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8/3/2012 9:14:00 PM
Yavapai College soccer ranked No. 5 in preseason poll
The Daily Courier

The National Junior College Athletic Association has released the 2012 preseason rankings for Division I men's soccer and Yavapai College finds themselves in the 5th position.

Since 1990, the Roughriders have been ranked in every weekly poll holding the No. 1 position 75 times. Also, since 1990, Yavapai has captured seven national championships. Mercer County Community College (NJ) has won the title four times; Tyler Junior College (TX) has won twice; and seven other schools have held the cup once.

Head Coach Mike Pantalione's squad enters the season four wins shy of the 500 wins milestone (496-40-18 all-time). YC opens the 2012 season on Aug. 23 at Scottsdale Community College and their home opener will be on Saturday, Aug. 25 against Phoenix College at Mountain Valley Park in Prescott Valley.

NJCAA Region I Men's Soccer

Preseason Top 20 Poll

Rank Team Region Record

1. Cloud County C.C. 6 22-1-4

2. Monroe College 15 14-2-1

3. Darton College 17 19-2-1

4. Tyler Junior College 14 18-1-4

5. Yavapai College 1 19-1-3

6. Schoolcraft College 12 22-0-1

7. Iowa Western C.C. 11 18-2-2

8. Georgia Perimeter 17 15-6-1

9. Pima C.C 1 19-7-2

10. Lincoln College 24 19-4-1

11. College of DuPage 4 19-3-0

12. Arizona Western 1 16-3-2

13. North Iowa Area C.C. 11 16-3-1

14. Western Texas College 5 19-3-0

15. Oakton C.C. 4 15-2-1

16. Cincinnati State 12 16-5-0

17. College of S. Maryland 20 12-5-2

18. Northwest College 9 15-5-1

19. Otero Junior College 9 13-3-1

20. Spartanburg M. College 10 16-4-0

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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, August 07, 2012
Article comment by: Ty Pical

Most YC athletes are only on partial scholarships leaving the families to pay the balance. These students shop locally, eat locally and have families visit who spend money locally. The nationally recognized program will host the national tournament in 2014, wander how much money that will feed into the local 14 teams and the traveling parties. Camps and clinics for local youth, community service projects, and because the department is so strong and reputable YC and Prescott are recognized around the country. The English and math department, while strong, don't benefit the area in the way athletics do. How do you and your friends benefit the area? By complaining on blogs? Keep typing- your ignorance is only helping validate YC athletics

Posted: Tuesday, August 07, 2012
Article comment by: Prescott Native

Sorry Mike, I did mean what I said in my second post but your "supporters" will not stop.
My point is this, Yavapai College is a community college supported by the community through monies obtained through taxes and paid tuition. It is my believe that these athletes getting full tuition, room and board is coming from my friends and family. Intercollegiate athletics and national championships? How does that help the community. And (sorry Mike), if his coaching is so spectatular, why has he stayed? I'm done.
Good night Prescott.

Posted: Monday, August 06, 2012
Article comment by: @ Prescott Native

If you are good enough - Mike would love to have you.

No reason to provide charity slots for local athletes.

Don't understand your point at all.

Thanks TyPical for showing some of the local kids have (and will continue) to play for Yavapai given they are talented enough to do so.

Posted: Monday, August 06, 2012
Article comment by: Ty Pical

Prescott Native- class??? How about you get a clue before you speak and judge a mans work and program. You know not about what you speak and do so namelessly like everyone on this blog. Inuendos become truths to some people and create unnecessary controversy.

Posted: Monday, August 06, 2012
Article comment by: Bear Soccer Fan

Add former Bradshaw Mountain soccer player Jay Heller to the list of locals. He played on the 2007 National Championship Team with Dallas Rusch-Michener from Prescott High School.

Posted: Monday, August 06, 2012
Article comment by: Prescott Native

Have some class. This is not us (locals) against them (outsiders), you.
Roughrider soccer fan,
Thank you for your help in allowing me to see who some of these student-athletes are.
I stand corrected.
With apologizes Mike.
Good luck this next season.

Posted: Sunday, August 05, 2012
Article comment by: Roughrider Soccer Fan

Ken McMillen, Brent McMillen, Travis Bell, Stephen Ball, Sky Asay-Davis, Todd Brown, Jesse Clark, Adam Lawrence, Jeff Wassell, Frank Roan, Shawn Belverud, Adam Izard, Matt Lukavics, Alejandroo Macias, Dallas Rusch-Michener, Tad Detwiler, Ben Young, Ben Townsend and Willie Hammack are just some of the Prescott, Bradshaw, Chino, Mingus and Kestrel High players that wore the Roughrider jersey.

Posted: Sunday, August 05, 2012
Article comment by: Ty Pical

Intercollegiate athletics are competitive, you play to win the game. Mike plays for national championships. Take your son to the YMCA. Get out of town Prescott native you have big fish in small bowl disease like many of the local athletes.

Posted: Saturday, August 04, 2012
Article comment by: Prescott Native

That's cool Mike. Congrats (again).
Now how many Prescott/Prescott Valley/Chino Valley student-athletes are on this team this year? (zero again?)
How many Yavapai County or State of Arizona student-athletes will get educational assistance on the Yavapai College soccer team? (enough said)
C'mon people.
Good day Prescott !!

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