- Written by Andy Wooldridge (CCCougarfan)
- Published on May 14, 2009
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Playoffs Proivide Opportunities for Shakeup
Marist, ranked #1 in Oregon's 4A Coaches' poll, used a 19-1 win over Sisters and an 18-3 victory over La Pine to move up from 25th. to 23 in the latest USA Today/NFCATop 25, counting games thru May 9th.
Despite sweeping a double header from visiting Sheldon by scores of 13-0 and 9-0, defending state champion Grants Pass went from receiving votes last week to no votes this week.
Unbeated Emerald Ridge of Puyallup, Washington became the third northwest school to make the top 25 this year, making their debut at 22.
Klein Oak (Spring, Texas) enters postseason play holding the top spot again this week. The Panthers have a 27-0 overall record.
Archbisop Mitty of San Jose, CA climbed a spot to second, also with a 27-0 season mark.
The flu epidemic has mostly passed, and playoff collisions of some of the ranked teams may offer opportunities for upward movement in the next couple of weeks.
Postseason play begins this weekend in the state of Texas, as well as the state of California, where several Top 10 teams will stake their claim for a state title.
Canyon Del Oro has already opened Arizona Class 5A playoff action with a pair of wins, thanks in part to a second and third straight no-hitter from Kenzie Fowler.
The state playoffs are also turning serious in Florida, where the semifinal round for the larger classifications is this weekend. In Florida, the Class 4A semifinals include No. 20 Pembroke Pines versus No. 11 Lake Wales and No. 13 Dunnellon versus Stanton. The Class 6A semifinals match No. 16 Fletcher versus Eau Gallie and Cooper City versus Ferguson. A playoff loss dropped Naples from second to 14th.
The poll is compiled by state representatives from across the country. Among the criteria considered are a school's strength of schedule, the quality of competition in its state or league, and the quality of its players.