Clark & Clackamas lead current Joward Power Rankings
Joward NWAACC basketball power rankings are back for its third season! Here's how Mr. Joward sees the 2013-14 season shaping up:
It's funny how a two-year league like the NWAACC can change so quickly. Chemeketa, who won the 2013 title in thrilling fashion over Edmonds, went 4-8 in the preseason. Edmonds is just 8-5.
2012 champion Tacoma is 5-5 in their first year without former head coach Carl Howell, and Clackamas, who won the championship in 2009 and 2010, is just 6-7. That opens up the door for some new challengers and new head coaches.
Portland, Treasure Valley and Clark's skippers are all fairly fresh, and though only Clark is leading their respective region, each team has a solid chance to make the postseason tournament as league play begins.
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For those who balk at the smaller number of Western and Northern region teams to make the rankings, look at history for a second: Off the top of your head, can you name the last team NOT from the Southern or Eastern region to win an NWAACC title? Probably not, as it was in 1998 that Skagit Valley took the championship, one of three the Cardinals won in a period of six years.
The South has taken eight titles since then, four of those belonging to Lane. Columbia Basin won three championships under Head Coach Cheryl Holden, who has never lost in the finals.
All that taken into account, it's no surprise that the North and West have one representative each, with the heavyweight programs Clackamas, Columbia Basin and Lane dominating the top - the teams who combine for every championship since 2004 with the exception of 2010-11.
In order to line up with the coaches poll, the rankings will also be released next week before switching back to the bi-weekly schedule.
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