JC women 10th in final poll

Three Dakota Athletic Conference teams are ranked inside the top 15 in the final NAIA women’s top 25 poll.

Black Hills State (23-5) is ranked No. 4 after winning the DAC regular season title with a 12-2 record. The Jimmies, who finished second at 11-3 and are 22-6 overall are ranked 10th.

Both are essentially locks for at-large bids for the national tournament if neither team were to win the DAC postseason tournament, which begins Wednesday.

The national tournament is set for March 10-16 in Sioux City, Iowa.

Minot State (21-7) dropped two spots to No. 15 in the final poll, but still should be OK for an at-large bid when the entire national tournament field is announced on March 3.

The DAC tournament begins on Wednesday.

The Jimmies host a doubleheader against different teams. The women host seventh-seeded Dakota State at 5:30 p.m., while the JC men will try to beat Minot State for the fourth time this season in the nightcap.

Shake-up in final ‘B’ boys poll

The final Class B boys’ basketball poll features a shakeup at the top.

Linton, ranked No. 1 all year, lost twice last week and dropped to No. 6 in the last top 10 of the season.

North Star (19-0) and Fargo Oak Grove (17-0), the only two unbeatens left, moved up as a result into the top two spots.

Dickinson Trinity (17-2) moved up to No. 3 and Turtle Lake-Mercer (16-2) is ranked fourth. Berthold (18-1) rounds out the top five.

Linton (17-2) is sixth with Carrington (17-2) staying at No. 7.

Boys’ district tournaments begin on Friday, including the District 5 showdown at the Jamestown Civic Center.