Campbell widens its lead for No. 1; Waianae, MPI jump up

Campbell went undefeated during the regular season last year. Photo by Steven Erler/Special to the Star-Advertiser.

Mid-Pacific and Waianae moved up in a big way this week in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser softball Top 10.

The Owls (5-1 ILH) jumped three spots to No. 4 and the Seariders (4-1 OIA West) climbed the same amount of slots to No. 5.

A surprise team so far this season, Waianae knocked off then-No. 5 Mililani 4-0 on Tuesday.

Campbell (5-0 OIA West) and Maryknoll (5-1 ILH) stayed put at Nos. 1 and 2. The Sabers were fortunate to rally back from a 6-1 deficit to beat No. 10 Leilehua 7-6 on Saturday and widened their lead over the Spartans for first place by 16 votes.

When teams start trending up, others go in the opposite direction. ‘Iolani (4-2 ILH) fell three pegs to No. 6, and Mililani (3-2 OIA West) dropped three places to No. 8.

Two other teams in the Top 10 only moved one place — Roosevelt (5-0 OIA East) rose to No. 3 and Punahou (4-2 ILH) went down one to No. 7.

Leilehua (2-3 OIA West) stayed at No. 10, and St. Francis (4-2 ILH Division II) re-entered at No. 9 after being out for one week.

The Saints went 1-1 last week, falling to then-No. 3 ‘Iolani 7-4 on Thursday before defeating then-No. 9 Kamehameha 8-5 on Saturday.

For the second week in a row, no Neighbor Islands teams are in the Top 10. Earlier in the season, Lahainaluna was in there. The Lunas (5-1 MIL), however, fell from the unbeaten ranks in an 11-1 loss to Baldwin (4-2) on Saturday.

Kamehameha-Hawaii (7-0 BIIF D-II), which received three votes, is proving to be a force on the Big Island along with Kohala (7-1 D-II) and Waiakea (5-1 D-I).

Kapaa leads the KIF standings at 3-0.

In voting by media and coaches, teams are awarded 10 points for a first-place vote, nine points for second, eight for third, etc.

The list below shows this week’s top 10 and how many points they went up or down.

1. Campbell (plus 4)
2. Maryknoll (minus 12)
3. Roosevelt (plus 10)
4. Mid-Pacific (plus 22)
5. Waianae (plus 21)
6. ‘Iolani (minus 18)
7. Punahou (minus 7)
8. Mililani (minus 17)
9. St. Francis (not ranked last week)
10. Leilehua (minus 3)

Honolulu Star-Advertiser Top 10

Updated: 10/23
1.Kamehameha (10)100


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