Northwestern College moved back into the top 10 in today’s NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball Coaches’ poll announced by the national office Tuesday afternoon.
The Red Raiders have won seven straight, improving their record to 16-2 on the year and move up one spot to 10th in the Jan. 9 coaches’ poll. They are one of three teams from the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) in the top 10, joining Briar Cliff (4) and Morningside (9), while a fourth conference team, Dakota Wesleyan, is 19th.
The top three teams remain unchanged from the last poll (Dec. 12) as Cornerstone (Mich.) continues to hold down the top spot, earning all 12 first place votes. Saint Francis (Ind.) is second, followed by Indiana East, Briar Cliff and Indiana Tech.
Northwestern College moved up four spots in this week’s edition of the NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball Coaches’ poll announced Tuesday by the national office.
Ranked 18th in the last coaches poll released on Dec. 12, Northwestern climbed to 14th in the Jan.9 rating after winning five of its last six games. The Red Raiders are 12-5 on the year and join four other GPAC teams in this week’s poll; Concordia (1), Dakota Wesleyan (8), Hastings (11) and Morningside (12).
Concordia (Neb.) took over the top spot in the first poll of the 2018 calendar year, earning 11 of the 12 possible first place votes. The Bulldogs boast a 17-0 record, one of two unbeaten teams left in NAIA Division II. Southeastern (Fla.), also unbeaten (16-0) is ranked second and earned the final first place vote. College of the Ozarks (Mo.), previous No.1 Saint Xavier (Ill.) and Marian (Ind.) round out the top five.
Caden Zonnefeld, a senior at Unity Christian High School has announced his intention to attend Dordt College and join the Defender cross country and track programs.
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Sheldon Iowa — Sheldon split a non-conference basketball doubleheader with Spencer Tuesday night at Orab Gym. Spencer took the girls game 48-40 while Sheldon won the boys contest 65-41.
Basketball and wrestling were on the sports schedule for Tuesday. Sheldon played host to Spencer in basketball action. Sheldon/South O’Brien was back on the mat at Spencer.