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AM: Kansas Billboards Feat NIC Cards

Here’s a billboard that is now up in two locations in Kansas in promotion of the upcoming National Junior College Athletic Association women’s basketball tournament in Salina, Kansas March 20-24. It’s on Interstate-135 near Lindsborg and on Interstate-70 outside of Salina. The North Idaho College Lady Cardinals (pictured right following their victory in the 2011 championship game) are the defending national champions and are currently ranked 10th in the nation and are 16-2 this season and unbeaten in the Scenic West Athletic Conference (5-0).

LTHM: Get Rid Of NIC Cardinals, Too

LoveToHateMe: If Cougar is offensive, I think we must change the NIC Cardinals to something that’s not offensive. Sure, the cardinal is also a bird, but a cougar is primarily a cat. What we really have to consider is that not only does the mascot “cardinal” bring the-worst-of-all-things, religion into the public school, it also brings to mind the horrible things some Catholic clergy did to children that some cardinals covered for. Not only that, the historic Catholic church was responsible for some terrible conflicts that cost thousands of lives and helped deteriorate east/west relations over hundreds of years. Having a cardinal as NIC’s mascot is terribly offensive to anyone who has any regard for these victims, not to mention its obvious religious connotations which should not be allowed at a public school. (2007 AP file photo of Vatican cardinals)

Question: Which mascots, at any level of sports, do you consider the best & worst?

NIC’s Phay In Running For LCSC Job

Lewis-Clark State has narrowed its search for a men's basketball coach to three candidates - one from within Idaho, one from within the NAIA and one from within the Warrior family. The finalists are Jared Phay, coach at North Idaho College; Kevin Burton, coach at Lambuth; and George Pfeifer, who had the L-C job from 1989-2005. L-C athletic director Gary Picone confirmed the list of finalists Thursday. “I like the pool of guys; I think we've got a quality pool of finalists,” Picone said. “We're going to hire a really good head basketball coach here”/Matt Baney, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

NIC’s Jones Supercharges Evening

There’s not much room for irony in wrestling – just you and the other guy, a mat, 7 minutes, will and fatigue. OK, not always 7 minutes. Sometimes 7 seconds. That’s all the time that elapsed from the moment Walker Clarke dared initiate the move he had to think might jump-start him toward a second national championship until he found himself on his back, immobilized, marooned without rescue, saddled with one of those oh-dammit flashbacks that may take a while to lose. It’s all the time Jamelle Jones required to turn a rather humdrum final round of the National Junior College Athletic Association wrestling championships into something electric, and borderline breathtaking/John Blanchette, SR. More here. (SR photo/Jesse Tinsley: Jamelle Jones of NIC wins national wrestling championship.)

Question: Which sports moment this winter has thrilled you most?

Clackamas Edges NIC For Wrestling Title

Clackamas Community College won the team title with 109 points at the 2011 National Junior College Athletic Association national wrestling tournament in Spokane. Clackamas held the top spot since early in the competition Friday, Feb. 25. There was only a one-point spread between Clackamas and second-place North Idaho College at the end of the championship semi finals Saturday, Feb. 26. The lead expanded to a 13.5-point difference after the consolation semi finals. Clackamas clinched the tournament team title with 10.5 points over second-place North Idaho College. The tight team race ended with Rend Lake College in third place with 94 points and Iowa Central Community College in fourth place with 93 points/Stacy Hudson, NIC Press Room. More here. (NIC photo: NIC's Jamelle Jones pinned Walker Clarke of Labette Community College to win the national competition at 197 pounds and later be named the “Wrestler of the Year.”)

NIC: No. 1, No. 2, & No 3

North Idaho College tweets: “The NJCAA polls are in… NIC men’s basketball ranked No. 1 in the nation! Wrestling ranked No. 2! Women’s basketball ranked No. 3!”

Training To Be An NIC Cardinal

“With an LCSC scrimmage Thursday night (no score kept) the NIC men’s power packed basketball team is ready to begin another successful year,” e-mails Don Sausser with this photo. “Preseason NJCAA rankings place the Cardinals 3rd in the nation while the women’s team is ranked 6th. With this quality in our backyard there is no reason to travel far to enjoy highly competitive basketball.” Pictured is a young NIC Cardinal round baller in training!

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