On the strenght of its undefeated run in last week's Ripken Tournament, the Carolina Forest softball team returned to the top overall spot in the Class AAAA state rankings, released late Monday night.
The Panthers (17-1), however, didn't stop there. The team's four wins over Spring Break also equated to a bump to two spots in the MaxPreps Xcellent 25 national poll, where Carolina Forest is now ranked No. 21.
Coach Meagen Johnson's team has three Region VI-AAAA games remaining, including Friday's away game at West Florence. A win there - depending on other results - could earn the Panthers another region title. The Panthers also play at North Myrtle Beach Wednesday and at Wando (No. 6 in Class AAAAA state rankings) Saturday.
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The same four area teams also once again joined Carolina Forest in the state rankings. St. James, which dropped two of three over Spring Break, dropped a spot to No. 6 in the Class AAA poll.
Waccamaw's championship in the 16th Annual Waccamaw Invitational equated to a bump of two spots up to No. 6 in the Class AA poll. Region VIII-AA foe Aynor was one spot behind the Warriors.
Green Sea-Floyds was also ranked again. The Trojans remained at No. 8 in the Class A poll.
This week's rankings:
1. Carolina Forest
2. Boiling Springs
4. White Knoll
2. Union County
6. St. James
10. Midland Valley
3. Andrew Jackson
1. East Clarendon
3. St. Joseph
5. Fox Creek
8. Green Sea-Floyds
9. Lake View