After an absence of either team making it into the NJCAA top 25 poll last week despite hot starts, both Seward County womenís and menís team found their way snugly into the nationís best this week. Thanks to a 7-1 start and a quality win over 8-1 Cowley College, the Lady Saints come in at #14 this week after falling from that same spot just two weeks ago after week off. The Lady Saints have been led by their fearsome defense which is allowing just 48 points a game and is holding their opponents to just 32% shooting on the season. LaNell Taylor who has of late been coming off of the bench for Coach Toby Wynn and the Lady Saints, is leading the team in scoring at 12.4 points a game and has connected on 43% of her shots from three point land. Amanda Pierson and Vanessa Simmons have led the Seward County inside out attack as both are putting up over 10 points and 7 rebounds a contest. Coach Bryan Zollingerís menís team is finally getting a little bit of respect after their 3rd place national finish last season and a 10-0 start this season. The Saints find their way into the rankings at #20 this week after quality wins over New Mexico JC and Frank Phillips last weekend, teams who both were receiving votes towards the rankings prior to the weekend. The Saints hot start can be attributed to both their offense and defense, both of which are leading the entire Jayhawk Conference to this point. Latiq Agard sits atop the Saints scoring and rebounding categories at the 1/3 mark of the season averaging 21 points and 7 rebounds a game while point guard Tony Smith has connected on 48% of his chances from beyond the arc to help him average 15 points a game to go along with a team high 3 steals a game and 7 assists per contest.
Both teams are back in action with early starts both Friday and Saturday in Coffeyville for the Jayhawk Shootout where they will run with Johnson County Friday at 11:00 and 1:00 and will match up with the Cardinals from Labette on Saturday at 9:00 and 11:00.