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More Grey than White

It’s that time again – an evening watching Augustana’s men’s basketball team when they come to town for a conference clash with Illinois Wesleyan. This is always a great rivalry – Wesleyan is rated #25 in the country, and #6 Augustana started the season as the top-ranked team.

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Four-Peat’s Sake, Remember This Name

The sport is women’s college basketball.  And when you think about the women’s college game, names like Pat Summitt and Geno Auriemma come to mind.

Summitt has won eight NCAA championships.  Along the way, she won three consecutive titles from 1996-1998.

Auriemma has also won three consecutive titles among his six overall, those coming in the 2002-2004 tournament years.

Kim Muhl has topped them both in consistency, winning his fourth consecutive national championship with Kirkwood Community College of Cedar Rapids, Iowa March 20th.

Who?

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Time Well Spent

(Des Moines, IA) – I didn’t know it at the time, but it was victory 299.  That’s a lot of wins in 17 seasons.  And that’s what Solon (IA) Coach Brad Randall has garnered throughout his high school coaching career, including yesterday’s victory over undefeated IKM-Manning.

Tonight, he has his Spartans back in the Iowa Class 2A state basketball championship game a year after winning his first title.

What makes this opportunity special?

Well, last year’s title was won with a lot of  contributors that have either graduated or been lost to injury, making this year’s advancement of relative varsity newcomers somewhat remarkable.

The reward?  They get to face off again with private school Western Christian of Hull, a team Solon beat last year in a thrilling double overtime semifinal matchup after trailing by double figures late in the third quarter.

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