Early honors

For the first time in almost six years, the Iowa Central football team is ranked.

The Tritons entered the NJCAA Top-20 at No. 17 in the first regular season poll. Iowa Central (1-1 overall, 0-1 in ICCAC) travels to Coffeyville this Saturday in Kansas.

Back on Oct. 9, 2012 the Tritons were ranked 16th before falling out the following week. They enjoyed a two-week run that season in the polls.

East Mississippi, the defending national champions, remained first followed by Iowa Western, which scored a 26-20 victory over Iowa Central last week at home.

Snow moved up one spot to third with Northeastern Oklahoma A&M and Northwest Mississippi rounding out the Top-5.

Arizona Western dropped six spots to No. 9 after a loss, with Blinn climbing five positions to sixth and Navarro moving up eight spots to 10th.

Hutchinson entered the poll at No. 11 after besting Independence last Saturday. The Pirates, who are currently being filmed for a second time on the Netflix program “Last Chance U,” fell from fifth to 13th.

Along with Iowa Central and Hutchinson, Highland, Scottsdale and Mesa also are ranked for the first time this season.

The Tritons opened their year with a victory over then-No. 13 Butler. They still have games with seventh-ranked Garden City, Hutchinson, Independence and No. 18 Highland on the schedule this season.

Coffeyville (1-1) received five points towards the Top-20 this past week.

Triton volleyball ranked 11th

The Iowa Central volleyball team dropped two spots in the latest poll, as they are now ranked 11th.

Over the weekend, the Tritons (7-3 overall) faced off against defending national champion and top-ranked Coffeyville at the Highland Tournament in Kansas, along with matches vs. Highland, Neosho and No. 20 Northeastern Oklahoma A&M.

Iowa Central faced off against Southwestern Wednesday night and will head to Minnesota Friday. They return to Hodges Fieldhouse next Wednesday to host 19th-rated Hawkeye at 7 p.m.

Parkland is second with Cowley, Grand Rapids and Des Moines Area rounding out the Top-5. Kirkwood is also ranked, entering the poll at No. 12.