Monday, August 15, 2016

LSC Volleyball preseason poll, AFCA Football Poll, news stories, etc. etc. etc.

LSC champ TexAnns excited to be back at work - Brad Keith, The Flash Today
Rambelles start workouts at midnight Monday - San Angelo Standard-Times

LSC Volleyball Preseason Poll
Angelo State is the narrow favorite to capture the Lone Star Conference title, according to the 2016 LSC volleyball preseason poll announced Monday.

      The league's preseason polls reflect the opinions of LSC head coaches and sports information directors, plus various media representatives from throughout the region.

      ASU, the defending tournament champions, were the South Central Region runner-ups with a 33-6 overall and 14-2 LSC record last season.

      The Rambelles earned first-place votes on 13 of the 29 ballots for a total of 301 points.  Tarleton State, the reigning champions, ranked second with 12 top votes to finish with 291 points, followed by Texas Woman's in third with 239 points.

      West Texas A&M ranked fourth with the four remaining first place nods and 206 points, while Texas A&M- Kingsville was fifth (184), and Western New Mexico sixth (176).  Cameron (158), Texas A&M-Commerce (154), Eastern New Mexico (99), Midwestern State (61) and UT Permian Basin (45) rounded out the poll.

      The 2016 volleyball season begins in early September, with 11 teams set to compete.  LSC teams will use a one-conference double round-robin scheduling model, in which each team plays a home and away match against each of the other teams.

      The LSC champion will be the regular season winner determined by league matches, while the postseason tournament winner is designated as LSC Tournament Champion and earns the conference’s automatic qualification.  The top eight teams in the final conference standings qualify for the postseason tournament set for Thursday, Friday and Saturday, November 17-18-19, at the No. 1 seed.

2016 LSC Volleyball Preseason Poll
1Angelo State 13301
2Tarleton State 12291
3Texas Woman's239
4West Texas A&M4206
5Texas A&M-Kingsville184
6Western New Mexico176
8Texas A&M-Commerce154
9Eastern New Mexico 99
10Midwestern State61
11UT Permian Basin

Football News

Rams full of energy as fall camp opens - Charles Bryce, San Angelo Standard-Times
Mustangs hit the ground running Thursday - J. Scott Russell, Times Record News
Buffs add a few new faces to the herd - Kale Steed, Amarillo Globe News
West Texas A&M football team opens fall camp - Kale Steed, Amarillo Globe News
Mustangs wind up the first week of practice - Danny Udero, Silver City Sun-News

AFCA Coaches' Poll

After winning a fifth national title in 2015, Northwest Missouri State will start 2016 where they ended last year – at No. 1 in the AFCA Division II Coaches’ Top 25 Poll. This is the fourth time since the poll began in 2000 that the Bearcats start the season ranked No. 1. Semifinalists from last season’s playoffs, West Georgia and Grand Valley State (Mich.), are ranked second and third, respectively, followed by national runner-up Shepherd (W.Va.) at No. 4. Colorado State-Pueblo rounds out the top five.

The first week of action starts off with three Top 25 matchups as No. 1 Northwest Missouri State begins defending their national championship by traveling to No. 24 Emporia State (Kan.). The second ranked team in the poll, West Georgia, plays host to No. 22 Catawba (N.C.), while No. 5 Colorado State-Pueblo travels to in-state rival No. 18 Colorado School of Mines in a key early-season matchup in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.

