With only three points separating the top two spots, the Cal Poly softball team was picked to finish first in the Big West Conference in a poll voted on by the conference’s eight head coaches.
The Mustangs tied 2010 co-champion UC Davis with three first-place votes and outpaced the Aggies with 54 overall points. UC Davis was second with 51, and Cal State Northridge, the other co-champion last season, was third with 41.
Cal Poly is seeking its third title in the past five years and is looking to bounce back from is first sub-.500 season under seventh-year head coach Jenny Condon. The Mustangs return reigning Big West Field Player of the Year Anna Cahn and open the season against No. 23 Oklahoma State in a tournament at Arizona on Feb. 11.
“It’s an honor to be chosen first in the poll by our peers,” Condon said in a news release. “The voting was very tight, which is how we see the conference title race playing out.”
Smet headed to Sterling College in Kansas
Former Atascadero High quarterback Bradley Smet, who has spent the past two seasons playing at Hartnell College in Salinas, has accepted a scholarship to play at Sterling College, an NAIA program in Kansas, Hartnell coach Matt Collins said.
The 6-foot-1, 165-pound Smet passed for 785 yards and seven touchdowns with four interceptions this past season for the Panthers.
Smet started for the Greyhounds as a prep senior in 2008, helping to lead Atascadero to a 9-3 season and an undefeated run through the PAC 7 at 5-0.
Sterling finished this past season 7-3 overall.