Shepherd Garners Top 20 Spot In Preseason Poll; West Liberty Receives Votes

The WVIAC 2010 regular-season champion and NCAA semifinalist Shepherd will begin the preseason ranked 11th in the country by the AFCA Division II Coaches’ Poll rankings, which were released Monday afternoon.

Shepherd wrapped up the 2010 campaign with a 12-2 mark and is the preseason WVIAC favorite to win the league’s championship. The squad picked up 377 points in the poll. The Rams begin the season Sept. 3 against Shippensburg.

West Liberty, which is coming off a 7-3 season and a 6-2 mark in WVIAC play, led the nation in scoring and total offense the last two seasons.  The Hilltoppers were picked second in the WVIAC preseason poll. The team will begin its season Sept. 3 at Edinboro.

  School
2010 Record
Points Last
1. Minnesota-Duluth (28) 15-0 724 1
2. Delta State 11-4 657 2
3. NW Missouri State (1) 12-2 624 3
4. Abilene Christian 11-1 607 8
5. Grand Valley State 11-2 579 10
6. North Alabama 9-4 468 22
7. Texas A&M-Kingsville 10-2 437 9
8. Augustana 11-2 426 6
9t. Albana State 11-1 379 4
9t. Bloomsburg 10-3 379 15
11. SHEPHERD 12-2 377 7
12. California (Pa.) 10-2 369 14
13. St. Cloud State 10-3 346 12
14. Wingate 9-3 284 20
15. Central Missouri 11-3 270 5
16. Nebraska-Kearney 9-2 242 23
17. Mercyhurst 10-3 207 11
18. Washburn 8-4 201 NR
19. West Texas A&M 8-4 186 18
20. Valdosta State 8-3 184 17
21. Wayne State 9-2 177 21
22. Central Washington 8-3 164 NR
23. Kutztown 10-2 144 13
24. Henderson State 7-4 139 NR
25t. Hillsville 9-3 91 16
25t. Shaw 9-3 91 NR

Others receiving votes: Colorado School of Mines 87; Carson-Newman (Tenn.) 80; Missouri Western State 72; Tuskegee (Ala.) 68; WEST LIBERTY 60; Sioux Falls (S.D.) 48; Colorado State-Pueblo 31; Michigan Tech 31; New Haven (Conn.) 28; Ashland (Ohio) 24; Fort Valley State (Ga.) 24; Wayne State (Neb.) 17; Midwestern State (Texas) 15; Morehouse (Ga.) 14; Southern Connecticut State 14; Tusculum (Tenn.) 9; Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.) 7; Lincoln (Pa.) 7; Pittsburg State (Kan.) 7; West Alabama 6; Central Oklahoma 5; Winona State (Minn.) 4; Winston-Salem State (N.C.) 4; Ouachita Baptist (Ark.) 3; St. Augustine’s (N.C.) 3; Chadron State (Neb.) 1; Concordia-St. Paul (Minn.) 1; Harding (Ark.) 1; Merrimack (Mass.) 1; Minnesota St.-Mankato 1.





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