San Jac remains No. 1
JUCO is a little more than two weeks away, and teams around the country are preparing to play for one of the nine remaining spots available.
Monday, the State College of Florida won the Gulf District title.
San Jacinto (Texas) College-North (44-10) enters the Southern District tournament this weekend as the top seed and No. 1 team in the nation.
Southern Nevada (43-13) is No. 2 after clinching the Scenic West Conference title by only two games over No. 9 Western Nevada.
Southern Nevada, led by Bryce Harper, the top-ranked pro prospect in the nation, received a first-round bye Wednesday in the Region 18 tournament in Henderson, Nev. Harper was selected the NJCAA Division I player of the week after hitting .458 with nine RBI, 10 runs scored, three doubles, one triple and two home runs in eight games.
The Region 18 winner travels to the Region 9 champion for the Western District playoffs May 20-22.
Walters State (Tenn.) is No. 3, followed by defending champion Howard (Texas) College and State College of Florida.
As part of the leadup to the JUCO World Series, which is May 29-June 5 at Suplizio Field, more than 20,000 single-game tickets are being passed out at all Mesa County schools. Wednesday, Mr. JUCO, the tournament mascot, showed up at Holy Family School to give away tickets, donated by Hilltop.
Pitt (N.C.) Community College jumped from No. 14 to No. 6 this week, followed by Connors (Okla.) State, Wabash Valley (Ill.), Western Nevada and Yavapai (Ariz.) College.
Central Arizona is right behind Yavapai, with those teams playing in the Region 1 series today through Saturday. The winner advances to the Western District tournament.
Western Nebraska plays at No. 13 Lamar this weekend for the right to host the Western District tourney.