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JUCO Top 50 Teams: May 6

Juco : : Rankings
Allan Simpson        
Published: Tuesday, May 06, 2014




Call it the calm before the storm in the nation’s junior-college ranks.

With post-season tournament play scheduled to begin on many fronts around the country later this week, Perfect Game’s latest ranking of the Top 50 junior-college teams has seen almost no turnover in the past week. Chipola (Fla.) remains firmly installed as the No. 1 team, and every other club in the top 10 has held firm.

Chipola (36-10) wrapped up regular-season play more than a week ago and sat idle for the next several days as it geared up for play in the hotly-contested Florida junior-college state tournament (or, technically, the National Junior College Athletic Association Region 8 tournament), set for May 9-14 in Lakeland, Fla., with a berth in the Junior College World Series on the line.

The Indians open play against No. 37 Central Florida, but will have their work cut out for them as the expanded 10-team field also includes No. 5 St. Johns River (37-12), No. 10 Polk State (36-12) and No. 11 Gulf Coast State (37-12). Like Chipola, all those teams were idle last week.

Most of the nation’s remaining top junior colleges will also begin or resume tournament play this week—either at the state or regional levels. As in Florida, berths in the Junior College World Series, scheduled for May 24-31 in Grand Junction, Colo., will be at stake in Region 5 (Western Texas, New Mexico), Region 6 (Kansas), Region 14 (Eastern Texas, Louisiana) and Region 22 (Alabama).

California junior colleges are not members of the NJCAA and do not participate in the Junior College World Series, but that state has nine schools represented in the Top 50. California conducts its own 36-team state tournament, and the field was whittled to 16 last weekend. No. 4-ranked Orange Coast, the No. 1 seed in southern California, and No. 7 Chabot, No. 1 seed in northern California, both made it successfully through the first weekend of competition by winning best-of-3 series, and those schools will play another set of best-of-3 series this weekend, with berths in the state Final Four at stake.

Not every nationally-prominent team went unscathed last week as No. 15 Central Arizona (now No. 35) lost in two straight games in the first round of the Arizona JC championship series for the second straight year, while No. 16 Walters State (now No. 36) unexpectedly fell in the Tennessee state tournament.

Four NJCAA Division II schools remain ranked in PG’s all-inclusive Top 50, led by No. 18 Mesa (Ariz.) CC. D-II schools will stage their own Junior College World Series, also from May 24-31, in Enid, Okla.


RK Prev. Team ST Overall Conference
1 1 Chipola FL 36-10 15-5
2 2 Grayson TX 40-12 26-6
3 3 Chattahoochee Valley AL 43-9 23-4
4 4 Orange Coast CA 29-9 14-7
5 5 St. Johns River State FL 37-12 20-4
6 6 Georgia Perimeter GA 40-12 29-5
7 7 Chabot CA 29-8 21-1
8 8 Alvin TX 42-14 30-10
9 9 Oxnard CA 29-10 14-6
10 10 Polk State FL 36-12 22-6
11 11 Gulf Coast State FL 37-12 14-6
12 13 Columbia State TN 41-11 22-5
13 12 Spartanburg Methodist SC 41-14 19-5
14 14 Crowder MO 39-14 18-8
15 22 Connors Satate OK 44-11 14-6
16 17 San Joaquin Delta CA 29-9 14-7
17 18 Tacoma WA 33-2 18-1
18 21 Mesa AZ 45-12 27-11
19 23 Salt Lake UT 32-16 22-10
20 24 Miami-Dade FL 30-14 18-6
21 25 Wabash Valley IL 42-11 19-5
22 26 Johnson County KS 44-11 29-7
23 27 Delgado LA 37-10 7-4
24 28 Galveston TX 39-17 30-10
25 29 Hutchinson KS 42-15 23-9
26 30 Iowa Western IA 45-10 19-5
27 34 Santa Ana CA 27-11 14-7
28 31 Indian Hills IA 38-15 18-6
29 32 Western Nevada NV 36-16 21-11
30 33 Northeastern Oklahoma A&M OK 36-15 13-7
31 35 Jones County MS 40-8 18-6
32 37 LSU-Eunice LA 41-11 0-0
33 38 Darton State GA 38-17 29-7
34 20 Middle Georgia GA 36-13 25-10
35 15 * Central Arizona AZ 42-16 27-11
36 16 * Walters State TN 43-18 20-7
37 39 Central Florida FL 32-17 17-7
38 40 Mercer County NJ 34-5 12-2
39 41 Cowley County KS 36-15 26-10
40 43 Santa Rosa CA 27-11 13-8
41 49 Sequoias CA 29-9 20-4
42 47 Shelton State AL 33-20 22-6
43 19 * Palomar CA 28-11 22-2
44 42 Paris TX 29-21 19-11
45 NR  Navarro TX 32-19 18-12
46 NR  Santa Barbara CA 25-13 11-9
47 45 Florence-Darlington SC 33-18 18-7
48 46 New Mexico NM 34-22 28-8
49 48 Pitt NC 32-13 13-9
50 NR  Howard TX 40-17 22-14

DROPPED OUT: No. 36 Feather River, Calif. (29-10, 20-5); No. 44 Jackson State, Tenn. (35-18, 19-8); Frank Phillips, Texas (35-20, 26-10).

*Season complete

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