Thu. Sep 28th, 2023

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Reigning state 7A titlist Buford opens this yr’s NFCA Summer time/Fall Excessive Faculty Prime 25 Coaches Ballot precisely the place it completed final season — within the No. 1 place.

The (7-0) Wolves, who have been 32-1 and claimed their eleventh Georgia Excessive Faculty Affiliation championship — and first of their present classification — final November, have received their first seven video games of the 2023 season by a 68-2 margin. Each runs Buford has allowed to date got here in a 12-2 conquer Walnut Grove on Aug. 14. The Wolves host a area sport towards Mountain View later in the present day.

In the meantime, Colorado’s Columbine (3-0) additionally begins ranked the place it completed final season (second) after scoring 14 or extra runs in every of its first three contests. The Rebels rolled previous Rock Canyon, 14-3, on Tuesday, and have Fruita Monument up subsequent on Friday.

Fellow Colorado college Holy Household (6-0), Nebraska’s Gretna (5-0) and Oklahoma’s Caddo (6-0) spherical out an ideal prime 5. These three have outscored their opponents by a mixed 158-26 by way of their first 17 video games, averaging 9.3 runs per contest. In all, the primary 10 groups within the ballot are undefeated.

Elsewhere, No. 11 Turner (15-1) has been tearing it up in Oklahoma, successful its final 11, and all 5 ranked Iowa groups are state titlists, together with repeat champions Regina Catholic (30-8) and Winterset (28-12). No. 21 North Linn (39-6) not too long ago wrapped up its summer time season with an Iowa Class 1A crown, which is the third state title within the final 5 years for the Lynx, who have been Class 2A champs in 2019 and 2021.

State rankings submitted by the 2023 NFCA Excessive Faculty Steering Committee are used to compile the NFCA Summer time/Fall Excessive Faculty Prime 25 Coaches Ballot. Groups are chosen primarily based on efficiency, roster high quality, power of schedule, and energetic NFCA membership. 5 states — Colorado, Georgia, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Missouri — play a fall fastpitch schedule, whereas Iowa not too long ago accomplished its summer time season.

NFCA Summer time/Fall Excessive Faculty Prime 25 Coaches Ballot, Week 1
1. Buford (Ga.)

Report: 7-0

2. Columbine (Colo.)

Report: 3-0

3. Holy Household (Colo.)

Report: 6-0

4. Gretna (Neb.)

Report: 5-0

5. Caddo (Okla.)

Report: 6-0

6. Owasso (Okla.)

Report: 14-0

7. Strasburg (Colo.)

Report: 6-0

8. Jeff Davis (Ga.)

Report: 5-0

9. Erie (Colo.)

Report: 3-0

10. Eaton (Colo.)

Report: 5-0

11. Turner (Okla.)

Report: 15-1

12. Damaged Arrow (Okla.)

Report: 10-1

13. Lincoln East (Neb.)

Report: 5-1

14. Houston County (Ga.)

Report: 6-1

15. Millard West (Neb.)

Report: 3-1

16. East Paulding (Ga.)

Report: 8-1

17. Lincoln Southwest (Neb.)

Report: 2-0

18. Pope (Ga.)

Report: 8-1

19. Lone Grove (Okla.)

Report: 10-3

20. Moore (Okla.)

Report: 10-2

21. North Linn (Iowa)

Report: 39-6

22. Ankeny Centennial (Iowa

Report: 36-5

23. Regina Catholic (Iowa)

Report: 30-8

24. Williamsburg (Iowa)

Report: 36-9

25. Winterset (Iowa)

Report: 28-12

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