Oklahoma Sooners coach Patty Gasso inducted into Oklahoma Hall of Fame

Oklahoma Sooners softball coach Patty Gasso was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame on Thursday evening.

From Oklahoma Athletics

Oklahoma head softball coach Patty Gasso was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame as one of eight members of the 2022 Class Thursday evening in Tulsa.

Gasso, already inducted into the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame in 2019 and the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2012, has become a staple for not only women’s sports, but collegiate sports, in the state of Oklahoma. She becomes just the eighth collegiate coach, and first female coach, to receive the highest individual honor the state can bestow and and the 23rd sports figure in the 95-year history of the Hall of Fame.

“This moment is surreal,” said Gasso in her acceptance speech Thursday night. “To think a woman, a softball coach from California, would be inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame, is just overwhelming. I’m truly humbled.”

“Thank you to the Oklahoma Hall of Fame Committee for this distinguished honor and it’s been a pleasure getting to meet all the inductees. I really appreciate them giving me their time and allowing me to get to know them. 

“When I reflect on my career at the University of Oklahoma, my thoughts always turn to the loving and gifted people around me,” continued Gasso. “Thank you to my husband for encouraging me, guiding me, keeping me grounded, thank you to my two sons who are here tonight, for allowing me to be a mother and a college coach—which is extremely difficult. Thank you to my assistant coaches, who committed to pushing this program to elite status, thank you to Jackie Livingston, my right-hand woman and longtime director of operations, thank you to President David Boren who hired me 29 years ago, to President Joe Harroz for supporting me and athletic director Joe Castiglione for believing in me and, most of all, thanks to all the athletes who have given us this incredible run. I’ve had the privilege of working with elite female athletes who are also incredible people. Sometimes their story gets lost in softball, but the success of this program was built on their ‘championship mindset,’ their passionate work ethic and their commitment to excellence.”

Check out some of the best photos of the Oklahoma Sooners’ living legend.

Oklahoma Softball signs four players on national signing day

Oklahoma Softball had a great day, landing four top 20 recruits on national signing day. From @bendackiw

National Signing Day is always a fun time for both the student-athlete and their families. As a national power, Oklahoma Softball always gets the cream of the crop.

Head Coach Patty Gasso does not play around on the recruiting trail.

OU Softball signed four players on national signing day: outfielder Maya Bland, infielder Maya McEnroe-Marinas, utility player Ella Parker and utility player Kasidi Pickering.

It was a good day for the crimson and cream. Let’s take a better look at the new Sooners.

Clemson Softball signs four on National Signing Day

Congrats to the four signees that will join the Tigers roster next fall.

Via Clemson Athletic Communications:

Clemson softball head coach John Rittman announced the addition of four student-athletes on National Signing Day. The four newcomers, Riley Burton, Olivia Duncan, Kylee Johnson and Julia Knowler, will join the roster in the fall of 2023.

“We are extremely excited to welcome our 2023 recruiting class to the Clemson family,” said Rittman. “We have put together another solid class of very competitive and versatile student-athletes who will make an immediate impact. This is a very talented class that will improve the quality of our team, and we cannot wait to help these young women develop both on and off the field.”

Riley Burton · C/UTL · Lancaster, S.C. · Legion Collegiate Academy

  • Earned the Golden Glove Award in 2022
  • Named an Academic All-American in both volleyball and softball in 2020 and 2021
  • Was a Top-5 Player in the 4A Region and was an All-Region selection in 2019
  • Helped Legion Collegiate Academy to being crowned 2021 2A SCHS State Champions
  • Was a 2019 4A Player of the Year Nominee
  • Played club ball for LA Elite – Ghent, Bandits NC-Ghent and the Atlanta Vipers 18 Gold-Tamborra

Olivia Duncan · P · Buford, Ga. · Buford High School

  • Named the Gwinnett County Pitcher of the Year in 2021
  • Also named the Regional Pitcher of the Year
  • Selected to the First Team All-Gwinnett County team in 2020
  • Was an All-Region First Team selection in 2020
  • Earned the Varsity Coaches Award
  • Earned the AP Scholar with Honor Award in 2022
  • ExtraInningSoftball No. 5 Prospect in both 2021 and 2020

