USA TODAY Sports/NFCA High School Super 25 softball rankings: Week 8

USA TODAY Sports/NFCA High School Super 25 softball rankings: Week 8

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USA TODAY Sports/NFCA High School Super 25 softball rankings: Week 8

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Perennial power Neshoba Central continued to win and remained No. 1 in the USA TODAY Sports/NFCA High School Super 25 poll for a third-straight week.

The (22-0) Rockets had a rare close game, edging Holmes Central just 1-0 last Thursday, but rolled past Choctaw Central, 9-2, the next day. Neshoba will vie for its 40th straight win when it hosts West Lauderdale tonight. The Rockets’ last loss came April 26, 2019, when they dropped the first game of a best-of-three playoff series, 5-2, to Grenada.

Meanwhile, Emiley Kennedy no-hit Cleveland and had 12 strikeouts in a 12-0 rout for second-ranked Lake Creek (30-0) on Tuesday, which followed up Ava Brown’s 11 strikeouts in last Friday’s district-clinching 14-0 triumph over Porter. The Lions have won 34 straight and 45 of their last 46 games.

The first eight teams remain unchanged, as all but Leander (29-0), who didn’t play, added wins to their resumes. Louisiana standouts Barbe (26-2) and St. Amant (23-2) both are in the top 10 now following Los Alamitos’ 3-2 loss to Pacifica on Wednesday.

The lone newcomer to the poll this week is Indiana’s undefeated Roncalli (11-0), which dealt Ohio power Lakota West its first loss, 5-1, last Saturday.

State rankings submitted by NFCA member coaches are used to compile the USA TODAY Sports/NFCA High School Super 25. Teams are chosen based on performance, roster quality and strength of schedule. In 2021, schools that are not competing will not be eligible for the poll.

USA TODAY Sports/NFCA High School Super 25 Poll – April 22, 2021

Rank | Team | 2021 Record | Previous Ranking

1. Neshoba Central (Miss.): 22-0 – PR: 1

2. Lake Creek (Texas): 30-0 – PR: 2

3. Hewitt-Trussville (Ala.): 33-2-1 – PR: 3

4. Lakewood Ranch (Fla.): 21-2 – PR: 4

5. Park Vista (Fla.): 22-0 – PR: 5

6. San Antonio Warren (Texas): 21-0 – PR: 6

7. Leander (Texas): 29-0 – PR: 7

8. Clear Springs (Texas): 23-0 – PR: 8

9. Barbe (La.): 26-2 – PR: 10

10. St. Amant (La.): 23-2 – PR: 11

11. Los Alamitos (Calif.): 10-1 – PR: 9

12. Bob Jones (Ala.): 25-3 – PR: 12

13. Norco (Calif.): 8-1 – PR: 13

14. Marist (Ill.): 6-0 – PR: 14

15. New Palestine (Ind.): 8-0 – PR: 15

16. Rocky Mountain (Idaho): 17-0 – PR: 19

17. Roncalli (Ind.): 11-0 – PR: NR

18. Keystone (Ohio): 16-1 – PR: 16

19. Eastern Alamance (N.C.): 11-1 – PR: 17

20. Spanish Fork (Utah): 20-1 – PR: 18

21. Crown Point (Ind.): 9-1 – PR: 20

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

23. Alvin (Texas): 21-3 – PR: 22

24. Spain Park (Ala.): 30-5 – PR: 23

25. Trenton (Fla.): 13-1 – PR: 24

Dropped out:

O’Connor (Ariz.)

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