Loss to Quincy drops Mavs from No. 22 to No. 25 in hoops poll

Mesa State College slipped in the National Association of Basketball Coaches Division II poll, but didn’t fall out.

The Mavericks (10-1) dropped from No. 22 to No. 25 in the rankings, released Tuesday, but the rankings didn’t include Monday’s 72-61 victory over Illinois-Springfield. The records are through Sunday’s games.

Mesa State is off to its best start in Jim Heaps’ 14 years as the coach. The Mavericks lost their first game of the season Sunday to then-No. 24 Quincy (Ill.) University in the Hawks’ own tournament. Quincy moved up to No. 22 in the poll.

The top six teams in the poll remained the same. Central Missouri (10-0) is first followed by Florida Southern, Augusta State (Ga.), Indiana (Pa.), Arkansas Tech and Seattle Pacific at sixth.

The Mavericks are off the rest of the week for Christmas, but the players return next Wednesday to start preparation for the rest of the RMAC schedule.

Mesa’s first game is Jan. 8 at Chadron State followed by a game Jan. 9 at Nebraska-Kearney. The Mavericks host the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs at 8 p.m. on Jan. 16.

Baseball team ranked

The Mesa State College baseball team is ranked fifth in the American Baseball Coaches Association Division II 2010 preseason poll released this week.

The Mavericks are coming off their first trip to the NCAA Division II World Series last spring, finishing with a 44-15 record.

Mesa State has three returning starters from the team, including NCBWA preseason All-American outfielder Kevin Becker, first baseman/catcher Marty Rover and second baseman Austin Buck. Pitchers Scott Bachman, Chris Carpenter, Kyle Davis and Chris Shea return. Pitchers Jack Amidei and T.J. Stastny are back for their senior seasons after redshirting last year.

Emporia State (Kan.), the national runner-up, tops the preseason poll. Florida Southern is second, U.C.-San Diego is third and Southern Arkansas is fourth. National champion Lynn (Fla.) University is ranked 10th.

The Mavericks begin their season Feb. 5 at Dixie State (Utah) College in St. George, Utah. Mesa’s first home series is Feb. 19-21 against the University of Mary (N.D.).

All-RMAC Academic honors

Five Mesa State cross country runners were selected to the RMAC All-Academic team.

Sophomore Kelsey Follett made the first team with a 3.75 grade-point average. The undeclared major joined academic runner of the year Marie Patton of Colorado School of Mines and five seniors on the first team.

Mesa junior Paula Hogue made the second team with a 3.86 GPA in biology.

Sophomores Ali Poppe and Cecelia Garcia and junior Jessica Smith made the honor roll. Poppe has a 3.34 GPA in nursing, Garcia has a 3.90 GPA in business and Smith has a 3.44 GPA in sports management.

To qualify for the All-Academic team, student-athletes must have a GPA of 3.30 or better, be a starter or key reserve and completed two consecutive semesters or three quarters at their current institution.


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