Kylee Johnson · OF/INF · Wesley Chapel, Fla. · Wiregrass Ranch High School

  • Selected as a three-year varsity captain
  • Named the 2021 and 2022 MVP
  • Broke seven single-season school records in 2022: Batting Average (.506), Hits (44), Runs (46), Triples (10), Home Runs (8), Slugging Percentage (1.149) and On-Base Percentage (.581)
  • Holds two career school records: Home Runs (14) and Triples (16)
  • Named the 2022 Conference Player of the Year
  • Was a First Team All-Conference selection in 2021 and 2022
  • ExtraInningSoftball No. 32 Outfielder in 2019

Julia Knowler · INF/P · Fort Myers, Fla. · Fort Myers High School

  • Helped Fort Myers HS become Florida 5A State Champions in 2021
  • Named the Florida Gatorade Player of the Year in 2021
  • Was the SWFL Softball Player of the Year in both 2021 and 2022
  • Named a First Team All-American by Max Preps and Extra Innings in 2021
  • Batted .450 with 67 hits, 12 home runs and 72 RBI through 57 games in the summer of 2022
  • Was crowned the PGF Florida State Champions in 2021 and the PGF National Platinum Champions in 2022

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Clemson Softball announces their 2023 schedule

Clemson softball releases their 2023 schedule.

CLEMSON, S.C. – The Clemson softball program is taking the next step towards 2023 after announcing the regular-season schedule on Tuesday, Nov. 8. The Tigers are set to play 53 regular season games, 28 of which will be played in McWhorter Stadium. Clemson will face 10 opponents over 18 games that finished in the NCAA RPI Top 50 of 2022, and 17 opponents over 36 games that finished in the NCAA RPI Top 100.

Season ticket renewals will begin Nov. 11 on ClemsonTigers.com. Renewals are available for $300 ($12 per game) for a reserved seat in Section 4, for $250 ($10 per game) for a reserved seat in Section 1-3 and Sections 5-7 and $150 ($6 per game) for a general admission berm ticket. Season-ticket holders will have until December 12 to renew their seats.

Single-game tickets will be available at a later date. If interested in season tickets, fans can be added to the waitlist here.

The Tigers are coming off their first NCAA Super Regional and second postseason appearance in only the third year of the program. Head Coach John Rittman led Clemson to a 42-17 overall record in 2022, and the Tigers made an ACC Championship game appearance in each of the last two seasons.

Rittman and the Tigers will open the 2023 slate in Miami, Fla., at the FIU Tournament. Clemson will play five games over the course of four days against tournament-host FIU, Georgia State and Kansas City beginning on Feb. 9. Clemson will also travel to Tampa, Fla., Feb. 23-26 for a tournament at USF playing tournament-host USF, the University of Illinois at Chicago, Michigan State, and Tennessee.

Clemson opens the home-portion of the season in McWhorter Stadium on Feb. 17 with the ACC/Big 10 Challenge, playing two games each against Northwestern and Ohio State. The Tigers will also host the Clemson Classic March 10-12 welcoming Bryant, Jacksonville and UNCG.

The Tigers open ACC play March 3 with a three-game series at home against Syracuse. Other ACC foes coming to Clemson include Virginia (March 17-19), Florida State (April 6-8) and Pittsburgh (April 21-23).

Clemson’s first ACC road trip comes March 24-26 when visiting Georgia Tech. The Tigers are also slated to visit Boston College (March 31-April 2), NC State (April 14-16) and conclude the 2023 regular-season at Virginia Tech (April 28-30).

Non-conference competition is highlighted by home-and-home series against Furman and in-state rival South Carolina. Other opponents coming to Clemson include Georgia (Feb. 21), Gardner-Webb (March 1), Mercer (March 8), Charlotte (March 15) and Winthrop (April 18). The Tigers will conclude non-conference play at Liberty on April 26.

All dates and times for the 2023 season are subject to change.

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Final 2022 NFCA Fall High School Top 25 Coaches Poll

Buford finishes No. 1 in NFCA Summer/Fall High School Top 25.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. —Buford defeated two perennial powers en route to its 11th Georgia High School Association (GHSA) state championship last weekend, earning the right to be first in the final NFCA Summer/Fall High School Top 25 Coaches Poll of the season.

