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Shock finally reach No. 1

After three weeks at No. 2, Spokane has finally moved up to the top spot in the AFL coaches poll released Wednesday.

The Shock, winners of six straight, replaced Jacksonville at No. 1. The Sharks dropped to No.  3. Spokane had 10 first-place votes, No. 2 Arizona four and No. 5 Tampa Bay one. The Shock and Rattlers are 1-2 in the West Division and now in the rankings. Milwaukee, which entertains Spokane on Saturday, dropped from third to sixth.

AFL fans and writers agree with Spokane being No. 1, but there are several differences in top five in their respective polls.

More below.

--UPDATE: Milwaukee appears to be having ownership/financial issues and nobody, including team president and CEO Andrew Vallozzi or AFL commissioner Jerry Kurz seems inclined to talk about it. More here.

--Also, Shock director of communications Kevin Maloney relays that ex-Spokane DB Stanley Franks survived final cuts and made the B.C. Lions roster. A quick scan of CFL rosters shows Aaron Fairooz still with Saskatchewan and Jeremy Unertl with Toronto, but it wasn't immediately known if they'd made the final rosters. Chris Pino suffered an injury shortly after signing with Montreal. Spokane has the AFL rights to those three players.

From AFL office:

TULSA – It is no surprise that Spokane holds the No. 1 spot after receiving 10 first place votes in this week’s Coaches Poll. The Shock defeated Tulsa, this week’s No. 7, by a score of 63-42. That win and the Jacksonville Sharks’ subsequent loss knocked the Sharks out of their top-spot to third. The Shock will battle sixth-ranked Milwaukee in Milwaukee on June 26.

WEEK 12

RK

Team (1st place votes)

W-L

Pts

Last Week

1

Spokane Shock(10)

8-2

133

2

2

Arizona Rattlers(4)

7-3

113

4

3

Jacksonville Sharks

7-3

112

1

4

Chicago Rush

8-3

104

5

5

Tampa Bay Storm(1)

7-3

96

6

6

Milwaukee Iron

7-4

86

3

7

Tulsa Talons

6-5

49

7

8

Orlando Predators

5-5

48

8

9

Alabama Vipers

6-5

39

9

10

Cleveland Gladiators

5-6

35

10

11

Iowa Barnstormers

4-6

25

11

12

Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz

3-7

22

12

13

Bossier-Shreveport BW

3-8

20

13

14

Dallas Vigilantes

1-9

15

14

14

Utah Blaze

1-9

15

14




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