FLBC opening weekend recap

Recap written by Brad Bierle – FLBC Men @ Red River College Friday, November 1
On Friday night, the Conqueror Men got behind early and struggled to catch up for the rest of the game, falling to the Red River Rebels 61-81. However, the contest was much closer than the final score would indicate. At one point in the third quarter, the Conquerors pulled even before the Rebels responded with a run of their own. Despite the consistent effort from the team all night, this final deficit was too much to overcome as the Rebels closed out the 20-point victory.
The Conquerors played a good game overall, leaving some room for improvement in several key areas including interior and fastbreak defense along with overall defensive discipline, On offense, the team struggled to identify and adjust to the Rebel’s varying man to man and zone defenses. Once adjustments were made, it turned out to be a little too late to affect the final outcome. Micah Moan led the Conquerors with 18 points followed by Mikah Olsen with 17. Phil Berge and Luther Zeltinger chipped in with 8 and 10 total rebounds respectively. All eleven players saw the court on Friday evening and contributed meaningful minutes.EIpZCR1X0AEWQ_b
Saturday, November 2
On Saturday afternoon, the two teams squared off again. This time, it was the Conquerors who got out in front early by playing extremely aggressive and efficient defense, holding the Rebels to a remarkable 7 points in the first quarter. The second quarter was almost as good and the Conquerors led by a score of 28-21 at the half. Unfortunately, steady pressure and improved shooting by the Rebels allowed them to close the gap to 4 by the end of the third quarter and they pulled away in the fourth to secure a 62-72 victory over the FLBC Men.
Micah Moan led all scorers with 21 with Mikah Olson contributing 14 points. Rebounding was led by Micah Moan with 8 along with 4 assists and 6 steals. Phil Berge and Luther Zeltinger each had 7 rebounds for the game. The 3-point shooting percentage in the 2nd half really hurt the Conquerors as they were unable to hold off the hard-charging Rebels. Both games were fast-paced with great effort from both teams. The Conquerors will play NHSC at home this upcoming weekend with games on Friday, November 8 at 8:00 and
Saturday, November 9 at 3:00.
FLBC Women at Red River College Friday, November 1
The Conqueror Women opened the season in Canada on Friday, November 1 against Red River College. Right from the start, the Rebels played extremely physical and aggressive defense, especially with their guards. This on ball pressure was very disruptive to the Conquerors who found it difficult to get into their half-court offense. Several steals and other turnovers led to many easy baskets in transition for the host team. They went up early on the Conquerors and finished with a 27-72 victory.
FLBC Women at Red River College Saturday, November 2
On Saturday, the Conquerors could have hung their heads after being somewhat overwhelmed on Friday. Instead, they responded with more aggressive and confident play. Their offense started to take shape and showed great promise, including both inside and outside presence and options. The defense was also better, both challenging shots and stopping easy transition baskets for the Rebels. By the end of the game, the Rebels had secured another victory by a final score of 48-70. However, the heart showed by the Conqueror Women was obvious and impressive after a demoralizing loss the evening prior. This bodes well for the team as they turn the page to look ahead to their next games against NHSC this weekend at home. The Lady Conquerors play on Friday, November 8 at 6:00 and on Saturday, November 9 at 1:00.

2019 NIAC Awards Announced

All Conference – (Men)

Coach of the Year – Thomas DeJoseph (SWC)


Player of the Year – Malik Norfleet (SWC)


All Conference –

Taven Azure (TMCC)
Benjamin Dryburgh (AFLBS)
Riley Ens (CMU)
Nathan Howard (LLTC)
Arnold Kingbird (LLTC)
Ronnie Jackson (OHCC)
Jordan Lawson (PUC)
Torrez McKay (RRC)
Seth McKenzie (CMU)
Micah Moan (AFLBS)
Jamerick Moton (SWC)
Kendall Perpall (PUC)
Mark Ridd (RRC)
Elwood Tomlinson (SWC)
Jamal Williams (TBC)


Honorable Mention –

Keegan Beer (CMU)
Cash Blanca (PUC)
Phillip Harris (OHCC)
Logan Klitzke (TBC)
Taylor Peltier (TMCC)
DJ White (SWC)
Steve Williamson (RRC)
Alvin Wind (LLTC)
Luther Zeltinger (AFLBS)



All Conference – (Women)

Coach of the Year – Joel Coursey (PUC)


Player of the Year – Julia Schatkowsky (CMU)


All Conference

Shirliz Apiyo (CMU)
Emily Cuellar (SWC)
Carlie Decoteau (TMCC)
Chambre Droste (TBC)
Grace Dryburgh (AFLBS)
Taylor Goodbrandson (PUC)
Kalei Kerby (AFLBS)
Jessica Marx-Houndle (CMU)
Cyzelle Mas (RRC)
Kennedy Nofzinger (TBC)
Delicia Payer (SWC)
Mhaddie Poitra (TMCC)
Katelin Thiessen (PUC)
Hannah Van Schie (PUC)


Honorable Mention –

Joanne Schwarz (PUC)
Chandler Lee (SWC)
Faith Dionne (TMCC)
Bobbi Jo Alverson (AFLBS)


Contest Winners – 

3-Point Champion (Men) – Seth McKenzie (CMU)
3-Point Champion (Women) – Kennedy Nofzinger (TBC)


Slam Dunk Champion – Brentyn McKinney (SWC)
Slam Dunk Runner-Up – Anthony Douglas (SWC)









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).

NIAC Community Service Gift – 2018

NIAC Community Service
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)


Player of the Year – Blake Broer (SWC)


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)


Player of the Year – Samantha Nunez (SWC)


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)