The first Sports Network FCS Poll was released on Tuesday. Youngstown State failed to crack the top-25, but the Penguins finished second in the "Receiving-votes" section of the poll.
The poll's national panel of sports information and media relations directors, broadcasters, writers and other dignitaries confirmed back-to-back National Champion North Dakota State as the preseason No. 1 by giving the Bison 127 of the 134 first-place votes and 3,340 points.
Three other Missouri Valley Conference teams also made the cut to the top-25. South Dakota State is ranked #6, while Illinois State checks in at #13. Last but not least, Northern Iowa enters the season 17th.
|Team (First-place votes)||2012 Record||Points||Previous Rank|
|1.||North Dakota State Bison (127)||14-1||3340||1|
|2.||Montana State Bobcats (1)||11-2||3079||5|
|3.||Sam Houston State Bearkats (5)||11-4||2941||2|
|4.||Eastern Washington Eagles||11-3||2873||4|
|6.||South Dakota State Jackrabbits||9-4||2268||14|
|7.||Central Arkansas Bears||9-3||2244||10|
|9.||Georgia Southern Eagles (1)||10-4||2002||3|
|10.||New Hampshire Wildcats||8-4||1920||13|
|12.||Appalachian State Mountaineers||8-4||1696||9|
|13.||Illinois State Redbirds||9-4||1657||8|
|14.||Cal Poly Mustangs||9-3||1646||12|
|16.||Stony Brook Seawolves||10-3||1178||11|
|17.||Northern Iowa Panthers||5-6||1106||NR|
|18.||Northern Arizona Lumberjacks||8-3||988||20|
|19.||James Madison Dukes||7-4||964||19|
|21.||Eastern Illinois Panthers||7-5||686||NR|
|22.||Lehigh Mountain Hawks||10-1||587||16|
|25.||Coastal Carolina Chanticleers||8-5||489||24|
Poland Seminary High School hosted a civics day for its juniors and seniors on Monday.
UPDATE: East Liverpool police are investigating a box of holiday colored crack cocaine found in a trunk of a car.
The Ohio State Patrol is investigating the discovery of woman’s body along a roadway in Trumbull County.
Two people suffered smoke inhalation and mild burns from a house fire in Niles Monday morning.
Congressman Tim Ryan, D-Niles is co-sponsoring legislation with Congressman Dave Joyce to award a Congressional Gold Medal to a valley native and journalist.
A cloudy and breezy Monday afternoon.
A street that was closed so crews could tear down an old theater in Youngstown has reopened.
A man wanted in a double murder from 2011 has been arrested and is facing aggravated murder charges.
Police in Warren are investigating an armed robbery that happened at the corner of Vine Avenue and Atlantic Street on Sunday night.
Friends and family of Dr. Steven Frank held a fundraiser to raise money for treatment needed to fight renal cancer.
A Columbiana County Sheriff's deputy is a week and a half away from dropping off Christmas toys at Akron Children's hospital, but so far there is not one toy in the donation boxes.
The Youngstown Fire Department fought three house fires early Sunday morning.
Hakeem Henderson is facing two counts of aggravated murder of Adam Christian and Raymond Hayes in November 2011.
The concert at Powers Auditorium on Sunday afternoon included more than 350 young musicians and singers.
UAW Local 1112 held its annual Children's Christmas party on Sunday.
Over 100 families enjoyed the Santaland Brunch on Sunday at Vernon's Café, which raises money to help the Niles Community Service Food Bank.