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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Nebraska’s Gretna High School stayed perfect and No. 1 for a fourth straight week in the NFCA Summer/Fall High School Top 25 Coaches Poll.

The (20-0) Dragons won five more games, including a 6-1 victory over then-No. 25 Elkhorn South on Monday. Gretna outscored its opponents over the past week by a 47-3 margin. They play later today at Omaha Central, a team they breezed by 13-1 last Thursday.

There was no change in the top three, as Blue Springs South (15-0) and Columbine (14-0) also continued their winning ways. Pope (16-1), Rock Bridge (15-1) and Oklahoma’s Washington (28-2) each moved up two places to the fourth through sixth spots, after going a combined 15-0 since last week’s ranking.

Buford (14-0) is the lone newcomer to the poll, jumping right into the top 10 at the No. 7 position. The Wolves edged No. 17 North Gwinnett, 2-1, in their opener on Aug. 10 and haven’t looked back, dominating the competition by a 122-21 margin so far this season.

Elsewhere, Missouri’s Washington (20-2) made the biggest climb of any team this week — gaining seven places to No. 12 — after excelling in two tournaments and adding 10 wins in seven days.

State rankings submitted by the 2022 NFCA High School Steering Committee are used to compile the NFCA Summer/Fall High School Top 25 Coaches Poll. Teams are chosen based on performance, roster quality, strength of schedule, and active NFCA membership. Five states — Colorado, Georgia, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Missouri — play a fall fastpitch schedule, while Iowa recently completed its summer season.

NFCA Summer/Fall High School Top 25 Coaches Poll – Sept. 15, 2022

Rank

Team

2022 Record

Previous

1

Gretna (Neb.)

20-0

1

2

Blue Springs South (Mo.)

15-0

2

3

Columbine (Colo.)

14-0

3

4

Pope (Ga.)

16-1

6

5

Rock Bridge (Mo.)

15-1

7

6

Washington (Okla.)

28-2

8

7

Buford (Ga.)

14-0

NR

8

Marian (Neb.)

16-2

5

9

Piedmont (Okla.)

22-2

9

10

Westmoore (Okla.)

22-2

12

11

Helias Catholic (Mo.)

15-2

13

12

Washington (Mo.)

20-2

19

13

Pocola (Okla.)

27-2

4

14

Lassiter (Ga.)

13-3

10

15

Millard North (Neb.)

16-4

11

16

Carl Albert (Okla.)

14-4

14

17

North Gwinnett (Ga.)

13-4

15

18

Chatfield (Colo.)

9-3

17

19

Mount Vernon (Iowa)

36-4

18

20

Douglas County (Colo.)

11-1

20

21

Eureka (Mo.)

12-2

22

22

Legend (Colo.)

11-3

16

23

Horizon (Colo.)

12-2

21

24

Winterset (Iowa)

37-4

23

25

Twin Cedars (Iowa)

29-3

24

Dropped out: Elkhorn South (Neb.).

State rankings submitted by the 2022 NFCA High School Steering Committee are used to compile the NFCA Summer/Fall High School Top 25 Coaches Poll. Teams are chosen based on performance, roster quality, strength of schedule, and active NFCA membership. Five states — Colorado, Georgia, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Missouri — play a fall fastpitch schedule, while Iowa recently completed its summer season.

The NFCA (National Fastpitch Coaches Association) is the professional organization for fastpitch softball coaches. Known for its highly-regarded coaches polls and All-America awards, the NFCA also educates and supports softball coaches on a variety of different levels: from podcasts to awards, to in-person events and National Convention

 

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