The (32-1) Wolves defeated newly-ranked, three-time 7A titlist East Coweta (30-8) twice in three days — including 9-1 in Saturday’s state final — and then-No. 23 North Gwinnett (29-8) for the second time this season in Friday’s semifinals to win their first crown in their current classification. Buford allowed a total of three runs over the three victories.

Fellow Georgia school Pope (35-1) also won three straight at states, beating River Ridge once and Apalachee twice to capture the GHSA 6A title and stay put in the rankings behind Buford, Columbine and Westfield School in an unchanged first four.

Blue Springs South (33-2) again rounds out the top five teams after breezing to its third Missouri state title in the last five years. The Jaguars defeated Marquette, 11-2, in last Thursday’s Class 5 semifinals, then rolled past Francis Howell, 10-2, in Friday’s championship to avenge a loss to the Vikings in last year’s state semis. Blue Springs South won back-to-back state Class 4 crowns in 2018 and 2019 before moving to Class 5 when Missouri expanded from four to five classifications in 2020.

Elsewhere, No. 12 Fatima (33-3) moved up two spots after wrapping up the Missouri state Class 3 crown, while Kearney (26-8) joins the rankings at No. 17 following its ranked win over Helias Catholic (28-7) in the Class 4 championship game.

North Gwinnett (29-8) dropped one place to 24th after losses to both No. 1 Buford and East Coweta in the double-elimination GHSA 7A Elite Eight.

State rankings submitted by the 2022 NFCA High School Steering Committee are used to compile the NFCA Summer/Fall High School Top 25 Coaches Poll. Teams are chosen based on performance, roster quality, strength of schedule, and active NFCA membership.

Final NFCA Fall High School Top 25 Coaches Poll: 2022 season

1. Buford (Ga.)

Record: 32-1 | PR: 1

2. Columbine (Colo.)

Record: 28-1 | PR: 2

3. Westfield School (Ga.)

Record: 28-0 | PR: 3

4. Pope (Ga.)

Record: 35-1 | PR: 4

5. Blue Springs South (Mo.)

Record: 33-2 | PR: 5

6. Marian (Neb.)

Record: 33-2 | PR: 6

7. Lutheran (Colo.)

Record: 28-1 | PR: 7

8. Gretna (Neb.)

Record: 37-2 | PR: 8

9. Rock Bridge (Mo.)

Record: 37-2 | PR: 9

10. Washington (Okla.)

Record: 38-3 | PR: 10

11. Piedmont (Okla.)

Record: 40-3 | PR: 11

12. Fatima (Mo.)

Record: 33-3 | PR: 14

13. Pocola (Okla.)

Record: 40-3 | PR: 13

14. Douglas County (Colo.)

Record: 26-3 | PR: 15

15. Mount Vernon (Iowa)

Record: 36-4 | PR: 16

16. Legend (Colo.)

Record: 22-6 | PR: 18

17. Kearney (Mo.)

Record: 26-8 | PR: NR

18. Tattnall Square Academy (Ga.)

Record: 29-7 | PR: 19

19. Winterset (Iowa)

Record: 37-4 | PR: 20

20. Twin Cedars (Iowa)

Record: 29-3 | PR: 21

21. Holy Family (Colo.)

Record: 24-5 | PR: 22

22. East Coweta (Ga.)

Record: 30-8 | PR: NR

23. Helias Catholic (Mo.)

Record: 28-7 | PR: 17

24. North Gwinnett (Ga.)

Record: 29-8 | PR: 23

25. Papillion-LaVista (Neb.)

Record: 25-10 | PR: 25

Dropped out: Eureka (Mo.) and Washington (Mo.).

NFCA Fall High School Top 25 Coaches Poll

Buford stays No. 1 in NFCA Summer/Fall High School Top 25.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. —Buford heads into today’s Georgia High School Association (GHSA) Elite Eight matchup against East Coweta as the No. 1 team in the NFCA Summer/Fall High School Top 25 Coaches Poll for a second consecutive week despite suffering its first loss of the season last Thursday.

After breezing past Norcross, 13-0, earlier in the day, the (29-1) Wolves fell 1-0 to Lambert in a state 7A playoff game, but then won four straight, including a 4-0 victory over Cherokee and two more one-run games versus Lambert (5-4 and 4-3 wins) on Friday, and a 9-1 triumph over Parkview on Wednesday. Buford, a 10-time state titlist, remains alive to win its first crown in its current classification.

