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Junior College Top 50 Teams
Published: Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Florida’s Fifth-Ranked Polk State First to Punch Ticket

The top five teams in Perfect Game’s ranking of the nation’s Top 50 Junior College Teams have remained unchanged for a month, but Florida’s Polk State, ranked No. 5, has achieved the most-noteworthy development in that period.

On Monday, Polk State became the first team to qualify for this year’s Junior College World Series as it came out of the loser’s bracket to win two games on the final day of the Florida community-college state championship. The Vikings beat No. 15-ranked Palm Beach State in the deciding game, 8-4, to push its record on the season to 42-9.

Nine more teams will join Polk State at the Junior College World Series, scheduled for May 26-June 2 in Grand Junction, Colo., by qualifying through various regional and district tournaments over the next two weeks.

Post-season play is well underway on a number of fronts nationally as teams vie for a number of championships—both at the national and state levels.

California’s Orange Coast College (33-4-1) continues to hang on to its No. 1 ranking that it has held since March. The Pirates have only a state championship to contend for as California junior colleges do not participate in the Junior College World Series, but they won their first two games of the 36-team California state junior-college tournament, advancing to the state’s Round of 16. The four survivors of Super Regional play meet in the state final May 18-20.

At No. 2, Iowa Western (51-4), the 2010 national champion, is Perfect Game’s highest-ranked team that is eligible to participate in the Junior College World Series. The Reivers begin regional play Friday. No. 3-ranked Walters State (49-8), the 2006 national champion, won its first game Monday at the Tennessee junior-college championship tournament, while Texas’ No. 4-ranked Howard College (41-10), the 2009 national champion, opens play in the National Junior College Athletic Association Region 5 tournament Saturday.

Meanwhile, the NJCAA Division II and Division III national tournaments have also gotten underway, with the D-II World Series scheduled for Enid, Okla., May 26-June 2 and D-III World Series slated for Tyler, Texas, May 19-25. LSU-Eunice (48-4) is the top-ranked D-II team in the Perfect Game Top 50 at No. 10.

Teams in the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges, consisting of 28 junior colleges in Oregon, Washington and British Columbia, will contend for their own championship, beginning in the next two weeks. Defending champion Bellevue (Wash.) CC is the NWAACC’s top-ranked team, remaining steady at No. 33.

To follow the respective tournaments, please link to the following websites:

www.njcaa.org
www.cccaasports.org
www.nwaacc.org


4-30 - Rankings as of April 30
#Season complete
* National Junior College Division II team

RK 4-30 Team State Overall
1 1 Orange Coast CA 33-4
2 2 Iowa Western IA 51-4
3 3 Walters State TN 48-8
4 4 Howard TX 41-10
5 5 Polk State FL 43-10
6 6 Louisburg NC 50-8
7 7 Central Arizona AZ 45-13
8 8 Salt Lake UT 40-8
9 10 Middle Georgia GA 40-11
10 12 *LSU-Eunice LA 48-4
11 13 Feather River CA 32-6
12 14 Jefferson MO 44-9
13 9 #Santa Fe FL 37-13
14 18 Rio Hondo CA 35-3
15 16 #Palm Beach State FL 38-15
16 17 Western Nevada NV 42-13
17 19 Central Alabama AL 40-11
18 20 Santa Ana CA 31-7
19 21 Florence-Darlington SC 44-10
20 31 Grayson County TX 41-15
21 11 Cisco TX 43-12
22 22 Seminole State OK 39-13
23 23 Columbia State TN 38-10
24 15 #Chipola FL 39-17
25 25 Georgia Perimeter GA 42-14
26 26 Yavapai AZ 40-18
27 29 Crowder MO 41-15
28 27 San Mateo CA 29-10
29 24 Wabash Valley IL 46-11
30 28 Northeast Texas TX 32-14
31 30 Johnson County KS 39-16
32 34 Lamar CO 43-9
33 33 Bellevue WA 31-8
34 41 Wallace State-Hanceville AL 38-15
35 32 *Heartland IL 41-6
36 36 Ohlone CA 28-10
37 37 Neosho County KS 44-14
38 38 Spartanburg Methodist SC 39-15
39 39 Fresno CA 27-11
40 43 Mt. San Antonio CA 30-8
41 35 #State College of Florida-Manatee FL 33-17
42 40 Navarro TX 33-18
43 44 San Jacinto TX 33-23
44 45 *Des Moines Area IA 42-12
45 47 Glendale CA 27-10
46 48 New Mexico NM 35-18
47   Northeastern CO 43-14
48   John A. Logan IL 36-20
49   Everett WA 25-8
50 50 Harford MD 40-12

Dropped out:
 Eastern Oklahoma State, Tacoma, #Central Florida


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