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JUCO Top 50 Teams: May 21
Allan Simpson        
Published: Tuesday, May 21, 2013


Fields Set, JUCO World Series
To Begin at Three Sites Saturday

With regional and district play wrapping up on all fronts this weekend, the Junior College World Series is set to set to start Saturday—at three locations, with three clear favorites.

The 10-team National Junior College Athletic Association Division I series will be played in its long-time home of Grand Junction, Colo., while the 10-team NJCAA D-II series is slated for Enid, Okla., and the 8-team NJCAA D-III series in Tyler, Texas.

Most of the national attention will be focused on Grand Junction, where the field includes Navarro (Texas) JC, the 2011 national champion and No. 1 ranked team in Perfect Game’s latest ranking of the nation’s Top 50 Junior-College teams. The Bulldogs (43-15), one of two Texas teams in the tournament, secured their spot in the World Series by handily winning their conference and then four straight games in district play. They rank as the early favorite as most of their competition landed berths in the national tournament on the strength of a string of upsets around the country in post-season play.

LSU-Eunice is even more of a prohibitive favorite in the D-II World Series. The Bengals (48-8), ranked No. 3 in PG’s latest junior-college rankings and the only D-II team in the top 10, are four-time national champions. They previously won D-II titles in 2012, 2010, 2008 and 2006.

New Jersey’s Gloucester County, ranked No. 27 in PG’s Top 50, enters the D-III World Series with a stellar 45-3 record, the best mark in the nation. Though the Roadrunners haven’t won the tournament since 2010, they also have a winning pedigree as they have won the event on six previous occasions 1992, when the NJCAA ranks were split into three levels.

California junior colleges are not members of the NJCAA, but that state held its annual Final Four over the weekend, with upstart Cypress College winning three state games to capture their fifth state title, beating Fullerton College in the final. The game was a match-up of two teams from California’s powerful Orange Empire Conference, with Cypress, fourth-place finishers during the regular season, turning the tables on Fullerton, the regular-season champion. Cypress climbed to No. 15 nationally with its victory.

EDITOR’S NOTE:
In advance of Saturday’s opening day of the World Series, Perfect Game will unveil its exclusive list of the nation’s Top 100 Junior-College Prospects for this year’s draft.


RK Prev. Team State Record
1 1 Navarro TX 43-15
2 3 Connors State OK 52-9
3 4 LSU-Eunice LA 48-8
4 5 Midland TX 47-13
5 6 Cochise AZ 49-16
6 10 Spartanburg Methodist SC 45-13
7 30 Kaskaskia IL 39-10
8 9 # State College of Florida-Manatee FL 45-13
9 12 # Miami-Dade FL 35-10
10 13 # Tallahassee FL 46-10
11 20 Walters State TN 37-16
12 14 # Crowder MO 47-13
13 15 # Central Arizona AZ 43-15
14 16 # Cowley County KS 45-11
15 37 * Cypress CA 32-14
16 8 # Delgado LA 47-11
17 28 Heartland IL 48-9
18 7 # Fullerton CA 32-15
19 18 # New Mexico NM 44-15
20 2 # Santa Rosa CA 34-9
21 24 Palm Beach State FL 38-19
22 11 # Iowa Western IA 45-14
23 50 Central Alabama AL 38-13
24 17 # Sierra CA 33-9
25 22 # Faulkner State AL 41-11
26 25 # Grayson County TX 40-18
27 26 Gloucester County NJ 45-3
28 27 # Western Nevada NV 47-20
29 34 # Wabash Valley IL 46-16
30 29 # Southern Nevada NV 40-17
31 32 # Seminole State FL 36-14
32 19 Everett WA 34-9
33 36 # Alvin TX 38-22
34 38 # Chipola FL 38-21
35 21 # Georgia Perimeter GA 36-19
36 39 # Lamar CO 41-21
37 23 # Middle Georgia GA 39-13
38 41 # Chattahoochee Valley AL 42-12
39 42 # St. Johns River FL 38-18
40 43 Scottsdale AZ 38-19
41 44 # Palomar CA 29-14
42 45 # Jefferson MO 36-16
43 46 # Salt Lake UT 35-19
44 47 # Seminole State OK 38-19
45 48 # San Jacinto TX 35-21
46 49 # Cisco TX 40-15
47 NR  Neosho County KS 35-24
48 31 # Southern Union State AL 43-17
49 40 # Potomac State WV 40-15
50 33 # Northeastern CO 40-21

Dropped out: No. 35 Feather River, Calif. (29-15)

# Season complete
* California state champion


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