The No. 14-ranked Northeastern State men’s soccer team was selected second in the 2013 Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association Preseason Coaches’ Poll, which was released on Thursday.
This is the second straight year the RiverHawks (13-5-3 last year) were projected to finish runners-up. They are coming off a 2012 season where they placed second in the MIAA in both the regular season and in the MIAA Championship. They finished the season ranked No. 11 in the country after advancing to the NCAA quarterfinals for the first time in school history.
NSU returns nine starters from that squad, including All-Americans Juan Peralta and Eric Crawford.
No. 18-ranked Lindenwood, the defending conference champion, was slotted atop the preseason polls with 34 points and four first-place votes. NSU was second with 31 points and two first-place votes, while No. 23 Fort Hays State was third with 28 points and the other first-place vote.
NSU begins its season Sept. 6 at William Jewell College.
2013 MIAA Preseason Coaches Poll
1. No. 18 Lindenwood (4) 34
2. No. 14 Northeastern State (2) 31
3. No. 23 Fort Hays State (1) 28
4. Harding 20
5. Southern Nazarene 14
6. Upper Iowa 11
7. Southwest Baptist 9
Sites set for state volleyball
OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association announced host sites for volleyball state tournaments in October.
Classes 5A and 6A will return to the east side of the state, with Charles Page High School in Sand Springs and Bixby serving as the two locations. Class 5A will play at both Sand Springs and Bixby, while 6A will be exclusively at Bixby.
Westmoore High School will be the site of the Class 4A state tournament.
The 4A state tournament will be Oct. 11-12. The 5A and 6A state tournaments will be played on Oct. 18-19.
Sequoyah softball wins again
For the third time this week, Sequoyah won on its home field, beating Westville 10-0 on Thursday. Megan Towie led the Lady Indians (6-3), going two-for-three with a run batted in. Jaycie Harvey — who had three hits — also drove in a run, and so did Jamie Linch. Rain Thompson plated three runs for Sequoyah. Kati Phillips picked up the pitching victory for the Lady Indians, who are off until Monday when they play at Vian.