Prep Talk | Carolina Forest softball drops spot in state poll

April 16, 2013 

On the heels of Carolina Forest's weekend loss at Wando, the Panthers softball team dropped a spot in the state rankings, released late Monday night.

Coach Meagen Johnson's team is now No. 2 in Class AAAA. However, the fall from the top spot will be more than forgotten if the Panthers win tonight. Carolina Forest (19-2 overall, 5-1 Region VI-AAAA) will have its first crack at locking up the region title when it plays South Florence at home. With a victory, the Panthers - also ranked No. 19 in the most recent MaxPreps Xcellent 25 national poll - will earn a No. 1 seed for the playoffs.

Securing those home games could be a major step toward another berth in the Class AAAA state finals, where Carolina Forest lost to Hillcrest a season ago.

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Four other area teams also remained ranked this week. That list includes St. James (No. 8, Class AAA), Waccamaw (No. 5, Class AA), Aynor (No. 7, Class AA) and Green Sea-Floyds (No. 10, Class A).

This week's rankings:

CLASS AAAA

1. Boiling Springs

2. Carolina Forest

3. Mauldin

4. Wando

5. Blythwood

6. Byrnes

7. White Knoll

8. Bluffton

9. Hillcrest

10. J.L. Mann

CLASS AAA

1. Hartsville

2. Daniel

3. Seneca

4. Union County

5. Chapman

6. Chapin

7. Palmetto

8. St. James

9. Pickens

10. Midland Valley

CLASS AA

1. Dillon

2. Crescent

3. Andrew Jackson

4. Buford

5. Barnwell

5. Waccamaw

7. Aynor

8. Chesterfield

9. Abbeville

10. Mid-Carolina

CLASS A

1. East Clarendon

2. Dixie

3. St. Joseph

4. Lewisville

5. Fox Creek

6. Wagener-Salley

7. Lake View

8. Johnsonville

9. Latta

10. Green Sea-Floyds

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