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Morningside picked to win GPAC title

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SIOUX CITY, Iowa — Morningside College, champions of the Great Plains Athletic Conference tournament in 2012, is the coaches’ choice to win the 2013 softball title.

The Mustangs, 28-21 and 13-9 last spring, totaled 95 points and seven first-place votes in the preseason poll.

Northwestern was picked second with 91 points and two first-place votes. Doane and Midland were picked third and fourth with 76 and 70 points, respectively, and both with one first-place vote.

Northwestern, 33-13 overall, won the regular-season conference title with a record of 16-2. The GPAC softball season will consist of 20 games (10 doubleheaders) and conclude with the GPAC postseason tournament from May 2 to 4 at the SYA Complex in Sioux City.

The poll:

1, Morningside, 95, 7 first-place votes. 2, Northwestern, 91, 2. 3, Doane, 76, 1. 4, Midland, 70, 1. 5, Concordia, 61. 6, Dordt, 59. 7, Hastings, 44. 8, Dakota Wesleyan, 40. 9, Nebraska Wesleyan, 38. 10, Briar Cliff, 17. 11, Mount Marty, 14.

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