PV Suffers First Loss, Foothill Heads East, CdM Still Unbeaten

Corona del Mar beat Mullen (Colorado), 9-8, to remain unbeaten. [photo courtesy of @CdMBoyslax]

JSerra Catholic High School (9-2), coached by Kyle Harrison, handed Palos Verdes (9-1) its first loss of the 2013 season with an 8-7 win last Friday. Palos Verdes came into the game as the top-rated Southern Section team on LaxPower but since has dropped to third.

In order, the top five in LaxPower’s computer rating is now Corona del Mar (10-0), Tesoro (9-1), Palos Verdes, Foothill (10-4) and San Clemente (9-3). JSerra is rated seventh. The balance of power in the Southern Section clearly remains in Orange County, with only PV, No. 6 Malibu (9-1) and No. 10 Westlake (7-2) cracking the LaxPower top 10 from the L.A. half of the section.

Corona del Mar vs. Mullen (Colorado)
Corona del Mar beat Mullen (Colorado) 9-8 to remain unbeaten. [Photo courtesy @CdMBoyslax]

With the Palos Verdes loss, Corona del Mar is the last remaining unbeaten team in the Southern Section. CdM won a nail-biter against visiting Mullen (6-2) from Colorado, 9-8, before trouncing Los Alamitos (9-3) 13-2 last week. The Sea Kings have a tough five-game stretch coming up, though, including games against Huntington Beach (9-1), road games in Northern California at San Ramon Valley (7-4) and Amador Valley (7-4), and a game at St. Margaret’s (9-4).

Foothill beat Wellesley, 13-2, on its Massachusetts road trip. [photo courtesy of Matt Noonan of noontimesports]
Foothill defeated Wellesley, 13-2, on its Massachusetts road trip. [Photo from BostonLax.net]

Foothill traveled to Massachusetts last week, going 1-2 on the Spring Break trip. Both losing efforts were close games, by scores of 8-5 against Noble & Greenough (3-0)¬†and 8-6 against Medfield (3-0). The losses were wrapped around a big 13-2 win over Wellesley (1-2) — a full recap of this game, including photos, can be found here from BostonLax.net. Foothill’s end-of-season schedule is not as tough as Corona del Mar’s, and the Knights easily could win four, if not all five, of their remaining games.

Tesoro, the third-ranked team on LaxPower, has had a quality season thus far. The Titans’ only loss was an 8-7 game against Foothill in the season opener. Tesoro added to its resume in an earlier March matchup with a 12-11 victory over now fifth-ranked San Clemente. Besides these two games, Tesoro seemingly has cruised to wins. The Titans face a rematch with San Clemente — which has lost only to CdM, Foothill and Tesoro — in two weeks.