San Jac stays No. 1 in final JUCO poll

Temple (Texas) College cracked the National Junior College Athletic Association top 25 rankings, released Tuesday.

The Leopards (37-23) are ranked 20th in the final poll before play begins Saturday in the Alpine Bank Junior College World Series at Suplizio Field.

Southern District champion San Jacinto (Texas) College-North (48-10) remained No. 1. College of Southern Nevada (49-14) is second, State College of Florida (37-13) is third, Pitt (N.C.) Community College (41-11) is fourth and Iowa Western Community College (45-11) is fifth.

Chattanooga State (Tenn.) Community College (39-15) is eighth, Faulkner State (Ala.) Community College (37-19) is ninth and Crowder (Mo.) College (42-22) is 10th. No. 19 Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College (37-22) and Temple round out the JUCO World Series field.

Teams will begin arriving in Grand Junction today, and Thursday from 5-7 p.m., boys and girls ages 12 and younger can meet some of the players at a free clinic with JUCO players and coaches at Suplizio Field. The youngsters will get instruction on several phases of the game, including having their pitches clocked by the tournament’s radar gun. Each youngster will receive a free T-shirt, and players and coaches will sign autographs.

Tickets for the banquet are on sale now for $40 and are available at the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce, 360 Grand Ave., and at the JUCO office in the Home Loan Building at Fourth Street and Rood Avenue, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. each business day.

Advanced tournament passes for the JUCO World Series are available at any Alpine Bank location, the Grand Junction area Chamber of Commerce, City Market stores, Gene Taylor’s, Harbert Lumber, Fisher’s Liquor Barn, Mesa Mall, B&H Sports, Albertson’s, Safeway and Wal-Mart or online at

Passes are $25 for adults and $20 for students (ages 6-21) and seniors (age 55-older). Tournament passes go up $5 each at the gate. Each pass is good for all 19 games. Single-game tickets are available at the gate only for $8. Single-game tickets for Games 18 and 19 are $10.

Single-game tickets go on sale for the next game during the seventh inning of the existing game. Tickets for 7:30 p.m. games go on sale between 5:30 and 6.

Grand Valley Transit is offering free shuttle service from several hotels along Horizon Drive and from the new parking garage at Mesa State College at the corner of 12th Street and Elm Avenue. Buses will run starting at 8 a.m. on Saturday, with the final return run at midnight, or one hour after the final game ends.


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