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January 23, 2017

NSAA PRESS RELEASE

MADISON, S.D. – The North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) has announced its Baseball Coaches' Preseason Poll Monday by the conference office.  Dakota State (S.D.) recorded 47 points in the coaches' preseason poll and was predicted to place sixth in the conference standings.

Bellevue (Neb.) was the unanimous favorite to win the North Star conference title for the second straight year.  The Bruins tallied all ten (10) first-place votes and registered 100 points in the poll.

Jamestown (N.D.) was picked to finish second with 87 points, followed by Mayville State (N.D.) third with 83 points.  Dickinson State (N.D.) finished fourth in the conference preseason poll with 66 points.  Waldorf (Iowa) was picked to finish fifth with 49 points.

Valley City State (N.D.) earned 42 points in the poll to finish seventh, followed by Viterbo (Wis.) eighth with 39 points, Presentation (S.D.) ninth with 27 points and Winnipeg (Manitoba) tenth with 10 points.

Dakota State is scheduled to begin their North Star conference play on the weekend of March 25-26 as they visit Viterbo (Wis.) for a four-game series.  The Trojans are scheduled to play a total of 24 NSAA conference games this spring. 

DSU is slated to play NSAA's four-game series at Waldorf on April 1-2 and play its remaining North Star conference games at Flynn Field in Madison versus Bellevue (April 7-8), Winnipeg (April 14-15), Valley City State (April 22-23) and Presentation (April 28-29).

There will be two automatic bid from the North Star Athletic Association conference for the NAIA Baseball National Tournament Opening Round (which is held on May 16-19 at nine different campus sites announced by the NAIA national office).  The regular-season conference winner and the postseason tournament winner will earn a trip to the national tournament.

If a team won both the regular-season conference and postseason tournament, the runner-up in the postseason conference tournament will receive the second automatic bid to the national tournament.

The North Star Baseball Conference Postseason Tournament will take place at two host institutions – the University of Jamestown and Valley City State University.  The tournament kicks off on May 5 and runs through May 9.

The NAIA Baseball World Series is slated to play in Lewiston, Idaho from May 26 through June 2.

Below is the complete 2017 NSAA Baseball Coaches' Preseason Poll:

2017 North Star Athletic Association Baseball Preseason Poll

Rank

School

Points

1

Bellevue (Neb.) (10)

100

2

Jamestown (N.D.)

87

3

Mayville State (N.D.)

83

4

Dickinson State (N.D.)

66

5

Waldorf (Iowa)

49

6

Dakota State (S.D.)

47

7

Valley City State (N.D.)

42

8

Viterbo (Wis.)

39

9

Presentation (S.D.)

27

10

Winnipeg (Manitoba)

10

*First-place votes in parenthesis

Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director

 
 
 
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