San Mateo opens softball season with No. 1 ranking

College of San Mateo at 2016 CCCAA Championships
College of San Mateo at 2016 CCCAA Championships

3CFCA State and Regional Polls (PDF)

GLENDORA, Calif. - All four of last year's California Community College Athletic Association Softball State Championship finalists top the 2017 California Community College Fastpitch Coaches Association PreseasonCoaches Poll released on Friday.

For the second straight year, College of San Mateo leads the preseason rankings in both the state and for Northern California. Head coach Nicole Borg and her Bulldogs will be seeking their fifth straight trip to Bakersfield College in May. Defending state champion Santiago Canyon College, helmed by head coach Lisa Camarco, wasjust edged by the Bulldogs and held off always strong Cypress College for the top spot in the South Region rankings.

The Hawks will try to become the first repeat state champion since 2012 season when the state's third-ranked and SoCal's second-ranked Chargers finished off a three-peat; head coach Brad Pickler's second such feat in his storied career. Sitting fourth in the state poll and No. 2 in NorCal is last year's state runner-up Sacramento City College, under the guidance of Tim Kiernan. Rounding out the Top 5 in the state is Palomar College. Lacey Craft's crew has shown an affinity for odd-year titles, winning CCCAA Championships in 2013 and 2015.


No. 3CFCA State Poll '16 Record
1.   College of San Mateo 42-5
2.   Santiago Canyon College 41-9
3.   Cypress College 40-7
4.   Sacramento City College 36-10-1
5.   Palomar College 37-7
6.   Fresno City College 39-7
7.   Mt. San Antonio College 40-7
8.   Sierra College 34-12
9.   Cerritos College 31-14
10.   San Jose City College 30-13
11.   Cosumnes River College 33-12
12.   San Joaquin Delta College 26-17
13.   College of the Canyons 32-14
14.   Diablo Valley College 28-16-1
15.   El Camino College 28-15