Second-ranked Columbine (28-1) wrapped up its season on Saturday with a 7-3 victory over then-No. 14 Douglas County (26-3) in the Colorado state 5A final, and No. 3 Westfield School (28-0) capped an unbeaten season with a 6-5 win over then-No. 18 Tattnall Square Academy (29-7) in the Georgia Independent Athletic Association Class AAA championship.

Later today, No. 4 Pope (32-1) plays River Ridge in the GHSA Class 6A Elite Eight, while fifth-ranked Blue Springs South (31-2) returns to action against Marquette in the Missouri Class 5 state semis.

No. 7 Lutheran (28-1) beat then-No. 21 Holy Family, 3-0, last Saturday for the Colorado state Class 4A championship, and 12th-ranked Washington plays No. 17 Helias Catholic in today’s Missouri Class 4 state semis. Fourteenth-ranked Fatima (31-3) rolled past Seneca, 9-0, and faces Westminster Christian Academy in tomorrow’s Missouri Class 3 state semis.

Legend (22-6) gained one spot this week after its ranked loss to Douglas County in the state semis, while North Gwinnett stayed put at No. 23 after a 3-2 win over North Paulding advanced the (27-6) Bulldogs to the GHSA Class 7A Elite Eight.

State rankings submitted by the 2022 NFCA High School Steering Committee are used to compile the NFCA Summer/Fall High School Top 25 Coaches Poll. Teams are chosen based on performance, roster quality, strength of schedule, and active NFCA membership.

NFCA Fall High School Top 25 Coaches Poll – Oct. 27, 2022

1. Buford (Ga.)

Record: 29-1 | PR: 1

2. Columbine (Colo.)

Record: 28-1 | PR: 2

3. Westfield School (Ga.)

Record: 28-0 | PR: 3

4. Pope (Ga.)

Record: 32-1 | PR: 4

5. Blue Springs South (Mo.)

Record: 31-2 | PR: 5

6. Marian (Neb.)

Record: 33-2 | PR: 6

7. Lutheran (Colo.)

Record: 28-1 | PR: 7

8. Gretna (Neb.)

Record: 37-2 | PR: 8

9. Rock Bridge (Mo.)

Record: 37-2 | PR: 9

10. Washington (Okla.)

Record: 38-3 | PR: 10

11. Piedmont (Okla.)

Record: 40-3 | PR: 11

12. Washington (Mo.)

Record: 33-3 | PR: 12

13. Pocola (Okla.)

Record: 40-3 | PR: 13

14. Fatima (Mo.)

Record: 31-3 | PR: 15

15. Douglas County (Colo.)

Record: 26-3 | PR: 14

16. Mount Vernon (Iowa)

Record: 36-4 | PR: 16

17. Helias Catholic (Mo.)

Record: 27-6 | PR: 17

18. Legend (Colo.)

Record: 22-6 | PR: 19

19. Tattnall Square Academy (Ga.)

Record: 29-7 | PR: 18

20. Winterset (Iowa)

Record: 37-4 | PR: 20

21. Twin Cedars (Iowa)

Record: 29-3 | PR: 22

22. Holy Family (Colo.)

Record: 24-5 | PR: 21

23. North Gwinnett (Ga.)

Record: 27-6 | PR: 23

24. Eureka (Mo.)

Record: 21-6 | PR: 24

25. Papillion-LaVista (Neb.)

Record: 25-10 | PR: 25

Dropped out: None.

NFCA Fall High School Top 25 Coaches Poll

Buford new No. 1 in NFCA Summer/Fall High School Top 25

LOUISVILLE, Ky. —Buford heads into today’s Georgia High School Association super regional game against Norcross as the new No. 1 team in the NFCA Summer/Fall High School Top 25 Coaches Poll.

The (24-0) Wolves, one of two remaining unbeaten teams in the rankings, rolled past Dacula, 12-1 last Thursday, in a tuneup for their state Class 7A playoff contest. Buford, a 10-time state titlist, is seeking its first crown in its current classification.

Meanwhile, the Nebraska state tournament produced the first losses for Gretna (37-2), which had held the top spot for the past eight weeks. The Dragons lost to then-No. 8 Marian, 2-1, in the Class A semifinals last Thursday, before earning a rematch with the Crusaders via a 4-0 victory over new No. 25 Papilion-LaVista on Friday.

