February Frenzy continues here at Balladeer’s Blog as additional conference tournaments tip off tonight. Among the leagues starting post-season play this evening will be the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference featuring the Southwestern College Moundbuilders, the Tabor Blue Jays, the Bethany Swedes and the 2nd seeded University of Saint Mary Spires (logo at right). In the NCCAA (National Christian College Athletic Association) the 1st round of the Mideast Region Tournament tips off, with teams like the Johnson University Preachers and the Crown College Royal Crusaders seeing action.
To recap last night’s action, the biggest upsets involved a couple of 7 seeds over 2 seeds as the Lourdes Gray Wolves toppled the defending champs of NAIA-2 basketball, the Cornerstone University Golden Eagles and the William Penn University Statesmen fell to the Grand View Vikings. This final insult to Cornerstone caps a very disappointing year defending their crown as they fell out of the rankings a few weeks ago and now suffering such an upset in the opening round of their conference tournament. Short of a miracle or a bribe to the selection committee their season is over. For that score and others read on:
CALIFORNIA PACIFIC CONFERENCE – (5) Simpson Red Hawks UPSET the (4) Menlo Oaks 82-80 *** (3) William Jessup Warriors over the (6) Pacific Union Pioneers 73-68
CASCADE COLLEGIATE CONFERENCE – (1) Oregon Tech Hustlin’ Owls over the (8) College of Idaho Coyotes 79-53 *** (2) Northwest (WA) Eagles over the (7) Concordia (OR) Cavaliers 92-83 *** (3) Warner Pacific Knights over the (6) Southern Oregon Raiders 82-78 (OT) *** (4) Eastern Oregon Mountaineers over the (5) Corban Warriors 75-62
GREAT PLAINS ATHLETIC CONFERENCE – (1) Dordt College Defenders over the (8) Concordia (NE) Bulldogs 78-57 *** (2) Northwestern (IA) Red Raiders over the (7) Mt Marty Lancers 85-56 *** (3) Briar Cliff Chargers over the (6) Nebraska Wesleyan University Prairie Wolves 51-41 *** (4) Midland Warriors over the (5) Morningside Mustangs 58-57
MID-CENTRAL COLLEGIATE CONFERENCE – (1) Indiana Wesleyan Wildcats over the (8) Goshen Maple Leafs 74-66 *** (2) Grace College Lancers over the (7) Taylor Trojans 76-53 *** (3) Marian University Knights over the (6) Spring Arbor Cougars 72-52 *** (4) St Francis (IN) Cougars over the (5) Huntington Foresters 67-66
MIDWEST COLLEGIATE CONFERENCE – (1) St Ambrose Fighting Bees (love that name) over the (8) Iowa Wesleyan Tigers 86-79 *** (7) Grand View Vikings UPSET the (2) William Penn Statesmen 93-88 (Co-Upset of the Night) *** (6) Mt Mercy Mustangs UPSET the (3) Ashford Saints 77-74 *** (5) Waldorf Warriors UPSET the Clarke Crusaders 76-70 ***
W.H.A.C. – (7) Lourdes Gray Wolves UPSET the (2) Cornerstone Golden Eagles (defending NAIA-2 champs) 67-58 (UPSET OF THE NIGHT) *** (6) Concordia (MI) Cardinals UPSET the (3) Madonna University Crusaders 79-65 *** (1) Davenport Panthers over the (8) Siena Heights Saints 103-65 *** (4) Indiana Tech Warriors over the (5) Aquinas Saints 75-64
CCCAA SoCal Tournament – (17) Imperial Valley College Arabs UPSET the (16) Hancock Bulldogs 79-72 *** (18) Santa Monica Corsairs UPSET the (15) El Camino Warriors 82-77 *** (19) Riverside Tigers UPSET the (14) LA Harbor Seahawks 67-55 *** (13) Los Angeles Valley Monarchs over the (20) College of the Canyons Cougars 75-61
CCCAA NorCal Tournament – (18) West Hills College Coalingas (love that name) UPSET the (15) Sacramento Panthers 66-60 (OT) *** (17) Contra Costa Comets UPSET the Mendocino Eagles 78-72
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Where have y bin all my life! Luv the divisions u cover. I never used to know there was anything but ncaa til I found ur blog.
THanks! I love sharing info about these other divisions of college sports!
Many thanks for covering NCCAA basketball. Plus I attened a CCCAA college, so you’ve even got my alma mater covered!
Glad to hear it! Thanks for stopping by!