By Robert Przybylo
A rough week for some of last week’s No. 1-ranked softball teams in the state, particularly with the Millerettes of Yukon.
Road losses at Edmond North and Mustang have dropped Jennifer Leonard’s club from No. 1 to No. 3 this week with Jenks earning the No. 1 ranking. Not a big deal in the long run for Yukon as we all know it’s a marathon and not a sprint, but the Trojans were playing some good softball until back-to-back losses.
Also making a big move is Edmond North as Rick Nordyke’s girls go from No. 4 to No. 2 based on the Yukon win and a strong showing at the Hall of Fame Tournament.
The Huskies showed Monday they can win a slug fest, too, as North went to Mustang to pull out a 20-11 victory.
In Class 5A, here come the Titans. Colin White’s girls are on fire right now and have earned the No. 2 ranking as Lawton MacArthur remains No. 1.
The Titans have beaten formidable foes such as Little Axe, Newcastle, Piedmont and Mt. St. Mary’s in the last two weeks.
Speaking of the Indians, Mike Bread’s girls are ranked No. 1 for the first time ever. And the votes couldn’t be closer as Little Axe edged out Blanchard by two points in today’s poll.
Tuttle, last week’s No. 1, dropped two spots to No. 3.
Led by Peyton Watson and Lacey Williams, this appears to be THE year for Little Axe. The team has seven returning starters from a club that reached state last year.
After losing to Cache 1-0 on Friday at the Hall of Fame event, the Indians have responded with three straight wins. And at 16-2, the girls finally get a little rest with only three games this week heading into a mega-showdown with 3A No. 1-ranked Purcell next week.
No change in the No. 1s from 3A down.
Class 6A: 1. Jenks; 2. Edmond North; 3. Yukon; 4. Broken Arrow; 5. Mustang; 6. Moore; 7. Owasso; 8. Union; 9. Sand Springs; 10. Westmoore.
Class 5A: 1. Lawton MacArthur; 2. Carl Albert; 3. McAlester; 4. Tahlequah; 5. Pryor; 6. Coweta; 7. Deer Creek; 8. Grove; 9. Skiatook; 10. Shawnee.
Class 4A: 1. Little Axe; 2. Blanchard; 3. Tuttle; 4. Cache; 5. Piedmont; 6. Glenpool; 7. Sequoyah-Claremore; 8. Newcastle; 9. Oologah; 10. Harrah.
Class 3A: 1. Purcell; 2. Bethel; 3. Mt. St. Mary’s; 4. Washington ; 5. Morris; 6. Sequoyah-Tahlequah; 7. Caney Valley; 8. Verdigris; 9. Kellyville; 10. Meeker.
Class 2A: 1. Healdton; 2. Konawa; 3. Colbert; 4. Apache; 5. Dale; 6. Liberty; 7. Commerce; 8. Oktaha; 9. Tushka; 10. Latta.
Class A: 1. Fort Cobb-Broxton; 2. Dewar; 3. Sterling; 4. Mooreland; 5. Roff; 6. Velma-Alma; 7. Smithville; 8. Bray-Doyle; 9. Rattan; 10. Minco.
Class B: 1. Leedey; 2. Red Oak; 3. Tupelo; 4. Sentinel; 5. Frontier; 6. Binger-Oney; 7. Coleman; 8. Hammon; 9. Maud; 10. Cyril.
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