For the first time in quite awhile, we have some serious movement within the Tri-County Fall Top Five poll.
How much? There isn’t a single team in the same position they were in a week ago. There were some upsets that allowed for the movement. The primary two upsets had to do with the Linden football team and the Holly girls cross country squads. Linden football was upset by Lapeer West a week ago, while the Bronchos were beat by a pretty strong Linden girls cross country team in the second Metro League jamboree on Wednesday.
There has been a change at No. 1 as well. Not because of any upsets, but because of how well one team is doing. Remember, these rankings only include action through Thursday, Sept. 27.
No. 7: Linden boys soccer - The Eagles have posted eight straight shutouts in a row. What is going to make it tough for the Eagles to keep this position is their league status. They need help to win a league title. And, actually, Fenton soccer still has control of its own destiny in terms of winning a title. They have a win against Fenton and that’s what has them here right now.
No. 6: Lake Fenton football - Entering Friday night’s pivotal game against Goodrich (remember these rankings were done prior to the game on Friday morning) the Blue Devils have just one loss, and that defeat came against a strong Gabriel Richard team in what was a competitive game. Since then, Lake Fenton has outscored its next four foes 203-20, earning continuous clock mercy victories in each contest. Friday’s Goodrich game will be pivotal to their ranking next week as well as their GAC Red title chances.
No. 5: Holly boys tennis - The Bronchos enter Tuesday’s Metro League meet undefeated and the overwhelming favorites to win the league outright. They are also getting a couple of nice results in recent weekend tourneys. This squad might be a bit stronger than some of the previous teams. They will be an interesting team to follow.
No. 4: Fenton volleyball - The Tigers remain the overwhelming team to beat in the Metro League, recently beating Brandon. And in weekend action, they are occasionally getting some solid victories against well-respected programs. This will be another team that it will be interesting to follow as the season winds down.
No. 3: Linden girls golf - The seventh-ranked team in Division 3 are undefeated entering their dual against Fenton on Tuesday at Spring Meadows. The Eagles are the clear underdogs entering the meet, but are on their home course and are very capable of posting a low score. An upset wouldn’t be a shocking result at all.
No. 2: Linden boys cross country - It’s been a tough week for the Linden boys in our poll. All the squad did in the last week is win its own Linden Invitational and win the second Metro League jamboree race. The jamboree victory almost assured the Eagles will win their sixth league title in three weeks. Yes, it’s been a strong week for Linden, but it’s not their performance that has them falling to No. 2. It’s what the new No. 1 has done.
No. 1: Fenton girls golf - One could argue the Tigers should’ve been No. 1 for awhile now. The Tigers are tied for first place in the Metro with the Linden Eagles and have posted their fair share of strong performances in tourneys. Their most recent strong showing was on Monday when the Tigers won the Davison Invitational, beating a couple state-ranked teams in the process. The Tigers are ranked No. 4 in Division 2 action, and clearly deserve this position right now. Their first challenge in the No. 1 spot — a dual meet against No. 3 Linden at Spring Meadows on Tuesday.