Fri. Feb 23rd, 2024

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Unbeaten Buford capped a 4-0 week with a pair of super-regional routs of Milton to maneuver ahead within the Georgia state event and stay No. 1 within the NFCA Summer season/Fall Excessive College Prime 25 Coaches Ballot for a twelfth straight rating, courting to the ultimate three polls of final season.

The (28-0) Wolves have been the highest crew all 9 weeks of the 2023 season, outscoring their 4 most up-to-date opponents by a mixed 41-0 margin. The defending Georgia 7A titlist doesn’t play once more till subsequent Wednesday’s playoff matchup with Lownes.

No. 2 Holy Household (24-1) saved tempo with two lopsided wins, and can compete within the state event this weekend together with the opposite 4 ranked groups from Colorado.

Gretna (32-4) continued to drop within the rankings after splitting two video games late final week with fellow ranked crew Millard North (28-6). The Dragons fell to sixteenth, one spot beneath Nebraska state champion Papillion-LaVista (29-8), which defeated Millard North, 10-3, in Monday’s Class A closing and beat Gretna within the championship of the NFCA Kaiti Williams Memorial Leadoff Traditional final month.

Prime-10 Missouri faculties Blue Springs South (25-2) and Washington (34-1-1) gained two extra locations apiece this week after securing district titles. Each have state quarterfinal video games on Saturday, as does No. 12 Raymore-Peculiar (29-2).

Piedmont (39-3) is the brand new No. 8 crew after profitable its third-straight Oklahoma Class 5A state crown and fourth title within the final 5 seasons. The Wildcats closed the yr in fashion, profitable their closing 25 video games to attain probably the most victories of any crew within the state’s Class 3A to 6A.

The 5 Georgia squads within the rankings both received their tremendous regional bracket or are nonetheless alive for a bracket title. Lassiter (27-1) and East Coweta (29-3) are each by way of to the subsequent spherical, whereas Pope (28-3) must be defeated twice in its closing to not transfer ahead. Houston County (27-4) and East Paulding (24-5) each have playoff video games later right this moment.

State rankings submitted by the 2023 NFCA Excessive College Steering Committee are used to compile the NFCA Summer season/Fall Excessive College Prime 25 Coaches Ballot. Groups are chosen based mostly on efficiency, roster high quality, power of schedule, and lively NFCA membership. 5 states — Colorado, Georgia, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Missouri — play a fall fastpitch schedule, whereas Iowa lately accomplished its summer time season.

NFCA Summer season/Fall Excessive College Prime 25 Coaches Ballot – Week 9
1. Buford (Ga.)

File: 28-0 | PR: 1

2. Holy Household (Colo.)

File: 24-1 | PR: 1

3. Caddo (Okla.)

File: 39-2 | PR: 4

4. Blue Springs South (Mo.)

File: 25-2 | PR: 6

5. Owasso (Okla.)

File: 33-1-1 | PR: 7

6. Washington (Mo.)

File: 34-1-1 | PR: 8

7. Lassiter (Ga.)

File: 27-1 | PR: 9

8. Piedmont (Okla.)

File: 39-3 | PR: NR

9. Columbine (Colo.)

File: 21-4 | PR: 18

10. Riverdale Ridge (Colo.)

File: 23-2 | PR: 10

11. Moore (Okla.)

File: 32-3 | PR: 11

12. Raymore-Peculiar (Mo.)

File: 29-2 | PR: 12

13. East Coweta (Ga.)

File: 29-3 | PR: 13

14. Pope (Ga.)

File: 28-3 | PR: 14

15. Papillion-LaVista (Neb.)

File: 29-8 | PR: 23

16. Gretna (Neb.)

File: 32-4 | PR: 3

17. Houston County (Ga.)

File: 27-4 | PR: 15

18. Arvada West (Colo.)

File: 21-4 | PR: 16

19. Eaton (Colo.)

File: 24-1 | PR: 5

20. East Paulding (Ga.)

File: 24-5 | PR: 19

21. North Linn (Iowa)

File: 39-6 | PR: 20

22. Ankeny Centennial (Iowa)

File: 36-5 | PR: 21

23. Millard North (Neb.)

File: 28-6 | PR: 17

24. Regina Catholic (Iowa)

File: 30-8 | | PR: 22

25. Williamsburg (Iowa)

File: 36-9 | PR: 25

Dropped out: Lincoln East (Neb.).

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