Tabor women picked first, men third in poll

ORIGINALLY WRITTEN TOM STOPPEL
The Tabor College women’s basketball was chosen during Wednesday’s annual media day as the overwhelming team to beat in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference this winter.

The Bluejays were picked by both the coaches and media to win the title. The event was held at the Garvey Center on the campus of Friends University.

The Bluejay women return eight of their top nine players from last season and added 6-foot, 3-inch Boston College transfer Emily Vogts to the roster.

Coach Rusty Allen’s team received 11 of 12 first-place votes in the media poll and nine of 10 first-place votes in the coaches poll.

The Bluejay men, meanwhile, were picked by both the coaches and media to finish third behind Southwestern and Sterling.

The loss of five seniors from last year’s KCAC championship team, coupled with early season injuries, were cited as reasons for the picks.

Coach Don Brubacher will look to senior Brad Gattis to lead the Bluejays this season.

KCAC Men’s basketball

Coaches poll

1. Southwestern (7)* 95

2. Sterling (2) 86

3. Tabor (1) 75

4. Friends 63

5. Ottawa 61

6. Bethany 51

7. McPherson 39

8. Bethel 35

9. Kansas Wesleyan 30

10. Saint Mary 15

Media poll

1. Southwestern (7)* 122

2. Sterling (2) 104

3. Tabor (1) 94

4. Bethany 93

5. Friends 85

6. McPherson 59

7. Bethel 57

8. Ottawa 53

9. Saint Mary 25

10. Kansas Wesleyan 23

* First-place votes in parentheses

KCAC WOMen’s basketball

Coaches poll

1. Tabor (9)* 99

2. Sterling (1) 88

3. Ottawa 78

4. Friends 68

5. Southwestern 63

6. Bethany 50

7. Kansas Wesleyan 40

8. McPherson 25

9. Saint Mary 22

10. Bethel 17

Media poll

1. Tabor (11)* 119

2. Sterling 106

3. Ottawa 85

4. Southwestern 82

5. Friends 76

6. Bethany (1) 69

7. McPherson 41

8. Kansas Wesleyan 38

9. Bethel 24

10. Saint Mary 20

* First-place votes in parentheses

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