In Friday’s state final, Marian (33-2) rallied from a 3-1 deficit and scored the championship-winning run in the bottom of the seventh during a Gretna rundown to secure the program’s second state title. There was little to separate the two Nebraska powerhouses this season, as they split their four meetings and all their losses came against each other.

Columbine (24-1) heads into this weekend’s Colorado state tournament as the No. 2 team after defeating both Fort Collins and Thunder Ridge this past week. The Rebels face Lakewood on Friday in a state Class 5A matchup.

No. 3 Westfield School (24-0) is the other team still perfect in the Top 25, after overwhelming Deerfield-Windsor twice on Saturday by a combined 33-2 margin. The Hornets play Stratford Academy later today in the opener of Georgia Independent Athletic Association tournament.

The highly-anticipated playoff showdown of Missouri titans Blue Springs South and Rock Bridge came in the Class 5, District 6 final, rather than deep into the state tournament, with then-No. 7 Blue Springs South eliminating then-No. 3 Rock Bridge, 6-2 last Friday, in the fourth meeting of the teams this season. The two have accounted for all of the other’s losses.

Elsewhere in the Missouri playoffs, 12th-ranked Washington (33-3) will face No. 17 Helias Catholic (27-6) in an Oct. 27 state Class 4 semifinal. Helias Catholic won the first meeting of the teams, 11-3, on Aug. 27.

Sixteen-time Nebraska state champion Papillion-LaVista (25-10) returns to the poll for the first time since finishing No. 1 in both 2019 and 2020. The Monarchs took third in last weekend’s Class A tournament and won a game at states for a 29th straight season.

State rankings submitted by the 2022 NFCA High School Steering Committee are used to compile the NFCA Summer/Fall High School Top 25 Coaches Poll. Teams are chosen based on performance, roster quality, strength of schedule, and active NFCA membership.

NFCA Fall High School Top 25 Coaches Poll – Oct. 20, 2022

1. Buford (Ga.)

Record: 24-0 | PR: 2

2. Columbine (Colo.)

Record: 24-1 | PR: 4

3. Westfield School (Ga.)

Record: 24-0 | PR: 5

4. Pope (Ga.)

Record: 31-1 | PR: 6

5. Blue Springs South (Mo.)

Record: 31-2 | PR: 7

6. Marian (Neb.)

Record: 33-2 | PR: 8

7. Lutheran (Colo.)

Record: 24-1 | PR: 9

8. Gretna (Neb.)

Record: 37-2 | PR: 1

9. Rock Bridge (Mo.)

Record: 37-2 | PR: 3

10. Washington (Okla.)

Record: 38-3 | PR: 10

11. Piedmont (Okla.)

Record: 40-3 | PR: 11

12. Washington (Mo.)

Record: 33-3 | PR: 12

13. Pocola (Okla.)

Record: 40-3 | PR: 13

14. Douglas County (Colo.)

Record: 23-2 | PR: 14

15. Fatima (Mo.)

Record: 30-3 | PR: NR

16. Mount Vernon (Iowa)

Record: 36-4 | PR: 16

17. Helias Catholic (Mo.)

Record: 27-6 | PR: 17

18. Tattnall Square Academy (Ga.)

Record: 26-5 | PR: 18

19. Legend (Colo.)

Record: 20-5 | PR: 20

20. Winterset (Iowa)

Record: 37-4 | PR: 21

21. Holy Family (Colo.)

Record: 21-4 | PR: NR

22. Twin Cedars (Iowa)

Record: 29-3 | PR: 22

23. North Gwinnett (Ga.)

Record: 24-6 | PR: 19

24. Eureka (Mo.)

Record: 21-6 | PR: 23

25. Papillion-LaVista (Neb.)

Record: 25-10 | PR: NR

Dropped out: Creekview (Ga.), Elkhorn South (Neb.) and Valor Christian (Colo.)

Nebraska softball team wins championship by scoring walk-off on pickle

Watch the highlight of Marian High School winning the softball championship by escaping the pickle to cap the comeback victory.

