It wasnt unanimous, and more than one institution has Metro College on Fort Lewis heels, but the Skyhawks nationally ranked womens basketball program was picked to finish first in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.
Fort Lewis College received nine of the coaches 14 votes in Tuesdays preseason poll.
Metro State received the other five and was picked to finish second in the conference.
Also on Tuesday, the two schools were ranked fifth/sixth in the USA Today/ESPN Division II Preseason Top 25 Poll. FLC, which finished last season ranked 11th nationally, was ranked sixth to start the 2011-12 season, and Metro State, which finished last year at No. 5, will start this year at No. 7.
Its another nice preseason honor for our program and for this years team, FLC head coach Mark Kellogg said in a news release to The Durango Herald.
We hope to use this as motivation and ensure that we keep improving each day to accomplish our postseason goals. We have a long way to go, but I think this team is ready for the road ahead of us.
Dana Schreibvogel will help navigate that road. The senior was named the RMAC Preseason Player of the Year.
Christina Whitelaw of Colorado Christian was named the RMAC Preseason Defensive Player of the Year. Colorado Christian was picked to finish third in the RMAC.
Clayton State (Ga.) received 27 first-place votes to earn the No. 1 ranking in the national poll, while Bentley (Mass.) received one vote and was ranked runner-up.
The rest of the top five were Michigan Tech, Arkansas Tech and Delta State (Miss.).
FLC, the national runner-up two seasons ago, finished 28-3 overall and 10-2 in the RMAC, but the Skyhawks got bounced from the NCAA Tournament in the first round at home.
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After graduating a few key seniors from last years program-best 24-win team, the Skyhawks were left out of the national rankings and picked to finish fourth in the RMAC.
Metro State, ranked 10th in the National Association of Basketball Coaches/Division II Preseason Top 25 Poll, received eight first-place votes to win the RMAC.
Colorado Mines, ranked 18th in the NABC poll, received two votes and was picked to finish second in the RMAC.
Adams State received four first-place votes in Tuesdays preseason poll and was picked to finish third, ahead of Colorado Mesa and FLC, which tied for fourth.
Reggie Evans, a preseason All-American, was the only unanimous pick on the All-RMAC Preseason First Team. Metro States senior guard swept the RMAC Preseason Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year honors.
Matt Morris was the only Skyhawk named to the preseason team. Morris, a 6-6 senior center for FLC from Durango High School, is one of three seniors on this years roster.
Last year, Morris, the son of Audie and Heidi Morris, averaged 11.2 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. He was named All-RMAC Second Team for the second consecutive year.