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NIAC Expansion Continues with NHSC

The Northern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (NIAC) is pleased to announce the addition of Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College (New Town, ND) as its 11th active member, beginning with the 2019-20 academic year.

“We are very much looking forward to the addition of NHSC as a NIAC member and feel their inclusion will further strengthen what’s become a very competitive conference,” said Dan Hovestol, NIAC President. “Additionally, we’re aggressively pursuing further expansion as it relates to future NIAC sport and sanctioned tournament options. With 11 colleges, the opportunity to serve our athletes with additional sport offerings becomes more likely in the future.  We’re not only encouraged by the continued addition of NIAC member institutions but also with recent developments of a more intentional relationship with the Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference (MCAC).  Future partnership with the MCAC can potentially expand our athletic opportunities beyond just basketball which I believe is a win-win for all involved.”

The upcoming NIAC postseason basketball tournament will be held February 15-17, 2019 on the Sisseton Wahpeton College campus. Existing members of the NIAC are: Association Free Lutheran Bible School (Plymouth, Minnesota), Canadian Mennonite University (Winnipeg, Manitoba), Cankdeska Cikana Community College (Fort Totten, North Dakota), Leech Lake Tribal College (Cass Lake, Minnesota), Oak Hills Christian College (Bemidji, Minnesota), Providence University College (Otterburne, Manitoba), Red River College (Winnipeg, Manitoba), Sisseton Wahpeton College (Agency Village, SD), Trinity Bible College (Ellendale, North Dakota) and Turtle Mountain Community College (Belcourt, North Dakota).

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NIAC Community Service Gift – 2018

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Cankdeska Cikana Community College Athletic Director, Herb Hofer (right), presented a check and collected non perishable food items to Louis Garcia, representative for the Bdecan Presbyterian Church Food Shelf on behalf of the Northern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (NIAC). The NIAC held their annual post season basketball championships in Fort Totten, ND on the Cankdeska campus from February 15-17, 2018. The donations are part of the NIAC’s community support initiative that gives back to the communities that host and welcome NIAC athletes and teams during tournament action.

2018 NIAC Awards Announced

All Conference – (Men)

Coach of the Year – Brady Fairbanks (LLTC)

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Player of the Year – Blake Broer (SWC)

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All Conference –

Jaren Brooks (OHCC)
Chris Demauleon-Martolay (RRC)
Oliver Gourd III (CCCC)
Kevin Hanks (LLTC)
Jaden Harms (CMU)
Korey Harris (TBC)
Phillip Harris (OHCC)
Josh Laduke (LLTC)
Jordan Lawson (PUC)
Stephen Moan (AFLBS)
Malik Norfleet (SWC)
Kendall Perpall (PUC)
Dalton Poitra (TMCC)
Anton Wilkerson (SWC)
Steve Williamson (RRC)

Honorable Mention –

Duke Abalos (OHCC)
Chris Dick (PUC)
Nate Howard (LLTC)
Nick Kasmik (CMU)
Kolten Keplin (TMCC)
Logan Klitzke (TBC)
Mark Ridd (RRC)
Parker Stemen (TBC)
Kneil Sullera (CMU)
DJ White (SWC)

All Conference – (Women)

Coach of the Year – Rachael Nowell (TBC)

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Player of the Year – Samantha Nunez (SWC)

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All Conference –

Cherlee Collins (SWC)
Emily Cuellar (SWC)
Julia Davis (TMCC)
Lacey Finbogason (RRC)
Taylor Goodbrandson (PUC)
Kiara Guy (CCCC)
Averi Holthusen (LLTC)
Kalei Kerby (AFLBS)
Sunshyne Kingbird (LLTC)
Emma Logan (TBC)
Jessica Marx-Houndle (CMU)
Zera Lynn Panessa (RRC)
Julia Schatkowsky (CMU)
Joanne Schwarz (PUC)
Shaylyn Steinheuser (TBC)

Honorable Mention –

Robelie Aaron (RRC)
Paige Blake (AFLBS)
Brynn Crockett (TBC)
Alexis Davis (TMCC)
Illeana Frenchman (SWC)
Alyss Mountain (LLTC)
Kiara Rongavilla (CMU)
Raegan Swiftwater (SWC)
Alison Zajac (PUC)

2018 NIAC Tournament Matchups Set

Thursday, February 15

9:00 am –  WOMEN: RRC (61) vs PUC (52)

10:45 am – MEN: OHCC (90) vs PUC (95)

12:30 pm – WOMEN: CMU (81) vs TMCC (55)

2:15 pm – MEN: RRC (72) vs CMU (73)

4:00 pm – WOMEN: TBC (63) vs LLTC (53)

5:45 pm – MEN: LLTC (77) vs TMCC (53)

7:30 pm – WOMEN: SWC (106) vs CCCC (34)

9:15 pm – MEN: SWC (93) vs TBC (94)

Friday, February 16

2:00 pm – WOMEN: Canadian Mennonite (69) vs Trinity Bible (53)

4:00 pm – MEN: Canadian Mennonite (83) vs Leech Lake Tribal (86)

6:00 pm – WOMEN: Red River (57) vs Sisseton Wahpeton (74)

8:00 pm – MEN: Providence (92) vs Trinity Bible (85) – OT

Saturday, February 17

1:00 pm – WOMEN: Championship – Canadian Mennonite (86) vs Sisseton Wahpeton (88) – OT

3:00 pm – MEN: Championship – Leech Lake Tribal (95) vs Providence (81)

All games played on the campus of Cankdeska Cikana Community College in Fort Totten, North Dakota. Watch live on YouTube

Further NIAC Expansion!

The Northern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (NIAC) is pleased to welcome three new member colleges, beginning with the 2017-18 basketball season. Providence University College (Otterburne, Manitoba), Red River College (Winnipeg, Manitoba) and Sisseton Wahpeton College (Agency Village, South Dakota) join the existing seven league members to form what will now be a ten team conference. “This is an exciting time for our conference” remarked Dan Hovestol, NIAC President. “This is our conference’s largest expansion since its inception in 1983 and I’m quite certain adding these colleges will only enhance the competitive level of play on the court. For our first year with ten collegiate programs, we will function as a single division with our top eight men’s and women’s teams qualifying for the conference tournament in February. Moving forward in 2018-19, however, we will break into two, five team divisions that will be geographically sensitive.” The NIAC post season tournament will be held February 15-17, 2018 on the Cankdeska Cikana Community College campus. Existing members of the NIAC are: Association Free Lutheran Bible School (Plymouth, Minnesota), Canadian Mennonite University (Winnipeg, Manitoba), Cankdeska Cikana Community College (Fort Totten, North Dakota), Leech Lake Tribal College (Cass Lake, Minnesota), Oak Hills Christian College (Bemidji, Minnesota), Trinity Bible College (Ellendale, North Dakota) and Turtle Mountain Community College (Belcourt, North Dakota).