The Collin Cougars cracked the Top 25 in the NJCAA Division I rankings this week, parlaying a 16-1 record into its first national recognition of the year, Jan. 15. Coach Jim Sigona is glad for the acknowledgement, but said there is still work to be done.
"It's great recognition for the players, the program and the college, but we have a long way to go," he said. "It's still early."
Sigona noted that two other teams in the North Texas Junior College Athletic Conference (NTJCAC) – Hill College and Ranger College – are also ranked in the Top 25. There are five ranked in the Top 25 in Region 5.
Sigona pointed out that his team is currently "a little banged up," with two players out for a couple of weeks with ankle injuries and a few who missed recent games with the flu. Ryan Flores, River Reed, Tino Sebalj, Tajzmel Sherman and Seth White all missed the Jan. 12 game against McLennan which went down to the final seconds.
The team has a tough stretch in the next couple of weeks, Sigona said, but he has faith in his players to make things work.
"The guys have played good so far," Sigona said."They have earned it, and hopefully we can keep playing well.
"We just have to keep working. We just have to take it one day at a time."