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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Lake Creek’s win streak ended at 82 games, but they advanced to Friday’s Texas state 5A semifinals and remained No. 1 in the 2023 USA TODAY Sports/NFCA High School Super 25 for a 28th week.

The (42-1) Lions defeated Georgetown, 2-1 in eight innings last Thursday, but then lost the first of two games Friday — losing 8-2 and winning the decisive third game 3-2 in eight innings — to set up a Friday matchup with Heritage and keep their dreams of a repeat state title intact. Lake Creek is still 121-3 over the past three seasons.

No. 2 Jackson (28-1) earned the Washington 4A state crown in a weird way, having been awarded a 5-1 win in five innings over Glacier Bay by officials while trying to wait out a rainstorm in an adjacent gymnasium. The Timberwolves won six playoff games last week alone.

Third-ranked Roncalli (29-3-1) plays Evansville North in the Indiana 4A semi-state semis on Saturday, while Springfield held onto the No. 4 spot for one more week despite a loss to then-No. 22 Anthony Wayne (27-3) in an Ohio regional final. Anthony Wayne and ninth-ranked Watkins Memorial (28-1-1) will square off in the state semifinals on Friday.

Rosemount (22-0) kept winning and unbeaten to move into the top 10.

State rankings submitted by the 2023 NFCA High School Steering Committee are used to compile the USA TODAY Sports/NFCA High School Super 25. Teams are chosen based on performance, roster quality, strength of schedule, and active NFCA membership.

USA TODAY Sports/NFCA High School Super 25 Poll

Rank

Team

2023 Record

Previous

1

Lake Creek (Texas)

42-1

1

2

Jackson (Wash.)

28-1

2

3

Roncalli (Ind.)

29-3-1

3

4

Springfield (Holland, Ohio)

26-1

4

5

Rockridge (Ill.)

36-1

7

6

Bentonville (Ark.)

29-3

5

7

Willow Canyon (Ariz.)

30-2-1

6

8

Ballard (Ky.)

32-1

8

9

Watkins Memorial (Ohio)

28-1-1

9

10

Rosemount (Minn.)

22-0

11

11

St. Amant (La.)

34-2

10

12

Mount Vernon (Mo.)

37-1

13

13

Salpointe Catholic (Ariz.)

35-1

14

14

West Stanly (N.C.)

29-1

15

15

Donovan Catholic (N.J.)

28-2

16

16

Coral Springs Charter (Fla.)

25-1-2

17

17

Moorpark (Calif.)

21-2

12

18

Los Alamitos (Calif.)

24-4

18

19

Anthony Wayne (Ohio)

27-3

22

20

Spanish Fork (Utah)

28-2

23

21

Neshoba Central (Miss.)

25-5

19

22

Saint Francis (Calif.)

27-3

20

23

Benton (Ark.)

28-4

21

24

Bend (Ore.)

26-3

24

25

Norco (Calif.)

28-4

25

Dropped out: None.

State rankings submitted by the 2023 NFCA High School Steering Committee are used to compile the USA TODAY Sports/NFCA High School Super 25. Teams are chosen based on performance, roster quality, strength of schedule, and active NFCA membership.

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