Four softball teams from the Minnesota College Athletic Conference continue to garner national recognition in the NJCAA Division III National Top Ten poll.
The ARCC Golden Rams had the most movement up the ladder, moving to #4 in the rankings. Anoka-Ramsey is currently 15-8 overall and was #7 last week. Itasca Community College continues to hold the #5 spot in the poll, as they did a week ago. The Vikings currently are 12-7 on the season.
The second half of the Top Ten list has Central Lakes College at #7; the Raiders are 12-5 so far this spring. Rounding out the poll for the MCAC is St. Cloud Technical and Community College, as the Cyclones are #8 in the nation with a 16-9 mark. For the complete poll, please visit: http://njcaa.org/sports/sball/2017-18/div3/rankings/DIII_Softball_Poll_April_10
As much of Minnesota sits in a late winter deep freeze, several teams are looking at different options and altered schedules as synthetic turf fields and domes fill up with area college and high school games. Be sure to check the MCAC Sports website at: www.mcacsports.org for the most current list of cancellations, postponements and schedule changes in softball this spring.
About Softball in the Minnesota College Athletic Conference:
The Minnesota College Athletic Conference boasts a strong tradition in fastpitch softball; multiple decades of intercollegiate NJCAA competition has allowed student-athletes in the MCAC to pursue careers at four-year college programs and compete for National Championships.
Currently, MCAC Softball teams compete in a two-division alignment. Northern Division teams include Hibbing Community College, Itasca Community College, Mesabi Range College, Rainy River Community College, Central Lakes College, Northland Community & Technical College and Vermilion Community College. The Southern Division is home to St. Cloud Technical & Community College, Ridgewater College, M State Fergus Falls, Anoka-Ramsey CC, Minnesota West CTC, Riverland Community College and Rochester Community & Technical College.
At the conclusion of the 2018 spring season, MCAC Division Champions and Divisional runner-up, as well as third and fourth-place finishing teams, will advance to the 2018 NJCAA Division III Region XIIIA and B Tournaments. The Region XIII A & B Tournaments will be hosted by the regular season champion. Winners of the 2018 NJCAA Region XIII A & B tournaments will advance to the 2018 NJCAA Division III National Tournament, held in Rochester, Minnesota on May 17-19.
Softball in the MCAC features athletes from over Minnesota and many surrounding states. Our campus environments include the opportunity to attend college and compete in a variety of Minnesota State System colleges, from the urban hubs of the Twin Cities, Rochester, and St. Cloud, and the picturesque college towns ranging from Thief River Falls to Ely, Worthington to Brainerd. Learn more at: http:/www.minnstate.edu
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About the Minnesota College Athletic Conference
The Minnesota College Athletic Conference is the organizational body for NJCAA-affiliated two-year technical and community college athletic programs in the Minnesota State system. The mission of the Minnesota College Athletic Conference is to advance intercollegiate athletics by providing an engaging and supportive environment for success of our student athletes and competition among member institutions. The MCAC is committed to the guiding principles of encouraging the development and success of student athletes, promoting the integrity, honesty and loyalty to member schools as well as upholding the sustainability of conference athletic programs.