Despite a couple of late week upsets, there was little movement in the coaches poll since last week. No team moved more than one position and other than Edison breaking in by tying Mission Viejo for the final spot, there were no newcomers.
The Top 5 remained the same as St. Margaret’s (13-1) maintained its strong grip on first place to set up a 1-2 duel against Foothill (14-2) on Tuesday night. Despite similar records and similar results against common opponents (both teams beat Loyola and Faith Lutheran but lost to Palos Verdes), the coaches were nearly unanimous in choosing the Tartans over the Knights, casting 29 of the 31 first place votes for St. Margaret’s.
No. 3 Tesoro looked like a team ready to contend for a title in their 15-5 win over San Clemente. Santa Margarita played well enough in their loss to Foothill on Saturday to stay entrenched at No. 4. Meanwhile Trabuco Hills stayed at No. 5 despite losing to CdM the new No. 6. CdM moved up one and swapped positions with San Clemente.
In another upset, Santiago defeated Great Oak on Friday but the Sharks could not surpass the Wolfpack in the poll. Santiago moved up one rung to No. 11 while Great Oak dropped 8 to 9.
Further on down the road, Murrieta Mesa and Aliso Niguel are in the 15 and 16 postions and appear to be in control of their own playoff destinies. If Murrieta Mesa and Great Oak get in, it will mark the first time two teams from outside the County boundaries have been invited to the big dance.
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