The Ottumwa Courier

Sports

October 31, 2012

Warriors ranked fifth in preseason poll

OTTUMWA — The Indian Hills Community College basketball team will head into the new season with a No. 5 national ranking. The Warriors are coming off a 33-4 season and a seventh-place finish at the national tournament last year and return seven players, including two of the top three scorers, from that squad.

The preseason poll, released this week by the National Junior College Athletic Association, has the Warriors trailing only South Plains (Tex.) and Northwest Florida State, the two teams that played for the national title last year, as well as Howard (Tex.) and Chipola (Fla.).

Three teams that are on the Warriors’ regular season schedule are ranked in the preseason poll in either Division I or II. Conference foe Iowa Western is rated 20th in the DI poll; College of Southern Idaho, whom Indian Hills defeated in the national tourney in March, is seventh. The Warriors take a trip to Utah and Idaho next month, playing three games in five nights, and theyíll battle Southern Idaho in the final game of the trip on Nov. 24. CSI was 31-5 a year ago.

Kirkwood is the lone DII school the Warriors will play this year that is ranked in the preseason. The Eagles, who will provide the opposition for IHCC in the second game of the season in the Blackwell Tire Classic on Nov. 3, are seventh.  Indian Hills will travel to Cedar Rapids for a rematch with Kirkwood on Dec. 4.

Indian Hills was rated ninth in the preseason last year and ended the season with the national tourney berth, the ninth in school history. They were ranked in the top 10 all season long and made it to the top of the ratings for one week in January after starting the season with 19 consecutive wins.

It’s the sixth time that IHCC has been in the top 10 in the preseason rankings since the 2000-01 season.

This year’s season opener is Nov. 2 at home against Carl Sandburg (Ill.). The Warriors will play 17 regular-season home games at the Hellyer Center, where they were a perfect 20-0 a year ago.

Fans can still purchase season tickets for the 2012-13 campaign. They are $102 each and available in the IHCC Athletic Office in the Hellyer Center.

1
Text Only
Sports
  • 0731 OTT Sports Kassidi Henderson mug Three Bulldogs make all-state OTTUMWA — The Ottumwa softball team had three of its players named to a Class 5A All-State team by Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union.Bulldog second baseman Ashlyn Thompson and Kassidi Henderson were voted to the all-state second team and Alexis W

    July 30, 2014 3 Photos

  • Prep Softball All-State Team Class 1A 1st Team All State Name School Grade Kayla Tindall Akron-Westfield 12 Dana Hedlund Akron-Westfield 12 Renee Maneman Newelll Fonda 12 Rachel Smith Exira/EHK

    July 30, 2014

  • 0731 OTT Sports Austin Gridley Fairfield baseball photo Oh So Close! DES MOINES — Becoming the first Fairfield pitcher to start a state tournament game in 35 years didn’t seem to faze Trojan senior pitcher Joseph Hietpas. In fact, taking the mound at Principal Park in Des Moines seemed to only help Hietpas as he made

    July 30, 2014 4 Photos

  • Cedar Creek Ladies battle for low net score OTTUMWA — The Cedar Creek Ladies played "event low net score" on Tuesday. The medalist for the day was Carole Meredith while Patti Meyer and Ann Allison tied for low putts. In Flight A, Margo Sears finished in first place while Meredith finished seco

    July 30, 2014

  • 0731 OTT Sports Twin Cedars baseball photo 2 Twin Cedars just two wins from perfection DES MOINES — The 33 wins in 33 games to get to state was nice. So was the 34th-straight win, earned Saturday over Underwood in the Class 1A State Baseball Quarterfinals. But as he walked through the stands with his team at Principal Park following th

    July 30, 2014 2 Photos

  • 0731 OTT Sports Bill Huisman photo Huisman wraps up successful 38-year career at Centerville FAIRFIELD — Sometime later this summer, Bill Huisman will look back on his 38 seasons as Centerville head baseball coach with a big smile. In the immediate aftermath of what proved to be his final game as Big Reds head coach, however, all Huisman wan

    July 30, 2014 2 Photos

  • 0731 OTT Sports Ottumwa Little League photo Ottumwa Little League team ends terrific season OTTUMWA — Chris Becker doesn't think it's sunk in yet. Becker, the coach of the Ottumwa 9-10 Midwest All Stars, said his players have yet to fully grasp the depths of what they've accomplished this season. With time, however, he thinks they will und

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • On Tap Thursday Prep Baseball Class 1A State Semifinals Twin Cedars vs. LeMars Gehlen at Des Moines (Principal Park), 2 p.m.

    July 30, 2014

  • 0730 OTT Sports Ottumwa Babe Ruth 14 All Stars Ottumwa Babe Ruth team dominates at state OTTUMWA — The Ottumwa 14 Babe Ruth All-Stars team bore a striking resemblance to absolute domination at the state tournament in Ottumwa this season."The longest game we had was six innings," Conner Sheehan said. "We still 10-run ruled that team it ju

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0730 OTT Sports Shrine Bowl photo Bulldogs have fun at Shrine Bowl CEDAR FALLS — Ottumwa football coach Zach Pfantz had a blast serving as one of the coaches of the South team at the 42nd Annual Iowa Shrine Bowl at the UNI Dome Saturday. "It was a really awesome and wonderful experience and I was very thankful to ha

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

Sports photo reprints


Obituaries

Facebook