Marian High School (Omaha, Neb.) softball channeled its inner Benny The Jet Rodriguez in its comeback championship victory on Friday — the 4-3 win was walked-off by successfully escaping a pickle.

After entering the bottom of the seventh inning trailing 3-1, Marian put two runs on the board to tie the game and had the potential game-winning runner on first base. Though there were two outs in the inning, the batter laid down a bunt.

The throw to first from the third baseman went awry. Maddia Groff, who was the runner on first to start the play, continued past second, through third base and headed home.

The ball beat her home in plenty of time. Groff tried to stop on a dime but slipped, giving the Gretna High School (Neb.) catcher a chance to nab her. Surely, as Groff got up and headed back toward third, she was about to be called out and the game would go into extra innings.

Only — she wasn’t. It didn’t. Take a look:

Local outlet 3News Now has another angle of the title-winning play.

To make the comeback win even sweeter, Gretna was the only team in the regular season to beat Marian. The 33-2 Crusaders lost the season opener to Gretna in extra innings and then fell 9-1 on Sept. 12.

The Crusaders wouldn’t lose another game, and got revenge for both losses by winning the one that mattered.

This is Marian’s second championship, according to 3News Now.

NFCA Fall High School Top 25 Coaches Poll

Gretna still reigns supreme in NFCA Summer/Fall High School Top 25.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Nebraska’s Gretna High School won two state tournament games to stay perfect and No. 1 in the NFCA Summer/Fall High School Top 25 Coaches Poll for an eighth straight week.

The (36-0) Dragons flew past both Papillion-LaVista South and Lincoln East in the Class A playoffs by a combined 20-1 score on Wednesday at the Bill Smith Complex in Hastings, and tuned up for those games with a similarly-impressive 12-0 triumph over North Star last Thursday.

Gretna plays Marian tonight in a matchup of top-10 teams in the state semifinals. The No. 8 (31-2) Crusaders advanced to the semis with victories over Lincoln Southwest and Papillion-LaVista on Wednesday, and have lost twice to Gretna this season — 2-1 in eight innings in their season opener on Aug. 18, and 9-1 on Sept. 12.

Meanwhile, new No. 10 Washington (38-3) is the only change in last week’s first 10 teams, following the Warriors’ run to an Oklahoma state 3A title. Washington defeated Morris, 6-0 last Thursday, then blanked Lindsay, 9-0 last Friday, before shutting out Tishomingo, 2-0 in the championship game.

Pocola (40-3), who held that No. 10 spot last week, dropped three places to 13th, after a 2-0 loss to Morrison on Saturday in the Oklahoma state 2A final.

No. 25 Elkhorn South (20-9), which plays an elimination game in the state tournament later today, replaces fellow Nebraska school Millard North (23-9), who had been ranked 19th, but lost three straight games.

State rankings submitted by the 2022 NFCA High School Steering Committee are used to compile the NFCA Summer/Fall High School Top 25 Coaches Poll. Teams are chosen based on performance, roster quality, strength of schedule, and active NFCA membership.

NFCA Fall High School Top 25 Coaches Poll – Oct. 13, 2022

1. Gretna (Neb.)

Record: 36-0 | PR: 1

2. Buford (Ga.)

Record: 23-0 | PR: 2

3. Rock Bridge (Mo.)

Record: 36-1 | PR: 3

4. Columbine (Colo.)

Record: 22-1 | PR: 4

5. Westfield School (Ga.)

Record: 22-0 | PR: 5

6. Pope (Ga.)

Record: 27-1 | PR: 6

7. Blue Springs South (Mo.)

Record: 28-2 | PR: 7

8. Marian (Neb.)

Record: 31-2 | PR: 8

9. Lutheran (Colo.)

Record: 22-1 | PR: 9

10. Washington (Okla.)

Record: 38-3 | PR: 11

11. Piedmont (Okla.)

Record: 37-3 | PR: 12

12. Washington (Mo.)

Record: 30-3 | PR: 13

13. Pocola (Okla.)

Record: 40-3 | PR: 10

14. Douglas County (Colo.)

Record: 21-2 | PR: 14

15. Valor Christian (Colo.)

Record: 18-4 | PR: 15

16. Mount Vernon (Iowa)

Record: 36-4 | PR: 16

17. Helias Catholic (Mo.)

Record: 24-6 | PR: 20

18. Tattnall Square Academy (Ga.)

Record: 24-5 | PR: 18

19. North Gwinnett (Ga.)

Record: 24-6 | PR: 17

20. Legend (Colo.)

Record: 18-5 | PR: 21

21. Winterset (Iowa)

Record: 37-4 | PR: 22

22. Twin Cedars (Iowa)

Record: 29-3 | PR: 23

23. Eureka (Mo.)

Record: 20-5 | PR: 25

24. Creekview (Ga.)

Record: 20-4 | PR: 24

25. Elkhorn South (Neb.)

Record: 20-9 | PR: NR

Dropped out: Millard North (Neb.).

