Posted: 12:56 pm Monday, April 11th, 2011

Grandview first in 1A, Park Vista second in 6A in new state softball poll 

By Jeff Greer

The new Miracle Sports class-by-class softball poll was released Sunday night, and it had a few changes from last week’s rankings.

While Grandview Prep held its top spot in Class 1A, Jupiter dropped from first to sixth in the 6A rankings. Park Vista jumped up to second and Palm Beach Gardens fell to fourth.

Wellington moved up a spot in 5A, and did itself some favors by playing Park Vista tough. Meanwhile in 4A, Okeechobee fell all the way from third to 10th after Eau Gallie swept the Brahmans.

Plantation-American Heritage and Miami-Gulliver Prep have shown why they’re the top two teams in 3A (and maybe the state) with wins over Palm Beach County’s best in recent weeks.

The American Heritage in our county moved back into the Class 2A rankings at No. 10 thanks to a three-win week, and Grandview held its spot atop the Class 1A poll.

Here are the full rankings:

Class 6A

1. Sarasota 20-2
2. Park Vista 16-2
3. East Ridge 19-2
4. Palm Beach Gardens 19-5
5. Winter Springs 18-5
6. Jupiter 17-4
7. Taravella 15-0
8. West Orange 21-2
9. DeLand 16-2
10. Palm Harbor University 19-4

Area teams receiving votes: Palm Beach Central 13-7-1, Centennial 16-3.

Class 5A

1. East Lake 22-0
2. Bartow 20-1
3. Niceville 19-4
4. Plant City 16-6
5. St. Thomas Aquinas 16-4
6. Columbia 16-2
7. Wellington 17-5
8. Chamberlain 15-4
9. George Jenkins 17-3
10. Auburndale 14-7

Area teams receiving votes: West Boca Raton 17-7, Dwyer 13-6, Spanish River 11-5.

Class 4A

1. Braden River 18-2
2. Dunnellon 19-3
3. Naples 19-3
4. Bartram Trail 16-2
5. Pines Charter 15-4
6. Lemon Bay 19-0
7. River Ridge 15-4
8. Space Coast 16-8
9. Eau Gallie 18-4
10. Okeechobee 17-6

Class 3A

1. Plantation-American Heritage 20-0
2. Gulliver Prep 21-2
3. Bishop Snyder 17-6
4. Bolles 18-3
5. Keystone Heights 18-4
6. Florida High 18-3
7. Santa Fe 14-8
8. Trinity Catholic (Ocala) 16-4
9. Tampa Catholic11-3
10. Desoto County 17-4

Area teams receiving votes: Cardinal Newman 13-7-1

Class 2A

1. Pine Castle Christian 17-5
2. Providence 14-4
3. PK Yonge 17-3
4. Liberty County (Bristol) 19-3
5. Westminster Christian (Miami) 12-5
6. Trinity Prep (Winter Park) 17-5
7. Trinity Christian Academy 11-9
8. Florida Christian 11-13
9. Mount Dora Bible 13-7
10. American Heritage (Delray) 13-8

Area teams receiving votes: John Carroll 13-5, King’s Academy 11-9

Class 1A

1. Grandview Prep 14-2
2. Canterbury (St. Petersburg) 15-10
3. Hernando Christian (Brooksville) 17-0
4. Sarasota Christian 16-3
5. Hollywood Christian 11-3
6. Aucilla 15-7
7. Trinity Christian (Deltona) 15-5
8. Munroe 11-6
9. Central Florida Christian (Ocoee) 12-9
10. Eagle’s View 5-12

Area teams receiving votes: Wellington Christian 10-7