August 21, 2014

Doane College goes 2-0 in first day of GPAC softball tourney

Second seed Doane and four seed Morningside each went 2-0 in day one competition at the 2012 Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) Softball Tournament in Hastings, Nebraska. The eight-team double elimination tournament is being played at the Smith Softball Complex and is hosted by Hastings College.

Eight games were played on Thursday afternoon. Top seed Northwestern, three seed Concordia, seven seed Midland, and eighth seed Hastings all went 1-1. Fifth seed Dakota Wesleyan and sixth seed Dordt went 0-2 and were eliminated from the tournament.  Play will resume on Friday at Noon with two elimination games. Hastings will play Concordia and Midland will match up with Northwestern. Doane and Morningside will play in a 2pm winners bracket final contest. The winner will advance to championship play on Saturday at Noon.

The GPAC tournament champion will earn the league’s lone berth in the NAIA National Softball Championship in Gulf Shores, Alabama. The 32 team final site tournament will be played May 17-23.

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Concordia eliminated in GPAC baseball tournament

The morning started out wet in Lincoln but by the end of the day the fifth seed Northwestern Red Raiders and seven seed Mount Marty Lancers found themselves high and dry and 2-0 in the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) Baseball Championship in Lincoln, Nebraska. The tournament is hosted by Nebraska Wesleyan and the Lincoln Convention and Visitors Bureau at Nebraska’s Haymarket Park and Lincoln’s Sherman Field. Northwestern and Mount Marty will open day two of the tournament at 9am on Friday in the winners bracket.

Doane, Nebraska Wesleyan, Dakota Wesleyan and Morningside all went 1-1 on day one and face elimination in their first games on Friday. Briar Cliff and Concordia were eliminated with 0-2 records.

One game remains at Sherman Field (12:30 Morningside vs. Doane game), with the balance of the tournament scheduled to be played at Hawks Field at Haymarket Park.

Doane won the regular season championship this year with a 16-4 league record and has the league’s first NAIA Opening Round bid secured. The GPAC tournament will be played according to the NAIA-Baseball Coaches Association Eight-Team Double-Elimination Bracket.

The GPAC Tournament Champion receives the second automatic berth to the NAIA Baseball National Championship Opening Round. If Doane wins the GPAC Tournament, the tournament runner-up will secure the second automatic bid. NAIA Baseball has two national bids for every ten teams in a conference (only baseball and basketball allow two for ten in the NAIA, all other sports are two bids for every 12 teams). One national bid is allowed for every six conference teams in all NAIA sports per NAIA guidelines.

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Hastings can sweep GPAC soccer finals

Hastings College has a chance to sweep the soccer tournament., In the Great Plains Women’s soccer semifinals in Hastings, the top-seeded Broncos defeated 4th seed Concordia 3-1, while in Fremont seventh seed Morningside defeated 3rd seed Midland 3-2. The finals are Saturday in Hastings.

On the men’s side, top seed Hastings and three seed Midland posted semifinal wins on Saturday. The Broncos will host the Warriors tomorrow at 6pm for the championship.

Top four seeds advance in GPAC volleyball tournament

The top four seeds all posted home wins as the Great Plains Athletic Conference Postseason Volleyball Tournament opened Tuesday across the conference.  The four winners will now meet on Thursday in the semifinal round.  Top seed Morningside defeated 8th seed Concordia 3-1. In Crete 2nd seeded Doane swept past seventh seed Briar Cliff 3-0, and in Fremont 3rd seed Midland was a five-set winner over sixth seed Hastings. All scores are posted below.

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Great Plains football wide open this year

The Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) held their 12th annual football media day on Wednesday, August 3, at the Holiday Inn Downtown in Sioux City, Iowa. The day featured comments from all ten of the league’s football coaches in preparation for the 2011 season.

 

One of the highlights of the day is the release of the preseason coaches’ poll. Morningside is preseason pick to win the GPAC championship. The Mustangs totaled 79 points and seven (7) first place votes. Northwestern was picked second with 74 points and the final three (3) first place votes. Midland was picked third with 65. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own team.

A new GPAC Champion will be crowned in 2011 with Sioux Falls now officially moved over NCAA Division II. The Cougars won the last nine GPAC regular season titles and were the 2010 NAIA National Runner-Up after losing to Carroll College in the NAIA National Championship Game last December in Rome, Georgia. Sioux Falls, and Morningside advanced into the NAIA Championship Series last fall.

The 2011 GPAC football season kicks off on Saturday, August 27, with Midland hosting Dakota State and Concordia playing at Benedictine in non-conference play. The GPAC schedule will consist of nine games with week one (September 3) a bye week (except Doane vs. Briar Cliff).