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Knights women, men to Bellingham for first road games

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Saturday, Northwest Indian College there.

The game at the NW Indian College gym will be the Knights third in three years with the Eagles.  In 2011 WVC won 82-70 in the Skagit Valley Tournament.  Last fall the Eagles won 91-78 when the two met at Grays Harbor.  This time they play in Whatcom County on the Eagles’ court.  The Northwest Indian College campus is about seven miles northwest of downtown Bellingham.



Saturday, Northwest Indian College there.

Six days after facing NW Indian College in the Apple Capital, the Knights will again take on the Eagles, this time on their campus.  Wenatchee Valley has now played NW Indian College twice and won both games, but the second encounter was a tad bit closer than the first.  When they played here in 2010 the Knights won 72-24.  When they were here Sunday the final was 74-68.


It’s somewhat tough, in fact impossible, to get info in the NW Indian hoop programs.  A check of the school’s website is useless.  The most recent entries for both teams are for the opening games of the 2011-12 season.  I did find one game for the women on the NWAACC site.  They lost at Big Bend 78-50 last Saturday.



History Lesson

Last week the report mentioned the Washington State Junior College Athletic Conference beginning in 1946-47 and Wenatchee Valley College being one of nine charter members.  Do you know who the other eight are?  They are all still in business today, although one has a different name.  If you came up with Centralia, Clark, Everett, Grays Harbor, Lower Columbia, Mount Vernon (became Skagit Valley in ‘48), Olympic and Yakima Valley you know your state junior college sports history.  The WSJCAC was renamed the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges in 1970.


There are now 33 schools competing in basketball.  The additional 24 and when they played their first season:

1955-56 – Columbia Basin

1962-63 – Highline, Peninsula

1964-65 – Big Bend, Shoreline, Spokane

1966-67 – Green River, Tacoma

1967-68 – Bellevue, Edmonds

1968-69 – Fort Steilacoom (became Pierce in ’86), Walla Walla

1971-72 – Mt. Hood

1984-85 – Blue Mountain, Chemeketa, Clackamas, Lane, Linn-Benton, Portland, Southwestern Oregon, Umpqua

1992-93 – South Puget Sound

1996-97 – Whatcom

2002-03 – Treasure Valley



Not all the schools have had men’s hoops in the league consistently.  Peninsula was out for 16 years, Big Bend 7, Mt. Hood 5, Everett 2 and Spokane 1.