Briefs: Local College Sports April 28, 2009
• Manley, Keating go undrafted
Mesa State College’s Maurice Manley and Jared Keating are still waiting and hoping one team will take a chance on them and sign them to a free-agent contract after they were skipped in the NFL draft over the weekend.
Keating, who is from Cody, Wyo., was told the Kansas City Chiefs were interested in bringing him in for a tryout — until the Chiefs drafted a kicker with their last pick of the draft.
Manley, a Central High School product, was hoping former Mav Ben Steele could convince his former employer, the Green Bay Packers, to sign him, but to no avail.
Manley and Keating both told the Sentinel they were disappointed, but were hopeful they would hear something from their agents by the end of the week.
• Mavs drop 10 spots in poll
The Mesa State College baseball team dropped to 12th in the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper Division II poll after splitting a four-game series with New Mexico Highlands last weekend.
The Mavericks (37-9) have lost four of their last seven games heading into their final home series of the season against Colorado Christian. Mesa hosts the Cougars in a doubleheader at 3 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday at Suplizio Field. Little League Family Night is at 7:05 p.m. Friday.
Barry (Fla.) University (40-7) took over the top spot in the poll. Southern Arkansas (44-9) dropped from the top spot to No. 2. Ashland (Ohio) University (38-1) moved up from No. 5 to a tie with Southern Arkansas at No. 2. South Carolina-Aiken (37-15) is fourth and UC-San Diego (30-11) is fifth.
• Mesa receives first NCAA bid
The Mesa State women’s team qualified for the NCAA Division II Super Regional tournament for the first time in school history.
The Mavericks received the fifth seed in the Central Region and will play in the 54-hole tournament May 4-6 in Sioux Falls, S.D. The top three teams and the top three individuals not with a team advance to the NCAA Championships May 13-16 in Findlay, Ohio.
Upper Iowa, which took first in the RMAC Championship tournament a week ago, is the top seed. Concordia-St. Paul (Minn.) is the No. 2 seed followed by Minnesota State-Mankato and Fort Hays State (Kan.) University. The rest of the field includes Augustana (S.D.), Winona State (Minn.), Montana State-Billings and Southwest Minnesota State.
Individual qualifiers are Chelsey Ouren of Minnesota State-Moorhead, Sara Wissing of Nebraska-Kearney, Jenny Ives of Adams State and Kelsee Katsampes of Wayne State (Neb.).