Brandon Rinta’s second season as head coach of the Lewis-Clark State Warriors could not be going better.
Not through 16 games, it couldn’t.
The Warriors are 16-0 going into tonight’s Frontier Conference homecourt showdown with the Westminster College Griffins of Salt Lake City. L-C State is ranked 11th nationally among NAIA schools while Westminster (13-1) is seventh.
The Griffins have won their last nine meetings with the Warriors.
Rinta, of course, was a Yakima Valley Community College standout for coaches Dean Nicholson and Leon Rice before moving on to Central Washington University.
Rice, meanwhile, is 11-2 in his third season at Boise State. The Broncos almost beat Michigan State at Ann Arbor, then upset 11th-ranked Creighton in Omaha, Neb. The Mountain West squad has won five straight going into a Saturday home nonleaguer against Walla Walla University.
Another college head coach with Central Washington ties, Cal Poly’s Joe Callero, is 5-6 in his fourth season with the Mustangs of the Big West Conference.
Cal Poly’s biggest win so far was a 70-68 defeat of UCLA in Pauley Pavilion on Nov. 25. The Mustangs host Long Beach State tonight.