We can look forward to following four teams at the Junior College National Championships later this month.
Western Nebraska College Cougars are headed to the National Tournament after receiving an at-large selection meaning three women’s teams with a Kiwi connection will be headed to the Women’s Junior College National Champs (March 16-21).
Cougars Rashaan Smith and Izzy Cook are joined by Dejaan Schuler (Casper College T-Birds) and the Southern Idaho Golden Eagles duo Ashlee Strawbridge and Kyra Paniora – the Eagles and T Birds having won Regional Tournaments to clip their qualifying tickets.
Schuler, the ex Te Aroha and Waikato standout scored a team high 15 points (6/10FG) as Casper defeated Eastern Wyoming 71-57 in the Region 9 Tournament Grand Final victory.
College of Southern Idaho beat Snow College 63-57 to win the Region 18 Championship –
Strawbridge finished with a team high 7 rebounds to accompany 4 points and 2 steals while Paniora contributed 2 points and 2 rebounds for the Golden Eagles.
Nate Wilson will be the sole New Zealandi representative at the Men’s National Championship (March 14-19) In the Grand-Final of the Region 17 Tournament the South Georgia Tech Jets won an overtime thriller 87-84 to book their ticket. The former Mt Albert Grammar forward scored 7 points on a perfect three-from-three from the floor, corralled 4 rebounds, a steal and a block.
Congratulations to Molly Cockburn, who after a successful two years at Miles Community College, will further her academic and basketball career at Chadron State University. Chadron State Eagles play NCAA Division II basketball in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.