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.
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 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.