NEWS RELEASE: (9/22/15) The Northern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (NIAC) has added a new member college, beginning in 2016-17. Cankdeska Cikana Community College out of Fort Totten, ND was approved at a recent NIAC Meeting as the newest member college, providing men’s and women’s basketball to league play.
Dan Hovestol, NIAC President, released a statement regarding the merger; “It is with great pleasure that the Northern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference welcomes Cankdeska Cikana Community College as our newest member institution, beginning with the 2016-17 academic year. Cankdeska was unanimously received as a member which reflects the overall enthusiasm from league schools for the partnership between the NIAC and CCCC.”
Oak Hills Christian To Host NIAC Basketball Tournament
The 2013-14 regular season in the NIAC has been played with each school playing a 10-game conference schedule. Now all six men’s basketball teams will meet in Bemidji this week for the first NIAC post-season conference tournament. Oak Hills Christian College is the host institution.
Leech Lake Tribal College (8-2) were crowned regular season champs after a tight season-long chase. The Lakers receive a bye into the tournament semifinals. AFLBS and Trinity Bible College tied for second place, each finishing at 7-3 in conference play. AFLBS are the second-seed in the tournament and also receives a first round bye.
Trinity Bible College will play the six-seeded Red Lake Nation College in a quarterfinal on Thursday. Host school Oak Hills Christian College, the fifth-seed, will play fourth-seeded Turtle Mountain Community College in the final Thursday game. All games will be played at the OHCC gymnasium.
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