2016 American Football Coaches Association Preseason Division II Coaches’ Poll – August 15, 2016
RankSchool (1st votes)2015 Rec.Pts.2015 Rank*Season OpenerHead Coach
1.Northwest Missouri St. (29)15-07491Sept. 1 at No. 24 Emporia St. (Kan.)Adam Dorrel
2.West Georgia (1)12-26763Sept. 3 vs. No. 22 Catawba (N.C.)Will Hall
3.Grand Valley St. (Mich.)12-36584Sept. 1 vs. Tiffin (Ohio)Matt Mitchell
4.Shepherd (W.Va.)13-16382Sept. 3 vs. West Virginia WesleyanMonte Cater
5.Colorado St.-Pueblo12-25815Sept. 1 at No. 18 Colorado School of MinesJohn Wristen
6.Ashland (Ohio)10-152310Sept. 1 vs. Mercyhurst (Pa.)Lee Owens
7.Minnesota St.10-246613Sept. 1 at Minot St. (N.D.)Todd Hoffner
8.Indiana (Pa.)9-336419Sept. 10 at East Stroudsburg (Pa.)Curt Cignetti
9t.Henderson St. (Ark.)11-236312Sept. 1 vs. Southeastern Oklahoma St.Scott Maxfield
9t.Texas A&M-Commerce8-436323Sept. 1 vs. Faith (Fla.)Colby Carthel
11.Slippery Rock (Pa.)12-23607Sept. 3 vs. New Haven (Conn.)Shawn Lutz
12.Ferris St. (Mich.)11-13596Sept. 1 vs. Ohio DominicanTony Annese
13.Humboldt St. (Calif.)10-235316Sept. 1 at Carson-Newman (Tenn.)Rob Smith
14.Midwestern St. (Texas)10-23449Sept. 3 at Truman St. (Mo.)Bill Maskill
15.North Alabama9-333015Sept. 1 at Jacksonville St. (Ala.)Bobby Wallace
16.Indianapolis (Ind.)10-227618Sept. 3 at Hillsdale (Mich.)Bob Bartolomeo
17.Tuskegee (Ala.)10-324111Sept. 3 at Clark Atlanta (Ga.)Willie Slater
18.Colorado School of Mines8-3228NRSept. 1 vs. No. 5 Colorado St.-PuebloGregg Brandon
19.Minnesota-Duluth9-3196NRSept. 1 at Southwest Minnesota St.Curt Wiese
20.Central Missouri8-3184NRSept. 1 at Pittsburg St. (Kan.)Jim Svoboda
21.Assumption (Mass.)11-214417Sept. 3 vs. Kutztown (Pa.)Bob Chesney
22.Catawba (N.C.)9-314025Sept. 3 at No. 2 West GeorgiaCurtis Walker
23.Sioux Falls (S.D.)9-312521tSept. 1 at St. Cloud State (Minn.)Jed Stugart
24.Emporia St. (Kan.)11-31248Sept. 1 vs. No. 1 Northwest Missouri St.Garin Higgins
25.Augustana (S.D.)9-311924Sept. 3 vs. Northern St. (S.D.)Jerry Olszewski
*– Ranking in final AFCA Division II Poll of 2015

Others Receiving Votes: Florida Tech, 107; Valdosta St. (Ga.), 99; Pittsburg St. (Kan.), 88; West Chester (Pa.), 82; Winston-Salem St. (N.C.), 74; Charleston (W.Va.), 60; Carson-Newman (Tenn.), 53;
Colorado Mesa, 50; Harding (Ark.), 40; Albany St. (Ga.), 34; Virginia Union, 29; California (Pa.), 25; Angelo St. (Texas), 19; Azusa Pacific (Calif.), 13; Miles (Ala.), 11; Delta St. (Miss.), 9; Michigan Tech, 9; Western Oregon, 9; West Texas A&M, 8; Fort Hays St. (Kan.), 6; Bowie St. (Md.), 4; Saginaw Valley St. (Mich.), 4; Central Oklahoma, 3; Ouachita Baptist (Ark.), 3; Ohio Dominican, 2; Texas A&M-Kingsville, 2; Bemidji St. (Minn.), 1; McKendree (Ill.), 1; Newberry (S.C.), 1.

Scoop Notes 
  • 8 of the top 18 teams ranked are in Super Region 4.
  • 2 LSC teams are ranked (TAMC at 9 and MSU at 14), while ASU, WTAM and TAMK are receiving votes.
  • The GLIAC appears to be loaded at the top, with three teams ranked in the top 12 and three other schools receiving votes.
  • The RMAC is represented by #5 CSUP, #18 Colorado School of Mines and RV Colorado Mesa.
  • Following NASCAR's scheduling (Daytona 500 to start the year), the RMAC's two highest rated teams will kick off the season on September 1.
  • SVSU is the 5th team from the GLIAC (in terms of votes), but were picked 6th of 8 in the GLIAC North division, receiving just one vote more than the two last place picks.

