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04/06/05 8:53 am Age: 10 yrs

Wolves Finish Fourth

By: Rosa Jimenez

in National Basketball Tournament

In its first-ever trip to a national tournament, the Walla Walla College men’s basketball team finished in fourth place in the National Christian College division one national championship.


"It is the first time a Seventh-day Adventist team has placed in a national tournament," says Tim Windemuth, WWC athletic director, adding that it is the highest finish ever for the Walla Walla College team.


Individual Wolves team members received honors for their play during the tournament. Junior Jeremy Claridge, received first-team All-American honors. Sophomore Ryan White was named to the all-tournament team, and he received honorable mention All-American honors.


Junior Kris Davies, junior Alan Krause and Claridge received Academic All-American honors.


In the team’s first game of the tournament, the Wolves, No. 8 seed, had a 67-65 victory over top-seeded Nyack College of New York. The Wolves lost the closely contested game in overtime to Nyack, the eventual tournament champions. The team lost the next two games, one to Spring Arbor University in the semi-finals, and a Saturday night game to Palm Beach Atlantic University.


In the consolation game for third and fourth place, the Wolves lost to Palm Beach Atlantic University.


“It was a tremendous tournament for us,” says Windemuth. “The team played teams at a national level and also had experiences off the court that made this trip memorable.”


On of their first day in Kentucky, the team held a basketball clinic for children at a local school, who then attended all of the Wolves games. The team also received state press coverage when a scheduled Friday evening game was held earlier to accommodate the team's Sabbath observance. The team visited a Seventh-day Adventist church in Louisville for church and a potluck dinner.


Prior to Saturday night's game, the team received the sobering news of the death of Lynda Hamburgh, wife of Gary Hamburgh, chair of WWC's Health and Physical Education Department and a former men's basketball coach. The couple had been in a car accident on a trip to Salt Lake City. Before the game, a moment of silence was held in Lynda's memory.


The National Christian College tournament, held March 16-19 in Frankfurt, Ky., brought together eight teams from more Christian colleges across the country.



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