Defending champs picked to repeat

Defending champs picked to repeat

The 2018-19 season kicks off this week and the conference sports information directors have given their predictions.  The Pacific Coast Athletic Conference SID's have chosen the defending champs to defend their respective divisions.

Mt. San Jacinto College and San Diego City College were chosen by the SID's to defend their 2017-18 conference championships, but neither grabbed all the first place votes and are expected to be challenged. 

PCAC North

Mt. San Jacinto had the dream season a year ago, capturing the CCCAA state title by finishing 32-2 overall.  The Eagles collected 5-of-7 first place votes in the SID's poll this week, with Palomar College receiving the other two. 

If MSJC is going to repeat, they are going to have to do it without their top four scorers from a season ago, who all graduated.  A handful of players return from the championship team, but the Eagles will need to count on a number of freshmen to step up if they are going to defend their hardware.

Palomar is in a similar situation, as the top scorers from a season ago are all gone.  The Comets expect the return of guard Clarissa Tate, but a bunch of freshmen are all going to have to step up if they intend on ripping the title away from Mt. San Jacinto. 

The sleeper in the north could be San Bernardino Valley College, who the SID's picked to finish third.  MiraCosta College was picked fourth by the SID's with College of the Desert fifth.

PCAC South

In a very close vote, San Diego City College was picked to edge both Grossmont College and Southwestern College in the preseason poll.  SD City and Southwestern both picked up three first place votes while Grossmont picked up one, but the Griffins also had four second place votes to pass up Southwestern in the voting.

San Diego City looks solid on paper, as five big contributors from the 2017-18 squad are back.  Breanna Gafare, Kile Pope, Elliot Nixon, Alicia Osuna Garcia and Mariah Wonders are all expected to return, and the five players averaged over 32 points and 18 rebounds-per-game a season ago.  The Knights won 8-of-9 to close out the regular season last year before falling to Pasadena City in the playoffs.

Grossmont finished in a tie for second place last season with Southwestern and won 5-of-7 to close out the season.  The Griffins lost a lot to graduation, but get a boost from the return of Satori Roberson from the 2016-17 squad. 

Southwestern finished one point behind Grossmont in the voting by the SID's.  The Jaguars were a freshman-dominated team a year ago and return their top two scorers in Satera Bates and Amber Hard.  The duo combined for 33.5 points-per-game in 2017-18, giving them a ton of returning experience in the backcourt.

San Diego Mesa College was picked fourth in the division with Imperial Valley College fifth. 

PCAC Sports Information Preseason Poll

Place Team  Points   Place Team Points
1 Mt. San Jacinto (5) 33   1 San Diego City (3) 29
2 Palomar (2) 29   2 Grossmont (1)  27
3 San Bernardino Valley 21   3 Southwestern (3) 26
4 MiraCosta 13   4 San Diego Mesa 14
5 Desert 9   5 Imperial Valley 9