NIAC Tournament Schedule/Brackets

2017 NIAC Tournament Schedule

Thursday, February 16, 2017

2:00 pm- Association Free Lutheran Bible School (80) vs. Cankdeska Cikana Community College (57) – Women (W1)

4:00 pm- Canadian Mennonite University (93) vs. Cankdeska Cikana Community College (100) – Men (M1)

6:00 pm- Canadian Mennonite University (71) vs. Leech Lake Tribal College (29) – Women (W2)

8:00 pm- Leech Lake Tribal College (116) vs. Oak Hills Christian College (103) – Men (M2)

Friday, February 17, 2017

2:00 pm – Turtle Mountain Community College (83) vs. Association Free Lutheran Bible School (57) – Women (W3)

4:00 pm – Trinity Bible College (101) vs. Cankdeska Cikana Community College (85) – Men (M3)

6:00 pm – Trinity Bible College (70) vs. Canadian Mennonite University (65) – Women (W4)

8:00 pm – Association Free Lutheran Bible School (84) vs. Leech Lake Tribal College (81) – Men (M4)

Saturday, February 18, 2017

1:00 pm – Turtle Mountain Community College (74) vs. Trinity Bible College (67) – WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP

3:00 pm – Trinity Bible College (98) vs. Association Free Lutheran Bible School (72) – MEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP

NIAC Tournament Brackets:

NIAC Schedule Released

With a full slate of conference action set for the 2016-17 regular season, the Northern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (NIAC) released its official schedule today. All seven participating NIAC colleges will have both men’s and women’s programs this year. The full schedule can be viewed at:  Additionally, the NIAC Conference Tournament will be held on February 16-18, 2017 in Bemidji, MN. Oak Hills Christian College will be hosting this year’s tournament. Tournament information can be obtained at:

Former NIAC Athlete Competes On NBC Show “Strong”

Jill May, former athlete at Oak Hills Christian College, has reached the final three of the NBC show “Strong”. May, a member of the 1999-2000 MCCAA (now known as the MCAC) Women’s BB Championship team at Oak Hills Christian College, has used the tenacity she exhibited on the court to flourish in this grueling competition.  Paired with her tenacious personal trainer (Bennie Wylie), Team Blue has survived several weeks of heart stopping fitness challenges as the field has been trimmed from ten to three. “Strong” airs Thursday nights on NBC at 7:00 pm (Central).  On behalf of the NIAC Conference, we wish Jill May the very best and proudly proclaim, “Go Team Blue”!!!  (Visit for more information on the show “Strong”.)

“The Blue Team”

As summer quickly approaches, you might want to consider adding a recently published basketball book to your reading list. The Blue Team, written by Peter Young, former basketball player at George Washington University, is a story that chronicles the life of Thomas Conner, a fictional player that has perfected the art of the jump shot. In trying to prove he can play like his hero, the great Larry Bird, leads to disaster for Thomas.

With the season and his career hanging in the balance, Thomas must identify and conquer his greatest enemy.  If he can, he and his George Washington University teammates might just become the next NCAA Cinderella story.

Who is an athlete’s greatest adversary?  The guy trying to block your shot?  The teammate who won’t pass the ball?  The coach who won’t play you enough?  Someone else?  And without knowing the answer is it even possible to achieve the peace of mind that legendary coach John Wooden says comes with success?

The Blue Team is about more than just basketball.  It is a story about fathers and sons, finding our true identity, falling in love, and incorporates a religious theme that demonstrates God’s redemptive power.

Dan Hovestol, NIAC President, has read The Blue Team and strongly endorses Young’s work; “When I began reading Peter’s book, I wasn’t planning on devouring its words in such a quick helping.  The book effectively brought me into its story line and left me anticipating each word on the page.  I was surprised how quickly I finished reading The Blue Team and am already looking forward to Young’s next book.”

Other endorsements of Young’s book include:

Norm Sonju, Co-founder and retired President/GM, Dallas Mavericks: “I got so absorbed that I read it in just two days.”

Mike Jarvis, Author, speaker and former head coach , George Washington and St. John’s: “I laughed, I cried, and cheered as the story behind the story unfolded.  The book spoke to my heart and most of all it spoke to my soul.  When it ended, I wanted more.”

For more information on The Blue Team and to subscribe to Peter Young’s Tip of the Week, feel free to visit

Four NIAC Men Named ACCA All-American

Following the national championship tournament of the Association of Christian College Athletics (ACCA) four NIAC players were named All-American:ACCA

First Team

Guard Aaron Stemen, Jr. – Trinity Bible – LaMoure, ND

Second Team

Guard Friscoe Erdahl, Jr. – Trinity Bible – Ten Sleep, WY

Forward Travis Haugen, So. – AFLBS – Pelican Rapids, MN

Forward Chris Papillon, Soph. – AFLBS – Big Rock, IL