Springfield, Mo. (OzarksSportsZone.com) -- The top four remain the same in this week's power rankings. Kickapoo, Joplin, Catholic and Nixa all held strong this week.
(Games from Monday, Oct. 15 do not factor in to these rankings)
1. (1) Kickapoo (17-2)
Kickapoo remains in the top spot this week after winning four games last week, three of which came by way of a shutout. Kickapoo defeated the Jefferson City Jays 1-0; the Jays beat Joplin 2-0 last month. Aaron Strunk and company visit West Plains this week, as well as a very good Rolla Bulldog squad in Ozark Conference play.
2. (2) Joplin (18-1-1)
Joplin defeated Ozark and West Plains last week to hike its winning streak to a season-high nine games. The Eagles have a huge game ahead of them as they step out of conference play to visit the extremely talented Carthage Tigers.
3. (3) Springfield Catholic (18-3)
The Irish rebounded from what had been a tough start to the month by beating Bolivar in COC-Small play, as well as going 2-0 in the Rock Bridge Shootout. This week Catholic hosts Willard before getting an opportunity to avenge an earlier defeat against Nixa.
4. (4) Nixa (13-4-1)
Nixa played just one game last week, defeating Carthage 2-1 in PKs. The Eagles have a jam packed next seven days, including matches with Bolivar and Branson, before locking up with Catholic this Saturday.
5. (6) Osage (14-4)
Osage went 3-1 last week, including a runner-up finish in the Stover Tournament. If the Indians beat Richland and West Plains this week that should guarantee them the top seed in the Class 1 – District 9 Tournament.
6. (7) Glendale (9-6)
The Falcons played just once last week, defeating Rolla 2-1 in Ozark Conference play. Monday’s game against Rolla is sure to be a war and a preview of the Class 4 – District 11 championship game.
7. (5) Carthage (11-4)
The Tigers were 1-1 last week, beating Republic but losing to a very good Nixa team. This week Carthage visits Carl Junction before welcoming Joplin into town. Heading into the stretch run of the season look for both teams to lay it all on the line to keep momentum going into district play.
8. (8) Rolla (15-4)
Rolla had an up and down week, dropping a tough OC contest at Glendale 2-1, before bouncing back to beat MICDS 4-1. The Bulldogs have a busy week ahead of them as they host Dixon on Monday, followed by Camdenton and Ozark Conference leader Kickapoo.
9. (NR) Springfield Central (12-5)
The Bulldogs are one of the area’s hottest teams, as they have won eight of their last ten games. Central hosts Marshfield before visiting Hillcrest later this week.
10. (NR) Willard (10-8)
Since losing three straight at the Kickapoo Shootout, the Tigers have rebounded to win four in a row. This week Willard hosts Neosho and Rogersville, in a game that will be a rematch of the Willard Fall Classic championship match.
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