With a month having elapsed since the USA TODAY High School Sports/National Fastpitch Coaches Association Preseason Super 25, 11 new teams are in the first rankings of the regular season.
The Super 25 also has a new No. 1 as Curry (Jasper, Ala.) has moved up from its preseason spot at No. 8. The Lady Jackets are off to a 14-0 start in games through Monday.
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Curry had a close call last week when Corner (Warrior, Ala.) pushed Curry to 11 innings. Taylor Rowe delivered a three-run double to give Curry the 3-0 victory.
After losses to Flower Mound (Texas) and Deer Park (Texas), Preseason No. 1, Pearland (Texas) fell out of the Super 25. While both losses were later avenged, Preseason No. 2 Mission Viejo (Calif.) fell to Los Alamitos (Calif.) and new No. 25 Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) and dropped to No. 12 in this week’s poll.
The newcomers are led by three teams in the Top 5: No. 2 Etiwanda (Calif.), No. 4 Oakleaf (Orange Park, Fla.) and No. 5 LaGrange (Texas).
Also new to the Super 25 are No. 9 McCracken County (Paducah, Ky.), No. 14 Davidson (North Lexington, N.C.), No. 18 Bald Knob (Ark.), No. 21 North Fort Myers (Fla.), No. 22 American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.), No. 23 Salpointe Catholic (Tucson) and No. 25 Mater Dei.
No. 3, Crown Point (Ind.), No. 13, Bishop Carroll (Wichita, Kan.), No. 15, Parkland (Allentown, Pa.), and No. 17, Keystone (La Grange, Ohio) begin competition later this month. No. 24 Mount St. Dominic Academy (Caldwell, N.J.) opens on April 1.
The USA TODAY HSS/NFCA Super 25 will be released every Thursday through June 9.