North DeSoto, St. Amant Softball Teams Featured in First NFCA High School Super 25 Poll

by Hunter Bower // Managing Editor

In the realm of Louisiana high school softball, two formidable teams have once again etched their names onto the national stage as the initial USA TODAY Sports/NFCA High School Super 25 Poll rolls out.

Leading the charge is North DeSoto, a powerhouse hailing from Stonewall, Louisiana. This Class 4A juggernaut, boasting three consecutive state titles, enters the season with a resounding presence, securing the prestigious No. 5 spot in the national rankings. The Lady Griffins, under the tutelage of their seasoned coaching staff, have embarked on a flawless 14-0 journey, leaving a trail of victory in their wake. Notable triumphs against formidable opponents such as West Monroe, John Curtis, and Buckeye have solidified North DeSoto’s reputation as a force to be reckoned with.

Meanwhile, adding to the Louisiana softball spectacle is none other than the defending Non-Select Division I state champions, St. Amant. With a commendable 10-3 record and riding the crest of a seven-game winning streak, the Lady Gators stamp their mark on the national scene, claiming the No. 24 slot in the Super 25 Poll. Led by a cadre of skilled athletes and guided by a coaching staff steeped in expertise, St. Amant showcases resilience and prowess on the diamond, epitomizing the state’s rich softball tradition.

The selection process for the USA TODAY Sports/NFCA High School Super 25 Poll relies on the discerning eye of the 2024 NFCA High School Steering Committee, which scrutinizes teams based on a trifecta of criteria: performance, roster quality, and strength of schedule. Through meticulous evaluation, these esteemed panelists curate a dynamic ranking system that reflects the essence of high school softball excellence across the nation.

USA TODAY Sports/NFCA High School Super 25 Poll – March 7, 2024

RankTeam2024 Record
1Pacifica (Calif.)9-0
2Katy (Texas)20-1-1
3Jackson (Wash.)0-0
4Northwest Rankin (Miss.)8-0
5North DeSoto (La.)14-0
6Marist (Ill.)0-0
7Austintown-Fitch (Ohio)0-0
8Basha (Ariz.)9-1
9Desert Mountain (Ariz.)7-1
10Norco (Calif.)8-2
11Lemont (Ill.)0-0
12Watkins Memorial (Ohio)0-0
13Rockridge (Ill.)0-0
14Red Mountain (Ariz.)7-1
15Neshoba Central (Miss.)5-1
16West Stanly (N.C.)2-0
17Canyon Del Oro (Ariz.)11-0
18Benton (Ark.)2-0
19Ballard (Ky.)0-0
20Roncalli (Ind.)0-0
21Coral Springs Charter (Fla.)3-1
22Mount Vernon (Mo.)0-0
23Bingham (Utah)0-0
24St. Amant (La.)10-3
25Lake Creek (Texas)17-5