Every winter I look forward to receiving the high school baseball preseason polls.
Like many of you, I'm anxious to see which team is considered to be the top dog in its classification.
Understand, the high school baseball coaches vote on the poll so backlash from this blog should be directed toward them and not me. But seriously, it should be noted that the coaches do a really good job each week ranking its teams.
Sadly, the polls carry little weight during the course of the regular season.
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Look at the latest Class 3A polls where Brookland-Cayce and A.C. Flora occupy the first and second spots, respectively.
Brookland-Cayce is the defending Class 3A champion so it being ranked No. 1 at the beginning of the season was expected. A.C. Flora finished second in the state last year and, like Brookland-Cayce, should enter the season behind the Bearcats.
But after two weeks, and each with losses, Brookland-Cayce and A.C. Flora still hold the top spots.
This is not to say that the two aren't worthy of their ranking. But missing from the Class 3A polls this week are a few teams who could put up a pretty good argument for why they should be ranked.
Dreher, which defeated Brookland-Cayce Friday, is 6-2 overall and 3-0 in the region. Yet, they are not ranked in the top 10. Chapin, which handed A.C. Flora a loss on Friday, is 6-2 overall, but isn't ranked in the top 10 in Class 3A.
Camden, 8-2 overall and 3-0 in Region 6-3A, doesn't show up in the Class 3A rankings this week either.
Ask any coach of the teams listed above and they will tell you that rankings, this time of year, are not important. Heck, rankings, at least during the regular season, are not good indicators as to which teams are state title contenders.
While ranking teams throughout the season is a necessity (hey, it keeps players and fans motivated), they can't be trusted.