Nicholls FRISCO, Texas – Stephen F. Austin is the favorite to lift the 2018 Southland Conference regular-season championship trophy, the league announced Monday through its poll via on by the league’s coaches and sports information directors. 276 196 New Orleans 97 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (208), who earned the regular season and tournament championships in 2015 and 2016, holds a seven-point advantage over Houston Baptist (201) for the No. 3 spot in the predicted order of finish. HBU just beat out Abilene Christian (197) for the four-slot by four total points. The Wildcats made a Southland Tournament championship appearance in their first season eligible last year, also becoming the first No. 8 seed in tournament history to make the final. With 14 first-place votes, SFA (276 total points) edges Central Arkansas (270) by six total points in the poll. The Sugar Bears picked up 11 first-place votes following a 2017 season that saw them claim the Southland Tournament title as the No. 2 seed. UCA’s season ended last year with a 3-1 loss at No. 10 USC in the NCAA First Round. 201 Lamar University McNeese 197 The Ladyjacks are coming into the new season as defending champions, claiming a 14-2 record in the 2017 league season to win their first championship since 2014. SFA returns 13 letterwinners from last season, including three Southland Preseason All-Conference First Team selections in Haley Coleman, Danae Daron and Makenzee Hanna. Junior setter Ann Hollas also earned a preseason second-team accolade for the ‘Jacks to lead the league in preseason all-conference honorees. UIW (97), New Orleans (90), Lamar University (69), Nicholls (54) and Southeastern Louisiana (32) are tabbed to place ninth through 13th, respectively. 182 Central Arkansas (11) 69 270 UIW Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Sam Houston State 90 Stephen F. Austin (14) Northwestern State (196) received a first-place vote and is just one point behind Abilene Christian in the poll. Sam Houston State (182) is expected to place seventh in the league while McNeese rounds out the top-eight with 156 total points. 156 Abilene Christian 208 The preseason poll is voted on by head coaches and SIDs from each Southland volleyball school. Voting for one’s own team is not permitted.2018 Southland Conference Coaches’ and Sports Information Directors Preseason Poll Northwestern State (1) Houston Baptist Pl. Team (First-place votes)Total 54 Southeastern Louisiana 32
After decades of downward progress, the number of fatal and serious injury crashes nationally and statewide are trending upward. The same largely holds true in Vancouver.City officials discussed some of the key findings of a Transportation System Safety Analysis by the city of Vancouver during a presentation to the Vancouver City Council during a workshop Monday.Above all: Vancouver drivers are driving too fast, getting distracted and having trouble safely navigating their way through large intersections; the city’s pedestrians are especially at risk; and there are solutions that can be applied to specific intersections and across the city’s roadways that could improve safety conditions.The city built the report by examining the years 2010 to 2016 with crash data from the Washington State Department of Transportation to build its analysis. They also used crash trend data to compare Vancouver’s crash factors to those included in the state’s strategic highway safety plan, Target Zero. The city then took the data a step further and looked deeper into the data and analyzed crashes at specific intersections and road segments.By the city’s data, the number of crashes has been trending upward since 2013. The number peaked in 2015 with just under 1,600 crashes in the city. In 2016, the figure was somewhat lower, at just over 1,400. No one was injured in those crashes 56 percent of the time.