Pineville Softball Makes History With First National Ranking Since 2001

by Hunter Bower //

Pineville softball coach Allison Frye received some special news just before a district road game with West Ouachita on Thursday.

For the first time since 2001, the Lady Rebels were ranked in a national poll as they debuted at No. 13 in the latest edition of the USA TODAY Sports/NFCA High School Super 25 Poll.

“This is a really special group,” said Frye. “They’re mature ballplayers who strive to be the best at everything they do. They’re confident, competitive, and hold each other accountable. The National Ranking is an honor and we’ve been enjoying every bit of this season.”

The ranking arrives on the heels of a 12-game win streak as Pineville has built an impressive resume with wins against teams such as North DeSoto, West Monroe, Many, Calvary Baptist and Natchitoches Central. Following Thursday’s victory over West Ouachita, the Lady Rebels now sit at 25-1 on the season with a 7-1 mark in District 2-5A.

Just below Pineville sits John Curtis at No. 14 with a 23-2 record, having won 8 out of its last 10. The Lady Patriots currently sit atop the Division I playoff power rankings with a 33.04 rating.

USA TODAY Sports/NFCA High School Super 25 Poll – March 31

RankTeam2022 RecordPrevious
1Lake Creek (Texas)22-01
2Clovis North (Calif.)10-02
3Oaks Christian (Calif.)14-06
4Villa Park (Calif.)14-07
5Neshoba Central (Miss.)9-24
6Lakewood Ranch (Fla.)10-25
7Riverton (Utah)11-010
8Roncalli (Ind.)0-09
9Marist (Ill.)2-011
10Jackson (Wash.)8-016
11Alexander Central (N.C.)12-020
12Lexington (S.C.)10-022
13Pineville (La.)24-1NR
14John Curtis (La.)23-28
15Hewitt-Trussville (Ala.)22-2-114
16Deer Park (Texas)25-213
17North Augusta (S.C.)14-1NR
18Eastern Alamance (N.C.)7-1NR
19New Palestine (Ind.)0-0-115
20South Caldwell (N.C.)6-118
21Lakota West (Ohio)4-019
22Hermiston (Ore.)6-0NR
23Damascus (Md.)4-0NR
24Donovan Catholic (N.J.)0-024
25Owosso (Mich.)0-025