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Prep Zone Power Poll – 2013 Softball Poll #6

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Gainesville – With a postseason berth in hand, the top-ranked team in the softball Prep Zone Power Poll will try to erase the memory of coming up short last season.

Creekside (St. Johns), which was a unanimous selection as the No. 1 team, had already secured a bye to the Class 5A-District 5 championship game as the top seed in a three-team district with Bartram Trail (St. Johns) (20-4), ranked 3rd in this week’s poll, and Clay (Green Cove Springs).

Last season, the Knights (22-2) were eliminated in the Class 5A regional quarterfinals by Belleview, 3-2, but the Rattlers, ranked 10th, were upset in the district semifinals on Tuesday night. Creekside will either host or travel for the first round of the 5A state playoffs next Wednesday.

Bradford (Starke) remained second. The Tornadoes (23-2) went 3-0 last week, including a 4-2 win over previous #10 Lafayette (Mayo) – their second win against the Hornets this season.

Bishop Snyder (Jacksonville) (21-4) and PK Yonge (Gainesville) (22-2), who could meet in a 3A regional final rematch for the right to go to the final four, are ranked fourth and fifth, respectively.

North Marion (Citra) (18-5) is ranked sixth, followed by Columbia (Lake City) (20-4), Baker County (Glen St. Mary) (18-2), Atlantic Coast (Jacksonville) (17-4) and Belleview (18-7) in the top 10.

Montverde Academy is in the top 20 for the first time this season at No. 20. The Eagles (17-6) have won 10 in a row since a 1-0 loss to #14 East Ridge (Clermont).

The Prep Zone Power Poll ranks the top 20 high school football, basketball, softball and baseball teams (regardless of FHSAA classification) across 26 counties in North Florida (Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Citrus, Clay, Columbia, Dixie, Duval, Flagler, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Hernando, Jefferson, Lafayette, Lake, Levy, Marion, Nassau, Putnam, Sumter, St. Johns, Suwannee, Taylor, Union & Volusia counties). It is voted on weekly by sportswriters and sportscasters.

PREP ZONE POWER POLL – 2013 SOFTBALL POLL #6
(School, followed by classification, record through April 14, first-place votes and total voting points)

1. Creekside (St. Johns) (5A) (22-2) (7) – 140
2. Bradford (Starke) (4A) (23-2) – 132
3. Bartram Trail (St. Johns) (5A) (20-4) – 125
4. Bishop Snyder (Jacksonville) (3A) (21-4) – 116
5. PK Yonge (Gainesville) (3A) (22-2) – 113
6. North Marion (Citra) (5A) (18-5) – 96
7. Columbia (Lake City) (6A) (20-4) – 95
8. Baker County (Glen St. Mary) (5A) (18-2) – 91
9. Atlantic Coast (Jacksonville) (6A) (17-4) – 89
10. Belleview (5A) (18-7) – 81
11. Ponte Vedra (5A) (18-5) – 66
12. Forest (Ocala) (7A) (18-5) – 65
13. Lafayette (Mayo) (1A) (16-5) – 55
14. East Ridge (Clermont) (7A) (17-6) – 46
15. St. Augustine (6A) (17-6) – 37
16. Baldwin (1A) (19-5) – 29
17. The Villages (1A) (20-4) – 23
18. Union County (Lake Butler) (1A) (15-6) – 21
19. Sandalwood (Jacksonville) (8A) (19-5) – 16
20. Montverde Academy (3A) (17-6) – 12

Also receiving votes: Hernando (Brooksville) (5A) (18-7) – 11; Bolles (Jacksonville) (4A) (15-9) – 5; Citrus (Inverness) (6A) (15-9) – 3; Mount Dora (4A) (16-4) – 2; Trenton (1A) (16-5) – 1.

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