LOUISVILLE, KY. – It was a tough week for last week’s top three in the USA Today Sports/NFCA High School Super 25.
After holding the No. 1 spot on the past two weeks, Curry fell 4-2 to Hewitt-Trussville (Trussville, Ala.) in 10 innings and then to Sumiton Christian (Sumiton, Ala.) 8-5, dropping the Yellow Jackets to No. 20 in this week’s poll. In addition to Curry, last week’s No. 2 Etiwanda (Calif.) and No. 3 Oakleaf (Orange Park, Fla.) also suffered losses and allowed LaGrange (Texas) to move from No. 5 to the top spot. After losing the opening game of the season, the LaGrange Leopards have now won 24 straight.
After an impressive showing at the Kissimmee Klassic Softball tournament, Downers Grove South (Ill.) enters the poll at No. 19 after defeating former top 25 occupants, North Fort Myers (Fla.) and Gainesville (Fla.).
Weather permitting, No. 23 Mount St. Dominic Academy (Caldwell, N.J.) will open the 2016 season this week.
State rankings submitted by NFCA member coaches are used to help compile the USA Today Sports/NFCA High School Super 25. Records for this week’s poll include all games played through April 4.
|Rank||Team||Record||Last Week Rank|
|3||Crown Point (Ind.)||1-0||4|
|5||Johnson (San Antonio, Texas)||21-1||8|
|6||Deer Park (Texas)||25-2||12|
|7||Bald Knob (Ark.)||16-0||13|
|8||Los Alamitos (Calif.)||12-1||7|
|9||Bishop Carroll (Wichita, Kan.)||4-0||11|
|10||Mission Viejo (Calif.)||10-2||10|
|11||Reed (Sparks, Nev.)||11-0||17|
|12||Eastlake (El Paso, Texas)||23-0||22|
|13||West Ranch (Valencia, Calif.)||10-0||NR|
|14||Penn (Mishawaka, Ind.)||1-0||19|
|15||Cibola (Yuma, Ariz.)||23-1||NR|
|16||San Benito (Texas)||21-0||NR|
|17||McCracken County (Paducah, Ky.)||9-1||23|
|18||Enka (Chandler, N.C.)||10-1||NR|
|19||Downers Grove South (Ill.)||4-0||NR|
|20||Curry (Jasper, Ala.)||27-2||1|
|21||Union County (Union, S.C.)||10-0||NR|
|22||North Davidson (Lexington, N.C.)||12-1||9|
|23||Mount St. Dominic Academy (Caldwell, N.J.)||0-0||24|
|25||American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.)||17-2||14|
Dropped Out: Parkland (Allentown, Pa.), Clovis (Calif.), Newsome (Lithia, Fla.), West Forsyth (Clemmons, N.C.), North Fort Myers (Fla.), Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.), Oakleaf (Orange Park, Fla.)