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JUCO Top 50 Teams: May 7
Allan Simpson        
Published: Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Central Arizona on Sidelines
As JC Playoffs Intensify

Playoffs at almost every level of the junior-college world—state, region and district—begin (or continue) in earnest this week at locations all over the country, but one team in particular will be noteworthy because of its absence from post-season play.

Central Arizona College, which began the 2013 season at No. 1 in Perfect Game’s ranking of the nation’s Top 50 junior college teams, has already been eliminated from further competition leading up to the 2013 Junior College World Series. The Vaqueros (43-15) finished atop the Arizona Community College Athletic Conference regular-season standings, but failed to even advance past the first round of the four-team Arizona (Region 1) junior-college playoffs, losing in two straight games of their best-of-3 semi-final series to South Mountain.

With their unexpected loss, Central has dropped from No. 4 to No. 26 in PG’s latest ranking of the Top 50 teams (through games of Sunday). No. 41 South Mountain (38-20) will take on No. 20 Cochise (44-15) later this week in another best-of-3 series to determine Arizona’s representative in the Western District championship, which will also include teams from Regions 9 and 18. The winner of that tournament then advances to Grand Junction, Colo., May 25-June 1, to participate in the Junior College World Series—or National Junior College Athletic Association Division I national championship.

National championships will also be contested in Division II (May 25-June 1 in Enid, Okla.) and Division III (May 25-30 in Tyler, Texas), and playoffs at those levels will also intensify this week. California junior colleges are not members of the NJCAA, but 16 teams from an original field of 36 will advance to Super Regional competition later this week, with the state’s Final Four set for May 17-19 in Fresno.

Considerable national attention is expected to be focused on Lakeland, Fla., beginning Friday, when eight teams from that state will compete for the Region 8 championship, with the winner qualifying for the Junior College World Series. That regional should be hotly contested as it involves the top three teams in PG’s Top 50—No. 1 Miami-Dade College (35-8), No. 2 Tallahassee (46-8) and No. 3 State College of Florida-Manatee (42-10).


RK Prev. Team State Overall Conf.
1 1 Miami-Dade FL 35-8 19-5
2 2 Tallahassee FL 45-8 16-4
3 3 State College of Florida-Manatee FL 41-11 22-5
4 5 Santa Rosa CA 30-7 19-5
5 6 Navarro TX 39-15 25-5
6 7 Crowder MO 43-11 12-3
7 8 LSU-Eunice LA 44-8  
8 9 Cowley County KS 44-9 31-5
9 10 Sierra CA 31-7 19-5
10 11 New Mexico NM 43-13 27-9
11 12 Iowa Western IA 39-10 16-4
12 13 Fullerton CA 27-12 15-6
13 14 Connors State OK 45-9 15-5
14 15 Faulkner State AL 41-11 27-3
15 16 Southern Nevada NV 38-15 26-10
16 17 Delgado LA 43-9 8-3
17 18 Spartanburg Methodist SC 40-13 17-9
18 31 Grayson County TX **40-12 24-8
19 19 Everett WA 34-7 21-3
20 22 Cochise AZ 44-15 28-10
21 20 Walters State TN 35-16 19-8
22 21 Georgia Perimeter GA 36-17 25-6
23 29 Midland TX 43-13 28-8
24 23 Chattahoochee Valley AL 41-10 15-10
25 24 Des Moines Area IA 41-7 19-5
26 4 # Central Arizona AZ 43-15 29-9
27 25 St. Johns River FL 38-16 18-6
28 26 Lamar CO ***44-12 25-5
29 27 Wabash Valley IL 40-12 17-5
30 32 Palomar CA 26-12 21-4
31 34 Jefferson MO 35-14 21-5
32 30 Middle Georgia GA 35-13 25-7
33 36 Salt Lake UT 35-17 23-13
34 38 Seminole State FL 34-12 18-6
35 40 Fresno CA 28-10 20-4
36 46 Seminole State OK 36-16 14-6
37 45 Gloucester County NJ 42-3 15-1
38 35 San Jacinto TX 32-19 22-8
39 NR  Western Oklahoma State OK 41-11 15-5
40 42 Louisburg NC 33-14 17-9
41 NR  South Mountain AZ 38-20 24-14
42 28 Cisco TX 40-13 20-12
43 33 Heartland IL 39-9 22-3
44 43 Alvin TX 33-20 21-9
45 NR  Mt. San Antonio CA 28-11 16-5
46 47 Darton State GA 38-12 23-8
47 NR  Scottsdale AZ 37-18 25-13
48 48 Chipola FL 35-19 12-8
49 NR  Glendale CA 27-11 19-5
50 49 Southern Union State AL 40-15 22-6


Dropped out: No. 37 San Bernardino Valley, Calif. (28-10); No. 39 Lurleen B. Wallace, Ala. (34-12); No. 41 Yavapai, Ariz. (43-15); No. 44 Riverside, Calif. (25-14); No. 50 Lower Columbia, Wash. (31-9).

# Season complete
** Includes four wins that were subsequently forfeited
*** Includes five wins that were subsequently forfeited


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