Entering week three of the softball season, it was time for an extensive review of the ratings.
The result? Three new teams move to the head of the classes.
Papillion-La Vista, Elkhorn South and Raymond Central have ascended to the top, with Raymond Central's move in Class C being the most dramatic — from No. 8 to No. 1.
Elkhorn South moved into the top spot in Class B for the first time in the four-year history of the program. The Storm were ranked No. 4 last week and also are No. 7 in the all-class Top 10.
Papillion-La Vista's first appearance atop Class A and the Top 10 since the end of the 2010 season wasn't as dramatic. The 7-0 Monarchs were No. 2 when they knocked off two-time defending Class A state champion Millard South 8-1 on Saturday in the final of the Omaha Marian tournament.
If Beatrice defeats Omaha Gross on Thursday, it will be the 500th victory for the Lady Orange softball program. Beatrice has a 499-159 all-time record, a .758 winning percentage.
The Lady Orange are off to a 10-1 start this season and have vaulted to No. 2 in Class B behind Elkhorn South. Beatrice has never had a losing season in the 21 seasons that softball has been a sanctioned sport.
If other schools have hit this milestone or are close — Papillion-La Vista has well over 600 victories — please send me a note to the email address at the end of this column and we'll assemble a list of programs with the most victories.
Omaha Central shortstop Lauren Wegner announced Wednesday that she has been accepted to Stanford and will join the Cardinal softball team as a recruited walk-on.
Wegner originally committed to play at Nebraska.
She hit .336 with nine doubles, five home runs and 26 RBIs for Nebraska Gold and is hitting over .750 for the 6-1 Eagles.