Posted: 11:51 am Monday, February 4th, 2013

Softball: American Heritage, Grandview Prep ranked first in preseason Miracle Sports poll 

By Jeff Greer

Softball season officially kicks off today, and as usual, the Miracle Sports softball experts consider several area teams state-title contenders.

Defending state champs American Heritage and Grandview Prep are ranked first in their respective class polls. Heritage returns every key figure from its Class 3A state-title run. Grandview Prep, the 2A champs last spring, must find a replacement for pitcher Jane Sallen, but the Pride still possess enough talent to warrant the top rankings.

Jupiter and Palm Beach Gardens are ranked in 8A, and West Boca received a nod in 7A. King’s Academy (3A) made its class poll a year removed from a state semifinal appearance.

Here’s the full list of rankings:

2013 Florida High School Softball Preseason Top 10

Class A
1. Lafayette
2. Jay
3. Port St. Joe
4. Liberty
5. Union County
6. Baldwin
7. Bell
8. The Villages
9. Baldwin
10. Sneads

Class 2A
1. Grandview Prep
2. Pine Castle Christian
3. Canterbury
4. Munroe
5. All Saints
6. Southwest Florida Chr
7. Academy at the Lakes
8. Aucilla Chr
9. Covenant Chr
10.Sheridan Hills

Class 3A
1. American Heritage
2. Westminster Chr
3. Bishop Snyder
4. P. K. Yonge
5. McKeel Academy
6. North Florida Christian
7. Trinity Prep
8. King’s Acad
9. Cardinal Mooney
10. Master’s Acad (Oviedo)

Class 4A
1. Gulliver Prep
2. University School of NSU
3. Astronaut
4. Bishop Verot
5. Keystone Hts
6. Bradford
7. West Nassau
8. Santa Fe
9. Acad of Holy Names
10.Madison Co

Class 5A
1. American Heritage
2. Bellview
3. Auburndale
4. Ponte Vedra
5. North Marion
6. Dunedin
7. Boca Ciega
8. Lemon Bay
9. North Ft Myers
10. Arnold

Class 6A
1. Niceville
2. Barron Collier
3. Lakewood Ranch
4. Melbourne
5. Pembroke Pines
6. Ida Baker
7. Oakleaf
8. Osceola
9. Orange Park
10. Archbishop McCarthy

Class 7A
1. Chamberlain
2. Chiles
3. Bartow
4. Braden River
5. Cooper City
6. Lake Howell
7. West Boca
8. First Coast
9. Winter Springs
10. St Thomas Aquinas

Class 8A
1. Durant
2. Mandarin
3. Jupiter
4. Boone
5. Timber Creek
6. Miami Palmetto
7. Palm Harbor University
8. Cypress Bay
9. Coral Gables
10. Palm Beach Gardens