NFCA Fall High School Top 25 Coaches Poll

Gretna still perfect atop NFCA Summer/Fall High School Top 25.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Nebraska’s Gretna High School won four more games to stay perfect and No. 1 for a seventh straight week in the NFCA Summer/Fall High School Top 25 Coaches Poll.

The (32-0) Dragons dodged a scare against North Platte on Saturday, winning just 3-2, after beating Papillion-LaVista South, 5-3, last Thursday. Earlier on Saturday, Gretna defeated Burke, 16-3, and its other win was a 12-1 rout of Lincoln on Wednesday. The Dragons are right back in action later today versus Omaha Westside.

A 2-0 loss by Columbine to then-No. 15 Douglas County (19-2) on Tuesday allowed both unbeaten Buford (22-0) and one-loss Rock Bridge (33-1) to leapfrog the (20-1) Rebels in this week’s ranking. Columbine won its other two contests, while the Wolves added two more victories and Rock Bridge racked up six wins in seven days.

Westfield School (21-0) stayed perfect and ahead of fellow Georgia school Pope (24-1), while Blue Springs South (26-2) and Marian (27-2) maintained their spots as well, with newcomer Lutheran (21-1) and Pocola (38-2) rounding out the top 10 teams.

A pair of Georgia schools — Tattnall Square Academy (22-4) and Creekview (17-3) — are the two other new teams in the poll this week, at No. 18 and 24, respectively.

State rankings submitted by the 2022 NFCA High School Steering Committee are used to compile the NFCA Summer/Fall High School Top 25 Coaches Poll. Teams are chosen based on performance, roster quality, strength of schedule, and active NFCA membership.

NFCA Fall High School Top 25 Coaches Poll – Oct. 6, 2022

1. Gretna (Neb.)

Record: 32-0 | PR: 1

2. Buford (Ga.)

Record: 22-0 | PR: 3

3. Rock Bridge (Mo.)

Record: 33-1 | PR: 4

4. Columbine (Colo.)

Record: 20-1 | PR: 2

5. Westfield School (Ga.)

Record: 21-0 | PR: 5

6. Pope (Ga.)

Record: 24-1 | PR: 6

7. Blue Springs South (Mo.)

Record: 26-2 | PR: 7

8. Marian (Neb.)

Record: 27-2 | PR: 8

9. Lutheran (Colo.)

Record: 21-1 | PR: NR

10. Pocola (Okla.)

Record: 38-2 | PR: 10

11. Washington (Okla.)

Record: 35-3 | PR: 11

12. Piedmont (Okla.)

Record: 33-3 | PR: 9

13. Washington (Mo.)

Record: 29-3 | PR: 14

14. Douglas County (Colo.)

Record: 19-2 | PR: 15

15. Valor Christian (Colo.)

Record: 16-4 | PR: 16

16. Mount Vernon (Iowa)

Record: 36-4 | PR: 18

17. North Gwinnett (Ga.)

Record: 23-5 | PR: 19

18. Tattnall Square Academy (Ga.)

Record: 22-4 | PR: NR

19. Millard North (Neb.)

Record: 23-6 | PR: 13

20. Helias Catholic (Mo.)

Record: 22-6 | PR: 17

21. Legend (Colo.)

Record: 18-4 | PR: 24

22. Winterset (Iowa)

Record: 37-4 | PR: 21

23. Twin Cedars (Iowa)

Record: 29-3 | PR: 22

24. Creekview (Ga.)

Record: 17-3 | PR: NR

25. Eureka (Mo.)

Record: 17-5 | PR: 23

Dropped out: Chatfield (Colo.), Horizon (Colo.) and Lassiter (Ga.).