Two locals still in NCAA Division II national rankings

Josh Gouch vs. SFSU

Two local teams still boast national basketball rankings.

Cal State San Bernardino is now No. 14, up one place from last week, while Cal Poly Pomona is up four spots to No. 17.

Both teams are on the road this week to wrap up the regular season.

The CCAA tournament will get underway March 6 with first-round action. The Coyotes have guaranteed themselves a opening-round bye and play Friday, March 7.

Metro State remains the nation’s top-ranked team with 15 first-place votes.

1. Metro State, Colo. (15 first place votes) 23-1
2. Tarleton State, Texas (1 first place vote) 23-1
3. East Stroudsburg, Pa.24-1
4. West Liberty, W.Va. 23-2
5. Drury, Mo. 23-2
6. Southern Connecticut St. 23-2
7. California Baptist 23-1
8. South Carolina Aiken 24-3
9. Indianapolis, Ind. 22-3
10. Colorado School of Mines 22-3
11. Indiana, Pa. 22-3
12. Florida Southern 23-3
13. Lincoln Memorial, Tenn.22-2
14. Cal State San Bernardino 21-3
15. Minnesota State 25-4
16. Lake Superior State, Mich. 26-3
17. Cal Poly Pomona 20-3
18. Lewis, Ill. 21-4
19. Central Missouri 22-4
20. Seattle Pacific, Wash. 22-5
21. Montevallo, Ala. 21-4
22. Delta State, Miss. 22-4
23. Findlay, Ohio 21-4
24. Wisconsin-Parkside 21-5
25. Southern Indiana 20-5
Dropped out: Walsh (22).

Others receiving votes: Chico State (Calif.) 13, Midwestern State (Texas) 10, Walsh (Ohio) 9, Michigan Tech 7, Missouri Southern 6, Bellarmine (Ky.) 4, Franklin Pierce (N.H.) 3, Carson-Newman (Tenn.) 3, Saint Leo (Fla.) 1, Western Washington 2, Gannon (Pa.) 1, Northwest Missouri State 1, Texas A&M International 1, Winona State (Minn.) 1.

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Former player to be remembered at home opener

Cal State San Bernardino will honor former baseball player Jake Pilkerton at its home opener against Cal Baptist at 1 p.m. on Feb.8 at Fisacalini Field.

Pilkerton, an infielder, played for the Coyotes in 2012 and 2013. He played the previous two seasons at San Bernardino Valley College and is a graduate of Rim of the World High School.

He was killed in an automobile August last August. A foundation has been set up in his named with the proceeds going toward all three programs for which he played.

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Coyotes move into national top 10

Lacy Haddock drive vs CSUMB

An 11-game winning streak has propelled the Cal State San Bernardino men’s basketball team into this week’s NABC Division II Coaches poll top 10.

The Coyotes (11-1, 8-0 in CCAA) moved up five places to No. 9. It is the first appearance in the top 10 in six seasons for coach Jeff Oliver’s program and their third consecutive week in the top-25 poll. CSUSB opened at 19th on Dec. 31 and moved to 14th last week.

The last time the Coyotes appeared in the top 10 was Jan. 15, 2008.

CSUSB is the top-ranked team in the West Region. Five West teams are in this week’s poll: the Coyotes, No. 12 Dixie State, No. 18 Cal Baptist, No. 19 Western Washington and No. 25 Chico State.

The Coyotes are on the CCAA road for the first time since Dec. 16 when they take on San Francisco State (7-4, 5-3) on Friday and Sonoma State (1-11, 0-8) on Saturday.

West Liberty and Bellarmine remain one and two, and Florida Southern moved up to third as a result and Metropolitan State, which beat then-No. 11 Colorado School of Mines, rose to fourth. Indiana (Pa.) and Tarleton State also moved up to fifth and sixth, respectively, while Drury, which lost at Bellarmine last Thursday, dropped to seventh.

Cal Poly Pomona received votes but didn’t quite crack the poll.

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