Great Northwest Athletic Conference Central Washington Wildcats Coach: Greg Sparling (169-117, 11th year at CWU). Last season: 7-11 (7th...

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Central Washington Wildcats

Coach: Greg Sparling (169-117, 11th year at CWU).

Last season: 11-16 overall, 7-11 (7th in GNAC).

This season: Open Friday at home vs. Chico State, 7 p.m.

Top players: Lance Den Boer, F/G, 6-6, Jr., 18.4 ppg, 4.8 rpg; Chris Bannish, PG, 6-1, Sr, 11.7 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 4.1 apg; Robert Hicks, G, 5-11, Sr, 13.9 ppg.

Outlook: The Wildcats add several talented newcomers.

Saint Martin’s Saints

Coach: Keith Cooper (16-38 in 3 seasons at St. Martin’s).

Last season: 5-13 in GNAC, 8-19 overall.

This season: 0-1

Top players: Niko Nunogawa, F, 6-6, Sr, second-team All-GNAC, 19 ppg, 7.2 rpg; Greg O’Neal, F, 6-1, Sr, 11.4 ppg; Joe Chirhart, PG, 6-1, Jr., 10.1 ppg, 3.2 apg.

Outlook: A solid recruiting class will join six returnees, including three starters.

Seattle U. Redhawks

Coach: Joe Callero (42-68 in 4 seasons at Seattle).

Last season: 11-16, 6-12 (8th in GNAC).

This season: Open Friday at home vs. Regis at the Elgin Baylor Classic, 7 p.m.

Top players: Bernard Seals, G, 6-3, Sr, second-team all-GNAC, 19.6 ppg; Ryan Webb, G, 6-1, Jr., 4.9 apg; Jeffrey McDaniel, F, 6-6, Sr.

Outlook: Callero has high hopes for an athletic team that beat NCAA I Pacific in exhibition.

Seattle Pacific Falcons

Coach: Jeff Hironaka (50-33 in 3 seasons at SPU).

Last season: 20-9, 12-6 (3rd in GNAC).

This season: Open Friday at home vs. Cal State Monterey Bay.

Top players: Tony Binetti, G, 6-1, Sr, 13.4 ppg, 4.4 apg); Dustin Bremerman, G, 6-4, Jr., 13.1 ppg, 4.1 rpg; Chad Williams, F, 6-8, Sr., 8.1 ppg, 5.7 rpg.

Outlook: Bremerman figures to become focal point of offense, and former O’Dea/BCC center Robbie Will should help overcome the loss of Jason Chivers.

Western Washington Vikings

Coach: Brad Jackson (375-217 in 21 years at Western).

Last season: 13-5 (T-1st in GNAC), 22-7 overall.

This season: Open today vs. Emporia State at BYU-Hawaii Seasider Classic, 9 p.m.

Top players: Grant Dykstra, G/F, 6-4, Sr., first-team All-Region, 17.1 ppg, 5.2 rpg; Ryan Diggs, G, 6-2, Sr., 18.1 ppg, 3.3 apg, second-team All-Region; Tyler Amaya, F, 6-6, Sr., 12.0 ppg, 7.9 rpg; Tyler MacMullen, C, 6-9, Sr, 10.8 ppg, 6.3 rpg.

Outlook: Vikings return every starter from team that advanced to second round of NCAA II tournament.

Northwest Conference

Pacific Lutheran Lutes

Coach: Dave Harshman (21-54 in 3 seasons at PLU)

Last season: 5-20, 3-13 (tied for 8th in NWC)

This season: Open Saturday at Eastern Washington, 7 p.m.

Top players: Drew Cardwell, G, 6-3, Sr, 11.2 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 1.1 apg, honorable mention all-conference; Landon Heidenreich, G, 6-0, So, 7.2 ppg, 3.4 apg; Scott Lowery, G/F, 6-6, Sr; Brian Misterek, G, 6-3, So.

Outlook: Cardwell and Heidenreich are top returning starters.

Puget Sound Loggers

Coach: Eric Bridgeland (69-34 in 4 seasons at UPS)

Last season: 22-4, 15-1 (1st in NWC)

This season: Open Friday at home vs. Evergreen State, 8 p.m.

Top players: Zack McVey, F, 6-5, Sr, Division III News Preseason All-American, 15.2 ppg; Chase Curtiss, G, 6-2, Sr, All-NWC, 14.7 ppg.

Outlook: UPS has right mix of experience and newcomers, could contend for NCAA III title.

Whitman Missionaries

Coach: Skip Molitor (89-175 in 11 seasons at Whitman)

Last season: 5-20, 3-13 (tie for 8th in NWC)

This season: Open Sunday at home vs. Montana Tech, 3 p.m.

Top players: Matt Kelly, G, 6-2, Sr, honorable-mention All-NWC, 16.2 ppg; Kyle Born, F, 6-6, Jr, honorable-mention All-NWC, 11.5 ppg, 8.0 rpg; Erik Kofler, F/C, 6-8, Sr, 12.0 ppg, 7.6 rpg.

Outlook: Missionaries return every starter and added guard Chris Faidley, transfer from SPU.

Whitworth Pirates

Coach: Jim Hayford (75-28 in 4 seasons at Whitworth).

Last season: 13-11, 9-7 (4th in NWC)

This season: Open Friday vs. Wisconsin Lutheran at Calvin College (Mich.) Tipoff, 3:30 p.m.

Top players: Lance Pecht, F, 6-4, Sr, first-team All-NWC, 15.3 ppg; Jon Young, G, 6-3, Jr, second-team All-NWC, 15.3 ppg; Bryan Williams, G, 6-1, Jr, honorable-mention All-NWC, 12.5 ppg.

Outlook: The Pirates won five games in a row at the end of last season.. Four starters return.

Cascade Collegiate Conference

Evergreen State Geoducks

Coach: Tom Kenna (1st year at Evergreen)

Last season: 9-9 (tie for 5th in CCC), 14-17 overall

This season: 1-1

Top players: Wes Newton, G, 5-10, Sr; Doug Dietz, G, 6-3, Sr; Pat Mattson, G, 6-5, Jr; Luke Hammond, G, 5-10, Fr.

Outlook: Geoducks picked to finish ninth in CCC, but defense could be strength. .

Northwest U. Eagles

Coach: John Van Dyke (5 seasons at Northwest U.)

Last season: 9-9 (tie for 5th in CCC), 18-14 overall.

This season: 5-1

Top players: Aaron Sawyer, F, 6-8, Jr, 16.1 ppg, 6-4 rpg; Chris Keller, F, 6-5, Jr; Stephen Ishmael, F, 6-7, So, 5.3 rpg.

Outlook: Eagles picked to finished sixth in CCC.

Compiled from submissions by college sports-information directors.