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Junior College Top 50 Teams
Allan Simpson        
Published: Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Top 9 Teams Remain Same as Post-Season Tournaments Begin

Post-season play begins on a number of fronts this week as junior college teams around the country vie for a number of championships—both at the national and state levels.

Every team in Perfect Game’s latest ranking of the nation’s Top 50 junior-college teams will participate in tournament play in some way, shape or form, including California’s Orange Coast College (31-4-1), which continues to hang on to its No. 1 ranking that it has held since March. The Pirates will begin play this week in the 36-team California state junior-college tournament.

For most teams in the Top 50, the big prize is the National Junior College Athletic Association Division I championship—known more commonly as the Junior College World Series—which will be played May 26-June 2 at its familiar home in Grand Junction, Colo. Through various regional and district tournaments, many of which start this week, 10 teams will eventually work their way to Grand Junction.

Iowa Western (46-3), the 2010 national champion, is the highest-ranked NJCAA D-I team in the Top 50 at No. 2, followed by Tennessee’s Walters State (47-8), the 2006 national champion at No. 3, and Texas’ Howard College (37-10), the 2009 national champion, at No. 4. All three teams have held steady in this week’s national ranking—just as the top nine teams overall have.

Meanwhile, the NJCAA Division II and Division III national tournaments also get underway this week, 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 (45-4) is the top-ranked D-II team in the Perfect Game Top 50 at No. 12. No team in D-III is ranked, but long-time power Gloucester County (N.J.) is the top-ranked team in the most recent NJCAA baseball rankings.

California teams are not members of the NJCAA, so do not participate in the Junior College World Series. So Orange Coast’s chances of preserving its No. 1 ranking will be dependent on it winning the California Final Four, scheduled for Bakersfield, Calif., May 18-20.

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 mid-May. Defending champion Bellevue (Wash.) CC is the NWAACC’s top-ranked team at No. 33.

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

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

4-23 - Rankings as of April 23
#Conf Conference record (standing)

RK 4-23 Team State Overall #CONF.
1 1 Orange Coast CA 31-4 18-3 (1)
2 2 Iowa Western IA 46-3 27-3 (1)
3 3 Walters State TN 47-8 22-5 (T-1)
4 4 Howard TX 37-10 21-7 (1)
5 5 Polk State FL 40-9 16-5 (1)
6 6 Louisburg NC 49-7 21-7 (2)
7 7 Central Arizona AZ 43-13 28-10 (T-1)
8 8 Salt Lake UT 38-6 29-4 (1)
9 9 Santa Fe FL 36-11 18-5 (1)
10 11 Middle Georgia GA 40-11 26-6 (1)
11 14 Cisco TX 43-9 23-5 (1)
12 12 *LSU-Eunice LA 45-4 n/a
13 13 Feather River CA 30-6 16-4 (1)
14 15 Jefferson MO 42-9 20-4 (1)
15 16 Chipola FL 37-15 16-4 (1)
16 17 Palm Beach State FL 35-14 15-9 (1)
17 18 Western Nevada NV 40-11 29-6 (2)
18 19 Rio Hondo CA 33-3 21-0 (1)
19 10 Central Alabama AL 37-10 23-6 (1)
20 21 Santa Ana CA 29-7 16-5 (2)
21 22 Florence-Darlington SC 41-10 23-4 (1)
22 27 Seminole State OK 37-11 12-3 (1)
23 23 Columbia State TN 38-10 22-5 (T-1)
24 25 Wabash Valley IL 44-9 22-5 (2)
25 29 Georgia Perimeter GA 39-13 19-9 (3)
26 30 Yavapai AZ 38-18 28-10 (T-1)
27 32 San Mateo CA 27-9 19-3 (1)
28 34 Northeast Texas TX 32-14 26-10 (1)
29 35 Crowder MO 36-15 18-6 (2)
30 38 Johnson County KS 38-16 26-10 (1)
31 31 Grayson County TX 36-15 20-8 (2)
32 28 *Heartland IL 37-4 23-3 (1)
33 20 Bellevue WA 29-8 15-5 (2)
34 36 Lamar CO 42-10 24-5 (1)
35 37 State College of Florida-Manatee FL 32-15 14-7 (2)
36 40 Ohlone CA 26-10 20-4 (1)
37 41 Neosho County KS 40-14 25-11 (T-2)
38 42 Spartanburg Methodist SC 39-15 15-11 (3)
39 43 Fresno CA 25-11 20-4 (1)
40 26 Navarro TX 33-16 24-12 (2)
41 45 Wallace State-Hanceville AL 33-15 18-10 (2)
42 24 Eastern Oklahoma State OK 32-15 9-7 (4)
43 48 Mt. San Antonio CA 28-8 17-4 (1)
44 47 San Jacinto TX 31-21 22-12 (1)
45 50 *Des Moines Area IA 36-11 19-1 (1)
46   Tacoma WA 27-6 14-2 (T-1)
47   Glendale CA 25-10 16-5 (1)
48 44 New Mexico NM 34-18 22-10 (2)
49 49 Central Florida FL 32-18 16-8 (2)
50   Harford MD 39-11 22-3 (1)

Dropped out:  Darton, John A. Logan, Edmonds



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