Heart of America basketball coaches polls
Evangel was picked to repeat as the Heart of America Athletic Conference men’s basketball champion by the league’s coaches Tuesday.
The Crusaders received seven of 10 first-place votes and 79 points, eight points ahead of runner-up MidAmerica Nazarene, which got two first-place votes.
Culver-Stockton was picked third, ahead of Benedictine, which got the other first-place vote.
In the women’s poll, MidAmerica Nazarene was picked to repeat, receiving nine of 10 first-place votes. Benedictine was second, followed by Central Methodist, which got the other first-place vote
|Men (first-place votes)||Women (first-place votes)|
|1. Evangel (7)||1. MidAmerica Nazarene (9)|
|2. MidAmerica Nazarene (2)||2. Benedictine|
|3. Culver-Stockton||3. Central Methodist (1)|
|4. Benedictine (1)||4. Baker|
|5. Central Methodist||5. (tie) Evangel|
|6. Baker||5. (tie) Culver-Stockton|
|7. Avila||7. Avila|
|8. Peru State (Neb.)||8. Missouri Valley|
|9. Missouri Valley||9. Peru State|
|10. Graceland||10. Graceland|
Cross country honors
Pittsburg State’s Casey Epps, from Olathe East, and Northwest Missouri’s Nolan Zimmer are the Mid-American Intercollegiate Athletics Association cross country athletes of the week. Epps finished fourth in the Fort Hays State Open on Saturday, leading the Gorillas to a runner-up finish. Zimmer was Northwest’s top finisher in the men’s race, placing third.
The Avila women’s soccer team, 13-0-1, moved into the NAIA top 25 for the first time this season, debuting at No. 19.
MidAmerica Nazarene, 19-1, is No. 6 and Park, 23-2, is No. 10 in the latest NAIA women’s volleyball poll.