20-6

NR

Dropped out: Raymore-Peculiar (Mo.).

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