USA TODAY Sports/NFCA High School Super 25 softball rankings: Week 9


LOUISVILLE, Ky. – There were some scuffles in this week’s USA TODAY Sports / NFCA High School Super 25 poll, but not at the top, as Eternal Power Neshoba Central continued to win and remained No.1 for a fourth consecutive week.

The Rockets (25-0) beat West Lauderdale last Thursday in the Mississippi playoffs, then beat Center Hill twice this week to win their 42nd straight game. Neshoba will host Grenada in the third round of the playoffs on Friday, with the second game in that series taking place on the road on Saturday.

The (22-4) Chargers handed the seven reigning state champions 5A their last loss, 5-2, on April 26, 2019, in the first game of a best-of-three playoff series ultimately won by Neshoba.

All of the other top 10 teams went on to win, including the No. 2 Lake Creek (32-0), which claimed victories over Caney Creek and Lovelady; Third-ranked Hewitt-Trussville (40-2-1), who passed Tuscaloosa County; and No.4 Lakewood Ranch (24-2), who beat Riverview on Tuesday in the Florida District semifinals.

Los Alamitos (10-3) suffered two more losses to drop out of the standings this week, with a loss of power to Ohio newcomer Lakota West (18-1) to No.18. The Firebirds’ only loss of the season was a 5-1 loss to unbeaten Indiana powerhouse and No.15-ranked Roncalli (14-0) on April 17.

Ranking of states submitted by NFCA Member Coaches are used to compile the USA TODAY Sports / NFCA High School Super 25. Teams are chosen based on performance, quality of roster and strength of schedule. In 2021, schools that are not in competition will not be eligible for the ballot.

USA TODAY Sports / NFCA High School Super Poll 25 – 29 April 2021

Rank | Team | Record 2021 | Previous ranking

1. Neshoba Central (Miss.): 25-0 – PR: 1

2. Lake Creek (Texas): 32-0 – PR: 2

3. Hewitt-Trussville (Ala.): 40-2-1 – RP: 3

4. Lakewood Ranch (Florida): 24-2 – RP: 4

5. Park Vista (Florida): 25-0 – PR: 5

6. San Antonio Warren (Texas): 22-0 – PR: 6

7. Leander (Texas): 29-0 – PR: 7

8. Clear Springs (Texas): 24-0 – PR: 8

9. Beard (La.): 26-2 – PR: 9

ten. Saint-Amant (La.): 23-2 – PR: 10

11. Bob Jones (Ala.): 26-3 – PR: 12

12. Norco (California): 11-1 – PR: 13

13. Marist (Ill.): 11-0 – PR: 14

14. New Palestine (Ind.): 15-0 – PR: 15

15. Roncalli (Ind.): 14-0 – PR: 17

16. Keystone (Ohio): 21-1 – PR: 18

17. Rocky Mountain (Idaho): 18-1 – PR: 16

18. West Lakota (Ohio): 18-1 – RP: NR

19. Spanish Fork, Utah: 22-1 – PR: 20

20. Crown Point (Ind.): 12-1 – PR: 21

21. Barbers Hill (Texas): 28-2 – PR: 22

22. Eastern Alamance (NC): 12-2 – PR: 19

23. Alvin (Texas): 22-3 – PR: 23

24. Spain Park (Ala.): 33-5 – PR: 24

25. Trenton (Florida): 15-1 – PR: 25

Abandoned:

Los Alamitos (California)

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