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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Eight wins and a tournament title tightened Papillion-LaVista’s grip on the top spot in the 2020 NFCA Fall High School Top 25 Coaches Poll.

The reigning Nebraska state champion (26-0) Monarchs captured their own invitational tournament last weekend, and have now won a state-record 62 straight games. Papillion-LaVista will get maybe its best test of the season when it hosts No. 6 Lee’s Summit North (12-1) on Saturday in a matchup of top-10 teams.

Meanwhile, East Coweta (19-1) won five more games, but shockingly lost 8-0 to new No. 23 North Gwinnett (16-3) last Friday in the Grayson Tournament. The Indians rebounded to win three straight and hold onto the No. 2 ranking, but two unbeaten teams are looming below them, should they falter again.

Those two teams — fellow Georgia school Westfield (16-0) and Colorado powerhouse Broomfield (13-0) — were the primary beneficiaries of rough weeks for Oklahoma’s Edmond Memorial (three losses) and Southmoore (two defeats), which dropped the (23-4) Bulldogs to 20th and bounced the Sabercats out of the Top 25 for the time being.

Newcomers this week include Oklahoma’s Lone Grove (22-2) and Coweta (24-2), who have combined to win their last 32, and Nebraska’s Hastings (19-1), which defeated then-No. 12 Skutt Catholic, 8-4, on Saturday in the final of the Hastings Invite and has been rolling since a Sept. 3 road loss to North Platte.

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 – Sept. 24, 2020

Rank

Team

2020 Record

Previous

1

Papillion-LaVista (Neb.)

26-0

1

2

East Coweta (Ga.)

19-1

2

3

Westfield (Ga.)

16-0

6

4

Broomfield (Colo.)

13-0

7

5

Kennedy (Iowa)

26-1

5

6

Lee’s Summit North (Mo.)

12-1

8

7

North Linn (Iowa)

25-1

9

8

Albia (Iowa)

22-1

10

9

Clarksville (Iowa)

19-1

11

10

Rock Canyon (Colo.)

11-1

14

11

Lone Grove (Okla.)

22-2

NR

12

Coweta (Okla.)

24-2

NR

13

Lincoln Southwest (Neb.)

21-4

21

14

Hastings (Neb.)

19-1

NR

15

Legacy (Colo.)

9-3

18

16

Skutt Catholic (Neb.)

15-3

12

17

Holy Family (Colo.)

9-2

16

18

Shawnee (Okla.)

21-3

17

19

Fossil Ridge (Colo.)

10-3

13

20

Edmond Memorial (Okla.)

23-4

3

21

Troy-Buchanan (Mo.)

8-3

15

22

Tishomingo (Okla.)

25-3

NR

23

North Gwinnett (Ga.)

16-3

NR

24

Harrison (Ga.)

16-2

20

25

Wesleyan (Ga.)

9-3

23

Dropped out: Locust Grove (Ga.), Newnan (Ga.), Ogden (Iowa), Omaha Marian (Neb.) and Southmoore (Okla.).

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