Circle the date games on your calendar
  • Grand Valley - 10/1 Ohio Dominican, 10/8 Ferris State, 11/5 SVSU   (DNP - Ashland or Michigan Tech)
  • Colorado State Pueblo - 9/1 Colorado Mines, 9/10 WTAM, 10/1 Colorado Mesa
  • Ashland - 9/24 Ferris State, 10/29 Michigan Tech, 11/12 Ohio Dominican (DNP - GVSU or SVSU)
  • Texas A&M-Commerce - 9/10 Delta State, 9/24 TAMK, 10/8 MSU, 10/22 ASU, 10/29 WTAM
  • Ferris State - 9/1 Ohio Dominican, 9/10 Michigan Tech, 9/24 Ashland, 10/8 GVSU, 11/12 SVSU
  • Midwestern State - 9/17 TAMK, 10/8 TAMC, 10/15 ASU, 10/22 WTAM
  • Indianapolis - 10/8 McKendree
  • Colorado School of Mines - 9/1 CSUP,  9/17 Colorado Mesa, 10/8 Azusa Pacific
  • Colorado Mesa - 9/17 Colorado Mines, 10/1 CSUP, 11/12 Azusa Pacific
  • Angelo State - 9/1 McKendree, 10/1 TAMK, 10/15 MSU, 10/22 TAMC, 11/5 WTAM
  • Michigan Tech - 9/10 Ferris State, 9/17 Ohio Dominican, 10/1 SVSU, 10/29 Ashland  (DNP GVSU)
  • West Texas A&M - 9/1 Azusa, 9/10 CSUP, 10/8 TAMK, 10/22 MSU, 10/29 TAMC, 11/5 ASU
  • Saginaw Valley -  9/24 Ohio Dominican, 10/1 Michigan Tech, 11/5 GVSU, 11/12 Ferris State  (DNP Ashland)
  • Ohio Dominican - 9/1 Ferris State, 9/17 Michigan Tech, 9/24 SVSU, 10/1 GVSU, 11/12 Ashland
  • Texas A&M-Kingsville - 9/17 MSU, 9/24 TAMC, 10/1 ASU, 10/8 WTAM
  • McKendree - 9/1 Angelo State, 10/8 McKendree

Toughest schedule - (tie) Ferris State and Ohio Dominican. The first half of the season is brutal for both teams, with both facing 4 ranked or receiving votes teams.  Things get a bit easier, until the final weekend, when they each face ranked or RV teams.  If they can survive their respective slates, they will be battle tested for the playoffs.

Toughest schedule consolation - WTAM face six teams ranked or receiving votes

Toughest end of season - Saginaw Valley could be sitting high after nine games, but then have to travel to GVSU and host Ferris State in the season finale.

Easiest Schedule - Indianapolis only faces one team receiving votes, GLVC rival McKendree (who picked up 1 vote).

Worst Game of the Year - University of Faith at Texas A&M-Commerce.  Will this game even count as a win, or the stats count?  Whoever scheduled this should have to a pushup for each point scored after each and every TD. (7 then 14, then 21, then 28, then 35, etc.)

Preseason Polls

North Division
1. GVSU - 47
2. Ferris State - 45
3. Michigan Tech - 35
4. Wayne State - 30
5. Hillsdale - 21
6. SVSU - 16
7. Northern Michigan - 15
7. Northwood - 15

South Division
1. Ashland - 25
2. Ohio Dominican - 19
2. Tiffin - 19
4. Findlay - 13
5. Walsh - 9
6. Lake Erie - 5

1.Indianapolis64 (8)*
2.McKendree56 (1)
3.Missouri S&T44
4.Truman State43
5.Southwest Baptist39
7.Saint Joseph’s25
8.William Jewell19

1.CSU-Pueblo (10) – 100 pts.
2.Colorado Mesa – 88 pts.
3.Colorado Mines (1) – 83 pts.
4.Western State – 67 pts.
5.Chadron State – 64 pts.
6.Fort Lewis – 59 pts.
7.Adams State – 41 pts.
8.New Mexico Highlands – 33 pts.
9.Dixie State – 29 pts.
10. Black Hills State – 21 pts.
11. South Dakota Mines – 20 pts.
 (full release)

and the LSC...
1Texas A&M-Commerce19269
2Midwestern State 8254
3Angelo State 211
4West Texas A&M182
5Eastern New Mexico 181
6Texas A&M-Kingsville141
7Tarleton State 121
T8Western New Mexico66
T8Oklahoma Panhandle State66
10UT Permian Basin149
(Preseason Players of Year)

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