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Seattle Pacific men ranked 1st by Sporting News in men’s basketball

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Seattle Pacific drew the No. 1 spot in the Sporting News’ preseason rankings of NCAA Division II men’s basketball teams, and senior David Downs is projected as a first-team All-American in the magazine.

The Falcons advanced to the West Regional championship game each of the last two seasons, but fell in Bellingham to Western Washington both times. The Vikings, who won the 2012 national championship, are a preseason No. 9 selection.

Three SPU starters return, including Downs. He was a first-team all-league honoree who received the 2013 GNAC tournament MVP award after leading SPU to the title with a 72-70 victory over regular-season champion WWU.

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• The team of Mary Sias of Portland and Jackie Nelson of Hillsboro, Ore., completed a wire-to-wire victory in the Pacific Northwest Women’s Senior Team Championship at Sunriver (Ore.) Resort. Sias and Nelson shot 11-over 224 to finish nine strokes ahead of second-place finishers Mary O’Donnell of Bellevue and Carol Dick of Lakewood. Cece Patterson and Mary Jensen, both of Bend, Ore., finished third at 235.

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